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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, e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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“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, does business in 32 states from more than 150 branches.

For more information about majors in the School of Natural Resources Management, visit or call 570-320-8038. For general information about Penn College, visit, e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Susquehanna University Seniors Present Scholarly Work

SELINSGROVE – Susquehanna University seniors will continue a nearly 32-year tradition when they present their research and creative projects at Senior Scholars Day on the university campus. The April 21 event in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center and the Cunningham Center for Music and Art will begin at 11:25 a.m. with an opening session and end with a reception at 5:45 p.m. to honor all participants and faculty members.

Attendees will be treated to a mix of presentations, including poster displays, public speaking, artistic exhibits and performances. Oral presentations will be scheduled every 20 minutes in the afternoon in the Degenstein Campus Center meeting rooms. Musical performances will be offered in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art, with graphic design majors displaying their artwork in the building’s first floor art wing.”This event is an opportunity for senior students to display their highest-level work at their own campus,” said L. Terry Winegar, dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences. “Many of the students have been working on projects all year long and may have presented them at professional conferences or other off-campus locations, but this is their ‘home town’ showing, just weeks before most of them graduate.”

Event organizers anticipate more than 50 posters and more than 20 oral presentations. A sampling of scheduled presentations includes “A Comparison of Academic and Relationship Cheating,” “Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Domestic Agricultural Policies and United States Assistance,” “Habitat Preference and Diversity of Small Mammals on Old Farmland in Central Pennsylvania,” and “Examining Anxiety and Depression Experienced by Athletes as a Result of a Sports-Related Injury.”

“Senior Scholars Day is one expression of the highly collaborative and often research-rich experiences that students have at SU. Whether their work is in the sciences, social sciences, business, humanities or arts, what they present represents the outcome of intensive mentoring that supports their best work,” said Winegar.

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Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study and service learning abroad, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit

Lycoming College to recognize Earth Day with several events

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – In recognition of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, Lycoming College will host several events during its “Earth Week” celebration. The events are sponsored by the College’s Lycoming Environmental Awareness Foundation, Clean Water Institute, FLYCO, Lycoming’s fly-fishing club and Lycoming’s chapter of Amnesty International.David Radcliff, director of the New Community Project, which promotes sustainability and human rights, will speak on campus Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Heim Science Building, Barclay Lecture Hall, G-11. His presentation is titled “Less is More.”

Sean Diamond, the sustainability coordinator at Dickinson College, will present “Ideas for Sustainability – Think Globally, Act Locally,” on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Heim G-09. The presentation will focus on things that can be done on college campuses to promote sustainability and earth-friendliness.

Other activities include a trip to the rock climbing wall at Dynamats Gymnastic Center in Williamsport on Saturday, April 18; a morning stream clean up on Sunday, April 19; Earth Day activities on Wednesday, April 22 from 6-9 p.m. in Pennington Lounge; a tie-dye party on Thursday, April 23 from 7-9 p.m. in Pennington Lounge; and a sunset kayaking trip on West Branch Susquehanna River on Saturday, April 25.

Earth Week is the latest effort at the College to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. In November, the College received a $15,000 grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund as part of its Solar ScholarsT Program to aid in the installation of an 18-panel, 3 kW solar array on top of the Heim Science Building. In addition, Lycoming has introduced a minor in environmental sustainability. Sodexho, the College’s food service provider, recently discontinued the use of trays in the cafeteria to reduce the amount of waste produced by those who dine there and limit the amount of soap, water and natural gas used to clean the trays.

Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences institution dedicated to the undergraduate education of more than 1,400 students. Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit