News: Business & Hospitality

Economics Research Published in International Journal

Chip D. Baumgardner

Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Pennsylvania College of Technology, had a research paper accepted for publication in International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science.

His paper, titled “Juniata County: How the Labor Market of a Small, Rural Pennsylvania County Survived the Great Recession,” was published in the journal’s August 2014 edition (Volume 2, No. 6).

Baumgardner’s paper analyzes the effects of the recession of 2007-09 on employment rates in Juniata County, examining whether fragments of the economy were resistant to the downturn, and if so, whether there were legitimate reasons.

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Students Meet ‘Food Network’ Competitor During Trip to York

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Chef Todd M. Keeley and three students recently traveled to York Technical Institute to meet Chef Joseph Cumm, winner of the Aug. 11 episode of Food Network’s “King of Cones” competition. On the show, Cumm defeated three competitors with three ice cream treats – each including an assigned mystery ingredient.  Cumm has been an instructor with the The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts at YTI Career Institute-Lancaster for three years and owns EdenJoes Cakery in York with his wife. In 2013, he won “The Art of Cake” competition at Pastry Live, and will return this year as a judge. Cumm has also been selected as one of several dozen Cake Artists to teach at CakeFest 2015 in Louisiana in February. The Penn College students had the opportunity to watch the four-part challenge and listen to Chef Cumm share his career and Food Network experience.

Renowned Chef to Present Lecture at Penn College

Chef Ben Vaughn

Food Network host and James Beard Award nominee Chef Ben Vaughn will offer a free public lecture Sept. 4 at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Vaughn’s talk, part of the college’s William C. Butler Lecture Series, is titled “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry: How to Find Your Food Voice.”

While presented from the point of view of a culinary professional, sustainability in one’s craft is an appropriate message for students and professionals in any field, explained Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts.

The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Faculty Member, Student Share Summer Treats With TV Audience

Cooking up something special in the "PA Live!" kitchen

Cooking up something special in the “PA Live!” kitchen

Cody M. Yonkin on the set

Cody M. Yonkin on the set

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, and Cody M. Yonkin, a culinary arts technology major from South Williamsport, prepared variations on a healthy summer salad during WBRE’s “PA live!” broadcast Wednesday afternoon. The pair also talked with guest host Eric Petersen about the benefits of obtaining produce from Penn College’s hydroculture garden and from local growers.
Recipe: Farro, fruit and mint salad

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.

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