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Summer SMART Girls Spend Days in Nature’s Thrall, Campus Labs

Girls gather for a group photo amid ESC's beautiful surroundings Participants are schooled by Ryan W. Peck, lab assistant for diesel equipment technology (in hard hat) and Andrew B. Weaver, a heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis major from Wellsboro A 'SMART Girl' takes control Dwarfed by heavy equipment, a camper takes a breather Justin Shelinski, lab assistant for horticulture, demonstrates landscaping software in an ESC lab Rising ninth- and 10th-grade students attending this week’s SMART Girls residential activities at Penn College visited the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood on Wednesday, learning about ornamental horticulture majors in the morning and spending the afternoon at the heavy construction equipment training site. In its ninth year, the college’s SMART Girls program offers a variety of hands-on activities to show the real-life value of math and science in the career world.Photos by Melissa M. Stocum, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Natural Resources Management Students learn from Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor in the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies SMART Girls discover product design by computer Back on the college’s main campus in Williamsport, the resident SMART Girls took part in several days of fun and instructive activities in other curricular areas, including information technology, automated manufacturing and radiography. At left, Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of drafting/computer aided design, helps her teenage audience use software to fashion a dog toy.Photos by Jessica L. Tobias, student photographer

July 16, 2009
General Information Heavy Equipment

Pair of Heavy-Equipment Majors Reaccredited by Industry Group

Two of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s heavy construction equipment technology associate-degree majors those emphasizing Caterpillar equipment and technician skills have been reaccredited for five years by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation.

“Your reaccreditation signifies to the construction equipment industry that your program has achieved a level of excellence based on rigorous equipment-specific national technical standards,” the AED Foundation said in a letter. There are only about 20 AED-certified programs in the country; Penn College is the sole Pennsylvania institution on the accredited list.

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June 11, 2009
Diesel & Power Generation Heavy Equipment Students

Penn College Students Awarded Construction-Industry Scholarships

Three students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Natural Resources Management two in heavy construction equipment technology and one in diesel technology each were awarded $1,000 scholarships in the latest workforce-development initiative of

Designed to encourage teenagers to pursue construction-industry careers, the Web site provides students, teachers, counselors and parents with information about benefits of construction careers, as well as access to educational options and local industry resources.

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June 4, 2009
Alumni Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management Diesel & Power Generation Heavy Equipment Marcellus Shale Technology Management

Penn College Alumni Among Local Pioneers in Gas Exploration

Amanda M. Kennedy, a midstream operator at Chief Oil %26 Gas' compression station, on location in eastern Lycoming County.Two Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates are in the midst of storybook lives, if you consider that the “story” is one of the biggest to hit Pennsylvania in the 150 years since Edwin Drake struck oil at Titusville: development of the Marcellus Shale, a geological swath that runs beneath a half-dozen states and could hold enough natural gas to slake a nation thirsty for a homegrown energy supply.

Amanda M. Kennedy and George P. “Pat” Moriarity are employed by an Appalachian arm of Chief Oil & Gas, a Texas-based company that is among those exploring the potentially profitable underground formation. Chief has leased more than 500,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale play, opening a local field office and drilling its first Lycoming County well in August 2007.

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May 28, 2009
Diesel & Power Generation General Information Heavy Equipment

H.O. Penn Honored for 10-Year Partnership With Penn College

Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management at Pennsylvania College at Technology, left, joins H.O. Penn Machinery Inc. representatives James Lloyd, technical service and training manager, and Dawn Bernitt-Perito, corporate recruiter, in observing the Caterpillar dealership%E2%80%99s 10-year partnership with the college.A regional Caterpillar dealer has been honored by Pennsylvania College of Technology for its 10-year commitment to students and faculty in the School of Natural Resources Management.

During a recent advisory meeting of dealers at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center, Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management, presented representatives of H.O. Penn Machinery Inc. with a plaque honoring “10 years of participation in the Caterpillar Excellence Fund Grant to provide student sponsorships, instructional materials, technical equipment, curriculum development and faculty development funds in support of the Diesel Equipment Technology programs.”

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March 25, 2009
Diesel & Power Generation General Information Heavy Equipment

Students Again Beneficiaries of Caterpillar, Area Dealerships

Front row, from left%3A Randy Fetterolf, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc.%3B Ronald Garber, Ransome CAT%3B James Lloyd, H.O. Penn Machinery Co.%3B Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour%3B and Mary Sullivan, the college's dean of natural resources management. Back row, from left%3A Ron Moser, Ransome CAT%3B Mark Wilkinson, Caterpillar Inc.%3B Gary Shields and Karl Quinn, Alban Tractor Co. Inc.%3B and Brett Reasner, assistant dean of natural resources management.The Caterpillar Foundation and a network of regional dealerships have combined for a $143,500 donation to Pennsylvania College of Technology, which exclusive of equipment and technical support brings to more than $1.6 million the total contribution since the Fall 1994 semester.

“Caterpillar Inc. continues to generously contribute to our students’ education through scholarships, sponsorships and donations,” said Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management. “The dealers and the CAT Foundation allow us to continue to do what we do best: provide high-quality technical education to the heavy-equipment technicians of tomorrow. We couldn’t ask for a better partnership!”

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January 12, 2009
Civil Engineering & Surveying Heavy Equipment Students

Student Operators Demonstrate Heavy Equipment for Engineering Class

Crosscurricular cooperation at heavy-equipment training site ESC students demonstrate equipment for civil engineering majors Heavy construction equipment: operator emphasismajors from Budd L. Greevy’s Heavy Equipment Operations class recently put on a demonstration for civil engineering technology students in Robert P. Gresko’s site-preparation course. (Greevy, who provided the photos, is an instructor of diesel equipment technology in Penn College’s School of Natural Resources Management; Gresko is an instructor of construction technology in the School of Construction and Design Technologies.) The operations students members of the Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Association explained the different genres of heavy construction equipment and the tasks they perform on a job site, as well as some application and efficiency factors for each type of machine. They also did demonstrations to explain why some trends have changed in recent years. One such example is the use of a hydraulic excavator, which has replaced the track loader for loading trucks and digging foundations.

November 18, 2008
Diesel & Power Generation Events Heavy Equipment

Heavy Equipment Rodeo Results Announced

Manuevering pipes Mechanical 'fingers' lift an egg Playing 'hoops' via skid steer Penn College students placed second in the annual Heavy Equipment Rodeo held at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center during the college’s Oct. 26 Open House. The team from Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology took first place; Cayuga-Onondaga (N.Y.) Board of Cooperative Education Services finished third. A total of 59 students competed in five events at the Allenwood campus. Shea O. Reiley, of Williamsport, majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis at Penn College, took home $100 as first-place winner in the Egg Drop event sponsored by Double A Stables. CPI’s Clayton Weight won a $1,500 Penn College scholarship as the High Overall Operator and $100 in the Softball event sponsored by Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. Michael Hearn, also from CPI, won $100 each in American Infrastructure’s Pipe Pick event and in the Wayne Township Landfill’s Soccer Ball event. He also won the Skid Steer competition. Judges included representatives from Hawbaker, the Wayne Township and Lycoming County landfills, Steinbacher Enterprises Inc., Cleveland Brothers, and 5 Star John Deere. Organizers included Budd L. Greevy, Christopher S. Weaver and Matthew E. Bell, instructors of diesel equipment technology; and Ryan W. Peck, lab assistant for diesel equipment technology. Greevy and Weaver also are advisers for the Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Association, of which Reiley is president.

November 14, 2008
Diesel & Power Generation Heavy Equipment Students

Caterpillar Dealer Representatives Visit Student-Success Class

Pennsylvania College of Technology students hear from Karl Quinn, of Alban Tractor Co. Inc. (in blue shirt) and Randy Fetterolf from Cleveland Brothers during an informal session of the Student Success Program.Nineteen studentsat Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center got valuable, face-to-face advice from two Caterpillar dealer representatives duringTuesday’s session of the School of Natural Resources Management’s proven Student Success Program.

During the informal presentation, Karl Quinn representing Alban Tractor Co. Inc. and Randy Fetterolf from Cleveland Brothers shared their perspectives with students in a session addressing “Job-Keeping Skills and Business Etiquette.”

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October 29, 2008
Diesel & Power Generation General Information Heavy Equipment Landscape/Horticulture Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Japanese Visitors Tour Earth Science Center

Japanese students tour ESC Smiling across the cultures On Thursday, a group of students from Tsuyama National Technical College in Tsuyama, Japan, toured Penn College’s School of Natural Resources Management. The tour was part of a weeklong student exchange program organized by Penn College’s International Programs Office and physics instructor Joseph E. LeBlanc. Joined by Eric Rambo, their English teacher in Tsuyama, the students particularly were impressed with the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s four greenhouses with 15,000 square feet of growing area and five-acre plant arboretum, and also enjoyed touring the diesel and heavy equipment technology labs. ( Photos by Melissa M. Stocum, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management)

October 24, 2008
Events Heavy Equipment

ESC Hosts Volvo Competition; Students Again Benefit From Industry Tie

A competitor works on a compact excavator A three-member team of technicians troubleshoots 'bugs' in an L110F wheel loader Penn College students enjoy access to loaned Volvo equipment Industry connection benefits students From Oct. 6-9, Volvo held its Northeast Master Cup Technician Competition at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Twenty-one technicians in teams of three represented area Volvo dealers from Rudd, Penn Jersey and Highway Equipment. According to David R. Loveland, training manager for Volvo Construction Equipment North America Inc. and a member of the college’s Heavy Construction Equipment Technology/Technician Advisory Committee, the competition involved troubleshooting practical faults in five pieces of Volvo heavy construction equipment. The winning team from Rudd will represent the Northeast in the North American finals in Asheville, N.C., with the possibility of competing in the World Cup in Sweden. Highway Equipment generously loaned the equipment used during the competition (a wheel loader, articulated hauler, crawler excavator, motor grader and compact excavator) to the ESC for a few days of use by students in the School of Natural Resources Management. ( Student photos by Melissa M. Stocum, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management)

October 14, 2008
Civil Engineering & Surveying General Information Heavy Equipment Scholarships

Liberty Excavators Establishes Scholarship Fund at Penn College

Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations, Pennsylvania College of Technology%3B accepts a scholarship check from Rick Evans, president, Liberty Excavators Inc.%3B joined by Karen Hawkins, human resources, Liberty Excavators%3B and Lester Gouffer, the corporation's vice president.A Camp Hill firm has established an endowed scholarship fund targeting students in the heavy construction equipment technology, surveying technology and civil engineering technology majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Liberty Excavators Inc. recently presented a check for $25,000 to fully endow the Liberty Excavators Inc. Fund at Penn College. The college will begin making awards from the scholarship fund for the Spring 2009 semester.

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September 30, 2008
Events Heavy Equipment

Popular ‘Rodeo’ Moving to Fall Open House

Exhibiting finesse Easy does it A delicate balance The Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Association will hold a precision Heavy Construction Equipment Rodeo during Penn College’s Fall 2008 Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Second-year students from the heavy construction equipment technology major (both operator and technician emphases) will compete against secondary heavy equipment students from schools in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Approximately 125 competitors are expected, vying for first-, second- and third-place trophies,as well asteam honors. The students will use skills they have learned in their curricula to compete in several events operating various pieces of heavy equipment, such as a backhoe, excavator, wheel loader and skid steer donated by various equipment dealers. (Volvo, Caterpillar, John Deere, Case and Bobcat equipment will be on site.) The S&O group has hosted the rodeo since 1983, usually during Spring Open House. Open to the public at the Earth Science Center located along Route 15, about 10 miles south of the college’s main campus this marks the first timethe exciting eventwill be held during fall.

September 2, 2008
Alumni Construction Management Corporate Relations Heavy Equipment

College Presents Mentorship Awards

From left, Pennsylvania College of Technology Mentorship Award honorees Karl Quinn, of Alban Tractor Co. Inc.%3B and David A. Potts, of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented Mentorship Awards to two Baltimore-based companies and their representatives: Karl Quinn/Alban Tractor Co. Inc. and David A. Potts/ The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

The Mentorship Award recognizes alumni and/or businesses that have made significant or ongoing contributions to the education and development of Penn College students. The awards were presented duringSaturday’s Summer Commencement ceremony at the Community Arts Center.

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August 9, 2008