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Mentored Students Dazzle at Silver-Anniversary ‘Chef’ Dinner

The star-studded Spring 2017 Visiting Chef lineup (from left): Tramonto, Folse, Gardner and Wressell.

World-class chefs spent several days on the Penn College campus to impart their wisdom while they guided students in the production of the 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef Dinner, held April 7. Chefs Rick Tramonto, John Folse, Donald Wressell and Elaine Gardner spent time in classrooms, where they shared their culinary journeys and offered professional insight, and in the School of Business & Hospitality’s kitchens, where they offered hands-on lessons while producing the $125-a-plate fundraising dinner, which helps to provide scholarships for students in the college’s baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality management majors. Tramonto and Folse, who separately have received the highest honors in culinary arts and have authored several award-winning cookbooks, offered additional talks for the public in the Madigan Library, where they endeavored to inspire students to pursue both big dreams and a career of service to others. Together, the pair are the founders of Home on the Range: Folse Tramonto Restaurant Development LLC. Their first joint venture, Restaurant R’evolution, opened in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 2012 and was named Restaurant of the Year by New Orleans Magazine. In 2014, they opened Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Wressell, who was pastry chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for 19 years, has led gold-medal U.S. teams in the World Pastry Team Championship and Le Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in France, and has brought home many medals himself. Gardner is the chef at Dizengoff in Philadelphia and was, while working at Zahav, featured in a PhillyVoice article that highlighted “six talented Philly sous chefs making their bosses look good.”

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More Than 140 Students Installed Into Campus Honor Societies

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently held induction ceremonies for three honor society chapters, among the institution’s traditional end-of-semester activities in celebration of student accomplishment.

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The Cupboard at Penn College Helps to Feed Students in Need

A Penn College Dining Services employee pulls food from The Cupboard's shelves for a student-client to pick up.

While many joke about the poor eating habits of college students, Dining Services staff at Pennsylvania College of Technology has taken measures to combat a heartbreakingly unfunny reality.

A survey by Dining Services found that 58.9 percent of respondents have skipped a meal at least once because they did not have the money or resources to eat.

“It’s hard to get healthy, cheap food,” one student said, “so, usually, I just end up eating the pizza crust no one wants … or some white bread and tuna.”

Added another, “I have gone without food multiple times this semester because the money I make as a part-time worker only covers my rent.”

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On This Four-Wheeled Weekend, All Roads Lead to Penn College

Sean M. Hunter, of Livingston, N.J., knowledgeably leads an AACA tour group through the College Avenue Labs automotive restoration facilities.

A campus with one of the nation’s oldest continuing automotive programs was a fitting venue for a pair of events: a Saturday car show sponsored by the Classic Cruisers Club and the Penn College Motorsports Association, followed by a Sunday visit from members of the Hershey Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Feeding the Need

Food donations are hand-delivered by R. Colby Janowitz, a culinary arts and systems student from Westminster, Md.

Hunger Awareness Week was observed April 17-21, with a number of Dining Services-sponsored events to call attention to a sobering fact: One in five Penn College students has experienced hunger or food insecurity. Among the activities were an Open House at The Cupboard, a food pantry for students; a Tuesday cookout; a free spaghetti dinner; and information tables at three campus dining units.

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Radio Appearances by Students, Faculty Member to Promote Cybersecurity Event

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Lisa Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology, and two students from her Support Center Procedures and Practices class will appear on Backyard Broadcasting radio stations Tuesday morning to promote “Tech Savvy, Tech Safe,” a free public event hosted by the class. Bock and the students – Mitchell T. Hoffman, an applied management major from Northumberland, and Alex J. Hackenberg, an information technology: network specialist concentration major from Middleburg – will appear from 8:10 a.m. to approximately 9 a.m. for brief interviews on WILQ (105.1 FM), WZXR (99.3FM) and Oldiez93 (93.3 FM).  “Tech Savvy, Tech Safe” will offer identity protection tips and address individual cybersecurity concerns. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the first-floor presentation room of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center.

Faculty Member Turns Hotelier in CTL’s ‘Funny Business’

Brian M. McKeonFaculty member/alumnus Brian M. McKeon Sr. is among the six-member cast of “Funny Business,” a frenetic farce by Derek Benfield opening this week at the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St. An assistant professor in Penn College’s physician assistant major (and a 2016 graduate in legal assistant/paralegal), McKeon portrays Ferris, who has agreed to look after his sister’s seedy hotel … but hasn’t anticipated the arrival of a notorious critic/journalist or the coincidental assortment of guests who have secrets they don’t wish to divulge. The deputy manager is caught up in a dizzying round of lies and subterfuge as he tries to protect the hotel’s reputation in the eyes of the journalist, a task made more difficult by the fact he doesn’t know which of his guests it is! McKeon, who has enlivened nearly a dozen CTL productions over the years, will be aided backstage by PCToday writer/editor Tom Wilson, a CTL board member and co-stage manager for the play. “Funny Business” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 21-22 and 27-29, and at 2 p.m. April 30.

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Penn College Displays Excitingly Enhance STEM Expo

Instructor (and 2013 alumna) Kendra N. Tomassacci shares her passion and expertise in computer aided drafting and design.

Penn College was well-represented at the recent Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology event at West Chester East High School, offering hands-on glimpses into “Taste of Sweet & Savory Technology” and “3-D Printing in Engineering and Industrial Design.” Students, faculty and staff from the schools of Business & Hospitality and Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, as well as the college’s Admissions Office, gave fifth- to 10th-grade girls a memorably experiential entree into career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Emergency Scenarios Translate to Real-Life Benefit for Students

Occupational therapy assistant student Rachel N. Zimmerman, of Pine Grove, shows physician assistant student Zachary S. Kimble, of Bellefonte (acting as a hip-replacement patient who later in the simulation would have a stroke) and other students watching how to use a “reacher” to help with dressing. Observing is Christine A. Tilburg, clinical director of physical therapist assistant.

Emergency medical services student Ian P. McClure, of Littlestown, and paramedic technician student Megan E. Bobby, of Dysart, explain the actions they would take when called to the Dental Hygiene Clinic to help a patient experiencing an allergic reaction to Novocain.

Surgical technology students simulate a laparoscopic gall bladder removal.

Around 250 students in the School of Health Sciences – an academic division that spans 11 distinct health care and allied health fields – are participating this week in a series of hands-on emergency health simulations. The school’s fourth annual Interdisciplinary Professional Event involves 24 student teams, each made up of a cross section of health disciplines, discussing and observing one another’s role in their assigned case. Students in the physician assistant major played roles of patients, whose health problems ranged from an allergic reaction to Novocain in the Dental Hygiene Clinic to a loss of consciousness in the Keystone Dining Room, and surgeries to replace hips and remove gallbladders. As “patients” moved through the health care system, they moved, with their observers, from lab to lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. The purpose of the experience is to prepare the students to deliberatively work together as patients interact with each of them during their health care experience, with an ultimate goal to improve patient care. Also involved were 23 staff and faculty from the school, who planned and managed the event and led groups through their simulations on Tuesday and Thursday.

‘Pride Week’ Cultivates Respectful Campus Environment

Members of the planning committee paint The Rock in advance of Pride Week activities. From left are Lloyd A. Shope, Catherine E. Gamez, Kyle T. Pechtold, Michael D. Penwell and Trevor I. Brandt.

The third annual Pride Week, embracing diversity and exploring the challenges faced by Penn College’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, is being marked through Friday. Discussions, a documentary, entertainment and faculty/staff development will take place across campus, uniting the community and fostering an atmosphere of equality for all. Pride Week Committee members are, from PC Alliance, students Samantha R. Labate, Kyle T. Pechtold and Lloyd A. Shope; employees Trevor I. Brandt, admissions representative; Amie K. Fox, assistant director of residence life, residence education; Catherine E. Gamez, residence hall coordinator, Rose Street Commons; and Michael D. Pennwell, residence life coordinator, upperclassmen area; and Bridget Callahan from Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies, interning with College Health Services. A schedule of activities follows: Pride Week
Photo by Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement

Panel Discussion Helps Define Proper Use of Third-Party Material

The Gallery at Penn College offers a beautiful venue for a discussion on intellectual property.

Madigan Library assistant director JoAnn L. Eichenlaub, White and Derr bring their expertise to the panel.

Albert offers insight into the art, science and business of patents.

Matthew D. Krepps, a member of the aviation maintenance faculty, poses a question.

Madigan Library fittingly provided the venue Tuesday for an interactive panel discussion designed to increase faculty/staff literacy about using third-party works as resources and inspiration. Sponsored by Penn College’s Copyright and Fair Use Advisory Group, “Intellectual Property Matters!”  helped employees and students navigate the legal and responsible use of others’ works and to determine when permission is necessary. Panelists included Eric K. Albert, an associate professor of machine tool technology and automated manufacturing; Kevin R. Derr, professor of legal assistant; and Austin White, an attorney with the McCormick Law Firm.

Penn College Students Help Build Better Community

Gwendolyn M. Wagner (left) and Katherine L. Mertes (right foreground), both interviewed for broadcast – work with classmates at Calvary Baptist Church.

Proudly exhibiting their community service are (front row) Mason M. Miller, of Chambersburg, and Luse; (middle row) Nicholas J. Hufnagle, Williamsport; Mertes, Williamsport; Alexander J. Kosylo, Pittsburgh; William M. "Billy" Johnson, Glen Mills; Shane A. Hines, Clymer; Austin N. Moscariello, New Columbia; and Wagner, Cressona; (back row) Joseph N. Prigmore, Virginia Beach, Va.; James G Vile Jr., Sheffield; and Weston P. Buck, Woodland.

A view from the top

Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies’ Concrete Construction class (BCT 238) traveled to Calvary Baptist Church this past week, completing a project begun last fall and attracting the attention of a passing television reporter. WBRE’s Cody Butler stopped by the Washington Boulevard church, where instructor Glenn R. Luse’s masonry students built two 20-foot-long brick and block planters at the main entrance. The planters were covered for winter and students of Harry W. Hintz Jr., instructor of construction technology, completed the project this season. “We fabricated and installed colored and polished concrete copings (caps) on top of their brickwork.  This spring, the concrete class visited the site and made wood templates … of the planters, returned to our lab and duplicated the precise shape of the planters (by) snapping chalk lines on the floor,” said Hintz, an instructor of construction technology. “We then divided the shapes into manageable sections, fabricated forms, installed glass chips and reinforcing steel inside the forms, ordered a very specific concrete mix with color from Centre Concrete, placed and finished the concrete, removed the forms and polished the finished tops with four different wet-sand diamond grit pads, sealed the final pieces and installed them April 5 on top of the brickwork.” Butler’s report, which aired during evening newscasts, has been posted to PAhomepage.com.
Photos by Luse and Hintz

Alliance With Chocolate-Maker Sweetens Students’ Education

A partnership with Guittard Chocolate Co., the oldest continuously family-owned and -operated chocolate-making business in the United States – and exclusive chocolate provider to the college’s School of Business & Hospitality – is giving Penn College students and eye-opening and mouth-watering appreciation for quality. “I love their chocolate,” said Natascha G. Santaella, an applied management student from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. “I know the difference between like having a really good chocolate and having just like an OK chocolate.” Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager, who provided students with a primer on production and tasting in a February visit to campus, said Guittard prides itself on collaborating with the top schools across the country. “What I really appreciate about working with Penn College is that the program is top-notch from beginning to end,” she explained.