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Visiting Chef Series and Hospitality Students: A Palatable Pairing
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Culinary arts and systems students Sarae D. Davis (left), of Nescopeck, and Brianna R. Helmick, of Hershey, help to assemble a “trout napoleon” for the first course.

The School of Business & Hospitality welcomed three guests during the latest edition of its Visiting Chef Series last week. Brian McClure, beverage director of The Greenbriar, a luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, worked with the school’s faculty to develop a menu that exemplified how wine can be paired with foods that are salty, sweet, sour, bitter or umami. He then visited the school last week to share his expertise with students and with guests at the Visiting Chef Dinner, where he introduced each course and its accompanying wine and circulated to speak with guests about the pairings. Also sharing their know-how with students were Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager for Guittard Chocolate (which donates all of the chocolate the school uses each year) and Amy Rosenfield, owner of Mon Aimee Chocolat, a retail specialty shop in Pittsburgh (and the regional distributor for Guittard). The pair offered two chocolate-tasting sessions to School of Business & Hospitality students and employees, helping them to discern flavors and textures in chocolate and how they  might be paired with other flavors. The five-course Visiting Chef Series dinner on Friday, prepared and served by students and faculty, raised funds for student scholarships.

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Penn College Part of Another Successful THON

Penn College's student THON contingent included (from left) MacKenzie L. Martin, of Thompsontown; dancers Stephanie C. Myers and Sarah M. Luprek; campus chair Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, holding Zoey Witmer, daughter of Katelyn A. Keefer, of Northumberland; Brianna M. Young, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.

Penn College’s student THON contingent included (from left) MacKenzie L. Martin, of Thompsontown; dancers Stephanie C. Myers and Sarah M. Luprek; campus chair Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, holding Zoey Witmer, daughter of Katelyn A. Keefer, of Northumberland; Brianna M. Young, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.

Another portrait of encouragement: Clockwise from left are Lillian L. "Lily" Pakradooni, of Shillington; Satterlin and Witmer; Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin; and Young.

Another portrait of encouragement: Clockwise from left are Lillian L. “Lily” Pakradooni, of Shillington; Satterlin and Witmer; Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin; and Young.

“For the kids” (and for its second consecutive year), Penn College sent two dancers and an invaluable support network of cheerleading friends, classmates and donors to the recent Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon – more simply known as THON. The nation’s largest student-run philanthropy, the yearlong effort raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Representing Penn College Benefiting THON on the floor of the 46-hour dance marathon, held in late February at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center to benefit the Four Diamonds Fundwere Sarah M. Luprek, of Berlin, enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, and Stephanie C. Myers, a culinary arts and systems major from Catawissa. “THON was an amazing experience for me, especially as a freshman. I would do it again if I got the chance,” Myers said. “It was great to see the smiles on the children’s faces during the weekend. For those 46 hours, it was like they were just normal kids having the times of their lives. Being able to just hang out with those kids for a little bit is something special, and I am proud to have represented Penn College at THON.” The Penn College organization held a number of fundraisers throughout the year, coupled with street-side collections and online donations, contributing to THON’s overall total of $13,026,653.53.
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Student-Athletes Mentor Girls at ‘Women in Sports Day’ Event
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Kaitlyn M. Young, of Harrisonburg, Va., shares the proper way to set a volleyball ...

Student-athletes from several Penn College teams shared their knowledge and love of sports with two-dozen girls who attended clinics in Bardo Gymnasium on Saturday. Groups of first- through sixth-graders rotated among three stations set up throughout the gym, having fun – and learning fundamentals – from their encouraging and enthusiastic “coaches.” Representing the Lady Wildcats during the inaugural Women in Sports Day were Chelsea M. Burger, Danielle M. Mowery, Anna-Marie Raybuck, Hanna C. Schoenly and Jamie L. Steer, basketball; Robyn E. Beddow, Jordan A. Courter, Hailee L. Hartman and Hanna M. Williams, soccer; and Sophie M. Coldsmith, Keri D. Fargus and Kaitlyn M. Young, volleyball.

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Penn College Awarded Gold for Centennial Marketing Campaign

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s efforts to publicize its 2014 Centennial celebration were honored with a Gold Award in the 30th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

Penn College received a Gold Award in the Total Public Relations Program category for a submission that included a variety of Centennial-related works produced during the 2014 calendar year.

Among the materials submitted for judging were a documentary film, “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education”; a commemorative book, “Marketing With a Mission: Building the Brand That Became Pennsylvania’s Premier Technical College”; Centennial banners; brochures, posters, fliers, programs and invitations created for various campus events; paid advertisements; a Centennial calendar; website content; and an effort targeting multiple social media platforms.

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‘French Favorites’ Bake Sale Set for Wednesday

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” bake sale – the fourth of eight sales scheduled for the Spring 2015 semester – from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Student managers are baking and pastry arts majors Shannon E. Croney, of Lake Ariel; Rebecca L. Rizzo, of Palmyra; and Janell E. Gibbs, of Beach Lake. Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and students for artisan breads, pastries and candies. A product list, including instructions for pre-ordering a specialty cake by Monday’s noon deadline, follows: French Favorites

Science Festival Offers Hands-On Activities for Children, Families

During a previous Science Festival at Penn College, a Williamsport Area High School student uses a black light and a glowing gel to help another student learn about germs and hand-washing.

A Science Festival at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Thursday, March 19, will provide a variety of fun math and science demonstrations for local children and their families.

The event, scheduled from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Penn College Field House, is sponsored by the college and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

The Science Festival’s hands-on math and science demonstrations are geared toward elementary and middle school students, as well as their families. The experiments are designed to make learning fun and to stimulate children’s interest in math, science and the exciting careers in related fields.

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Professor Serves as Judge for On-Campus STEM Competition

David S. Richards

A Pennsylvania College of Technology professor served as a judge for the regional Governor’s PA STEM Competition held recently on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

David S. Richards, professor of physics, was one of four judges for the high school competition coordinated regionally by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17. While learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, teams were required to design, build and present a device addressing a real-world problem with the goal of improving the quality of life for Pennsylvania residents.

Teams from Williamsport Area High School and Hughesville High School competed to be the top school from Intermediate Unit 17’s four-county region and advance to the state finals in May at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster.

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Black History Month Continues With Classic Stage Drama, Film Satire

Local theater company to present "Raisin in the Sun"

Local theater company to present “Raisin in the Sun”

"Dear White People"

“Dear White People”

The Williamsport Black Repertory Theater will present “Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed 1959 play about the clashing dreams within a Chicago family, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Tickets for the Tony-nominated drama, part of the college’s observance of Black History Month, are available at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk – $3 for students, $5 for faculty/staff and the public. Proceeds benefit the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action After-School Academic Enrichment Program. The ACC Auditorium will also be the venue for “Dear White People,” a satirical portrait of race relations featuring a college student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions. Admission is free for the R-rated movie, which will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Basketball ‘Red Out’ Supports Heart-Health Awareness

The "Blue Crew" changed its color for the night ... but not its Wildcat loyalty.

The “Blue Crew” changed its color for the night … but not its Wildcat loyalty.

Alicia Ross, who scored 15 points on the night, defends her home court.

Alicia Ross, who scored 15 points on the night, defends her home court.

The Wildcat Dance Team, properly accessorized (as always)

The Wildcat Dance Team, properly accessorized (as always)

The appropriately clad team mascot cheers the men's team, as James Boylan (33) and Thomas Ross (22) go to work.

The appropriately clad team mascot cheers the men’s team, as James Boylan (33) and Thomas Ross (22) go to work.

A banner at the gym entrance spreads the word.

A banner at the gym entrance spreads the word.

In support of February’s designation as American Heart Month, Penn College observed a “Red Out” during its women’s and men’s basketball games against Lancaster Bible College on Tuesday. Fans were encouraged to wear red clothing and fill the Bardo Gymnasium stands, and a number of activities helped call attention to cardiac wellness. The evening featured free T-shirts and foam Wildcat paws, waterproof Bluetooth headphones for the winner of the “Wearing the Most Red” award and a fitness watch for the “Knockout Game” victor. Raffle tickets were sold to faculty/staff for a free Fitness Center membership, with proceeds donated to the American Heart Association.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

OCHO’s Speed-Dating Event Delivers Fast-Paced Fun

In a face-to-face Q&A, students find much to talk about.

In a face-to-face Q&A, students find much to talk about.

Each participant wore a beaded necklace to denote his or her status.

Each participant wore a beaded necklace to denote his or her status.

Students talk up a storm in this panoramic view.

Students talk up a storm in this panoramic view.

Wednesday’s third annual Speed Dating event attracted more than 40 students to the Thompson Professional Development Center for friendship, fun and (of course) food, catered by Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Instead of the typical speed-dating atmosphere that creates awkward tension between individuals, the Off-Campus Housing Organization-sponsored activity allowed all students – whether single, unsure or dating – to associate with one another. Participants wore colored beads symbolizing their relationship status: red for “taken, but still wanting to meet friends,” yellow for “unsure and in the middle” and green for “single and ready to mingle.” Two facing lines of chairs were set up in the Mountain Laurel Room, where one of OCHO’s Executive Board members would ask questions (“What’s your favorite color?” “If you had $1 million, what would you selfishly spend and why?” and “What’s your dream job?” among them) and each student would begin a conversation with the person facing him or her. When the night was over, if students found someone they liked or enjoyed talking to, they would have the other person write information about himself or herself on “Interest Cards.” Many of the students really enjoyed the twist to the typical speed-dating game and had fun making new friends.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, OCHO president and technology management student from Sugarloaf

Tickets Available for ’60s-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’

'60s-themed Murder Mystery Dinner coming to PDC

’60s-themed Murder Mystery Dinner coming to PDC

Student tickets ($16) are on sale at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk for “The Tragical Tripp,” a far-out 1960s murder mystery dinner, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. Tickets ($20) for Penn College faculty and staff will be available starting Feb. 17. For more information on the dinner, for which 1960s clothing is encouraged, consult the colorful event poster – designed in appropriate period psychedelia – by Mitch Berninger, a student marketing assistant in the Student Activities Office: Murder Mystery Dinner

Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer two free sessions on the main campus in Williamsport in March and April to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Both sessions will be held in Room 1049 of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

The first session will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Attendees will be invited to complete and submit their 2015-16 FAFSAs using the center’s computers before the session ends at 12:30 p.m.

During the second session, on Tuesday, April 7, the Financial Aid Office staff will be available from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

At both sessions, the staff will assist attendees as needed with the online FAFSA completion process.

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College’s Centennial Colloquia Culminate in Panel Discussion

Moderator James E. Cunningham, retired vice president for information technology and business process improvement, notes that campus lectures will continue as the Dan Doyle Science, Technology and Society Colloquia Series. Doyle, faculty emeritus and the college's Master Teacher in 1984, was a driving force behind the college's just-ended Centennial celebration.

Moderator James E. Cunningham, retired vice president for information technology and business process improvement, notes that campus lectures will continue as the Dan Doyle Science, Technology and Society Colloquia Series. Doyle, faculty emeritus and the college’s Master Teacher in 1984, was a driving force behind the college’s just-ended Centennial celebration.

Faculty panelists drawn from this past year's Centennial Colloquia Series field a question from the audience. From left are Dorothy J. Gerring and Robert A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology; Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology; Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition; Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

Faculty panelists drawn from this past year’s Centennial Colloquia Series field a question from the audience. From left are Dorothy J. Gerring and Robert A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology; Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology; Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition; Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

A biometric image on a smartphone – technology only recently embraced by Bock (third from left) – recalls her September lecture on identity protection.

A biometric image on a smartphone – technology only recently embraced by Bock (third from left) – recalls her September lecture on identity protection.

While recognizing the role of technology in effecting change, Gerring said it is but one factor in converting public will into progressive action.

While recognizing the role of technology in effecting change, Gerring said it is but one factor in converting public will into progressive action.

Nursing major Sadie E. Bebko, of Allegany, N.Y., defends her generation against the suggestion that reliance on technology has left her peers unable to read a map or finish a book. While she and her peers avail themselves of shortcuts, she rebutted, they are more than capable of processing and retaining the complex information necessary to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Nursing major Sadie E. Bebko, of Allegany, N.Y., defends her generation against the suggestion that reliance on technology has left her peers unable to read a map or finish a book. While she and her peers avail themselves of shortcuts, she rebutted, they are more than capable of processing and retaining the complex information necessary to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Six Penn College faculty members, who combined for four enlightening and provocative lectures during 2014’s Centennial Colloquia Series, reconvened on campus Wednesday night for a roundtable recap. The discussion, titled “Riding the Wave of Technological Change: Revolution or Evolution?” was held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The group (Dorothy J. Gerring, Robert A. Wozniak, Lisa R. Bock, Mark D. Noe, Rob Cooley and Craig A. Miller) ably kicked around the connection between technology and progress, entertaining questions from moderator James E. Cunningham and the audience.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Sealant Saturday on March 21 Offers Free Dental Services for Kids

Penn College students examine a child in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic during a previous Sealant Saturday.

On Saturday, March 21, Pennsylvania College of Technology will be a host site for Sealant Saturday, an event that provides free oral screening, sealants and education for children ages 7-15.

Sealant Saturday is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, with events held across the state. The Penn College activity is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, which will be staffed by a group of volunteers consisting of local dental hygienists and dentists and Penn College dental hygiene students.

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Penn College Hosts Secondary-Level SkillsUSA Competition

Diesel equipment technology instructor David C. Johnson judges the performance of Brandon Hancock, from Schuylkill Technology Center North, during a competition at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Diesel instructors Chris S. Weaver and Will E. Burns, as well as laboratory technician Ken J. Bashista, also helped with the testing.

Diesel equipment technology instructor David C. Johnson judges the performance of Brandon Hancock, from Schuylkill Technology Center North, during a competition at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Diesel instructors Chris S. Weaver and Will E. Burns, as well as laboratory technician Ken J. Bashista, also helped with the testing.

Wellsboro Area High School student Larry Walters concentrates on the masonry event.

Wellsboro Area High School student Larry Walters concentrates on the masonry event.

Penn College's welding labs hosted a number of competitions, including this oxy-fuel exercise with James Habard from the Northern Tier Career Center.

Penn College’s welding labs hosted a number of competitions, including this oxy-fuel exercise with James Habard from the Northern Tier Career Center.

Heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis student Steven M. Rush (background), of Rimersburg, assesses the aptitude of SUN Area Technical Institute's Garritt Aucker.

Heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis student Steven M. Rush (background), of Rimersburg, assesses the aptitude of SUN Area Technical Institute’s Garritt Aucker.

Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School's Kallie Miller vies in the collision repair competition, held in a College Avenue Labs paint bay.

Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School’s Kallie Miller vies in the collision repair competition, held in a College Avenue Labs paint bay.

About 200 students from more than a dozen school districts contested dozens of hands-on and leadership categories as Penn College hosted the SkillsUSA District 6 competition Friday. First-place winners in those events, held in a variety of instructional labs and other venues,  will advance to the Pennsylvania State Leadership and Skills Championships (April 8-10) at the Hershey Convention Center. The students also lunched in the Keystone Dining Room and attended an awards ceremony in the Field House.
First and fourth photos by Pamela A. Mix,  secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; others by Public Relations & Marketing

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