News: Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Graphic Design Showcase Ends at Mid-Month

Morgan T. Jennings, of Canton, shows off his work to a classmate.

Morgan T. Jennings, of Canton, shows off his work to a classmate.

"Design: 2015" open through May 15 – the eve of spring commencement.

“Design: 2015″ open through May 15 – the eve of spring commencement.

Lora A. Bacharach, of Williamsport, in front of her work

Lora A. Bacharach, of Williamsport, in front of her work

A folding, space-themed booklet made by Ashley N. Smith, of Saylorsburg

A folding, space-themed booklet made by Ashley N. Smith, of Saylorsburg

Design: 2015,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College, continues through May 15. Featuring the faculty-chosen work of 14 graphic design students, the show opened with a public reception Friday evening. Summer hours are in effect at the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturday and Monday).
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Graphic Design Portfolios to Be Showcased at Penn College Gallery

Design students' portfolios on display in college gallery

Fourteen graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2015,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 15.

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Banquet Celebrates Imminent Grads’ Proven Career Readiness

Early childhood graduates celebrate with mentors

Early childhood graduates celebrate with mentors

Nearly 40 people attended the annual Spring Early Childhood Practicum Banquet, held recently in the Thompson Professional Development Center. The event honored Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 graduates of Penn College’s early childhood education associate-degree major and director’s competency credential, as well as the students’ practicum supervising teachers from child care centers and Head Start programs in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre and Union counties. Billie A. Coffman, associate professor of early childhood education and practicum adviser (first row, far right), offered greetings to the group and thanked the supervising teachers for the important role they play in the guidance and mentorship of each student in the practicum experience. In addition to Coffman, others on hand to honor the students’ success were (from far left) Jennifer I. Watson, adjunct early childhood education faculty, Karen Woland Payne, adjunct practicum adviser, and Nancy A. Grausam, assistant professor of early childhood education; Barbara J. Albert, director of the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center (center, in floral jacket), and Jodi L. Binkley, early childhood lab assistant (upper right).
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Math Professor Co-Authors Paper Published in Journal

William Ma

William Ma, professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, jointly authored a paper that was published recently in an international journal, Complex Analysis and Operator Theory.

The paper, titled “Two-Point Distortion for Nehari Functions,” was written with two other mathematicians, Diego Mejia, of Universidad Nacional, Colombia, and C. David Minda, of the University of Cincinnati. The work was initiated when the authors were participants in a research seminar at the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati.

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Ceramics Students Gain New Experience in Old-World Art Form

Spring's appreciated arrival allows ceramics students to congregate outdoors.

Spring’s appreciated arrival allows ceramics students to congregate outdoors.

The pots are adorned with objects that leave an imprint in the still-hot clay.

The pots are adorned with objects that leave an imprint in the still-hot clay.

Stabley aids a student's handiwork.

Stabley aids a student’s handiwork.

Look out below: Artists at work

Look out below: Artists at work

From a single medium, varied results

From a single medium, varied results

Ten students in David Stabley’s Ceramics II class this week created raku clay pots in the courtyard of the Pajama Factory – studio space northwest of campus, where the instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture has a kiln. Each student made at least two pieces, which were subjected to separate firings. “The first firing is called horsehair firing,” he explained. “The pieces were fired to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit and taken out of the kiln while still hot. Then, horsehair, sugar and feathers are burned into the surface of the pots.” The second firing is called Obvara firing and is an old method of firing and sealing the clay surface. “I mixed up a solution of water, flour, yeast and sugar and let it ferment for three days,” Stabley said. “The pots were fired to 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit, taken out while hot and dunked into the mixture, creating oranges and blacks over the pots.”
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

April 18 Memorial Service to Honor Faculty Member

John J. Messer

John J. Messer

A campus memorial service for John J. Messer, an assistant professor of web and interactive media who died Jan. 5 at age 49, will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center. Messer’s brave fight against glioblastoma multiforme was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of One College Avenue magazine; a scholarship fund was established in his memory.

Human Services Faculty Members Present at Conference

Two human services faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently presented student-advising ideas at the 37th  annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, held at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Deb Q. Bechtel, instructor of human services/social science, and Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology, presented “It Takes a Village: Suggestions for Advising Students at the Program Level” during one of the conference’s poster presentation sessions.

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College’s Centennial Colloquia Culminate in Panel Discussion

Moderator James E. Cunningham, retired vice president for information technology and business process improvement, notes that campus lectures will continue as the Dan Doyle Science, Technology and Society Colloquia Series. Doyle, faculty emeritus and the college's Master Teacher in 1984, was a driving force behind the college's just-ended Centennial celebration.

Moderator James E. Cunningham, retired vice president for information technology and business process improvement, notes that campus lectures will continue as the Dan Doyle Science, Technology and Society Colloquia Series. Doyle, faculty emeritus and the college’s Master Teacher in 1984, was a driving force behind the college’s just-ended Centennial celebration.

Faculty panelists drawn from this past year's Centennial Colloquia Series field a question from the audience. From left are Dorothy J. Gerring and Robert A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology; Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology; Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition; Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

Faculty panelists drawn from this past year’s Centennial Colloquia Series field a question from the audience. From left are Dorothy J. Gerring and Robert A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology; Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology; Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition; Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

A biometric image on a smartphone – technology only recently embraced by Bock (third from left) – recalls her September lecture on identity protection.

A biometric image on a smartphone – technology only recently embraced by Bock (third from left) – recalls her September lecture on identity protection.

While recognizing the role of technology in effecting change, Gerring said it is but one factor in converting public will into progressive action.

While recognizing the role of technology in effecting change, Gerring said it is but one factor in converting public will into progressive action.

Nursing major Sadie E. Bebko, of Allegany, N.Y., defends her generation against the suggestion that reliance on technology has left her peers unable to read a map or finish a book. While she and her peers avail themselves of shortcuts, she rebutted, they are more than capable of processing and retaining the complex information necessary to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Nursing major Sadie E. Bebko, of Allegany, N.Y., defends her generation against the suggestion that reliance on technology has left her peers unable to read a map or finish a book. While she and her peers avail themselves of shortcuts, she rebutted, they are more than capable of processing and retaining the complex information necessary to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Six Penn College faculty members, who combined for four enlightening and provocative lectures during 2014’s Centennial Colloquia Series, reconvened on campus Wednesday night for a roundtable recap. The discussion, titled “Riding the Wave of Technological Change: Revolution or Evolution?” was held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The group (Dorothy J. Gerring, Robert A. Wozniak, Lisa R. Bock, Mark D. Noe, Rob Cooley and Craig A. Miller) ably kicked around the connection between technology and progress, entertaining questions from moderator James E. Cunningham and the audience.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Graphic Design Students, Alumni Win Advertising Accolades

The "Lucky Break Lanes" logo earned Brenna C. Richner, '14 graphic design, an Award of Distinction from American Graphic Design & Advertising's annual awards competition. The entry was also a finalist in the "Best of Category Award" for logos.

Four seniors enrolled in graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology and three graphic design alumni recently earned recognition in the American Graphic Design & Advertising awards, a national competition recognizing excellence in design by professionals and students.

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Roundtable to Continue Discussion of Technology and Society

Pennsylvania College of Technology will continue the dialogue engendered by its Centennial Colloquia Series – designed to explore the impact of technology on society – by hosting a roundtable discussion with the series’ faculty presenters.

Scheduled for Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, the discussion is titled “Riding the Wave of Technological Change: Revolution or Evolution?”

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Penn College Engages in STEM Awareness in Tioga County

Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology at Penn College, center, shares scientific insights with Tioga County eighth graders at the STEM Awareness Career Day.

A biology professor and an assistant dean from the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented at the first STEM Awareness Career Day, held recently at Wellsboro Area High School’s administration building.

Conducted by the Tioga County Development Corp. in conjunction with Shell Appalachia and several other organizations, the event drew approximately 530 Tioga County eighth-graders from all three county school districts – Northern Tioga, Southern Tioga and Wellsboro.

Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology (anatomy and physiology), and Michael J. Reed, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: liberal arts and sciences, were among educators offering insights into the exciting opportunities available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Scholarship Memorializes Penn College Faculty Member

John J. Messer, an associate professor of Web and interactive media, is clearly in his element in this Spring 2014 lab photo.

Friends and family of John J. Messer, a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member who fought a courageous battle against brain cancer, have established a scholarship fund in his memory.

Messer, who taught in Penn College’s web and interactive media major, died Jan. 5 – barely two weeks before his 50th birthday. The clinical trial that extended his life and the inspirational way in which he maintained his optimism against the odds, were featured in the Spring 2013 issue of the college’s One College Avenue magazine.

The scholarship fund was started by a group of John’s longtime friends from his college years in Oneonta, New York.

“In keeping with John’s mantra of ‘eyes forward,’ we wanted to create a continuing legacy so that his inspiration and influence could live on,” some of those friends said in a joint statement. “Penn College and his students were very important to John. Our hope is that this scholarship will allow future generations of Penn College students the benefit of being touched by John’s selflessness and positive energy.”

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‘Celebration of Life Fundraiser’ to Be Held Jan. 17 for Faculty Member

John J. Messer (center), assistant professor of Web and interactive media, with students

John J. Messer (center), assistant professor of Web and interactive media, with students

The Jan. 5 death of John J. Messer, an assistant professor of web and interactive media and a Penn College faculty member since January 2002, has been announced by the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. A celebration of his life – and a fundraiser to benefit the Geisinger Health System Foundation for Brain Tumor Research – will be held by his family at 3 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center. Messer’s long and valiant battle against glioblastoma multiforme, which was diagnosed in November 2010, was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of One College Avenue magazine. Coinciding with what would have been his 50th birthday the following day, the Jan. 17 event will include a basket raffle and a variety of other activities intended to boost donations to brain-cancer research. Contributions to the Geisinger Foundation can be made online or at the PDC; checks should note “Brain Tumor Research in Honor of John Messer” on the memo line. Anyone wishing to contribute items for the fundraiser is asked to contact Pat Coulter, Denise Leete or Lisa Bock.

Scholarship Honors Professor Emeritus at Penn College

Darryl and Dawn Kehrer

Two alumni of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s immediate predecessor institution have established a scholarship honoring Daniel J. Doyle, professor emeritus of history and a former administrator at the college.

Darryl and Dawn (Wahler) Kehrer, both 1972 liberal arts graduates of Williamsport Area Community College, have endowed a scholarship in honor of Doyle.

“The annual award is an enduring way to honor Dan Doyle’s nearly four decades of commitment to Penn College students,” Darryl Kehrer said.

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Human Services Students Donate Funds to Veterans Group

From left: Jenice L. Phillips-Harrold, Williamsport; Amanda R. Tyler, Brockport; Erin L. Sullivan, Elizabethtown; Chad E. Hahn (presenter), Hughesville; Paul Spurgin (recipient), Keystone Wounded Warriors; Travis S. Draper, Williamsport; LaQuinn N. Thompson, York; April M. Tucker, Muncy; Jessica J. Eisely, Middleburg; Brittany E. Goldinger, Bainbridge; Chelsea D. Woodland, State College; Meagan R. Kolk, Blossburg; Deborah E. Wells, Montoursville; and Stacey L. French, Montoursville. Goldinger is a human services major; the rest are enrolled in applied human services.

Students enrolled in a Community and Organizational Change class at Pennsylvania College of Technology raised more than $3,000 for a worldwide fair-trade organization and donated a portion of their sales to a veterans group based in Berks County.

The human services class conducted a Ten Thousand Villages sale last month and was permitted to donate 10 percent of its sales total to another nonprofit of its choice. The class chose Keystone Wounded Warriors Inc., of Blandon.

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