News about Construction & Design Technologies

Two HVAC Students Among Recipients of Industry Scholarships

From left: Stephen D. Manbeck, assistant professor of HVAC technology; scholarship recipients Bryce T. Crowley and Andrew T. Kappelmeier; and Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating. (Photo by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies)

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students were recently awarded scholarships from industry partners.

Andrew T. Kappelmeier, of Landenberg, and Bryce T. Crowley, of Smethport, both enrolled in the two-year heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major, are among the 2015 recipients of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship.

Kappelmeier is a first-year student, and Crowley is completing the associate-degree major with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration.

Both students expressed appreciation for the financial awards: Crowley commented, “This scholarship certainly helps with school expenses,” and Kappelmeier – who plans to specialize in refrigeration – said, “These scholarships will definitely help me pursue my educational goals.”

Kappelmeier was also awarded tuition assistance and tools through the Educational Foundation of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association, which administers the scholarship for Ridgid, a sponsor since 2011.

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Award-Winning Architecture Alum Cheers, Challenges Current Students

An instructive and inspiring Homecoming

An architectural technology alumnus returned to Penn College for Homecoming Weekend and, while on campus, spoke with first-year students in his former major and served as a guest juror for upper-level students in building science and sustainable design. Michael A. Gibble (at far left in the accompanying photo) started the day with a presentation to the Introduction to Architecture class, sharing the career path from his 2000 associate degree to earning a bachelor’s at Catholic University of America. “I love coming back to see how my story can inspire freshmen on the possibilities to dream big,” said Gibble, CEO of Gibble Enterprises Holdings, a diversified venture capital, private equity and holdings company. Holdings comprise a private equity firm, involvement in architecture and construction (including ownership of the KMA Architecture Group, which specializes in health care projects), the food and beverage industry, and real estate and real estate development. After a morning of emboldening entry-level students, Gibble – recipient of the college’s 2005 Alumnus Achievement Award – moved into the juror role, providing feedback to students in Architectural Design Studio IV. “I also enjoy critiquing the upperclassmen on their projects as a way to prepare them for the real world, “ he said. And that, he did. “Today, I realized I’m moving closer to graduation,” said Adam T. Knoebel, of Montoursville, a junior in building science and sustainable design. “Having Mike work with us was a wake-up call that I’m going to be putting these skills to work, in the workplace, very soon.” Daniel L. Brooks (second from right), instructor of architectural technology, coordinated the visit.
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National Construction Advisory Board Includes Penn College Faculty

Building construction technology instructors Levon A. Whitmyer (left) and Barney A. Kahn IV represent Penn College on the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters Advisory Board.

Two faculty members in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s building construction technology department recently participated in the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters Advisory Board meeting in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to serving on the national board, instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Levon A. Whitmyer serve on subcommittees: Kahn is a member of the two-year competition and awards subcommittees, and Whitmyer sits on the four-year competition and nominating subcommittees.

“Being two of 15 educational members gives the college a significant national platform to lead our students into an industry that is in need of new young members,” Whitmyer said. “Barney and I never realized how important this volunteer position would be at placing us in the discussions at this level. We now realize that Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies has the opportunity to become a national influence in the delivery of residential construction education.”

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Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House

Penn College’s Oct. 25 Open House provides an ideal opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

The distinctive, hands-on academic programs offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be highlighted at Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Held twice a year, Open House at Penn College provides prospective students and their families an opportunity to sample campus life and learn about 100-plus bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates.

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Sustainability Students Help Chart Lycoming County’s Green Future

Students Robert W. Klingerman (left) and Timothy S. Shook, building science and sustainable majors at Penn College, staff a table during a Sept. 14 Lycoming County Comprehensive Plan meeting at the Trout Run Fire Hall. (Photo provided by the School of Construction & Design Technologies)

Members of Penn College’s U.S. Green Building Council student chapter enrolled in the four-year building science and sustainable design major are benefiting from a project spearheaded by the Lycoming County Department of Planning & Community Development.

The invitation to participate in the countywide planning meetings grew out of two years of involvement from the Penn College faculty and the planning department, which is in the process of updating Lycoming County’s Comprehensive Plan.  Public input is sought to help the county and its communities establish priorities for growth, transportation, resource protection, recreation and more in the next 10 to 20 years.

“The department sees our program as a means to show ideas about what sustainable planning and building design looks like,” commented Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology.

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Seasoned Students, Alum Orient New Construction Management Majors

Students vie to build the tallest tower from marshmallows and toothpicks ...

The second annual Construction Management Freshman Orientation, in which new students were broken into small teams and attended three presentations, was held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

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Building the ‘New’ Route 15

A bypass that will ease congestion along U.S. Route 15 in the area of Shamokin Dam and Hummels Wharf has been the desire of drivers for decades. Photo courtesy of PennDOT

Maggie (Powers) Jackson, ’08, is project manager for a $669 million construction project that will result in a limited-access highway that stretches from the current freeway end on Route 15 north of Selinsgrove to the four-lane section of Route 147 south of Montandon.

Groundbreaking for a bridge that will cross the Susquehanna River’s West Branch near Winfield is expected in October. The bridge represents the first of seven contracts that, by 2024, will complete a 13-mile bypass to ease traffic congestion along U.S. Route 15. Artist’s rendering courtesy of PennDOT

From the Fall 2015 edition of One College Avenue magazine: The groundbreaking for a new bridge this fall will mark the first tangible progress on a highway construction plan that has been decades in the making. The 13-mile, $669 million project will provide a bypass around the congested Shamokin Dam area. A 2008 civil engineering technology alumna will oversee it. Read “Building the ‘New 15′”

Students Fine-Tune Presentation Skills Through Monumental Design

Samantha R. Callender, of Baldwin, N.Y., and Kyle R. Shuman, of Birdsboro, explain their design – inspired by the symbol for infinity.

An ambitious design, including a cresting wave made of glass, is advanced by Leonardo Tejeda, of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Bailey F. Chrisman, of Hatboro.

Ornamental pillars surround a motor-spun globe in this work by Trent D. Urbine, of Coatesville, and Carlos J. Anavitate, of Millersville.

David R. Suchoza (left), of Shillington, and Matthew W. Ritsmiller, of Hummelstown, field questions after their presentation.

An artistic interpretation, its twistiness duplicated in the color renderings behind them, is displayed by Andrew J. Davies (left), of Lititz, and Ryan M. Kobela, of Mountain Top.

Juniors in Penn College’s building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major recently presented their first project of the fall semester: an assignment that consumed much of their first three weeks of classes. Members of the Architectural Design Studio IV class were charged with designing a monument to the four classical elements (earth, wind, fire and water) along the East River, near New York City’s FDR Drive and First Avenue. Eight teams made their pitch to a jury of classmates and faculty members, who praised what worked in the students’ respective designs – and constructively deconstructed those choices that fell short. Limited only by imagination, the varied designs incorporated such eye-catching features as trees fashioned from wind turbines, a two-story fish tank, a flaming torch against the urban skyline and a rotating model of Earth. “If we can’t come up with these ideas and share them,” asked Daniel L. Brooks, instructor of architectural technology, “who else is going to?” In addition to offering feedback about the projects themselves, Brooks and Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology, advised students on poster preparation, communication skills and other practical pointers to aid in their eventual real-life meetings with potential clients.

Agreement Provides Transfer Path for Williamson Grads

Representatives of Williamson College of the Trades and Pennsylvania College of Technology: from left, Williamson President Michael J. Rounds; Carol A. Lugg, Penn College’s assistant dean of construction and design technology; and Thomas E. Wisneski, Williamson’s vice president of education, sign an articulation agreement that eases the transfer of Williamson graduates to Penn College’s residential construction technology and management bachelor-degree major.

Williamson College of the Trades and Pennsylvania College of Technology have forged an agreement that will ease the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree for Williamson graduates.

Students in Williamson’s construction technology programs will benefit from a transfer pathway into Penn College’s Bachelor of Science degree in residential construction technology and management without repeating coursework.

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Penn College HVAC Faculty Member Awarded Industry Grant

Kenneth E. Welker Jr.

A member of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been awarded a $2,500 industry grant to continue work toward his bachelor’s degree.

Kenneth E. Welker Jr., an HVAC technology lecturer and former toolroom attendant in the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, is the first recipient of a Dan Holohan Grant from the Oil & Energy Service Professionals.

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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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Construction Deans Nurture Big Potential in Little Hands

Smiles after a constructive morning's work

The “Summer Bunch” from Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center visited a School of Construction & Design Technologies lab over two days this past week for a hands-on look at the builder’s trade. In separate visits Monday and Wednesday, the boys and girls learned about the proper use of tools; built wooden toolboxes with Marc E. Bridgens, the school dean; and were interviewed and photographed by assistant dean Carol A. Lugg. (When told that their parents could use the souvenir to carry around their tools, one girl responded, “My dad carries them one by one. He doesn’t need a toolbox.”)

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LCCC Grads Gain Streamlined Path for Continued Architectural Study

Three students in Luzerne County Community College’s architectural engineering technology program (on left), join, from left, Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies at Penn College, Dana Clark, vice president of academic affairs and provost at Luzerne County Community College, and Brian Overman, instructor in LCCC’s architectural engineering technology program.

Students in Luzerne County Community College’s architectural engineering technology associate-degree program will benefit from a recently signed agreement that establishes a clear and efficient path to complete a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

After completing a strong foundation with an associate degree at LCCC, students have the opportunity to continue the career ladder at Penn College and complete coursework that prepares them to enter careers as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design specialists, sustainable designers or architectural project team members. In addition to new-building design, students have the opportunity to gain skills that are vital to historic preservation and the renovation and reuse of existing structures.

“We look forward to welcoming the Luzerne County Community College students to our campus and providing a seamless pathway to the bachelor’s degree,” said Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies at Penn College. “The articulation agreement provides a benefit to the student, the industry and both institutions. Being the next step in the lifelong learning process is exciting.”

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Soon-to-Be-Grads Grab One More Tool on Way to Work

Matthew D. Bohlen

Ryan T. Fry

Zachary R. Beaver

Zachary A. Green

Four students graduating Friday from the School of Construction & Design Technologies spent much of the day in the carpentry lab, demonstrating their acquired talents in hopes of attaining a Pennsylvania Builders Association advanced skill endorsement. For several hours, the students – Zachary R. Beaver, of Danville; Matthew D. Bohlen, of Lancaster; Ryan T. Fry, of Nazareth; and Zachary A. Green, of Kensington, Maryland – were put through a series of competencies developed by Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, based on industry standards. Under the watchful eyes of faculty (including Whitmyer and Barney A. Kahn IV, instructor of building construction technology), the students demonstrated layouts for wall, stairs, rafters and porches; framing skills; exterior finishing; drywall; and trim and millwork. The PBA, which has endorsed the college’s building construction technology and building construction technology: masonry emphasis majors, offers the advanced skill credential to increase students’ credibility as they enter the labor force. Fry is earning his degree in residential construction technology and management; the others are graduating in building construction technology. Windows, longer-length lumber and other materials used in the testing were donated by Your Building Centers.

Champion Archer Demonstrates Skill for Visiting Cub Scout Pack

An attentive crowd watches a champion at work.

Precision under the waning sun

A new "fan club" forms

The boys from Cub Scout Pack 38 (and their parents) were treated to an archery exhibition by Wildcat All-American Kendel F. Baier on Wednesday evening, leaving campus quite impressed with her prowess and accuracy. “We truly appreciate your time and consideration,” Scout leader Gigi Dammer told the Jersey Shore resident. “What a pleasure it was for you to show my young Cub Scouts how determination, practice and hard work really pay off!” The group, from St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Loyalsock Township, watched Baier shoot balloons off the targets from 55 yards. She also shot at the 77-yard target used by recurve archers at the outdoor practice range off Rose Street. The college’s Athlete of the Year in 2014 and a national bowhunter champion, Baier will graduate this weekend with a degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.
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