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05.12.2022

Faculty, staff honored during spring tradition at Penn College

With the end of another academic year at hand, Pennsylvania College of Technology renewed a spring custom: presenting awards to noteworthy faculty and staff, and acknowledging retirements and other employee milestones.

President Davie Jane Gilmour acknowledged the honorees during an expansive all-college meeting, held May 12 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium and livestreamed.

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05.11.2022

Connoisseurs find next generation of brewers – right under their noses

Assorted explorations in the science of brewing were eagerly appraised by industry experts last week in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing & fermentation lab.

Ten students graduating with certificates in brewing & fermentation science presented their capstone projects in two evening sessions attended by 15 brewing professionals – four of whom are alumni.

Brews presented were: Irish red ale, saison, green tea hazy IPA, sorghum ale, German hefeweizen, Belgian pale ale, fruited sour and gruit.

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05.04.2022

Design portfolios get rousing ‘reception’ at college gallery

Family, friends and faculty poured into The Gallery at Penn College late Friday afternoon to view the design work of 11 graphic design seniors. Graphic Design 2022 shines a spotlight on the near-graduates’ four years of dedicated work and serves up a celebratory reception, complete with sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design and department head of art and design, welcomed the crowd and offered congratulatory remarks, then turned the microphone over to the students, encouraging each to share a highlight of their learning. The graphic design student portfolio exhibition is marking its 15th year, having been hosted by the gallery since May 2008. The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of The Madigan Library through Friday, May 6, and also online. In the gallery lobby, “Journey and Transformation: The Careers of David Stabley & Keith Vanderlin” can also be viewed through Friday. Hours and additional information are available on the gallery website.

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05.02.2022

Penn College designs capture awards, Best of Show honors

The graphic design talents of four students and seven alumni from Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored in two prestigious design competitions. In both contests, Penn College designs captured Best of Show awards.

In the 2021-22 American Advertising Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania’s Student American Advertising Awards, John J. Grochowski, of Saylorsburg, won Best of Show for his “Braunbär Trinken Oktoberfest” design.

Also announced recently were winners in the 2021 Flux Student Design Competition where Ashley Tate, of Lewisburg, won Best of Show for “Hello Period” (Social Awareness Campaign).

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04.29.2022

Dean serves as panelist at Schreyer Honors College career day

Sue A. Kelley, dean of the School of Business, Arts & Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently served as a panelist at Penn State Schreyer Honors College’s Connect Alumni Career Day.

The career exploration gathering is the largest career-related event offered each year to Schreyer Honors Scholars, giving them the opportunity to network and learn from Schreyer alumni.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff
04.27.2022

Poetic art project affirms, ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’

“It was nice to find a tiny gift. It made my day, honestly,” said Natalie K. Lincalis, a graphic design student from Muncy.

“I was so grateful to find one,” shared Sarah R. Yoder, coordinator of admissions operations. “They are beautiful!”

Such were the reactions to discovering “feathered friends” hidden in nooks and crannies, scattered across the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus. Crafted by students in Ceramics I and II classes taught by art faculty David A. and Deborah L. Stabley, 100 ceramic birds were recently “released,” stirring a flurry of excitement. The creations feature glossy, decorated fronts with more plain backsides etched with hopeful messages.

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04.26.2022

Pinwheels planted to bring awareness to child abuse

During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, “pinwheel gardens” have been popping up around the country in an effort to bring awareness to child abuse, and a local display of pinwheels recently arose in a field next to the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Co.

The display is a cooperative effort of the Human Services and Restorative Justice Club at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Old Lycoming Township Police Department, Lycoming County Children & Youth Services, Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Child Advocacy Center of the Central Susquehanna Valley, a division of Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

Representatives from the organizations gathered on Friday, April 22, to plant 500 of the traditionally blue pinwheels. The number of pinwheels represents the children assisted in the past year by LCYS.

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04.26.2022

It’s not just talk, as students take event from idea to implementation

Professional Coffee & Conversation, a networking event for students in business and hospitality majors to connect with employers, was held April 14, thanks to a semester of planning and execution by their peers in the Event Management & Coordination class.

The students responsible for the event – Corey J. Blackwell, of Hammonton, N.J.; Andrew M. Snyder, of Whitehall; Jacob R. Wagner, of Palmyra; and Alicia M. Wyland, of Williamsport – are juniors in business administration: sport and event management.

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04.26.2022

Penn College students help residents file 195 tax returns

Through an on-campus Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site, students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s accounting major and the business administration: banking & finance major helped members of the Greater Williamsport community to file 195 tax returns, with a total of $238,036 in federal tax refunds and $7,135 in state tax refunds.

VITA is an IRS program that offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.

Twenty-one students provided the assistance, under the leadership of Robert M. Nolan, instructor of business administration/accounting and finance and a certified public accountant, and intern Kiran S. Singh, a Penn College accounting student from Williamsport.

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04.25.2022

WNEP interviews culinary contingent about Derby trip

Keating records Stemler's work as the student wraps up a semester-ending chocolate project in advance of his weeklong trip to Churchill Downs to serve Kentucky Derby guests.
Keating records Stemler’s work as the student wraps up a semester-ending chocolate project in advance of his weeklong trip to Churchill Downs to serve Kentucky Derby guests.
Niedermyer talks about the Derby experience.
Niedermyer talks about the Derby experience.
Smith shares the excitement of a Derby Week internship.
Smith shares the excitement of a Derby Week internship.
Cooper, a student in culinary arts, discusses what she’s learned and looks forward to seeing on her return trip.
Cooper, a student in culinary arts, discusses what she’s learned and looks forward to seeing on her return trip.

Local ABC affiliate WNEP-TV visited campus Monday to talk with a few of the Penn College students who have been hired by Levy Restaurants to serve Kentucky Derby internships at Churchill Downs. Chris Keating interviewed Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, who will accompany business and hospitality students to the Derby for the 13th time, along with students Madison Y. Cooper, of Harrisburg, who will be making her second trip to the Derby; Moira A Smith, of Aaronsburg; and Caleb J. Stemler, of Jersey Shore. The students will leave for Kentucky on May 2 and prepare food for the events that happen throughout the week, including the iconic “Run for the Roses” on May 7.

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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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04.22.2022

ESC celebrates a special Earth Day, 50 years in the making

On the 52nd annual Earth Day, Pennsylvania College of Technology hailed a phenomenon only slightly younger: the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, home to memories, marvels and the makers of a million tomorrows. Observing the milestone golden anniversary of the Allenwood area campus on a beautiful spring afternoon, attendees reveled in “this special place” known as the ESC.

“It is more than a place or a building, though,” said alumnus Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of diesel technology and natural resources. “This is a place where you were possibly introduced to your career passion. This is a place where you met mentors who fostered your talent and helped you to become a professional. This is a place where, after you left high school, you met people with similar career aspirations and built lifelong friendships. If you came here right from high school, you left a home of 18 years to forge a new life, and the people at the ESC became your new family for two years.”

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04.20.2022

Graphic Design 2022 spotlights talents of 11 seniors

The talents of 11 graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be in the spotlight with “Graphic Design 2022,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College, April 26 through May 6.

A reception will be celebrated 4 to 6 p.m. (with remarks at 5 p.m.) on Friday, April 29, in the gallery on the third floor of The Madigan Library. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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04.19.2022

Penn College students to help staff kitchens for Kentucky Derby

A crew of students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality majors is set to help feed the tens of thousands expected to attend the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 7.

The Kentucky Derby, often called “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” is the longest continually held sporting event in the United States and typically draws about 155,000 guests.

Penn College students, pursuing degrees in culinary and baking and pastry arts, will help prepare the fine food that is served throughout Churchill Downs’ premium dining areas: the venues that host celebrities and other VIPs. Last year, that included several students being selected to work in the brand-new, state-of-the-art kitchen for the sixth-floor Matt Winn’s Steakhouse.

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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students
04.19.2022

Students sample Hershey opportunities in alumna-arranged tours

Business and hospitality students enjoy trip to Chocolate Town U.S.A. In front row are alumni Victoria Kostecki '16 (left) and Ben King '14 (right). Both are sous chefs for Hershey.
Business and hospitality students enjoy trip to Chocolate Town U.S.A. In front row are alumni Victoria Kostecki ’16 (left) and Ben King ’14 (right). Both are sous chefs for Hershey.

Twenty-six Penn College business and hospitality students trekked to Hershey on April 8 to tour facilities and learn more about working for the world-famous Pennsylvania chocolate company’s related tourist attractions. Six students are interning for the company in summer 2022, and the company welcomed the group with an eye for recruiting more employees. The field trip was arranged by Chef Victoria Kostecki, who earned Penn College degrees in baking and pastry arts in 2014 and applied management in 2016. It included a tour of Hersheypark Stadium, where the group was led by food and beverage warehouse manager Brandon Snook; three food stands within Hersheypark; lunch at Coaster Café, where Rob Gordon, director of food and beverage, spoke briefly about season-to-season menu changes at the park and at the company’s Giant Center; and tours of Chocolatier, Milton’s and Sweeterie, where Chef Ben King ’14 (culinary arts and systems) spoke to students about menu planning, including how he worked with supervisors and other managers. King and Kostecki are sous chefs with the company. Coaster Café is run by Hailey Brunk, who earned degrees in hospitality management in 2008 and technology management in 2014.
Photo by Brian D. Walton, assistant dean of business and hospitality

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