Last updated November 25, 2015 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Institutional Advancement, Students | Leave a comment
News about Business & Hospitality
A Grand Way to Say ‘Thanks’
Students in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course – a capstone class in the baking and pastry arts major – presented a delectable fall-themed Grand Pastry Buffet on Nov. 20, just in time for the Thanksgiving feast. Seven students displayed their skill through chocolate and sugar centerpieces, taste-tempting cakes and bite-sized confections during an event that honored the college’s 1914 Society, who were guests of Institutional Advancement at the event, held in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge.
Jones Dairy Farm Establishes Scholarship for Culinary Students
Jones Dairy Farm, a 126-year-old family-owned-and-operated business and leader in all-natural breakfast sausage for the food service and retail industries, has extended its support for culinary arts education around the country by establishing an annual scholarship for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.
The Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship will benefit two students each year who are enrolled in the college’s culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major or the culinary arts technology associate-degree major, have successfully completed two semesters, and have achieved a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Last updated November 18, 2015 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships, Students | Leave a comment
Business Mentors Turn High School Students From Dreamers to Pioneers
Students from area high schools fine-tuned their ambition and acumen on Friday in Penn’s Inn, where Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality partnered with EconomicsPennsylvania to present the Entrepreneurship Challenge. Working in teams, the enterprising students took their concepts from ideas to viable business plans. Instructing them in the steps to bringing their business models to life were Carolyn Shirk of EconomicsPennsylvania; Tim Keohane, of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University; and Samuel Ryder, vice president/group manager at FNB Bank, and a member of the school’s Business Administration Advisory Committee. EconomicsPennsylvania is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to ensure every young person in Pennsylvania understands essential economic and financial literacy concepts.
Last updated November 13, 2015 | Posted in Accounting & Finance, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Events | Leave a comment
Industrious Students Trade ‘Feed’ for ‘Feedback’
Students in the Advanced Baking & Pastry Operations course held a “trade show” in the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday, showing off their skills – not only in baking, but in business planning and merchandising. In addition to the patisserie sales the class plans and produces in The Market throughout the semester, each student developed a new product, spelling out human resources and facilities requirements, and developing marketing materials and packaging. As part of the trade show, the students provided free samples of their innovative products – from coffee-glazed doughnuts to intriguing lollipop flavors, and from gluten-free cookies to five flavors of handmade marshmallows.
Last updated November 12, 2015 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Students | Leave a comment
Culinary Arts Alumnus Guides Students in Hands-On Kitchen Lesson
A Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts alumnus, who recently returned to his hometown of Harrisburg to become executive chef for an up-and-coming “hyper-local” restaurant, visited the college to guide students in a hands-on lesson in butchering – and ultimately, sustainability.
Chef Lance Smith received his bachelor’s degree from Penn College in 2006. He is executive chef of The Millworks, a new restaurant, art gallery and artists’ studio in Harrisburg, where he focuses on creating seasonal, sustainable menus. Prior to taking the helm at The Millworks, Smith was part of the critically acclaimed Smoke Restaurant in Dallas, Texas, where he was chef de cuisine, working alongside James Beard Award-winning Chef Tim Byers in creating one of the nation’s leading restaurants in wood-fired cuisine.
Last updated November 4, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management | Leave a comment
Company Reps Keep Culinary Students Rapt With Bacon
Representatives of Jones Dairy Farm, including Kate (Bishop) Hunter, who graduated in 2000 with degrees in food and hospitality management and culinary arts technology, visited campus on Thursday to educate students about bacon – one of the company’s products – and to present the first Jones Dairy Farm Scholarship at Penn College to student Sarah B. Fiedler, a culinary arts and systems student from Lock Haven. Hunter is a manager in her family’s food brokerage firm, Peak Sales & Marketing, in Harrisburg. “Coming over the mountain (to Williamsport), I get teary-eyed,” she said. “It’s a homecoming to come here and show what the college has done for me.” She was joined by Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm, a Wisconsin-based producer of top-quality breakfast meats. Moore explained the process for making bacon and for comparing products before the students participated in a bacon tasting, comparing texture and taste among brands, thicknesses and smoke flavors.
Last updated October 29, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
Alumni Prep Students on Verge of Diving Into Labor Pool
Four Penn College alumni returned to campus Thursday evening to network with business students and offer practical tips for their coming immersion in the job market. Those who spoke were Chris Frantz, ’05, business management, who is director of marketing for Savoy Furniture; Amy (Dibble) Chervinsky, ’11, business administration: banking and finance concentration, who is an associate commercial loan officer for Chemung Canal Trust Co.; Tamara Pavlov, ’11, business administration: management concentration, who is a registered adviser representative for Moff & Associates; and Greg Miller, ’12, building automation technology: heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology concentration. Before networking over refreshments, the alumni spoke to a filled Student and Administrative Services Center presentation room about such topics as work ethic, resume and networking tips, internships, soft skills, problem-solving and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while putting in long working hours.
Last updated October 23, 2015 | Posted in Accounting & Finance, Alumni, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Students, Technology Management | Leave a comment
Faculty Research Published in International Economics Journal
A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member’s research on the use of cooperative learning as an alternative to lectures in economics courses was published in International Advances in Economic Research.
The paper, by Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management, was published in the September 2015 issue of the journal, which is published by the International Atlantic Economic Society. His paper is titled “Cooperative Learning as a Supplement to the Economics Lecture.”
Last updated October 7, 2015 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House
The distinctive, hands-on academic programs offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be highlighted at Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Held twice a year, Open House at Penn College provides prospective students and their families an opportunity to sample campus life and learn about 100-plus bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates.
Last updated October 2, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, President, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Jessica R. Wiegand Named Penn College ‘Student of the Month’
Jessica R. Wiegand, a business administration: marketing concentration major from Trout Run, has been chosen as September’s Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Last updated September 29, 2015 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Students | 12 Comments
The latest addition to Penn College’s YouTube channel features 2010 graduate George E. Logue III, who relies on his education as the owner/chef of Acme Barbecue & Catering, a culinary staple in downtown Williamsport. “The knowledge of the professors – every single culinary or hospitality instructor – was amazing,” said Logue, a proud member of a world champion barbecue team. “Couldn’t have asked for a better school to go to. I feel like I left there, not having any questions.”
Last updated September 23, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality | One Comment
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’
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.
Last updated September 4, 2015 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Students | Leave a comment
Brunches Return to Le Jeune Chef Restaurant
Sunday brunches are set to return this fall to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, the casual fine-dining facility that provides a live learning lab for students in the college’s hospitality-related majors.
In their fresh return to the restaurant’s lineup, the brunches are scheduled one Sunday a month: Sept. 13, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15.
Last updated August 28, 2015 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, General Information | One Comment
Le Jeune Chef Restaurant Again Receives Wine Spectator Award
Wine Spectator magazine recently released its annual Restaurant Guide, again naming Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant among the “Award of Excellence” recipients.
The world’s best wine lists are featured in this annual guide, which presents the winners in the magazine’s Restaurant Awards program. Hailing from all 50 states and more than 75 countries, the establishments that made the list stand at the forefront of wine-and-food culture, offering extraordinary experiences for oenophiles across the globe, according to the magazine.
Last updated August 6, 2015 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, General Information | Leave a comment