Last updated April 27, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Faculty & Staff, Students | Leave a comment
News about Business & Hospitality Management
Alumna’s Return Yields Product Insight, Student Aid
Dylan H. Therrien, a culinary arts and systems student from Reading, learned during a visit to campus by Kate Hunter, a 2000 graduate of the college’s culinary arts technology and food and hospitality management majors, that he will receive the Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship for 2017-18. Jones Dairy Farm, a six-generation family-owned leader in breakfast sausage, established the scholarship for Penn College students in 2015. Hunter is a manager for Peak Sales & Marketing, a broker for Jones Dairy Farm products. In addition to presenting congratulations to Therrien, Hunter brought a lesson in calculating yields, using bacon from Jones Dairy Farm that was cooked and tested by students in Chef Paul Mach’s Classical Cuisines of the World course. The students calculated how much bacon and fat remained after cooking and the resulting per-slice and per-ounce cost of the cooked product. Joining Hunter was Chris Eckard, of Anchor Food Professionals, who added further insight related to dairy products, such as cream and butter. Critically evaluating cost vs. quality among competing products will serve students well in working kitchens, Mach explained.
Mentored Students Dazzle at Silver-Anniversary ‘Chef’ Dinner
World-class chefs spent several days on the Penn College campus to impart their wisdom while they guided students in the production of the 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef Dinner, held April 7. Chefs Rick Tramonto, John Folse, Donald Wressell and Elaine Gardner spent time in classrooms, where they shared their culinary journeys and offered professional insight, and in the School of Business & Hospitality’s kitchens, where they offered hands-on lessons while producing the $125-a-plate fundraising dinner, which helps to provide scholarships for students in the college’s baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality management majors. Tramonto and Folse, who separately have received the highest honors in culinary arts and have authored several award-winning cookbooks, offered additional talks for the public in the Madigan Library, where they endeavored to inspire students to pursue both big dreams and a career of service to others. Together, the pair are the founders of Home on the Range: Folse Tramonto Restaurant Development LLC. Their first joint venture, Restaurant R’evolution, opened in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 2012 and was named Restaurant of the Year by New Orleans Magazine. In 2014, they opened Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Wressell, who was pastry chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for 19 years, has led gold-medal U.S. teams in the World Pastry Team Championship and Le Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in France, and has brought home many medals himself. Gardner is the chef at Dizengoff in Philadelphia and was, while working at Zahav, featured in a PhillyVoice article that highlighted “six talented Philly sous chefs making their bosses look good.”
Last updated April 26, 2017 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Events, Faculty & Staff, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships, Students | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
Penn College Displays Excitingly Enhance STEM Expo
Penn College was well-represented at the recent Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology event at West Chester East High School, offering hands-on glimpses into “Taste of Sweet & Savory Technology” and “3-D Printing in Engineering and Industrial Design.” Students, faculty and staff from the schools of Business & Hospitality and Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, as well as the college’s Admissions Office, gave fifth- to 10th-grade girls a memorably experiential entree into career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Last updated April 14, 2017 | Posted in Admissions, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Engineering Design Technology, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
Online Learning Options at Penn College Offer Enhanced Flexibility
Pennsylvania College of Technology is renowned for its “degrees that work,” and for those needing additional flexibility to attain a degree from the college, online options abound.
Online learning at Penn College offers more choices to students who are balancing work and family responsibilities. The offerings feature the same academic rigor and accreditation as on-campus programs, but there is no requirement to ever attend class on the campus in Williamsport. Online students may choose to enroll full time or part time.
Last updated April 12, 2017 | Posted in Admissions, Applied Health, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Management, General Information, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Technology Management | Leave a comment
Alliance With Chocolate-Maker Sweetens Students’ Education
A partnership with Guittard Chocolate Co., the oldest continuously family-owned and -operated chocolate-making business in the United States – and exclusive chocolate provider to the college’s School of Business & Hospitality – is giving Penn College students and eye-opening and mouth-watering appreciation for quality. “I love their chocolate,” said Natascha G. Santaella, an applied management student from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. “I know the difference between like having a really good chocolate and having just like an OK chocolate.” Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager, who provided students with a primer on production and tasting in a February visit to campus, said Guittard prides itself on collaborating with the top schools across the country. “What I really appreciate about working with Penn College is that the program is top-notch from beginning to end,” she explained.
Last updated April 11, 2017 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Faculty & Staff, Students | Leave a comment
Penn College Students to Feed Hungry Fans at Kentucky Derby
Twenty-eight Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been selected by Levy Restaurants to help serve an expected crowd of more than 160,000 at the 2017 running of the storied Kentucky Derby on May 6.
The Derby, an icon of Southern tradition, is the longest-running sporting event in the United States, first run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1875 before a crowd of 10,000. The race has continued each year since, despite world wars and the Great Depression.
Penn College students, who will be accompanied by Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts at the college, have served Derby Week internships for more than 25 years. Churchill Downs Executive Chef David Danielson and representatives of Levy Restaurants, which manages food operations at the track, came to campus in February to interview students.
Last updated April 10, 2017 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Faculty & Staff, Students | Leave a comment
Culinary Giants Join Forces for 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef
In early April, Pennsylvania College of Technology will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Visiting Chef Series with the return, for the seventh time, of “Louisiana’s culinary ambassador to the world,” Chef John Folse, along with Folse’s renowned restaurant partner Chef Rick Tramonto, internationally heralded Pastry Chef Donald Wressell, and Chef Elaine Gardner, a 2011 Penn College graduate who has already made a name in Philadelphia’s food industry.
During their stay, the chefs will offer book talks for the public, share insights in classrooms and work alongside students to prepare an elegant, five-course fundraising dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
Last updated March 23, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Events, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
‘How Do You Solve a Problem With No One Right Answer?’
A new “Your Class in 60 Seconds” video visits the Supervisor and Human Relations course of Summer L. Bukeavich, a faculty member in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. Through a mix of individual instruction, small-group interaction and class discussion, students apply what they learn to build the best possible solution to the situation at hand. “Our instructor challenges us, giving us difficult personnel problems we have to solve,” says Alexander C. McDonnell, a business administration: management concentration major from Brookhaven. “Unlike lecture, managers are thrown into trying situations. Through this class, we simulate various workplace scenarios and prepare to tackle these supervisory issues with a hands-on approach. We learn. We play games. We argue. We debrief and we become comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”
Last updated March 20, 2017 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Faculty & Staff, Students | Leave a comment
Hollywood-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Held in PDC
The Penn College community recently joined the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. Attendees of the mystery dinner, many of them adopting celebrity or character aliases for the evening, were called upon to navigate an intricate web of deception and crack the red-carpet killing. To supplement the crime-solving fun, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield and his catering students from the School of Business & Hospitality put together a movie-themed menu that included “Pirates of the Caribbean Shrimp Salad,” Chicken Oscar and “50 Shades Chocolate Decadence Cake.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated March 3, 2017 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | Leave a comment
Internship Takes Student Behind Scenes of PA Pro Soccer Team
This spring, a Pennsylvania College of Technology student is taking one more step toward a career dream to work in the sports industry.
Jared M. Dancho, of Catawissa, is studying business administration with a management concentration. With an internship in the Harrisburg City Islanders’ fan development department, he is gaining valuable real-world experience that will help him prepare for work in that field.
“I’ve always wanted to work in sports, and that’s the reason I’m pursuing a management degree,” Dancho said. “I had heard about the City Islanders when I was younger and was always interested in working for a pro soccer team.”
Last updated March 2, 2017 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Students | Leave a comment
Penn College Hospitality Students Share Stages With Pro-Level Peers
Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality-related majors recently showcased their skills on two noteworthy stages, one group working alongside industry leaders at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, and the other interacting and providing demonstrations for professional-level peers at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show.
Last updated February 3, 2017 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Students | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Hospitality Students
An alumna and longtime adviser of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality department has established a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in the same field.
The Diane L. Dorner Scholarship will benefit first- and second-year students in several of Penn College’s hospitality-related majors: culinary arts and systems, culinary arts technology, hospitality management, and business administration: sport and event management concentration.
Dorner graduated from Williamsport Area Community College, Penn College’s immediate predecessor, in 1979 with an associate degree in food and hospitality management. She is district manager for Carrols LLC, a Burger King franchisee that operates more than 700 restaurants in 16 states.
Last updated January 13, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
Students Form Short-Term Business to Benefit Scholarship Fund
Pennsylvania College of Technology students took course learning in the Business Planning and Operations class far beyond the textbook, forming a retail operation that raised money for a student scholarship fund.
Coining their company Comfy & Sweet, the students devised a plan to sell blankets and handmade candy at two on-campus locations. To help entice their target audience, the blankets were adorned with the college’s Wildcat logo, and the candy featured paw prints. The students exceeded their expectations, quickly selling their initial stock of blankets and running out of a second order before their two-week planned sales period expired.
In total, Comfy & Sweet sold 275 bags of candy and an equal number of blankets, raising $1,782 for the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded each fall to a student who is pursuing a minor in small business management and entrepreneurship and has taken the Small Business Management class.
Last updated December 16, 2016 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Scholarships, Students | Leave a comment
Business Students Make Worldwide Top-100 List 21 Times
Pennsylvania College of Technology students set an impressive record during their fall-semester participation in the Business Strategy Game.
In all, Penn College student teams earned spots on the international game’s weekly Top 100 lists 21 separate times.
“This is quite impressive given that, at some point during the semester, over 5,700 teams competed in the BSG,” said Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management.
Last updated December 15, 2016 | Posted in Accounting & Finance, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Students, Technology Management | Leave a comment
Successful Business Alums Share Wealth of Real-Life Advice
A group of business professionals – including four alumni – attended a recent mixer with students in Penn College’s business majors. In addition to chatting over hors d’oeuvre, the pros offered a panel talk in the Student and Administrative Services Center Presentation Room. They offered lessons they’ve learned in navigating their careers and advised students on such practical tips as submitting resumes, networking, and managing work-related stress. Panelists were Ryan M. Enders, ’13, technology management, and ’11, aviation technology, who is a field service representative for Lycoming Engines; Tracy L. Schroeder, ’13, business administration: banking and finance concentration, who is program coordinator for InCourage Financial Wellness; Lisa M. Andrus, part-time instructor of business administration/management/marketing and owner of Andrus Hospitality; Samuel Ryder, vice president-group manager for Fulton Financial Corp./FNB Bank; Scott D. Rinker, ’12, business administration: marketing concentration, who is a branch manager for Jersey Shore State Bank; and Anthony J. Peachey, ’09, business administration: marketing concentration, who is product manager for Construction Specialties Inc. and holds LEED Green Associate certification.
Last updated November 4, 2016 | Posted in Accounting & Finance, Alumni, Aviation, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Students, Technology Management, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment