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Cub Scouts Build Souvenirs, Memories in Visit to Carpentry Labs

PCCA members enlighten area Cub Scouts in a mutually beneficial (and enjoyable) visit.

Cub Scouts join their hosts and chaperones in showing off their birdhouses and toolboxes.

The Penn College Construction Association welcomed the Muncy Cub Scouts to campus on Monday. The Scouts arrived at the carpentry labs for an evening filled with fun, as they learned how to build their own birdhouses and small toolboxes. Every Cub Scout had a PCCA member guide him through the construction of each project. “This was a wonderful event,” said PCCA President Ryan Fry, of Nazareth. “I enjoyed seeing the Cub Scouts enjoy building their very own projects. I think our members had just as much fun as the kids.” The Scouts had a sense of accomplishment after seeing their projects come to fruition. PCCA Historian Alexander E. Eckerd, of Elizabethtown, said: “The club members enjoyed passing their passion for construction down to the next generation. I feel the Cub Scouts greatly enjoyed their time spent with us and will have a lasting memory.” PCCA believes such events are very successful in getting future generations to develop an appreciation for the construction industry. “Another successful task completed by the PCCA,” said organization Secretary Kyle J. Williams, of Oley. “It was truly a great feeling to be able to help the Cub Scouts build these projects, letting them get hands-on and mentoring them with techniques that we learned in our construction classes. Seeing the kids smiling and enjoying every minute of using the tools and building their projects really inspired me, and I hope PCCA continues the tradition!” Fry, Eckerd and Williams are enrolled in the college’s four-year residential construction technology and management major. After the kids completed their projects, faculty member Barney A. Kahn IV led the Cub Scouts on a tour of the construction labs. More photos can be viewed on PCCA Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Photos by Kahn, instructor of building construction technology

Eight Penn College Students Headed for SkillsUSA Nationals

Eight first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 22-26 in Kentucky.

Five other students from the college finished in the top four places in a variety of categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 8-10 in Hershey.

“The students did very well representing the college. It was the first time competing for some of the students, but they will be back next year for another go-around,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “Many of the students advancing have been to nationals before, either as a college competitor or when they were in high school. We’re looking forward to the change of venue, as nationals will be in Louisville instead of Kansas City.”

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Penn College Construction Students Start Scholarship Fund

A campus organization at Pennsylvania College of Technology is putting its money where its classmates are, starting a scholarship fund to help construction students meet the costs of their education.

Members of the Penn College Construction Association, a student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders, made the initial gift to a fund that will begin awarding scholarships in the Fall 2015 semester.

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Masonry Students Build Glass Enclosure for Time Capsule

Anthony J. DiBucci (left) starts work March 31 with building construction instructor Glenn R. Luse.

Construction continues alongside a sign explaining the Centennial commemoration.

Ciaran E. Cahalane (left) and DiBucci lay another course of block.

Brett D. Aldinger wields a sponge for a cleaner look.

Luse adds his craftsman's finishing touches in readiness for Monday's event.

A vault for Penn College’s Centennial time capsule has been constructed on the first floor of Madigan Library by instructor Glenn R. Luse’s Brick Masonry class. Over the past week, the students laid six courses of glass block purchased through Clif Grimes at Beavertown Block Co. Inc. The capsule, to be filled with various items suggested and collected throughout the college’s 2014 Centennial celebration, will be placed in the library vault Wednesday. Billtown Mechanical Corp. fabricated the surrounding track system and will seal the top, Luse said. Students involved were Brett D. Aldinger, of Easton; Anthony J. DiBucci, of Glenshaw; Ciaran E. Cahalane, Newtown Square; Brianna L. Lizza, of Pittston; and Daniel R. McKay, of Havertown. Lizza is enrolled in building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration; the others are majoring in building construction technology: masonry emphasis.

Penn College Student’s Aerial Images on Display in Gallery Lobby

An exhibit of aerial images taken by student Maxwell A. Davert, of Greene, Rhode Island, is on display through April 23 at The Gallery at Penn College.

Aerial images captured by Pennsylvania College of Technology student Maxwell A. Davert are on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of the Madigan Library, through April 23.

Davert, a senior in building science and sustainable design from Greene, Rhode Island, has gathered numerous still and video images using a quadcopter with an integrated, high-definition camera. The collection of images on display includes eight color photographs of the Penn College campus and 10 videos, offered via two television screens. The videos feature the campus, local area and other venues, including natural sites in Davert’s home state.

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PCCA Continues Discussion During Post-Career Fair Social

A common interest in the construction industry prompts an informal gathering ...

... of students, employers and faculty in a PCCA-sponsored event in Penn's Inn.

The Penn College Construction Association expanded its opportunity to interact with potential employers with an invitation to remain on campus for a social event following this week’s Career Fair. Using Penn’s Inn as the backdrop, club members opened the social with a brief introduction to the purpose of the club. Officers highlighted several of their community service projects while their guests enjoyed a much-needed break to sit and enjoy the presentation. “We wanted to give students and prospective employers an opportunity to continue conversations from the Career Fair in a more informal setting,” said Ryan T. Fry, PCCA president. “While I graduate in May, my goal is for this social event to becoming a sustaining activity for future Penn College students.” After the brief presentation of club activities, the students, employers and faculty members enjoyed casual talk about the industry. For faculty, it was also an opportunity to catch up with alumni now working in the field. “I’ve been involved with the club since I started at Penn College. Being involved has allowed me to become engaged with the community,” said Vincent S. DelMonte, PCCA vice president. “The club provided me with additional avenues to apply my skills. I like to call this club my ‘free class,’” he added with a laugh.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean, construction and design technologies

Seventh-Graders Add to Career Toolkit During Campus Visit

A middle-schooler feels the weight of a sledgehammer as Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, shows the group several tools of the concrete masonry trade, including …

… a diamond-tip saw …

… and a float.

Participants watch as concrete tumbles in a mixer.

A youngster shovels green concrete to fill a paver mold.

Seventh-graders from Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program made a visit recently to the concrete masonry facilities in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies. Under the direction of Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, the young students learned the tools of the trade and made concrete pavers. Participants in the after-school program visit the college once a week (seventh-graders on Wednesday and eighth-graders on Thursday) through a partnership coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

‘Wings’ Fundraiser Benefits THON, Construction Association

Charitable construction students and supportive faculty, representing Penn College's active PCCA chapter, mingle at the fundraiser. Back row, from left, are Vincent S. DelMonte, of Berlin, N.J., and instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Richard M. Sarginger. Seated, from left, are students Mark A. Lapszynski, of Kennett Square, and Michael J. Leventhal, of King of Prussia.

Mixing food and philanthropy is this smiling trio of dental hygiene majors (from left): Chelsea E. Miller, of Chambersburg; Morgan E. Moberg, of Huntingdon; and Paige T. Messinger, of East Berlin.

Tickets bear the names of the organizational beneficiaries.

Students from varied majors (but a unified objective) enjoy a collegial night out. From left are Chad L. Royer, of Ephrata; Michael S. Goetz, of Harleysville; Joshua L. Blank, of West Chester; Katelyn N. Sides, of Lebanon; and Evan R. Hughes, of Newton, N.J.

Two more students from the School of Health Sciences – Victoria Krueger (left), of Staten Island, N.Y., and Abigail C. Buglio, of Harrisburg – happily help the cause.

A recent Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser co-sponsored by Penn College Benefiting THON and the Penn College Construction Association collected about $300 to be shared by the two student groups. Max Bower, secretary of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and organizer of the second annual event at the Loyalsock Township restaurant, this week got the final total from the Feb. 4 fundraiser, in which 10 percent of all pre-tax sales from ticket-carrying guests were split by the campus organizations. PCCA’s share is $100, with the balance going to the college’s THON chapter for the fight against pediatric cancer. This is the second year for Penn College’s involvement in the 46-hour dance marathon, held at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund. Dancers in this year’s THON, to be held Feb. 20-22, will be Sarah M. Luprek, of Berlin, enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, and Stephanie C. Myers, a culinary arts and systems major from Catawissa. Interested donors can visit the THON Web page, click “Donate Now” and select Penn College as their organization of choice.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show

Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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Penn College to Hold Winter Commencement Dec. 20

Nicole Marie Reyes-Molina, a building construction technology: masonry emphasis student from Lancaster, will be the student speaker for the Dec. 20 Penn College commencement ceremony.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, for the nearly 290 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2014 semester.

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

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Alumnus Endows Second Scholarship at Penn College

Alumnus and scholarship donor Jeff Erdly talks with Penn College students during a campus presentation in October.

Jeff Erdly, CEO of Masonry Preservation Services Inc. and a 1972 engineering drafting graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology predecessor Williamsport Area Community College, has endowed a second scholarship at the college.

The Jeff Erdly Scholarship will provide award preferences to Penn College full-time students who have graduated from Selinsgrove Area High School and are enrolled in any major. Second preference will be given to Penn College students who have a home residence in Snyder County.

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‘Race to Zero’ Presentation to Be Held Thursday in ACC

"Race to Zero"

Want a $0.00 energy bill? It is possible! The Penn College community can learn how at Thursday’s “Race to Zero” presentation, set for 3:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Everyone will learn about current standards that can be used to design houses that produce as much energy as they use. All students are invited to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Student Design Competition team, putting their combined skills – architecture; surveying; construction management; estimating; interior design; landscaping; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems – toward a Habitat for Humanity home to be built in the Brodart neighborhood of Williamsport in the summer of 2015. Their design will be submitted in the DOE contest, intended to inspire and develop the next generation of building science professionals.

Alumnus Builds Purposeful Life on Brick-and-Mortar Foundation

Jeff Erdly takes his audience on a journey both personal and professional, from a long line of Pennsylvania farmers to his leadership of a $10 million, 60-employee business.

An award-winning alumnus who established a memorial scholarship at Penn College, Erdly urges students to "make the world a better place."

"I love bricks" was Erdly's obvious confession, as he employed a familiar prop to discuss "stretchers," "headers," "sliders" and other ways to orient a course of masonry work.

The guest speaker talks with Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies (who introduced the afternoon lecture), and Debra M. Miller, the college's director of corporate relations.

Erdly's philosophy seamlessly melds his jovial nature with his vocational passion: "Find something you love to do and care about it. You've got to work –  you might as well enjoy it!"

Standing in Penn College’s 100-year-old Klump Academic Center, which he characterized Thursday as “the ultimate repurposed building,” a 1972 alumnus counseled a new generation on how to construct a meaningful life in a mercurial profession. Jeff Erdly, co-founder and CEO of  Masonry Preservation Services, presented “Just Another Brick in the Wall? A Building Science Education – Its Value to Society, and Roadmap to Building Your Career.” During an hour that interwove his expertise in structural deterioration and his insights on workforce credibility, Erdly balanced the longevity of some of the world’s most recognizable structures – from the Pantheon of ancient Rome to the state Capitol in Harrisburg to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater – with the ever-shifting world that the college’s graduates will inhabit. “This industry changes so fast, at a pace that has never been seen before,” the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award-winner told students. “All you should know at the end of school is what you don’t know.” To punctuate his point, Erdly held up a slide rule and evoked the words of a long-ago WACC instructor who not-so-presciently told him, “the computer will never replace a draftsman.” Still, he advised construction majors to “respect the craft,” reflecting the culture that he strives to honor at his business. He also urged students to “appreciate the moment that you’re in” … and not to be “Wikipedia-smart,” but to read everything and anything along their road to lifelong learning. Concluding his talk with a Q&A and a photo of his grandchildren, Erdly saved for last what might be his most crucial nugget: “Have nothing in your life that you don’t find to be useful or beautiful.” Read more about Erdly and his illustrious career in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue.

Award-Winning Alumnus to Speak Thursday in ACC

Jeff Erdly

Members of the campus community – particularly students in construction-related majors – are encouraged to attend a lecture by Jeff Erdly, a 1972 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and a world-renowned authority on building and masonry preservation, who will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the Penn College Alumni Relations Office, Erdly will present “Just Another Brick in the Wall? A Building Science Education – Its Value to Society, and Roadmap to Building Your Career.” The chief executive officer and co-founder of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., Erdly was profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue. He was also selected as the college’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2004 in recognition of his personal and professional accomplishments, his contributions toward the college (including his establishment of a scholarship in memory of his parents), and the high regard in which he is held in the community.

College’s Construction, Masonry Majors Gain Key Credential

The marketability of students in two of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s construction majors, already a credible source for employers assembling a qualified workforce, has been bolstered by a professional endorsement from the Pennsylvania Builders Association.

The college’s building construction technology and building construction technology: masonry emphasis majors, both offered through the School of Construction & Design Technologies, recently received the endorsement of the PBA – the voice of the home-building industry in the Keystone State.

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