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Restoration Students Skillfully Leave Mark on Automotive History

Looking much as it did for its 1947 debut, the "Tin Goose" precursor to the Tucker production model awaits its anniversary ride.

Faculty and students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration major are traveling with one of America’s most historically significant vehicles on a “dream come true” journey to the Super Bowl of car shows: the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

The team preserved the 1947 Tucker prototype, nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” which is on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon and archived at the Library of Congress for its importance in automotive lore.

Five automotive restoration technology students who worked on the car are making the trip for the Aug. 26 event: Adam J. Davis, of Doylestown; Conner W. Desforge, of Martinsburg, West Virginia; Joshua E. Marr, of Shickshinny; Tucker C. Watson, of Skowhegan, Maine; and Erik W. Weigle, of Linden. They will be accompanied by Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, and Robert K. Vlacich, assistant professor of automotive service.

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Fanciful Signpost Takes Shape Outside CAL

At Penn College, the end of the road is just the beginning!

No detail is spared in the rustic recreation.

Sunlight plays off the silky flow of water.

Fittingly pointing the way to related instructional space – and cleverly mirroring Penn College’s evolution from yesterday to tomorrow – a pondless water feature outside College Avenue Labs affirms that “everything old is new again.” A broken-down truck forms the centerpiece of the tableau, created by several departments within General Services and completed Wednesday. “The idea of the 1949 Dodge came from seeing some old trucks used as landscape markers with seasonal interest in them: flowers in the spring, mums in the fall, evergreen clippings in the winter,” said Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor. “We wanted to make a landmark that would show where the automotive restoration and collision repair labs are. All we have to do now is tell people to go to the building where the old Dodge truck is located!” A course of 2RC limestone simulates the old road that the vehicle supposedly was traveling as it approached a hill with a load of mountain stone. The engine died … the truck remained … and Mother Nature took possession, evidenced by the tree growing up through the bed. The truck  was purchased from Bill Lee Jr., of Jersey Shore; the aged lettering was done by Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist; and the clear coat (to slow the weathering process) was applied by collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger.

Horticulture Alumnus Testifies Before House Committee

Joseph C. LutherA 2002 graduate of Penn College’s landscape/nursery technology major testified Wednesday morning before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce. Joseph C. Luther, a horticulture and landscape instructor at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, was among 23 invited panelists for a bipartisan Innovation Forum and Showcase. During his three-minute testimony at the hearing, the award-winning educator discussed the hands-on success of his students in community projects and the importance of forming professional relationships with industry partners. In follow-up questioning by U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, whose 5th District includes CPI’s campus in Pleasant Gap, Luther shared a pair of success stories from career and technical education: a student with Down syndrome who has found full-time employment with a Centre County greenhouse and another who, while not enrolled in horticulture, was mentored by Luther into a lucrative welding job on a Marcellus Shale pipeline.

Automotive Instructors Return to Campus for Conference

A veteran of many NACAT conferences, Dale E. Jaenke (left) – soon to retire after 22 years on the college's automotive faculty – talks with council President Patrick Brown-Harrison.

For the third time in its history, Penn College hosted the annual conference of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers. Returning to the 1998 and 2008 site of their organization’s official get-together, more than 200 NACAT members from across the United States and Canada convened for the July 16-19 event. During their stay, participants had their pick among more than 110 informative and topical sessions; a variety of family activities and evening diversions – including a barbecue, Valve Cover Races and a closing banquet – supplemented each day’s instruction.

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Automotive Student Awarded $2,500 ‘Garage Gurus’ Scholarship

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student has received one of a dozen $2,500 tuition scholarships awarded by Federal-Mogul Motorparts through its Garage Gurus technical education network.

Among the 2018-19 beneficiaries is Joseph R. Waldeyer, of Manasquan, New Jersey, enrolled in Penn College’s four-year automotive technology management major.

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Visitors Get Eyeful on Aptly Named ‘Summer Preview Day’

Admissions Counselor Lee A. Dawson provides an overview of life at Penn College during a welcome session in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, shows families around the kitchens where students prepare fine food for Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

Michelle D. Karchik, a student ambassador and physician assistant student from Clarence, leads a group on a tour of campus.

Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor, talks with families about the ins and outs of the college’s automotive technology majors.

Penn College welcomed nearly 100 potential students and their guests Friday for the season’s second Summer Preview Day. The visitors explored instructional labs; enjoyed campus and housing tours; and connected with Admissions, Student Activities, Athletics, Financial Aid and other resources. The final Summer Preview Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

Campers Enjoy the Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer

A summer of refreshing, enlightening exploration

The hunger for knowledge continued for hundreds of young women and men who explored the hands-on world of Penn College’s summer camps mere weeks after their school year ended.

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Recent Graduate to Attend Industry Event as ‘HortScholar’

National “HortScholar” Aaron A. Sledge Jr., a May graduate in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, welcomes Open House visitors to a Penn College greenhouse.

A May graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape/horticulture technology program is one of six 2018 HortScholars invited to a premier industry event in Columbus, Ohio, this summer.

Aaron A. Sledge Jr., who earned an associate degree in the major’s plant production emphasis, will attend AmericanHort’s “Cultivate 18” event at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from July 14-17.

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Faculty Member Again Volunteers at FFA Convention

Carl J. Bower Jr.For the seventh time in eight years, horticulture faculty member Carl J. Bower Jr. lent his services during the Pennsylvania FFA Convention and Activities Week. The event, held June 12-14 at Penn State’s University Park campus, attracted high school students from across the commonwealth. Carl J. Bower Jr., an assistant professor in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, judged the Prepared (Conservation) Public Speaking competition and co-chaired the Nursery & Landscape Career Development Event. Pennsylvania FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Former Penn College Dean Granted Emeritus Status

Colin W. Williamson

Colin W. Williamson, who served in administrative roles for 27 years at Pennsylvania College of Technology – including the final 15 as dean of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies – has been granted Dean Emeritus status at the institution.

The Penn College Board of Directors approved the designation for Williamson at its June 14 meeting.

Williamson began his Penn College employment in 1987 as an assistant division director in natural resources management and transportation technology. He retired as dean of transportation and natural resources technologies in December 2014.

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Penn College’s Industry Ties Exemplified in Board Appointments

Brett A. Reasner

The dean of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies has been appointed to the board of directors of the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation.

Brett A. Reasner, dean since the Spring 2015 semester, is serving a three-year term with the foundation board, which addresses professional education and workforce development in the industry – including accreditation of postsecondary construction equipment technology programs.

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Lycoming Engines’ Donation Spotlighted in WNEP Broadcast

WNEP visits AVCNewswatch 16’s Nikki Krize visited the Lumley Aviation Center on Tuesday afternoon for a story about Lycoming Engines’ recent donation of 15 aircraft engines to benefit Penn College aviation students. Krize interviewed Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Christopher M. Gayman, Lycoming’s supervisor of product support (who holds two degrees from the college). The segment, filmed in the Montoursville campus’s hangar, premiered during Tuesday’s 5 p.m. newscast.

Gift From Lycoming Engines Boosts College’s Aviation Instruction

From left, acknowledging a Lycoming Engines gift of 15 aircraft engines to Penn College are Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement. Representing Lycoming Engines are Gregg Shimp, vice president of integrated operations, and Christopher Gayman, supervisor of product support (and a Penn College alumnus).

Longtime Pennsylvania College of Technology partner Lycoming Engines has donated 15 aircraft engines to be used for instructional purposes in the college’s aviation majors.

The donation, valued at $317,500, will benefit students enrolled in the aviation maintenance technology bachelor’s degree, the aviation technology associate degree and the aviation maintenance certificate major.

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Restored Mustang Again Showcased by AACA Museum in Hershey

AACA Museum highlights students' handiwork

A carefully refurbished 1965 Ford Mustang, the genesis of Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, is back on display at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey. “We support the future of the automotive restoration industry and we are pleased to include this exhibit,” museum officials noted in a newsletter announcement. “The Mustang featured in this exhibit was restored by Penn College students as part of our ongoing collaborative partnership.” The award-winning work by students, performed during the 2009-10 school year, directly led to a popular associate-degree program through which the technicians of tomorrow research and restore the priceless vehicles of yesteryear. The exhibit is sponsored by the Members 1st Federal Credit Union.

Penn College’s Baja Team Proves to be ‘Dynamic’

Members of Penn College’s Baja SAE team mark another successful showing at the recent competition in Pittsburg, Kansas. Front row (left to right): John G. Upcraft, faculty adviser; Trevor M. Clouser, of Millmont; Daniel M. Gerard, of Doylestown; and Mark A. Turek, of Red Lion. Back row: Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, of Orangeville; Christopher M. Schweikert, of Jamison; Matthew J. Nyman, of Lock Haven; Joshua J. Cover, of Selinsgrove; Mathias Decker, of Farmington; Travis J. Scholtz, of New Kensington; Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia; and Logan B. Goodhart, of Chambersburg.

Mother Nature hampered the quest of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team, but she couldn’t prevent a dynamic performance by the students at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers international competition in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Penn College posted a school-best three top-10 finishes in dynamic events, besting the likes of Ohio State, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oklahoma and Clemson in the process.

“I’m very proud of how both the students and car performed,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and the team’s adviser since its inception in 2005. “The results validate the hard work and countless hours the students dedicated to designing, manufacturing and testing the car.”

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