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06.19.2021

A wide-open window on a bright-looking future

Pre-College ProgramsMore than a half-dozen Pre-College Programs attracted a knowledge-hungry host of teenagers to Penn College’s campuses in recent days, the season opener for high schoolers’ exposure to next-level academics. Campers were engaged and enlightened among the week’s bountiful offerings: Architecture Odyssey, Automotive, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Health Careers and Information Technology. A second week – inviting more students to test the waters of collegiate opportunity through hands-on learning – will begin July 18.

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06.02.2021

Students earn Innovation Engineer Blue Belt credential

Twenty-seven Pennsylvania College of Technology students received Innovation Engineering Blue Belt certification following their successful completion of all modules within the Principles of Innovation course at the college.

The course teaches the fundamentals of innovation, emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving and stimuli for effective innovation.

“The class helps you to think more broadly and helps you get closer to the consumer,” said Nolan M. Hickok, an industrial design student from Troy.

“I think it helps you push the boundaries of your mind and what you can create,” added Harrison Wohlfarth, a concrete science technology and applied technology studies student from Midlothian, Virginia, citing rapid research and other techniques that “help you to think about what you can add to an idea and combine ideas that you might not otherwise think to combine.”

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05.07.2021

Front-row seats for a student showcase

Matlack meticulously immerses herself in the task at hand.
Matlack meticulously immerses herself in the task at hand.
This year's "cardboard chair" entries silently summon passersby.
This year’s “cardboard chair” entries silently summon passersby.
Heckman (right) talks with Wozniak about design features of his students' work.
Heckman (right) talks with Wozniak about design features of his students’ work.

Two teams of third-year students in Rob A. Wozniak’s Architectural Design Studio V class recently took part in an annual favorite: fashioning cardboard into functional furniture. “Because of social distancing, and not all students being able to participate, it was agreed to be a bonus/extra credit opportunity for those that were interested,” said Wozniak, an associate professor of architectural technology. “These seven students asked if they could … and we are thrilled they did!” Signing on to design and build chairs out of durable and totally recyclable material (all of them enrolled in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration) were Marcie M. Harman, Nescopeck; Jason R. Hollenbach, Reading; and Megan A. Bugbee, Geneseo, New York, who created a solid and sleek lounger, and Adam W. Breckinridge, Lykens; Alejandro F. Huaman, Dingmans Ferry; Grant W. Schaeffer, Ephrata; and David T. Hornak, Spring Mills, who designed a commanding rocker with a footstool. Judges for the informal competition were Melinda D. Heckman, coordinator of career programming; Christa Matlack, women’s soccer coach; Kate M. Wetzel, office assistant to the School of Engineering Technologies; and Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday. But why should they have all the fun? “For a closeup and a ‘test ride,’ and to view their related posters beyond, please stop by,” Wozniak invited. The chairs are at the top of the stairs on the second floor of the Hager Lifelong Education Center, alongside a few pieces that remain from the Spring 2020 BSD352 course.

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03.11.2021

‘One of the most creative, satisfying jobs you can ever have’

Think you have what it takes to design the future? Meet Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology and 31-year member of the Penn College faculty, who discusses the program and leads a virtual tour of the hands-on studio spaces on the second floor of the Carl Building Technologies Center. Outlining how the college’s two architectural degrees prepare graduates for immedite employment, Gerring says “We have a really good blend of our classes between not only some of the theoretical things – ’cause you have to be able to imagine and understand how concepts fit into things over time and across different disciplines – but also very, very solid foundational items so that, as soon as you’re graduating, you can actually walk in an office and you know what a set of working drawings are, and you can be able to be good on the job from the first day that you’re there.”

Architecture & Sustainable Design Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
02.10.2021

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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12.07.2020

Online exhibit highlights globally inspired architectural designs

A restaurant in Argentina, an aquarium in Ireland and a resort in Singapore are just a few of the awe-inspiring architectural design concepts created by Pennsylvania College of Technology students and available for viewing in an online exhibit titled “Architecture & Sustainable Design.”

The virtual display opened Dec. 4 on the website of The Gallery at Penn College and showcases the talents of 15 seniors in the college’s Bachelor of Science degree major in architecture and sustainable design: John H. Bernbaum, Waynesboro; Collin J. Egelhoff, Loganton; David B. Fischetti, Mechanicsburg; Stephanie A. Flick, Wind Gap; Kristina M. Holland, Mechanicsburg; Taylor J. Hurst, Etters; Liam W. Jones, Reading; Chad M. Karper, Hummelstown; Olivia Kleman, Shamokin; Austin J. Kohl, Pittsburgh; Damon T. Liuzzo, Carbondale; Keegan B. Mack, Kingsley; Drew P. Miller, Williamsport; Donald J. Reisch, Lititz; and Dylan T. Spanier, Dillsburg.

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08.13.2020

Ten first-year students chosen as ‘BE Scholars’ at Penn College

Ten students embarking on their first semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been chosen as Built Environment Scholars in a program that rewards academic talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related career fields.

Each was awarded a scholarship ranging from $4,250 to $7,000, funded through a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to increase retention, graduation and workforce preparedness for students in many of Penn College’s STEM-focused construction and engineering majors.

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05.14.2020

Online architecture exhibit showcases students’ talents

Celebrating the talents of graduating seniors, Architecture & Sustainable Design 2020 is viewable on The Gallery at Penn College’s webpage.

The online exhibit showcases the work of students earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s building science and sustainable design major.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a May 14 opening reception was planned for the exhibit in The Gallery at Penn College; however, a shift from the physical space to an online showing was required.

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12.12.2019

Students walk among city’s architectural treasures

ACH112 students, during a pause in their walking tour
ACH112 students, during a pause in their walking tour

Students in Rob A. Wozniak’s Architectural History course, an art elective that attracts students from a variety of majors, recently closed out the semester with a brisk stroll among downtown Williamsport’s rich selection of buildings and styles. The course is typically taught in the spring, but Wozniak (an associate professor of architectural technology) kept the same schedule for the fall term – which meant “a bit of a chill.” The class followed an informative pamphlet compiled several years ago, traversing a self-guided loop that encompasses 23 structures within a one-mile area. Among the historic buildings are the First National Bank Building at 21-25 W. Third St., the city’s first “skyscraper;” the former county prison at 154 W. Third St., built shortly after the Civil War; the Ulman Opera House at 2 E. Third St., where Mark Twain promoted “The Innocents Abroad” on New Year’s Eve in 1869; and the much-beloved James V. Brown Library at 19 E. Fourth St. “If you’re looking for something to do, bundle up as the students did,” said Wozniak, who also provided the photo. “Or put it on hold for the warmer days ahead.”

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11.13.2019

Preservation students tour city’s historic ‘Herdic Row’

Classmates stand outside the Peter Herdic House Restaurant, among the impressive Victorian structures that form Williamsport's Millionaires' Row.
Classmates stand outside the Peter Herdic House Restaurant, among the impressive Victorian structures that form Williamsport’s Millionaires’ Row.
An architectural detail catches the camera's eye.
An architectural detail catches the camera’s eye.

Liz Miele and Hannah Ramsauer recently hosted Historic Preservation (BSD410) students on a site visit to the adjacent properties that comprise “Herdic Row” in Williamsport: the Peter Herdic House restaurant, Peter Herdic Inn and a third building that was recently purchased by the Miele family.

“It is always so valuable to get the students out of the classroom to reinforce topics discussed in class,” said Rob A. Wozniak, an associate professor of architectural technology (who also provided photos). “While on site, Ms. Ramsauer shared her love for the history, including some of what was done to restore the structures.”

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10.19.2019

‘PA Build My Future’ extends its reach in Year Two

Penn College’s second annual PA Build My Future event, an interactive academic and industry showcase on Thursday, provided more than 900 high-school students with an opportunity to experience the full range of possibilities in the construction and design field. Scores of current students in the School of Construction & Design Technologies joined faculty and administrators, along with many of the college’s commercial benefactors, in guiding visitors toward their potential careers.

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10.17.2019

Newswatch 16 visits ‘PA Build My Future’

Student Christine Limbert begins Fall Break by mentoring others.WNEP’s Chris Keating visited campus for Thursday’s PA Build My Future, filing a report on the second annual introduction of secondary students to the wide-open world of construction and design careers. Keating visited indoor and outdoor exhibits facilitated by industry sponsors, Penn College faculty and current students (who gave up a day of Fall Break to excitedly represent their respective majors). Included in the broadcast were Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies; building construction technology instructor Levon A. Whitmyer; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, enrolled in architectural technology; and Lucas Vandergrift, a sophomore at Wellsboro High School who was among the day’s 929 students from nearly 30 high schools and career and technical centers.
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09.10.2019

Students bolster classroom lessons through industrial site visit

ACH119 students visit Centre Concrete on Fairfield Road, Montoursville, for a much-appreciated tour.
ACH119 students visit Centre Concrete on Fairfield Road, Montoursville, for a much-appreciated tour.

Students in Rob A. Wozniak’s Building Materials I class recently visited Centre Concrete in Montoursville, valuably leaving the classroom to reinforce topics learned on campus. “Discussions and demonstrations around the plant included aggregate types, moisture content, tests for concrete slump, temperature, and air and compression, along with applicable discussion on admixtures, batching, travel distance and related costs,” said Wozniak,  an associate professor of architectural technology. “On site, retaining wall block and pervious concrete was also observed and spoken about.” Building Materials I is a required first-semester course in the two-year architectural technology major, as well as in the four-year building science and sustainable design and residential construction technology and management majors. Its focus is on residential building materials and how they are integrated into students’ drawings and designs.
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07.31.2019

Wide range of artistic adventures in gallery’s 2019-20 season

Graffiti photography, industrial sculpture, multimedia folklore and vintage comics are among the engaging lineup of artistic adventures offered by The Gallery at Penn College’s 2019-20 season. The gallery’s 14th season will also shine the spotlight on fiber artists, as well as on graduating seniors in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s graphic design and architecture and sustainable design majors.

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06.24.2019

From living space to makerspace, summer visitors have their hands full

A dozen residential Pre-College Programs and a daytime Creative Art Camp brought hundreds of young women and men to Penn College’s campuses in mid-June, providing hands-on entry to the myriad career opportunities reflected in the institution’s postsecondary curriculum. Keeping campers (and PCToday photographers) busy in recent days were these fun learning opportunities, some of which involved culminating projects: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience (ASPIE), Automotive Restoration, Aviation, Building Construction (new this year), Creative Art Camp, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Grow & Design Horticulture, Health Careers, Information Technology and SMART (Science and Math in Real-world Technologies) Girls.

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