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Frailey receives award for contributions to EMS

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, the medical director for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic and physician assistant programs, recently received the Robert D. Aranosian, DO, FACOEP Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services.

The award is presented each year by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians to a member of the organization or of the emergency medicine community who has made contributions to the field of EMS that furthered the operation, teaching or development of the specialty through actions, dedication and deeds. It is one of the organization’s highest honors.

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January 9, 2020
Admissions Alumni Business & Hospitality Construction & Design Technologies Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Nursing & Health Sciences Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

College to help Farm Show patrons ‘imagine’ career possibilities

Assembling a truss bridge at the Pennsylvania College of Technology booth, Bret A. Yetter – a surveying technology major from Liverpool – was among those welcoming visitors to the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Students and employees will return to the complex from Jan. 4-11 to showcase the variety of careers represented by Penn College’s six academic schools.

A New Year’s tradition – Pennsylvania College of Technology’s eye-opening participation in the nation’s largest indoor agricultural attraction – is about to be renewed.

Knowledgeable students and employees will busily represent the college at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, and personify the event’s 2019 theme of “Imagine the Opportunities.”

“We always look forward to showcasing the excitement of our academic programs. This is a great opportunity to introduce Farm Show visitors to the opportunities a Penn College degree provides,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost. “With so many visitors from across the commonwealth, we also enjoy connecting with our alumni attending the event.”

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December 19, 2019
Dining Services Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences

Nursing employees’ food drive benefits pantry

The Cupboard at Penn CollegeFaculty and staff in the Penn College nursing program adopted The Cupboard for the holidays. The Cupboard is an on-campus food pantry for students, operated by Dining Services. Organized by Pamela W. Baker, assistant professor of nursing, the two-week food drive yielded 181 food items and $150 in cash. During the Fall 2019 semester, almost 90 students visited The Cupboard to obtain food.

December 19, 2019
Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Nursing grads achieve impressive pass rate on national boards

Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing graduates again exceeded state and national pass rates on national board examinations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing graduates again exceeded state and national pass rates on national board examinations.

Penn College offers degrees for those pursuing registered nurse and practical nurse licensure eligibility.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing recently released the pass rates for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses) and the NCLEX-PN, for practical nurses. Results are for those who took the exams between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019.

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December 13, 2019
Dental Hygiene Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Sports Students

Standing ‘guard’ on Wildcats’ behalf

Samantha J. Morningstar, of Lewistown, trims a study model, which is an exact replica of the athlete’s mouth. The study model is then used as a form to make the custom mouthguard.
Samantha J. Morningstar, of Lewistown, trims a study model, which is an exact replica of the athlete’s mouth. The study model is then used as a form to make the custom mouthguard.
A newly vacuum-formed thermoplastic mouthguard is ready for trimming.
A newly vacuum-formed thermoplastic mouthguard is ready for trimming.
Lacrosse team members show off their custom mouthguards.
Lacrosse team members show off their custom mouthguards.

Second-year dental hygiene students and faculty developed a program to provide professional-grade athletic mouthguards for members of the Penn College lacrosse team as part of the students’ Dental Materials and Specialties course. The multiweek project began with taking impressions of the athletes’ teeth to create exact replicas of their mouths. This model was then used, along with specialized equipment, to fabricate the mouthguards. The students were directed by faculty members Barbara K. Emert-Strouse and Marie Y. Stewart, both assistant professors of dental hygiene. The athletic mouthguards play a critical role in contact sports in the prevention of concussions and injuries to teeth.

December 11, 2019
Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Students

Pulling together, on a woodland trail

On a team-building mission, the group moves along the historic watershed trails.
On a team-building mission, the group moves along the historic watershed trails.
Stopping amid landmarks of the past are front row (from left): Veronica J. Rayer, of Woodlyn, and Tatiana M. Hinaman, of Jersey Shore. Back row (from left): Caitlin C. Brubaker, of Ohiopyle; Madison L. Gift, of Waynesboro; Kerschner; Karen I. Palko, of Northumberland; Kierstan M. Heizman, of Lititz; Juvy A. Orillaza, of Carlisle; and Cooley.
Stopping amid landmarks of the past are front row (from left): Veronica J. Rayer, of Woodlyn, and Tatiana M. Hinaman, of Jersey Shore. Back row (from left): Caitlin C. Brubaker, of Ohiopyle; Madison L. Gift, of Waynesboro; Kerschner; Karen I. Palko, of Northumberland; Kierstan M. Heizman, of Lititz; Juvy A. Orillaza, of Carlisle; and Cooley.

Volunteer outreach by faculty member D. Robert Cooley – a five-part trial orientation to strengthen bonds between Penn College classmates and cohesiveness within academic programs – met with rave reviews by the student participants who requested the activity. Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, recently accompanied nine occupational therapy assistant students and director Jeanne M. Kerschner on a nature hike through the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority grounds. “The students recognized the value of these events and even requested that we continue these team-building sessions next semester,” Kerschner said of the group, which was undeterred by rain.
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November 26, 2019
Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences

Nursing faculty member receives Nightingale Award Scholarship

Christine B. Kavanagh

A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing faculty received this year’s doctoral scholarship from the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.

Christine B. Kavanagh, assistant professor of nursing, is pursuing a doctor of nursing practice from Robert Morris University. She was selected based on professional leadership, academic achievement, leadership potential, community service and personal commitment.

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November 25, 2019
Alumni Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant

College’s first physical therapist assistant grads 100% employed

The first graduating class from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant major is fully employed in the field. Hands-on learning takes place in a well-equipped laboratory, where students practice skills and interventions.

The first graduating class of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant major not only achieved a 100% first-attempt pass rate on the national certification exam for physical therapist assistants, but the graduates have subsequently achieved 100% employment in their chosen field.

All Class of 2018 graduates who sought employment are employed as physical therapist assistants. They are working in hospitals, long-term care facilities and outpatient centers across Pennsylvania and as far south as North Carolina.

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November 19, 2019
Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Empathy hits close to home for nursing students

A faculty member's reversed ostomy equipped a nursing lab with surplus supplies and gave classmates a valuable life lesson.
A faculty member’s reversed ostomy equipped a nursing lab with surplus supplies and gave classmates a valuable life lesson.

Students in the Fundamentals of Nursing course learned more about the experiences some of their future patients will face, courtesy of a donation of excess medical supplies after a faculty member recovered from a serious health issue. Dulcey J. Frantz, assistant professor of nursing, underwent chemotherapy for bowel cancer and had to use an ostomy bag. “Fortunately, she was able to have a reversal to her ostomy and is doing well,” explained Tushanna M. Habalar, instructor of nursing, who teaches the course. Since she no longer needs the bags, Frantz donated her extra supplies to the class. Every student applied an ostomy bag – with applesauce in it to simulate a bowel movement – and wore it for 24 hours, journaling about the experience. An ostomy is a surgical procedure in which an artificial opening is made to permit the drainage of waste products either into an appropriate organ or to the outside of the body.
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November 16, 2019
Dental Hygiene Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Student poster presentations earn honors at state conference

Pennsylvania College of Technology dental hygiene students Tyler J. Wetzel-Haynes (left), of Ono, and Pavel Dariychuk, of Leola, present their fourth place-winning poster, “Locked in on Dental Implants” at the Keystone Dental Health Conference in Kind of Prussia.

Two informative posters presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology dental hygiene students placed in the top 10 during the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s annual conference.

A poster titled “Locked in on Dental Implants,” presented by Pavel Dariychuk, of Leola, and Tyler J. Wetzel-Haynes, of Ono, placed fourth among 58 entries from across the state.

Jordyn Kahler’s poster, “Knowledge is Power: Oral Health Literacy,” placed sixth. Kahler is from York.

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November 15, 2019
Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Students

OTA students put lessons to use in cheerful community outreach

Occupational Therapy Assistant Club members (from left) Cayla M. Rogers, of Selinsgrove; Felicia Baker, of Mifflinburg; Elizabeth Wellar, of Bellefonte; Kaylin J. Walker, of Liberty; and Kayla N. Kern, of Williamsport, dress up to brighten patients’ day at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Club members (from left) Cayla M. Rogers, of Selinsgrove; Felicia Baker, of Mifflinburg; Elizabeth Wellar, of Bellefonte; Kaylin J. Walker, of Liberty; and Kayla N. Kern, of Williamsport, dress up to brighten patients’ day at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
Carissa N. Rutledge, of Williamsport; Felicia Baker, of Mifflinburg; Eve M. Verona, of Pocono Lake; Kayla N. Kern, of Williamsport; and Maria M. Polonia, of Wellsboro, stand ready to help residents at Valley View Nursing and Rehab Center to participant in the center’s Resident Fair.
Carissa N. Rutledge, of Williamsport; Felicia Baker, of Mifflinburg; Eve M. Verona, of Pocono Lake; Kayla N. Kern, of Williamsport; and Maria M. Polonia, of Wellsboro, stand ready to help residents at Valley View Nursing and Rehab Center to participant in the center’s Resident Fair.

Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Club recently dressed as Disney princesses to visit pediatric patients at the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville. After their visit, the students provided a meal for the families of those ill children at the nearby Ronald McDonald House. Club members also volunteered their time to support the Valley View Nursing and Rehab Center’s Resident Fair. “The students helped residents to participate in games and activities, even using their emerging occupational therapy skills to adapt the environment or task so all residents and family members could participate,” explained Jeanne M. Kerschner, director of occupational therapy assistant.
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November 7, 2019
Dental Hygiene Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Radiography Students

‘Pink Out’ classes color their world with hope

Radiography students support breast cancer awareness – and the profession’s role in early detection.
Aptly attired, dental hygiene students and faculty paint the clinic pink.
Aptly attired, dental hygiene students and faculty paint the clinic pink.

Penn College programs went pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Oct. 9, radiography students dressed in pink. Potential workplaces for radiographers include mammography centers. The dental hygiene program held a “Pink Out” on Oct. 23. Throughout the day, students, faculty and dentists donned pink gowns during patient care activities in the Dental Hygiene Clinic. In addition, the dental hygiene student organization, SADHA, is making a monetary donation to a local cancer patient support charity.
Photos provided by program directors Christine L. Eckenrod (radiography) and Shawn A. Kiser (dental hygiene)

October 29, 2019
Faculty & Staff General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Plastics & Polymer Welding

College part of Chamber’s industry tour for educators

Melissa Turlip, program manager with Commonwealth Charitable Management, invites attendees to explore the six Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit stations (at right), offering 24 hands-on activities on energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry. The traveling exhibit, from the Oilfield Energy Center, is available for secondary school visits.
Melissa Turlip, program manager with Commonwealth Charitable Management, invites attendees to explore the six Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit stations (at right), offering 24 hands-on activities on energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry. The traveling exhibit, from the Oilfield Energy Center, is available for secondary school visits.
Visitors move from their luncheon site into other areas of the welding addition, as well as to the current instructional space.
Visitors move from their luncheon site into other areas of the welding addition, as well as to the current instructional space.
A long line of secondary educators and counselors make their way down the campus mall on a beautiful autumn day, led by Bradley M. Webb (far left), assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
A long line of secondary educators and counselors make their way down the campus mall on a beautiful autumn day, led by Bradley M. Webb (far left), assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
The college’s modern nursing labs, complete with high-tech “patients” of varying ages, are shown off by Valerie A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.
The college’s modern nursing labs, complete with high-tech “patients” of varying ages, are shown off by Valerie A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.
Webb shares the industry-sized equipment and processes housed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs.
Webb shares the industry-sized equipment and processes housed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs.

School counselors, along with career and technical educators, included Penn College on a Monday tour of the area’s industrial assets. The guests began their afternoon with lunch in the new welding addition before exploring new and existing welding labs in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, then moved to the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center for stopovers in nursing and plastics. The groups visited several businesses in the region prior to arriving on main campus, including Lycoming Engines, Halliburton and Savoy Contract Furniture. Eyewitness News’ Morgan Parrish was along for the tours, which were facilitated by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

October 14, 2019