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Graphic designer offers ‘how-to’ on finding one’s own voice

Journals, prompts, motivations, exercises and zines await visitors to the gallery …
Journals, prompts, motivations, exercises and zines await visitors to the gallery …
… where they can have a seat in the inspiring space …
… where they can have a seat in the inspiring space …
… or browse the array of artistic expression.
… or browse the array of artistic expression.

A space for inspiration and contemplation awaits students and employees at The Gallery at Penn College, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library.

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February 23, 2021
Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Individualized Programs of Study

Educator presents at Penn State artificial intelligence conference

Jennifer R. Wahl

A Pennsylvania College of Technology social sciences instructor shared her expertise at a recent conference exploring current challenges in global education and the potential solutions offered by artificial intelligence.

Jennifer R. Wahl served as a topic leader at the online event – “Global Education, AI, and the Greater Good” – hosted by Nittany AI Alliance, a Penn State Outreach initiative focused on leveraging technologies to improve educational experiences. Attendees included educators, graduate students and industry leaders.

Wahl’s discussion explored how artificial intelligence could impact K-12 access to technology in rural areas and restorative justice.

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February 22, 2021
Brewing & Fermentation Science Business, Arts & Sciences General Information

Master Brewers Association recognizes Penn College certificate

Master Brewers

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science certificate has received notice that it has been recognized by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. The Penn College certificate is one of only 14 brewing education programs to receive this distinction – and the only program in the Northeast U.S.

A global authority on brewing, the MBAA recognized Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science associate degree in 2018. The program has evolved into a one-year certificate, narrowing the time commitment for students but maintaining the quality of the training. The certificate begins in the Fall 2021 semester.

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February 17, 2021
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Events Faculty & Staff Gallery

‘Second Nature’ exhibit offers inspiration for journaling

“Second Nature,” featuring works by an area graphic designer, Sarah Patterson, is available for viewing on the website of The Gallery at Penn College.

An area graphic designer’s 100-day dedication to a drawing and writing practice has culminated in an exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College. “Second Nature,” featuring works by Sarah Patterson, also offers inspiration on establishing a journaling routine.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Gallery at Penn College is temporarily closed to the general public; however, highlights from the exhibit can be viewed on the gallery’s website. The virtual display shares supplemental resources including journaling exercises and prompts. Penn College students will also be invited to consider a journaling practice during the exhibit’s run through April 9.

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February 4, 2021
Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Mathematics

Member of math faculty dies at 54

Laurie K. KissLaurie K. Kiss, an assistant professor of mathematics, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, at the age of 54. Kiss, characterized as a “lifelong learner who shared her passion for learning by teaching,” was a member of the Penn College faculty since the Fall 2009 semester. She also served as a co-adviser to the college chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for associate degree students. An obituary, including a reflective homework assignment for anyone wishing to honor her memory, has been published in The Stoughton (Wisconsin) Courier Hub.

January 28, 2021
Admissions Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Events Faculty & Staff Students

Branding workshop to kick off informative community series

Tammy M. RichLocal businesses can learn about creating and marketing a brand – and get to know Penn College in the process – during a virtual workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. First in a planned series of community events covering a variety of topics, the session features Tammy M. Rich, associate professor of business administration/management/event management, and several of her students. More information, including a registration form, is available through the college’s Admissions Office.

January 28, 2021
Alumni Business, Arts & Sciences

YouTube, autos and anthropology lead to Aussie adventure

December Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Joseph C. Lusk (right) celebrates a second-place finish at Heartland Raceway in Moama, Australia, as part of the Late Model Racing Victoria Series. Lusk spent a month in Australia (early in 2020, before COVID- 19 travel restrictions), racing with the team of Danny Amato and completing an anthropological study. (The Amato car is in the background, at right.)

Like many his age, Pennsylvania College of Technology student Joseph C. Lusk grew up admiring YouTubers, dreaming of becoming a celebrity by posting clips of his video gaming. But combining his YouTube fascination with another passion – racing – gained him his first experience abroad, practicing his favorite activity behind the wheel of a late model race car in Australia.

Well before he started watching YouTube vloggers play video games, Lusk, of Linden, watched NASCAR races on television with his dad on Sundays.

“I was drawn to that, and it was my favorite thing,” said Lusk.

So when he was 3, his parents, Hal and Cathy Lusk, bought him a go-kart for Christmas.

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Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Landscape/Horticulture Students

Green industry group honors three Penn College students

Recently awarded $5,000 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Foundation are (from left) Pennsylvania College of Technology students Nick Bianchi, of Archbald; Rebecca Cornish, of Lewisburg; and Erick V. Kennedy, of Williamsport. (Photo by Carl J. Bower Jr.)

A trio of Pennsylvania College of Technology students have each received $5,000 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Foundation, which annually recognizes outstanding achievement at institutions offering degrees in horticulture, nursery production, landscape contracting or related fields.

Awarded three of the foundation’s four 2020-21 scholarships were Nick Bianchi, of Archbald, landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis; Rebecca Cornish, of Lewisburg, dual-majoring in business administration: management concentration and landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; and Erick V. Kennedy, of Williamsport, landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis.

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January 19, 2021
Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice

Faculty member among presenters at Penn State event

Jennifer R. WahlA social sciences instructor at Penn College will be among the presenters at Friday’s Penn State Nittany Artificial Intelligence Alliance conference, “Global Education, AI and the Greater Good.” Jennifer R. Wahl, a faculty member in the college’s School of Business, Arts & Sciences – and Pennsylvania’s 2018 Teacher of the Year while at Loyalsock Township High School – will lead a discussion of studying and implementing solutions for career readiness, K–12 access to technology in rural areas, and restorative justice. Registration is free for the online event, to be held from 4-5:30 p.m.

January 19, 2021
Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Emergency management student thrives outside comfort zone

Brooke M. Strubel, of Strasburg, Lancaster County, seen here at the Willing Hand Hose Co. in Montoursville, where she lived and worked while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in emergency management and homeland security at Pennsylvania College of Technology, also works full time at Ephrata Community Ambulance.

Juggling full-time college classes by day and full-time emergency medical technician work by night, Brooke M. Strubel is earning her Bachelor of Science degree in emergency management and homeland security in just two and a half years. For a young woman who recommends getting out of your comfort zone to achieve your highest potential, this past year, intensified by a global pandemic, has offered an ideal environment in which to enhance her people-centered skills.

“I never thought that I’d be working during a pandemic … but it’s an experience that I won’t forget,” said the soon-to-be Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate from Strasburg. “Challenges get you out of your comfort zone, and that is the area in which you will find yourself, your passions, your strengths and, yes, even your weaknesses. This is the area in which you will thrive and improve. Everything you learn advances your knowledge and leads to personal and professional growth.”

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Brewing & Fermentation Science Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students

Yuengling scholarship includes Penn College brewing program

Penn College brewing logo

With the objective of encouraging and supporting women in the brewing industry, the Pink Boots Society and D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. have partnered to fund a scholarship and included Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science program in the initiative.

The Diversity in Brewing Scholarship provides exceptional women of color in the brewing industry up to $10,000 in scholarship funds to further their brewing education. Students can apply for the scholarship through six brewing programs, including Penn College’s one-year certificate program. Two scholarships are available for Fall 2021; award amounts vary per program, with $9,250 designated for a Penn College scholarship applicant.

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December 8, 2020
Alumni Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff

Faculty member authors instructional article for confectioners

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, was recently published in Kettle Talk, the quarterly publication of Retail Confectioners International.

Niedermyer authored “Perfecting Artisan Ganache” for the magazine’s October/November/December issue. Ganache is traditionally made from chocolate and cream. In the article, Niedermyer shares technical guidance for substituting and adding ingredients, controlling water activity and extending shelf life, as well as his formula for ganache-centered molasses spice bonbons.

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December 1, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business, Arts & Sciences Students

LJC preps homemade feast for those away from home

Madison Y. Cooper, a culinary arts technology and applied management student and part-time Le Jeune Chef cook, wraps a pan of stuffing, ready to be baked on Friday. She is from Harrisburg.
Madison Y. Cooper, a culinary arts technology and applied management student and part-time Le Jeune Chef cook, wraps a pan of stuffing, ready to be baked on Friday. She is from Harrisburg.
Patrick E. Hufnagle, of Antes Fort, places the dough for a batch of pumpkin cranberry rolls in a dough divider/rounder.
Patrick E. Hufnagle, of Antes Fort, places the dough for a batch of pumpkin cranberry rolls in a dough divider/rounder.
After its turn in the divider/rounder, the dough is portioned, shaped and ready to bake.
After its turn in the divider/rounder, the dough is portioned, shaped and ready to bake.
Hufnagle is a baking and pastry arts and applied management student, plus a part-time baker for Le Jeune Chef.
Hufnagle is a baking and pastry arts and applied management student, plus a part-time baker for Le Jeune Chef.

In an effort to preserve at least one tradition in a year that has been anything but normal, Le Jeune Chef staff and students are preparing a free Thanksgiving feast for the dozens of students who have opted to stay on campus during the holiday break or are isolating.

While some of the prep work was completed Wednesday, the small crew will return to campus from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday to complete and individually package the traditional, handmade Thanksgiving dinners.

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November 25, 2020