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Faculty Pitch Health Careers at Regional ‘Awareness Day’

Wellsboro students learn about dental hygiene careers, straight from the mannequin's mouth.

Justin M. Ingram uses brains to make students mindful of their vocational options.

Shawn A. Kiser, Penn College’s director of dental hygiene, and Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology, collaborated to provide hands-on recruitment at the 2017 Tioga County Health Career Awareness Day. The event was held Nov. 8 at Wellsboro Area High School. Ingram provided an overview on the human brain; Kiser provided the opportunity for students to “clean” a mannequin’s teeth and place dental sealants. The event attracted about 150 area high school students.
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New Imaging Technology Boosts Radiography Students’ Celebration

Penn College radiography student James P. Lougee, of Watsontown, simulates positioning the lab’s digital radiology equipment to take a chest X-ray of fellow student Kayla E. Rosbach, of Forksville, in the renovated radiography lab.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s radiography major are celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week, Nov. 5-11. The week recognizes the vital work of radiologic technologists across the nation.

The celebration, sponsored by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, is scheduled each year during the week that includes Nov. 8 to commemorate the discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on that date in 1895.

In Penn College’s radiography program, students used the week to show off a new digital radiology suite, which uses digital X-ray sensors rather than conventional film. The system includes a wireless receptor – so that the digital images captured by the new equipment can be shared wirelessly – and a mini picture archiving communication system, which allows each student to maintain a portfolio of images that they can access anywhere.

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Dental Hygiene Program Hosts Oral Health Conference

Dental professionals from across northcentral Pennsylvania attend the 16th annual Oral Health Conference in Penn’s Inn.

Tom Viola, speaker, teacher, author and registered pharmacist, provides insight on pain management in the dental profession.

The dental hygiene program hosted the Northcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center’s 16th annual Oral Health Conference on Oct. 27. The event was held in Penn’s Inn and attracted 200 dental professionals from across the state. The audience included 81 graduates of the Penn College program and 36 second-year dental hygiene students. Rhonda S. Walker, alumni relations specialist, and Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations, attended to welcome the alumni group to campus. The keynote speaker was Tom Viola, registered pharmacist and certified consultant pharmacist, who provided a presentation on the pharmacological aspects of pain management for dental professionals titled “I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain!”
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A Sun-day in Name Only … but, Oh, What a Day!

Pottstown residents Tom, Kim and Jason Francis pause during their soggy stroll for a portrait in campus exploration.

Umbrellas were the most coveted accessory, but nowhere near as essential as the information that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall Open House carried home. Held across the institution’s awe-inspiring campuses, the autumn tradition delivered tours; priceless exchanges with helpful members of the campus community; valuable exposure to student life with those who live it; and close-up views of the newest majors at a 103-year-old institution that never shows its age.

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Last updated October 29, 2017 | Posted in Admissions, Alumni, Business & Hospitality, College Store, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, General Information, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Sports, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 51 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Physical Therapist Assistant Club’s Food Drive Helps Campus Pantry

Penn College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club collected boxes of nonperishable food on campus and at physical therapy clinics across the region as part of the Global Physical Therapy Day-of-Service.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club harvested a plentiful crop to benefit The Cupboard at Penn College, an on-campus food pantry that assists students and their families.

The club initiated a 10-day food drive to coincide with the American Physical Therapy Association’s Global PT Day-of-Service, observed Oct. 14 as part of the association’s National Physical Therapy Month.

National Physical Therapy Month recognizes the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have on improving the human experience and the world’s health. The students’ participation in Global PT Day-of-Service joined them with thousands of physical therapy staff and students around the world who volunteered in many ways.

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Nursing Students Start Weeklong Mission to Guatemala

The students are taking a variety of items to donate, including Penn College hand sanitizer and backpacks, toothbrushes, children’s books, hair ties and sunglasses.

The adventurous group (from left): Rene Ramirez, Maggie K. Calkins, Glendalis Guadarrama, Christine B. Kavanagh, Mikaila E. Lugo-Schlegel and Sarah J. Schick.

The group will take an assortment of educational items.

Nursing students in Explorations in Global Health Care, a study abroad course, held a packing party in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center on Thursday. By noon Friday, the group is expected to land in Guatemala, where they’ll be transported two hours by bus to their hotel near Santa Rosa, Guatemala. There, they will spend seven days working at a medical clinic with volunteers from Glens Falls Medical Mission. Making the trip to rural Guatemala are Penn College students Maggie K. Calkins, of Bloomsburg; Glendalis Guadarrama, of Avondale; Mikaila E. Lugo-Schlegel, of Lebanon; Rene Ramirez, of Venezuela; and Sarah J. Schick, of Williamsport, with Christine B. Kavanagh, instructor of nursing.

Dental Hygiene Clinic Holds ‘Pink Out’ for Breast Cancer Awareness

The college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic takes on a pink hue as students and faculty don pink gowns for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Penn College’s dental hygiene program helped to promote National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this week. While treating patients in the Dental Hygiene Clinic on Thursday and Friday, second-year students and their faculty donned pink gowns, creating a clinicwide “pink out.”

‘Career Day’ Opens Doors of Exploration for Curious Teens

Automated manufacturing technology student Aren T. Way (right) of Jersey Shore, demonstrates an industrial-scale robot during a session on “Industrial Robotics, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, and CNC Machine Tools.”

More than 900 high schoolers, hailing from 28 school districts, spent Thursday on campus for the College Transitions Office’s Career Day. Faculty and students from all six of the college’s academic schools and all three campuses spent their Fall Break day off providing close to 50 career-exploration sessions for the visitors, exposing them to dozens of the college’s “degrees that work” offerings. A few of the districts traveled as much as two hours to attend. Among the highlights was a half-day session by the Penn College accounting, finance and business administration departments and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants that featured not only information about Penn College’s technology-laden degrees, but talks by guest speakers Michael Colgan, CEO of PICPA, and Joseph Siebert, president of PICPA, about future work in these fields as firms must protect clients’ financial information, and accountants can aid investigations via “forensic accounting.” Following the presentations and a Q&A with a panel of Penn College accounting and finance students, the 200 high school participants attended an etiquette lunch in the Field House.

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Last updated October 13, 2017 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, College Transitions, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 19 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

PA Program Again Celebrates Physician Assistant Week

Penn College physician assistant students practice their suturing skills. During National Physician Assistant Week, the Penn College physician assistant program is celebrating the announcement of its continued accreditation through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has much to celebrate during 2017’s National Physician Assistant Week.

An initiative of the American Academy of PAs, National PA Week takes place Oct. 6-12 each year. This week, more than 115,500 physician assistants celebrate the profession’s contributions to the nation’s health and increase public awareness of the important role PAs play in collaboration with physicians in providing patient-centered health care. Commemorating the first PA graduates from Duke University in 1967, this year also marks 50 years of the PA profession.

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County’s School Nurses Hold Development Day on Campus

School nurses visit SimMom, a high-fidelity mannequin that has a pulse, breathes, talks and has contractions as she delivers a mannequin baby. Several served as delivery nurses in a simulation coordinated by Jessica L. Bower (center), simulation laboratory coordinator.

Penn College’s Nursing Education Center was the site on Monday for Lycoming County School Nurses Professional Development Day. During a morning “skills update,” the school nurses toured the college’s nursing laboratories with Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator. During the remainder of the daylong campus visit, the 40 participants attended meetings and educational sessions by physical therapist Amy Vandermark of UPMC Susquehanna and Tracy Haas-Ungard, programs and services director for North Central Sight Services, and discussed issues in school nursing as submitted by the group.

Healthy Dose of Data

Lyndsey Diehl, who received a bachelor’s degree in health information management online in 2013, secured the position of trauma data quality specialist with the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation.

Joseph Travagline had a healthy career in IT before seeking work in health care. With a degree in health information management – earned via distance learning in 2015 – he leads a team that supports 7,500 Johns Hopkins medical staff members.

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: Health information management alumni help patients without ever gowning up or touching a drop of blood. Read “Healthy Dose of Data.”

Students Aid Flu-Shot Clinic at College Health Services

Under the watch of Barbie D. Harbaugh, instructor of nursing, Bryce J. Merrill administers a flu shot to Kaitlyn E. Miller, a student in applied health studies, radiography concentration.

Kaitlyn L. Andersen, of Mastic, N.Y., enrolled in the Fundamentals of Nursing course, swabs the arm of classmate Emily L. Tashner-Thompson, of Muncy.

Jessica M. Dreese, a student in Adult Health Nursing I, immunizes nursing student Ciara N. Bond.

Nursing student Michael G. Covone, like his classmates, uses both technical and communication skills while providing a flu vaccine to graphic design student Alexandria C. Wood.

Students in one of four Adult Health Nursing I labs take their turn administering flu shots in College Health Services. From left are Covone, a student from Bellefonte; Harbaugh; and students Merrill, of Williamsport; Danita M. Robinson, of Watsontown; Ryan E. Reid, of Linden; Dreese, of Selinsgrove; Crystal S. Pearson, of Muncy; and Jessica L. Yoder, of Watsontown.

Students in nursing and physician assistant majors put their skills to use this week in College Health Services, where they administered flu shots to the college community. The students were overseen by instructors as they provided the vaccines.

Penn College Students Celebrate Surgical Technologists Week

Penn College surgical technology students gather to celebrate National Surgical Technologists Week. Front row (from left) are Amanda A. Crevier, of Fairfield; Brianna N. Tucker, of Scranton; Megan E. Berdanier, of Pottsville; Torri M. Johnson, of Smethport; Krysten M. Miller, of Robertsdale; and Breana N. Miller, of Pittston. Second row (from left) are Carissa M. Neece, of Williamsport; Alex J. Donati, of Kutztown; Anna G. Thompson, of Mount Carmel; Alexis I. Ashby, of Williamsport; Brittany R. Hartman, of Myerstown; and Miriam Brooke R. Minium, of Montoursville.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology major is joining hospitals and colleges throughout the country in celebrating National Surgical Technologists Week, Sept. 17-23.

National Surgical Technologists Week is a promotional event of the Association of Surgical Technologists to celebrate those who work in the field. The college’s surgical technology program participated by setting up an educational display in the Madigan Library.

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Closing Out a Classic With Some of Our Own

Cromley, Moroff enjoy a LLWS reunion.

Emergency medical personnel, reporting for duty at Howard J. Lamade Stadium

Before we shelve the PCToday scrapbook from this year’s Little League Baseball World Series, let’s thumb through a few more pages featuring members of the Penn College family. Among the ex-Little Leaguers on hand when the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals met at BB&T Ballpark on Aug. 20 was Bucs infielder Max Moroff. And among those happiest to see him was Marlin R. Cromley, a campus employee who was the team’s host when Moroff’s Maitland, Florida, team faced Newtown in the U.S. semifinal at the 2005 series. “Always a wonderful time to meet up with a former player,” said Cromley, a cashier/customer service associate in The College Store, who this year was “uncle” to the Asia-Pacific team representing Seoul, South Korea. “Not to mention meeting a former player that makes it to the majors!” Cromley is one of two team hosts who work at the college; Bruce A. Sechrist, a General Services horticulturist at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, this year was assigned to the Midwest team from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As noted earlier, the series’ health care team was at the ready for players and fans alike – including scores of students from Penn College’s School of Health Sciences. Representing the college on Sunday’s championship day are (from left) emergency medical services major Keith M. Ray, Montoursville; Bambi A. Hawkins, interim director of paramedic technology programs; and EMS students Michelle K. Waughen, Montgomery; James A. Babinetz, Doylestown; and Abdullah F. Qindil, Houston.
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PA Students, Program Director Interviewed at Little League

WNEP interviews PA students, director at LLWSWNEP’s Kristina Papa, among the journalists covering the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, recently talked with physician assistant majors Michelle D. Detwiler and Angela R. Vought and program director Lynn Eckrote about School of Health Sciences students’ experience during the 11-day sporting event. Detwiler, of Milton, and Vought, of Elysburg, are among nearly 50 PA and emergency medical services/paramedic technician students represented on the LLWS medical team. Papa’s report premiered during Tuesday’s 5 p.m. newscast.

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