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Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Events Faculty & Staff Students

Graphic designer offers ‘how-to’ on finding one’s own voice

Journals, prompts, motivations, exercises and zines await visitors to the gallery …
Journals, prompts, motivations, exercises and zines await visitors to the gallery …
… where they can have a seat in the inspiring space …
… where they can have a seat in the inspiring space …
… or browse the array of artistic expression.
… or browse the array of artistic expression.

A space for inspiration and contemplation awaits students and employees at The Gallery at Penn College, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library.

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February 23, 2021
Alumni Career Services College Relations Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students

New Penn College center helps transform tomorrow

Physician assistant students at Pennsylvania College of Technology were among the first to visit the school’s new Center for Career Design. The facility is home to College Relations and features numerous free services to assist students with all things career-related. The center also offers ample networking and conference space to facilitate interaction among students, alumni and industry partners.

A new Pennsylvania College of Technology facility dedicated to helping students, alumni and industry partners transform tomorrow is earning high marks today from its first group of visitors.

The Center for Career Design introduced its variety of free resources and offered one-on-one assistance to students majoring in physician assistant studies. The recent experience complemented classroom workshops presented by Career Services staff for the students’ Professionalism and Ethics course.

An “accommodating environment” is how Bryan M. Bilbao, of Old Forge, described the center. “One day we will be in the real world having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, talking to people in a professional manner in a professional setting. It was very cool to come over here and try to encompass those things into one,” he said.

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Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students

Center for Career Design helps transform tomorrow … today

The Center for Career Design at Pennsylvania College of Technology is earning high marks from visitors. Physician assistant students were among the first to use the center’s free resources for all things career-related. Located as part of College Relations on the third floor of the Madigan Library, the facility brings together students, alumni and industry partners to benefit tomorrow’s workforce. The center’s offerings include resume/cover letter development, free business cards and professional clothing options, as well as space for interviews and networking. “One day, we will be in the real world, having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, as well as talking to people in a professional manner, as well as in a professional setting,” Bryan M. Bilbao, a physician assistant studies major from Old Forge, says in a video about the center. “So it was very cool to come over here and try to encompass all of those things into one.”

February 11, 2021
Alumni Architecture & Sustainable Design Civil Engineering & Surveying College Relations Engineering Technologies Scholarships

Scholarship honors former LDG leader, promotes diversity

Inspired by the mission of the 50K Coalition, a new scholarship established at Pennsylvania College of Technology by Larson Design Group (LDG) supports diversity and honors the longtime service of the firm’s former president and CEO.

The 50K Coalition focuses on a bold national goal of producing 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. The Keith S. Kuzio Larson Design Group Scholarship at Penn College will be awarded to a full-time, diverse candidate studying in the architecture and engineering fields at the college. The yearly scholarship includes a summer internship.

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February 10, 2021
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Events Faculty & Staff Gallery

‘Second Nature’ exhibit offers inspiration for journaling

“Second Nature,” featuring works by an area graphic designer, Sarah Patterson, is available for viewing on the website of The Gallery at Penn College.

An area graphic designer’s 100-day dedication to a drawing and writing practice has culminated in an exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College. “Second Nature,” featuring works by Sarah Patterson, also offers inspiration on establishing a journaling routine.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Gallery at Penn College is temporarily closed to the general public; however, highlights from the exhibit can be viewed on the gallery’s website. The virtual display shares supplemental resources including journaling exercises and prompts. Penn College students will also be invited to consider a journaling practice during the exhibit’s run through April 9.

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February 4, 2021
Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Faculty & Staff Students

321 … countdown to a career!

Staff help physician assistant students with resume writing in the spacious office layout, which accommodates individual attention in a socially distanced environment.
Staff help physician assistant students with resume writing in the spacious office layout, which accommodates individual attention in a socially distanced environment.
Visiting the station for ordering business cards is Olalekan L. “Larry” Showunmi, a senior in physician assistant studies from Dover.
Visiting the station for ordering business cards is Olalekan L. “Larry” Showunmi, a senior in physician assistant studies from Dover.
Constance J. “Connie” Plankenhorn (left), of Williamsport, and Chaela Swink, of Hughesville – seniors in physician assistant studies – enjoy the view of the library lawn from a high-top table in the inviting entryway.
Constance J. “Connie” Plankenhorn (left), of Williamsport, and Chaela Swink, of Hughesville – seniors in physician assistant studies – enjoy the view of the library lawn from a high-top table in the inviting entryway.
Olivia A. Forney, of Williamsport (foreground), another physician assistant studies major, refines her resume.
Olivia A. Forney, of Williamsport (foreground), another physician assistant studies major, refines her resume.
PA majors explore the options in the Career Gear clothes closet, which helps students make impactful impressions at job interviews and networking opportunities.
PA majors explore the options in the Career Gear clothes closet, which helps students make impactful impressions at job interviews and networking opportunities.

Students got acquainted with the many services available at Penn College’s new Center for Career Design – the consolidated home of College Relations in Room 321 of Madigan Library – during a Wednesday morning event. The center will foster collaboration among students, graduates and employers to ensure students’ career readiness, while enhancing alumni connections and fulfilling unmet workforce needs for the college’s business/industry partners.

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February 4, 2021
Alumni Dental Hygiene Nursing & Health Sciences

Recent dental hygiene grad shares expertise at home and abroad

Lori Dietz

With her keen knowledge of the ties between oral and overall health, recent Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Lori Dietz hopes to help people near and far.

Here in Pennsylvania, the registered dental hygienist, who earned her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Penn College in December, already has a full plate educating and caring for others as a part-time, private-practice dental hygienist and an adjunct clinical instructor for first- and second-year dental hygiene students at Northampton Community College.

Recently, as part of her Penn College senior capstone project, Dietz, of Pen Argyl, educated peers in the dental profession on the role of a dental team in helping patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

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January 25, 2021
Alumni Business, Arts & Sciences

YouTube, autos and anthropology lead to Aussie adventure

December Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Joseph C. Lusk (right) celebrates a second-place finish at Heartland Raceway in Moama, Australia, as part of the Late Model Racing Victoria Series. Lusk spent a month in Australia (early in 2020, before COVID- 19 travel restrictions), racing with the team of Danny Amato and completing an anthropological study. (The Amato car is in the background, at right.)

Like many his age, Pennsylvania College of Technology student Joseph C. Lusk grew up admiring YouTubers, dreaming of becoming a celebrity by posting clips of his video gaming. But combining his YouTube fascination with another passion – racing – gained him his first experience abroad, practicing his favorite activity behind the wheel of a late model race car in Australia.

Well before he started watching YouTube vloggers play video games, Lusk, of Linden, watched NASCAR races on television with his dad on Sundays.

“I was drawn to that, and it was my favorite thing,” said Lusk.

So when he was 3, his parents, Hal and Cathy Lusk, bought him a go-kart for Christmas.

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Alumni Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Students

Calculator loan program benefits veteran, active-duty students

Regina M. Peluzzo

A veteran student’s donation of a calculator upon her graduation from Pennsylvania College of Technology sparked the launch of a calculator loan program for other veteran and active-duty military students at the college.

Regina M. Peluzzo, a U.S. Air Force veteran who earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering technology (summa cum laude) in May 2020, donated her TI-84 calculator to the Major General Fred F. Marty Veterans & Military Resource Center at the college, knowing it might be helpful to another veteran student.

Peluzzo’s thoughtful gesture inspired grant funding from Walmart Foundation and private support from the Marty family to establish a calculator loan program for fellow veterans.

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January 14, 2021
Alumni

In unconventional year, college keeps Farm Show tradition alive

While the 105th Pennsylvania Farm Show has been transformed to a virtual event for 2021, the college’s culinary arts program is maintaining its tradition of involvement in the eight-day show that celebrates the state’s agricultural industry.

The Farm Show’s virtual events are being featured throughout this week on social media and through the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

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January 13, 2021
Alumni Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Industrial Design Students

Alum’s newsletter article retraces ‘young designer’s journey’

Hadden designed the 3D-printed memento gifted at the Fall 2018 dedication of The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College – just one of the ways in which she's left her mark.
Hadden designed the 3D-printed memento gifted at the Fall 2018 dedication of The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College – just one of the ways in which she’s left her mark.

An article by 2019 alumna Nina M. Hadden, recounting the challenging and rewarding opportunities that her Penn College education has brought about, has been published by the Industrial Designers Society of America. “This wonderfully creative major encompasses so many different outlets and allows you to explore just about any field you could think of,” she wrote of her four-year degree. “Though there are what could be considered ‘traditional’ jobs, I have learned that there are actually many careers that an industrial design major can go into.” Hadden’s piece fittingly mentions the quality of the college’s faculty, as Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design – adviser to the Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists – was elected in 2019 as IDSA’s Northeast District Educator. In that capacity, he represents all industrial design programs at colleges and universities within the region.

December 14, 2020
Alumni

Student achievement awards announced for December grads

Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced the recipients of the student achievement awards for its December graduates.

Due to pandemic-related restrictions, graduates who would have marched in Fall Commencement ceremonies this month have been invited to participate in combined Fall-Spring Commencement ceremonies in May 2021. For more, visit the December 2020 Graduates webpage.

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December 14, 2020
Alumni Automotive Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

Graduating automotive major commissioned as Army officer

Ana Coste pins gold bars onto the uniform of her son, Andrew Placencia, of Reading, during his commissioning as an Army second lieutenant in a Dec. 12 ceremony at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology senior was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant in an outdoor ceremony held Saturday morning at the college.

Joined in person on the Bush Campus Center patio by family members and online by livestreaming well-wishers, Andrew Placencia, of Reading – a Bald Eagle Battalion ROTC cadet earning a degree in automotive technology management – will be branched into the Army Ordnance Corps.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Honda Students

Automotive alum makes ‘PACT’ to earn public’s trust

Alain JohnsonA 2015 graduate of Penn College’s two-year automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis, Alain Johnson is straddling two worlds: sharing through his day job what he has learned, while working to add a bachelor’s degree to his toolkit. A technical training instructor for American Honda Motor Co., Johnson recently discussed his career path in a blog post – from growing up in Jamaica to honing his workplace philosophy on campus. His advice for tomorrow’s automotive technicians? “Always do right by your customers no matter what role you play. The experiences you have with others will ultimately have an impact on your success within your career.”

December 9, 2020