News about Collision Repair & Restoration

College’s Restoration Camp Featured in National Classic-Car Blog

Penn College’s second annual Automotive Restoration Camp, to be offered June 17-20, is featured in a recent edition of Hemmings Daily. As instructor Roy H. Klinger points out in the article, “auto restoration spans a range of disciplines,” and the camp is the best way to give those considering a future in the trade a sampling of each. The overnight camp – among the array of engaging opportunities to be held on campus – will include introductions to upholstery, metalforming and sheet-metal working; hands-on instruction in pinstriping and use of the paint simulator; and a spin in the college-owned Ford Model T. Attendees will also enjoy a field trip to the Eagles Mere Auto Museum in nearby Sullivan County, which houses roughly 75 cars from the 1950s and ’60s, and, in addition to knowledge gained, can take home their upholstery and metal-shaping projects.
Automotive Restoration Camp is filled, but a waiting list is being compiled should vacancies arise.

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

Vintage Vehicle Makes History as Show’s First Collegiate Winner

Owner Patricia B. Swigart (left) is among those enjoying a ride with driver Luke C. Miller across the grounds of the illustrious Amelia Island event.

A 1908 Studebaker electric car, owned by the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon and restored at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recognized with an award at Florida’s prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance earlier this month – the first student project ever judged at the renowned show.

Affectionately known as “Tommy,” the vehicle was one of a pair that shuttled federal legislators to and from the U.S. Capitol shortly after the turn of the 20th century. It was honored with an Amelia Award in the Horseless Carriage (Electric) category, coinciding with the show’s celebration of a technology that has re-emerged in today’s automobiles.

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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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Student Awarded $1,500 Scholarship From Antique Auto Group

Penn College student Hallie Krala celebrates her scholarship award with Preston T. Rose, who earned a two-year degree in automotive restoration technology last year. Krala, of Williamsport, is set to graduate from the same major in May.

An automotive restoration technology student scheduled to graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology in May has received a $1,500 scholarship from the Antique Automobile Club of America.

Hallie Krala, of Williamsport, was presented with the Louise Bianchi Chiotti Memorial Scholarship Award during AACA’s 82nd annual meeting. The event, sponsored this year by the organization’s Hershey Region, was held Feb. 8-10 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.

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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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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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Jaguar Enthusiasts Start Restoration Scholarship at Penn College

Gary Kincel (left), Coventry Foundation president, and Gary Hagopian, a member of the foundation’s board of directors, join Penn College student Luke C. Miller, of Grasonville, Md., the first recipient of the organization’s automotive restoration technology scholarship.

The Coventry Foundation, an organization of passionate Jaguar collectors, has established a scholarship fund for students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s internationally recognized automotive restoration technology major.

Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, the Coventry Foundation aims to perpetuate the heritage of Jaguar automobiles in North America through an archive of printed material, tools and vintage automobiles; annual scholarships to students; and recognition of accredited restoration programs. Its hope is to assure that a pool of qualified technicians is available to properly service and restore vintage Jaguars far into the future.

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Corvette Club Adds $10,000 to Its Scholarship Fund at Penn College

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport, an award-winning restoration project completed by Penn College students, is showcased at the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club’s "Corvettes on Main Street" event in Muncy in 2016.

Financial aid opportunities for students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration technology and related majors got a substantial boost through a recent scholarship donation from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club.

Club members delivered a $10,000 check to the college, representing proceeds from its popular “Corvettes on Main Street” car show held each fall in Muncy.

Awards from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Scholarship Fund are made each fall to a first-year student from the organization’s 10-county membership area who is enrolled full time in automotive technology, automotive service sales and marketing, collision repair technology or automotive restoration technology.

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Automotive Restoration Students Assisted by RPM Foundation

Two rounds of funding from the RPM Foundation, magnanimously dedicated to cultivating the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation professionals, will assist a number of Pennsylvania College of Technology students with educational and living expenses.

“We are very grateful to the RPM Foundation for their support of our students,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations. “These gifts recognize that the future of automotive restoration lies in the hands of capable women and men who have a reverence for historic vehicles and a passion that will sustain their craft for years to come.”

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Antique Autos Motor Onto Campus During Regional Road Trip

Passing beneath a fitting banner, antique cars enter a campus at which the past is prologue.

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (with microphone) and automotive restoration technology student Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station, offer a hands-on demonstration in CAL.

Le Jeune Chef and Les Voitures Anciennes blend at the center of campus.

Part of the group venture to the library, where a pair of museum pieces – "Herbie," the Disney icon, and an 1899 Winton Phaeton – catch their collective eye.

Vintage Tour 2017 follows a scenic route to remember.

The Antique Automobile Club of America’s “Waterfalls, Mountains and Valleys” five-day tour of the Twin Tiers included a Friday stop at Penn College, home to one of the country’s few automotive restoration majors. About 100 drivers in 50 vintage vehicles converged on main campus to visit Madigan Library and College Avenue Labs and enjoy lunch before hitting the open road again.
First two photos by Becky J. Shaner, manager of student/alumni engagement and special events

Eight Penn College Students Medal in National Competition

SkillsUSA

Eight students from the widest variety of academic majors ever to represent Pennsylvania College of Technology at the National Leadership and Skills Conference returned home with medals – including first-time successes in three competitive areas.

The contingent took one of three top places in five categories, and this year marked the first time that Penn College entrants medaled in Computer Programming, TeamWorks and Welding Sculpture.

“This really goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college. This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the national competition,” said SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton II, an assistant professor of welding. “The national skills competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology.”

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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.)

Volkswagen Owners Club Funds New Penn College Scholarship

James Yemzow, of the Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club, accompanied by another HAVOC member, Patricia Shaffer (left) presents a check for the club’s scholarship to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club has established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology for students enrolled in a unique major that features the restoration of classic and antique automobiles.

The new scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the automotive restoration technology Associate of Applied Science major offered by the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Penn College.

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Penn College Students Bat a Thousand in SkillsUSA Competition

SkillsUSA-Pennsylvania

All 25 members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team, including more than half moving on to national competition June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky, were medalists during the Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held late last month in Hershey.

Fifteen team members advanced to nationals with first-place finishes, seven placed second, and three placed third in their respective categories.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “I’m excited for the students going to the national competition in Louisville. I have every confidence they will put their best performance forward.”

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