News about Art, Web Design & Interactive Media

Students Share Website Designs With Nonprofit Clients

Clayton K. Lose, of Waterville, laughs along with the audience at an old photo of himself participating in the Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival for which he created a website.

Rebecca L. Workman, of Valencia, created a new website for Road Radio USA, an organization offering secondary schools free safety assemblies designed to prevent underage drinking and distracted driving.

The attentive audience is filled with fellow students, clients, faculty (including Denise S. Leete near center) and administrators.

Trevor I. Brandt, of Cashtown, showcases the mobile-friendly nature of his new design for Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates. Although enrolled in the Web and Multimedia Senior Capstone, Brandt will earn his degree in applied technology studies.

Michael Bender, of Footprints of Montgomery, a food bank serving the Montgomery community, discusses the design created for his nonprofit by Timothy W. Duncan, of Lakeville (seated behind him).

Students in the Web and Multimedia Senior Capstone course of the web and interactive media major presented their projects at a gathering in Penn’s Inn on Wednesday morning. The students completed 12 web development projects for nonprofit clients in Williamsport and surrounding communities. Several of the clients attended the senior capstone presentations, as well. The course is taught by Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media.

Help Coming ‘Through the First Years’

Dalaney T. Vartenisian, a sophomore in the Web and interactive media major, credits a conversation with her First Year Experience instructor about the stressors she identified in a survey for helping her to progress successfully.

From the Spring 2016 One College Avenue magazine: Penn College’s efforts to help students identify their needs – then meet them – pays off in fewer dropout rates overall and a unique reward for one. Read “Help Coming Through the First Years.”

Students’ Graphic Design Artwork Honored in National Competition

Designs created by Nicholas J. Vetock (left), Shippensburg, and Zachary G. Bird, South Williamsport, were honored as part of AIGA Blue Ridge’s Flux Student Design competition. The seniors traveled to Frederick, Md., for an awards reception.

Creative designs by two graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored by the annual Flux Student Design Competition sponsored by AIGA Blue Ridge, a chapter of the national AIGA organization.

Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, and Nicholas J. Vetock, of Shippensburg, had their work selected from nearly 800 entries submitted in the competition. Bird had two designs selected; Vetock had one design chosen.

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Students Show Off Portfolio Work as Commencement Nears

Design: 2016 offers an eye-opening opportunity for students, faculty, staff, family, friends and community members.

An avid Marilyn Monroe fan, Alexa A. Januchowski displays a jewelry box collection of five Monroe films on DVD, a biography and filmography.

Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, welcomes the gallery crowd and praises the graphic design seniors.

Delicious designs by Breanne M. Chandler, of Glen Rock, tantalize viewers via screen and wall.

A fan of Madison B. Oeler snaps a proud memory of the Montoursville resident.

Design: 2016,” the traditional portfolio display by graphic design majors about to graduate, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through May 13. This year’s exhibition – showcasing the best graphic design, illustration and web work from 14 students’ final semester of study – opened Friday with a public reception. Summer hours are in effect at the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays (and on Sunday, May 8).

Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals

SkillsUSA Pennsylvania

Seventeen first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Three other students finished in the top four places in their respective categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held earlier this month in Hershey.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the competition. The national competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology. I hope next year we can increase the number going to nationals and continue to make the college proud.”

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Igniting Imagination

The pursuit of craft in an open-air "classroom"

Instructor David A. Stabley and his wife, Deborah L. Stabley, an adjunct member of the arts faculty ...

... get down to business with help from Ryan K. Fisher, an engineering design technology senior from Bethel.

Rapid cooling completes the Obvara process.

Beautiful pieces, destined for public display

The beautiful spring weather of late was an ideal time to take learning outdoors for ceramics classes led by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture. On the lawn of the Bush Campus Center, just outside the studio, Stabley fueled the fancy of student artists with Obvara and raku firings. Obvara is a 19th- to 20th-century technique from the Eastern European country of Belarus. A Japanese pottery technique, raku translates to “happiness in the accident.” The resulting unique creations are on display in the cases outside the ceramic studio (CC, Room 159).
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

‘Design: 2016’ Showcases Graphic Design Student Portfolios

Design students' portfolios to be dsiplayed from April 29-May 13

Fourteen graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2016,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, April 29, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 13.

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Graphic Design Alumni Return to Campus to Share Insights

Graphic design graduates (from left) Erin M. Schlesinger, Madison M. Miller, Kyle R. Taylor and Michael A. Siemianowski share their insights with current students in a recent alumni panel.

Four graduates of the graphic design major at Pennsylvania College of Technology returned to campus recently to share their insights with current students.

The alumni panel discussion was sponsored by Penn College’s student chapter of AIGA, a professional association for design.

The alumni who served on the panel are: Madison M. Miller, ’14, graphic designer at Weis Markets, Sunbury; Erin M. Schlesinger, ’14, graphic designer for Burson-Marsteller in Washington, D.C.; Michael A. Siemianowski, ’13, art director at Chemistry Communications, Pittsburgh; and Kyle R. Taylor, ’13, graphic and web designer for Blackboard Inc. in State College.

“This is a great way for current students to see the end result of their education,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design and adviser to the student AIGA chapter. “These alums, who are only a few years out of college, are doing amazing work and are becoming leaders in their field.”

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Penn College Graphic Design Students Earn Gold, Silver Awards

Award-winning Penn College graphic design students are, from left: Onolee M. Oberrender, Zachary G. Bird, Nicholas J. Vetock, Laura H. Pursel and Todd R. Surkovich, accompanied by Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design.

Five graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have earned Student American Advertising Awards from the American Advertising Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania.

In an impressive showing, the Penn College students captured four of six gold awards and six of eight silver awards. They were honored at the association’s annual awards banquet, held Feb. 26 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton.

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Alumni Sweethearts Feted on Penn College Campus

Penn College’s 2016 Alumni Sweethearts, Timothy and Whitnie-rae Haldeman, relax on the porch of the college’s Victorian House, where they stayed this past weekend.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2016 Alumni Sweethearts, Timothy D. and Whitnie-rae (Mays) Haldeman, visited campus recently to stay overnight in the Victorian House and dine in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

The Haldemans, of Hanover, won the fifth annual Alumni Sweethearts contest conducted on Alumni Relations’ Facebook page. Of the 14 couples vying for the honor, the Haldemans received the most votes (or “likes”) – 531 – for their photograph taken on the college’s Victorian House lawn on their wedding day, May 16, 2015.

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Penn College Students Make Soup, Bowls for Food Bank Fundraiser

Students at Pennsylvania College of Technology were among community groups that made soup and bowls for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s sold-out “Soup and a Bowl” fundraiser, held Feb. 19 in Williamsport.

The event, celebrating its 10th anniversary, features a variety of soups, breads and desserts. In addition to lunch, guests leave with a soup bowl donated by a local potter.

Three students in the college’s Diners Club cooked 20 gallons of mushroom bisque and tomato bisque for the event, while each of the 120 students taking the college’s introductory ceramics course in 2015 contributed a handmade bowl.

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New Penn College/WVIA TV Series Connects Education, Careers

Student video production assistant Kashiki E. Harrison views the website for “Working Class,” a new TV series produced by Penn College in partnership with WVIA, which will encourage viewers to make an impact by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. Harrison, of Williamsport, and fellow student videographer Jeffrey A. Stanley, of Stewartstown, assist with the series.

Students and teachers who connect learning with real work experiences will be featured in a new series premiering this month on public television.

“Working Class” will encourage viewers to make an impact in the world by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. The first episode in the series, which is produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology in partnership with WVIA Public Media, will premiere in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on WVIA.

Following the broadcast premiere, series content also will be shared via the Penn College and WVIA websites and on YouTube. Viewers also may follow the series on Facebook and Twitter.

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Three Montoursville Sisters Attend Penn College

Penn College is a family affair for the Bennett sisters, from left, Aubrey G. (nursing), Ainsley R. (graphic design) and Addey L. (diesel technology).

Depending on the preferred cliché, threes may be a threat, a charm or a crowd. For the Bennett family of Montoursville, it’s a triple blessing that all three sisters are attending Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Aubrey G., 23; Ainsley R., 20; and Addey L., 19, are enrolled in a range of majors: nursing, graphic design and diesel technology, respectively.

Aubrey said the proximity of the college to their home and the ability to save money by commuting made the choice “perfect for our situation.”

According to the sisters, they are the first generation in their family to attend college, and their mother was the encouraging factor.

“Mom really pushed for it,” Addey said. “She always said she wanted us to have what she didn’t have.”

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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

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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