Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
News about Health Sciences
Penn College Provides Timely Workshop Topics to Health Care Pros
Suicide prevention training was a lead topic when the School of Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a continuing education workshop for health care professionals who serve as educators to the college’s students while they complete rotations at area health care facilities.
According to recent data, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States among 15- to 24-year-olds.
“Suicide has affected our communities, including Penn College, in a very disturbing way,” said Barbara J. Natell, director of the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and one of the coordinators for the workshop. “The problem is escalating to epidemic proportions. Anything we can do to heighten awareness and interventions – with prevention at its core – should be promoted.”
Montoursville Senior Awarded Peggy Madigan Memorial Scholarship
An imminent Montoursville Area High School graduate has been awarded the 2016-17 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship as an incoming first-year student at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Alexandra R. Klementovich, of Montoursville, will enroll in the college’s pre-nursing major for the Fall 2016 semester.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all that she has selected one of the ‘helping professions’ as her intended vocation,” a teacher wrote in support of her scholarship application. “Empathy is one of Lexi’s strongest attributes. She is by nature generous and compassionate. Some people serve others out of a sense of obligation, and students sometimes join service organizations to build their resumes. Lexi’s commitment to service is ingrained in her character, in how she interacts with people on a daily basis.”
Last updated May 19, 2016 | Posted in Events, Health Sciences, Nursing, Students | Leave a comment
Students Bridge Miles Through Smiles
A group of students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration are in the Dominican Republic this week as part of an elective course, International Oral Health Care Experience, taught by Rhonda J. Seebold, part-time instructor of dental hygiene. The students spent Monday and Tuesday in the town of Las Terrenas and are on their way to the city of Santo Domingo. “We had a health fair Monday; tons of kids came,” reported Seebold (who also provided the photos). “We had a long clinic day yesterday. The students loved it!” The students are working with dentists and schools in the Las Terrenas and Santo Domingo communities to provide preventive dental services and dental health education to underserved groups.
Last updated May 18, 2016 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Students | One Comment
Faculty Member, Family Serve Community Dinner
Barbara K. Emert-Strouse, assistant professor of dental hygiene, was joined by her family, including Scott L. Neff, a May culinary arts and systems graduate, in serving a free dinner for the community recently at Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport. The “Pay It Forward” dinner began as a class project for students in the college’s Community Dental Health course and has evolved into a volunteer project for second-year dental hygiene students and Emert-Strouse’s family. The church offers a free meal for the community on the first Saturday of each month, and Emert-Strouse and her family provided the groceries and the manpower to prepare and serve the May edition.
Last updated May 17, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Dental Hygiene, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences | One Comment
Penn College Dedicates Nursing Education Center
On May 10, during National Nurses Week, Pennsylvania College of Technology dedicated its Nursing Education Center.
The Nursing Education Center occupies the first floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Science Center’s west wing. The facility contains 10 dedicated classrooms and seven learning labs serving more than 350 students enrolled in nursing majors at the college.
“The Penn College nursing program began in 1963 with a certificate in practical nursing; today, we offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in support of an increasing demand for highly qualified nursing professionals,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Our nursing degrees incorporate Penn College core values, typified by hands-on instruction and a student-centered learning environment. These expanded and consolidated facilities enable us to produce more graduates for this rewarding career field.”
Last updated May 10, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Nursing | Tagged as gallery | One Comment
It Only Takes a Minute to Find a Lifelong Career
A “Your Class in 60 Seconds” video added to the Penn College YouTube channel visits the Fundamentals of Nursing simulation lab, where high-fidelity patient simulators and skilled faculty converge on students’ path to a bachelor’s degree. “Our simulation experiences bridge the gap between understanding lecture content and on-site patient clinicals,” says Terri A. Stone, assistant professor of nursing programs. “This enables students to feel comfortable as they learn new skills.”
Last updated May 6, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Nursing, Students | Leave a comment
Exercise Science Students Help Soccer Players Realize Training Goals
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.
Last updated May 4, 2016 | Posted in Exercise Science, Health Sciences, Sports, Students | Leave a comment
‘Cross Training’ Classes to Return in Future Semesters
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!”
Last updated May 2, 2016 | Posted in Exercise Science, Faculty & Staff, General Information, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment
Health Sciences Students Learn From One Another in Simulations
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.
Last updated April 21, 2016 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physician Assistant, Radiography, Students, Surgical Technology | Leave a comment
Student-Run Seminar Brings Professionals’ Perspective to Campus
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.”
Last updated April 20, 2016 | Posted in Events, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment
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.
Last updated April 12, 2016 | Posted in Events, Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Assistant | Leave a comment
Students Selected as Interns at State Professional Society Gathering
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.
Last updated April 8, 2016 | Posted in Health Sciences, Radiography, Students | Leave a comment
Disciplines Intertwine in Collaborative Circle of Care
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.
Last updated April 7, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment
Dental Hygiene Students Provide Free Care to Muncy Schoolchildren
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
Last updated April 4, 2016 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Students | 2 Comments
Dental Hygiene Students Help Protect Athletes’ Winning Smiles
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.
Last updated March 10, 2016 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Sports, Students | Leave a comment