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.”
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For the fifth consecutive year, two members of Penn College’s horticulture faculty shared their expertise during Pennsylvania FFA Convention/Activities Week in Centre County. Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor, and instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. judged the Public Speaking-Conversation competition at Penn State on Tuesday and, on Wednesday, Bower (the co-chair of that category) judged the Nursery & Landscape Career Development Event held at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology in Bellefonte. The 86th annual event drew more than 1,400 high school students and chaperones from across Pennsylvania for a busy and varied agriculture-related agenda.
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.
A longstanding alliance that prepares Pennsylvania College of Technology students for careers in a variety of fields will continue with the recent donation of $151,076 from the Caterpillar Foundation and a consortium of regional dealerships.
Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc., Alban CAT, H.O. Penn Machinery Inc. Ransome CAT and Southworth-Milton Inc. donated a total of $93,706 to help students in the college’s diesel technology, heavy construction equipment technology and on-site power generation majors. Matching funds amounting to $58,000 were provided through the Caterpillar Foundation.
Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed Excellence in Teaching Awards upon three faculty members during commencement ceremonies held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.
As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair; Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts; and John G. Upcraft, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.
Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed honors upon three alumni during Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.
Adam J. Yoder, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, received the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award on May 15. Joseph H. and Barbara A. Reynolds, of Williamsport, were presented with the Humanitarian/Citizenship Award during the same ceremony. Michael K. Patterson, of Oval, received a Mentorship Award on May 16.
A forest technology student at Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a scholarship from a fund that memorializes a longtime regional leader in the lumber industry.
Harley R. Heichel, of Wellsboro, received the $1,000 award from the Richard P. Lauchle Forestry Scholarship Fund created by the Keystone Wood Products Association and administered by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The check was presented during the association’s recent annual membership dinner, held at The Watson Inn in Watsontown.
Cheri Heimbach, master falconer and owner of Baywings Falconry in Lewisburg, recently provided an educational discussion and live demonstration of falconry to the Wildlife Management class within the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Management at Penn College. Many birds of prey – including Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Screech Owl, Gyrfalcon, Harris’s Hawk and European Eagle Owl – were on display and discussed in terms of diet, habitat and potential long-term impacts of thoughtful forest management on their populations. Students were actively engaged in demonstrations involving the Harris’s Hawk, which displayed a high level of accuracy and precision while in flight. Students were given ample opportunities to interact with the birds and ask questions during the presentation, held at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. Baywings Falconry provides an educational program for a wide range of audiences from small children to adults. Heimbach also uses the birds for hunting and invites volunteers to accompany her during October and November to experience their amazing skills firsthand.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies
Students earning associate degrees in several majors at Delaware Technical Community College will benefit from recently signed agreements that provide an avenue to a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The agreements provide students from four Delaware Tech majors with a streamlined transition to junior-level standing in bachelor-degree majors, without duplicating courses.
“We are excited about these transfer agreements with Penn College,” said Brent Mitchell, department chair and program adviser at Delaware Tech. “This partnership provides our graduates with more opportunities to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fields that are in-demand.”
A packed house of Penn College students got a motivational push Friday from an unlikely source: a self-described dyslexic with a third-grade reading level who has taught welding to some of highest-ranking engineers in the world. Ryan Eubank, a longtime instructor at Lincoln Electric and Willoughby Career Academy in Ohio, was among the industry professionals to visit on the last day of spring classes. “Show up, shut up and do a great job,” he told the overflowing College Avenue Labs classroom, sending students off to graduation and/or summer employment with a heaping platter of food for thought. “Welding is a tool that can’t be taken away from you. If you keep your eyes open, your ears open wider and your mouth shut … and have a good work ethic … you’ll never, ever not have a job.” Eubank was joined by one of his former students – Jesse Srpan, a master motorcyle builder, owner of Raw Iron Choppers and welding instructor at Lakeland Community College. The two men toured the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center, impressed by the welding labs and the work of the SAE Baja team. “You’re lucky,” Eubank told students. “You get to learn in one of the most amazing schools imaginable. A lot of your names are forgettable, but not the ‘a-ha’ moments that you’ve had with these instructors.” The visit was arranged by one of those faculty members, welding instructor Timothy S. Turnbach, who met Eubank during a training last summer. Turnbach intended for the presentation to invigorate students, to boost an energy level that typically sags at the end of the semester, and the Eubank/Srpan team didn’t disappoint. With the passion of a preacher and the optimism of a winning football coach, Eubank paced and gestured and engaged. And with a naturalness that comes from friendship, Srpan seamlessly interjected his thoughts, dovetailing on issues raised by his one-time mentor. “Someone told me there’s no such thing as giving 110 percent, that there’s 100 percent and that’s it,” Srpan said. “The other 10 percent is in the extra work, the giving back.” His words were echoed by Eubank, who urged students to look past their paychecks to the benefits beyond. “And don’t ever forget where you came from,” he told them. “Pay it forward – whether it’s mentoring, hiring former students, being a friend.” After the two-hour pep talk, the group traveled to the nearby collision repair lab, where students got a close look at the chopper Srpan custom-built for Discovery Channel’s “Biker Live” show.
CAL Doubles as ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ During Pre-Show Tour
Jay Leno, whose flair for comedy is matched by a passion for collectible automobiles, visited Penn College on Sunday prior to his evening performance at the Community Arts Center. Meeting with students, faculty and administrators in College Avenue Labs, Leno toured the automotive restoration and collision repair facilities, and took a quartet of vintage vehicles for a road test: a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D, a 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport and a 1965 Ford Mustang.
Penn College manufacturing engineering technology students Brian J. Pernot and Bryce L. Kuszmaul have spent the past year constructing, impressively from scratch, an intricate battery pack intended for lithium batteries and an electric car. The project – featured in a video added to the college’s YouTube Channel – was exciting and challenging, and serves as a real-world template for the pair. “It’s going to give them a jump on what they’re really going to be doing when they graduate from here and enter the workforce,” said Howard W. Troup, maintenance mechanic/millwright at the college.
Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among 56 nationwide recipients of tool scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.
Receiving $1,000 each to offset the substantial outlay that students invest in the tools that will carry them into their eventual careers are Sam E. Helbling, of Pittsburgh, enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis, and Tyler W. Mosher, of Kintnersville, majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis.
They are among two people chosen from each of 28 Associated Equipment Distributors-affiliated technical colleges for their high cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Fall 2014 semester. Both of the recipients’ associate-degree majors are accredited by AED, making Penn College the only Pennsylvania institution on the association’s roster.
Fresh from a morning rain that perked up the season’s greenery, Way’s Garden in Williamsport got some friendly attention Wednesday from six students of horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. Joining forces with the caretakers of the community park – just northeast of Penn College’s main campus – the landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis majors weeded, raked and planted in recognition of Earth Day. The activity was also part of National Association of Landscape Professionals’ annual Day of Service, in which students have regularly lent a collective helping hand. Participating this year were Andrew M. Basile, of Pottstown; Zachary M. Meling, of Hawley; Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey; Ryan Rousseau, of Pipersville; and Seth J. Wyncoll, of Kempton.
Three Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been inducted into the North American Forest Technician Honorary on the basis of their scholastic achievement.
Forest technology majors Derek S. Labs, of Jersey Shore; Sharon L. Morris, of Liberty; and Mark J. Wiest, of Montgomery, were recognized through the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools, which includes Penn College and 25 other schools with similar programs.