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New Penn College center helps transform tomorrow

Physician assistant students at Pennsylvania College of Technology were among the first to visit the school’s new Center for Career Design. The facility is home to College Relations and features numerous free services to assist students with all things career-related. The center also offers ample networking and conference space to facilitate interaction among students, alumni and industry partners.

A new Pennsylvania College of Technology facility dedicated to helping students, alumni and industry partners transform tomorrow is earning high marks today from its first group of visitors.

The Center for Career Design introduced its variety of free resources and offered one-on-one assistance to students majoring in physician assistant studies. The recent experience complemented classroom workshops presented by Career Services staff for the students’ Professionalism and Ethics course.

An “accommodating environment” is how Bryan M. Bilbao, of Old Forge, described the center. “One day we will be in the real world having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, talking to people in a professional manner in a professional setting. It was very cool to come over here and try to encompass those things into one,” he said.

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Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students

Center for Career Design helps transform tomorrow … today

The Center for Career Design at Pennsylvania College of Technology is earning high marks from visitors. Physician assistant students were among the first to use the center’s free resources for all things career-related. Located as part of College Relations on the third floor of the Madigan Library, the facility brings together students, alumni and industry partners to benefit tomorrow’s workforce. The center’s offerings include resume/cover letter development, free business cards and professional clothing options, as well as space for interviews and networking. “One day, we will be in the real world, having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, as well as talking to people in a professional manner, as well as in a professional setting,” Bryan M. Bilbao, a physician assistant studies major from Old Forge, says in a video about the center. “So it was very cool to come over here and try to encompass all of those things into one.”

February 11, 2021
Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students

Their hearts go out … and come back humbled

From left, physician assistant instructor Julie I. Edkin; students Chaela Swink, of Hughesville, Gabrielle E. Moore, of Jersey Shore (also pictured on the phone held by Swink), Alison Filozof, of Williamsport, Amanda Lisi, of Montoursville, Olivia A. Forney, of Williamsport, Damaris A. Diaz, of Willamsport; and instructor Heather S. Dorman.

On the final day of last semester’s Diagnostics & Procedural Practices course, physician assistant studies students were given a special assignment: Give away a grocery store gift card.

“The rules were simple,” physician assistant instructor Heather S. Dorman explained. “They had 20 minutes to leave the classroom and find a random person who needed the grocery card, engage in conversation and offer the card. The results were humbling and thought-provoking.”

When the students returned to class, they were asked to share their experiences and think about the process. They were asked: Did you pass someone else on your journey to find the perfect recipient? Why did you pass that person? What were you looking for? How did you ultimately make your decision?

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February 10, 2021
Alumni Dental Hygiene Nursing & Health Sciences

Recent dental hygiene grad shares expertise at home and abroad

Lori Dietz

With her keen knowledge of the ties between oral and overall health, recent Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Lori Dietz hopes to help people near and far.

Here in Pennsylvania, the registered dental hygienist, who earned her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Penn College in December, already has a full plate educating and caring for others as a part-time, private-practice dental hygienist and an adjunct clinical instructor for first- and second-year dental hygiene students at Northampton Community College.

Recently, as part of her Penn College senior capstone project, Dietz, of Pen Argyl, educated peers in the dental profession on the role of a dental team in helping patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

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January 25, 2021
Dental Hygiene Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Student poster presentations earn honors at state conference

Pennsylvania College of Technology students achieved second- and fourth-place honors in the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s “informative posters” event for college students.

A poster titled “Transforming Treatment for Transplant Patients,” presented by Tara L. Roupp, of Lewisburg, and Kimberly R. Bergenstock, of New Columbia, placed second among more than 40 entries from across the state.

Taking fourth place was “Going Green: Innovative Products for Periodontal Prevention and Maintenance,” presented by Madilyn G. Serenko, of Williamsport, and Erin K. Gohn, of Spring Grove.

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December 18, 2020
Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Emergency management student thrives outside comfort zone

Brooke M. Strubel, of Strasburg, Lancaster County, seen here at the Willing Hand Hose Co. in Montoursville, where she lived and worked while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in emergency management and homeland security at Pennsylvania College of Technology, also works full time at Ephrata Community Ambulance.

Juggling full-time college classes by day and full-time emergency medical technician work by night, Brooke M. Strubel is earning her Bachelor of Science degree in emergency management and homeland security in just two and a half years. For a young woman who recommends getting out of your comfort zone to achieve your highest potential, this past year, intensified by a global pandemic, has offered an ideal environment in which to enhance her people-centered skills.

“I never thought that I’d be working during a pandemic … but it’s an experience that I won’t forget,” said the soon-to-be Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate from Strasburg. “Challenges get you out of your comfort zone, and that is the area in which you will find yourself, your passions, your strengths and, yes, even your weaknesses. This is the area in which you will thrive and improve. Everything you learn advances your knowledge and leads to personal and professional growth.”

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Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic General Information Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Penn College paramedic program to offer hybrid learning option

Beginning in January, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic education program will offer a hybrid instruction option that combines in-person and online learning. The well-appointed labs used for hands-on learning include a crash car that can rotate to simulate accident scenes.

In January, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic program will launch a hybrid instruction option that combines in-person and online learning.

Designed to provide flexibility for EMTs who want to complete a paramedic education program while continuing to work, the lecture portion of the paramedic coursework will be both livestreamed and recorded for later viewing by those who use the hybrid instruction model. For students who prefer the traditional experience, lectures will continue to be held in-person.

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Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences

Nursing faculty member receives Patient Advocate Award

Donnamarie Lovestrand

Donnamarie Lovestrand, assistant professor of nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology, received the Pennsylvania Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses’ 2020 Patient Advocate Award.

The award was presented during the association’s Annual Education Conference, held virtually Oct. 6.

The purpose of the Patient Advocate Award is to recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary clinical expertise, compassion, commitment, initiative and problem-solving skills in an effort to intervene on a patient’s or family’s behalf.

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October 23, 2020
Exercise Science Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences

Emeritus faculty member dies at 84

Donna Rae Miller, in a 1977 yearbook photoGraveside services will be at the convenience of the family for Donna Rae Miller,  a 23-year member of the physical fitness faculty at Williamsport Area Community College and Pennsylvania College of Technology, who died Thursday, Sept. 17, at the age of 84. Miller, who also served as cheerleading adviser during her campus tenure, was accorded emeritus status upon her 1997 retirement as an associate professor of fitness and lifetime sports. A full obituary was published in weekend editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

September 21, 2020