News: Health Sciences

Dental Hygiene Instructor Presents Thesis at ADHA Session

Kelly A. Braun

A Pennsylvania College of Technology alumna and adjunct instructor was invited to present her master’s thesis during the American Dental Hygienists Association annual session in Las Vegas.

Kelly A. Braun, a registered dental hygienist in the dental medicine/oral surgery department at Geisinger Medical Center, earned both an associate degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene: health policy and administration from Penn College. In August 2013, she completed a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene.

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Medical Helicopter Adds to EMS Students’ Real-World Perspective

Life Flight paramedic Gregg Martuccio (center), joined by John Summers, a visiting medical student, discusses the "situational awareness" needed to avoid contact with the craft's tail rotor.

Life Flight paramedic Gregg Martuccio (center), joined by John Summers, a visiting medical student, discusses the “situational awareness” needed to avoid contact with the craft’s tail rotor.

Martuccio and nurse John Harahus secure Stephen M. Yonkin, a pre-paramedic technician major from Dushore ...

Martuccio and nurse John Harahus secure Stephen M. Yonkin, a pre-paramedic technician major from Dushore …

... for transport by student volunteers into the helicopter.

… for transport by student volunteers into the helicopter.

Students step up for a peek inside.

Students step up for a peek inside.

The aircraft lifts off shortly after 9:30 a.m.

The aircraft lifts off shortly after 9:30 a.m.

A four-man Life Flight crew from Geisinger Health System landed outside Penn College’s Madigan Library on Thursday morning to share insight with students in the Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic course. The helicopter, piloted by Capt. Curt Haldeman and based at the nearby Williamsport Regional Airport, stayed on-site for about an hour to answer questions and acquaint the class with the particulars of health-care delivery from above. Later in the day, the students trained in emergency-vehicle operation in a parking lot on the northwest side of campus.

Young Student-Athletes Gain Valuable Training at Summer Program

John M. Arrigonie provides individualized instruction at various exercise stations ...

John M. Arrigonie provides individualized instruction at various exercise stations …

... including agility and speed progression.

… including agility and speed progression.

Youngsters 12 to 14 years old are put through their paces in Bardo Gym.

Youngsters 12 to 14 years old are put through their paces in Bardo Gym.

A four-week, sport-specific summer program continues in Penn College’s Bardo Gymnasium, where faculty in the physical fitness specialist major – the only associate degree in Pennsylvania recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association – work with student-athletes. On Tuesday morning, John M. Arrigonie, fitness/lifetime sports faculty member, helped a group of 12- to 14-year-olds concentrate on such areas as flexibility, cardio, injury prevention and nutrition. The program, Youth Training for Athletic Development, runs through July 17.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Health Careers Camp Tempts High School Students With Rewarding Options

A volunteer "accident victim" is immobilized for transport in the paramedic lab.

A volunteer “accident victim” is immobilized for transport in the paramedic lab.

Campers "crunch" their way through exercises in the physical fitness lab.

Campers “crunch” their way through exercises in the physical fitness lab.

 Jeanne M. Kerschner, clinical director of occupational therapy assistant, helps students appreciate difficulties performing everyday tasks ...


Jeanne M. Kerschner, clinical director of occupational therapy assistant, helps students appreciate difficulties performing everyday tasks …

... challenging them to put on socks with the help of adaptive equipment.

… challenging them to put on socks with the help of adaptive equipment.

A liberating therapeutic tool

A liberating therapeutic tool

An annual collaboration of Penn College and Susquehanna Health this week introduced dozens of high school students to the variety of careers represented within the School of Health Sciences. Ninth- to 12th-graders in the two-day Health Careers Camp attended hands-on workshops in a number of School of Health Sciences labs and took a field trip to Susquehanna Health, getting valuable information and gaining professional insight into meaningful career fields.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Banquet/Reunion Adds to EMS-Related Scholarship Funds

Among the night's alumni honorees are, from left, Scott B. Tempesco, '03, Paramedic of the Year; Tamara G. Ings, '07, Preceptor of the Year; and Amy S. Newvine, '90, EMT of the Year.

Among the night’s alumni honorees are, from left, Scott B. Tempesco, ’03, Paramedic of the Year; Tamara G. Ings, ’07, Preceptor of the Year; and Amy S. Newvine, ’90, EMT of the Year.

Scholarships in memory of two alumni are noted by Mark A. Trueman, director of paramedic technology programs.

Scholarships in memory of two alumni are noted by Mark A. Trueman, director of paramedic technology programs.

Program graduates gather on the PDC patio for a reunion memento.

Program graduates gather on the PDC patio for a reunion memento.

Newspaper clippings, patches and headgear are among the memorabilia displayed at the event.

Newspaper clippings, patches and headgear are among the memorabilia displayed at the event.

More than $2,300 in Penn College student assistance was raised at the recent Susquehanna Regional EMS Appreciation Banquet and Alumni Reunion, which celebrated 35 years of paramedic excellence at the institution. Held at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center, the annual event allowed for reminiscence and recognition among graduates of the School of Health Sciences’ emergency-response majors.
Photos provided by the Alumni Relations Office

Two Awarded Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarships

From left, state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors; Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship recipients Caleb J. Maenza, of Sayre, and Jessica M. Stevens, of Milan; and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

Students from Sayre and Milan were presented with 2014-15 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarships on Thursday at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Caleb J. Maenza, of Sayre, a student at North Rome Christian School, will enroll in the pre-occupational therapy major this fall at Penn College.

Jessica M. Stevens, of Milan, a senior at Athens Area High School, will enroll in the forest technology major for Fall 2014.

The scholarship – named in memory of the late wife of former state Sen. Roger A. Madigan, who represented the 23rd District – may be used to help defray the costs of tuition, fees, books, tools and other required supplies. Applicants are required to write an essay describing the community service they have performed and the value that service has added to the community.

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Mirroring Their Hosts, Career Day Visitors Learn by Doing

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

More than 900 middle schoolers and their chaperones visited main campus Monday, attending faculty-led sessions in many Penn College majors, all to give them a taste of career options. The event, which attracted eight school districts, was coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office.

Teaching Honors Bestowed Upon Faculty Trio at Penn College

Awards for teaching were presented to three full-time faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology during commencement ceremonies held May 16-17 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award to Dorothy M. Mathers, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing.

Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented to Peter B. Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology, and Kevin R. Derr, professor of legal assistant studies.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented to full-time faculty at Penn College who have been nominated by their students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance. Since the program’s inception in 1982, awards have been presented to 95 honorees (30 Master Teacher and 65 Excellence in Teaching).

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Promising Job Outlook Awaits Well-Equipped Penn College Grads

Pennsylvania College of Technology will potentially send more than 900 new employees into the job market this month, and the new graduates are poised for success with their workforce-ready skills and specialties.

“Demand for Penn College graduates remains high,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Programs across campus are reporting graduates accepting employment offers at a rapid pace.”

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Retired Faculty Member Establishes Two Endowed Scholarships

Chalmer Van Horn (left) with his final engineering drafting student, William P. Woodley, in 1991

Chalmer Van Horn, a retired faculty member who taught engineering drafting for nearly three decades at Pennsylvania College of Technology and its two predecessor institutions, has endowed two scholarships at the college, including one that honors the memory of his wife of 56 years, Ruth Ann.

The Ruth Ann Van Horn Nursing Scholarship gives preference to full-time students who are enrolled in the practical nursing major, are prior recipients and are enrolled to earn their registered nursing or Bachelor of Science nursing degrees.

Ruth Ann Van Horn received a registered nursing degree from the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 and worked in the emergency room at Muncy Valley Hospital from 1956 until the late 1960s, when she left nursing due to ill health.

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College to Offer Development Program for Young Athletes

This summer, Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer a four-week Youth Training for Athletic Development program.

Taught by members of the college’s physical fitness specialist faculty, the program will emphasize sport-specific training, fundamentals of proper technique, injury prevention and nutrition education, as well as functional and resistance training.

The program runs Monday through Thursday, June 23 to July 17, with a session for 12- to 14-year-olds from 9-11 a.m. and a session for 15- to 17-year-olds from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Penn College to Hold Three Commencement Ceremonies May 16-17

More than 900 Pennsylvania College of Technology students have petitioned to graduate at the completion of the Spring 2014 semester, and the college has scheduled three ceremonies May 16-17 for those who will march at commencement.

All of the ceremonies will be held at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

At 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, students in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies will march. The student speaker will be Lewis Damase Robinson, of Bellefonte, who will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems and an associate degree in baking and pastry arts.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, a ceremony will be held for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. The student speaker will be Benjamin Michael Schappell, of Mohrsville, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in computer aided product design.

At 1:30 p.m. May 17, a ceremony will be held for students in the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. The student speaker will be Ashley Grace Maietta, of Hughesville, who will receive an associate degree in nursing.

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Hygienists Complete Training in Local Anesthetics at Penn College

Participants in the Local Anesthetics for the Dental Hygienist training program gather recently at Penn College.

Eighteen dental hygienists recently completed a local-anesthesia training program offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Health Sciences and Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

The group completed the 30-hour training program, Local Anesthetics for the Dental Hygienist, on April 6.

The course is designed to provide licensed dental hygienists with the knowledge and skills to administer local anesthesia in a clinical setting. Offered over two weekends, instruction included hands-on application in the college’s dental hygiene facilities, encompassing specific requirements set forth by Pennsylvania’s State Board of Dentistry.

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Simulated Emergencies Help Students Hone Treatment-Team Roles

A crew deals with a kidney-stone attack in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge, preparing to transport the "patient" to the ATHS radiography lab.

A crew deals with a kidney-stone attack in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge, preparing to transport the “patient” to the ATHS radiography lab.

An emergency response, as seen from overhead in the ATHS

An emergency response, as seen from overhead in the ATHS

A simulated angina patient, stricken in the dental hygiene clinic, talks with physician assistant and nursing students after transport to the ER.

A simulated angina patient, stricken in the dental hygiene clinic, talks with physician assistant and nursing students after transport to the ER.

Adam J. Miller, a Penn College instructional development specialist and pre-physician assistant student, captures a scenario on video.

Adam J. Miller, a Penn College instructional development specialist and pre-physician assistant student, captures a scenario on video.

Communication with the "injured"

Communication with the “injured”

To facilitate collaboration among various health disciplines, the School of Health Sciences staged a series of mock health emergencies on campus this week. Approximately 195 students from eight of the school’s programs – Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Paramedic, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiography and Surgical Technology – participated in the event as health professionals, actors and observers. The event presented an opportunity for the students to develop relationships with other health care students and a better understanding of their role. More than 50 faculty and staff members facilitated the event across three days.
Photos by Cletus G. Waldman, clinical director, radiography; and Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

‘Pay It Forward’ Dinner: Comfort Food From a Caring Community

Students Cassandra B. Mohr, left, and her roommate Paige E. Monk, handle pans of meatloaf.

Dental hygiene students made their annual visit Saturday to Williamsport’s Christ Episcopal Church, where they prepared a free dinner for the community.

Known in the Dental Hygiene program as the “Pay It Forward” dinner, what began as a class project for students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Community Dental Health course has evolved into a volunteer experience open to all second-year dental hygiene students, arranged by faculty member Barbara K. Emert-Baldwin. Seven dental hygiene students were joined in the effort by culinary arts and systems student Scott L. Neff (one of Emert-Baldwin’s two sons who helped) and Paige E. Monk, a student in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.

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