News about Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

An Artist’s Journey to Engineering

Hannah Michelle is at home in the welding lab …

… and in the painting studio. In both places, using her hands to create comes naturally.

From the Fall 2015 edition of One College Avenue, Penn College’s official magazine: Student Hannah Michelle Scheimreif links the seemingly opposite disciplines of studio art and welding and fabrication engineering technology. “In engineering, you’re solving problems and coming up with new ideas, and in art, you’re solving problems and coming up with new ideas,” she said. “It coalesces very nicely.” Read “Double Major

History Faculty Member Assists With World AP History Exam

Craig A. Miller

A history faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology is helping to develop various components of the 2017 Advanced Placement World History Exam.

Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science, says the AP World History Exam, including the AP European and AP United States History Exams, will change format and structure in 2017. As a member of the exam’s leadership team, Miller is engaged in developing new scoring rubrics for two portions of the exam.

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Chemistry Professor Presents at Teaching Conference

Kelly Butzler

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, presented at the 12th annual Teaching Professor Conference, held recently in Atlanta.

Her presentation topic was “Take Note! The Synergistic Effects of Metacognition and the Flipped Classroom.” Butzler is an avid educational advocate for “flipped classrooms” – a blended learning approach to standard classrooms.

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Penn College Student Helps Optimize Little League Website

Penn College student Tammy R. Smith, of South Williamsport, is helping to optimize the Little League Baseball website.

The talents of a Pennsylvania College of Technology Web and interactive media student have been called into play to enhance the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series website.

The website will see a lot of traffic during the 11-day championship, occurring through Aug. 30 and drawing 16 teams and thousands of fans to the Little League Baseball World Series complex, a few miles from Penn College’s main campus.

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Reed Named Interim Dean at Penn College

Michael J. Reed

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Michael J. Reed interim dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications.

Reed, who has more than 20 years of leadership, teaching and counseling experience, previously served as assistant dean in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, working collaboratively with the mathematics, natural sciences and communications faculty.

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Penn College Economics Professor Active at Conference

Abdul B. Pathan

An economics professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented a paper and offered other expertise at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Economics Association, held recently at Penn State Berks in Reading.

Abdul B. Pathan presented a paper titled “Ready-Made Garments Trade of Bangladesh and USA” at the gathering. The paper focuses on the growth, problems and prospects of ready-made garment production and issues of trade between Bangladesh and the Western world, with special reference to the United States.

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Faculty Member Presents at Engineering Education Conference

Thomas E. Ask

Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial and human factors design at Pennsylvania College of Technology, participated in the American Society of Engineering Education’s conference, held recently at Villanova University.

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College Receives Funding Aimed at School Readiness for Children

Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a $10,766 grant to align its early childhood education curriculum with recently revised Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for early childhood and school-age professionals.

The college has entered a one-year contract with Berks County Intermediate Unit, the fiscal agent for the Pennsylvania Key, which provides statewide leadership in coordinating early childhood education, quality improvements to programs and professional-development support. The Pennsylvania Key operates in conjunction with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, which is jointly overseen by the state Department of Human Services and the state Department of Education.

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Biology Professor Publishes International Resources

David L. Evans

David L. Evans, recently retired professor of biology (anatomy and physiology) at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has added publications to his long list of educational resources used by professors around the world.

Evans coauthored an instructors’ resource contained in “Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications and Issues” (Fifth Edition), a test bank for human biology published by Goodenough/McGuire. His coauthor for the resource was Mark A. Sarvary, director of Investigative Biology Laboratories at Cornell University.

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Penn College Students Earn Industry Certifications

Pennsylvania College of Technology students representing seven different majors recently proved their mastery of computer aided drafting and design software programs by passing certification exams.

Fifty-two students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam and one student earned Autodesk Inventor Professional certification. SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor are industry-standard 3-D parametric software programs used primarily within the engineering drafting and design profession.

“Two years ago, we completely revised our curriculum to closely align with current industry standards and technology,” said J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “Our enrollment in the engineering design program has substantially increased since these changes were made. This year, we more than doubled the number of students who successfully completed the exams. I am very pleased with the increase in certified users. The certification is an external validation that our curriculum is meeting industry standards.”

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Imagination, Real-World Possibilities Merge at Digital Future Camp

Matthew A. Bamonte (right) who graduated last month with a bachelor's degree in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, assists a young camper with his question.

Young campers learn how to program simulation on a Lego robot.

Apps are where it's at! A group of campers learns how to develop mobile applications under the tutelage of Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology.

A study in concentration

Campers and their mentors pause for a group shot in front of the ATHS after lunch on their final day.

Forty high school students from across Pennsylvania explored potential careers in Penn College’s fourth annual “Designing a Digital Future Camp” on Tuesday and Wednesday. The campers, entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade this fall, embraced the boundless employment possibilities of gaming, Web design, product design, mobile applications and graphic design during hands-on workshops in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the Bush Campus Center. The popular camp, one of a number offered on campus this summer, is a collaboration of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

Emergency Management Majors Coordinate Response in Disaster Drill

Richard A. Knecht (background), director of Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, watches as students Christopher H. Warney, of Williamsport, and Jamie L. Steer, of South Williamsport, take action.

Shakeem J. Thomas (right), of Brooklyn, N.Y., joins Warney (left) and Corbin P. Snyder, of Harrisburg, in a busy downtown conference room.

With a map of greater Williamsport nearby, Snyder and Christina R. Inman, of Sugar Grove, keep on top of the situation.

Monitoring the ever-changing flow of information are (from left) Steven J. Moon, of Williamsport; Brandon A. Schrimp, of Williamsport; and Cory Crider, of Sicklerville, New Jersey.

Effectively teaming up are Madison H. Januchowski, of Montoursville, and Daniel S. Lewis, of Hamilton Square, New Jersey.

In collaboration with the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, Penn College emergency management technology students recently participated in a disaster exercise at the city’s Emergency Operations Center in response to a tornado impacting the greater Williamsport area. Students role-played as EOC staff members in response to the “disaster” and simulated the coordination that would occur among emergency management; first responders; nongovernmental organizations; businesses; and local, county, and state government agencies.

Penn College Student Receives Mapworks Scholarship

Dalaney T. Vartenisian

For her response to a national contest regarding how participation in a program offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology helped her, a Penn College student was recently selected to receive a Mapworks Scholarship.

The recipient, Dalaney T. Vartenisian, of Trout Run, is a Dean’s List student in the college’s Web and interactive media major and holds a part-time job on campus as a student photographer.

The Mapworks Scholarship is a national contest for first- and second-year college students who have participated in the Mapworks program. Mapworks is an online retention-management tool that helps facilitate student success. It identifies at-risk students early in the academic year and provides tools to coordinate and manage support and necessary interventions for these students. Penn College began using Mapworks in the fall of 2011 for all first-year students.​

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Early Educator Association Honors Penn College Lab Assistant

Jodi L. Binkley, early childhood education lab assistant at Penn College, receives the Outstanding Early Educator Award from the Central Susquehanna Association for the Education of Young Children at its 20th annual conference.

Jodi L. Binkley, of South Williamsport, received the Outstanding Early Educator Award from the Central Susquehanna Association for the Education of Young Children at its 20th annual conference, held recently in Penn’s Inn in the Bush Campus Center on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College Approves In-State Tuition Rates for Jamestown Grads

Pennsylvania College of Technology established an agreement that affords graduates of Jamestown Community College the opportunity to enroll at Penn College at the current Pennsylvania in-state rates.

Graduates must have earned an associate degree from Jamestown Community College to qualify.

“Jamestown Community College has grown to a multicampus institution, with graduates that often live and work in the counties that border Pennsylvania. The out-of-state tuition was creating a barrier between our institutions,” said Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at Penn College. “We have an opportunity with Jamestown to collaboratively broaden access to baccalaureate-degree attainment in the Twin Tier region and strengthen the economic base.”

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