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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff

Kitchen ‘modernists’ complete culinary competencies

Students show off final projects for Introduction to Modernist Kitchen. From left: Ashley J. Hoffer, of Manheim; Dane S. Druckenmiller, of Hellertown; Hailey R. Dunn, of York Haven; and Rebecca E. High, of Willow Street.
Students show off final projects for Introduction to Modernist Kitchen. From left: Ashley J. Hoffer, of Manheim; Dane S. Druckenmiller, of Hellertown; Hailey R. Dunn, of York Haven; and Rebecca E. High, of Willow Street.

Students in the course Introduction to Modernist Kitchen, taught by Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, finished their spring class competencies this week, each preparing an impressive three-course spread of appetizer, entree and dessert. The class explores the modern culinary techniques of spherification, foaming canisters, sous vide cookery, gelation, flash freezing with liquid nitrogen and avant-garde cuisine.
Photo by Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts

July 31, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Students

Summer restaurant internship develops skills, flexibility

Resourcefulness and flexibility became the theme of a summer culinary internship for Penn College student Janelle R. Becker, of Fort Loudon, due to changes in the restaurant industry associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts student Janelle R. Becker arranged for a summer internship with a Pittsburgh restaurant, she had hoped to enhance her kitchen skills. As a result of the coronavirus, she’s also practiced resourcefulness and flexibility.

Becker, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems, completed most of her internship at Alta Via Ristorante, a modern Italian restaurant in O’Hara Township, just outside the Pittsburgh city line. The restaurant, part of the big Burrito Restaurant Group, gathers its influences from the fresh cuisine of the California wine country and the mountain towns of the Italian Alps.

Becker interviewed with Alta Via early in the spring semester, making arrangements for a summer internship well before cases of the coronavirus emerged in Pennsylvania.

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July 23, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences General Information

Le Jeune Chef earns Wine Spectator Magazine award

Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, a live learning laboratory for culinary and baking and pastry arts students at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recognized with a “Best of Award of Excellence” as part of Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2020 Restaurant Awards program.

The casual fine-dining restaurant is operated by the college’s School of Business, Arts & Sciences.

The Restaurant Awards are the focus of Wine Spectator’s July-August issue, which hit newsstands on July 14 and reaches 3.5 million readers. Information about award winners is also accessible via Wine Spectator’s website, app and free restaurant search database.

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July 14, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff

Art faculty find creative, contemplative conduit

Plein-air production: (from left) Vanderlin, Flynn and Wilson chip away the hours in their makeshift work space. (The sculpture at far right is Stabley’s; he was on a break when our photographer stopped by.)
Plein-air production: (from left) Vanderlin, Flynn and Wilson chip away the hours in their makeshift work space. (The sculpture at far right is Stabley’s; he was on a break when our photographer stopped by.)
Tools of the trade: Flynn powers through with a chain saw …
Tools of the trade: Flynn powers through with a chain saw …
… while Wilson sends chips flying old-school.
… while Wilson sends chips flying old-school.
Vanderlin levels up.
Vanderlin levels up.

The creative buzz doesn’t stop on campus – even though this summer is much quieter than usual. On the west side of the Bush Campus Center, outside doors to the wood sculpture and ceramics labs, four Penn College art faculty have conjured up an inspiring way to meet – by carving wood sculptures. “Socially, this is good for us to get together for some creative brainstorming,” said Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design. Joining Flynn in the wielding of chain saws and chisels are: David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture; Keith A. Vanderlin, assistant professor of graphic design; and Mark W. Wilson, instructor of graphic design. The foursome gather once a week for about five hours, working away on their cherry and chestnut sculptures, one reaching approximately 7 feet tall. The faculty plan to donate their finished pieces to the college. For Flynn, this summer’s wood carving endeavor brings back memories of his participation in the Estonia Wood Carving Symposium in 2007. “Getting together weekly brings to mind a quote from Thomas Merton: ‘Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.’ This sentiment seems appropriate for what this experience has meant to me,” Flynn said. “This has been a great escape and a wonderful creative outlet.”

July 7, 2020
Alumni Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business, Arts & Sciences Penn College Magazine Penn College Magazine Feature

Making a difference with every dish

Chef Robert Wood, '17, stands in the dining room of Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, a "community restaurant" in Toms River, N.J., where he is executive chef.
Chef Robert Wood, ’17, stands in the dining room of Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, a “community restaurant” in Toms River, N.J., where he is executive chef.
The Soul Kitchen's manifesto is communicated clearly on its wall. Portions seen here.
The Soul Kitchen’s manifesto is communicated clearly on its wall. Portions seen here.
Wood and Soul Kitchen volunteers strive to provide wholesome food to clients, about half of whom pay for their meal.
Wood and Soul Kitchen volunteers strive to provide wholesome food to clients, about half of whom pay for their meal.
Wood, one of the restaurant's three paid staff members, preps in the Soul Kitchen's restaurant.
Wood, one of the restaurant’s three paid staff members, preps in the Soul Kitchen’s restaurant.

From the Spring 2020 Penn College Magazine: Rob Wood, ’17, is executive chef for the restaurant of a literal rock star. But it’s his clients who inspire him. Read “Making a difference with every dish.”

July 6, 2020
Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Information Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurism Scholarships Students

Student Leader Legacy Scholarship awardees announced

Two active Penn College students have each been selected to receive a $1,350 award from the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, established by the Student Government Association in 2007 to encourage and reward student leaders by easing their tuition costs. The 2019-20 recipients, revealed in a YouTube video by outgoing SGA President Patrick C. Ferguson, are Sophia G. Wiest, an entrepreneurial innovation major from Butler, and Ethan M. McKenzie, of Muncy, enrolled in software development and information management. “The Student Government Association is very thankful that two Student Leader Legacy Scholarships were able to be awarded,” said Allison A. Grove, director of student engagement. “Looking to the future, SGA has plans to host an event in Fall 2020, in addition to the Silent Auction that will be held in Spring 2021.” The fund – from which a total of $21,950 has been distributed since its inception – is fully endowed; the silent auction and other dedicated fundraisers, however, have increased both the amount and the frequency of awards.

June 29, 2020
Accounting & Finance Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Students

Students help 120 taxpayers file returns through VITA service

Despite a shortened window of opportunity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 15 Pennsylvania College of Technology student volunteers helped taxpayers file 120 2019 tax returns through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The free service, known as VITA, is designed to help taxpayers who have relatively uncomplicated income tax returns to prepare their returns and file electronically.

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June 9, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Students

Penn College shortens path to culinary careers

Pennsylvania College of Technology has added a certificate in culinary applications – which can be completed in 12 months – to its American Culinary Federation-accredited offerings. It also revised its associate degree in culinary arts technology so that it can be completed in three semesters instead of four.

Future chefs can receive an industry-respected, hands-on education in a shorter amount of time at Pennsylvania College of Technology through a new 12-month certificate in culinary applications and a revision to its associate degree in culinary arts technology that makes a degree obtainable in 16 months.

The streamlined majors allow students to enter the restaurant and food service workforce more quickly, fulfilling the demand of industry for real-world-ready culinarians, and to incur lower financial cost in pursuit of an education.

Both majors provide a robust yet compact education with extensive hands-on learning and up-to-date curriculum to meet industry needs, helping to ensure students will land jobs.

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June 8, 2020
Business, Arts & Sciences Construction Management Engineering Technologies Human Services & Restorative Justice Students

Students provide pandemic help through PA National Guard

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Kristien Quintanilla (fifth from left} is part of a Joint Force Medical Strike Team deployed by Pennsylvania National Guard to assist at a rehab and nursing home in Delaware County. (Photo by Master Sgt. George Roach, courtesy of Pennsylvania National Guard.)

Construction management student Mason E. Blethen and human services and restorative justice student Kristien T. Quintanilla are two of at least three Pennsylvania College of Technology students called to provide emergency support through the Pennsylvania National Guard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quintanilla, of Jersey Shore, a combat medic in the Guard, was one of 18 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard who reported to the Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Delaware County to assist with staffing shortages. The group, a mix of military nurses and medics, provided routine care to non-acute patients beginning April 18.

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May 27, 2020
Brewing & Fermentation Science Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff

Brewing instructor offers insights at honors colloquium

Timothy L. Yarrington

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science instructor shared his expertise at Susquehanna University earlier in the Spring 2020 semester as part of its yearlong Honors Sophomore Colloquium.

Timothy L. Yarrington presented “The Piracy of Brewing: How Brewers Exploit Natural Systems for Personal Pleasure and Financial Gain” at the colloquium, which has focused on the topic of alcohol as part of the centenary of Prohibition.

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May 22, 2020
Digital Media & Marketing Students

Lycoming Housing launches improved website with student help

A recent real-world project by students at Pennsylvania College of Technology represented a valuable learning and portfolio-building experience for the students, and well-timed good fortune for a local nonprofit that had been looking for just the services the students could provide.

“Well over a year prior to Penn College contacting us, Lycoming Housing had begun to seriously look into starting what, to us, was sure to be a long and arduous process of replacing our old and outdated website,” explained Andy Gerrity, of Lycoming Housing Authority.

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May 21, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Graphic design students offer perspective in remote roundtable

A half-hour Zoom conversation among three Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design majors, moderated by instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson, provides potential students and their families with valuable insight on the collaborative and rigorous four-year program. Join Ali D. Petrizzi, of Langhorne; Joey M. Morrin, of Morrisville; and Hailee B. Mercy, of Felton, as they discuss their decision to attend Penn College, their classes and projects, their adaptation to online-only learning, what they like best about their chosen career field, and much more.

May 11, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Remotely (and resourcefully) reborn

Scott F. Bennardi, Williamsport, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Williamsport, stands in the shadow of his imposing creation.
Scott F. Bennardi, Williamsport, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Williamsport, stands in the shadow of his imposing creation.
Morgan R. Bloom, Montgomery, majoring in pre-physician assistant studies, includes dandelion-adorned braids.
Morgan R. Bloom, Montgomery, majoring in pre-physician assistant studies, includes dandelion-adorned braids.
Corey J. Carr, of Pulaski, Va., enrolled in the building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration, shares some banana-mouthed dissatisfaction with current events.
Corey J. Carr, of Pulaski, Va., enrolled in the building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration, shares some banana-mouthed dissatisfaction with current events.
Gavin E. Hain's robot comes complete with facial protection. Hain is a graphic design student from Myerstown.
Gavin E. Hain’s robot comes complete with facial protection. Hain is a graphic design student from Myerstown.
Whimsical work by Joshua T. Fox, a building automation technology major from Harrisburg, incorporates some tools of the trade.
Whimsical work by Joshua T. Fox, a building automation technology major from Harrisburg, incorporates some tools of the trade.

Students from Ceramics and Sculpture courses completed their semester at Penn College, remotely, with masks and robots.
David A. Stabley’s Ceramics ll and Sculpture students built robots with found objects and junk items from around their homes; his Ceramics l students turned natural materials into masks; and Deborah L. Stabley’s Ceramics l students made masks from found household items. “Since actual clay and wood sculpture work ended at Spring Break, we felt our students needed to get involved in a hands-on project, realizing supplies would be limited or non-existent,” the Stableys said. “The outcomes were amazingly creative and resourceful.”
Photos provided

May 7, 2020