Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.
The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.
Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in “Student Bodies.” Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …
… and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.
After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of “Student Bodies.”
“Student Bodies” – a fanciful procession of abstract, life-size human forms through the pulsing heart of campus – continues to take shape between the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and West Third Street. Sculptor and Penn College faculty member Michael K. Patterson has worked with welding students for nearly a year on the marriage of craft and creativity, forged solely of scrap-metal from their lab, and recently began installing the cavalcade of professionals and pedestrians along sidewalk islands of grass. Scheduled for dedication next month, the work is one of three Centennial art projects breathing new life into familiar surroundings.
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A leading manufacturer of welding robots has acknowledged the excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.
The college recently received a three-year consignment of a CLOOS QRC 350 Robot and supporting equipment from CLOOS Robotic Welding Inc., a subsidiary of Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH, in Haiger, Germany. CLOOS Robotic Welding, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, provides customized automated turn-key welding solutions throughout North America.
“Adding a robotic workstation from a company such as CLOOS is a big benefit for our students,” said David R. Cotner, dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “Robotic welding has become much more prevalent throughout industry in recent years, and it’s essential that students have exposure to the latest technologies. Our welding graduates are already in high demand, and this addition to the program will make them even more marketable.”
In an impressive reversal of tradition – the custom of unwrapping a present before showing it to others – Pennsylvania College of Technology has actually enhanced a gift’s value by covering it.
A Boeing 727 airplane, donated to Penn College in March 2012 after being retired from FedEx Express cargo service, was recently (and attractively) sheathed in vinyl in a project that began with a graphic-design class and eventually involved several academic schools and college employees.
Adding to its primary role as a real-world training tool for students at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the institution’s largest single corporate donation now doubles as its biggest billboard. The repurposed plane greets visitors to the Williamsport Regional Airport, including those who will attend the college’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26.
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.
Pennsylvania College of Technology will potentially send more than 900 new employees into the job market this month, and the new graduates are poised for success with their workforce-ready skills and specialties.
“Demand for Penn College graduates remains high,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Programs across campus are reporting graduates accepting employment offers at a rapid pace.”
Comments from skilled-trades advocate Mike Rowe are included in a video newly added to Penn College’s You Tube channel, documenting the institution’s first-time participation at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, D.C. The three-minute video incorporates footage from the college’s 1,000-square-foot booth, which featured a virtual welder, an electric Camaro and cars controlled by tablet computers – all focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. “The single biggest challenge is finding people who are willing to learn a new and useful trade. That’s the trick,” said Rowe, creator and host of the “Dirty Jobs” TV series and a widely recognized commercial spokesman. “The (skills) gap doesn’t close until that happens … and that doesn’t happen until perception around work starts to change.” The video makes the case for that societal shift through a winning lineup of interviews with Jeffrey Wilcox, vice president of engineering for Lockheed Martin; former NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus; youngsters who visited the college’s 1,000-square-foot display; and several Penn College representatives: Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid; Joseph J. Balduino, director of recruitment; and students Jackson S. Walker, an automotive technology major from Lancaster; and Patricia A. Hintz, a welding technology major from Muncy. “The STEM conference was a great opportunity to showcase Penn College’s majors, faculty and students,” Correll said. “Everyone who came to our booth was excited to see the dragster, practice welding and race an Android-controlled car. We were able to impress a lot of visitors, including industry representatives that were there for the event.”
Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students from a variety of majors will compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference from June 23-28 in Kansas City, Mo., after winning gold medals at the state level.
Three other students in the college contingent finished second in their respective categories at the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 9-11 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
And a Penn College student/alumnus will attend as a candidate for the highest individual SkillsUSA honor: an International Degree, awarded at the rarely attained upper level of the organization’s professional-development program.
The National Science Foundation is recognizing Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to applied technology education with a $616,417 grant to benefit students.
Provided through the NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the five-year grant aims to increase retention, degree completion and career preparation for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at Penn College.
The majority of the grant’s funds will be devoted to scholarships. Approximately 20 students will be awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of four years. The first scholarships will be awarded during the 2014-15 academic year.
“This grant allows us to bring high-performing students to Penn College who might otherwise not have the means to do so,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “It is likely to be a life-changing opportunity for these students. They will ultimately gain an education that will prepare them for a lifetime of success.”
The American Welding Society Student Chapter at Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted its first Welding Merit Badge program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the college’s Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.
Fourteen Boy Scouts (ages 13-16) attended, representing six troops from central Pennsylvania – a couple of which drove more than an hour to participate. The event was sponsored by the AWS Penn College Student Chapter, with members Matthew K. Stahlnecker, of Cogan Station; Scott F. Hutton, of Williamsport; Tyler A. Grove, of Perkasie; Alexander M. Martenas, of Berwick; Joshua T. Marvin, of Shickshinny; Nicholas C. Choiniere, of Millbury, Mass.; and Jason J. Bimle, of Altoona, participating. Stahlnecker and Marvin are welding technology students; the others major in welding and fabrication engineering technology.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved the college administration’s recommendations for an investment manager and an auditing firm.
An internal committee, with input from several Penn College Foundation Board members, as well as college faculty, reviewed and evaluated proposals and recommended that Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors Inc., Williamsport, the college’s current investment manager, be retained. The new fee structure will be less than the current level.
After a similar process, the college administration recommended that the firm of ParenteBeard, Williamsport, provide auditing services for the college for a three-year period. That recommendation was also approved by the board.
Ingenuity among students, faculty and staff across various majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology is resulting in a cost-effective initiative that will benefit the institution and its academic programs for years to come.
The college is in the final stages of manufacturing a press brake, a machine that efficiently bends sheet metal. The completed device will be employed for hands-on student work in several majors, including auto restoration, collision repair, welding, and automated manufacturing and machining.
“This project reflects the true nature of Penn College,” said David R. Cotner, dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “It’s inventive, hands-on and collaborative. The students in particular are enjoying a tremendous experience manufacturing a machine that will benefit several majors. I’m very proud of all the individuals who are bringing the press-brake idea to life.”
Pennsylvania College of Technology is scheduled to exhibit at the largest science festival in the United States. College students, faculty and staff will offer hands-on, interactive activities at the third USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, April 25-27 in Washington, D.C.
The festival, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is a free expo designed to inspire the next generation of innovators. Approximately 250,000 participants are expected for the event, which will feature more than 3,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-related activities and 100 live stage shows.
“Penn College’s first-time participation at this event allows us the opportunity to showcase some of our high-demand majors,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “We are broadening our outreach to science-and technology-focused students, as business and industry needs for STEM-related graduates continue to grow.”
The 20-by-50-foot Penn College exhibit will highlight three academic departments: welding, electronics and computer engineering technology, and automotive. Students from those majors will facilitate activities for guests and distribute college information and educational resources.
A retired administrator and former faculty member who served Pennsylvania College of Technology for nearly four decades has established a scholarship – along with his wife and family – for students in the academic school that he led.
Donald O. Praster served in a variety of roles at Penn College, including dean of industrial and engineering technologies, department head, and welding faculty member. He retired in June 2012.
A Pennsylvania College of Technology welding student is one of 20 nationwide recipients of a manufacturing scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.
Brandon M. Platt, Blairsville, a junior seeking a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time students, meet a specified GPA and be enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study leading to a career in manufacturing.
U.S. Army Capt. Scott M. Frederick, who earned a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2004, was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award at the college’s December commencement ceremony.
Alumni Achievement Awards are presented to graduates from the past 10 years who have demonstrated achievement in at least one area, including noteworthy professional or career accomplishments or dedicated volunteer service to the college or community. Recipients also must demonstrate the importance of their Penn College education and continually support the mission of the college.