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‘Happy Hour’ Event Espouses Safe, Smart Decisions During Spring Break

A number of Pennsylvania College of Technology offices again are encouraging students to make wise, safe decisions during Spring Break.

In a party atmosphere from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Penn’s Inn (CC, second floor), information will be provided regarding alcohol, safe sex, highway safety, safe sun exposure and other considerations for students traveling over break and leaving their classes and inhibitions behind. The “Happy Hour” event is cosponsored by Counseling Services, the Student Activities Office, Student Health Services, The School of Hospitality and Dining Services.

The event will feature a nonalcoholic “mix-off” competition involving students from beverage management classes instructed by Chef Paul E. Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts; Neal Palmer, maitre d’hotel at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant; and Alfredo F. Daniele, of Franco’s Lounge and a part-time instructor in the college’s School of Hospitality.

The student-prepared drinks will be judged on taste, appearance and originality.Attendeeswill get to sample mix-off beverages and plenty of pizza, ribs and chicken will be available, as well.

Comprising the student “mock-tail” teams are Casey Balch and Sam Bickle; Benjamin Carlsonand Chris Shaffer (alias ” The Blues ‘Berry’ Brothers); Amy Johle and Evan Turitz; Michelle Mierwald and Darnell Bungy; Ponnie Marcus and Anika Stewart; Lauren Harris and Rob Robinson; Melissa Balduino and Ashley King; and Amber Depew and Rachel Emmons.

Judges will be Marc E. Bridgens, dean, School of Construction and Design Technologies; Ward W. Caldwell, special assistant to the president for student affairs; Jacklyn R. Leitzel, counselor, Counseling Services; Jennifer McLean, director, Counseling, Career& Disability Services; Benjamin Mayer, recruitment and training specialist, Dining Services; Shelley L. Moore, assistant director, Career Services; and Chef Charles Niedermyer III, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts.

Master of ceremonies will be Michael S. DiPalma, counselor,from Counseling Services.

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