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Alumnus Endows Second Scholarship at Penn College

Alumnus and scholarship donor Jeff Erdly talks with Penn College students during a campus presentation in October.

Jeff Erdly, CEO of Masonry Preservation Services Inc. and a 1972 engineering drafting graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology predecessor Williamsport Area Community College, has endowed a second scholarship at the college.

The Jeff Erdly Scholarship will provide award preferences to Penn College full-time students who have graduated from Selinsgrove Area High School and are enrolled in any major. Second preference will be given to Penn College students who have a home residence in Snyder County.

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‘Race to Zero’ Presentation to Be Held Thursday in ACC

"Race to Zero"

Want a $0.00 energy bill? It is possible! The Penn College community can learn how at Thursday’s “Race to Zero” presentation, set for 3:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Everyone will learn about current standards that can be used to design houses that produce as much energy as they use. All students are invited to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Student Design Competition team, putting their combined skills – architecture; surveying; construction management; estimating; interior design; landscaping; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems – toward a Habitat for Humanity home to be built in the Brodart neighborhood of Williamsport in the summer of 2015. Their design will be submitted in the DOE contest, intended to inspire and develop the next generation of building science professionals.

Alumnus Builds Purposeful Life on Brick-and-Mortar Foundation

Jeff Erdly takes his audience on a journey both personal and professional, from a long line of Pennsylvania farmers to his leadership of a $10 million, 60-employee business.

An award-winning alumnus who established a memorial scholarship at Penn College, Erdly urges students to "make the world a better place."

"I love bricks" was Erdly's obvious confession, as he employed a familiar prop to discuss "stretchers," "headers," "sliders" and other ways to orient a course of masonry work.

The guest speaker talks with Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies (who introduced the afternoon lecture), and Debra M. Miller, the college's director of corporate relations.

Erdly's philosophy seamlessly melds his jovial nature with his vocational passion: "Find something you love to do and care about it. You've got to work –  you might as well enjoy it!"

Standing in Penn College’s 100-year-old Klump Academic Center, which he characterized Thursday as “the ultimate repurposed building,” a 1972 alumnus counseled a new generation on how to construct a meaningful life in a mercurial profession. Jeff Erdly, co-founder and CEO of  Masonry Preservation Services, presented “Just Another Brick in the Wall? A Building Science Education – Its Value to Society, and Roadmap to Building Your Career.” During an hour that interwove his expertise in structural deterioration and his insights on workforce credibility, Erdly balanced the longevity of some of the world’s most recognizable structures – from the Pantheon of ancient Rome to the state Capitol in Harrisburg to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater – with the ever-shifting world that the college’s graduates will inhabit. “This industry changes so fast, at a pace that has never been seen before,” the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award-winner told students. “All you should know at the end of school is what you don’t know.” To punctuate his point, Erdly held up a slide rule and evoked the words of a long-ago WACC instructor who not-so-presciently told him, “the computer will never replace a draftsman.” Still, he advised construction majors to “respect the craft,” reflecting the culture that he strives to honor at his business. He also urged students to “appreciate the moment that you’re in” … and not to be “Wikipedia-smart,” but to read everything and anything along their road to lifelong learning. Concluding his talk with a Q&A and a photo of his grandchildren, Erdly saved for last what might be his most crucial nugget: “Have nothing in your life that you don’t find to be useful or beautiful.” Read more about Erdly and his illustrious career in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue.

Award-Winning Alumnus to Speak Thursday in ACC

Jeff Erdly

Members of the campus community – particularly students in construction-related majors – are encouraged to attend a lecture by Jeff Erdly, a 1972 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and a world-renowned authority on building and masonry preservation, who will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the Penn College Alumni Relations Office, Erdly will present “Just Another Brick in the Wall? A Building Science Education – Its Value to Society, and Roadmap to Building Your Career.” The chief executive officer and co-founder of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., Erdly was profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue. He was also selected as the college’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2004 in recognition of his personal and professional accomplishments, his contributions toward the college (including his establishment of a scholarship in memory of his parents), and the high regard in which he is held in the community.

College’s Construction, Masonry Majors Gain Key Credential

The marketability of students in two of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s construction majors, already a credible source for employers assembling a qualified workforce, has been bolstered by a professional endorsement from the Pennsylvania Builders Association.

The college’s building construction technology and building construction technology: masonry emphasis majors, both offered through the School of Construction & Design Technologies, recently received the endorsement of the PBA – the voice of the home-building industry in the Keystone State.

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Penn College Online Video Honored With Telly Award

Nicole Reyes-Molina, a student from Lancaster, seen here in action for the Wildcat women’s basketball team, was profiled in a Penn College video that earned a Telly Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has won its second Telly Award of the year, thanks to a video featuring an inspirational student.

“Masonry with Nicole” is a bronze winner for motivational online video programming in the 35th annual international competition.

The nearly four-minute video features Nicole Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster, a student in the building construction technology: masonry emphasis major.

Reyes-Molina is shown excelling in a nontraditional major as she juggles classroom work, extensive hands-on training in Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building and playing for the women’s intercollegiate basketball team.

Her documented efforts are all the more impressive considering she is deaf.

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Mirroring Their Hosts, Career Day Visitors Learn by Doing

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

More than 900 middle schoolers and their chaperones visited main campus Monday, attending faculty-led sessions in many Penn College majors, all to give them a taste of career options. The event, which attracted eight school districts, was coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office.

Saving History: Alumnus Preserves Yesterday’s Workmanship

At the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Erdly’s company determined where water was entering the building then implemented the pilot phase of repairs.

Jeff Erdly, '72

Jeff Erdly inspects exterior walls on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bush Campus Center.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumnus Jeff Erdly, ’72, knows how a building breathes, how it ages and how to keep it viable for future generations. He’s used that knowledge on some of the East Coast’s most stately structures.

Teaching Honors Bestowed Upon Faculty Trio at Penn College

Awards for teaching were presented to three full-time faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology during commencement ceremonies held May 16-17 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award to Dorothy M. Mathers, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing.

Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented to Peter B. Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology, and Kevin R. Derr, professor of legal assistant studies.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented to full-time faculty at Penn College who have been nominated by their students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance. Since the program’s inception in 1982, awards have been presented to 95 honorees (30 Master Teacher and 65 Excellence in Teaching).

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Building Walls, Demolishing Obstacles

A guard for the Lady Wildcats, Reyes-Molina wanted to continue her basketball career “to have teammates and work toward a goal.”

Nicole Reyes-Molina scoops mortar for a 16-foot by 16-foot wall in the Construction Masonry Building.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: The sole female in her major, masonry student Nicole Reyes-Molina is a role model in the classroom and on the basketball court. The guard, who is deaf, wants others to see they can do anything they set their minds to.

Longsderff Named PSUAC ‘Pitcher of the Week’

Josh Longsderff

Senior Josh Longsderff, of Columbia, has been named the Penn State University Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 13. Longsderff captured two of the team’s six wins on the week, including a complete-game shutout against Penn State York. In his seven innings of work, he allowed just three hits, no walks and struck out 10. A residential construction technology and management major, Longsderff leads the Wildcats and the PSUAC with a total of five wins on the season so far. He has an era of 2.59 with 29 strikeouts and only seven earned runs in 24.1 innings. Next up, Longsderff and the Wildcats travel to Penn State Beaver on Thursday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.

Construction Grad Honored by State Association as ‘Builder of the Year’

Warren A. Peter

An alumnus of Williamsport Area Community College was accorded Pennsylvania Builders Association “Builder of the Year” honors during the group’s recent Installation Banquet and Awards Gala at the Radisson Lackawanna Station in Scranton. Warren A. Peter, of Warren Peter Construction Inc. was recognized for his impact on the construction industry and his service to PBA, the National Association of Home Builders, and his local Indiana-Armstrong Builders Association. More than 200 guests were on hand for the presentation to Peter, who earned a degree in building and construction technology from Penn College’s immediate predecessor in 1974. Peter has served the association in multiple capacities in his 31 years as a member, as a Life Director of the Board of Directors, as chair of multiple committees such as the PA Foundation for Housing and Workforce Training & Development, and as the secretary, vice president and 2012 president of PBA. Peter is very active in the Indiana-Armstrong Builders Association, serving as secretary, vice president and president, as well as membership chair. He has also served his community as chair of the Craft Committee for Carpentry and as a proctor for student exams at the Indiana County Technology Center; building homes for lower-income families with the Indiana County Homes and Habitat for Humanity programs; and construction of facilities for the Homer City and Punxsutawney baseball boosters.

Got Game? Former Student-Athletes Toss Extra Talents Into Careers

Golfer-turned-head-coach Matthew Haile helped his team stay undefeated and capture conference championships. In 2003, he was the conference individual champion – the first since 1982.

During Adam Waigand’s tenure, the Wildcats soccer team achieved a 55-14-1 record and a 2004 conference championship. An All-State selection, he helped the defense record 15 shutouts in his last two years.

Lindsey Fackler was a three-time All-American archer and Academic All-American who was part of the college’s title-winning female compound team at the 2009 U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumni of Wildcat athletic programs apply lessons from the field, court, course and mat to their post-Penn College lives. Archery champion Lindsay Fackler, ’10, applies focus in her nursing career, while golfer Matthew Haile, ’06, now head coach, applies lessons in confidence to challenges in information technology, and Adam Waigand, ’05, uses teamwork learned on the soccer field in his work as a construction supervisor.

Masonry Students Share Craft With Penn State Architecture Majors

The day's guests waste no time in getting to work.

More than 40 architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University traveled to Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building on Wednesday, an annual visit that acquaints them with the practical upshot of their designs and reinforces the benefits of masonry as a construction medium. Aided by faculty and students from the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, the Penn State guests moved from station to station in half-hour intervals, working hands-on with a variety of building materials – many of them donated by the college’s industry partners.

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Two-Year Construction Team Places Third Among National Competitors

A team of associate-degree students from Penn College finished third in this week’s Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas, while its four-year counterpart placed 13th among 35 entries. Benjamin L. Thayer, a building construction technology major from Hampton, N.J., and captain of the college’s two-year team, was chosen as an outstanding student-chapter member. Held during the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Show, the event gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to solve construction-related problems by working on real-life projects.