News about Students

Alumna’s Return Yields Product Insight, Student Aid

Kate Hunter, a 2000 culinary arts alumna, offers career insight to students in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts majors.

Chef Paul Mach records the mathematical results of students’ bacon-cooking tests.

Chris Eckard, of Anchor Food Professionals, talks through boiling point and resulting evaporation – and loss of yield – of cream.

Dylan H. Therrien, left, of Reading, was named a 2017-18 recipient of the Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship. With him (from left) are: Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Penn College; Kate Hunter, ’00, manager of Peak Sales and Marketing; and Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor and department head of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts.

Dylan H. Therrien, a culinary arts and systems student from Reading, learned during a visit to campus by Kate Hunter, a 2000 graduate of the college’s culinary arts technology and food and hospitality management majors, that he will receive the Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship for 2017-18. Jones Dairy Farm, a six-generation family-owned leader in breakfast sausage, established the scholarship for Penn College students in 2015. Hunter is a manager for Peak Sales & Marketing, a broker for Jones Dairy Farm products. In addition to presenting congratulations to Therrien, Hunter brought a lesson in calculating yields, using bacon from Jones Dairy Farm that was cooked and tested by students in Chef Paul Mach’s Classical Cuisines of the World course. The students calculated how much bacon and fat remained after cooking and the resulting per-slice and per-ounce cost of the cooked product. Joining Hunter was Chris Eckard, of Anchor Food Professionals, who added further insight related to dairy products, such as cream and butter. Critically evaluating cost vs. quality among competing products will serve students well in working kitchens, Mach explained.

Student Activities Banquet Honors Campus Luminaries

Front row (from left): Lauren J. Crouse, Student Leader of the Year; Elizabeth L. Landis, of Columbia, an emergency management technology major who accepted the award for Community Betterment Program; Morgan N. Keyser, of Cogan Station, a graphic design student who accepted the award for Outstanding Community Service Program; Hanna J. Williams, New Student Leader of the Year; and Hannah G. Maize, Riverside, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major who accepted the Outstanding Student Organization award on behalf of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Second row (from left): Bryonna A. Aldubayan, Student Leader Committed to Social Justice and Diversity; SGA President Caleb E. Cartmell, an automotive management technology student from Honesdale; Jeffrey R. Hasiak, Greek New Member; and Austin D. Adams, Center Valley, information technology: network specialist concentration, and Ryan W. Conklin, Beech Creek, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, representing the Association of Professional Programmers, chosen as the Most Improved Student Organization. Back row (from left): Everett B. Appleby, SGA Senator of the Year and Student Leader Legacy Scholarship recipient; Josiah D. Stoltzfus, a construction management major from Morgantown, honored for Yell(ow) It Out, Outstanding Program; Jon R. Hallinstad Jr., a residential construction technology and management student from Germansville, who accepted awards including Greek Academic Achievement Award on behalf of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity; Greek honoree Paul M. Lasell, also one of the year's Student Leader Legacy Scholarship recipients; and Gregory C. Hidlay, of Catawissa, enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration and a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity chapter, celebrated for Outstanding Philanthropy and for its new Jump for St. Jude event.

An impressive roster of students and campus organizations recently stepped into the much-deserved spotlight of Penn’s Inn, receiving accolades for their contributions to Penn College and the broader community during the 2016-17 academic year.

Read more

Colorful Floral Creations Greet Library Patrons

The sights and scents of spring fill the library entrance.

Amanda N. Suda, a landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis major from Harrisburg, attractively incorporated a Hogarth Curve into her piece.

A terrarium/mini-landscape, created by horticulture student Katherine L. Kahn, of Williamsport

This abstract work was designed by Magdalen C. Bennett, of Erie, a culinary arts and systems major.

Final projects by students in The Art of Floral Design (HRT 260), an art elective taught by alumna Karen R. Ruhl, are on display in Madigan Library through Tuesday.  The students – who met for lecture on main campus on Tuesdays and for lab work at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Thursdays – had to create their designs using the fundamental skills learned during the semester; and determine the containers, flowers and foliage required to implement their vision. The class, which is open to all academic majors, “provides an opportunity for students to express themselves in a unique art form,” said Ruhl, owner of Special Occasion Florals in Williamsport. “The basic elements and principles of design that we learn provide the foundation for a lifelong skill.”

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.”

Read more

Penn College Unveils New Wildcat Athletics Logo

Penn College's redesigned wildcat logo heralds a new era in athletics.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s long-standing tradition of bold innovation and institutional pride has a new look reflecting those qualities. The college on Wednesday revealed a new athletic logo depicting a strong, powerful and proud wildcat.

The new mark, created by Skye Dillon, of Skye Design Studios (which has experience branding some of the most recognized organizations and properties in sports nationwide), features a full-body wildcat perched atop Bald Eagle Mountain alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River – icons of the scenic landscape surrounding Penn College. The wildcat, shaded in white, metallic grey and royal blue, is oriented with its head panned slightly to the right. The new logo replaces a 25-year-old mark.

“With our move toward full NCAA Division III membership, our athletic teams competing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and full-time coaches who recruit student-athletes to the college, it was time for the wildcat to take on a fresh, new look,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I commend the committee from across campus that guided this process. The striking new logo and related marks reflect a new era in Penn College Athletics.”

Read more

Graphic Design Students Honored for Artistry, Expertise

Among honorees at the annual Flux Student Design Competition was Ainsley R. Bennett's "Surf's Up Kids Shampoo" packaging design.

The artistry and expertise of eight graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been recognized in three award competitions.

Read more

Governance Celebrates Anniversary With Informative Drop-In Session

Outgoing and incoming members of College Council line a stairwell between floors of the Bush Campus Center.

The leadership of Penn College Governance over the past three decades – 16 chairs from past to present – is depicted in a commemorative PowerPoint slide.

A Tuesday celebration in Penn’s Inn marked this year’s 30th anniversary of Penn College’s Governance system. About 100 members of the campus community – students, deans and faculty/staff – stopped by for coffee and cookies, chatted with representatives about the role of internal governance at the college, and shared ideas for the future.  A brief PowerPoint presentation highlighted the history and significant accomplishments of Governance. Among those on hand to visit with were Tina M. Evans, associate professor of applied health studies, chair; Edward J. Almasy, associate professor of electronics, vice chair; and Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science.

Alumni-Led Industry Tours Reinforce Laboratory Learning

Penn College grad Paul R. South (in red hard hat) leads students on a tour of Danzer Veneers log yard.

Students in the Forest Products (FOR 210) class took field trips Tuesday to Wheeland Lumber Co. Inc. in Liberty and to Danzer Veneer Americas in Williamsport. At Wheeland Lumber, the students toured a high-production sawmill, log yard and millwork facility with Penn College alumni Damen R. (’00, forest technology, and ’03, technology management) and Derek E. (’03, business administration: banking and finance concentration) Wheeland. At Danzer Veneer, students visited the log yard and production facility with Paul R. South, a 2016 graduate in forest technology. “Both tours were educational for the students,” said Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, who accompanied the group and provided the photo. “It allows them to see in person and experience the manufacturing environment that is discussed in class.”

Student Interview to Be Broadcast on Public Radio

Fiona Powell’s interview with graphic design student Eliza R. Whyman, of Williamsport, whose work is included in the soon-to-open “Design: 2017” exhibit in The Gallery at Penn College, is scheduled to air at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday on WVIA-FM (89.7).

WTI Reunion Takes Grads on Round Trip Through History

Enjoying the Aviation Center surroundings are John Hertel, (left) ’48, agricultural equipment and repair, and ‘49, electric and acetylene welding, and Ralph Mills, ’58, plumbing.

The Lumley Aviation Center proved to be a popular venue for Friday’s 17th annual reunion for graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a Penn College predecessor from 1941-65. Alumni and their guests, totaling about 75 attendees, enjoyed swapping stories, savoring lunch and listening to remarks by President Davie Jane Gilmour. Presentations on forestry, industrial design, athletics and veterans affairs were also on the agenda. Forest technology students Nicholas J. Fedele and Nancy M. Summers shared their passions for the major, as did Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology. Discussing exciting activities in industrial design were students Dwight D. Alexander, Sean P. Christy and Brett F. Warkoski, and their professor, Thomas E. Ask. Offering insights into the college’s evolving athletics efforts were John D. Vandevere, director of athletics; Lauren S. Herr, a women’s soccer student-athlete enrolled in construction management; and Chris H. Howard, head baseball coach. Chet Beaver, financial aid specialist for veterans services, detailed progress of the Penn College Patriot Scholarship and introduced student veterans on hand to assist with luncheon logistics. Following lunch, Walter V. Gower, assistant dean for transportation and natural resources technologies, took participants on a tour of the hangar, where many reveled in viewing aviation equipment and chatting with students performing various tasks on the tarmac.

Read more

Last updated April 25, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Aviation, Construction & Design Technologies, Construction Management, Forestry, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sports, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 1 photo. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

More Than 140 Students Installed Into Campus Honor Societies

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently held induction ceremonies for three honor society chapters, among the institution’s traditional end-of-semester activities in celebration of student accomplishment.

Read more

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.”

Read more

‘Design: 2017’ Presents Graphic Design Student Portfolios

"Design 2017"

Seventeen graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2017,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 12.

Read more

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.

Read more

Last updated April 21, 2017 | Posted in Dining Services, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 12 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Penn College Students Finish Well at Regional Woodsmen’s Meet

Penn College students Anthony A. Hampton (left), of Clearfield, and James C. Synol, of Bloomingdale, N.J., placed first in the Pole Fell during the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet at Penn State Mont Alto.

A team of Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently competed in the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet, charting Top Four performances in nine of the day’s events.

Penn College was one of six participants in the April 8 competition, held this year at Penn State Mont Alto in Franklin County: Others, in addition to the host institution, were Allegany College of Maryland, Haywood Community College, Montgomery Community College and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

Read more