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Alumni Awards to Be Presented at May 15 Commencement


Pennsylvania College of Technology will present “Distinguished Alumnus” and “Alumni Achievement” awards at commencement ceremonies May 15 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.

Jeffrey L. Erdly, president and co-founder of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., a specialty building-facade repair contractor in Berwick, has been selected as the College’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2004. A 1972 honors graduate of Williamsport Area Community College with a certificate in Engineering Drafting, he will be presented with the award at the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony.

Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented at the 2 p.m. ceremony to Hilary P. Anstead English, a May 2000 graduate in Advertising Arts, and her husband, Richard K. English, a May 2000 Graphic Design graduate. Hilary is the owner of Hillustration Studios in Allentown and Richard is a Web-marketing specialist with the Allentown firm of Klunk & Millan Advertising.

The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award is given in recognition of personal and professional accomplishments, contributions toward furthering the efforts of the College, and the high regard in which the recipient is held in the community.

The Alumnus/Alumna Achievement Award among the College’s newest distinctions is presented to graduates within the past 10 years and recognizes noteworthy career accomplishments that demonstrate the importance of a Penn College education.

Jeffrey L. Erdly Erdly began MPS in 1985 and has seen the company’s revenues grow from $600,000 in its first year to almost $7 million and its markets expanded as far as Atlanta.

He is active in the American Society for Testing and Materials and was instrumental in the 1997 formation of a committee to develop a standard for inspecting building facades. As co-chair of that committee, he helped implement the “Standard Practice for Periodic Inspection of Building Facades for Unsafe Conditions.”

A nationally recognized leader in the field, Erdly is co-editor of the ASTM book, “Water Leakage through Building Facades.” He also co-authored an article for the society’s “Standardization News,” titled, “How Safe Are Building Facades? Inspecting for Unsafe Conditions.” Outlining high-profile instances of building-facade collapses bricks and chunks of granite falling to the sidewalk, for example the article called upon the industry to go beyond visual inspections in order to avoid needless injury or loss of life from deteriorating structures.

The firm accessible on the Web was profiled in “Masonry Construction” magazine under a headline that noted “tradition, technology and integrity” as the founding hallmarks of MPS.

Hilary P. English Hilary English’s passion for the graphic arts and illustration began as early as high school, when she attended a specialized commercial-art program at Carbon County Vocational-Technical School in Jim Thorpe. (She was valedictorian for the Class of 1997.) At Penn College, where she made the dean’s list from Fall 1998 through the Spring 2000 semesters, she served as advertising executive for the Residence Hall Association for the 1998-99 school year.

After graduating from Penn College, she worked as an in-house designer/illustrator in various fields of advertising and marketing not only exhibiting a natural flair for illustration, but also a deep understanding of both the commercial advertising and printing worlds.

In 2000, Hilary founded Hillustrations Studios. A full-service digital illustration company, it has shown significant growth both in the level and range of its business. Among its many specialties are children’s book illustrations, caricatures and logo development.

More information about Hillustrations is available online.

Richard K. English A 1996 graduate of Milton Area High School, Richard K. English amassed an impressive list of Penn College accomplishments before graduating magna cum laude.

He served as a Student Ambassador from 1996-2000 and was named “Student Leader of the Year” in 1998. He consistently was named to the dean’s list, was an Orientation Leader and president of the Residence Hall Association, and received the President’s Award at May 2000 commencement for leadership and service to the College community.

After working in Web design and other capacities for a Williamsport company, English joined Klunk & Millan in 2002. An e-marketing specialist, he serves nearly 50 clients from educational institutions to international consumer-products companies. For the past year, he has been heavily involved in Web-site application development, database integration and e-commerce.

More information about Klunk & Millan can be found on the Web.

Ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. for graduates from the Schools of Construction and Design Technologies, Integrated Studies, Natural Resources Management, and Transportation Technology, and at 2 p.m. for graduates from the Schools of Industrial and Engineering Technologies, Health Sciences, Hospitality, and Business and Computer Technologies.

In addition to the alumni awards and presentation of diplomas, the College also will present its Excellence in Teaching Awards.

The ceremonies will be broadcast live in the Williamsport area on SusCom (the local cable TV provider) Channel 2, beginning at 10 a.m.

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