News about Institutional Advancement

Kentucky Derby Chef to Headline Penn College Visiting Chef Series

Chef David Danielson

The executive chef for one of the nation’s most tradition-steeped sporting events will visit Pennsylvania College of Technology for its Visiting Chef Series, which culminates in a dinner to benefit scholarships on Feb. 26.

Chef David Danielson is the executive chef for Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. The annual event attracts well over 150,000 visitors to the downs in Louisville, Kentucky, where Danielson has welcomed celebrities, heads of state and passionate racing fans from around the globe.

Read more

Dean, Professor Establish Scholarship for Marketing Students

The first recipient of Penn College’s Luke-Moff Marketing Scholarship, Gwendolyn A. Lavelle (center), of Pocono Summit, meets with the scholarship’s founders, Steven J. Moff, professor of business administration: management and marketing, and Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality. Lavelle is sophomore in business administration: marketing concentration.

Two marketing professionals and longtime Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members have established a scholarship to benefit students majoring or minoring in marketing at the college.

The Luke-Moff Marketing Scholarship was initiated by Gerri F. Luke, dean of the School of Business & Hospitality at Penn College, and Steven J. Moff, professor of business administration: management and marketing. Primary preference for the scholarship is given to full-time students who maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA and are pursuing a major in business administration: marketing concentration or a minor in marketing.

Read more

Local Auto Dealership Establishes Scholarship at Penn College

From left, Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, with Bill Brown and Brian Peace, scholarship benefactors from the Murray Motor Group.

A scholarship fund has been established for automotive students at Pennsylvania College of Technology by the Murray Motor Group.

The idea for the scholarship fund was initiated by Brian Peace, managing partner of the Murray Motor Group and a 1984 graduate of Penn College’s predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College.

The fund will provide annual merit-based awards to full-time students who have successfully completed two semesters at the college. Preference will be given to graduates of high schools in Lycoming and Snyder counties who are enrolled in automotive technology management, automotive service sales and marketing, automotive technology, automotive technology: Ford ASSET, and collision repair technology.

Read more

Stabler Scholarship Fund Established at Penn College

A scholarship fund has been established at Pennsylvania College of Technology with a $530,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg.

Preference for awards from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship Fund at Penn College will be given to first-year students enrolled full time in an Associate of Applied Science degree major ­that is nontraditional for their gender.

Read more

Retired Penn College Employee Establishes Scholarship Fund

A Pennsylvania College of Technology retiree has established a merit-based scholarship that will ultimately be funded through a bequest.

Begun by Juliann T. Pawlak, a 27-year employee who retired in 2011, the scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better in one of the following Penn College majors: building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration, civil engineering technology, residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration, electronics and computer engineering technology, and engineering design technology.

“I am tremendously appreciative of Julie’s thoughtfulness in establishing this scholarship,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “Julie has been a consistent supporter of the college, both as an employee and since she has retired. Planning for a future gift from her estate further demonstrates her desire to help Penn College students succeed and, for this, the entire Penn College community is grateful.”

Read more

Benevolence Meets Gratitude in Automotive Restoration Lab

Penn College automotive restoration technology student Vanessa Mathurin, of Philadelphia, walks guests through the program’s multifaceted restoration process.

A generous benefactor to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration program recently toured campus, hearing from many of the students it has helped through scholarships and other funding.

Board members of the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum made their first visit to campus during the fall semester, touring College Avenue Labs and getting a look at the students and facilities in which they’ve invested.

“I wish everyone contributing to HEP – donors, collectors, vintage racers, shop owners, car clubs – could have been with us to see firsthand how their support has made a significant impact on Penn College,” said Diane Fitzgerald, national director. “Meeting this group of bright and engaging young restorers put all of us over the top! They were passionate, knowledgeable and appreciative.

Read more

Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2015 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College Fund. Gifts of all sizes help students succeed and will be put to use immediately.

Read more

A Grand Way to Say ‘Thanks’

An owl adds a whimsical touch to Jessica N. Felton’s chocolate sculpture.

Charlie Brown’s iconic zigzag stripe adds character to Ana Nicole Uribe’s display, which celebrated “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

The talented hands behind the buffet, with their instructor (from left) Marissa R. Dimoff, Jenna Zaremba, Jessica N. Felton, Sabrina Smith, Tiffany A. Reese, Jazmin R. Walker, Ana Nicole Uribe and Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts.

A harvest-season cake was a whole-class project and a focal point of the buffet.

Jazmin R. Walker’s chai turkey creampuffs set the seasonal stage.

Students in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course – a capstone class in the baking and pastry arts major – presented a delectable fall-themed Grand Pastry Buffet on Nov. 20, just in time for the Thanksgiving feast. Seven students displayed their skill through chocolate and sugar centerpieces, taste-tempting cakes and bite-sized confections during an event that honored the college’s 1914 Society, who were guests of Institutional Advancement at the event, held in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge.

Jones Dairy Farm Establishes Scholarship for Culinary Students

Representatives of Jones Dairy Farm visited Penn College’s hospitality programs to present the first Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship to a student. From left are Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts; Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm; scholarship recipient Sarah B. Fiedler, a culinary arts and systems student from Lock Haven; Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; and Kate Hunter, manager for Peak Sales & Marketing, who earned associate degrees in food and hospitality management and culinary arts technology from Penn College in 2000.

Jones Dairy Farm, a 126-year-old family-owned-and-operated business and leader in all-natural breakfast sausage for the food service and retail industries, has extended its support for culinary arts education around the country by establishing an annual scholarship for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

The Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship will benefit two students each year who are enrolled in the college’s culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major or the culinary arts technology associate-degree major, have successfully completed two semesters, and have achieved a GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Read more

Penn College Scholarship to Reward Sustainable Lifestyle

A new scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit students who demonstrate a passion and commitment to sustainability.

“Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It is becoming a core value for many businesses and organizations,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “This scholarship will reward students who not only take the topic of sustainability seriously when presented in the classroom, but who also put it into practice through their activities on campus and in the community.”

An anonymous donor established the fund with the goal of building to an endowment of at least $25,000, after which it will become a permanent source of scholarships through the annual Penn College Awards program administered by the Student Activities Office.

Read more

Veterans’ Endowed Scholarship to Grow From VFW Post’s Startup

LeRoy O. Buck Post 7863, Veterans of Foreign Wars, DuBoistown, has contributed $4,000 to Penn College in recent months, half of which will be used as startup funding for a veterans scholarship fund. Cementing the partnership are (clockwise from rear left) David Oliver, post commander; Chester M. Beaver, Penn College's veterans affairs coordinator; and Sarah E. Ruhlman and Jacob M. Heuman, two of the college's Veterans Affairs work-study students. (The third, Michael D. Seitzer, is not pictured.)

A $2,000 donation from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is providing the seed money for a scholarship fund that will eventually assist Pennsylvania College of Technology’s veteran students and their children.

The contribution from LeRoy O. Buck VFW Post 7863 – facilitated by Michael D. Seitzer, a Veterans Affairs work-study student in the college’s Financial Aid Office – kicks off a three-year campaign to endow a newly established scholarship fund to aid those who have either exhausted their veterans’ educational benefits and/or are in financial need.

Read more

Alumnus Endows a ‘Sweet’ Scholarship for Major

The past president of the nation’s largest independent honey company and his wife have endowed a scholarship for machining students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Kitt and Bill Gamber Scholarship will benefit full-time students enrolled in the college’s machine tool technology associate-degree major. Typical careers for graduates of the program include toolmaker, machinist, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technician, production technician and manufacturing assistant.

Gamber graduated from Penn College predecessor Williamsport Technical Institute in 1959 with a certificate in tool making. Married for more than 50 years, Gamber and his wife, Kitt, have two children and seven grandsons.

Read more

Company Reps Keep Culinary Students Rapt With Bacon

Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm, offers “Bacon 101.”

Kate (Bishop) Hunter, ’00, shows students the difference in bacon thicknesses.

Alivia L. Bollock joins Classical Cuisines of the World classmates in plating bacon samples they prepared earlier.

Students make notes on the texture and taste of two brands of bacon.

Representatives of Jones Dairy Farm, including Kate (Bishop) Hunter, who graduated in 2000 with degrees in food and hospitality management and culinary arts technology, visited campus on Thursday to educate students about bacon – one of the company’s products – and to present the first Jones Dairy Farm Scholarship at Penn College to student Sarah B. Fiedler, a culinary arts and systems student from Lock Haven. Hunter is a manager in her family’s food brokerage firm, Peak Sales & Marketing, in Harrisburg. “Coming over the mountain (to Williamsport), I get teary-eyed,” she said. “It’s a homecoming to come here and show what the college has done for me.” She was joined by Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm, a Wisconsin-based producer of top-quality breakfast meats. Moore explained the process for making bacon and for comparing products before the students participated in a bacon tasting, comparing texture and taste among brands, thicknesses and smoke flavors.

Penn College Administrators Establish Leadership Scholarship

Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost, have established the Strickland Family Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership and Service at Penn College.

A married couple serving as senior administrators at Pennsylvania College of Technology established a scholarship for student leaders at the institution.

Carolyn R. and Elliott Strickland have started the Strickland Family Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership and Service at Penn College.

Carolyn Strickland, who began her employment with the college in 2003, serves as vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Elliott Strickland, who began working at the college in 1997, is chief student affairs officer.

Read more

Family of Retired Professor Establishes Memorial Scholarship

The family of a retired Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member who died earlier this year has established a scholarship fund in his memory.

The Dr. William B. Urosevich Memorial Scholarship will benefit students who are enrolled full time in the physician assistant major, have provided service to their country and have demonstrated a generous and selfless attitude.

Urosevich was a professor of biology (anatomy and physiology) at Penn College from 1993 until his retirement in 2010. He received the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997 and the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award – the highest honor for Penn College faculty – in 2008. Outside of the classroom, he was an adviser to the Wildcat Power Lifting team.

Read more