Category Archives: Campus Events

Student Veteran Organization presents: Thanksgiving Food Drive


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, literally! It’s a day to be thankful for all we have been blessed with, but for the less fortunate it may be tough. So, I am happy to announce that the SVO (Student Veteran Organization) is holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The food should be in sealed boxes and cans, and is to be dropped off in the donation cartons that are placed on the porch area of the school (at the front of the school, by the seating area.) The donations will be given to a Delaware County food bank that is located at a church in Prospect Park, PA.

The statistics are frightening – 15% or more households in Pennsylvania alone are struggling daily with a food hardship. At this time of year, as we think about the holidays and what they mean, it’s more important than ever to reach out and help our community, to lend a helping hand and donate foods for the less fortunate. It’s a cause that needs our help, and I hope you all are able to help out this holiday season.

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Associate Degree Commencement Ceremony

1556485_10152516673349369_3949378600090610876_oThe Pennsylvania Institute of Technology will host its traditional degree commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the Theatre on the Main Campus in Media. President and Founder, Walter R. Garrison, will confer Associate Degrees in Allied Health Technology, Architectural/Civil Engineering Technology, Business Administration Technology, Computer Aided Design Technology, Computer and Communications Technology, Computer Software and Information Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology on the graduates.

The 2013 Commencement Award winners include: Valedictorian: Henry Chen; Salutatorian: Brandon Marcelle; Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to the College: Romario O. Wallace; Founder’s Award: Ernst D. Lindor; President’s Award: Howard T. Rolleston; and, Distinguished Alumnus: Kevin Siu. In addition, Program Awards will be presented earlier in the week at the Honor’s Breakfast to the following graduates: Allied Health Technology: Nadirah Mathews (Center City) and Angelique Smith (Media); Architectural/Civil Engineering Technology: Bobby M. Dixon; Business Administration Technology: Vamuyan Sheriff; Computer Aided Design Technology: Melissa Sheffield; Computer and Communications Technology: Sean Kelly; Computer Software & Information Technology: Michael Powell; Mechanical Engineering Technology: Kayla Marriner; Hill-Charles Outstanding Student in Mathematics: Radjaa Fardjallah; and English/Humanities: Jack Dixon.

During 2013, the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is celebrating 60 years of student success.

A note from the pharmacist — have you had your flu shot this year?

Fall is here, and with it comes, thoughts of pumpkin lattes, changing leaves and, for Allied Health students and others in the healthcare industry, flu epidemics. Last year America saw the worst influenza epidemic it’s had in the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 26 times more flu cases were reported during October, November and December than during the same time the year prior. The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology would like to encourage Allied Health program students and students in other disciplines to consider protecting themselves against this year’s flu virus by getting vaccinated now, before flu season hits in full force.

flu shots for studentsContracting the flu means around a week in bed while your body fights the virus. While you might feel like pushing through, most people with genuine influenza cases are too weak to attend classes. On top of that, you need to stay confined to your home to avoid spreading the flu to your classmates and faculty. Allied Health students and students in other rigorous disciplines do not have time to be sick in bed for a week or more. You can protect yourself from this with one simple vaccination.

If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine yet, you’ll find that it’s easier than ever to do so by coming to school. Flu shots will be available to P.I.T. students for $23 in the following locations and on these dates:

  • in MEDIA on Wednesday, October 16 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Room 308.
  • in CENTER CITY on Tuesday, November 5 from 12:30 to 6:30 pm in the Café.

The DEADLINE for interested P.I.T. students to email your name and campus (Media or Center City) is no later than Friday, October 11. Send your email to:

P.I.T. students must provide your payment ($23), in cash, when you come for the vaccination.

You can also make a simple trip to your local pharmacy (or even a grocery store with a pharmacy). The American Pharmacists Association indicates that the number of pharmacy students and pharmacists getting trained to deliver vaccines has quadrupled in the past six years. That means you can likely walk to your nearest pharmacy location to have your shot, so you can save the cost of a doctor’s visit. For just a few dollars, you can purchase protection that will last through the entire 2013-2014 flu season. If you have private insurance that covers the flu shot, the pharmacy can even bill your insurance provider for the vaccine.

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Interestingly, the majority of people are still going to their regular doctor to get a flu shot. In a recent survey asking people “Where do you get your flu shot?” 41.9 percent responded that it comes from their doctor, with only 19.8 percent indicating they went to their retail pharmacy. Further education about the availability of the flu shot at local pharmacies is needed to help increase these numbers.

In Media, you have several locations you can choose to get your flu shot. While you can always visit a local physician, that can be costly and time consuming. Instead, consider visiting the local CVS, Rite Aid, Sav-On, or Walgreens Pharmacy for a flu shot, without an appointment and for an affordable price. Simply walk in, get your shot and leave, without hassle.

This year’s flu season could be even worse than last year’s, and protection is not difficult. Why are you ignoring your own health? If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s time to be proactive to prevent succumbing to the flu.

2013 Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, May 18, 2013 on the Media Campus, the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology hosted the 2013 commencement ceremony in addition to celebrating its 60th Anniversary.

pennsylvania institute of technologyP.I.T.s’ Founder and current President, Walter R. Garrison, was the guest speaker. Mr. Garrison’s address focused on the graduates sitting before him and all those who had come in the 60 years prior. He stressed the importance of family and the pursuit of continued education.

He urged the class of 2013 to never lose sight of either as they entered the next phase of their life journey. It was evident to all watching and listening that this was a College that cared about its students, their trials and tribulations, their journeys and their successes.

Click here to view our 2013 Commencement Ceremony photo album on Facebook.

PIT Transfer Fair: How Do You Get Your Ticket Punched?

How often do you think about transferring?  We transfer from the train to the subway, we transfer money from savings to checking, and some of us transfer our affections as often as we change our under-roos!   In a few weeks, the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology will host a Transfer Fair on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This, my friends, is something you definitely need to consider if you are planning on pursuing your bachelor’s degree!

Over the past year, I have seen students transfer to Temple University, Penn State, Neumann, Peirce College, Holy Family University and many, many other schools.  It is a daunting and scary prospect to go from the nice small comfortable pond at PIT and then launch yourself into the big ocean of a university setting.  Some students easily float along at their new school while others flounder and flail (bonus points for alliteration?)!  What makes the difference?  Not to sound like a teacher, but the one thing that will make you successful at a four-year university is doing your homework (insert collective eye roll).

What degree do you want to earn?  That’s the easy question.  Most of you should have a fairly good idea at this point, but what other issues are important to you?  Here are some of the questions to consider:

  • Are you working towards a scholarship?
  • Do you want to live on campus?
  • Are you ready to make your stage debut in theater or the performing arts?
  • What kind of campus culture do you feel comfortable joining?  Do you want to party hearty or hit the books hard?
  • Are you interested in joining a fraternity or sorority?
  • Do you want to get experience by doing an internship?
  • Do you want to attend a school that is known for its extracurricular sports or do you want to stay far away from football?

If you are planning on your four-year degree or even just wondering if you should consider it, you should attend the PIT TRANSFER FAIR on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..  We will be hosting admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities from the tri-state area (and beyond) who can answer the aforementioned questions as well as any others that are rolling around your brain as you play World of Warcraft!  Additionally, PIT’s counselors and PIT’s College Transfer advisor Adina Tayar will be on hand to assist you with any questions you may have.  A financial aid expert will also be there to help you understand how to pay for continuing your education.

Lastly and for some—most importantly—there will be snacks.  So if you are hungry for knowledge and hungry for carbs, you should definitely make a plan to attend.  All you need to bring is an open mind and a willingness to pursue your dreams.  If you have class at this time, please check with your instructor first!

If you cannot make it to the Transfer Fair but would like more information about transferring, please contact Adina Tayar, PIT’s College Transfer Coordinator, at or 610-892-1511.

Habitat for Humanity: Gonna Make You Sweat!

You get up super early on a Saturday morning, pack a bag lunch and head out into the crystal clear morning of a summer day.  You are not heading to the shore or Six Flags; instead, you are going to spend the day working hard, sweating, getting stinky and ultimately adding an important line to your resume.  Every semester Suzanne Stewart, Program Manager for Architecture and Civil Engineering, takes a group of enthusiastic PIT students to a Habitat for Humanity building site.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that was started in 1976 to build and rehab simple, reasonably priced homes.  Over the past 35 years, they have built or rehabbed 400,000 homes for 2 million people around the world.  People who move into these homes don’t get them for free.  They pay a monthly mortgage (which helps Habitat for Humanity build more homes) and invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity).  (

The volunteers who build these houses come from all walks of life with a variety of skill sets.  As Suzanne Stewart repeatedly reminds me, a volunteer can have zero construction skills and still be a valuable contributor (apparently she remembers the tragic dry-wall incident involving my picture-hanging skills!).

The students who participate in this program learn hands-on construction skills the correct way.  Habitat for Humanity has only one expectation:  perfect construction.  On July 16, 2011, Denis Usov, Maria Clark, Sam Dix and his brother Bryant worked on a Habitat for Humanity house in Wilmington, Delaware.  The house was being rehabbed for a mother and her wheelchair-bound child.   The students had the opportunity to see the construction of an ADA compliant house including the drive-in shower!

Last fall, our volunteers, Bobby Dixon ad Steve Kawaleski worked on the framing of a second floor and installed floor trusses and beams. While the spring semester group (Rudisha Beattie, Steve Chapman, Ellis Gibbs, Cassandra Coleman, and Ryan McLain) worked on siding and veneers, flooring, insulation, painting and trim.

For the students who participate in this activity, it is definitely a resume builder.  Habitat for Humanity is a nationally recognized organization with a reputation for excellence.  However, at the end of the day, when your sweat is sweating, your face is smudged with dirt and paint and your muscles ache, the true value of the day is measured by the gleeful faces of the homeowners who will one day live in their own home for the first time in their lives.


Dr. Hill Hoagie Sale

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The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology will be selling hoagies to help raise money for the Dr. Hill Student Fund. Everyone is encouraged to help by ordering a hoagie. Order forms are available through both campuses from now until March 11, 2011.


All hoagie orders will be delivered on March 15, 2011.

“Mini” – 7-inch hoagies: $5

“Regular” – 13-inch hoagies: $7


Choose from three different flavors: Italian, Turkey & Cheese, and Roast Beef & Cheese.

  • All hoagies include Lettuce, Tomato, Oregano, Salt and Pepper.
  • Onions, Oil,  and Mayo are optional or can be included on the side (if requested).


Remember, Cash on Delivery will not be accepted. All orders must be paid for in advance.

  • Media: Pay in Job Placement Office across from ARO (see posted hours) or pay G. Lockley in Rm.301 (on 3rd floor, turn right at fire extinguisher.)
  • Pay Diane Turturro (during the day) or Amanda Jenkins for evening pick-ups.


Daffodil Days

Daffodil Days are Here!!

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is participating in the American Cancer Society’s Annual Daffodil Days campaign. You may purchase daffodils for yourself, your family, or donate them to a cancer patient. You also can purchase a Teddy Bear with a bunch of daffodils, potted mini daffodils, a vintage vase with daffodils, a bunch of daffodils, or even a single daffodil. Prices range from $1 to $25.

Please join in supporting this worthwhile cause while bringing a breath of spring into your world.

An order form is attached. You must complete the form (with full payment) and submit the order for to Diane Turturro (Center City) or Cheryl Javer (Media Campus).


The pick up point will be at the receptionist desk (on both campuses). Pick up dates will be announced shortly.

Jean’s Day

Jeans Days!!!!!
An opportunity to wear jeans to school for 2 days (February 21 and 22)

$5 for the privilege – all monies to be donated to THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Buy your heart from the following locations:
Ms. Joann Cuozzo – Rm A102 (Center City)
Ms. Cheryl Javer – Job Placement Office (Media)
Mr. Garrison Lockley – Table in PIT Café at Lunch

You must wear your “HEART” while you wear jeans on the designated days.

Valentine Day Bake Sale – Media

Hey, you Lovers!!!


Valentine’s day – Monday February 14

Flowers and goodies for sale. On the porch (Media Campus) to benefit the Dr. Hill student fund for emergencies.

  • $1 Carnations
  • $1 Chocolate bars
  • And Assorted Baked goods

Sweets for your sweet wife, girlfriend, husband, child…

How about your favorite teacher??