Last updated April 9, 2013 | Posted in Building Construction, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Construction & Design Technologies, Students, Technology Management |
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Penn College Students Fare Well Amid High-Profile Competition
Students from construction majors and several other disciplines skillfully represented Pennsylvania College of Technology during competition at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show recently held in Las Vegas.
A team of students from four-year majors finished 12th out of 31 schools in the HBI Residential Construction Management Competition, and their two-year counterparts captured ninth place in a field of 16. Entrants representing universities, community colleges, high schools, and career and technical schools take part in the annual competition, in which students solve real-life residential construction problems and present their solutions to a judging panel of industry experts.
“Our four-year team had its best finish as far as anyone can remember,” said Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology and co-adviser. “I was completely happy with the results. The students worked so hard, and we made a great showing at the competition. Even the judges made comments about how well we improved over last year.”
Longsderff Named PSUAC ‘Pitcher of the Week’
Penn College baseball player Joshua E. Longsderff, a residential construction technology and management major from Columbia, has been named the Penn State University Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the period ending March 31. Longsderff threw a complete-game shutout against Penn State Mont Alto in his sole appearance of the week, allowing only seven hits and two walks. He captured one strikeout in the 2-0 win. So far this season, Longsderff has a 2.65 ERA with seven strikeouts and a .269 opposing batters’ average. His ERA ranks him third in the PSUAC. His efforts have helped Penn College to 4-0 record in the conference and a 7-6 overall record. Longsderff and the Wildcats get back into action when they travel to Penn State Greater Allegheny on Thursday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
Last updated April 3, 2013 | Posted in Building Construction, Sports, Students |
On This Long-Awaited ‘Green’ Project, Knowledge IS Power
After a few wiring connections, the flick of a switch, some last-minute adjustments – and a helpful blast of winter wind across the White Deer Valley – Penn College’s turbine became operational Thursday. The morning’s achievement was several years in the making, beginning with a 2010 U.S. Department of Energy grant through The Pennsylvania State University. Students from the college’s two-year renewable energy technologies major will draw primary benefit from the turbine, which is near the Route 15 entrance to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and begins to generate power when wind speed hits 7-9 miles per hour. (Thursday’s current, which provided a timely nudge shortly after the turbine’s approval for use, was expected to hit upwards of 20 mph.) Other majors from the School of Construction and Design Technologies – carpentry, electrical and masonry, among them – helped with installation of the wind turbine, erecting the 24-by-24-foot support building and hooking up the equipment that converts raw, natural energy into usable electricity.
Last updated February 21, 2013 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Electrical, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies |
Bricks, Mortar Build Institutional Rapport in College’s Masonry Laboratory
About 50 architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University visited Penn College’s masonry lab Wednesday, gaining hands-on experience and a heightened appreciation of the relationship between design and construction. The traditional spring event highlights the college’s affiliation with Penn State; emphasizes masonry’s ties to another profession; delineates a career path that women might otherwise overlook; and illustrates the tangible support of Watsontown Brick, Glen-Gery Corp. and other industry representatives who provide technical assistance and thousands of dollars’ worth of supplies for the college’s Construction Masonry Building.
Last updated February 20, 2013 | Posted in Architectural Technology, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students | This gallery contains 15 photos. | Tagged as gallery |
Jonathan M. Probst Chosen as Latest ‘Student of the Month’
Jonathan M. Probst, a residential construction technology and management major from Allison Park, has been chosen as January’s Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Last updated January 31, 2013 | Posted in Building Construction, Students |
Future Landscape Architects Travel to College’s Masonry Lab
A record 63 landscape architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University filled Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building on Tuesday afternoon, getting a concentrated dose of hands-on instruction. Faculty and students from the college’s School of Construction and Design Technologies, joined by skilled industry representatives, mentored the guests as they moved through five stations: brick, block, cultured stone, real stone and archway construction. The day’s agenda, which mirrors an annual spring excursion by Penn State architecture majors, culminated in an informal competition among teams of visiting students. Contributing to the tradition’s success were Glenn Luse and Richard Motter, instructors of building construction; Robert Gresko, instructor of construction technology; Byron Singer, manager of Centre Hall Masonry Supply; Thomas Smith, apprentice coordinator for Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local #5; Ron Bower, business agent for the union local; Fred Fischer, union steward; and Ray Worth, a union bricklayer who helped build the college’s masonry laboratory.
Last updated October 23, 2012 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, General Information |
Turbine Project Enhances Education in Variety of Penn College Majors
Students in an array of Penn College majors are benefiting from installation of a wind turbine near the Schneebeli Earth Science Center south of Williamsport, both from the tower itself and construction of a related control center. Students in the two-year renewable energy technologies major are the prime beneficiaries of the turbine, which sits 80 feet above college property adjacent to the Energy Technology Education Center along Route 15. But the classes of at least seven School of Construction and Design Technologies faculty members, in curricula ranging from carpentry and concrete to masonry and electrical, are building the 24-by-24-foot building that will house the inverters and related equipment. Marc E. Bridgens, dean of the school, said the site will be available to any interested major, whether within construction (such as building science and sustainable design) or in another discipline (such as a science class in the School of Integrated Studies). In addition to providing students with hands-on exposure to the college’s “green” careers, power produced by the wind turbine – just one of the alternative sources examined in the two-year renewable-energy major – will illuminate roadside signage and generate cost-cutting electricity. A solar project on main campus continues to collect data for online comparison; Bridgens said a similar website is possible after the turbine is operational.
Last updated October 19, 2012 | Posted in Architectural Technology, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Electrical, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students |
Students Construct Picnic Tables for Natural Gas Training Site
Seventeen students in Penn College’s School of Construction and Design Technologies built 10 picnic tables for the pavilion at the Energy Technology Education Center, along Route 15 south of Williamsport. Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology, said his Construction Hand and Power Tools class was divided into smaller groups, each using a pattern to make part of the table. Once the pieces were completed, he said, the students formed an assembly line to finish the job. The tables, with pressure-treated legs for longer life, will be delivered by General Services next week. Four of the students displayed their handiwork alongside Kruppenbacher (second from right) in a carpentry laboratory Thursday morning. From left are Kyle A. Csorba, of Hamilton, N.J.; Ryan J. Lamont, of Ambler; Mark J. Boff, of Glenside; and Christopher R. Burke, of Fanwood, N.J. Lamont is enrolled in the building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration major; Boff is a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration student; and Csorba and Burke are building construction technology majors. ETEC supports hands-on training for workers in the natural gas industry and other energy-related fields, as well as emergency-response personnel.
Last updated October 18, 2012 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students |
Brennan PSUAC/USCAA Soccer Player of the Week
Junior Christopher Brennan (New Hope) was named the United States Collegiate Athletic Association and Penn State University Athletic Conference men’s soccer Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 14. In the Wildcats’ only game of the week, Brennan scored a season-high four goals and added an assist to lead the team to a 6-1 win over Penn State New Kensington. The honor is the first of the season for Brennan, who is second in the PSUAC and fourth in the USCAA in goals with 15. Overall, he has 31 points and has helped the team to an impressive 12-2-1 record. The Wildcats and Brennan, a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration major, will next see action Saturday against Bryn Athyn College.
Last updated October 17, 2012 | Posted in Building Construction, Sports |
Industry Support Evident in Scholarships to Penn College Students
Seven students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s construction majors have been awarded a total of $14,500 in varied scholarships, a significant reminder of employers’ support for the college’s sought-after “degrees that work.”
“It is a testament to the industries that have provided funding for the educational opportunities of our students,” said Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies. “Their investment illustrates their confidence in Penn College graduates and their passion for their respective professions.”
Last updated October 9, 2012 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Electrical, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Scholarships |
College Flag Brings Welcome Touch of Home to Alumni Serviceman
A May 2011 graduate’s Penn College Pride has followed him to Afghanistan, where he was recently photographed holding a college flag on the hood of his command vehicle. Army Sgt. Peter J. Cassarly, an alumnus of the residential construction technology and management major, is serving with the Indiana (Pa.)-based 420th Engineering Route Clearance Co. His team’s mission includes locating and neutralizing Improvised Explosive Devices, route reconnaissance and conducting presence patrols. Cassarly emailed the administration several months ago, requesting a Penn College flag for his small combat outpost. He plans to return it – along with official certification that the flag was flown in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – when he returns to Pennsylvania in February.
Last updated October 4, 2012 | Posted in Alumni, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies |
Concrete Class Pours New Sidewalks Near LEC Entrance
Continuing a tradition of Penn College students leaving their lasting mark on campus, instructor Franklin H. Reber’s concrete construction class this week poured new sidewalks near the Hager Lifelong Education Center entrance off West Third Street. Whether designing and building the Victorian House, working on Field House construction, or landscaping and paving the Remembrance Garden – among decades of projects – students have a history of enhancing their alma mater’s appearance and providing themselves (and the greater community) with long-standing proof of their hands-on prowess.
Photos by Kimberly M. Edwards, secretary to the School of Construction and Design Technologies
Last updated October 2, 2012 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students |
Scouts Make ‘Earth Day’ Visit to Construction Lab
Daisy Troop 60303 and Brownie Troop 60142, based at Cochran Elementary School in Williamsport, visited the School of Construction and Design Technologies on Wednesday evening, working with Penn College Construction Association students and adviser Barney A. Kahn IV, instructor of building construction technology, to build birdhouses in support of their Earth Day patches. Photos by Lisa J. Caputo, secretary, School of Construction and Design Technologies
Last updated April 19, 2012 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, General Information |
PSU Architecture Students Make Traditional Trek to Masonry Lab
About 60 architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University made their annual journey to Penn College on Wednesday, their first since the Construction Masonry Building was dedicated last year. The School of Construction and Design Technologies (with substantial industry support) annually sponsors the event, which shares with the architecture majors the hands-on skills required to turn their artistry into actuality. Glenn R. Luse and Richard R. Motter, instructors of building construction, worked with the guests throughout the day, which ended with an informal competition among student projects.
First two photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer
Last updated February 22, 2012 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Events |
Construction Students Help Children’s Learning Center Prepare for Winter
The Fall 2011 semester saw completion of another on-campus construction project, courtesy of the School of Construction and Design Technologies. Students from Barney A. Kahn’s Framing Principles class, Jason E. Krick’s Building Materials Applications class, and volunteers from the Penn College Construction Association student organization worked together to complete a bicycle/toy storage shed for the Children’s Learning Center. The shed will offer a convenient location for the children’s bicycles and other outdoor toys during the off-season and at other times when they’re not in use. Photo by Kimberly M. Edwards, secretary, School of Construction and Design Technologies
Last updated December 15, 2011 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, General Information, Students |