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Pre-College Programs to enrich participants’ summer experience

Young women enrolled in SMART Girls, among the wide-ranging roster of pre-college programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assemble a robot during last summer’s camp.

Building construction has been added to the abounding schedule of pre-college initiatives offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, hands-on summer activities that mirror the nationally renowned opportunities afforded postsecondary students.

“Our Pre-College Programs offer living and learning experiences in which students have opportunities to explore unique academic interests in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Deborah B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations. “It’s a chance to work and make connections with industry leaders, meet and mingle with your peers, and establish a path that could lead to all sorts of future possibilities.”

The signup deadline is May 31 for the institution’s 12 residential programs and its one day camp.

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State Senate Appropriations Committee chair tours campus

Always engaged and advocating for the college, Yaw (right) converses with Browne in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

State Sen. Patrick M. Browne, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, visited Pennsylvania College of Technology on Thursday.

Browne, who represents the 16th District – which includes Allentown and other municipalities within Lehigh County – came to campus after presenting an election and legislative update at a breakfast sponsored by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

He was invited by fellow Appropriations Committee member Sen. Gene Yaw, who also serves as chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors. Yaw also hosted the Chamber legislative update event, held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.

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Morgan Foundation grant pushes scholarship fund past $1 million

A second gift of $500,000 from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation has boosted an endowed scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology to more than $1 million.

The John E. Morgan Scholarship gives 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.”

Examples of such programs offered at Penn College include, but are not limited to, culinary arts and systems, web and interactive media, building science and sustainable design, health information management, industrial design, plastics and polymer engineering technology, emergency management technology, and aviation maintenance technology.

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Lycoming Engines’ instructional support lauded at sign dedication

From left, Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager for Lycoming Engines; Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour; and aviation technology student Warren K. Bitterman, of Zieglerville, Montgomery County, all spoke at a dedication ceremony honoring Lycoming Engines’ ongoing support for the college.

Lycoming Engines’ longtime support of Pennsylvania College of Technology and its academic programs was celebrated on campus recently with the unveiling of new signage at the college’s Metal Trades Center.

Members of the Penn College community and representatives of Lycoming Engines – including alumni of the college employed by the company – gathered on Oct. 2 to dedicate the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center sign on the front lawn of the facility.

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Aviation students visited by Goodyear’s newest blimp

Students get a closer look at an advertising icon: 246 feet long and (even at 10 tons) lighter than air!
Students get a closer look at an advertising icon: 246 feet long and (even at 10 tons) lighter than air!
A student learns about the new airship's instrument panel, which features a multiscreen display and a steering system controlled by joystick.
A student learns about the new airship’s instrument panel, which features a multiscreen display and a steering system controlled by joystick.
Based in Ohio and launched this summer, Wingfoot Three brings the tiremaker's upgraded fleet to full complement.
Based in Ohio and launched this summer, Wingfoot Three brings the tire maker’s upgraded fleet to full complement.

The latest addition to Goodyear’s fleet of airships stopped by Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center this past week while traveling through the area to aid television coverage of Saturday’s Penn State/Ohio State football game. Students were allowed into the cockpit of Wingfoot Three in small groups, and pilots and mechanics answered their questions about equipment and operations. Also on hand was a factory representative from Zeppelin, the dirigible’s German manufacturer, who was there to gather test data during the flights.
Photos by Matthew D. Krepps, instructor of aviation maintenance

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Lycoming Engines’ Donation Spotlighted in WNEP Broadcast

WNEP visits AVCNewswatch 16’s Nikki Krize visited the Lumley Aviation Center on Tuesday afternoon for a story about Lycoming Engines’ recent donation of 15 aircraft engines to benefit Penn College aviation students. Krize interviewed Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Christopher M. Gayman, Lycoming’s supervisor of product support (who holds two degrees from the college). The segment, filmed in the Montoursville campus’s hangar, premiered during Tuesday’s 5 p.m. newscast.

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Gift From Lycoming Engines Boosts College’s Aviation Instruction

From left, acknowledging a Lycoming Engines gift of 15 aircraft engines to Penn College are Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement. Representing Lycoming Engines are Gregg Shimp, vice president of integrated operations, and Christopher Gayman, supervisor of product support (and a Penn College alumnus).

Longtime Pennsylvania College of Technology partner Lycoming Engines has donated 15 aircraft engines to be used for instructional purposes in the college’s aviation majors.

The donation, valued at $317,500, will benefit students enrolled in the aviation maintenance technology bachelor’s degree, the aviation technology associate degree and the aviation maintenance certificate major.

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SkillsUSA Competitors Strike Gold; 21 Students Headed to Nationals

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Nearly all 27 members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team – 21 of them advancing to the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky – earned medals during recent state competition.

The competitors represent majors across four of Penn College’s academic schools, and the theme for the April 18-20 Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference in Hershey couldn’t have been more fitting for students gaining career-making skills in hands-on fashion: “Champions at Work: Job-Ready, Day One.”

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Aviation Students Awarded International Helicopter Scholarships

Aviation maintenance technology majors Samuel J. Pham (left), of Camp Hill, and Christopher J. Carreiro, of Lyndhurst, N.J., have been awarded Helicopter Association International scholarships.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students were among only seven selected internationally to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.

Samuel J. Pham, of Camp Hill, and Christopher J. Carreiro, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, juniors in the college’s four-year aviation maintenance technology major, were recently awarded first- and second-place scholarships, respectively, that provide a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses.

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Textbook Chapters Authored by Associate Professor of Aviation

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An associate professor of aviation at Pennsylvania College of Technology has contributed to an avionics textbook.

Thomas D. Inman wrote two of the seven chapters for the Avotek Information Resources-published “Avionics: Instruments and Auxiliary Systems”: Chapter 3, covering Air Traffic Surveillance and Warning, and Chapter 4, focused on Weather and Terrain Awareness Avoidance.

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Aviation Instructor Aims High With Hobby

Michael R. Robison, an aviation instructor at Penn College, also happens to be a competitive glider pilot. Robison is a member of the U.S. Soaring Team and will compete for the third time at the World Championships in the Czech Republic this summer. The faculty member’s hobby, which grew from the model airplanes of his youth, mirrors the excitement he feels for his day job at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. “The facilities are fantastic. I’m amazed at the different opportunities and equipment,” he says in a new YouTube post produced by writer/video editor Tom Speicher. “It’s neat to see the students make connections and start to have a passion grow for the thing that I’m pretty passionate about.” Watch for much more about Robison in an upcoming issue of Penn College Magazine.

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Enlightening Alumni Among Homecoming VIPs

Alumni often attend Homecoming to reunite with classmates, revisit faculty who steered them toward vocational success and unwind among friends before the alarm clock resounds. Graduates of Penn College and its predecessors frequently return for another reason, as was seen this past week: to share life lessons from the working world.

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WTI Reunion Takes Grads on Round Trip Through History

Enjoying the Aviation Center surroundings are John Hertel, (left) ’48, agricultural equipment and repair, and ‘49, electric and acetylene welding, and Ralph Mills, ’58, plumbing.

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.

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Still-Employed Octogenarian Proves ‘the Sky’s the Limit’

The visitor stops by the sheet-metal shop with faculty member Thomas D. Inman.
The visitor stops by the sheet-metal shop with faculty member Thomas D. Inman.
The alumnus invented, manufactured and marketed slide-in adapters to retrofit new radios in older aircraft, a cost-saving innovation that he demonstrated for students.
The alumnus invented, manufactured and marketed slide-in adapters to retrofit new radios in older aircraft, a cost-saving innovation that he demonstrated for students.
Haubert alights a twin-engine Dassault Falcon 20 business jet donated to Penn College during the Spring 2015 semester. Impressed by the college's fleet of instructional aircraft, including a Boeing 727 parked outside the aviation campus at the Williamsport Regional Airport, he marveled that "We worked on T-33s!" (A reference to a postwar trainer jet manufactured by Lockheed.)
Haubert alights a twin-engine Dassault Falcon 20 business jet donated to Penn College during the Spring 2015 semester. Impressed by the college’s fleet of instructional aircraft, including a Boeing 727 parked outside the aviation campus at the Williamsport Regional Airport, he marveled that “We worked on T-33s!” (A reference to a postwar trainer jet manufactured by Lockheed.)
Proudly pointing out a slideshow version of his younger self, kneeling at the airport
Proudly pointing out a slideshow version of his younger self, kneeling at the airport
Haubert swaps stories with interested students and faculty.
Haubert swaps stories with interested students and faculty.

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.