News about Accounting & Finance

Montgomery Schools Top Market-Simulation Game

Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration: banking and finance, offers to share classroom access to the college’s live market tracking tools.

Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality, offers an inspirational message, asking students to consider doing their best for others a bigger win than doing their best for themselves.

FNB Bank regional president Bryan Holmes addresses the group.

Students from seven Lycoming County high schools and three middle schools visited Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center to celebrate their completion of Economics Pennsylvania’s 2015-16 Stock Market Game. The Stock Market Game is a classroom simulation that offers players the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. The top high school team, announced at the recent gathering, was Montgomery Area High School, which finished the year with 169,855.70 total equity, followed by Loyalsock Township High School and Muncy High School. Among middle schools, Montgomery Area finished first with $131,689.69, followed by Muncy Junior High School and Williamsport Area Middle School. As part of the event, students participated in a “professional meet and greet” with representatives of FNB Bank, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, EconomicsPennsylvania and Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. Comments were offered by Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality; Brian K. Walton, assistant dean of business and hospitality; and Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration: banking and finance, as well as Bernard Oravek, publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette; Bryan Holmes, regional president of FNB Bank; and Carolyn Shirk, of EconomicsPennsylvania.

Speaker to Offer Money-Management Tips in Comedic Performance

Colin Ryan

The public is invited to laugh and learn with comedic financial expert Colin Ryan from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Ryan’s appearance is sponsored by the college’s Student Government Association and its chapter of Delta Mu Delta, a national business honor society, as well as the Student Activities Office and the School of Business & Hospitality. Admission is free.

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‘Interested Students Day’ Provides Much to Hold Their Interest

A prospective student explores the college’s “Interactive Broker” live brokerage software during a session led by Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration/banking and finance.

Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management, talks with a potential student during a “meet and greet.”

Attending a hands-on demonstration

Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting, attends a session and answers questions.

Admissions Representative Mark R. Capellazzi provides information about the college and its business and accounting majors.

The School of Business & Hospitality invited students who have applied or been accepted to the college’s business and accounting majors to an “Interested Students Day” on Feb. 26. While here, the prospective students were welcomed by the school’s dean and assistant dean, were treated to lunch with faculty, attended hands-on demonstrations in social media marketing and the college’s live brokerage software, and had the opportunity to sit in on a Principles of Management class session taught by Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management. Later, they participated in a meet-and-greet with accounting and business faculty and admissions staff.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Business Mentors Turn High School Students From Dreamers to Pioneers

Samuel Ryder shares real-world insight.

Ingenuity meets collaboration

Tim Keohane indulges curiosity after his presentation.

Carolyn Shirk engages up-and-coming businessfolk.

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.

Alumni Prep Students on Verge of Diving Into Labor Pool

Kayla A. Gross, an applied management student from Danville, talks with 2011 business administration: banking and finance alumna Amy (Dibble) Chervinsky.

Business students chat in the SASC lobby.

Chris Frantz, ’05, business management, talks to an attentive audience that filled the SASC presentation room.

A student asks alumni for their book recommendations.

Greg Miller, ’12, building automation technology, answers one among a bounty of student questions.

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.

Students Explore Career Returns on Simulated Investments

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Gerri F. Luke, dean, and Brian D. Walton, assistant dean, chat with students during the event’s “professional meet-and-greet.”

High school students chat with Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management at Penn College, and Sam Ryder, senior vice president of FNB Bank (right).

Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management, addresses a full room.

John D. Grigsby, assistant professor of business administration/accounting and head of the college’s accounting and financial planning department, talks with students about the college’s programs.

Bernard A. Oravec, publisher of the Sun-Gazette, talks about the business side of a daily newspaper.

Students from high schools and middle schools around Lycoming County convened on the Penn College campus Wednesday for the grand finale of EconomicsPennsylvania’s Stock Market Game. The Stock Market Game is a classroom simulation that offers players the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Prior to receiving awards for the highest total end-of-game equity, the students attended a professional meet-and-greet with business representatives and faculty and staff from the Penn College School of Business & Hospitality, and heard remarks from Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality; Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management; John D. Grigsby, assistant professor of business administration/accounting; Bernard A. Oravec, publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette; and Sam Ryder, senior vice president of FNB Bank.

Walton Appointed Assistant Dean at Penn College

Brian D. Walton

Brian D. Walton has been named assistant dean of business and hospitality at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Walton had served as coordinator of academic operations for the School of Business & Hospitality since June 2013.

“Brian Walton is an excellent addition to the leadership team in the School of Business & Hospitality,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Brian brings great creativity and energy to the role of assistant dean. He has produced excellent results in working with the faculty to assure our students of the best educational experience possible.”

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Dean of Business & Hospitality Appointed at Penn College

Gerri F. Luke

Gerri F. Luke has been named dean of business and hospitality at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Luke had served as interim dean since July. Previously, she was a professor of business administration/management and marketing and received the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award, the highest level of recognition for a Penn College faculty member, in 2013. She joined the faculty in 2004.

“In Gerri’s brief tenure as interim dean, she immersed herself in gaining a comprehensive understanding of all facets of the School of Business & Hospitality,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “She brings great experience and a passion for student success to this leadership role. She has been an outstanding educator and will now be an outstanding leader.”

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Students From Austria Study Semester of Business at Penn College

S. Jordan Stammer, center, a student in Penn College’s culinary arts technology major, takes the dinner order of Anita K. Fink, left, and Katharina M. Sutter, both exchange students from Fachhochschule Vorarlberg in Dornbirn, Austria, during a Classical Cuisines of the World dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. The meal featured foods from the Alsace region of France, just a few hours from the students’ home university.

Two Austrian students spending a semester exchange at Pennsylvania College of Technology will return with valuable perspectives from their months in the Keystone State.

“Our experience here showed us that it is important to be open to other cultures, other points of view and other opinions,” said Katharina M. Sutter. “Furthermore, it is important – especially in a new country – to be open to your classmates, neighbors and people you meet. An open attitude helps to come into contact with these people.”

The students recently talked about their experience over a student-prepared classic European dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

Sutter and travel mate, Anita K. Fink, are participants in a semester exchange program between Penn College and Fachhochschule Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria. Students in their fifth semester of international business majors at FH Vorarlberg are encouraged to study abroad. During that semester, students from around the world study at Vorarlberg.

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Students Among Top Performers in Worldwide Business Game

Continuing a tradition of excellence, a team of Pennsylvania College of Technology business students cracked the Top 10 in an international business-simulation game, while another entered the Top 100 in two categories among competitors from colleges and universities around the world.

The Business Strategy Game is a total enterprise activity, through which each team manages a virtual athletic footwear company competing in a global marketplace. All participating teams are ranked weekly in four categories: overall game-to-date score, earnings per share, return on average equity and stock price.

There were close to 3,900 teams from 240 colleges and universities competing the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5, when the Penn College teams first cracked the Top 100, and nearly 4,400 teams from 266 colleges participating the following week.

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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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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 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.

Student Investors Benefit From Business Grads’ Financial Acumen

Shawn A. Wilson, left, and Seth A. Martin offer practical career insights to students in the technology-filled Financial Markets Investments Lab. Wilson said the technology at Penn College helped to attract him as a prospective student.

Among Wilson’s pointers is how not to win over a client.

Martin talks about the challenges of working with multiple generations of investors.

Business administration alumni Seth E. Martin, ’08, and Shawn A. Wilson, ’00, returned to campus Tuesday to speak with members of the Student Managed Investment Fund. Martin is an investment officer at The Bryn Mawr Trust Co. Wilson owns S.A. Wilson & Associates, a financial planning firm in Lewistown and State College. The two talked about some of the things they valued most about their Penn College educations and discussed the challenges of the finance industry.

Honor Society’s Penn College Chapter Inducts Five Business Students

Delta Mu Delta inductees, from left: Shane M. Beckman, Megan N. Whiteman, Stephen B. Wozniak, Zachary J. Buterbaugh and Cory L. Buckles.

The School of Business & Hospitality inducted five students Friday into the Penn College chapter of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business. Those inducted during a ceremony in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant were Shane M. Beckman, of Linden, accounting; Cory L. Buckles, of South Williamsport, business administration: small business and entrepreneurship concentration; Zachary J. Buterbaugh, of Conestoga, accounting; Megan N. Whiteman, of South Williamsport, accounting; and Stephen B. Wozniak, of Williamsport, business administration: management concentration. Gerri F. Luke, professor of business administration/management, presided over the induction. Membership in Delta Mu Delta is available to candidates for the baccalaureate degree in a business-related major who have completed at least one-half of the work required for the degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and who are in the top 20 percent of their college class in cumulative average grades. In addition, they must be approved – in writing – by the dean of business and hospitality.
Photo by Frederick W. Becker, dean of business and hospitality