News about Dining Services

Gaelic Goodies

Festively outfitted and wishing "life's many blessings" to all are (from left) Jessica L. Cavanaugh, of Lewistown, a health information management major and substitute dining services worker; and dining services workers Wanda A. Gardner and Janet L. McDermott.

Colored beads aid in the wearin' of the green.

A mouthwatering menu – including chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce – awaits diners.

Corned beef: a crucial, cultural ingredient in the holiday's celebration

Enjoying the evening's fare are Natali J. Fargus, an accounting major from Lock Haven, and Matthew A. Jones, of Sellersville, an engineering design technology student.

Irish eyes were smiling – Irish taste buds, too! – when CC Commons hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Buffet on Thursday evening. Dining Services prepared a fitting feast (including Guinness Stew, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, potato/leek soup and bread pudding), a pool tournament beckoned from nearby tables, and patrons could test their Emerald Isle knowledge with Quizzo.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Cooking Demo Adds to Soulful Soiree

Commemorative balloons accent the festivities.

Apropos a hands-on campus, Simmons turns ingredients into inspiration ...

... demonstrating her mouth-watering craft for hungry clientele.

Another noteworthy Dauphin Hall happening!

The seventh annual Soul Food Dinner, a Black History Month tradition, was held Wednesday in Penn College’s Capitol Eatery. This year’s event featured a live cooking demonstration by LaToya C. Simmons, assistant cook at the Dauphin Hall dining unit.
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Near and Dear

And who wouldn't want a valentine from this hirsute suitor?

Cupid’s arrow whizzed through the heart of campus during Valentine’s Day week, bringing a warm supply of affection and attention to a variety of activities: a girls’ night out in the Thompson Professional Development Center, a holiday-themed buffet in Capitol Eatery and a women’s basketball game in Bardo Gym that spotlighted the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. The “Galentine’s Day” slumber party on Tuesday included delicious snacks from Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, crafts, games, prizes and priceless camaraderie. “It seemed like everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed having a space just for women to hang out,” said Community Peer Educator Nina L. Walk, who co-organized the PDC event with Resident Assistant Bryonna A. Aldubayan. “It was so great seeing these two students work so hard to create a really fun event that focused on positive female friendship,” added Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist. From 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dining Services presented a Valentine’s Buffet that featured such mouth-watering treats as grilled steak, pasta with vodka sauce and salted caramel mousse. Valentine’s Day wrapped up with a “Pink Out” game for breast cancer awareness, with colorfully clad hoops fans sharing their admiration and advocacy.

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Market Vendors Offer ‘Sweetheart Deals’

Shoppers survey wares in the Campus Center lobby.

"Meditation cushions" colorfully pose a soft-sell for customers' contemplation.

With steady hand and steely-eyed focus, Dining Services' Alyssa L. Fink, assistant baker, displays her cake-decorating skills.

Literal love letters set a warm tone in the CC.

Handmade housewares, inexpensive and invaluable!

Dining Services’ popular Artisan Market series returned with a tempting pre-Valentine’s Day medley this week, filling the Bush Campus Center entryway with offerings from more than a dozen local and Penn College craftsfolk. For three hours on Monday evening, browsers and buyers alike could check out baked goods, woodcraft, jewelry, soaps and other handiwork of local practitioners. The market will return to the CC from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Making Friends on a (More Than) Three-Dog Night

Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director of Dining Services, brought along Lily, her daughter's Yorkshire terrier.

​Employees’ canine buddies joined Student Affairs on Monday evening in welcoming students back to campus during a “Hot Dog, You’re Back!” event in the Field House. A fall tradition for nearly a decade, which was added to the spring calendar for the first time this year, the gathering provides homesick students the opportunity to connect with friendly faculty/staff, helpful campus support services … and, of course, dogs! Held indoors for the comfort and well-being of humans and pooches alike, the evening included hot dog-shaped sugar cookies prepared by Dining Services.

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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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