News about Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Local Auto Dealership Establishes Scholarship at Penn College

From left, Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, with Bill Brown and Brian Peace, scholarship benefactors from the Murray Motor Group.

A scholarship fund has been established for automotive students at Pennsylvania College of Technology by the Murray Motor Group.

The idea for the scholarship fund was initiated by Brian Peace, managing partner of the Murray Motor Group and a 1984 graduate of Penn College’s predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College.

The fund will provide annual merit-based awards to full-time students who have successfully completed two semesters at the college. Preference will be given to graduates of high schools in Lycoming and Snyder counties who are enrolled in automotive technology management, automotive service sales and marketing, automotive technology, automotive technology: Ford ASSET, and collision repair technology.

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Penn College Students State-Certified as Pesticide Applicators

Fifteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification exam offered in late November.

“This certification is something that employers look for, so these students are at an advantage when it comes to finding a job,” said Carl J. Bower, a horticulture instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. “Whether it is spraying or taking care of plants naturally, students have a much better knowledge of problem-solving pest issues once they graduate.”

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Benevolence Meets Gratitude in Automotive Restoration Lab

Penn College automotive restoration technology student Vanessa Mathurin, of Philadelphia, walks guests through the program’s multifaceted restoration process.

A generous benefactor to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration program recently toured campus, hearing from many of the students it has helped through scholarships and other funding.

Board members of the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum made their first visit to campus during the fall semester, touring College Avenue Labs and getting a look at the students and facilities in which they’ve invested.

“I wish everyone contributing to HEP – donors, collectors, vintage racers, shop owners, car clubs – could have been with us to see firsthand how their support has made a significant impact on Penn College,” said Diane Fitzgerald, national director. “Meeting this group of bright and engaging young restorers put all of us over the top! They were passionate, knowledgeable and appreciative.

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Automotive LLC Bounds Into Finals Week

Instructor and students gather for an energetic outing ...

... on trampolines that add a new dimension to dodgeball.

Members of the Automotive Living-Learning Community traveled to the Fly World Trampoline Park on Elmira Street on Sunday, having fun and getting a sufficient workout to help them rest soundly before end-of-semester exams! Joining Eric D. Pruden, automotive instructor and LLC faculty liaison, were collision repair technology students Christianna L. Andryski, Brittany A. Frey, Genevieve M. Kelly, and Raymond M. Pennachio; automotive technology majors Allison N. Carr and James T. Wade; Preston T. Rose, an automotive restoration technology major; and applied management student Daniel W. DeShong.
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Taking the High Road

Using a lab vehicle as a convenient visual aid ...

... Trooper Cory Beaver brings student up-to-date on prevailing motor carrier regulations.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Cory Beaver, accompanied by Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer Will Latchet, made their annual visit to Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Thursday afternoon. The visit provided an opportunity for diesel and heavy equipment technology students to witness an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation. The officers explained the extent of responsibility and liability of the driver, as well as the servicing technician, to ensure the commercial vehicles they operate, maintain and repair are within regulatory guidelines. Beaver discussed load securement, permits and driver violations, as well as the Compliance, Safety and Accountability point-assessment system associated with motor carrier vehicles and operators. “Whether heavy equipment technicians, operators hauling the equipment or diesel technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers, having the state police and motor carrier inspectors come in to speak is a great way for our students to become educated early on about the laws and regulations that are currently being enforced,” said Mark E. Sones, diesel equipment technology instructor.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies/library computer assistant

Streamlined Forestry Fieldwork on Display in YouTube Video

Penn College forest technology majors are among a select group of students nationwide employing a new data-collection application from Forest Metrix. The software, used in conjunction with an iPad, is featured in a video on the college’s YouTube channel. “It records all the data you need it to. It will record the diameter of the tree, how big it is and how tall it is,” explains Alyssa A. Peters, of Lock Haven. “It will record the regeneration on the ground. Anything you need to know, you can put it in there and it will remember it. Plug it in, print it out.” In addition to enhancing their education, notes Alexa L. Labesky, of Warren, it improves their career prospects. “I feel like it puts me one step ahead of other students who are studying forestry,” she says.

Impressive Individual Effort Marks Performance of Woodsmen’s Team

Members of the Penn College Woodsmen's Team, shown during recent competition in North Carolina, are co-captain Taylor C. Moyer, of Boyertown, and James C. Synol, of Bloomington, N.J. (standing); Anthony A. Hampton, of Clearfield, Harley R. Heichel, of Wellsboro, and Jesse F. Strickhouser, of Manchester (middle row); and co-captain Ashton N. Rockwell, of Greencastle.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Woodsmen’s Team competed in the 20th annual John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet held recently at The Cradle of Forestry in North Carolina.

Penn College fielded one of seven teams to compete during the Oct. 17 meet that was hosted by Haywood Community College at the U.S. Forest Service site in Pisgah National Forest. Others were Western Carolina University, Montgomery Community College, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

While the Penn College team finished fifth overall – trailing fourth-place Western Carolina by only four points – team members accumulated four first-place finishes, three third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish in their respective events.

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Floral Class Shares Autumnal Artistry

A bountiful basket

Halloween hangers-on

Students craft decorative delights.

Striking design includes the distinctive colors of the season.

Students in a floral design class taught by Karen R. Ruhl, part-time horticulture instructor in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, recently showed off their colorful creations, displaying fall-themed flair at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies/library computer assistant

Power Generation Students on Short List of Scholarship Recipients

Two awarded EGSA scholarships

On-site power generation students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been awarded two of five $2,500 national scholarships announced this academic year by the Electrical Generating Systems Association.

Among the David I. Coren Memorial Scholarship winners for the 2015-16 year are Garritt R. Aucker, of Winfield, and Dakota G. Schwartz, of Trevose.

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Hort Field Trip Takes in Longstanding Keystone Sites

Matt R. Gingerich shows students the Erb Brothers container nursery area.

Longwood's entrance, dressed for fall

At 14 feet high and 300 feet long, Longwood Gardens' famous interior Green Wall is the largest in North America.

On Tuesday, 27 members of the Horticulture Club and two faculty – Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor, and Carl J. Bower Jr., instructor – traveled to Erb Brothers Landscaping Inc. in Lititz and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. The Penn College group talked to and toured with Erb Brothers co-owner Matt R. Gingerich,  who showed them the nursery and landscape operations that have served Southcentral Pennsylvania since the 1920s. Later, at Longwood Gardens, students toured the grounds and got a behind-the-scenes look at the greenhouse facilities. They learned about internships and the history of Longwood from Brian W. Trader, coordinator of domestic and international studies.
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State Senate Caucus Tours College’s Aviation Center

State Sens. Gene Yaw (R-Loyalsock Township) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) share a laugh in the 727 cockpit with aviation maintenance technology seniors Sean J. Cornwell (center), of Collegeville, and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.

Against fall-colored foothills behind the runway, Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, joined President Davie Jane Gilmour in welcoming guests.

Ryan A. Gibson, an aviation maintenance technology senior from Lansdale, gives Yaw a tutorial on avionics equipment.

The group pauses for a photo after departing the 727. Joining college and Senate personnel was Christopher A. Logue (fourth from left), chair of the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority.

A doozy of a Duesenberg – complete with a Lycoming Engine – greeted the group on their way to lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager of Lycoming Engines, chats with Vanessa Mathurin, of Philadelphia, an automotive restoration technology student on hand to offer a historical lesson on the classic 1929 car.

The state Senate Aviation Caucus visited the Williamsport Regional Airport on Thursday, part of its focus on four aspects of Pennsylvania’s aviation industry: education, awareness, research and technology. The tour, hosted by Sen. Gene Yaw − a caucus member and chair of Penn College Board of Directors − began at midmorning in the college’s Lumley Aviation Center. An FAA-approved repair station, the Montoursville campus is home to a large and varied fleet of instructional aircraft that includes a retired Boeing 727-200F cargo plane donated in 2012 by FedEx Express and a Falcon 20 passenger jet that arrived there in spring. The college’s aviation majors have their roots in 1930s training of Lycoming Engines employees; a stop at that company’s plant in Williamsport’s West End, an operating division of Avco Corp., concluded the visit. WBRE’s Cody Butler covered the visit for Eyewitness News and compiled a report for broadcast Thursday evening.

Auto Restoration: ‘A Melting Pot of Industries’

Mike Spinelli’s “/Drive” channel visits main campus in a newly produced video that showcases Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major. The 10-minute piece features interviews with students Andrew B. Switch, Joseph M. Kretz and Sean M. Hunter, as well as instructor Roy H. Klinger, who discuss the research involved in restoring a vintage vehicle. The production also includes a peek at the technological advances – waterborne paint and additive manufacturing, among them – that give vintage vehicles a 21st-century rebirth.

Forestry Students Attend Annual Industry Dinner

Forest technology students (from left) are Paul R. South, Williamsport; Alyssa A. Peters, Lock Haven; Aaron M. Weston, Winfield; Harris D. Nowotarski, Womelsdorf; Brett A. Forney, Millersburg; and Harley R. Heichel, Wellsboro.

Six forest technology students attended the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association’s recent annual reception and dinner at the Toftrees Golf Resort in State College. The students and G. Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology, were invited by Paul Lyskava, executive director of PFPA. Forestry students are annually invited to attend in order to meet and talk with leaders in the commonwealth’s forest products industry. They were treated to dinner and a guest speaker, Dana Lee Cole, executive director of the Hardwood Federation, who recounted anecdotes from encounters with U.S. senators and House members, and explained what lobbying efforts are at the forefront of the Hardwood Federation’s agenda. “The students were able to speak informally with dozens of business owners and members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,” Bartholomay said of the Sept. 29 event. “The evening was informative and entertaining, and well worth the drive from Williamsport to State College.”
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Horticulture Club Enriches VFW Post Near Main Campus

Members of the student organization install plants at the VFW post.

Beautifying Post 844 are (front row, from left) Bower; Seth W. Strickland, Telford; Matthew D. Schaeffer, Oley; Justin M. Rinehimer, Mountain Top; Tiffany E. Griffie, Newville; Todd A. Grace, Alburtis; and Ryan Rousseau, Pipersville; and (back row, from left) Zachary M. Meling, Hawley; Robert A. Burger, Millersburg; Edward T. Sanders III and Christopher J. Kent, Bloomsburg; and Elliot C. Redding, Aspers. Not pictured is Kyle M. Richardson, Hopewell, N.J., who left before the photo was taken. Kent is a landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis student; the rest are enrolled in the major's landscape emphasis.

Spreading mulch for a professional, well-tended look

Penn College’s Horticulture Club performed a community service project at Howard W. Kahler Post 844, Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Tuesday. The post supplied the plants and mulch, and a dozen club members – accompanied by horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. – did the rest. “Once again, I’m proud of our students for taking the time to share their talents,” Bower said. “The VFW building needed a facelift and this did it. Hopefully, this can instill in students the importance of what we do and how it can make such a difference in the community.” The post is at 1260 W. Third St., near the western end of the college’s main campus.
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Student-Edited Video Acquaints Car Enthusiasts With ‘Grand National’ Venue

The unique opportunities at Penn College – one of the nation’s oldest continuous automotive programs, one of the largest educational labs for collision repair and one of the few vintage restoration degree programs on the East Coast – are promoted in a video invitation to the Antique Automobile Club of America’s 2016 Grand National Meet to be hosted on main campus next spring. Presented by the AACA’s Susquehannock Region in association with the Penn College Classic Cruiser Chapter, the high-profile event will be held June 2-4. The five-minute production, which has been added to the Penn College YouTube channel,  was edited by Kashiki E. Harrison, of Williamsport, a general studies major and student video production assistant in Public Relations & Marketing.