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09.09.2022

Penn College Army ROTC cadets receive commissions

Four years of arduous training and rigorous study culminated in a recent commissioning ceremony for two Army ROTC cadets at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, and Megan Nosker, of DuBois, were commissioned as second lieutenants during an on-campus ceremony. The cadets committed to four years of active duty or eight years in the Army Reserve or National Guard.

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08.10.2022

Faculty welcomed as Fall 2022 semester dawns

Among the newer additions to the Pennsylvania College of Technology community as the Fall 2022 semester begins are 19 faculty members, as provided by the Office of People & Culture. Fifteen will begin their instructional duties on Aug. 11; the remainder were added to the roster as noted.

“This cohort of new faculty possesses a wide range of experiences and skills,” said Joanna K. Flynn, dean of curriculum and instruction. “We are excited to see the impact they will have on our students and the college.”

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08.10.2022

New Penn College civil engineering faculty returns ‘home’

When Ruth A. Hocker first visited Pennsylvania College of Technology, she didn’t know of civil engineering. Nearly a quarter century after that fateful day, Hocker is back on campus preparing tomorrow makers for the rewarding field.

The new civil engineering technology instructor is more than the first full-time female faculty member in the Materials Science & Engineering Technologies Division that Penn College formed in 2020. Hocker is an industry leader, specializing in water resources and management. The engineer has shared her expertise throughout the world but has never forgotten where it was cultivated.

“My entire career and everywhere that it has taken me started right here on this campus,” said Hocker, who graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology. “I think it’s always been in the back of my mind that I would love to be able to come back and teach.”

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06.25.2022

What better way to prep for college!

Nearly 140 campers from near and far participated in the past week’s seven Pre-College Programs, giving teens a taste of Penn College through an engrossing variety of academic adventure and social interaction: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience, Automotive Technology, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs and Health Careers.

A second week of camps, featuring an equally tantalizing menu of opportunities spread among eight more programs, convenes in mid-July.  Registrants for both weeks hail from 14 states – some from as far away as Connecticut, Florida and Virginia – and include a camper from Santiago, Chile!

Don’t think high school students are the only ones in on the fun, however! Pre-College Programs include My Tomorrow, a middle school career exploration day camp sponsored by the Soars family, from June 28 to July 1 and July 12-15.

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06.20.2022

Former Wildcat makes transition from midfielder to job site

Dylan S. Klemas, a May civil engineering technology graduate and face-off midfielder while a member of the Wildcat men’s lacrosse team, proudly wore number 9 to honor an uncle who played for the Welsh national team. A new video gives viewers the opportunity to hear his story and learn what he loves about the tight-knit community he found at Penn College. “It’s put me in a great position. I have a job already lined up when I graduate (he has since assumed responsibilities as an assistant project manager at Berg Construction in Morgantown) and I haven’t looked back,” says Klemas, who did the hard work necessary to balance academics and athletics – and thrive at both. “It’s busy, it’s very doable. It’s actually made it a lot better because it’s taught me a lot more time management. The school puts a lot of resources out there to help us, whether it’s the Tutoring Center (or) a lot of late-night study hours with the team. It’s easy when you have a team of 43 guys that are all your good friends!”

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03.29.2022

Land surveyors’ group honors imminent graduate

Deihl (left) accepts a $500 award check from Brad Zeigler, of Zeigler Surveying in Sunbury, president of PSLS' Susquehanna Chapter. (Photo provided)
Deihl (left) accepts a $500 award check from Brad Zeigler, of Zeigler Surveying in Sunbury, president of PSLS’ Susquehanna Chapter. (Photo provided)

A second-year surveying technology student at Penn College received the Ed Dobeck Memorial Award from the Susquehanna Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors at the group’s March 17 meeting.

Devin Ray Deihl, of Alexandria, scheduled to receive his associate degree at the college’s May 14 morning commencement ceremony, was presented with the award by chapter President Brad Zeigler.

The annual honor, named for a well-respected Shamokin area land surveyor who died in 1994, honors a civil engineering technology or surveying technology graduate who has demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular activity and professionalism.

For more information about land surveying in The Keystone State, visit the PSLS website and Penn College’s civil engineering/surveying technology page on Facebook.

 

Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Students
03.22.2022

Students make full use of renowned fabricator’s proximity

A line of students lends perspective to a large girder fabricated at High Steel Structures LLC.
A line of students lends perspective to a large girder fabricated at High Steel Structures LLC.
Alumnus Steppe (standing at left) talks with students at its 3501 W. Fourth St location in Williamsport.
Alumnus Steppe (standing at left) talks with students at its 3501 W. Fourth St location in Williamsport.
Lily D. Ward, of Williamsport, takes a photo of Potts and her fellow civil engineering technology students during Tuesday's visit to High Steel. From left are Noah W. Shafer, of Wyalusing; William D. Schwanke, of Russell; Potts; Ward; Anakin S. Major, of Susquehanna; Matheo S. Angulo, of Bloomfield, N.J.; and Lane R. Kline, of Williamsport.
Lily D. Ward, of Williamsport, takes a photo of Potts and her fellow civil engineering technology students during Tuesday’s visit to High Steel. From left are Noah W. Shafer, of Wyalusing; William D. Schwanke, of Russell; Potts; Ward; Anakin S. Major, of Susquehanna; Matheo S. Angulo, of Bloomfield, N.J.; and Lane R. Kline, of Williamsport.

Students in Drew R. Potts’ Steel Design course (CET 321) traveled to High Steel Structures LLC on Tuesday to learn about bridge girder fabrication. “The concepts students learn in my class are seen up close and very personal at High Steel Structures,” said Potts, assistant professor of civil engineering technology (who also provided photos of the class visit). The tour was facilitated and led by Adam J. Steppe, who holds three degrees from Penn College: welding (1999), welding technology (2011) and welding and fabrication engineering technology (2013), assisted by Christopher L. Verbeski. Located west of main campus, High Steel is one of the nation’s leading fabricators of structural steel and a longtime supporter of the college – most recently donating nearly $100,000 worth of scrap metal to the School of Engineering Technologies for use by welding students.

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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.

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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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11.29.2021

Larson Design Group provides CAD workshop to students

Adding to its history of support for Pennsylvania College of Technology students and alumni, Larson Design Group developed a computer-aided design workshop that was offered to civil engineering and surveying majors during the spring and fall semesters.

“Larson Design Group’s support of our students through these workshops exemplifies its commitment to developing tomorrow’s industry professionals,” said Chris S. Macdonald, Penn College’s assistant director of corporate relations. “The experience provided our students with different perspectives for the methods used and offered them valuable resources in preparation for their careers. We are extremely grateful for Larson Design Group’s partnership and appreciate the mutually beneficial outcomes achieved with these workshops.”

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08.16.2021

Female trio helps lead engineering technologies at Penn College

For two years, Lauryn A. Stauffer has seen only male faces in her electronics classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology. This fall, she’ll at least see multiple women leaders within the School of Engineering Technologies.

The school devoted to careers rooted in science, technology, engineering and math boasts three female assistant deans.

Kathleen D. Chesmel and Ellyn A. Lester were hired in late spring to head the Materials Science and Engineering Technologies Division and the Construction and Architectural Technologies Division, respectively. They join longtime college employee Stacey C. Hampton, who is assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies.

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06.19.2021

A wide-open window on a bright-looking future

Pre-College ProgramsMore than a half-dozen Pre-College Programs attracted a knowledge-hungry host of teenagers to Penn College’s campuses in recent days, the season opener for high schoolers’ exposure to next-level academics. Campers were engaged and enlightened among the week’s bountiful offerings: Architecture Odyssey, Automotive, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Health Careers and Information Technology. A second week – inviting more students to test the waters of collegiate opportunity through hands-on learning – will begin July 18.

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04.13.2021

ConCreate Design Club’s video draws national notice

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student organization’s video about a viable do-it-yourself alternative to traditional concrete – with humor among its key ingredients – was a Top 20 finisher in a recent competition sponsored by an industry trade group.

Three members of the college’s ConCreate Design Club, a student chapter of the American Concrete Institute, produced and co-starred in the seven-minute video, which was entered in ACI’s Concrete Solutions Competition. Participating were Madison L. Kistler, of Kutztown, club president; vice president Harrison Wohlfarth, of Midlothian, Virginia; and Noah W. Shafer, of Towanda, a member of the club’s board of directors.

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04.09.2021

Addition to veterans park reflects college collaboration

Four members of the ConCreate Design Club joined instructor Harry W. Hintz Jr. at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park this week, installing paving bricks engraved with the names of Penn College students and faculty who have worked on the project over the past three years. The group rendezvoused at the West Fourth Street/Wahoo Drive site with John O. Markley, of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission, who oversaw the latest enhancement to the ever-expanding memorial. As preparations continue for a Memorial Day dedication at the park, organizers generously wanted to permanently spell out the college’s collaboration. The pavers acknowledge Hintz and three other faculty members – Glenn R. Luse, Richard R. Motter Jr. and Franklin H. Reber Jr. – as well as more than 100 students engaged in the improvements to date, from site preparation to stone-wall construction.

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03.18.2021

Take a virtual tour of civil engineering/surveying

Drew R. Potts, assistant professor and head of Penn College’s civil engineering/surveying technology department, headlines a virtual tour of a dynamic career field. Alongside a handful of impressive alumni and students about to graduate from the program, Potts opens viewers’ eyes to the expansive opportunities available to graduates, making their mark – and making a difference – in the places where we work and play. “I recommend this major solely because of the professors. They’re amazing!” says Sarah E. Booher, of Orangeville, one of two current civil engineering technology students helping to guide the video tour. “They have real-world experience within the field before they become a professor, and they’re great at answering any questions that you have – from material questions to internships to postcollege life. Anything that you really have, they’re really good at answering and being honest with you.” Interested in designing bridges, routing highways or otherwise shaping the world in which we live? Take the tour and weigh your options!

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