Health Sciences Students to Help at Little League World Series

When 16 competing baseball teams and thousands of fans congregate for the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, nearly 60 Pennsylvania College of Technology students will take shifts at the 10-day event to help safeguard their health.

Students enrolled in emergency medical services majors will volunteer alongside paramedics from Susquehanna Health, who will mentor the students as they remain on-call in the stadium for the thousands of spectators who attend the series. Thirteen emergency medical services students have volunteered for seven-hour shifts, some signing up for multiple stints.

Physician assistant students, all juniors and seniors in the professional phase of the bachelor-degree program, will staff the infirmary in the “Grove,” the residential area set aside for teams at the Little League complex.

Forty-six students, under the guidance of Penn College’s physician assistant faculty, will provide around-the-clock urgent care for the players, coaches and their hosts, or “aunts” and “uncles,” taking on 12-hour shifts in the infirmary from Aug. 13, when the first teams arrive, until the series’ conclusion Aug. 26.

Students in both programs gain experience in providing for the public health during a large-scale, international event. They must pass several security screenings and receive special training to participate. Just as important as practicing clinical skills, participating in the Little League World Series reinforces students’ lessons in community service, volunteerism and the role of health-care professionals in promoting public health, all of which are emphasized in the college’s School of Health Sciences.

The students schedule their Little League shifts around their required classes and clinical field work. The Little League World Series is just one of many community-health activities for which Penn College’s health sciences students volunteer each year.

“It gives you a little bit of a feeling of what it’s like to be on call,” said Tyson D. Gillmen, a physician assistant student from Tyrone, who participated in the World Series coverage in 2006 and is set to take a shift again. “It was nice to finally get out there and be able to apply what you’ve learned and to be able to give back to the community to be part of something.”

The following students enrolled in emergency medical services majors who are pursuing a certificate in paramedic technology or an associate degree in emergency medical services are scheduled to volunteer at the 2007 Little League Baseball World Series: Melanie L. Austin, Danville; Bryan C. Baird, Williamsport; Matthew P. Elliott, Martinsburg; Jasmine Elmore, Dover; Kenneth E. Gates, Fallentimber; Thomas A. Hammond, State College; Heather L. Laird, Unityville; Matthew D. Rodgers, Lock Haven; Alfred P. Scott Jr., Montgomery; Rebecca L. Scura, Glenmoore; Christopher D. Snyder, Muncy; Julie M. Steele, Liberty; and Jason R. Yarnell, Bellefonte.

The following physician assistant students are scheduled to help staff the infirmary at the event: Clare M. Altemus, Williamsport; Amanda L. Ault, Milan; Nathan D. Badman, Hummels Wharf; Kelly Ann Bevilaqua, Dallas; Stacy L. Bollinger, Mount Pleasant Mills; Nathan P. Carr, Rome; Mandy L. Corman, Snow Shoe; Terry E. Cropf, Danville; Jennifer A. Daya, Williamsport; Sarah E. Droddy, Lincoln, Del.; Nathan P. Fenstermacher, Muncy Valley; Kellie E. Flock, Middleburg; Jennifer L. Fritz, Millville; Tyson D. Gillmen, Tyrone; Kati J. Glick, Lewistown; Allison M. Gorenflo, Lawrenceville; Sylvia A. Graczyk, Allentown; Michelle L. Hartford, Canton; Kayla N. Heimbach, Danville; Jon D. Hemphill, Watsontown; Kevin A. Hickman, Benton; Stephanie R. Krick, Pottsgrove; Sarah J. Landis, Lititz; Bethany K. Lavallee, South Williamsport; Timothy P. Matter, Milton; Helen Miller, Avis; Justin R. Mize, Williamsport; Claire E. Most, Trout Run; Anthony Ocasio, Bethlehem; Amy L. Onderko, Gillett; Amy J. Pencek, Nicholson; Matthew E. Plank, Shamokin Dam; Natalie R. Plavi, Elderton; Alexander S. Roy IV, Montoursville; Hannah L. Settle, Lewistown; Parita S. Shah, Ridgefield Park, N.J.; Megan M. Shellenberger, Bloomsburg; Amanda L. Smith, Theresa, N.Y.; Jeremy R. Tipton, Lewistown; Brian R. Walters, Palmyra; Bryan S. Walters, Montoursville; Rebecca Weaver, Williamsport; William B. Weikert, York; Shannon M. Wesche, Angelica, N.Y.; Stacey A. Masteller, New Albany; and Heather A. Yost, Danville.

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