News about Business & Hospitality Management

Culinary Giants Join Forces for 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef

In early April, Pennsylvania College of Technology will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Visiting Chef Series with the return, for the seventh time, of “Louisiana’s culinary ambassador to the world,” Chef John Folse, along with Folse’s renowned restaurant partner Chef Rick Tramonto, internationally heralded Pastry Chef Donald Wressell, and Chef Elaine Gardner, a 2011 Penn College graduate who has already made a name in Philadelphia’s food industry.

During their stay, the chefs will offer book talks for the public, share insights in classrooms and work alongside students to prepare an elegant, five-course fundraising dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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‘How Do You Solve a Problem With No One Right Answer?’

A new “Your Class in 60 Seconds” video visits the Supervisor and Human Relations course of Summer L. Bukeavich, a faculty member in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. Through a mix of individual instruction, small-group interaction and class discussion, students apply what they learn to build the best possible solution to the situation at hand. “Our instructor challenges us, giving us difficult personnel problems we have to solve,” says Alexander C. McDonnell, a business administration: management concentration major from Brookhaven. “Unlike lecture, managers are thrown into trying situations. Through this class, we simulate various workplace scenarios and prepare to tackle these supervisory issues with a hands-on approach. We learn. We play games. We argue. We debrief and we become comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”

Hollywood-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Held in PDC

Cast members riotously play their parts ...

... and interact with dinner patrons enlisted to help get to the heart of the mystery.

Cydney L. Ginter, a legal assistant/paralegal major from Altoona – assuming a "Princess Leia" persona for the event – takes part in a spirited "Rock, Paper, Scissors" duel.

Ditchfield (background), instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and students from the School of Business & Hospitality

April R. and Stephen A. Manley, sporting name tags identifying them as Betty Boop and Christopher Walken, decipher clues at the table. (Stephen is the executive chef at the college's Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.)

The Penn College community recently joined the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. Attendees of the mystery dinner, many of them adopting celebrity or character aliases for the evening, were called upon to navigate an intricate web of deception and crack the red-carpet killing. To supplement the crime-solving fun, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield and his catering students from the School of Business & Hospitality put together a movie-themed menu that included “Pirates of the Caribbean Shrimp Salad,” Chicken Oscar and “50 Shades Chocolate Decadence Cake.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Internship Takes Student Behind Scenes of PA Pro Soccer Team

Jared M. Dancho

This spring, a Pennsylvania College of Technology student is taking one more step toward a career dream to work in the sports industry.

Jared M. Dancho, of Catawissa, is studying business administration with a management concentration. With an internship in the Harrisburg City Islanders’ fan development department, he is gaining valuable real-world experience that will help him prepare for work in that field.

“I’ve always wanted to work in sports, and that’s the reason I’m pursuing a management degree,” Dancho said. “I had heard about the City Islanders when I was younger and was always interested in working for a pro soccer team.”

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Penn College Hospitality Students Share Stages With Pro-Level Peers

Students Tessa M. Stambaugh and Arielle E. White plate samples for Farm Show visitors.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality-related majors recently showcased their skills on two noteworthy stages, one group working alongside industry leaders at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, and the other interacting and providing demonstrations for professional-level peers at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show.

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Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Hospitality Students

An alumna and longtime adviser of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality department has established a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in the same field.

The Diane L. Dorner Scholarship will benefit first- and second-year students in several of Penn College’s hospitality-related majors: culinary arts and systems, culinary arts technology, hospitality management, and business administration: sport and event management concentration.

Dorner graduated from Williamsport Area Community College, Penn College’s immediate predecessor, in 1979 with an associate degree in food and hospitality management. She is district manager for Carrols LLC, a Burger King franchisee that operates more than 700 restaurants in 16 states.

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Students Form Short-Term Business to Benefit Scholarship Fund

Penn College’s Wildcat mascot stops by a sales table for Comfy & Sweet, a retail operation set up by students in the college’s Business Planning and Operations class to raise money for a student scholarship fund. With the Wildcat is Michael D. Seitzer, of Williamsport, a student in business administration: management concentration.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students took course learning in the Business Planning and Operations class far beyond the textbook, forming a retail operation that raised money for a student scholarship fund.

Coining their company Comfy & Sweet, the students devised a plan to sell blankets and handmade candy at two on-campus locations. To help entice their target audience, the blankets were adorned with the college’s Wildcat logo, and the candy featured paw prints. The students exceeded their expectations, quickly selling their initial stock of blankets and running out of a second order before their two-week planned sales period expired.

In total, Comfy & Sweet sold 275 bags of candy and an equal number of blankets, raising $1,782 for the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded each fall to a student who is pursuing a minor in small business management and entrepreneurship and has taken the Small Business Management class.

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Business Students Make Worldwide Top-100 List 21 Times

Pennsylvania College of Technology students set an impressive record during their fall-semester participation in the Business Strategy Game.

In all, Penn College student teams earned spots on the international game’s weekly Top 100 lists 21 separate times.

“This is quite impressive given that, at some point during the semester, over 5,700 teams competed in the BSG,” said Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management.

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Successful Business Alums Share Wealth of Real-Life Advice

Panelists (from left) Lisa M. Andrus, part-time instructor of business administration/management/marketing and owner of Andrus Hospitality; Samuel Ryder, vice president for FNB Bank and a member of the college’s Business Administration Advisory Committee; and alumnus Scott D. Rinker, ’12, branch manager for Jersey Shore State Bank.

Ryder talks about his schedule and the importance of getting involved with community.

Penn College graduates Ryan M. Enders, ’13, a field service representative for Lycoming Engines; and Tracy L. Schroeder, ’13, a project coordinator for InCourage Financial Wellness. Schroeder talks with students about her work in a nonprofit.

Students listen to working-world advice from business graduates and other business professionals.

Anthony L. Peachey talks with students about the importance of networking in a crowded job market.

A group of business professionals – including four alumni – attended a recent mixer with students in Penn College’s business majors. In addition to chatting over hors d’oeuvre, the pros offered a panel talk in the Student and Administrative Services Center Presentation Room. They offered lessons they’ve learned in navigating their careers and advised students on such practical tips as submitting resumes, networking, and managing work-related stress. Panelists were Ryan M. Enders, ’13, technology management, and ’11, aviation technology, who is a field service representative for Lycoming Engines; Tracy L. Schroeder, ’13, business administration: banking and finance concentration, who is program coordinator for InCourage Financial Wellness; Lisa M. Andrus, part-time instructor of business administration/management/marketing and owner of Andrus Hospitality; Samuel Ryder, vice president-group manager for Fulton Financial Corp./FNB Bank; Scott D. Rinker, ’12, business administration: marketing concentration, who is a branch manager for Jersey Shore State Bank; and Anthony J. Peachey, ’09, business administration: marketing concentration, who is product manager for Construction Specialties Inc. and holds LEED Green Associate certification.

‘PA Live!’ Broadcast Again Features College Guests

WBRE's Josh Hodell talks with student Katlyn J. Hackling (center) and Chef Mary G. Trometter.

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, accompanied student Katlyn J. Hackling, of Williamsport, on WBRE’s “PA Live!” broadcast on Wednesday. During the show, Hackling demonstrated pumpkin crepes with a fall squash filling and a pumpkin crepe dessert with sweet honey, cream cheese and fruit filling. Hackling is a senior in the culinary arts and systems major.

Student Learns Event-Planning Musts During Rusty Rail Internship

Penn College student Alexandra M. Lehman, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration, spent her summer working alongside the event management team at Rusty Rail Brewing Co. in Mifflinburg.

A student from Williamsport is the first to complete a worksite internship via Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration.

Alexandra M. Lehman hopes to use her degree to plan and manage conferences, fundraisers, celebrations and other such events for a large organization. She spent her summer months working with a team that does just that in the event department of the Rusty Rail Brewing Co. in Mifflinburg.

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Le Jeune Chef Restaurant Receives Wine Spectator Award

Wine Spectator magazine recently released its 2016 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 the annual guide, which presents the winners in the magazine’s Restaurant Awards program. Hailing from all 50 states and more than 70 countries and territories, the establishments that made the list put wine front and center, alongside creative menus and attentive, knowledgeable service, according to the magazine.

Wine Spectator grants its Restaurant Awards at three levels. The Award of Excellence, received by Le Jeune Chef, is given to lists that feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

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Penn College Student Receives Nancy W. Carrier Scholarship

Penn College student Jonathan T. Hall, also an assistant cook for Dining Services at the college, prepares a stir-fry dish in the Capitol Eatery dining unit. Hall, a full-time applied management major from Williamsport, received the National Association of College & University Food Services Mid-Atlantic Region’s Nancy W. Carrier Scholarship for 2016.

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Jonathan T. Hall, of Williamsport, was named one of two recipients of the National Association of College & University Food Services Mid-Atlantic Region’s Nancy W. Carrier Scholarship for 2016.

Hall, a full-time student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied management, is also an assistant cook for Penn College Dining Services.

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Le Jeune Chef Receives ‘Reader’s Choice’ Award From Area Newspaper

Michael R. Triassi, Le Jeune Chef’s director of sales and restaurant operations, accepts a Reader’s Choice Award from Becky Fitzwater, an advertising representative for the Milton Standard-Journal.

Le Jeune Chef Restaurant recently received the silver among restaurants in the Milton Standard-Journal’s first Reader’s Choice Awards. The Standard-Journal ran its Reader’s Choice contest form in its daily newspapers, allowing readers to write in their favorites in 170 categories. Becky Fitzwater, an advertising representative for the newspaper, recently delivered a certificate to the restaurant, signifying that it was the second-highest vote-getter in the Best Restaurant category. Le Jeune Chef presents a fine-dining experience hosted by the college’s School of Business & Hospitality. The restaurant offers a gourmet menu, much of it prepared by students, and features the area’s most extensive wine list. The full list of award winners will be announced in the newspaper’s June 1 edition.

Science, Orange Soda Blend in ‘Teacher Talk’ Video

A new video, in which Presidential Student Ambassador Emily K. Lutz chats with Chef Frank Suchwala about “Technology in the Kitchen,” has been added to the Penn College YouTube channel. The clip gives viewers a taste of “fruit-juice caviar” and other scientific food preparation in the School of Business & Hospitality and at the recent USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Lutz, of Wading River, New York, already holds a two-year degree in hospitality management and will graduate Saturday with a bachelor’s in applied management; Suchwala is an associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts. The 60-second “Teacher Talk” was developed by Klein Curry Communications, the college’s national media consultant, in conjunction with Guggenheim Productions.