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Graphic design alums discuss postgrad successes, trials

Alumni panelists (from left) McLeland, Keyser, Williams and Gray offer truthful and humorous insight into their career paths. (Photo by Stephenson)
Alumni panelists (from left) McLeland, Keyser, Williams and Gray offer truthful and humorous insight into their career paths. (Photo by Stephenson)
A full house of graphic design and advertising art students gathers for the weekend presentations.
A full house of graphic design and advertising art students gathers for the weekend presentations.
McLeland describes some of her comical and complex rebranding adventures.
McLeland describes some of her comical and complex rebranding adventures.
The redesign for Yuengling’s Lord Chesterfield “Chetty” Ale (on screen) is among Gray’s accomplishments.
The redesign for Yuengling’s Lord Chesterfield “Chetty” Ale (on screen) is among Gray’s accomplishments.

Four graphic design alumni who are creatively fulfilling artistic aspirations returned to campus last weekend to share their experiences with students. Brody W. Gray, ’15, art director at D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. in Pottsville; Morgan N. Keyser, ’17, associate designer at Andculture in Harrisburg; Laurea (Lapp) McLeland, ’13, senior designer at Seedhouse Design in Chicago; and Emmalee J. Williams, ’16, marketing manager at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport gave a straightforward look at the transition from student to professional in individual presentations and a culminating panel discussion. The informal conversations offered collegiate and career advice to graphic design and advertising art students, as well as the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists. “As a senior in the graphic design program, it was really interesting to hear about how our major’s alumni developed as designers after college,” Nina L. Walk said. “Each speaker took a different avenue to arrive where they are now. It was inspiring to hear about all of the successes, losses and changes that helped shape their careers.” This is the fourth time the graphic design alumni panel has been organized by Penn College’s student chapter of AIGA, a professional association for design, and Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design and chapter adviser.

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Visually arresting exhibit provides fanciful photo op

An artistic angle is the focus for Hunter M. Zill, an automated manufacturing technology major from Hanover ...
An artistic angle is the focus for Hunter M. Zill, an automated manufacturing technology major from Hanover …
... who got just the image he sought.
… who got just the image he sought.
The artist's arrows provide a literal point of view for Brianna M. Farmer, a baking and pastry arts student from McKean.
The artist’s arrows provide a literal point of view for Brianna M. Farmer, a baking and pastry arts student from McKean.
“Every Which Way” is more than an exhibit title!
“Every Which Way” is more than an exhibit title!
Mahoney (right) assists Yvette B. Moore with camera settings. Moore is enrolled in building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.
Mahoney (right) assists Yvette B. Moore with camera settings. Moore is enrolled in building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.

The colorful curiosities filling The Gallery at Penn College are attracting a good share of visitors, including college students eying occasions for hands-on learning. Jamie L. Mahoney, part-time photography faculty, and her students in Digital Photography (PHO 150) recently took advantage of the gallery space for an experiential session. The current exhibit, “Every Which Way,” features mailable sculptures and interactive installations by artist Abraham Ferraro, a shop supervisor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Instititue. The artwork is on display through Thursday, April 18, when the gallery hosts a closing reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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Graphic design students win American Advertising Awards

Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design students celebrate their honors from the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (from left): Jared D. Kosko, Madison P. Shrout, Erin N. Shaffer, Kennedy L. Englert, Brandon M. Wolff and Luke A. Bierly.

Five graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have received 2019 American Advertising Awards, and a fellow student was honored with a $1,000 scholarship.

The accolades were presented by the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Advertising Federation at its recent awards ceremony, held at The Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

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Pre-College Programs to enrich participants’ summer experience

Young women enrolled in SMART Girls, among the wide-ranging roster of pre-college programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assemble a robot during last summer’s camp.

Building construction has been added to the abounding schedule of pre-college initiatives offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, hands-on summer activities that mirror the nationally renowned opportunities afforded postsecondary students.

“Our Pre-College Programs offer living and learning experiences in which students have opportunities to explore unique academic interests in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Deborah B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations. “It’s a chance to work and make connections with industry leaders, meet and mingle with your peers, and establish a path that could lead to all sorts of future possibilities.”

The signup deadline is May 31 for the institution’s 12 residential programs and its one day camp.

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Selfless singer role ‘model’ for photo class

The artist strikes a pose, holding a microphone.
The artist strikes a pose, holding a microphone.
Andrew “Andy” Caccese, a graphic design junior from Reading, shows Kelly some of his images via the camera’s back screen.
Andrew “Andy” Caccese, a graphic design junior from Reading, shows Kelly some of his images via the camera’s back screen.
Kelly’s accoutrements
Kelly’s accoutrements
Waiting their turn behind the camera, students offer enthusiastic, sideline support, including Madison P. Shrout (center), a graphic design senior from Petersburg.
Waiting their turn behind the camera, students offer enthusiastic, sideline support, including Madison P. Shrout (center), a graphic design senior from Petersburg.
All the makings of a professional photography session, with Lydia G. Nugent working the camera, assisted by her instructor, Mark W. Wilson. Nugent is a graphic design junior from Watstontown.
All the makings of a professional photography session, with Lydia G. Nugent working the camera, assisted by her instructor, Mark W. Wilson. Nugent is a graphic design junior from Watstontown.

Former “American Idol” finalist Aaron Kelly lent his time and talent to Penn College students in the Commercial Photography class. The country/pop artist, who grew up in nearby Sonestown, spent five hours on Friday in the graphic design photo studio on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center. Each student in graphic design instructor Mark W. Wilson’s class enjoyed the opportunity to go behind the camera, directing Kelly in various poses. Kelly’s music played loudly in the classroom to set a relaxed tone for the photography session. “I’m excited to work with Penn College and its students,” Kelly said. “It’s great to be an artist myself and to work with these young artists who are just starting out in their careers. We all get to create together!” Kelly will use some of the images for his marketing promotions. His manager, Connie Barger, is a sister to Sue K. Manzitti, supervisor of support services for Workforce Development. Barger arranged Kelly’s photo session with Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor and department head of art and design. “I thought it would be great for the class to work with someone who has been involved in professional photo shoots,” Flynn said. Kelly came prepared with several outfit changes and a few props, including a classic microphone. The artist divides his time between central Pennsylvania and Nashville, Tennessee, performing at various venues and events. Kelly also devotes time to numerous charitable causes with the mission of “Changing Lives One Song at a Time.”

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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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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.

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Morgan Foundation grant pushes scholarship fund past $1 million

A second gift of $500,000 from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation has boosted an endowed scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology to more than $1 million.

The John E. Morgan Scholarship gives first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Examples of such programs offered at Penn College include, but are not limited to, culinary arts and systems, web and interactive media, building science and sustainable design, health information management, industrial design, plastics and polymer engineering technology, emergency management technology, and aviation maintenance technology.

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Manhattan exhibition to feature Penn College professor’s art

David M. Moyer

Three works of art created by a graphic design faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be exhibited in Manhattan during November.

Wood engravings crafted by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design, have been selected for inclusion in “The Print Effect: Small Works/Big Impact” at Manhattan Graphics Center, 250 W. 40th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues in New York’s artistic garment district.

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Reception extols exquisite addition to ATHS

Highly regarded – literally! – for his eye-grabbing work on campus, Stabley plays to the admiring crowd below.
Highly regarded – literally! – for his eye-grabbing work on campus, Stabley plays to the admiring crowd below.
The artist (center) describes his process.
The artist (center) describes his process.
A guest snaps a cellphone photo of the work-in-progress, shown on one of the atrium’s monitors.
A guest snaps a cellphone photo of the work-in-progress, shown on one of the atrium’s monitors.
Stabley points out the intricacy of his creation's colored glass tiles.
Stabley points out the intricacy of his creation’s colored glass tiles.

A reception celebrating the magnificence of the mosaic gracing the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center was hosted Friday evening by the mosaic’s creator, David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture. Art supporters, friends and family from Williamsport, as well as the Bloomsburg, Danville and Lancaster areas, gathered in the building’s atrium. For some, it was their first visit to Penn College and “they were very impressed with the campus,” Stabley reports. The abstract mosaic, designed to complement the atrium’s angles as well as the sunlight that streams into the space, was installed during the summers of 2017 and 2018. Stabley estimates installation took about 350 hours. The ATHS mosaic is the artist’s third large-scale mosaic created on Penn College’s main campus. He will begin one in downtown Williamsport in the spring.

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In Any Medium, Campers’ Artistry is Well-Done

A camper delights in her clay creation: an elephant-inspired bee house. When complete, campers can place their bee houses outside their homes to enhance bee habitat.
A camper delights in her clay creation: an elephant-inspired bee house. When complete, campers can place their bee houses outside their homes to enhance bee habitat.
Penn College art studios offer welcoming space for artistic expression and exploration. Here, a young camper adds finishing touches to his creation in a printmaking workshop.
Penn College art studios offer welcoming space for artistic expression and exploration. Here, a young camper adds finishing touches to his creation in a printmaking workshop.
For outdoor fun, Varner adds detergent to a camper’s wet felting project that incorporates wool roving.
For outdoor fun, Varner adds detergent to a camper’s wet felting project that incorporates wool roving.
A tie-dye T-shirt complements a tie-dye wool ball, which was later transformed into a felted bowl.
A tie-dye T-shirt complements a tie-dye wool ball, which was later transformed into a felted bowl.
In a needle felting session, a camper crafts a Brachiosaurus.
In a needle felting session, a camper crafts a Brachiosaurus.

Creative spirits soared this week at Penn College’s Creative Art Camp, held Monday through Thursday, in the Bush Campus Center art studios. About 30 campers, entering fourth through seventh grades, explored a wide range of media and crafted objects from clay bee houses to felted bowls and animals. The day camp, coordinated by Penny Griffin Lutz, director of The Gallery at Penn College, featured three local artists/art educators as camp instructors: Deborah L. Stabley, adjunct art faculty, Penn College; Andrea McDonough Varner, art educator, Williamsport Area High School; and Holley Fuller, a 2018 art education graduate of Lycoming College.

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Something New Under the Sun

Stabley and Andreassen: outstanding in the ATHS atrium
Stabley and Andreassen: outstanding in the ATHS atrium
The mosaic art complements existing artwork and painted elements of the space.
The mosaic art complements existing artwork and painted elements of the space.
Oh, so many little details!
Oh, so many little details!
An earlier image taken during “phase two” shows how the abstract mosaic accents mimic shadows on the wall when sunlight filters into the atrium.
An earlier image taken during “phase two” shows how the abstract mosaic accents mimic shadows on the wall when sunlight filters into the atrium.
Coincidentally, the photographer arrived just as the duo had placed their final tile. They still need to grout the work, but decided to rest on their laurels (or their scaffolding) for this photo.
Coincidentally, the photographer arrived just as the duo had placed their final tile. They still need to grout the work, but decided to rest on their laurels (or their scaffolding) for this photo.

More meticulous mosaic artistry has been added in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, has placed mosaic tiles on two side walls in the space, further enhancing the “center piece” that was completed last June. He and assistant Barbara A. Andreassen, a 2010 graduate in graphic design, completed the intensive tile work Tuesday afternoon and will next grout the art to finalize it. Stabley estimates the current work features approximately 7,000 small black pieces alone, with 35,000 pieces total. The abstract lines of the artwork are meant to parallel the shadows cast into the atrium by sunlight.

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Faculty Member’s Drawings on Exhibit at Penn State

The Piscophilist," by David M. Moyer

Penn State is exhibiting artwork created by a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member.

Thirty drawings by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design, are on display in the Art Alley of Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center galleries and display areas. A reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7; Moyer’s collection, titled “Of Man and Nature,” will be exhibited through Sept. 18.

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Design Students’ Portfolio Show Opens in College Gallery

A bowtie-accented Jonathan D. Straub, of Williamsport, fronts an array of his design work.
A bowtie-accented Jonathan D. Straub, of Williamsport, fronts an array of his design work.
Fingers and cellphone cameras are pointed at the students' impressive output.
Fingers and cellphone cameras are pointed at the students’ impressive output.
Effective product placement spotlights the creativity of Austin L. Fulton, from Montoursville.
Effective product placement spotlights the creativity of Austin L. Fulton, from Montoursville.
Daniel T. Wrench, of Jersey Shore, engages gallery patrons in a discussion of his work.
Daniel T. Wrench, of Jersey Shore, engages gallery patrons in a discussion of his work.

Artwork by a dozen graphic design seniors is on exhibit in The Gallery at Penn College, the latest incarnation of a yearend campus tradition. A public reception for “Design 2018” was held Friday evening on the third floor of Madigan Library, where the portfolio display continues through May 10.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer