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Graphic design faculty co-author visual literacy book

“Visual Literacy Workbook for Graphic Design and Fine Art Students”

A design textbook/workbook co-authored by two graphic design faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been published by Oxford University Press.

Released on Feb. 1, “Visual Literacy Workbook for Graphic Design and Fine Art Students” was written by David M. Moyer and Brian A. Flynn, assistant professors of graphic design.

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Emergency Management Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Video spotlights emergency managers’ behind-the-scenes coordination

A wide variety of rewarding career options await graduates of Penn College’s emergency management program, the focus of a new video on the college’s YouTube channel. The bachelor’s degree prepares students for management positions in government, public health, health care agencies, and a broad spectrum of industries in which planning for potential emergencies is paramount. “A lot of people, when they come into emergency management, know and think of county-level emergency management, state-level emergency management; they think of FEMA or Homeland Security,” says David E. Bjorkman, an emergency management/social science instructor in the college’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. “Emergency management and disasters touch every aspect of community life. Every organization. No one is immune to any disasters.” The piece was crafted by Tristan D. Scott, a student videographer/editor, under direction of  Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator.

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‘Working Class: Helping & Healing’ premieres March 21

The latest episode of a locally produced, award-winning public television series emphasizes the importance of caring individuals who provide for the health and well-being of the community.

“Working Class: Helping & Healing,” produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, premieres on WVIA-TV at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21 (with rebroadcasts at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 24). It highlights the importance of science, math, communication and hands-on experience in preparing students for success in health and human service careers.

The film features Penn College faculty, administrators and students who serve the community in helping and healing roles. Among them is Thomas A. Zimmerman, associate professor of psychology, who counseled area residents after the TWA Flight 800 crash in July 1996. He discusses the importance of people coming together to help one another and to heal in the wake of tragedy.

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Communication & Literature Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Jan. 19 service set for ‘Master Teacher’ Ned S. Coates

Ned S. CoatesA memorial service will be Jan. 19 for Ned S. Coates, 1996 recipient of the Master Teacher Award and a retired professor of English at Williamsport Area Community College and Penn College. Coates, a faculty member from September 1967 through the 2003-04 academic year, died Sunday, Jan. 6. The service is scheduled for 2 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St. Complete details (“Anyone who knew Ned will not be surprised to learn that he wrote this obituary himself,” his family notes) are in Friday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

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Farm Show offers ‘inspiring’ look at college’s varied majors

School of Business & Hospitality majors from Penn College take part in a Student Cooking Challenge at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show. All six of the college’s academic schools will again be represented at the Jan. 5-12 event, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural expo. (Photo by Davey Rudy)

Throngs of visitors will soon converge on Harrisburg to celebrate the commonwealth’s agricultural prominence, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees will be there to help honor the event’s 2019 theme of “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story.”

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Papers to be published in Journal of Business Leadership

From left, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Chip Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration: management; Lisa Andrus, dean of business and hospitality; and Steven J. Moff, professor of business administration: management and marketing, presented papers at the annual conference of the Applied Business and Entrepreneurship Association International, earning “Best Paper of Session” honors. Andrus also chaired the conference. Timothy L. Yarrington (not pictured), instructor of brewing and fermentation science, co-wrote one of the papers.

Two papers presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology employees at the annual conference of the Applied Business and Entrepreneurship Association International were selected “Best Session Paper” and will be invited to be published in the Journal of Business Leadership.

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Art and Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Students’ Africa-influenced art featured at CAC

A work by John A. Gondy, of Glenmoore, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration
A work by John A. Gondy, of Glenmoore, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration
On display through Dec. 22
On display through Dec. 22
Abstract artistry by Nowell H. Covington, a construction management student from Benton
Abstract artistry by Nowell H. Covington, a construction management student from Benton
Stabley's craftsmanship
Stabley’s craftsmanship

Inspired by African tribal masks, artwork by students in wood sculpture classes taught by Penn College art faculty David A. Stabley and Brian A. Flynn is on display at the Community Arts Center through Dec. 22. Each student delivered a presentation and made sketches, then created a small-scale model in clay or Plasticine. They then hand-carved their masks out of pine blocks with mallets, gouges and rasps, encouraged by faculty to incorporate the principles of form, texture, color and pattern into their abstract designs.

Early Childhood Education Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Early Educators Club shares holiday warmth with YWCA residents

From left: Students Rebecca L. Helminiak, Williamsport, and Rachel L. Hafer, Boyertown; Dawn Linn, YWCA chief exectuive officer; Amy Rutherford, Liberty House case manager; student Leigh A. McCarty, Williamsport; and Anna Thompson, the YWCA's communications and development director.
From left: Students Rebecca L. Helminiak, Williamsport, and Rachel L. Hafer, Boyertown; Dawn Linn, YWCA chief exectuive officer; Amy Rutherford, Liberty House case manager; student Leigh A. McCarty, Williamsport; and Anna Thompson, the YWCA’s communications and development director.
Overflowing gift baskets, bound for local YWCA residents, surround the facility's tree.
Overflowing gift baskets, bound for local YWCA residents, surround the facility’s tree.

Students from Penn College’s Early Educators Club made the holidays brighter for residents of the YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania, delivering more than 20 laundry baskets brimming with donations. Members filled each basket with a blanket, various hygiene items, gloves and children’s toys.
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After a splash of winter, an overdue celebration of fall

An art project marks the season.
An art project marks the season.
The busy-ness of families at play
The busy-ness of families at play
Bonding in the food line
Bonding in the food line
Photo props add to the fun ...
Photo props add to the fun …
... but who's that hiding behind the mask?
… but who’s that hiding behind the mask?

Two weeks after it was postponed by snow, an autumn festival recently filled the Dunham Children’s Learning Center with sunshine and smiles. Parents helped their children make turkey “Thank you” cards, and children fashioned their own masks to wear into a photo booth that was added for the occasion. Early childhood education students Ophelia G. Arnold, of New Oxford, and Rachel L. Hafer, of Boyertown, assisted with the crafts.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Emergency Management Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Emergency management instructor honored for advocacy

David E. Bjorkman

David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was honored by the Keystone Emergency Management Association at its inaugural Emergency Preparedness Conference, held recently at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona.

Bjorkman received the Spirit of KEMA Award. The award was established by the KEMA Board of Directors to recognize KEMA members who have worked tirelessly to advance the association, promote its mission, advocate on its behalf and forge partnerships that seek to elevate the emergency management profession.

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Students bring societal crisis down to personal level

Applied human services majors LaTricia M. Scutching (left), of Plymouth Meeting, and Estee E. McLaughlin, of Muncy, stand before a treeful of encouraging and motivational messages.
Applied human services majors LaTricia M. Scutching (left), of Plymouth Meeting, and Estee E. McLaughlin, of Muncy, stand before a treeful of encouraging and motivational messages.
Seth Fredericks, a certified recovery specialist with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission, shares his personal journey and his professional experience.
Seth Fredericks, a certified recovery specialist with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission, shares his personal journey and his professional experience.
Student organizers, in T-shirts of advocacy and outreach, command the floor.
Student organizers, in T-shirts of advocacy and outreach, command the floor.
Morgan L. Keller, of Shermans Dale, invited mother Stacy to the event that her class so diligently planned.
Morgan L. Keller, of Shermans Dale, invited mother Stacy to the event that her class so diligently planned.
Among the presenters is Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, who, with her colleagues on the bench, effects a coordinated court response.
Among the presenters is Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, who, with her colleagues on the bench, effects a coordinated court response.

Human services students at Penn College collaborated on a successful opioid awareness event Saturday night in Penn’s Inn, invoking positivity and compassion in helping the community understand dependency’s insidious impact. PCT HOPE, organized by the Service Learning in Sociology class in cooperation with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission, aimed to “Help Open People’s Eyes” through accessibility and lack of judgment. “I feel we succeeded at spreading awareness, hope and empathy in a unique way that I don’t think has been attempted here in Williamsport before,” applied human services major Jernae A. Drummond said. DJ Choices (Bryon Carey, a board-certified recovery specialist) donated his time to the effort; Lycoming College alumna Kaitlin Lunger screened “No Limits, No Boundaries,” her documentary about three local individuals – a recovering addict, an addict’s daughter and a Williamsport Bureau of Police officer – dealing with opioid abuse; and the class presented an interactive exhibit that put a human face on addiction and its scope. “I thought the students did a fantastic job,” said D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science. “The event was polished, flowed well, and did a great job of engaging visitors with resources, information and personal stories on the part of the presenters.”
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

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Silenced voices echo through survivor’s search for ‘normal’

The emergency management technology student fields a question from the audience.

An emergency management technology major who is a survivor of last year’s Las Vegas shooting shared her story with fellow Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty Monday night in the Student & Administrative Services Center’s Presentation Room.

Emergency management, human services, nursing and emergency medical services/paramedic students were among those who listened intently and respectfully to Robyn N. Wolfe’s harrowing story. Her husband, William “Bill” Wolfe Jr., was the sole Pennsylvania fatality in the horrific mass shooting that claimed 58 lives and injured more than 800 people.

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Future-seekers meet their match at Fall Open House

Savoring an autumn outing and academic exploration

Fall Open House visitors had unfettered access to Penn College’s vibrant campuses Sunday, as today’s faculty/staff, alumni and students provided them with a tantalizing view of a very real and credible tomorrow. All six academic schools put out the welcome mat through information sessions, tours and laboratory demonstrations, and guests were encouraged to explore the institution’s myriad complementary services and activities.

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Human services students host ‘HOPE’ opioid awareness event

Preparing for their opioid awareness event, PCT HOPE, students in the Service Learning in Sociology class work together in The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College.

Human services students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are inviting the campus community and the public to attend “PCT HOPE,” a unique opioid awareness event to be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

Standing for “Help Open People’s Eyes,” the PCT HOPE gathering aims to “humanize the local opioid epidemic.” The event is an outreach effort by students in the college’s Service Learning in Sociology class and is being organized in cooperation with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission.

PCT HOPE will feature an interactive mural, speakers, information booths and giveaways. A “reaction tree,” where guests can post stories and their responses to the event, will also be a key feature – and one symbolizing growth.

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