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Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor Honored With ‘Pathfinder’ Award


Scott B. Appleman, instructor of diesel equipment technology, (center) is flanked by Philip Finet, chairman of the Caterpillar Excellence Fund (left)%3B and Dr. Wayne R. Longbrake, dean of natural resources management at Penn College.Pennsylvania College of Technology and Caterpillar Inc. have presented the second annual “Pathfinder to Excellence” faculty award to an instructor of diesel equipment technology.

Scott B. Appleman received the award during a gathering of Caterpillar officials and dealers at the College. The honor is given in recognition of a faculty member who has developed effective teaching techniques, enhanced learning materials, possesses a keen sensitivity to student needs and maintains high academic standards.

In a ceremony at the College’s Thompson Professional Development Center, Appleman received a commemorative plaque and a cash award of $1,000. The award is made possible by matching contributions from the Caterpillar Foundation and five regional dealerships.

Students in the Diesel Equipment Technology programs had the opportunity to vote for the award winner, as did faculty and staff. Dr. Wayne R. Longbrake, dean of natural resources management, said Appleman accounted for a majority of the more than 20 nominations received.

“He explains topics and uses real-world examples to demonstrate the application of what you have learned,” wrote one student. “He expects students to learn, not just for a test, but to be able to apply the knowledge in various situations they encounter in the workplace.”

“Scott is constantly working to develop new materials, projects and lab activities to assist students in becoming knowledgeable and skilled in hydraulics,” Dr. Longbrake added. “He schedules extra sessions to work with students beyond normal class time. He truly has exhibited the characteristics of a professional educator striving for excellence.”

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