Campus News Highlights 2013-14
Manufacturing Students Place Third
Approximately 100 colleges and 1,100 students globally competed at Baja SAE-Kansas, conducted in late May at Pittsburg State University. The SAE competition required students to design and build off-road cars to be tested in various categories. Penn College met the challenge in the four-hour endurance race. The students' dune buggy-like vehicle completed 52 laps over a rugged 1.5-mile course to finish third, the highest ranking in the college's nine-year history at the event, resulting in a $500 award. The team consisted of six students from Penn College's chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Mechatronics Major Accepts First Students
The mechatronics engineering technology major was implemented in Fall 2013 as a result of industry's request for qualified electro-mechanical technicians who can work in today's heavily automated industrial environment. As part of a $14.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Penn College and three other colleges have built high-tech labs and developed curriculum to train these highly skilled technicians.
VA Approves ShaleNET
The Department of Veterans Affairs approved ShaleNET's noncredit Roustabout, Floorhand and Welder's Helper certificate-training courses for veterans who are eligible under a VA training assistance program. Each of the courses prepares participants for work in the oil and natural gas industry.
Cake Receives First Place at Atlantic Show
A cake by May baking and pastry arts graduate Ching Chan received first place in the student Tiered Cake category at the Atlantic Bakery Deli Dairy Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Baking and pastry arts major Lynette F. Stegmaier took second place in the same category, and Kristina M. Williams placed second in the student Sculpted Cake category.
WEDnetPA Serves 40,000
Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania, funded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development and managed by Penn College, helped to train 40,000 employees at 750 Pennsylvania companies.
Penn College Exhibits at USA Science & Engineering Festival
Students joined Penn College employees in staffing an interactive display at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. The hands-on display included a welding simulator that allowed participants to do a “virtual” weld and test their skills with live sparks, a remote-controlled car challenge infused with first-person-viewing technology, and the college’s electric dragster.
First to Offer Thermoforming, Rotational Molding
Penn College’s plastics and polymer program became the first in North America to include complete courses in thermoforming and rotational molding in its curriculum.
Athletes of the Year Named
Junior archer Kendel F. Baier was named Female Athlete of the Year, and senior men’s soccer player Christopher P. Brennan was named Male Athlete of the Year. The awards are voted upon by committee and are based solely on athletic performance.
Baier has earned her sport’s highest collegiate honor with national and individual titles for women’s bowhunter at the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Archery National Championships, as well as being named a national All-American in 2013 and 2014.
Brennan led the Penn State University Athletic Conference and his team in goals, points and game-winning goals, and was ranked nationally in those categories in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. He broke the single-game, single-season and career scoring records for the college, finishing his career with an impressive 72 goals.
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