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Five Penn College academic majors reaccredited

A global accreditation leader has given its stamp of approval to five Pennsylvania College of Technology majors.

The ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission has reaccredited the college’s associate degrees in civil engineering technology, plastics and polymer technology, and surveying technology, as well as baccalaureate degrees in civil engineering technology and plastics and polymer engineering technology.

Graduates of those majors who have responded to recent surveys administered by the college report a 100% placement rate.

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Collaborative ‘Soccer Ball Experiment’ adds to students’ skill sets

About to blast an instrumented ball is Kayla M. Spotts, of Shamokin, among the Wildcat soccer players cooperating in an exercise with civil engineering and surveying students at Penn College.

A uniquely collaborative learning experience at Pennsylvania College of Technology, dubbed the “Soccer Ball Experiment,” helped civil engineering technology and surveying technology students and members of the Wildcat women’s soccer team acquire useful professional tools during the spring semester.

When weather finally allowed, the civil engineering technology and surveying technology students used a variety of instruments – including small unmanned aerial systems (drones), the Global Positioning System, total stations, a tape measure, an accelerometer and smartphones – to collect data while the student-athletes and their coach took turns striking a soccer ball on Penn College’s Madigan Library lawn.

The data was used to measure the accuracy of ball placement with respect to targets on the grass and to describe the dynamic properties (such as position, velocity and acceleration) of the launched ball. In addition to using technical skills to acquire that information, the students completed a reflection assignment that required them to assess how they employed their own collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.

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Career Day sets middle schoolers’ sights on tomorrow

Led by Franklin H. Reber, instructor of building construction technology, and students, Career Day visitors create concrete stepping stones.

College employees rallied to provide nearly 40 educational sessions for middle schoolers from across the region who visited campus on Monday for the college’s twice-a-year Career Day. Facilitated by the college’s College Transitions Office, the event provided 1,267 students with opportunities to explore a wide variety of careers in each of the college’s six academic schools. Visitors included 13 schools and home-schooled students.

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Allan Myers boosts annual scholarship commitment

Allan Myers Inc. will contribute an additional $50,000 annually to a scholarship it established previously at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Commemorating the scholarship addition are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement at Penn College; Bob Capps, director of craft development for Allan Myers; and Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at the college.

Allan Myers Inc., a heavy civil construction and construction materials company operating throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, will contribute an additional $50,000 annually to a scholarship it established previously at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Preference for the Allan Myers Scholarship is given to full-time Penn College students who are employees/family members of Allan Myers Inc.

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Penn College bestows Distinguished Teaching Awards

Ryan P. Good, assistant professor of welding, was presented with the highest honor accorded to Penn College faculty – the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award. He is shown here with Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members were honored at Spring 2019 Commencement ceremonies for their prowess as teachers.

Ryan P. Good, assistant professor of welding, was presented with the highest honor accorded to Penn College faculty: the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award.

Two faculty members received recognition for their outstanding teaching skills by earning Excellence in Teaching Awards: Drew R. Potts, assistant professor and department head of civil engineering technology, and David S. Richards, professor of physics.

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Wednesday service set for retired ‘Master Teacher’

Frederick J. RankinenA memorial service will be Wednesday for Frederick J. Rankinen, Penn College’s first department head for civil engineering technology, who died Saturday, April 20, at the age of 80. A faculty member from 1968 until his retirement in 2001, he was the 1992 recipient of Penn College’s “Master Teacher” award. Rankinen’s son, Jeffrey L., is an associate professor of electronics in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, and his brother, Richard W., retired as an associate professor of forestry in 2006. The service will be at 11:30 a.m. at Nippenose Bible Fellowship, 92 Schoolhouse Road, Jersey Shore. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. A complete obituary was published in Tuesday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

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Second-year surveying student honored at chapter event

Johnson (left) accepts his award from Ziegler.
Johnson (left) accepts his award from Ziegler.
Students gather for a face-to-face meeting with their chosen field.
Students gather for a face-to-face meeting with their chosen field.
Among attendees are (at right) Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies, and JoAnn Dobeck.
Among attendees are (at right) Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies, and JoAnn Dobeck.
First-year surveying technology majors (from left): Brayden M. Ross, of Williamsport; Bret A. Yetter, of Liverpool; Zane G. Dutton, of Blanchard; and Andrew C. Hamilton, of Meadville
First-year surveying technology majors (from left): Brayden M. Ross, of Williamsport; Bret A. Yetter, of Liverpool; Zane G. Dutton, of Blanchard; and Andrew C. Hamilton, of Meadville

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors recently hosted its Ed Dobeck Memorial Award dinner meeting, an annual event that enables regional land surveyors to welcome Penn College surveying technology students into the profession.

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Scholarship luncheon provides firsthand look at donors’ impact

Ferki tells guests, “Scholarships act as a gateway to inspire growth in a student’s academics and passion for his or her industry.” She is the recipient of the SEKISUI SPI Workforce Development Scholarship and the Penn College Foundation Scholarship.

The empowering combination of applied technology education and financial support was celebrated Sunday afternoon, as Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted its second annual Scholarship Luncheon in the campus Field House.

“I am overwhelmed by the collective energies in this room to transform tomorrow,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said, addressing students, families and donors alike. Announcing that the coming academic year will include the largest total amount of scholarships awarded in any one year during the college’s history, she thanked attendees for their significant role in helping students succeed.

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Students earn ‘Chapter of the Year’ honors from land surveyors

Among the Penn College students on hand to receive “Chapter of the Year” honors from the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors are (from left) Glenn C. Johnson, of Sweet Valley, club president and a scholarship recipient; Jason K. Broadt, of Bloomsburg; secretary; member Jacob G. Stoner, of Scottdale; and Michael A. Mikitish, of Pittston, vice president. Mikitish is a civil engineering technology major; the others are enrolled in surveying technology.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology student chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors received top honors at this year’s annual conference in Hershey – fitting news for the observance of National Surveyors Week (March 18-22).

In addition to being named 2018-19 Chapter of the Year – one of 18 such organizations in the commonwealth to be considered by the society’s selection committee – Penn College student Glenn C. “Cody” Johnson, of Sweet Valley, a surveying technology major and club president, was awarded a Pennsylvania Land Surveyors’ Foundation scholarship for the second straight year.

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Symbiotic relationship: College, Larson Design Group drive each other forward

Ruth Frontz, ’90, advertising art, is a division business analyst for LDG.
Ruth Frontz, ’90, advertising art, is a division business analyst for LDG.
Ashley (Roush) Hetrick, ’17, civil engineering technology, is a site engineering designer for LDG.
Ashley (Roush) Hetrick, ’17, civil engineering technology, is a site engineering designer for LDG.
Nick Hannan, ’05, ’08, civil engineering technology, is a project manager – energy for LDG.
Nick Hannan, ’05, ’08, civil engineering technology, is a project manager – energy for LDG.
Brent Dressler, '11, building science and sustainable design, is a retail design project manager for Larson Design Group.
Brent Dressler, ’11, building science and sustainable design, is a retail design project manager for Larson Design Group.

From the Spring 2019 Penn College Magazine: There’s a continual flow of contact between Penn College and Larson Design Group – including a stream of graduates earning positions at the thriving architecture/engineering/surveying firm. Read about the work of four of those graduates in Symbiotic Relationship.

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Shifting sands put students on solid academic ground

Lyon (left foreground) and Anita R. Wood, an associate professor of computer information technology who helped facilitate the sandbox installation, orient students.
Lyon (left foreground) and Anita R. Wood, an associate professor of computer information technology who helped facilitate the sandbox installation, orient students.
Weston L. Laity, of Blandon, an information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major, recently updated the AR Sandbox software.
Weston L. Laity, of Blandon, an information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major, recently updated the AR Sandbox software.
The sandbox, on the second floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center ...
The sandbox, on the second floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center …
... awaits the hands that will bring the landscape to life.
… awaits the hands that will bring the landscape to life.
Students assess the virtual, visual representation of altered terrain. From left are Ashly M. Gagliardi, of Belle Vernon; Scott R. Seneca, of Lewisburg; and Matthew J. Eck, of Carlisle, all majoring in civil engineering technology.
Students assess the virtual, visual representation of altered terrain. From left are Ashly M. Gagliardi, of Belle Vernon; Scott R. Seneca, of Lewisburg; and Matthew J. Eck, of Carlisle, all majoring in civil engineering technology.

The objective of Penn College’s Augmented Reality Sandbox, earmarked as an interdisciplinary tool from its very installation in Fall 2017, was honored this week through a visit by several classes from the School of Construction & Design Technologies. Brad H. Lyon, assistant professor of civil engineering technology, brought his students to the equipment – housed within the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies – to experience the practical (and colorful) applications that it represents. The unit incorporates a 3D camera, sensor, projector and computer to reveal virtual contour lines that change accordingly when the sand is manipulated. “First-year surveying and civil engineering students in CET 126 (Topographic Mapping and Surveys) used AR technology in lab to construct land forms shown on a 2D map with sand in 3D,” Lyon said. “This technology helps students in understanding construction of topographical maps and use of contour lines to show the earth’s surface in three dimensions.”
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

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Project roundtable opens window on work in progress

Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies, applauds the organizers of the roundtable. Among her observations? Where many work sites might display signs that say, "Construction zone; keep out," Penn College's message is one of, "Construction zone; come in."
Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies, applauds the organizers of the roundtable. Among her observations? Where many work sites might display signs that say, “Construction zone; keep out,” Penn College’s message is one of, “Construction zone; come in.”
Among the panelists giving their audience a front-row seat on the painstaking process from blueprints to execution are (from left) Zerby, Heimbach, Maholtz and Rissel.
Among the panelists giving their audience a front-row seat on the painstaking process from blueprints to execution are (from left) Zerby, Heimbach, Maholtz and Rissel.
Drew R. Potts, assistant professor of civil engineering technology, keeps the dialogue flowing and functional.
Drew R. Potts, assistant professor of civil engineering technology, keeps the dialogue flowing and functional.
David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, gestures to the expansion underway just beyond the CAL classroom's windows. The project will increase instructional space by approximately 35,000 square feet and allow for enrollment gains in the traditionally popular welding program.
David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, gestures to the expansion underway just beyond the CAL classroom’s windows. The project will increase instructional space by approximately 35,000 square feet and allow for enrollment gains in the traditionally popular welding program.
Potts moderates the give-and-take that featured engaging commentary by (from left) Dubbs, Rodino, Vassallo, Murphy and Colocino.
Potts moderates the give-and-take that featured engaging commentary by (from left) Dubbs, Rodino, Vassallo, Murphy and Colocino.

Varied construction professionals working on expansion of the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, some with decades of experience on Penn College projects, recently shared their considerable insights during a National Engineers Week panel discussion. Organized by the School of Construction & Design Technologies and its Civil Engineering and Surveying Department, the event connected a standing-room-only crowd of students, faculty and administrators to those working on the project – and navigating such diverse challenges as relocation of parking, management of storm water, the need for consistent communication and knowledge of the electrical service required to power the nation’s only electron-beam welding equipment on a college campus. The panel comprised civil and electrical engineers, surveyors, architects, construction managers, and contractors: Todd Colocino, CMT Laboratories Inc.; Benedict Dubbs, Murray Associates Architects; Jeremy Heimbach, Myco Mechanical; Chad Maholtz, Leonard S. Fiore Inc.; John Murphy, Greenman-Pedersen Inc.; Timothy O. Rissell, executive director of Penn College General Services; Thomas A. Rodino, Marx Sheet Metal & Mechanical Inc.; Dan A. Vassallo, Vassallo Engineering and Surveying Inc.; and Rich Zerby, TurnKey Electric Inc.

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MTC expansion topic for Engineers Week roundtable

Panelists to discuss MTC expansion during Engineers Week roundtable.

Engineers WeekTeam members involved in expansion of the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center at Penn College will discuss their roles and responsibilities during a roundtable session from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs.

Hosted by the college’s Civil Engineering and Surveying Department and the School of Construction & Design Technologies, the event will connect the campus community to the civil engineers, surveyors, architects, construction managers, contractors and others whose expertise is vital to the ongoing project.

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Civil engineer honored with Alumni Achievement Award

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour (left) presented the Alumni Achievement Award to Margaret A. Jackson at the college’s Fall 2018 commencement ceremony Dec. 22.

A civil engineer who is serving as a project manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall 2018 commencement ceremonies, held Dec. 22 at the Community Arts Center.

Margaret A. “Maggie” Jackson, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from Penn College in 2008, is co-managing PennDOT’s CSVT project, a long-anticipated initiative to enhance the busy Route 15 corridor in Central Pennsylvania. Expected to be completed in the mid-2020s, the project comprises nearly 13 miles of a new four-lane, limited-access highway crossing three counties and a massive, 4,545-foot-long bridge over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south of Lewisburg.

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Civil engineering major earns one of four $2,000 awards

Derek M. Grose, of Watsontown, a civil engineering technology student at Penn College, has received a $2,000 award from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Central Pennsylvania Section.

A civil engineering technology student at Pennsylvania College of Technology is one of four to be recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Central Pennsylvania Section for outstanding academic achievement.

Among those presented with a $2,000 check at the section’s November dinner meeting, marking the 27th time that the awards have been presented, was Derek M. Grose, of Watsontown. Grose earned an associate degree in surveying technology in May and is scheduled to add a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology at the end of the Spring 2019 semester.

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