News about Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

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.

Popular Plant Sale Returns to ESC on Monday

Ample selection for eager green thumbs

Hanging baskets among offerings

Wednesday hours extended for working shoppers' convenience

The annual bedding-plant sale begins Monday at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; Wednesday hours will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed Saturday and Sunday.) Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and supplies are limited. There will be no early sales or holds, and everything is cash-and-carry.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture

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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Living-Learning Community Attends Carlisle Car Show

LLC returns from daylong trip to Carlisle.

Members of Penn College’s Automotive Living-Learning Community attended Saturday’s Carlisle Spring Car Show. “Everyone is glad to be back on campus after a long day in traffic and walking around looking at cars and car parts,” said Eric D. Pruden, automotive instructor and LLC faculty liaison. “The weather was great and everyone enjoyed the event.” From left are Eric M. Santiago, of Vineland, New Jersey; Mark J. Dumais, of Fort Johnson, New York; Brittany A. Frey, of Forksville; Daniel W. DeShong, of Cochranville; Jonathan L. Zechman, of Lebanon; Genevieve M. Kelly, of Beverly, Massachusetts; and James T. Wade, of Lafayette Hill.
Photo by Eric D. Pruden

Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals

SkillsUSA Pennsylvania

Seventeen first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Three other students finished in the top four places in their respective categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held earlier this month in Hershey.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the competition. The national competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology. I hope next year we can increase the number going to nationals and continue to make the college proud.”

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‘Timber Fest’ Marked by Individual Effort, Teamwork

Penn College's Noah L. English (left), of Bloomsburg, and Paul M. George, of State College, build a fire on their way to a first-place finish in the Water Boil.

Old Man Winter may have waited ’til spring to unleash one more surprise for the season, but Saturday’s snowfall did not deter the Timber Fest at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Despite the poor weather conditions, attendance was good and the competition was keen.

A squad of Pennsylvania College of Technology students finished fourth overall and placed in 14 categories at the festival’s Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Spring Woodsmen’s Meet.

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Auto-Biography

Automotive restoration technology student Krishna Yadav practices gas welding on steel in College Avenue Labs.

From the Spring 2016 One College Avenue magazine: Car enthusiast and automotive restoration technology student Krishna Yadav worked in human resources in his native India until his brother met automotive instructor Eric D. Pruden at the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Fall Meet in Hershey. “I had no knowledge, but wanted to get it,” Yadav said. “I saw the brochure on the table and knew this was a great opportunity – and at one of the best facilities – to learn all the things I would need to know.” Read more about Yadav in “Auto-Biography.”

Subaru Magazine Features ’07 Automotive Grad

James S. Riedel

Personal vehicle upgraded with professional know-how

James S. Riedel, a 2007 graduate of Penn College’s automotive technology management major, is featured in the latest issue of Subaru’s Drive Performance magazine for his 2006 WRX STI. “At first glance, (he) does not seem like the type to create a monster vehicle capable of flinging him around a racetrack,” the article notes of Riedel, technical training development manager at Subaru of America. “A self-described closet nerd with an affable demeanor, hipster-issue beard, and undercut hair style, you might assume he uses a fixed-gear bicycle as his primary mode of transport. But this couldn’t be further from the truth …” Riedel was a two-term president of the college’s Student Government Association during his Penn College tenure, and was instrumental in establishing the Student Legacy Leadership Scholarship Fund.

‘Timber Fest’ at Penn College to Put Forestry in Spotlight

James C. Synol, a member of Penn College’s Woodsmen’s Team, will compete in the Stihl Timbersports Challenge during Timber Fest at the college on April 9. A building automation technology major from Bloomingdale, N.J., he was among team members providing a campus demonstration in March.

Students from Pennsylvania College of Technology and five other institutions will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Spring Woodsmen’s Meet on April 9, part of a Timber Fest industry showcase at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.

Participants will compete in 16 event categories from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including archery, ax throw, crosscut saw, log roll, pulp toss, pole fell, chain saw, water boil and speed chop. In addition to the host, students will represent Penn State Mont Alto, Allegany College of Maryland, Montgomery Community College and Haywood Community College in North Carolina, and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Virginia.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Automotive LLC Gets Weekend Workout

At play on a Sunday study break

Living, learning ... and friendly competition.

The Automotive Living-Learning Community students and friends got together Sunday for a friendly (but competitive) session of dodgeball in Penn College’s Field House. The students seemed to be having a good time and they were laughing and joking with each other,” said Eric D. Pruden, automotive instructor and faculty liaison for the LLC. “A lot of energy was expended and those that I saw today told me that they were sore from all the throwing and slept well last night after all that running around.” Participating students were Christianna L. Andryski, David L. Bierly, Carlos A. Cadenas, Allison N. Carr, Daniel W. DeShong, Mark J. Dumais, Josiah S. Fegley, Brittany A. Frey, Genevieve M. Kelly, Raymond W. Pennachio, Hunter P. Richards, Preston T. Rose, Eric M. Santiago, Troy A. Stair, James T. Wade and Jonathan L. Zechman.
Photos by Eric D. Pruden

Penn College Students Finish Strong at Horticulture Competition

The Penn College contingent gathers during the recent National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Mississippi State University: Front row, from left, Aaryn C. Hoy, Norristown, and Kenneth E. Zeager Jr., Bainbridge. Middle row, from left, instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; students Justin M. Rinehimer, Mountain Top, Zachary M. Meling, Hawley, Joshua T. Posey, York Haven, and Ryan Rousseau, Pipersville; and alumni mentor Ronald A. Burger. Back row, from left, Elliot C. Redding, Gettysburg, and Kyle M. Richardson, Hopewell, N.J.

Six Pennsylvania College of Technology horticulture students were among the top finishers in their respective categories during the 40th annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held recently in Starkville, Mississippi.

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LLC Crosses ‘Tractor Pull’ off Bucket List

Four members of Residence Life's Automotive LLC, still smiling on their 1 a.m. return from a Harrisburg adventure.

Members of Penn College’s Automotive Living-Learning Community attended the Keystone National Truck and Tractor Pull event at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Saturday. “Only one person had been to a similar event before, so, for the rest of us, it was a new experience,” said Eric D. Pruden, automotive instructor and LLC faculty liaison. “Lots of horsepower and driving skill was on display and not too much parts breakage. Everyone had a good time!” From left are applied management student Daniel W. DeShong, of Cochranville; and collision repair technology majors Christianna L. Andryski, of Harrisburg, Brittany A. Frey, of Forksville, and Genevieve M. Kelly, of Beverly, Massachusetts.
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Aviation Student Awarded International Helicopter Scholarship

Jeffrey T. Bassler

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was among only eight selected internationally to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.

Jeffrey T. Bassler, of New Windsor, Maryland, a senior in Penn College’s four-year aviation maintenance technology major, was recently awarded a scholarship that provides a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses. Bassler will attend the Honeywell Primus Epic integrated avionics system factory school.

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