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05.20.2022

Architecture alum featured in WVIA’s ‘Careers That Work’ series

Kalvin-Gold joins co-workers Visco (left) and Eric E. Laughrey, who graduated from Penn College in 2001 with a degree in architectural technology.
Kalvin-Gold joins co-workers Visco (left) and Eric E. Laughrey, who graduated from Penn College in 2001 with a degree in architectural technology.

Haley M. Kalvin-Gold, who earned an associate degree in architectural technology during the spring semester, is profiled in a new video posted to WVIA’s “Careers That Work” playlist. Kalvin-Gold, an architectural technician with Anthony H. Visco Jr. Architects in Williamsport, takes viewers through a day in the life of a drafter – a career that supports architecture, civil engineering, electrical work, manufacturing and construction.

Kalvin-Gold, on a site visit to the Muncy Bank & Trust Co. offices under construction in South Williamsport.
Kalvin-Gold, on a site visit to the Muncy Bank & Trust Co. offices under construction in South Williamsport.

“We do a range of things,” says Kalvin-Gold, who will return to campus in the fall in pursuit of a bachelor’s in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. “From projects and visits and field measuring to drafting, modeling in 3D and 2D, and creating hand sketches.”

Visco, who also appears in the video, earned his associate degree in architectural technology from Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College and is a member of the School of Engineering Technologies’ Architectural Technology Advisory Committee.

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04.22.2022

Women in Construction enjoy faculty-led Vic House visit

Wozniak (center) talks with the group between the front door and the oak staircase of a Penn College landmark.
Wozniak (center) talks with the group between the front door and the oak staircase of a Penn College landmark.
Wozniak stands at left with Oberlin and Ritter, part of the Women in Construction contingent on The Victorian House tour. Others include Witmer, the active student organization's president (seated, in blue).
Wozniak stands at left with Oberlin and Ritter, part of the Women in Construction contingent on The Victorian House tour. Others include Witmer, the active student organization’s president (seated, in blue).
The tour stops in one of the building's four bedrooms, inspired by Williamsport's rich lumber-era heritage.
The tour stops in one of the building’s four bedrooms, inspired by Williamsport’s rich lumber-era heritage.

Members of the Penn College Women in Construction club – including President Makenzie Erinn Witmer, a construction management student from Bellefonte, and Amanda Faylene Ritter, the organization’s vice president and treasurer – were among those treated to a recent tour of The Victorian House. Rob A. Wozniak, retiring in August as an associate professor of architecture, led the tour of the campus centerpiece, which was dedicated in June 1997 after more than two years of work by students, faculty and staff. “We had a good afternoon learning about The Victorian House, how it was designed by students and what we can learn about how to do some things better in the construction industry,” said Ritter, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student from Williamsport. “It’s Mr. Wozniak’s last semester at Penn College, and he enjoys working with students so we can learn about buildings on campus and apply it to our future careers.” The club is co-advised by Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies, and Jessica U. Oberlin, librarian for information technology initiatives and The Madigan Library’s liaison to the Construction & Architectural Technologies and Materials Science & Engineering & Technologies divisions of the School of Engineering Technologies. “I’m happy we got to do this with Rob before his retirement since it gave an expert insight into the build of The Victorian House,” said Oberlin, who also provided the photos. “This was my first time into the house and I’m glad it was with PCWIC, who will be true women leaders in their fields. They inspire me every day!”

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04.20.2022

Students headed to Denver as ‘Solar Decathlon’ finalists

Gerring and the team, en route to Denver
Gerring and the team, en route to Denver

Pennsylvania College of Technology is fielding one of the 55 teams traveling to Colorado this week for the final round of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge. The college’s team, competing in the “Office Building” category, was among the finalists chosen based on virtual presentations and design submissions during February’s semifinals.

“Our Solar Decathlon team is very excited to be heading to Denver to compete in the final round this coming weekend,” said faculty adviser Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architecture. “They have been developing their design since September and are ready to answer tough questions about their choices and system designs. This is our first competition back on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus for several years and it is a great opportunity for our students to meet others from around the world interested in the future of sustainable building design.”

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04.12.2022

Walls of well-wishers line architecture seniors’ home stretch

Soon-to-be graduates in architecture and sustainable design celebrated the culmination of their education by showcasing projects that embody the many influences at the foundation of their rigorously earned bachelor’s degrees. An exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College through April 15 features the capstone output of 20 students, who gathered Friday with a network of mentors and champions comprised of faculty, family and friends. Alumni also were invited, and the reception was attended by some Architectural Technology Advisory Committee members and representatives of local architectural/design firms. After remarks from Geoffrey M. Campbell, department head and assistant professor of architecture; Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies; and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs and provost, the mic passed to Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architecture. “This is your night. It’s all about you,” he told the seniors, who have endured such challenges as the death of a colleague and the shifting sands of COVID-era instruction. Jabbour (himself about to graduate, with a design doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University) entreated them to hold dear their time with loved ones “because, as you know, change can happen at any moment.”

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03.30.2022

Exhibit showcases students’ sustainable design work

An exhibition displaying the architectural design work of 20 seniors in the architecture and sustainable design major at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be on display April 8-15 in The Gallery at Penn College.

A reception for “Architecture & Sustainable Design: Senior Capstone Projects” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. (with remarks at 5 p.m.) on Friday, April 8, in the gallery on the third floor of The Madigan Library. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Each graduating senior was tasked with the design and development of a significant building in an urban setting. Students will present design process drawings, 3D models and computer renderings depicting their individual design solutions.

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03.25.2022

‘Culture Cafe’ returns travel to academic menu

Faculty members hold display boards touting the Global Experiences trips that they will be leading. From left are Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science (Alaska); Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts (Italy); Kathleen V. McNaul, LEAP adviser-international (representing Roy H. Klinger, collision repair instructor, traveling with students to Italy and France); and Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architecture (Spain).
Faculty members hold display boards touting the Global Experiences trips that they will be leading. From left are Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science (Alaska); Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts (Italy); Kathleen V. McNaul, LEAP adviser-international (representing Roy H. Klinger, collision repair instructor, traveling with students to Italy and France); and Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architecture (Spain).
Stunning images from the various locations on Jabbour's itinerary catch the eye, much like they enticed the 40-plus students booked for the 14-day adventure.
Stunning images from the various locations on Jabbour’s itinerary catch the eye, much like they enticed the 40-plus students booked for the 14-day adventure.
Beneath the red and yellow of Spain's national flag, patrons enjoy a tantalizing meal plated by Dining Services workers Michael I. McNary (also a student in emergency management and homeland security) and Mackensie R. Polys.
Beneath the red and yellow of Spain’s national flag, patrons enjoy a tantalizing meal plated by Dining Services workers Michael I. McNary (also a student in emergency management and homeland security) and Mackensie R. Polys.
Seafood Paella, among the evening's savory dishes
Seafood Paella, among the evening’s savory dishes
John F. Chappo, assistant professor of history/history of technology, talks with Kayla N. Berry, of Waldorf, Md., about international opportunities for learning. Berry is enrolled in the four-year welding and fabrication engineering technology major.
John F. Chappo, assistant professor of history/history of technology, talks with Kayla N. Berry, of Waldorf, Md., about international opportunities for learning. Berry is enrolled in the four-year welding and fabrication engineering technology major.

Student Affairs’ Culture Cafe, held Thursday evening in the Capitol Eatery, allowed the campus community to “Eat, Drink and Travel!” – exploring global learning opportunities while indulging in a Spanish-themed fest. On hand to preview imminent trips, and to whet students’ appetite for enlightening travel in future semesters, were faculty members leading excursions to various destinations: a human services and restorative justice trip to Anchorage, working with YWCA Alaska; immersion into Italy’s sumptuous cuisine; a tour among the iconic automakers of France and Italy; and a firsthand appreciation of the architecture of Spain.

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03.19.2022

Sitting idly by? Not these students!

Six teams of third-year students in Architectural Design Studio V pursued the literal “seat of knowledge” in fashioning functional furniture out of corrugated cardboard on each side of the recent Spring Break. Offered annually since at least 2016, the creative exercise gives the groups two weeks each to design and build full-scale chairs from sheets of the recyclable material that integrate the concepts of function, aesthetics, ergonomics and detail. After their deadline at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, the teams – which made good use of The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College downstairs – reconvened on the second floor of the Hager Lifelong Education Center at 8 the following morning to share their respective projects with peers and judges (who included Geoffrey M. Campbell, assistant professor and department head for architecture, and Rob A. Wozniak, associate professor of architecture). The presentations, as varied as the chairs themselves, gave voice to the students’ development, construction and assembly of their creations – as well as occasional struggles on the path to completion. “If it fails, it fails,” one said of the risk-taking approach. “At least we tried!”

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02.28.2022

Girls get firsthand glimpse at power of possibility

“Thinking outside the box,” the ninth graders began their campus visit in the Thompson Professional Development Center, brainstorming various alternate uses for a pizza box.
“Thinking outside the box,” the ninth graders began their campus visit in the Thompson Professional Development Center, brainstorming various alternate uses for a pizza box.
A bird’s eye view of busy hands in the HVAC lab as the Girl Power participants construct PEX water piping that was later tested to make sure there were no leaks. The girls were assisted by Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology, and three HVAC students: Christie R. Baldwin, of New Milford; Emily K. Cummins, of Williamsport; and Maggie J. Mangene, of Boalsburg.
A bird’s eye view of busy hands in the HVAC lab as the Girl Power participants construct PEX water piping that was later tested to make sure there were no leaks. The girls were assisted by Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology, and three HVAC students: Christie R. Baldwin, of New Milford; Emily K. Cummins, of Williamsport; and Maggie J. Mangene, of Boalsburg.
Dorothy J. Gerring (right), associate professor of architecture, offers a scenic tour of SketchUp 3D modeling. Gerring was accompanied by Amanda F. Ritter, a building science and sustainable design: architectural concentration student from Williamsport.
Dorothy J. Gerring (right), associate professor of architecture, offers a scenic tour of SketchUp 3D modeling. Gerring was accompanied by Amanda F. Ritter, a building science and sustainable design: architectural concentration student from Williamsport.
Blue skies and sunshine greet the young visitors as they make their way on campus.
Blue skies and sunshine greet the young visitors as they make their way on campus.
The afternoon concludes with an online discussion with JEM's Jennifer Ponce de Leon (on computer screen), business development manager, and Margaret Smith, assistant project manager. The girls posed a variety of questions about the professional field in a conversation facilitated by Tanya Berfield (standing), director of K-12 Outreach. Berfield was assisted by Stefanie M. Shipe, coordinator of K-12 Outreach. (They also participated in an evening Zoom session on Feb. 21 with the girls.)
The afternoon concludes with an online discussion with JEM’s Jennifer Ponce de Leon (on computer screen), business development manager, and Margaret Smith, assistant project manager. The girls posed a variety of questions about the professional field in a conversation facilitated by Tanya Berfield (standing), director of K-12 Outreach. Berfield was assisted by Stefanie M. Shipe, coordinator of K-12 Outreach. (They also participated in an evening Zoom session on Feb. 21 with the girls.)

“Girl Power,” aimed at helping ninth graders explore potential careers and boost their confidence through encouraging mentorship by professionals, continued over the weekend at Penn College.

The Feb. 27 agenda included hands-on activities in the college’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning lab and its architecture studio; as well as a Q&A with representatives of JEM Group, a woman-owned construction services firm based in Camp Hill.

The program – a mix of virtual meet-ups on Monday evenings and on-campus sessions on Sunday afternoons – runs through April 24.

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02.14.2022

RIT eases path to architecture master’s for Penn College seniors

An articulation agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology will streamline the postgraduate admissions process for Pennsylvania College of Technology students seeking to complete a master’s degree in architecture there.

The just-signed agreement provides qualified students in Penn College’s four-year architecture and sustainable design major with a smooth pathway to RIT’s graduate program. Interested students would need to apply in the final year of their bachelor’s study, complete all requisite courses with a 3.0 GPA, and fulfill other standard admissions requirements.

Upon satisfactory completion of their Penn College degree, accepted students would automatically be granted advanced placement into the second year of RIT’s master’s program.

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02.03.2022

New architecture bachelor’s degree approved at Penn College

A new Bachelor of Architecture degree at Pennsylvania College of Technology, set to begin accepting students in Fall 2023 (and possibly sooner), will dramatically shorten graduates’ path to professional licensure and markedly broaden their employment opportunities.

With Thursday’s approval by the Penn College Board of Directors, the Construction and Architectural Technologies Division can pursue prestigious accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board: a multiyear undertaking and a long-held objective of the institution’s architecture faculty.

“It’s a tremendous step forward for us,” said Geoffrey M. Campbell, assistant professor and department head, who presented the proposal to the board with Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies. “This has always been the goal. Any architecture program would prefer to be an NAAB-accredited program, and that’s always been what we were hoping for.”

The new major adds a fifth year to the current bachelor’s framework, effectively providing students with a steppingstone to career advancement that doesn’t involve postgraduate study.

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11.18.2021

Achieving goals, on and off the field

Megan A. BugbeeCampus gratitude extends to the sports arena in this “Give Thanks” installment, as Wildcat student-athlete Megan A. Bugbee shares appreciation for those whose philanthropy has benefited her – in and out of the classroom.

Bugbee, from Geneseo, New York, was recruited as a member of the Penn College women’s soccer team and has found academic satisfaction as a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student. Not surprising, considering that the ingredients for success are the same in both worlds: “a level of passion (and) hard work,” whether hitting the books or moving the ball.

Writing for the college’s blog as Thanksgiving approaches, the accomplished senior cited the enhancements she and her teammates have experienced as a result of financial benefactors.

“During my time as a student-athlete, UPMC Field was built and several other facility improvements were completed,” Bugbee said in a Q&A. “Donor support is very much appreciated, and I am grateful for our Wildcat Club members who contribute to help improve our programs.”

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11.15.2021

November’s ‘Service Saturday’ spreads holiday cheer

Twenty-two Penn College students who enjoy volunteering their time – including members of student organizations and the Wildcat women’s basketball team – gathered with Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization specialist, in CC Commons on Saturday to write heartfelt messages of gratitude in nearly 450 holiday cards for military personnel. The cards were donated by Sarah R. Yoder, coordinator of admissions operations, and her husband, Adam J., an industrial technology specialist with Workforce Development; as well as Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services; and Skaluba.

The cards will be distributed with the help of Sarah, who has worked with the United Soldiers and Sailors of America program for the last several years. Her brother, Michael Shott, is a first lieutenant in the Army on active duty, currently serving stateside following a recent deployment.

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11.05.2021

Architecture curriculum enriched through site visits

Layering a respect for history over their career-focused thirst for knowledge, students in two of Rob A. Wozniak’s architecture courses recently benefited from eye-opening visits to the Lycoming County Resource Management Services landfill in Allenwood and the soon-to-open John R. T. Ryan Restaurant & Brewery in a section of downtown Williamsport under extensive redevelopment.

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10.29.2021

Architectural roster ‘studded’ with star quality

First-prize winners (from left): Rodriguez-Polanco, Huaman, Gatchell and Hornak
First-prize winners (from left): Rodriguez-Polanco, Huaman, Gatchell and Hornak
Flexing their second-place muscles (from left) are Bugbee, Hollenbach and Harman.
Flexing their second-place muscles (from left) are Bugbee, Hollenbach and Harman.

“Boohaus,” the third annual costume competition within Penn College’s architecture program, provided an inviting outlet for students already quite accustomed to displaying their handiwork in the second-floor studio. Two groups of seniors participated, each coincidentally drawing inspiration from the studs that serve as fundamental construction support for any successful design. Winning first prize of $120 was the team of Declan W. Gatchell, of Manchester; David T. Hornak, of Spring Mills; Alejandro F. Huaman, of Dingmans Ferry; and Ediel O. Rodriguez-Polanco, of Montoursville – whose members adopted personas that included “Jack (o’ lantern) Stud,” “King Stud” and “Metal Stud.” Second-prize winners, collecting $55 for their efforts, were the “Steel Studs”: Megan A. Bugbee, of Geneseo, New York; Marcie M. Harman, of Nescopeck; and Jason R. Hollenbach, Reading. Rodriguez-Polanco is an architecture and sustainable design major; the others are enrolled in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. Adding to the fun in the Carl Building Technologies Center were refreshments and an imaginatively themed music playlist. (“Werewolves of London” or “Season of the Witch,” anyone?) Three members of the architectural technology faculty served as judges for the contest, the name of which playfully invokes the Bauhaus school of design: Daniel L. Brooks, instructor; Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor; and Tuna Saka, associate professor.

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10.25.2021

Industry leader counsels emerging women in construction

Among those gathering in the PDC on Friday are (from left): Sandra M. Gallick, an architecture and sustainable design student from Linden; Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology; Lester; Bartoldus; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, a building science and sustainable design major and president of the Women in Construction chapter at Penn College; and Amy Coots, principal of academic affairs for the Wellsboro Area School District.
Among those gathering in the PDC on Friday are (from left): Sandra M. Gallick, an architecture and sustainable design student from Linden; Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology; Lester; Bartoldus; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, a building science and sustainable design major and president of the Women in Construction chapter at Penn College; and Amy Coots, principal of academic affairs for the Wellsboro Area School District.
Looking forward to developing a relationship with Penn College women in construction, Bartoldus tells her in-person audience (and NAWIC teammates who joined remotely), "I'm confident we made some good connections here."
Looking forward to developing a relationship with Penn College women in construction, Bartoldus tells her in-person audience (and NAWIC teammates who joined remotely), “I’m confident we made some good connections here.”
Gallick, who produces a newsletter for architecture and sustainable design students, conducts an informal after-lunch interview with the speaker.
Gallick, who produces a newsletter for architecture and sustainable design students, conducts an informal after-lunch interview with the speaker.

The president of the National Association of Women in Construction visited Penn College this past week, engaging faculty/staff and students with the organization’s promise of “Leading builders. Building leaders.” Doreen Bartoldus, water/wastewater construction management leader at Jacobs Engineering, provided an overview of the educational and networking opportunities available to NAWIC chapters. The visit was facilitated by Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies, a longtime friend and colleague of the presenter. Bartoldus has more than 45 years of professional experience as a civil/environmental engineer and construction manager, participating in billion-dollar construction projects including water distribution and treatment facilities, tunnels, community park and recreation facilities, and highways. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (now Tandem School Of Engineering) and a Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business from Green Mountain College. Bartoldus is a registered professional engineer in New York, a certified construction manager, a LEED Green Associate and an Envision Sustainability Professional. In addition to Friday’s luncheon in the Thompson Professional Development Center, she presented “Build It/They Will Come” to a College Avenue Labs audience the night before.

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