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‘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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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

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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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.

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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Graphic Design Showcase Ends at Mid-Month

Morgan T. Jennings, of Canton, shows off his work to a classmate.

"Design: 2015" open through May 15 – the eve of spring commencement.

Lora A. Bacharach, of Williamsport, in front of her work

A folding, space-themed booklet made by Ashley N. Smith, of Saylorsburg

Design: 2015,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College, continues through May 15. Featuring the faculty-chosen work of 14 graphic design students, the show opened with a public reception Friday evening. Summer hours are in effect at the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturday and Monday).
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Graphic Design Portfolios to Be Showcased at Penn College Gallery

Design students' portfolios on display in college gallery

Fourteen graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2015,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, May 1, 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 15.

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