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Dental Hygiene Students Offer Care at Nicaraguan School

Penn College dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration student Carrie M. Derk, of Chambersburg, offers a demonstration of proper tooth-brushing technique to children in the Santo Domingo neighborhood of Managua, Nicaragua

Six Pennsylvania College of Technology students and their instructor recently traveled to Nicaragua, where they provided dental care for students at a school for very poor children.

La Escuelita (The Little School) is in the Santo Domingo section of the city of Managua. The community was declared uninhabitable following a 1972 earthquake, but the poorest of the city continued to settle in the area. Still, much of Santo Domingo has not been rebuilt. Many adults hold informal jobs selling food and drinks at the large Oriental Market.

“The most surprising experience in Nicaragua was to see these children and their families who had so little, but were so happy in life,” said student Carrie M. Derk, of Chambersburg.

“Everyone was so warm and friendly,” added Claudia N. Naylor, of Littlestown. “I expected to see despair, but instead I saw people with a zest for life.”

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State Cabinet Officials Tour Campus on ‘Jobs’ Visit

With campus beauty all around, including the "Student Bodies" art installation spanning the campus mall, the group takes a shady stroll north from the ATHS.

Stopping by the dental hygiene lab

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour (left) walks with Secretary Manderino and others alongside the robotic welding stations.

Michael K. Patterson, a member of the college's welding faculty, scores a hit with his impressive work-in-progress: a larger-than-life baseball glove, complete with welded metal strands to simulate stitching.

Secretary Davin, at the podium

Two cabinet secretaries from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration continued the “Jobs That Pay” tour in a Monday visit to Penn College, where they focused on workforce development and employer-training initiatives within the governor’s proposed 2015-16 budget for the commonwealth. Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis M. Davin and Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy M. Manderino toured the college’s dental hygiene and welding labs, instructional areas that could benefit from a proposed increase in state appropriation. A press conference followed in the welding lab.

Students Get Down-to-Earth Perspective as ‘Life Flight’ Makes Return Landing

One of Geisinger’s Life Flight helicopters provides a morning learning experience on the library lawn.

Emergency medical services students listen attentively to practical information about Life Flight landings.

Students get hands-on practice, securing a classmate to be “loaded” onto the helicopter.

One of Geisinger Health System’s Life Flight crews landed a helicopter on the Madigan Library Lawn on Thursday for the benefit of students in the college’s emergency medical services and paramedic technician majors. The crew detailed procedures for emergency medics when a helicopter is called to an emergency scene, and the students practiced loading a classmate into the chopper. Life Flight averages 2,500 flights per year with seven helicopters that are equipped for adverse weather conditions and night vision. In-air crew consists of a pilot, a flight registered nurse and a paramedic trained in the areas of neonatal, pediatric and adult critical care. Many Penn College alumni have served in the Life Flight program.

Young Athletes Trained in Proper Technique at Monthlong Day Camp

John M. Arrigonie, exercise science faculty member, makes sure that participants are properly using the cardio equipment.

Campers are introduced to weight training with the college's Precor machines.

Upper-body stretching in the free-weight lab

Arrigonie shows participants proper leg-press technique.

Youngsters learn the correct way to bench press.

A four-week summer program for student-athletes, based on National Strength and Conditioning Association guidelines and taught by exercise science faculty from the School of Health Sciences, continues through July 15. The Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp comprises a morning session for 15- to 17-year-olds and a midday one for youngsters 12 to 14. Penn College’s exercise science major, being offered under that new name starting this fall, is the only such associate-degree program in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the NSCA.

Retired Penn College Faculty Member Granted ‘Emeritus’ Status

Paul "Babe" Mayer

Paul “Babe” Mayer, who taught in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fitness and Lifetime Sports (now Exercise Science) Department for 25 years before his retirement in December, has been approved by the Penn College Board of Directors for “professor emeritus” status.

To be eligible for the emeritus designation, nominees must be honorably retired in good standing and have served the college for a minimum of 10 years, demonstrating a record of distinguished service to students, their department, their academic school and/or the college. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the Promotion and Sabbatical Review Committee and are recommended for board consideration by the president.

Mayer was instrumental in the development and delivery of a number of new courses within his department. He brought notoriety to the college for his training and conditioning work with athletes across the region and for his work in radio and television sports broadcasting. Prior to teaching at Penn College, Mayer taught at Williamsport Area High School, where he was instrumental in developing a personal fitness curriculum.

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Diagnosis: Future – Campers Examine Potential Health Careers

Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for the paramedic program, shows a camper proper hand placement to create a “seal” when using a bag valve mask to provide oxygen.

An important part of a fitness assessment, campers record one another’s blood pressure in the exercise science major.

A camper uses a laparoscopic camera and surgical tools in the surgical technology lab.

With assistance from a Penn College student, a camper positions radiographic equipment as she prepares to X-ray her smartphone.

A camper shows the results of her work in the dental hygiene lab: a model of her teeth.

Penn College’s School of Health Sciences was the destination for 30 high schoolers attending Health Careers Camp, a joint, two-day program of the college and Susquehanna Health. The camp offers students a chance to explore careers in the health care field. Students entering grades nine to 12 attended hands-on workshops Wednesday and Thursday in the college’s exercise science, paramedic technology, occupational therapy assistant, physician assistant, nursing, radiography, dental hygiene and surgical technology majors. To round out their experience, they toured Susquehanna Health’s Williamsport Hospital.

Exercise Science Degree Readies Grads for Expanding Wellness Field

Penn College student Roberto Garcia Jr., who earned an associate degree in May, tracks a client’s performance using a V02 max calculator. The college’s exercise science major educates students in exercise physiology and how the body reacts to movement.

This fall, Pennsylvania College of Technology will introduce its associate degree in exercise science, which grew from its former physical fitness specialist degree.

The exercise science major provides an education in exercise physiology and human movement theory – or how the body responds to exercise. Coursework includes anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of human performance, fitness nutrition, general psychology, and organization and leadership of fitness programs, as well as 215 hours of field work.

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Tragedy Reminds PA Student What Patient ‘Care’ Is All About

Filippo D. “Flip” Borsellino

Pennsylvania College of Technology physician assistant student Filippo D. “Flip” Borsellino, now looking forward to his final two rounds of clinical internships before graduating in August, encountered a doctor, a community – and a tragedy – that have helped to shape his goals as a health care provider.

In September, Borsellino was in the first days of his very first “clinical rotation,” a Family Practice Internship with Dr. Stephen J. Renzi in Troy, when the community was shaken by the death of a 7-year-old boy. The boy had been riding in a cart behind his father’s bicycle when the bike and a pickup truck collided.

Borsellino said that the boy’s family had just moved to Troy from the South, but what he witnessed in the family’s new hometown was inspiring and admirable.

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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.

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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