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Nursing Students Pass Milestone on Road to Graduation

“Praise God the four years are over,” says student speaker Nicole M. Mestach, of Watsontown.

Maggie K. Calkins, of Bloomsburg, receives her pin.

Haylea D. Estright, of Brisbin, accepts a hug from Samantha M. Weaver, learning laboratory coordinator for nursing.

Francesca B. Monse, of Selinsgrove, looks back toward her family while her husband attaches her pin.

Soon-to-be grads recite the Nightingale Pledge, promising to “devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.”

The 24 December graduates of the nursing, traditional bachelor’s degree were “pinned” during a ceremony on Friday. During an event filled with tradition, the students entered with candles, heard from a faculty member and classmate of their choosing, passed the light to representatives of a future graduating class, and recited the Nightingale Pledge. During her remarks, faculty speaker Terri A. Stone, assistant professor of nursing, told the graduates that, if she had to pinpoint a common quality among those who successfully completed the program, it wouldn’t be that they are the smartest or most able – although many of them are – but that they have developed the quality of perseverance. “This quality … is your crowning achievement today,” she said. The students are set to graduate on Saturday.

Grateful Patients, Enduring Patience Top Students’ Guatemala Memories

The Penn College group (from front): Glendalis Guadarrama, nursing instructor Christine B. Kavanagh, Maggie K. Calkins, Sarah J. Schick, Mikaila E. Lugo-Schlegel, and Rene Ramirez

When five Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing students provided a briefing on their study abroad course at a weeklong, volunteer-led medical clinic in rural Guatemala, chief among the lessons they learned were gratitude and patience.

The students joined a group of more than 40 volunteers from the Glens Falls Medical Mission Foundation, a small, New York-based nonprofit that runs a twice-annual medical mission in the small town of Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala.

While there, the students saw between 200 and 300 patients each day in the areas of oral health, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and general medicine.

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Surgical Technology Grads Achieve 100 Percent Board Pass Rate

Members of the Penn College Surgical Technology Class of 2017 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt on the national Certified Surgical Technologist Examination. Standing (from left) are Travis J. Honicker, of Coal Township; Katelyn M. Bittner, of Williamsport; Melina S. Digruttola, of Spring Grove; Kelob J. Herman, of Jersey Shore; Sydney N. Caurvina, of Portage; Cynthia M. Wilt, of Perry, Fla.; Sarah J. Palm, of Peabody, Mass.; Janell M. Remensnyder, of Alexandria; and Michael R. Harer of Williamsport. Seated front (from left) are Megan L. Hawk, of Lancaster; Daniele A. Hebert, of Mechanicsburg; Cindy M. Ruiz, of Easton; and Rebecca L. Knee, of Williamsport. Missing from the photo are Nicole R. Case, of Beach Lake, and Derrike B. Kulp, of Ephrata.

One hundred percent of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2017 surgical technology graduates passed the national Certified Surgical Technologist Examination on their first attempt. The group graduated in August and took the exam the same month.

“Such incredible pass rates by this cohort, referring to themselves as the ‘100 percent club’ early on in the program, is a testament to our accredited program’s rigorous, evidence-based approach to classroom, lab and clinical learning expectations and assessments,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of health sciences.

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Nursing Grads Exceed State, National Board Exam Pass Rates

Penn College nursing students attend to SimMan, a patient simulator that can be programmed with a variety of symptoms to help the students practice a variety of health scenarios. In 2016-17, graduates of the nursing program passed national board exams at a rate that exceeded state and national pass rates.

Graduates of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing majors exceeded state and national performances in passing the national board examinations required for licensure.

Penn College offers degrees for those preparing to enter the field as a registered nurse and for those pursuing a practical nursing license.

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Thirteen Students Selected for Penn College NOW Scholarships

Penn College presented scholarships to 13 first-year students who took Penn College NOW courses. From left are Tavor T. Wadsworth, of Williamsport; Vincent R. Keene, of Downingtown; Kayley E. Johnson, of Bloomsburg; Monica A. McCarty, Penn College’s dual enrollment specialist; Michael L. Gardner, of Williamsport; Warren E. Knipe, of Liberty; and Tanya Berfield, the college’s manager of college transitions. Additional recipients not in the photo are: Cheyenne N. Greene, of Jersey Shore; Deontae Z. Johnson, of Selinsgrove; Kylee E. Kelley, of Lock Haven; Tyler W. Miller, of Montgomery; Luke B. Walter, of Millmont; Brittany M. Weiskopff, of Blossburg; Clayton T. Welch, of Benton; and Jeremy M. Wolfgang, of Allenwood.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently recognized 13 first-year students who received Penn College NOW scholarships.

The recipients completed Penn College courses during high school as part of the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The group was honored during an Oct. 27 reception.

To be eligible, students must have successfully completed at least one Penn College NOW course, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Penn College NOW classes, enroll in Penn College as a full-time freshman student for the fall semester after high school graduation, and maintain a 2.5 GPA at Penn College as an enrolled student.

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Veterans’ Holiday Tribute Written in Stars

Regina M. Peluzzo (left), of Philadelphia, a civil engineering technology major, and Jennifer L. Nicholson, an applied health studies: radiography concentration major from Lock Haven, find just the right spot for a special ornament.

Beaver strung hundreds of stars onto wire for easier decoration this year ...

... and Efrem K. Foster, a nursing student from Williamsport, makes a few adjustments to ensure complete coverage.

Peluzzo, Nicholson and Foster pause ever so briefly during Thursday's assignment.

With Old Glory providing an apt backdrop for his ascent to the treetop, Haefner adeptly places the final strand of stars.

A red, white and blue homage to Penn College’s military family took shape this week outside Madigan Library, where three of the campus’s Veterans Affairs work-study students – along with Chet Beaver, coordinator of veterans/military affairs, and General Services horticulturist Aaron S. Haefner – adorned the Veterans Holiday Tree. This year’s tree is a spruce along the northeast side of the library, a site chosen when a nearby pine that was decorated in each of the past three years was removed due to disease. In addition to colored lights, the tree contains 391 stars (fashioned in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies) representing the institution’s veterans and active-duty servicemen and women. In addition, the tree showcases three glass balls containing commemorative ribbons purchased during an annual Giving Tree fundraiser for the Fisher House Foundation.

Penn College Nursing Students Learn While Helping Peers

Students in a Community Health Nursing course at Pennsylvania College of Technology provide hygiene education to their peers while conducting a collection of personal items for The Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry for students in need. (Photo by James J. "J.J." Boettcher, student photographer)

Hundreds of soaps, deodorants, shampoos, toothbrushes and other hygiene items were made available to students who need a hand at The Cupboard at Pennsylvania College of Technology, thanks to one of two recent projects by nursing students.

The bachelor’s degree students, enrolled in a Community Health Nursing class, endeavored to serve their community while meeting course requirements.

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Student Receives Scholarship to Attend Nursing Conference

Penn College nursing student Janessa L. Kosmer (center), of Coal Township, received a scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses annual conference near Pittsburgh. She is joined at the event by Penn College’s Donnamarie Lovestrand (left), instructor of nursing, and Kaitlin M. Pressler, of New Bloomfield, nursing student.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing student was granted a scholarship to attend the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses.

Janessa L. Kosmer, of Coal Township, was awarded the association’s Student Nurse Scholarship to PeriAnesthesia PRIDE, an event held near Pittsburgh in early October. Kosmer is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing and, having completed a clinical rotation in post-operative care, hopes to specialize in perianesthesia after graduation.

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Faculty Pitch Health Careers at Regional ‘Awareness Day’

Wellsboro students learn about dental hygiene careers, straight from the mannequin's mouth.

Justin M. Ingram uses brains to make students mindful of their vocational options.

Shawn A. Kiser, Penn College’s director of dental hygiene, and Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology, collaborated to provide hands-on recruitment at the 2017 Tioga County Health Career Awareness Day. The event was held Nov. 8 at Wellsboro Area High School. Ingram provided an overview on the human brain; Kiser provided the opportunity for students to “clean” a mannequin’s teeth and place dental sealants. The event attracted about 150 area high school students.
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New Imaging Technology Boosts Radiography Students’ Celebration

Penn College radiography student James P. Lougee, of Watsontown, simulates positioning the lab’s digital radiology equipment to take a chest X-ray of fellow student Kayla E. Rosbach, of Forksville, in the renovated radiography lab.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s radiography major are celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week, Nov. 5-11. The week recognizes the vital work of radiologic technologists across the nation.

The celebration, sponsored by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, is scheduled each year during the week that includes Nov. 8 to commemorate the discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on that date in 1895.

In Penn College’s radiography program, students used the week to show off a new digital radiology suite, which uses digital X-ray sensors rather than conventional film. The system includes a wireless receptor – so that the digital images captured by the new equipment can be shared wirelessly – and a mini picture archiving communication system, which allows each student to maintain a portfolio of images that they can access anywhere.

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Dental Hygiene Program Hosts Oral Health Conference

Dental professionals from across northcentral Pennsylvania attend the 16th annual Oral Health Conference in Penn’s Inn.

Tom Viola, speaker, teacher, author and registered pharmacist, provides insight on pain management in the dental profession.

The dental hygiene program hosted the Northcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center’s 16th annual Oral Health Conference on Oct. 27. The event was held in Penn’s Inn and attracted 200 dental professionals from across the state. The audience included 81 graduates of the Penn College program and 36 second-year dental hygiene students. Rhonda S. Walker, alumni relations specialist, and Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations, attended to welcome the alumni group to campus. The keynote speaker was Tom Viola, registered pharmacist and certified consultant pharmacist, who provided a presentation on the pharmacological aspects of pain management for dental professionals titled “I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain!”
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A Sun-day in Name Only … but, Oh, What a Day!

Pottstown residents Tom, Kim and Jason Francis pause during their soggy stroll for a portrait in campus exploration.

Umbrellas were the most coveted accessory, but nowhere near as essential as the information that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall Open House carried home. Held across the institution’s awe-inspiring campuses, the autumn tradition delivered tours, priceless exchanges with helpful members of the campus community, valuable exposure to student life with those who live it and close-up views of the newest majors at a 103-year-old institution that never shows its age.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Club’s Food Drive Helps Campus Pantry

Penn College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club collected boxes of nonperishable food on campus and at physical therapy clinics across the region as part of the Global Physical Therapy Day-of-Service.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club harvested a plentiful crop to benefit The Cupboard at Penn College, an on-campus food pantry that assists students and their families.

The club initiated a 10-day food drive to coincide with the American Physical Therapy Association’s Global PT Day-of-Service, observed Oct. 14 as part of the association’s National Physical Therapy Month.

National Physical Therapy Month recognizes the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have on improving the human experience and the world’s health. The students’ participation in Global PT Day-of-Service joined them with thousands of physical therapy staff and students around the world who volunteered in many ways.

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Nursing Students Start Weeklong Mission to Guatemala

The students are taking a variety of items to donate, including Penn College hand sanitizer and backpacks, toothbrushes, children’s books, hair ties and sunglasses.

The adventurous group (from left): Rene Ramirez, Maggie K. Calkins, Glendalis Guadarrama, Christine B. Kavanagh, Mikaila E. Lugo-Schlegel and Sarah J. Schick.

The group will take an assortment of educational items.

Nursing students in Explorations in Global Health Care, a study abroad course, held a packing party in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center on Thursday. By noon Friday, the group is expected to land in Guatemala, where they’ll be transported two hours by bus to their hotel near Santa Rosa, Guatemala. There, they will spend seven days working at a medical clinic with volunteers from Glens Falls Medical Mission. Making the trip to rural Guatemala are Penn College students Maggie K. Calkins, of Bloomsburg; Glendalis Guadarrama, of Avondale; Mikaila E. Lugo-Schlegel, of Lebanon; Rene Ramirez, of Venezuela; and Sarah J. Schick, of Williamsport, with Christine B. Kavanagh, instructor of nursing.

Dental Hygiene Clinic Holds ‘Pink Out’ for Breast Cancer Awareness

The college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic takes on a pink hue as students and faculty don pink gowns for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Penn College’s dental hygiene program helped to promote National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this week. While treating patients in the Dental Hygiene Clinic on Thursday and Friday, second-year students and their faculty donned pink gowns, creating a clinicwide “pink out.”

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University