Students Create Web Pages for Area Nonprofits

Published 05.04.2006

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Sarah J. Shaffer explains her group's SPCA project in Penn's Inn.Six groups of Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently completed an exercise in merging business with technology, designing Web sites to various nonprofit clients' specifications some of which will go online in the coming days.

The teams presented their final projects in Patricia Coulter's Multimedia Fundamentals class while an informal Penn's Inn audience judged the sites for appearance, functionality and information.

The overall winner was "Team Bulldog," which designed an interactive children's site for the Lycoming SPCA. The playful Web pages include video of a puppy on "adoption day," an online coloring book, practical tips on pet ownership and a directory of local veterinarians.

Members of the team were Sarah J. Shaffer, a technology management major from Shermans Dale; Benjamin L. Bryan, Spring City, information technology-web and applications development; Christopher A.Davis, McSherrytown, information technology-web and applications development;and Joshua D. Miller, Lock Haven, information technology-network specialist.

All of the student-created sites incorporated video clips, including this footage of Challenger Division players during the Little League Baseball World Series.Other student-designed Web sites promoted "Victorian Homes in Williamsport;" the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action; the Sones Farm and Home Museum in Muncy; the South Williamsport Little League Challenger Division; and "Road Radio USA," aimed at curtailing underage drinking and other destructive drug use.

The project was funded by a grant from the SEDA-Council of Governments.

The presentations were followed by a small "film festival" of student-produced movies submitted for extra credit.