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Hospitality Students’ ‘Derby’ Contribution Merits USAToday Coverage

In an atypically calm moment, Penn College students and faculty take a photographic pause from their Derby duties.

The annual trek by Penn College students participating in the “culinary Olympics” that accompanies the Kentucky Derby recently drew the attention of USAToday. The article, headlined, “Churchill student chefs prep for 140,000 fans,” details the colossal work involved in food preparation for Churchill Downs and other Derby venues. Whether dicing beef, poaching shrimp or marinating turkey, the students relished the assignment as one more step toward their chosen career. “I have never seen this much shrimp before,” said Sarah B. Fiedler, a culinary arts and systems student from Lock Haven. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Chef Paul E. Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, was interviewed by WHAS11 in Louisville for a segment that also features students seasoning beef and making apple cobbler.
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Penn College Students Selected to Cook at Kentucky Derby

Penn College students Brianna R. Helmick, a culinary arts and systems student from Hershey, and Eileen N. Harrington, of Etters, who received an associate degree in hospitality management and is continuing her studies toward a bachelor’s degree in technology management, pause above the iconic Churchill Downs track during the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

Thirty-eight Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been selected to cook for thousands at the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” the tradition-steeped Kentucky Derby attracts more than 150,000 guests, including its fair share of celebrities.

At Churchill Downs, students will spend a week helping to mix, chop and cook thousands of pounds of ingredients that they’ll serve to guests in suites and luxury boxes throughout the facility, including The Mansion, a lavish, invitation-only venue.

Students are also assigned to the main kitchen, Jockey Club Suites, Turf Club Lounge, Finish Line Suites and the Plaza Balcony. In addition to cooking 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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Caleb G. Schirmer Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Caleb G. Schirmer

Caleb G. Schirmer, of Sugarloaf, a technology management major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month.

Schirmer, who earned an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis in 2014, is president of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and secretary of Students Making a Contribution.

He is also a member of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), a Student Government Association senator from the School of Business & Hospitality, and an English tutor in Penn College’s Writing Center. He supports a number of additional student organizations, including the Horticulture Club and Penn College Benefiting THON.

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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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Articulation Agreements Reached With Corning Community College

Richard K. Hendricks Jr., left, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing at Penn College, leads a Spring 2014 tour of College Avenue Labs for Corning Community College’s Michael Reynolds, center, associate professor of math/physics/technology, and Dale Crandall, assistant professor of mechanical technology.

Pennsylvania College of Technology and Corning Community College have approved several articulation agreements.

Corning students will be able to plan their transfer to Penn College with minimal loss of credit and complete a degree at  Penn College’s in-state tuition rate. To receive the tuition discount, students must earn an associate degree from Corning in a major that has been aligned with a four-year pathway at Penn College.

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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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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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Faculty Members Celebrated for Lasting Bonds With ‘Challenger’ Players

Matthew W. Nolan and Greg Warrington

From the welding faculty member whose after-hours responsiveness “saved the day” to the business professor whose tireless advocacy has contributed to the all-inclusiveness of the Little League Baseball World Series, Pennsylvania College of Technology helped the Challenger Division shine during its day in the South Williamsport sun.

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Teaching Awards Presented to Trio of Penn College Faculty

Three members of the full-time faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored with teaching awards during commencement ceremonies held May 17-18 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented a Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award to Gerri F. Luke, associate professor of business administration/management and marketing.

Excellence in Teaching Awards were bestowed upon Ryan P. Good, instructor of welding, and John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication-composition.

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Dual-Enrollment Students Display Their Accounting Know-How

High school students, part of a dual-enrollment accounting class, get a helping hand from instructor JoAnn H. Pacenta in the college's finance lab Friday.

Thirty-four students from East Lycoming, Jersey Shore Area, Montoursville Area and Williamsport Area high schools – all enrolled in an Introduction to Financial Accounting course through the Penn College NOW program – got a hands-on opportunity Friday to demonstrate what they’ve learned. Coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office, the program allows high school students to earn Penn College credits through dual enrollment. JoAnn H. Pacenta, instructor of business administration/accounting in the School of Business and Computer Technologies, helped the students work with Peachtree accounting software to create a sample company and complete a general ledger. The students’ day included lunch in the Capitol Eatery and, for the Williamsport group, a tour of campus.

Penn College Students Fare Well Amid High-Profile Competition

Students from construction majors and several other disciplines skillfully represented Pennsylvania College of Technology during competition at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show recently held in Las Vegas.

A team of students from four-year majors finished 12th out of 31 schools in the HBI Residential Construction Management Competition, and their two-year counterparts captured ninth place in a field of 16. Entrants representing universities, community colleges, high schools, and career and technical schools take part in the annual competition, in which students solve real-life residential construction problems and present their solutions to a judging panel of industry experts.

“Our four-year team had its best finish as far as anyone can remember,” said Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology and co-adviser. “I was completely happy with the results. The students worked so hard, and we made a great showing at the competition. Even the judges made comments about how well we improved over last year.”

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Castillo Retires as Head Coach of Penn College Men’s Soccer

Enrique Castillo

After seven years at the helm of the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s soccer team, head coach Enrique Castillo has announced his retirement from the program.

“Enrique has done a lot for Penn College soccer,” Director of Athletics Scott Kennell said. “He has achieved so much with the program with conference championships and national tournament berths. He has left his mark on the program and will truly be missed.”

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New Student Blog Showcases Creative Talents

The creative work of two Pennsylvania College of Technology student photographers is being shared via a new website – the Penn College Student Blog. Created by Marc T. Kaylor and Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographers in College Information and Community Relations, the blog features personal introductions by the students and regular posts showcasing their college experiences.

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Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources Scholarship Established

From left, Michael J. Hudock Jr., consultant, president and founding partner of Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources; Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement at Penn College; and Barbara B. Hudock, chief executive officer and founding partner of Hudock Moyer.

The Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources Scholarship has been established as a building-to-­endowed scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Once fully endowed, the scholarship fund will provide annual awards of $1,000 or more in perpetuity for those who demonstrate financial need and academic performance and are enrolled as full- or part-time students; have a home residence in Lycoming County or Bradford County; and are enrolled in the business administration bachelor-degree program with a financial planning competency credential, or the accounting bachelor-degree program.

“The Penn College Foundation and the entire Penn College community sincerely appreciate the commitment Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources has made to endow a scholarship,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

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