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Penn College part of food allergy college database

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently became part of the FARE Food Allergy College Search database, which allows students to view the food allergy-friendly accommodations made by colleges and universities as part of their college search. Penn College’s accommodations include posting ingredient information, developing cross-contact procedures, offering roommate accommodations and more.

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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July 15, 2020
Dining Services Events

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

February 28, 2020
Admissions Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff STEM Students

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

Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will welcome visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology during Spring Open House, set for Saturday, March 28. Prospective students can tour campus and explore 100-plus academic majors emphasizing hands-on learning for high-demand STEM and related careers.

(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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February 26, 2020
Dining Services Events Students

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

February 21, 2020
Career Services College Store Dining Services Faculty & Staff Sports

Student Affairs honored again for positive work environment

Elliott Strickland

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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January 10, 2020
Dining Services Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences

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.

December 19, 2019
Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students

Student Development Assistants encourage peers to ‘give thanks’

Joining the Penn College Wildcat in urging their peers to "Give Thanks, Paw It Forward" are (from left) Student Development Assistants Wesley S. McCray, an engineering design technology major from Corry; Mary C. Watts, of Quakertown, information assurance and cyber security; Jordyn M. Kahler, of York, dental hygiene, Jonathan R. Hendrickson, of Cowansville, software development and information management; Miles K. Lampkin, of Horsham, software development and information management; Andy P. Luzeckyj, of Southampton, automotive technology management; and Malcolm K. Lampkin, of Horsham, and in the same major as his twin brother.

Student Development Assistants from the office of Institutional Advancement engaged the campus community in various “give thanks” initiatives throughout the month of November. 

They teamed up with Dining Services encouraging peers to “paw” it forward at various campus eateries by donating their flex or declining meal-plan dollars, all in support of The Cupboard and the battle against hunger.

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Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Students

Gratitude: It’s what’s for dinner

Web developer Michael Richards and son adorably see eye-to-eye over CLC cuisine.

A pair of traditional events helped kick off the holidays Thursday: a festival of Fall Family Fun at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center and Penn College’s annual free Thanksgiving dinner. Parents and grandparents attended the center’s celebration, held each fall in joyful appreciation as the semester draws to an close. A short distance away in the Keystone Dining Room, students enjoyed an employee-served menu that included turkey, filling, gravy, corn, mashed potatoes, beverages and dessert.

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Dining Services Events

Dining Services observes ‘International Week’

Filipino Chicken Adobo
Filipino Chicken Adobo
Putting the campus community on the map
Putting the campus community on the map

As part of International Week, Capitol Eatery has been featuring cuisine from the homelands of some of Penn College’s students – serving food from Korea, Myanmar, Puerto Rico, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Guam and Grenada. To add to the observance, a large map has been displayed and students asked to pinpoint areas around the world that their ancestors were from.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services’ marketing assistant

November 21, 2019
Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Students

Teamwork makes the screams work

Friends hold onto each other in the "haunted" welding lab, banking on safety in numbers.

Campus neighborhoods were alive with the shrieking, giggling sounds of Halloween again this season, as a crowded slate of activities helped Penn College students, employees and friends toll the witching hour. Among the boo-tiful bounty were The Village’s annual family night; welding’s “Arc Asylum 5.0,” which has grown more elaborately eerie each year; a “Trunk or Treat” automotive showcase; a “Karaoke Costume Party,” sponsored by the Student Engagement Office; Dining Services’ colorful Halloween Boofet; creative co-workers and students in “Guess who?” garb; and horticulture students’ whimsical scarecrows in nearby Way’s Garden.

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Dining Services Events Students

This tailgate has responsibility as its goal

Educational "know your pour" activity takes aim at risky, reckless drinking.
Educational “know your pour” activity takes aim at risky, reckless drinking.
Friends gather in CC Commons, where food was plentiful and TVs broadcast a pigskin smorgasbord.
Friends gather in CC Commons, where food was plentiful and TVs broadcast a pigskin smorgasbord.
And speaking of food ...
And speaking of food …
... Dining Services delivered the goods, per usual.
… Dining Services delivered the goods, per usual.

Food and football were the featured attractions this past weekend, but safety and accountability were the vital message as Student Affairs sponsored a Game Day get-together in CC Commons. The “tailgate” was the culminating event in a week of activities that included themed bingo and Quizzo events, TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) alcohol responsibility training, and an Alcohol Awareness Fair that hosted vendors and the PennDOT Distracted Driving Simulator. (The traditional “Golf Cart Beer Run” was canceled due to rain.) “The educational opportunities that take place during Alcohol Awareness Week place strong emphasis on personal responsibility, awareness of health consequences and bystander intervention techniques,” said Jennifer McLean, associate dean of student affairs. “Through awareness and simulated experiences, we work to help students make informed and responsible decisions about their behaviors around alcohol.” Saturday’s activities included an interactive “know your pour” event; information about safe and responsible alcohol consumption; and instructive games employing impairment goggles: cornhole to demonstrate how gross motor skills are influenced while drinking, and pool to demonstrate how judgment and spatial reasoning are affected by alcohol. Students were also educated on Penn College’s Good Samaritan and Medical Amnesty policies, in place to help them get help when they or their friends have overconsumed.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

October 31, 2019
Art & Graphic Design Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Soup lovers ‘Paw It Forward’ at benefit for food pantry

Unique stoneware is arrayed in CC Commons.
Unique stoneware is arrayed in CC Commons.
Dining Services catering attendant Crystal E. Way (left) serves Hope Miller-Cupp (foreground) and Donna K. Culton, both employed in the college's Human Resources Office.
Dining Services catering attendant Crystal E. Way (left) serves Hope Miller-Cupp (foreground) and Donna K. Culton, both employed in the college’s Human Resources Office.
A tasty, inexpensive way to fight hunger
A tasty, inexpensive way to fight hunger
Angie E. Myers (center), director of annual giving, encourages Soup for the Soul participants to "Paw It Forward."
Angie E. Myers (center), director of annual giving, encourages Soup for the Soul participants to “Paw It Forward.”
Paw prints, bearing the names of Penn College donors to The Cupboard, are destined for public display on campus.
Paw prints, bearing the names of Penn College donors to The Cupboard, are destined for public display on campus.

Thursday’s Soup for the Soul event, at which 90 people were warmly served chicken tortilla or cheddar broccoli soup in handcrafted bowls (created and donated by students in David A. and Deborah L. Stabley’s ceramic classes, as well as General Services’ Gary T. Pandolfi), benefited the Penn College’s food pantry. The $8 donation on behalf of The Cupboard, located near the CC Commons site of the fundraising lunch, also included roll, dessert and a beverage. During the meal, Institutional Advancement kicked off its “Paw It Forward” campaign to aid The Cupboard. Donations during the next month will be recognized with paw prints to be displayed in the Keystone Dining Room.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services’ marketing assistant

October 24, 2019
College Transitions Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Students

The world at your fingertips

Trio Los Claveles, from Rochester, N.Y., entertains dinner patrons.
Trio Los Claveles, from Rochester, N.Y., entertains dinner patrons.
Students line up for tasty dishes "from the kitchen."
Students line up for tasty dishes “from the kitchen.”
Naim N. Jabour, assistant professor of architecture, stands ready to discuss an upcoming trip to Spain.
Naim N. Jabour, assistant professor of architecture, stands ready to discuss an upcoming trip to Spain.
Penn College offers a growing number of study abroad programs, from short-term stays to semesterlong adventures and internships.
Penn College offers a growing number of study abroad programs, from short-term stays to semesterlong adventures and internships.

Students this week took note of Penn College’s place in the global community, from cultural celebration to international study. Tuesday’s Hispanic Heritage Dinner, a collaboration of Student Engagement and Dining Services in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), filled Capitol Eatery with authentic cuisine and live music. On Wednesday, in a Global Experiences Expo facilitated by College Transitions & First Year Initiatives, faculty and students who have traveled abroad answered questions outside the Keystone Dining Room about their experiences.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

October 9, 2019