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Penn College Online Video Honored With Telly Award

Nicole Reyes-Molina, a student from Lancaster, seen here in action for the Wildcat women’s basketball team, was profiled in a Penn College video that earned a Telly Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has won its second Telly Award of the year, thanks to a video featuring an inspirational student.

“Masonry with Nicole” is a bronze winner for motivational online video programming in the 35th annual international competition.

The nearly four-minute video features Nicole Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster, a student in the building construction technology: masonry emphasis major.

Reyes-Molina is shown excelling in a nontraditional major as she juggles classroom work, extensive hands-on training in Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building and playing for the women’s intercollegiate basketball team.

Her documented efforts are all the more impressive considering she is deaf.

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Mirroring Their Hosts, Career Day Visitors Learn by Doing

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

More than 900 middle schoolers and their chaperones visited main campus Monday, attending faculty-led sessions in many Penn College majors, all to give them a taste of career options. The event, which attracted eight school districts, was coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office.

Saving History: Alumnus Preserves Yesterday’s Workmanship

At the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Erdly’s company determined where water was entering the building then implemented the pilot phase of repairs.

Jeff Erdly, '72

Jeff Erdly inspects exterior walls on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bush Campus Center.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumnus Jeff Erdly, ’72, knows how a building breathes, how it ages and how to keep it viable for future generations. He’s used that knowledge on some of the East Coast’s most stately structures.

Teaching Honors Bestowed Upon Faculty Trio at Penn College

Awards for teaching were presented to three full-time faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology during commencement ceremonies held May 16-17 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award to Dorothy M. Mathers, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing.

Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented to Peter B. Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology, and Kevin R. Derr, professor of legal assistant studies.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented to full-time faculty at Penn College who have been nominated by their students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance. Since the program’s inception in 1982, awards have been presented to 95 honorees (30 Master Teacher and 65 Excellence in Teaching).

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Building Walls, Demolishing Obstacles

A guard for the Lady Wildcats, Reyes-Molina wanted to continue her basketball career “to have teammates and work toward a goal.”

Nicole Reyes-Molina scoops mortar for a 16-foot by 16-foot wall in the Construction Masonry Building.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: The sole female in her major, masonry student Nicole Reyes-Molina is a role model in the classroom and on the basketball court. The guard, who is deaf, wants others to see they can do anything they set their minds to.

Longsderff Named PSUAC ‘Pitcher of the Week’

Josh Longsderff

Senior Josh Longsderff, of Columbia, has been named the Penn State University Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 13. Longsderff captured two of the team’s six wins on the week, including a complete-game shutout against Penn State York. In his seven innings of work, he allowed just three hits, no walks and struck out 10. A residential construction technology and management major, Longsderff leads the Wildcats and the PSUAC with a total of five wins on the season so far. He has an era of 2.59 with 29 strikeouts and only seven earned runs in 24.1 innings. Next up, Longsderff and the Wildcats travel to Penn State Beaver on Thursday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.

Construction Grad Honored by State Association as ‘Builder of the Year’

Warren A. Peter

An alumnus of Williamsport Area Community College was accorded Pennsylvania Builders Association “Builder of the Year” honors during the group’s recent Installation Banquet and Awards Gala at the Radisson Lackawanna Station in Scranton. Warren A. Peter, of Warren Peter Construction Inc. was recognized for his impact on the construction industry and his service to PBA, the National Association of Home Builders, and his local Indiana-Armstrong Builders Association. More than 200 guests were on hand for the presentation to Peter, who earned a degree in building and construction technology from Penn College’s immediate predecessor in 1974. Peter has served the association in multiple capacities in his 31 years as a member, as a Life Director of the Board of Directors, as chair of multiple committees such as the PA Foundation for Housing and Workforce Training & Development, and as the secretary, vice president and 2012 president of PBA. Peter is very active in the Indiana-Armstrong Builders Association, serving as secretary, vice president and president, as well as membership chair. He has also served his community as chair of the Craft Committee for Carpentry and as a proctor for student exams at the Indiana County Technology Center; building homes for lower-income families with the Indiana County Homes and Habitat for Humanity programs; and construction of facilities for the Homer City and Punxsutawney baseball boosters.

Got Game? Former Student-Athletes Toss Extra Talents Into Careers

Golfer-turned-head-coach Matthew Haile helped his team stay undefeated and capture conference championships. In 2003, he was the conference individual champion – the first since 1982.

During Adam Waigand’s tenure, the Wildcats soccer team achieved a 55-14-1 record and a 2004 conference championship. An All-State selection, he helped the defense record 15 shutouts in his last two years.

Lindsey Fackler was a three-time All-American archer and Academic All-American who was part of the college’s title-winning female compound team at the 2009 U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumni of Wildcat athletic programs apply lessons from the field, court, course and mat to their post-Penn College lives. Archery champion Lindsay Fackler, ’10, applies focus in her nursing career, while golfer Matthew Haile, ’06, now head coach, applies lessons in confidence to challenges in information technology, and Adam Waigand, ’05, uses teamwork learned on the soccer field in his work as a construction supervisor.

Masonry Students Share Craft With Penn State Architecture Majors

The day's guests waste no time in getting to work.

More than 40 architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University traveled to Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building on Wednesday, an annual visit that acquaints them with the practical upshot of their designs and reinforces the benefits of masonry as a construction medium. Aided by faculty and students from the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, the Penn State guests moved from station to station in half-hour intervals, working hands-on with a variety of building materials – many of them donated by the college’s industry partners.

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Two-Year Construction Team Places Third Among National Competitors

A team of associate-degree students from Penn College finished third in this week’s Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas, while its four-year counterpart placed 13th among 35 entries. Benjamin L. Thayer, a building construction technology major from Hampton, N.J., and captain of the college’s two-year team, was chosen as an outstanding student-chapter member. Held during the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Show, the event gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to solve construction-related problems by working on real-life projects.

College Cements Bond With Penn State Landscape Architecture Majors

Thirty landscape architecture majors from The Pennsylvania State University received valuable hands-on experience in Penn College’s masonry lab this past week. The traditional exercise gave Penn State students the opportunity to work with materials and processes that are often part of their designs: brick, block, artificial stone and archways. Penn College students served as instructors in the Construction Masonry Building during the Tuesday afternoon visit, which has also been reported on the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture website.

Foundation Board Member, Wife Establish Memorial Scholarship

As part of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Scholarship Campaign, Penn College Foundation Board of Directors member Paul H. Rooney Jr. and his wife, Tacie, have established an annual scholarship in memory of Tacie’s parents.

First preference for awards from the C. Leroy and Evelyn M. Kimble Scholarship is for full-time students who have graduated from a Lycoming County high school and are enrolled in the residential construction technology and management bachelor-degree major. The scholarship is renewable as long as the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.

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New Penn College Video Showcases Inspirational Masonry Student

The inspirational story of a building construction technology: masonry emphasis major is explored in the latest video added to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s YouTube Channel.

The nearly four-minute video highlights the associate-degree major through the experiences of Nicole Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster.

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Penn College General Services Employees Support Scholarship

Don Luke

Employees in the General Services department at Pennsylvania College of Technology are supporting a scholarship established by one of their own.

After hearing President Davie Jane Gilmour announce the Penn College Scholarship Campaign at an all-college meeting in August, Don Luke, facilities supervisor and a General Services employee since 1990, began thinking about his tenure at the institution, the career opportunities extended to him, the quality of benefits he and his family enjoy, and the satisfaction of helping students financially so they can achieve their dreams.

As a way of giving back to the college, Luke decided to start a scholarship that he – and his fellow General Services employees – could support. Luke made a payroll-deduction pledge to start the Penn College General Services Scholarship, which will benefit students in majors who could eventually work in General Services. The payroll-deduction option allows Luke to make his gift in a budget-friendly fashion.

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Construction Dean Helps Campus Youngsters Build a Memory

Visitors check out the structural integrity of students' construction work – including an assessment of whether the roof is sturdy enough "to hold Santa Claus."

With the dean's assistance, each of the children donned the requisite eye protection and operated a power screwdriver. Morgan Hersh (whose father, Michael J., is assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life) shows skill and determination in assembling a souvenir toolbox.

Gathering around their mentor, members of the class proudly display their woodworking success.

Seven youngsters from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center toured a Penn College carpentry lab Thursday morning, learning about the literal tools of the trade and assembling mementos to take back to their classroom for paintbrush personalization. Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies, acquainted his guests with a variety of topics – including rafters, drywall, forklifts, staircases and (always) safety – and helped them build toolboxes as a lasting reminder of their visit.