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Alumnus Receives Award for Work on Building Standards

Jeffrey L. Erdly

A 1972 engineering drafting graduate of Williamsport Area Community College, a Penn College predecessor, recently received the E. George Stern Award of Excellence from the ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. Jeffrey L. Erdly, CEO of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., was honored for continuous and outstanding achievements during his tenure with ASTM – known until 2001 as the American Society for Testing and Materials. An expert on masonry preservation technology, his 30-year-old company specializes in architectural maintenance and restoration, masonry preservation, building envelope diagnostics and more. Erdly was profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue and was selected as the college’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2004.

Penn College Grads’ List for Summer Semester Released

The list of graduates for the Summer 2015 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued by the Registrar.

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Alumnus Helps to Improve Access to Safe Water in Rural India

“Headloading” fresh water requires several trips a day and can cause physical ailments. Photo courtesy of Wello

A woman demonstrates WaterWheel 2.5, a rolling water tank that eases the daily burden of fetching water in rural India. Photo courtesy of Wello

Jason C. Gross, '05, plastics and polymer engineering technology

From the Fall 2015 issue of One College Avenue magazine: In rural India, women travel sometimes miles to retrieve safe, clean drinking water for their families, carrying a gallon or two at a time in pots atop their heads. Penn College plastics graduate Jason C. Gross, ’05, helped to ease that burden by lending his expertise to a unique product. Read ‘Clean Water to Go’

Penn College Boasts Another ‘Rising Star’ in Plastics Industry

Matthew K. Peterman

Plastics News has included a second Penn College graduate among its “Rising Stars” in the industry: Matthew K. Peterman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology in May. Peterman, an award-winning Resident Assistant during his Penn College years, is a manufacturing development engineer/operations rotation engineer with TE Connectivity Ltd. in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Look around and grasp fully how much of your everyday life is affected by plastics,” the Phoenixville native said. “If you can understand that plastics has driven the advancement of our society since its initial introduction, then you will understand how amazing it can be to be part of the industry. The only limit in the plastics industry is how far you want to go and how much you want to put into it.” As reported earlier, classmate Ryan N. Troiano was also selected.

Industry Publication Features Q&A With Plastics Alum

Ryan N. Troiano

Ryan N. Troiano, who earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology from Penn College in May, was recently featured as an industry “Rising Star” in a trade publication. Plastics News profiled Troiano, originally from Lake Ariel, employed as a title development and project engineer with Greiner Packaging Corp. in Pittston. “I became interested in the plastics industry after an open house at Penn College, when I saw all of the processing/lab equipment and heard about other students’ experiences,” said Troiano, who was awarded multiple industry scholarships while at the college.

Student Speaker Shares Message of Pride, Perseverance

Kyle G. Stavinski

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s meaningful tradition of choosing graduating students to speak at commencement exercises continued Saturday, as Kyle G. Stavinski delivered remarks that blended humor, humility, history and gratitude – both for the family and friends in his corner and for the alma mater that will inform his tomorrows. “Today, we say goodbye to everything that was familiar to us. We’re moving on, but just because we’re leaving … and that hurts,” said the Elysburg resident, who was awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services. “Our Penn College education and family will be with us no matter where we roam. Penn College has become our foundation of growth, our north star and the small, clear voice inside our head that makes the uncertainty we will encounter through life our friend – the voice giving us hope for the future so we can make a difference.”

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Read the Latest Edition of Penn College’s Magazine

Fall 2015 coverThe Fall 2015 issue of One College Avenue magazine includes stories about alumni using their education to ease the task of fetching water in rural India and to oversee a major highway construction project that will bypass the congested Shamokin Dam area, along with many other stories highlighting Penn College life and the accomplishments of students, alumni and employees. Look for it in building lobbies across campus, or read and share these stories now at the magazine’s website.

Sunshine Smiles Upon College’s Summer Graduates

A lineup of jubilant graduates

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kyle G. Stavinski, of Elysburg, who was awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker. More than 250 degrees were conferred during the ceremony, which included presentation of a Distinguished Alumni Award to Warren A. Peter, who graduated from Penn College’s immediate predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College, in 1974 with a two-year degree in carpentry and building construction technology.

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Distinguished Alumnus Honored at Summer Commencement

Warren A. Peter receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from Davie Jane Gilmour, president of Pennsylvania College of Technology, at the college’s Summer 2015 commencement ceremonies.

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented its Distinguished Alumni Award to Warren A. Peter during Summer 2015 commencement ceremonies held Aug. 8 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields, demonstrated the importance of their Penn College education, participated in leadership roles within the community, and demonstrated a commitment to the college and community relations.

Peter graduated from Penn College’s immediate predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College, in 1974 with an Associate of Applied Science in carpentry and building construction technology.

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15 Students Learning, Working at Iconic Maryland Shore Restaurants

Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts and systems student Randall Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Maryland, works in the kitchen of one of Phillips Seafood’s Ocean City, Maryland, restaurants. Janowitz is completing his second internship with the company, which hired 15 interns from Penn College’s hospitality majors this summer.

A record 15 Pennsylvania College of Technology students were hired by Phillips Seafood to serve internships in the iconic Maryland company’s Ocean City establishments this summer.

Phillips has hired an increasing number of students from the college’s culinary arts majors for more than eight years, but this year, with the company in need of even more summer staff, executive chef Randy Stanley made a visit to the Penn College campus to recruit.

“In my 26 years of working for Phillips, virtually every season the backbone of our back-of-house staff has been young college students from Maryland and Pennsylvania,” Stanley said. “The students from Penn College have always been among our most valued employees. They are bright, eager, polite and professional. The time of year that the students are available – mid-May to mid-August – works very well for us here in Ocean City.”

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Penn College Summer Commencement to Be Held Aug. 8

Penn College’s Summer Commencement will take place Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, for the nearly 270 students who have petitioned to graduate following the summer sessions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker will be Kyle Gregory Stavinski, of Elysburg, who will be awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services.

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Manufacturing Alum Featured Among Magazine’s Industry All-Stars

David M. Huston

David M. Huston, who graduated from Penn College in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, has been chosen among the country’s future leaders in manufacturing by a national publication. Manufacturing Engineering magazine included Huston in its recent third annual “30 Under 30” issue, which celebrates 30 people under the age of 30 who “have demonstrated exceptional talent and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics – fields that are essential underpinnings to a career in manufacturing.” Huston provided the news to the college’s Alumni Relations Office, asking that it be shared with the faculty in his major “who had such a positive influence on my schooling and career.” He also noted that the industry is putting higher demand and focus on hiring young people to replace a retiring workforce. “Penn College has given me the skill-set and knowledge to get my career off to a great start,” he wrote. “It is my firm belief that (the college) graduates premier talent with the hands-on ‘know-how’ that other colleges/universities can’t compete with.”

Alumnus Among Top Competitors in Employer’s Skills-Testing

Under the critical eye of a judge and his clipboard, Brian P. Weidner competes ...

... in a series of skills tests ...

... that pitted him against other top-performing Ryder technicians.

After only 20 months on the job, Brian P. Weidner – a 2011 diesel technology graduate working as a Tech 3 for Ryder Systems Inc. – tested his way into the third level of his employer’s prestigious Top Tech Competition. During the awards ceremony, the alumnus from Quakertown said, his mentor cited Weidner’s educational background at his technical high school and his degree from Penn College.
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Alumni Raise Toast, ‘Jolly Roger’ During Baseball Trip to Pittsburgh

Jonathan R. Hurr, a 2008 mass media communication graduate, and friend

Entering Pirate territory in the colors of that "other" Pennsylvania team are the Bitting family from Lewistown. From right are Dad Jeffrey L. Bitting, a 1985 construction carpentry alumnus; daughter Lauren D., a nursing major; Mom Cathy; and Scott A., who earned a degree in computer aided drafting technology in 2014. At left is Scott's girlfriend, Shelby D. Lyter, of Allensville, a nursing major.

The Pittsburgh skyline provides a scenic backdrop for the home team's 4-3 victory.

More than 40 alumni and friends met at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in Pittsburgh on June 13 to network before that afternoon’s game between the hometown Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies in PNC Park. The group was treated to an on-field Big & Rich concert after the game, too!
Photos by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist

Students ‘Ramp Up’ Production, Delivering in Advance of Derby Day

Myers, Matson-Warner and Mullner (from left) attach the ramp's trigger mechanism Thursday morning.

Surveying with pride their know-how and craftsmanship, the students are joined by faculty member Troup (second from right).

Matson-Warner demonstrates the starting ramp's ease of use, sending two cars on a brief parking-lot jaunt. (The maiden run was coincidentally witnessed by school dean David R. Cotner, who readily expressed his pride in the project results.)

When competitors in Saturday’s Williamsport Soap Box Derby are launched down Market Street, precision Penn College handiwork will ensure a consistent start in their dash to the finish. Answering a request from event organizers, four students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies formulated and built the ramp that will send racers on their speedy descent from Brandon Park to Little League Boulevard. “I supervised and answered questions when they had them,” said Howard W. Troup, maintenance mechanic/millwright, “but this was entirely designed and custom-made by students.” After the college (a derby co-sponsor) was provided with official specifications, which mainly asked that the ramp’s release and reset mechanism be handily operated by a seated volunteer, Troup turned the project over to Matthew J. Horner, of Marion, an automated manufacturing technology major who earned an associate degree in automotive technology last year. Working from Horner’s blueprints and making modifications as appropriate, three others – Robert W. Myers, of Montoursville, a manufacturing engineering technology major; Michael B. Mullner, of Kendall, New Jersey, enrolled in machine tool technology; and John I. Matson-Warner, of South Williamsport, who majors in welding and fabrication engineering technology – fashioned a nearly 7-foot-wide aluminum ramp that is as aesthetic as it is functional. More lightweight and portable than its rigid steel predecessor, the ramp includes bubble levels and scissor jacks on both sides to avoid misalignment and to effect a uniform start in the scores of head-to-head races throughout the day. “And we used bronze bushings, so it should last 100 years,” Troup added. (Two winners in the weekend race, a local tradition revived in 2010, will go on to compete at the national level in Akron, Ohio.) Soap Box Derby officials are picking up the ramp on Friday morning, and, with a commendable nod toward quality control and customer service, the students plan to be at the starting line at 6 a.m. Saturday for installation and to make sure that volunteers understand its operation.