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Start building a Penn College future at Oct. 28 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.

Students looking for a bold next step in their educational journey are encouraged to attend an Oct. 28 Open House at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where “future made by hand” is a template for success.

“Visiting a college campus should be an experience. At Open House, students are able to touch, see and explore their future,” said Claire Z. Biggs, assistant director of admissions. “From the state-of-the-art labs to the knowledgeable faculty and staff, Penn College is the place to be if you want to be a tomorrow maker.”

The college will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for prospective students and their families to explore more than 100 bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs. Free bus service will be available on the main campus in Williamsport, and shuttles will transport guests to and from the nearby Lumley Aviation and Schneebeli Earth Science centers throughout the day.

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The third time’s a charmer!

Enjoying the autumnal alumni evening (from left): Timothy D. Haldeman, ’11, manufacturing engineering technology; Michael D. Ferraiolo, ’10, aviation technology, and ‘11, aviation maintenance technology, and guest, Melyssa McHale; and Whitnie-rae (Mays) Haldeman, ’12, advertising art, and ’14, applied technology studies.

The disparate threads of Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend were woven together again this fall, producing another seamless tapestry of fun and reconnection for graduates, current students and families. The third annual combined celebration kicked off with a Friday bonfire, tent party and Hall of Fame Banquet; continued Saturday with a presidential breakfast, Williamsport bus and trolley excursions, lab tours, a golf outing and on-campus sporting events, arts and crafts, and an alumni reunion at downtown nightspots; and concluded Sunday with more athletics and a fond farewell (until next year)!

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School of Nursing & Health Sciences hosts celebration

Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed several School of Nursing & Health Sciences alumni back to campus to speak at an event celebrating the school’s name change, its academic majors, and milestone anniversaries for two programs: occupational therapy assistant (30 years) and physician assistant (20 years). From left are Megan Wright, ’12, a physician assistant practicing physical medicine and rehabilitation; Brian Webster, ’06, a nurse practitioner specializing in emergency and family nursing; President Davie Jane Gilmour; Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences; and Michele “Mindy” Tedesco, ’88, a registered occupational therapist specializing in home health care.

The School of Nursing & Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology held a multifaceted celebration on Oct. 4 by hosting an open house of its facilities and welcoming accomplished alumni, who reflected on how their education has shaped their careers.

“We come together … to celebrate the positive impact all 10 of our nursing and health sciences programs have on our students’ lives, the professions in which they work, and the communities they serve,” said Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences.

Of particular significance during the celebration was a change to the school’s name: from the School of Health Sciences to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, and the anniversaries of the occupational therapy assistant program, whose first students graduated 30 years ago, and the physician assistant program, which graduated its first students 20 years ago.

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Free oral cancer screening available at Penn College on Oct. 6

Members of the Pennsylvania College of Technology chapter of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association, along with dentist and dental hygienist volunteers, will provide free oral cancer screenings on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9-11 a.m.

The event will be held in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, on the second floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. This is a walk-in event; no appointments are necessary.

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Penn College student receives Graham Nursing Scholarship

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Kara N. Libby was one of eight recipients of the 39th annual Lee and Bessie Graham Nursing Scholarship.

The scholarship was presented recently by UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven Hospital and the Lee & Bessie Graham Nursing Scholarship Trust.

Libby, of Jersey Shore, is pursuing an associate degree in nursing from the college.

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Director Appointed for Penn College Physician Assistant Program

Joshua A. Bower

Joshua A. Bower has been named director of the physician assistant program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Bower is a certified physician assistant, licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. His primary focus is in ophthalmology. Prior to joining the Penn College staff in August, he was a physician assistant for six years at the Eye Center of Central PA.

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Surgical Technology Board Exam Pass Rate Beats National Average

Penn College student Anna G. Thompson, of Mount Carmel, practices assisting with a laparoscopic surgery in the college’s mock operating room. Over 91 percent of the college’s August surgical technology graduates passed the national certification exam for surgical technologists on their first attempt.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2018 surgical technology graduates passed the national Certified Surgical Technologist Examination on their first attempt with a 91.67 percent pass rate, which far exceeds the national average. The group of 12 graduated in August and took the exam the same month.

The Certified Surgical Technologist exam is conducted by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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Pinning Ceremony Held for Summer Nursing Grads

The 37 members of the health arts: practical nursing emphasis Class of 2018 gather for a recent pinning ceremony at the Community Arts Center.
The 37 members of the health arts: practical nursing emphasis Class of 2018 gather for a recent pinning ceremony at the Community Arts Center.

A day before the summer commencement ceremony at the Community Arts Center, graduates of the health arts: practical nursing emphasis major gathered at the venue to receive pins from mentors. During the ceremony, the honorees recited the Nightingale Pledge. Remarks were provided by class members Rachael J. Camacho, of Williamsport, and Chad M. Quail, of Lock Haven, as well as Diane L. Smith, director of nursing, associate degrees, and nursing instructors Kimberly A. Brenchley and Sherry L. Hyland. Class member Kayla J. Billheim, of Allenwood, sang “The Climb.”
Photo by Tina R. Strayer, nursing office assistant, completion degrees

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Penn College Students Serve Health Care Needs at LLWS

Penn College emergency medical services students Michelle K. Waughen, of Montgomery, and Ali T. Alnasir, of Williamsport, stand ready to provide to provide care to those in attendance at the 2017 Little League World Series. Penn College students pursuing careers as physician assistants and paramedics are providing health care at the 2018 World Series.

Forty-three students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physician assistant and emergency medical services/paramedic programs will be on hand to help serve the health care needs of spectators and players at the Little League Baseball World Series, Aug. 16-26.

The event draws tens of thousands of spectators over 11 days as 16 U.S. and international Little League teams vie for the championship in South Williamsport, just a short drive from the Penn College main campus.

“We are proud to have our physician assistant and paramedic students participate with interdisciplinary members of the health care team to assist with providing care to Little League players from around the world,” said Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences. “This event is an excellent example of the cross-cultural service learning opportunities we provide for our students.”

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Dental Hygiene Students Treat 400 Children in Dominican Republic

From left, Penn College dental hygiene students Megan M. Mecouch, of Peach Bottom, Lancaster County; Kayla C. Summerson, of Emporium, Cameron County, and Lori M. Weaver, of Newmanstown, Lebanon County, join classmates in cleaning children’s teeth at a school in the Dominican Republic.

Seventeen Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently returned from the Dominican Republic, where they provided dental care to children at six schools in the Las Terrenas area.

The students are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in dental hygiene. Most were enrolled in Oral Health Care Field Experience, an elective course that allows them to increase their cultural competency by planning, providing and evaluating primary oral health services for an underserved population.

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Girded With ‘Armor of Compassion,’ PA Students Start Clinical

Members of the physician assistant Class of 2019 gather to celebrate their move from classroom to clinical learning.
Members of the physician assistant Class of 2019 gather to celebrate their move from classroom to clinical learning.
Hannah M. Frantz, of Hershey, accepts a hug from Christine Frantz, who presented her pin. White coats were given by instructor Larissa D. Whitney, and each student chose an individual to attach his or her pin.
Hannah M. Frantz, of Hershey, accepts a hug from Christine Frantz, who presented her pin. White coats were given by instructor Larissa D. Whitney, and each student chose an individual to attach his or her pin.
Jennifer L. Mitchell, of Kulpmont, flashes a smile at the audience as she is “pinned” by Elizabeth Bendas.
Jennifer L. Mitchell, of Kulpmont, flashes a smile at the audience as she is “pinned” by Elizabeth Bendas.
Katanga Muanza, of Williamsport, hugs Emil Lukasa after receiving his white coat and pin.
Katanga Muanza, of Williamsport, hugs Emil Lukasa after receiving his white coat and pin.
Elizabeth A. Belz, of Montoursville; Hannah M. Frantz, of Hershey; Dylan C. Griffin, of Milton; and Amber L. Grimm, of Milton, join classmates in reciting the physician assistant oath.
Elizabeth A. Belz, of Montoursville; Hannah M. Frantz, of Hershey; Dylan C. Griffin, of Milton, join classmates in reciting the physician assistant oath.

Students in the physician assistant Class of 2019 celebrated a milestone in their education on July 21 with the program’s traditional “white coat ceremony.” Twenty-seven students marked the completion of three semesters of intensive classroom study that will be followed – beginning with the Fall 2018 semester – with a full year of hands-on patient care at health care sites, under the supervision of clinical preceptors. The white coat, explained the program’s medical director, Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, in welcoming remarks, holds a great deal of symbolism. He dons his white coat each workday as though putting on the armor of compassion. Other speakers included Dr. Anju Sonia Dayal, a part-time instructor of physician assistant; Larissa D. Whitney, instructor of physician assistant; Brian M. McKeon Sr., assistant professor of physician assistant; and class representatives Kelly E. Heckman, of Bellefonte, and Wayne R. Jacobs, of Jersey Shore. The class, led by Physician Assistant Club President Valerie L. Kubalak, of Spring Mills, recited the physician assistant oath, pledging to hold the health, safety, welfare and dignity of all human beings as their primary responsibility, then presented gifts to the full-time physician assistant faculty, including a gift of $1,000 to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in honor of Carter Whitney.

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Summer Commencement at Penn College Set for Aug. 4

Penn College’s Summer Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

Nearly 250 students have petitioned to graduate in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer 2018 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Community Arts Center.

The student speaker will be Lara K. Duke, of Swengel, Union County, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science in physical therapist assistant. A Dean’s List student, Duke previously earned a Bachelor of Science in athletic training from Boise State University.

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Alum Inspires ‘Future of Paramedic Education’

An on-the-job photo of Christopher T. Boyer, an alumnus and director of Penn College’s paramedic technology program, accompanies an article in the magazine of Wilmington University (another of his alma maters).
An on-the-job photo of Christopher T. Boyer, an alumnus and director of Penn College’s paramedic technology program, accompanies an article in the magazine of Wilmington University (another of his alma maters).An on-the-job photo of

Christopher T. Boyer, director of Penn College’s paramedic technology program, is featured in the summer issue of WilmU, the magazine of Wilmington University. Boyer received a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Wilmington in 2017 and is a 2003 graduate of Penn College with an associate degree in paramedic technology. The article highlights Boyer’s vision for the future of paramedic education, “to train highly skilled technicians who not only understand theory but are able to make wise life-and-death decisions under pressure.” It also discusses Boyer’s doctoral research, which finds that paramedic students who have used high-fidelity patient simulators require 19 percent fewer patient contacts to fully demonstrate mastery of their skills. Penn College uses such patient simulators in its paramedic and nursing programs.