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Seventh-Graders Add to Career Toolkit During Campus Visit

A middle-schooler feels the weight of a sledgehammer as Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, shows the group several tools of the concrete masonry trade, including …

… a diamond-tip saw …

… and a float.

Participants watch as concrete tumbles in a mixer.

A youngster shovels green concrete to fill a paver mold.

Seventh-graders from Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program made a visit recently to the concrete masonry facilities in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies. Under the direction of Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, the young students learned the tools of the trade and made concrete pavers. Participants in the after-school program visit the college once a week (seventh-graders on Wednesday and eighth-graders on Thursday) through a partnership coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

‘Wings’ Fundraiser Benefits THON, Construction Association

Charitable construction students and supportive faculty, representing Penn College's active PCCA chapter, mingle at the fundraiser. Back row, from left, are Vincent S. DelMonte, of Berlin, N.J., and instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Richard M. Sarginger. Seated, from left, are students Mark A. Lapszynski, of Kennett Square, and Michael J. Leventhal, of King of Prussia.

Mixing food and philanthropy is this smiling trio of dental hygiene majors (from left): Chelsea E. Miller, of Chambersburg; Morgan E. Moberg, of Huntingdon; and Paige T. Messinger, of East Berlin.

Tickets bear the names of the organizational beneficiaries.

Students from varied majors (but a unified objective) enjoy a collegial night out. From left are Chad L. Royer, of Ephrata; Michael S. Goetz, of Harleysville; Joshua L. Blank, of West Chester; Katelyn N. Sides, of Lebanon; and Evan R. Hughes, of Newton, N.J.

Two more students from the School of Health Sciences – Victoria Krueger (left), of Staten Island, N.Y., and Abigail C. Buglio, of Harrisburg – happily help the cause.

A recent Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser co-sponsored by Penn College Benefiting THON and the Penn College Construction Association collected about $300 to be shared by the two student groups. Max Bower, secretary of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and organizer of the second annual event at the Loyalsock Township restaurant, this week got the final total from the Feb. 4 fundraiser, in which 10 percent of all pre-tax sales from ticket-carrying guests were split by the campus organizations. PCCA’s share is $100, with the balance going to the college’s THON chapter for the fight against pediatric cancer. This is the second year for Penn College’s involvement in the 46-hour dance marathon, held at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund. Dancers in this year’s THON, to be held Feb. 20-22, will be Sarah M. Luprek, of Berlin, enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, and Stephanie C. Myers, a culinary arts and systems major from Catawissa. Interested donors can visit the THON Web page, click “Donate Now” and select Penn College as their organization of choice.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show

Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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Penn College to Hold Winter Commencement Dec. 20

Nicole Marie Reyes-Molina, a building construction technology: masonry emphasis student from Lancaster, will be the student speaker for the Dec. 20 Penn College commencement ceremony.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, for the nearly 290 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2014 semester.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

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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.