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Penn College Student Helps Optimize Little League Website


The talents of a Pennsylvania College of Technology Web and interactive media student have been called into play to enhance the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series website.

The website will see a lot of traffic during the 11-day championship, occurring through Aug. 30 and drawing 16 teams and thousands of fans to the Little League Baseball World Series complex, a few miles from Penn College’s main campus.

Penn College student Tammy R. Smith, of South Williamsport, is helping to optimize the Little League Baseball website.
Penn College student Tammy R. Smith, of South Williamsport, is helping to optimize the Little League Baseball website.

Tammy R. Smith, a junior in Web and interactive media, began working part time this summer at Little League International headquarters in South Williamsport. Working with Mike Weslosky, Little League’s web development manager, she helped to optimize the organization’s website to work on all screen sizes, including smartphones and tablets.

“It’s exciting to be part of an event as large as the Little League Baseball World Series. Not only is it a national event, but an international sporting event that brings the world together,” said Smith, of South Williamsport. “It was great to be able to have the opportunity to play a role in developing a responsive website that enhances the end user’s experience with the organization.

I’ve lived in Williamsport my whole life and grew up with Little League, so it’s exciting to take part in it.”

In addition to pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Web and interactive media, Smith is dual-majoring in advertising art, an Associate of Applied Arts degree, at Penn College. In 2002, she earned an associate degree in mass communications from the college.

“It’s great to hear about the success of our students. We’re proud of Tammy’s accomplishments,” said Denise S. Leete, associate professor of Web and interactive media at Penn College. “Tammy acquired these skills directly from her coursework in the Web and interactive media degree.

“There is no doubt that responsive Web design is very important for today’s digital consumption. As smartphone and tablet adoption continues to increase, so does the importance of mobile-friendly websites. Mobile devices continue to change the approach toward Web design and user experience.”

Penn College students have a long history of sharing their skills during the annual Little League Baseball World Series. This year, a large contingent of students from the School of Health Sciences are lending their hands and gaining valuable experience on-site at the international event.

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