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05.12.2022

Faculty, staff honored during spring tradition at Penn College

With the end of another academic year at hand, Pennsylvania College of Technology renewed a spring custom: presenting awards to noteworthy faculty and staff, and acknowledging retirements and other employee milestones.

President Davie Jane Gilmour acknowledged the honorees during an expansive all-college meeting, held May 12 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium and livestreamed.

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05.04.2022

PA student joins national diversity and inclusion group’s board

Bryan Marcel Bilbao, a graduate student in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physician assistant studies major, was recently selected as a director for Physician Assistant Students for Leadership, Equity, Anti-Racism and Diversity.

The national organization, known by its initials, PA-S LEAD, began as a group of PA students of color and their allies. Its goal is to forge connections among underrepresented minority PA students and other diversity-minded PA student leaders to share resources, experience and support.

“I joined PA-S Lead in honor of my late grandmother Italia Cusati, grandfather Guiseppe Cusati and mother, Silvia Cusati,” Bilbao, of Old Forge, said. “Seeing how certain health care services were radically different for those who were non-English speaking and of different backgrounds was astonishing to me. I always vowed that, when I was able to have my voice heard with my passion in medicine, I would publicly address these issues and do what I can so minorities and many other groups will never feel that way in a setting where they should be comfortable, since they are coming in for a problem that is distressing them.”

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04.28.2022

A study in betterment, personal and planetary

On April 23, 16 Pennsylvania College of Technology physical therapist assistant students – joined by Victoria Hurwitz, program director – partnered with Trailing Pines Tree Farm to plant 170 tree seedlings for conservation. The farm is a partner of the Keystone Ten Million Tree Partnership/Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The physical therapist assistant program has helped to plant seedlings for the past three years on the farm, owned by Paul Huffman.

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04.28.2022

Student receives scholarship from professional association

Tijana Mrkalj, a student in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s health information management major, was named one of two recipients of a $1,000 Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association Scholarship for 2022.

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04.28.2022

Nursing students impart valuable wellness info to college employees

Students in the Community Health Nursing course recently provided a round of one-hour wellness courses for Pennsylvania College of Technology employees.

Four sessions were presented in early April on two topics: “Colon: Love Your Interworks” and “Suffering From Burnout.”

For each session, a team of students presented research; developed websites, handouts and tools to check participants’ understanding; and provided learning activities.

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04.21.2022

‘Emeritus’ honor granted to retired nursing faculty member

Pennsylvania College of Technology has granted faculty emeritus status to Dorothy M. “Dottie” Mathers, a professor of nursing who retired in December after 27 years of full-time teaching and 30 years of service overall to the college.

Mathers began teaching nursing full time at Penn College in 1994. Prior to that, she was a part-time clinical instructor and laboratory instructor for the college from 1991-94.

In 2014, she received the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award, the highest honor accorded to a faculty member at Penn College. She was also a recipient of the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009.

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04.14.2022

Scurrying scavengers happily greet Wildcat Egg Hunt’s return

Wildcat Egg Hunt 6Penn College’s sixth Wildcat Egg Hunt – bigger than ever, after a two-year pause necessitated by COVID-19 – saw about 120 children scampering about the main campus lawn early Sunday afternoon. “We started filling the 3,500 or so Easter eggs last week,” said Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services, who has overseen the popular event since it began in 2015.

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04.14.2022

Event provides venue for students to care for one another

Student Government Association senators representing Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences recently hosted a week of activities to show appreciation for student health care workers.

Samar Alquraish, SGA senator for nursing; Angelyvette Santana, senator for health sciences; and Callie A. Sobolewski, senator for nursing, collaborated to host the weeklong event, which they dubbed Student Health Care Week, March 28-April 1.

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04.14.2022

With aim of early detection, students screen for oral cancer

Dental hygiene students Erica N. Wenrich, of Enola, and Lacey Decker, of Emporium, check for signs of oral cancer.
Dental hygiene students Erica N. Wenrich, of Enola, and Lacey Decker, of Emporium, check for signs of oral cancer.
The caring work of student Faith M. Matthews, of King of Prussia, gets a thumbs-up.
The caring work of student Faith M. Matthews, of King of Prussia, gets a thumbs-up.
Wenrich (left) and Decker join screening client Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization specialist, on the Bush Campus Center patio.
Wenrich (left) and Decker join screening client Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization specialist, on the Bush Campus Center patio.
Matthews, joined by classmate Ninoshka Rivera Matos, of Lebanon, employs Velscope technology to help identify abnormal tissues in the mouth.
Matthews, joined by classmate Ninoshka Rivera Matos, of Lebanon, employs Velscope technology to help identify abnormal tissues in the mouth.

On April 7, Penn College’s second-year dental hygiene students led by Bridget E. Motel, instructor of dental hygiene, and Grace G. Hicks, clinical director of dental hygiene provided 39 oral cancer screenings for members of the college community.

The screenings, offered on campus during Oral Cancer Awareness Month, are done to identify mouth cancer early, before there are symptoms.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, about 54,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2022. For more than a decade, there has been an annual increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers.

“While some think this is a rare cancer, mouth cancers will be newly diagnosed in about 145 new individuals each day in the U.S. alone, and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day,” the foundation states.
Photos by Bridget E. Motel

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03.23.2022

Penn College names director of paramedic/prehospital medicine

Brady L. Breon has been named director of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic and prehospital medicine program, overseeing the college’s bachelor’s degree in prehospital medicine, associate degree in paramedic science and certificate in paramedic practice.

Breon had been an assistant professor in the college’s prehospital and paramedic program, having joined the faculty in 2005. He has also been a paramedic/prehospital supervisor for Susquehanna Health (now UPMC Williamsport), a flight medic for Geisinger Health System’s Life Flight, an emergency medical services operations manager for Jersey Shore Area EMS, and a paramedic for Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Co. and Lock Haven Hospital.

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03.07.2022

Can’t hear the voices of change? Then it’s time to ‘Turn It Up!’

Day after day, and not just on International Women’s Day, Penn College champions the hands-on effort needed to reverse the disproportionately low representation of women in the trades. Visit the college’s Turn It Up website and join the transformational students and their campus mentors – from automotive and aviation to information technology and engineering – who loudly and proudly embody the specialized skills that tomorrow needs most.

 

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02.22.2022

Scouts gain new skills, acquire merit badges

Boy Scouts from several Pennsylvania councils – and some from surrounding states – made their way to campus on Feb. 19 for Merit Badge College, during which they had their choice of 19 merit badge offerings. Expertise for the hands-on sessions – which ranged from two to six hours – was provided by Penn College faculty, who led the learning activities. Topics covered all three of the college’s academic schools, from drafting to soil and water conservation, and from dentistry to welding.

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02.22.2022

Penn College nursing grads boast high licensing-exam pass rates

For the second consecutive year, 100% of Pennsylvania College of Technology associate degree graduates who took the national board examination for registered nurses passed on their first attempt, while those in the college’s bachelor’s degree nursing and practical nursing majors also exceeded state and national pass rates on their licensing exams.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing recently released pass rates for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) and the NCLEX-PN, for practical nurses. Results are for those who took the exams for the first time between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021.

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02.10.2022

College to confer DAISY Awards on nursing students, faculty

Students and faculty in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing program will soon be honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

The awards are part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to express gratitude to nurses through programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide patients and families.

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02.09.2022

Radiography student selected for national leadership role

Pennsylvania College of Technology radiography student Jalen S. Seyler was recently selected to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ Student Leadership Development Program.

Seyler, of Jersey Shore, is pursuing an associate degree in radiography and a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies. Her term in the Student Leadership Development Program began Jan. 1 and continues to Dec. 31, 2024.

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