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Diesel Instructor Receives ‘Pathfinder’ Award From Caterpillar

Taking part in the Caterpillar Pathfinder to Excellence Faculty Award presentation are (from left) Randy Fetterolf, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co.; Melissa Charest, H.O. Penn Machinery Co. Inc.; Karl Quinn, Alban Tractor Co. Inc.; Penn College faculty honoree Brad R. Conklin; Ron Garber, Ransome CAT; Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; and Ronald Barton, Milton CAT.

A diesel instructor at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored by Caterpillar for inspiring the students who will be tomorrow’s industry technicians.

Brad R. Conklin, a faculty member in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, was given the Pathfinder to Excellence Faculty Award during an October advisory meeting of Caterpillar officials and dealers at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

“Mr. Conklin has been an outstanding addition to the Diesel Equipment Technology program,” said Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of the school and a 2011 Pathfinder recipient. “His industry experience, coupled with his dedication to student learning and student success, make him a great choice for this award.”

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Horticulture Students Take Enviously Green Field Trip

Autumn colors greet Longwood visitors from the outset.

Every inch, a showplace

Classmates pause in the midst of their inspiring journey.

A "thousand-bloom" chrysanthemum soon will take center stage to dazzle conservatory guests.

Blue skies and abundant sunshine punctuate the North Creek stopover.

On a recent Tuesday (and an unseasonably warm one, at that) 23 landscape/horticulture technology students traveled to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square to enjoy the legendarily beautiful surroundings, and to go behind-the-scenes in the nursery and the production greenhouses.  The group – accompanied by Carl J. Bower Jr. and Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professors of horticulture – also toured North Creek Nursery in Landenberg, a wholesale producer of perennial plugs and grasses, specializing in native plants.
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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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‘Career Day’ Opens Doors of Exploration for Curious Teens

Automated manufacturing technology student Aren T. Way (right) of Jersey Shore, demonstrates an industrial-scale robot during a session on “Industrial Robotics, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, and CNC Machine Tools.”

More than 900 high schoolers, hailing from 28 school districts, spent Thursday on campus for the College Transitions Office’s Career Day. Faculty and students from all six of the college’s academic schools and all three campuses spent their Fall Break day off providing close to 50 career-exploration sessions for the visitors, exposing them to dozens of the college’s “degrees that work” offerings. A few of the districts traveled as much as two hours to attend. Among the highlights was a half-day session by the Penn College accounting, finance and business administration departments and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants that featured not only information about Penn College’s technology-laden degrees, but talks by guest speakers Michael Colgan, CEO of PICPA, and Joseph Siebert, president of PICPA, about future work in these fields as firms must protect clients’ financial information, and accountants can aid investigations via “forensic accounting.” Following the presentations and a Q&A with a panel of Penn College accounting and finance students, the 200 high school participants attended an etiquette lunch in the Field House.

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Last updated October 13, 2017 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, College Transitions, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 19 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Enlightening Alumni Among Homecoming VIPs

Alumni often attend Homecoming to reunite with classmates, revisit faculty who steered them toward vocational success and unwind among friends before the alarm clock resounds. Graduates of Penn College and its predecessors frequently return for another reason, as was seen this past week: to share life lessons from the working world.

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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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Taking an Outside Chance, in Tents and Purposes

Flames vanquish the fallish chill, warmly encouraging fireside chats.

About 30 students took part in the inaugural Penn College Outdoor Weekend on Friday and Saturday, enjoying a camping trip amid the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s 400-plus acres of scenic surroundings. Organized by the Student Activities Office – and enhanced by hospitable weather and the playground that IS the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies’ living laboratory – the overnight experience allowed students to learn Survival 101 tips; practice their open-fire cooking skills with “mountain pies” and s’mores; prepare their own campsites; and much more.

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Last updated September 12, 2017 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 11 photos. | Tagged as | 3 Comments

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

Volvo Video Celebrates Corporate Support of Education

Grouped near a Volvo excavator at the training site, alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, are (from left): Flood, Breon, Peck, Hoffman, Witmer and Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

Peck (center) and Hoffman talk with Amy Crouse, Volvo Construction Equipment's product marketing and communication specialist.

Getting it on record, the crew talks with Flood ...

... and captures Witmer's hands-on perspective from behind the controls.

A long-standing partnership between Penn College and Volvo, emblematic of the corporate support that helps provide all six of the institution’s academic schools with relevant technology and laboratory tools, is extolled in a newly posted YouTube video filmed in May at the college’s heavy equipment training site in Brady Township. The visit by a crew from Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg was arranged by Brian Hoffman, regional manager of Highway Equipment & Supply Co., itself a longtime supporter of students and faculty in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. Interviewed on camera at the work site were Makenzie E. Witmer, of Bellefonte, and Tyler M. Breon, of Millheim, both majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis; Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology; and Highway Equipment’s Ryan Flood, a member of the college’s Heavy Construction Equipment Technician Emphasis Advisory Committee.

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 prepped 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 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.

Cross-Campus Collaboration Infuses Hundreds of Visiting Pupils

Horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. guides Warrior Run fourth-graders in a sensory exploration of the ESC’s plant life.

Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration/banking and finance, talks with Stock Market Challenge participants from area high schools about the future of artificial intelligence in accounting. The School of Business & Hospitality hosted the grand finale celebration for the Stock Market Challenge, an annual competition for Lycoming County high schools and middle schools that is sponsored by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

Faculty members (and Penn College grads) Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, center, and Benjamin K. Myers, welding instructor, right, judge a competition among students enrolled in Penn College NOW welding courses. While their teachers attended professional development with Penn College faculty liaisons – a requirement to ensure that Penn College courses taught at high schools meet the same rigor as those taught on campus – the students showed their skill in shielded metal arc welding. Following the contest, they took part in a hands-on demonstration by Fronius USA, which has entrusted several pieces of equipment to the college.

In the closing weeks of the spring semester, the College Transitions Office and academic schools hosted more than half a dozen events for pupils in area elementary, middle and high schools. From a field trip for Warrior Run fourth-graders that spanned the main campus and Schneebeli Earth Science Center, to days set aside for students to visit the college labs that correspond with their Penn College NOW courses, hundreds of students received hands-on lessons in “degrees that work,” thanks to help from college faculty. Events for Penn College NOW students included a Horticulture Day, engineering design visit, Accounting Day, Web Page Design Day and Welding Day.

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