Call for entries open now through June 30th, 2018. Johnstown Film Festival to be held on September 8th.
The Johnstown Film Festival is back after a two-year hiatus! Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) are collaborating on the revamped event, which is set for September 8, 2018.
“JAHA presented the festival from 2007-2015, and we’re delighted to bring it back in cooperation with Penn Highlands, which is going to add an exciting new student competition and education component to the festival,” said Shelley Johansson of JAHA, who has been involved with the festival since its first year.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the resurgence of the Johnstown Film Festival,” said Rick Bukoski, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies at Penn Highlands. “We want to give middle, high school, and college students throughout the region an opportunity to showcase their films and learn more about filmmaking, and to be working with JAHA to create an exciting daylong event.”
The festival will feature two parts: Scene One, A Day at the Movie Studio; and Scene Two, Opening Night. Penn Highlands will present Scene One at the College’s Richland Campus, and will consist of seminars about filmmaking and student work presentations. JAHA will present Scene Two at the Heritage Discovery Center, and will be a presentation of film shorts submitted for competition as in previous years.
However, there are some changes to JAHA’s competitive portion of the festival. Entries will be limited to films that have some connection to Johnstown or western Pennsylvania – in location, theme, or by personnel involved in the production (actors, directors, producers, etc.). Submissions will be made via Withoutabox, an online platform used by film festivals all over the world, rather than the traditional method of mailing in a DVD.
“Throughout the festival’s history, we have found that films with a local connection resonated the most with our audience – so we think the change in entry guidelines is a good move. Plus, promoting the local filmmaking community is one of the main goals of the event,” Johansson explained. “We’re also excited about using Withoutabox, which will streamline the entry and judging process for us, interested filmmakers, and our judges.”
Short films of 30 minutes or less are eligible for the competitions. There is a non-refundable $15 entry fee per film, or $10 for students (filmmakers who were 18 years of age or younger at the time the film was completed.) Films of any genre will be accepted for JAHA’S Scene Two competition, while Penn Highlands’ student film competition will involve the specific theme of “Cliffhanger.” The call for entries is open now through June 30, 2018.
“Our Scene One: A Day at the Movie Studio will feature short seminars for student filmmakers, but also seminars of general interest to anyone who loves film. It is our hope patrons of the Johnstown Film Fest will kick off the day with us, then complete it with JAHA in the evening. Likewise, we hope our student participants and their families will join us in the evening for Scene Two with JAHA,” Bukoski said. “The winning student film produced by our competition will be shown at the evening event with JAHA.”
More information will be released as the date gets closer. For details on the festival, including a link to the entry portal, please visit www.johnstownfilmfest.org.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is starting 2018 by bringing some of its Richland Campus services to residents of downtown Johnstown. The College’s new Central Park Center, located at 425 Main Street, will be hosting a series of free workshops designed to help residents take the next step and build their careers.
Led by the College’s Career Services staff, attendees will learn how to determine the best career for them, and then be equipped with the tools to gain success in their desired field. These workshops will be held throughout February:
Feb. 6th, 1:00pm: Major and Career Exploration. Through the power of Career Coach, find out what majors and career options are best based on your interests.
Feb. 13th, 11:00am: Essentials of Resume Writing. Learn the basics of resume writing from professionals. By the end, you will be able to create a quality cover letter and resume.
Feb. 27th, 1:00pm: Tips to ACE the Job Interview. Learn how to prepare for the interview, become familiar with different styles of interview questions, how to respond to questions, and what to do after the interview.
Each workshop will include information on the College’s Career Closet, a year-round free of charge service available to help individuals assemble professional attire for their next interview.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College men’s basketball forward Tim Biakapia (Northwest High School, Germantown, MD) has been named the NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week for the second time in his career.
During play last week, he averaged 33 points per game, 17.5 rebounds per game, and 3 blocked shots per game. He shot 94.1% from the free throw line. Penn Highlands won both games played (January 4th and January 6th).
“Tim is a leader that deserves all the recognition that comes his way,” stated Landon Loya, Black Bears Head Basketball Coach. “He is resourceful, has a great attitude, and is a respected teammate. Being able to coach a player like Tim is an honor, and Penn Highlands is grateful to have him.”
Tim Biakapia, a sophomore, has recorded a double-double in 13 straight games. He currently ranks in the top ten in numerous NJCAA national statistical categories including:
3rd in points per game
3rd in field goal percentage
4th in rebounds per game
4th in defensive rebounds
5th in points
6th in total rebounds
9th in offensive rebounds
In his collegiate career at Penn Highlands, Tim has scored 898 points, has grabbed 471 rebounds, and has a double-double in 31 of 38 games played. He was a 1st Team All-Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference and 2nd Team All-Region XX in his freshman year.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that the following students have made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester.
Acosta – Brooke Elizabeth Gary, Amber Michelle Schuck
Altoona – Shantell Lynette Brown, Christina Marie Evans, Adrienne Grace Ford, Diane Louise Gallagher, Amber Marie Genua, Nathalia M. Harchak, Shavet Laray Lamont, Ashlee Pauline Lonsinger, Rebecca M. Rago, Annette M. Thompson
Apollo – Tucker John Insko
Ashville – Lauren Alexis Hite, Emma Kathryn Racz, Mackenzie M. Sherry
Ebensburg – Veronica R. Chumrik, Scott Edward Holsinger, Laurie J. Horn, Haley E. Kish, Nathan Matthew Knopp, Thomas Matthew Lauer, Amber N. McBreen, Jeremy Andrew McBreen, Allison S. McKeel, Morgan L. Price, Dona Lynn Rager, Nathan Lee Smith, Faith Marie Sodmont
Huntingdon – Alexis Nicole Crotsley, Gavin Michael Knode, Abraham Tyler Rudolph, Morgan Mikael Snyder
Irwin – Adam Edward Polakovsky
James Creek – Paige Cassidy Fouse
Johnstown – Zacheri Gabriel Anderson, Ashley Joel Arrington, Brady Jordan Bachota, Evan James Barkhimer, Casey Alexandra Bendick, Taylor Alan Beneke, Aaron Trent Berger, Jessica M. Bravo, Gabrielle Elizabeth Buck, DeAnna Mae Burkett, Katelyn Elizabeth Carnell, Daniel G. Carter, Bradley Joseph Casper, Mya Frances Makana Ceballos-Palmer, Murray Chris Charney, Aaron Louis Ciotti, Nicholas Rostom Constantino, Natalie Marie Costanzo, Kate Reene Csehoski, Tara Nicole Dill, McKenzie Lynn Fitzpatrick, Anthony J. Furfari, Drew Anthony Furman, Hope Marie Gall, Nicole Jeanne Gindlesperger, Sarah K. Green, Tim J. Haberkorn, Joshua Ray Hagen, Jordyn Elizabeth Hamilton, Autumn Marie Hause, Gina M. Herrera, Jaydrik Darian Hinton, Gunnar Von Joseph Hockenberry, Benjamin Harrison Holmes, Erin Marie Hoover, Zachary Michael Hoover, Daisja R. Johnson, Tiffany Amber Jones, Rachel S. King, Alexis Marie LaBuda, Hanna E. Lecrone, Nicholas Brian Letosky, Oliver Mark Lindrose, Angela M. Louder, Jacob Flynn Lovette, Jon Daniel Maldet, Maria E. Manon, Emily Jane Mantini, Allison Rose McClain, Katelyn Dawn Miller, Alecia M. Morgan, Christopher Lee Norman, Andrew Don Ogline, Lauren Madison Olshewsky, Lindsay Marissa Olshewsky, Vanessa I. Orris, Christian James O’Stafy, Miranda Lynne Pastuch, Chelsea L. Phillips, Brendon Skyler Rager, Andrew Colin Rand, Logan James Reese, Kayla L. Reynolds, Alexander Eric Ritenour, Mackenzie Faith Roberts-Moore, Richard Clayton Robertson, Austin James Rose, Lewis Raymond Michael Rose, William F. Roth, Sean W. Sabo, Melissa Marie Salerno, Rebecca L. Schellhammer, Noah Scott Shorto, Heather Renee Shroyer, Samantha M. Smith, Kane Isaiah Stiffey, Megan Nicole Stiffler, Jonathan William Stratton, Tyler James Streets, Geoffrey David Stumpo, Annalese Michelle Tinari, Jane T. Trapanotto, Dakota Ray Vojtowicz, Amanda Lynne Walker, Ernest Lee Williams, Brynn Elizabeth Wingard, Madison J. Winger, Taylor N. Yuhas, Carly Anna Grace Zahurak
Karns City – Angelo S. Rondinelli
Knox – Michael Eugene Ritchey
Ligonier – David Alan Shannon, David Lee Wasil
Loretto – Jeffrey James Barnett
Marion Center – Stephanie Marie Betts
Markleton – William J. Beeman
Martinsburg – Samantha Jean Burket, Zachary Steven Rumberger
McVeytown – Matthew B. Harshbarger, Katie E. Runk
Meyersdale – Hannah Elizabeth Bodes, Amanda Noelle Custer, Timothy James Garlitz, Megan Taylor Lavin, Holli Jean Teague
Mineral Point – Nathan S. Kaschalk, Nicholas A. Powell, Vanessa D. Sheehan
Mount Pleasant – Ethan Timothy Charlesworth, Tyler Simms Katenbrink
Mount Union – Madison A. Harris
Nanty Glo – Anthony Edward Cornetti, Taylor Nichol Frederick, Tashia Marie Hartman, David M. Shedlock, Kimberli Ann Weirauch, Douglas J. Kimack, Brendon A. Smith, Laura A. Zimmerman
Nicktown – Joshua Joseph Smith
Normalville – Joel Kevin Berger
Northern Cambria – Seth Michael Charney, Quinn Sherwood Earnest, Chase Patrick Hill, John R. McBee II, Bradley C. McMullen, Linda Evelyn Seibert, Autumn Angel Wise
Osceola Mills – Savannah Rose Patterson
Park Hill – Stephanie L. Urban
Patton – Heather Renee Dietrick, Nichole Lynn Helbig, Morgan Olivia Maslonik, Matthew John Milanesi, Jarred Andrew Reed, Devin Michael Shaner
Penn Run – Alexandera Noel Ringler
Petersburg – Tara Mae Sheetz
Philipsburg – William Thomas Foreman
Pittsburgh – Morgan Eileen Hudson
Portage – Lauren Nicole Deetscreek, Arthur P. Kennedy, Darla Rae Kennedy, Steven D. Panick, Sandra J. Pentland
Roaring Spring – Abby Lynn Carder, Sarah Beth Kuntz, Desiree Marie Willey
Saint Benedict – Cheyenne Marie Hayes, Bonnie L. Himmel, Bryan M. Shaffer, Elizabeth Anne Shaffer
Saint Boniface – Justin Wayne Thomas
Saint Marys – Joshua William Gleixner
Saxton – Gregory Thomas Lynn
Seward – Emily Kathleen Kemler
Sidman – Joel Michael Barton, Gabrielle Nicole Josephson, McKenna Dawn McMasters, Danielle C. Mickus, Jacob T. Miller
Somerset- Kelsey Louise Knupp, Daniel Prescott Weaver, Cory Lynn Weicht, Matthew Lee Willison
South Fork – Madison Paige Brewer, Lakin Elaine Burkett, Barbara Jeanne Fye, Cameron Daniel Neuts
Stoystown – Joseph James Nemchik, Rachel K. Muchesko, Gearmo Eric Smeak
Summerhill – James D. Cornman, Kirsten Grace Foor, Joshua David Gould, Kevin Michael Margic, Devon Christopher Michaels
Three Springs – Catherine Grace Anderson
Tire Hill – Kevin W. Clement
Twin Rocks – Matthew S. Greene, Tyler Ryan Hegedus
Tyrone – Joseph John Noel, Stevie Marie Pennington
Valencia – John Alex Cicconi
Vintondale – Lilac D. Brown, Tiffaney Jade Smith
Westover – Aaron Michael Bakaysa, Rachel Lyn Bakaysa
Wilmore – Richard Edward Toler
Windber – Timothy A. Borish, Madison Brooke Crum, Emily Marie Dabbs, Justin Michael Gates, Savanna Joy Kestermont, Conor Duane Nitka, Janice Arlene Ott, Andrew J. Papcunik, Ashley Amanda Raco, Ashlee N. Stinson, Hunter S. Thomas, Trevon Antonio Wallace, Sha’lee Meriem Watters
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC) have collaborated to help better serve Altoona residents and the surrounding region. The two institutions recently signed three additional articulation agreements allowing students to transfer credits earned from GACTC to associate degrees in Business Management, Healthcare Information Specialist, and Medical Assisting Technology at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
These agreements allow GACTC graduates the ability to apply a specific number of credits to Penn Highlands’ associate degrees. These agreements have established guidelines that will help students achieve their degree in the most cost-effective and timely manner possible.
With the addition of these agreements, there are eight articulation agreements in place between GACTC and Penn Highlands Community College. These program-to-program agreements include:
Administrative Office Specialist to A.A.S. in Business Management (12 credits)
Architectural Drafting and Design Technology to A.A.S. in Architectural/Civil: CAD and Design Technology (18 credits)
Computer Technology to A.A.S. in Information Technology: Cyber Security (10 credits)
Computer Technology to A.A.S. in Information Technology: Server Administration (10 credits)
Computer Technology to A.A.S. in Information Technology: Network Administration (6 credits)
Medical Assistant to A.A.S. in Healthcare Information Specialist (15 credits)
Medical Assistant to A.A.S. in Medical Assisting Technology (10 credits)
Welding to A.A.S. in Welding Technology (10 credits)
“We are committed to helping students find easy-to-navigate career pathways,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President. “These agreements provide students with confidence in knowing their credits earned at the local career and technology center are transferable to an associate degree program.”
The Pennsylvania Highlands Blair Center is located in the Logan Valley Mall. The College has additional locations throughout the Southern Alleghenies region in Cambria, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties.