News: Institutional Advancement

SGA Auction Tops $2,000 for Student-Driven Scholarships

Potential bidders survey the auction floor at Madigan Library

Potential bidders survey the auction floor at Madigan Library

Creative creatures tempt shoppers' attention

Creative creatures tempt shoppers’ attention

Jewelry benefits new fund earmarked for minority students.

Jewelry benefits new fund earmarked for minority students.

Move to library boosts auction proceeds.

Move to library boosts auction proceeds.

Student leaders mingle amid the wares.

Student leaders mingle amid the wares.

When all of the proceeds are tabulated, Friday’s Student Government Association Silent Auction is expected to have raised nearly $2,200 in scholarship assistance. The anticipated total is a substantial increase over the $600 raised last year, thanks to more than 50 donors bidding on more than 75 items. Included were a wooden playhouse donated by the School of Construction & Design Technologies, a dump truckload of firewood (delivery included within 20 miles!) donated by the Schneebeli Earth Science Center sawmill, painted pottery by Penn College students and faculty, handcrafted woodwork and jewelry, and a “Movie Night” basket created by employees of the host venue. Institutional Advancement and the Madigan Library – the new location for this year’s auction – were also deemed integral in making the event a success. More than $250 of the money raised will go toward a student-initiated Minority Student Scholarship that is in the works; the balance benefits the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, awarded by SGA each year to students who display exemplary leadership at Penn College.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Golf Classic to Feature PGA Touring Pro David Toms

David Toms to headline June 29 scholarship benefit.

Thirteen-time PGA Tour winner David Toms will headline the 29th annual Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Golf Classic, scheduled for Monday, June 29, at the Williamsport Country Club.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Fisher Mining Co., benefit the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship, a quasi-endowed scholarship fund exceeding $1 million.

Since 1990, more than $550,000 has been awarded from the fund to Penn College students.

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SGA to Host Silent Auction for Student Leader Legacy Scholarship

The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its sixth annual Silent Auction on Friday, May 1, to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund.

The event will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Madigan Library at the college. All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward increasing the endowment of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund. The scholarship benefits students who play leadership roles at the college.

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Students’ Pursuit of Passion Evident in Sparkling Hospitality Events
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President Davie Jane Gilmour introduces student representative Julie H. Carr (right), recipient of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship.

In a matter of days, students in hospitality majors produced two eye-popping events that showed off their food artistry. On April 24, the Penn College community – along with high school groups – were invited to Penn’s Inn, where seniors in the culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major cooked live, offering up free samples of an entrée and a dessert while being judged by industry representatives according to American Culinary Federation standard rules. Also on display were the final projects of students in Advanced Patisserie Operations, Cakes and Decorations, Principles of Chocolate Works and Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation courses, which were also judged. Chef Frank Priore, executive chef of the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre; Chef Drew Kendall, store chef for Wegmans in Williamsport; and Christopher R. Grove, ’08, a dining services manager for Penn College, judged the culinary entries, while Chef Callie L. Proctor, ’04 and ’08, bakery manager for Weis Markets; Chef Michael Davis, executive chef for Susquehanna Health; and Chef Samantha L. Liedtka Gundlach, ’10, owner of Samantha’s Kitchen in Lock Haven, judged pastry entries. On April 26, students in two sections of the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentation Concepts presented a “Grand Pastry Buffet” for scholarship donors and their recipients. The “Viva Las Vegas”-themed event represents a comprehensive finale to baking and pastry arts students’ college career, requiring skills gained throughout their coursework. Nursing student Julie H. Carr, a recipient of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, offered remarks. “I have received financial aid as well as numerous grants in order to pursue my education; however, there were still out-of-pocket expenses that my parents could not cosign a loan for,” Carr told the gathering. “The Penn College Foundation enabled me to finish school and pursue my dreams while still participating and being an integral part of the Penn College community. I cannot thank you and the entire faculty, staff and students enough for enabling me to finally pursue my passion of becoming a nurse and helping others.”

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Reception Acknowledges Gifts Integral to Student Success

Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, talks with William Knecht, who, along with his wife, supports the Marie E. Knecht Scholarship.

Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, talks with William Knecht, who, along with his wife, supports the Marie E. Knecht Scholarship.

President Davie Jane Gilmour thanks Virginia Thompson, treasurer of the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, which reached Heritage Society status on the Donor Wall.

President Davie Jane Gilmour thanks Virginia Thompson, treasurer of the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, which reached Heritage Society status on the Donor Wall.

The Donor Wall offers a reflective backdrop for Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, and friends.

The Donor Wall offers a reflective backdrop for Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, and friends.

The earliest arrivals mingle in the SASC lobby, a stellar setting for a distinguished event.

The earliest arrivals mingle in the SASC lobby, a stellar setting for a distinguished event.

The president welcomes guests, honorees' gifts by her side.

The president welcomes guests, honorees’ gifts by her side.

Individuals and corporations alike were recognized Tuesday night during the 11th annual reception for Friends of Penn College who provide significant support or planned gifts. Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized new contributors and those whose ongoing benevolence in the past year elevated them to a new category on the Donor Wall in the Student and Administrative Services Center lobby.

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Penn College Construction Students Start Scholarship Fund

A campus organization at Pennsylvania College of Technology is putting its money where its classmates are, starting a scholarship fund to help construction students meet the costs of their education.

Members of the Penn College Construction Association, a student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders, made the initial gift to a fund that will begin awarding scholarships in the Fall 2015 semester.

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Why Choose Penn College? Students Know the Answer!

The latest addition to the Penn College YouTube Channel features three engaging students in a two-minute celebration of rigorous academics and high-energy campus life. Join Jessica N. Felton, a culinary arts and systems student from State College; Garrett D. Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology; and aviation maintenance technology major Bryan M. Behm, of Fleetwood, as they share why they chose the college for their “degrees that work.” Then help spread the word through social media!

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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Klingerman Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and scholarship donors Monica and Daniel Klingerman

Daniel and Monica Klingerman have established an endowed scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Daniel Klingerman is chairman and chief executive officer of The Liberty Group, a Williamsport-based development company that invests in, acquires, develops and manages commercial properties. He has been a member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors since 2005.

Initial award preferences for the Klingerman Family Scholarship are for first-year students who are graduates of the Loyalsock Township or the Bloomsburg Area school districts.

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Scholarship Campaign Exceeds Goal, Raises $6.4 Million

Campaign generates more than twice its original goal in private scholarship support.

Capping a year of celebration to commemorate the Centennial anniversary of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the institution’s most significant fundraising effort more than doubled its original goal, raising $6.4 million in private scholarship support.

The success of the Penn College Scholarship Campaign will allow the Penn College Foundation to provide more than twice the amount of scholarship aid to students than it did prior to the launch of the campaign in 2011.

“Penn College is poised to become a national leader in applied technology education,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, the college’s president. “The success of the Scholarship Campaign will help hundreds of students have access to that education.”

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Visiting Chef Dinner Features Luxury Resort’s Beverage Director

Brian McClure

The Spring 2015 edition of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Visiting Chef Series will feature Brian McClure, beverage director for The Greenbrier, widely regarded as one of the world’s finest luxury resorts.

Penn College’s Visiting Chef Series provides students pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts and hospitality management with an opportunity to work alongside renowned hospitality-industry professionals. As a culmination to the visit, the students produce a grand meal that raises money for scholarship funds. The Spring 2015 Visiting Chef Dinner will be held Feb. 27.

During the event, McClure will share his knowledge of wine with diners as they experience the elegant five-course meal prepared by students and faculty. While on campus, he will also speak to students in the Hospitality and Beverage Management Service and Controls course.

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Penn College Names Director of Corporate Relations

Elizabeth A. Biddle

Elizabeth A. Biddle has been appointed director of corporate relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology, effective Jan. 19.

Biddle has been project manager for the Outreach for K-12 Office at Penn College since 2009. In her new role, she will develop and sustain mutually beneficial relationships with business and industry to benefit students at Penn College.

“We are excited to have Liz join our team in Institutional Advancement,” said Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement at the college. “Liz brings an excellent technical background and considerable experience working with a variety of constituencies. Her professional demeanor and enthusiasm for Penn College and our mission will continue to be an asset to Penn College and prove valuable in her new role as director of corporate relations.”

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College Appoints Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Debra M. Miller

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Debra M. Miller as vice president for institutional advancement.

Miller, who had served as director of corporate relations at Penn College since 2004, succeeds Barry R. Stiger, who retired in December. She has 40 years’ experience working with senior administration and governing boards, including 28 years in higher education.

In her new role, Miller is responsible for advancing the mission of Penn College by overseeing alumni relations, annual giving, corporate relations and the Penn College Foundation. She also serves as a member of President’s Council.

“Debbie has served the college with distinction as director of corporate relations for the past decade,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “With her wealth of professional experience and wonderful interpersonal style, I look forward to the contributions she will make in leading the college’s advancement team.”

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Alumnus, Employee Establish Scholarship at Penn College

Lenore Penfield, a longtime Penn College employee, and her husband, John, an alumnus of the college, have established a scholarship benefiting students enrolled in the dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John and Lenore Penfield have established a scholarship that will benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John Penfield is a 1975 graduate of Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College, having earned a degree in nursery management.

Lenore Penfield is a longtime employee of the college, serving as a faculty member in dental hygiene, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, director of special events and The Gallery at Penn College, and director of facilities utilization/college events (her current position).

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Scholarship Memorializes Penn College Faculty Member

John J. Messer, an associate professor of Web and interactive media, is clearly in his element in this Spring 2014 lab photo.

Friends and family of John J. Messer, a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member who fought a courageous battle against brain cancer, have established a scholarship fund in his memory.

Messer, who taught in Penn College’s web and interactive media major, died Jan. 5 – barely two weeks before his 50th birthday. The clinical trial that extended his life and the inspirational way in which he maintained his optimism against the odds, were featured in the Spring 2013 issue of the college’s One College Avenue magazine.

The scholarship fund was started by a group of John’s longtime friends from his college years in Oneonta, New York.

“In keeping with John’s mantra of ‘eyes forward,’ we wanted to create a continuing legacy so that his inspiration and influence could live on,” some of those friends said in a joint statement. “Penn College and his students were very important to John. Our hope is that this scholarship will allow future generations of Penn College students the benefit of being touched by John’s selflessness and positive energy.”

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