News: Business & Hospitality Management

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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Students Develop Company, Sell Product for Scholarship Fund

Students in a Business Planning and Operations class raised more than $1,200 for a scholarship fund for Penn College students as part of a class assignment to form a company and develop and sell a product. The course is taught by Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management, seventh from left.

As part of a hands-on learning activity, business students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently developed and sold a product to raise money for a scholarship fund.

The 16 students, enrolled in the Business Planning and Operations course, were tasked with forming a company, choosing a product, electing leaders, and writing a business plan, in addition to developing and selling the product.

From among three products pitched by the class, the students chose to form the company Billtown Bargains, selling cards that provide discounts to 18 Williamsport-area businesses.

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Students Picked to Prepare Food for Kentucky Derby Fans

At the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Penn College students Eileen Harrington, of Springfield, Va., (left) and Laura A. Rozzi, of Reading, (a May 2013 graduate) prepare food for guests. Penn College students, including Harrington, will return for the 140th running of the Derby on May 3.

Nearly 40 Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been selected to cook for thousands at the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday of May.

The Kentucky Derby, known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” is set to celebrate its 140th

running this spring. Steeped in tradition, the event attracts more than 150,000 guests, including its fair share of celebrities.

At Churchill Downs, students will prepare foods for guests in suites and luxury boxes throughout the facility, including The Mansion, a lavish, invitation-only venue added to the facility last year.

Students are also assigned to the main kitchen, Jockey Club Suites, Turf Club Lounge, Finish Line Suites and the Plaza Balcony. In the days leading up to the May 3 Derby, in addition to preparing thousands of pounds of ingredients for the main event, several students will prepare food for “Dawn at the Downs,” a popular Louisville tradition that gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy breakfast in Millionaires Row while watching the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts.

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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.

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

Resident Hospitality Students’ Midstate Adventure Includes Riverside Dining

From left, Quenise E. Jones, baking and pastry arts; Jonathan D. RIckards, culinary arts and systems; Resident Assistant Eileen Harrington, hospitality management; Sarah Anne E. Haines, culinary arts technology; Nicholas J. Boudman, culinary arts technology; Emily K. Lutz, hospitality management; and Andrea K. Irvine, hospitality management.

From left, Quenise E. Jones, baking and pastry arts; Jonathan D. RIckards, culinary arts and systems; Resident Assistant Eileen Harrington, hospitality management; Sarah Anne E. Haines, culinary arts technology; Nicholas J. Boudman, culinary arts technology; Emily K. Lutz, hospitality management; and Andrea K. Irvine, hospitality management.

The Hospitality Living-Learning Community made a Saturday outing to Hershey and Harrisburg to enjoy a day of fun and camaraderie, visiting attractions that included Chocolate World and shopping outlets. Appropriately, the group stopped for dinner at Char’s at Tracy Mansion Restaurant in Harrisburg. The Residence Life Office offers a variety of living-learning communities on campus, bringing beyond-the-classroom opportunities to freshman students enrolled in the same academic majors.
Photo by Frederick W. Becker, dean of business and hospitality

Show Focusing on Management Careers to Premiere Nov. 25

From kids playing on a dusty ballfield to seasoned executives contemplating million-dollar transactions in a stately boardroom, there is an inherent need in all facets of life for the structure and leadership that stem from effective management.

Those who wish to devote their professional lives to meeting those needs have considerable options. The avenues to pursue a management career are as varied as the field’s vast possibilities and rewards. That reality is the focus of the latest edition of “degrees that work.tv,” the award-winning documentary series produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media.

The episode, “Management Careers,” premieres throughout northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. on WVIA-TV.

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Faculty Member Presents at Global Economics Conference

Gerald D. “Chip” Baumgardner

Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently presented a paper to the International Atlantic Economic Conference.

Baumgardner’s paper was titled “Elements of Effective Cooperative Learning for the Economics and Business Classes.” The conference was held Oct. 11-13 in Philadelphia by the International Atlantic Economic Society.

In addition to presenting a paper, Baumgardner was a judge for the conference’s Best Undergraduate Paper competition.

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Students to Cook Samples at Local Growers Market

Free tasting samples, made with ingredients available on-site, will be cooked and served at the Williamsport Growers Market on Oct. 26 by students in culinary arts and hospitality management majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The students are enrolled in a Catering course taught by Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts. The class annually visits the Growers Market as part of the market’s customer appreciation event.

The students will demonstrate their dishes – all made with ingredients donated by vendors at the market – and serve up samples beginning at 8 a.m. In addition, several students will offer a competition-style pumpkin-carving demonstration at 9:30 a.m., with judging and an award to be presented by the Williamsport Growers Association at 11 a.m.

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Penn College Scholarship Memorializes Business Student

The family and friends of Jacob D. Parkes have established a scholarship to honor the Pennsylvania College of Technology student who died a year ago in an automobile accident.

At the time of his death, Parkes, 21, of Lewisburg, was a senior majoring in business at Penn College.

The scholarship established in his memory will benefit full-time, first-year students who are enrolled in accounting, business administration or business management and who reside in Pennsylvania.

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Business Alum Arranges Beneficial ‘Return’ for Student Investors

The Financial Markets Investment Lab provides a fitting venue for business students' audience with a successful alumnus.

The Financial Markets Investment Lab provides a fitting venue for business students’ audience with a successful alumnus.

Shawn A. Wilson offers career insight.

Shawn A. Wilson offers career insight.

Shawn A. Wilson, who graduated from Penn College in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, returned to the college Tuesday to share his “real world” wisdom with participants in the Student Managed Investment Fund. After graduation, Wilson started his career in banking before opening S.A. Wilson & Associates, a successful financial planning firm in Lewistown and State College. In addition to talking about how his Penn College education prepared him for his career – he particularly commended Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration/banking and finance, for being a tough and knowledgeable mentor – he spoke with students about the significant regulatory changes that occurred as a result of the recent financial crisis and how he navigated those regulations while starting his firm.

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