News about Health Sciences

Exercise Science Students Help Soccer Players Realize Training Goals

Exercise science student Christian J. Mitchell, of Marcus Hook, gives instruction to soccer player Breanna N. Cline, of Reedsville.

Faculty member Judy Quinti teaches form to two players – Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, and Lauren S. Herr of Lititz – who were interested in learning more about lifting free weights.

Students in exercise science are lending a hand to the Wildcat women’s soccer team as players prepare for the fall collegiate season. The students are conducting “10-rep max” testing – determining the highest weight the soccer players can lift for 10 repetitions. Using the information, Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science, will develop a summer strength-training exercise program for each athlete. The idea came from an exercise science student who, for a class assignment, reviewed an article in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength and Conditioning Journal. Penn College’s exercise science major is an NSCA educationally recognized program. Because a section of the article addressed strength gains for soccer players, Quinti decided to forward it to the college’s men’s and women’s soccer coaches. Women’s soccer coach John McNichol responded, sending his players to the Bardo Gym to take advantage of the exercise science department’s expertise.

‘Cross Training’ Classes to Return in Future Semesters

Shakeem J. Thomas, an emergency management technology major from Brooklyn, N.Y., lifts weights in the Field House.

Dara M. McConnell, of Camp Hill, enrolled in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and applied management major Timothy L. Kuntz, of Wyalusing, go through their exercises.

Exercise science major/intern Jacob D. Green (right), of Houtzdale, supervises the class. Working out (from left) are Courtney M. McCartan, of West Mifflin, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; Kashiki E. Harrison, Williamsport, general studies; and Thomas.

McConnell registers progress and determination.

The Penn College Fitness Center this semester introduced Cross Training, the latest addition to its Fitness & Wellness Promotion Series. The one-hour group exercise class involves small circuit-based exercises that are targeted toward burning calories while staying strong and fit. Classes accommodate participants of all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, on various techniques. The focus is on a progressive format that involves components of cardio, powerlifting and functional calisthenics. The Cross Training classes were offered on Wednesdays in the mezzanine of the Field House, and will continue in future semesters. Participation is free to all members of the Penn College community with a valid ID card. “Look for advertised postings throughout campus and at the Fitness Center (Bush Campus Center, second floor) for details about future classes,” said Domenick S. Schiraldi-Irrera, fitness center assistant (who also provided photos). “Bring a friend and we’ll see you there for another great exercise class offered here at Penn College!”

Health Sciences Students Learn From One Another in Simulations

During a three-day set of emergency simulations that involved 320 Penn College students, Timothy F. Schwartzer (in hat), an emergency medical services student from Bensalem, explains to students in other health sciences majors how paramedics would begin treatment for a patient – played by a volunteer actor – who had fallen from a second-floor balcony.

Because a patient experiencing a health emergency will likely be cared for by many health care professionals with differing specialties, Pennsylvania College of Technology has taken an active approach to ensure that students understand the roles and collaboration necessary on a health care team.

The college’s School of Health Sciences took part in two recent events that involved more than 400 students in mock patient cases on its campus.

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Student-Run Seminar Brings Professionals’ Perspective to Campus

Students in Penn College’s health information technology major planned and facilitated a seminar featuring three health information professionals. The students, enrolled in a capstone course taught by Ashley D. Holmes, instructor of business administration/health information technology, are joined by Holmes (far left); Dan Christopher, assistant professor of business administration/health information technology (second from left); and Michelle M. Budnovitch, instructor of business administration/health information technology (far right).

Pennsylvania College of Technology students preparing to graduate in May with associate degrees in health information technology recently arranged a seminar on campus for other students in the academic program.

The 16 students are enrolled in a capstone course taught by Ashley D. Holmes, instructor of business administration/health information technology.

“The students do all of the preparation for the seminar, from the decision-making on locations and what food to serve, to what type of presenters they would like to have speak to our students, and on what topics,” Holmes said. “They do all the networking, lining up the presenters and putting on the seminar that day, as well. This group of students did a great job at capturing the biggest audience we have ever had at a seminar, with 84 students present.”

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Students to Host Fun ‘Puzzle Run’ to Benefit Autism Speaks

On April 16, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Club will host a colorful, 5K “Puzzle Run” to raise funds for Autism Speaks.

The Puzzle Run – named for the puzzle piece in the Autism Speaks logo – is untimed, putting the focus instead on fun. At each kilometer mark, runners will be doused in a different color, ending the race as a living piece of abstract art. Family Ties, a South Williamsport-based band, has volunteered its time to entertain the crowd with its fusion of fun, funk and rock.

The race is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the college’s main entrance, off Maynard Street. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the college’s Student and Administrative Services Center. Registration fee is $20 for Penn College students, $25 for other individuals and $20 per person in a team of four or more.

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Students Selected as Interns at State Professional Society Gathering

Penn College radiography students Jessica L. Reed (left) of South Williamsport, and Abigail M. Hricko, of Nicholson, were selected to serve as interns for the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists annual meeting.

Two students majoring in radiography at Pennsylvania College of Technology were among six from across the state selected to serve as interns for the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists annual meeting in Wilkes-Barre.

As interns, Abigail M. Hricko, of Nicholson, and Jessica L. Reed, of South Williamsport, shadowed the society’s board of directors members throughout the two-day meeting, helping to run event registration, introducing speakers and keeping time for speaker presentations. Alongside their mentors, they attended the society’s executive board meeting, at which they were encouraged to give input from the student perspective.

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Disciplines Intertwine in Collaborative Circle of Care

More than 100 students from Penn College, Lock Haven University, Wilkes University, The Commonwealth Medical College and Marywood University gather in Penn’s Inn to discuss a hypothetical patient case.

Sharon K. Waters (left) facilitated the Penn College wing of the summit, and Dr. Janet Townsend copresented its opening and closing.

A student listens to the input of others in his group.

Students from a variety of health sciences professions sit alongside one another to discuss their perspective and role in a patient case.

As part of an event that spanned northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania and involved 756 students overall, the seventh annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Wednesday.

Twenty-two 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. Penn College was one of six summit locations.

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Dental Hygiene Students Provide Free Care to Muncy Schoolchildren

Ethan Ruhl flashes a smile for Taylor R. Delmonico, of Flemington, N.J. Like all of the college students pictured here, she is enrolled in the dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration.

Crystal C. Harrison, of Dallastown, shares with Madison Stout tips on thorough toothbrushing ...

... and proper flossing technique.

Enamored of the students' clinical garb, Ruhl is permitted to don gloves and a mask.

Using one of the clinic's helpful models, Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin, explains proper dental hygiene to Emma Mitchell.

The School of Health Sciences’ dental hygiene clinic recently held a program benefiting 14 fifth- and sixth-graders from the Muncy School District. Services – provided free by Penn College students in conjunction with Dr. Mary Bennardi, the district’s dentist – included dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatment and examinations.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Dental Hygiene Students Help Protect Athletes’ Winning Smiles

A student checks the impression she made of a student-athlete’s upper teeth and palate, which she’ll use to create a plaster mold.

Student Melissa K. Stabley, of Williamsport, watches as Erica L. Houck, of Wrightsville, separates a plaster mold from its impression. A mouthguard will be formed around the plaster mold.

The Penn College lacrosse club team makes good use of its custom-fit mouthguards.

Students in Penn College’s Dental Hygiene Program provide a service to fellow students while gaining important hands-on experience in the dental hygiene clinic, as they offer to produce mouthguards for Wildcat athletes. Among those taking advantage of the service this semester were members of the lacrosse club team. The American Dental Association promotes a properly fitted mouthguard as the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries.

Students ‘Flip’ for Exercise Science Major

A dedicated group of exercise science students at Penn College is showcasing its flexibility, strength and creativity, thanks to an Instagram account. The students’ moves and poses, a combination of acroyoga and calisthenics, have proved to be quite popular and inspiring – as seen in this YouTube video:

Student Nurses Lead Collection of Hats, Gloves for Center

Members of Penn College’s Student Nurses’ Association gather with a tree full of hats, gloves and scarfs to be donated to the New Love Center in Jersey Shore. From left are Emily L. Gardner, a nursing student from McClure; SNA President Monica A. Flexer, a nursing student from Williamsport; Treasurer Josalynn M. Heichel, a nursing student from Millerstown; and Secretary Chad R. Guiswite, a nursing student from Loganton.

Demonstrating its desire to help keep the community healthy, the Student Nurses’ Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently led a hat, glove and scarf drive to benefit clients of The New Love Center in Jersey Shore.

The center provides weekday lunches, a food pantry and other services in the Jersey Shore area. It is a project of the Jersey Shore Ministerium, a group made up of pastors of the 34 Christian churches and directors of social help organizations in the Jersey Shore area.

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Student Nurses Hold ‘Healthy Hearts’ in Caring Hands

Participating SNA members (clockwise from rear left) are Kasandra L. Smoyer, of Spring Mills; Chad R. Guiswite, of Loganton; Rene Ramirez, of Jersey Shore; and Kimberly A. Lindsey, of Milton.

Giveaways share the wellness message.

An attentive Lindsey engages her patient ...

... as nursing majors provide "on the cuff" answers.

In recognition of Healthy Hearts Week, members of the Student Nurses’ Association volunteered to conduct lunchtime blood-pressure screenings outside the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday. Among the week’s other activities is participation in a pledge, through which faculty/staff and students are committing to healthier lifestyles. Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, said members of the Penn College community can take the Healthy Hearts pledge through Friday in the Bush Campus Center lobby.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Exercise Science Student Pushes Clients Toward Healthier Lives

Enrolling in the exercise science major at Penn College proved to be the right prescription for Zachary N. Austin, who sought to develop skills he could use to help people. Officially recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the two-year major prepares graduates for a variety of rewarding careers and enhances their academic preparation for advanced degrees. “Throughout being here, I’ve learned so much hands-on experience, knowledge. Definitely gives me that experience I need to learn and know, especially when I take it into effect after college,” Austin says in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “What would surprise people about this major is actually all the information and everything they need to learn – with management, nutrition, kinesiology, anatomy, biology, physiology.”

Penn College Appoints Director of Physician Assistant Program

Lynn Eckrote

Lynn Eckrote has been named director of the Physician Assistant Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Eckrote, who had served as a clinical director before being named interim director of the program, began her employment at Penn College in 2014.

“The same high level of enthusiasm, collaboration, dedication and professionalism Lynn brought to our clinical directorship will translate well in her new role as program director,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of the college’s School of Health Sciences. “We fully expect that Lynn will make a positive and lasting impact on the program’s mission of producing high-quality health professionals who contribute effective, evidence-based and compassionate care.”

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College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic Open to Students, Public

The dental hygiene clinic, a learning laboratory for students enrolled in Penn College’s dental hygiene majors, is open to students and the general public. Services include cleanings, examinations, X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants. Examination results and X-rays can be sent to the patient’s regular dentist. The dental hygiene clinic is in Room W222 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.  Appointments can be made by calling ext. 4500.