Last updated April 13, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Nursing | Leave a comment
News about Dental Hygiene
Nursing Students Visited by Versatile Health Sciences Grad
With help from the Alumni Relations Office, the Penn College Student Nurses’ Association recently hosted alumna Trena Dale. Dale has received two associate degrees from Penn College: a dental hygiene degree in 2001 and a nursing degree in 2011. Dale, now an emergency room nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital, a part-time RN in Geisinger’s Special Care Unit 5 and, occasionally, a substitute dental hygienist, spoke to nursing students about her experiences as a Penn College student, as a new graduate seeking employment, and about her career in dental hygiene and nursing. She shared stories related to her professional role that highlighted the importance of developing relationships with patients, engaging in teamwork, and paying attention to details when communicating in health care environments. “Of course, Trena also took time to share information about the importance of mouth care for patients in the hospital,” said Tushanna M. Habalar, instructor of nursing and SNA adviser. “Trena’s positive demeanor, real-life stories and energy were appreciated by the students and faculty who attended.”
Emergency Scenarios Translate to Real-Life Benefit for Students
Around 250 students in the School of Health Sciences – an academic division that spans 11 distinct health care and allied health fields – are participating this week in a series of hands-on emergency health simulations. The school’s fourth annual Interdisciplinary Professional Event involves 24 student teams, each made up of a cross section of health disciplines, discussing and observing one another’s role in their assigned case. Students in the physician assistant major played roles of patients, whose health problems ranged from an allergic reaction to Novocain in the Dental Hygiene Clinic to a loss of consciousness in the Keystone Dining Room, and surgeries to replace hips and remove gallbladders. As “patients” moved through the health care system, they moved, with their observers, from lab to lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. The purpose of the experience is to prepare the students to deliberatively work together as patients interact with each of them during their health care experience, with an ultimate goal to improve patient care. Also involved were 23 staff and faculty from the school, who planned and managed the event and led groups through their simulations on Tuesday and Thursday.
Last updated April 13, 2017 | Posted in Applied Health, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Exercise Science, Faculty & Staff, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Physician Assistant, Radiography, Students, Surgical Technology | Leave a comment
Online Learning Options at Penn College Offer Enhanced Flexibility
Pennsylvania College of Technology is renowned for its “degrees that work,” and for those needing additional flexibility to attain a degree from the college, online options abound.
Online learning at Penn College offers more choices to students who are balancing work and family responsibilities. The offerings feature the same academic rigor and accreditation as on-campus programs, but there is no requirement to ever attend class on the campus in Williamsport. Online students may choose to enroll full time or part time.
Last updated April 12, 2017 | Posted in Admissions, Applied Health, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Management, General Information, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Technology Management | Leave a comment
Alumni Sweethearts Enjoy VIP Service on Campus
Two graduates who work as educators in Harrisburg returned to their alma mater recently as Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2017 Alumni Sweethearts.
Robert A. and Megan L. (Miller) Brightbill said they were treated like VIPs during their visit, which featured an overnight stay in the college’s Victorian House and dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant as winners of Alumni Relations’ sixth annual Alumni Sweethearts contest.
Last updated March 21, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
2017 ‘Sweethearts’ Chosen From 11 Alumni Couples
Congratulations to Megan L. (Miller) and Robert A. Brightbill, winners of Penn College’s 2017 Alumni Sweethearts contest. The Harrisburg couple met at Penn College in the early ’90s and have been married for 22 years. Robert is a 1992 building construction technology graduate and Megan earned dental hygiene degrees in 1993 and 2001. As part of the sixth annual Sweethearts contest, the Brightbills received 292 votes (or “likes”) for their photo on Alumni Relations’ Facebook page. Ten other couples vied for the honor. Megan and Robert will return to campus soon to enjoy dinner for two in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and an overnight stay in The Victorian House. Watch PCToday for more coverage of their visit to campus.
Last updated February 15, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences | One Comment
March 25 Event to Offer Free Preventive Dental Services to Children
Free dental care – including sealants, fluoride varnish treatments, education and screenings – will be available to children ages 7-15 on Saturday, March 25, when Pennsylvania College of Technology will be a host site for the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Sealant Saturday initiative.
Sealant Saturday events are held across the state. The Penn College event will take place 9 a.m. to noon in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, which is in Room 227 on the west wing of the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.
Last updated February 14, 2017 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Events, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Low-Cost Dental Care Available in Penn College Dental Hygiene Clinic
The dental hygiene clinic at Pennsylvania College of Technology provides preventive dental care at a nominal cost not only to Penn College students and employees, but also to patrons from surrounding communities.
Last updated February 2, 2017 | Posted in Announcements, Dental Hygiene, General Information, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment
Brushing Up on a New Dental Hygiene Clinic
Penn College dental hygiene students are applying their extensive hands-on skills in a newly renovated clinic. The 5,300-square-foot facility, dedicated in late September and featured in a video on college’s YouTube channel, features advanced technology and continues the college’s tradition of offering low-cost dental care to the community.”The clinic has made an amazing transformation. It’s modern, state-of-the-art,” said Alexandra D. Petrizzi, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from Langhorne. “I walked in and a big smile came on my face!”
Last updated October 20, 2016 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, General Information, Health Sciences, Students |
Donated Pink Gowns Help Focus Attention on Breast Cancer
Students completing rounds in the Dental Hygiene Clinic showed their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink gowns during the week of Oct. 10. The gowns were donated by Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store. Other Breast Cancer Awareness-related activities have included a bake sale hosted by College Health Services and Sigma Pi, informational tables in the Bush Campus Center and at the Madigan Library Reference Desk, and a Wear Pink Day for employees on Oct. 7.
Last updated October 14, 2016 | Posted in College Store, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Students |
Penn College Dedicates Technology-Driven Dental Hygiene Facility
Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a dedication ceremony on Sept. 29 to celebrate its renovated Dental Hygiene Clinic.
The clinic is the hub for hands-on learning in the college’s dental hygiene majors and provides low-cost dental care for the community.
“Having the joy of ‘living through’ three dental hygiene clinics on this campus is quite a milestone,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I am so proud of this new and improved facility. ‘State-of-the-art’ does not do it justice. It’s beautiful, functional and technology-driven – a great addition to our campus.”
Last updated September 30, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Dental Hygiene, Events, Health Sciences, Students |
The Whole Picture
From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Reeling from a late-stage breast cancer diagnosis, Cindy Spinello, ’84, pushed for legislation that could prevent the same outcome for others. Read “The Whole Picture.”
Last updated September 19, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Penn College Magazine, Penn College Magazine Feature, Physician Assistant |
Students Bridge Miles Through Smiles
A group of students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration are in the Dominican Republic this week as part of an elective course, International Oral Health Care Experience, taught by Rhonda J. Seebold, part-time instructor of dental hygiene. The students spent Monday and Tuesday in the town of Las Terrenas and are on their way to the city of Santo Domingo. “We had a health fair Monday; tons of kids came,” reported Seebold (who also provided the photos). “We had a long clinic day yesterday. The students loved it!” The students are working with dentists and schools in the Las Terrenas and Santo Domingo communities to provide preventive dental services and dental health education to underserved groups.
Last updated May 18, 2016 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Students |
Faculty Member, Family Serve Community Dinner
Barbara K. Emert-Strouse, assistant professor of dental hygiene, was joined by her family, including Scott L. Neff, a May culinary arts and systems graduate, in serving a free dinner for the community recently at Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport. The “Pay It Forward” dinner began as a class project for students in the college’s Community Dental Health course and has evolved into a volunteer project for second-year dental hygiene students and Emert-Strouse’s family. The church offers a free meal for the community on the first Saturday of each month, and Emert-Strouse and her family provided the groceries and the manpower to prepare and serve the May edition.
Last updated May 17, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Dental Hygiene, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences |
Health Sciences Students Learn From One Another in Simulations
Because a patient experiencing a health emergency will likely be cared for by many health care professionals with differing specialties, Pennsylvania College of Technology has taken an active approach to ensure that students understand the roles and collaboration necessary on a health care team.
The college’s School of Health Sciences took part in two recent events that involved more than 400 students in mock patient cases on its campus.
Last updated April 21, 2016 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physician Assistant, Radiography, Students, Surgical Technology |
Dental Hygiene Students Provide Free Care to Muncy Schoolchildren
The School of Health Sciences’ dental hygiene clinic recently held a program benefiting 14 fifth- and sixth-graders from the Muncy School District. Services – provided free by Penn College students in conjunction with Dr. Mary Bennardi, the district’s dentist – included dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatment and examinations.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated April 4, 2016 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Students |