News: Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Spiffed-Up ‘Millionaire’ Moves Ever Closer to Stepping Out

From left, WASD graphic-design students Zach Miller and Chase Campbell assist their CTE instructor, Timothy A. Miller,  in applying a vinyl decal ...

From left, WASD graphic-design students Zach Miller and Chase Campbell assist their CTE instructor, Timothy A. Miller, in applying a vinyl decal …

... and working out the air bubbles for a smooth, professional look.

… and working out the air bubbles for a smooth, professional look.

Kevin P. Sullivan (left), lab coordinator for programs in Penn College's School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, assists Miller on a side-door application. The two men were also among those involved in the extensive (and impressive) vinyl wrap of a FedEx cargo plane donated to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

Kevin P. Sullivan (left), lab coordinator for programs in Penn College’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, assists Miller on a side-door application. The two men were also among those involved in the extensive (and impressive) vinyl wrap of a FedEx cargo plane donated to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

Zach Miller applies a placard acknowledging the WASD Education Foundation's funding of the project.

Zach Miller applies a placard acknowledging the WASD Education Foundation’s funding of the project.

Celebrating a Millionaire moment

Celebrating a Millionaire moment

A collaborative project between Penn College students and their Williamsport Area High School counterparts entered its final phase Monday morning, as a 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V was adorned with the Millionaire logo to accent its new finish in cherry-and-white school colors. The car was donated to the high school’s automotive department by a Williamsport Area School District employee last year, and, with financial support from the WASD Education Foundation, has been given new life as a showpiece for parades, Homecoming and other events. Collision repair students from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies worked on the car for nearly a year, painstakingly painting and clear-coating the luxury coupe. Vinyl decals of the high school’s emblematic top hat, gloves and cane were fabricated in the college’s graphic design lab and affixed by faculty and students from the high school’s Career and Technical Education program. Penn College students from Shaun D. Hack’s Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications class visited from an adjacent lab to watch the application. After some final touch-up of the vehicle’s trim in College Avenue Labs, the once-blue car will be returned to the district, where automotive students will be in charge of maintaining the “Millionaire-mobile.”

State Police Provide Students With Practical Look at Over-the-Road Enforcement

Trooper Beaver talks with diesel technology majors and students in the Commercial Driver's License preparatory course.

Trooper Beaver talks with diesel technology majors and students in the Commercial Driver’s License preparatory course.

Whether operators hauling heavy equipment or technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers ...

Whether operators hauling heavy equipment or technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers …

... a firsthand look at regulatory enforcement is key.

… a firsthand look at regulatory enforcement is key.

Pennsylvania State Police made their annual visit to Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center recently to give students a front-line understanding of the laws and regulations governing commercial traffic on the commonwealth’s highways. Trooper Cory Beaver, along with Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers Dave Kelch and Will Latchet, outlined the extent of responsibility and liability that a servicing technicion holds in insuring that the vehicles they maintain and repair are within guidelines. Diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis majors also witnessed an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Allison Scholarship at Penn College Honors Three Generations

Larry Allison Jr. and his daughter, Sadie, join Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour in front of a heavy-construction equipment blade on the campus site of the former Lycoming Construction Co., predecessor of Allison Crane & Rigging. The Allison family has established a scholarship fund at the college.

Larry Allison Jr., a member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Board of Directors and president of Allison Crane & Rigging, has created a scholarship fund at the college in honor of his father, Larry Allison Sr., who died earlier this year, as well as his grandfather and great-grandfather.

The Larry Allison Family Scholarship gives primary preference to any student who is an employee – or the dependent of an employee – of Allison Crane & Rigging, a Williamsport-based successor to Lycoming Construction Co., which was located from 1943-80 near the current site of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences building on the main campus. The site is commemorated with a bulldozer blade, plaque and historical marker.

Larry Allison Sr., grandson of Lycoming Construction Co. founder Herbert F. Allison, died Jan. 22. The scholarship honors both men, as well as Herbert L. Allison, Larry Allison Sr.’s father.

Secondary preference for the scholarship will be given to students who are Pennsylvania residents and are enrolled in one of the following programs: civil engineering technology, surveying technology, construction management, heavy construction equipment technology and diesel technology.

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Honda PACT Alumnus Competes Among Region’s Top Technicians

Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.

Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.

Colby M. Tuff, a 2011 graduate of Penn College’s Honda PACT program, was among the top regional finalists in last weekend’s Acura Top Tech competition. The first step in the competition was for technicians to take an online exam; those with the 10 highest scores advanced to the hands-on phase at Honda’s eastern training facility in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. While Tuff didn’t claim the top prize, the 24-year-old – a technician at Elite Acura in Maple Shade, New Jersey – was the youngest contestant. In order to be Master Certified by Acura, technicians must have completed 100 percent of their factory training. Tuff is among 31 Master Technicians in Zone 2, which covers Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Winning Their Share: WTI Students, Faculty Support WWII Efforts

Williamsport Technical Institute students examine a gas mask, circa 1941.

Williamsport Technical Institute students examine a gas mask, circa 1941.

An aviation mechanic student works on an airplane engine. The student was later placed as an Army Air Corps aviation mechanic.

An aviation mechanic student works on an airplane engine. The student was later placed as an Army Air Corps aviation mechanic.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue magazine: To help train men and women for war-related production, the institution overhauled its curriculum from 1940-45, reinforcing a growing national reputation. Read the full story.

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Horticulture Club Beautifies Neighborhood in Service Project Near Main Campus

Digging up hostas at Way's Garden are (from left) Daniel F. Clark, of Royersford; Emily M. Schmidt, of Muncy; and Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey. Clark and Richardson are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis; Schmidt is in the major's plant production emphasis.

Digging up hostas at Way’s Garden are (from left) Daniel F. Clark, of Royersford; Emily M. Schmidt, of Muncy; and Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey. Clark and Richardson are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis; Schmidt is in the major’s plant production emphasis.

Members of the Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices class, who finished the job of trimming and mulching at the YMCA, gather on the facility's front steps.

Members of the Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices class, who finished the job of trimming and mulching at the YMCA, gather on the facility’s front steps.

Seth W. Strickland (left), of Telford, and Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers, both majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis, work outside the "Y."

Seth W. Strickland (left), of Telford, and Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers, both majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis, work outside the “Y.”

Several members of the Horticulture Club participated in a community service project on Sept. 30, removing some perennials from Way’s Garden – a community landmark at West Fourth and Maynard streets – and transplanting them around the nearby YWCA at 815 W. Fourth St.  Way’s Garden has many hostas that they wanted to remove and YWCA officials were happy to receive them in their landscape. In addition, the Penn College students planted several other perennials and groundcover to help create a lower-maintenance landscape.
Photos by Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor and club adviser

New Penn State President Makes First Visit to Penn College
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Penn State President Eric J. Barron (left) is joined on the verdant grounds of the Victorian House by (from right) Robert E. Dunham, chairman emeritus of the Penn College Board of Directors; state Sen. Gene Yaw, current board chairman; and Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Penn State President Eric J. Barron traveled to Pennsylvania College of Technology on Tuesday, his first visit since assuming the presidency in May. In a timely trip to a main campus observing its 25th anniversary as a special mission affiliate of Penn State – as well as its yearlong Centennial celebration – Barron met with students, viewed three recent art installations, toured Madigan Library and student housing, explored the college’s role in the natural gas industry, and visited a variety of instructional labs. Joining Barron and his wife, Molly, on the tour were Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; retired Penn College Board of Directors Chairman Robert E. Dunham and his wife, Maureen; Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost; and police Chief Chris E. Miller. A reception in the Victorian House and dinner at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, where the group was joined by state Sen. Gene Yaw, board chairman, followed.

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‘These Trees’ Art Installation Weaves Cross-Campus Connections

"These Trees," an environmental art installation at Pennsylvania College of Technology, created by environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, weaves together Shakespearean text and natural materials.

The third large-scale art installation created to celebrate Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial has woven together not only text and trees, but students from across campus.

Over two weeks, more than 160 students from various majors participated in the creation of “These Trees,” an art piece utilizing a variety of tree species harvested from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and installed on the west lawn of the Bush Campus Center at the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Working alongside internationally known environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, the students assisted in creating Bruce and Noble’s vision of a spiraling text quoting William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Forestry Students Attend Association Meeting as Invited Guests

From left, students Riggle, Knable and Becker lend an ear.

From left, students Riggle, Knable and Becker lend an ear.

DCNR Secretary Ferretti

DCNR Secretary Ferretti

Wiest and Metcalf

Wiest and Metcalf

Five second-year forest technology students attended the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association annual meeting at Toftrees Resort and Conference Center in State College on Tuesday night. Joining Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology, as invited guests were Kenneth A. Riggle, of Blanchard; Seth K. Knable, of McVeytown; Alec K. Becker, of Port Matilda; Mark J. Wiest, of Montgomery; and Shelby K. Metcalf, of Benton. The group heard guest  speaker Ellen M. Ferretti, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, discuss the current and future health of the commonwealth’s forest industry.
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Vintage Studebakers Enhance Lunchtime Menu at ATC Cookout

Hoods up for an impromptu inspection

Hoods up for an impromptu inspection

Colin W. Williamson (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean, keep the chow line moving.

Colin W. Williamson (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean, keep the chow line moving.

Studebaker owners enjoy some catch-up time on a gorgeous late-summer afternoon.

Studebaker owners enjoy some catch-up time on a gorgeous late-summer afternoon.

Penn College retiree Larry L. Michael (left), a Keystone Region Chapter member for more than 45 years, talks with automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani and a student.

Penn College retiree Larry L. Michael (left), a Keystone Region Chapter member for more than 45 years, talks with automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani and a student.

A parade of well-maintained Studebakers traverses Penn College's main campus, turning into the ATC parking lot for a lunch date with enthusiasts.

A parade of well-maintained Studebakers traverses Penn College’s main campus, turning into the ATC parking lot for a lunch date with enthusiasts.

Nearly 40 members of the Keystone Region Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club, traveling to campus under ideal conditions Friday, brought about 20 examples from history’s longest-running vehicle manufacturer to the home of the nation’s oldest continuous automotive program. Club members in vintage automobiles talked with interested students and faculty from Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, lunched with Institutional Advancement officials at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, and toured the college’s automotive restoration technology labs. The visit dovetailed with an annual picnic outside the Parkes Automotive Technology Center, where school administrators served hot dogs and other fare, and where such activities as the Push Rod Drop and Piston Ring Toss added an automotive spin to carnival-type challenges. Watch PCToday for more on the visit, including a scholarship opportunity through the Studebaker National Foundation.

Automotive Residential Community Travels to Area Paintball Field

Living, learning and enjoying recreational downtime

Living, learning and enjoying recreational downtime

Eric D. Pruden – battle-stained, but still standing

Eric D. Pruden – battle-stained, but still standing

Penn College’s Automotive Living-Learning Community traveled together in early September to the Roundtop Mountain Resort for some paintball action. Automotive instructor Eric D. Pruden, LLC mentor Jackson S. Walker and Resident Assistant Kadeem D. Carter led several students in a day of paintball, good times and bonding. Community members along for the trip to Lewisberry included Austin Braxmeier, Derek A. Abreu, Kyle L. Jordan, Nicholas C. DeLambo, Logan R. Brooks and Scott J. Wagner. The college’s Residence Life Office offers four living-learning communities in on-campus housing to students enrolled in the same academic majors (automotive, health sciences, hospitality and information technology).
Photos provided by Carter, a collision repair technology student from Philadelphia

Equipment Rodeo, Presentations Showcase State’s Energy Producers

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

Penn College was among participants in Saturday’s PA Energy Games at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds. The event featured educational exhibits, a heavy equipment rodeo, panel discussions and musical performances. The college was well-represented at Hughesville, with three student teams enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis competing in a heavy equipment rodeo with industry representatives. In addition, David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education, moderated a question-and-answer session on Education & Training. In the exhibit hall, Penn College employees and students staffed a busy booth with information about the college’s ShaleNET initiatives and its welding; heating, ventilation & air conditioning; and building sciences majors.

Environmental Grant to Fund Wetlands/Trailhead Project at ESC

The state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $2,996 to Pennsylvania College of Technology for revitalization of wetlands and related nature-trail work at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.

The Environmental Education Grant will be used to continue planting a wetland meadow that was begun in Fall 2013 by students in Carl J. Bower Jr.’s Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices class.

“We have an area that drains very poorly, and we planted it with more than 1,000 native wetland perennials,” said Bower, a horticulture instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. “We will continue planting wetland perennials in this area, which will lead to a set of steps into the woods.”

Those wooden steps – which are in poor condition and will be replaced with a more natural look – are at the head of the nature-trail system that winds through the ESC’s 400-plus-acre campus, where invasive plants will be removed and replaced with native species.

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Benefactor of Penn College Diesel, Aviation Programs Dies

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr.

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr.

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr., a retired Williamsport orthodontist whose philanthropic contributions benefit students in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the age of 85. Welch and his wife, Mary, are among those enshrined on the college’s Donor Wall as members of the Millionaire’s Society. Their generosity is also reflected in the hangar at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the diesel lab at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and a scholarship fund for diesel technology students – all of which bear the Welch family’s name. A full obituary can be found on the website of the Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

From Student Design to Employee Application, ‘It’s a Wrap’

A former FedEx Express 727 cargo plane has been repainted and wrapped with a design appropriately reflecting Pennsylvania College of Technology's innovation and technology.

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.

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