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Penn College to Celebrate International Printing Week

A portrait of Benjamin Franklin, comprised of more than 1,700 Post-it notes, adorns the Bush Campus Center elevator in observance of International Printing Week.Pennsylvania College of Technology’s graphic communications department and the Gamma Epsilon Tau graphic arts honors fraternity at the college will celebrate International Printing Week from Jan. 16-20 with a variety of activities.

Since the week also marks the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, graphic communications students at Penn College will display a mosaic of Franklin, made from 1,728 Post-it Notes, on the elevator at the Bush Campus Center. Franklin, a printer by trade, created and published the “Pennsylvania Gazette” and “Poor Richard’s Almanac” and holds the honorary title of “first public printer” in the United States. He also set up America’s first public library.

On Jan. 16, Nancy Cardea, vice president for print production at Leo Burnett Advertising, Chicago, will tour the campus and host a presentation at 1:30 p.m. in Room W109 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The agency, which has helped create some of the world’s most valuable brands, including McDonald’s, Disney, Kellogg’s and Nintendo, is interested in recruiting students from Penn College’s graphic communications and graphic design programs.

On Jan. 18, the graphic communications department will host Williamsport Area High School students, who will attend demonstrations and discussions.

Additional events are planned throughout the week. The public is welcome to stop by or contact the Admissions Office at (570) 327-4761 to arrange a tour. For more information about the graphic communications majors offered at Penn College, call (570) 327-4521, send e-mail or visit online.

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