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Inaugural graduating class of brewers ready to use skills

The first graduating class from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science major all have jobs lined up in the industry. lab. From left are: William B. Ernst-Wingfield, of Picture Rocks; Mark R. Kitchen, of Danville; Christopher P. Good, of State College; Luke H. Brown, of Beaver; Sean J. Hamilton, of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Ryan J. Hampton, of Williamsport.

The first graduating class of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science major is fully employed and ready to share its talents with employers and beer lovers.

The six graduates are among more than 800 students participating in Penn College’s commencement exercises May 17-18 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.

“I am very proud of the hard work this group has put in over the past two years of rigorous study,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing fermentation and science. “I am also happy to have them joining the community of educated professional brewers. I look forward to following their successes as their careers take shape.”

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Brewing & Fermentation Science Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Soon-to-be grads present capstone brews to discerning judges

An amber glow awaits assessment.
An amber glow awaits assessment.
An attentive audience fills the brewing lab in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Brewing instructor Yarrington (at right) listens to Ryan J. Hampton offer enlightenment on the history of pale ales. Hampton, of Williamsport, also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
An attentive audience fills the brewing lab in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Brewing instructor Yarrington (at right) listens to Ryan J. Hampton offer enlightenment on the history of pale ales. Hampton, of Williamsport, also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
Examining the aroma and color of samples are (from left): John Callahan, brewing manager at D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc.; Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology; and David S. Richards, professor of physics.
Examining the aroma and color of samples are (from left): John Callahan, brewing manager at D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc.; Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology; and David S. Richards, professor of physics.
Discussing the style standards of American amber ales and his own “take” on the style is Mark R. Kitchen, of Danville.
Discussing the style standards of American amber ales and his own “take” on the style is Mark R. Kitchen, of Danville.
Sean J. Hamilton, of Buffalo, N.Y., schools guests on the topic of “AMG” (amyloglucosidase enzymes).
Sean J. Hamilton, of Buffalo, N.Y., schools guests on the topic of “AMG” (amyloglucosidase enzymes).

Among the recent capstone presentations held across campus, graduating students in Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science degree presented their culminating brews to an audience that included natural sciences and hospitality faculty. Two presentations were conducted, with the soon-to-be-professional brewers offering small assessment samples of their two final brews. “The primary goals of these events were twofold: one benefit to the students was to add feedback and commentary on their capstone beers from a random group of consumers to the feedback they received from the professional panels I assembled earlier in the semester,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science. “Another was to expose the students to the challenge of engaging consumers about their beers and explaining the history, processes and rationale that inform their characteristic color, flavor and aroma. Brewers rely on professional and consumer feedback to inform their choices. We are also continually in a position to increase the beer IQ of the consumer through educational dialogue.” Six students will graduate May 17 with Associate of Applied Science degrees in brewing and fermentation science.

Alumni Art and Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Graphic design alum finishes first ‘season’ with NHL team

Austin L. Fulton, a 2018 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, is putting his creative talents to work as a graphic designer for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. (Photo provided)

A 2018 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s graphic design major is putting his creative talents to work in the National Hockey League. Austin L. Fulton, originally from Montoursville, is a graphic designer for the Florida Panthers.

Fulton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design from Penn College in August 2018 and began his job with the hockey team one month later. With the NHL season running October through April, he recently completed his first full season on the Panthers’ marketing team.

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

Public reception broadens audience for students’ design work

The 11 soon-to-graduate graphic design majors share the spotlight with their exemplary artwork.
The 11 soon-to-graduate graphic design majors share the spotlight with their exemplary artwork.
Each of Erin N. Shaffer's chocolate-bar labels evokes the skyline of its respective U.S. city.
Each of Erin N. Shaffer’s chocolate-bar labels evokes the skyline of its respective U.S. city.
Luke A. Bierly talks about his work with a gallery patron.
Luke A. Bierly talks about his work with a gallery patron.
One wall of the exhibit features design work (from left) by Nina L. Walk, Jared D. Kosko, Daniel Mendoza, Sydney O. Powell and Emily R. Kahler.
One wall of the exhibit features design work (from left) by Nina L. Walk, Jared D. Kosko, Daniel Mendoza, Sydney O. Powell and Emily R. Kahler.
Gallery attendees mingle amid the student projects ... near a wall design adapted from Kahler's event poster.
Gallery attendees mingle amid the student projects … near a wall design adapted from Kahler’s event poster.

The Gallery at Penn College recently hosted an opening reception for graphic design seniors involved in a parting exhibit of their outstanding work. The annual exhibition showcases the best examples of design and illustration by students in their final semester, providing them an opportunity to present their marketing, branding, advertising and design artwork to industry professionals and the public. Only a few more days to catch “Graphic Design: 2019!”
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Alumni Early Childhood Education Faculty & Staff President Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Hearts and crafts

Lending a helping hand to little fingers
Lending a helping hand to little fingers
The Bears pose with their creations and their “assistants” (from left): Neva E. Simcox, group leader; Gilmour; and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader. Dunn, a 2017 early childhood education graduate, is an applied management student.
The Bears pose with their creations and their “assistants” (from left): Neva E. Simcox, group leader; Gilmour; and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader. Dunn, a 2017 early childhood education graduate, is an applied management student.
Delighting in a daffodil
Delighting in a daffodil
Hands-on education, in miniature
Hands-on education, in miniature
The Birds soar with excitement, posing with the president. (Photo provided)
The Birds soar with excitement, posing with the president. (Photo provided)

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour visited the Dunham Children’s Learning Center on Tuesday, bringing the requisite supplies for an art project with the facility’s Birds (ages 4 and 5) and Bears (ages 3 and 4). The president helped the youngsters make cute daffodils – fitting, given the ample sunshine of the past two days – and told each child “to give it to someone in your family who you love.”

 

Alumni Communication & Literature Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Alumnus preps students for postgraduate employment

McCaffery interviews Stephen E. Larcombe, an automotive service technician student from Mainesburg ...
McCaffery interviews Stephen E. Larcombe, an automotive service technician student from Mainesburg …
... and Alexander H. Granlund, of Warriors Mark, an aviation maintenance technician student.
… and Alexander H. Granlund, of Warriors Mark, an aviation maintenance technician student.

Bryan E. McCaffery, HVAC department supervisor at Bucknell University, recently returned to his alma mater to conduct mock interviews to prepare the students in Kathy M. Richards’ Communications class (ENL010) for job placement upon graduation. A 1981 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College’s diesel mechanic major, McCaffery also earned a Penn College degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology in 1998.  He is a former director of maintenance and facility operations for the Williamsport Area School District and, Richards said, “was happy to give back to the college that has equipped him to be successful in life!”
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Spring 2019 Commencement set for May 17-18

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold three Spring 2019 Commencement ceremonies May 17-18 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

Three commencement ceremonies will be offered May 17-18 for the 950 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2019 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

All of the ceremonies will be held at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with more than 800 students expected to march.

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

Seniors exhibit work in ‘Graphic Design: 2019’

"Graphic Design 2019"

Eleven graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Graphic Design: 2019,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m., with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. The design work will be on display April 30 through May 10.

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Mock crisis authentically adds to interdisciplinary preparedness

Samer R. Doss, a PA student from Montoursville, listens to the heartbeat of dental hygiene student Megan P. Fitzsimmons, of Portville, N.Y.

Students from Penn College’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences and School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications joined area law enforcement, emergency management and health care professionals in a recent simulation at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and a variety of other locations.

The college’s paramedic program has participated in the drill since its inception, and this year, the School of Nursing & Health Sciences decided to participate schoolwide to provide an interdisciplinary learning opportunity. The school had conducted its own Interdisciplinary Professional Experience on campus for several years.

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Helping & Healing: People skills make an impact

Nursing instructor Tushanna M. Habalar (in white), leads students in inserting an IV into “SimMan,” an electronically controlled patient simulator.
Nursing instructor Tushanna M. Habalar (in white), leads students in inserting an IV into “SimMan,” an electronically controlled patient simulator.
During a flu shot clinic on campus, physician assistant student Savanna R. Stauffer, '17, draws a dose of the vaccine into a syringe.
During a flu shot clinic on campus, physician assistant student Savanna R. Stauffer, ’17, draws a dose of the vaccine into a syringe.

From the Spring 2019 Penn College Magazine: Personal health, passion and empathy are key for employees in health and human services professions to effectively care for others. Read Helping and Healing.

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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