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Reception Offers Sweet Final Project, Honors Scholarship Donors

An edible dragon slinks across the centerpiece cake at Pennsylvania College of Technology%E2%80%99s Spring Pastry Buffet and Donor Reception.The Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation and the School of Hospitality combined efforts recently to offer a reception honoring those who have established scholarships at the college, at the same time providing a unique capstone project for students in the baking and pastry arts major.

The annual Spring Pastry Buffet and Donor Reception, held in May, allowed student scholarship recipients to meet and thank those who have created the funds that help them pay for their college education.

The event serves as a unique final exam for baking and pastry arts students, who planned and executed it, creating not only the desserts, but also crafting chocolate and sugar centerpieces. Preparing the “Asian Delights”-themed buffet involved all the skills the students learned over their first three semesters of studies toward an associate degree.

The students responsible, all enrolled in the capstone course Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentation Concepts, are: Brian D. Cascio, of Nashua, N.H.; Laura B. Immel, of Muncy; Kristan N. Kesslar, of Elysburg; Jonathan J. Lander, of King of Prussia; Krystal L. Lewis, of Athens; Megan E. Lewis, of Pine City, N.Y.; Deandra M. Lupacckino, of Douglassville; Rachel A. Nissel, of Hatfield; Katherine R. Scoda, of Red Bank, N.J; and Tiffany L. Williams, of Tyrone.

The event also offered a final project for floral design students, who created floral arrangements.

In the 2007-08 academic year, the Penn College Foundation made scholarship awards totaling more than $1 million, thanks to those who have created scholarship funds.

Brian D. Walton, a West Chester resident studying technology management, addressed the businesses, organizations and individuals who have created scholarship funds, noting how much he who is paying for his own education and fellow students appreciate the generosity of scholarship donors who provide the financial boost that helps them continue their studies.

For more information about establishing scholarships or making a gift to Penn College, visit online , e-mail or call the Institutional Advancement Office at (570) 320-8020, or toll-free (866) GIVE-2-PC.

For more information about the academic programs offered by the School of Hospitality at Penn College, visit on the Web , e-mailor call (570) 327-4505.

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