News about Construction & Design Technologies

Penn College Among National Finalists in Home-Design Competition

Penn College students Christopher G. Master (left), of Cranberry, and Dustin C. Bailey, of Petersburg, stand in front of the poster for their Habitat for Humanity project, which was among the top finalists at the second annual “Race to Zero Student Design Competition” held recently in Colorado.

A team of Pennsylvania College of Technology students was among the grand-prize finalists at the second annual “Race to Zero Student Design Competition” held recently at the National Renewable Energy Labs in Golden, Colorado.

The U.S. Department of Energy sponsors the competition, which challenges college and university students to design “zero energy-ready homes” – high-performance homes so energy-efficient that they completely offset their energy consumption through electricity produced by renewable sources.

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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

Campus Community Able to Follow Students’ ‘Race to Zero’ Online

"Race to Zero"Supporters of the Penn College team involved in the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Race to Zero” Student Design Competition can watch their presentations live Saturday through an online link from Golden, Colorado. Presenting their plans for a Habitat for Humanity house to be built in Williamsport in the summer of 2016 are Dustin C. Bailey, of Petersburg, and Christopher G. Master, of Cranberry, enrolled in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. The pair – traveling with Robert A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology – will be joined by six teammates back home via videoconferencing. They are among 33 entries from the United States and Canada competing to develop affordable, energy-efficient homes; winners will be announced during Sunday evening’s award dinner. The schedule, along with the information necessary to access the “Race to Zero” presentations online, follows. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Times are listed in Mountain Daylight Time; add two hours for their East Coast equivalent.) Race to Zero

WNEP on Hand as Students Visit Loyalsock Creek

Students in the news

Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa followed some Penn College students on Wednesday as they visited a monitoring station along flooding-prone Loyalsock Creek. Papa interviewed civil engineering technology majors James H. Cassidy, of Douglassville, and Andrew J. Susen, of Easton, among the members of John J. Miknis’ Water and Wastewater Systems class who toured the U.S. Geological Survey stream gauge in Eldred Township.

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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Alumni Sweethearts Return to Campus

Bradley T. and Janae B. (Rohrer) Rydbom

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s reigning Alumni Sweethearts, Bradley T. and Janae B. (Rohrer) Rydbom, visited campus this past weekend to stay overnight in the Victorian House and dine in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

The Rydboms were selected as the 2015 Alumni Sweethearts, the fourth annual winners of the honor, following a Facebook contest through Alumni Relations featuring 40 wedding photographs submitted by couples who graduated from the college. Their wedding photo received nearly 350 votes (or “likes”).

The couple was greeted by blue skies and greenery on one of the first nice days of spring, and enjoyed a walk around campus – one of their favorite activities when they were dating as students. Among the new features they appreciated seeing were the stainless steel “living walls” and the “These Trees” and “Student Bodies” Centennial art installations.

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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.

Assistant Dean of Construction & Design Technologies Named

Carol A. Lugg

Carol A. Lugg has been named assistant dean for the School of Construction & Design Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Lugg most recently was director of the Office of Transfer Initiatives, smoothing incoming students’ pathways to bachelor’s degrees and furthering articulation agreements with two-year institutions in majors that dovetail with Penn College’s academic offerings.

“Carol is a great addition to the leadership team in Construction & Design Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “She has extensive experience in higher education in a number of roles. I am impressed with her commitment to students and effective teaching. She is creative and brings great enthusiasm to her work.”

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Facebook Balloting Chooses 2015’s ‘Alumni Sweethearts’

Bradley T. and Janae B. Rydbom, married Sept. 20 in Strasburg, are this year's Penn College Alumni Sweethearts.

Congratulations to Bradley T. and Janae B. (Rohrer) Rydbom, selected as Penn College’s Alumni Sweethearts for 2015. Dozens of married graduates submitted their wedding photos to Alumni Relations on Facebook, with the winner determined by the number of “likes” received by the end of Valentine’s Day Eve. (The Rydboms gathered a total of 362!) Janae, a 2014 alumna of the two-year occupational therapy assistant major, and Brad, whose two diplomas include a 2012 bachelor’s degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology, will return for an overnight stay in The Victorian House and dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Watch PCToday for more in advance of their trip back to campus.

College’s Centennial Colloquia Culminate in Panel Discussion

Moderator James E. Cunningham, retired vice president for information technology and business process improvement, notes that campus lectures will continue as the Dan Doyle Science, Technology and Society Colloquia Series. Doyle, faculty emeritus and the college's Master Teacher in 1984, was a driving force behind the college's just-ended Centennial celebration.

Faculty panelists drawn from this past year's Centennial Colloquia Series field a question from the audience. From left are Dorothy J. Gerring and Robert A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology; Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology; Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition; D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

A biometric image on a smartphone – technology only recently embraced by Bock (third from left) – recalls her September lecture on identity protection.

While recognizing the role of technology in effecting change, Gerring said it is but one factor in converting public will into progressive action.

Nursing major Sadie E. Bebko, of Allegany, N.Y., defends her generation against the suggestion that reliance on technology has left her peers unable to read a map or finish a book. While she and her peers avail themselves of shortcuts, she rebutted, they are more than capable of processing and retaining the complex information necessary to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Six Penn College faculty members, who combined for four enlightening and provocative lectures during 2014’s Centennial Colloquia Series, reconvened on campus Wednesday night for a roundtable recap. The discussion, titled “Riding the Wave of Technological Change: Revolution or Evolution?” was held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The group (Dorothy J. Gerring, Robert A. Wozniak, Lisa R. Bock, Mark D. Noe, D. Robert Cooley and Craig A. Miller) ably kicked around the connection between technology and progress, entertaining questions from moderator James E. Cunningham and the audience.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

‘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