News about Institutional Advancement

Mentored Students Dazzle at Silver-Anniversary ‘Chef’ Dinner

The star-studded Spring 2017 Visiting Chef lineup (from left): Tramonto, Folse, Gardner and Wressell.

World-class chefs spent several days on the Penn College campus to impart their wisdom while they guided students in the production of the 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef Dinner, held April 7. Chefs Rick Tramonto, John Folse, Donald Wressell and Elaine Gardner spent time in classrooms, where they shared their culinary journeys and offered professional insight, and in the School of Business & Hospitality’s kitchens, where they offered hands-on lessons while producing the $125-a-plate fundraising dinner, which helps to provide scholarships for students in the college’s baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality management majors. Tramonto and Folse, who separately have received the highest honors in culinary arts and have authored several award-winning cookbooks, offered additional talks for the public in the Madigan Library, where they endeavored to inspire students to pursue both big dreams and a career of service to others. Together, the pair are the founders of Home on the Range: Folse Tramonto Restaurant Development LLC. Their first joint venture, Restaurant R’evolution, opened in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 2012 and was named Restaurant of the Year by New Orleans Magazine. In 2014, they opened Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Wressell, who was pastry chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for 19 years, has led gold-medal U.S. teams in the World Pastry Team Championship and Le Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in France, and has brought home many medals himself. Gardner is the chef at Dizengoff in Philadelphia and was, while working at Zahav, featured in a PhillyVoice article that highlighted “six talented Philly sous chefs making their bosses look good.”

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Applauding the Helpful Hands in ‘Hands-On’ Education

With the donor wall reflecting an atmosphere of appreciation, President Gilmour addresses the gathering as Debra M. Miller prepares to present gifts to contributors.

Jacob J. Sandfort, a hospitality management freshman from Wyalusing, adds finishing touches to the culinary array.

Carl N. Beaver, an inductee to the Pillar Society, receives a pin and appreciation from the president.

Representing the Student Government Association is its president, Caleb E. Cartmell, a junior in automotive management technology from Honesdale.

The SASC lobby offers a lovely setting for celebration.

The individual and corporate benefactors who donate to scholarships, laboratory equipment and other encouragement for Penn College students were celebrated at Tuesday evening’s 13th annual Donor Wall Recognition Reception, held in the Student & Administrative Services Center. President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized contributors whose names have been added to the Donor Wall in the SASC lobby, as well as those whose enduring generosity carried them to heightened plateaus of giving. Gilmour also acknowledged the service of Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, who was directing her final Donor Wall reception due to her upcoming retirement.

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Alumnus Delivers Airbus Donation to Penn College Alma Mater

Students look over part of the Airbus donation in the Aviation Center hangar.

A generous donation of $275,000 worth of airplane parts will enhance the real-world instructional environment for aviation students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

David J. Barr, a quality management inspector with Airbus who graduated from Penn College with an aviation technology degree in 1997, brought the equipment to the Lumley Aviation Center hangar during the fall semester.

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Students Helping Students Through Annual Silent Auction

SGA The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its annual Silent Auction on Friday, April 28, to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund.

The auction will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Madigan Library. All proceeds from the event – which is open to the public – will go directly toward increasing the endowment of the fund, which currently awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to students who play leadership roles at the college.

“The Student Government Association’s annual Silent Auction is just one of many great examples of Penn College students supporting one another,” said Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities. “The auction is a big undertaking, but SGA members know the impact scholarships like the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship can have on their fellow students.”

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Couple Establishes Scholarship for Veterans’ Benefit

Joann and R. David Kay have established a scholarship fund at Penn College to assist students serving in the reserves.

Two retirees’ advocacy for Pennsylvania College of Technology and the military is reflected in their establishment of a scholarship fund to assist veterans enrolled at the institution.

The R. David and Joann Kay Veterans Scholarship will give preference to full-time students serving in the reserves of any branch of the armed forces who have completed at least two semesters at Penn College with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

“As longtime supporters of the college, David and Joann have witnessed firsthand how scholarship support positively impacts the lives of our students,” said Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement. “We are most grateful for their continued support of Penn College through this scholarship to benefit our veteran students.”

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Culinary Giants Join Forces for 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef

In early April, Pennsylvania College of Technology will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Visiting Chef Series with the return, for the seventh time, of “Louisiana’s culinary ambassador to the world,” Chef John Folse, along with Folse’s renowned restaurant partner Chef Rick Tramonto, internationally heralded Pastry Chef Donald Wressell, and Chef Elaine Gardner, a 2011 Penn College graduate who has already made a name in Philadelphia’s food industry.

During their stay, the chefs will offer book talks for the public, share insights in classrooms and work alongside students to prepare an elegant, five-course fundraising dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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Hypertherm Entrusts Equipment to Penn College Welding Program

Hypertherm is entrusting equipment to Penn College for instructional use in its welding program. From left are Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Brent Malik, regional sales manager for Hypertherm; Max Williams, district sales manager for Hypertherm; and Dave Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies at Penn College.

Hypertherm, a Hanover, New Hampshire-based manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems used in industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing and automotive repair, is entrusting equipment to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in its welding program.

Penn College and Hypertherm have entered into a two-year agreement for two Hypertherm Powermax105® plasma system units and three Hypertherm Powermax65® plasma system units. The company, which was founded in 1968 and has 1,300 associates worldwide, previously provided educational software to the college in 2015.

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Young Entrepreneur Honored at Chamber Education Celebration

Penn College alumnus John R. Yogodzinski (’07, graphic communications management) is joined by Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement (left), and Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations, at the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Education Celebration.

A young entrepreneur who has created a vibrant marketing company while also playing a role in Williamsport’s emerging arts scene received an Alumni of the Year Award at the 16th annual Education Celebration hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night at the Williamsport Country Club.

John R. Yogodzinski III, a 2007 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, was among those honored at the event that recognizes alumni, educators and students nominated by their educational institutions, and celebrates the cooperation among Lycoming County school districts, colleges, and business and industry.

Yogodzinski is CEO of The Graphic Hive and director of Converge Gallery, both in downtown Williamsport. He launched The Graphic Hive in 2009 and the gallery, originally named Grey Art Gallery, in 2011.

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PPL Gift to Support Programs for High School Students

A $3,000 gift from PPL will help to support Pennsylvania College of Technology programs that provide innovative educational experiences to hundreds of Pennsylvania high school students.

The gift will benefit the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.

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Penn College Announces Donation of Vehicles by FedEx Freight

Amid six trucks that were donated in the past year, FedEx Freight representatives and Penn College faculty gather outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center to share career advice with diesel technology students.

Five trucks – four Volvos and a Kenworth, all in the 2003-08 model-year range – have been added to the instructional fleet in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment technology program through ongoing support from FedEx Freight.

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UGI’s $25,000 Gift Supports Programs for High Schoolers

Elizabeth A. Biddle, left, director of corporate relations for Penn College, accepts a gift of $25,000 from Ann Blaskiewicz, community relations manager north for UGI Utilities. The gift supports the college Penn College NOW and SMART Girls programs, both of which promote technology education for high school students.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is the recent recipient of a $25,000 gift from UGI Utilities Inc. that will benefit innovative programs that serve hundreds of high school students.

The donation will help to support the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and its SMART Girls summer camp.

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First National Bank Gives $10,000 to Programs for High Schoolers

Representatives of First National Bank present a $10,000 gift that will support two innovative educational programs offered by Penn College for high school students. From left are FNB’s Don Breon, assistant vice president/treasury management; Dan Hooper, market manager/vice president; and Peter Bower, team leader/vice president; with Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

First National Bank representatives recently delivered a $10,000 gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology to help support its SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs, innovative offerings that benefit hundreds of high schoolers.

SMART Girls is a summer camp on the Penn College campus for girls in grades nine to 11. “SMART” stands for Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies. At the camp, girls experience math and science as a foundation for careers in technology. During the 2016 event, the girls explored entrepreneurship, innovation and digital fabrication as they designed a business plan, a 3-D printed product and marketing materials.

Penn College NOW is the college’s nationally accredited dual-enrollment program. It enables academically qualified high school students to earn college credit through courses taught by Penn College-approved teachers at their high school or career and technology center. Forty-two such schools participate in Penn College NOW.

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Stabler Foundation Delivers Additional Scholarship Support

An endowment established in 2015 at Pennsylvania College of Technology with a $530,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg is receiving an additional $540,000 in support from the foundation.

The $540,000 will support scholarships for students in the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program who matriculate to Penn College as full-time students.

Penn College NOW is a nationally accredited dual-enrollment program. Penn College courses are taught by approved teachers at high schools and career and technology centers. There is no tuition cost to the participating students, and the program currently works with 42 partners across Pennsylvania.

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Longtime Industry Partner Entrusts Welding Equipment to College

Representatives from Penn College’s welding department and Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. mark the company’s equipment loan to the program. From left are Matt W. Nolan, welding instructor; Michael C. Schelb, welding lecturer; Rick Conrad, field application engineer at Miller; Rick Scharenbroch, industrial district manager at Miller; and Timothy S. Turnbach, welding instructor.

A leading welding company is augmenting its strong relationship with Pennsylvania College of Technology by entrusting nearly $250,000 worth of equipment to the school.

Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. made the two-year equipment loan to benefit approximately 350 welding students at the college. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, an associate degree in welding technology, or a certificate in welding will use the entrusted arc welding equipment.

“We greatly appreciate Miller Electric’s generosity and commitment to welding’s future,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Their continued support of our current students, not to mention many of our graduates, is a testament to the quality of our welding department at Penn College.”

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Waste Management Gift Benefits Innovative Educational Programs

Brian Fuhrman, public sector solutions major account manager for Waste Management, presents a check to Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Pennsylvania College of Technology. The $8,500 gift will support the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp. Both are for high school students.

Waste Management recently provided $8,500 to Pennsylvania College of Technology to help support two innovative programs that serve high school students throughout Pennsylvania.

The gift will be used for the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.

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