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Students’ wood sculptures on display in downtown Williamsport

Wooden mask sculptures crafted by Pennsylvania College of Technology students are on display at the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts in downtown Williamsport.

The artistry of 12 Pennsylvania College of Technology students and a professor is gracing the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts, 46 W. Fourth St.

As part of a Wood Sculpture art elective, the class crafted masks, inspired by a study of African masks. Each mask was hand-carved with chisels, mallets and rasps, and the students were encouraged to experiment with shape, color, texture, mixed media additions and other design elements.

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Art and Graphic Design Events Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Eyes front! There’s a new exhibit in town

Students and instructor, concealed by their creations
Students and instructor, concealed by their creations
Incorporating barbed wire into his masterpiece, Cole E. Gamber crafted “Angry Bull.” The Elizabethtown resident is enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration.
Incorporating barbed wire into his masterpiece, Cole E. Gamber crafted “Angry Bull.” The Elizabethtown resident is enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration.
Thomas D. Roberts took his inspiration from traditional African tribes’ use of red with black and white triangles. Roberts, of Pittsburgh, is a construction management major.
Thomas D. Roberts took his inspiration from traditional African tribes’ use of red with black and white triangles. Roberts, of Pittsburgh, is a construction management major.
Basing his work on an African tiger fish, Benjamin L. Reighard took a big bite out of his assignment. The Williamsport resident is a construction management student.
Basing his work on an African tiger fish, Benjamin L. Reighard took a big bite out of his assignment. The Williamsport resident is a construction management student.
The class proudly (and literally) faces its audience in advance of an end-of-semester exhibit.
The class proudly (and literally) faces its audience in advance of an end-of-semester exhibit.

The handiwork of 12 Penn College students in a Wood Sculpture (ART142) class will be on display for First Friday, Nov. 1, in downtown Williamsport. The wooden masks will be showcased through early December at the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts, 46 W. Fourth St., next to Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Co. The students’ instructor, David A. Stabley, engages his class in an exploration of traditional African masks as part of idea development. This is the second time that such an exhibit has graced the downtown arts scene; last year, the masks were displayed in the Community Arts Center. Lycoming Arts is an organization advocating for the arts in Lycoming County.

Emergency Management Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

College’s emergency management program ‘Wows’ podcast hosts

David E. Bjorkman (right) visits the KEMA podcast booth.
David E. Bjorkman (right) visits the KEMA podcast booth.

David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science at Penn College, was a recent guest on the Keystone Emergency Management Association’s podcast. Bjorkman serves as secretary for the association, which is holding its second annual Emergency Preparedness Conference through Tuesday at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. In a 10-minute interview with co-hosts Paul Falavolito and Amy Amer, the faculty member provided an overview of the college’s four-year emergency management technology degree – career opportunities, the realistic disaster simulations in which students participate, the overwhelming acceptance by veteran first responders to this “new generation” of emergency personnel and the college’s participation with KEMA’s mentorship committee.
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Alumni Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Human services grad recounts roundabout road to job satisfaction

Kate Stepnick, a 2007 graduate in applied human services, talks to a Klump Academic Center audience Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth E. Winder, assistant professor, human services)

Alumna Kate Stepnick returned to campus Wednesday, sharing her circuitous journey from graduate to a rewarding position as camp director at an area facility for children with special needs.

“I absolutely loved being at Penn College and believe that my education prepared me for every single job that I have had over the last 12 years,” she told faculty prior to her visit. “It took me some time to find my passion, but I know that going into human services was the right career path for me.”

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Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Restorative justice focus enhances Penn College academic major

Mirroring trends in the field of human services, Pennsylvania College of Technology has expanded its human services major to include significant emphasis on restorative justice. The major’s new name – human services and restorative justice – took effect this semester.

“This revision reflects changes in the field and represents our commitment to providing the most up-to-date, relevant and marketable degrees for our students,” said Craig A. Miller, department head of social services and humanities and associate professor of history/political science.

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Art and Graphic Design Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Soup lovers ‘Paw It Forward’ at benefit for food pantry

Unique stoneware is arrayed in CC Commons.
Unique stoneware is arrayed in CC Commons.
Dining Services catering attendant Crystal E. Way (left) serves Hope Miller-Cupp (foreground) and Donna K. Culton, both employed in the college's Human Resources Office.
Dining Services catering attendant Crystal E. Way (left) serves Hope Miller-Cupp (foreground) and Donna K. Culton, both employed in the college’s Human Resources Office.
A tasty, inexpensive way to fight hunger
A tasty, inexpensive way to fight hunger
Angie E. Myers (center), director of annual giving, encourages Soup for the Soul participants to "Paw It Forward."
Angie E. Myers (center), director of annual giving, encourages Soup for the Soul participants to “Paw It Forward.”
Paw prints, bearing the names of Penn College donors to The Cupboard, are destined for public display on campus.
Paw prints, bearing the names of Penn College donors to The Cupboard, are destined for public display on campus.

Thursday’s Soup for the Soul event, at which 90 people were warmly served chicken tortilla or cheddar broccoli soup in handcrafted bowls (created and donated by students in David A. and Deborah L. Stabley’s ceramic classes, as well as General Services’ Gary T. Pandolfi), benefited the Penn College’s food pantry. The $8 donation on behalf of The Cupboard, located near the CC Commons site of the fundraising lunch, also included roll, dessert and a beverage. During the meal, Institutional Advancement kicked off its “Paw It Forward” campaign to aid The Cupboard. Donations during the next month will be recognized with paw prints to be displayed in the Keystone Dining Room.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services’ marketing assistant

Alumni Art and Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

National honors bestowed on graphic design alumni

Brandon M. Wolff poses with his award-winning “Trailblaze Chocolate Co. Packaging” designs. Wolff, a 2019 graphic design graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology, won a National Gold Award from the American Advertising Federation.

National gold and silver awards have been bestowed on two graphic design alumni for work they created as students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The American Advertising Federation awarded a National Student Gold Award to Brandon M. Wolff for his “Trailblaze Chocolate Co. Packaging” and a National Student Silver Award to Jared D. Kosko for his “Rue Morgue Brewing Co. Packaging.” In the design industry, the awards are referred to as ADDYs.

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Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Students’ human services fieldwork includes equine exercise

Students brainstorm in a unique outdoor classroom ...
Students brainstorm in a unique outdoor classroom …
... and join their problem-solving lab partners at photo time.
… and join their problem-solving lab partners at photo time.
An involved instructor shares the sunlight with a new colleague.
An involved instructor shares the sunlight with a new colleague.

Human services students traveled to High Flight Farm, along Route 973 in Cogan Station, on Tuesday to experience the benefits of equine therapy. Applied human services major Corianne A. Wilson, of Edgewater, Maryland, led a group session that included having students identify a life struggle. Instructor Sarah S. Moore said the students, charged with having their horse perform certain tasks, applied what they needed to do – hard work, change of plans, lots of effort, groupthink, etc. – to overcome their identified challenge. The students are enrolled in Serving and Surviving Human Services (HSJ 275), in which they must develop personal plans of action for surviving in the field as ethical, self-caring practitioners.
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Alumni Building Construction Communication & Literature Construction & Design Technologies Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Penn College grants emeritus status to two retired faculty

Sandra Lakey and Thomas J. Mulfinger

Two recently retired faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been granted “faculty emeritus” status by the institution.

The emeritus recommendations for Sandra Lakey, associate professor of speech communication-composition, and Thomas J. Mulfinger, associate professor of building construction technology, both were approved by the Penn College Board of Directors on Oct. 3.

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Brewing & Fermentation Science Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Brewing major profiled in Mountain Home magazine

Yarrington talks with students during a brewery visit.
Yarrington talks with students during a brewery visit.

Penn College’s 2-year-old brewing and fermentation major is featured in the October issue of Mountain Home, an award-winning monthly publication focused on Pennsylvania and New York’s Finger Lakes. “One thing about Penn College, among others, is that they’re really focused on industry trends,” instructor Timothy L. Yarrington says in the article by Melissa Farenish. “Consumers are starting to expect and demand consistent quality. So, brewers need education and the understanding of the science of brewing to maintain this quality. The curriculum is designed so that students not only get hands-on experience, but also the science education background that goes into understanding how to maintain quality in the brews.”

Faculty & Staff Individualized Programs of Study Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Day’s headlines readily – and relevantly – fuel classroom discussion

Learning politics in real timeTo assess Penn College students’ perspective on the day’s news – developments as fresh as the Washington, D.C., impeachment drama unfolding concurrently with their Thursday afternoon lecture – WNEP’s Chris Keating visited Craig A. Miller’s American Government-National course. Miller, an associate professor of history/political science whose Klump Academic Center classroom gives students a nonjudgmental space in which to formulate their opinions, began with a discussion of current events (including the congressional hearing on recess when the session convened, as well as its back story involving both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden). In addition to interviewing Miller, Keating talked on camera with Allen J. Hafner, an individual studies student from Jersey Shore, and Dominic W. Howard, an undeclared major from Williamsport. The piece was broadcast on evening newscasts, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

‘Arts’ mosaic set for official dedication Wednesday

Stabley and Cillo showcase their work upon its completion in late spring.
Stabley and Cillo showcase their work upon its completion in late spring.

The “Avenue of the Arts” mosaic in downtown Williamsport will be celebrated at a dedication and reception scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Firestone Building, 400 Market St. Commissioned by PublicArtWorks and intended as a gateway to Williamsport’s cultural community, the piece was created and installed by David A. Stabley, an instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture at Penn College, and Carol Cillo, president of the Clinton County Arts Council.

Alumni Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Newscast spotlights students’ suicide awareness campaign

Eyewitness News visits campus

Eyewitness News reporter Morgan Parrish talked Tuesday with graphic design alumni and a faculty member involved in a suicide prevention campaign. Parrish interviewed Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design, as well as two of the recent graduates whose work was showcased as part of the awareness project: Emily R. Kahler, of Pittman, and Luke A. Bierly, of Centre Hall. The piece aired during WBRE/WYOU’s evening newscasts beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Alumni Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Suicide awareness campaign features students’ designs

Luke A. Bierly's design depicts a chair being assembled.

The design talents of three Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design students are showing up on local billboards and in mental health awareness materials being distributed to local businesses.

As part of a suicide prevention campaign aimed at educating working-aged men, 25 to 60, the students’ skills were enlisted by the SPIRIT (Suicide Prevention through Information, Referral, Intervention and Training) Coalition, an alliance of campus and community behavioral health resources.

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