News: Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Caleb G. Schirmer Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Caleb G. Schirmer

Caleb G. Schirmer, of Sugarloaf, a technology management major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month.

Schirmer, who earned an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis in 2014, is president of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and secretary of Students Making a Contribution.

He is also a member of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), a Student Government Association senator from the School of Business & Hospitality, and an English tutor in Penn College’s Writing Center. He supports a number of additional student organizations, including the Horticulture Club and Penn College Benefiting THON.

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Alumnus Honored by State Association as ‘Outstanding Educator’

Joseph C. Luther

Joseph C. Luther

A 2002 graduate of Penn College’s landscape/nursery technology major, now an instructor at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, has been named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator for 2014 by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. A faculty member at the Pleasant Gap institution since 2009, Joseph C. Luther was recently profiled in the school’s newsletter: Landscaping Alumnus

Anderson Equipment Co. Boosts Support for Penn College Students

Anderson Equipment Co.

Anderson Equipment Co.

Heavy construction equipment technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are benefiting from the ongoing generosity of the Anderson Equipment Co., which supplemented a recent equipment loan with the donation of an engine and other machine components.

Among the gifts from Anderson, a distributor of earthmoving and mobile equipment with 20 locations from Maine to West Virginia, was a 272-horsepower Komatsu WA470-6 engine.

“This is a great addition to our heavy equipment engine lab,” said Chris S. Weaver, a diesel equipment technology instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Management. “Until now, we did not have an engine meeting Tier 3 emission requirements with common rail-fuel injection. Because of Anderson’s generous donation, we can expose our heavy equipment students to technology that is being used in the industry.”

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Museum Celebrates Penn College Partnership at Regional Auto Show

Penn College's automotive-related "degrees that work" are on display in Harrisburg this weekend, bolstered by exemplary student work.

Penn College’s automotive-related “degrees that work” are on display in Harrisburg this weekend, bolstered by exemplary student work.

The Antique Automobile Club of America’s Museum in Hershey is promoting its partnership with Penn College at this weekend’s Harrisburg Auto Show, sponsored by Motor Trend magazine. The event began Thursday and will run through 5 p.m. Sunday in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex’s North Hall. The college’s association with the museum began in 2010 with impressive work on a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, a project that ultimately gave rise to the automotive restoration technology major and affiliations with other museums. That car is on display this weekend, as is another award-winning example of Penn College students’ handiwork: a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport. Also on public view are a Mustang body donated by Buckeye Classic Car Restoration in Canfield, Ohio, and a training engine used in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.
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Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show
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Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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Alumnus, Employee Establish Scholarship at Penn College

Lenore Penfield, a longtime Penn College employee, and her husband, John, an alumnus of the college, have established a scholarship benefiting students enrolled in the dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John and Lenore Penfield have established a scholarship that will benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John Penfield is a 1975 graduate of Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College, having earned a degree in nursery management.

Lenore Penfield is a longtime employee of the college, serving as a faculty member in dental hygiene, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, director of special events and The Gallery at Penn College, and director of facilities utilization/college events (her current position).

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Dean of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies Named

Brett A. Reasner

Brett A. Reasner has been appointed dean of transportation and natural resources technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Reasner, who began his employment with Penn College in 1993, succeeds Colin W. Williamson, who retired in December.

From 1993 to 2007, Reasner was an associate professor and department head in aviation technology. He was awarded the college’s highest honor accorded to faculty –­ the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award – in 1999.

From 2007-11, Reasner served as assistant dean and associate professor in the School of Natural Resources Management. From 2011-14, he served as assistant dean and associate professor in the School of Transportation and Natural Resources Technologies.

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Hawbaker Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

From left: Scholarship donors Daniel R. and Suzie Hawbaker with Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The president and CEO of a well-known State College-based highway construction company and his wife have established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Daniel R. and Suzie Hawbaker recently created the Hawbaker Family Scholarship at Penn College. Daniel Hawbaker heads Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., a firm established in 1952 that performs asphalt paving, road construction, gas well service and construction, and engineering design services in northern Pennsylvania, southern New York and eastern Ohio.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded from the Hawbaker Family Scholarship Fund for the 2015-16 academic year; the recipients will be presented with $500 each in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

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Anderson Equipment Co. Lends Bulldozer to Penn College

A Komatsu bulldozer, on loan from Anderson Equipment Co., will be used through March by students and faculty in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. (Photo by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologiesPhotos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies)

An equipment loan from an Allegheny County-based company will provide Pennsylvania College of Technology students with a state-of-the-art learning tool through the middle of the Spring 2015 semester.

A Komatsu D 37PX bulldozer was made available to the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies by Anderson Equipment Co., with headquarters in Bridgeville and locations in six states.

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Nine Students Pass State Agriculture Department’s Pesticide Exam

Nine students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification test administered Nov. 24.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture representative Jason Kehoe presided over the examination, which allows licensees to become applicators in one or more of 26 categories that cover a range of pest-control situations.

“This gives the students an opportunity to set themselves apart from their competition,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., a horticulture instructor at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center. “Even if they don’t do any spraying, they are a much more informed employee for having taken and passed this test.”

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Regional Corvette Club Establishes Penn College Scholarship Fund

Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club scholarship recipient Shane R. Spencer, of Northumberland (center) is surrounded by appropriate vehicles and (from left) members of the club’s Scholarship Committee: Al Clapps, Bonnie and Gary Carstetter, and Dave Cappa. Committee member Jan Hoffman was absent.

First-year students in a variety of automotive/collision repair majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be eligible for assistance from a scholarship fund recently established by the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club.

Awards from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Scholarship Fund will be made each fall –  preferably to a first-year student enrolled full time in the automotive technology, automotive service sales and marketing, collision repair technology, or automotive restoration technology major.

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Automotive Artisan Volunteers Time, Talent

Jillian Rossi's ready smile reflects an artist's love for her work.

Jillian Rossi’s ready smile reflects an artist’s love for her work.

Among the crafter's tools are precision and a steady hand.

Among the crafter’s tools are precision and a steady hand.

Schooled by a pro, Penn College students put those pointers into practice.

Schooled by a pro, Penn College students put those pointers into practice.

A Williamsport Area Middle School student watches a demonstration of an English wheel, among the machinery in the college's automotive restoration lab.

A Williamsport Area Middle School student watches a demonstration of an English wheel, among the machinery in the college’s automotive restoration lab.

Collision repair instructor Loren R. Bruckhart (left) checks out middle school students' attempts at pinstriping.

Collision repair instructor Loren R. Bruckhart (left) checks out middle school students’ attempts at pinstriping.

Students from Penn College and Williamsport Area Middle School got an eye-popping look at a professional pinstriper’s craft during a recent campus visit from Florida-based Jillian Rossi, AKA “Hell Cat.” The appearance was arranged by Shaun D. Hack, a faculty member in collision repair and automotive restoration, who met the St. Petersburg resident several months ago. “She had some free time after (an auto show in Hershey) and showed interest in seeing our restoration and auto graphics program,” Hack said. “I invited her up to check it out and asked if she would demo her skills.” She volunteered several hours of her artistry with instructor Michael R. Bierly’s class and in working hands-on with students on brushed pinstriping. The middle school students also tried their hand, as well as exploring the equipment in the College Avenue Labs’ instructional space. The college’s Outreach for K-12 Office is in the final year of a three-year 21st Century Learning Grant that funds such after-school opportunities.
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Brubacher Excavating Lends Skidder to College Forestry Program

Penn College forest technology students are able to replicate real-world working conditions through an equipment donation from Brubacher Excavating Inc.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s forest technology major are experiencing the type of heavy machinery commonly used in the logging industry, thanks to an equipment loan from a longtime supporter of the institution.

Brubacher Excavating Inc., with main offices in Bowmansville and an Energy Services division in Liberty, allowed the instructional use of a John Deere 648G III skidder for eight weeks during the Fall 2014 semester.

The machinery has been used in two classes taught at the 409-acre Schneebeli Earth Science Center campus near Allenwood: Forest Equipment and Safety Operation, in which students learn to properly operate such machines as skidders, loaders and chain saws, and Timber Harvesting and Equipment, which amplifies basic skills before going into full production – similar to that of an actual operations site in the woods.

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Alumni Share Industry Perspective During Horticulture Students’ Visits

Aaron M. Shippling, Good's general manager and a 1982 Williamsport Area Community College graduate in nursery management, conducts a tour of the yard.

Aaron M. Shippling, Good’s general manager and a 1982 Williamsport Area Community College graduate in nursery management, conducts a tour of the yard.

The group gathers outside The Children's Garden at Hershey with Alyssa B. Richner (right), who graduated in 2010 with a degree in ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis.

The group gathers outside The Children’s Garden at Hershey with Alyssa B. Richner (right), who graduated in 2010 with a degree in ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis.

Students get a look at Ruppert Nursery's 90- and 100-inch tree spades, capable of digging a 12-caliper tree.

Students get a look at Ruppert Nursery’s 90- and 100-inch tree spades, capable of digging a 12-caliper tree.

Jay Long (center), director of organizational and people development at Ruppert Landscape, shows visitors around the corporate offices.

Jay Long (center), director of organizational and people development at Ruppert Landscape, shows visitors around the corporate offices.

Fourteen students from Penn College’s landscape/horticulture technology majors and two faculty members last week took field trips to a variety of related businesses, including two that employ alumni. The students, who represent both the landscape technology and plant production emphases of the major, made Thursday visits to Good’s Tree Care in Harrisburg; Hershey Gardens in Hershey; and Ruppert Nursery and Ruppert Landscape in Laytonsville, Maryland. “It was a beautiful fall day and it gave the students an insight to many different types of careers – both small-scale and very large-scale – and how different types of horticultural businesses are set up,” said instructor Carl J. Bower Jr., who provided the photos and was joined on the trip by Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor of horticulture.

‘Race to Zero’ Presentation to Be Held Thursday in ACC

"Race to Zero"

“Race to Zero”

Want a $0.00 energy bill? It is possible! The Penn College community can learn how at Thursday’s “Race to Zero” presentation, set for 3:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Everyone will learn about current standards that can be used to design houses that produce as much energy as they use. All students are invited to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Student Design Competition team, putting their combined skills – architecture; surveying; construction management; estimating; interior design; landscaping; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems – toward a Habitat for Humanity home to be built in the Brodart neighborhood of Williamsport in the summer of 2015. Their design will be submitted in the DOE contest, intended to inspire and develop the next generation of building science professionals.

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