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Area School Counselors Apprised of Forestry Careers at ESC

Erich R. Doebler talks with school counselors about forest technology and student opportunities in the wood-products industry ...

... and joins G. Andrew Bartholomay (center), assistant professor of forestry, and Jason Fink (seated in background), executive vice president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, for a classroom discussion.

Penn College was the day’s final stop for 30 counselors from a number of Lycoming County school districts, recently touring the area to learn about different career opportunities and the skills required for those jobs. Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, and faculty helped spread the word during the visit, which was facilitated by the Keystone Wood Products Association and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. One of KWPA’s major goals is to create partnerships with schools to generate interest in lumber and wood products companies, and the Schneebeli Earth Science Center provided a fitting environment in which to further those educational connections. “It’s an excellent opportunity to show the counselors around the region the types of programs found here at Penn College, primarily forestry,” said Doebler, who also serves on the association’s board of directors. “KWPA and the Chamber of Commerce were instrumental in helping arrange an event that was very educational.”
Photos by Scott Seyler, chair, KWPA board of directors

Restoration Freshman in National Race for Help With College Costs

Anthony D. Di Liberto

Anthony D. Di Liberto, a first-year student in Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, is one of three students nationwide vying for tuition assistance from the RPM Foundation. Online voting among Di Liberto, of New Milford, New Jersey, and his two challengers (Jacob San Martin, of McPherson College, and Jonathon Camper, of the College of Charleston) will end at 3 p.m. Oct. 21. The highest vote-getter will get a share of the money collected at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway in West Nyack, New York, two days later, when fans of the Jalopnik daily automotive blog can pay to race against the website’s staff and contributors. Half of all proceeds from the go-kart races will go to the foundation, which is helping support the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftspeople through formal training and mentorship. People like Di Liberto, whose contest profile says, “I take great pride in knowing that, upon my graduation in May of 2018, I will begin to pursue my dream job of working full time in a hot rod or speed and custom shop, building one-of-a-kind works of art.”

Penn College Student Wins Silver at Hard-Fought Woodsmen’s Meet

Representing Penn College at a recent woodsmen's meet in North Carolina were: (front row, from left) Tyler W. Lauver, Mifflinburg; Alyssa R. McGraw, Bellefonte; Nancy M. Summers, Turbotville; and Kristin E. Cavanaugh, Bellefonte; and (second row, from left) Noah L. English, Bloomsburg; Jackson H. Gehris, Cogan Station; Anthony A. Hampton, Clearfield; G. Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology; Abigail L. Hufnagle, Lewisburg; Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology; and Paul M. George, of State College.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Woodsmen’s Team traveled to the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina to compete in the 21st Annual John Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet on Oct. 1.

This is the second trip to North Carolina in as many years for the team, which is part of the college’s Forestry Club.

This year’s meet was contested by Penn College and nine other collegiate teams: Haywood Community College, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, Penn State Mont Alto, the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, Warren Wilson College and West Virginia University.

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Restoration Majors Mentor Tomorrow’s Automotive Artisans

Di Liberto captivates his audience ...

... and Von Zwehl coaches a potential successor during an AACA youth program in Hershey.

Behind the wheel and on top of the world

Members of the Penn College Classic Cruisers club and students in the college’s automotive restoration technology major traveled to Hershey last weekend to proudly represent their school and again help the Hershey chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America with its youth event. Honoring this year’s racing theme for the program, which was held during the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet, the college took along a donated Formula Ford Continental Series racer and a former mini-Indy stock car. The youth program was run by Penn College students Anthony D. Di Liberto, of New Milford, New Jersey;  Luke C. Miller, of Grasonville, Maryland; Andrew B. Moyer, of Hughesville; Preston T. Rose, of Berryville, Virginia; and Dillon K. Von Zwehl, of Mahweh, New Jersey. They expertly guided the youngsters through disassembly of the mini-Indy car so that the restored go-kart can be reassembled next year. Members and alumni prepared video for the club’s Facebook page, demonstrating a virtual paint simulator and other tools of their craft; also participating in Hershey events were Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and faculty members Roy H. Klinger and Chad H. Rudloff.
Photos by Rose, an automotive restoration technology major

Penn College/WVIA Documentary Explores Green Career Options

“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hourlong documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

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Andrew A. Smith Chosen as ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Andrew A. Smith

Andrew A. Smith, an aviation maintenance technician student from Philadelphia, has been chosen as the September “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Smith, characterized by his nominator as “an excellent role model to students,” is the business coordinator for the Wildcat Events Board and philanthropy chair for the Sigma Pi fraternity at the college.

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Behind Every Door

Caleb G. Schirmer

Kathryn Wentzel Lumley Aviation Center hangar

George S. Klump Academic Center

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Former student photographer Caleb G. Schirmer, ’16, explores the diversity of doors on Penn College’s campuses – and the opportunities waiting on the other side.  Read “Behind Every Door.”

Cheyenne Summer

“Here I am, somewhere on the reservation,” Katalynn M. Thomas says of this photo, taken during the first week of her internship with the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Rocky Mountain Region. The forest technology student helped to assess woodlands within a 445,000-acre reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. “The distance you can see from one area to the next is absolutely incredible!”

“This is just a portion of the herd,” Thomas says of the buffalo she encountered in the Crazy Head Springs area. “This herd was just massive. Not as big as (herds) have been, but for me seeing live, wild buffalo for the first time, it was a lot.”

“There were horses everywhere out there, and they could do pretty much whatever they wanted,” Thomas says. On this day, she was elated to get close enough to join them in a photo.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Bears, buffalo and Big Sky Country are the backdrop for a forest technology student’s unforgettable summer internship. Read “Cheyenne Summer.”

Restoration Student Bridges Art, Automobiles in Dream Career

A mechanic, pinstriper and sign painter, Anthony D. Di Liberto is merging his twin passions of cars and art as a first-year student in Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major. The young man with old-school dedication to his craft is featured in a YouTube video filmed before he graduated from New Milford High School in New Jersey. “Going to school and learning different aspects of restoration, meeting people and making connections is something I’m really looking forward to,” he says in the video, part of eGarage’s “Stories in Motion” series. “There’s a lot that goes into it. There’s a science, there’s a right and a wrong. I’m a firm believer in ‘You’ve got to know the rules to break the rules.’ You really have to put in the time … evaluate yourself and be honest with yourself … and know that, what you’re doing, you’re proud of.”

First-Year Automotive Students Interviewed by WNEP

WNEP on campus

Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s main campus for a “back-to-school” story on the first day of classes, stopping by the Honda PACT lab to talk with first-year students Junior A. Arias, of Hazleton, and Jack T. Glendenning, of Doylestown, and capturing video footage of pedestrian traffic outside the Keystone Dining Room. The segment aired during Monday evening’s newscasts.

Three Students Win Medals in National SkillsUSA Competition


Pennsylvania College of Technology produced three medalists during the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, held recently in Louisville, Kentucky – including a repeat gold medal-winner in the Technical Drafting category.

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Lumber-Kiln Project Gets $1,000 Boost From Industry Group

Paul Lyskava (left), executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, presents a $1,000 donation to Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at Penn College, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

A $1,000 grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber for forestry students at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.

The kiln will enhance the industry-standard curriculum for students in Penn College’s two-year forest technology major.

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Vintage Packard Donated to College’s Auto Restoration Program

Eleanor Packard stands by the 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper that has been donated to Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major.

A 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper has been entrusted to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration program by Eleanor Packard, whose late husband – while no relation to the manufacturer – had a longtime connection to the classic American luxury car.

John Neal Packard, of Fallston, Maryland, was a retired engineering executive whose near-lifelong enthusiasm for Packards began at age 10. He organized car shows, borrowed a Packard limousine to chauffeur all three of his daughters on their wedding days, and – after he died in January 2006 – was transported to the cemetery in a Packard hearse, followed by a procession of other Packard owners in their iconic vehicles.

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Landscape Alumnus Gives Back for Those Who Gave All

Jeremy L. Thorne at Arlington National Cemetery

An honors graduate of Penn College’s two-year landscape/horticulture technology major was among more than 400 volunteer landscape professionals taking part in Monday’s 20th anniversary Renewal & Remembrance day of service arranged by the National Association of Landscape Professionals at Arlington National Cemetery. It was the third straight year of participation for Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in May 2013 with degrees in the landscape technology and plant production emphases of what was then called “ornamental horticulture.” “This was my third year in a row going and I plan to go every year. It’s a great experience and a great opportunity to serve those who have served our country so that the families may find comfort when visiting their loved ones,” said Thorne, owner/president of ThorneCare Landscape Services, LLC, in Lewisburg and Sugarloaf. “The (NALP) is a special group of people who give of their time in peak season to give back. It’s an honor to work at Arlington National Cemetery each year to help beautify the sacred grounds.”
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The ‘Secret’ is Out on Community-Minded Co-Workers

Entering the bonsai area of Carl and Jessica Bower's garden

All aboard the garden train!

An espalier cherry dogwood, among the eye-catching features in the Bowers' garden

Grapes wind their way along a pergola.

A vegetable garden, rain barrel and pizza oven add to backyard haven.

Several Penn College employees recently helped Williamsport celebrate its sesquicentennial, opening their backyard for a benefit tour or otherwise lending their professional perspective. The home of horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. and Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among a series of nine “Secret Gardens” on display all across town. About 85 tickets were sold for the tour, which raised money for restoration of Way’s Garden, at Maynard and West Fourth streets. The community centerpiece, also among the attractions, offered a number of speakers and activities for children – including “A Bug’s Life,” a presentation by Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology. Bower frequently takes horticulture students to Way’s Garden for planting, raking, weeding and other maintenance in conjunction with Bob Esposito, president of the Way’s Garden Commission.
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