News: Institutional Advancement

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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Scholarship Honors Professor Emeritus at Penn College

Darryl and Dawn Kehrer

Two alumni of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s immediate predecessor institution have established a scholarship honoring Daniel J. Doyle, professor emeritus of history and a former administrator at the college.

Darryl and Dawn (Wahler) Kehrer, both 1972 liberal arts graduates of Williamsport Area Community College, have endowed a scholarship in honor of Doyle.

“The annual award is an enduring way to honor Dan Doyle’s nearly four decades of commitment to Penn College students,” Darryl Kehrer said.

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Hawbaker Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

From left: Scholarship donors Daniel R. and Suzie Hawbaker with Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The president and CEO of a well-known State College-based highway construction company and his wife have established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Daniel R. and Suzie Hawbaker recently created the Hawbaker Family Scholarship at Penn College. Daniel Hawbaker heads Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., a firm established in 1952 that performs asphalt paving, road construction, gas well service and construction, and engineering design services in northern Pennsylvania, southern New York and eastern Ohio.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded from the Hawbaker Family Scholarship Fund for the 2015-16 academic year; the recipients will be presented with $500 each in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

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Anderson Equipment Co. Lends Bulldozer to Penn College

A Komatsu bulldozer, on loan from Anderson Equipment Co., will be used through March by students and faculty in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. (Photo by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologiesPhotos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies)

An equipment loan from an Allegheny County-based company will provide Pennsylvania College of Technology students with a state-of-the-art learning tool through the middle of the Spring 2015 semester.

A Komatsu D 37PX bulldozer was made available to the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies by Anderson Equipment Co., with headquarters in Bridgeville and locations in six states.

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Frontier Communications Donates $5,000 to College’s K-12 Efforts

Frontier Communications’ Jennifer Sherwood, left, presents a check to Debra M. Miller, Penn College’s director of corporate relations.

Frontier Communications has contributed $5,000 to two Pennsylvania College of Technology initiatives that benefit high school students.

The company’s contribution, delivered by Jennifer Sherwood, a Frontier enterprise account executive, was made through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program in support of the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs.

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Zimmerman Scholarship Established at Penn College

June and Thomas Zimmerman have established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Two faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology who are also alumni of the institution ­­have established a building-to-endowed scholarship at the college.

The scholarship was created by Thomas A. Zimmerman, an associate professor of psychology who has worked at Penn College since 1984, and June Kilgus Zimmerman, a part-time sociology faculty member who is also employed as an oncology social worker by the Susquehanna Health Cancer Center.

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Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2014 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College employee campaign. Gifts of all sizes help students succeed and will be put to use immediately.

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