News: Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Penn College Students Among Top 10 Finishers at Landscape Event

Traveling from Penn College to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds for PLANET Student Career Days are (front row, from left) Mikhala J. Umstead, of Williamsport; alumnus Ronald A. Burger; Emily M. Schmidt, of Muncy; Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers; Kenneth E. Zeager Jr., of Bainbridge; Seth J. Wyncoll, of Kempton; and instructor/alumnus Carl J. Bower Jr.; and (back row from left) Joshua T. Posey, of York Haven; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, N.J.; and Ashton N. Rockwell, of Greencastle.

Horticulture students from Pennsylvania College of Technology finished in the top 10 of three categories in the Professional Landscape Network’s 39th annual Student Career Days held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The eight-member Penn College contingent competed in 14 landscape-related contests during the March 11-15 event, in addition to visiting the career fair, and networking with more than 800 students and numerous industry professionals from across the country. Traveling with the group were instructor/1993 alumnus Carl J. Bower Jr. and 1978 graduate Ronald A. Burger, an Alumni Mentorship Award winner in 2013.

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Penn College Grad Honored With Industry Group’s Inaugural Award

Penn College alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne holds his Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by PLANET President Jim McCutcheon. (Photo by Philippe Nobile Photography)

An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape/horticulture program was recently honored with the first Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Professional Landscape Network.

Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in May 2013 with degrees in the landscape technology and plant production emphases of the college’s two-year ornamental horticulture major (since renamed landscape/horticulture technology), was presented with the award during PLANET’s Student Career Days competition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Penn College Receives Grant to Market New Automotive Major

A $3,000 industry grant will help recruit students for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s fledgling partnership with the Chrysler family of automobile dealerships.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Foundation recently approved the college’s funding application, which requested $1,000 for travel expenses to high schools and vehicle dealerships, $1,000 for T-shirts to further the Penn College/Mopar brand and $1,000 as a need-based toolbox scholarship to encourage financially challenged students to enroll.

Penn College’s automotive technology: Mopar CAP emphasis attracted interest when launched for the Fall 2014 semester, and initial marketing helped spread the word about the associate-degree major. The grant is intended to boost that exposure, with a goal of increasing enrollment of first-year students to 16 for Fall 2015.

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Bloodmobile at ESC Aids 51 Patients

ESC blood drive aids Red Cross

ESC blood drive aids Red Cross

Seventeen pints were donated during a recent Bloodmobile visit to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, the American Red Cross reports. As each pint of blood benefits three people, a total of 51 patients will be helped by the March 5 collection. Will E. Burns, instructor of diesel equipment technology in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, coordinated the drive.

Caleb G. Schirmer Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Caleb G. Schirmer

Caleb G. Schirmer, of Sugarloaf, a technology management major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month.

Schirmer, who earned an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis in 2014, is president of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and secretary of Students Making a Contribution.

He is also a member of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), a Student Government Association senator from the School of Business & Hospitality, and an English tutor in Penn College’s Writing Center. He supports a number of additional student organizations, including the Horticulture Club and Penn College Benefiting THON.

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Alumnus Honored by State Association as ‘Outstanding Educator’

Joseph C. Luther

Joseph C. Luther

A 2002 graduate of Penn College’s landscape/nursery technology major, now an instructor at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, has been named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator for 2014 by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. A faculty member at the Pleasant Gap institution since 2009, Joseph C. Luther was recently profiled in the school’s newsletter: Landscaping Alumnus

Anderson Equipment Co. Boosts Support for Penn College Students

Anderson Equipment Co.

Anderson Equipment Co.

Heavy construction equipment technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are benefiting from the ongoing generosity of the Anderson Equipment Co., which supplemented a recent equipment loan with the donation of an engine and other machine components.

Among the gifts from Anderson, a distributor of earthmoving and mobile equipment with 20 locations from Maine to West Virginia, was a 272-horsepower Komatsu WA470-6 engine.

“This is a great addition to our heavy equipment engine lab,” said Chris S. Weaver, a diesel equipment technology instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Management. “Until now, we did not have an engine meeting Tier 3 emission requirements with common rail-fuel injection. Because of Anderson’s generous donation, we can expose our heavy equipment students to technology that is being used in the industry.”

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Museum Celebrates Penn College Partnership at Regional Auto Show

Penn College's automotive-related "degrees that work" are on display in Harrisburg this weekend, bolstered by exemplary student work.

Penn College’s automotive-related “degrees that work” are on display in Harrisburg this weekend, bolstered by exemplary student work.

The Antique Automobile Club of America’s Museum in Hershey is promoting its partnership with Penn College at this weekend’s Harrisburg Auto Show, sponsored by Motor Trend magazine. The event began Thursday and will run through 5 p.m. Sunday in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex’s North Hall. The college’s association with the museum began in 2010 with impressive work on a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, a project that ultimately gave rise to the automotive restoration technology major and affiliations with other museums. That car is on display this weekend, as is another award-winning example of Penn College students’ handiwork: a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport. Also on public view are a Mustang body donated by Buckeye Classic Car Restoration in Canfield, Ohio, and a training engine used in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.
Photo by AACA Museum

Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show
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Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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Alumnus, Employee Establish Scholarship at Penn College

Lenore Penfield, a longtime Penn College employee, and her husband, John, an alumnus of the college, have established a scholarship benefiting students enrolled in the dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John and Lenore Penfield have established a scholarship that will benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John Penfield is a 1975 graduate of Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College, having earned a degree in nursery management.

Lenore Penfield is a longtime employee of the college, serving as a faculty member in dental hygiene, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, director of special events and The Gallery at Penn College, and director of facilities utilization/college events (her current position).

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Dean of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies Named

Brett A. Reasner

Brett A. Reasner has been appointed dean of transportation and natural resources technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Reasner, who began his employment with Penn College in 1993, succeeds Colin W. Williamson, who retired in December.

From 1993 to 2007, Reasner was an associate professor and department head in aviation technology. He was awarded the college’s highest honor accorded to faculty –­ the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award – in 1999.

From 2007-11, Reasner served as assistant dean and associate professor in the School of Natural Resources Management. From 2011-14, he served as assistant dean and associate professor in the School of Transportation and Natural Resources Technologies.

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Hawbaker Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

From left: Scholarship donors Daniel R. and Suzie Hawbaker with Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The president and CEO of a well-known State College-based highway construction company and his wife have established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Daniel R. and Suzie Hawbaker recently created the Hawbaker Family Scholarship at Penn College. Daniel Hawbaker heads Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., a firm established in 1952 that performs asphalt paving, road construction, gas well service and construction, and engineering design services in northern Pennsylvania, southern New York and eastern Ohio.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded from the Hawbaker Family Scholarship Fund for the 2015-16 academic year; the recipients will be presented with $500 each in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

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Anderson Equipment Co. Lends Bulldozer to Penn College

A Komatsu bulldozer, on loan from Anderson Equipment Co., will be used through March by students and faculty in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. (Photo by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologiesPhotos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies)

An equipment loan from an Allegheny County-based company will provide Pennsylvania College of Technology students with a state-of-the-art learning tool through the middle of the Spring 2015 semester.

A Komatsu D 37PX bulldozer was made available to the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies by Anderson Equipment Co., with headquarters in Bridgeville and locations in six states.

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Nine Students Pass State Agriculture Department’s Pesticide Exam

Nine students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification test administered Nov. 24.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture representative Jason Kehoe presided over the examination, which allows licensees to become applicators in one or more of 26 categories that cover a range of pest-control situations.

“This gives the students an opportunity to set themselves apart from their competition,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., a horticulture instructor at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center. “Even if they don’t do any spraying, they are a much more informed employee for having taken and passed this test.”

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Regional Corvette Club Establishes Penn College Scholarship Fund

Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club scholarship recipient Shane R. Spencer, of Northumberland (center) is surrounded by appropriate vehicles and (from left) members of the club’s Scholarship Committee: Al Clapps, Bonnie and Gary Carstetter, and Dave Cappa. Committee member Jan Hoffman was absent.

First-year students in a variety of automotive/collision repair majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be eligible for assistance from a scholarship fund recently established by the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club.

Awards from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Scholarship Fund will be made each fall –  preferably to a first-year student enrolled full time in the automotive technology, automotive service sales and marketing, collision repair technology, or automotive restoration technology major.

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