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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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Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Students
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

Dental Hygiene Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Students
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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Alumni Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Nursing & Health Sciences Students
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.

 

Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Students Women in STEM
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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Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Students
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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Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students
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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Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students
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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Nursing & Health Sciences Radiography Students
01.26.2022

Student-athlete builds game plan from commitment, focus

For nursing student and women’s basketball player Allison M. “Allie” Troup, no stranger to juggling on-the-court dynamism with in-the-lab rigor, Penn College represents the “perfect match.” “There’s many challenges that go along with it,” the Huntingdon resident says in a two-minute Wildcat Spotlight video. “It’s pretty difficult to manage my time, but I tend to do a pretty good job with it because I’m very organized and I kind of give myself a set schedule.”

Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Sports Students
01.14.2022

Program director completes fellowship

Victoria Hurwitz, director of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant program, recently completed a Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership through the American Physical Therapy Association.

The fellowship provides developing and aspiring program directors in physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs with the skills and resources they need to be innovative, influential and visionary leaders.

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Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant
01.12.2022

College to increase capacity for LPNs seeking RN education

Pennsylvania College of Technology has expanded enrollment to increase its capacity to educate licensed practical nurses seeking advancement to a registered nursing license, consequently meeting the increasing need for RNs in the workforce.

The college will begin offering students acceptance into its LPN-to-RN major twice each year – in December and June. Previously, the college only accepted students into the selective-admission major in December.

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Alumni Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students
01.12.2022

SNA reflects on yearend project, looks ahead to ’22

Student Nurses' Association collects pet supplies
Student Nurses’ Association collects pet supplies

Penn College’s Student Nurses’ Association held a weeklong donation drive for the Lycoming County SPCA at the close of the Fall 2021 semester, delivering a variety of critically needed items to the Reach Road agency. The group supported its community by raising an estimated $200 worth of dog and cat food, cat and dog treats, kitten supplies, toys, and office and cleaning supplies. All proceeds were dropped off by nursing majors Callie A. Sobolewski (at left in photo), of Budd Lake, New Jersey, the organization’s 2021 president; and Ritika Nayak (center), of Monroe Township, New Jersey, 2022 president and last year’s SNA public relations officer; and nursery instructor Sadie L. Folmar, the club’s faculty adviser. Email for more about the Student Nurses’ Association, among the active student organizations aligned with the college’s academic majors.
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Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students
12.17.2021

Penn College students learn from serving with YMCA group

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant major learned about their community and themselves when they spent a recent Saturday morning with a group of “Superstars” at the Eastern Lycoming Branch of River Valley YMCA near Pennsdale.

The YMCA Superstars is a movement class developed by River Valley YMCA fitness instructor Diana Logan for individuals with diverse abilities. Using “Drums Alive” activities with music, drumsticks and stability balls, participants can develop motor skills, coordination, stamina and strength.

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Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant Students
12.08.2021

Penn College Fall 2021 Commencement set for Dec. 18

An in-person commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, for the 320 students who have petitioned to graduate at Pennsylvania College of Technology following the Fall 2021 semester.

The ceremony, in which more than 220 students are expected to march, will be held at 11 a.m. at the Community Arts Center. In accordance with the college’s COVID-19 pandemic protocols, face masks will be required indoors for all participants and attendees.

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Alumni Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences President Students
12.01.2021

Deans Council fulfills aim of yearlong leadership academy

Deans Council at Pennsylvania College of Technology, which resolutely navigated COVID-19’s challenges while organizationally downsizing, this week celebrated the successful completion of a 12-month professional-development activity focused on collaborative leadership.

A closing event in the Thompson Professional Development Center marked a graduation for participants in the Work Wisdom Academy, which regularly held remote sessions throughout 2021 on such varied topics as communication, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, accountability and workplace culture.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences President