News: Health Sciences

The Power of an Ally: Academic Mentors Provide Another Resource for Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

A student faced with leaving school remains, thanks in large part to an academic mentor who went the extra mile to seek help from other staff. Academic mentors are Penn College employees who volunteer to meet regularly with students who seek guidance and moral support. Read the full story in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue.

Newscast Spotlights Penn College Presence at LLWS

Penn College on WBRE

Penn College on WBRE

Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited South Williamsport on Monday for a story about Penn College physician assistant students serving on the medical team for the Little League Baseball World Series. The piece premiered in the 5 p.m. newscast and featured interviews with students Donald Wieder, of Williamsport, and Jason A. Genco, of Middleburg, and Sue Swank-Caschera, assistant professor, physician assistant.

Dozens of Students to Serve on World Series Medical Team

Pennsylvania College of Technology students studying to become physician assistants, paramedics and dental hygienists are lending their hands and gaining valuable cultural and practical experience at the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series.

Little League’s first games were played 75 years ago just a few blocks from Penn College’s main campus, and the 11-day World Series draws thousands of fans from around the world to watch 11- to 13-year olds display athletic skill and some of the best sportsmanship on television.

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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.

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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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