News about Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Poinsettias Still Available for Purchase at ESC Greenhouse

Wide assortment of poinsettias available at ESC.

Greenhouse filled with seasonal color

Potted plants among available items

The poinsettia sale continues at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, where there remain lots of red and red glitter, as well as limited inventory of pink, white and burgundy. Among items for sale are pan centerpieces for $4 each, 6 1/2-inch pots for $7 and 7-inch pots for $9. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday while supplies last. The greenhouse is closed Saturday and Sunday.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture

Penn College Commencement Set for Dec. 17

Caleb E. Cartmell

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2016 semester.

The student speaker for the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., will be Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science in automotive technology. Cartmell will also be presented with the President’s Award for leadership and service to the college. He returns in Spring 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management.

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Poinsettia Sale Includes Value-Added Input From Horticulture Club

Handcrafted washcloths for sale at ESC ...

... alongside concrete leaves ...

... and other apt gifts for the green thumbs on your holiday list.

Those traveling to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center to purchase poinsettias this season are encouraged to also check out the nature-inspired gifts made by the Horticulture Club. “From cool concrete leaves to display in the home or garden, to candles, to hand-knitted botanical washcloths and greens, and live materials for decorating, you can find something for this holiday season for the gardener in your life,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor and club adviser. “Whether that is you, your friends or family.” Anyone with questions can contact Bower at ext. 3534. The annual poinsettia sale will begin Wednesday, Nov. 30, and continue from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays (closed Saturdays and Sundays) while inventory lasts. Availability is limited and on a cash-and-carry/first-come, first-served basis. There will be no early sales or holds.
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Horticulture Grads Share Real-World View With Current Students

The Class of 2010's Alyssa B. Richner talks with Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor of horticulture, in the new Hershey Gardens conservatory ...

... and joins Penn College students for a group photo.

Aaron M. Shippling, a 1982 Penn College graduate and Good's general manager, shows one of the company's work trailers.

Touring the Ruppert Nursery

Penn College’s Horticulture Club went on a field trip earlier this month to Good’s Tree and Lawn Care in Harrisburg; Hershey Gardens in Hershey; and Ruppert Landscape and Nursery in Laytonsville. Maryland. Eighteen students made the trip – along with faculty members Carl J. Bower Jr. (who provided the photos) and Dennis P. Skinner – which included informative visits with alumni.

Faculty Member, Caterpillar Dealers Honored for Commitment

Chris S. Weaver (left), an instructor of diesel equipment technology at Penn College, accepts a plaque and congratulations from past recipient Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

The long-standing relationship between Caterpillar Inc. and Pennsylvania College of Technology was accentuated in recent award presentations on campus: An instructor of diesel equipment technology was honored for his dedication, and two CAT representatives were celebrated for two decades of grant-funded assistance to students and faculty.

Chris S. Weaver, a faculty member in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, was presented the Pathfinder to Excellence Faculty Award earlier this month during an advisory meeting of Caterpillar officials and dealers at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

At that same meeting, representatives of Ransome CAT and Alban Tractor Co. Inc. were given plaques marking “20 years of participation in the Caterpillar Excellence Fund grant to provide student scholarships, instructional materials, technical equipment, curriculum development and faculty development funds in support of the diesel equipment technology programs.”

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Students Gain Vantage From Enforcement’s Side of the Road

State police talk "rules of the road" with future technicians and operators.

Pennsylvania State Police recently made their yearly visit to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, sharing with Penn College students the link between their chosen careers and safety on the commonwealth’s roadways.  Trooper David Walker and Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer Dave Kelch detailed the responsibility and liability that technicians hold in making sure the vehicles they service and operate are within the laws and regulations governing commercial highway traffic. Diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis majors also witnessed an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation.
Photo by Chris S. Weaver, diesel equipment technology instructor

Successful Business Alums Share Wealth of Real-Life Advice

Panelists (from left) Lisa M. Andrus, part-time instructor of business administration/management/marketing and owner of Andrus Hospitality; Samuel Ryder, vice president for FNB Bank and a member of the college’s Business Administration Advisory Committee; and alumnus Scott D. Rinker, ’12, branch manager for Jersey Shore State Bank.

Ryder talks about his schedule and the importance of getting involved with community.

Penn College graduates Ryan M. Enders, ’13, a field service representative for Lycoming Engines; and Tracy L. Schroeder, ’13, a project coordinator for InCourage Financial Wellness. Schroeder talks with students about her work in a nonprofit.

Students listen to working-world advice from business graduates and other business professionals.

Anthony L. Peachey talks with students about the importance of networking in a crowded job market.

A group of business professionals – including four alumni – attended a recent mixer with students in Penn College’s business majors. In addition to chatting over hors d’oeuvre, the pros offered a panel talk in the Student and Administrative Services Center Presentation Room. They offered lessons they’ve learned in navigating their careers and advised students on such practical tips as submitting resumes, networking, and managing work-related stress. Panelists were Ryan M. Enders, ’13, technology management, and ’11, aviation technology, who is a field service representative for Lycoming Engines; Tracy L. Schroeder, ’13, business administration: banking and finance concentration, who is program coordinator for InCourage Financial Wellness; Lisa M. Andrus, part-time instructor of business administration/management/marketing and owner of Andrus Hospitality; Samuel Ryder, vice president-group manager for Fulton Financial Corp./FNB Bank; Scott D. Rinker, ’12, business administration: marketing concentration, who is a branch manager for Jersey Shore State Bank; and Anthony J. Peachey, ’09, business administration: marketing concentration, who is product manager for Construction Specialties Inc. and holds LEED Green Associate certification.

Formidable Accessories Supplement Career Advice

Featuring single four-blade rotor and twin engines, the UH-72 was designed as a light utility aircraft.

Students view helicopters and get an on-the-ground perspective from military personnel.

The UH-60 awaits inspection.

With its tandem rotor and heavy-lifting ability, the CH-47 cuts an imposing figure.

Maj. Kenneth Smith brought a group of 11 mechanics, crew chiefs, and maintenance and instructor pilots to the Lumley Aviation Center in three helicopters on Wednesday afternoon. The aircraft –  a Boeing CH-47, a Eurocopter UH-72 and a Sikorsky UH-60 – are from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard stationed at Indiantown Gap. Smith spoke to Penn College aviation students about federal technician openings, for which they will be qualified upon graduation.
Photos by Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation, and Matthew D. Krepps, instructor of aviation maintenance

Horticulture Instructor, Students Experience Industry Events

From left are Carl J. Bower Jr., Taylor J. Corbett, Justin M. Rinehimer, Joseph M. Brown, Griffin T. Fulton and Jeremy L. Thorne

A member of Penn College’s horticulture faculty recently attended the GIE+Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, and “Landscapes 2016,” a simultaneous educational/networking event sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Carl J. Bower Jr. was joined by four students in the college’s landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis – three who traveled to the expo and a fourth who represented Penn College as a student ambassador for the NALP. Attending the trade show were Taylor J. Corbett, of Ramsey, New Jersey; Joseph M. Brown, of Erie; and Griffin T. Fulton, of Mertztown, and the student ambassador was Justin M. Rinehimer, of Mountain Top. Alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in 2013 with a pair of horticulture-related degrees, was an ambassador as a student and still volunteers to help NALP run its ambassador program. Ambassadors are chosen from landscape and horticulture programs across the country, and Rinehimer was one of nine students nationwide to be selected. The ambassadors help the NALP register individuals, set up the educational sessions and introduce the speakers. “This gives them a great chance to network with industry leaders and listen to a wide range of professional education, which is attended by leaders from across the nation,” Bower noted, adding that they also get to visit more than 750 exhibits and tour a 19-acre demonstration area. “Getting the opportunity to represent Penn College at this year’s GIE+Expo was something that I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Rinehimer, who is scheduled to graduate in the spring. “The opportunity to meet with industry leaders, as well as making connections with business owners …, was something that I am glad to achieve. I hope that future students will realize what a great opportunity it is to be a student ambassador and hopefully experience the same things I did.”
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Area School Counselors Apprised of Forestry Careers at ESC

Erich R. Doebler talks with school counselors about forest technology and student opportunities in the wood-products industry ...

... and joins G. Andrew Bartholomay (center), assistant professor of forestry, and Jason Fink (seated in background), executive vice president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, for a classroom discussion.

Penn College was the day’s final stop for 30 counselors from a number of Lycoming County school districts, recently touring the area to learn about different career opportunities and the skills required for those jobs. Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, and faculty helped spread the word during the visit, which was facilitated by the Keystone Wood Products Association and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. One of KWPA’s major goals is to create partnerships with schools to generate interest in lumber and wood products companies, and the Schneebeli Earth Science Center provided a fitting environment in which to further those educational connections. “It’s an excellent opportunity to show the counselors around the region the types of programs found here at Penn College, primarily forestry,” said Doebler, who also serves on the association’s board of directors. “KWPA and the Chamber of Commerce were instrumental in helping arrange an event that was very educational.”
Photos by Scott Seyler, chair, KWPA board of directors

Restoration Freshman in National Race for Help With College Costs

Anthony D. Di Liberto

Anthony D. Di Liberto, a first-year student in Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, is one of three students nationwide vying for tuition assistance from the RPM Foundation. Online voting among Di Liberto, of New Milford, New Jersey, and his two challengers (Jacob San Martin, of McPherson College, and Jonathon Camper, of the College of Charleston) will end at 3 p.m. Oct. 21. The highest vote-getter will get a share of the money collected at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway in West Nyack, New York, two days later, when fans of the Jalopnik daily automotive blog can pay to race against the website’s staff and contributors. Half of all proceeds from the go-kart races will go to the foundation, which is helping support the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftspeople through formal training and mentorship. People like Di Liberto, whose contest profile says, “I take great pride in knowing that, upon my graduation in May of 2018, I will begin to pursue my dream job of working full time in a hot rod or speed and custom shop, building one-of-a-kind works of art.”

Penn College Student Wins Silver at Hard-Fought Woodsmen’s Meet

Representing Penn College at a recent woodsmen's meet in North Carolina were: (front row, from left) Tyler W. Lauver, Mifflinburg; Alyssa R. McGraw, Bellefonte; Nancy M. Summers, Turbotville; and Kristin E. Cavanaugh, Bellefonte; and (second row, from left) Noah L. English, Bloomsburg; Jackson H. Gehris, Cogan Station; Anthony A. Hampton, Clearfield; G. Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology; Abigail L. Hufnagle, Lewisburg; Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology; and Paul M. George, of State College.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Woodsmen’s Team traveled to the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina to compete in the 21st Annual John Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet on Oct. 1.

This is the second trip to North Carolina in as many years for the team, which is part of the college’s Forestry Club.

This year’s meet was contested by Penn College and nine other collegiate teams: Haywood Community College, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, Penn State Mont Alto, the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, Warren Wilson College and West Virginia University.

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Restoration Majors Mentor Tomorrow’s Automotive Artisans

Di Liberto captivates his audience ...

... and Von Zwehl coaches a potential successor during an AACA youth program in Hershey.

Behind the wheel and on top of the world

Members of the Penn College Classic Cruisers club and students in the college’s automotive restoration technology major traveled to Hershey last weekend to proudly represent their school and again help the Hershey chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America with its youth event. Honoring this year’s racing theme for the program, which was held during the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet, the college took along a donated Formula Ford Continental Series racer and a former mini-Indy stock car. The youth program was run by Penn College students Anthony D. Di Liberto, of New Milford, New Jersey;  Luke C. Miller, of Grasonville, Maryland; Andrew B. Moyer, of Hughesville; Preston T. Rose, of Berryville, Virginia; and Dillon K. Von Zwehl, of Mahweh, New Jersey. They expertly guided the youngsters through disassembly of the mini-Indy car so that the restored go-kart can be reassembled next year. Members and alumni prepared video for the club’s Facebook page, demonstrating a virtual paint simulator and other tools of their craft; also participating in Hershey events were Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and faculty members Roy H. Klinger and Chad H. Rudloff.
Photos by Rose, an automotive restoration technology major

Penn College/WVIA Documentary Explores Green Career Options

“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hourlong documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

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Andrew A. Smith Chosen as ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Andrew A. Smith

Andrew A. Smith, an aviation maintenance technician student from Philadelphia, has been chosen as the September “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Smith, characterized by his nominator as “an excellent role model to students,” is the business coordinator for the Wildcat Events Board and philanthropy chair for the Sigma Pi fraternity at the college.

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