Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed Excellence in Teaching Awards upon three faculty members during commencement ceremonies held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.
As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair; Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts; and John G. Upcraft, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.
Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed honors upon three alumni during Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.
Adam J. Yoder, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, received the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award on May 15. Joseph H. and Barbara A. Reynolds, of Williamsport, were presented with the Humanitarian/Citizenship Award during the same ceremony. Michael K. Patterson, of Oval, received a Mentorship Award on May 16.
A forest technology student at Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a scholarship from a fund that memorializes a longtime regional leader in the lumber industry.
Harley R. Heichel, of Wellsboro, received the $1,000 award from the Richard P. Lauchle Forestry Scholarship Fund created by the Keystone Wood Products Association and administered by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The check was presented during the association’s recent annual membership dinner, held at The Watson Inn in Watsontown.
Fluttering wing feathers announce The Gyrfalcon’s participation.
Cheri Heimbach, master falconer and owner of Baywings Falconry in Lewisburg, recently provided an educational discussion and live demonstration of falconry to the Wildlife Management class within the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Management at Penn College. Many birds of prey – including Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Screech Owl, Gyrfalcon, Harris’s Hawk and European Eagle Owl – were on display and discussed in terms of diet, habitat and potential long-term impacts of thoughtful forest management on their populations. Students were actively engaged in demonstrations involving the Harris’s Hawk, which displayed a high level of accuracy and precision while in flight. Students were given ample opportunities to interact with the birds and ask questions during the presentation, held at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. Baywings Falconry provides an educational program for a wide range of audiences from small children to adults. Heimbach also uses the birds for hunting and invites volunteers to accompany her during October and November to experience their amazing skills firsthand. Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies
Students earning associate degrees in several majors at Delaware Technical Community College will benefit from recently signed agreements that provide an avenue to a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The agreements provide students from four Delaware Tech majors with a streamlined transition to junior-level standing in bachelor-degree majors, without duplicating courses.
“We are excited about these transfer agreements with Penn College,” said Brent Mitchell, department chair and program adviser at Delaware Tech. “This partnership provides our graduates with more opportunities to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fields that are in-demand.”
Ryan Eubank (left) and Jesse Srpan talk with welding and automotive/collision repair students in CAL.
Srpan’s custom chopper awaits a curious public.
Students didn’t soon tire of assessing Srpan’s meticulous handiwork …
.. snapping photos and taking notes throughout the visit.
A packed house of Penn College students got a motivational push Friday from an unlikely source: a self-described dyslexic with a third-grade reading level who has taught welding to some of highest-ranking engineers in the world. Ryan Eubank, a longtime instructor at Lincoln Electric and Willoughby Career Academy in Ohio, was among the industry professionals to visit on the last day of spring classes. “Show up, shut up and do a great job,” he told the overflowing College Avenue Labs classroom, sending students off to graduation and/or summer employment with a heaping platter of food for thought. “Welding is a tool that can’t be taken away from you. If you keep your eyes open, your ears open wider and your mouth shut … and have a good work ethic … you’ll never, ever not have a job.” Eubank was joined by one of his former students – Jesse Srpan, a master motorcyle builder, owner of Raw Iron Choppers and welding instructor at Lakeland Community College. The two men toured the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center, impressed by the welding labs and the work of the SAE Baja team. “You’re lucky,” Eubank told students. “You get to learn in one of the most amazing schools imaginable. A lot of your names are forgettable, but not the ‘a-ha’ moments that you’ve had with these instructors.” The visit was arranged by one of those faculty members, welding instructor Timothy S. Turnbach, who met Eubank during a training last summer. Turnbach intended for the presentation to invigorate students, to boost an energy level that typically sags at the end of the semester, and the Eubank/Srpan team didn’t disappoint. With the passion of a preacher and the optimism of a winning football coach, Eubank paced and gestured and engaged. And with a naturalness that comes from friendship, Srpan seamlessly interjected his thoughts, dovetailing on issues raised by his one-time mentor. “Someone told me there’s no such thing as giving 110 percent, that there’s 100 percent and that’s it,” Srpan said. “The other 10 percent is in the extra work, the giving back.” His words were echoed by Eubank, who urged students to look past their paychecks to the benefits beyond. “And don’t ever forget where you came from,” he told them. “Pay it forward – whether it’s mentoring, hiring former students, being a friend.” After the two-hour pep talk, the group traveled to the nearby collision repair lab, where students got a close look at the chopper Srpan custom-built for Discovery Channel’s “Biker Live” show.
Jay Leno, whose flair for comedy is matched by a passion for collectible automobiles, visited Penn College on Sunday prior to his evening performance at the Community Arts Center. Meeting with students, faculty and administrators in College Avenue Labs, Leno toured the automotive restoration and collision repair facilities, and took a quartet of vintage vehicles for a road test: a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D, a 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport and a 1965 Ford Mustang.
Penn College manufacturing engineering technology students Brian J. Pernot and Bryce L. Kuszmaul have spent the past year constructing, impressively from scratch, an intricate battery pack intended for lithium batteries and an electric car. The project – featured in a video added to the college’s YouTube Channel – was exciting and challenging, and serves as a real-world template for the pair. “It’s going to give them a jump on what they’re really going to be doing when they graduate from here and enter the workforce,” said Howard W. Troup, maintenance mechanic/millwright at the college.
Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among 56 nationwide recipients of tool scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.
Receiving $1,000 each to offset the substantial outlay that students invest in the tools that will carry them into their eventual careers are Sam E. Helbling, of Pittsburgh, enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis, and Tyler W. Mosher, of Kintnersville, majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis.
They are among two people chosen from each of 28 Associated Equipment Distributors-affiliated technical colleges for their high cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Fall 2014 semester. Both of the recipients’ associate-degree majors are accredited by AED, making Penn College the only Pennsylvania institution on the association’s roster.
Richardson, Basile and Wyncoll (clockwise from lower left) plant Japanese forest grass.
Redding (left) and Rousseau prepare a place for a threadleaf Japanese maple tree on the park’s West Fourth Street side. In the background, Bower (in orange sweatshirt) and Bob Esposito, president of the Way’s Garden Commission, brainstorm other projects for students.
Community consciousness on a national Day of Service
Students clean up the century-old garden spot after a seemingly interminable winter.
Fresh from a morning rain that perked up the season’s greenery, Way’s Garden in Williamsport got some friendly attention Wednesday from six students of horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. Joining forces with the caretakers of the community park – just northeast of Penn College’s main campus – the landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis majors weeded, raked and planted in recognition of Earth Day. The activity was also part of National Association of Landscape Professionals’ annual Day of Service, in which students have regularly lent a collective helping hand. Participating this year were Andrew M. Basile, of Pottstown; Zachary M. Meling, of Hawley; Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey; Ryan Rousseau, of Pipersville; and Seth J. Wyncoll, of Kempton.
Three Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been inducted into the North American Forest Technician Honorary on the basis of their scholastic achievement.
Forest technology majors Derek S. Labs, of Jersey Shore; Sharon L. Morris, of Liberty; and Mark J. Wiest, of Montgomery, were recognized through the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools, which includes Penn College and 25 other schools with similar programs.
Twelve students in six automobiles representing the Penn College Motorsports Association completed both stages of the 2015 Toyota Green Grand Prix, held April 17 at the historic Watkins Glen International Raceway.
The 11th annual event, timed to the seasonal opening of the famed racetrack in the Finger Lakes region of New York state, is an educational showcase for innovation in sustainable transportation technologies. Pennsylvania College of Technology was one of four colleges to participate.
In what was termed “fantastic success” by Paul A. Evans, president of the Motorsports Association, the teams brought home four awards from the daylong event.
Horticulture alumni returning to Penn College as Field Day judges (from left): Tyler J. Fatzinger (2014), Cory M. Ferreri (’12), Nicholas B. Cramer (’08), Melissa D. Berrier-Cramer (’08), Jeremy L. Thorne (’13), Nicholas D. Foreman (’14), and Joseph D. Plummer (’97).
Students in the hardscape competition prepare the base for brick pavers.
High school students create floral designs for the judges.
Alumnus Joseph D. Plummer (center) joins current students in working with high school competitors in the Plant ID contest.
A student “sells” his landscape design to judges Nicholas B. Cramer and Melissa D. Berrier-Cramer.
The Horticulture Department recently hosted the fifth annual High School Horticulture Field Day competition at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. The event is based on the National Collegiate Landscape Competition that Penn College students regularly attend, sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. This year, two schools – Central Pennsylvania Institute in Bellefonte and Williamsport Area High School – brought a total of 22 students to the Allenwood area campus on April 10 to compete in contests such as hardscape installation, sales presentation, floral and corsage design, plant identification and equipment safety. Seven alumni of the program returned to judge, with help from current students. “This is a great day to showcase what we do for these high school students,” horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. said. “Faculty, staff and administration all come together to help put on a great day for the students. Having our alumni on hand gives them the chance to help mentor these young folks and share their experiences in the industry. The students get to learn firsthand some of the opportunities in this field.” Photos by Bower; Deborah C. Books, secretary to the dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; and Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist
Walter V. Gower has begun duties as assistant dean in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
A 25-year faculty member, Gower most recently was assistant professor of aviation at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville.
“Wally Gower is an excellent addition to the leadership team in Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Wally has great experience as an educator and is respected by his peers and students. His enthusiasm for student success will be of great benefit to the school and the college.”
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.”