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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.

Philadelphia PBS Affiliate to Air ‘Working Class’ Debut

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As production continues on additional episodes of “Working Class,” another public television station has announced plans to broadcast the series premiere. “Working Class: Dream & Do,”  produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media, will air at 2 p.m. May 29 on WHYY.

Montgomery Schools Top Market-Simulation Game

Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration: banking and finance, offers to share classroom access to the college’s live market tracking tools.

Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality, offers an inspirational message, asking students to consider doing their best for others a bigger win than doing their best for themselves.

FNB Bank regional president Bryan Holmes addresses the group.

Students from seven Lycoming County high schools and three middle schools visited Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center to celebrate their completion of Economics Pennsylvania’s 2015-16 Stock Market Game. The Stock Market Game is a classroom simulation that offers players the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. The top high school team, announced at the recent gathering, was Montgomery Area High School, which finished the year with 169,855.70 total equity, followed by Loyalsock Township High School and Muncy High School. Among middle schools, Montgomery Area finished first with $131,689.69, followed by Muncy Junior High School and Williamsport Area Middle School. As part of the event, students participated in a “professional meet and greet” with representatives of FNB Bank, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, EconomicsPennsylvania and Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. Comments were offered by Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality; Brian K. Walton, assistant dean of business and hospitality; and Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration: banking and finance, as well as Bernard Oravek, publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette; Bryan Holmes, regional president of FNB Bank; and Carolyn Shirk, of EconomicsPennsylvania.

Award-Winning Employees Catalyst for ‘Global Responsibility’

Closing out the 2015-16 school year with a Thursday morning message to campus colleagues, President Davie Jane Gilmour honored meritorious employees who “have inspired us all to be more caring … more productive … and more vital members of this priceless Penn College community.” And looking ahead to the challenges of tomorrow, with 10 little words as a road map, she rallied others to follow that example when opening potential students’ eyes to Pennsylvania College of Technology. “It is important that everyone in the room realize that recruiting is a global responsibility. All of us play one of the key roles in the process,” she said. “All of us play a part and, without all of us working together, we cannot achieve our goals.”

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Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from May 23 to June 14 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students undergo classroom and hands-on learning from instructors with real-world work experience.

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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.

Foundation Earmarks Scholarships to Penn College

Acknowledging Haas Automation Inc.’s ongoing support of Penn College students are (from left) Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement; and Ed Kilgallon, president of the Lance Co. The Bensalem Haas Factory Outlet is an affiliate of the Lance Co.

A prominent American manufacturing education foundation is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the field by awarding $20,000 in scholarship funds for the 2016-17 academic year.

The Gene Haas Foundation has earmarked five $4,000 scholarships for students enrolled in four manufacturing programs at the college: manufacturing engineering technology bachelor’s degree, automated manufacturing technology and machine tool technology associate degrees, and machinist general certificate.

“Our country needs a strong manufacturing economy, yet the skills gap in American manufacturing is very real. Careers in manufacturing are many, and they provide a good stable income and lifestyle,” said Kathy Looman, director of the Gene Haas Foundation.

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Help Coming ‘Through the First Years’

Dalaney T. Vartenisian, a sophomore in the Web and interactive media major, credits a conversation with her First Year Experience instructor about the stressors she identified in a survey for helping her to progress successfully.

From the Spring 2016 One College Avenue magazine: Penn College’s efforts to help students identify their needs – then meet them – pays off in fewer dropout rates overall and a unique reward for one. Read “Help Coming Through the First Years.”

Two-Day WDCE Course Focuses on Project Management

In today’s business world, project managers are called upon to lead and motivate stakeholders to meet the challenging objectives of assignments ranging from small tasks to multimillion-dollar projects. Well-led projects are completed on time and under budget, effectively and efficiently, and are recognized by all team members as a positive experience.

A June 15-16 Project Management Application course offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology can help managers significantly improve the likelihood of success at all levels. Among the topics to be discussed are stopping cost overruns, improving return on investment, enhancing teamwork and improving communication.

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‘Cross Training’ Classes to Return in Future Semesters

Shakeem J. Thomas, an emergency management technology major from Brooklyn, N.Y., lifts weights in the Field House.

Dara M. McConnell, of Camp Hill, enrolled in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and applied management major Timothy L. Kuntz, of Wyalusing, go through their exercises.

Exercise science major/intern Jacob D. Green (right), of Houtzdale, supervises the class. Working out (from left) are Courtney M. McCartan, of West Mifflin, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; Kashiki E. Harrison, Williamsport, general studies; and Thomas.

McConnell registers progress and determination.

The Penn College Fitness Center this semester introduced Cross Training, the latest addition to its Fitness & Wellness Promotion Series. The one-hour group exercise class involves small circuit-based exercises that are targeted toward burning calories while staying strong and fit. Classes accommodate participants of all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, on various techniques. The focus is on a progressive format that involves components of cardio, powerlifting and functional calisthenics. The Cross Training classes were offered on Wednesdays in the mezzanine of the Field House, and will continue in future semesters. Participation is free to all members of the Penn College community with a valid ID card. “Look for advertised postings throughout campus and at the Fitness Center (Bush Campus Center, second floor) for details about future classes,” said Domenick S. Schiraldi-Irrera, fitness center assistant (who also provided photos). “Bring a friend and we’ll see you there for another great exercise class offered here at Penn College!”

Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Course Scheduled at Penn College

Summertime means ballgames, picnics, nature and … drones.

Are you aware of the latest Federal Aviation Administration regulations involving drones? Do you need quadcopter control lessons? Are you interested in meeting other drone enthusiasts?

Just in time for the summer months, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a Drone Quadcopter Technology course beginning in June.

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Board OKs Loan Consolidation, Easement for Sewer Project

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the consolidation of two existing loans for the Community Arts Center and approved an easement through the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center property for a regional sewer project.

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Governor Hosts Roundtable to Stem Opioid ‘Epidemic’

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and State Sen. Gene Yaw (second from right) welcome Gov. Tom Wolf to campus Thursday morning. At left is Gary Tennis, secretary of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

The president talks about the startup of Project Bald Eagle (originally the Heroin Task Force) from a funding coalition of Penn College, Lycoming College, Susquehanna Health and Lycoming County.

Panelists fill the front of the Thompson Professional Development Center's Mountain Laurel Room.

Yaw and Wolf converse after the formal panel discussion.

The governor answers questions from a number of media representatives on hand for the event.

Community-based and statewide responses to opioid and heroin abuse in Pennsylvania were discussed at a campus roundtable hosted on Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf and state Sen. Gene Yaw. A diverse panel comprising Project Bald Eagle board members and others – representing state and local government, law enforcement, health care, treatment facilities and the clergy – openly talked about one of the gravest problems ever to hit rural counties. Wolf and Yaw both said the issue goes far beyond geographic boundaries, however, just as it transcends politics, gender and economic standing. No strangers to disagreement, the two earnestly pledged to work collaboratively to stem the alarming tide of addiction and overdose. “This is not a bipartisan concern,” the governor stressed. “It’s a nonpartisan concern.” Yaw began the conversation by pointing out there are nearly as many fatal overdoses in the commonwealth each year than there were Pennsylvanians killed during the entire Vietnam War. Recalling that anti-war protests spilled into the streets and consumed the national consciousness in the ’60s, he asked why such a passionate response has not greeted this latest threat. “It’s a medical epidemic,” he added. “We can’t arrest our way out of the problem.” Befitting the venue, one of the suggested weapons is knowledge. “This is not a junkie-on-the-street disease,” said college President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs the Project Bald Eagle coalition of local forces battling the issue. “We need to address that stigma with education – in our communities, in our churches, everywhere we can reach people. We need to share the true story and acknowledge a different set of perceptions so that people aren’t ashamed to say, ‘I lost a family member; I lost a friend.'” Thursday’s hourlong session was an offshoot of the Yaw-chaired Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which has heard 50 hours of related testimony in nine hearings since 2014. Eyewitness News reporter Cody Butler attended; his piece is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. (and on other WBRE newscasts).

Penn College Attains ‘Tree Campus USA’ Recognition

Penn College representatives acknowledge designation as a “Tree Campus USA” outside the green grounds of The Victorian House on main campus. From left are Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations; Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor; and Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry. The plaque will be installed in the Student & Administrative Services Center and the flag will fly outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, home to the college’s forest technology and landscape/horticulture majors.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with “Tree Campus USA” recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.

“This collaborative effort from the forestry, horticulture and General Services departments highlights the college’s commitment to the environment and maintaining a beautiful campus,” said Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

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Session Tackles Ins/Outs of Intellectual Property Law

A Bush Campus Center audience learns what is – and what isn't – copyright-protected ...

... during an informative session with attorney Austin P. White.

Librarians (foreground from left) Judy J. Zebrowski, Patricia A. Scott and Alan W. Buck are among those who help students and employees balance copyright and academic "fair use."

One of the attorneys overseeing Penn College’s trademark/copyright issues presented a professional development session this past week that offered a glimpse into the permitted use of protected material for educational purposes. Held in Penn’s Inn and open to employees and students – particularly those in paralegal/legal assistant majors – “Stay Legal: Third-Party Content in the Classroom” featured Austin P. White, of the McCormick Law Firm. The session was organized by The Copyright and Fair Use Advisory Committee, Madigan Library and the college’s Professional Development Office.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer