Master Falconer to Present Eagle Program at Lycoming Audubon Meeting

Williamsport – “The Eagle Experience,” a program by master falconer and eagle educator Michael W. Kuriga, will be presented at the Feb. 24 meeting of the Lycoming Audubon Society.

During the presentation, Kuriga will share some of his many adventures with eagles and discuss their ecology and physiology. He will bring the current Bald Eagle he is handling, relating stories about it and other birds of prey he has flown. Cameras with flash are allowed and encouraged.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the dining hall/recreation facility at the Little League Baeball complex in South Williamsport.

For nearly 30 years, Kuriga has been training and hunting with a variety of raptors.  Practicing the ancient art of falconry has been his passion, taking him all over the world in pursuit of this noble art form. He has lectured to thousands of people throughout Pennsylvania and has given talks in the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and in many states across the nation.

For more about Lycoming Audubon, visit www.lycoming.org/audubon.

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John Deere Foundation Establishes Scholarship for Welding Students

John Deere recruiters Timothy Schanken, a 2006 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding and fabrication engineering technology major, and Lisa Reitinger join Debra M. Miller, the college’s director of corporate relations (right) at the Spring Career Fair in the Bush Campus Center.

John Deere recruiters Timothy Schanken, a 2006 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding and fabrication engineering technology major, and Lisa Reitinger join Debra M. Miller, the college’s director of corporate relations (right) at the Spring Career Fair in the Bush Campus Center.

Williamsport – One of the world’s most recognizable names in agricultural and heavy construction equipment is providing scholarship opportunities for welding students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.Penn College’s Corporate Relations Office recently finalized an agreement with the John Deere Foundation that will result in four scholarship awards of $3,000 each for students in the college’s welding and fabrication engineering technology bachelor-degree major or the welding technology associate-degree major.

A successful applicant for the John Deere Foundation Scholar ship must be accepted into one of the two welding majors as a full-time student with at least two remaining semesters of study — with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 — and must be eligible for permanent employment in the United States at the time of graduation.

Representatives of John Deere attended Penn College’s Career Fair for the first time in March to recruit new employees and interns for their manufacturing facilities.

“We are eager to develop this partnership with Penn College and look forward to recruiting weld engineering students for our intern and new college graduate opportunities,” said Lynn Toney, manager of college recruiting for John Deere.

“Penn College is extremely grateful for the support of our students through this new scholarship funding from the John Deere Foundation,” said Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations at Penn College. “I look forward to continuing to build a strong partnership between John Deere and Penn College.”

Deere & Company, better known as John Deere, employs approximately 56,000 people and does business in more than 160 countries. It supplies equipment for the agricultural, commercial and consumer, and construction and forestry markets. John Deere is one of the oldest industrial companies in the United States, and had been included in Business Ethics magazine’s list of “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for each of the past five years.

Penn College is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, committed to applied technology education. With more than 6,500 students enrolled in bachelor-degree, associate-degree, and certificate majors, Penn College has the second-largest enrollment in the Penn State system.

For more information about the college’s welding majors or any of its more than 100 fields of study, visit http://www.pct.edu, e-mail admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

For more information about supporting Penn College and its students, visit http://www.pct.edu/ia, call the Institutional Advancement Office toll free at 866-GIVE-2-PC, or e-mail giving@pct.edu.

“Blood Wedding” at the Tustin Studio Theatre

Lewisburg – April 17, 18, 19, 20. Theatre. “Blood Wedding” by Federico Garcia Lorca, a modern classic based on a true story of passion and betrayal, directed by Anjalee Deshpande-Nadkarni, 8 p.m., Tustin Studio Theatre. Admission: $8, $6 for senior citizens.

Industry Leader Makes Donation to College’s Horticulture Program

Fred Barberra, right, of ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, Norristown, presents a $750 check to Carl J. Bower Jr., a member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s horticulture faculty, near the main entrance to the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

Fred Barberra, right, of ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, Norristown, presents a $750 check to Carl J. Bower Jr., a member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s horticulture faculty, near the main entrance to the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

Williamsport – A recent donation from a branch of the nation’s largest full-service landscaping firm helped Pennsylvania College of Technology students build a walkway to the conifer garden at the college’s School of Natural Resources Management.The $750 check was delivered by Fred Barberra, a designer/estimator with the Norristown office of ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, part of the California-based ValleyCrest Landscape Companies.

“We value our relationship with you and your campus and it is with great pleasure that we can support your department,” ValleyCrest officials said in a letter that accompanied the contribution. “Our employees are our most valued assets and we recognize that some of the best are groomed on your campus.”

Barberra visited Carl J. Bower Jr.’s Computer Landscape Design class on March 20, meeting with students and demonstrating new DynaSCAPE software for landscape designers.

ValleyCrest also was represented at the recent Career Fair in the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood, talking with students about summer internships and full-time employment opportunities in landscape technology: turfgrass emphasis; ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis; and ornamental horticulture: plant production emphasis.

The donation marks the companies’ second such display of generosity. Bower, a member of the school’s horticulture faculty, was handed a $1,000 check as he left a 2008 ValleyCrest corporate summit in California.

“We appreciate the support that ValleyCrest shows to our program. Even in tough times, being able to help support our program like this is encouraging,” said Bower, noting the money went toward supplies to build the commemorative walkway. “What better way to spend it than by educating our students? More-informed and better-trained students become more-prepared and productive employees.”

With 60 years’ experience and 11,000 employees nationwide, ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, online at http://www.ValleyCrest.com, does business in 32 states from more than 150 branches.

For more information about majors in the School of Natural Resources Management, visit http://www.pct.edu/schools/nrm or call 570-320-8038. For general information about Penn College, visit http://www.pct.edu, e-mail admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.