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05.06.2021

What’s going on ‘over there?’

A sneak peek at the site … with Cooley standing at the base of Draus’ ladder.
A sneak peek at the site … with Cooley standing at the base of Draus’ ladder.
A wide shot of the course’s space, south of the ATHS
A wide shot of the course’s space, south of the ATHS
Working on weatherproofing, Draus installs caps on the poles to prevent bees from nesting in them.
Working on weatherproofing, Draus installs caps on the poles to prevent bees from nesting in them.

Curious campus queries are answered here! The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course is beginning to take shape on a lawn south of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. The resource will feature various physical components – from a tire traverse to walking platforms – that will be used for student orientation, Residence Life activities, Penn College summer camps, Workforce Development and corporate training events, and classes, including Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool (HSJ330). Conceived by Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology and environmental science, the course is being built by Tony Draus, of EdVenture Builders, of Bloomsburg, a full-service adventure education company dedicated to enhancing life skills. Activities are designed to help students develop leadership and interpersonal communication skills, and enhance appreciation of their open-air surroundings. With the challenge course, donors Brent and Daria Fish are aligning their passions for business, education, marketing and the great outdoors, converting a collaborative concept into a campus experience. The gift has additional meaning to the Fish and Penn College families, as it is made in memory of Brent’s father, William H. “Bill” Fish, honoring the legacy of a man whose leadership and philanthropic spirit endures in the lives of those he served. A dedication is planned for this summer.

Business, Arts & Sciences College Relations Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Students
05.04.2021

Experienced emergency manager shares ‘boots on the ground’ insight

The crucial role that Incident Management Teams play in a coordinated response to emergencies was recently highlighted for Pennsylvania College of Technology students by a nationally contracted instructor, mentor and consultant.

Susan Taylor-Hall, the executive associate/director of ETC and Associates (and one of the cross-country luminaries rounded up by instructor David E. Bjorkman) met virtually with emergency management students to enlighten them on a variety of rewarding and challenging careers.

Her message to the class was clearly one of partnership, in which each of the disparate agencies involved in emergent incidents functions as part of a fully engaged team. In that spirit, she told the aspiring practitioners, it is vital to know individuals’ strengths and weaknesses. In the heat of the moment in the Emergency Operations Center, being able to tap into and utilize each person’s particular skill, knowledge and ability is crucial for success.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security General Information Students
05.03.2021

Private gathering recognizes students’ publicly visible triumph

The Gallery at Penn College offers ample room for artistic exploration, a venue tailor-made for leisurely wandering by widespread groups.
The Gallery at Penn College offers ample room for artistic exploration, a venue tailor-made for leisurely wandering by widespread groups.
Students and faculty mingle and mark a milestone.
Students and faculty mingle and mark a milestone.
In addition to student’s individual portfolio pieces displayed on gallery walls …
In addition to student’s individual portfolio pieces displayed on gallery walls …
... the exhibition showcases package designs, like this ice cream concept by Devin A. Rumbarger …
… the exhibition showcases package designs, like this ice cream concept by Devin A. Rumbarger …
... and computer monitors offering another visually appealing viewing format, like this display by John J. Grochowski.
… and computer monitors offering another visually appealing viewing format, like this display by John J. Grochowski.

Twenty-one graphic design seniors and their faculty members celebrated “Graphic Design 2021” during a private reception held Friday in The Gallery at Penn College. The annual portfolio exhibition showcases the skills of soon-to-be graduates and can be viewed through Friday, May 7, during gallery hours: 2 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. The gallery is on the third floor of Madigan Library and follows COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols, including requiring masks and adhering to capacity limits. The exhibit can also be viewed online.

Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Gallery Library Students
04.29.2021

Industry insight infuses student brewers’ craft

Yarrington pours samples for the panelists.
Yarrington pours samples for the panelists.
The nose knows! Hamilton considers the aroma of Andrus's Kölsch attempts.
The nose knows! Hamilton considers the aroma of Andrus’s Kölsch attempts.
The room where it happens!
The room where it happens!
Ulmer holds her samples up to compare the colors to the color index on the big screen. Richards is in the foreground.
Ulmer holds her samples up to compare the colors to the color index on the big screen. Richards is in the foreground.
The array of beer samples glows in the twilight of the evening. (Photo by Jennifer L. Ulmer)
The array of beer samples glows in the twilight of the evening. (Photo by Jennifer L. Ulmer)

Seven students enrolled in Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science certificate presented their beers to a panel of industry professionals at an evening gathering this week.

Visiting campus to lend their expertise were: John Callahan, brewing manager, D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc.; Tom Clark, owner/brewmaster, Berwick Brewing Co.; Mark Fabrizio, vice president of brewing operations Victory Brewing Co.; Sean Hamilton, brewer at New York Beer Project and a 2019 graduate of Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science program; and Philip Jensen, head distiller, Big Springs Distilling Co. Also serving on the panel was David S. Richards, professor of physics.

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Alumni Brewing & Fermentation Science Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students
04.28.2021

Students’ kitchen hustle noticed by Derby’s hometown channel

Penn College face masks are in abundance among culinary students fulfilling their Derby duties.
Penn College face masks are in abundance among culinary students fulfilling their Derby duties.

Penn College students and faculty, returning to Churchill Downs to prepare high-end meals for hungry Kentucky Derby crowds this week, attracted news coverage by the Louisville, Kentucky, NBC affiliate.

WAVE3 aired and posted a story detailing the work of Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and his students – in concert, yet again, with David Danielson, executive chef. (Danielson has worked for years with Penn College students during Derby Week, and was on campus in 2016 as part of the Visiting Chef Series.)

“It’s so important that this is the only event we’ve done this year,” Niedermyer said. “We’ve canceled and not committed to anything else, but the college was committed to sending the students to the Kentucky Derby. It’s one of the top sporting events in the world. And for my students, it’s an opportunity to see a level of food production that you just can’t comprehend unless you’re here.”

Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students
04.27.2021

Students provide free IRS-sponsored tax return services

Pennsylvania College of Technology students again provided free income tax preparation services to the community, helping scores of taxpayers file their 2020 returns for a total combined refund amount of $143,919.

“This year, even with our capacity limited (due to COVID-19 protocols), we were able to get 124 federal and state returns filed,” said Bob M. Nolan, instructor of business administration/accounting and finance.

The service, part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the IRS, is designed for taxpayers who have relatively uncomplicated returns to prepare their returns and file electronically.

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Accounting & Finance Business, Arts & Sciences Students
04.23.2021

‘Graphic Design 2021’ highlights talents of 21 seniors

The artistic talents of 21 graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be showcased in “Graphic Design 2021,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

Running April 26 through May 7, the exhibit can be viewed in person at the gallery, which is open 2 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. (It is closed on the weekends.)

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Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Events Faculty & Staff Gallery Library Students
04.22.2021

Two retired longtime faculty earn ‘emeritus’ designation

Two retired faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology – each with decades of service to the institution – have been granted “emeritus” status.

The Penn College Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the faculty emeritus designation for Eric K. Albert, associate professor of automated manufacturing and engineering, who began his employment with the college in 1991, and Chef Craig A. Cian, associate professor of food and hospitality management/culinary arts, who started with the college in 1985. Both men retired in 2020.

“Eric and Craig’s expertise and selfless commitment have created countless long-term opportunities for our students,” said Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Their mission focus and efficacy, coupled with genuine care and concern, brought out the best in our students and colleagues; we will always be grateful for their efforts and accomplishments. Congratulations, Dr. Albert and Chef Cian.”

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Automated Manufacturing & Machining Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff
04.21.2021

Students join ‘swine and dine’ fun at brewery’s BaconFest

It was a “pig deal” in Jersey Shore on Saturday when chef and TV personality Brian Duffy visited Bald Birds Brewing Co. to headline the craft brewery’s BaconFest. Joining Duffy as he butchered a whole pig, grilled and smoked it, and served samples for eager attendees were Penn College culinary arts technology students Palin J. Hurst, of Gardners, and Charlie M. Suchanec, of Tyrone.

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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Students
04.20.2021

Penn College streamlines innovation leadership coursework

Pennsylvania College of Technology, the only institution in Pennsylvania permitted to offer innovation coursework through a partnership with the renowned Eureka! Ranch and Innovation Engineering Institute, has shortened the pathway to earning a competency credential in innovation leadership and the industry-recognized certifications that accompany it.

Beneficial in any field, the innovation leadership competency credential offers three courses that provide the theory, concepts and hands-on activities that teach systematic steps to stimulate – then implement – effective new ideas. Graduates are prepared to lead change within their industries, careers, communities and personal lives.

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Business, Arts & Sciences General Information Innovation & Entrepreneurism
04.17.2021

College rolls out green carpet for Spring Visit Day

Presidential Student Ambassador Rudy C. Shadle, a construction management student from Mechanicsburg, stands ready to answer questions on the campus mall.
Presidential Student Ambassador Rudy C. Shadle, a construction management student from Mechanicsburg, stands ready to answer questions on the campus mall.
Robert K. Vlacich (in khaki pants), assistant professor of automotive service, offers insights inside the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
Robert K. Vlacich (in khaki pants), assistant professor of automotive service, offers insights inside the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
Outside the entrance to Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, Todd M. Keeley, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary, presents a “picture” of what visitors will see inside the labs.
Outside the entrance to Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, Todd M. Keeley, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary, presents a “picture” of what visitors will see inside the labs.
Stopping to smell the tulips in between her busy day of welcoming guests is Presidential Student Ambassador Danielle R. Wesneski, a 2019 baking and pastry arts graduate who will earn her bachelor’s degree in applied management next month.
Stopping to smell the tulips in between her busy day of welcoming guests is Presidential Student Ambassador Danielle R. Wesneski, a 2019 baking and pastry arts graduate who will earn her bachelor’s degree in applied management next month.
Although students couldn’t be on hand due to attendance limitations, video interviews with radiography alumni gave voice to their campus experience.
Although students couldn’t be on hand due to attendance limitations, video interviews with radiography alumni gave voice to their campus experience.

The first of this month’s three Spring Visit Days was held Saturday, giving prospective students a comprehensive peek at Penn College while adhering to pandemic-imposed limitations on attendance. (The Admissions Office will host additional visitation events on Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25.) Attendees began their day with check-in and a presentation in the Klump Academic Center, followed by lab tours in selected academic areas. Optional activities added to participants’ feel for the breadth of life on the vibrant and verdant campus: housing, financial aid, tutoring and other academic support, athletics, placement testing, advisement and scheduling, student organizations, disability services, veterans benefits and dining options. More information about visiting campus is available by contacting Admissions.

Admissions Automotive Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Radiography Students
04.14.2021

Gallery lobby hosts inspired menagerie of masks

Deven W. Carson chose to honor his favorite animal – the buffalo – and added a variety of accents including faux hair, copper and turquoise (and purposely chose to embellish only the right eye for added intrigue).
Deven W. Carson chose to honor his favorite animal – the buffalo – and added a variety of accents including faux hair, copper and turquoise (and purposely chose to embellish only the right eye for added intrigue).
A barn owl offered inspiration to Ryan D. Beck, a building automation engineering technology student from Port Matilda. Instead of cutting out a big knot in the wood block he was carving, he opted to add a unique "branch" element to his artwork.
A barn owl offered inspiration to Ryan D. Beck, a building automation engineering technology student from Port Matilda. Instead of cutting out a big knot in the wood block he was carving, he opted to add a unique “branch” element to his artwork.
Artistic expression comes in all shapes and styles.
Artistic expression comes in all shapes and styles.
An African goddess adorned with copper and a natural beauty mark was crafted by Skyla E. Feerrar, a graphic design student from Avis.
An African goddess adorned with copper and a natural beauty mark was crafted by Skyla E. Feerrar, a graphic design student from Avis.
Jutting from the wall at an eye-catching distance is a "primal multi-animal" creation (at top) by Scott R. Martin, of Blue Bell, enrolled in residential construction technology and management. Vincent A. Travascio's crescent moon offers another unique dimensional piece.
Jutting from the wall at an eye-catching distance is a “primal multi-animal” creation (at top) by Scott R. Martin, of Blue Bell, enrolled in residential construction technology and management. Vincent A. Travascio’s crescent moon offers another unique dimensional piece.

A variety of creative creatures has gathered in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College – and the campus community is invited to view the inventive offerings.

Crafted by students in two Spring 2021 classes of Wood Sculpture (ART142), 25 wood masks are on display. The masks are made from a block of pine wood and were carved by hand with gouges, mallets and rasps.

Students took inspiration from African masks and were required to utilize basic design principles such as repetition, variation and negative space. Instructor David A. Stabley encouraged them to enhance the uniqueness of their pieces by incorporating color, texture and mixed-media additions.

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Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Gallery Students
04.13.2021

ConCreate Design Club’s video draws national notice

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student organization’s video about a viable do-it-yourself alternative to traditional concrete – with humor among its key ingredients – was a Top 20 finisher in a recent competition sponsored by an industry trade group.

Three members of the college’s ConCreate Design Club, a student chapter of the American Concrete Institute, produced and co-starred in the seven-minute video, which was entered in ACI’s Concrete Solutions Competition. Participating were Madison L. Kistler, of Kutztown, club president; vice president Harrison H. Wohlfarth, of Midlothian, Virginia; and Noah W. Shafer, of Towanda, a member of the club’s board of directors.

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Alumni Building Construction Business, Arts & Sciences Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students Technology Management
04.09.2021

What is human services and restorative justice?

Instructor Sarah S. Moore tackles the most commonly asked questions about a career path that runs the gamut of options, from probation officer to working in foster care, in the latest Penn College Q&A video. “It’s a generalist degree. You’re looking at things from a multi-prong approach. It’s interdisciplinary and students have the ability to tailor that major based on their interest,” Moore explains. “Students often minor in areas of psychology, criminal justice or emergency management. Being able to do that helps the student to earn their degree, but yet be able to focus or specialize in an area that interests them.” In a brisk, informative four minutes, learn how you can inspire change and enrich the lives of others with a career in human services and restorative justice.

Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Students