Education

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Ed Cioffi, center, a now retired Loyalsock Township School District social studies teacher, is shown with two students.

School bells still ring for retired Loyalsock teacher

It was 1937 when Ed Cioffi, future educator, first set foot in a classroom at the tender age of six. Decades later, the now retired Loyalsock Township School District social studies teacher still returns to school every fall, this time as a substitute teacher for his former employer and a new ...

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Broussard points out fossils to Darby Willingham, ’19, while Cali Snyder, ’19, digs in the background during a recent Natural History of Dinosaurs class field trip.

Lycoming College professor delivers presentation on fossil discovered in county

Lycoming College’s David Broussard, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, this summer presented research at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on a 365 million-year-old leg bone that he and his students discovered in Lycoming County. The ...

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Pennsylvania College of Technology student Natascha G. Santaella recently helped raise more than $1,000 for the hurricane victims of Puerto Rico

Student puts skills to use to allay her worry, help her hometown

When September hurricanes left a path of destruction in Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania College of Technology student Natascha G. Santaella felt a variety of painful emotions. “I spent around six days stressing and having a very hard time with me having all the luxuries I currently do and my ...

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Penn College industrial design major studies in Japan

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was one of 20 scholars worldwide to participate in a Japan-based industrial design program. Dwight D. Alexa­nder, of Umatilla, Florida, completed a four-day workshop at the Kobe University International Innov­ation Design School in Kobe, Japan. ...

In the schools

Penn College to host ‘S.W.O.R.D. Fights’ Robots will duel for supremacy at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design club is hosting “Fall 2017 S.W.O.R.D Fights,” beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday in the college’s Field House. The event requires ...

Free WVIA education workshop connects academics, careers

PITTSTON — Teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and home schooling parents are invited to take part in a free workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 30, at WVIA Public Media Studios. “Working Class: Connecting Classrooms & Careers” will introduce free resources — including the ...

Financial Aid office offering FAFSA completion session

The Financial Aid office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering its resources to help current college students, prospective students and families complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The college is hosting free FAFSA completion sessions on its main campus ...

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Members of Bucknell University’s Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship team display the Special Achievement in GIS (geographic information systems) Award (SAG Award) it received from Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics. Shown, front row from left, are members of the team including Luyang Ren, GIS/web application specialist; Param Bedi, vice president for library and information technology; Janine Glathar, digital pedagogy and scholarship specialist for GIS; and Lorraine Eisenhuth, systems integrator. And back row, from left, are Todd Fogle, senior technology support specialist; Matt Gardzina, director of digital pedagogy and scholarship; and Carrie Pirmann, social sciences librarian.

Bucknell honored for special achievement in Geographic Information Systems

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, recently presented Bucknell University’s Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship team with a Special Achievement in GIS (geographic information systems) Award (SAG Award) at its annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over ...

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Three Mansfield University students and the Career Center director recently attended the Webpage FX-U, a university recruiting event hosted by WebpageFX. Shown, from left, are Nichole Lefelhoc, Emily Good, Kortney Regis, Rachel Clark and Joshua Hastings.

Mansfield University students attend WebpageFX-U

MANSFIELD —Three Mansfield University students, accompanied by Career Center director Nichole Lefelhoc, recently attended WebpageFX-U, a university recruiting event hosted by Harrisburg-based internet marketing company WebpageFX. Rachel Clark, ’20 (English: Professional Writing); Kortney ...

Lycoming College moves up 80 spots on Washington Monthly liberal arts list

Lycoming College rose to the 101st spot in the Washington Monthly Liberal Arts 2017 rankings, representing an increase of 80 positions in two years. The College joins Berea College in Kentucky, who topped the rankings, as well as Haverford College, Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson College and ...

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Lock Haven University criminal justice faculty support local Rally for Recovery

LOCK HAVEN — Advocates for a Drug Free Tomorrow recently hosted a Rally for Recovery to promote awareness and raise money for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. This was the second year that the Rally for Recovery was held at Riverview Park in Lock Haven and this year included ...

Honor rolls

St. John Neumann Regional Academy First marking period High honors Grade 6 — Josiah Almasy, Adelyn Dawes, Emma Gallew, Elizabeth Weller. Grade 7 — Angelo Fernandez, Katherine Folmar, Brianna Lisi, Elliott McKelvey, Lily Reid. Grade 8 — Edward Danneker, Emma Logue, Brady ...

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Professor’s sabbatical yields virtual adviser prototype

During his sabbatical last spring, Jeff L. Rankinen planned to investigate the possibilities of artificial intelligence. The Pennsylvania College of Technology associate professor returned to the classroom this fall after transforming one of those possibilities into a reality. Rankinen was ...

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Area students take over Lycoming County Youth Development Task Force

Local students have taken the reigns of the more than two decade old Lycoming County Youth Development Task Force and over the first year of the change in ownership, the focus of the task force has changed to include mental health along with drug and alcohol awareness. For twenty years the ...

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Poorman to speak at inaugural Scholar-in-Residence Lecture

LOCK HAVEN — Stephen Poorman, principal of Poorman and Group (poormangroup.com), will speak at the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Parsons Union Building, Multi-Purpose Room, Lock Haven University. Poorman will share insights gained from experiences as a ...

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Representing Penn College at a recent woodsmen’s meet in North Carolina were, from left, students Kristin E. Cavanaugh, Bellefonte; Aaron V. Jedrziewski, Williamsport; and Jackson H. Gehris, Cogan Station; G. Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology; and students Levi J. Weidner, Mechanicsburg; William A. Morrow, Newville; Tyler W. Lauver, Mifflinburg; Abigail L. Hufnagle, Lewisburg; and Derick S. Gower, Sunbury.

Students take direct route from competition to community service

Returning from an Oct. 7 woodsmen’s competition in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, the Pennsylvania College of Technology Forestry Club — conveniently toting the tools that had earlier brought many of the students individual honors — put their skills to work in a ...

In the schools

Lock Haven University to host third annual Veteran’s Benefits Expo LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University will host the third annual Veterans’ Benefits Expo from 2-6 p.m. Thursday in the Student Rec Center. More than 25 exhibitors will be in attendance. The expo is free and open to the ...

Student achieves goal with John Deere position

Approximately 200 employers greeted the sophomore at her first Pennsylvania College of Technology career fair. As an industrial design major, the student could approach numerous companies representing all economic sectors. But her focus was the booth decked out in yellow and green, the iconic ...