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Penn College’s Electrical Students Benefit From Equipment Donation

Phoenix Contact, with U.S. headquarters in Middletown, delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to Penn College recently to benefit students in four majors. From left are Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; Jon W. Hart, instructor of electrical technologies and co-department head of Electrical Technologies and Occupations; David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies; Eric Johnson, industrial sales engineer for Phoenix Contact; and Patrick Marty, vice president for college relations.

Students in four majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation by a prominent electrical engineering and automation company.

Phoenix Contact delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to be integrated into the college’s soon-to-be renovated PLC labs. Beginning in the fall semester, more than 60 students per academic year will use the components in the hands-on portion of several classes.

Those students will be seeking associate degrees in electrical technology, electromechanical maintenance technology, mechatronics engineering technology and on-site power generation.

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Mentorship Award Presented at Penn College Commencement

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented the Mentorship Award to alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne at the college’s Fall 2017 commencement ceremony Dec. 16.

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented a Mentorship Award to alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne, owner and operator of ThorneCare Landscape Solutions LLC, in Sugarloaf.

The award was bestowed upon Thorne by Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour during the Fall 2017 commencement ceremony, held Dec. 16 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

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Penn College to Again Make Impression on Farm Show Attendees

Students in Penn College’s hospitality majors join their instructor, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, on the Culinary Connection stage at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last January.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors will soon flock to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center to celebrate the commonwealth’s leading industry, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees will be on hand for an interactive peek into the real-world applications of “degrees that work.”

“A beloved tradition of Penn College, the Pennsylvania Farm Show continues to be the highlight of the new year. During the weeklong festivities, members of Admissions, Alumni Relations and Academic Affairs bring Penn College to Harrisburg and showcase all of the amazing opportunities that await students on campus,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through our interactive and hands-on activities, we hope that friends of the college will come to learn what makes applied technology education so special.”

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Textbook Chapters Authored by Associate Professor of Aviation

Thomas D. Inman

An associate professor of aviation at Pennsylvania College of Technology has contributed to an avionics textbook.

Thomas D. Inman wrote two of the seven chapters for the Avotek Information Resources-published “Avionics: Instruments and Auxiliary Systems”: Chapter 3, covering Air Traffic Surveillance and Warning, and Chapter 4, focused on Weather and Terrain Awareness Avoidance.

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Thirteen Students Selected for Penn College NOW Scholarships

Penn College presented scholarships to 13 first-year students who took Penn College NOW courses. From left are Tavor T. Wadsworth, of Williamsport; Vincent R. Keene, of Downingtown; Kayley E. Johnson, of Bloomsburg; Monica A. McCarty, Penn College’s dual enrollment specialist; Michael L. Gardner, of Williamsport; Warren E. Knipe, of Liberty; and Tanya Berfield, the college’s manager of college transitions. Additional recipients not in the photo are: Cheyenne N. Greene, of Jersey Shore; Deontae Z. Johnson, of Selinsgrove; Kylee E. Kelley, of Lock Haven; Tyler W. Miller, of Montgomery; Luke B. Walter, of Millmont; Brittany M. Weiskopff, of Blossburg; Clayton T. Welch, of Benton; and Jeremy M. Wolfgang, of Allenwood.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently recognized 13 first-year students who received Penn College NOW scholarships.

The recipients completed Penn College courses during high school as part of the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The group was honored during an Oct. 27 reception.

To be eligible, students must have successfully completed at least one Penn College NOW course, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Penn College NOW classes, enroll in Penn College as a full-time freshman student for the fall semester after high school graduation, and maintain a 2.5 GPA at Penn College as an enrolled student.

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Aviation Instructor Aims High With Hobby

Michael R. Robison, an aviation instructor at Penn College, also happens to be a competitive glider pilot. Robison is a member of the U.S. Soaring Team and will compete for the third time at the World Championships in the Czech Republic this summer. The faculty member’s hobby, which grew from the model airplanes of his youth, mirrors the excitement he feels for his day job at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. “The facilities are fantastic. I’m amazed at the different opportunities and equipment,” he says in a new YouTube post produced by writer/video editor Tom Speicher. “It’s neat to see the students make connections and start to have a passion grow for the thing that I’m pretty passionate about.” Watch for much more about Robison in an upcoming issue of Penn College Magazine.

Creativity Reigns in Scholars-and-Scents Display

'Tis the season for yuletide greenery, beautifully incorporated by Rachel L. Hill, of Centre Hall, enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis.

Applied management student Brittany L. Mink, of Allentown, who earned a baking and pastry arts degree in 2016, designed this delicate entry in the Wedding Composite category.

Andrea L. Solenberger, of Harrisburg, pursuing a degree in applied management, honored her baking and pastry arts degree with delicious detail.

The black, gold and green of Jamaica's flag is recreated by Jessica T. Haynes, a culinary arts and systems student.

Another baking and pastry arts alum enrolled in applied management – Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading –  stacked "cupcakes" that are too pretty to eat!

End-of-year projects in The Art of Floral Design, an elective taught by alumna/business owner Karen R. Ruhl, form a striking array just inside the Madigan Library entrance. The class (HRT 260) is open to all students, regardless of academic major or experience level, and each final piece is chosen in conjunction with the instructor to ensure that it is “neither too simple nor too complicated to complete in the given time period.” The designs are created using the accumulated fundamental skills learned during the semester, and students choose the container, flowers and foliage required to implement them, as well as meet all the requisite elements and principles. The projects will be on display through Tuesday.

Popular Poinsettia Sale Underway at ESC

Limited assortment of poinsettias available at ESC

Greenhouse filled with seasonal color

The annual poinsettia sale continues at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, where the opening week’s brisk sales haven’t depleted the inventory (although some colors are limited). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and purchases are on a first-come, first-served basis. All transactions are “cash and carry,” and there will be no early sales or holds. (The greenhouse is closed Saturday and Sunday.)
Photos by Jeanie L. Krape, secretary, School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

A ‘Touch’ of Class

A variety of materials await exploration by Head Start children.

Students in the plant production and landscape emphases of the college's horticulture major collaborate on a project tailored for younger hands.

Kahn (left), who envisioned the mosaic, works with Goldsmith to breathe life into the design ...

... which has beautifully taken shape in the final array.

Penn College’s Horticulture Club has created a sensory path for STEP Inc.’s Early Head Start program on Four Mile Drive in Williamsport. The path comprises several squares with materials to engage the senses of those who touch them. The path features nine distinct textures: a stone mosaic, composite decking, bricks, flagstone, logs, artificial turf, smooth granite, mountain stone with sedums, and ajuga. Club members used PVC pipe to separate the sections so that the children can add paint to it. From left in the group photo are landscape/horticulture technology majors Katherine L. Kahn, Williamsport; Breann R. Goldsmith and daughter, Liberty; Michael D. Ludwig, Glenside; Benjamin A. Mowrer, Manheim; Quinn R. Loudy, Middleburg; Laura J. La Grave, Lewisburg; Griffin T. Fulton, Mertztown; Bryce P. Thompson, Enola; Mark C. Ludwig, Glenside; and Kyle J. Schatz, St. Marys. (Also helping, but not pictured, were Adriana S. Lee, Williamsport; Kendall A. Wanner, Denver; Jacob R. Courtley, Ardara; and Janelle G. Kramer, Minersville.)
Photos by Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture

Horticulture Students Network at Green Industry Showcase

Attending GIE+EXPO in Louisville are (from left) Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture; Joseph A. Kern, Mechanicsburg; Kyle J. Schatz, St. Marys; Kendall A. Wanner, Denver; Benjamin A. Mowrer, Manheim; Jacob R. Courtley, Ardara; William X. DeMarco, Glen Mills; 2013 alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne; Trevor C. Gagliano, Hughesville; Bryce P. Thompson, Enola; and Griffin T. Fulton, Mertztown, an NALP student ambassador.

It's batter up – 120 feet up, in fact – at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum, fronted by a scale replica of Babe Ruth's 34-inch power-hitter.

A contingent of Penn College landscape/horticulture technology students and a faculty member recently joined hundreds of industry leaders and up-and-comers for The Green Industry & Equipment Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. A premier networking and educational conference for entrepreneurs and professionals in the landscaping and green industry, GIE+EXPO featured a trade show and 20-acre outdoor demonstration area, along with educational opportunities through Hardscape North America and the National Association of Landscape Professionals. In addition to the eight students accompanying Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, Griffin T. Fulton, of Mertztown, attended as one of 10 NALP student ambassadors. Chosen from across the country, the ambassadors help run the event, work the registration table, introduce speakers and are heavily involved with the many networking opportunities at the show. “My time at the Green Industry Expo as a student ambassador exceeded my expectations farther that I would have ever imagined. Being able to work through (NALP) was key for networking and being able to establish relationships with big names within the industry that will last a lifetime,” Fulton said. “Throughout my three days at the trade show, I also was able to connect with students in the industry, as well as throughout the country. The education and friendships I established at GIE+EXPO will last a lifetime, and I look forward to going back next year!” The group also visited the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum while there.
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Student Makes National Connections at Four-Day Conference

Katherine L. "Katie" Kahn, shown during a community-service project in Williamsport ...

... got backstage tours of large-scale nursery operations ...

... with attending an eye-opening October conference in Michigan.

Katherine L. “Katie” Kahn, a landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis major from Williamsport, received a scholarship through the International Plant Propagators Society to attend its 2017 Eastern Regional Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, last month. The four-day conference consisted of behind-the-scenes tours of some of the biggest nurseries and botanical gardens in the region – including Rosebay Nursery, Midwest Groundcovers, Blue Horizon Nursery, Frederik Mijers Gardens, Spring Meadows Nursery, Hortech and Walters Gardens – as well as informational/educational sessions and a live auction of unique plants. “Going to the IPPS conference was an incredible experience. I can’t even begin to explain how much I learned while attending these sessions,” she said. “Most were taught by college professors or professionals in the field doing research. We also were introduced to new varieties of plants hardy in our zone. I met a ton of amazing people who opened my mind to the world of production. Going to an IPPS conference as a student means getting job offers. I made an abundance of new connections from all over the country.”
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Mobile Attention-Getter Pays Tribute to Law Enforcement’s Past

Officer Charles E. O'Brien Jr. sits in his restored 1929 Ford Model A coupe outside Penn College Police headquarters.

Ever on the lookout to boost the rapport between police and the public, a Pennsylvania College of Technology patrolman has found the perfect vehicle for community outreach.

In a project that combined hobby and history, restoration and research, Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O’Brien Jr. recently turned a 1929 Ford Model A coupe into a traffic-stopping icebreaker.

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In the Heavy Equipment World, Operators Aren’t Just Standing By

As an addition to Penn College’s YouTube channel attests, students in the heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis major move more than dirt. They move confidently and capably toward a certain future, thanks to the institution’s comprehensive blend of lecture and practice. After obtaining a solid theoretical base, the students – personified in the video by Richard J. Ward, of Clearfield, and Makenzie E. Witmer, of Bellefonte – develop their skills at a 125-acre work site featuring more than 45 machines. “We’ve had the theories, we’ve had the site courses, we’ve had all the knowledge of industry and operations up ’til that point,” says Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology. “Now, they’re getting that opportunity to apply it.” The hands-on nature of the associate degree makes graduates prime candidates for enriching workforce opportunities, as evidenced by the scores of employers at the college’s twice-yearly career fairs.

Area Real Estate Firm Donates Vehicle to Penn College

Brent M. Fish (center), president of Fish Real Estate, delivers a box truck to Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations at Penn College, and Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement.

Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from the gift of a Ford box truck from Fish Real Estate and its president, Brent M. Fish.

The Ford E-350 Super Duty box truck will be used by the college’s General Services department primarily, but will also be available to other offices and academic schools, including the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. The gift also includes funds for a variety of parts associated with the vehicle.

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A Sun-day in Name Only … but, Oh, What a Day!

Pottstown residents Tom, Kim and Jason Francis pause during their soggy stroll for a portrait in campus exploration.

Umbrellas were the most coveted accessory, but nowhere near as essential as the information that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall Open House carried home. Held across the institution’s awe-inspiring campuses, the autumn tradition delivered tours, priceless exchanges with helpful members of the campus community, valuable exposure to student life with those who live it and close-up views of the newest majors at a 103-year-old institution that never shows its age.

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