Student Excellence

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) 2009 international competition in Hawaii – Construction Management Association (CMA) was voted “Student Chapter of the Year.”

Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) regional competition in New Jersey – Construction management students placed third as members of Design/Build and Heavy Highway teams.

Flexographic Technical Association – Graphic communications and design students won the College Booth Competition for materials displayed at the association conference. More about this event.

International Graphic Arts Education Association 2008 Guttenberg Awards – Graphic communications students William S. Spicer, Timothy A. Miller, Chelsea A. Steen, and Lindsey J. Packard took first place in the competitions for spot color screen textile, process color flexography, spot color flexography, and single color lithography, respectively. Other winners were Janelle M. Stanco and David L. Weaver (second and third in spot color screen textile), Kendall L. Whitmer (second in process color electronic publishing) and the juniors in PNP252 Production Printing class (third in process color lithography group competition).

IEEE Region 2 Student Conference in Ohio – Penn College students took second place in the brown-bag design competition. More about this event.

National Association of Home Builders show in Las Vegas – Two-year students placed second, and four-year students finished 23rd in national competition. More about this event.

Photographer’s Forum 29th Annual Student Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon – Margo Welshans, a graphic communications management student, was a finalist.

Nursing studentsStudent Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania – For the second year, the Student Nurses’ Association earned a statewide award for best website. More about this event.

SkillsUSA Competition – Westley A. Smith, welding and fabrication, placed third at 2008 National Skills competition. National qualifiers (gold medal winners) in 2009 were Thomas P. Bendzsuk, automotive refinishing; Annie M. Kinney, commercial banking; Nathan G. Myers, welding technology; Brett R. Potteiger, diesel equipment technology; and Thomas S. Rafferty, carpentry. Silver medal winners in 2009 were Robert W. Brobst, David M. Huston and Michael A. Love, all automated manufacturing technology; Nicholas R. Reiber, automotive services technology; Nathan A. Ritter, precision machining technology; and Matthew D. Romanowski, masonry. Bronze medal winners in 2009 were Amy E. Lizee, food and beverage services; Gregory J. Miller, plumbing, and Barry T. West, architecture/ drafting. More about this event.

YWCA Women of Excellence – Meagan E. Murray, human services, was honored for service to the community.

Counselor Day, hosted by Admissions and Outreach for K-12, attracted a record number of high school guidance counselors to the campus. Overall attendance doubled this year for the event held annually in fall and spring.

Faculty Excellence

School of Business & Computer Technologies

Sandra Gorka was selected as an ABET Program Evaluator for Information Technology. Bahram Golshan was selected as an ABET Program Evaluator for Computer Science.

Gerri F. Luke replaced Terry A. Girdon as chair of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education board.

Gerald D. “Chip” Baumgardner was named vice president of the Pennsylvania Economic Association.

Daniel K. Christopher became president of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education Board.

School of Health Sciences

Michael P. Covone was re-elected to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools Board of Directors for a three-year term; he also was elected vice-chair for the Executive Committee.

Jane J. Benedict was reappointed to a second term on the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission’s evaluation review panel.

Kline A. Dewire was inducted into the National EMS Memorial in Roanoke, Va.

School of Industrial & Engineering Technologies

Mark A. Rice completed CompTIA A+ Certification, CompTIA Network+Certification, and Cisco IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Course.

An article by Kirk M. Cantor, titled “Measuring Extruder Performance Characteristics,” was published in Plastic Technology Asia, Bangkok, Thailand. He also had a chapter on “Polymer Processing” published in Essentials of Polymer Science and Engineering, Paul Painter and Michael Coleman, DEStech Publishing Co., 2009.

School of Integrated Studies

Janet A. Sherman served on the editorial committee for Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Educator.

Mark D. Noe was program chair/planner for the 26th Annual Conference of the Sport Literature Association in London, Ontario.

Nancy A. Grausam was appointed as a commissioner to the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Elementary Schools for 2009-12.

An article by William J. Astore, titled “Aboard the USS Ameriprise,” was published in the Dallas Morning News; another article, titled “Obama’s Afghanistan? Seven Lessons and a Few Questions for the U.S. President,” was published in Le Monde diplomatique (English edition).

Work by David M. Moyer was selected to appear in two juried exhibitions: The Society of Wood Engravers 71st Annual Exhibition, London, and the Fifth International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2009, in Vilnius, Lithuania.

David London My Last Words Lecture Series

The David London My Last Words Lecture Series (formerly the “My Last Words” lecture series) was renamed to honor the late professor, who died in May 2008. London’s friend and colleague, Sandra Lakey, was the first honorary speaker for the inaugural event, attended by community members, students, faculty and staff.

Wildcat Athletes

Penn College athletes dominated in their conferences and competed globally in 2008-09.

Zachary M. Plannick
Glen R. Thomas

Two Penn College archers – Zachary M. Plannick and Glen R. Thomas – represented the United States in the World University Games in Serbia in 2009. Penn College archers also won the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championship for female compound, male recurve and mixed compound events. More about this event.

Five intercollegiate athletic teams won Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference championships; three went on to compete in United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championships.

In all PSUAC sports, Penn College teams posted an .820 winning percentage with 150 wins, 32 losses and one tie.

Men’s Cross Country won the 2008 PSUAC Championship and participated in the USCAA National Championships.

Golf won the 2008 PSUAC Championship.

Men’s Soccer won the 2008 PSUAC Championship and participated in the USCAA National Tournament.

Tennis won the 2008 PSUAC Championship.

Women’s Bowling won the 2009 PCAA Championship.

Thirteen Penn College students were recognized as All-Americans by the USCAA; 24 were recognized as Academic All Americans.

PSUAC recognized 98 Academic All Conference selections and 23 All Conference selections from Penn College. PSUAC also honored three Penn College coaches with “Coach of the Year” honors: Michael J. Paulhamus, cross country; Aimee C. Plastow, tennis; and Christopher H. Howard, baseball.

Baseball won its second consecutive PSUAC conference championshipBaseball won its second consecutive PSUAC conference championship, completed the regular season at 31-7, and was third in USCAA national rankings entering the playoffs.