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Brewing & Fermentation Science Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Magazine features member of brewing major’s inaugural class

Christopher P. GoodAn article about the Happy Valley Brewery in State College – including a Q&A with Christopher P. Good, an employee who soon will be among the first graduates of Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science major – is featured in the latest issue of Provisions magazine. “Part of the program is required internships, so all of us are graduating with some hands-on experience in a production brewery,” Good says of the major. “Then we have our hands-on labs where we’re taking recipes through full production, through peer review and analysis, and then we’ve actually rebrewed them for our capstone work.” Provisions, published in State College, is dedicated to “stories from Pennsylvania’s food scene.”

Early Childhood Education Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Grant reduces child care fees for eligible Penn College students

Children of Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees receive early childhood education in the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center. A CCAMPIS grant from the U.S. Department of Education is helping to reduce the cost of child care at the center for students.

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology received a $92,118 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help lower child care fees for eligible students who enroll their children at the facility.

The funding is known as a CCAMPIS grant, which stands for Child Care Access Means Parents in School. It helps the Children’s Learning Center to provide discounts to Penn College students whose income makes them eligible for federal Pell Grants. Reductions range from 25% to 75% of the Children’s Learning Center fees, based on a student’s income as reported to the college’s Financial Aid Office. In addition to the Department of Education’s contribution, the college has budgeted a $241,680 match to ensure the sliding fee scale is available to every eligible student who applies.

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

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.

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

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.

Art and Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

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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Chemical dependency credential to empower professionals

Responding to the chemical dependency crisis, Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering an online credential that will educate and empower professionals to make transformative change in their workplaces and communities.

The chemical dependency credential will enhance the skills of professionals working in fields such as health care, human services, law enforcement and education, and will also support the private sector, where employers are finding an increasing need to identify workers who might be struggling with chemical dependency.

Providing a comprehensive understanding of the scientific causes of addiction, prevention strategies, intervention opportunities and treatment options, the 12-credit credential is accepting students for the Fall 2019 semester. Consisting of four eight-week classes, the coursework can be completed in two semesters.

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Match your interests to your future at Spring Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will be hubs of activity during Penn College’s Spring 2019 Open House, an April 6 event highlighting the college’s unique educational mission and hands-on approach to learning.

College-minded students, overwhelmed by piles of possibilities as they consider which career path to follow, can sort through the clutter of options during a revealing visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, members of the Penn College community will welcome potential students and their families, sharing their unique experiences from an institution that has helped tomorrow makers find their niche for more than a century.

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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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Alumni Human Services Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Alumna builds rewarding career on human services foundation

Winder (left) and Wolfhope-Briggs talk with students in a Klump Academic Center classroom.
Winder (left) and Wolfhope-Briggs talk with students in a Klump Academic Center classroom.
The 1998 alumna, building an impressive career on the bedrock of her Penn College degree, addresses the class ...
The 1998 alumna, building an impressive career on the bedrock of her Penn College degree, addresses the class …
... and satisfies student questions about her chosen field.
… and satisfies student questions about her chosen field.

An alumna of Penn College’s human services major returned to her alma mater this week to share professional insights with students in the Management and Administration in Human Services class. Amy (Gordon) Wolfhope-Briggs, a 1998 graduate of the college’s first class of bachelor’s degree recipients in the major, is director of student services at BLaST Intermediate Unit #17. Wolfhope-Briggs discussed the IU’s role in the community and the special education programs and services it provides to constituent school districts and eligible children within Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties. She also answered students’ questions regarding administration and management. Wolfhope-Briggs went on to earn a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology and a special education administration certificate ​from Bloomsburg University. She has a superintendent letter of eligibility and is working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership from Wilkes University. Her career has featured a wide range of professional experiences that enhanced her human services and education-related skills. The HSR 240 class is taught by Elizabeth E. Winder, assistant professor of human services, who advised students that Wolfhope-Briggs is an excellent example of the diversity available with a foundation in human services. “The education I received at the college certainly served me well,” Wolfhope-Briggs said. “I’ve been blessed to have so many varied professional experiences. They’ve all been incredibly valuable. And I was blessed to have the range of exposures students receive in the human services major.”

Art and Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

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.”

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

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.