Culinary Creations Make for Appetizing Array

Top-score recipient Scott L. Neff and Jaclyn C. Gregg’s “Floribbean”-themed display

Penn College’s hospitality department hosted its annual Culinary and Pastry Experience on April 29, showing off the work of students in five classes: Advanced Baking Applications for Culinary Arts, Cakes and Decorations, Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation, Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, and Principles of Chocolate Works.

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Students Ease Pre-Finals Jitters at ‘Midnight’ Oasis

Smiles greet plates full of antidotes to anxiety.

More than 600 students – 601, to be exact – were served when Dining Services’ long-running Midnight Breakfast tradition was held this past week in the Keystone Dining Room. Timed each semester to help relieve the dread and panic of Finals Week, the free event serves up a yummy blend of food, music, massages and other giveaways.

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Cake Decorator Fashions Familiar Face

A cute and tasty final product

Award-winning cake designer Irene Maston, named one of Brides magazine’s Top 100 Cake Designers, visited campus Thursday to provide a cake-sculpting demonstration in the Madigan Library. During her well-attended talk, she transformed a stack of triple-chocolate layer cakes to a likeness of the college’s Wildcat mascot. Maston owns Irene’s Cakes by Designs in Ludlow, Vermont, where recent Penn College baking and pastry arts graduate Kristina M. Williams is an intern. Student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie, will serve an internship with Maston this summer. After her demonstration, Maston remained on campus to help judge Friday’s Culinary and Pastry Experience. In addition to Irene’s Cakes by Design, Maston and her husband own The Andrie Rosen Inn.

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Student Leadership Lauded at Year-End Banquet

This year's recipients of Student Leader Legacy Scholarship awards are Alexandra D. Petrizzi (left), of Langhorne, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and Morgan N. Keyser, of Cogan Station, graphic design.

On Wednesday, the annual Student Activities Awards banquet was held to honor student organizations, student leaders and advisers for their contributions to their organizations, Penn College and the Greater Williamsport community during the 2015-16 academic year. Joining the banquet as a special guest speaker was Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science, who shared inspiring words on leadership and thanked the students for their involvement. More than 40 nominations were received for 15 awards. Closing the ceremony was the annual passing of the gavel, with Zachary T. Peachey sworn in for a second term as Student Government Association president.

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WTI Alumni Swap Stories, Make New Memories at 16th Reunion

Charles O’Connor, ’51, electrical, peruses college history publications with Robb C. Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

Fifty graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a Penn College predecessor that existed under that name from 1941-65, returned Friday for the 16th annual WTI reunion. While on campus, they reminisced with one another, evoking the people and places of the college’s past. With youthful exuberance, they recalled dinners at Danny’s Diner, quotes from favorite instructors and moves to buildings around the community as course offerings evolved. They also heard presentations from students Cortney L. Weaver, a dental hygiene student from Williamsport, and Erik G. Knecht, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Cranesville, who shared information about their academic majors, and student-veterans Cody R. Harriman, an emergency management technology student from Muncy Valley, and Bradly Lantz, a pre-physician assistant student from Cogan Station, who talked with the group about the Penn College experience for veterans. Following a Le Jeune Chef lunch, Emily K. Lutz, an applied management student and hospitality management graduate, guided the group on a tour of the hospitality department’s labs.

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Student-Athletes, Fraternity Help ‘Take Back the Night’

Jordan A. Courter, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from Mill Hall and defender on the women's soccer team, lends her support.

Thursday’s “Take Back the Night” event in Rose Street Commons, part of Penn College’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, drew survivors and supporters alike into a single-minded alliance against sexual violence. Kacie G. Hopkins, YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania’s community educator/shelter advocate, attended the event, which was followed by “Glowga” (glow-in-the-dark yoga), at which donations of money and personal-care items were accepted for the YWCA’s Wise Options program. The Wildcat women’s softball and soccer teams were on hand and took part in Glowga, along with Phi Mu Delta. “Having the teams and fraternity participate was a great addition to the evening,” said Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, “and really showed their organization’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our Penn College community.”

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‘Timber Fest’ Marked by Individual Effort, Teamwork

Penn College's Noah L. English (left), of Bloomsburg, and Paul M. George, of State College, build a fire on their way to a first-place finish in the Water Boil.

Old Man Winter may have waited ’til spring to unleash one more surprise for the season, but Saturday’s snowfall did not deter the Timber Fest at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Despite the poor weather conditions, attendance was good and the competition was keen.

A squad of Pennsylvania College of Technology students finished fourth overall and placed in 14 categories at the festival’s Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Spring Woodsmen’s Meet.

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Love’s Labour’s Found – With Intricacy, Inspiration

A carefully piped phrase

Fifteen students in the Cakes and Decorations II course concluded the eight-week class Friday with a wedding cake competition. The students’ five-tier cakes were judged by experienced cake decorators Kim Morrison, two-time Grand Prize winner of the National Wedding Cake Competition and owner of Cakes for Occasions in Spring Mills; Samantha Gundlach, owner of Samantha’s Kitchen in Lock Haven and a 2010 Penn College baking and pastry arts graduate; and Sue L. Mayer, owner of Grammy Sue’s Cakes and Cookies in Cogan Station and a retired Penn College baking and pastry arts faculty member. The top four prize-winners were taken to the Atlantic Bakery Expo in Atlantic City, where they competed in the Cake Decorating Extravaganza.

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Helping Hands, Amiable Hosts Steer Guests Toward Fruitful Future

Ambassador Ryan Monteleone and Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, playfully show off essential Open House swag: an activity guide and a convenient carry-all for information gathered throughout the day.

Whatever vestiges of winter lingered in the air and in the forecast, Saturday’s Open House visitors found abundant warmth in the amity and assistance of Penn College students, faculty/staff and alumni. The campus community helped potential students and their families process a seemingly overwhelming amount of information, putting into manageable and easy-to-understand form all the reasons why enrollment at a national exemplar could be one of the best decisions they make.

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Thousands of Goodies Fill Campus Lawn for Return of ‘Wildcat Egg Hunt’

The clinically proven effectiveness of the Tongue of Determination

Penn College’s second annual Wildcat Egg Hunt delivered a beautiful pre-spring day for the youngest members of the campus family – and six times the treats as last year’s inaugural outing. Members of the sponsoring Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity, joined by Greek Life colleagues from Sigma Pi and Phi Mu Delta, spent 10 hours over three nights stuffing the 3,000 eggs that were ultimately “hidden” for Saturday’s scavenging adventure. Organized for 12-and-under children of students, faculty and staff, the event drew about 120 youngsters. The fraternities also purchased the Easter candy for the hunt; snacks were donated by the School of Business & Hospitality and the Financial Aid Office.

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Students Work, Learn Alongside Visiting Chef

Students Patrick R. Cook, of Tioga; Kathryn R. Knause, of Catawissa; and James E. Culp, of Northumberland, absorb the chef’s advice.

Penn College students worked alongside renowned Chef David Danielson, executive chef at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, during last week’s Spring 2016 Visiting Chef Series. During Danielson’s stay on campus, he led the students in preparing a five-course meal that benefits scholarship funds. In addition, he conducted interviews to select students who will join the Churchill Downs culinary team to serve well over 100,000 Kentucky Derby visitors in May. In addition to Churchill Downs, Danielson has worked in top kitchens around the world, including his term as executive chef at the United Nations Plaza Hotel in New York, and catered such large-scale event as the Super Bowl, U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and Grammy Awards.

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Science Festival Opens Fifth-Graders’ Eyes to Wondrous Possibilities

The Penn College student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers displays condensor coils in the Field House.

About 1,500 fifth-grade students from 11 school districts in Lycoming and surrounding counties attended Thursday’s Science Festival at Penn College. Co-hosted by College Transitions and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, the event offered youngsters a peek into math- and science-related career opportunities at a variety of campus locations throughout the day. Vendor exhibits continued for the public during the evening hours, filling the Field House with inquisitive elementary and middle school students and their families.

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‘Book Bingo’ Starts With ‘B’ (My Valentine)

Choosing a modern classic

Everyone was a winner at Friday’s “Valentine Book Bingo” at Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center, where youngsters and their families played picture bingo and prepared yogurt parfaits. Children all won books that were purchased with the center’s Keystone STARS grant to encourage reading at home.

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Dispelling Misconception Through Comedy

Negin Farsad (left) and Dean Obeidallah perform in the intimate space of Penn's Inn...

A Student Activities program designed to erase stereotypes and embrace diversity – through the prism of stand-up – was held Friday in the Bush Campus Center. Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah (who, earlier in the day, screened their film, “The Muslims Are Coming!” there) returned to Penn’s Inn for an evening comedy performance and an enlightening question-and-answer session. Their appearance coincided with “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” an exhibit of black-and-white photography at The Gallery at Penn College through March 4.

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‘Dream Week’ Urges Discovery of Common Ground Within Diversity

Keynoter Nontombi Naomi Tutu challenges the crowd to share in a common humanity even while acknowledging one another's differences.

“Dream Week,” Penn College’s annual celebration of the life and values of Martin Luther King Jr., this month provided an opportunity for students and employees to consider their role in a broader community. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was the keynote speaker for the observance, which also included a downtown Peace Walk, hunger-related service projects and professional development for faculty.

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