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05.14.2022

Penn College bestows Distinguished Alumni Award

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented a Distinguished Alumni Award to Larry A. Ward, a retired business owner whose philanthropic efforts helped the college undertake a complete renovation of its expansive machining lab.

The alumni honor was presented to Ward at a Spring 2022 Commencement ceremony at the Community Arts Center.

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Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies
05.14.2022

Penn College’s partnership with Lenfest Foundation yields first graduate

A building construction technology student is Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first graduate in its alliance with The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation Inc., which funded a $1.8 million scholarship program for underserved populations from the commonwealth’s southwestern neighborhoods. The distinction belongs to Isaiah S. Robinson, of Philadelphia, who received his associate degree during commencement exercises on May 14 and will begin working in the field the following week.

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Admissions Alumni Building Construction Engineering Technologies Students
05.12.2022

Faculty, staff honored during spring tradition at Penn College

With the end of another academic year at hand, Pennsylvania College of Technology renewed a spring custom: presenting awards to noteworthy faculty and staff, and acknowledging retirements and other employee milestones.

President Davie Jane Gilmour acknowledged the honorees during an expansive all-college meeting, held May 12 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium and livestreamed.

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05.08.2022

Floral design students end semester in burst of creativity

Thirteen students of Karen R. Ruhl, horticulture instructor and last year’s recipient of a Part-Time Teaching Excellence Award, recently completed their final projects at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center – all in one day of real-time accomplishment – and displayed them at The Madigan Library. Helen L. Yoas, librarian for metadata and discovery initiatives (and whose duties as liaison librarian to the School of Engineering Technologies include the Diesel Technology & Natural Resources Division), captured the students’ imaginative spirit and also photographed the completed work once installed and appreciated on the library’s first floor. Ruhl’s The Art of Floral Design (HRT 260), a popular elective, is open to all academic majors.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Landscape/Horticulture Library Students
05.05.2022

Scouts honor promise at Arbor Day tree-planting

On May 1, 80 Girl Scouts and community members helped to plant 400 trees and shrubs of 12 species on the grounds of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. The event was part of the college’s Arbor Day celebration and the Girl Scouts’ Tree Promise.

For Earth Day 2022, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is planting 2,022 trees. It is part of Girl Scouts USA’s mission to plant, protect or honor 5 million trees by 2026.

In addition to learning about the importance of the trees they were planting, children visited the Pennsylvania WoodMobile, took part in hands-on education stations staffed by students and faculty, received gardening gloves from Penn College and swag from the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, and earned the GSUSA Tree Promise and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Clean Water Grows on Trees patches.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Forestry General Information Landscape/Horticulture
05.05.2022

CAP conference-goers get hands-on peek at Penn College

Inman engages a visitor through immersive interaction. (Photo by Alicia Martinez, a CAP member and aviation maintenance technology student)
Inman engages a visitor through immersive interaction. (Photo by Alicia Martinez, a CAP member and aviation maintenance technology student)
Schlosser meets with a CAP member interested in the college's dual paramedic science and emergency management & homeland security degree. (Photo provided)
Schlosser meets with a CAP member interested in the college’s dual paramedic science and emergency management & homeland security degree. (Photo provided)

Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation, and William A. Schlosser, an incoming instructor of emergency management & homeland security, traveled to the Harrisburg area last weekend for the Civil Air Patrol’s Pennsylvania Wing Conference. Inman (assisted by his spouse, Valerie) helped CAP members build Piper Cub models using aircraft aluminum and fasteners. Those visiting the table enjoyed a hands-on experience while learning about the Penn College aviation program. Schlosser, who will join the full-time faculty in the fall semester, provided conference attendees with a valuable look at his program, among the college’s wide-open pathways to career success and satisfaction.

Aviation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
05.04.2022

Revisiting an award-winning outreach program

The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter's banner.
The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter’s banner.
The team that delivered a "outstanding" program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
The team that delivered a “outstanding” program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Penn College students and Cadettes assemble for an all-inclusive group photo.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day's three badge sessions.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day’s three badge sessions.

Recognition as Penn College’s “Outstanding Program of the Year” among student organizations begs a deeper dive into the resourcefulness that brought the campus IEEE chapter such acclaim.

Advised by Scott D. Neuhard, assistant professor of electronics, the club last month developed and executed a community service initiative that involved teaching a troop of Girl Scouts about robotics and allowed them to earn one badge each in programming, designing and showcasing a robot.

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Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students Women in STEM
05.03.2022

Penn College electrical students serve area nonprofits

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to hands-on education aided area nonprofit organizations throughout the spring semester.

Two sections of electrical construction students contributed nearly 400 hours of work, saving the YWCA, Sojourner Truth Ministries and the Avis Area Recreation Association labor expenses in completing a variety of projects.

“The quality of the students’ work was excellent. They did a great job,” said Joseph R. Raup, instructor of the course, Construction Lab IV: Practical Experience. “They had good attitudes throughout the semester and worked very hard.”

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Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
05.02.2022

‘As meaningful as an experience gets’

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s ConCreate Design Club joined municipal Department of Public Works employees Friday for installation of three benches in Williamsport’s Memorial Park, the culmination of a yearlong civic-improvement enterprise.

“The city bench project began as an idea last spring, after our club had already completed several community-based projects,” said Harrison Wohlfarth, of Midlothian, Virginia, who serves as co-president of the student organization. “During that time, the club was finding its identity as not only a concrete science educator, but also a community leader.” He and other club officers decided to continue in that direction, agreeing to provide the city with seven concrete benches for placement in local parks. (One more bench will be delivered to Memorial Park, while three are destined for Shaw Place this fall once a “Splash Pad” there is finished.)

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Alumni Building Construction Engineering Technologies Students
04.28.2022

Gaming student makes vital connections as part of conference ‘family’

Troy E. Records Jr., set to graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology next month with two information technology degrees, was chosen as a Conference Associate for last month’s Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The conference is the game industry’s premier professional event, championing game developers and the advancement of their craft, and the compensated corps of CAs helps make everything go smoothly.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Information Technology STEM Students
04.22.2022

ESC celebrates a special Earth Day, 50 years in the making

On the 52nd annual Earth Day, Pennsylvania College of Technology hailed a phenomenon only slightly younger: the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, home to memories, marvels and the makers of a million tomorrows. Observing the milestone golden anniversary of the Allenwood area campus on a beautiful spring afternoon, attendees reveled in “this special place” known as the ESC.

“It is more than a place or a building, though,” said alumnus Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of diesel technology and natural resources. “This is a place where you were possibly introduced to your career passion. This is a place where you met mentors who fostered your talent and helped you to become a professional. This is a place where, after you left high school, you met people with similar career aspirations and built lifelong friendships. If you came here right from high school, you left a home of 18 years to forge a new life, and the people at the ESC became your new family for two years.”

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04.22.2022

Industry event offers well-timed view of welding facilities

Nicholas E. Shrawder, a senior civil engineer for PennDOT and chair of ASNT's Susquehanna Valley Section
Nicholas E. Shrawder, a senior civil engineer for PennDOT and chair of ASNT’s Susquehanna Valley Section
A welding lab does double-duty as a meal venue, offering diners immersion in a well-equipped learning environment.
A welding lab does double-duty as a meal venue, offering diners immersion in a well-equipped learning environment.
Brandon Miller, a member of the section's board of directors, addresses the group.
Brandon Miller, a member of the section’s board of directors, addresses the group.
Robby R. Smith (right), of Mount Wolf, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology, leads a lab tour.
Robby R. Smith (right), of Mount Wolf, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology, leads a lab tour.
Nau, a welding faculty member with three Penn College degrees, talks with Shrawder.
Nau, a welding faculty member with three Penn College degrees, talks with Shrawder.

Members of the American Society of Non-Destructive Testing, Susquehanna Valley Section, got a closeup look at Penn College’s expansive welding labs when they recently held a dinner meeting in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center. The visit heralds this fall’s start of an associate degree in non-destructive testing through the college’s School of Engineering Technologies – part of a revised curriculum developed by instructor Michael J. Nau and James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding. The Susquehanna Valley Section, chartered in 1988, covers a 90-mile radius around State College.
Photos by Frank T. Kocsis, student photographer

Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Welding
04.22.2022

Women in Construction enjoy faculty-led Vic House visit

Wozniak (center) talks with the group between the front door and the oak staircase of a Penn College landmark.
Wozniak (center) talks with the group between the front door and the oak staircase of a Penn College landmark.
Wozniak stands at left with Oberlin and Ritter, part of the Women in Construction contingent on The Victorian House tour. Others include Witmer, the active student organization's president (seated, in blue).
Wozniak stands at left with Oberlin and Ritter, part of the Women in Construction contingent on The Victorian House tour. Others include Witmer, the active student organization’s president (seated, in blue).
The tour stops in one of the building's four bedrooms, inspired by Williamsport's rich lumber-era heritage.
The tour stops in one of the building’s four bedrooms, inspired by Williamsport’s rich lumber-era heritage.

Members of the Penn College Women in Construction club – including President Makenzie Erinn Witmer, a construction management student from Bellefonte, and Amanda Faylene Ritter, the organization’s vice president and treasurer – were among those treated to a recent tour of The Victorian House. Rob A. Wozniak, retiring in August as an associate professor of architecture, led the tour of the campus centerpiece, which was dedicated in June 1997 after more than two years of work by students, faculty and staff. “We had a good afternoon learning about The Victorian House, how it was designed by students and what we can learn about how to do some things better in the construction industry,” said Ritter, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student from Williamsport. “It’s Mr. Wozniak’s last semester at Penn College, and he enjoys working with students so we can learn about buildings on campus and apply it to our future careers.” The club is co-advised by Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies, and Jessica U. Oberlin, librarian for information technology initiatives and The Madigan Library’s liaison to the Construction & Architectural Technologies and Materials Science & Engineering & Technologies divisions of the School of Engineering Technologies. “I’m happy we got to do this with Rob before his retirement since it gave an expert insight into the build of The Victorian House,” said Oberlin, who also provided the photos. “This was my first time into the house and I’m glad it was with PCWIC, who will be true women leaders in their fields. They inspire me every day!”

Architecture & Sustainable Design Construction Management Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
04.21.2022

Students, faculty member attend avionics convention

From left: Inman, Lowe and Lippincott stand in front of a panel that uses iPads as part of the instrumentation. The panel includes a special bracket for snap-in of the i-Pad(s), linking to a special interface "black box" that is connected to aircraft systems.
From left: Inman, Lowe and Lippincott stand in front of a panel that uses iPads as part of the instrumentation. The panel includes a special bracket for snap-in of the i-Pad(s), linking to a special interface “black box” that is connected to aircraft systems.

Two aviation maintenance technology students and a faculty member attended last month’s 65th annual Aircraft Electronics Association Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans – the largest gathering of general aviation avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. Wesley Alexander Lippincott, of Bedford, and Teagan M. Lowe, of Richmond, Vermont, joined Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation, for the four-day event at the city’s Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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Aviation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
04.20.2022

Creative collaboration ‘sparks’ Penn College sculpture

The “ripple” effect of Skyler R. Graver’s gumption will enhance Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape for generations to come.

A 200-pound, 9-foot-long motorcycle sculpture accentuates the north end of the campus mall, thanks to Graver and other talented members of the college’s American Welding Society club. Graver’s interaction with famed metal artist Rae Ripple last fall led to the fabrication of the chopper-style motorcycle, a permanent campus feature enriched by Ripple’s creative flair.

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