News: Health Sciences

Penn College Honors Three Alumni at Commencement

Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed honors upon three alumni during Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

Adam J. Yoder, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, received the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award on May 15. Joseph H. and Barbara A. Reynolds, of Williamsport, were presented with the Humanitarian/Citizenship Award during the same ceremony. Michael K. Patterson, of Oval, received a Mentorship Award on May 16.

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Surgical Technology Program Director Named to Accreditation Board

Scott A. Geist

Scott A. Geist, Surgical Technology Program director at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently appointed to the eight-member Board of Directors of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Geist has served as an ARC/STSA accreditation site visitor since 2009. His three-year term on its Board of Directors will begin June 1.

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Bardo Gym Hosts ‘Strongest Wildcat’ Power Lifting Contest

Power lifting contestants show the fun side of competition.

Power lifting contestants show the fun side of competition.

Eleven students (nine men and two women) took part in the recent Pound-for-Pound Strongest Wildcat power lifting competition in Bardo Gym, completing three attempts at a maximum lift across three events: back squats, bench press and dead lift. Upon completion of all lifts, points were measured by comparing the ratio of resistance lifted to the participant’s weight. Awards were given for the top three places in the men’s division; due to the limited number of women in the competition, only two places were awarded. The highest male finishers were Marlin J. Krall, first; Chris Buck, second; and Jackson J. Walker, third. Women winners were Rayann J. Levan, first, and Katelyn A. Wertz. Judges were physical fitness specialist majors Danilo S. Portugal and Sage N. Bumbarger, and Fitness Center assistant Domenick S. Schiraldi-Irrera. Prizes GNC gift cards, T-shirts, towels, shaker bottles and lanyards. Ten to 15 spectators showed up in support of the particpants and the event, which was offered in collaboration with the Physical Fitness Specialist Club.
Photo by Lisa J. Worth, coordinator of Fitness Center/club sports

Practical Nursing Students Raise Funds for Wounded Warrior Charity

A group of Penn College practical nursing students, along with their faculty, recently raised $300 for the Wounded Warrior Project by hosting a dress-down day.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s practical nursing major recently raised $300 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Students in the course Nursing Care for Adults 1 elected to host a dress-down day on April 6. On that day, each student donated $5 in exchange for donning “street” clothes in place of the clinical uniforms (“scrubs”) that are required each day they are in class or a clinical experience.

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Emergency Scenarios Aid Students’ Real-Life Readiness

While students from other majors observe, nursing student Amanda S. Kopczick, of Mifflinburg, takes the temperature of “patient” Kristina N. Varner, of Lewisburg.

Around 250 students and employees from the School of Health Sciences participated in three days’ worth of emergency simulations on campus this week. In its third year, the exercise is known as the Interdisciplinary Professional Event and provides a unique opportunity for students and faculty from different majors within the School of Health Sciences to collaboratively care for patients.

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Kyle G. Stavinski Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Kyle G. Stavinski

Kyle G. Stavinski, of Elysburg, an emergency medical services major, was chosen as the March Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Stavinski, who is scheduled to graduate in August, is an emergency medical technician for Area Services Inc. and has worked as an emergency room technician at Geisinger Medical Center and Evangelical Community Hospital.

“Kyle is a well-rounded adult who has pride in his education and pride in his chosen career,” his nominator said.

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Sealant Saturday Serves 56 Children in 2015, 1,000 Since 2003

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

Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty teamed with community volunteers on March 21 to treat 56 children as part of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s statewide Sealant Saturday initiative.

In the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, which was one of several Sealant Saturday sites statewide, the volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental hygiene students gave each child a dental screening and fluoride varnish and placed 290 sealants.

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Alumni Sweethearts Return to Campus

The 2015 Alumni Sweethearts Bradley T. and Janae B. (Rohrer) Rydbom revisit a special bench in the Victorian House garden during their return visit to campus this past weekend.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s reigning Alumni Sweethearts, Bradley T. and Janae B. (Rohrer) Rydbom, visited campus this past weekend to stay overnight in the Victorian House and dine in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

The Rydboms were selected as the 2015 Alumni Sweethearts, the fourth annual winners of the honor, following a Facebook contest through Alumni Relations featuring 40 wedding photographs submitted by couples who graduated from the college. Their wedding photo received nearly 350 votes (or “likes”).

The couple was greeted by blue skies and greenery on one of the first nice days of spring, and enjoyed a walk around campus – one of their favorite activities when they were dating as students. Among the new features they appreciated seeing were the stainless steel “living walls” and the “These Trees” and “Student Bodies” Centennial art installations.

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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 physician 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 physician 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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