Pennsylvania College of Technology kicked off a year of celebrations in January, honoring its 100-year history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology.
A January men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader served as the Centennial Tip-Off celebration for students. Ryan C. Hunt, a building automation technology major from Scotia, N.Y., and vice president of the Off-Campus Housing Organization, makes some noise (and a fashion statement), thanks to the centennial T-shirt/maraca giveaway. Photo by Craig R. Urey
Wildcat forward Thomas Ross loosens up in a WACC T-shirt before the Centennial Tip-Off. Photo by Craig R. Urey.
Winfield Tannehill ('57, graphic arts) and his wife, Dorothy, peek through one of the vintage cars on display in conjunction with the Automotive Centennial. Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel
John Ratzenberger, known for portraying postal worker Cliff Claven on "Cheers" and as producer/host of the Travel Channel's "Made in America" series, helped to kick off the celebration with presentations for students and employees. He told students: "If you want to be truly famous, invent something that furthers mankind. Wake up each morning and put your hand to something useful." Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel.
About 50 graduates of Penn College forerunner Williamsport Technical Institute gathered for the group's 14th annual reunion, held in conjunction with the Automotive Centennial Celebration. William Frick '55, auto mechanics) sports a Williamsport Technical Institute baseball hat and chats with Jon Engel '60, electrical). Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel
Switchfoot, a 2011 Grammy Award winner for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, included a gig in Bardo Gym among its winter tour stops. Photo by Marc T. Kaylor.
Guests admire a 1936 Cord 801 Phaeton and its locally distinctive "Powered by Lycoming" emblem during the Automotive Centennial Celebration. The event celebrated the 100th anniversary of one of the college's longest-running instructional programs – and one of the nation's oldest continuous automotive programs. Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel
From left, Walter Doebler ('62, pattern making-wood) and Gordon Shadle ('58, machining) discuss the classic features of an antique vehicle. Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel
Mark D. Noe, professor of English, copresents "Google Meets Aldo Leopold: Information, Technology, and 21st-Century Environmental Ethics" as part of the Centennial Colloquia Series. Noe and Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology and environmental science, used Google Earth to lead a "virtual field trip" to view the evidence of Leopold's ecological predictions. Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel
Framed by the very vehicle he describes, Robert C. Kreipke, corporate historian for Ford Motor Co., details the societal revolution that accompanied mass production of the Model T. Photo by Tom Wilson
Virtual reality pioneer and best-selling author Jaron Lanier offers a lecture as part of the Centennial Colloquia Series. The series features presentations that explore the impact of technology on the past, present and future. Lanier, author of "You are Not a Gadget" and "Who Owns the Future?" brought his perspective on the economic effects of information technology and the open-source sharing of information. Photo by Jennifer A. Cline
Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology, copresents a colloquium on "Sustainable and Affordable Home Building." In addition to Gerring, the lecture featured Robert A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology, and three building science and sustainable design students involved in a national green-building design competition. The Centennial Colloquia Series continues in the fall semester. Photo by Craig R. Urey