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ESC crews belatedly (and beneficially) celebrate Arbor Day

General Services horticulturist Brooke M. Barton removes a weeping white pine from the west side of main campus.
General Services horticulturist Brooke M. Barton removes a weeping white pine from the west side of main campus.
Conrad J. Young (left), of Slatington, enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis, and Erick V. Kennedy, a landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis major from Williamsport, replant the tree in the Earth Science Center ...
Conrad J. Young (left), of Slatington, enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis, and Erick V. Kennedy, a landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis major from Williamsport, replant the tree in the Earth Science Center …
... where it will thrive in the facilitys well-tended conifer garden.
… where it will thrive in the facilitys well-tended conifer garden.
Dincher's Arboriculture (URF201) class beautifies Williamsport streets through an urban forestry project.
Dincher’s Arboriculture (URF201) class beautifies Williamsport streets through an urban forestry project.

With Friday’s observance of Arbor Day dampened by inclement weather, horticulture students and faculty from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center marked the occasion by undertaking a pair of projects under more pleasant conditions Monday. One of those collaborative enterprises involved relocating a weeping white pine from outside Dauphin Hall. The tree, salvaged when a planter near the residence hall was removed, found a new home in the ESC conifer garden. In another industrious endeavor, involving students of assistant professor Michael A. Dincher, 24 new bare-root street trees were planted in Williamsport neighborhoods.
Photos provided by Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor

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Spring 2019 Commencement set for May 17-18

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold three Spring 2019 Commencement ceremonies May 17-18 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

Three commencement ceremonies will be offered May 17-18 for the 950 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2019 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

All of the ceremonies will be held at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with more than 800 students expected to march.

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West Branch Builders honor five graduating seniors

Seniors and their faculty mentors (from left) are Langer, Anstadt, Bean, Peck, Blose, Carr, Klodnicki and Whitmyer.
Seniors and their faculty mentors (from left) are Langer, Anstadt, Bean, Peck, Blose, Carr, Klodnicki and Whitmyer.

Five Penn College students were recognized this month by the West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association for classroom success, dedication to the construction industry and the high standards with which they conduct themselves. Honored during a meeting at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore were Hunter M. Bean, of McElhattan, heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis; Matthew E. Blose, of Williamsport, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; Corey J. Carr, of Pulaski, Virginia, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Kurtis J. Klodnicki, of Danville, building construction technology and building construction technology: masonry emphasis; and Eric J. Langer, of New City, New York, electrical technology. Graduating seniors are traditionally nominated for the awards by faculty from their respective academic areas, then  recognized by the association for their hard work and commitment to entering the industry. Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, introduced the students to WBSBA members and handed out the awards. He also spoke on behalf of Blose, Carr and Klodnicki. Ryan W. Peck, diesel equipment technology instructor, represented Bean; Eric L. Anstadt, a faculty member in electrical technology occupations, offered an endorsement of Langer. Each of the student winners received a cash prize and was awarded a 4-foot level engraved with his name. “The students also got an opportunity to mingle with the members, increasing their professional network as they get ready to enter the construction industry,” Whitmyer said. “A big ‘thank you’ to West Branch for providing the support to help these students be recognized for their dedication to their craft.”
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Students supplement lab work with Honda field trip

Students and faculty visit a pair of Honda facilities for an instructional helping of vehicular lore.
Students and faculty visit a pair of Honda facilities for an instructional helping of vehicular lore.
A jet engine is among the displays at the Honda Heritage Center.
A jet engine is among the displays at the Honda Heritage Center.
The group receives an overview of plant operations, from "rolled steel to driving car."
The group receives an overview of plant operations, from “rolled steel to driving car.”
In two years of American Le Mans Series competition, this Honda-powered ARX-03a Muscle Milk Racing car had an unmatched record of success.
In two years of American Le Mans Series competition, this Honda-powered ARX-03a Muscle Milk Racing car had an unmatched record of success.

Second-year collision repair majors and students in the automotive technology: Honda PACT program recently visited the Honda Heritage Center and Honda manufacturing facility in Marysville, Ohio, learning about the history of the Honda Motor Co. and its various technologies, as well as how the manufacturing process relates to their curriculum at Penn College. The Heritage Center, a museum showcasing the history of Honda manufacturing in the U.S., includes vehicles from motorcycles and ATVs to passenger cars, race vehicles and jet engines. It also features information about company founder Soichiro Honda, while the Honda manufacturing facility introduced students to vehicle manufacturing from its start as a coil of sheet metal to a finished product driving off the assembly line. The students were accompanied by Loren R. Bruckhart, collision repair instructor, and Joe A. Tavani, Honda PACT instructor. For more about the college’s automotive and collision repair majors, visit the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.
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First-year aviation maintenance student accorded rare honor

Kate M. Ruggiero, recipient of a scholarship from Women in Aviation International, attends the group’s 30th annual conference in Long Beach, Calif.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student has received a scholarship from Women in Aviation International, the first time in 15 years that the award went to an aviation maintenance major.

Kate M. Ruggiero, of Easton, a freshman in the college’s four-year aviation maintenance technology program, was recently awarded an Elisha Hall Memorial Scholarship worth $2,000.

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Three students awarded international helicopter scholarships

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology students, all enrolled in the four-year aviation maintenance technology major, have received scholarships from Helicopter Foundation International/Helicopter Association International.

Sophomore Cody C. Bentzel, of Williamsport, and junior Ethan J. Mutschler, of Mifflinburg, were awarded first- and third-place Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology scholarships, respectively, that provide a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses.

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AACA’s Hershey Chapter revisits college’s hands-on world

As is generally the case, students are the best college ambassadors when company comes to call.

Members of the Hershey Region of the Antique Automobile Association of America, among the generous champions of Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, recently returned to main campus as the first stop on this season’s “Point Run” schedule. The group enjoyed a buffet lunch, toured several instructional areas, and met with student members of the Penn College Motorsports Association and the Classic Cruisers Club.

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Area chapter of Studebaker Drivers Club launches scholarship

Establishment of an endowed Keystone Region Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club scholarship fund is sealed with a handshake in College Avenue Labs, home to Penn College's automotive restoration technology program. From left are Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for the college; Gaye Liddick, chapter president; Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; and Larry Michael, the club's regional manager for Pennsylvania.

The Keystone Region Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club has established a $25,000 endowed scholarship fund to benefit students enrolled in the automotive restoration technology program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must be enrolled full time in the automotive restoration program at Penn College and have completed two semesters with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Keystone Region Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club, based in central Pennsylvania, is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Studebaker vehicles. The chapter’s first meet was held in 1968 in Union County, with 42 cars and trucks and nearly 100 Studebaker fans attending. The club, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, has grown its original membership from about 20 to more than 250 today.

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Scholarship luncheon provides firsthand look at donors’ impact

Ferki tells guests, “Scholarships act as a gateway to inspire growth in a student’s academics and passion for his or her industry.” She is the recipient of the SEKISUI SPI Workforce Development Scholarship and the Penn College Foundation Scholarship.

The empowering combination of applied technology education and financial support was celebrated Sunday afternoon, as Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted its second annual Scholarship Luncheon in the campus Field House.

“I am overwhelmed by the collective energies in this room to transform tomorrow,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said, addressing students, families and donors alike. Announcing that the coming academic year will include the largest total amount of scholarships awarded in any one year during the college’s history, she thanked attendees for their significant role in helping students succeed.

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Discover forest technology at Penn College

Imagine a career where you can spend your days in the great outdoors. With a degree in forest technology, profiled on Penn College’s YouTube channel, that future could be yours! Learn what goes into sustainable woodland management. Follow the life cycle of growth from seedlings and germination to maturity and harvest. Get boots-on-the-ground experience in the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s 100-acre experimental forest and soak in lots of valuable insight from experienced instructors. “The management of forestland is very important,” says Paul R. South, a 2016 forest technology graduate now employed with Danzer Veneer in Williamsport. “If you just had people going out there and cutting willy-nilly, then you’re gonna end up with some pretty terrible forests.” At Penn College, hands-on learning comes to life through more than 100 diverse majors for high-demand careers – including those in the forestry industry.

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Dual-enrollment students attend Penn College NOW visit days

Daniel J. Harris, instructor of HVAC technology, talks with a group about classes in air conditioning and refrigeration while showing them a lab.

More than 400 high school students, all enrolled in Penn College classes at their respective high school or career and technology center, visited campus on Friday. A visit to campus is a required part of every course offered through the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The program offers Penn College classes at more than 50 partner secondary-education facilities throughout the state. College Transitions and First Year Initiatives hosts visits for participating schools throughout the year. To ensure that courses offered through Penn College NOW maintain the same rigor as those offered on campus, secondary teachers work with Penn College faculty liaisons who train them to teach the course curriculum, visit each school at least once a year, and grade high school students’ final projects. In addition to hosting Penn College NOW student visits – including a March 19 trip, also documented in this photo gallery – College Transitions and First Year Initiatives conducts frequent group visits for other secondary students, providing college and career exploration, including a campus tour. On April 2, Lycoming Career and Technology Center plans to bring 200 students to campus for sessions with Career Services, the Academic Success Center and more.

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Students travel to Colorado for national landscape competition

With Colorado’s natural beauty as a backdrop, the Pennsylvania College of Technology landscape/horticulture technology contingent relaxes after national competition. From left are students Kendall A. Wanner, of Denver, Pa., and Adri S. Lee, of Williamsport; alumnus Ronald A. Burger; students Kendra M. Snyder, of Montoursville, and Drew J. Marsh, of Marble; assistant professor Carl J. Bower Jr.; and students Joseph A. Kern, of Mechanicsburg, William X. DeMarco, of Glen Mills, and Alexis M. Witherite, of Spring Mills.

Seven Pennsylvania College of Technology horticulture students, a supportive alumnus and a faculty member recently traveled to Colorado State University for the 43rd  annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition.

A number of Penn College students were among the top performers in their respective categories, and the team finished 33rd among 64 schools. Brigham Young University-Provo was the overall winner.

Making the March 19-24 trip to Fort Collins, Colorado, were students William X. DeMarco, of Glen Mills; Joseph A. Kern, of Mechanicsburg; Adri S. Lee, of Williamsport; Drew J. Marsh, of Marble; Kendra M. Snyder, of Montoursville; Kendall A. Wanner, of Denver, Pennsylvania; and Alexis M. Witherite, of Spring Mills. Lee and Marsh are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; the others are in the major’s landscape emphasis.

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Girl Scouts ‘spark curiosity’ in daylong campus event

Learning about car care from Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant automotive professor

The Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and the PPL Foundation held a free STEAM Lab at Penn College from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, providing more than 250 girls and young women – from kindergarten through 12th grade – with a hands-on look at Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics pursuits while learning and working with Penn College instructors and students. Attendees worked side-by-side with Penn College faculty/staff and students to earn badges and take part in workshops. Girl Scouts also heard from campus leaders about the future of STEAM and garnered “Spark Curiosity” patches for their participation.

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Club’s diesel drag truck named ‘Top Race Vehicle’ at auto show

The first-place Motorama trophy and club banner adorn the drag truck, a fixture in Penn College’s diesel lab through two decades’ worth of students.

A diesel drag truck, which has provided nearly 20 years’ worth of unique laboratory experience for Pennsylvania College of Technology students, recently captured first place at a popular automotive festival in Harrisburg.

The college’s Diesel Performance Club took the modified 1959 Mack B61 truck to the Motorama Speed Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex for the second year and brought home the trophy as the event’s “Top Race Vehicle.”

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