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Video Showcases Hospitality Grad, on the Ride of His Life

Planning a family trip to the amusement park during these dog days of summer? A timely addition to Penn College’s YouTube channel spotlights alumnus Brian Knoebel, who used his food and hospitality management degree to secure a future in the family business: Knoebels, America’s largest free-admission amusement park. Today, the 1993 Penn College grad is one of the key operators of the Elysburg park, which has been making happy memories for nearly 90 years. “I’m very proud of my degree. Pennsylvania College of Technology prepares for the future,” Knoebel said. “The course selection …was very intriguing. Because of the culinary, because of the management, because of the hospitality. Those three facets right there – that was so similar to my jobs here in the park.” (Knoebel was also featured in the Spring 2011 issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s magazine.)

Last updated September 4, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management | Leave a comment

Students to Cook Samples for Growers’ ‘Customer Appreciation Day’

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Brianna R. Helmick, who graduated in May, serves egg rolls made with fresh, vendor-donated ingredients at the Williamsport Growers Market. Penn College hospitality students will return to the market for Customer Appreciation Day on Sept. 19.

Students in a Catering course at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer cooking demonstrations – and free samples – at the Williamsport Growers Market’s annual “Customer Appreciation Day” on Sept. 19.

The students will prepare a variety of recipes using fresh, local ingredients donated by the market’s vendors. They’ll serve samples beginning at 8 a.m. – when the market opens – and continue until noon (or until the samples run out).

“It’s the farmers saying thanks to the local customers for their patronage and support throughout the year, with Penn College preparing food from the products they’ve donated,” explained Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, who teaches the Catering class.

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Presidential Student Ambassadors Mark 20th Year of Service

Presidential Student Ambassadors for 2015-16 at Penn College are, first row, from left: Michelle D. Kachik, Alexandra M. Lehman, Stephanie E. Falcone and Morgan N. Keyser; second row, from left: Daniel T. Kreger, Ryan S. Schrimp, Maggie K. Calkins, Ashley N. Irish, Kayla M. Jackson and Calah D. Doyka; third row, from left: Ryan Monteleone, Tyler R. Filipowski, Victoria L. Kostecki, Stephanie M. Puckly, Katelyn A. Wertz, Bryan M. Behm and Rafael Correa; back row, from left: Emily K. Lutz, Josiah D. Stoltzfus, Semeon R. DeBarros, Anthony D. Gobbi, Alexander R. Wetzel, Kyle D. Bomboy, James S. Alger and Tylor J. Burkett. Absent for the photo due to studying abroad are: Garrett D. Corneliussen, Bhismadut B. Contractor and Logan M. Tubiello.

Twenty-eight students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2015-16 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology, marking the 20th year student ambassadors have been spreading good will on campus.

The student ambassadors promote Penn College to prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, business partners and friends of the college. They are selected for their demonstration of leadership, campus involvement, academic achievement and Penn College pride.

“The Presidential Student Ambassadors play such an integral role in the Admissions Office,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services. “They help to be the face of the college by providing student tours, completing various tasks around the Admissions Office and by helping prospective students see the endless possibilities available to them at Penn College. Fall tours are already underway, and the Ambassadors are hard at work. With the help of our Ambassadors, we hope to have a busy and successful year!”

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ADHA Recognizes Penn College Student Chapter

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association was recently honored by its parent organization.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association presented the Penn College group with its Graduate Transition Award. The award recognizes student member chapters having a graduate conversion rate to ADHA membership of 90 percent or greater.

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‘Pack the Park’ Pregame Honors Championship Wildcats

All hands on deck: The Penn College Wildcats, who knocked off SUNY Poly, Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks en route to the conference title in May, show off their championship rings.

Students, employees and alumni were among the 1,963 fans attending Penn College’s 16th annual “Pack the Park Night” in Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field this week. On the night after the Williamsport Crosscutters clinched their first Pinckney Division title in a decade, the celebratory air continued with the pregame presentation of championship rings to members of the college’s Wildcat baseball team, who topped the North Eastern Athletic Conference this season. General admission tickets and shuttle service to and from campus were provided free of charge, there were games and giveaways throughout the evening, and a handful of students were chosen for the opportunity to win $10,000 toward college expenses. The ‘cutters, who lost 8-4 to the Auburn Doubledays, play their first postseason playoff game Wednesday.

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Association Recertifies Engineering CAD Technology Major

Penn College’s engineering CAD technology major was recertified recently by the American Design Drafting Association.

The American Design Drafting Association recently recognized the excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s engineering CAD technology major with industry recertification.

“Recertification by the ADDA is a very important credential for our program, and we are proud to have earned it annually since 1997,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology.

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Red Cross Blood Drive Set for Sept. 9-10 in Penn’s Inn

Bloodmobile to visit Sept. 3-4The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 9-10 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). Join the Red Cross and College Health Services in their lifesaving mission by scheduling an appointment today! All donors will receive Papa John’s pizza and a beverage.

Employer to Hold On-Campus Information Session

Highwood USA

Highwood USA LLC, hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of available jobs, will hold an information session at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 107 of College Avenue Labs. For details, including open positions and the applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ flier: Highwood USA

Opportunities for Student Involvement, Inside and Out

Employing military ingenuity, members of the Veterans Club (including Jacob M. Heuman, a building automation technology student from Boiling Springs) bring their own shade.

A record-breaking number of students – 507, by official count – registered for Tuesday’s conveniently combined Part-Time Job Fair and Fall Fusion. A variety of employers were stationed in the Field House, a busy venue made even more popular by its air conditioning, while outside, where a steamy Sept. 1 followed August’s lead, representatives of campus and community organizations engaged students looking to make a difference beyond the classroom.

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Well-Traveled Artist Takes Gallery Patrons on Flights of Fancy

Attentive students line the wall of the gallery to listen to the artist, who traveled from Korea for her exhibit's opening.

“Still Life with Shells #5” shows Kang’s intricate artistry with a ballpoint pen.

Students crisscross the gallery, satisfying their curiosity – and various class assignments.

A large crowd fills the gallery to listen to the artist, who also works as an instructor at Seoul Digital University in her native Korea.

Paper, pen, light and shadow offer a unique view of nature.

A public reception and artist’s talk were held Tuesday for “Nature, Fathomable,” featuring the work of Joo Lee Kang, which continues in The Gallery at Penn College through Sept. 20. The Korean artist, whose elaborate creations are rendered in ballpoint ink, was interviewed by Fiona Powell for WYVA Radio’s “Williamsport Today” show. Hours for the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed Saturdays and Mondays).

Cadets From Penn College Part of Color Guard for U.S. Title Game

Bison Battalion cadets, including Finkelstein-Diaz (front row, second from left), join the Marine Corps League to present the colors.

A detachment under the supervision of Csorba (at right) presents the colors during the National Anthem. Also pictured are Curtin, holding the American flag, and Robbins, holding the Pennsylvania flag.

Penn College cadets from Bison Battalion were among those serving as color guard during Saturday’s U.S. Championship game at the Little League Baseball World Series. Adam N. Finkelstein-Diaz, an applied health studies: emergency medical services concentration major from Stroudsburg (who also volunteered at the Series in a School of Health Sciences capacity) accompanied the Williamsport Marine Corps League Detachment in presenting the American flag in center field. Three other students were on detail during the National Anthem: Daniel G. Curtin, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Berwick; Craig W. Robbins, an aviation maintenance technology student from Newton, New Jersey; and Kyle A. Csorba, of Hamilton, New Jersey, enrolled in residential construction technology and management. Csorba provided the photos to the college administration, with appreciation for its support of the ROTC program on campus.

DCED Gets Firsthand Look at College’s Responsiveness to Industry

Anne K. Soucy, assistant professor of plastics technology, and Gary E. McQuay, engineering manager for the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, show visitors the afternoon project for students in the Blow Molding course.

Dave Cotner, dean of industrial, computing & engineering technologies, talks about the college’s automated manufacturing and machining majors.

Front row: Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Penn College Workforce Development & Continuing Education, and Carol Kilko, special assistant for DCED’s Agency Development Initiatives; second row: Neil Weaver, executive deputy secretary for DCED, Tracy L. Brundage, the college’s vice president for workforce development, and Steve D’Ettorre, director of policy for DCED; back row, David C. Pistner, director of special projects for Penn College Workforce Development & Continuing Education, and Tom Venditti, director of WEDnetPA.

Representatives of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development toured several areas of Penn College’s campuses Tuesday. The contingent was hosted by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College. Throughout their visit, they saw firsthand the hands-on learning taking place in the college’s labs and learned how the college works with industry, the college benefiting from industry input on curriculum as well as in-kind and monetary donations, and industry benefiting from knowledgeable graduates and customized training and product-development support. Tour stops included the Schneebeli Earth Science Center; Energy Technology & Education Center; Plastics Innovation & Resource Center; and the advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping, welding, machining, mechatronics, well-trainer, plastics, and electronics and computer engineering labs.

Capitol Lounge Adds to CAC’s Entertainment Value

Attendees at "Weird Al" Yankovic's recent Community Arts Center performance unwind in the second-floor Capitol Lounge.

Besides hosting local and touring productions on its grand stage, the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport loves to entertain in its intimate Capitol Lounge (on the second floor, accessible via elevator at 2R). Don’t miss Happy Hour Quizzo this Friday (Sept. 4). Quizzo is a four-member team trivia event that consists of four rounds of trivia, 10 questions per round. The winning team will receive tickets to upcoming shows at the Arts Center. Quizzo will start at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Lounge. Stop by early for Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. with a free pizza bar while supplies last! (There is a $5 charge to play Quizzo.) Reservations for Quizzo are recommended due to limited seating. To reserve a table today, email Carla Fisher, director of marketing and creative design. For a complete listing of all upcoming events at the Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, visit the Arts Center website.

‘Destination Bingo’ – Fun by the Numbers

The excitement and anticipation build ...

... as players watch their cards ...

... and wait for the winning combination.

Bingo players include Kashiki E. Harrison, of Williamsport, a General Studies student, and Nina L. Walk, of Bellefonte, enrolled in graphic design.

A busy getaway is in store for the recipient of the top giveaway at Saturday”s “Destination Bingo” event in the Keystone Dining Room: a two-night stay at the Hershey Lodge, admission for two to HersheyPark, meal vouchers and a pair of tickets to this weekend’s concert with the Zac Brown Band and Gregg Allman. The winner was Allison F. Chapman, an information assurance and cyber security major from Montoursville, who passed along the prize to Chris T. Mentzer, of Williamsport, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology student. The Student Activities-sponsored evening included other prizes, including two seats on the Halloween bus trip to the Field of Screams in Lancaster.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

An Artist’s Journey to Engineering

Hannah Michelle is at home in the welding lab …

… and in the painting studio. In both places, using her hands to create comes naturally.

From the Fall 2015 edition of One College Avenue, Penn College’s official magazine: Student Hannah Michelle Scheimreif links the seemingly opposite disciplines of studio art and welding and fabrication engineering technology. “In engineering, you’re solving problems and coming up with new ideas, and in art, you’re solving problems and coming up with new ideas,” she said. “It coalesces very nicely.” Read “Double Major

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