On April 21st, The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Student Government Association recognized Outstanding Student Leaders for their achievements in academics and activities inside and outside the classroom.
Ryan White was honored for his incredible organizational skills and exceptional service as President of the PSU Wilkes-Barre Chapter of Lambda Sigma National Honors Society. Ryan is a graduating senior in the Surveying Engineering program and he plans to attend graduate school this fall.
Rich Cebrick was honored for his dedication and time spent designing, coding and maintaining the Penn State Surveying Society website. He is a Surveying Engineering student and, in addition to being an active member of the Surveying Society, he is Treasurer of the PSU Wilkes-Barre Chapter of Lambda Sigma National Honors Society.
Additionally, Matt Boozer, Chris Monahan, Brennan Coates and Mark Wasickanin were recognized for their accomplishments in athletics and extracurricular activities. Michael Schubert received an award from the SGA "For Asking All of the Questions That No One Else Would" during the weekly SGA meetings.
The Surveying Society was recognized as "Student Government Association Club of the Year" for its organization, community service and overall club excellence!
A Special Thank You is extended from all members to Breenan Coates, our "Fearless Leader" and 2012-2013 Penn State Surveying Society President. Without him we would not have been as successful as we were during the past year!
On April 18, 2013 Dr. Thomas Seybert was recognized by the Surveying Society for his outstanding advising and mentorship throughout his tenure at Penn State.
Dr. Seybert is a Professor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, where his chief responsibilities include advising, scheduling and teaching Surveying Principals and Engineering Concepts to the students enrolled in the Surveying Technology and Surveying Engineering programs. He is highly skilled in the disciplines of Plane Surveying, Curve Geometry, Large Scale Mapping, Statistical Measurement Analysis, Stormwater Management and Land Development Design. Additionally, he conducts extensive research in the fields of Watershed Assessment, Urban Hydrology, Stormwater Managment for Land Development and Best Practices for Stormwater Management Design.
Dr. Seybert received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Penn State, all in Civil Engineering. He has been a professor at the Wilkes-Barre Campus since 1996 and this is his 16th year serving as the advisor for the Penn State Surveying Society.
"This is long overdue! Dr. Seybert has always made time for me no matter what. Whether I needed help with computations, lab work or my degree audit I knew I could count on him!" -Brian Halchak
Dr. Charles Ghilani, professor of Surveying Engineering at Penn State Wilkes-Barre received the 2013 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Ghilani was presented with the award during the ceremony held on March 25th at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park Campus in State College.
The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who have been employed full time for at least five years with undergraduate teaching as a major portion of their duties. Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as president of Penn State from 1950 to 1956.
A Penn State Wilkes-Barre faculty member since 1989, Dr. Ghilani designed the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Surveying Engineering. He is the author of two of the leading textbooks in his field, with one adopted by 256 U.S. schools. To address varied learning styles, he often holds problem-solving group sessions in lower-level courses, and his Angel course-management website includes online books he wrote, practice exams, lesson notes, video lessons and links to external information sources. To help students who have trouble visualizing three-dimensional images by looking at two-dimensional drawings, he created 3D animations of difficult class topics for students to view and manipulate in Angel. For field surveying, he placed QR codes on equipment so students can use their smart phones to access videos on equipment and software usage.
Dr. Ghilani also maintains an open-invitation Friday-morning breakfast at a local restaurant for his students with two rules: no talking about class, and the students pay the tip. "I often hear about their Thursday nights, upcoming weekends and other things related to their lives," he said. "What I hear stays with me and gives me insight into their lives."
One student nominator said, "I cannot imagine a more thorough, prepared or intelligent professor." Another nominator wrote, "Assignments are always challenging, and although students consistently grumble about these assignments, the challenge forces every student to dig a bit deeper, try a bit harder and study a bit longer. In the end, students simply learn more."
The 7th Annual Surveying Society Golf Tournament took place on Saturday, April 6th at The Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Club. A big thanks goes out to our sponsors, teams, participants, the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Club Staff, and Society helpers for making this year's tournament a success! We enjoyed nice weather, good fellowship, and good competition for this year's bragging rights.
Who Cares (62)
Team AJ (66)
The Coates Crew (68)
|Lewis Strunk||AJ Kochansk||Alan Coates|
|George Davis||Tony Domiano||Derek Williams|
|Marty Moucha||Billy Rizzo||Drew Williams|
|Kyle Perry||Joe Rizzo||Nic Williams|
|BIG Ten Pizza||Keystone Precision Instruments||Dr. Thomas Winter|
|Mohegan Sun Casino||Chuck and Mary Ghilani||Jason Moran|
|PSLS Statewide||Bercek and Smith Engineering||Alan & Lynda Coates|
|American Surveyor Magazine||Percision Laser & Instument Inc.||Hanover Engineeing Associates Inc.|
|PA-PLS Northeastern Chapter||Caddie Labar's||Bowman Consulting Group, Ltd.|
|McMillen Engineering, Inc.||Northeast Surveyors, LLC|
Over spring break, 5 members of the society gave presentations to high school classes. The society believes in the importance of educating surveying as a profession and the programs offered at PSU Wilkes-Barre. Below is infomation regarding society member visits:
|Lake Lehman||Chris Albee|
|Redbank Valley||Matt Boozer|
|Northeast Bradford||Brennan Coates|
|Mountain View||Logan Mack|
|Pittston Area||Matt Sharr|
|1st Place: $2,500||Ryan White (Surveying Engineering)|
|2nd Place: $1,500||Eric Bogumil (Surveying Engineering)|
|5th thru 9th Place:|
|$1000||Matthew Boozer (Surveying Engineering)|
|$1000||Jessica Helman (Surveying Engineering)|
|$1000||Alexander Wood (Surveying Engineering)|
|1st Place:||Jessica Helman||Public and Private Rights to PA Water Bodies|
|2nd Place:||Eric Bogumil||Errors Related to GNSS Observations
in Equatorial and Auroral Regions
|3rd Place:||David Blackman||How Gravity is Measured on Earth|