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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
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
Alumni Building Construction Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies

Grad’s ‘wild journey’ takes award-winning turn

Way holds an Excellence in Construction Award presented by last month by ABC's Metro Washington and Virginia chapters.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate helped to lead a high-profile metro Washington construction project that recently received honors from Associated Builders and Contractors.

Jordan Way, ‘16, was the assistant project manager for Belfast Valley Contractors Inc. as the company completed concrete work on the seven-story Hyatt Place luxury hotel on the waterfront in National Harbor, Maryland. Way holds an associate degree in building construction technology: masonry emphasis, and a bachelor’s degree in applied management.

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Alumni Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences

Active-duty grad awarded funds toward master’s completion

Chief  Warrant Officer 3 Mark J. Bowling

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark J. Bowling, a 2015 Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate, was recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Association of the Army for use toward completing a master’s degree in engineering management.

Bowling, who earned a bachelor’s degree in technology management from Penn College, is on active duty supporting the Army Reserves (known as Active/Guard Reserve). He is assigned to the Department of Public Works of the 99th Readiness Division. The 99th DPW, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, is responsible for all Army Reserve facilities in the 13-state region from Virginia to Maine. For his first three years with the 99th DPW, he served as the deputy chief of operations, helping to manage and maintain 600 facilities spread across 300 sites and to execute a $40 million annual maintenance and repair budget.

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November 10, 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
Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management Faculty & Staff

Memorial service pending for ‘Master Teacher’ Irwin H. Siegel

Irwin H. SiegelA memorial service will be scheduled for Irwin H. Siegel, 2005 recipient of Penn College’s Master Teacher Award and a retired professor of business administration/business law, who died Sunday, April 12, at age 66. Siegel, a faculty member from 1998 through the 2007-08 academic year, also was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001. He received a doctorate in adult education from Penn State University, a master of laws degree from Widener University School of Law, a law degree from Dickinson School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in English from Lebanon Valley College. Prior to joining the faculty, he was engaged in general law practice and as in-house counsel for financial institutions. A full obituary has been published in several newspapers, including The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News and his hometown Lebanon Daily News.

April 18, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Management Faculty & Staff Students

Course teaches students about food sustainability, security

Pennsylvania College of Technology applied management student Mallory A. Hoffman (left), of Pottsville, and culinary arts student Alexa D. Scatamacchia, of Fleetwood, prepare their team’s dish in a combined cooking competition and lesson in equitably distributing nutritious food at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Williamsport branch.

In a bright, clean kitchen across town from their usual classrooms and laboratories, students majoring in culinary arts and other fields at Pennsylvania College of Technology learn more about food security, one of many considerations students discover as they explore the topic of food “sustainability.”

Food Sustainability is a course designed for students in the college’s hospitality majors, but available to anyone.

“Sustainable foods are grown or raised naturally,” explained student Janelle R. Becker, of Fort Loudon, who is pursuing a degree in culinary arts. “They are not only renewable but regenerative: They help the environment. It is important to not only help people, but also the earth, to make sure we always have the resources available that we have now.”

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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management

Penn College announces winners of annual Food Show

Winners of the Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual Food Show are, from left, Victoria J. McLamb, of Williamsport; Keowa A. Clemens, of York; and Sherly F. Mendez, of Tobyhanna. The students teamed up to create a “Fiesta!”-themed cold platter and charcuterie board display.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently named the winners in its annual Food Show, during which students showcased final projects for the fall semester for judges and visitors from seven secondary schools.

Taking home the Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show Award was a three-student team that produced a “Fiesta!” cold platter and charcuterie board display. The piece was their final project for the Advanced Garde Manger course and included a chopped fiesta quinoa salad; haymarket pate en croute with ground pork, pork belly, veal shoulder, and Mexican herbs and spices; apricot and green chile chutney; Monterey Jack cheese; and smoked duck ham.

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Alumni Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management

Business alumnus honored at Penn College commencement

Clinton M. Cullison, a 2004 business administration: marketing concentration graduate, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour.

A business administration alumnus leading a successful career in government relations received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall 2019 commencement ceremonies, held Dec. 21 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

Clinton M. Cullison, a 2004 magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration: marketing concentration, is a senior associate with Greenlee Partners, a Harrisburg-based lobbying and government affairs firm.

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December 21, 2019
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Longstanding project, long-lasting legacy

Santaella (left) and Kreitzer stand with the stunning tile wall.
Santaella (left) and Kreitzer stand with the stunning tile wall.
The final touches to the piece: triangle toppings
The final touches to the piece: triangle toppings
Relief sculptures in clay
Relief sculptures in clay
Artwork awaits stair strollers.
Artwork awaits stair strollers.
Infinite tales in tiles
Infinite tales in tiles

Over 500 students and more than 500 ceramic tiles in the making, another stunning example of Penn College art is complete and ready for rave reviews and views. Adorning a wall in the north stairwell of the Bush Campus Center, the ceramics sensation was started in Fall 2013 by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, after he received permission from administration. “It was my idea to have students make something to leave behind as part of a permanent art piece,” Stabley said. “It’s an interesting idea of working on a group project over such a long period of time. And it’s nice to decorate a plain stairwell area to give it some life!” With the help of two Ceramics III students – Amber Kreitzer, of Port Trevorton, and Natascha G. Santaella, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico – Stabley recently placed the finishing touches on the CC stairwell project: ceramic triangles topping the tile wall. Kreitzer and Santaella earned associate degrees in baking and pastry arts in 2018 and will graduate this month with Bachelor of Science degrees in applied management. Stabley and smaller groups of students have installed the Centennial Mosaic on a wall of the Physician Assistant Center and mosaics in Capitol Eatery. The artist has also crafted solo mosaics in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center and on an exterior wall of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Stabley’s inspiring artwork can also be found in downtown Williamsport.

December 12, 2019
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management Students

Students prepare food for benefit Oktoberfest

Ditchfield (left) and students provided authentic Oktoberfest fare on behalf of a Centre County volunteer fire company.
Ditchfield (left) and students provided authentic Oktoberfest fare on behalf of a Centre County volunteer fire company.

Students in the Regional American Cuisine course, taught by Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, produced authentic German Oktoberfest food for the Millheim Oktoberfest, a community event that benefits the Millheim Fire Co. In the course, students study cuisines, preparations and influential culinary leaders from various regions. They prepare regional recipes using traditional and modern kitchen techniques.
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November 22, 2019
Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management Students

Students get behind-the-scenes look at sports management

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s business majors provided promotions assistance at the 2019 Major League Baseball Little League Classic, featuring the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs at Williamsport’s BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

Fifteen Pennsylvania College of Technology business students learned about marketing efforts behind televised athletics events when they were hired by a marketing firm to help distribute noisemakers at the third MLB Little League Classic, played at historic Bowman Field at BB&T Ballpark, just a few blocks from campus.

Under the direction of California-based firm USA Marketing and Major League Baseball, the students – joined by eight students from nearby Lycoming College – moved throughout the stands at the Aug. 18 game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.

“Our task was to hand out noisemakers – thundersticks and mini drums,” said John J. Shadle, of Williamsport, who is enrolled in business administration: marketing concentration. “Our target audience was the youth in the crowd. The goal was to enhance the experience for the youth and the players. We brought the excitement in a noisy fashion.”

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October 28, 2019