News about Automotive

Army Commissions Two Penn College ROTC Graduates

Two Spring 2018 Penn College graduates were among the Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC cadets recently commissioned as second lieutenants. Christopher T. Craig II (left), of Rixford, earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management, and Dane M. Boltz (right), of Williamsport, earned a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology. Joining them – and administering the oath of office to the new lieutenants – was Maj. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science at Lock Haven University, the host institution for Bald Eagle Battalion.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates were among the Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC cadets recently commissioned as second lieutenants.

Christopher T. Craig II, of Rixford, who earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management, and Dane M. Boltz, of Williamsport, recipient of a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, were commissioned during a ceremony at Lock Haven University, the host institution for the Bald Eagle Battalion.

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Penn College Baja Team Pumped for Kansas Competition

Members of the Penn College Baja SAE team take a well-earned break during their April competition in Maryland. Standing from left are: Myron D. Milliken, Lewistown; Matthew J. Nyman, Lock Haven; Todd R. Mercer, Williamsport; Dylan A. Bianco, State College; Christopher M. Schweikert, Jamison; Mathias Decker, Farmington; Shujaa AlQahtani, Saudi Arabia; Trevor M. Clouser, Millmont; Daniel M. Gerard, Doylestown; Joshua J. Cover, Selinsgrove; adviser John G. Upcraft; and Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, Orangeville. Sitting on the car from left are: Logan B. Goodhart, Chambersburg; Johnathan T. Capps, North Wales; and Mark A. Turek, Red Lion. Sitting on the ground is alumnus Zach Mazur, who started the college’s Baja SAE team in 2005.

During the past few years, the Pennsylvania College of Technology Baja SAE team has been among the world’s best. Now, the dedicated students want to be the best.

Penn College can obtain that lofty ranking when it competes against 99 other schools in the next Society of Automotive Engineers event, scheduled for May 17-20 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

“Our goal is to win the endurance race,” said Logan B. Goodhart, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Chambersburg, who serves as team captain. “Our car has a lot of potential. We just have to play things smart and have a little luck.”

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Spring Car Show Pays Tribute, Renews Tradition

PCMA members display their Autocross Pontiac Fiero.

Inventive student-made trophies include an award in memory of Larry B. Leavitt, who died in January after 20 years as an automotive faculty member.

Members of the college's Diesel Performance Club offer up a work-in-progress: a 1959 Mack B model with triple turbochargers.

Loren R. Bruckhart, collision repair instructor and department head, with his Dodge Charger

A student-entered "Rat Rod"

The sun shone on Saturday’s Spring Car Show, sponsored by the Penn College Motorsports Association and Penn College Classic Cruisers. Proceeds from the third annual event, held on the Carl Building Technologies Center parking lot, benefited both clubs and the American Cancer Society.
Photos by Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Andrew J. Bucher Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Andrew J. Bucher

Andrew J. Bucher, scheduled to graduate in May with an associate degree in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis, has been selected as the March “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Considered by his nominator as a high-quality candidate for the honor due to his dedication, involvement and impact on the Penn College campus and community, the Manheim resident “has always been passionate about getting involved on campus and being a role model for his peers.”

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Local College Students Earn ROTC Scholarships, Contracts

Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC held a contracting ceremony April 3 at Penn College. From left are: Master Sgt. Steven Kowatch, senior military science instructor, Lock Haven University; Cadet Austin S. Weinrich, Jenkintown; Cadet Kaitlyn Barmore, Succasunna, N.J.; Cadet Casey A. Curtin, Berwick; Cadet Hayden N. Beiter, Williamsport; Cadet Jordan H. Murray, Chambersburg; Cadet Samuel D. Pollock, Wrightsville; Cadet Christopher T. Craig II, Rixford; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Maj. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science, Lock Haven University. Beiter, Craig, Curtin, Murray and Weinrich are Penn College students. Barmore and Pollock are students at Lycoming College.

Five Army ROTC cadets from Pennsylvania College of Technology and two from Lycoming College have been rewarded with scholarships and commissioning contracts for their dedication and perseverance.

Penn College scholarship recipients are residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration majors Hayden N. Beiter, of Williamsport, Jordan H. Murray, of Chambersburg, and Austin S. Weinrich, of Jenkintown; and plastics and polymer technology major Casey A. Curtin, of Berwick.

Christopher T. Craig II, an automotive technology management major from Rixford, earned a commissioning contract.

The scholarships cover all college expenses and provide a monthly stipend. The contracts include a stipend and funding for a portion of college costs. The scholarships and contracts both lead to a cadet’s commissioning as a second lieutenant upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree.

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Students Travel Across Curricular Boundaries in Vintage Vehicle

A 1908 Studebaker is surrounded by Penn College students and faculty instrumental in its functional fine-tuning for a prestigious show in Amelia Island, Fla. From left are Keith H. English, instructor of machine tool technology and automated manufacturing; student Alex M. Koser, of Mount Joy; Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant automotive professor; student Andrew B. Moyer, of Hughesville; Roy H. Klinger, automotive restoration instructor; students Benjamin T. Steimling, of Danville, Kevin S. Kyle, of Hatboro, and Michael R. Krukowski, of Fairfax Station, Va.; Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology and automated manufacturing; and student Luke C. Miller, of Grasonville, Md. Steimling is an engineering design technology major; the other students are all enrolled in automotive restoration technology.

An interdisciplinary collaboration at Pennsylvania College of Technology applied three-dimensional printing to a singular piece of American history, readying an electric 1908 Studebaker for display at a prestigious international automobile show in Florida.

Students and faculty in additive manufacturing and automotive restoration classes, based in separate academic schools but housed under the same College Avenue Labs roof, joined forces in prepping the vehicle for transport to the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance from March 9-11.

While the college has made its presence known at a number of high-profile venues, this is its first trip to Amelia Island – considered one of the year’s most significant automobile shows.

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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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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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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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Subterranean Senatorial History Surfaces in Automotive Lab

Retired from legislative duty in 1912, when a faster monorail system ferried Washington, D.C., VIPs through a 760-foot tunnel, the 1908 Studebaker averaged 225 trips a day at the height of its civil service.

Students (joined at right by Klinger, instructor of collision repair) equip the handsome cherry-bodied vehicle with batteries which, but for increased storage capacity, are largely unchanged from the turn of the 20th century.

Because the car moved backward and forward along its "subway" route, the driver would switch seats to face the direction of travel.

While students donned gloves to work on the vehicle, a similar protective covering was placed on the vehicle's original Firestone tires.

Van Stavoren, an assistant automotive professor, works with restoration students Alex M. Koser (left), of Mount Joy, and Nicholas C. Howland, of Woodbridge, Va.

An electric 1908 Studebaker, one of two original vehicles built to shuttle passengers underground from the Old Senate Building to the U.S. Capitol (including such literal heavyweights as President William Howard Taft) is being prepared by students for a prestigious weekend event. The vehicles were nicknamed “Peg” and “Tommy” during their heyday; the former is on display at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana, and the latter is on loan to Penn College from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon. Patricia B. Swigart, vehicle owner and one of the earliest supporters of the college’s automotive restoration technology major, has never seen “Tommy” operated under its own power – a situation that restoration students and faculty hope to remedy at the Concours d’Elegance at Hershey this Friday through Sunday. Electrical students in Christopher H. Van Stavoren’s Introduction to Restoration Procedures course installed 10 batteries in the vehicle during a Tuesday class in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. Faculty colleague Roy H. Klinger said the students’ involvement in researching and preserving the Studebaker will be documented by the Historic Vehicle Association, which recognizes the cultural significance of the automobile. Preston T. Rose, a May restoration graduate, researched a 1932 McGee Roadster that was recently displayed on the Washington Monument mall as part of the HVA’s national register of historic vehicles. (The association chose the Studebaker for its This Car Matters award at the Hershey show.)

College’s Automotive Major Helps Meet Demand for Trained Technicians

Kayla D. Wilson is ecstatic about the automotive technology: Mopar CAP emphasis associate-degree major, which combines her personal education style with her professional goals. “I like to learn how to do things with my hands because I can learn better doing it that way,” said Wilson, who alternates between Penn College and a paid internship at Griffin Motors in her Meadville hometown. “You sit and you listen and then you go and apply that. We go and do activities on the cars and then come back and learn a little bit more. You’re going back and forth so that you can see how things work. And if you need help, no matter what, the instructor is there.” The major also prepares students to take various certification examinations that helps them seamlessly transition to automotive careers or into a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management. Interviewed for a video added to the college’s YouTube channel, the dealership’s service manager acknowledged the mutual benefit of Wilson’s education. “She’s self-motivated. She learns quickly. She’s not afraid to try new things,” Joe King said. “At the time of her graduation, she should be a Level 2 technician, which is valuable to us … and to her, as well. So we hope to keep her on after she graduates.”

Penn College Commencement Set for Dec. 17

Caleb E. Cartmell

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2016 semester.

The student speaker for the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., will be Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science in automotive technology. Cartmell will also be presented with the President’s Award for leadership and service to the college. He returns in Spring 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management.

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Diligently Restored, Dazzlingly Arrayed

Automobiles fill the Penn College landscape in this view to the northeast from atop the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology provided a stunning backdrop for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Grand National Meet from Thursday through Saturday, an exciting and extraordinary event that was the largest ever held by the organization. A joint project of the AACA Susquehannock Region and the Penn College Classic Cruisers student group, the gathering attracted more than 600 cars, trucks and motorcycles and thousands of participants and spectators. Activities for registrants and their families included tours of campus and local attractions, informative sessions in instructional labs, and social get-togethers … and two free events were open to the community: Friday’s keynote address by Lyn St. James in the Field House and Saturday’s car show – breathtakingly featuring 40 to 50 million dollars’ worth of automobiles – along the campus mall. A motivational speaker, St. James is a seven-time Indianapolis 500 competitor, the Indy’s first female Rookie of the Year and one of the “Top 100 Female Athletes of the Century” as chosen by Sports Illustrated. In addition to the photo gallery that follows, the memorable event is captured in a video on the college’s YouTube channel:

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The World at Their Feet

International student travelers await their flight from JFK to Zurich.

Thirteen students from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies this week began a 10-day journey to France and Italy, where they will visit exclusive automotive museums and body shops. The students are traveling with Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, and are part of two study-abroad courses – International Automotive Studies and the International Automotive Field Experience – offered through the college’s International Programs Office.
Photo by Roy H. Klinger

Living-Learning Community Attends Carlisle Car Show

LLC returns from daylong trip to Carlisle.

Members of Penn College’s Automotive Living-Learning Community attended Saturday’s Carlisle Spring Car Show. “Everyone is glad to be back on campus after a long day in traffic and walking around looking at cars and car parts,” said Eric D. Pruden, automotive instructor and LLC faculty liaison. “The weather was great and everyone enjoyed the event.” From left are Eric M. Santiago, of Vineland, New Jersey; Mark J. Dumais, of Fort Johnson, New York; Brittany A. Frey, of Forksville; Daniel W. DeShong, of Cochranville; Jonathan L. Zechman, of Lebanon; Genevieve M. Kelly, of Beverly, Massachusetts; and James T. Wade, of Lafayette Hill.
Photo by Eric D. Pruden

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University