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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 southeastern 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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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
04.13.2022

From the ground up

All lined up and ready to work
All lined up and ready to work
Work completed, safety restored
Work completed, safety restored

Spring projects are in full bloom for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s concrete science and building construction technology students, who recently completed several improvements at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and the institution’s General Services building along Reach Road.

Spearheading the work were three faculty members in building construction technology: Garret L. Graff,  assistant professor; and instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Franklin H. Reber Jr. no strangers to advancing Penn College students’ skills through hands-on betterment of their surroundings.

 

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Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
02.18.2022

‘World of Concrete’ opens worlds of opportunity for students

Seven students and two faculty members from Pennsylvania College of Technology recently attended World of Concrete 2022, the only annual international event dedicated to commercial concrete and masonry construction industries.

The 47th annual WOC, held in mid-January in and around the expansive Las Vegas Convention Center, featured more than 1,100 exhibitors and nearly 37,000 registered industry professionals engaged in several days of networking, education and competition.

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Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
01.27.2022

Alumnus/labor leader makes eye-opening return to campus

Jason W. Killinger (left), assistant professor of HVAC technology, leads the group on a Carl Building Technologies Center lab tour.
Jason W. Killinger (left), assistant professor of HVAC technology, leads the group on a Carl Building Technologies Center lab tour.
Appropriately pausing for photos outside the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, home to the college's welding labs, are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations/chief philanthropy officer; Yaw, who also chairs the college's board of directors; Steffee; and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost.
Appropriately pausing for photos outside the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, home to the college’s welding labs, are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations/chief philanthropy officer; Yaw, who also chairs the college’s board of directors; Steffee; and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost.
The Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and College Avenue Labs were among the day's popular destinations; Steffee here gets a dose of faculty expertise from Howard W. Troup (left), instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology.
The Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and College Avenue Labs were among the day’s popular destinations; Steffee here gets a dose of faculty expertise from Howard W. Troup (left), instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology.
Clothing bearing the historic insignia of Steffee's union local awaits distribution to students.
Clothing bearing the historic insignia of Steffee’s union local awaits distribution to students.
An alumnus of a program that now enjoys a vastly more spacious and well-equipped workplace, Steffee (right) engages with James N. Colton II (left), assistant professor of welding, and Reed.
An alumnus of a program that now enjoys a vastly more spacious and well-equipped workplace, Steffee (right) engages with James N. Colton II (left), assistant professor of welding, and Reed.

The business agent for Boilermakers Local 154, who earned a Williamsport Area Community College welding degree in 1987, came back Thursday for a visit arranged by state Sen. Gene Yaw. Shawn M. Steffee, greatly impressed by the changes at his alma mater during the intervening years, was greeted by a variety of college administrators before touring instructional labs in the School of Engineering Technologies. The Indiana County resident also met members of the Baja SAE team, delivered a boxful of giveaways to be distributed to students and was met by President Davie Jane Gilmour during lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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12.18.2021

College bestows Distinguished Alumni Award at commencement

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented Kevin L. Imes with a Distinguished Alumni Award at Fall 2021 Commencement.

Imes, of Palmyra, a construction project manager at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, earned an associate degree in building construction technology and a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Penn College in 2003 and 2007, respectively.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to those who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields, demonstrated the importance of their education at Penn College or its predecessors, participated in leadership roles within the community, and demonstrated a commitment to their alma mater.

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Alumni Building Construction Career Services College Relations Construction Management Engineering Technologies
12.10.2021

Concrete-mixing soccer player blends footwork, hands-on learning

For Madison L. Kistler, being on the Penn College women’s soccer team is like having a second family. The camaraderie and chemistry she shares with her teammates is nothing short of special, and gave her the confidence to get involved on campus. She holds a leadership position with the ConCreate Design Club – “I love concrete!” the Kutztown resident readily admits in a Wildcat Spotlight video posted to the college’s YouTube channel – and enjoys the connection every bit as much as “that rush that you get when you step out onto the field.” Take a few minutes and get to know Madison. Her drive (she has one degree and is working on two more) is infectious, and her personality, in true athletics fashion, is a winning one.

Alumni Building Construction Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Sports Students
12.07.2021

Students volunteer time, talents to reward vets’ sacrifice

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s ConCreate Design Club recently completed cosmetic repairs to the base of the massive Global Conflicts for Peace and Freedom monument at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of Wahoo Drive and West Fourth Street in Williamsport.

The project was researched and the appropriate techniques were employed to complete the job, said Harry W. Hintz Jr., instructor of construction technology, who assisted club members at the site.

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Building Construction Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
11.12.2021

Construction faculty, student attend Vinyl Siding Institute training session

Faculty members Garret L. Graff (standing, third from left) and Clifford J. Jones (standing, third from right), along with student Daun Williamson (standing, second from left), gather with classmates during their recent professional development opportunity.
Faculty members Garret L. Graff (standing, third from left) and Clifford J. Jones (standing, third from right), along with student Daun Williamson (standing, second from left), gather with classmates during their recent professional development opportunity.

Two members of the Penn College building construction technology faculty and a student attended the Vinyl Siding Institute’s recent three-day “Train the Trainer” course, returning to campus certified to share their skills with students and colleagues alike.

Garret L. Graff, assistant professor; Clifford J. Jones, instructor; and Daun Williamson, a building construction technology student from Linden, were among more than a dozen participants (representing nearly 400 years of combined industry experience) who traveled to Sidney, Ohio, for intensive in-person training from Nov. 2-4.

The session is a continuation of the college’s partnership with the national trade association, which blossomed with certification of 29 students as VSI-recognized installers – Williamson included – during a September event on campus.
Photo provided by Rob Balfanz, VSI’s director of workforce development (front row, far right)

Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff
10.25.2021

Concrete class helps GS prep for harsher weather

With an eye toward snow removal, even on a sunny fall day, concrete science widen and improve an SASC sidewalk.
With an eye toward snow removal, even on a sunny fall day, concrete science widen and improve an SASC sidewalk.

Building construction technology instructor Franklin H. Reber Jr. and students were on the job again Monday, furthering their skills in yet another concrete improvement project. With no shortage of on-campus work (and some hospitably cooperative autumn days on which to do it), Reber’s class is completing an exposed aggregate sidewalk expansion on the west side of the Student & Administrative Services Center. “The expansion will allow our sidewalk equipment to fit on the walk,” said Andrea L. Dildine, General Services’ horticulturist/grounds and motorpool manager, “and the aggregate will aid with winter traction.” Reber and students will be back in the neighborhood on Wednesday, finishing the nearby north sidewalk at a recently cleared property along West Second Street.

Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
10.25.2021

Industry leader counsels emerging women in construction

Among those gathering in the PDC on Friday are (from left): Sandra M. Gallick, an architecture and sustainable design student from Linden; Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology; Lester; Bartoldus; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, a building science and sustainable design major and president of the Women in Construction chapter at Penn College; and Amy Coots, principal of academic affairs for the Wellsboro Area School District.
Among those gathering in the PDC on Friday are (from left): Sandra M. Gallick, an architecture and sustainable design student from Linden; Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology; Lester; Bartoldus; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, a building science and sustainable design major and president of the Women in Construction chapter at Penn College; and Amy Coots, principal of academic affairs for the Wellsboro Area School District.
Looking forward to developing a relationship with Penn College women in construction, Bartoldus tells her in-person audience (and NAWIC teammates who joined remotely), "I'm confident we made some good connections here."
Looking forward to developing a relationship with Penn College women in construction, Bartoldus tells her in-person audience (and NAWIC teammates who joined remotely), “I’m confident we made some good connections here.”
Gallick, who produces a newsletter for architecture and sustainable design students, conducts an informal after-lunch interview with the speaker.
Gallick, who produces a newsletter for architecture and sustainable design students, conducts an informal after-lunch interview with the speaker.

The president of the National Association of Women in Construction visited Penn College this past week, engaging faculty/staff and students with the organization’s promise of “Leading builders. Building leaders.” Doreen Bartoldus, water/wastewater construction management leader at Jacobs Engineering, provided an overview of the educational and networking opportunities available to NAWIC chapters. The visit was facilitated by Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies, a longtime friend and colleague of the presenter. Bartoldus has more than 45 years of professional experience as a civil/environmental engineer and construction manager, participating in billion-dollar construction projects including water distribution and treatment facilities, tunnels, community park and recreation facilities, and highways. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (now Tandem School Of Engineering) and a Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business from Green Mountain College. Bartoldus is a registered professional engineer in New York, a certified construction manager, a LEED Green Associate and an Envision Sustainability Professional. In addition to Friday’s luncheon in the Thompson Professional Development Center, she presented “Build It/They Will Come” to a College Avenue Labs audience the night before.

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10.21.2021

Beautification, beyond the lab

Students improve the mall, a heavily traveled north-south thoroughfare through the heart of campus.
Students improve the mall, a heavily traveled north-south thoroughfare through the heart of campus.
New sidewalk adorns future "green space" at the site of a torn-down home recently purchased by the college.
New sidewalk adorns future “green space” at the site of a torn-down home recently purchased by the college.
Reber (left) and students unfurl the paper stencil.
Reber (left) and students unfurl the paper stencil.
The crew rolls the stencil into place for an attractively imprinted finish ...
The crew rolls the stencil into place for an attractively imprinted finish …
... made even more so by a dash of uniquely applied color.
… made even more so by a dash of uniquely applied color.

Concrete science students – led by Franklin H. Reber Jr., instructor of building construction technology – continue to leave hands-on traces at Penn College, project after project after project. Just in the past few weeks, classes have poured standard concrete in two sections of the mall area that were in disrepair, used a “keystone stencil pattern” for decorative flair near the wine bottle flower display outside Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, and removed and replaced deteriorating sidewalk near a razed residence at Second Street and College Avenue.
First four photos provided by Andrea L. Dildine, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool manager

Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
10.13.2021

In-demand careers brought into focus during Rep. Keller’s visit

President Davie Jane Gilmour and the congressman lead the group through the BTC, where they toured building construction and HVAC labs. Enlightening the entourage are Bradley M. Webb (left foreground), dean of engineering technologies; Ellyn A. Lester (to Keller's right), assistant dean for construction and architectural technologies; and (in plaid) Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.
President Davie Jane Gilmour and the congressman lead the group through the BTC, where they toured building construction and HVAC labs. Enlightening the entourage are Bradley M. Webb (left foreground), dean of engineering technologies; Ellyn A. Lester (to Keller’s right), assistant dean for construction and architectural technologies; and (in plaid) Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.
Webb (left) talks with Owlett (center) and Keller in an electrical lab.
Webb (left) talks with Owlett (center) and Keller in an electrical lab.
Keller holds a serendipitous meeting with two electrical construction students – Brady J. Dible (center), of Milroy, a member of the Air National Guard, and Craig A. Seasholtz, of Avis – who expressed gratitude for his support of veterans, as well as the constituent service his office provided in response to recent requests.
Keller holds a serendipitous meeting with two electrical construction students – Brady J. Dible (center), of Milroy, a member of the Air National Guard, and Craig A. Seasholtz, of Avis – who expressed gratitude for his support of veterans, as well as the constituent service his office provided in response to recent requests.
Kathleen D. Chesmel, assistant dean for materials science and engineering technologies, joins the legislators during a tour of the machining and manufacturing labs.
Kathleen D. Chesmel, assistant dean for materials science and engineering technologies, joins the legislators during a tour of the machining and manufacturing labs.
Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, and Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development, are among the panelists during a working "boxed lunch" session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.
Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, and Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development, are among the panelists during a working “boxed lunch” session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller (R-12) returned to Penn College’s main campus on Wednesday, touring a number of instructional areas and moderating a roundtable discussion of workforce development. The congressman was accompanied by state Rep. Clinton D. Owlett (R-68), among others, for a tour of the impressively equipped Carl Building Technologies, Electrical Technologies, Lycoming Engines Metal Trades and Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies centers – all facilities that help prepare today’s college students for tomorrow’s careers.

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09.29.2021

Making way while the sun shines

Reber (standing, in blue shirt) works with his Concrete Construction class on Wednesday, restoring sidewalks near the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.
Reber (standing, in blue shirt) works with his Concrete Construction class on Wednesday, restoring sidewalks near the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.

As they have done so often over the years, Penn College construction students applied their lab instruction to a real-world campus project on Wednesday. Building construction technology instructor Franklin H. Reber Jr. and students in his Concrete Construction class repaired walkways on the west side of the mall, undoing damage done when underground utilities were accessed. Reber was the driving force behind the college’s two-year degree in concrete science technology, initiated in Fall 2018 as the only such program on the East Coast.

Building Construction Engineering Technologies Students
09.28.2021

‘Wood is good’ message shared with sustainability classes

Students were challenged to identify the two items in a tabletop display that don't contain wood or a wood byproduct. The impostors? Bamboo flooring, which – while renewable – is a grass, and the dollar bill. (Despite being called "paper money," U.S. currency is made entirely of cotton and linen.)
Students were challenged to identify the two items in a tabletop display that don’t contain wood or a wood byproduct. The impostors? Bamboo flooring, which – while renewable – is a grass, and the dollar bill. (Despite being called “paper money,” U.S. currency is made entirely of cotton and linen.)
Phillips-Taggart outlines the association's outreach priorities (education, promotion and workforce development), and informs students about their eligibility for a $1,500 Richard P. Lauchle Scholarship. Lauchle, who graduated at the top of Williamsport Area Community College’s first forest technology class, owned and operated Lauchle Lumber in Montoursville from 1974 until his death in 2008.
Phillips-Taggart outlines the association’s outreach priorities (education, promotion and workforce development), and informs students about their eligibility for a $1,500 Richard P. Lauchle Scholarship. Lauchle, who graduated at the top of Williamsport Area Community College’s first forest technology class, owned and operated Lauchle Lumber in Montoursville from 1974 until his death in 2008.
Wozniak, an associate professor of architectural technology, brought along a homegrown example of wood's renewability: sandy remnants of a residential refinishing project. Sawdust can be repurposed as animal bedding or pelletized as a heat source, among alternative uses.
Wozniak, an associate professor of architectural technology, brought along a homegrown example of wood’s renewability: sandy remnants of a residential refinishing project. Sawdust can be repurposed as animal bedding or pelletized as a heat source, among alternative uses.
Penn College forest technology students are included in a stewardship video produced by KWPA and shared with classes this week.
Penn College forest technology students are included in a stewardship video produced by KWPA and shared with classes this week.

Students in two sections of Rob A. Wozniak’s “Sustainability: Building and Living Green” course were visited this week by Keystone Wood Products Association representatives, who talked about the benefits of wood as a renewable construction material.

The classes – comprising students in architecture and sustainable design, architectural technology and other construction-related majors – heard Monday afternoon from Ken Nuttle, KWPA education specialist; and the following morning from Stephanie Phillips-Taggart, marketing coordinator for the association’s 11-county membership area.

“Wood plays an incredible role in our lives on a regular basis,” Tuesday’s guest said, reinforcing her message with videos profiling regional hardwood businesses and the importance of healthy forest management.

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