News about Forestry

Forestry Club Completes Civic Project for Nearby Golf Course

Trees are ground into mulch at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

In a mutually beneficial service project, the Penn College Forestry Club removed approximately 45 trees from the White Deer Golf Course entrance and hauled them across Allenwood Camp Lane to the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.  The trees were stacked in a pile for summer storage at the campus – home to many of the majors in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies – then, last month, the Lycoming County Landfill sent over its tub grinder for chipping and grinding of the material. The mulch will be used on the ESC’s trail system and for various recreational projects throughout the academic year.
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Students Take Direct Route From Competition to Community Service

Representing Penn College at a recent woodsmen’s meet in North Carolina, as well as in a gratifying demonstration of community service on the way home, were (from left) students Kristin E. Cavanaugh, Bellefonte; Aaron V. Jedrziewski, Williamsport; and Jackson H. Gehris, Cogan Station; G. Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology; and students Levi J. Weidner, Mechanicsburg; William A. Morrow, Newville; Tyler W. Lauver, Mifflinburg; Abigail L. Hufnagle, Lewisburg; and Derick S. Gower, Sunbury.

Returning from an Oct. 7 woodsmen’s competition in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, the Pennsylvania College of Technology Forestry Club – conveniently toting the tools that had earlier brought many of the students individual honors – put their skills to work in a much-appreciated display of public assistance.

Eight members of the club’s Woodsman Team had journeyed to The Cradle of Forestry to compete in the 22nd annual John Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet, the third consecutive year that Penn College students made the trip. While the students comported themselves admirably in their respective events, the collective Good Samaritan act that followed left no axes to grind.

“Interestingly, the chopping didn’t stop with the conclusion of the meet,” said coach and club adviser G. Andrew Bartholomay, an assistant professor of forest technology. “After breaking camp Saturday night and heading home, the team happened upon a large, dead hemlock tree that had fallen and was blocking the Pisgah Highway. Under the headlights of two college vans and several other trapped cars, the Woodsman Team went to work chopping and clearing the obstruction.”

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Penn College’s ‘Working Class’ TV Series Earns Second Telly Award

"Working Class" earns second Telly Award“Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, has earned a 2017 Bronze Telly Award.

It is the second episode produced for the “Working Class” public television series and the second to win a Bronze Telly. “Working Class: Dream & Do” earned the award in 2016.

Acknowledged as a premier award for film and video productions, the Telly Award honors outstanding local, regional and cable programming. The 37th annual competition in 2017 considered more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

“As a national leader in applied technology education, Penn College has earned a reputation for combining academics with practical, hands-on education that prepares students to enter and advance in the world of work,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, president of the college. “The award-winning ‘Working Class’ series allows us to share our mission and passion for inspired learning with a public television audience.”

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Alumni-Led Industry Tours Reinforce Laboratory Learning

Penn College grad Paul R. South (in red hard hat) leads students on a tour of Danzer Veneers log yard.

Students in the Forest Products (FOR 210) class took field trips Tuesday to Wheeland Lumber Co. Inc. in Liberty and to Danzer Veneer Americas in Williamsport. At Wheeland Lumber, the students toured a high-production sawmill, log yard and millwork facility with Penn College alumni Damen R. (’00, forest technology, and ’03, technology management) and Derek E. (’03, business administration: banking and finance concentration) Wheeland. At Danzer Veneer, students visited the log yard and production facility with Paul R. South, a 2016 graduate in forest technology. “Both tours were educational for the students,” said Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, who accompanied the group and provided the photo. “It allows them to see in person and experience the manufacturing environment that is discussed in class.”

WTI Reunion Takes Grads on Round Trip Through History

Enjoying the Aviation Center surroundings are John Hertel, (left) ’48, agricultural equipment and repair, and ‘49, electric and acetylene welding, and Ralph Mills, ’58, plumbing.

The Lumley Aviation Center proved to be a popular venue for Friday’s 17th annual reunion for graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a Penn College predecessor from 1941-65. Alumni and their guests, totaling about 75 attendees, enjoyed swapping stories, savoring lunch and listening to remarks by President Davie Jane Gilmour. Presentations on forestry, industrial design, athletics and veterans affairs were also on the agenda. Forest technology students Nicholas J. Fedele and Nancy M. Summers shared their passions for the major, as did Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology. Discussing exciting activities in industrial design were students Dwight D. Alexander, Sean P. Christy and Brett F. Warkoski, and their professor, Thomas E. Ask. Offering insights into the college’s evolving athletics efforts were John D. Vandevere, director of athletics; Lauren S. Herr, a women’s soccer student-athlete enrolled in construction management; and Chris H. Howard, head baseball coach. Chet Beaver, financial aid specialist for veterans services, detailed progress of the Penn College Patriot Scholarship and introduced student veterans on hand to assist with luncheon logistics. Following lunch, Walter V. Gower, assistant dean for transportation and natural resources technologies, took participants on a tour of the hangar, where many reveled in viewing aviation equipment and chatting with students performing various tasks on the tarmac.

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Moral Code: Give Back to What You Love

Author and Penn College colloquium speaker Rick Bass. Photo courtesy of Lowry Bass

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Author Rick Bass, an activist who spoke during the college’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series, encourages young people to stand up for the environment and communities they cherish. Read “Moral Code.”

Penn College Students Finish Well at Regional Woodsmen’s Meet

Penn College students Anthony A. Hampton (left), of Clearfield, and James C. Synol, of Bloomingdale, N.J., placed first in the Pole Fell during the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet at Penn State Mont Alto.

A team of Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently competed in the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet, charting Top Four performances in nine of the day’s events.

Penn College was one of six participants in the April 8 competition, held this year at Penn State Mont Alto in Franklin County: Others, in addition to the host institution, were Allegany College of Maryland, Haywood Community College, Montgomery Community College and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

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WVIA to Rebroadcast Series Episode on ‘Green’ Careers

"Working Class"

Working Class: Build and Grow Green,” the second episode of a Telly Award-winning series co-produced by Penn College, will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday on WVIA. The hourlong documentary invites consideration of a range of options by those looking into “green” careers, exploring opportunities such as architecture and sustainable design; building construction and construction management; building automation; electrical technology and power generation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; forestry; and horticulture. The episode can also be viewed on the series’ comprehensive website, which additionally features a producer’s blog, video segments, K-12 educational resources and an art challenge.

Penn College Students Pass Pesticide Application Exam

Sixteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students have passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification exam administered in November by the state Department of Agriculture.

“After passing this exam, the students have set themselves apart from their competition in the workplace,” said Carl J. Bower, a horticulture instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. “Many employers want to see that you have already completed this training and are ready for the field. These students prove that.”

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Industry Group Adds $5,000 to College’s Lumber-Kiln Upgrade

On hand for delivery of a donation from the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania are (from left) Michael Wennin, former executive director; Steve Manginell, acting executive director; Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations; and Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

A $5,000 matching grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania Inc. through Community Conservation Partnerships Program funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

The kiln project – aided financially by other related industry groups, wood products companies, and Penn College and Williamsport Area Community College alumni and friends – will augment the hands-on curriculum for students in the college’s two-year forest technology major.

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Area School Counselors Apprised of Forestry Careers at ESC

Erich R. Doebler talks with school counselors about forest technology and student opportunities in the wood-products industry ...

... and joins G. Andrew Bartholomay (center), assistant professor of forestry, and Jason Fink (seated in background), executive vice president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, for a classroom discussion.

Penn College was the day’s final stop for 30 counselors from a number of Lycoming County school districts, recently touring the area to learn about different career opportunities and the skills required for those jobs. Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, and faculty helped spread the word during the visit, which was facilitated by the Keystone Wood Products Association and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. One of KWPA’s major goals is to create partnerships with schools to generate interest in lumber and wood products companies, and the Schneebeli Earth Science Center provided a fitting environment in which to further those educational connections. “It’s an excellent opportunity to show the counselors around the region the types of programs found here at Penn College, primarily forestry,” said Doebler, who also serves on the association’s board of directors. “KWPA and the Chamber of Commerce were instrumental in helping arrange an event that was very educational.”
Photos by Scott Seyler, chair, KWPA board of directors

Penn College Student Wins Silver at Hard-Fought Woodsmen’s Meet

Representing Penn College at a recent woodsmen's meet in North Carolina were: (front row, from left) Tyler W. Lauver, Mifflinburg; Alyssa R. McGraw, Bellefonte; Nancy M. Summers, Turbotville; and Kristin E. Cavanaugh, Bellefonte; and (second row, from left) Noah L. English, Bloomsburg; Jackson H. Gehris, Cogan Station; Anthony A. Hampton, Clearfield; G. Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology; Abigail L. Hufnagle, Lewisburg; Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology; and Paul M. George, of State College.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Woodsmen’s Team traveled to the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina to compete in the 21st Annual John Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet on Oct. 1.

This is the second trip to North Carolina in as many years for the team, which is part of the college’s Forestry Club.

This year’s meet was contested by Penn College and nine other collegiate teams: Haywood Community College, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, Penn State Mont Alto, the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, Warren Wilson College and West Virginia University.

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Penn College/WVIA Documentary Explores Green Career Options

“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hourlong documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

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Cheyenne Summer

“Here I am, somewhere on the reservation,” Katalynn M. Thomas says of this photo, taken during the first week of her internship with the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Rocky Mountain Region. The forest technology student helped to assess woodlands within a 445,000-acre reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. “The distance you can see from one area to the next is absolutely incredible!”

“This is just a portion of the herd,” Thomas says of the buffalo she encountered in the Crazy Head Springs area. “This herd was just massive. Not as big as (herds) have been, but for me seeing live, wild buffalo for the first time, it was a lot.”

“There were horses everywhere out there, and they could do pretty much whatever they wanted,” Thomas says. On this day, she was elated to get close enough to join them in a photo.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Bears, buffalo and Big Sky Country are the backdrop for a forest technology student’s unforgettable summer internship. Read “Cheyenne Summer.”

Lumber-Kiln Project Gets $1,000 Boost From Industry Group

Paul Lyskava (left), executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, presents a $1,000 donation to Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at Penn College, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

A $1,000 grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber for forestry students at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.

The kiln will enhance the industry-standard curriculum for students in Penn College’s two-year forest technology major.

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