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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.

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Alumni Applied Health Nursing & Health Sciences Radiography Students Surgical Technology

Alumnus, corporate partner deliver new technology to college

Alumnus James R. Fedele joins recent radiography grads Cheyenne M. Higgins (center) and Alexis G. Yon with donated equipment in the lab. (Yon is reenrolled for fall, continuing coursework toward a bachelor's in applied health studies: radiography concentration.)

A Pennsylvania College of Technology alumnus, now senior clinical engineering director for UPMC in the Susquehanna region, collaborated with a DuBois-based provider of pre-owned medical equipment to place highly valued technology into the hands of health science students.

James R. Fedele facilitated the donation of a GE Medical Systems C-Arm and workstation through a partnership with KMA Remarketing Corp. The technology will afford students the opportunity to learn through hands-on, simulated experiences in the instructional setting, which will increase their efficiency in clinical operating rooms.

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September 8, 2020
Dental Hygiene Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Students

WNEP visits Penn College clinic for Tuesday newscasts

Newswatch 16’s Chris Keating visited Penn College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic on Tuesday for a story about the services the clinic provides to more than 2,000 members of the community each year while giving future registered dental hygienists critical hands-on education. He interviewed Shawn A. Kiser, director of dental hygiene, along with students Erin K. Gohn, of Spring Grove, and Lauren Groody, of Lititz. The segment premiered at 5 p.m. and aired during several of the ABC affiliate’s subsequent news broadcasts.

Student Erin K. Gohn talks with WNEP's Chris Keating in Penn College's Dental Hygiene Clinic.
Student Erin K. Gohn talks with WNEP’s Chris Keating in Penn College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.
September 8, 2020
Dental Hygiene Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Low-cost dental care available in college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dental Hygiene Clinic provides low-cost dental services to the community and is scheduling appointments for the Fall 2020 semester.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic is scheduling appointments for the fall semester.

The clinic provides low-cost preventive dental hygiene services to the community, including cleanings, exams, X-rays and sealants. The clinic collaborates with area dental offices and can share records to prevent duplication of services.

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September 1, 2020
Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant

Stiner earns stroke rehabilitation certification

Jodi F. Stiner

Jodi F. Stiner, a part-time faculty member for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant program, recently received the Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist credential.

Stiner completed a 32-hour course conducted by Neurorecovery Unlimited, in collaboration with the American Stroke Association, followed by an online competency examination. The course, taught by physical therapy educators and researchers, was designed to equip treating clinicians with current, evidence-based instruction and hands-on training in the treatment of strokes.

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August 27, 2020
Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Penn College adds master’s degree in nursing education

To meet the high demand for qualified nurse educators, Pennsylvania College of Technology is launching a Master of Science in Nursing, nursing education, in Fall 2021. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This file photo was taken in 2018, predating COVID-19 protocols for masking and social distancing.)

Pennsylvania College of Technology is set to begin accepting students into its newest master’s degree offering – a Master of Science in Nursing, nursing education. The application for admission will open in January, with classes set to begin in Fall 2021.

Created for the working nurse, the curriculum for the MSN in nursing education is designed to be completed on a part-time basis within two years. All classes are conducted in an asynchronous, online environment.

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August 27, 2020
Alumni Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Landscape/Horticulture Mathematics Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant

Three faculty members honored for ‘Excellence in Teaching’

Three faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology were presented with Excellence in Teaching Awards at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program at Penn College, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture; Barbara F. Di Marco, assistant professor of mathematics; and Heather S. Dorman, instructor of physician assistant.

Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented to full-time faculty at Penn College who have been nominated by their students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance. There have been 115 recipients since the program began in 1982: 33 Master Teacher Awards and 82 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

“From day one, teaching has been at the core of who we are,” Gilmour said. “As is obvious through comments from their students and colleagues alike, Carl, Barb and Heather are among the very best at putting that mission into practice.”

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August 17, 2020
Alumni Nursing & Health Sciences Radiography

Sisters share journey to radiography degrees

Marissa L. Bathurst (left), of Linden, and her sister Kierstin, of Jersey Shore, both have graduated with degrees in radiography from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Sisters Kierstin N. Bathurst, of Jersey Shore, and Marissa L. Bathurst, of Linden, shared yet another experience when they marched across the stage at a Pennsylvania College of Technology commencement ceremony on Aug. 7.

The Bathursts, both petitioning to receive associate degrees in radiography, have spent a great deal of time together over the past two years, motivating each other through their natural affinity for competition, helping each other via last-minute cram sessions before exams and supporting each other with pep talks before hands-on evaluations.

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August 8, 2020
Alumni Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant Students

Students help meet Pennsylvania’s 10 million trees goal

Some of the Pennsylvania College of Technology physical therapist assistant students and employees who helped to plant trees at Trailing Pines Tree Farm in Muncy as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership. Front row (from left): Sierra K. Page, of Morrisdale; Daniella M. Pace, of Harding; Erica L. Gallagher, of Wyoming; and Matt Echevarria, of Carlisle. Back row (from left): Justin J. Forbes, of Coal Township; James A. Hardman, of Trout Run; Corbyn R. Schrader, of Canton; Emily E. Longenecker, of Hummelstown; Keyona Shoff, of Shamokin; Kiara M. Carr, of Middleburg; and Christine A. Tilburg, clinical director of the physical therapist assistant program.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant Class of 2021 recently helped to plant 140 trees as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership.

Twenty-one students gathered at Trailing Pines Tree Farm in Muncy to plant trees in late June.

The certified tree farm is owned by Paul Huffman, a 1987 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College, a forerunner of Penn College, and is dedicated to wildlife management and conservation.

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July 30, 2020
Dental Hygiene Nursing & Health Sciences Penn College Magazine Penn College Magazine Feature Students

Restoring smiles and lives for those in recovery

At the college's May 2019 commencement ceremony, Lisa M. Zimmer celebrates the culmination of her 12-year journey to a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene.
At the college’s May 2019 commencement ceremony, Lisa M. Zimmer celebrates the culmination of her 12-year journey to a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.
smiles4recovery is a burgeoning nonprofit that was born of Zimmer's senior project.
smiles4recovery is a burgeoning nonprofit that was born of Zimmer’s senior project.

From the Spring 2020 Penn College Magazine: Lisa M. Zimmer’s resolute spirit has borne her through a 12-year journey to a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene that included overcoming opioid addiction and developing a senior project, now a nonprofit organization, to provide oral health care to those in recovery. Read “Restoring smiles and lives.”

July 27, 2020
Alumni Nursing & Health Sciences Surgical Technology

Expecting the unexpected in the OR

Alexis I. AshbyA “typical week” is anything but for alumna Alexis I. Ashby, a certified surgical technologist for UPMC Williamsport, whose Penn College education has prepared her well for the unpredictable ebb and flow of cases through the hospital’s operating rooms. In a newly published blog post, Ashby – who holds an associate degree in surgical technology (2018) and a bachelor’s in applied health studies: surgical technology concentration (2020) – sensitively expresses appreciation for her life and gratitude for the opportunity to improve others’ lives. “I have done tracheotomies in the ICU, emergency bowel resections at 3 in the morning and leg amputations on those too young to be without,” she writes. “As a surgical technologist, you are a part of an amazing system of saving lives and impacting those who are not always aware of your impact on their health and well-being.”

June 25, 2020
Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Penn College at Wellsboro Scholarships Students Workforce Development

Pathways Scholarship assists transition to degree programs

Pennsylvania College of Technology has established a new scholarship to support students completing Workforce Development programs in practical nursing and emergency medical technician who wish to further their education.

The scholarship provides assistance for practical nursing graduates interested in the Nursing, LPN to RN program at Penn College and graduates of the EMT course interested in pursuing one of the college’s paramedic majors.

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June 15, 2020
Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistant faculty member adds credential

Mary T. Stout

Mary T. Stout, assistant professor of physical therapist assistant at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently completed course requirements to become a certified Champion Performance Specialist.

To earn the certification, Stout completed a 34-hour course through Champion Performance Therapy and Training System and the Advanced Continuing Education Institute in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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June 11, 2020