News about Art and Graphic Design

Students, Alumni Earn Honors in Design Competitions

Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design students and alumni received honors at the American Advertising Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania’s Student American Advertising Awards competition. From left: Jared D. Kosko, Luke A. Bierly, Morgan N. Keyser, Jonathan D. Straub, Emily R. Kahler, Austin L. Fulton and MinhThu H. Nguyen. (Not in attendance were award winners Nicholas J. Vetock and Alexis M. Botek.)

The graphic design talents of 10 students and two alumni from Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored in two prestigious design competitions.

The American Advertising Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania’s Student American Advertising Awards presented Best in Show honors to Morgan N. Keyser, of Dillsburg, a 2017 graduate of Penn College’s graphic design major. Keyser was honored for her “Fade to Black” beer packaging.

Keyser also received a gold award for “Fade to Black,” as did graphic design senior Austin L. Fulton, of Montoursville, for his “Ocean Alliance” annual report, and juniors Luke A. Bierly, of Centre Hall, for his “Austin City Limits” poster, and Jared D. Kosko, of DuBois, for his “Great American Smokeout” microsite.

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Alumni Sweethearts Celebrate Inspiring Mentors, Enduring Love

Alumni Sweethearts Chris Y. and Beth L. (Rozman) Cummings enjoy a Victorian House stay during their return to campus.

A couple who met at freshmen orientation – during the summer of 1998 – returned to campus this past weekend as the 2018 Alumni Sweethearts.

Chris Y. and Beth L. (Rozman) Cummings, of Elizabethtown, enjoyed an overnight stay in the Victorian House and dinner at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant as winners of Alumni Relations’ seventh annual Alumni Sweethearts contest. Due to the start of Spring Break, the alumni enjoyed a particularly quiet weekend at their alma mater.

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Student Designs Winning Logo for CAC’s Silver Anniversary

Austin L. Fulton, a graphic design major from Montoursville, holds his first-place design on-stage at the CAC.

The Community Arts Center congratulates graphic design student Austin L. Fulton on his winning 25th Anniversary logo following a Fall 2017 corporate-pitch competition under the guidance of graphic design instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson.

The project included nine other graphic design students that were assigned the task of creating a logo to commemorate the upcoming anniversary season for the CAC.

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Art à la Carte

Handcrafted ceramic bowls to grace fundraising table.

Got soup?

Truthful labeling awaits nourishing ladling.

Chef Frank M. Suchwala (in blue cap) stirs a pot of mushroom bisque as student Nolan S. Lester (left) adds stock. Others involved include (from left) Amaris T. Smith, Dylan H. Therrien, William D. Benedetto and Austin B. Ovens.

Penn College students are again lending a helping hand to the Williamsport Soup & a Bowl event benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. About 120 bowls crafted by students in Ceramics 1 classes will be filled with soup created by students in the culinary arts and systems major. This year’s fundraiser will be Friday, March 2, at The Genetti Hotel and Suites in downtown Williamsport. Three seatings (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.) and takeout orders are offered; the 11 a.m. seating is sold out. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the food bank’s Williamsport office at 570-321-8023. The bowls were produced in classes taught by husband-and-wife duo David A. and Deborah L. Stabley, members of the college’s art faculty. This is the sixth year the college has donated bowls. Students in the Technical Training for Hospitality Industry course made about 25 gallons of soup for the event, stirring up Cajun vegetarian and mushroom bisque under the guidance of Chefs Todd M. Keeley and Frank M. Suchwala, members of the hospitality faculty. And, while the soup was simmering, the instructors discussed community service and outreach with their students. “We want to be a positive force in the community,” Suchwala said. Students in the culinary class are William D. Benedetto, of Howard; Bridget M. Callahan, of Pottsville; Eliza B. Cook, of Towanda; Nolan S. Lester, of Perkiomenville; Austin B. Ovens, of Elizabethtown; Amaris T. Smith, of Williamsport; and Dylan H. Therrien, of Reading.

Thirteen Students Selected for Penn College NOW Scholarships

Penn College presented scholarships to 13 first-year students who took Penn College NOW courses. From left are Tavor T. Wadsworth, of Williamsport; Vincent R. Keene, of Downingtown; Kayley E. Johnson, of Bloomsburg; Monica A. McCarty, Penn College’s dual enrollment specialist; Michael L. Gardner, of Williamsport; Warren E. Knipe, of Liberty; and Tanya Berfield, the college’s manager of college transitions. Additional recipients not in the photo are: Cheyenne N. Greene, of Jersey Shore; Deontae Z. Johnson, of Selinsgrove; Kylee E. Kelley, of Lock Haven; Tyler W. Miller, of Montgomery; Luke B. Walter, of Millmont; Brittany M. Weiskopff, of Blossburg; Clayton T. Welch, of Benton; and Jeremy M. Wolfgang, of Allenwood.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently recognized 13 first-year students who received Penn College NOW scholarships.

The recipients completed Penn College courses during high school as part of the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The group was honored during an Oct. 27 reception.

To be eligible, students must have successfully completed at least one Penn College NOW course, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Penn College NOW classes, enroll in Penn College as a full-time freshman student for the fall semester after high school graduation, and maintain a 2.5 GPA at Penn College as an enrolled student.

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Penn College’s Cup Runneth Over

Reed and Strickland pass the Community Cup to the college president …

... who showcased it in her office reception area.

A ceramic sign of hard work and athletic energy, the Community Cup was presented to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour on Tuesday morning by Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost. Penn College captured the Community Cup earlier this month at the Community Challenge, a trail race supporting the Salvation Army of Williamsport. The event, featuring three runs – 5K, 10K and half-marathon courses – attracted considerable support from students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the extended college family. The Community Cup is a traveling trophy; the current chalice was crafted by Penn College’s own David A. Stabley, a ceramics and wood sculpture instructor.

Collaboration Crafts Logo for Penn College Brewing Major

Bubbles rising in a fermentation tank are featured in the logo, a melding of science and art.

A collaboration of art and science has crafted a logo for the new brewing and fermentation science degree at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The logo, designed by Morgan N. Keyser, of Dillsburg, a 2017 graduate of the college’s graphic design major, is being used on various materials, including glassware promoting the brewing and fermentation science associate degree major that launched for the Fall 2017 semester.

“I thought this was a great example of interdepartmental program synergy,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science. “Branding can be the key to success in the brewing industry.”

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Faculty Retiree to Be Among ‘First Friday’ Exhibitors

Patrick Murphy's "Curly” (Caran d’ache on Strathmore, 16 inches by 25 inches)

Patrick Murphy, who retired in 2009-10 as an associate professor of advertising art, will be among the featured artists during downtown Williamsport’s November First Friday. “Time and Recollection,” showcasing Murphy’s artwork, will open at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at Gallery 425, 425 Market St. Murphy earned a master’s degree from Parsons School of Design/Bank Street College of Education in New York City, and holds a bachelor’s degree from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Luzerne County Community College and worked as a freelance illustrator and technical illustrator for 10 years. He joined the Penn College faculty in 1979 and received Master Teacher honors (the college’s highest faculty award) in 1989.

Human Services Class Assists Community Challenge

Community Challenge trophies and ornaments, crafted by Penn College ceramics instructors David A. and Deborah L. Stabley stand ready for the Nov. 11 trail races.

Racing to the finish, students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology are focused on completing an important assignment – helping to coordinate the third annual Community Challenge, benefiting the Salvation Army of Williamsport, which assists about 400 area families each month.

Set for Saturday, Nov. 11, the year’s Community Challenge features 5K, 10K and half-marathon trail races at the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority’s watershed property, 1600 Mosquito Valley Road, DuBoistown. Nearly 225 runners, ages 4 through 74, have already signed up to participate, with registration open until midday Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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Lecture, Reception Mark Continuation of Gallery Exhibit

Steven Brower

Projected images enhance an informative lecture by Brower, held in the SASC conference room ...

... just across Hagan Way from a companion exhibit on the third floor of Madigan Library.

His interest raised, a patron lowers his cellphone to get a photo in the college gallery.

The Penn College community attended a graphic design lecture and reception for a poster exhibit on Wednesday. The lecture, delivered by Steven Brower – an award-winning graphic designer, author and educator – was in the Student & Administrative Services Center’s first-floor presentation room. Among Brower’s works are books on legendary musicians Louis Armstrong and Woody Guthrie. The reception for the National Poster Retrospecticus followed in The Gallery at Penn College. The display of 100 posters, which runs through Oct. 11, includes pieces by nationally recognized artists as well as a collection of posters created by Penn College graphic design alumni (when they were students).
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Students’ Little League Design Work to Be Seen by Millions

Penn College students Olivia J. Hawbecker, of Chambersburg, and Austin L. Fulton, of Montoursville, are serving internships at Little League International Headquarters, working behind the scenes on a variety of tasks related to the upcoming Little League Baseball World Series, which begins Aug. 17.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students are experiencing the monumental preparation and communication that occur in the months preceding the Little League Baseball World Series, and sharpening their skills as they help.

Austin L. Fulton, a graphic design student from Montoursville, and Olivia J. Hawbecker, a web and interactive media student from Chambersburg, are serving internships at Little League International Headquarters in South Williamsport, just a few miles from the Penn College campus.

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Eight Penn College Students Medal in National Competition


Eight students from the widest variety of academic majors ever to represent Pennsylvania College of Technology at the National Leadership and Skills Conference returned home with medals – including first-time successes in three competitive areas.

The contingent took one of three top places in five categories, and this year marked the first time that Penn College entrants medaled in Computer Programming, TeamWorks and Welding Sculpture.

“This really goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college. This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the national competition,” said SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton II, an assistant professor of welding. “The national skills competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology.”

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Penn College Degree Leads to Philadelphia Eagles Front Office

Penn College web and interactive media alumnus Christopher C. Rutledge is employed by the Philadelphia Eagles as digital project coordinator.

Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Christopher C. Rutledge, a collegiate soccer player and all-around sports enthusiast, chose his degree without imagining that it would lead to work that so closely relates to his lifelong pastime, let alone that his first full-time job would be with his favorite NFL team.

“Ever since I was 6 years of age, I have been in love with sports, and to this day, I still get myself involved with many activities, whether it is football, soccer, softball, etc.,” the 2016 graduate said.

Rutledge, a four-year member of the Penn College men’s soccer team, received a bachelor’s degree in web and interactive media. Last summer, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office as digital project coordinator.

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Stunning Tilework Masterfully Adds to ATHS’ Attractive Entranceway

Southern exposure: The artist stands over a striking addition to the ATHS.

Stabley's original sketch lies atop plastic containers of mosaic tile.

The mosaic’s angles mimic the atrium’s skylight.

Stabley works on taping prior to grouting the piece.

Thousands of artistic pieces, set to inspire

Penn College’s main campus is home to yet another magnificent mosaic, designed and crafted by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture. On Friday, Stabley put the finishing touches on the piece, gracing the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. The atrium’s walls recently received a fresh coat of green paint, and the mosaic’s green and brown hues complement the surroundings. The artwork took Stabley less than two weeks to install. He was assisted by Roza Breneisen. Stabley hopes to add mosaic enhancements to the atrium’s second-floor walkway “walls” that bookend the current piece. A number of other Stabley-created mosaic installations can be found around campus, including the Capitol Eatery, and on the walls of the Hager Lifelong Education Center and the Physician Assistant Center.

Two Alumni Honored at Penn College Spring Commencement

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented honors to two alumni during Spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, held May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center.

Thomas J. Giannattasio, of Bethesda, Maryland, received the Alumni Achievement Award on May 12, and June Kilgus Zimmerman, of Williamsport, was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award on May 13.

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