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Students turn cardboard into pleasingly practical ‘box seats’

Students in building science and sustainable design (or its architectural technology concentration) present their diverse "cardboard chair" projects in the LEC on Friday morning. Front row (seated, from left): Kyle L. Bromwell, Cambridge, Md.; Tomas N. Brooks, West Chester, Melissa A. Tarhovicky, East Stroudsburg; and Jeffrey L. Sementelli, Howard. Back row (from left): Zachery Mangan, Manheim; Seth R. Henry, Wernersville; Austin C. Benham, Camp Hill; Dakotah J. Hewston, Dingmans Ferry; Danielle R. Bonis, Norwalk, Conn.; Michael Tanner Reif, Felton; Riley Ferro, Berwick; Evan J. Klinger, Bloomsburg; James J. "J.J." Heft, Montrose; Bridget A. Kranz, Patton; and Cole J. Moriarty, Winston-Salem, N.C. (Photo by Rob A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology)
Students in building science and sustainable design (or its architectural technology concentration) present their diverse “cardboard chair” projects in the LEC on Friday morning. Front row (seated, from left): Kyle L. Bromwell, Cambridge, Md.; Tomas N. Brooks, West Chester, Melissa A. Tarhovicky, East Stroudsburg; and Jeffrey L. Sementelli, Howard.
Back row (from left): Zachery Mangan, Manheim; Seth R. Henry, Wernersville; Austin C. Benham, Camp Hill; Dakotah J. Hewston, Dingmans Ferry; Danielle R. Bonis, Norwalk, Conn.; Michael Tanner Reif, Felton; Riley Ferro, Berwick; Evan J. Klinger, Bloomsburg; James J. “J.J.” Heft, Montrose; Bridget A. Kranz, Patton; and Cole J. Moriarty, Winston-Salem, N.C. (Photo by Rob A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology)

Third-year students in Architectural Design Studio V, challenged to create fully functional chairs that hold the weight of an adult without the use of adhesives, impressively delivered on their assignment in presentations Friday morning. Four teams collaborated on the chairs, which were evaluated in the architectural jury room on such criteria as function, aesthetics and ergonomics. Corrugated cardboard was chosen as a valuable raw material, as it carries the best recycling rate of any packaging material in use. In 2015, for instance, more than 23 million tons were recovered and reused – 74 percent of all cardboard produced that year. Geoffrey M. Campbell, assistant professor of architectural technology, and Rob A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology, critiqued the chairs with guest judges Melinda D. Heckman, admissions counselor; Christa Matlack, women’s soccer coach; and Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday. Chairs and explanatory posters could be seen in the architectural wing on the second floor of the Hager Lifelong Education Center during Spring Open House, and will be displayed in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College during a mid-May exhibit of capstone projects by seniors in the building science and sustainable design major.

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Architectural grads share designs for career fulfillment

Sullivan, whose military service took him from 103-degree Qatar to the snows of Alaska – and several gratifying adventures in between – tells students of "the whole world of opportunity" that awaits.
Sullivan, whose military service took him from 103-degree Qatar to the snows of Alaska – and several gratifying adventures in between – tells students of “the whole world of opportunity” that awaits.
From a Sharon High School Tiger to a Penn College Wildcat, Basile has been well-served by feline instinct and the determination to claw through walls. "I'll always be proud of Penn College," he said. "Everything that I've done is based on what I learned here and in my life experience."
From a Sharon High School Tiger to a Penn College Wildcat, Basile has been well-served by feline instinct and the determination to claw through walls. “I’ll always be proud of Penn College,” he said. “Everything that I’ve done is based on what I learned here and in my life experience.”
Jokingly referred to by Wozniak as "the twins," Schreffler (left) and Miller have gone from college roommates to co-workers. The firm that employs them does a number of educational projects, including an eco-friendly elementary school in Boiling Springs that includes a treehouse overlooking the library.
Jokingly referred to by Wozniak as “the twins,” Schreffler (left) and Miller have gone from college roommates to co-workers. The firm that employs them does a number of educational projects, including an eco-friendly elementary school in Boiling Springs that includes a treehouse overlooking the library.
Comprising an informative alumni array for the first of two Q&A panels are (from left) Basile, Demmien, Patel, Walter, Sullivan, Miller, Chapman, Hoffman and Schreffler.
Comprising an informative alumni array for the first of two Q&A panels are (from left) Basile, Demmien, Patel, Walter, Sullivan, Miller, Chapman, Hoffman and Schreffler.

Eight graduates of Penn College and a well-traveled Williamsport Area Community College alumnus returned to campus Wednesday for “Architectural Alumni + Student Day,” a career information and networking opportunity for students. Classes in architectural technology, building science and sustainable design, and residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration convened in the Bush Campus Center to hear individual presentations by the nine alumni, panel discussions, question-and-answer periods, and a Career Services overview. The day also included lunch and an optional campus tour. Revisiting through an event facilitated by associate professor Rob A. Wozniak, were: Brig. Gen. Frank Sullivan, ’73, executive director of the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission, Harrisburg; Larry A. Basile, ’91, vice president of sales for SupplySource, Williamsport; Amanda J. (Miller) Harry and Erica L. Schreffler, ’12, architectural project coordinators at Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, Architects, Mechanicsburg; Bradley A. Hoffman, ’94, director of engineering, Conewago manufacturing LLC/Conewago Enterprises Inc., Hanover; Kara A. (O’Brien) Demmien, ’06, project manager, Larson Design Group, Williamsport; Daniel R. Chapman, ’02, territory sales senior manager, Construction Specialties, Muncy; Dhaval J. Patel, ’11, lead virtual design and construction/building information modeling coordinator, McClure Co., Harrisburg; and Tyler L. Walter, ’11, architect, Stantec, Arlington, Virginia. Also part of the audience were a Warrior Run School District faculty member and a number of his drafting and design students from Lycoming Career & Technology Center.

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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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HVAC students help ‘Cinderella’ prep for big dance

Proudly sporting affiliation with ACCA
Proudly sporting affiliation with ACCA
From left are Klose, Gaffney, YWCA boutique manager Kahlie DeHotman and Keiser.
From left are Klose, Gaffney, YWCA boutique manager Kahlie DeHotman and Keiser.
Making quick work of a drapery job
Making quick work of a drapery job

Students from Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies – all members of the campus chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America – once again lent their skills to “Cinderella’s Closet,” which offered a donated selection of very affordable prom gowns, shoes and accessories to high school juniors and seniors. Helping with dressing booths for the March 23-24 event at the YWCA Northcentral PA were Alex A. Klose, of Bethlehem, and Griffin L. Keiser, of Lewisburg, both enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology, and Patrick C. Gaffney, of Plymouth Meeting, an HVAC technology major.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies

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Dual-enrollment students attend Penn College NOW visit days

Daniel J. Harris, instructor of HVAC technology, talks with a group about classes in air conditioning and refrigeration while showing them a lab.

More than 400 high school students, all enrolled in Penn College classes at their respective high school or career and technology center, visited campus on Friday. A visit to campus is a required part of every course offered through the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The program offers Penn College classes at more than 50 partner secondary-education facilities throughout the state. College Transitions and First Year Initiatives hosts visits for participating schools throughout the year. To ensure that courses offered through Penn College NOW maintain the same rigor as those offered on campus, secondary teachers work with Penn College faculty liaisons who train them to teach the course curriculum, visit each school at least once a year, and grade high school students’ final projects. In addition to hosting Penn College NOW student visits – including a March 19 trip, also documented in this photo gallery – College Transitions and First Year Initiatives conducts frequent group visits for other secondary students, providing college and career exploration, including a campus tour. On April 2, Lycoming Career and Technology Center plans to bring 200 students to campus for sessions with Career Services, the Academic Success Center and more.

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Girl Scouts ‘spark curiosity’ in daylong campus event

Learning about car care from Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant automotive professor

The Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and the PPL Foundation held a free STEAM Lab at Penn College from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, providing more than 250 girls and young women – from kindergarten through 12th grade – with a hands-on look at Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics pursuits while learning and working with Penn College instructors and students. Attendees worked side-by-side with Penn College faculty/staff and students to earn badges and take part in workshops. Girl Scouts also heard from campus leaders about the future of STEAM and garnered “Spark Curiosity” patches for their participation.

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Penn Staters go off-campus for hands-on fun

Applying what she's learned

Architecture students from Penn State spent Friday in Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building as part of the university’s Masonry Design Competition. As a precursor to that activity – sponsored by the Pennsylvania Concrete Masonry Association and funded through a National Pennsylvania Concrete Masonry Association Foundation grant – the students are taught a variety of helpful masonry skills by Penn College construction majors. The annual visit, facilitated by faculty members Clifford J. Jones and Glenn R. Luse, coincided with a meeting of masonry instructors from Pennsylvania and Maryland. Students from Penn State’s landscape architecture program make a similar trip to campus each fall.

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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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Match your interests to your future at Spring Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will be hubs of activity during Penn College’s Spring 2019 Open House, an April 6 event highlighting the college’s unique educational mission and hands-on approach to learning.

College-minded students, overwhelmed by piles of possibilities as they consider which career path to follow, can sort through the clutter of options during a revealing visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, members of the Penn College community will welcome potential students and their families, sharing their unique experiences from an institution that has helped tomorrow makers find their niche for more than a century.

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Penn College two-year team earns national championship at Vegas builders show

The two-year Penn College team displays its championship trophy (earned in the National Association of Home Builders’ student competition) at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. From left are instructor Barney A. Kahn IV; students Joe J. Hetrick, of Painted Post, N.Y.; Drew P. Miller, of Williamsport; Hanna M. Gibson, of Allison Park; Nicholas T. Bonsell, of Tyrone; and Nathan I. Tabon, of Allison Park; and instructor Levon A. Whitmyer.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s two-year entry in the National Association of Home Builders’ student competition brought home a championship trophy from Las Vegas – the institution’s first team to do so since 2011.

Students from the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies finished first among 14 teams in their category when winners were announced at the association’s recent International Builders’ Show. Members are Nicholas T. Bonsell, of Tyrone; Hanna M. Gibson and Nathan I. Tabon, both of Allison Park; Joe J. Hetrick, of Painted Post, New York; and Drew P. Miller of Williamsport.

“Each member of this team brought interdisciplinary strengths to the competition, and the outcome they were striving for was achieved,” noted Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies. “Veteran coach Barney Kahn does a great job of developing and inspiring the team. His dedication to this event is a critical component for their success.”

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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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HVAC faculty attend industry conference

Penn College HVAC faculty members attending an industry conference are (from left) Kenneth E. Welker Jr., Jason K. Killinger, Daniel J. Harris and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh.
Penn College HVAC faculty members attending an industry conference are (from left) Kenneth E. Welker Jr., Jason K. Killinger, Daniel J. Harris and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh.

Faculty members from the School of Construction & Design Technologies were among nearly 800 instructors from across the country who attended this month’s 13th annual HVAC Excellence Conference at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference provided more than 70 sessions from the latest instructional methods to accommodate Generation Z’s learning styles to the fast-growing technological advancements being introduced into the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration market to meet today’s required energy standards. “It’s extremely difficult to keep up with technological advancements in the HVCAR industry,“ said Jason W. Killinger, an assistant professor of HVAC technology and co-department head. “Advancements in our industry are being made faster than ever. This conference has provided us with specialized training to be more effective and to ensure training we offer is aligned with industry to educate successful HVAC technicians and designers.” Killinger was joined at the conference by faculty colleagues Kenneth E. Welker Jr., Daniel J. Harris and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh.
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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.