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Exercise Science Students to Host Public Powerlifting Competition

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Exercise Science Club will host a powerlifting competition Nov. 14 at CrossFit Montoursville.

With categories for men and women, judged “pound for pound” (how much weight a person lifts per pound of body weight) the competition is open to anyone.

“It is open to the public, and because it is pound-for-pound, it is anyone’s game,” said Herndon resident Rayann J. Levan, Exercise Science Club president and a student in applied health studies: exercise science concentration at the college.

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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.
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.
Campers are introduced to weight training with the college’s Precor machines.
Upper-body stretching in the free-weight lab
Upper-body stretching in the free-weight lab
Arrigonie shows participants proper leg-press technique.
Arrigonie shows participants proper leg-press technique.
Youngsters learn the correct way to bench press.
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.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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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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Bardo Gym Hosts ‘Strongest Wildcat’ Power Lifting Contest

Power lifting contestants show the fun side of competition.
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

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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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Small-Group Discussions Reflect Big-Picture Import of Health Care Collaboration

Whit Worman, director of Penn College's physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physician assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.
Whit Worman, director of Penn College’s physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physician assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.
Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.
Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.
Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.
Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.
Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.
Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.

As part of an event that spanned northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania and involved more than 1,000 students at various locations across the region, the sixth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Penn College on Wednesday. Nineteen dedicated  faculty/staff 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. The Collaborative Care Summit is arranged by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition – of which Sharon K. Waters, associate dean of health sciences, is a member. Waters coordinated the Penn College event, and co-presented the opening session with Dr. Keith Shenberger, Susquehanna Health TCMC, which brought together about 100 students from Penn College, Lock Haven University, Wilkes University and The Commonwealth Medical College. The students participated in roundtable discussions of a medical case, learning from one another how each discipline contributes to a patient’s care. “The goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health professions students for deliberatively working together, with the goal of building a safer and better patient-centered and community-orientated health care system,” Waters explained. “It was impressive to hear what each student contributed to the interprofessional discussion and rewarding to know our students are being prepared to work  as a collaborative team toward quality patient care.” Student participants represented 10 professions, from paramedic to pharmacy to medicine to nursing. Simultaneous events were held in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre at Marywood University, The Commonwealth Medical College, The University of Scranton, Kings College and Misericordia University.

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Lab Equipment Mutually Beneficial to Fitness Students, Bicyclists

Susquehanna Valley Velo Club member Buffy Basile cycles while students Brittany M. Fisher, of Berwick, and Tyler Youngs, of Media, both sophomores in the physical fitness specialist major, monitor her performance.
Susquehanna Valley Velo Club member Buffy Basile cycles while students Brittany M. Fisher, of Berwick, and Tyler Youngs, of Media, both sophomores in the physical fitness specialist major, monitor her performance.
Cyclist Dick Kaiser dons a breathing mask as the CardioCoach VO2 max calculator measures his carbon-dioxide vs. oxygen output.
Cyclist Dick Kaiser dons a breathing mask as the CardioCoach VO2 max calculator measures his carbon-dioxide vs. oxygen output.

Students in Penn College’s physical fitness specialist major took on a voluntary task that helps them gain experience and provides a service to the Susquehanna Valley Velo Club. For two weeks, about 30 members of the cycling club have been reporting to the college’s fitness facilities, where, during separate visits, students use the program’s state-of-the-art CardioCoach VO2 max calculator to test the cyclists’ aerobic capacity and anaerobic threshold. Team members will return in the middle of the cycling season and again postseason to determine how their performance has changed. The experience is valuable to the student volunteers, most of whom will be using the equipment for the first time with on-campus clients as part of their classes this semester.

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Health Sciences Students Talk Team Approach to Patient Care

Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday's interdisciplinary exercise.
Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday’s interdisciplinary exercise.

Students representing nearly all of the majors in the School of Health Sciences gathered in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Friday to learn from one another as they discussed their differing roles in a medical case. The “tabletop” Interdisciplinary Professional Event is designed to help Penn College students understand the perspectives and duties of others on a medical team in the interest of holistic treatment for their future patients. The school provides its students with a hands-on IPE in the spring, when actors simulate medical emergencies across campus.
Photo by Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

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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. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Miller finished the race in 4:04:25.)

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Motivational Marathoner to Share Story of Recovery, Redemption

Janet Oberholtzer

A marathon runner, who turned unimaginable debilitation into enduring determination, will bring her inspiring story to a Pennsylvania College of Technology audience on Sept. 22.

Monday’s presentation by Janet Oberholtzer, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Oberholtzer experienced a number of life adventures far beyond the Mennonite culture of her family’s Berks County dairy farm – she was a seamstress, community organizer and business owner – but nothing would prepare her for May 20, 2004, the day her world changed.

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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

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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

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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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