News about Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Degrees + Imagination at Work

Industrial and human factors design students (from left) Benjamin D. Rubenstein, Michael R. Perkins and Nicholast J. Krupka prepare to present a product redesign to GE engineers and managers.

In a GE conference room, the students describe their proposed redesign.

From the Winter 2015 One College Avenue: Following months of research and design to add a brand look and ergonomic feel to a corporation’s technical product, three industrial and human factors design students deliver their proposal to a group of General Electric Co. engineers and managers. Read “Degrees + Imagination at Work.”

Dean of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Appointed

Michael J. Reed

Michael J. Reed has been named dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Reed, who had served as interim dean for the school since July, has more than 20 years of leadership, teaching and counseling experience. Previously, he served as assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications at Penn College, working collaboratively with the mathematics, natural sciences and communications faculty.

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New Penn College/WVIA TV Series Connects Education, Careers

Student video production assistant Kashiki E. Harrison views the website for “Working Class,” a new TV series produced by Penn College in partnership with WVIA, which will encourage viewers to make an impact by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. Harrison, of Williamsport, and fellow student videographer Jeffrey A. Stanley, of Stewartstown, assist with the series.

Students and teachers who connect learning with real work experiences will be featured in a new series premiering this month on public television.

“Working Class” will encourage viewers to make an impact in the world by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. The first episode in the series, which is produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology in partnership with WVIA Public Media, will premiere in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on WVIA.

Following the broadcast premiere, series content also will be shared via the Penn College and WVIA websites and on YouTube. Viewers also may follow the series on Facebook and Twitter.

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Math Professors Receive Outstanding Assessment Award

Joanna K. Flynn, Ed G. Owens honored for student assessment

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology mathematics faculty members have been named recipients of the college’s 2015 President’s Award for Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning.

Joanna K. Flynn, assistant professor of mathematics, and Ed G. Owens, associate professor and department head of mathematics, received the honor on Jan. 8 at the all-college meeting opening the Spring 2016 semester.

The President’s Award for Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning recognizes initiative and creativity in facilitating student learning and reflects the college’s commitment to ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes.

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Talk to Explore Intersection of Technology, Personal Relationships

The intersection of technology, interpersonal communication and human relationships will be explored in the third presentation of the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series, set for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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Industrial Design Professor Addresses ‘Maker Movement’

Thomas E. Ask

A Pennsylvania College of Technology professor of industrial and human factors design addressed the inspirational and innovative “maker movement” at the fall conference of the American Society for Engineering Education Middle Atlantic Section held recently at Bucknell University.

Thomas E. Ask presented a paper titled “Filling the Gap: Philosophical Foundations of the Maker Movement,” exploring scientific philosophies and radical approaches to design nurtured by the modern maker movement, a creative exchange of self-made objects.

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Center’s Children Prepare Snacks for Annual Appreciation Tea

Family Appreciation Tea held at Dunham Children's Learning Center

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center recently celebrated the end of the semester, as families joined their children for an afternoon snack during the Family Appreciation Tea. The young toddler class made Pumpkin Pie in a Cup, the older toddler class prepared a cereal snack mix, and preschoolers learned about measuring and baking while preparing oatmeal cookies and banana bread. “The food was so delicious that parents asked for recipes!” said director Barbara J. Albert, who also provided the photo at left. Teachers prepared activities for the families, and students from the Early Childhood Education program supervised them. Children had fun making paper-plate pumpkins, playing a beanbag game and experimenting with “squishy” bags. Each family contributed a handprint “leaf” to the center’s Thankful Tree, highlighting the people and things for which they’re grateful.

Biology Professor Helps Shape Students’ Futures

Justin M. Ingram

A biology professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology who specializes in brain research was an appropriate participant for the topic “Shaping Your Brain for the Future” – the theme of the second annual STEM Awareness Career Day held recently at Wellsboro Area High School’s administration building.

Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology (anatomy and physiology), spoke with approximately 500 eighth-graders from all three Tioga County school districts – Northern Tioga, Southern Tioga and Wellsboro – and showed the students objects including human brains.

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Read the 2014-15 Annual Report Edition of One College Avenue

Winter 2015/Annual Report cover

The Winter 2015/Annual Report issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s official magazine, is on its way to mailboxes. You can also read it online or pick up a copy in building lobbies across campus. In this issue: The president looks forward with confidence to 2020; industrial and human factors design students complete a product redesign for an industry giant; a part-time physician assistant faculty member recalls his volunteer time in an Ebola clinic. Plus many highlights from 2014-15. Visit to share stories and leave your comments.

Penn College Early Educators’ Outreach Benefits Children

Early childhood students Khloe L. Musser (left), of Lemont, and Megan E. McCaslin, of Williamsport, display 72 boxes of children’s items collected by the Early Educators club as part of the Jared Box Project, which aims to uplift the spirits of children in hospitals.

The Early Educators student organization at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently completed three service projects benefiting children.

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WBRE Promotes Students’ Fair-Trade Sale

Artisans' vibrant handiwork on display

A cashbox for a cause

The junction of playfulness and intricacy

Unique seasonal items included on the sale tables

Eyewitness News’ Cody Butler visited the Bush Campus Center on Wednesday for the Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade sale that continues through Friday. The sale, facilitated each year by students in the Community and Organizational Change course, benefits the working poor in more than three-dozen nations. Butler’s report, including an interview with student Trista B. Musser, of Selinsgrove, was broadcast Wednesday evening. The sale continues from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Human Services Students to Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Handcrafted ornaments like these will be among the offerings at the Ten Thousand Villages sale at Penn College from Nov. 18-20.

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a fair-trade sale Nov. 18-20 in the lobby of the Bush Campus Center. The annual sale helps working poor in other countries.

Facilitated by students enrolled in the course Community and Organizational Change, the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale features unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware, and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

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Sociology Faculty Member Presents at State Conference

Richard Sahn

A sociology faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented two papers and chaired a session at the 65th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, held recently at Edinboro University.

Richard Sahn, instructor of psychology/sociology, presented “The School of the Americas as an Indication of Plutocratic Quid Pro Quo: What’s In It for the Ordinary American?” during the “Ideology and Religion” session, which he also chaired. At the “Quo Vadis? Pennsylvania Sociology at a Crossroads” session, he presented the paper “Sociology Under Attack: Can We Survive?”

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Students Partner With Nonprofit to Address Community Needs

A warm welcome at Firetree Place

Students gather for a photo along with their professor, Rob Cooley (upper right).

Eager and energetic young friends have fun at Firetree Place.

Applied human services seniors Stacey L. French (center background) and Tima Cummings (foreground) assist with creative and crafty endeavors.

Every cool party has to have a sound system! Christopher J. Morrin (upper right) brought along two of his homemade sound systems. Here, he poses with other Penn College friends – including members of the Wildcat basketball teams.

Eighteen Penn College students in the Service Learning in Sociology course sponsored a free community day on Saturday at Firetree Place, 600 Campbell St., Williamsport. The four-hour event, “Fall Into Firetree Place,” featured arts and crafts, music, food, face-painting, games, and appearances by Penn College’s dance team, men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the Wildcat mascot. “The SOC410 students begin their semester with a sociological evaluation of our local community and identify a significant sociocultural challenge,” said the students’ instructor, Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science. “Then, they establish a partnership with a local human service organization and develop a semesterlong service learning project to address this problem in a way that meets the needs of the client, the community, and also allows the students to apply the specialized skills they have learned in their classroom work.” Marking its first anniversary this month, Firetree Place is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and personal enrichment to area youth, families and seniors through comprehensive programs, camps, workshops and seminars.

Chemistry Professor Published in International Journal

Kelly B. Butzler

The Journal of Chemical Education has published a paper written by Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The paper, “Flipping at an Open-Enrollment College,” was featured in a special 2015 edition of the journal focused on “flipped classrooms.”

Butzler is an avid educational advocate for flipped classrooms – a blended learning approach to standard classrooms. Flipped classrooms move lectures online, outside of class, and move assignments into the classroom, where teachers can provide guidance and answer questions.

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