News about Dining Services

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.

The Cupboard at Penn College Helps to Feed Students in Need

A Penn College Dining Services employee pulls food from The Cupboard's shelves for a student-client to pick up.

While many joke about the poor eating habits of college students, Dining Services staff at Pennsylvania College of Technology has taken measures to combat a heartbreakingly unfunny reality.

A survey by Dining Services found that 58.9 percent of respondents have skipped a meal at least once because they did not have the money or resources to eat.

“It’s hard to get healthy, cheap food,” one student said, “so, usually, I just end up eating the pizza crust no one wants … or some white bread and tuna.”

Added another, “I have gone without food multiple times this semester because the money I make as a part-time worker only covers my rent.”

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Feeding the Need

Food donations are hand-delivered by R. Colby Janowitz, a culinary arts and systems student from Westminster, Md.

Hunger Awareness Week was observed April 17-21, with a number of Dining Services-sponsored events to call attention to a sobering fact: One in five Penn College students has experienced hunger or food insecurity. Among the activities were an Open House at The Cupboard, a food pantry for students; a Tuesday cookout; a free spaghetti dinner; and information tables at three campus dining units.

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Comfort Food: The Cupboard Helps Feed Students in Need

A Dining Services employee pulls food from The Cupboard's shelves for a client to pick up.

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Anecdotal evidence, referrals from vigilant faculty and results of a student questionnaire prompt Dining Services to establish a free-food pantry for students who might otherwise go hungry. Read “Comfort Food.”

Read the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine

Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine cover

The Spring 2017 edition of Penn College Magazine features stories of service from Ecuador, where a 2009 grad is helping coastal communities to recover from a massive earthquake; Guatemala, where nursing students learned and worked in a medical clinic; Florida, where an exercise science alumna is helping clients find health; Europe, where a 1941 drafting graduate served his country and his crewmates; and our own campus, where students and employees work to support Dining Services’ free food pantry and a variety of other community needs. Look for the magazine in building lobbies, or read and share these stories now at magazine.pct.edu.

Get a Jump on Your Future at Penn College’s April 1 Open House

The modern Pennsylvania College of Technology campus will host prospective students and their families for an Open House on Saturday, April 1, during which visitors can explore 100-plus academic majors in a variety of career fields.

For more than 100 years, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors have tailored their curricular offerings to students’ dreams and employers’ needs. That responsiveness to businesses and their future employees – and the flexibility to foresee tomorrow’s jobs – will be on ample display at the college’s April 1 Open House.

All of the institution’s newest opportunities, as well as the rewarding careers in time-tested fields, will be available to visitors at the college.

“Open House is such a great opportunity for students and their families to experience what makes Penn College such a unique place to learn,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through countless activities, prospective students will get an insider’s glimpse of life as a Penn College student.”

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Flavors to Savor at Sixth Annual ‘Soul Food Dinner’

Nursing student Serecia S. Durson, of Beaver Meadows, prepares to enjoy the evening's cuisine.

Penn College’s sixth annual Soul Food Dinner, the concluding event of Black History Month on campus, was held this past week in Dauphin Hall’s Capitol Eatery. The centerpiece of the evening was a menu steeped in tasty tradition: ribs, yams, catfish, cornbread, rice and peach cobbler (among other regional treats), seasoned with side orders of music, poetry, trivia and nutritious goodwill.

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A Heaping Helping of Hunger-Fighting Goodness

College employees staff the serving line.

Employees of the college's Admissions Office join family and friends for a festive meal.

A mouth-watering bounty

Grateful for the gift of friendship (and the imminent semester break!)

Donations help stock pantry shelves.

Dining Services’ third annual Thanksgiving Dinner, served Tuesday evening in the Keystone Dining Room, provided a delicious opportunity for Penn College students, co-workers, friends and family to count their blessings and celebrate the season. For $7.50, the campus community enjoyed a turkey feast with all the fixings (filling, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce and desserts). Nearly 300 dinners were served; diners also donated canned goods and other nonperishables for The Cupboard, the college’s food pantry in the Bush Campus Center.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Election Night Events Serve Up Refreshments, Results

Having fun in the photo booth (invoking a former president's quote from long before their time) are dental hygiene students Jenna N. Tippy (left) of Langhorne, and Breanna N. Cline, of Reedsville.

Speed Sketchers' Adam Pate quickly caricatures attendees.

Coverage of Tuesday's balloting was broadcast in the CC TV Lounge.

Props honored students' preferences, whomever the candidate of choice.

Patriotically attired for the occasion are Dining Services' Zachary R. Althouse (left), also a student in electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis, and Christopher R. Grove.

Supplying welcome diversion from the wearying divisiveness of campaign season, Dining Services prepared a lighthearted Election Day Buffet in CC Commons. Tuesday’s menu included a number of delicious offerings, accompanied by side orders of face-painting, novelties, games and giveaways. As returns flowed in, the campus community could watch at a Student Activities-sponsored viewing party in the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer