Hospitality Instructor Accepts College’s ‘My Last Words’ Assignment

An instructor in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Hospitality has been chosen as this year’s speaker in a popular campus lecture series.

The college’s David London My Last Words program challenges student- and alumni-nominated faculty members to offer their definitive thoughts as if they knew it were the final opportunity to share insight and inspiration.

This year’s nominee, Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II – an instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts – will take the Klump Academic Center Auditorium stage at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, with an interactive presentation titled “Chocolate Lessons for the Modern Craftsman.”

Charles R. Niedermyer II

Charles R. Niedermyer II

Erin E. Brown, who graduated in 2009 with degrees in culinary arts and systems and baking and pastry arts, nominated him for the honor.

According to the Student Activities Office, which sponsors the annual presentation, Niedermyer will ask his audience, “What does it mean to be a craftsman today?” “What are the essential qualities for being successful in your craft?” and “What does this have to do with chocolate!” Like any good chef, the speaker promises to engage all five senses as he recalls personal experience and explores a recipe for success.

A plaque presentation and reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Begun in February 2006, the My Last Words Lecture Series was renamed during 2008-09 in honor of David A. London, an associate professor of speech communication/composition who died in May 2008.

London joined the Penn College faculty in 1990, was a popular teacher, a former chair of College Council and a strong proponent of the college’s Internal Governance system.

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