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Students earn ‘Chapter of the Year’ honors from land surveyors


The Pennsylvania College of Technology student chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors received top honors at this year’s annual conference in Hershey – fitting news for the observance of National Surveyors Week (March 18-22).

In addition to being named 2018-19 Chapter of the Year – one of 18 such organizations in the commonwealth to be considered by the society’s selection committee – Penn College student Glenn C. “Cody” Johnson, of Sweet Valley, a surveying technology major and club president, was awarded a Pennsylvania Land Surveyors’ Foundation scholarship for the second straight year.

Among the Penn College students on hand to receive “Chapter of the Year” honors from the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors are (from left) Glenn C. Johnson, of Sweet Valley, club president and a scholarship recipient; Jason K. Broadt, of Bloomsburg; secretary; member Jacob G. Stoner, of Scottdale; and Michael A. Mikitish, of Pittston, vice president. Mikitish is a civil engineering technology major; the others are enrolled in surveying technology.
Among the Penn College students on hand to receive “Chapter of the Year” honors from the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors are (from left) Glenn C. Johnson, of Sweet Valley, club president and a scholarship recipient; Jason K. Broadt, of Bloomsburg; secretary; member Jacob G. Stoner, of Scottdale; and Michael A. Mikitish, of Pittston, vice president. Mikitish is a civil engineering technology major; the others are enrolled in surveying technology.

The prestigious annual award recognizes a chapter that demonstrates excellence in providing opportunities to its members, service to the public and/or activities that positively promote the profession. Penn College students were heavily involved in fundraising, as well as in college and community events, during the academic year.

“The students represented the college very well in front of more than 600 professional land surveyors,” said club adviser Brad H. Lyon, an assistant professor of civil engineering technology.

Students and faculty staffed a booth highlighting the college’s surveying and civil engineering degree programs; club members additionally assisted conference speakers as student hosts during various professional development classes and successfully secured postgraduate jobs while networking with employers at the event.

The students also helped the society’s Education Committee in displaying items being sold in a scholarship benefit and in distributing those items to the winning bidders. A surveyor’s wooden tripod was won at auction by PSLS secretary Amy Hopkins, who immediately donated it to the Penn College chapter.

The college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies offers a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology, as well as associate degrees in civil engineering technology and surveying technology. All are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Beneath the PSLS's golden anniversary logo, President Johnson accepts the club's award ...
Beneath the PSLS’s golden anniversary logo, President Johnson accepts the club’s award …

... and joins Broadt (right) in showcasing Penn College's civil engineering and surveying majors.
… and joins Broadt (right) in showcasing Penn College’s civil engineering and surveying majors.

Broadt and a Penn State student host display auction items during a scholarship fundraiser.
Broadt and a Penn State student host display auction items during a scholarship fundraiser.

Members of the Penn College PSLS chapter get hands-on experience on campus, within the shadow of the rock they painted for Surveyors Week. (Photo by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer)
Members of the Penn College PSLS chapter get hands-on experience on campus, within the shadow of the rock they painted for Surveyors Week. (Photo by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer)

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