About 50 graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s earliest forerunner, were among the distinguished visitors Friday for a 14th annual reunion. Held during the college’s ongoing Centennial celebration, the alumni and their guests enjoyed lunch and reminiscence in the Thompson Professional Development Center, as well as other campus activities.
− Photos by Cindy D. Meixel, writer/photo editor
William Frick (’55, auto mechanics) sports a Williamsport Technical Institute baseball hat and chats with Jon Engel (’60, electrical).
Marlyn Stauffer (’63, mechanical drafting) and wife, Darlene, enjoy the History Trail marker in front of the PDC.
A special photo in this Centennial year: the institution’s earliest graduates, assembled outside the PDC.
Vernon Winebark (’62, heavy construction equipment) with Tammy M. Rich, director of alumni relations
Arthur Mann (’65, mechanical drafting) reaches across the years (and around a welcome sign) in a not-quite-possible attempt to put “bunny ears” behind the head of his former instructor Chalmer Van Horn, an emeritus professor of drafting.
Brett A. Reasner (in sunglasses), assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement, chat with alums (from left) George Gresock (’62, electronics technology) and Earl Shive (’50, radio communications and electronics).
From left, Walter Doebler (’62 pattern making-wood) and Gordon Shadle (’58, machining) discuss the classic features of an antique vehicle.
Paul Schriner, an alumnus who retired in 2001 after more than three decades of teaching, has enjoyed traveling − but admits to still missing his welding students.
Checking in with Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist, are, from left, Dyson Crownover (’60, electronics technology) and Paul Doud (’66, electrical instrumentation technician) and wife, Virginia.
Those moving through the buffet line in the PDC atrium include 2002 faculty retiree Dale Metzker (’62, offset and letterpress printing) and wife, Sally, just behind him.
WTI alumni received Centennial books as gifts.
It was brisk business for The College Store’s traveling WTI memorabilia table, with V. Wallace Centi (’60, carpentry and machinist), and wife, Priscilla, purchasing items from student Kendel F. Baier, part-time stock clerk/cashier.
Tammy M. Rich warms up the crowd with a lineup of fun facts from “back then,” getting a laugh − and a few groans − with a reminder that gasoline was 31 cents a gallon in 1960.
Richard Miller (’51, automotive) talks with automotive toolroom attendant James W. Daniels about procedures and the tools signed out by students. Daniels is a 2011 forest technology graduate and a senior in technology management.
At left, WTI graduate Dyson Crownover (’60 electronics technology) and Vernon Winebark, right (’62, heavy construction equipment) talk with current students: from left, Austin J. Mills, diesel technology; Luke L. Snyder, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration; and Cory M. Callihan, building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration. Crownover told the students he paid $55 in cash for tuition every month, stayed at the YMCA for $6 a week (free on Sundays) and lived on lebanon bologna and peanut butter for the two years of his schooling. He also drove a 1950 Dodge to his classes in the “trolley barn.”
A picture worth several mouthwatering bites: generous “slivers” of cheesecake, served as the finale dessert
Al Light (center), of Williamsport, owner of the 1936 Cord 801 Phaeton, talks with the alums …
… about a vehicle with the locally distinctive “Powered by Lycoming” emblem.
Marcus Hodge, a 1959 graduate in structural drafting, who enjoyed a long career in PennDOT’s bridge division, converses with Chalmer Van Horn (’58, mechanical drafting), who was applauded for establishing two scholarship funds at the college. Hodge attended with his wife, Ruth.
Shaner recognizes Albert Kraemer (’49, neon fabrication) as the earliest alum in attendance …
… and presents an early birthday gift to John Quay (’52, electrical construction) who will turn 89 in August and who attended with his daughter, Adria.
Winfield Tannehill (’57, graphic arts) and his wife, Dorothy, peek through one of the vintage cars on display in conjunction with the Automotive Centennial next-door.
Accounting alumnus Robert Winder and his wife, Judith, (’63, secretarial, and longtime college employee) enjoy a laugh at their table. At right is Shirley Schriner, a former college secretary, who accompanied her husband, Paul, a 1963 welding graduate and former faculty member.
Hats, shirts, pennants and Centennial mugs adorn a table of WTI memorabilia.
Nearly 80 alumni and guests fill the Thompson Professional Development Center.
As the festivities draw to a close, Jennifer L. McCracken, general merchandise specialist, rings up purchases on The College Store traveling register.
Talking shop, from left, are, John Dolan (’63, draftsman mechanical), Robert Schloder (’67 electrical technology), and business management alumnus Ronald Andrews.