News: Business & Hospitality

Interim Dean of Business & Hospitality Named at Penn College

Gerri F. Luke

Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Gerri F. Luke as interim dean of the School of Business & Hospitality, effective July 28.

Luke is currently a professor of business administration/management and marketing at Penn College. She received the college’s Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award in May 2013. She joined the college faculty in 2004 and is a former chair of College Council, part of Penn College’s Internal Governance system.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Gerri Luke agree to serve as interim dean for the School of Business & Hospitality,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “She has all the qualities one hopes to find in higher-education leaders. She is passionate about the quality of teaching and learning at Penn College. She has been intimately involved in shared governance and accreditation. Her colleagues among the faculty welcome her appointment, as do the other deans and I.”

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Transfer Pacts Established With PA Highlands Community College

Graduates of several associate-degree programs from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College who wish to transfer to Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from agreements that ease their transition to baccalaureate-degree studies.

Transfer agreements have been approved for Pennsylvania Highlands students in accounting, business management and restaurant/culinary management; additional agreements are being developed. The agreements allow students to choose course work that will fulfill requirements at both institutions and minimize the loss of academic credit.

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Instructor, Recent Grad Part of Live TV Broadcast

Chef Charles Niedermyer and recent graduate Ching Chan prepare for their live appearance at WBRE’s studios.

Chef Charles Niedermyer and recent graduate Ching Chan prepare for their live appearance at WBRE’s studios.

A faculty member and an alumna of Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality appeared on WBRE’s “PA live!” broadcast Tuesday afternoon. Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts, and Ching Chan, who graduated last month with an associate degree in baking and pastry arts, demonstrated how to make a summer fruit tart. The pair also talked with host Dave Kuharchik about Chan’s “Best in Show” honors at the recent Grand Pastry Buffet and discussed the school’s related majors.
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Penn College Students Add $4,000 to Scholarship Fund

Two student groups at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently donated more than $4,000 to a scholarship fund that will help future students.

The Penn College chapter of Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, donated $2,282 to the Small Business/Entrepreneurship Scholarship, while students in a Business Planning and Operations class donated $1,779 to the fund.

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Grand Pastry Buffet Includes Student Competition

“Best in Show” was awarded to baking and pastry arts student Ching Chan, of Milton, for her petit fours tray at Penn College’s Grand Pastry Buffet.

Baking and pastry arts students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently furnished a lavish “Grand Pastry Buffet” for the college’s scholarship donors and recipients, showcasing two years of education.

Featuring tables filled with eye-pleasing pastries, the buffet also featured decorative centerpieces made from chocolate, pastillage and blown sugar, all using the theme “masquerade.”

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Artisan Baker Shares Tips, Techniques With Penn College Students

Kris Patterson, of the Penn State Bakery, demonstrates the classic baguette.

Kris Patterson, of the Penn State Bakery, demonstrates the classic baguette.

The baguettes enter the oven.

The baguettes enter the oven.

Students check the texture and color.

Students check the texture and color.

Patterson and the Bake Shop Production class

Patterson and the Bake Shop Production class

Kris Patterson, head artisan baker for the Penn State Bakery, recently visited Penn College’s baking, pastry and culinary arts laboratories to work with students in the Principles of Bake Shop Production class. Patterson offered a hands-on workshop on bread preferments and the impact each has on the final product. He demonstrated the techniques of preferment preparation and dough mixing for the classic baguette. Each mixing method and preferment produces a different flavor and texture in the result. For example: A dough that is mixed longer will have a tighter air-cell structure and a whiter color because of the oxidation. One mixed less can have a creamier color, larger air-cell structure and a denser crust. Each student was also taught the method of shaping the classic baguette, as well as the scoring techniques − the cuts that are made on the risen, shaped dough before it goes into the oven. “Kris has been a great support to the students of the baking and pastry program,” said Chef Monica J. Lanczak, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. In addition to Patterson’s visits to Penn College classes, two baking and pastry arts students − Abigail C. Wilks, of Phillipsburg, and Kelsey L. Park, of Bellefonte − are interning at the Penn State University Bakery this summer. One of the largest scratch bakeries in the continental U.S., the bakery serves six dining halls, 11 campus operations and 48 residence halls. It produces about 59,000 loaves of bread and 89,500 dozen cookies each year.
Photos by Chef Monica J. Lanczak

‘Excellent’ Students Selected to Attend National Restaurant Show

Two students in baking, pastry and culinary arts majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology were selected by faculty to receive the “Award of Excellence,” which included an educational trip to the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 NRA Show.

The May graduates, Amy E. Lynn, who earned an associate degree in baking and pastry arts, and Lewis D. Robinson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems and an associate degree in baking and pastry arts, were selected based on their academic records and their service to Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality.

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Business Professor Named to Accreditation Agency Board

Terry A. Girdon

Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was elected to a three-year term on the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education’s Board of Commissioners.

Girdon will serve as the board’s public member. The Board of Commissioners is the body responsible for setting accreditation expectations and reviewing the self-study and site-visit reports for purposes of granting accreditation.

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Winners Named in Penn College Pastry Show

The School of Business & Hospitality at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted its Culinary and Pastry Experience, allowing students in baking, pastry and culinary arts majors to showcase their final projects for the college community and industry judges.

From among more than 70 entries, Best of Show was awarded to Kristina M. Williams, a baking and pastry arts student from South Williamsport, for a chocolate sculpture featuring a chameleon perched atop stylized greenery.

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Penn College Honors Employees, Retirees for Recognition Week

Distinguished Staff Awards and related honors were presented at ceremonies commemorating Employee Recognition Week at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

In addition to Distinguished Staff Awards, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour bestowed awards for Excellence in Academic Advising and Part-Time Teaching Excellence.

The college also inducted the newest members of its Quarter Century Club and honored those employees retiring in 2013-14.

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Secondary Students Celebrate Investment Returns in Market Exercise

Students from Montoursville Area High School, with their teacher, Linda M. Keiser (who is also a part-time instructor of business administration in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality) receive certificates for completing the Stock Market Game.

Students from Montoursville Area High School, with their teacher, Linda M. Keiser (who is also a part-time instructor of business administration in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality) receive certificates for completing the Stock Market Game.

Students from four Lycoming County school districts convened at Penn College on Thursday to celebrate their participation in EconomicsPennsylvania’s Stock Market Game, a classroom simulation that offers players the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Hosted by the college’s School of Business & Hospitality, the students attended a “meet and greet” with FNB Bank President Bryan L. Holmes (the competition sponsor), as well as representatives from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and the college’s business and accounting programs. Following remarks by Frederick W. Becker, dean of the School of Business & Hospitality (who also provided the photo); David F. Troisi, managing editor for the Sun-Gazette; and Holmes, an awards ceremony honored the top four high school and top three middle school teams. Montgomery Area High School was the top investor, finishing the 10-week game with $384,936 in total equity. Students attended from Montgomery Senior High School, Montoursville Area High School, Muncy Junior-Senior High School, Williamsport Area High School and Williamsport Area Middle School. Other districts competing in the local competition were East Lycoming, Loyalsock Township and South Williamsport.

Penn College to Hold Three Commencement Ceremonies May 16-17

More than 900 Pennsylvania College of Technology students have petitioned to graduate at the completion of the Spring 2014 semester, and the college has scheduled three ceremonies May 16-17 for those who will march at commencement.

All of the ceremonies will be held at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

At 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, students in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies will march. The student speaker will be Lewis Damase Robinson, of Bellefonte, who will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems and an associate degree in baking and pastry arts.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, a ceremony will be held for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. The student speaker will be Benjamin Michael Schappell, of Mohrsville, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in computer aided product design.

At 1:30 p.m. May 17, a ceremony will be held for students in the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. The student speaker will be Ashley Grace Maietta, of Hughesville, who will receive an associate degree in nursing.

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Nine of 12 College Medalists Headed to SkillsUSA Nationals

SkillsUSA-Pennsylvania

Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students from a variety of majors will compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference from June 23-28 in Kansas City, Mo., after winning gold medals at the state level.

Three other students in the college contingent finished second in their respective categories at the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 9-11 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

And a Penn College student/alumnus will attend as a candidate for the highest individual SkillsUSA honor: an International Degree, awarded at the rarely attained upper level of the organization’s professional-development program.

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Hospitality Students’ Final Projects Deliciously Dazzle in Weekend Events
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A blown-sugar fish by Nathan D. Strouse, of Spring Mills, receives first place.

Two recent events showcased the final projects of students in culinary, baking and pastry arts majors. The annual Culinary and Pastry Experience on Friday featured final projects from six classes: Cakes and Decorations, Principles of Chocolate Works, Sugar Art, Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation, Baking and Pastry Applications for the Culinary Lab, and Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment. Students in the latter two courses are in the final semester of the culinary arts and systems bachelor’s degree. Each developed a menu that included a dessert and entrée, set up shop and served samples to event visitors. Judges for the Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment portion of the event were  Drew Kendall, store chef for Wegmans Food Markets in Williamsport; Kim Morrison, of Cakes for Occasions in State College; and Frank Priore, executive chef of the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre. On Sunday, students in the final semester of the baking and pastry arts major showcased the variety of skills they have mastered during their Penn College classes at the Grand Pastry Buffet. Featuring both their buffet presentation skills – through sugar art and chocolate centerpieces – and their baking skills, the buffet also served as the centerpiece to an event that brought scholarship recipients and donors together.

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Daughters, Sons ‘Dig In’ During Daylong Career Exploration

President Gilmour welcomes the day's guests.

President Gilmour welcomes the day’s guests.

Justin Shelinski (in sunglasses at center), a laboratory assistant at the college's Schneebeli Earth Science Center, mentors arborists-in-training outside the Field House.

Justin Shelinski (in sunglasses at center), a laboratory assistant at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center, mentors arborists-in-training outside the Field House.

Participants in the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day surround the weeping Norwegian spruce tree they helped to plant, expected to remain a part of the campus for years to come.

Participants in the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day surround the weeping Norwegian spruce tree they helped to plant, expected to remain a part of the campus for years to come.

Youngsters learn the art and science of salad preparation from Cody M. Yonkin, a culinary arts technology major from South Williamsport ...

Youngsters learn the art and science of salad preparation from Cody M. Yonkin, a culinary arts technology major from South Williamsport …

... before applying their newly gained knowledge to a homemade vinaigrette. At background is Presidential Ambassador Timothy R. Zeigler, of Port Royal, a civil engineering technology student.

… before applying their newly gained knowledge to a homemade vinaigrette. At background is Presidential Ambassador Timothy R. Zeigler, of Port Royal, a civil engineering technology student.

On a campus widely known for hands-on instruction, it’s not surprising that Thursday’s 21st annual “Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day” would provide opportunities for young visitors to roll up their sleeves for the tasks at hand. Honoring the theme of “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future,” Penn College employees’ children learned about trees and related careers, and explored another kind of “green” through preparing personalized tossed salads with their own signature dressing. The day also included a get-acquainted session in the Field House, a welcome from President Davie Jane Gilmour, a campus tour, lunch in Dauphin Hall and job-shadowing.
Photos by Craig R. Urey, student photographer

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