Auto Fest attracts influencers, alumni, opportunities

Published 04.25.2024

Photos by Rob Hinkal, social media specialist

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EricTheCarGuy converses with Penn College automotive students at the recent "Auto Fest" held on campus.

Two automotive influencers, four alumni and numerous car dealerships and vehicles rolled onto campus recently, greeted by gorgeous spring weather and excited automotive students and faculty. “Auto Fest” was held in and around Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center. 

EricTheCarGuy, boasting nearly 1.8 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, and HondaPro Jason, with over 400,000 followers across social media, added a dash of celebrity excitement to the event. 

Stars in their own right, four Penn College alumni returned to campus for the event: Steve I. Buten, ’18, automotive technology and ’20, automotive technology management; Brooklynne A. Morse, ’15, automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis; Rhett J. Staub, ’16, automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis and ’18, automotive technology management; and Shane W. Whitehead, ’11 automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis.

Buten works at Ciocca Honda of Williamsport; Morse at Scott Honda of West Chester; Staub with Bobby Rahal Automotive Group – Mechanicsburg Region; and Whitehead with Smail Honda in Greensburg. A number of other dealerships were on hand for the event. 

In addition to connecting with the dealership representatives and auto influencers, Penn College students and faculty enjoyed checking out an array of shiny vehicles.

HondaPro Jason (center) connects with EricTheCarGuy and Penn College alumna Brooklynne A. Morse, of Scott Honda of West Chester.
Scooting around campus: Evan J. Lanzendorfer (foreground), of North Cambria, and Elijah Hennon, of New Cumberland. They are enrolled in automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis.
A line-up of blue tents signal: employment options!
Alumnus Rhett J. Staub (center), who works for Bobby Rahal Automotive Group, enjoys networking with the influencers.
Who needs a parking lot when a sidewalk will do?
Clean and shiny in the sunshine!
Automotive staff and faculty enjoy the outdoor venue. From left: Steven P. Keen, assistant dean of transportation technologies; and Jeffrey M. Januchowski and Christopher H. Van Stavoren (in red shirt), assistant professors of automotive.
EricTheCarGuy shares his wisdom.
Everyone likes giveaways!
Morse and HondaPro Jason talk shop.
Staub and EricTheCarGuy seek solutions.
An object of affection
Automotive instructor Joe A. Tavani (center) and student Nathaniel Rosa, of Harrisburg, make their rounds. Both are engaged in automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis.
Getting under the hood