News about Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Keystone STARS Funding Supports Early Childhood Facility

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a Keystone STARS Merit Award and a Keystone STARS Education and Retention Award totaling $37,452 for 2015-16.

Funds from the grants are used for equipment and supplies, professional development for Children’s Learning Center staff, and the center’s accreditation costs.

The center used grant funds to purchase teaching materials and furnishings, including a sensory table, dramatic play props, and equipment to help develop motor skills, as well as materials for cognition, social studies, math, science, literacy, nutrition and music.

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Student Artists Piece Together Another Mealtime Mosaic

Delicious artwork is served!

A mosaic overflowing with healthy options

Within each piece, the artists’ names can be found.

A scoop of summertime

Brianna M. Young, a Residence Life summer conference assistant, stops by Dauphin (with a Popsicle in hand) to check out the new works of art. Young is a senior in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration hailing from Fayetteville, N.C.

A hungry handful of awesome art has been served up by campus artists at the Capitol Eatery in Dauphin Hall. Six mosaic pieces – a spoon, fork, knife, plate of pancakes, ice cream cone and bowl of fruit – now grace a corner of the cafeteria. The artistic effort was led by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, and showcases the talents of 11 students enrolled in the Art of the Mosaic course during the Spring 2016 semester. The student artists are: Shakira E. Alleyne, of Brooklyn, New York, enrolled in individual studies; Kaitlyn L. Andersen, Mastic, New York, nursing; Delaney W. Blubaugh, Waynesboro, technology management; Rachel A. Eirmann, Bellefonte, individual studies; Leslie M. Medina, Kennett Square, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; Morgan L. Royer, Spring Mills, graphic design; Haley J. Singer, Bellefonte, graphic design; Alayna C. Thomas, nursing, South Williamsport; Amanda M. Turner, Dover, graphic design; Henry M. Velez, Milford, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Ryan S. Wilk, Coal Township, pre-nursing. Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, arranged for the artwork as she did for another creative cutlery project crafted by welding students and installed in the Keystone Dining Room in May.

Emergency Management Interns Help Communities

Penn College emergency management technology students, including Emily V. Lenhart (right), of New Tripoli, participate in a tornado disaster exercise at the Emergency Operations Center in Williamsport.

Six students enrolled in emergency management technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology are honing their skills and helping their communities while serving in internships this summer.

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Summer Camps Provide Practical Mix of Education, Enjoyment

Invoking the hands-on hallmark of a Penn College education

A series of academic-based camps at Pennsylvania College of Technology included enough information to satisfy minds hungry for challenge, while not forgetting that it IS summer. A wrap-up photo gallery reflects the unique career opportunities represented at Architecture Odyssey Camp, Designing a Digital Future Camp, Future Restaurateurs Career Camp, Advanced Restaurateurs Career Camp, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Health Careers Camp, SMART Girls Summer Camp, Creative Art Camp and Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp.

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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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