News about Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Advertising Art Faculty Member’s Work Featured in Exhibits

John M. McKaig’s “Blind Crown” is a color pencil drawing measuring 36 inches by 72 inches.

Artwork created by John M. McKaig, an adjunct faculty member in advertising art at Pennsylvania College of Technology, is being showcased in a number of exhibits.

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Penn College Students Bat a Thousand in SkillsUSA Competition

SkillsUSA-Pennsylvania

All 25 members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team, including more than half moving on to national competition June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky, were medalists during the Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held late last month in Hershey.

Fifteen team members advanced to nationals with first-place finishes, seven placed second, and three placed third in their respective categories.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “I’m excited for the students going to the national competition in Louisville. I have every confidence they will put their best performance forward.”

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Professor’s Wood Engravings Book Purchased by MIT Library

David M. Moyer

An artist’s book crafted by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been purchased by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Moyer’s creation, titled “Speculative Motion,” was sold by the Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, to MIT’s Rotch Library, home to a growing collection of contemporary artists’ books. The Rotch collection focuses on artists’ books published from the 20th century to the present and explores a range of techniques and technologies employed by the books’ creators.

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Brewing/Fermentation Major Spotlighted in Media Reports

Eyewitness News Cody Butler interviews brewmaster Timothy A. Yarrington ...

... and Michael J. Reed during his campus assignment.

Penn College’s new brewing and fermentation science degree has attracted the interest of a number of media outlets. WBRE’s Cody Butler visited the lab in the Hager Lifelong Education Center on Monday, interviewing brewmaster Timothy L. Yarrington – instructor for the two-year major that begins this fall – and Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications. Butler’s report, pre-empted by storm coverage earlier this week, aired Thursday night. Another story, joining several that have cropped up recently in regional newspapers, was published this week by WITF, which provides public television and radio programming for 17 counties in central Pennsylvania.

Penn College Physics Professor Writes Laboratory Manual

Joseph E. LeBlanc

A physics professor’s quest to create inspiring and practical lab exercises for his students has resulted in the publication of a physics laboratory manual published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.

“Physics Laboratory Manual: Physics with Technological Applications” is written by Joseph E. LeBlanc, professor of physics at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The manual is the result of more than 10 years of work for LeBlanc, who began compiling his own physics lab exercises out of a desire to create stronger relevance for his students in applied technology majors.

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Students’ Design Work Met With Adulation in Annual Exhibit

The pencil points the way to designs aplenty.

Book jackets (on the display stand) and skateboard branding and illustrations (on the wall) by Todd R. Surkovich offer intricate details.

Guests listen to a brief introduction by Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications.

The 17 celebrated graphic designers pose for a group photo in the gallery.

Around 200 people joined in the artistic celebration of “Design: 2017” at its opening reception Friday. Seventeen graphic design seniors presented their portfolios to appreciative family, friends, the college community and other admirers who filled The Gallery at Penn College. The annual exhibition gives students a chance to present their work in marketing, branding and design. The works will be on display through May 12. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. (The gallery will be closed May 7, as well as Saturdays and Mondays.)

Minority Student Scholarship Established at Penn College

Current, former students establish minority scholarship fund.

Current and former Pennsylvania College of Technology students who were members of the student organization Minorities Lending Knowledge have established The Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship at the college.

The students are: Kacie L. Weaver, of Harrisburg, a 2016 alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in applied human services; Kyani L. Lawrence, a former applied human services student from 2013-16 who transferred to a college in her hometown of New Rochelle, New York; and Wilmer I. Clase, of Lancaster, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student who is set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree this month.

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Penn College Spring Commencement Ceremonies Set for May 12-13

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold three commencement ceremonies May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the more than 900 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2017 semester.

More than 900 students have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2017 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Three commencement ceremonies will be offered on May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with more than 780 students expected to march.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, May 12, a ceremony will be held for students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

On Saturday, May 13, two ceremonies are scheduled. At 10 a.m., students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences will receive their degrees. At 1:30 p.m., a ceremony will be offered for students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

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Graphic Design Students Honored for Artistry, Expertise

Among honorees at the annual Flux Student Design Competition was Ainsley R. Bennett's "Surf's Up Kids Shampoo" packaging design.

The artistry and expertise of eight graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been recognized in three award competitions.

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Student Interview to Be Broadcast on Public Radio

Fiona Powell’s interview with graphic design student Eliza R. Whyman, of Williamsport, whose work is included in the soon-to-open “Design: 2017” exhibit in The Gallery at Penn College, is scheduled to air at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday on WVIA-FM (89.7).

Moral Code: Give Back to What You Love

Author and Penn College colloquium speaker Rick Bass. Photo courtesy of Lowry Bass

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Author Rick Bass, an activist who spoke during the college’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series, encourages young people to stand up for the environment and communities they cherish. Read “Moral Code.”

‘Design: 2017’ Presents Graphic Design Student Portfolios

"Design 2017"

Seventeen graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2017,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 12.

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Four Camps Added to College’s Exciting Summer Opportunities

A camper pores through images for a make-believe coffee shop during last summer’s Graphic Design Summer Studio at Penn College.

A record number of Pennsylvania College of Technology summer camps, including four new offerings, will allow adventurous young women and men to explore the hands-on careers represented by the institution’s eclectic “degrees that work.”

Students entering grades nine to 12 at the time of participation are eligible for an annual Summer Camp Scholarship to attend Penn College. The registration deadline for all of the camps, whether day camps or residential, is Friday, June 2.

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Online Learning Options at Penn College Offer Enhanced Flexibility

Penn College offers a beautiful, modern campus in Williamsport, but for students who need the flexibility of online programs, the college provides a variety of options.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is renowned for its “degrees that work,” and for those needing additional flexibility to attain a degree from the college, online options abound.

Online learning at Penn College offers more choices to students who are balancing work and family responsibilities. The offerings feature the same academic rigor and accreditation as on-campus programs, but there is no requirement to ever attend class on the campus in Williamsport. Online students may choose to enroll full time or part time.

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Brittany R. Terpstra Named ‘Student of the Month’

Brittany R. Terpstra

Brittany R. Terpstra, a web and interactive media major from Jim Thorpe, has been chosen as the March “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Terpstra, described by her nominator as “putting herself ‘out there’ in a positive light,” has served as the president and marketing coordinator for the Wildcat Events Board. She has also been a Presidential Student Ambassador, a “Link” in the college’s Connections orientation program and a summer event assistant for the Student Activities Office.

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