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Pre-‘Spring Break’ Event Encourages Students’ Good Judgment

A number of Pennsylvania College of Technology offices again are joining forces with AAA North Penn to encourage students to make wise, safe decisions during Spring Break.

In a party atmosphere, from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Penn’s Inn (on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center), 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. Information will also be available about the U.S. Department of State’s travel alert for individuals traveling to Mexico.

The “Happy Hour” event is co-sponsored by AAA and Counseling Services, the Student Activities Office, Student Health Services and Food 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; Neil 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.

Twelve teams of students will prepare drinks that will be judged on taste, appearance and originality. The winning students will receive certificates and prizes from AAA North Penn; the remaining 20 will receive gifts from the automobile association. Judges will include Fred W. Becker, dean of hospitality; Ward W. Caldwell, special assistant to the president for student affairs; Chef Mike Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts; Kristi L. Hammaker, health and fitness specialist; Mary Lee Kelly, counselor; Barry L. Loner, facilities assistant lead person; and Penn College Police Chief Chris E. Miller. Advanced dining room management student David P. Rhinesmith will assist with the event.

Students will get to sample mix-off beverages, and tropical refreshments will be available.

Masters of ceremonies will be Michael S. DiPalma, counselor, and Michael J. Hersh, assistant director of student activities for programming.

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