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Fictitious Patient Teaches Real-Life Lesson on Teamwork

Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing, gathers students onstage in the Academic Center Auditorium for a debriefing.

Students representing various majors talk through a patient’s case with Tushanna M. Habalar, instructor of nursing (in gray sweater).

Michelle A. Walczak, associate professor of nursing, asks students to consider the patient’s emotions as first responders arrive.

Nursing students listen to the outlook of peers in other health disciplines.

The School of Health Sciences held the first of two Interdisciplinary Professional Experiences for Penn College students on Nov. 20, involving more than 100 students from four academic programs in a case study that helped them think through a patient’s health care experience through the eyes of other professionals – as well as the patient. The students gathered in small groups – with at least one representative from each of the involved programs on every team – to discuss the fictional case of “Mrs. Smith,” a busy working Mom whose vehicle crashes when she experiences an apparent stroke. Students talked through the role of each medical provider who will encounter the patient and what information each professional needs to from the others. “The main focus is communication,” said Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing, who helped to facilitate the event. In the spring, the School of Health Sciences will hold a hands-on IPE event, using actors to simulate patients with emergency health concerns.

Masonry Students Aid Sensory Garden, Feel Community’s Gratitude

A “Penn College 2015” brick signifies the workmanship by instructor Glenn R. Luse (in suspenders) and nine students from his Advanced Masonry class, who constructed accessible flower beds at the Lysock View Complex.

Nine masonry students from Pennsylvania College of Technology recently installed accessible flower beds at the Lysock View Complex in Montoursville, receiving personal satisfaction and public acknowledgment of their much-appreciated community service.

The students, from instructor Glenn R. Luse’s Advanced Masonry Principles class, raised the beds to wheelchair height at the Lycoming County Sensory Garden so that disabled residents have an equal opportunity to exercise their green thumbs. In the process, the construction majors – who are used to having their projects disassembled at the end of class – have a tangible and lasting reminder of their shared skills.

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Time-Honored Greetings Return to Campus Mall

Madigan Library

In what has become a heartwarming and eagerly awaited tradition at Penn College, 29 student organizations and seven campus offices say “Happy Holidays” through large wooden cards installed on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The cards will be lighted at 5 p.m. Dec. 2, when President Davie Jane Gilmour announces which were the most popular in online voting. (There will be free cocoa and cookies, too!)

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Series Memento Touchingly Delivered in Honor of Former Little Leaguer

One of the site's two memorial pools shimmers in the footprint of the original Twin Towers.

A Little League pin marks the name of Michael F. Cammarata, killed in the line of duty at age 22.

One World Trade Center, dubbed the "Freedom Tower" during construction, rises into the clear, blue November sky over Manhattan.

A Penn College employee and longtime Little League Baseball World Series team “uncle” made an emotional trip to New York City on Saturday, carrying a commemorative pin in tribute to a former Little Leaguer who was the youngest firefighter to die on Sept. 11, 2001. “As team hosts, we order pins to give to the players that participate in the Series,” said Marlin R. Cromley, a cashier/customer service associate in The College Store, who kept one of this year’s pins in reserve. “The one pin I saved was for this very moment, that of placing it on the name of Michael F. Cammarata. On behalf of the Little League World Series team uncles, I wanted to let Mr. Cammarata’s family know that their son and brother will always be in our thoughts. I placed my hand on his name 32 times – one time for each team host.” Coincidentally, Cammarata’s position number was 9 (right field) and his uniform number was 11 – 9/11. Little League retired that number, which he wore as a member of the South Shore Little League from Staten Island, New York, that finished third at the 1991 Series. It now adorns the right-field wall at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, never to be worn again by any Series player. Cromley and his wife, Brenda, were among those on board a Student Activities-organized bus trip to the city.
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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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College Adds Luster to Silver-Anniversary Train Expo

25th annual Toy Train Expo nears

Delivering tables to Park Place on Wednesday are (from left) Penn College General Services custodians Patrick J. Kimble, Brian D. Hopple, Patrick M. Breen, Joseph M. Rieck and Jeff G. Rotoli.

The 25th Annual Will Huffman Toy Train Expo at Park Place, “celebrating the magic and nostalgia of toy trains,” will be held this weekend at Williamsport’s historic Park Place (800 W. 4th St.). The Expo will  feature approximately 25 operating layouts and displays by nearly three-dozen exhibitors, including three Penn College employees: Max E. Ameigh, noncredit instructor/trainer and a former faculty member in advertising art; Patrick M. Breen, a first-shift custodian at the Bush Campus Center, and his wife Laura; and Cletus G. Waldman, interim director of radiography. The college is well-represented by a number of other traditional volunteers, as well. “We greatly appreciate the support of the Penn College General Services crew,” said Eric W. Huffman, a shipping/receiving worker at the college. “They have faithfully delivered dozens of 6- and 8-foot tables for the Expo’s use for many, many years. And Mike Cunningham (vice president for information technology/chief information officer) and Brad Miller (manager of technical support) have furnished computers to run train-simulation software whenever we’ve had the extra space.” The $2 admission fee for adults includes a hand-stamp allowing access to the Thomas T. Taber Museum, which will feature an exhibit of loaned trains and railroad artifacts in its Community Room; and the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, which will offer guided tours of the 1949 Pullman “Colonial Series” Railcar behind the building. Admission is free for children. Portions of this year’s donations benefit United Churches’ Food Pantry, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and St. Anthony’s Center. Canned goods will also be accepted. For more information – including giveaways, food, locomotive races, and photo opportunities with Santa and other holiday celebrities – visit the Expo website. The Toy Train Expo is organized by Will Huffman’s sons, Eric and Bruce, who are proud to carry on their father’s vision of “a gift for the community for children of all ages.”
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College ‘Giving Tree’ Again Provides Outlet for Holiday Generosity

"Giving Tree" installed in Student Activities Office

Interested in helping a local child in need this holiday season? The Penn College “Giving Tree,” bearing tags representing scores of newborns to 12-year-olds who could benefit from your generous donation, is located in the Student Activities Office. The process for sponsoring someone is easy; instructions for students, employees, organizations and offices are available alongside the tree (Bush Campus Center, first floor) or on the myPCT portal.
Photo by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Sociology Faculty Member Presents at State Conference

Richard Sahn

A sociology faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented two papers and chaired a session at the 65th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, held recently at Edinboro University.

Richard Sahn, instructor of psychology/sociology, presented “The School of the Americas as an Indication of Plutocratic Quid Pro Quo: What’s In It for the Ordinary American?” during the “Ideology and Religion” session, which he also chaired. At the “Quo Vadis? Pennsylvania Sociology at a Crossroads” session, he presented the paper “Sociology Under Attack: Can We Survive?”

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‘Community Cup’ Awarded to Penn College for 5K Participation

The community-minded Penn College contingent

Taking off (and pitching in)

Local programs benefit from local generosity.

Michael J. Reed, interim dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications – and vice chairman of the local Salvation Army Board of Directors – rounds the track on his way to a second-place finish in his age category.

Civic spirit heats up a brisk race day.

Penn College’s representation at Saturday’s Community Challenge 5K Walk/Run at Williamsport Area High School, which raised more than $8,000 to support the Lycoming County Salvation Army, reached award-winning proportions. The event attracted more than 140 registrants and about 50 spectators and volunteers … and the college’s role in that was enough to bring home the Community Cup, the traveling trophy presented to the organization that had the greatest impact/participation at the event. The Lycoming County Salvation Army helps approximately 400 area families each month; proceeds from the race will be used to sustain local support programs such as tutoring, mentoring, food distribution, and financial planning and budgeting courses.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Children Create Fun, Healthy Snacks in ‘Food Art’ Project

"Come into my parlor," says this spider, fashioned from honey whole-grain crackers, pretzel rods, fresh blueberries and reduced-fat cream cheese with crushed pineapple.

Finding the fun side of good nutrition

Apple wedges and grapes comprise an atypically edible race car.

Sharon A. Berger, Dining Services’ registered dietitian, worked with youngsters at Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center this week to create “Food Art.” The boys and girls also practiced their memory and math skills, as they had to remember which ingredients (and how much of each) were required in their delicious handiwork.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services’ marketing assistant

Veterans’ Endowed Scholarship to Grow From VFW Post’s Startup

LeRoy O. Buck Post 7863, Veterans of Foreign Wars, DuBoistown, has contributed $4,000 to Penn College in recent months, half of which will be used as startup funding for a veterans scholarship fund. Cementing the partnership are (clockwise from rear left) David Oliver, post commander; Chester M. Beaver, Penn College's veterans affairs coordinator; and Sarah E. Ruhlman and Jacob M. Heuman, two of the college's Veterans Affairs work-study students. (The third, Michael D. Seitzer, is not pictured.)

A $2,000 donation from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is providing the seed money for a scholarship fund that will eventually assist Pennsylvania College of Technology’s veteran students and their children.

The contribution from LeRoy O. Buck VFW Post 7863 – facilitated by Michael D. Seitzer, a Veterans Affairs work-study student in the college’s Financial Aid Office – kicks off a three-year campaign to endow a newly established scholarship fund to aid those who have either exhausted their veterans’ educational benefits and/or are in financial need.

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Chemistry Professor Published in International Journal

Kelly B. Butzler

The Journal of Chemical Education has published a paper written by Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The paper, “Flipping at an Open-Enrollment College,” was featured in a special 2015 edition of the journal focused on “flipped classrooms.”

Butzler is an avid educational advocate for flipped classrooms – a blended learning approach to standard classrooms. Flipped classrooms move lectures online, outside of class, and move assignments into the classroom, where teachers can provide guidance and answer questions.

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A Grateful College Acknowledges Campus Family’s Service

"Old Glory" waves outside the Student and Administrative Services Center, where the college's military personnel can obtain financial aid assistance.

On this Veterans Day, we salute the Pennsylvania College of Technology students, faculty and staff who have served (or continue to serve) their country.

Members of the campus community – a campus recently honored as a “Military Friendly” institution for the seventh straight year – are encouraged to gratefully honor the commitment of these colleagues, who are among those we recognize through this voluntary honor roll.

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Campus Displays Honor Military Service – Past and Present

Penn College veterans John A. Gondy (left), an architectural technology major from Glenmoore, and Jacob M. Heuman, a building automation technology student from Boiling Springs, staff the Veterans Club "Giving Tree" Tuesday night.

"Empty table" displays again honor veterans' sacrifice.

A seasonal tribute to servicemen and woman, as colorful as it is meaningful, has been added to Penn College’s observance of Veterans Day this year. A “Giving Tree” – donated by David Kay, vice president for college services, and his wife, Joann, former coordinator of veterans affairs – has been placed in the Bush Campus Center lobby by the Veterans Club. People can pay $1 to hang a ribbon on the tree in the name of a family member or special someone who has served or is serving in the military. Different-colored ribbons represent the five branches of the Armed Forces, and there is an additional option to recognize first responders. Money raised goes toward the Fisher House Foundation, which administers a network of comfort homes where families can stay at no cost while a loved one (who is a veteran) is receiving treatment. Penn College veteran students will collect donations through Thursday. Elsewhere on campus, several “empty table” installations pay silent homage to those who gave their lives for their country. An explanation of the displays’ symbolism follows: Empty Table