A Midtown Monument to College’s Community Involvement

The Penn College family’s contributions to the new Trade & Transit Centre II (and its artistic sense of place) were unveiled at the facility’s ribbon-cutting in downtown Williamsport on Friday morning. Brett T. Mulroy, of Kresgeville, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration, was recognized for design elements that served as a template for the entry portal at the site. Among other honorees were Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, who restored the statue of Chief Woapalane that once stood at the entrance to Brandon Park. And a certificate of appreciation was presented to Christopher E. Keiser, a 1995 landscape/nursery technology alumnus and member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, employed by Larson Design Group.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Mulroy (right) is congratulated by Rob A. Wozniak (left), associate professor of architectural technology, and Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies ...

Mulroy (right) is congratulated by Rob A. Wozniak (left), associate professor of architectural technology, and Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies …

... beneath a project that honors Mulroy's influence while paying tribute to its historical surroundings.

… beneath a project that honors Mulroy’s influence while paying tribute to its historical surroundings.

Flynn (left) and Stabley stand before their towering achievement.

Flynn (left) and Stabley stand before their towering achievement.

A marker details the artists' painstaking process of salvage and restoration, including disassembly, remediation of wood rot, reconstruction and refinishing.

A marker details the artists’ painstaking process of salvage and restoration, including disassembly, remediation of wood rot, reconstruction and refinishing.

Keiser, an LDG project manager whose impressive resume includes a Penn College degree, accepts accolades for his design of the River Portal sculpture.

Keiser, an LDG project manager whose impressive resume includes a Penn College degree, accepts accolades for his design of the River Portal sculpture.

One of Mulroy's renderings incorporates heavy timber, an homage to the city's lumber heritage and the nearby Susquehanna River.

One of Mulroy’s renderings incorporates heavy timber, an homage to the city’s lumber heritage and the nearby Susquehanna River.

Stabley (background) and Flynn relive their recovery work through a commemorative marker.

Stabley (background) and Flynn relive their recovery work through a commemorative marker.

A grand opening ... and a grand celebration!

A grand opening … and a grand celebration!

Chief Woapalane, rescued by local publisher Jim Webb and returned to public display by the talented hands of Penn College art faculty

Chief Woapalane, rescued by local publisher Jim Webb and returned to public display by the talented hands of Penn College art faculty

A crowd turns out for the dedication of a Trade & Transit Centre II, among other creative centerpieces of an ongoing downtown renaissance.

A crowd turns out for the dedication of a Trade & Transit Centre II, among other creative centerpieces of an ongoing downtown renaissance.

Representing Penn College's substantial role as a community sponsor for the project, Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, introduces (from left) Webb, Flynn and Stabley.

Representing Penn College’s substantial role as a community sponsor for the project, Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, introduces (from left) Webb, Flynn and Stabley.

The new Midtown Landing Portal, created by L.R. Kimball's Michael Snyder (and inspired by student work), takes its place among such established landmarks as The Genetti Hotel.

The new Midtown Landing Portal, created by L.R. Kimball’s Michael Snyder (and inspired by student work), takes its place among such established landmarks as The Genetti Hotel.

Local architect Anthony H. Visco Jr. (right), whose initial inquiry brought the portal project to the college's Architectural Design Studio III class, is joined by (from left) Miller, Mulroy, Wozniak and Bridgens.

Local architect Anthony H. Visco Jr. (right), whose initial inquiry brought the portal project to the college’s Architectural Design Studio III class, is joined by (from left) Miller, Mulroy, Wozniak and Bridgens.

The original plaque, accompanying the Native American statue when it was installed in Brandon Park in 1990, has traveled with the chief to his new domain.

The original plaque, accompanying the Native American statue when it was installed in Brandon Park in 1990, has traveled with the chief to his new domain.

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