Donors’ Sweet Assistance Rewarded With Student Success (and Goodies)

"Amazed by and thankful for the thoughtfulness of others," scholarship recipient Joseph M. Harner  expresses his gratitude.

“Amazed by and thankful for the thoughtfulness of others,” scholarship recipient Joseph M. Harner expresses his gratitude.

Sunday's crowd easily topped the once-record attendance of 94, set during the 2010 reception.

Sunday’s crowd easily topped the once-record attendance of 94, set during the 2010 reception.

Sunday's event provided the opportunity for Cheryl A. Garis (left) to meet Kathrine E. Dixon, last year's inaugural recipient of a scholarship tribute to her late daughter. The Tracy A. Garis Memorial Scholarship, endowed through an unprecedented student-led fundraising effort, honors a Penn College dental hygiene student who died in a June 2010 traffic accident. Dixon, of Houtzdale, is enrolled in the college's dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major.

Sunday’s event provided the opportunity for Cheryl A. Garis (left) to meet Kathrine E. Dixon, last year’s inaugural recipient of a scholarship tribute to her late daughter. The Tracy A. Garis Memorial Scholarship, endowed through an unprecedented student-led fundraising effort, honors a Penn College dental hygiene student who died in a June 2010 traffic accident. Dixon, of Houtzdale, is enrolled in the college’s dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major.

Baking and pastry arts major Abby Wasiakowski, of Mountain Top, created some tasty treats (if the empty spaces on this tray are any indication!)

Baking and pastry arts major Abby Wasiakowski, of Mountain Top, created some tasty treats (if the empty spaces on this tray are any indication!)

As cheery as the sunlight streaming through the KDR atrium, Lisa M. Hojnacki, a baking and pastry arts student from Downingtown, greets reception guests.

As cheery as the sunlight streaming through the KDR atrium, Lisa M. Hojnacki, a baking and pastry arts student from Downingtown, greets reception guests.

A record crowd of 134 guests attended Sunday’s Grand Pastry Buffet, a scrumptious culmination of course work for baking and pastry arts seniors and an acknowledgement by scholarship recipients of the donors who have smoothed their road to a Penn College diploma. “It is so humbling and encouraging to be supported by people who don’t personally know me, but care deeply about my education and future,” said guest speaker Joseph M. Harner, of Montoursville, scheduled to graduate May 18 with a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering technology (and a minor in mathematics). “I want them to know their generosity has had a tremendous impact on me – the full weight of which is only beginning to show itself as I explore the various opportunities available to me postgraduation. I am realizing that this gift bestowed upon me will influence the rest of my life.” Providing a sweet accent to those sincere words were graduating students of Chef Suzann L. Major, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts; and Chefs Monica J. Lanczak and Charles R. Niedermyer, instructors of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts.
Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer

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