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Mini Excavator Donated to Penn College’s Earth Science Center

On hand for the donation of a mini excavator are, from left, Claude T. Witts, instructor of diesel equipment technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology%3B Milt Whiteside, retired Case New Holland service manager%3B Jon Hume, CNH product specialist%3B Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean of natural resources management%3B and Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management.The recent donation of a mini excavator will benefit a variety of academic majors within Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Natural Resources Management.

Jon Hume, the Case New Holland product specialist who arranged for the donation, delivered a 2007 E27B mini excavator and an Isuzu engine to the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. The E27B is a low-time, rubber-tracked machine featuring a Yanmar Tier IV engine compliant with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission regulations and a hydraulic “thumb” that enables it to move and stack material.

The Isuzu is the third engine donated to the school by Case New Holland and Hume, who also provided DVD versions of the operator’s and service manuals.

“Case’s generous donation will allow us to offer a more diverse fleet of heavy equipment to our students,” said Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management. “The Tier IV engine is a welcome addition to our fuels classes.”

The mini excavator’s most immediate impact will be in the heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis major, where the E27B will offer students another learning experience for track adjustment.

Students in the heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis will have the opportunity to compare and contrast features of the machine with others in the Penn College fleet this summer; diesel equipment technology majors also will benefit from instructional access to the machinery, and the “thumb” lends itself to several equipment-operation labs for forest technology and ornamental horticulture students.

For more about the School of Natural Resources Management, visit on the Web or call 570-320-8038.

For general information about the college, visit online , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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