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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.

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.

Artist-in-Residence to Conduct Workshops for Students, Public

 “Unseen Companies,” 2008, Mische technique on Masonite, 30 inches by 40 inches

“Unseen Companies,” 2008, Mische technique on Masonite, 30 inches by 40 inches

Williamsport – The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, will host artist-in-residence Miguel Tio on campus April 21-24.

While on campus, the painter will conduct workshops for children and staff of the college’s Children’s Learning Center and students in the early childhood education major, as well as free public sessions.

A workshop for parents of young children ages 2-6 will be held Friday, April 24. The workshop will introduce parents to art materials and demonstrate how the art-making process helps children develop basic learning skills. Tio will offer a hands-on activity and encourage parents to create artwork with their children in the home. (Pre-registration is required for this workshop, call the gallery; no children in attendance.)

Since 2005, Tio has worked as an art teacher for Studio in a School, New York, a program that hires professional artists to work directly with children in public schools, in addition to maintaining a study and producing new work. As a member of the Society for the Art of Imagination, his work was included in the popular 2007 exhibit “Where Science Meets Art” in The Gallery at Penn College.

Tio’s paintings are full of powerful energy and symbolism. They have been likened to Renaissance works with dramatic use of form and light, realism, perspective and humanist concerns. He often employs the Mische technique — a method for creating the illusion of realism that is considered one of the secrets of the Renaissance.

A native of the Dominican Republic but now based in Manhattan, Tio has employed his painting skills for a wide variety of creative projects including the feature films “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2;” Broadway shows “Beauty and the Beast,” “Rent” and “Miss Saigon;” Old Navy and Hershey’s commercials; and window displays. He has been commissioned to paint portraits, including one of Diane Von Furstenberg.

A small collection of Tio’s original portraits will be exhibited during regular gallery hours while he conducts workshops on campus. Children’s artwork created during Tio’s work with the Children’s Learning Center will be displayed in the gallery during a private exhibit.

Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more about this exhibit and The Gallery at Penn College, visit http://www.pct.edu/gallery, e-mail gallery@pct.edu or call (570) 320-2445.

For general information about the college, visit http://www.pct.edu, e-mail admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.

Hudock to Be Presented With ‘Director’s Chair Award’

Barbara B. Hudock

Barbara B. Hudock

Williamsport – Barbara B. Hudock, of Williamsport, has been chosen to receive the Community Arts Center’s Director’s Chair Award for 2009.Hudock, managing principal of Hudock Moyer Wealth Management, will be presented with the award May 17 at the Arts Center.

The award is bestowed annually to recognize and honor individuals who have had a significant impact on the success of the Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Barbara is a splendid choice for the Director’s Chair Award,” said Penn College Senior Vice President William J. Martin, who serves as chair of the Arts Center’s board of directors. “She has been there from the very beginning as a patron, as a constant supporter and benefactor, and as a devoted member of the board. It is a delight to honor her not long after her well-deserved recognition by the Governor’s Awards for the Arts.”

During the 2008 Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremonies, which were held in November at the Arts Center, Gov. Edward G. Rendell and First Lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell presented Hudock with a Patron Award, an honor recognizing significant contributions to the vitality and availability of the arts in Pennsylvania.

Hudock has been in the financial-services industry since she began as a manager’s secretary in 1975 at Merrill Lynch. While there, she rose to the position of first vice president and built a team of professional associates.

In November 2001, Hudock left Merrill Lynch with her team to form Hudock Moyer Wealth Management, an independent practice offering investment products and services through Wachovia Securities Financial Network.

In Barron’s “Top 1,000 Advisers,” (ranked by states) Hudock recently was ranked 12th in Pennsylvania (Feb. 9 issue). Barron’s also named her one of America’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisers” for 2006, 2007 and 2008 and one of America’s “Top 100 Independent Financial Advisers” for 2007 and 2008. She also was honored as one of Registered Rep’s “Top 100 Independent Advisors.”

Hudock’s team was featured prominently in the recently published book, “Winner’s Circle V: Wealth Management Insights From America’s Best Financial Advisory Teams.” The team also was profiled in “Wealth Management Teams” and in “The Trust Equation.” Hudock’s article “The Un-Sale!” was published in Advisor Today magazine and was selected as one of the best articles written over the 100-year history of the publication.

Hudock Moyer Wealth Management was chosen by Forbes magazine to receive a Forbes Enterprise Award in 2007. Hudock has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation for her donations to the organization.

Her service to the community includes:

• Chair of the First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania

• Director of the Williamsport-Lycoming Foundation

• Director of WVIA Public TV and Radio

• Director of the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts

• Director of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce

• Fifteen years as a director on the Bloomsburg University Foundation

• Young Alumna of the Year at Bloomsburg University

In 2002, Hudock was named by the chairman of the Board of Governors and the chancellor of the State System of Higher Education to receive the volunteerism award for her contributions to Bloomsburg University.

She is a 2007 recipient of the Wachovia Way Award, which recognized her extraordinary personal and professional achievements.

Hudock, her team and her firm have been consistent and leading benefactors in the community, contributing more than $1 million to local charities in addition to making substantial commitments of time. Most team members serve on at least one local nonprofit board, and Hudock Moyer Wealth Management matches all charitable gifts made by its employees.

Hudock earned a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University and is a 2007 graduate of the Securities Industry Institute.

A formal portrait of Hudock — in a director’s chair — will hang permanently in the Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge.

For more information about the Community Arts Center, visit http://www.caclive.com. For more information about Penn College, visit http://www.pct.edu, e-mail admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Penn College’s Sigma Nu Colony to Sponsor Spring Car Show May 2

Williamsport – The Pennsylvania College of Technology Colony of Sigma Nu Fraternity will sponsor a spring car show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.The event will be held in the parking lot of the Carl Building Technologies Center; directional signs will route participants from the college’s Maynard Street entrance.

Students, faculty and staff, and the general public all are invited to show their vehicles. The cost is $10 for early registration at the colony’s Web site, http://www.sigmanupct.com, and $15 after April 30 (including on-site registration). All proceeds will go to the Sigma Nu Leadership Initiatives Fund, which sponsors campus events that help all students develop character, interpersonal skills and leadership. Admission for spectators is free.

“I am proud of the men of Sigma Nu reaching out to the public in such a well-planned event,” said Erin M. Datteri, assistant director for Greek life and leadership in the Student Activities Office. “I hope people from the campus and community will come support one of our newest fraternities and show off their old and new vehicles. It’s building up to be a fantastic event!”

Check-in will be from 10 a.m. to noon; awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in 19 classes: sport compact (foreign), sport compact (domestic), truck (full size), truck (mini), dirtiest vehicle, motorcycle (sport), motorcycle (cruiser), hot rod, pre-World War II, 1950-60, 1961-70, 1971-80, 1981-90, 1991-99, 2000-present, Mustang, Corvette, Camaro and Jeep.

The event will be held rain or shine. There will be music and giveaways, and food vendors will be on hand.

More information about Penn College’s Greek community is available by e-mailing edatteri@pct.edu, visiting http://www.pct.edu/studentactivities/greekLife.htm or calling the Student Activities Office at 570-327-4763.

For general information about Penn College, visit http://www.pct.edu, e-mail admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.