Software Productization Center

Our Students

kyleToth

Kyle Toth

Kyle Toth is a Senior Computer And Information Sciences Major from Newfoundland, PA.  He is a Computer Science tutor involved in wrestling, getaway, UAB, tutoring, and JAM crew.  In his spare time he likes wrestling, football, soccer, volleyball, badminton, tennis, weightlifting, bodybuilding, and Olympic lifting. 


Bob Hennessey

Bob Hennessey

Bob Hennessey is from Coatestown, PA.  He is a Junior in the Computer Science Department, and minors in Physics and Math.  Bob also work at Ganser Library and enjoys soccer, ultimate frisbee, and board games.

 
TonyGuasco

Tony Guasco

Tony Guasco, a senior Art Major with a concentration in Graphic Design, hails from Lancaster, PA.  He is a Lab Technician for Breidenstine Hall and was once in Customer Service at Lowes Home Improvement.  Tony also does freelance work and likes hiking and music.

 


kate cox

Kate Cox

Kate Cox is a Senior BFA major in Graphic & Interactive Design.  She hails from Lancaster and enjoys her jobs as a Projectionist, a Freelance Illustration & Design, and a Screen Printer and she also likes Sewing, Gardening, Spelunking, Cooking, and Making Coloring Books.



Kate Beeler

Kate Bealer, from Boyertown, PA, is a Senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing.  She is a member of National Society of Leadership and Success and enjoys reading, baking, and baseball.

More Student Experiences

A photo of Anthony PaparellaAnthony Paparella

Q: Specific goal and career aspirations?
A: After this year I am going to graduate school for technology education. I also plan to have a part time job as a web designer with my best friend.

Q: What brought you to the SPC?
A: My friends were spending their free time working for spc so I decided to join them.

Q: What has been the best experience with the center thus far? Your favorite aspect?
A: Best experience would have to be working with my friends and creating something not possible by myself.

Q: What have you learned so far from the experience?
A: I have learned the importance of teamwork and how to work with real clients to complete projects.

Q: What opportunities have you had with the SPC that you would not have had in the classroom?
A: Because of my experience in SPC I was hired for summer work over a few others based on my experience.

Q: Has it enhanced your classroom learning?
A: Yes, SPC gives students life experience that cannot be taught in the classroom.

Q: If you could, would you encourage other students to get involved?
A: Yes, if students are serious about being designers this is a step in the right direction.



Amanda Mutschler

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Q: Specific goal and career aspirations?
A: To get a job I like and eventually become a certified public accountant.

Q: What brought you to the SPC?
A: Professor McCaskey was my marketing professor and asked the class if anyone would be interested in doing marketing research for a new product.

Q: What has been the best experience with the center thus far? Your favorite aspect?
A: Becoming experienced with and aware of the challenges involved with introducing a new product to the market.

Q: What have you learned so far from the experience?
A: I learned that it is not always easy to market a product. A lot of time and money needs to go into a new product in order to introduce it to the market and keep customers interested after it is introduced.

Q: What opportunities have you had with the SPC that you would not have had in the classroom?
A: Being able to market a real product and present real information to a company about the future of its product and what it needs to do in order to be successful.

Q: Has it enhanced your classroom learning?
A: Definitely. Since I worked on the marketing aspect of it, I was able to talk to real customers of the product and find out what they like and dislike about it.

Q: If you could, would you encourage other students to get involved?
A: I would definitely encourage other students to get involved because it is great experience , whether a computer science major or business major.




Matthew PapeA photo of Matthew Pape

Q: Specific goal and career aspirations?
A: Over the course of my college classes I've come to learn that I really love designing and coding software. My ideal job would probably involve problem solving and programming.

Q: What brought you to the SPC?
A: I spent a lot of my free time outside of class exploring real world applications for the material we covered, so when Dr. Elzer approached me about the project I was excited to join.

Q: What has been the best experience with the center thus far? Your favorite aspect?
A: Starting with nothing more than a concept or idea and turning it into a clean and polished final project. That is still the most exciting feeling every time.

Q: What have you learned so far from the experience?
A: In classes and labs your professors give you very clear assignments. In the real world clients often aren't certain what they want, and frequently end up changing their mind halfway through the project. It's very crucial to communicate with the clients and help them determine what it is they really need.

Q: What opportunities have you had with the SPC that you would not have had in the classroom?
A: The chance to communicate with real clients and help them decide what they are really looking for in their software. It's also nice to see a completed project from design all the way to finished project, as opposed to building small pieces of programs like we tend to do in the classroom.

Q: Has it enhanced your classroom learning?
A: I used to sit through class and wonder if I would ever actually be using the material we were covering on a particular day. Now I can see where it all meshes. I think about how I'll be able to apply the knowledge and look forward to the opportunity.

Q: If you could, would you encourage other students to get involved?
A: Without a doubt. It has been the best work and learning experience of my college education.




Elyse Dougherty

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Q: Specific goal and career aspirations?
A: Still unsure; I'm interested in something that would allow me to integrate some cross-disciplinary efforts, probably in a career similar to what the SPC is doing: creating a project that starts as an idea in a client's mind and turning it into a final product.

Q: What brought you to the SPC?
A: A few conversations with Dr. Elzer and a desire for practical application of the things we learn in the classroom.

Q: What has been the best experience with the center thus far? Your favorite aspect?
A: I really like the interaction with the clients, and the process of moving their ideas into something that can actually be created.

Q: What have you learned so far from the experience?
A: SO much about practically applying knowledge, the selection of software to solve a problem, how to deal with clients and discover what they're really looking to create.

Q: What opportunities have you had with the SPC that you would not have had in the classroom?
A: A great deal of one-on-one instruction, a great relationship with faculty, the ability to see a project from conception to marketable product.

Q: Has it enhanced your classroom learning?
A: It's allowed me to understand applications for the types of things we spend time learning in the classroom.

Q: If you could, would you encourage other students to get involved?
A: Absolutely. It's been a great experience.




A photo of Trevor Scheitrum

Trevor Scheitrum

Q: Specific goal and career aspirations?
A: I'd like to work for people that I care about and that care about me - either a small business or one I start with a few friends.

Q: What brought you to the SPC?
A: I was attracted to the SPC because it was a great chance to gain responsibilities, and grow and mature as a programmer. The experience has been great.

Q: What has been the best experience with the center thus far? Your favorite aspect?
A: The best experience thus far has been working in collaboration with other students on the project. There is so much knowledge that we have all gained individually, and working together has given us a way to share our expertise with each other.

A: Q: What have you learned so far from the experience?
A: The most exciting thing I've learned has been how to plan and execute a project of this scale. This has been the largest project I've even attempted to complete and it's been great learning how to plan a project of its size.

Q: What opportunities have you had with the SPC that you would not have had in the classroom?
A: The biggest opportunity has been the responsibility to make my own choices on the project. I was given the responsibility to choose what framework we would use to build the Cruzcourt site, as well as helping to plan the data model. It's given me a chance to take my education into my own hands, as well as learn and grow as a programmer and person. I've enjoyed having so many resources to learn from and people to turn to when I need help.

Q: Has it enhanced your classroom learning?
A: I definitely feel like it's enhanced my classroom learning, as I feel much more connected to my education. I'm here to learn and get all I can from the classes that I'm taking. The SPC helped me mature in the way I look at my time at Millersville.

Q: If you could, would you encourage other students to get involved?
A: I would absolutely encourage other students to either get involved in a project like this or at least take on an internship before graduating. It helps you connect with people with different areas of expertise who can help you learn.




Chris WilletA photo of Chris Willet

Q: Specific goal and career aspirations?
A: I'd like to further my education through grad school, learn about and work in the industry, and then eventually teach college-level design classes.

Q: What brought you to the SPC?
A: Nancy Mata recommended the project.

A: Q: What has been the best experience with the center thus far? Your favorite aspect?
A: I've enjoyed working with the clients and learning to work on projects with real deadlines.

Q: What have you learned so far from the experience?
A: Time management and multi-tasking!

Q: What opportunities have you had with the SPC that you would not have had in the classroom?
A: I was able to create the center's identity, work on corporate branding for our clients, and develop designs for their websites.

Q: Has it enhanced your classroom learning?
A: Yes - I'm able to transfer how I'm working for the center and treat my regular class work like it's for real clients as well.

Q: If you could, would you encourage other students to get involved?
A: Definitely. The more experience you gain while in school, the more well-rounded and attractive you'll be to future employers.




A photo of Erin KauffmanErin Kauffman

Q: Specific goal and career aspirations?
A: I'm honestly not sure - anything to do with art will make me happy, perhaps finding some way to include fashion as well.

Q: What brought you to the SPC?
A: Nancy Mata asked me if I was interested in, and upon hearing what it was all about, I was eager to participate.

A: Q: What has been the best experience with the center thus far? Your favorite aspect?
A: I enjoyed the eMarketing Primer. I found it incredibly informative and exciting to see how many people we were helping with just a few hours and a few speakers. It definitely shows that the SPC is about helping the community.

Q: What have you learned so far from the experience?
A: I've gained a wealth of knowledge that I honestly don't believe I would have learned in school. Most importantly, I've learned how to interact with clients and how to help them become better versions of themselves.

Q: What opportunities have you had with the SPC that you would not have had in the classroom?
A: Building the identity standards guide has been fun. It's something I had never been aware of before, and something that the courses I've taken have not covered.

Q: Has it enhanced your classroom learning?
A: Definitely. It's given me things to take back to the classroom that I can share with other students. It's also given me more confidence in my field.

Q: If you could, would you encourage other students to get involved?
A: Yes - it's an invaluable experience that is full of things to learn, but keeps you in a safe environment.




Amy DugganA photo of Amy Duggan

Q: Specific goal and career aspirations?
A: I would love to land a job working in the public relations field withn an agency, possibly event planning or creating marketing materials for big events.

Q: What brought you to the SPC?
A: Dr. Theresa Russel-Loretz! I went in for advisement one day and she mentioned the SPC as a growing center on campus and asked if I'd be interested in being a part of it. I jumped at the chance because it sounded like a great hands-on way to gain experience in my field.

Q: What has been the best experience with the center thus far? Your favorite aspect?
A: I really enjoyed creating the actual identity for the center; that was an interesting process. Now, moving on to the next phase of helping actual clients and companies has been a wonderful experience. It's also really great to gain close relationships with the professors as our supervisors. They give insight and advice that they have dealt with in the real world, which we as students haven't gotten to experience yet.

Q: What have you learned so far from the experience?
A: A lot goes into a final product. There's a lot to be learned about the process that goes into creating products that we generally take for granted.

Q: What opportunities have you had with the SPC that you would not have had in the classroom?
A: The hands-on experiences: going into clients' offices, producing materials clients will actually use, gaining expertise from professors, etc.

Q: Has it enhanced your classroom learning?
A: Absolutely - I am able to relate everything I have done with the SPC to things in the classroom.

Q: If you could, would you encourage other students to get involved?
A: Of course. It's something from which any student would benefit.




A photo of Seth EckSeth Eck

Q: Specific goal and career aspirations?
A: I'd like to work in the graphic and web design industry, and then take my knowledge and teach students and/or kids about art.

Q: What brought you to the SPC?
A: My independent study with Nancy Mata, who was my graphic design professor at the time.

A: Q: What has been the best experience with the center thus far? Your favorite aspect?
A: One of my favorite parts is meeting the clients. Being able to interact with them gives you a better understanding who you are designing for and what to design. Another great aspect is seeing my work presented to professionals and furthering my knowledge in graphic and interactive design.

Q: What have you learned so far from the experience?
A: I have learned how to go about a project from conception to production. There is a lot of planning for a project and learning those steps will help me in the future.

Q: What opportunities have you had with the SPC that you would not have had in the classroom?
A: I was able to meet clients not associated with Millersville and design for them. I was able to get more of my work printed professionally and learn how to continously work with clients to finish a project.

Q: Has it enhanced your classroom learning?
A: I would say it has because it has given me more insight to planning and building a concept with solid ideas around it.

Q: If you could, would you encourage other students to get involved?
A: I would encourage students to get involved because of the experience you receive. I would advise against it if you are not willing to put in the work and meetings - it's a lot of effort, but it's worth it.