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Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society chapter established

Officers and new inductees celebrate after a chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was officially chartered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bachelor of Science Nursing Honor Society was officially chartered as a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International during a ceremony on the college’s campus on April 12.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was founded in 1922. The founders chose its name for the Greek words storgé, tharsos and timé, meaning love, courage and honor.

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Mock crisis authentically adds to interdisciplinary preparedness

Samer R. Doss, a PA student from Montoursville, listens to the heartbeat of dental hygiene student Megan P. Fitzsimmons, of Portville, N.Y.

Students from Penn College’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences and School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications joined area law enforcement, emergency management and health care professionals in a recent simulation at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and a variety of other locations.

The college’s paramedic program has participated in the drill since its inception, and this year, the School of Nursing & Health Sciences decided to participate schoolwide to provide an interdisciplinary learning opportunity. The school had conducted its own Interdisciplinary Professional Experience on campus for several years.

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Helping & Healing: People skills make an impact

Nursing instructor Tushanna M. Habalar (in white), leads students in inserting an IV into “SimMan,” an electronically controlled patient simulator.
Nursing instructor Tushanna M. Habalar (in white), leads students in inserting an IV into “SimMan,” an electronically controlled patient simulator.
During a flu shot clinic on campus, physician assistant student Savanna R. Stauffer, '17, draws a dose of the vaccine into a syringe.
During a flu shot clinic on campus, physician assistant student Savanna R. Stauffer, ’17, draws a dose of the vaccine into a syringe.

From the Spring 2019 Penn College Magazine: Personal health, passion and empathy are key for employees in health and human services professions to effectively care for others. Read Helping and Healing.

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Beneficent college crew continues ‘pay it forward’ tradition

In the church’s kitchen, students form an assembly line to pack giveaway bags with toothpaste and toothbrushes.
In the church’s kitchen, students form an assembly line to pack giveaway bags with toothpaste and toothbrushes.
The crew of helpers: Front row (from left): dental hygiene students Hailey A. Gearhart, of Phillipsburg; Kaeli A. Plezia, of Sellersville; Taylor E. Allison, of Allport; Emily N. Renninger, of East Greenville; Jordyn M. Kahler, of York; and Megan P. Fitzsimmons, of Portville, N.Y., with Nolan Strouse. Back row (from left): dental hygiene student Pavel Dariychuk, of Leola, with Derek W. Baldwin, a physician assistant studies student, Barbara K. Emert-Strouse, Robert Strouse and Scott Neff II, ’16. Also helping was dental hygiene student Christina M. Kiessling, of Muncy.
The crew of helpers: Front row (from left): dental hygiene students Hailey A. Gearhart, of Phillipsburg; Kaeli A. Plezia, of Sellersville; Taylor E. Allison, of Allport; Emily N. Renninger, of East Greenville; Jordyn M. Kahler, of York; and Megan P. Fitzsimmons, of Portville, N.Y., with Nolan Strouse. Back row (from left): dental hygiene student Pavel Dariychuk, of Leola, with Derek W. Baldwin, a physician assistant studies student, Barbara K. Emert-Strouse, Robert Strouse and Scott Neff II, ’16. Also helping was dental hygiene student Christina M. Kiessling, of Muncy.

For the ninth year, faculty member Barbara K. Emert-Strouse, assistant professor of dental hygiene, and her family, joined by several dental hygiene students,  provided a “pay it forward” dinner at Christ Episcopal Church on Mulberry Street. The group served around 180 diners with a menu of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, Jell-O with fruit, and cake. They also offered free toothbrushes and toothpaste. The church serves a free “First Saturday” community dinner each month, and the family – including sons Scott L. Neff II, a 2016 culinary arts and systems graduate, and Derek W. Baldwin, a physician assistant studies student – provides one of those monthly dinners each spring. The April 6 dinner and the Penn College crew helping to serve it were featured on WBRE.
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Chemical dependency credential to empower professionals

Responding to the chemical dependency crisis, Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering an online credential that will educate and empower professionals to make transformative change in their workplaces and communities.

The chemical dependency credential will enhance the skills of professionals working in fields such as health care, human services, law enforcement and education, and will also support the private sector, where employers are finding an increasing need to identify workers who might be struggling with chemical dependency.

Providing a comprehensive understanding of the scientific causes of addiction, prevention strategies, intervention opportunities and treatment options, the 12-credit credential is accepting students for the Fall 2019 semester. Consisting of four eight-week classes, the coursework can be completed in two semesters.

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Kaitlyn L. Andersen selected as ‘Student of the Month’

Kaitlyn L. Andersen

Kaitlyn L. Andersen, a nursing major from Mastic, New York, has been chosen as the “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Andersen is a two-year member of the Student Nurses’ Association, currently serving as the organization’s vice president.

“She is a hard worker and earns good grades,” her faculty/staff nominator said. “Kaitlyn exemplifies what a Penn College student should be.”

Among her accomplishments, Andersen is an inductee to the college’s Bachelor of Science Nursing Honor Society, is a two-year member of the Nursing Student Advisory Board and has been a nursing tutor for the 2018-19 academic year.

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Dual-enrollment students attend Penn College NOW visit days

Daniel J. Harris, instructor of HVAC technology, talks with a group about classes in air conditioning and refrigeration while showing them a lab.

More than 400 high school students, all enrolled in Penn College classes at their respective high school or career and technology center, visited campus on Friday. A visit to campus is a required part of every course offered through the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The program offers Penn College classes at more than 50 partner secondary-education facilities throughout the state. College Transitions and First Year Initiatives hosts visits for participating schools throughout the year. To ensure that courses offered through Penn College NOW maintain the same rigor as those offered on campus, secondary teachers work with Penn College faculty liaisons who train them to teach the course curriculum, visit each school at least once a year, and grade high school students’ final projects. In addition to hosting Penn College NOW student visits – including a March 19 trip, also documented in this photo gallery – College Transitions and First Year Initiatives conducts frequent group visits for other secondary students, providing college and career exploration, including a campus tour. On April 2, Lycoming Career and Technology Center plans to bring 200 students to campus for sessions with Career Services, the Academic Success Center and more.

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Penn College dental hygiene degrees receive reaccreditation

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dental hygiene degrees were recently reaccredited by the Commission Dental Accreditation. Students are educated in classrooms and the technology-driven Dental Hygiene Clinic, which offers low-cost services to the public.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation recently approved continued accreditation for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dental hygiene program through 2025.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It serves the public and the profession by developing and implementing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the continuous quality and improvement of dental education programs.

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Girl Scouts ‘spark curiosity’ in daylong campus event

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The Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and the PPL Foundation held a free STEAM Lab at Penn College from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, providing more than 250 girls and young women – from kindergarten through 12th grade – with a hands-on look at Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics pursuits while learning and working with Penn College instructors and students. Attendees worked side-by-side with Penn College faculty/staff and students to earn badges and take part in workshops. Girl Scouts also heard from campus leaders about the future of STEAM and garnered “Spark Curiosity” patches for their participation.

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Match your interests to your future at Spring Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will be hubs of activity during Penn College’s Spring 2019 Open House, an April 6 event highlighting the college’s unique educational mission and hands-on approach to learning.

College-minded students, overwhelmed by piles of possibilities as they consider which career path to follow, can sort through the clutter of options during a revealing visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, members of the Penn College community will welcome potential students and their families, sharing their unique experiences from an institution that has helped tomorrow makers find their niche for more than a century.

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‘Sealant Saturday’ volunteers strengthen children’s smiles

Dental hygiene students provide fun learning stations for families visiting the event. Standing, from left, are Lori M. Weaver, of Newmanstown; Hailey A. Gearhart, of Philipsburg; Dana L. Kraft, of Royersford; Samantha K. Steiger, of Howard; and Michayla J. Roberts, of Newville. Kneeling are Sydney E. Brewer, of Gettysburg, and Staci M. Senior, of State College.
Dental hygiene students provide fun learning stations for families visiting the event. Standing, from left, are Lori M. Weaver, of Newmanstown; Hailey A. Gearhart, of Philipsburg; Dana L. Kraft, of Royersford; Samantha K. Steiger, of Howard; and Michayla J. Roberts, of Newville. Kneeling are Sydney E. Brewer, of Gettysburg, and Staci M. Senior, of State College.
Weaver shows youngsters the best way to brush teeth.
Weaver shows youngsters the best way to brush teeth.
Student Kelsey L. McKenrick, of Gilbertsville, provides services to a youngster.
Student Kelsey L. McKenrick, of Gilbertsville, provides services to a youngster.
From left, students Madison P. Weaver, of Belleville; Shelby L. Schreiber, of Saint Marys; and McKaila F. Daniels, of Roulette, practice their skill in the college’s well-equipped dental hygiene clinic to serve the community.
From left, students Madison P. Weaver, of Belleville; Shelby L. Schreiber, of Saint Marys; and McKaila F. Daniels, of Roulette, practice their skill in the college’s well-equipped dental hygiene clinic to serve the community.

The college’s dental hygiene program partnered with the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and local dentists and hygienists, who volunteered their efforts, to provide free dental services to 32 children during “Sealant Saturday” on March 2. Their work included placing 184 dental sealants, equaling about $6,000 worth of free services, during this community outreach event.

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Pre-College Programs to enrich participants’ summer experience

Young women enrolled in SMART Girls, among the wide-ranging roster of pre-college programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assemble a robot during last summer’s camp.

Building construction has been added to the abounding schedule of pre-college initiatives offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, hands-on summer activities that mirror the nationally renowned opportunities afforded postsecondary students.

“Our Pre-College Programs offer living and learning experiences in which students have opportunities to explore unique academic interests in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Deborah B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations. “It’s a chance to work and make connections with industry leaders, meet and mingle with your peers, and establish a path that could lead to all sorts of future possibilities.”

The signup deadline is May 31 for the institution’s 12 residential programs and its one day camp.

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GOP policy committee takes eye-opening campus tour

Enjoying their exchange in the thermoforming lab with Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, are (from left) Pickett, Hahn, Diamond, Sankey, Wheeland and Oberlander.
Enjoying their exchange in the thermoforming lab with Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, are (from left) Pickett, Hahn, Diamond, Sankey, Wheeland and Oberlander.
In the welding lab, Pickett and Everett appreciate insights shared by David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
In the welding lab, Pickett and Everett appreciate insights shared by David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
President Davie Jane Gilmour (center) leads a brisk walk across campus, as "Spring Break" begins in name only.
President Davie Jane Gilmour (center) leads a brisk walk across campus, as “Spring Break” begins in name only.
Sandra L. Richmond (center), dean of nursing and health sciences, invites guests to identify the faculty member photographed in the college's first dental hygiene lab. (The answer? President Gilmour!)
Sandra L. Richmond (center), dean of nursing and health sciences, invites guests to identify the faculty member photographed in the college’s first dental hygiene lab. (The answer? President Gilmour!)
During lunch in the Thompson Professional Development Center, the group hears apprenticeship information from Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development.
During lunch in the Thompson Professional Development Center, the group hears apprenticeship information from Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development.

Members of the state House Majority Policy Committee were among the Friday visitors to main campus, delighting in an illuminating tour of select instructional labs and learning about Penn College’s role – both academically and through apprenticeships – in enhancing the commonwealth’s skilled labor pool. College administrators, joined by local Reps. Garth D. Everett and Jeff C. Wheeland, welcomed a contingent of Republican lawmakers who research and generate policy proposals aimed at improving the quality of life in The Keystone State: Chair Donna Oberlander, of Clarion; Russell H. Diamond, of Lebanon; Marcia M. Hahn, Wind Gap; Tina Pickett, of Towanda; and Tommy Sankey, of Clearfield. The group, joined by legislative staff and local media, toured instructional areas for nursing, dental hygiene, plastics and welding; learned about efforts toward workforce development; and traveled to Lycoming Engines, a mainstay of the local economy for whom the college’s Metal Trades Center is named.