Last updated April 18, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Aviation, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
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WTI Reunion Takes Grads on Round Trip Through History
The Lumley Aviation Center proved to be a popular venue for Friday’s 17th annual reunion for graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a Penn College predecessor from 1941-65. Alumni and their guests, totaling about 75 attendees, enjoyed swapping stories, savoring lunch and listening to remarks by President Davie Jane Gilmour. Presentations on forestry, industrial design, athletics and veterans affairs were also on the agenda. Forest technology students Nicholas J. Fedele and Nancy M. Summers shared their passions for the major, as did Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology. Discussing exciting activities in industrial design were students Dwight D. Alexander, Sean P. Christy and Brett F. Warkoski, and their professor, Thomas E. Ask. Offering insights into the college’s evolving athletics efforts were John D. Vandevere, director of athletics; Lauren S. Herr, a women’s soccer student-athlete enrolled in construction management; and Chris H. Howard, head baseball coach. Chet Beaver, financial aid specialist for veterans services, detailed progress of the Penn College Patriot Scholarship and introduced student veterans on hand to assist with luncheon logistics. Following lunch, Walter V. Gower, assistant dean for transportation and natural resources technologies, took participants on a tour of the hangar, where many reveled in viewing aviation equipment and chatting with students performing various tasks on the tarmac.
Last updated April 25, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Aviation, Construction & Design Technologies, Construction Management, Forestry, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sports, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 1 photo. | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
Still-Employed Octogenarian Proves ‘the Sky’s the Limit’
Paul W. Haubert, a 1960 graduate of Penn College forerunner Williamsport Technical Institute, regaled a classroom audience with tales from his storied (and ongoing) career during a recent visit to the Lumley Aviation Center. The 83-year-old alumnus – who operates an avionics repair shop at New Cumberland’s Capital City Airport with his son Wayne – took students and faculty on a top-flight reminiscence of his life in aircraft maintenance. And what a life it’s been! He received his certificate at WTI after an honorable discharge from the Air Force and went on to a series of aviation-related adventures starting with American Airlines at New York’s Idlewild Airport and winding through a number of mechanical, manufacturing and management positions that continue to this day. Haubert was treated to a tour of the Montoursville facility with Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation, and enjoyed lunch at the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant with Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations, and Rhonda S. Walker, alumni relations specialist.
State Legislators Tour Campus Labs
Two state senators came to Penn College on Monday, visiting several curricular areas as a guest of Sen. Gene Yaw, their colleague and chairman of the college’s board of directors. Sens. John Eichelberger, R-Blair Township, and Ryan Aument, R-Landisville, enjoyed lunch in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and toured Madigan Library and instructional space dedicated to 3-D printing, automotive restoration and aviation. Eichelberger and Aument are chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Senate Education Committee (among other legislative assignments).
Last updated April 10, 2017 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Aviation, Collision Repair & Restoration, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Student Among Helicopter Association’s Scholarship Recipients
A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was among only eight in the world to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.
Zachary D. Reese, of Littlestown, a junior in the 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. Reese will attend the Airbus EC-145 helicopter factory school.
Last updated April 10, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Aviation, Faculty & Staff, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | One Comment
Alumnus Delivers Airbus Donation to Penn College Alma Mater
A generous donation of $275,000 worth of airplane parts will enhance the real-world instructional environment for aviation students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
David J. Barr, a quality management inspector with Airbus who graduated from Penn College with an aviation technology degree in 1997, brought the equipment to the Lumley Aviation Center hangar during the fall semester.
Last updated April 6, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Aviation, Institutional Advancement, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity
A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”
The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Last updated January 11, 2017 | Posted in Architectural Technology, Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Aviation, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Emergency Management, General Information, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Plastics & Polymer, Scholarships, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Successful Business Alums Share Wealth of Real-Life Advice
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.
Last updated November 4, 2016 | Posted in Accounting & Finance, Alumni, Aviation, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Students, Technology Management, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Formidable Accessories Supplement Career Advice
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
Last updated November 3, 2016 | Posted in Aviation, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Andrew A. Smith Chosen as ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College
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.
Last updated October 5, 2016 | Posted in Aviation, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies |
Three Students Win Medals in National SkillsUSA Competition
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.
Last updated August 4, 2016 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Aviation, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Engineering Design Technology, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, Welding |
Penn College Graduates Commissioned in ROTC Ceremony
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.
Last updated May 16, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Aviation, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies |
Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals
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.”
Last updated April 25, 2016 | Posted in Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Automotive, Aviation, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Building Construction, Business & Hospitality, Collision Repair & Restoration, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Information Technology, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, Welding |
Aviation Student Awarded International Helicopter Scholarship
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.
Last updated March 22, 2016 | Posted in Aviation, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies |
State Senate Caucus Tours College’s Aviation Center
The state Senate Aviation Caucus visited the Williamsport Regional Airport on Thursday, part of its focus on four aspects of Pennsylvania’s aviation industry: education, awareness, research and technology. The tour, hosted by Sen. Gene Yaw − a caucus member and chair of Penn College Board of Directors − began at midmorning in the college’s Lumley Aviation Center. An FAA-approved repair station, the Montoursville campus is home to a large and varied fleet of instructional aircraft that includes a retired Boeing 727-200F cargo plane donated in 2012 by FedEx Express and a Falcon 20 passenger jet that arrived there in spring. The college’s aviation majors have their roots in 1930s training of Lycoming Engines employees; a stop at that company’s plant in Williamsport’s West End, an operating division of Avco Corp., concluded the visit. WBRE’s Cody Butler covered the visit for Eyewitness News and compiled a report for broadcast Thursday evening.
Last updated October 22, 2015 | Posted in Aviation, Events, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies |
Alumnus-Maintained Blimp Makes Big Splash During Little League
Penn College aviation students were invited by 1997 aviation technology alumnus James Weed to visit the DirecTV blimp, which he maintains. The students were able to board the gondola to get a close look at the instruments and controls. The blimp is equipped with two 180-horsepower Lycoming engines and a high-definition camera. Operated by the Van Wagner Airship Group, the blimp is in town to provide aerial television coverage of the Little League Baseball World Series.
Photos by Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of avionics
Last updated August 21, 2015 | Posted in Aviation, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies |