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11.15.2022

Student traveler’s breathtaking adventure prompts ‘Thank you’

Diana M. GaglioneThe halfway mark in Penn College’s “Give Thanks, Paw It Forward” series of profiles belongs to Diana M. Gaglione, whose 14-day Global Experiences trip to Spain left her grateful for those who helped her embrace the “unimaginable beauty” of traveling outside her comfort zone.

“The opportunity to experience a new culture was priceless to me. Words cannot describe how valuable it was for every person on this trip,” said Gaglione, who is majoring in building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. “We all gained a new understanding of the world. It’s been easier to see the beauty in everyday life because of it.”

Those who echo her praise for the benefactors who contribute in so many ways to students’ overall college experience are invited to share their appreciation via social media during this year’s campaign (Nov. 12-18) using #PCTgrateful.

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11.14.2022

Club honors classmate’s memory through display of studio work

Club Vice President Makenzie E. Witmer (left), a construction management student from Bellefonte, and President Amanda F. Ritter, of Williamsport, a building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student, display the framed poster.
Club Vice President Makenzie E. Witmer (left), a construction management student from Bellefonte, and President Amanda F. Ritter, of Williamsport, a building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student, display the framed poster.
A late student will be memorialized through a lasting display of her artwork.
A late student will be memorialized through a lasting display of her artwork.

The Penn College Women in Construction club is remembering one of its own, showcasing a late classmate’s work on the second floor of the Hager Lifelong Education Center.

22-year-old Ashley D. Gentile-Wing died in a March crash in Naples, Maine.
22-year-old Ashley D. Gentile-Wing died in a March crash in Naples, Maine.

Ashley D. Gentile-Wing was pursuing an associate degree in architecture and bachelor’s in residential construction technology & management when she died in a March 6 vehicle accident in Maine. (Both degrees were posthumously awarded by former President Davie Jane Gilmour during the college’s Spring 2022 commencement ceremonies.)

The student organization framed one of Gentile-Wing’s final designs, a poster depicting the San Giovanni Chapel in Val di Lago, Italy, and will hang it on a south wall near the architecture department.

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11.09.2022

In-state architectural masterwork visited by Women in Construction

The 12-member Penn College contingent enjoys its scenic trip to the popular attraction.
The 12-member Penn College contingent enjoys its scenic trip to the popular attraction.
A driveway leads to the entrance of Fallingwater, named for the waterfall that flows beneath the house.
A driveway leads to the entrance of Fallingwater, named for the waterfall that flows beneath the house.
Ritter (left) and Oberlin stand outside Fallingwater, inhabiting the cantilevered structure's coalescence of art and nature.
Ritter (left) and Oberlin stand outside Fallingwater, inhabiting the cantilevered structure’s coalescence of art and nature.
The group moves inside the Kauffman family's former woodland retreat, designed in the 1930s for the owners of Pittsburgh's largest department store, where its original artwork and furnishings remain intact.
The group moves inside the Kauffman family’s former woodland retreat, designed in the 1930s for the owners of Pittsburgh’s largest department store, where its original artwork and furnishings remain intact.

Five students from Penn College Women in Construction, their family members and three college co-workers toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Fallingwater in Fayette County on Saturday.

“The weather was perfect, and it was cool to see the property in the fall,” said club President Amanda F. Ritter, of Williamsport, a building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student. “We learned a lot about the residence and how the Kaufmann family lived in the house. We also learned how they dealt with the issues that the architecture caused, and how Mr. Wright dealt with those issues when he was alive.”

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10.21.2022

Construction Specialties’ generosity expands college partnership

Construction Specialties, a New Jersey-based building products manufacturer with four local operations in eastern Lycoming County, has appreciably broadened its collaboration with Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The company, a participant in Penn College’s Corporate Tomorrow Makers program, has established an endowed scholarship and sponsored three Pre-College Programs this past summer.

Preference for the Construction Specialties Building the Future Scholarship, which will be awarded annually starting with the Fall 2022 semester, will be given to full-time students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Texas who are pursuing a variety of degrees in the college’s School of Engineering Technologies. Scholarship awards are renewable for up to four years.

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10.14.2022

College’s first post-COVID ‘PA Build My Future’ engages tomorrow’s workforce

The neon T-shirts of students, chaperones and volunteers sufficiently chased away the gloom and allowed a rainy Thursday’s “PA Build My Future” to flourish unimpeded.

A construction career day and industry showcase not held at Penn College since 2019, the event introduced nearly 1,000 students from more than 30 high schools and career and technical centers to the breadth of occupations available in construction and design – thanks, in turn, to scores of exhibitors in and around the Carl Building Technologies Center and other campus sites.

WBRE/WYOU’s Jazzmyn Allen and WNEP’s Chris Keating interviewed organizers and attendees for their respective newscasts, and the event also merited front-page coverage in Friday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

“PA Build My Future” is co-sponsored by a Homebuilding Education Leadership Program grant, with additional assistance from Construction Specialties, the Pennsylvania Builders Association, West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association and Zartman Construction Inc.

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10.14.2022

College Store to host faculty book-signing

Dorothy J. GerringRenewable Energy Systems for Building DesignersThe College Store is holding a book-signing from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday with Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architecture, whose “Renewable Energy Systems for Building Designers” was recently published by Routledge. The profusely illustrated 336-page textbook – available in hardcover, paperback and as an ebook – presents a comprehensive introduction to the latest resources and technologies used in high performance and net zero energy buildings, with a practical focus on the design and integration of these systems. “This textbook and convenient reference offers a single-source guide to renewable technologies, balancing broad knowledge with the details of implementation crucial for successful sustainable design,” the publisher says. “It equips students and professionals with foundations and critical information needed to confidently plan for and meet the highest standards of energy efficiency in new construction and retrofitted buildings.” Books and refreshments will be available at Tuesday’s event; watch PCToday for more about Gerring’s book.

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10.10.2022

Do you want to see the world?

John F. Chappo (left), assistant professor of history/history of technology, finds a receptive audience for a world of possibility.
John F. Chappo (left), assistant professor of history/history of technology, finds a receptive audience for a world of possibility.
Cupcakes and other treats let students know they're in the right place.
Cupcakes and other treats let students know they’re in the right place.

Students learned about Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring 2023 Global Experience itinerary during a recent drop-in session at The LEAP Center, a valuable resource on the first floor of the Davie Jane Gilmour Center, offering a convenient forum in which to explore a half-dozen attractive travel options.

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09.26.2022

Architecture professor previews spring trip to European cities

Jabbour explains the financial expectations, as well as the cultural benefits, involved with the European itinerary.
Jabbour explains the financial expectations, as well as the cultural benefits, involved with the European itinerary.

The Architecture Department and Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architecture, highlighted one of Penn College’s Global Experience programs during a recent information session in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Nearly 100 students attended and were introduced to an immersive interdisciplinary cultural exploration of London, Paris, Florence and Rome during Spring 2023.

“The program allows students to get an amazing study-abroad experience – short, but high-impact – without having to give up a full semester,” Jabbour said. “Gaining a global perspective will set them up for future success.” Check out the poster for more about the May 15-26 trip to England, France and Italy: GLB271
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06.25.2022

What better way to prep for college!

Nearly 140 campers from near and far participated in the past week’s seven Pre-College Programs, giving teens a taste of Penn College through an engrossing variety of academic adventure and social interaction: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience, Automotive Technology, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs and Health Careers.

A second week of camps, featuring an equally tantalizing menu of opportunities spread among eight more programs, convenes in mid-July.  Registrants for both weeks hail from 14 states – some from as far away as Connecticut, Florida and Virginia – and include a camper from Santiago, Chile!

Don’t think high school students are the only ones in on the fun, however! Pre-College Programs include My Tomorrow, a middle school career exploration day camp sponsored by the Soars family, from June 28 to July 1 and July 12-15.

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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 E. Witmer, a construction management student from Bellefonte, and Amanda F. 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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