News: Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Penn College Welcomes JCC Transfer Students

Thomas E. Ask, right, professor of industrial and human factors design at Penn College, works on a clay model with a student. Students from Jamestown Community College may transfer to Penn College and complete a Bachelor of Science in industrial and human factors design.

Jamestown Community College and Pennsylvania College of Technology have established a seamless pathway for students interested in pursuing an innovative and interdisciplinary degree that incorporates art, design and engineering. 

By completing prescribed coursework at Jamestown Community College, students may transfer to Penn College and complete a Bachelor of Science in industrial and human factors design. 

The degree prepares students to design marketable products in the fields of industrial design and product and packaging design, as well as the emerging and growing field of human factor and sustainable design.

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Assistant School Dean Appointed at Penn College

Michael J. Reed

Michael J. Reed has been appointed assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: liberal arts and sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Reed comes to Penn College from the Williamsport Area School District, where he most recently served as head principal at Williamsport Area High School.

“Mike Reed is a welcome addition to the leadership of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Mike has more than 20 years of experience in progressively more responsible positions. He has consistently built collaborative teams among his faculty to improve teaching and learning. He has excelled in every endeavor, and we look forward to him joining the Penn College family.”

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Boeing 727′s Makeover Continues to Draw Media Interest

WBRE interviews school dean

WBRE interviews school dean

Tysanner gets a closer look at the plane's labyrinthine landing gear, just one area for aviation students' hands-on learning.

Tysanner gets a closer look at the plane’s labyrinthine landing gear, just one area for aviation students’ hands-on learning.

The plane's student-designed sheath beautifies a generous gift and promotes Penn College values.

The plane’s student-designed sheath beautifies a generous gift and promotes Penn College values.

Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner interviewed Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, on Thursday for a piece about the former FedEx plane donated to Penn College – recently cocooned in vinyl and ready for another academic year of training students at the Lumley Aviation Center.

HACC Counselors Discuss Transfer Options During Campus Visit

Visitors from Harrisburg Area Community College get together with their Penn College counterparts outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Visitors from Harrisburg Area Community College get together with their Penn College counterparts outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, doubles as laboratory tour guide.

Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, doubles as laboratory tour guide.

Six transfer counselors from Harrisburg Area Community College traveled to Penn College this week to learn more about the transfer process. During their stay, the counselors reviewed current and potential articulation agreements, and, with their academic program peers, discussed advisement from two-year degrees into Penn College’s four-year programs. The counselors also had the opportunity to tour academic labs, hear about services offered to international students and study-abroad opportunities, visit Madigan Library, and enjoy lunch and conversation at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. “This was a great opportunity to collaborate with Penn College faculty to create transfer paths for our students,” said Gina Bowers-Miller, a counselor and faculty member in HACC’s Computer Information Security program.  “The exchange provided the opportunity for us to forge meaningful connections with our counterparts at Harrisburg Area Community College and between our shared program areas,”  said Clifford P. Coppersmith, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications at Penn College. “We look forward to following up with visits by HACC students to our programs in the fall to further their knowledge of these continuing educational opportunities in paralegal studies and emergency management.” HACC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so, in the spirit of institutional celebrations, enjoyed Penn College’s Centennial additions around campus, including the mosaic and the History Trail. The visit was coordinated by the Office of Transfer Initiatives, charged with fostering stronger relationships with community college partners.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, director of transfer initiatives  

Retired Into Educational Service, Former FedEx Plane Gets ‘Airtime’ on WNEP

Sullivan's son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.

Sullivan’s son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.

While work continues on the "degrees that work" tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college's instructional fleet.

While work continues on the “degrees that work” tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college’s instructional fleet.

The multimedia journalist captures "B-roll" footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.

The multimedia journalist captures “B-roll” footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.

Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.

Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.

As a donated Boeing 727 nears the end of a two-month makeover, Newswatch 16 reporter Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center on Wednesday to prepare a story about the monumental exterior work on the former FedEx transport plane. Taping her segment outside the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Papa interviewed Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Kevin P. Sullivan, lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, about both the “wrap” project and the long-term curricular applications for aviation students. The piece initially was broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on WNEP.

Artistry in Aerospace: The ‘Vinyl’ Frontier

A full-bodied view illuminates the scope of the project, which crisscrosses curricular turf and covers the breadth of the Boeing 727.

A full-bodied view illuminates the scope of the project, which crisscrosses curricular turf and covers the breadth of the Boeing 727.

Kevin P. Sullivan (rear), lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, and Timothy A. Miller, lab assistant I, graphic design project, smooth out a tail section emblazoned with a Penn College trademark ...

Kevin P. Sullivan (rear), lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, and Timothy A. Miller, lab assistant I, graphic design project, smooth out a tail section emblazoned with a Penn College trademark …

... and oblige the photographer's request for an above-ground wave.

… and oblige the photographer’s request for an above-ground wave.

An inspiring word offers a fitting comment on the work itself: painstakingly encasing the plane in a vinyl shell that announces its new owner while prominently honoring the donor.

An inspiring word offers a fitting comment on the work itself: painstakingly encasing the plane in a vinyl shell that announces its new owner while prominently honoring the donor.

Putting the "lift" in "facelift," the two high-flying men at work ply their craft.

Putting the “lift” in “facelift,” the two high-flying men at work ply their craft.

An impressive undertaking, befitting one of the largest donations in the institution’s history, is nearing completion at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. As storm clouds gave way to resumption of the work this past week, patient artisans continued to wrap a donated Boeing 727 jet in a snug-fitting vinyl shroud. The plane’s nose-to-tail makeover, as much protective as it is decorative, emblematically replicates the transformational benefit of a Penn College degree.

‘Digital Futures Camp’ Offers Fun and Games … With Purpose

Campers design logos in the Mac lab.

Campers design logos in the Mac lab.

Participants get game-creation guidance from Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology, and Anita R. Wood, assistant professor of computer information technology ...

Participants get game-creation guidance from Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology, and Anita R. Wood, assistant professor of computer information technology …

... and Adobe Illustrator pointers from Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor.

… and Adobe Illustrator pointers from Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor.

Already a tradition after only three years: the donning of camp T-shirts for an "official" group photo

Already a tradition after only three years: the donning of camp T-shirts for an “official” group photo

College's abundance of technology showcased during lab-based workshops

College’s abundance of technology showcased during lab-based workshops

Penn College’s third annual “Designing a Digital Future Camp” introduced dozens of high school students to an enticing two-day menu of career-based workshops this week. The campers – rising sophomores, juniors and seniors – learned about employment opportunities during eight sessions (four each) in gaming and web and interactive media; developed personal computer games and mobile applications; networked with faculty, staff and students; and got a slice of campus life during an overnight stay in college housing. The event, which has attracted capacity crowds since its debut in 2012, culminated in a gaming tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Class Completes Centennial Mosaic Artwork at Penn College

A mosaic created for Penn College’s Centennial by eight students and an instructor adorns a wall at the Physician Assistant Center on the main campus.

Piecing together approximately 14,000 fragments of ceramic tile, marble, mirror and stones, eight students and an instructor took one month to create a beautiful legacy in the center of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus.

The Centennial Mosaic, designed by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, is now complete on a wall of the Physician Assistant Center in the middle of campus. Measuring approximately 17 by 25 feet, the mosaic’s design relates to “social connectedness, paths travelled, dreams and the pleasure of learning through hands-on work,” according to Stabley.

For the installation of the artwork, Stabley led a team of students enrolled in a three-credit course titled, “The Art of the Mosaic.” The class met four days a week from May 19 through June 19.

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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 →

‘Wrap’ Artists Prepare to Sheathe Plane in College Attire

A behemoth on the tarmac, the plane seems even more enormous when partially pulled into the spacious Lumley Aviation Center hangar.

A behemoth on the tarmac, the plane seems even more enormous when partially pulled into the spacious Lumley Aviation Center hangar.

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (left) and aviation instructor Michael R. Robison begin the laborious process of painting over the plane's prior corporate identity.

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (left) and aviation instructor Michael R. Robison begin the laborious process of painting over the plane’s prior corporate identity.

A retired Boeing 727 donated to Penn College in March 2012 will soon wear the logo of its owner, courtesy of an effort than spans several of the institution’s academic schools. The former FedEx Express plane made its last flight more than two years ago, when it was delivered to the Lumley Aviation Center for a new life among the college’s instructional fleet. That new life includes a new coat, which was designed by Kyle R. Taylor for an illustration class taught by Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design. (A 2013 graphic design graduate, Taylor is now employed by Schoolwires Inc. in State College.) Moving the plane was quite an exercise, involving faculty/staff from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies and the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Welders from the latter school fabricated an adapter for a hitch on the light-duty diesel lab’s GMC 3500 truck, which pushed and pulled the 727 from the west pad to the hangar. Transportation faculty/staff recently began washing, sanding and painting the tail section, the first steps toward wrapping the plane in a collegiate cocoon of vinyl. Kevin P. Sullivan, lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, is overseeing students’ output of the various pieces that will attractively cover the aircraft. Watch PCToday for more on the project.

Teaching Honors Bestowed Upon Faculty Trio at Penn College

Awards for teaching were presented to three full-time faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology during commencement ceremonies held May 16-17 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award to Dorothy M. Mathers, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing.

Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented to Peter B. Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology, and Kevin R. Derr, professor of legal assistant studies.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented to full-time faculty at Penn College who have been nominated by their students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance. Since the program’s inception in 1982, awards have been presented to 95 honorees (30 Master Teacher and 65 Excellence in Teaching).

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Bibs Wrap Up Early Educators’ Year

Early Educators Club provides "Bibs for Babies."

Early Educators Club provides “Bibs for Babies.”

Penn College students' handmade help accepted at local high school.

Penn College students’ handmade help accepted at local high school.

Through a “Bibs for Babies” project, three members of Penn College’s Early Educators Club delivered handmade bibs and burp cloths to a parenting class at Williamsport Area High School. Accepting the bibs on behalf of the class, which is offered through Susquehanna Health, was high school student Elizabeth Kilburn. From left in accompanying photo are Katlynn M. Peck, of Thompsontown; Kilburn; Brittany M. Ottenmiller, of Troy, and Brooke C. Smith, of Doylestown. Peck will graduate this month with her Associate of Applied Science degree in early childhood education. Ottenmiller and Smith will return in the fall as sophomores in the early childhood education major. Other end-of-academic-year activities enjoyed by the club were a science fair at George A. Ferrell Elementary School in Picture Rocks and a visit to a preschool and a Montessori school in State College.
Photos provided by Jodi L. Binkley, early childhood lab assistant

Ten Near-Graduates Share Talents With Gallery Crowd

Graphic design seniors, from left: Ryan D. Mull, Kimberly S. Filko, Anthony P. Levan Jr., Erin M. Schlesinger, Stephen W. Houseknecht Jr., Madison M. Miller, Morgan A. Hummel, Emily C. Bigger, Brenna C. Richner and Justin G. Kasubick.

Graphic design seniors, from left: Ryan D. Mull, Kimberly S. Filko, Anthony P. Levan Jr., Erin M. Schlesinger, Stephen W. Houseknecht Jr., Madison M. Miller, Morgan A. Hummel, Emily C. Bigger, Brenna C. Richner and Justin G. Kasubick.

Schlesinger gets a hug from a very proud grandmother.

Schlesinger gets a hug from a very proud grandmother.

During the introductory gallery talk, Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs, discusses the versatile skills that graphic design graduates carry into the marketplace.

During the introductory gallery talk, Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs, discusses the versatile skills that graphic design graduates carry into the marketplace.

Miller and family members explore artistic offerings on the computers showcasing students' digital work.

Miller and family members explore artistic offerings on the computers showcasing students’ digital work.

In addition to opening his portfolio to an opening-night crowd, Mull exhibits a confidence that will serve him well in the workforce.

In addition to opening his portfolio to an opening-night crowd, Mull exhibits a confidence that will serve him well in the workforce.

More than 100 people attended Friday evening’s premiere of student creativity in The Gallery at Penn College, where 10 graphic design seniors are showcasing their visionary flair. Hours for “Design: 2014,” which continues through May 16 on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays.

Graphic Design Seniors Exhibit Work in The Gallery at Penn College

Ten graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2014,” an annual exhibition showcasing seniors’ creative portfolio work in The Gallery at Penn College.

Posters, books, magazine spreads and logos are some of the featured items in this culminating project of the students’ college curriculum.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9. The students will be available to discuss their work, and Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs, will deliver a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The design work will be on display through May 16 in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library.

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Student’s Ceramic Work Exhibited in Gallery Lobby

Graphic design student Jamie L. Mahoney’s works are on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through May 9.

The ceramic artwork of Pennsylvania College of Technology student Jamie L. Mahoney is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of the Madigan Library. Mahoney’s exhibit opened April 11 and will continue through May 9.

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Faculty Member, Students Present at Penn State Symposium

A Pennsylvania College of Technology chemistry faculty member and two students were invited speakers recently at the Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry; Meghan C. Cunningham, a sophomore in individual studies from Williamsport; and Brian M. McKeon Jr., a freshman in general studies from Trout Run, co-presented a session titled “Flipping the Classroom: Is it Worth the Hype?”

A “flipped classroom” is a blended learning approach to a standard classroom. The presentation offered perspectives on teaching and learning in a variety of courses, how students and teachers perceive a flipped classroom, and how the flexible approach affects students’ learning outcomes.

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