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04.25.2022

Building Others’ Dreams

Todd J. Fox ’98 is grateful for the opportunity to impact others through his work with Habitat for Humanity International.
Habitat for Humanity helps build homes across the U.S. and in 70 countries. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity International

From the Spring 2022 edition of Penn College Magazine: Through his work for Habitat for Humanity, Todd J. Fox, ’98, business management, helps affiliates across the country to increase access to decent, affordable housing. Read the story.

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04.11.2022

A gem formed from grit

Chef Dean Yasharian '03 at Perle, the Pasadena, Calif., restaurant that he's scheduled for opening the week that city's restaurants closed for the pandemic. Still, the 50-seat restaurant has gained acclaim, including a Michelin Plate and a place in the Los Angeles Times "101 Best Restaurants in L.A." list.
Chef Dean Yasharian ’03 at Perle, the Pasadena, Calif., restaurant that he’d scheduled for opening the week the city’s restaurants closed for the pandemic. Still, the 50-seat restaurant has gained acclaim, including a Michelin Plate and a place in the Los Angeles Times “101 Best Restaurants in L.A.” list.
Yellowtail crudo at Perle
Yellowtail crudo at Perle
The interior or Perle Restaurant. Many of the renovations were completed by Yasharian and his wife, Pauline.
The interior or Perle Restaurant. Many of the renovations were completed by Yasharian and his wife, Pauline.

From the Spring 2022 edition of Penn College Magazine: Despite choosing “the worst time ever” to open his first solo venture, Michelin-trained Chef Dean Yasharian ’03 demonstrates resilience at Perle Restaurant in Pasadena, California. Read the story.

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03.28.2022

Hands-On Presidency: Colleagues applaud Gilmour’s service, sensibilities

Gilmour is officially installed as president during a 1998 convocation ceremony.

From Penn College Magazine, Spring 2022: As President Davie Jane Gilmour prepares to retire in June 2022, colleagues celebrate her 45 years of service to students, the college and the greater community. Read the story.

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03.10.2022

Read the Spring 2022 Penn College Magazine

Cover, Spring 2022 Penn College Magazine

The latest edition of Penn College Magazine – on its way to mailboxes and available at magazine.pct.edu – takes a look at the hands-on presidency of Davie Jane Gilmour and celebrates the work of alumni who are pursuing their passions in Major League Soccer (Christian Peters ’20, assistant team administrator for Real Salt Lake), nonprofits (Todd Fox ’98, organizational development consultant for Habitat for Humanity International) and high-end restaurants (Dean Yasharian ’03, chef/owner of Perle Restaurant).

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12.13.2021

Kuzio family establishes first endowed internship fund

Keith and Jennifer Kuzio and their family are supporting Legacy Campaign efforts at Pennsylvania College of Technology by establishing the first endowed internship fund at the institution.

Keith Kuzio was a civil engineer and executive with Larson Design Group for 35 years before retiring to open a leadership consulting practice in 2020. Jennifer Kuzio has been an educator engaged in work with pre-kindergarten, elementary and college students for more than two decades.

“Keith and Jennifer’s steadfast leadership and financial investments throughout the Penn College community and the Greater Williamsport area continue to create access and improve lives,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Our tomorrows are so much brighter because of their humble spirit and servant leadership – a truly inspiring legacy.”

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12.13.2021

Culinary capstones give students chance to take charge

The first cohort of culinary arts students completing a three-semester associate degree at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently put their skills to the test as each developed a full dinner menu – and served as chef de cuisine – in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

“I wanted the focus of this class to be preparing for what they’re going to do when they leave here, as opposed to what they’ve already done here,” said Chef Christopher R. Grove, executive chef of Le Jeune Chef and instructor of the Culinary Capstone course.

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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business, Arts & Sciences Students
12.07.2021

Hospitality students cater Beaver Stadium skyboxes

Students Sarah Wolf, Hannah C. Regester, Caleb J. Stemler and Palin J. Hurst find a quiet moment for a photo at the iconic 106,000-plus seat stadium.
Students Sarah Wolf, Hannah C. Regester, Caleb J. Stemler and Palin J. Hurst find a quiet moment for a photo at the iconic 106,000-plus seat stadium.
Palin J. Hurst (in dark hat) joins Charlie M. Suchanec and Bryan Aguilar (foreground) on the grill.
Palin J. Hurst (in dark hat) joins Charlie M. Suchanec and Bryan Aguilar (foreground) on the grill.
Helping to lead the students in their game-day duties is The Penn Stater’s Nathan Marshall, a 2005 Penn College culinary arts graduate.
Helping to lead the students in their game-day duties is The Penn Stater’s Nathan Marshall, a 2005 Penn College culinary arts graduate.
High above the crowd, the crew gathers. From left: Sarah Wolf, Palin J. Hurst, Bryan Aguilar, Charlie M. Suchanec, Caleb J. Stemler and Hannah C. Regester.
High above the crowd, the crew gathers. From left: Sarah Wolf, Palin J. Hurst, Bryan Aguilar, Charlie M. Suchanec, Caleb J. Stemler and Hannah C. Regester.

Students in Penn College’s Hospitality Connections Club made a trip to Penn State’s Beaver Stadium to help serve fans in the facility’s skyboxes during the Nittany Lions’ Nov. 13 battle with University of Michigan.

“The students got to see the president’s box and others,” said Chef Michael J. Ditchfield.

In addition, before joining the rest of the crew at the stadium, two students in the group of six worked a “tailgate” brunch at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, which hosts visiting teams and families.

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11.24.2021

Empowering Student Firsts: Penn College Impact Report

Pennsylvania College of Technology Impact Report, 2020-21
Pennsylvania College of Technology Impact Report, 2020-21
Gifts to Penn College set the stage for the future
Gifts to Penn College set the stage for the future

The Penn College experience provides firsts of all kinds for students: a first opportunity to study a subject they love, a first international travel experience, or a first chance to compete on the national stage. Across campus, employees, alumni, corporate partners and other friends are transforming lives. See examples in the 2020-21 Impact Report.

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11.17.2021

Culinary arts students get firsthand look at local winemaking operations

Making the trip to Oregon Hill Winery are (seated from left): Darius M. Williams, of Montoursville; Charlie M. Suchanec, of Tyrone; Alexis J. Muthler-Harris, of Williamsport; and Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts; and (standing from left): Palin J. Hurst, of Gardners; Nick S. Matthews, of Alpharetta, Ga.; and Lance P. Bierly, of Centre Hall. All the students are enrolled in the culinary arts technology major.
Making the trip to Oregon Hill Winery are (seated from left): Darius M. Williams, of Montoursville; Charlie M. Suchanec, of Tyrone; Alexis J. Muthler-Harris, of Williamsport; and Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts; and (standing from left): Palin J. Hurst, of Gardners; Nick S. Matthews, of Alpharetta, Ga.; and Lance P. Bierly, of Centre Hall. All the students are enrolled in the culinary arts technology major.
Winemaker Kayla Hosterman (left) shows the bottling system for small operations. The winery can produce 17 types of wines from various grape varietals, plus eight wines made from natural, non-grape fruit juice.
Winemaker Kayla Hosterman (left) shows the bottling system for small operations. The winery can produce 17 types of wines from various grape varietals, plus eight wines made from natural, non-grape fruit juice.
With owner/operator Karon Swendrowski (left), culinary arts technology students Darius M. Williams (center), of Montoursville, and Palin J. Hurst, of Gardners, look inside a vat of fermenting honey.
With owner/operator Karon Swendrowski (left), culinary arts technology students Darius M. Williams (center), of Montoursville, and Palin J. Hurst, of Gardners, look inside a vat of fermenting honey.

Students in the Beverage Management and Service class recently made a field trip to Oregon Hill Winery in Morris, where they were shown the wine-making process and bottling operations. They also learned about the history of the property and development of the wine business. The winery was established in 1983 by the late Eric Swendrowski, then the youngest winemaker in Pennsylvania, and is now owned and operated by Karon Swendrowski. The winemaker is Kayla Hosterman.

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08.30.2021

Read the Fall 2021 Penn College Magazine

Penn College Magazine Fall 2021 cover
Penn College Magazine Fall 2021 cover

The latest edition of Penn College Magazine features President Davie Jane Gilmour’s retirement announcement and the launch of the Legacy Campaign for Penn College. It also highlights the Herman T. Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s 50th anniversary and the adventurous work of alumni Brandon Langdon ’14, who maintained the engines of a superyacht during a 20-month global journey, and Brian Watkins ’10, whose work and play take place across Alaska’s vast terrain. Pick up a copy in lobbies across campus or read and comment online.

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06.10.2021

Board approves 2021-22 budget, purchase of properties

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved a $157.3 million college budget for 2021-22 calling for no increase in tuition and fees or in the rates charged to students for on-campus housing and meal plans.

The board also authorized the purchase of two properties at 218 Park St. and 971 Second St. in Williamsport and heard presentations on the new LEAP (Learning, Evolving, Adapting, Preparing) Center and the college’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response.

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General Information
06.10.2021

Board approves 2021-22 budget with no increase in tuition, fees

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors today approved a $157.3 million budget for 2021-22, one that features no increase in tuition and fees for students and an increase of less than 1% in spending over 2020-21.

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05.14.2021

Adding hope to math

Mathematics faculty members Ed Owens, associate professor, and Lisa D. Jacobs, instructor, piloted an experiment to help students who were struggling in mathematics courses by adding a lab component to a math class that is required in many majors. In the five years since, the percentage of students passing the course has soared.
Mathematics faculty members Ed Owens, associate professor, and Lisa D. Jacobs, instructor, piloted an experiment to help students who were struggling in mathematics courses by adding a lab component to a math class that is required in many majors. In the five years since, the percentage of students passing the course has soared.
MTH 180 tools
MTH 180 tools
Building science and sustainable design student Christine A. Limbert says the course has helped her to complete calculations in her architectural classes.
Building science and sustainable design student Christine A. Limbert says the course has helped her to complete calculations in her architectural classes.

From the Spring 2021 Penn College Magazine: An experiment launched in 2016 to model a math course on the lecture-lab template of other Penn College courses is multiplying student success. Read “Adding hope to math.”

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05.07.2021

Revolutionizing robotics

X’s experiments at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, include robots sorting waste into bins dedicated to landfill, recycling and compost. The goal of the Everyday Robot Project is to produce machines that possess the humanlike capacity to learn and adapt. Fletcher Ewing, ’98, is senior mechanical engineer for the project.
X’s experiments at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, include robots sorting waste into bins dedicated to landfill, recycling and compost. The goal of the Everyday Robot Project is to produce machines that possess the humanlike capacity to learn and adapt. Fletcher Ewing, ’98, is senior mechanical engineer for the project.
Fletcher Ewing, '98
Fletcher Ewing, ’98

From the Spring 2021 Penn College Magazine: Extraordinary curiosity led Fletcher Ewing, ’98, from childhood Soap Box Derbies to an innovation-filled career. His latest role is senior mechanical engineer for X, developing robots with the humanlike capacity to learn. Read “Revolutionizing Robotics.”

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04.30.2021

A flight nurse’s calling

Stephanie Suzadail, '14
Stephanie Suzadail, ’14, aboard a Geisinger Life Flight helicopter

From the Spring 2021 Penn College Magazine: Having weathered many challenges herself, Geisinger Life Flight’s Stephanie Suzadail, ’14, loves to provide calm in the center of the storm. Read “A flight nurse’s calling.”

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