Monthly Archives: February 2009

Penn College Expands Study Abroad Offerings to Include Ireland

Williamsport – Pennsylvania College of Technology again expanded its short-term study abroad options with the offering of an eight-day trip for the college’s plastics and polymer technology students to Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland.

The goal of the program is to immerse the students in a foreign culture and provide them with technology important to the plastics industry but not available at Penn College, explained Shanin L. Dougherty, international programs specialist.

“The plastics industry, like most others, is becoming increasingly more global,” she said. “The majority of our alumni are involved with companies that regularly do business outside of the United States. As such, gaining international experience, such as traveling abroad and dealing with colleagues from other cultures, is a major benefit to our current students.”

At the Polymer Processing Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, students will study two important plastics technologies: rotational molding and co-extrusion. While Penn College’s plastics program covers the basics of these processes, PPRC has a nationally renowned program in rotational molding, including extensive laboratory equipment. Similarly, the PPRC facilities and curriculum for co-extrusion are broad enough to allow its faculty to regularly publish research in this area.

Rotational molding and co-extrusion comprise the bulk of the curriculum that will be provided to Penn College plastics students during their stay in Ireland.

Students will make the trip June 26-July 5 and are eligible to receive three Penn College credits for the experience.

The short-term study abroad offering was finalized following a trip by Dougherty to the campus in November to meet with staff and faculty at the PPRC. She was accompanied by James R. Dougherty, digital media production coordinator, who filmed the plastics laboratories, student-housing facilities and other aspects of the study abroad program, which enabled promotion of it to Penn College students.

While in Ireland, the pair also traveled to the Institute of Technology, Carlow, to meet with staff and faculty from the institute’s aviation technology department. The group discussed a possible relationship between the two schools.

“Work on this relationship continues, and we hope to host students from IT Carlow for a Lycoming Engines course this summer,” Shanin Dougherty said.

Penn College also offers short-term study abroad trips to Italy, Japan, Mexico and Nicaragua, as well as several full-semester exchanges.

To learn more about study abroad opportunities at Penn College, visit or call (570) 326-3761, ext. 5257. For more information about Penn College, visit, e-mail or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.


Millionaires Survive Scare With Cougars 60-57

By Ken Myers

Salem Township, PA-The Williamsport Millionaires and Hazleton Cougars have had some classic games over the years. Some have happened in the regular season, but lately, it has been happening during district and state playoff sessions.

Last night was no different as the Millionaires survived a furious rally by the Cougars in the final period to win the district 2-4 AAAA title 60-57 before a SRO crowd of about 2000 people at the Berwick Varsity Gymnasium. It was the first district title for the Millionaires since 2002. The Millionaires are now 21-3, while the Cougars fall to 20-6. Both teams advance on to the PIAA playoffs that start on Tuesday with some play in games.

Sean Ruane led a balanced Millionaire attack with 13 points. Dontahe Jordan added 12, and Jadiah Lynch and Shariff Monroe each added 10 for the Millionaires. Paris Cleveland and Adam Davis led the Cougars with 14 points each, and Christian Laputka added 11.

The Millionaires jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on baskets by Isaaiah Twine and Dontahe Jordan. It shocked some of the Hazleton fans that made the short trip to Berwick. The Cougars would promptly wake up and go on a 9-0 run holding the Millionaires scoreless for 4:33. The Millionaires were fighting an old bugaboo of missing many easy shots and frequent turnovers. Shariff Monroe’s basket with 1:50 left in the period ended the run and scoring for the period, and after the opening stanza, thew Cougars led 9-6. Not exactly a fun game to be watching on WNEP2 and WYLN in Hazleton.

The Millionaires would wake up in the second period with one of their offensive explosions that fans have enjoyed this season. They outscored the Cougars 24-6 during the second period. Hazleton was the team that could not make their shots and turned the ball over on a frequent basis. The Millionaires would take the lead for good on a 3 pointer by Sean Ruane with 4:08 left in the half. Two foul shots by the Cougars’ Christian Laputka cut the deficit to 1 at 16-15 with 3:57 left, but the Millionaires shocked the Cougars and the fans in the warm Varsity Gym by exploding on a 14-0 run for the last 3:57 of the half. At halftime, the Millionaires led 30-15.

The Millionaires still controlled things in the third period outscoring the Cougars 18-17. They would increase their lead as high as 18 points before the Cougars would cut it as low as 11 points. At the turn for home, the Millionaires led 48-32. Would the Millionaires put the Cougars away in the final period to win easily?

The answer was no. The Cougars would outscore the Millionaires 25-12 during the final period and give every fan heart failure. They mounted a furious rally and cut the deficit as close as four points before Dontahe Jordan hit 2 foul shots with 5.7 seconds left to seal the victory for the Millionaires. Adam Davis would hit a 3 pointer from the corner at the final horn, but it was too little, too late for the Cougars as the Millionaires celebrated their first district title since 2002 when Mike Bailey was coaching the Millionaires

The next game for the Millionaires will be next Saturday, 3/7/09, when the Millionaires play the Cedar Cliff Colts from Camp Hill in the first round of the PIAA AAAA playoffs. The Colts are the 6th place team from district 3 (Harrisburg area) The game will be plated at a site and time TBA, but it will be in the district 4 area. The Cougars will be playing on Tuesday, 3/3/09, vs the Glen Mills Bulls, the 9th place team from district 1 at a site and time TBA.

Linescore of the game:

Hazleton: 9-6-17-25=57
Williamsport: 6-24-18-12=60

James V. Brown Library: B.A.B.Y. SIGNS Storytime

James V. Brown Library Event

James V. Brown Library Event

Join in the bouncing and bobbing at this five week storytime series for 0-11 month olds and their parents. Baby’s brains develop so fast in the first year that it’s the perfect time to start a tradition of reading and sharing books together.

Includes American Sign Language.Program Time- Monday, 9:30-10:15 am
Location: Blue Story Room

Set A March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Set B April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11

James V. Brown Library: Totally Toddler Tales

This program for one and two-year-olds and their caregivers combines music and movement, fingerplays, and book sharing with the joy of play!

Location: Red and Purple Story Room

Set A
A1 (Mon) 9:30-10:15am March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
A2 (Mon) 10:30-11:15am March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
A3 (Tues) 9:30-10:15am March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
A4 (Tues) 10:30-11:15am March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Set B
B1 (Mon) 9:30-10:15am April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
B2 (Mon) 10:30-11:15am April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
B3 (Tues) 9:30-10:15am April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12
B4 (Tues) 10:30-11:15am April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12

College to Participate in VA’s ‘Yellow Ribbon’ Program

Williamsport – Pennsylvania College of Technology has agreed to take part in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, an initiative allowing colleges and universities to voluntarily fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, participating institutions can waive up to 50 percent of those expenses, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will match the amount. The exact percentage of students’ tuition and fees to be waived/contributed is determined by the participating college or university. The schools also determine the maximum number of students who may participate.

“Penn College’s support of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement program is important to those veterans in obtaining a college education, and we are pleased to be a part of this federal program,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “This is just another source of funding offered through the college’s Financial Aid Office to ensure student veterans have what they need to complete their degrees.”

Only veterans who are eligible for the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive the Yellow Ribbon funding. To be eligible, a veteran must have served an aggregate of 36 months on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, or have been honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001.

Benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program are payable only for education and training pursued after Aug. 1 of this year.

Currently, since Penn College’s in-state and out-of-state tuition rates are below the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate (as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs), all veterans enrolled at the college have their tuition costs covered without the assistance of the Yellow Ribbon Program. However, if the tuition rate and fees at Penn College would ever exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition/fees, the Yellow Ribbon Program will

provide additional assistance to the enrolled veterans.

To learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program or other veterans’ benefits, visit or call the Penn College Financial Aid Office, coordinator of veterans affairs, toll free at (800) 367-9222, option 4.

To learn more about Penn College, visit, e-mail or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.