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WCCC Assistant Professor featured in Documentary Film

Westmoreland County Community College will be highlighted in a feature film that began production this fall.  A documentary filmmaker is featuring Vicky Krug, WCCC assistant professor of developmental reading and writing, in the film “Grey Matters” which will explore how teachers are using brain science to help students learn.

The film will follow Krug over the course of her academic year as she implements the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model developed by Dr. Mariale Hardiman, co-founder and director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Neuro-Education Initiative.

Krug became familiar with the model while enrolled in Hardiman’s graduate class.  After suffering a brain injury in a car accident, she practiced the model on herself to recall previously learned knowledge and retain new information with much success.  She is now one of 300 educators around the world who are implementing the model in their classes.

WCCC students in Krug’s class will also be interviewed and their progress will be followed in the film.

The filmmaker will target select film festivals, including Sundance and Tribeca, to seek distribution for theatrical and television broadcast.

WCCC Students win National Culinary Knowledge Bowl Championship

Westmoreland County Community College Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality students were named the national champions of the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl sponsored by American Culinary Federation (ACF).

The WCCC team defeated students from Kendall College, Chicago in the double elimination tournament held at the ACF national convention in Las Vegas. The competition tested their knowledge of nutrition, safety and sanitation, and the art of modern cooking.

The WCCC Culinary Knowledge Bowl team comprises captain Tonia Eisaman of Mount Pleasant, Nicole Cervone of Belle Vernon, Christina Crouse of Dunbar, Ryan Moore of Corsica and Courtney Nalevanko of Crabtree.

Carol Baier, adjunct instructor for the WCCC Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality, served as coach with coaching support provided by Mary Zappone, professor; Cindy Komarinski, professor; Cheryl Byers Shipley, assistant professor; and Carl Dunkel, assistant professor.

“The students devote many hours to studying and practicing for this competition, beyond their academic, work and family responsibilities,” said WCCC President Daniel J. Obara.

“This achievement is a true testament to their knowledge, skills and dedication and the quality of our culinary arts program.”

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