Penn College celebrates centennial, anniversary of PSU affiliation

This year’s centennial observance at Pennsylvania College of Technology, celebrating 100 years of adult education, will include a July gathering of those who helped chart that historic course.

The yearlong commemoration coincides with another watershed anniversary: 25 years since Penn College was created as a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University on July 1, 1989.

The July 25 centennial gala, to be held in Madigan Library, will bring together about 125 invitees including former presidents, administrators, board members, President’s Council and selected friends of the college. The day will feature lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, campus tours, a reception, brief remarks and dinner.

The event falls about midway through the yearlong centennial fete, with other summer events including a July 22 “Pack the Park Night” with the Williamsport Crosscutters.

Also marking the occasion are an award-winning history trail through main campus, a series of commemorative books, colloquia on technology and society, custom merchandise from Penn College and its predecessors, gallery exhibits, centennial art installations – including a just-completed mosaic and welded sculptures to be dedicated in October – concerts, donor recognition, alumni reunions, an expanded fall open house and themed athletic events.

There’s cause for celebration, too, for the Penn College Scholarship Campaign, a multiyear initiative that coincides with the 2014 Centennial.

To date, the college has raised more than $5.5 million in gifts, pledges and planned gifts for the scholarship campaign.

“We won’t have to wait 100 years to see the value, the importance, the necessity of having institutions like Penn College,” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said of that legacy in a video