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Penn College grants emeritus status to two retired faculty

Sandra Lakey and Thomas J. Mulfinger

Two recently retired faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been granted “faculty emeritus” status by the institution.

The emeritus recommendations for Sandra Lakey, associate professor of speech communication-composition, and Thomas J. Mulfinger, associate professor of building construction technology, both were approved by the Penn College Board of Directors on Oct. 3.

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October 3, 2019
Brewing & Fermentation Science Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Brewing major profiled in Mountain Home magazine

Yarrington talks with students during a brewery visit.
Yarrington talks with students during a brewery visit.

Penn College’s 2-year-old brewing and fermentation major is featured in the October issue of Mountain Home, an award-winning monthly publication focused on Pennsylvania and New York’s Finger Lakes. “One thing about Penn College, among others, is that they’re really focused on industry trends,” instructor Timothy L. Yarrington says in the article by Melissa Farenish. “Consumers are starting to expect and demand consistent quality. So, brewers need education and the understanding of the science of brewing to maintain this quality. The curriculum is designed so that students not only get hands-on experience, but also the science education background that goes into understanding how to maintain quality in the brews.”

October 3, 2019
Faculty & Staff Individualized Programs of Study Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Day’s headlines readily – and relevantly – fuel classroom discussion

Learning politics in real timeTo assess Penn College students’ perspective on the day’s news – developments as fresh as the Washington, D.C., impeachment drama unfolding concurrently with their Thursday afternoon lecture – WNEP’s Chris Keating visited Craig A. Miller’s American Government-National course. Miller, an associate professor of history/political science whose Klump Academic Center classroom gives students a nonjudgmental space in which to formulate their opinions, began with a discussion of current events (including the congressional hearing on recess when the session convened, as well as its back story involving both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden). In addition to interviewing Miller, Keating talked on camera with Allen J. Hafner, an individual studies student from Jersey Shore, and Dominic W. Howard, an undeclared major from Williamsport. The piece was broadcast on evening newscasts, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

September 26, 2019
Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

‘Arts’ mosaic set for official dedication Wednesday

Stabley and Cillo showcase their work upon its completion in late spring.
Stabley and Cillo showcase their work upon its completion in late spring.

The “Avenue of the Arts” mosaic in downtown Williamsport will be celebrated at a dedication and reception scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Firestone Building, 400 Market St. Commissioned by PublicArtWorks and intended as a gateway to Williamsport’s cultural community, the piece was created and installed by David A. Stabley, an instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture at Penn College, and Carol Cillo, president of the Clinton County Arts Council.

September 16, 2019
Alumni Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Newscast spotlights students’ suicide awareness campaign

Eyewitness News visits campus

Eyewitness News reporter Morgan Parrish talked Tuesday with graphic design alumni and a faculty member involved in a suicide prevention campaign. Parrish interviewed Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design, as well as two of the recent graduates whose work was showcased as part of the awareness project: Emily R. Kahler, of Pittman, and Luke A. Bierly, of Centre Hall. The piece aired during WBRE/WYOU’s evening newscasts beginning at 5:30 p.m.

September 3, 2019
Alumni Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Suicide awareness campaign features students’ designs

Luke A. Bierly's design depicts a chair being assembled.

The design talents of three Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design students are showing up on local billboards and in mental health awareness materials being distributed to local businesses.

As part of a suicide prevention campaign aimed at educating working-aged men, 25 to 60, the students’ skills were enlisted by the SPIRIT (Suicide Prevention through Information, Referral, Intervention and Training) Coalition, an alliance of campus and community behavioral health resources.

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August 23, 2019
August 11, 2019
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Wide range of artistic adventures in gallery’s 2019-20 season

The Gallery at Penn College

Graffiti photography, industrial sculpture, multimedia folklore and vintage comics are among the engaging lineup of artistic adventures offered by The Gallery at Penn College’s 2019-20 season. The gallery’s 14th season will also shine the spotlight on fiber artists, as well as on graduating seniors in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s graphic design and architecture and sustainable design majors.

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July 31, 2019
Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Sex trafficking survivor makes Penn College part of her journey

Lynaugh H. Bobst

For the Introduction to Human Services course, the content was standard. For Lynaugh H. Bobst, the class discussion on appropriate family dynamics was personal. For her, the topic generated more than copious notes and highlighted text in a book. It led to an awakening.

Bobst didn’t finish the course or any of her other classes that semester. Instead, she left school to begin a journey. Seven years later, that journey has returned Bobst to Pennsylvania College of Technology for a revised major that she hopes will amplify her new lease on life as an advocate to prevent child sex abuse.

“I remember sitting in that intro class thinking, ‘Wait a second. What I experienced wasn’t normal.’ It really took me back,” she said.

Back to the darkest of places.

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July 30, 2019
Art and Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Pittsburgh design competition recognizes Penn College talent

Penn College students’ award-winning entries in the Context: Student Design Competition sponsored by AIGA Pittsburgh are, clockwise from upper left, Daniel Mendoza’s Game Day Program design and Furever Home logo; Jared S. Kosko’s Game Day Program design; Gavin E. Hain’s pizza box design; Andrew Caccese’s pizza box design; and Erin N. Shaffer’s landing page.

The talents of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s graphic design students have been honored by AIGA Pittsburgh’s Context: Student Design Competition 2019.

For its Context competition, the Pittsburgh chapter of AIGA, a national professional association for design, fields four real-world design projects previously completed for clients of Pittsburgh design agencies. This year’s projects focused on the Rachael Ray Nutrish Furever Home Donation Program benefiting animal rescue organizations and three Pittsburgh-based ventures: the Game Day Program for the Pittsburgh Steelers; PGH365, an annual design competition held by AIGA; and Piazza Talarico, a small, family-owned, Italian restaurant.

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July 29, 2019
Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

‘Designed’ podcast features faculty co-authors

Faculty featured in "Designed' podcastTwo members of Penn College’s graphic design faculty (and authors of a visual literacy textbook) discuss “The State of Design Education” in a podcast available online. Brian A. Flynn and David M. Moyer, assistant professors of graphic design, headline Episode 006 of “Designed: Creating Success in Design Education.” The pair co-wrote “Visual Literacy Workbook for Graphic Design and Fine Art Students,” which was published last winter by Oxford University Press, and share their perspective − as well as preview “the next book to come” − during their dialogue.

July 16, 2019
Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications named

Sue A. Kelley

Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Sue A. Kelley dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

Kelley, who has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, comes to Penn College from Lycoming College, where she has been employed since 1999, serving most recently as an associate professor of psychology and department chair.

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July 1, 2019
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From living space to makerspace, summer visitors have their hands full

Learning the skills and craftsmanship required of a builder in the newest pre-college offering: Building Construction.

A dozen residential Pre-College Programs and a daytime Creative Art Camp brought hundreds of young women and men to Penn College’s campuses in mid-June, providing hands-on entry to the myriad career opportunities reflected in the institution’s postsecondary curriculum. Keeping campers (and PCToday photographers) busy in recent days were these fun learning opportunities, some of which involved culminating projects: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience (ASPIE), Automotive Restoration, Aviation, Building Construction (new this year), Creative Art Camp, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Grow & Design Horticulture, Health Careers, Information Technology and SMART (Science and Math in Real-world Technologies) Girls.

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Streetside art elevates curb appeal

Stabley and Cillo pose with their midtown masterpiece.
Stabley and Cillo pose with their midtown masterpiece.
Striking a stunning note: the saxophone’s keys add a lovely touch.
Striking a stunning note: the saxophone’s keys add a lovely touch.
An abstract face (a Stabley signature) is hidden within.
An abstract face (a Stabley signature) is hidden within.
A ballet dancer’s toe touches down on a magical mosaic “floor.”
A ballet dancer’s toe touches down on a magical mosaic “floor.”
Keeping an eye on downtown Williamsport's ever-evolving arts scene
Keeping an eye on downtown Williamsport’s ever-evolving arts scene

A mosaic, crafted by a member of Penn College’s art faculty and featured as a work in progress during this month’s First Friday activities in downtown Williamsport, has been completed. The dazzling, 144-square-foot attraction inventively weaves artists’ tools into the word “Arts,” and is the work of David A. Stabley, an instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture at the college, and Carol Cillo, president of the Clinton County Arts Council.

June 17, 2019