News about Institutional Advancement

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Scholarship Scorecard Reflects Another Tourney Win

David Toms, framed by the gallery at his well-attended tutorial

Serendipitous sunshine kisses the day's proceedings.

The visiting pro takes his audience from tee ...

... to green.

Showing his stuff within Penn's Woods, lush from recent soaking rains

David Toms, whose philanthropy runs a close second to his success on the PGA Tour, was the featured pro at Monday’s 29th annual Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Golf Classic at the Williamsport Country Club. Proceeds from the event, which included a morning clinic, are expected to add more than $45,000 to the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship when all told. Prize-winners during the tournament were Ed Alberts, Tom Rudy, Matt Haile and Dan Klingerman, closest to the pin on each of four holes; Young Park, individual low net (62); Frank Covelusky, individual low gross (72, including 24 on the last six holes); Peggy Roskowski, Mike and Connie McNamara, and Park, second place in the team event (55, including 18 on the last six holes); and Phil Johnson, Covelusky, Klingerman and Richard Born (55, including 17 on the last six holes).

Benton Foundry Endows Scholarship at Penn College

From left, Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College, and members of the Hall family who have owned Benton Foundry for nearly 60 years: Kimberly Kindler, JoAnn Hall and Jeff Hall, company president.

A family-owned business spanning three generations is making a financial commitment to the next generation of Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Benton Foundry Inc. recently endowed a scholarship, mainly for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.

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PPL Corp. Donates $3,000 to College’s Electrical Technology Program

Teri MacBride (left), PPL’s regional affairs director, presents a $3,000 check to Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations.

A $3,000 donation from PPL Corp. will benefit students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s various electrical majors.

Teri MacBride, PPL’s regional affairs director, recently presented the check to the college’s Institutional Advancement Office for use in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies’ Electrical Technology Program.

“PPL has been a generous supporter of Penn College for years in a variety of ways, including annual cash gifts and in-kind donations,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations. “We appreciate the continued support for students and program with this donation.”

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

Potential bidders survey the auction floor at Madigan Library

Creative creatures tempt shoppers' attention

Jewelry benefits new fund earmarked for minority students.

Move to library boosts auction proceeds.

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

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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