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Trade Organization Picks Penn College for First Student Chapter


The Air Conditioning Contractors of America, a trade association representing the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, has established its first-ever student chapter at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

ACCA officials visited Penn College recently and participated in a ceremony at the Thompson Professional Development Center for the student inductees. The officials Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA’s president and chief executive officer; Michael H. Honeycutt, senior vice president; and Beth Queen, federation relations coordinator praised the students and the College’s facilities, faculty and staff.

ACCA, a nonprofit organization founded more than three decades ago, represents the educational, policy and technical interests of those who design, install and maintain indoor environmental systems.

Advisers for the Penn College chapter are: Marc E. Bridgens, assistant dean of construction and design technologies; Dale J. Kissinger Jr., instructor of HVAC technology/plumbing and heating; Christopher E. Nickerson, assistant professor of HVAC technology/mechanical and refrigeration systems; and Loverna L. Parron, toolroom attendant, HVAC/plumbing.

The chapter’s student officers are Daniel R. Izer, Greencastle, president; Brian L. Bitner, Greencastle, vice president; Jonathan S. Darrah, Coudersport, secretary; Daniel R. Shields, Eldred, treasurer; Maurice L. Freeman, Brooklyn, N.Y., public relations; and Matthew R. Kiker, Mechanicsburg, educational director.

The remaining student members of Penn College’s ACCA chapter are: Matthew A. Alters, Port Matilda; Jamie R. Bard, Mount Jewett; William W. Baxter, Montoursville; John T. Bloomer, South Williamsport; Jedidiah D. Breon, Bellefonte; John A. Connelly, Waldorf, Md.; Stephen R. Danielson, Kane; Jason Deichert, Pine Grove; Jeremy D. Dille, Industry; John L. Hendrickson Jr., Danville; Chad M. Herman, York; Thomas A. Hlavaty, Pine Grove; James R. Hower, Bath; Russell C. Johnson, Lewisburg; Nathan D. Kessler, RR 1, Turbotville; Daniel C. Krebbs, RR 2, Coal Township; Christopher S. Landis, Birdsboro; Ryan A. Passarelli, Butler; Heather A. Peters, RR 2, Huntingdon; Michael S. Pringle, Mill Hall; Ryan J. Schiavone, Mount Sinai, N.Y.; Daniel R. Shields, Eldred; Timothy L. Sommers, Montgomery; Matthew S. Specht, Reading; Fergus C. Stiles, Schuylkill Haven; Adam R. Turner, Barnesville; Jeffrey A. Weaver II, Quakertown; Terry L. Weaver, Linden; Brian D. Woods, Industry; and Joseph R. Yost II, Bear.

For more information about ACCA, visit on the Web. For more information about the HVAC majors at Penn College, visit on the Web or call the School of Construction and Design Technologies at (570) 327-4518.

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