Props for Profs Campaign

Penn College faculty and staff make a difference in the lives of your student every day. This week, April 15-17, we are giving alumni and parents the chance to thank those faculty and staff members.Like Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook to hear stories of current students who are giving 'props to their profs' and give thanks by making a gift to the College in honor of the person who is making an impact in your student's experience. Your notes of thanks will be sent to the honoree and your gift can be designated to support any program or service offered at the College.


As a parent of a senior at Penn College, I believe that the experience we gained as parents and the overall experience Jonathan had his last four years has been remarkable. Letting go of the child you know and realizing the adult they are is the essence of what FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Policy Act) is all about. We have empowered our son to have open communication with us. Having two kids in college you learn that you have to let them fly, falter, and strive. Struggles are key to later success. Jon learned from the beginning to embrace college life. Open yourself up to others and build on those leadership skills. Jon has been an RA, summer event coordinator, a member of his fraternity, and has maintained a high GPA, but not without hard work and determination.We were not convinced that being in a fraternity was a good idea, but the work and commitment in the community and on campus has helped these young men gain the confidence they'll need to be successful in the future.

Empower your student to understand their strengths and needs. Empower them to advocate for themselves. Above all, listen. Don't worry - they will call looking for advice. Don't judge, but be supportive. Those first years are the toughest for all parents and students. We are so thankful for the education and support Jonathan has received at Penn College

Julie DeRoner Parent of student, Jonathan DeRoner '15

Julie, Jonathan, and Paul DeRoner

Penn College Parents FacebookGroup

We know hearing information from other parents directly can be a valuable tool for prospective and current parents. As a way to get to know other parents, we have created a "Penn College Parents" Facebook group, which provides parents with another avenue of support for helping their student, voicing concerns, and getting questions answered (by College representatives and better yet, fellow parents).

The College fields numerous questions from parents throughout the year – sometimes it's because the student won't ask (or won't let a parent ask), while other times it's parents seeking advice on how best to support their student. The College will continue to answer these questions; however, this new group will also give you the opportunity to ask, and hear from, parents who have been in your shoes. We hope you'll consider joining and helping to spread your Penn College pride!

Spring Commencement

Is your student graduating this May?

Spring 2015 commencement will honor graduates during three separate ceremonies, all taking place at the Community Arts Center:

  • Friday, May 15, at 3 p.m.for graduates in the schools of Business & Hospitality, and Construction & Design Technologies.
  • Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m.for graduates in the schools of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.
  • Saturday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m.for graduates in the schools of Health Sciences and Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.
Will your graduate be moving after commencement?

Remind them to contact the Office of Alumni Relations to update their address information. We want to keep in touch and hear about their personal and professional accomplishments. We can be contacted at

Scholarship Spotlight

The Student Leader Legacy Scholarship is the first scholarship created by students, for students, and awarded to students who are committed to continuing the legacy of student leadership at Penn College. Originally established in 2006, and offering a single $500 scholarship for the first time in 2007, the fund has grown to endowed (permanent) status and now supports two $1,000 scholarships each year. Criteria for the scholarship include demonstrated leadership and volunteer experience, full-time student status with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and at least one academic year remaining to complete studies.

Students have raised funds for the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship in a variety of ways, including donkey basketball, ticket sales, bake sales, car shows, and the Student Government Association's Annual Silent Auction. The Silent Auction has recently become the largest fundraiser for growing this fund, and will occur again on May 1. The public is invited to attend the auction, occurring in the Madigan Library from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Julie H. Carr (left), a nursing major from Souderton, and Lauren J. Crouse, an applied human services student from Turbotville, each received a $1,000 award from the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship.

Financial Aid News

Check out the Financial Aid News for Parents for the following:

  • Summer 2015 Aid
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • FAFSA, Federal Pell Grant & SAP
  • Financial Aid Information on SIS
  • Penn College Scholarships

'Working Class' Audience Expands

Watch "Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education,"

"Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education," which chronicles the rich and challenging history of Penn College and its predecessors, has enjoyed an expanded audience. The film can now be viewed on several different PBS stations throughout Pennsylvania, is slated to be shown in southern New Jersey and Delaware this summer, and has been airing regularly on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) over the past few months. The one-hour documentary – which premiered Jan. 8 on campus – was co-produced by the College and WVIA Public Media in conjunction with the institution's 2014 Centennial and recently garnered a bronze Telly Award for outstanding achievement in a documentary. If a local PBS affiliate near you isn't streaming the documentary (yet), you can watch it "on demand" via WVIA Public Media or on the College's YouTube Channel.

Athletic Team Spotlight

Men's Tennis

Coach: Robert Kemrer
Home Court:Penn College Tennis Courts
Conference: North Eastern Athletic Conference
Competes: Spring semester

The Wildcats are 4-3 this season and 1-1 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. During their fall season the Wildcats went 2-2, including a two match win streak. Penn College continued its winning streak into the spring season with two wins to open the spring portion of their schedule.

More men's tennis information

Wildcat Wishes

Exam Cram - $20

Exam coming up? This snack pack will help your student "power" through their exam. Package includes Pop-tarts, microwave popcorn, snickers bar, Nutri-grain bar, Power Bar, Almonds and two SoBe energy drinks.

  • Order Exam Cram
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