Skip to main content

Nursing students add ‘spice’ to educational outreach

Bachelor’s degree nursing students are ready to hit the road.

The group, enrolled in the course Global Healthcare Explorations, plans to depart campus late Friday evening for a journey to the village of Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala. Once there, they will join the Glen Falls (New York) Medical Mission team to set up and run a weeklong medical clinic in the medically underserved region. Other volunteers represent a host of health care fields.

Read more

Art & Graphic Design Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Trometter installed as VP for statewide hospitality association

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, was recently installed as vice president for education for the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation.

Read more

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

‘MasterChef Junior Live!’ cast learns what’s cooking on campus

The teenage stars of Thursday night’s “MasterChef Junior Live!” appearance at the Community Arts Center spent the morning at Penn College – touring campus, interacting with students and enjoying a buffet lunch in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. The lab visit offered a mutually respectful give-and-take, as the young chefs discussed their auditions and signature dishes, and appreciative Penn College students showed off the facilities in which they perfect their career-making craft. A number of those students have been granted VIP access to the 7 p.m. show, and four of them – Abby E. George, Harrisburg, applied management (and a 2021 baking and pastry arts grad); M.J. Harbron, Pottstown, baking and pastry arts; Jake T. Keller, Oreland, culinary applications; and Kylie R. Landon, Canton, culinary arts technology – will join the young chefs on stage during the CAC performance. Audriana L. Empet, director of admissions, will staff a table in the theater lobby to acquaint patrons with the college’s tradition of shaping tomorrow makers.

Read more

Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students

‘Tunes on Tap’ to feature Penn College brewing grad

A Pennsylvania College of Technology alumna will serve Axemann Brewery’s Hazy Daisy IPA at this Friday’s “Tunes on Tap” in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5.

Rachel Jean Gobin, a May 2022 graduate of brewing & fermentation science – who also earned degrees in baking & pastry arts and applied management – is assistant brewer at Axemann Brewery, Bellefonte. She is originally from Carlisle.

Read more

Alumni Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Brewing & Fermentation Science Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Events

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 – 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).

Alumni Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Penn College Magazine President

Le Jeune Chef appoints new executive chef

Chef Shawn L. Hanlin has been named executive chef of Le Jeune Chef Restaurant at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Hanlin, who began his duties Jan. 4, comes to Penn College with 40 years of experience in the culinary field – 12 of them in culinary education. He will oversee both students and professional staff in the kitchens of Le Jeune Chef, a casual fine-dining restaurant operated by the college’s School of Business, Arts & Sciences as a training site for students in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts majors.

Read more

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

Student tomorrow maker helps others as she was helped

When Laney E. Heller graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology on Dec. 18, the 20-year-old added baking and pastry arts graduate to a growing list of achievements that already includes 10-year cancer survivor and tireless fundraiser for children with cancer through the Delaney Heller Foundation.

The foundation was established in 2011 by family and friends when Heller, of Cogan Station, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an aggressive brain tumor that is difficult to treat.

“The purpose was to help me and my family with food, travel expenses and hospital costs until we got our finances figured out and what medical assistance we needed,” Heller explained.

Read more

Alumni Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Students

College surprises visiting veteran on return to campus

An 80-year-old Navy veteran, who withdrew from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s earliest incarnation just shy of graduation to ease his family’s financial difficulties, fulfilled one of his few remaining life goals on Tuesday: returning to campus to visit his Williamsport Technical Institute alma mater.

“They said it’s all different, and it is,” David A. Clark said. “For the better!”

As Clark exited the Student & Administrative Services Center for the 2½-hour solo drive back to his Gettysburg area home, he carried more than grateful memories of the campus that he recalls and the gleaming jewel that it has become.

Read more

Alumni Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences College Relations Faculty & Staff Students

Confidence, determination propel Wildcat runner to success

Student-athlete Dean R. Fulton, a business administration: marketing concentration major from Palmyra, is no stranger to hard work. In the classroom and on the cross-country course, he’s committed to giving his all. “What I love about cross-country is I think it’s really a mental game,” he says in a Wildcat Spotlight video posted to the college’s YouTube channel. “I think it really pushes the boundaries of yourself as a person, how you behave in other aspects of life. It teaches you a lot of good life lessons.” In this 3½-minute profile (that also features coach Nicholas R. Patton), you’ll meet our very own trailblazer, learn what fuels his passion for perfection and hear why it’s so easy to call Penn College home.

Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Sports Students

National foundation awards scholarship to Penn College senior

A dual-majoring Pennsylvania College of Technology student has received a $1,700 scholarship from the American Floral Endowment, one of 21 students nationwide sharing $54,500 in total awards.

Penn College honoree Rebecca Cornish, of Lewisburg, is pursuing an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis and a bachelor’s degree in business administration: management concentration. Despite full-time employment, and a work-study position in the horticulture lab at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center, she has consistently been on the dean’s list.

Read more

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

Truffles and technology: A/V link allows virtual visit by acclaimed chef

How better for students studying global cuisines to learn about cooking with truffles, the “black pearl” of the food world, than from an Italian chef who serves as an ambassador for the product?

Italy is one of the world’s top exporters of truffles. It is also the destination for a new global experience course at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

On Sept. 16, with the help of Audio/Visual Services, students in the Global Cuisine and Connections course connected with Chef Fabrizio Facchini, a brand ambassador for Urbani Truffles. Facchini, executive chef of several properties in New York City, has earned acclaim in both the U.S. and Italy, where his Antico Borgo was recognized in the Michelin Italy Guide.

Read more

Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students

Penn College business grad lands front office post in pro soccer

The final destination was always clear for Christian Peters, but the journey to get there was paved in Williamsport.

Peters is the team administrator for Real Monarchs of the United Soccer League, the minor league for Major League Soccer, and he credits his experience as a student-athlete and the hands-on learning he practiced at Pennsylvania College of Technology as the reasons he was able to secure his dream job of working in professional soccer.

“If I didn’t play college soccer, I wouldn’t have been as prepared to handle the hectic schedule that we have in pro soccer,” said Peters, who graduated from Penn College in December 2020. “And having the hands-on assignments in classes really prepared me for the logistical part of my internship, which led to this job.”

Read more

Alumni Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Sports

Adjunct instructor contributes to trade publication

PR%F the MagazineWine glassesJerry C. Hammaker, part-time instructor of beverage and restaurant management at Penn College, authored an article for the June issue of PR%F (Proof) the Magazine, published by the brand that produces the PR%F Awards in partnership with Food & Beverage Magazine. The PR%F Awards is an international competition for spirits, wines and beverages. Hammaker, a certified specialist of wine, owns Certain Aged Ventures, which provides wine consulting and sommelier services.

Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff

Aug. 21 service to celebrate life of hospitality retiree

Chef Judith P. ShimpA celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, for Chef Judith P. Shimp, a former associate professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, who died July 27 in Philadelphia’s Albert Einstein Medical Center at the age of 67. Shimp was a member of the college faculty from September 1984 until her retirement in June 2011. The service, preceded by an hourlong visitation, will be at Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm St., Montoursville. A full obituary can be found on the website of the Spitler Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.

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

Penn College offers three new health care-related degrees

Expanding a 50-plus year tradition in providing hands-on education that prepares students for a variety of careers in direct patient care, Pennsylvania College of Technology has added several options for those who wish to work in other high-demand health care-related roles.

A bachelor’s degree in health science (introduced in Fall 2020) and an associate degree in allied health (launching in Fall 2021) deliver a science-rich education, while a new business administration: health care management specialization is available beginning Fall 2021 and provides a strong business core. All prepare students for essential careers in nondirect patient care.

Such roles are vital to the health care industry. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections for 2019-29 indicate that health care support occupations are among those expected to grow markedly faster than average.

Read more

Allied Health Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Health Science Nursing & Health Sciences