Twelve student leaders at Pennsylvania College of Technology are serving as orientation assistants this summer, helping to prepare first-year enrollees for the start of fall classes.
Named for the relationships they forge with the college’s newest students and their families, the “Links” provide essential peer-to-peer advice on a variety of topics – and energetically ease their guests’ anxiety through the hurdles of transition – during summerlong Connections sessions.
“Our Links are invaluable to the Connections program. Not only do they provide additional support to the Student Activities Office, they also serve as role models by displaying the responsibility and maturity of an upperclass student,” said Kimberly R. Cassel, student activities director. “Their motivation, enthusiasm and dedication keep Connections running smoothly and make the experience an enjoyable one for incoming students and their families.”
Penn College’s five medal-winners are joined by their faculty mentors and two teammates who also competed at SkillsUSA nationals.
Five students from Pennsylvania College of Technology earned first-place medals during the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, held June 22-26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Bringing home the gold – and bringing to 40 the number of top Penn College winners in national competition over the years – were Matthew R. Harman Jr., of Sellersville, Randall J. Haynes, of Julian, and Ian M. Dorman, of Mill Hall, who competed as a team in the Automated Manufacturing Technology category; Kyle T. Potts, of Colver, Technical Drafting; and Bradley L. Hayden, of Milton, Vermont, Welding. Watch PCToday for more on the students’ success. Photo provided
Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, particularly students’ ardent work in returning a vintage Scripps-Booth Model D to roadworthy condition, is featured in an article and video by The Associated Press’ Michael Rubinkam. “Passion is what the hobby desperately needs from young people right now,” he writes. “When Penn College revved up its vintage vehicle restoration major in 2012, it became one of just a handful of degree programs around the country teaching young people how to help refurbish and maintain North America’s fleet of more than 10 million classic cars.”
Employees and students staff check-in tables in Dauphin Hall’s Capitol Eatery.
Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, is among Connections’ invaluable student Links.
Encouraging incoming students and their families to “share their memories,” Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and first year programs, takes a selfie in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium with a Penn College pennant and an Albert Einstein bobblehead.
Connections Links, students ready to assist incoming freshmen, introduce themselves …
… and musically welcome families to the summer’s first orientation session.
More than 360 new students and their guests are attending Penn College’s first Connections orientation program for the Fall 2015 semester, which began Wednesday morning on main campus. The first of six two-day summer sessions, in which employees and student assistants (called Links) break the ice, shatter misconceptions and bust a few dance moves in apprising first-year enrollees to the full Penn College experience. Two one-day sessions will also be offered for adult learners and transfer students.
Pennsylvania College of Technology students representing seven different majors recently proved their mastery of computer aided drafting and design software programs by passing certification exams.
Fifty-two students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam and one student earned Autodesk Inventor Professional certification. SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor are industry-standard 3-D parametric software programs used primarily within the engineering drafting and design profession.
“Two years ago, we completely revised our curriculum to closely align with current industry standards and technology,” said J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “Our enrollment in the engineering design program has substantially increased since these changes were made. This year, we more than doubled the number of students who successfully completed the exams. I am very pleased with the increase in certified users. The certification is an external validation that our curriculum is meeting industry standards.”
From left: Mitchell J. Berninger, a junior in web and interactive media from Williamsport; Emma J. Sutterlin, junior, applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, State College; Morgan J. Tannery, junior, applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, Millersburg; Lauren J. Crouse, senior, applied human services, Turbotville; Kyle D. Bomboy, junior, physician assistant, Unityville; Morgan N. Keyser, junior, graphic design, Cogan Station; Chelsey M. Carnrike, sophomore, nursing, Muncy; Kyani L. Lawrence, sophomore, nursing, New Rochelle, N.Y.; Brittany R. Terpstra, sophomore, web and interactive media, Jim Thorpe; Sarah A. Mongiello, sophomore, business administration: banking and finance concentration, Canadensis; Caitlin R. Dohrmann, junior, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, Williamsport; and Duncan Rodriguez, junior, nursing, Kunkletown.
Links go “all in” to welcome first-year students.
Ready to get connected! Penn College’s Summer 2015 Connections Links are excited to welcome new students to campus during the Connections orientation program starting Wednesday and running through July. Six two-day sessions will give first-year students and their guests a comprehensive overview of campus life and academic expectations, and two one-day sessions will also be offered for adult learners and transfer students.
Bill Rothermel (right), master of ceremonies, gets acquainted with students and faculty – including co-advisers Shaun D. Hack (center) and Roy H. Klinger, second from right.
Bollinger talks with young judges from the Hagerty Education Program (under the guidance of Tabitha Hammer, youth supervisor), who awarded third prize to the Scripps-Booth.
The vehicle is reviewed by the official Elegance judging team.
Vehicle owner Patricia B. Swigart gives a detailed talk to the youth judges about the vehicle, while portraying its significant owner, Eleonora Randolph Sears. Penn College students, in period garb, enjoyed acting as her driver and mechanics.
The crowd enjoys seeing the vintage automobile and watching a bit of 1916-era playacting.
Penn College students’ work on a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D, a one-of-a-kind vehicle that had not been roadworthy for many years, was awarded third-place by a group of young judges at last weekend’s Elegance at Hershey concourse event. Owned by the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon, the car was originally built to the specifications of Eleonora Randolph Sears, the great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson and a popular tennis star of the 1910s. Sears paid $17,500 for the privilege of a vehicle with the elegance, quality and ride of a Rolls-Royce; the smallness of a Model T and the grille of a Mercedes Benz. Four students in the college’s automotive restoration technology major – Ryan J. Bollinger, of Mount Joy; Ian M. Bachleda, of Schaefferstown; Ryan J. Haslett, of Warren; and Eugene J. Toner, of Quakertown – restored the car to driveability. Their painstaking process included electrical diagnosis and repair, a thorough cleaning of the oilpan, inspection of the engine for corrosion, creation of new gaskets and laborious hand-greasing before its ultimately successful road test.
Runners, walkers and trotters – including Melanie A. Scaife, secretary to residence life at Rose Street Commons (in black at center right) – traverse Indian Park.
Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, helps set the pace, finishing 39th overall with a time of 28:37.
Accenting the day’s sunshine with her smile is Watson, a summer conference assistant.
This past weekend’s 13th annual Paws for a Cause, held in Montoursville’s Indian Park to benefit the Lycoming County SPCA, attracted a number of participants and volunteers from Penn College. Timothy J. Mallery, assistant director of residence life and coordinator of housing operations at the college, was race director for the event, which this year added a 1K walk and 5K race. Some owners brought dogs for the run, a safe and scenic course that incorporated the park and the nearby bike path. Winning their divisions were Emily B. Miller, instructor of exercise science, and Brad L. Nason, associate professor of mass communications. Volunteers included college staff members Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation; Michael D. Penwell, coordinator of residence life; and summer interns Megan M. Kasper (Student Activities) and Matthew F. Walsh (Residence Life). Joining them were students LaQuinn N. Thompson, of York, an applied human services major; Amanda A. Dibble, Matamoras, nursing; John R. Bak, Milford, nursing; Lacey M. Watson, Muncy, accounting; and Caleb G. Schirmer, Sugarloaf, applied management (who provided the photos). Sunday’s event also included a Pet Expo, with a number of vendors, activities and refreshments.
A national higher-education blogger, offering parents of college-bound teens a lifeline in the sea of options, has posted two more articles distilled from her late-April visit to Penn College. In one of those postings, Suzanne Shaffer tells of the distinction between career preparation and merely getting a job after graduation. “That’s the key,” she writes. “Students at Penn College don’t just earn a degree; they discover their true passion and learn the skills to pursue it.” Shaffer’s other recent post, “Penn College Has a Vision for Tomorrow’s Students,” details the on-campus summer camps and the college’s “Degrees That Work” television series.
Richard A. Knecht (background), director of Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, watches as students Christopher H. Warney, of Williamsport, and Jamie L. Steer, of South Williamsport, take action.
Shakeem J. Thomas (right), of Brooklyn, N.Y., joins Warney (left) and Corbin P. Snyder, of Harrisburg, in a busy downtown conference room.
With a map of greater Williamsport nearby, Snyder and Christina R. Inman, of Sugar Grove, keep on top of the situation.
Monitoring the ever-changing flow of information are (from left) Steven J. Moon, of Williamsport; Brandon A. Schrimp, of Williamsport; and Cory Crider, of Sicklerville, New Jersey.
Effectively teaming up are Madison H. Januchowski, of Montoursville, and Daniel S. Lewis, of Hamilton Square, New Jersey.
In collaboration with the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, Penn College emergency management technology students recently participated in a disaster exercise at the city’s Emergency Operations Center in response to a tornado impacting the greater Williamsport area. Students role-played as EOC staff members in response to the “disaster” and simulated the coordination that would occur among emergency management; first responders; nongovernmental organizations; businesses; and local, county, and state government agencies.
Myers, Matson-Warner and Mullner (from left) attach the ramp’s trigger mechanism Thursday morning.
Surveying with pride their know-how and craftsmanship, the students are joined by faculty member Troup (second from right).
Matson-Warner demonstrates the starting ramp’s ease of use, sending two cars on a brief parking-lot jaunt. (The maiden run was coincidentally witnessed by school dean David R. Cotner, who readily expressed his pride in the project results.)
When competitors in Saturday’s Williamsport Soap Box Derby are launched down Market Street, precision Penn College handiwork will ensure a consistent start in their dash to the finish. Answering a request from event organizers, four students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies formulated and built the ramp that will send racers on their speedy descent from Brandon Park to Little League Boulevard. “I supervised and answered questions when they had them,” said Howard W. Troup, maintenance mechanic/millwright, “but this was entirely designed and custom-made by students.” After the college (a derby co-sponsor) was provided with official specifications, which mainly asked that the ramp’s release and reset mechanism be handily operated by a seated volunteer, Troup turned the project over to Matthew J. Horner, of Marion, an automated manufacturing technology major who earned an associate degree in automotive technology last year. Working from Horner’s blueprints and making modifications as appropriate, three others – Robert W. Myers, of Montoursville, a manufacturing engineering technology major; Michael B. Mullner, of Kendall, New Jersey, enrolled in machine tool technology; and John I. Matson-Warner, of South Williamsport, who majors in welding and fabrication engineering technology – fashioned a nearly 7-foot-wide aluminum ramp that is as aesthetic as it is functional. More lightweight and portable than its rigid steel predecessor, the ramp includes bubble levels and scissor jacks on both sides to avoid misalignment and to effect a uniform start in the scores of head-to-head races throughout the day. “And we used bronze bushings, so it should last 100 years,” Troup added. (Two winners in the weekend race, a local tradition revived in 2010, will go on to compete at the national level in Akron, Ohio.) Soap Box Derby officials are picking up the ramp on Friday morning, and, with a commendable nod toward quality control and customer service, the students plan to be at the starting line at 6 a.m. Saturday for installation and to make sure that volunteers understand its operation.
They didn’t bring home a trophy, but a contingent of talented Pennsylvania College of Technology manufacturing students returned from an international competition with a winning experience.
Five months of the students’ intensive outside-of-class work culminated at the recent Baja SAE in Mechanicsville, Maryland. The four-day Society of Automotive Engineers event tasked students with designing and building an off-road, single-seat vehicle to complete various performance tests.
In the overall standings, Penn College finished 38th out of 97 teams from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, India, Mexico, South Korea, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates. The college’s best showing was a seventh-place finish in the suspension event.
Pennsylvania College of Technology physician assistant student Filippo D. “Flip” Borsellino, now looking forward to his final two rounds of clinical internships before graduating in August, encountered a doctor, a community – and a tragedy – that have helped to shape his goals as a health care provider.
In September, Borsellino was in the first days of his very first “clinical rotation,” a Family Practice Internship with Dr. Stephen J. Renzi in Troy, when the community was shaken by the death of a 7-year-old boy. The boy had been riding in a cart behind his father’s bicycle when the bike and a pickup truck collided.
Borsellino said that the boy’s family had just moved to Troy from the South, but what he witnessed in the family’s new hometown was inspiring and admirable.
3-D printing is much more than a buzz term at Penn College. The printers are a reality for students, who long have engaged in additive manufacturing in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “They are driving the car instead of just looking at it from a distance in the showroom,” says Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, in a video added to the college’s YouTube Channel. “A number of our students are actually directly hired into a company because they can, in fact, either work in an already set-up environment or set one up themselves.”
For her response to a national contest regarding how participation in a program offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology helped her, a Penn College student was recently selected to receive a Mapworks Scholarship.
The recipient, Dalaney T. Vartenisian, of Trout Run, is a Dean’s List student in the college’s Web and interactive media major and holds a part-time job on campus as a student photographer.
The Mapworks Scholarship is a national contest for first- and second-year college students who have participated in the Mapworks program. Mapworks is an online retention-management tool that helps facilitate student success. It identifies at-risk students early in the academic year and provides tools to coordinate and manage support and necessary interventions for these students. Penn College began using Mapworks in the fall of 2011 for all first-year students.