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Youngsters Stave Off Decay, Burn Off Energy

Brittany N. Hall, of York, with a young patient who just had sealants placed

The 13th annual Sealant Saturday event, held March 21 in Penn College’s dental clinic, was very successful (and busy). Dental hygiene students provided free services to 56 children between the ages of 6 and 15, and placed 290 sealants. All children also received a fluoride varnish treatment. In the real world, a dental sealant costs $35 to 60 per tooth, so, if you do the math, more than $10,000 worth of free care was provided to help the fight against tooth decay! Downstairs, meanwhile, students in a Pediatric Nursing class staffed a variety of stations in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Sealant Saturday participants and their siblings were invited to stations with painting, Play-Doh, puzzles, chess, Twister, coloring and gymnastics, filling the ATHS atrium with music and fun. (Requirements were that the activities be age-appropriate and not involve video screens.) Youngsters also received prizes, such as Penn College water bottles and lanyards, courtesy of President Davie Jane Gilmour’s office.

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Small-Group Discussions Reflect Big-Picture Import of Health Care Collaboration

Whit Worman, director of Penn College's physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physican assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.

Whit Worman, director of Penn College’s physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physican assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.

Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.

Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.

Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.

Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.

Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.

Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.

As part of an event that spanned northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania and involved more than 1,000 students at various locations across the region, the sixth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Penn College on Wednesday. Nineteen dedicated  faculty/staff facilitators from a variety of health professions, including physicians, led discussions in the Bush Campus Center among students from several colleges and universities who are pursuing studies in a wide range of health disciplines. The Collaborative Care Summit is arranged by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition – of which Sharon K. Waters, associate dean of health sciences, is a member. Waters coordinated the Penn College event, and co-presented the opening session with Dr. Keith Shenberger, Susquehanna Health TCMC, which brought together about 100 students from Penn College, Lock Haven University, Wilkes University and The Commonwealth Medical College. The students participated in roundtable discussions of a medical case, learning from one another how each discipline contributes to a patient’s care. “The goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health professions students for deliberatively working together, with the goal of building a safer and better patient-centered and community-orientated health care system,” Waters explained. “It was impressive to hear what each student contributed to the interprofessional discussion and rewarding to know our students are being prepared to work  as a collaborative team toward quality patient care.” Student participants represented 10 professions, from paramedic to pharmacy to medicine to nursing. Simultaneous events were held in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre at Marywood University, The Commonwealth Medical College, The University of Scranton, Kings College and Misericordia University.

Senior’s Anti-Smoking Project Much More Than Lip Service

Cassandra B. Mohr shares a brochure with Justin C. Osmolinski, a construction management student from Harrisburg, ...

Cassandra B. Mohr shares a brochure with Justin C. Osmolinski, a construction management student from Harrisburg, …

... and amplifies her message through convincing visuals.

… and amplifies her message through convincing visuals.

A healthy life lesson tailored to Penn College students

A healthy life lesson tailored to Penn College students

Mohr holds a student "quit packet," available through College Health Services in the Bush Campus Center. Behind her, real pig lungs convincingly replicate smoking's ill effects: the charcoal color of once-pink tissue.

Mohr holds a student “quit packet,” available through College Health Services in the Bush Campus Center. Behind her, real pig lungs convincingly replicate smoking’s ill effects: the charcoal color of once-pink tissue.

Students struggling to ditch tobacco got a boost Tuesday from one of their own, a School of Health Sciences major who offered both enlightenment and encouragement. Cassandra B. Mohr, of Lewistown, enrolled in the four-year dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, repeated her presentation of “Don’t Let Tobacco Use Cause Oral Health Abuse!” outside the Keystone Dining Room. The prevalence of tobacco use at Penn College was a catalyst for Mohr, who created the peer program to educate students about the detrimental effects that smoking (and other forms of tobacco) can have on the mouth, as well as the rest of the body. Educational materials were available, as well as motivational support for students who wish to set a quit date. The snow-delayed program was a continuation of a series of presentations, as Mohr has spread the word at various on- and off-campus sites in recent months.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Facebook Balloting Chooses 2015’s ‘Alumni Sweethearts’

Bradley T. and Janae B. Rydbom, married Sept. 20 in Strasburg, are this year's Penn College Alumni Sweethearts.

Bradley T. and Janae B. Rydbom, married Sept. 20 in Strasburg, are this year’s Penn College Alumni Sweethearts.

Congratulations to Bradley T. and Janae B. (Rohrer) Rydbom, selected as Penn College’s Alumni Sweethearts for 2015. Dozens of married graduates submitted their wedding photos to Alumni Relations on Facebook, with the winner determined by the number of “likes” received by the end of Valentine’s Day Eve. (The Rydboms gathered a total of 362!) Janae, a 2014 alumna of the two-year occupational therapy assistant major, and Brad, whose two diplomas include a 2012 bachelor’s degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology, will return for an overnight stay in The Victorian House and dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Watch PCToday for more in advance of their trip back to campus.

Sealant Saturday on March 21 Offers Free Dental Services for Kids

Penn College students examine a child in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic during a previous Sealant Saturday.

On Saturday, March 21, Pennsylvania College of Technology will be a host site for Sealant Saturday, an event that provides free oral screening, sealants and education for children ages 7-15.

Sealant Saturday is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, with events held across the state. The Penn College activity is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, which will be staffed by a group of volunteers consisting of local dental hygienists and dentists and Penn College dental hygiene students.

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Lab Equipment Mutually Beneficial to Fitness Students, Bicyclists

Susquehanna Valley Velo Club member Buffy Basile cycles while students Brittany M. Fisher, of Berwick, and Tyler Youngs, of Media, both sophomores in the physical fitness specialist major, monitor her performance.

Susquehanna Valley Velo Club member Buffy Basile cycles while students Brittany M. Fisher, of Berwick, and Tyler Youngs, of Media, both sophomores in the physical fitness specialist major, monitor her performance.

Cyclist Dick Kaiser dons a breathing mask as the CardioCoach VO2 max calculator measures his carbon-dioxide vs. oxygen output.

Cyclist Dick Kaiser dons a breathing mask as the CardioCoach VO2 max calculator measures his carbon-dioxide vs. oxygen output.

Students in Penn College’s physical fitness specialist major took on a voluntary task that helps them gain experience and provides a service to the Susquehanna Valley Velo Club. For two weeks, about 30 members of the cycling club have been reporting to the college’s fitness facilities, where, during separate visits, students use the program’s state-of-the-art CardioCoach VO2 max calculator to test the cyclists’ aerobic capacity and anaerobic threshold. Team members will return in the middle of the cycling season and again postseason to determine how their performance has changed. The experience is valuable to the student volunteers, most of whom will be using the equipment for the first time with on-campus clients as part of their classes this semester.

Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show
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Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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Alumnus, Employee Establish Scholarship at Penn College

Lenore Penfield, a longtime Penn College employee, and her husband, John, an alumnus of the college, have established a scholarship benefiting students enrolled in the dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John and Lenore Penfield have established a scholarship that will benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John Penfield is a 1975 graduate of Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College, having earned a degree in nursery management.

Lenore Penfield is a longtime employee of the college, serving as a faculty member in dental hygiene, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, director of special events and The Gallery at Penn College, and director of facilities utilization/college events (her current position).

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Gallery Announces People’s Choice Winner for ‘100 Works’

Ronni N. Warner, winner of the People's Choice award for "100 Works! - The Centennial Exhibit," stands next to her winning entry, "Past, Present, Future," a blend of three digital photographs, in The Gallery at Penn College.

The creative work of a Pennsylvania College of Technology student captured the People’s Choice award at the close of “100 Works! – The Centennial Exhibit” at The Gallery at Penn College.

Ronni N. Warner, a junior enrolled in pre-applied health studies, won the honor for her work, “Traveling Through Amelia,” a black-and-white print relating to the exhibit’s “Past, Present, Future” theme.

“This photo, which is actually a blend of three digital photos, reminds me of the theme because I can see the past in the sand and the shells, the present by the footprints imprinted on the sand, and the future in the tree reaching toward the light in the sky,” said Warner, a resident of Muncy and native of Bellefonte. “The blend of the photos reminds me of life as a process, and that process includes all of the elements of this theme.”

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Health Sciences Students Talk Team Approach to Patient Care

Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday's interdisciplinary exercise.

Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday’s interdisciplinary exercise.

Students representing nearly all of the majors in the School of Health Sciences gathered in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Friday to learn from one another as they discussed their differing roles in a medical case. The “tabletop” Interdisciplinary Professional Event is designed to help Penn College students understand the perspectives and duties of others on a medical team in the interest of holistic treatment for their future patients. The school provides its students with a hands-on IPE in the spring, when actors simulate medical emergencies across campus.
Photo by Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

Dental Hygienist Visits Children’s Learning Center

Myreta Churba works with youngsters at the college's Dunham Children's Learning Center.

Myreta Churba works with youngsters at the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center.

Myreta Churba, a part-time faculty member and 1984 alumna, recently presented dental hygiene lessons at Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center. Churba is a community outreach dental hygienist with Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Center. In addition to Thursday’s class activities, some children received dental cleanings and screenings on-site if their parents had enrolled them in the program.
Photo by Regina G. Andes, assistant group leader, Children’s Learning Center

Hoss’s Fundraiser Moves Memorial Scholarship Nearer to Endowment

Linda Patrick, daughter of William E. Henry, alongside Mark A. Trueman (left), director of the Penn College paramedic technology program, presents a check to Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement.

Linda Patrick, daughter of William E. Henry, alongside Mark A. Trueman (left), director of the Penn College paramedic technology program, presents a check to Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement.

A recent fundraiser at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House added more than $330 to the William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship, established in 2012 by family and friends of a pioneer in local emergency medical services. When fully endowed, the fund will become a permanent source of financial aid to full- or part-time students in the college’s emergency medical services associate-degree major or paramedic technician certificate major who are residents of Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga or Union counties, and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Preference will also be given to applicants who perform volunteer service in their home or college communities, and who have three years’ or more experience in emergency medical services as a first responder or emergency medical technician. A check for nearly $337, representing proceeds from an Oct. 18 benefit at the Loyalsock Township restaurant, was delivered Thursday to the Institutional Advancement Office.
Photo by Marilyn L. Palmer, secretary to the vice president for institutional advancement

Student Event Raises Money for Charity, Student Club

: Participants loop Penn College’s Susquehanna Street walking mall during a student-organized walkathon that raised money for the I’m Able Foundation and to help occupational therapy assistant students pay for professional credentialing fees.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Club held an Oct. 30 walkathon to benefit both the club and a charity that assists individuals with disabilities.

The student-organized walk raised $1,250, of which $400 will be given to the I’m Able Foundation.

The foundation was founded in 2007 by Chris Kaag, a disabled Marine, to build and support active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities.

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Teens’ Health Among Topics for Dental Hygiene Session, Reunion

Regstered Dental Hygienist Lee Somerville presents a session on teen oral health to a full house at the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Regstered Dental Hygienist Lee Somerville presents a session on teen oral health to a full house at the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Somerville talks about the effects of cola and energy drinks, which she refers to as “liquid candy.”

Somerville talks about the effects of cola and energy drinks, which she refers to as “liquid candy.”

Penn College dental hygiene alumni, faculty and students gather to commemorate the event.

Penn College dental hygiene alumni, faculty and students gather to commemorate the event.

The Dental Hygiene Program teamed with Alumni Relations on Friday to provide a Dental Hygiene Reunion and continuing education session. Close to 100 attendees returned to Penn College for the event, which included a session by Lee Somerville, a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, American Dental Education Association and American Academy of Dental Hygiene, on “Teenagers – What Their Mouths are Telling You But They’re Not: Practical Information on Teen Health Issues.” The event concluded with lunch in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Topics of Somerville’s talk included  oral and overall health issues associated with cola/sports-drink consumption, eating disorders, obesity and substance abuse. The session was presented through a grant from Philips Oral Health.

Physical Fitness Instructor/Alum Running NYC Marathon for Charity

Emily B. Miller, at the Oct. 13 Steamtown Marathon

Transcending the personal benefits of running, an instructor of fitness and lifetime sports is entering this year’s New York City Marathon to bring attention to a debilitating neurological condition.

Emily B. Miller, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences and a 2002 graduate of Penn College’s physical fitness specialist major, is running the Nov. 2 race as a fundraiser for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation in honor of a friend’s father. Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily, creating twisting movements and abnormal postures and making movement difficult. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Miller finished the race in 4:04:25.)

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