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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.

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.

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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Graphic Design Students Earn Advertising Accolades

Award-winning Penn College graphic design students are, from left: Madison M. Miller, of Danville; Morgan A. Hummel, of Northumberland; Morgan T. Jennings, of Canton; Kimberly S. Filko, of State College; and Erin M. Schlesinger, of Lock Haven.

Five graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently earned American Advertising Awards in the American Advertising Federation Northeast Pennsylvania competition. The students earned three Silver, three Gold and Best in Show honors, capturing seven of the 13 student awards presented by the organization. Additionally, one student’s work has been selected for publication in an international design annual. Continue reading →

Alumni Couple Enjoys Belated (but Still Sweet) Visit to Campus

"Alumni Sweethearts" Aurora D. (DiRocco) and Joshua A. Bonner enjoy early spring outside the Victorian House.

As Pennsylvania College of Technology’s reigning “Alumni Sweethearts,” Joshua A. and Aurora D. (DiRocco) Bonner visited campus this past weekend to stay overnight at the Victorian House and dine in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Their trip to campus, initially scheduled for Valentine’s weekend (Feb. 15-16), was postponed due to winter weather, but springtime rolled out an even better red carpet.

“Seeing the campus in spring, preparing to bloom, was worth the wait,” Aurora said. “The weather was gorgeous!”

The Bonners, both 2003 advertising art graduates who reside in Tunkhannock, were greeted upon arrival by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist, and given a tour of campus.

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Centennial Mosaic Project Seeks Materials, Volunteers

A detail from a large commissioned mosaic created by David A. Stabley last summer

A mosaic art installation is set to unfold on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus this spring, and students and employees are invited to join in the assemblage by donating materials and volunteering time.

The Centennial Mosaic, designed by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, will be created on the south 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 traveled, dreams and the pleasure of learning through hands-on work,” according to Stabley.

For the mosaic project, Stabley is seeking donations of ceramic tile, marble and mirror.

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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 →

Transfer Pacts Established With Harrisburg Area Community College

Pennsylvania College of Technology and Harrisburg Area Community College recently entered into articulation agreements allowing graduates of HACC’s graphic design and HVAC programs a smoother transition if they choose to continue their education at Penn College.

Students graduating with an associate degree in graphic design from HACC can transfer the block of technical credits and general education course work into the bachelor-degree graphic design major at Penn College.

HACC students graduating with an associate degree in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning: career associate program can seamlessly enter Penn College’s bachelor-degree program in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology. 

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Ceramics Instructor Exhibits Work at East Stroudsburg University

Artwork by David Stabley: Untitled, 15" x 15" wall tile. Low relief carved earthenware, decorated with a wax-based patina.

Artwork by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was displayed at the Madelon Powers Art Gallery at East Stroudsburg University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center from Feb. 10 to March 14.

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Newly Chosen ‘Alumni Sweethearts’ to Be Feted in Valentine’s Visit

Bonners selected as Alumni Sweethearts

Bonners selected as Alumni Sweethearts

Joshua A. and Aurora D. (DiRocco) Bonner, who graduated in 2003 with degrees in advertising art, have been selected through Facebook polling as Penn College’s 2014 Alumni Sweethearts. The Tunkhannock couple, one of three in the running in the third annual contest, will receive dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant on main campus on Saturday, Feb. 15, as well as an overnight stay in the college’s Victorian House and breakfast Sunday morning. Watch PCToday for more; in the meantime, who couldn’t use a love story right about now?

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