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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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Accounting & Finance Business & Accounting Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students
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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04.19.2022

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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04.14.2022

Aspiring entrepreneurs get firsthand look at area business incubator

From left are students Sajjad R. Alsaffar, business administration: marketing concentration; Brooke N. Geist, business management; Vanessa Lynn Marie Beck, business management; Kayleigh Ann Miller, business administration; and Myers; Hummer; and Aidan McDonald, facilities manager for DRIVE, an economic development council serving Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.
From left are students Sajjad R. Alsaffar, business administration: marketing concentration; Brooke N. Geist, business management; Vanessa Lynn Marie Beck, business management; Kayleigh Ann Miller, business administration; and Myers; Hummer; and Aidan McDonald, facilities manager for DRIVE, an economic development council serving Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.

Five members of the Penn College Business Club this week traveled to StartUp Danville, a brand-new business incubator run by that municipality’s Small Business Development Center. The group connected with Denny Hummer, assistant director of the nearby Bucknell SBDC, to make Tuesday’s trip possible for the students. “We spent time getting to talk with Denny and his colleagues about what exactly business incubators do and how we can use them to reach our entrepreneurial goals,” said club President McKenna Nicole Myers, scheduled to graduate May 14 in the marketing and management concentrations of the college’s business administration major. “As a club full of entrepreneurial spirits, we got to see the incubator, hear about its possibilities and get inspired. This trip gave us insights into what goes into being an entrepreneur and how to get the help needed for beginning any type of startup business. The day was full of networking and sharing our business aspirations with the professionals!”
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