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Mentor Serves Up Pizza, Movie Night for Hospitality LLC

Students, from left, Lloyd A. Shope, of Blanchard; Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie; Natascha G. Santaella, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; Nathan Diaz, of Reading;  Merissa N. Aucker, of Middleburg; and Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading, gather with an enviable spread of goodies for their movie night.

A pre-movie selfie in a comfortably furnished Dauphin Hall lounge.

Members of the Hospitality Living-Learning Community gathered Friday for pizza and a movie, courtesy of their faculty mentor. Fitting for the first-year students in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and hospitality management majors, the group watched “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a 2014 comedy/drama about a family that leaves India for France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred eatery. The group is mentored by Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. Penn College’s Residence Life Office offers a variety of living-learning communities on campus, each designed to give students in like majors opportunities to expand their knowledge outside the classroom.
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‘Valentine’s Day’ Patisserie Sale Scheduled for Wednesday

The Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold a “Happy St. Valentine’s Day” sale – the first of the spring semester’s eight sales – from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and senior baking students for artisan breads, fine pastries, cakes and candies. A product list follows: Valentine’s Day

Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to visit

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job prospects, two employers will hold information sessions next week on main campus. Representatives of Ebro North America will be in Room 154 of College Avenue Labs at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and Susquehanna Health recruiters will be in Room W208 of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center at 3 p.m. Thursday. (Ebro will conduct follow-up interviews Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: On-Campus Recruiting

Resident Students Get Help Considering New ‘Lease’ on Life

Josiah D. Stoltzfus and Kayla M. Peters satisfy the curiosity of potential off-campus tenants.

Students interested in moving off-campus attend a Jan. 27 session in the SASC.

Informative booklet offers practical pointers

A Jan. 20 Off-Campus Housing Expo in the Keystone Dining Room ...

... put students in touch with college-approved local landlords.

The Off-Campus Living and Commuter Services Office, along with the community assistants and Off-Campus Housing Organization, are hosting several events for Penn College students looking to move off-campus next year.  The first Off-Campus Housing Expo was held Jan. 20 in the Keystone Dining Room, where students met with property owners from Penn College’s approved list.  A second expo was held Wednesday night in the Bush Campus Center, and another on main campus will be from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 1 in the KDR.  Two more expos are scheduled at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s Nature’s Cove: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 15-16. The CAs and OCHO have also teamed up to offer several educational sessions with topics related to off-campus living.  Kayla M. Peters, vice president of OCHO, and Community Assistant Josiah D. Stoltzfus presented the first of three sessions on Jan. 27.  The series continues on Monday, Feb. 8, with “Understanding Your Off-Campus Lease” and Tuesday, March 22 with “Get Your Security Deposit Back,”  both at 7:30 p.m. in Penn’s Inn (CC, second floor).
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

ROTC Cadets Tour Lycoming Engines Manufacturing Facility

From left are Capt. Garrett Ruud, assistant professor of military science at Penn College and ROTC operations officer; Carolyn R. Strickland, the college's vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; Cadets Hayley Sparks, Daniel J. Pulinski, Craig W. Robbins and Daniel G. Curtin; Lt. Col. Michael S. Kavadias, director of military science at Bucknell University; and Master Sgt. Sean McGlensey, Bucknell's senior military instructor.

The group is led on a factory tour by Michael Kraft (left), Lycoming Engines' senior vice president and general manager.

Three ROTC students from Penn College were among four Bison Battalion cadets who recently toured Lycoming Engines, where they attended a Veterans Day flag-folding ceremony in November. Cadet Craig W. Robbins, an aviation maintenance technology major, wanted to share with the rest of his battalion the importance of Lycoming Engines – a community fixture since 1929 and one of the college’s longest-running industrial partners. He was joined by Penn College Cadets Daniel G. Curtin, a manufacturing engineering technology student, and Daniel H. Pulinski, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; as well as Cadet Hayley Sparks, of Bloomsburg University.
Photos provided by Lycoming Engines

Penn College Student Among Farm Show Scholarship Recipients

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Paige E. Pearson, of Williamsburg, was among recipients of the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship. From left are her parents, Lyle and Trisha Pearson; Paige Pearson; Scott Sechler, owner of Bell and Evans; and Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

A student in the baking and pastry arts major at Pennsylvania College of Technology was awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation.

Paige E. Pearson, of Williamsburg, was among 28 Farm Show Scholarship recipients. Her award was presented Jan. 12 at the Farm Show by Scott Sechler, owner of Bell & Evans, and Pennsylvania Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair County.

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Sitting Pretty – Functionally, Too!

Displaying their design are (from left) Leonardo Tejeda, Bailey F. Chrisman and Samantha R. Callender.

Among the student projects is a cardboard chair designed by Michelle H. Ni, of Berwick; and Albert V. Dubovik and James L. Newby, both of State College.

David P. Suchoza (left), Matthew W. Rissmiller and Cassondra L. Farmer show off their collaboration.

Building science and sustainable design students in Architectural Design Studio V recently presented their first design program of the semester: chairs made out of cardboard and no adhesives, with the additional requirement that they be able to support the weight of an average adult. Intended to introduce students to the principles of a design-build approach, the exercise involved teams of three students working together to complete their projects. Cassondra L. Farmer, a junior from Towanda, said the assignment challenged students to “design a chair that is aesthetically pleasing, yet functional and comfortable.” Farmer and David P. Suchoza, of Reading, credit teammate Matthew Rissmiller with the inspiration for their project. Rissmiller, of Hummelstown, obtained cardboard tubes and the design began to take shape, including a honeycomb pattern in the seating area for comfort. The team of Bailey F. Chrisman, of Hatboro; Samantha R. Callender, of Baldwin, New York; and Leonardo Tejeda from New Rochelle, New York, created something different. “The basic design was a challenge and we continuously refined and changed our design until we settled on our design that incorporated all the requirements imposed on us by our instructors,” Chrisman said. Instructing the two sections of the course are Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology, and Daniel L. Brooks, instructor of architectural technology.  Chairs and designs are displayed on the second floor of the Hager Lifelong Education Center.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies

Student Organizations Collaborate on ‘Wildcat Roller Rave’

Skaters fill the Field House floor.

Making an impression on the makeshift roller rink is Kyle N. Johnson, an applied management major from Liverpool.

Taking to the floor in their comfiest "Ninja Turtle" attire are Amanda N. Suda, of Harrisburg, enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, and Johnathan T. Capps, of North Wales, majoring in mechatronic engineering technology.

Helping to entertain a young friend are Emma J. Sutterlin (left), of State College, majoring in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, and Brittany R. Terpstra, a Web and interactive media student from Jim Thorpe.

Members of PC Alliance, one of the night's sponsors

Students danced and skated the night away at the Wildcat Roller Rave, recently held in the Penn College Field House. Organized by Minorities Lending Knowledge, PC Alliance and the Wildcat Events Board, the night included giveaways of T-shirts and “glow in the dark” items. Each of the sponsoring organizations also staffed an informational table at the event.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Degrees + Imagination at Work

Industrial and human factors design students (from left) Benjamin D. Rubenstein, Michael R. Perkins and Nicholast J. Krupka prepare to present a product redesign to GE engineers and managers.

In a GE conference room, the students describe their proposed redesign.

From the Winter 2015 One College Avenue: Following months of research and design to add a brand look and ergonomic feel to a corporation’s technical product, three industrial and human factors design students deliver their proposal to a group of General Electric Co. engineers and managers. Read “Degrees + Imagination at Work.”

Confection Connection Sweetens Students’ Field Experience

Behind the scenes, students Courtney K. Brown, of Hanover; Jeffrey L. Bretz, of Quakertown, Lloyd A. Shope, of Blanchard, prepare sample boxes of Guittard Chocolate.

An inviting sample of Guittard’s high-end single-origin chocolates and blends.

At Guittard’s trade show booth, from left, baking and pastry arts students Sarah I. Tielman, of Tatamy; Lloyd A. Shope, of Blanchard; and Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie; with Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager for Guittard.

Baking and pastry arts students made a recent weekend trip to the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show, where they worked alongside Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager for Guittard Chocolate Co., to prepare samples. The show, held Jan. 9-11 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, is hosted by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia. It is the largest trade show dedicated to the retail confectioner and attracts exhibitors and speakers from across the country and around the world. Tornichio-Vidal presented “A Guided Tasting of Blends and Single-Origin Chocolate” at the show, sharing information about flavor development from field to table, giving special attention to the important topics of sustainability and fair trade. Guittard is an important supporter of the college’s hospitality majors, donating all of the chocolate the programs use. The students were accompanied by Chefs Todd M. Keeley and Charles R. Niedermyer, instructors of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, who provided the photos. “It’s always a pleasure to work with Guittard; they are so thoughtful and precise with their actions. It’s great for the students to see how a company makes decisions with the customers’ experience in mind,” Niedermyer said. “We also really benefited from attending the lecture and Laura’s chocolate expertise.”

Emma J. Sutterlin Named ‘Student of the Month’

Emma J. Sutterlin

Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, has been chosen as the December/January “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A Resident Assistant in on-campus housing and a “Link” in Penn College’s Connections orientation program, Sutterlin is a 2013 graduate of State College Area High School. She anticipates receiving her bachelor’s degree from the college in May 2018 and is scheduled to complete her associate degree in occupational therapy assistant this August.

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New Penn College/WVIA TV Series Connects Education, Careers

Student video production assistant Kashiki E. Harrison views the website for “Working Class,” a new TV series produced by Penn College in partnership with WVIA, which will encourage viewers to make an impact by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. Harrison, of Williamsport, and fellow student videographer Jeffrey A. Stanley, of Stewartstown, assist with the series.

Students and teachers who connect learning with real work experiences will be featured in a new series premiering this month on public television.

“Working Class” will encourage viewers to make an impact in the world by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. The first episode in the series, which is produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology in partnership with WVIA Public Media, will premiere in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on WVIA.

Following the broadcast premiere, series content also will be shared via the Penn College and WVIA websites and on YouTube. Viewers also may follow the series on Facebook and Twitter.

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Student Receives Scholarship from State Professional Association

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was named one of two recipients of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association’s Reba M. Sebelist Scholarship.

The scholarship was awarded to Jeanette M. Yatsko, of Monroe Township, Luzerne County, who is pursuing an associate degree in occupational therapy assistant and a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies at Penn College.

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College Caters Blue-Ribbon Event on Eve of Farm Show’s Opening

From left are Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts; students Bridget M. Callahan, of Pottsville; Amaris T. Smith, of Williamsport; R. Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Md.; Cody T. Knarr, of Williamsport; Sarah B. Fiedler, of Lock Haven; and Kassandra S. Sellinger, of Linden; Gov. Tom Wolf; Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding; student Vincent M. Mass, of Staten Island, N.Y.; Hannah Smith-Brubaker, the state’s deputy secretary of agriculture; students Peirce A. Connelly, of Northumberland; and Jessica N. Felton, of State College; Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts; and student Christa L. Watson, of Mount Joy.

In addition to on-stage demonstrations at this week’s Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, students and faculty from Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality catered an invitation-only reception Friday night in advance of the official opening the following day.
Photo provided by Logan D. Hall, Office of Communications, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

TV Segment Shares College’s Responsiveness to Workforce Needs

"Stay Tuned" to WVIA-TV

Penn College’s success in answering the skilled demands of industry will be featured in the next episode of WVIA-TV’s “Stay Tuned,” premiering at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. The recurring series continues the public television station’s goal to highlight those making a difference in meeting critical community needs. “Television viewers often are bombarded with ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ news stories. WVIA’s ‘Stay Tuned’ reminds us that great people do great things every day in our region,” said Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations. “It is an honor for Penn College to be featured in this episode.” Interviewed in the 10-minute segment are Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence; Alison A. Diehl, director, National Sustainable Structures Center; Ryan L. Newman, a former technician with the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (who has since accepted employment in Louisiana); and students Madison T. Powell, of Linden (plastics), Eric M. Danz, of Hershey, and Kyle D. Bomboy, of Unityville (both physician assistant).