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Hospitality Students Saluted at National Restaurant Event

Two students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Hospitality were honored recently at a “Salute to Excellence” program in Chicago sponsored by a national trade association.

Through a rigorous selection process, School of Hospitality faculty chose Kimberly A. Donahey, Bellefonte, a junior in the Culinary Arts Technology bachelor-degree major; and Laura L. Kline, Spring Mills, a sophomore in the Baking and Pastry Arts major, to attend the May 22 event, which was hosted by the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Donahey and Kline joined nearly 200 other students from hospitality programs around the country.

The students attended career-oriented seminars, a job fair and 17th Annual Salute to Excellence Awards Gala and Banquet at the Chicago Hilton. At the awards ceremony, the NRAEF recognized outstanding industry professionals, including John Farquharson of ARAMARK and Richard E. Marriott of Marriott Hotels. The students also visited the 2004 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at McCormick Place.

Donahey and Kline were accompanied by Frederick W. Becker, dean of hospitality, and Chef Paul E. Mach, assistant professor of food and hospitality management/culinary arts and co-host of Penn College’s award-winning cooking series on public television, “You’re the Chef.”

For more information about School of Hospitality programs at Penn College, call (570) 327-4505, send e-mail or visit online.

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