News about Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Penn College Graduate Designs Logo for City’s 150th Anniversary

Zachary G. Bird

Williamsport is marking its sesquicentennial this year, and a 150th anniversary logo designed by a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate is part of the celebrations.

Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in graphic design, combined modern design sensibilities with historical elements to create the logo. Featuring a two-man crosscut saw and the outline of a baseball home plate, the symbol pays homage to Williamsport’s heritage as the “Lumber Capital of the World” in the late 19th century and as the birthplace of Little League Baseball.

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Grads Keep Cool, Maintain Public Safety in Crises

The School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications’ emergency management technology major is the focus of a new video on Penn College’s YouTube channel. The four-year degree prepares graduates for careers ranging from disaster planning specialist to public health preparedness coordinator through a comprehensive understanding of the phases of emergency management.

July’s ‘First Friday’ to Include Faculty Member’s Artwork

"The Piscophilist," by David M. Moyer

David M. Moyer, an assistant professor of graphic design at Penn College, will be among exhibitors during downtown Williamsport’s First Friday celebration of the arts next month. “David Moyer: The Naturalist,” showcasing the faculty member’s printmaking artistry, will open from 6-10 p.m. July 1 at Gallery 425, 425 Market Street. Moyer – who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware and a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore – joined the college’s full-time faculty in the Fall 2000 semester.

Industrial Design Professor Authors Engineering Book

Thomas E. Ask

Creative design and mechanical engineering merge in a new book written by a Pennsylvania College of Technology professor of industrial design.

“Engineering for Industrial Designers and Inventors: Fundamentals for Designers of Wonderful Things,” written by Thomas E. Ask, was recently released by publisher O’Reilly Media.

The 216-page book is aimed at students, product and mechanical designers and inventive makers.

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Graphic Design Alumnus Earns Silver Awards in District Contest

Zachary G. Bird

Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, won two silver awards in the Student American Advertising Awards District 2 competition, held recently in New York City.

Bird graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design.

His “Bijou Theatre Arts & Events Guide” in the special event materials category and his “Is College Tuition Really Too High?” magazine feature were the two designs honored at the district level. Both designs had captured gold awards in the regional competition hosted by the American Advertising Federation Northeast Pennsylvania, making them eligible to move on to the district contest.

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Student Redesigns Surgical Instrument

Penn College’s Elizabeth A. Snedeker is on her way to becoming a biomedical engineer. The industrial design major devoted her senior project to redesigning a common, yet troublesome surgical instrument used for partial-knee replacements. Her design has impressed a prominent orthopedic surgeon, as well as the maker of the current extractor tool. “It was astounding to know that I had this opportunity and maybe I could do something with it,” said Snedeker, who graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and human factors design. “Realistically, what I would like to do at the end of this is to have my design and have surgeons using my tool in order to make it more effective and efficient.”

Yucatan Travelers Share Study-Abroad Experiences

A large crowd gathers to hear the presentations. In the background, D. Robert Cooley (light blue shirt), assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, leads the discussion.

Intrepid travelers (from left): Erik G. Knecht, of Cranesville; Leo J. Ravina, of Hazleton; Brendon J. Dibble, of Douglassville; Anthony V. Rode, of Palm Coast, Fla.; and Curtis R. Gehman, of Lock Haven.

Dibble discusses his pit-fired ceramics, an attempt he made following the trip to recreate ancient Maya ceramics.

Knecht shares stories from the voyage.

Vander Vere listens to his students’ presentations.

Among the engaging end-of-semester activities that occurred across campus in recent weeks were presentations by students in MTH 156 (Mathematics in Non-European Cultures). Gathering in the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge, the students offered insights into their study-abroad adventures in Mexico earlier this year. The unique course blends mathematics, anthropology and cultural adventures, and is led by D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, and Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics. This year’s student group represented a diverse range of majors including manufacturing and engineering technology, industrial and human factors design, studio arts, construction management, and pre-physician assistant. The Penn College class traveled to the Yucatan peninsula, specifically the Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche. This year’s outing marked the fifth time Cooley and Vander Vere have guided students in the exploration of ancient Maya civilization.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

A previous MTH 156 travel experience was showcased in this video on the college YouTube channel:

Penn College Faculty Earn ‘Excellence in Teaching’ Awards

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour stands with Kirk M. Cantor (left) and Craig A. Miller, recipients of Excellence in Teaching Awards presented at commencement.

Two faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards during Spring Commencement ceremonies held May 13-14 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program at Penn College, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology, and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history and political science.

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Students Share Website Designs With Nonprofit Clients

Clayton K. Lose, of Waterville, laughs along with the audience at an old photo of himself participating in the Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival for which he created a website.

Rebecca L. Workman, of Valencia, created a new website for Road Radio USA, an organization offering secondary schools free safety assemblies designed to prevent underage drinking and distracted driving.

The attentive audience is filled with fellow students, clients, faculty (including Denise S. Leete near center) and administrators.

Trevor I. Brandt, of Cashtown, showcases the mobile-friendly nature of his new design for Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates. Although enrolled in the Web and Multimedia Senior Capstone, Brandt will earn his degree in applied technology studies.

Michael Bender, of Footprints of Montgomery, a food bank serving the Montgomery community, discusses the design created for his nonprofit by Timothy W. Duncan, of Lakeville (seated behind him).

Students in the Web and Multimedia Senior Capstone course of the web and interactive media major presented their projects at a gathering in Penn’s Inn on Wednesday morning. The students completed 12 web development projects for nonprofit clients in Williamsport and surrounding communities. Several of the clients attended the senior capstone presentations, as well. The course is taught by Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media.

Help Coming ‘Through the First Years’

Dalaney T. Vartenisian, a sophomore in the Web and interactive media major, credits a conversation with her First Year Experience instructor about the stressors she identified in a survey for helping her to progress successfully.

From the Spring 2016 One College Avenue magazine: Penn College’s efforts to help students identify their needs – then meet them – pays off in fewer dropout rates overall and a unique reward for one. Read “Help Coming Through the First Years.”

Students’ Graphic Design Artwork Honored in National Competition

Designs created by Nicholas J. Vetock (left), Shippensburg, and Zachary G. Bird, South Williamsport, were honored as part of AIGA Blue Ridge’s Flux Student Design competition. The seniors traveled to Frederick, Md., for an awards reception.

Creative designs by two graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored by the annual Flux Student Design Competition sponsored by AIGA Blue Ridge, a chapter of the national AIGA organization.

Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, and Nicholas J. Vetock, of Shippensburg, had their work selected from nearly 800 entries submitted in the competition. Bird had two designs selected; Vetock had one design chosen.

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Students Show Off Portfolio Work as Commencement Nears

Design: 2016 offers an eye-opening opportunity for students, faculty, staff, family, friends and community members.

An avid Marilyn Monroe fan, Alexa A. Januchowski displays a jewelry box collection of five Monroe films on DVD, a biography and filmography.

Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, welcomes the gallery crowd and praises the graphic design seniors.

Delicious designs by Breanne M. Chandler, of Glen Rock, tantalize viewers via screen and wall.

A fan of Madison B. Oeler snaps a proud memory of the Montoursville resident.

Design: 2016,” the traditional portfolio display by graphic design majors about to graduate, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through May 13. This year’s exhibition – showcasing the best graphic design, illustration and web work from 14 students’ final semester of study – opened Friday with a public reception. Summer hours are in effect at the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays (and on Sunday, May 8).

Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals

SkillsUSA Pennsylvania

Seventeen first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Three other students finished in the top four places in their respective categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held earlier this month in Hershey.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the competition. The national competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology. I hope next year we can increase the number going to nationals and continue to make the college proud.”

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Emergency Management Students Evaluate Comprehensive Drill

As role-playing humans and dummy patients cover the ground after a simulated drone attack, students Brittany L. Neupauer and Christopher H. Warney, both of Williamsport, assess the response.

As emergency personnel in hazmat gear go through their paces, Brandon A. Schrimp, of Williamsport, puts his observations on the record.

Shakeem S. Thomas, of Brooklyn, N.Y., jots down his impressions inside Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Daniel S. Lewis (left), of Hamilton Square, N.J., and Schrimp compare notes in the field.

Eleven upper-level emergency management technology students took advantage of the opportunity to observe a large-scale, mass-casualty and decontamination drill on the Williamsport Regional Medical Center campus Thursday morning. Tasked with observing the response systems, victim assessment and aid procedures used by first responders, the Penn College students deployed to the incident scene, two decontamination sites and an in-hospital receiving/treatment site where they collected data. That information will be aggregated into an after-action report noting “what worked” and “what needs work” in preparing for an efficient response to a real event should one occur in the region, said Thomas A. Zimmerman, associate professor of psychology, who led a group of students through the simulation. The students were welcomed by James W. Slotterback, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Susquehanna Health System, who emphasized that the students’ valuable observations will be added to the evaluations and observations of several emergency management agencies, drill facilitators and response team leaders participating in  Thursday’s exercises. Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, WRMC’s medical command physician and director, also welcomed the students and explained that the drill was the next phase in a planning process that began in September. During their observation, Zimmerman said, students had the opportunity to interact with responders, security personnel, evaluators from the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Harrisburg and many others.

Culinary Students Add Flavor to National Science Festival

Students and faculty from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Business & Hospitality served a “Taste of Technology” at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., from April 15-17. From frozen Teddy Grahams to instant ice cream, the students fed guests’ curiosity and appetite. With other exhibitors and science celebrities, the Penn College culinary contingent promoted careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). A video has been added to the college’s YouTube channel, and a photo gallery compiled from the contributions of faculty and staff.

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