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Graphic Design Alumni Return to Campus to Share Insights


Four graduates of the graphic design major at Pennsylvania College of Technology returned to campus recently to share their insights with current students.

The alumni panel discussion was sponsored by Penn College’s student chapter of AIGA, a professional association for design.

The alumni who served on the panel are: Madison M. Miller, ’14, graphic designer at Weis Markets, Sunbury; Erin M. Schlesinger, ’14, graphic designer for Burson-Marsteller in Washington, D.C.; Michael A. Siemianowski, ’13, art director at Chemistry Communications, Pittsburgh; and Kyle R. Taylor, ’13, graphic and web designer for Blackboard Inc. in State College.

“This is a great way for current students to see the end result of their education,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design and adviser to the student AIGA chapter. “These alums, who are only a few years out of college, are doing amazing work and are becoming leaders in their field.”

Graphic design graduates (from left) Erin M. Schlesinger, Madison M. Miller, Kyle R. Taylor and Michael A. Siemianowski share their insights with current students in a recent alumni panel discussion.
Graphic design graduates (from left) Erin M. Schlesinger, Madison M. Miller, Kyle R. Taylor and Michael A. Siemianowski share their insights with current students in a recent alumni panel discussion.

The alumni shared their experiences in the working world and the value of their Penn College degrees. “They discussed everything from their office environments, to meeting deadlines, to dealing with the first week in a new job,” Stephenson said. “Current students inquired about balancing work and personal lives, dealing with clients and the job search.”

After the panel discussion and question-and-answer session, the alumni met informally and networked with current students.

Graphic design senior Onolee M. Oberrender, of Bloomsburg, said: “The alumni panel was very insightful. Talking with young professionals, who just a few years ago were in my shoes, about their success in graphic design was both exciting and enlightening.”

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