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Creative Hands Craft Hearty Gifts

A bevy of bowls await their "big moment" benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

This bowl features a fish imprint

Beauty meets functionality

More than 120 soup bowls, crafted by Penn College students, have been donated to the Williamsport Soup & a Bowl event, benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This is the fifth year the college’s creative hands have added warmth and functionality to this community effort. Set for Friday, Feb. 17, the 11th annual fundraiser will be held at The Genetti Hotel and Suites in downtown Williamsport. With a Mardi Gras theme, the gathering features three seatings (11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.) in addition to a takeout option. Reservations are advised. The bowls being donated by Penn College were created during the 2016 spring and fall semesters by students in Ceramics I classes, a popular elective. The classes are taught by husband-and-wife duo David A. and Deborah L. Stabley, members of the college’s art faculty. The Stableys also manage the Factory Works Clay Studio in Williamsport’s Pajama Factory, and members of that studio created an additional 50 bowls for the Soup & a Bowl event.

Student’s Mural Guides Cyclists Along Road to Better Health

John M. Arrigonie, lab supervisor for exercise science, and artist Lindsey Martin pause in front of the in-progress mural, which was completed between Finals Week and Winter Break.

With her own sketch to guide her, Martin adds wisps of color to a previously blank wall.

The finished mural provides a virtual destination for cycling students.

Graphic design student Lindsey Martin helped the exercise science department to transform a room formerly used to teach CPR courses. The classroom – Room 107 in Bardo Gymnasium – is now equipped for a hybrid Group Cycling and TRX Training class, taught by John M. Arrigonie, lab supervisor for exercise science. Martin has also completed murals for Schneider Electric and Whoodles, a dog grooming and training facility. In the Bardo Gym classroom, Martin’s mural is faced by cyclists on stationary bikes, so she was directed to design a scene that included a path. “I wanted it to be very vibrant,” she said, so her tree-lined path leads to a bright sunset over purple mountains.

Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity

A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”

The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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Student’s Work Brings Branding Upgrade to On-Campus Venue

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Patissier – translated “the young pastry chef” – recently employed new visual branding, courtesy of a graphic design student’s senior project work.

As a student, Breanne M. Chandler, who received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the college in May, was a regular customer at Le Jeune Patissier at the Market, an on-campus venue for baking and pastry arts students to learn about bakeshop production and managing a retail bakery.

“One day, I joked with Chef Charles (R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts, whose classes operate the Le Jeune Patissier sales) that he should have a customer punch card so students like me could earn free pastries,” Chandler said. “I told him that I would even design a card for him. At that time, my motivation for designing for Le Jeune Patissier at The Market was purely centered on my small college student wallet and my big appetite for sweets.”

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Ceramic Exhibit, Benefit Auction Underway in Gallery Lobby

Ceramic artists (from left) pose with their works: Anna B. Graef, State College, electrical technology; John S. Krause, Lebanon, graphic design; Carrie A. Myers, Williamsport, graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture.

Mugs created by Penn College art faculty await silent bidders.

Stabley (second from left) and student visitors enjoy looking at Graef’s works.

Activity is brisk at the silent bidding station for the one-of-a-kind clay mugs being auctioned to benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund.

Stabley sharing his artistic insights with student guests to the gallery lobby.

An exhibit by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, and some of his Ceramics III students officially opened Thursday afternoon in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College. The show, as well as a concurrent silent auction of 10 clay mugs, runs through Thursday, Dec. 8, on the third floor of Madigan Library. The mugs were created by Stabley and nine colleagues among the college’s full- and part-time art faculty. Bidders have until 4 p.m. Dec. 8 to submit offers; money raised will benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund. The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Penn College Students, Faculty Attend ‘Women in Technology’ Event

Female students and faculty from Penn College demonstrated their commitment to technology at the recent College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference in Harrisburg.

More than 25 female students and faculty from Pennsylvania College of Technology demonstrated their commitment to technology by attending a recent statewide event in Harrisburg.

During the College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference, the Penn College contingent experienced a panel discussion with eight women technology leaders and enjoyed networking opportunities.

“It was a very valuable experience for our students,” said Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, who helped organize Penn College’s participation. “The students were able to not only listen to, but also interact with many impressive women in technology. The conference reinforced that gender should never be a barrier to success in technology-focused careers.”

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High School Students Celebrate STEM Day at Penn College

Penn College student Shawn L. Sheeley Jr., of Kersey, shows a high school student how to use surveying equipment. The hands-on workshop was part of a National STEM Day celebration at the college that brought homeschoolers and students from four area high schools to campus.

A group of 90 high-schoolers spent Nov. 8 at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where they explored a variety of careers as part of National STEM Day.

“STEM” is short for science, technology, engineering and math. According to the Population Reference Bureau, U.S. policymakers watch trends in the science and engineering labor force because high-tech workers increase our capacity for innovation and ability to compete in the global economy.

Penn College’s STEM Day activities were designed to give high school students a hands-on glimpse of some in-demand STEM-related careers.

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Student Mosaics Bring Color to Penn College’s Capitol Eatery

Wall hangings designed and made by Penn College students in an Art of the Mosaic course adorn the Capitol Eatery, the college’s largest and busiest dining unit.

When you enter Capitol Eatery, one of the largest and busiest dining units on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the serving area boasts bright splashes of color throughout, but the dining room lacked those vivid accents. That changed this summer, when student works of art were installed on its walls.

While taking a ceramics class offered through the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education department, Dining Services Director Crissy L. McGinness began to envision a way to spruce up the dining unit décor. She approached David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, about a plan to add student-created mosaics, similar to many he and students had created around campus, at Capitol Eatery.

“Dave is a talented ceramics instructor,” McGinness said, “and I was excited to see what he and his students could bring to our dining unit.”

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Design Code

 Tom Giannattasio, ’06, translates ideas to pixels in a WeWork space in Washington, D.C. He is product manager for InVision, working with the likes of Adobe, Twitter, LinkedIn and Uber.

Giannattasio's Macaw app bridges the designer-developer gap.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Graphic design grad Tom Giannattasio’s innovative design/development tool catches the attention of Google, Adobe and InVision, which bought the software. Read “Design Code.”

Graphic Design Students Develop Suicide Awareness Posters

Suicide awareness posters created by Penn College student Kaelyn Y. Walker, a graphic design senior from Williamsport, line a table at a critique session.

Graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology used their skills to create suicide awareness posters to mark September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

“While this was a difficult project in terms of both subject and design solution, ultimately, I think the students got a lot out of the experience and learned just how impactful graphic design can be in terms of public awareness and education,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design.

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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?

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.)

‘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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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