News about Health Sciences

Student Intern Coordinates Brunch for Veterans at Rose View

Air Force veteran Willie Keyes sits alongside Bradly M. Lantz, a Navy veteran and physician assistant student.

Ray Fisher, a Marine Corps veteran, shares his appreciation for the event. Next to him is health information technology student Sylvia Bidelspach, of Williamsport, who coordinated the get-together.

The group gathers for a photo.

Chet Beaver (left), financial aid specialist and veterans service coordinator for the college, jokes with Rose View residents and staff.

Rose View resident Joseph Bolden, a Navy veteran, and employee/Army veteran Jeff Fenstermacher chat during the event.

A student serving a health information internship at Rose View Center arranged a Veterans Day gathering for resident veterans to swap stories with student veterans from Penn College, as well as veterans on the nursing facility’s staff. Five students – members of Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity and the Veterans Club – ate brunch Friday with eight residents. Health information technology student Sylvia B. Bidelspach suggested and coordinated the event to provide a forum for younger generations to learn from the older group. In addition to brunch, Bidelspach arranged for musical entertainment by her grandmother, professional vocalist/pianist Coleen Renshaw. The Penn College veterans groups, with veterans services specialist Chet Beaver at the helm, presented a photo collage of the large American flag on campus to the nursing facility. The collage was made by photographer and Penn College alumnus and retiree Fred Gilmour.

Scholarship Memorializing EMS Trailblazer Fully Endowed

From left, Mark A. Trueman, director of the Paramedic Technology Program; Linda Patrick, daughter of the late William E. Henry; Kelle Johnson, his fiancée; Molly J. Durland, recipient of the William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship; Heather, Matthew and Lilly Henry, William’s daughter-in-law, son and granddaughter; and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

The family of William E. Henry gathered on campus Thursday to deliver a check that brings the scholarship fund established in his name to fully endowed status. Henry was a pioneer in Lycoming County’s emergency medical services. He was in the first graduating class from the Williamsport Hospital School of Paramedic Training – the Penn College emergency medical services program’s predecessor – and served many vital roles as a leader, instructor and paramedic. The William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship is open to students in the college’s emergency medical services associate-degree major or paramedic technician certificate major who are residents of Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan Tioga and Union counties and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Molly J. Durland, an emergency medical services student from Dushore, is the 2016-17 recipient and joined the family for a photo. The family gathered later Thursday evening to celebrate the scholarship becoming fully endowed and to remember the life and contributions of Henry.

Youth of Firetree Place Well-Served by Donation of Sports Gear

Volleyballs, tennis balls, pingpong balls and badminton equipment are among equipment donated to Firetree Place.

Exercise science students Connor J. Nettles, of Pottsville, and Daniel S. Fertig, of Turbotville, carry a pingpong table to Quinti’s pickup truck.

A cart carries a sample of the pieces as they wait to be loaded.

Nia M. Romanowicz, of Altoona, adds donated pieces that she later helped deliver to Firetree Place.

Students in Penn College’s exercise science major joined Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science, in loading a delivery of sports equipment for Firetree Place, a community center just a few blocks from Penn College. The college offered equipment it no longer uses in Fitness & Lifetime Sports classes. In keeping with their career goals to promote wellness, the students delivered a pingpong table, paddles and balls; several badminton racquets with shuttlecocks; volleyballs; tennis balls; and goggles. The mission of Firetree Place is to engage youth through enrichment activities and to provide resources that will strengthen the community at large.

Brushing Up on a New Dental Hygiene Clinic

Penn College dental hygiene students are applying their extensive hands-on skills in a newly renovated clinic. The 5,300-square-foot facility, dedicated in late September and featured in a video on college’s YouTube channel, features advanced technology and continues the college’s tradition of offering low-cost dental care to the community.”The clinic has made an amazing transformation. It’s modern, state-of-the-art,” said Alexandra D. Petrizzi, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from Langhorne. “I walked in and a big smile came on my face!”

Donated Pink Gowns Help Focus Attention on Breast Cancer

Dental hygiene students, colorfully cloaked as special agents for awareness

Students completing rounds in the Dental Hygiene Clinic showed their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink gowns during the week of Oct. 10. The gowns were donated by Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store. Other Breast Cancer Awareness-related activities have included a bake sale hosted by College Health Services and Sigma Pi, informational tables in the Bush Campus Center and at the Madigan Library Reference Desk, and a Wear Pink Day for employees on Oct. 7.

Students Head to Guatemala on Nursing’s First Study Abroad Trip

Students Ashley M. Otto and Kelsey L. Maneval pack Penn College backpacks that they’ll leave behind for residents of Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala.

Picture books and Penn College backpacks are among items donated by the campus community for the remote village.

Friend Bear finds a seat in a suitcase for the trip to Central America.

Students glean details from nursing instructor Christine B. Kavanagh. From left are H. Alex Simcox, Christina M. Mossman, Ashley M. Otto, Katherine Santoianni, Maneval and Kavanagh.

A pile of books will help supply a library or serve as waiting-room entertainment.

Five nursing students packed supplies this week that they’ll take to the small village of Nueva Santa Rosa in Guatemala. The students are enrolled in a short-term study abroad course, the first for nursing. They’ll be joined by Christine B. Kavanagh, instructor of nursing, at a clinic in a remote area of coffee plantations southeast of the capital, Guatemala City. The Penn College group will join a larger group of volunteers from Glens Falls Medical Mission, a group based in Glens Falls, New York. The students gathered this week to pack luggage with a variety of donated items, including picture books, toothbrushes, stuffed animals, and touches of Penn College that include Wildcat hand sanitizer donated by Penn College Health Services, and Penn College backpacks donated by Admissions. Many of the other items were donated by fellow students and nursing faculty via collection stations set up by the Student Nurses Association. Students making the trip are Kelsey L. Maneval, of McAlisterville; Christina M. Mossman, of Wellsboro; Ashley M. Otto, of Lehighton; H. Alex Simcox, of Montgomery; and Katherine Santoianni, of Williamsport.

Board Approves Master’s Degree Program in Physician Assistant

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors has approved a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies – the first graduate degree program ever to be offered at the institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

Penn College plans to begin offering courses leading to the master’s degree in the fall of 2017, with conferring of degrees to begin in 2022.

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Ten Weeks to Fitness Victory

During a 10-week cardiovascular training program, Kay E. Dunkleberger meets fitness goals while exercise science student Hailey J. Heistand puts her classroom knowledge into practice.

Colorful equipment lines an exercise science lab in Bardo Gym.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Exercise science students put their knowledge into practice as they help employees meet their fitness goals. Read “Ten Weeks to Fitness Victory.”

Kohler Named Director of Radiography at Penn College

Regis C. Kohler

Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Regis C. Kohler, of Montoursville, to lead the college’s radiography program.

Kohler began his employment with the college as clinical coordinator of radiography in 1987. He then served as an associate professor in the program for 26 years, from 1990 until his appointment to director in 2016.

“We are pleased that Regis has accepted this position as director of the radiography program,” said Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality. “His appointment has been very warmly received by students and alumni, as well as our affiliated hospital representatives. We are very confident his vast experience, professionalism and knowledge will provide exceptional leadership for the program.”

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Penn College Dedicates Technology-Driven Dental Hygiene Facility

Abigail S. Way, of Montoursville, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, reviews features of new workstations in Penn College’s renovated Dental Hygiene Clinic with Dr. John Hayes and Dr. Sharon Hayes, who have served as supervising dentists for the clinic.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a dedication ceremony on Sept. 29 to celebrate its renovated Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The clinic is the hub for hands-on learning in the college’s dental hygiene majors and provides low-cost dental care for the community.

“Having the joy of ‘living through’ three dental hygiene clinics on this campus is quite a milestone,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I am so proud of this new and improved facility. ‘State-of-the-art’ does not do it justice. It’s beautiful, functional and technology-driven – a great addition to our campus.”

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Grace, Gratitude Imbue Lecturer’s ‘Last Words’

Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, welcomes the crowd and introduces this year's "My Last Words" presenter.

Penn's Inn offers an intimate setting ...

... for Tina M. Evans to impart "12 Words That Will Change Your Life."

Sandra Lakey (right foreground) the faculty member who delivered the My Last Words lecture in 2008, is among those attending Evans' presentation.

The speaker talks with Charles T. Crawford, a pre-physician assistant major from Chadds Ford.

Tina M. Evans, an associate professor of applied health studies, delivered this year’s David London My Last Words lecture Tuesday night, providing her Penn’s Inn audience with a dozen deceptively simple words that are profoundly powerful enough to change lives: “I love you,” “I forgive you,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you” and “Goodbye.” The series – which asks each nominated speaker to share purportedly parting thoughts – memorializes London, an associate professor of speech communication/composition who died in May 2008. Evans’ talk will soon be posted to Penn College’s YouTube channel; watch PCToday for notification.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Students Celebrate National Surgical Technologists Week

Members of the Penn College surgical technology class of 2017 gather for National Surgical Technologists Week. Standing (from left) are Travis J. Honicker, of Coal Township; Katelyn M. Bittner, of Williamsport; Melina S. Digruttola, of Spring Grove; Kelob J. Herman, of Jersey Shore; Sydney N. Caurvina, of Portage; Cynthia M. Wilt, of Hughesville; Sarah J. Palm, of Hesston; Janell M. Remensnyder, of Alexandria; and Michael R. Harer of Williamsport. Seated front (from left) are Megan L. Hawk, of Williamsport; Daniele A. Hebert, of Mechanicsburg; Cindy M. Ruiz, of Easton; and Rebecca L. Knee, of Williamsport.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology major joined hospitals and colleges throughout the country in celebrating National Surgical Technologists Week, Sept. 18-24.

National Surgical Technologists Week is a promotional event by the Association of Surgical Technologists to celebrate those who work in the field. This year’s theme was “Get Hooked.” To help educate others about the field of surgical technology, surgical technology students set up a display in the Madigan Library.

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Agreements Clear Path for Students to Pursue Additional Degrees

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently approved articulation agreements with several other institutions to ease students’ pathways to further education.

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The Whole Picture

Cindy Spinello, '84. Photo courtesy of John Gardner, The Lewisburg Studio

Backed by her husband, Greg, right, and former Gov. Tom Corbett, Spinello speaks at the signing of the Pennsylvania Breast Density Notification Act.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Reeling from a late-stage breast cancer diagnosis, Cindy Spinello, ’84, pushed for legislation that could prevent the same outcome for others. Read “The Whole Picture.”

‘My Last Words’ Lecture to Offer Insight, Inspiration on Sept. 27

Tina M. Evans

Tina M. Evans, an associate professor of applied health studies at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will present this year’s David London My Last Words lecture.

Penn College’s My Last Words Lecture Series challenges each year’s selected faculty member to offer thoughts to the community as if they know it was their last opportunity to share insight and offer inspiration. Speakers are nominated by students and alumni.

Evans’ talk is titled “12 Words That Will Change Your Life.” The lecture is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Penn’s Inn, on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center. It is free and open to the community.

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