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Jacob T. Motley (far right), an automotive restoration technology student from West Chester, offers an overview of the work being performed on a 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
Jacob T. Motley (far right), an automotive restoration technology student from West Chester, offers an overview of the work being performed on a 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
Faculty member Roy H. Klinger talks with (from left) college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Sens. Yaw, Eichelberger and Aument.
Faculty member Roy H. Klinger talks with (from left) college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Sens. Yaw, Eichelberger and Aument.
Automotive restoration technology major John A. Cheung (right), of Englishtown, N.J., greets the group alongside a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 in the paint bay.
Automotive restoration technology major John A. Cheung (right), of Englishtown, N.J., greets the group alongside a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 in the paint bay.
Brett D. Krum (in gray shirt), a restoration student from Bloomsburg, offers details about a 1909 Chalmers.
Brett D. Krum (in gray shirt), a restoration student from Bloomsburg, offers details about a 1909 Chalmers.
The senators enjoy checking out a replica of a 1902 Rambler.
The senators enjoy checking out a replica of a 1902 Rambler.

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).

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Student Among Helicopter Association’s Scholarship Recipients

Zachary D. Reese, an aviation maintenance technology major from Littlestown, will attend a factory training school with his Helicopter Association International scholarship.

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.

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Alumnus Delivers Airbus Donation to Penn College Alma Mater

Students look over part of the Airbus donation in the Aviation Center hangar.

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.

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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.”

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Successful Business Alums Share Wealth of Real-Life Advice

Panelists (from left) Lisa M. Andrus, part-time instructor of business administration/management/marketing and owner of Andrus Hospitality; Samuel Ryder, vice president for FNB Bank and a member of the college’s Business Administration Advisory Committee; and alumnus Scott D. Rinker, ’12, branch manager for Jersey Shore State Bank.
Panelists (from left) Lisa M. Andrus, part-time instructor of business administration/management/marketing and owner of Andrus Hospitality; Samuel Ryder, vice president for FNB Bank and a member of the college’s Business Administration Advisory Committee; and alumnus Scott D. Rinker, ’12, branch manager for Jersey Shore State Bank.
Ryder talks about his schedule and the importance of getting involved with community.
Ryder talks about his schedule and the importance of getting involved with community.
Penn College graduates Ryan M. Enders, ’13, a field service representative for Lycoming Engines; and Tracy L. Schroeder, ’13, a project coordinator for InCourage Financial Wellness. Schroeder talks with students about her work in a nonprofit.
Penn College graduates Ryan M. Enders, ’13, a field service representative for Lycoming Engines; and Tracy L. Schroeder, ’13, a project coordinator for InCourage Financial Wellness. Schroeder talks with students about her work in a nonprofit.
Students listen to working-world advice from business graduates and other business professionals.
Students listen to working-world advice from business graduates and other business professionals.
Anthony L. Peachey talks with students about the importance of networking in a crowded job market.
Anthony L. Peachey talks with students about the importance of networking in a crowded job market.

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.

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Formidable Accessories Supplement Career Advice

Featuring single four-blade rotor and twin engines, the UH-72 was designed as a light utility aircraft.
Featuring single four-blade rotor and twin engines, the UH-72 was designed as a light utility aircraft.
Students view helicopters and get an on-the-ground perspective from military personnel.
Students view helicopters and get an on-the-ground perspective from military personnel.
The UH-60 awaits inspection.
The UH-60 awaits inspection.
With its tandem rotor and heavy-lifting ability, the CH-47 cuts an imposing figure.
With its tandem rotor and heavy-lifting ability, the CH-47 cuts an imposing figure.

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

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Andrew A. Smith Chosen as ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Andrew A. Smith

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.

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Three Students Win Medals in National SkillsUSA Competition

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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.

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Penn College Graduates Commissioned in ROTC Ceremony

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Daniel G. Curtin, of Berwick; Craig W. Robbins, of Newton, New Jersey; Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, New York; Kyle A. Csorba; of Trenton, New Jersey; and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost.

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.

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Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals

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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.”

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Aviation Student Awarded International Helicopter Scholarship

Jeffrey T. Bassler

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.

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State Senate Caucus Tours College’s Aviation Center

State Sens. Gene Yaw (R-Loyalsock Township) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) share a laugh in the 727 cockpit with aviation maintenance technology seniors Sean J. Cornwell (center), of Collegeville, and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.
State Sens. Gene Yaw (R-Loyalsock Township) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) share a laugh in the 727 cockpit with aviation maintenance technology seniors Sean J. Cornwell (center), of Collegeville, and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.
Against fall-colored foothills behind the runway, Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, joined President Davie Jane Gilmour in welcoming guests.
Against fall-colored foothills behind the runway, Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, joined President Davie Jane Gilmour in welcoming guests.
Ryan A. Gibson, an aviation maintenance technology senior from Lansdale, gives Yaw a tutorial on avionics equipment.
Ryan A. Gibson, an aviation maintenance technology senior from Lansdale, gives Yaw a tutorial on avionics equipment.
The group pauses for a photo after departing the 727. Joining college and Senate personnel was Christopher A. Logue (fourth from left), chair of the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority.
The group pauses for a photo after departing the 727. Joining college and Senate personnel was Christopher A. Logue (fourth from left), chair of the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority.
A doozy of a Duesenberg – complete with a Lycoming Engine – greeted the group on their way to lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager of Lycoming Engines, chats with Vanessa Mathurin, of Philadelphia, an automotive restoration technology student on hand to offer a historical lesson on the classic 1929 car.
A doozy of a Duesenberg – complete with a Lycoming Engine – greeted the group on their way to lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager of Lycoming Engines, chats with Vanessa Mathurin, of Philadelphia, an automotive restoration technology student on hand to offer a historical lesson on the classic 1929 car.

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.

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Alumnus-Maintained Blimp Makes Big Splash During Little League

Students exit the gondola after their access to a high-profile aircraft.
Students exit the gondola after their access to a high-profile aircraft.
Penn College alumnus brings DirecTV blimp to Energy Aviation, near the Lumley Aviation Center.
Penn College alumnus brings DirecTV blimp to Energy Aviation, near the Lumley Aviation Center.
Wearing his pride
Wearing his pride
The crowd assembling around the airship lends a sense of proportion.
The crowd assembling around the airship lends a sense of proportion.

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

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Longtime Aviation Faculty Member Named Assistant Dean

Walter V. Gower

Walter V. Gower has begun duties as assistant dean in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A 25-year faculty member, Gower most recently was assistant professor of aviation at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville.

“Wally Gower is an excellent addition to the leadership team in Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Wally has great experience as an educator and is respected by his peers and students. His enthusiasm for student success will be of great benefit to the school and the college.”

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Eight Penn College Students Headed for SkillsUSA Nationals

Eight first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 22-26 in Kentucky.

Five other students from the college finished in the top four places in a variety of categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 8-10 in Hershey.

“The students did very well representing the college. It was the first time competing for some of the students, but they will be back next year for another go-around,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “Many of the students advancing have been to nationals before, either as a college competitor or when they were in high school. We’re looking forward to the change of venue, as nationals will be in Louisville instead of Kansas City.”

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