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SkillsUSA Competitors Strike Gold; 21 Students Headed to Nationals

SkillsUSA Pennsylvania

Nearly all 27 members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team – 21 of them advancing to the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky – earned medals during recent state competition.

The competitors represent majors across four of Penn College’s academic schools, and the theme for the April 18-20 Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference in Hershey couldn’t have been more fitting for students gaining career-making skills in hands-on fashion: “Champions at Work: Job-Ready, Day One.”

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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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The Sky’s No Limit

Faculty member Michael R. Robison soars above the Bald Eagle Ridge in a German-built glider.

From the Spring 2018 Penn College Magazine: Using the power of the atmosphere, glider pilot Michael R. Robison, a Penn College aviation instructor, soars among world-class competitors. Read “The Sky’s No Limit.”

Penn College Students Vie at National Horticulture Competition

Representing Penn College in a recent national landscape competition are (from left) Trevor C. Gagliano, Hughesville; Jacob R. Courtley, Ardara; Griffin T. Fulton, Mertztown; Bryce P. Thompson, Enola; Michael S. Shreiner, Wayne; Timothy J. Dunker, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.; Adriana S. Lee, Williamsport; Aaron A. Sledge Jr., Pittsburgh; faculty member Carl J. Bower Jr.; Kyle J. Schatz, Saint Marys; and alumnus Ronald A. Burger.

Four Pennsylvania College of Technology horticulture students were among the top finishers in their five respective categories during the 42nd annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held recently in Graham, North Carolina.

Michael S. Shreiner, of Wayne, placed eighth out of 51 competitors in Skid Steer Loader Operation; Aaron A. Sledge Jr., of Pittsburgh, finished ninth among 76 participants in Interior Plant Identification and 12th of 76 in Flower and Foliage Identification; Shreiner and Jacob R. Courtley, of Ardara, were 10th among 32 teams in Arboriculture Techniques; and Griffin T. Fulton, of Mertztown, was 14th of 47 in Exterior Landscape Design.

The students were among nine Penn College landscape/horticulture technology majors that journeyed to the event, co-sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals and held March 14-17 at Alamance Community College.

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Aviation Students Awarded International Helicopter Scholarships

Aviation maintenance technology majors Samuel J. Pham (left), of Camp Hill, and Christopher J. Carreiro, of Lyndhurst, N.J., have been awarded Helicopter Association International scholarships.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students were among only seven selected internationally to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.

Samuel J. Pham, of Camp Hill, and Christopher J. Carreiro, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, juniors in the college’s four-year aviation maintenance technology major, were recently awarded first- and second-place scholarships, respectively, that provide a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses.

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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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Face Value

Step right up!

Brandon M. Rehmann, a building construction technology from Potomac, Md., relishes the return on his charitable investment.

Reasner is joined (from left) by his THON support team: students Rylee A. Butler, of Bellefonte, engineering design technology; Stephanie C. Myers, of Catawissa, culinary arts and systems; Morgan L. Royer, of Centre Hall, graphic design; Catherine M. Foust, of Williamsport, business administration-marketing concentration; and Magdalen C. Bennett, of Erie, culinary arts and systems.

For the kids ... from one dean to another! Reasner weathers a good-natured incursion by David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, magnanimously assumed the bull’s-eye position as Penn College Benefiting THON hosted a “Pie the Dean in the Face” fundraiser Tuesday evening. For a buck a toss on the campus mall, with proceeds going to the Four Diamonds Fund to fight pediatric cancer, customers could deliver a whipped-cream wallop to their sporting target.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Signups Open for College’s Exciting, Eclectic Summer Camps

An Aviation Camp has been added to the already-captivating roster of fun, interactive and hands-on summer camps that reflect the distinctive career opportunities offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The signup deadline is May 11, for the 11 overnight camps and one day camp. In addition to gaining inspiration to chart their employment path, participants entering grades nine to 12 are eligible for up to $2,000 in tuition assistance should they enroll at Penn College.

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Horticulture Student Earns Scholarship; Faculty Member Recognized

Scholarship recipient Aaron A. Sledge Jr., a Penn College landscape/horticulture technology major from Pittsburgh, is joined by Daniel Eichenlaub, chair of the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation and president of Eichenlaub Inc., a Pittsburgh-based landscape construction and maintenance firm.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation at an event that also shone a spotlight on a faculty member’s longtime commitment to the industry.

Aaron A. Sledge Jr., of Pittsburgh, a second-year student in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, was among the honorees at the organization’s Pennsylvania Green Industry Forum and Member Recognition Event at the Hershey Country Club.

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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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Landscape Grad Recognized at Chamber’s Education Celebration

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Alumnus of the Year honors to Christopher E. Keiser, a project manager in Larson Design Group's Civil/Site Department.

A landscape architect whose impressive career began a quarter-century ago at Pennsylvania College of Technology received an Alumnus of the Year Award at Thursday’s 17th annual Education Celebration hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce at the Williamsport Country Club.

Christopher E. Keiser, a project engineer at Larson Design Group and a 1995 graduate of Penn College’s landscape/nursery technology major, was among those lauded at a well-attended event that pays tribute to alumni, educators and students nominated by their respective educational entities, and recognizes the linkages among Lycoming County school districts, colleges, and business and industry.

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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’s Electrical Students Benefit From Equipment Donation

Phoenix Contact, with U.S. headquarters in Middletown, delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to Penn College recently to benefit students in four majors. From left are Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; Jon W. Hart, instructor of electrical technologies and co-department head of Electrical Technologies and Occupations; David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies; Eric Johnson, industrial sales engineer for Phoenix Contact; and Patrick Marty, vice president for college relations.

Students in four majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation by a prominent electrical engineering and automation company.

Phoenix Contact delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to be integrated into the college’s soon-to-be renovated PLC labs. Beginning in the fall semester, more than 60 students per academic year will use the components in the hands-on portion of several classes.

Those students will be seeking associate degrees in electrical technology, electromechanical maintenance technology, mechatronics engineering technology and on-site power generation.

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