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04.03.2021

Donations to The Cupboard appreciated

The Cupboard at Penn CollegeDonations are always welcomed at The Cupboard at Penn College, an on-campus food pantry, including items that aren’t food. In March, The Cupboard was grateful to receive a donation by the Student Nurses’ Association of over 75 health and beauty products.

The Cupboard provides aid to Penn College students who may be having a difficult time purchasing enough food to avoid hunger for themselves and their families.

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College Relations Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students
03.18.2021

COVID meals served to nearly 500 students in 2020-21 to date

A total of 3,546 meals were provided to 484 Penn College students in COVID-related isolation or quarantine so far this academic year, according to Dining Services statistics shared Thursday with the administration.

Figures through February break down into: dinner, 1,258; lunch, 877; breakfast, 817; and brunch, 243. In addition, 351 bagged items (muffins, noodle bowls, sandwiches, snacks, etc.) were given to students who began the testing/isolation process after Dining Services made its deliveries for the day.

The highest number of total meals was 915 in September; November was second with 800. Wildcat Athletics coaches helped make some of the meal dropoffs, it was noted, indicative of the institution’s collaborative approach to serving students affected by the pandemic.

Dining Services Faculty & Staff Sports Students
02.17.2021

Penn College cook takes first in Mrs. T’s Pierogies recipe contest

Mrs. T’s Pierogies recently named a recipe developed by a head cook at Pennsylvania College of Technology the winner of its Fall 2020 College & University Recipe Contest.

Jennifer N. Severson, head cook in the college’s CC Commons dining unit, received first place honors – including a $500 gift card – for her Fall Pierogi Hash.

Severson’s recipe calls for bacon, butternut squash, green apples, yellow onions and, of course, Mrs. T’s pierogies.

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Dining Services Faculty & Staff
12.01.2020

Students in COVID seclusion give positive feedback to Dining Services

Capitol Eatery employees decorated the tops of the to-go boxes as they prepared to deliver Thanksgiving meals.
Capitol Eatery employees decorated the tops of the to-go boxes as they prepared to deliver Thanksgiving meals.
KDR staff puts smiley-face stickers on meal orders to brighten students' day!
KDR staff puts smiley-face stickers on meal orders to brighten students’ day!

Penn College’s Dining Services staff has been collectively called an “essential hero” for preparing and providing nourishment to students cloistered by the coronavirus.

“We have delivered just over 2,500 meals since Aug. 5 – continuously – to 380 affected students in isolation and quarantine on campus,” director Mark J. Leo said Monday.

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Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students
11.12.2020

Campus comes together to ‘Give Thanks’ and ‘Paw It Forward’

Student college relations assistants collaborated with fellow student leaders to coordinate campuswide “Give Thanks” engagement efforts to show their gratitude to those who invest in the Penn College experience.

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College Relations Dining Services Scholarships Students
10.22.2020

Sale of soups, ceramics soulfully benefits food pantry

The table is set, making mealtime better for those in need.
The table is set, making mealtime better for those in need.
Campus artisans provided unique wares ...
Campus artisans provided unique wares …
... for a ceramic art sale that added to the fundraiser's success.
… for a ceramic art sale that added to the fundraiser’s success.

Dining Services held its third annual Soup for the Soul event on Thursday, raising more than $1,100 to benefit The Cupboard. For an $8 donation, participants chose a handcrafted bowl and enjoyed a meal of chicken tortilla or cheddar broccoli soup, roll, dessert and beverage. A ceramic art sale was held in conjunction with the benefit meal, featuring such items as mugs, pitchers, wall hangings and tiny statues. Bowls and art pieces were made and donated by instructor David A. Stabley and students in his ceramic and wood sculpture classes. For more information on the food pantry, housed on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center (Room 105H, at the rear of CC Commons), email The Cupboard or visit the Dining Services portal page.
Photos by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director, Dining Services

Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students
10.14.2020

Dining Services’ COVID response noted in national trade publication

Penn College Dining Services’ efforts to maintain continuity during the coronavirus pandemic, both during a spring shutdown and after in-person instruction resumed with the fall semester, are featured in the Summer 2020 cover story of Campus Dining Today, published by The National Association of College & University Food Services: Campus Dining Today

Dining Services Faculty & Staff General Information Students
09.03.2020

A timely reminder of a vital campus service

The Cupboard at Penn CollegeFriday’s designation as “National Food Bank Day” serves to remind the Penn College community that The Cupboard – a food pantry on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center (Room 105H, at the rear of CC Commons) – is in operation this fall. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Cupboard is closed Saturdays and open from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays (patrons must report to the CC Information Desk for assistance during those hours). Students struggling with food insecurity will need to complete a brief intake form; no financial information is requested or required. Among the items available for pickup are cereal, soup, pasta mixes, peanut butter, jelly, and canned fruits and vegetables. More information is available by email or by visiting the Dining Services portal page, where students and employees can also find information on donating to The Cupboard.

Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students
07.15.2020

Penn College part of food allergy college database

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently became one of 94 colleges and universities across the nation to become part of the FARE Food Allergy College Search database.

The database is operated by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). FARE is dedicated to improving life and health for 32 million Americans with potentially life-threatening food allergies, advocating for research and providing resources, support and hope for the food allergy community.

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Dining Services General Information Students
02.28.2020

A taste of the future

Watch for Peach Farro in CC Commons.
Watch for Peach Farro in CC Commons.
Ramen Noodles with Gochujang Beef and Sweet & Sour Tempura Chicken is headed for the Capitol Eatery menu.
Ramen Noodles with Gochujang Beef and Sweet & Sour Tempura Chicken is headed for the Capitol Eatery menu.
Dining Services' Donna L. Cole helps show students what's on the horizon.
Dining Services’ Donna L. Cole helps show students what’s on the horizon.
Coming soon to Penn Central: Hot Chili Garlic Wings
Coming soon to Penn Central: Hot Chili Garlic Wings
Italian Pinwheels destined for the "Grab 'n' Go" selections
Italian Pinwheels destined for the “Grab ‘n’ Go” selections

Thursday’s Recipe Showcase in the Keystone Dining Room provided more than 300 people with tempting samples, soliciting feedback on items that Dining Services plans to add to its menus in the Fall 2020 semester.
Photos by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director, Dining Services

Dining Services Events
02.26.2020

Explore, discover and define your future at March 28 open house

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, Spring Open House was canceled.)

When it comes to choosing a college, seeing is believing. And there’s a lot to see at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House!

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, members of the Penn College community will welcome thousands of potential enrollees and their families, opening wide the doors to a landmark institution that has helped tomorrow makers fulfill their destinies for more than a century.

“Open House provides a unique way for prospective students to explore our campus,” said Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick, coordinator of admissions events/communications. “With no set agenda to follow, guests can take the day to explore what matters most to them. Whether that is seeing as many labs as possible, checking out the residence halls, connecting with current students, or all of the above.”

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Admissions Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff STEM Students
02.21.2020

Themed meal provides taste of other cultures

With Mardi Gras just around the corner, a serving of Creole cuisine is in fashion.
With Mardi Gras just around the corner, a serving of Creole cuisine is in fashion.
Historical tidbits adorn the table, enlightening diners to the accomplishments of such notables as Olympian Maria Mutola.
Historical tidbits adorn the table, enlightening diners to the accomplishments of such notables as Olympian Maria Mutola.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (left) and chemist Lloyd Augustus Hall are among the depicted heroes of STEM, seemingly keeping their eyes on the culinary prize.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (left) and chemist Lloyd Augustus Hall are among the depicted heroes of STEM, seemingly keeping their eyes on the culinary prize.

Wednesday’s Cultural Cafe, served up by Dining Services in commemoration of Black History Month, provided a sampling menu – three different stations focused on three distinct cultures. Participation in the CC Commons dinner qualified students to compete for a variety of raffle prizes.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

Dining Services Events Students
01.10.2020

Student Affairs honored again for positive work environment

For the third consecutive year – and the fourth time overall – Student Affairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored as one of “The Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Penn College is one of 27 colleges or universities to receive the 2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs honor, with the honorees to be published in the March 5 edition of the magazine.

Representatives of the schools will be recognized during the American College Personnel Association’s annual meeting, to be held March 2-5 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Career Services College Store Dining Services Faculty & Staff Sports
12.19.2019

Nursing employees’ food drive benefits pantry

The Cupboard at Penn CollegeFaculty and staff in the Penn College nursing program adopted The Cupboard for the holidays. The Cupboard is an on-campus food pantry for students, operated by Dining Services. Organized by Pamela W. Baker, assistant professor of nursing, the two-week food drive yielded 181 food items and $150 in cash. During the Fall 2019 semester, almost 90 students visited The Cupboard to obtain food.

Dining Services Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences
12.08.2019

Down the home stretch

A pair of ol’ reliables – therapy dogs in Madigan Library and Midnight Breakfast in the Keystone Dining Room – reappeared on schedule this past week to help students navigate any end-of-semester turbulence.

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Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Library Students