News about Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Restoration Student Bridges Art, Automobiles in Dream Career

A mechanic, pinstriper and sign painter, Anthony D. DiLiberto 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

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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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Diligently Restored, Dazzlingly Arrayed

Automobiles fill the Penn College landscape in this view to the northeast from atop the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology provided a stunning backdrop for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Grand National Meet from Thursday through Saturday, an exciting and extraordinary event that was the largest ever held by the organization. A joint project of the AACA Susquehannock Region and the Penn College Classic Cruisers student group, the gathering attracted more than 600 cars, trucks and motorcycles and thousands of participants and spectators. Activities for registrants and their families included tours of campus and local attractions, informative sessions in instructional labs, and social get-togethers … and two free events were open to the community: Friday’s keynote address by Lyn St. James in the Field House and Saturday’s car show – breathtakingly featuring 40 to 50 million dollars’ worth of automobiles – along the campus mall. A motivational speaker, St. James is a seven-time Indianapolis 500 competitor, the Indy’s first female Rookie of the Year and one of the “Top 100 Female Athletes of the Century” as chosen by Sports Illustrated. In addition to the photo gallery that follows, the memorable event is captured in a video on the college’s YouTube channel:

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The World at Their Feet

International student travelers await their flight from JFK to Zurich.

Thirteen students from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies this week began a 10-day journey to France and Italy, where they will visit exclusive automotive museums and body shops. The students are traveling with Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, and are part of two study-abroad courses – International Automotive Studies and the International Automotive Field Experience – offered through the college’s International Programs Office.
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Penn College Graduates Commissioned in ROTC Ceremony

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Daniel G. Curtin, of Berwick; Craig W. Robbins, of Newton, New Jersey; Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, New York; Kyle A. Csorba; of Trenton, New Jersey; and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost.

Four new Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates experienced a second milestone during the college’s commencement weekend: commissioning as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Kyle A. Csorba, of Trenton, New Jersey; Daniel G. Curtin, of Berwick; Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, New York; and Craig W. Robbins, of Newton, New Jersey, received the honor during an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps ceremony at Bucknell University.

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Truck Donated by FedEx Delivers Expanded Opportunity for Students

Gathered near a newly acquired Volvo truck are (from left) Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations; alumnus Greg A. Moser, who, as a district fleet maintenance manager for FedEx Freight, arranged donation of the 2006 vehicle; and Mark E. Sones, a diesel equipment technology faculty member.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment majors now have newer equipment on which to hone their craft, thanks to a graduate’s ongoing involvement with his alma mater.

The donation of a 2006 Volvo truck was facilitated by Greg A. Moser, an alumnus of Penn College’s former diesel technology: Mack emphasis major. Based in Pocono Summit, Moser is a district fleet maintenance manager for FedEx Freight. He frequently recruits at campus career fairs and serves on the college’s Diesel Technology Advisory Committee.

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Students Extend ‘Tree Campus’ Mindset to Nearby Landmark

Drizzly Arbor Day no deterrent to student workers

In observance of Arbor Day, five Penn College students and a faculty member braved the rain for a Friday afternoon’s work in Way’s Garden. The students planted a Cherokee Brave pink dogwood tree and several small shrubs, as well as providing some pruning in the beloved Williamsport park at West Fourth and Maynard streets. In addition to sharpening the students’ hands-on skills, the activity acknowledges the recent designation as a Tree Campus USA, which promotes trees at the college and in the community. Pictured from left are Tiffany E. Griffe, of Newville; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey; Logan H. Booth, of New Kensington; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Elliot C. Redding, of Gettysburg; and Noah L. English, of Bloomsburg. English is enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; the others are majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.
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Branching Out

Evergreen seedlings are held aloft by excited schoolchildren in the first-grade class of Barbara Stopper ...

... and by the third-graders of Brenda Kremser.

First- and third-graders at St. John Neumann Regional Academy’s elementary campus got an Arbor Day visit from a Penn College horticulture instructor on Friday, along with a take-home project to nurture. Carl J. Bower Jr. (who also provided the photos) gave a presentation on the importance of trees and handed out Norway spruce seedlings to pupils and their teachers. The seedlings came from the tree farm of Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, who donated them for the observance.

Penn College Attains ‘Tree Campus USA’ Recognition

Penn College representatives acknowledge designation as a “Tree Campus USA” outside the green grounds of The Victorian House on main campus. From left are Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations; Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor; and Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry. The plaque will be installed in the Student & Administrative Services Center and the flag will fly outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, home to the college’s forest technology and landscape/horticulture majors.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with “Tree Campus USA” recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.

“This collaborative effort from the forestry, horticulture and General Services departments highlights the college’s commitment to the environment and maintaining a beautiful campus,” said Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

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Caterpillar Students Awarded National Tool Scholarships

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students have received $1,000 national scholarships to help them purchase tools for their emerging careers in heavy construction equipment technology.

Ronald A. Kepple, of Russell, and Alexander C. Rozon, of Cochranville, were awarded the funds through the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an affiliate of Associated Equipment Distributors.

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