2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show
Pennsylvania College of Technology is well-represented at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show, with a daily rotation of faculty/staff and students who are spotlighting the commonwealth’s premier technical college and its renowned “degrees that work.” In addition to Alumni Relations and Admissions office staff, each of the college’s eight academic schools will be on hand by the time the event closes Jan. 14. The School of Hospitality was a party to a pair of multimedia opportunities, as the (Harrisburg) Patriot-News “tweeted” Chef Michael J. Ditchfield’s tips for roasting root vegetables and Penn College culinary student Darren J. Layre is visible in Pennsylvania Cable Network coverage of a cooking demo with Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett.
– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue;
Steven K. McCoy, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Construction and Design Technologies;
Elizabeth G. Verbos, coordinator of admissions; Sarah R. Shott, admissions representative; Fred Becker, School of Hospitality dean;
Nathan D. Smyth, assistant dean of health sciences; Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid; and Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations assistant
Attractive pull-up displays and other recruitment materials help tell “the Penn College story” at the Farm Show booth.
Katelyn R. Ciavardini and Darnell R. Bungy, both seniors in the culinary arts and systems major, prepare potatoes for a baked potato soup demonstration by Kathy Wickert, chef at Giant Super Food Store Cooking School.
Justin Shelinski, a laboratory assistant for horticulture, helps a family with a planting.
With toolbox materials staged, Jonathan C. Decker, of Williamsport, a senior in the building science and sustainable design major and president of the Architectural Student Association (left), and Steven K. McCoy, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Construction and Design Technologies, ready themselves for a popular opening-day activity on Jan. 7.
Visitors to the School of Health Sciences display aim for surgical dexterity.
Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Natural Resources Management, discusses Penn College majors with Farm Show visitors.
Culinary arts and systems students Tyler K. Pratt (left) and Zachary D. Derck demonstrate the freshness – and playful versatility – of straight-from-the-farm vegetables.
Culinary arts and systems student Angela J. Snyder prepares a spicy crawfish and andouille grilled pizza for a cooking demonstration by Brandi Pratt and Kathy Wickert, chefs at Giant Super Food Store Cooking School.
Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger draws an interested audience during the School of Transportation Technology’s Sunday meet-and-greet.
Forest technology tools show the hands-on nature of a Penn College education.
Visitors to the booth and participants in the popular toolbox-building activity spanned the gamut from the very young …
… to the “more mature”
School of Hospitality students, in constant motion on the Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred “Culinary Connection” cooking stage.
Elizabeth A. Shively, clinical director for surgical technology (right), helps a visitor get a taste of the operating room, complete with actual surgical instruments and a “model” patient.
Accompanied by Twitter commentary by the (Harrisburg) Patriot-News, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, demonstrates methods for roasting and sautéing vegetables.
Erich R. Doebler, lab assistant for forest technology, and Justin Shelinski, lab assistant for horticulture, talk with visitors about majors in the School of Natural Resources Management.
A few well-placed screws, some elbow grease and a willing young carpenter and – Voila! – a toolbox is complete.
Tyler K. Pratt (left) and Zachary D. Derck answer questions for Farm Show attendees …
… and attract some curious onlookers while they assist a cooking demo
With the help of their grandmother and diesel equipment technology laboratory assistant Seth Welshans (not shown), children prepare root cuttings to take home.
Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations assistant, joins the carpentry fray at left, while Elizabeth G. Verbos, coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services, handles crowd control at center.