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College Family Lends Hand to Neighbors in Need

Fifteen Penn College employees traveled to the local Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on Wahoo Drive ...

... packing hundreds of boxes for community distribution.

In conjunction with a professional-development session, 15 Penn College faculty/staff members helped pack 250 boxes Thursday for distribution by the Williamsport branch of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The food bank is the umbrella organization that provides much of the food to The Cupboard, the college’s on-campus food pantry. This was a great way for college employees to help the local community while gaining knowledge surrounding the operation/distribution of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and The Cupboard through information sessions and tours. The event was jointly sponsored by Campus & Community Engagement, Dining Services and Human Resources.

Gearing Up to Hunker Down

Dining Services feeds pancakes, eggs, home fries, bacon and other satisfying fare to a seemingly endless line of hungry patrons.

As students look ahead to the semester break and holiday reunions with family and friends, there is but one immovable consideration in their path: that formidable force that is Finals Week. Fear not, O stressed-out and weary. Penn College offers a range of accommodations designed to keep anxiety and pressure at bay. In addition to extended Madigan Library hours for hitting the books, as well as such helpful diversions as Quizzo and yoga, a pair of traditional events continues to put a great, big smile on the collective face of the student body. More than 750 people were served at Dining Services’ best-attended Midnight Breakfast in years, and some very friendly library visitors huggably worked their magic.

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Penn College Nursing Students Learn While Helping Peers

Students in a Community Health Nursing course at Pennsylvania College of Technology provide hygiene education to their peers while conducting a collection of personal items for The Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry for students in need. (Photo by James J. "J.J." Boettcher, student photographer)

Hundreds of soaps, deodorants, shampoos, toothbrushes and other hygiene items were made available to students who need a hand at The Cupboard at Pennsylvania College of Technology, thanks to one of two recent projects by nursing students.

The bachelor’s degree students, enrolled in a Community Health Nursing class, endeavored to serve their community while meeting course requirements.

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Hundreds Enjoy Dining Services’ Sumptuous Spread

Friends break bread, before breaking ranks for a holiday at home.

Dining Services workers Sara B. Bernier (left) and Alanna J. Winner add their trademark smiles to customer service.

Laura M. Machak, college transitions specialist, brings along some young muscle to cart the carryout.

Among the night's patrons are pre-nursing students Donna M. Rania (left), of Coal Township, and Megan E. Grinaway, of Shamokin.

Nearly 400 students and employees were served at Dining Services’ fourth annual Thanksgiving Dinner, held Tuesday evening in the Keystone Dining Room. The family-friendly meal (available for dining in or takeout) included turkey, filling, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dessert table.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Dining Services Honors Veterans’ Commitment to Freedom

A "thank you" wall provides a forum for gratitude, and a staff-knitted blanket is among the door prizes on display.

Chet Beaver (left), an Army veteran and financial aid specialist, shares his experiences with Brandon R. Belack (center), a civil engineering technology major from Halifax, and others during dinner.

Patriotic bunting adorns the serving line.

As in other dining units across campus, an “empty table” symbolizes those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

A Veterans Day Celebration Dinner, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in CC Commons, allowed the campus community to recognize servicemen and women in the Penn College family. The evening’s “all-American menu” featured chicken wings and crab legs, attendees were afforded the opportunity to show their appreciation, and those with military ID were eligible for giveaways.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Carve Out Some Room; Halloween Leftovers Ahead!

From the literally corny to the shivery bone-chilling, who doesn't relish dressing for dinner?

As anyone on either side of the Halloween give-and-take knows, the goodies can last for days (if not months!) after the trick-or-treat bags are emptied. So it is with PCToday’s campuswide correspondents, who provided some sweet souvenirs to carry the “eye candy” into November. On Tuesday, two sections of Technical Drawing & Detailing (CCD 103/104) held their fourth annual Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest. The 35 students, most of them enrolled in the engineering design technology major, used SolidWorks Software to create virtual jack-‘o-lanterns using skills and techniques that they have acquired since the start of the semester. In addition, a number of college employees marked the day in costume, and Tuesday evening saw the return of another tradition – the Halloween Boofet in the Capitol Eatery.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Club’s Food Drive Helps Campus Pantry

Penn College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club collected boxes of nonperishable food on campus and at physical therapy clinics across the region as part of the Global Physical Therapy Day-of-Service.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club harvested a plentiful crop to benefit The Cupboard at Penn College, an on-campus food pantry that assists students and their families.

The club initiated a 10-day food drive to coincide with the American Physical Therapy Association’s Global PT Day-of-Service, observed Oct. 14 as part of the association’s National Physical Therapy Month.

National Physical Therapy Month recognizes the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have on improving the human experience and the world’s health. The students’ participation in Global PT Day-of-Service joined them with thousands of physical therapy staff and students around the world who volunteered in many ways.

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A Taste of What’s in Store

Vendors tempt students up and down the CC hallway.

The discriminating palates of students will decide the Question of the Day: Which snack foods will cut it?

Thursday morning’s annual Wildcat Sampler in the Bush Campus Center gave students a voice in what items may be available for purchase in the near future. After nibbling and noshing, scarfing and sipping from 10 a.m.-noon, students filled out surveys indicating their favorites – many of which will be brought to Dining Services’ retail line in the coming months.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Campuswide Collaboration Fights Hunger, ‘One Tray at a Time’

Cafeteria trays are piled with donated non-perishables in a Penn College office, an effort duplicated across campus in support of The Cupboard.

A recent weeklong initiative by Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees turned retired cafeteria trays into platforms for the most successful campaign yet to benefit the on-campus food pantry.

The Cupboard, opened in September 2016 adjacent to the CC Commons dining unit, has seen a 30-percent increase in usage by students this fall. To help meet that demand, Dining Services and Institutional Advancement innovatively teamed to battle hunger across campus.

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Diversity-Related Events Make a World of Difference

From under the sombreros, tempting cuisine is served.

Penn College’s commitment to inclusiveness was reflected in a pair of events this past week: the first in a planned monthly series of “Diversi-tea” dialogues and a themed dinner to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The former kicked off with a student-led discussion of relevant cultural issues, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, and the latter – among commemorative activities that included a concert, movie and campus displays – featured a Dining Services-prepared meal in Dauphin Hall.

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‘Faire,’ Fowl Intersect at Renaissance-Themed Fete

Be that a dragon on ye shoulder? Kiana C. Lougie brought along a yet-to-be-named friend she found at the popular Sterling Renaissance Festival in upstate New York. Lougie is a building construction technology student from Pittsford, N.Y.

“Come sit you down and have a good laugh!” proved to be an invitation too good to decline, as the campus community enjoyed Dining Services’ sumptuous Renaissance Feast this week in and around “The Grand Hall” that is the Capitol Eatery. From 4-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the crowd partook of the costumed spectacle – jugglers and jousting, displays and demonstrations – and savored a menu that included carved turkey, beer-braised short ribs, roasted root vegetables, corn on the cob, mashed or roasted potatoes, and desserts.

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Campus Food Pantry Begins Second Year of Operation

An array of tabletop nonperishables represents what a student can receive weekly from the campus pantry.

Cheryl Y. Hammond, Dining Services' special events manager, serves Community Peer Educator Tasia A. Werkmeister ...

... as students gain food for thought about The Cupboard.

An anniversary dinner in a pleasant locale

A pair of Dining Services events this week marked the first anniversary of The Cupboard, which assists Penn College students and their families who are struggling with food insecurities. The food pantry – on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center – supported about 380 people last year, and opened its doors to visitors Tuesday in observance of Hunger Action Month.  A spaghetti dinner that evening, held on the CC patio, also raised awareness and attracted donations. There are a number of ways to help The Cupboard: Fresh produce from backyard gardens is welcome, as are contributions of nonperishable food; students can donate through their meal plans at any Dining Services unit, and employees can make monetary gifts through the Annual Giving Office. For more about The Cupboard, call 570-327-4764.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Dining Services Celebrates Autumn at Artisanal Marketplace

Woodcarver Liam M. McCay, an applied technology studies major from Bloomsburg, offers a live demo of his time-honored craft.

Movie posters are artfully repurposed as notebook covers.

Also sharing hands-on expertise is alumna Alyssa L. Fink, an assistant baker in Dining Services.

Terraria on display

Dining Services’ Fall Artisan Market, a showcase of items from “funky scarves” and stoneware pottery to tote bags and handmade jewelry, brought a touch of the bazaar to the Bush Campus Center on Wednesday evening. The next market, featuring holiday items, is set for 5-8 p.m. Nov. 1.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Campers Find Nutritious Antidote to Rainy Monday

"Concentration" is the mantra for these campers, spreading the groundwork in their makeshift kitchen.

Smiles are just one of the healthy ingredients on display in the Keystone Dining Room.

Pawlik shows youngsters that good nutrition can also be fun, with help from student camp assistant Pearl L. Patterson (background).

Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE has begun its third week of summertime fun, offering youngsters a full menu of field trips, cooking projects, games and activities – rain or shine. Monday’s schedule included a nutrition project with Rebecca L. Pawlik, a registered dietitian with Dining Services, who showed the 6- through 14-year-olds how to make Fruit Sushi.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant

Native Wood Species ‘Spruce Up’ Campus Dining Unit

A new piece of wooden wall art adds a touch of Penn College character to the Keystone Dining Room, not far from the river, where logs were floated by the millions to Williamsport sawmills.

From left: Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology, and students Zachary Ridall, Aaron White and Tyler Arthur, who helped to design the piece.

Students cut, sanded and assembled native wood: pine, spruce, oak, cherry and walnut, to design the wall hanging.

Five students in Peter Kruppenbacher’s Woodworking – Art, Craft and Design course brought the vision of Dining Services Director Crissy L. McGinness to life this semester when they completed a piece of wood wall art for the Keystone Dining Room. McGinness has been working with students from various corners of campus to produce artwork for the college’s dining areas, letting their craftsmanship – and the materials of their fields – add a touch of true Penn College character to the eateries. The latest installment was inspired by photos that McGinness sent to Kruppenbacher. The finished piece includes Pennsylvania wood products: pine, spruce, oak, cherry and walnut. The frame is made of poplar. The bulk of the work was completed by Tyler M. Arthur, a manufacturing engineering technology student from  Fleetwood; Liam M. McCay, an applied technology studies student from Bloomsburg; and residential construction technology and management students Nicholas D. Gieger, of Dingmans Ferry,  Zachary J. Ridall, of Berwick; and Aaron F. White, of Westover. Woodworking – Art, Craft and Design (CCM 140) is an applied arts elective available to students in any major.

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