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.
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.
The campus community is invited to a President’s Forum presentation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday by William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation, who will highlight his Heli-Expo experience in Anaheim, Calif., and share information on the industry. Andrew L. Stamey, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology – and one of two student attendees at the conference – will add his insights during the presentation in Room W204 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Attendance at the February conference allowed Stepp to participate in meetings of the Helicopter Association’s International Technical Committee, of which he is a member. The experience yielded two scholarships for student attendees (Stamey and Marc T. Kaylor, another May graduate), teaching materials for the aviation department, contacts for student internships and/or employment, as well as sources of additional equipment donations. Stepp is the first awardee from the Strategic Initiative Fund, created by President Davie Jane Gilmour to increase the college’s presence at the national level via presentations and/or leadership within national associations. Interested faculty and staff can learn more about the fund through the president’s page on the myPCT Web portal.
Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner interviewed Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, on Thursday for a piece about the former FedEx plane donated to Penn College – recently cocooned in vinyl and ready for another academic year of training students at the Lumley Aviation Center.
As a donated Boeing 727 nears the end of a two-month makeover, Newswatch 16 reporter Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center on Wednesday to prepare a story about the monumental exterior work on the former FedEx transport plane. Taping her segment outside the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Papa interviewed Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Kevin P. Sullivan, lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, about both the “wrap” project and the long-term curricular applications for aviation students. The piece initially was broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on WNEP.
An impressive undertaking, befitting one of the largest donations in the institution’s history, is nearing completion at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. As storm clouds gave way to resumption of the work this past week, patient artisans continued to wrap a donated Boeing 727 jet in a snug-fitting vinyl shroud. The plane’s nose-to-tail makeover, as much protective as it is decorative, emblematically replicates the transformational benefit of a Penn College degree.
Marc T. Kaylor, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology, was a gold medalist in that category at last month’s SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. A student photographer during his last two years at Penn College, he will begin work July 28 as a Cessna Citation mechanic at the Stewart International Airport in New York state’s southern Hudson Valley. Among students and recent alumni to take part in the June 23-27 event – the 50th annual for SkillsUSA – Kaylor is the college’s 35th national medalist. (It was his second trip to Kansas City; he placed second in 2013.) “Thank you to all of my professors that helped me make it this far. Also, thank you to (welding instructor/adviser) James Colton II for taking the time to travel with us to Kansas City and being such a great supporter of Skills,” Kaylor said. “And, of course, thank you to all of the students who made it to SkillsUSA.” Watch PCToday for more.
A retired Boeing 727 donated to Penn College in March 2012 will soon wear the logo of its owner, courtesy of an effort than spans several of the institution’s academic schools. The former FedEx Express plane made its last flight more than two years ago, when it was delivered to the Lumley Aviation Center for a new life among the college’s instructional fleet. That new life includes a new coat, which was designed by Kyle R. Taylor for an illustration class taught by Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design. (A 2013 graphic design graduate, Taylor is now employed by Schoolwires Inc. in State College.) Moving the plane was quite an exercise, involving faculty/staff from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies and the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Welders from the latter school fabricated an adapter for a hitch on the light-duty diesel lab’s GMC 3500 truck, which pushed and pulled the 727 from the west pad to the hangar. Transportation faculty/staff recently began washing, sanding and painting the tail section, the first steps toward wrapping the plane in a collegiate cocoon of vinyl. Kevin P. Sullivan, lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, is overseeing students’ output of the various pieces that will cover the aircraft.
Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students from a variety of majors will compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference from June 23-28 in Kansas City, Mo., after winning gold medals at the state level.
Three other students in the college contingent finished second in their respective categories at the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 9-11 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
And a Penn College student/alumnus will attend as a candidate for the highest individual SkillsUSA honor: an International Degree, awarded at the rarely attained upper level of the organization’s professional-development program.
Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students were among only eight selected internationally to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.
Andrew L. Stamey, of Danville, and Marc T. Kaylor, of Lebanon, seniors in the college’s four-year aviation maintenance technology major, were recently awarded scholarships that provide a tuition waiver for manufacturing training schools and a stipend to offset expenses.
The Penn College cross-country team honored graduating senior Edward S. Knyff during halftime of the Wildcat men’s basketball game Monday night. The aviation maintenance technology major from Ocean Gate, N.J., has been a four-year member of the team, helping capture three Penn State University Athletic Conference Championships and four appearances at the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships. “He has proven to be a valuable runner for the team,” head coach David J. Mendez said. “He is a dedicated member and his teammates look up to him as a leader. I have enjoyed coaching him this year and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Photo by Lisa J. Worth, coordinator for club sports, intramural sports and marketing for athletics
Several Penn College aviation students volunteered to assist the Lycoming County Rotary Clubs with this year’s “Balloonfest, Air Show & So Much More,” held Saturday at the Hughesville Fairgrounds. During the event, Team Aerodynamix performed daylight and dusk formation-aerobatics routines and Jeff Maurer of WOW Airshows offered a daytime aerobatics show. The first-year students ensured the air-show aircraft were full of the special smoke-producing oil that the performers use to leave trails in the sky. In addition, some of the students volunteered to staff the gates at the event. To show their appreciation for early volunteers, Team Aerodynamix invited Emily M. Ritt, an aviation technology major from Medford Lakes, N.J., and Kathreen D. Larsen, an aviation maintenance technology student from Clinton Corners, N.Y., to join the sponsor ride that preceded the aerobatics demonstrations. Penn College sponsored a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program in which air-show pilots Len “Leggs” Leggette, Jerry “Widget” Morris and Mike “Kahuna” Stewart visited four area junior high schools to talk about the science of flight.
Photos by Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation
Three Penn College students brought home medals from the recent National SkillsUSA Conference in Kansas City, Mo.: a gold, a silver and a bronze. First-place honors went to Robert T. Berrier Jr., a computer aided product design major from Lewistown, who competed in the Technical Drafting category; Marc T. Kaylor, of Lebanon, an aviation maintenance technology student from Lebanon, took second in Aviation; and Charles B. Livezey Jr., of Solebury, an electrical technology major, placed third in Residential Wiring. “I was very proud to have students come home with medals,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “The other students gained some valuable experience. Of the eight students who went to nationals, we will have four returning to compete next year. I’m glad to have my first year as the adviser finished and look forward to next year with a better understanding of the process. It is our goal to have more students go to nationals and represent the college.” This year’s entrants brought to 106 the number of Penn College students who have advanced to national competition over the years; counting this year’s successes, 34 have won medals at that level.
Photo by Colton, an assistant professor of welding
Representatives of Universidad Don Bosco in El Salvador, soon to join Penn College as a recipient of a retired aircraft from FedEx, visited the Lumley Aviation Center and other instructional areas during a visit Tuesday and Wednesday. The group toured the hangar and other instructional areas of the college’s facility at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville − including the Boeing 727 donated to Penn College in March 2012 − as well as the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies, and Workforce Development & Continuing Education on main campus. The institution, located in San Salvador, offers a number of technology majors that mirror Penn College’s, including aircraft maintenance, product design and mechatronics.
Photos by Stacey C. Hampton, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies; Inman and Robison
A Kylertown man who comes from a family with three generations of alumni has donated a Cessna 175C airplane to Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Gary Gable, who graduated from Penn College forerunner Williamsport Area Community College with a certificate in electrical technology in 1974, donated the plane with co-owner Charles Michaelis. It will be used for instructional purposes at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville.