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04.30.2021

Students mark Arbor Day with ESC tree-planting

Vanderwolf pine added to ESC's attractive natural surroundings
Vanderwolf pine added to ESC’s attractive natural surroundings

Students at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center planted a Vanderwolf pine tree for Arbor Day. Observed across the country on the last Friday of April, the holiday fosters a healthy reverence for trees – whether celebrating, nurturing or climbing them! Pictured are Aaron Larson (left), a forest technology major from Erie, and Grant Walter, of Dover, enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.
Photo by Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture

Engineering Technologies Forestry Landscape/Horticulture Students
04.22.2021

Students encounter ups AND downs … and it’s all good!

Whether working below ground level or well into the treetops, Michael A. Dincher’s students get to experience the wide scope of arboriculture.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Forestry Landscape/Horticulture Students
03.05.2021

Forestry alumna pictured in national trade publication

ArborMetrics Solutions provided the photo of employee Abigail L. Hufnagle, a utility forester/work planner in Lewisburg.
ArborMetrics Solutions provided the photo of employee Abigail L. Hufnagle, a utility forester/work planner in Lewisburg.

A photograph of Abigail L. Hufnagle, a May 2018 forest technology graduate employed by ArborMetrics Solutions in Lewisburg, accompanies an article in Tree Care Industry Magazine. An official publication of the Tree Care Industry Association, the magazine devotes its March issue to “Women in Tree Care” and features the photo of Hufnagle on its opening page. The piece, “Women in Vegetations Management: Commitment, Leadership and Passion,” profiles several employees of ArborMetrics and was written by Robert Richens, the company’s vice president.

Alumni Engineering Technologies Forestry
10.08.2020

Winged victory

Preparing for liftoff
Preparing for liftoff
Burke's kite hitches a ride on the fall breeze.
Burke’s kite hitches a ride on the fall breeze.
Rising against the wind
Rising against the wind
A blue sky beckons.
A blue sky beckons.

Forest technology student Lyssa C. Burke took advantage of Wednesday afternoon’s wild winds to fly a stunt kite on the Madigan Library front lawn. A native of Montana, Burke grew up in Idaho and moved to Williamsport a few years ago with her mother; together, they enjoy the great outdoors. Burke’s hobbies also include photography, fishing, skiing, writing and drawing her many characters. (“I never leave home without a sketchbook,” she said.) Burke enrolled at Penn College after enjoying its Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience in the summer of 2018. Through ASPIE, she says she found a supportive environment with the help of the college’s Connections Links (student orientation leaders) and Dawn M. Dickey, director of disability services, who continues to assist Burke in her college experience. Also in high school, Burke engaged in the Wildlife Leadership Academy as a student and a team leader. Based in Lock Haven, the academy aims to empower high school youth to become conservation ambassadors. With the goal of becoming a game warden or conservation officer, Burke says enrolling in Penn College’s forest technology major (and a criminology course) offers an ideal path to her dream occupation.

Engineering Technologies Forestry Students
07.01.2020

Penn College earns ‘Tree Campus USA’ status for fifth year

For the fifth consecutive year, Pennsylvania College of Technology has attained Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to urban forestry.

The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

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Engineering Technologies Forestry General Information Landscape/Horticulture
04.24.2020

Arbor Day plantings add instructional value, natural appeal

Forest (left) and Dincher beautify the ESC campus while educating students in doubly-distanced fashion.
Forest (left) and Dincher beautify the ESC campus while educating students in doubly-distanced fashion.

Michael A. Dincher, assistant professor of horticulture, and Wyatt C. Forest, laboratory assistant for horticulture, planted two sugar maples and a sawtooth oak at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center pond for Arbor Day. The tree planting was part of an online instructional video for Dincher’s Arboriculture class. Observed in the United States on the last Friday of April, the holiday encourages the planting, nurturing and celebrating of trees. Penn College has repeatedly been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree Campus USA” program for establishing and sustaining healthy community forests.
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Faculty & Staff Forestry Landscape/Horticulture Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
02.21.2020

Forestry grad facilitates equipment donation to alma mater

A December graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, whose family’s tree care business in suburban Philadelphia fueled his choice of both college and career, recently arranged for the donation of a newly reconditioned chipper to his alma mater’s forestry program.

Thanks to the resourcefulness of Michael S. Shreiner, now employed full time at Shreiner Tree Care in southeastern Pennsylvania, forest technology students at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center will have access to a 150XP Bandit Tree Chipper that the 2019 alumnus solicited from the manufacturer.

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06.11.2019

Penn College’s ‘Tree Campus USA’ designation renewed

For the fourth year in a row, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for establishing and sustaining healthy community forests.

The national program was created a dozen years ago by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor educational institutions for helping to foster the next generation of environmental stewards.

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Faculty & Staff Forestry Landscape/Horticulture Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
04.01.2019

Discover forest technology at Penn College

Imagine a career where you can spend your days in the great outdoors. With a degree in forest technology, profiled on Penn College’s YouTube channel, that future could be yours! Learn what goes into sustainable woodland management. Follow the life cycle of growth from seedlings and germination to maturity and harvest. Get boots-on-the-ground experience in the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s 100-acre experimental forest and soak in lots of valuable insight from experienced instructors. “The management of forestland is very important,” says Paul R. South, a 2016 forest technology graduate now employed with Danzer Veneer in Williamsport. “If you just had people going out there and cutting willy-nilly, then you’re gonna end up with some pretty terrible forests.” At Penn College, hands-on learning comes to life through more than 100 diverse majors for high-demand careers – including those in the forestry industry.

Forestry Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
11.15.2018

Lab lessons magnified at area nature preserve

Students stop for a sunny-day photo outside Montour Preserve, facilitated by Erich R. Doebler (visible in shadow).
Students stop for a sunny-day photo outside Montour Preserve, facilitated by Erich R. Doebler (visible in shadow).

Students in Erich R. Doebler’s Wildlife Management class (FOR245) recently visited Montour Preserve, which is managed by the Montour Area Recreation Commission, to learn more about wildlife, nature preserves and the regulations associated with operating such facilities. “This was an excellent opportunity for the students to see in person various birds, ducks and mammals that we have discussed and learned about in the classroom and lab settings,” said Doebler, a member of Penn College’s forestry faculty. Additionally, the class went to Lake Chillisquaque to understand the importance of that human-created lake and its history, and learned about the various fish species found within. Commission director Bob Stoudt kept the Visitor Center open for the students past 4 p.m. so that they could spend as much time as possible at the Danville site. “This is an excellent opportunity for any generation to learn more about wildlife and to simply relax and spend time in nature.”

 

Faculty & Staff Forestry Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
11.07.2018

Forestry students extensively tour local veneer operation

South talks with forestry students during Monday's visit.
South talks with forestry students during Monday’s visit.

Students in Erich R. Doebler’s Forest Products class this week visited the Danzer plant on Reach Road, one of the few veneer mills in Pennsylvania. The group met with Paul R. South, a 2016 forest technology graduate of Penn College. He discussed the process of buying logs, specifications, in-demand species and how the log purchasing process is conducted. The students were also given a tour of the facility, where they were able to see the sawmill, as well as the log banding, log cooking, surfacing, slicing, drying and packaging processes. About a half-dozen Penn College alumni are employed by Danzer, formerly known as Keystone Veneers Inc. “This is an exceptionally personal tour,” said the instructor (who also provided the photo), “and something right in our backyard that many do not get the opportunity to experience.”

Alumni Forestry Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
10.02.2018

Forestry students tour lumberyard in heart of Appalachian hardwoods

Bingaman's Nicholas Bisaccia talks with Penn College forestry students outside the Kreamer facility.
Bingaman’s Nicholas Bisaccia talks with Penn College forestry students outside the Kreamer facility.
Forest technology majors get a comprehensive tour at the hub of a decades-old operation.
Forest technology majors get a comprehensive tour at the hub of a decades-old operation.

Instructor Erich R. Doebler’s Forestry Products class (FOR210) traveled to Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc. in Kreamer on Monday for an industry tour. The group met with Nicholas Bisaccia, an export sales representative, who said the company annually processes 22 million board feet of lumber at that site alone. A similar yard in Clarendon processes more than 10 million board feet each year, noted Doebler, who also provided photos from the trip. Bisaccia spent many years in the pharmaceutical business, but found his true passion for hardwood lumber when he began working for Bingaman a little over three years ago. He explained the process from beginning to end, starting with receiving green lumber from over 100 different sawmills to sorting, grading, stickering, kiln drying and secondary manufacturing. He finished with a tour of a facility that thermally modifies wood to be resistant to natural decay. The process, an emerging technology employed by only a handful of businesses in the U.S., allows Pennsylvania hardwoods to be used in high-performance outdoor applications for which they traditionally have not been selected. Bingaman & Son has over 150 employees at the Kreamer facility, and boasts a number of Penn College forest technology graduates in various roles and positions overall. (Besides the Kreamer and Clarendon yards, the firm operates sawmills in Mill Hall, Nicktown and St. Marys.)

Forestry Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
09.11.2018

Forestry Students Tour Pallet Company

Don Remmey provides an overview of his pallet-making operation for Penn College forestry students ...
Don Remmey provides an overview of his pallet-making operation for Penn College forestry students …
... and takes them on a tour of the manufacturing floor.
… and takes them on a tour of the manufacturing floor.

Instructor Erich R. Doebler’s Forest Products class visited Remmey, The Pallet Company, in Beaver Springs on Monday, gaining firsthand insight into secondary manufacturing and use of low-grade product. Owner Don Remmey provided a tour of the facility, explained the process, and discussed with the class the tribulations of manufacturing products for domestic and international transport. “It was a great opportunity to see potential employment for the students,” said Doebler (who also provided the photos), “and also a way for students to see where the low-grade lumber is utilized here in Pennsylvania.” Remmey manufactures and produces about 2.2 million pallets each year out of its Beaver Springs and Lehighton plants.

Forestry Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
08.22.2018

News Coverage Spotlights Alumni Firefighters

Matthew J. WatersMatthew J. Waters, who graduated from Penn College in May 2016 with an associate degree in forest technology, was among the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources employees dispatched to fight wildfires in western states this summer. The Selinsgrove resident, who spent nearly two weeks on a crew in Tooele, Utah, was featured in a recent front-page article in The (Sunbury) Daily Item. Waters shared the news in an email to Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry, saying, “Just thought this is something cool you can mention to the current students about the different opportunities you have with the Penn College forestry degree.” Another forest technology grad Samuel J. Raisch, ’10, one of two alumni profiled in the college magazine for an Alaskan firefight four years ago, was on a Utah crew, as well. His story was shared via the Williamsport Sun-Gazette; The Daily Item article, provided with permission of the newspaper, is available here: The Daily Item

Alumni Forestry Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
04.26.2018

Penn College Retains National ‘Tree Campus’ Designation

For the third consecutive year, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for effective forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.

The national program was created by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor educational institutions for their commitment to trees and for helping to provide solutions for the global challenges to air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, and energy use.

Penn College earned the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards: maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.

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