Fit for a Ring
A web and interactive media graduate’s career takes him to the sidelines of the Super Bowl as the Philadelphia Eagles’ digital project coordinator.
Be Smart, Rule the World
To prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future, make them curious about how things work, faculty experts say.
Journey to the Winner’s Circle
Before thoroughbreds enter the Kentucky Derby starting gate, Penn College students feed thousands in Churchill Downs’ VIP venues.
Setting the Stage
Three graduates’ craftsmanship wows audiences of more than a million a year at Sight & Sound Theatres.
For many Americans, the experience of anxiety is becoming increasingly commonplace.
Penn College Family
When David M. Zlotnicki moves his hand side to side and up and down, a robotic arm dutifully follows.
Niche The Hangar
Lumley Aviation Center, “Room” C101
Constructed in 1992, the Lumley Aviation Center is a 50,000-square-foot facility on 5.8 acres at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. Penn College offers FAA-certified bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as a certificate in aviation maintenance technician. The facility is also home to Lycoming Engines training. The college’s aviation technology program has its origins in the 1930s. Photo by Larry D. Kauffman.
A pair of shoes belongs to a student in the cockpit. It’s typical practice to leave footwear outside of multimillion-dollar jets to protect the interior, which often features leather seats and plush carpet. In industry, technicians also wear “booties” over their boots. In addition to aircraft parked in the hangar, the college fleet includes a retired Boeing 727-200F cargo plane (parked outside).
Hailing from Rochester, New York, Adam G. Lembaris worked on Harrier jets in the Marine Corps. (He and his brother joined the corps together.) After five years of service, Lembaris searched online for aviation schools near his home city and visited Penn College first. “I came here, did the tour, everyone was friendly, and I didn’t look anywhere else,” he said. Enrolled in aviation maintenance technology, Lembaris is vice president of the college’s chapter of Omega Delta Sigma, a national veterans fraternity.
With a hydraulic power unit connected to the aircraft, students and faculty complete a landing gear retraction test on a twin-engine Dassault Falcon 20 business jet. Instructor Michael R. Robison, a member of the U.S. Soaring Team, competed at the World Gliding Championships in the Czech Republic in July.
Jean-Luc Keller received his first name due to his parents’ appreciation for “Star Trek” (and fictional Starfleet captain Jean-Luc Picard). Keller is a Blackhawk mechanic in the Army National Guard. “I figured I’d pursue a career similar to that. It’s something I’m good at,” he said. An aviation maintenance technology student from Wellsboro, Keller reports to Fort Indiantown Gap once a month for duty.
Bill F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation, bought a wrecked Cessna aircraft in 1993 and restored it. The plane took flight again in 2000, and a year later, Stepp used it to obtain his private pilot license. Formerly an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Navy, he earned bachelor’s and postgraduate degrees, as well as various aviation-related certifications, including Designated Mechanic Examiner. (There are fewer than 300 DMEs in the world.) His son is also a member of the college’s aviation faculty.
“I’ve always enjoyed taking things apart, putting them back together and making things work,” said Thomas G. Urban, of Stockholm, New Jersey, an aviation maintenance technician student. “I thought aviation would be a good challenge. It’s cool stuff.” With the ability to earn a degree and his Airframe and Powerplant certification, he added, “I thought Penn College would be a good choice.” Growing up in an area of New Jersey that’s surrounded by state parks, Urban says he’s enjoying the natural resources of central Pennsylvania. “There’s some nice trails to go hiking here,” he said. Urban hopes to “work on smaller, privately owned aircraft somewhere close to New York City.”
On the cover: The cover illustration was conceived and executed by Penn College graphic design student Kennedy L. Englert to convey the experience of Pennsylvania College of Technology hospitality students who, since 1993, have helped to prepare fine food during the Kentucky Derby.
Penn College Magazine, Fall 2018
Inside front cover: Aviation maintenance technology student Samuel J. Pham fixes a bike at the American Rescue Workers facility in Williamsport. He was one of more than a dozen students and staff who devoted part of their spring break to five local charities.
Super Bowl Cycle: When actor Keanu Reeves surfed his custom motorcycle down a desert highway in an ad that aired during Super Bowl LII, the shiny aluminum gas tank shells beneath his foot were manufactured by BelMit Development, founded by Wayne Mitz, who earned degrees in 2000 and 2002, and Steven D. Belin, who attended 2002-04.
Back cover: Web and interactive media student Malachi J. Atkinson shows his school spirit.
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