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Who Designs the Future?

Graphic design student Ainsley R. Bennett adds shadow to a still-life sketch. Hand-drawing skills remain important in the college’s graphic design and advertising art majors.

In a Penn College lab, a student polishes graphics for a class project.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: As detailed in the first episode of the “Working Class” television series, a knack for design and creativity is essential to other fields, including science, math, engineering and technology. Read “Who Designs the Future?

Board Member, Alumna Establish Penn College Scholarship

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Mary Ann and Steve Johnson.

A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors and his wife, an alumna of the legal assistant/paralegal studies program, have established a fully endowed scholarship at the college.

The Steve and Mary Ann Johnson Scholarship will benefit students who are enrolled full time; have served in the U.S. military, are on active duty, are enlisted in the Reserves or National Guard, or are dependents of a veteran who was 75-percent disabled or died because of their service; have an academic standing of sophomore or greater; and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

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Faculty Member Attains Psychologist Licensure, Logs Clinical Service

Susan Slamka

Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has attained licensure as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and recently completed one year of full-time clinical service at the Children’s Development Center, a division of Hope Enterprises Inc., in Williamsport. The accomplishments were achieved during Slamka’s 2015-16 sabbatical.

Slamka completed the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychology Law Exam, both required for licensure as a psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Center Hosts ‘Maker Week’ for Early Elementary Students

Children smile at a freshly printed toy.

Before they headed back to elementary school, a group of children at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center got a hands-on taste of the technical world, exploring how things are made.

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Thriving Software Designer Found Life’s Purpose at Penn College

Tom Giannattasio has been fascinated with design since childhood, an interest led him to a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Penn College. After graduating in 2006, he worked as a software designer for the likes of Apple and Twitter before creating his own web-design tool, Macaw. Today, Giannattasio is director of product, design tools at InVision App in Washington, D.C. As his career continues to flourish, he remains “extremely thankful” for his education. As he says in a video posted to the college’s YouTube channel, “It filled a piece of my life that I needed before I could go out and actually succeed in the real world.” (Giannattasio’s story is also featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Penn College Magazine.)

Physics Faculty Present Talks at Conference

Physics faculty present talks

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology physics faculty members presented talks at the American Association of Physics Teachers – Central Pennsylvania Section conference, held recently at Moravian College, Bethlehem.

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‘Working Class’ TV Episode Earns Telly Award

"Working Class"

The premiere episode of “Working Class,” a public television series produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, has earned a 2016 Telly Award.

The series was honored with a bronze award statue and certificate.

The Telly Award is acknowledged as a premier award for film and video productions, including outstanding local, regional and cable programming. The 36th annual competition this year considered more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

“Working Class: Dream and Do,” which premiered in January, appears regularly on WVIA. It also has aired on other Pennsylvania public television stations including WHYY and MindTV in Philadelphia, WQED in Pittsburgh, WLVT in Allentown, and WPSU in State College.

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Student Affairs Personnel Assume Director Posts at Penn College

Two promoted to director-level posts

Two Student Affairs employees at Pennsylvania College of Technology were promoted to director-level positions at the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

Anthony J. Pace was named director of student activities, and Katie L. Mackey is the new director of campus and community engagement.

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Out-of-the-Classroom Curb Appeal

Stabley, at far right, and his band of new environmental artists encircle one of the creations.

A stone spiral crafted by Stabley and Dexter G. Smith, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, is an eye-catching element.

When Clint J. Walker and Joshua K. Kryder found this nest that had fallen near their project site on the second day of work, they incorporated it into their design. Walker is an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation student; Kryder majors in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

“A waterfall effect” is the artistic attempt by James A. Jeffries (left) information technology sciences: gaming and simulation, and Daniel W. Deshong, a 2015 diesel technology grad now enrolled in the applied management major.

Luke D. McFalls, welding and fabrication engineering technology, and Patrick M. Murray, aviation maintenance technology, aimed for balance in these two small arches.

As an icebreaker exercise to launch the fall semester, David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, led students in his ART 142 wood sculpture class through an exploration of the environmental art created by famed British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The students then moved out of their Bush Campus Center lab and into nearby landscaping areas, and, in pairs, created their own environmental art pieces using stones and other found objects. “I wanted them to start thinking outside the box,” Stabley said. “The weather was nice, and so many people who were walking by commented on the project and asked questions like ‘What class is this?’ – it all became part of the process.” While ultimately temporary artwork, the small project continues the tradition of artistic exploration and artwork around campus.
Third and fifth photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Gallery Receives Private Grant for 10th Anniversary Catalog

The “Take Ten” catalog documents the 10th anniversary exhibition at The Gallery at Penn College.

In support of a catalog documenting its 10th anniversary celebration, The Gallery at Penn College has received a $5,250 grant from a private foundation based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation awarded funding to support the gallery’s “Take Ten” catalog, created as part of the special anniversary exhibition running through Oct. 9.

The foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of contemporary visual art, primarily through the support of catalogs and other publications produced by organizations outside the nation’s cultural centers that document exhibitions of work by emerging or under-recognized artists.

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A Midtown Monument to College’s Community Involvement

A grand opening ... and a grand celebration!

The Penn College family’s contributions to the new Trade & Transit Centre II (and its artistic sense of place) were unveiled at the facility’s ribbon-cutting in downtown Williamsport on Friday morning. Brett T. Mulroy, of Kresgeville, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration, was recognized for design elements that served as a template for the entry portal at the site. Among other honorees were Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, who restored the statue of Chief Woapalane that once stood at the entrance to Brandon Park. And a certificate of appreciation was presented to Christopher E. Keiser, a 1995 landscape/nursery technology alumnus and member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, employed by Larson Design Group.

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Education Secretary Impressed by Visit to Penn College

Before enjoying lunch in the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, Rivera shows children the photo he took of them on his cellphone (and shared via Twitter).

Rivera and college President Davie Jane Gilmour check out the Centennial art installation, “Student Bodies,” during a leisurely stroll on the campus mall.

In the college’s welding labs, David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, discusses the discipline’s career opportunities.

During a roundtable discussion, area educational representatives share insights.

The president and secretary discuss Penn College's collaborative efforts with Lycoming College and area school districts.

State Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera visited main campus on Thursday, touring the Dunham Children’s Learning Center and Penn College’s welding labs before joining area education luminaries for a panel discussion about “Schools That Teach.” The former superintendent of the School District of Lancaster later tweeted his favorable review of his afternoon:  “Great visit @PennCollege. Engaging & dedicated faculty and staff. Smiling faces & creative projects. Impressive!”

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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