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Students provide pandemic help through PA National Guard

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Kristien Quintanilla (fifth from left} is part of a Joint Force Medical Strike Team deployed by Pennsylvania National Guard to assist at a rehab and nursing home in Delaware County. (Photo by Master Sgt. George Roach, courtesy of Pennsylvania National Guard.)

Construction management student Mason E. Blethen and human services and restorative justice student Kristien T. Quintanilla are two of at least three Pennsylvania College of Technology students called to provide emergency support through the Pennsylvania National Guard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quintanilla, of Jersey Shore, a combat medic in the Guard, was one of 18 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard who reported to the Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Delaware County to assist with staffing shortages. The group, a mix of military nurses and medics, provided routine care to non-acute patients beginning April 18.

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May 27, 2020
Alumni Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Human services grad recounts roundabout road to job satisfaction

Kate Stepnick, a 2007 graduate in applied human services, talks to a Klump Academic Center audience Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth E. Winder, assistant professor, human services)

Alumna Kate Stepnick returned to campus Wednesday, sharing her circuitous journey from graduate to a rewarding position as camp director at an area facility for children with special needs.

“I absolutely loved being at Penn College and believe that my education prepared me for every single job that I have had over the last 12 years,” she told faculty prior to her visit. “It took me some time to find my passion, but I know that going into human services was the right career path for me.”

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October 24, 2019
Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Restorative justice focus enhances Penn College academic major

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Mirroring trends in the field of human services, Pennsylvania College of Technology has expanded its human services major to include significant emphasis on restorative justice. The major’s new name – human services and restorative justice – took effect this semester.

“This revision reflects changes in the field and represents our commitment to providing the most up-to-date, relevant and marketable degrees for our students,” said Craig A. Miller, department head of social services and humanities and associate professor of history/political science.

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October 24, 2019
Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Students’ human services fieldwork includes equine exercise

Students brainstorm in a unique outdoor classroom ...
Students brainstorm in a unique outdoor classroom …
... and join their problem-solving lab partners at photo time.
… and join their problem-solving lab partners at photo time.
An involved instructor shares the sunlight with a new colleague.
An involved instructor shares the sunlight with a new colleague.

Human services students traveled to High Flight Farm, along Route 973 in Cogan Station, on Tuesday to experience the benefits of equine therapy. Applied human services major Corianne A. Wilson, of Edgewater, Maryland, led a group session that included having students identify a life struggle. Instructor Sarah S. Moore said the students, charged with having their horse perform certain tasks, applied what they needed to do – hard work, change of plans, lots of effort, groupthink, etc. – to overcome their identified challenge. The students are enrolled in Serving and Surviving Human Services (HSJ 275), in which they must develop personal plans of action for surviving in the field as ethical, self-caring practitioners.
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October 15, 2019
Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Sex trafficking survivor makes Penn College part of her journey

Lynaugh H. Bobst

For the Introduction to Human Services course, the content was standard. For Lynaugh H. Bobst, the class discussion on appropriate family dynamics was personal. For her, the topic generated more than copious notes and highlighted text in a book. It led to an awakening.

Bobst didn’t finish the course or any of her other classes that semester. Instead, she left school to begin a journey. Seven years later, that journey has returned Bobst to Pennsylvania College of Technology for a revised major that she hopes will amplify her new lease on life as an advocate to prevent child sex abuse.

“I remember sitting in that intro class thinking, ‘Wait a second. What I experienced wasn’t normal.’ It really took me back,” she said.

Back to the darkest of places.

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July 30, 2019
Applied Health Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Natural Science Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Penn College Magazine Penn College Magazine Feature Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

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.

April 17, 2019
Alumni Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Alumna builds rewarding career on human services foundation

Winder (left) and Wolfhope-Briggs talk with students in a Klump Academic Center classroom.
Winder (left) and Wolfhope-Briggs talk with students in a Klump Academic Center classroom.
The 1998 alumna, building an impressive career on the bedrock of her Penn College degree, addresses the class ...
The 1998 alumna, building an impressive career on the bedrock of her Penn College degree, addresses the class …
... and satisfies student questions about her chosen field.
… and satisfies student questions about her chosen field.

An alumna of Penn College’s human services major returned to her alma mater this week to share professional insights with students in the Management and Administration in Human Services class. Amy (Gordon) Wolfhope-Briggs, a 1998 graduate of the college’s first class of bachelor’s degree recipients in the major, is director of student services at BLaST Intermediate Unit #17. Wolfhope-Briggs discussed the IU’s role in the community and the special education programs and services it provides to constituent school districts and eligible children within Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties. She also answered students’ questions regarding administration and management. Wolfhope-Briggs went on to earn a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology and a special education administration certificate ​from Bloomsburg University. She has a superintendent letter of eligibility and is working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership from Wilkes University. Her career has featured a wide range of professional experiences that enhanced her human services and education-related skills. The HSR 240 class is taught by Elizabeth E. Winder, assistant professor of human services, who advised students that Wolfhope-Briggs is an excellent example of the diversity available with a foundation in human services. “The education I received at the college certainly served me well,” Wolfhope-Briggs said. “I’ve been blessed to have so many varied professional experiences. They’ve all been incredibly valuable. And I was blessed to have the range of exposures students receive in the human services major.”

February 28, 2019
Events Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Students bring societal crisis down to personal level

Applied human services majors LaTricia M. Scutching (left), of Plymouth Meeting, and Estee E. McLaughlin, of Muncy, stand before a treeful of encouraging and motivational messages.
Applied human services majors LaTricia M. Scutching (left), of Plymouth Meeting, and Estee E. McLaughlin, of Muncy, stand before a treeful of encouraging and motivational messages.
Seth Fredericks, a certified recovery specialist with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission, shares his personal journey and his professional experience.
Seth Fredericks, a certified recovery specialist with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission, shares his personal journey and his professional experience.
Student organizers, in T-shirts of advocacy and outreach, command the floor.
Student organizers, in T-shirts of advocacy and outreach, command the floor.
Morgan L. Keller, of Shermans Dale, invited mother Stacy to the event that her class so diligently planned.
Morgan L. Keller, of Shermans Dale, invited mother Stacy to the event that her class so diligently planned.
Among the presenters is Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, who, with her colleagues on the bench, effects a coordinated court response.
Among the presenters is Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, who, with her colleagues on the bench, effects a coordinated court response.

Human services students at Penn College collaborated on a successful opioid awareness event Saturday night in Penn’s Inn, invoking positivity and compassion in helping the community understand dependency’s insidious impact. PCT HOPE, organized by the Service Learning in Sociology class in cooperation with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission, aimed to “Help Open People’s Eyes” through accessibility and lack of judgment. “I feel we succeeded at spreading awareness, hope and empathy in a unique way that I don’t think has been attempted here in Williamsport before,” applied human services major Jernae A. Drummond said. DJ Choices (Bryon Carey, a board-certified recovery specialist) donated his time to the effort; Lycoming College alumna Kaitlin Lunger screened “No Limits, No Boundaries,” her documentary about three local individuals – a recovering addict, an addict’s daughter and a Williamsport Bureau of Police officer – dealing with opioid abuse; and the class presented an interactive exhibit that put a human face on addiction and its scope. “I thought the students did a fantastic job,” said D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science. “The event was polished, flowed well, and did a great job of engaging visitors with resources, information and personal stories on the part of the presenters.”
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

November 12, 2018
Emergency Management & Homeland Security Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Silenced voices echo through survivor’s search for ‘normal’

The emergency management technology student fields a question from the audience.

An emergency management technology major who is a survivor of last year’s Las Vegas shooting shared her story with fellow Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty Monday night in the Student & Administrative Services Center’s Presentation Room.

Emergency management, human services, nursing and emergency medical services/paramedic students were among those who listened intently and respectfully to Robyn N. Wolfe’s harrowing story. Her husband, William “Bill” Wolfe Jr., was the sole Pennsylvania fatality in the horrific mass shooting that claimed 58 lives and injured more than 800 people.

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November 6, 2018
Events Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Human services students host ‘HOPE’ opioid awareness event

Preparing for their opioid awareness event, PCT HOPE, students in the Service Learning in Sociology class work together in The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College.

Human services students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are inviting the campus community and the public to attend “PCT HOPE,” a unique opioid awareness event to be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

Standing for “Help Open People’s Eyes,” the PCT HOPE gathering aims to “humanize the local opioid epidemic.” The event is an outreach effort by students in the college’s Service Learning in Sociology class and is being organized in cooperation with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission.

PCT HOPE will feature an interactive mural, speakers, information booths and giveaways. A “reaction tree,” where guests can post stories and their responses to the event, will also be a key feature – and one symbolizing growth.

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October 26, 2018
Alumni Corporate Relations Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Challenge Accepted! College Wins Community Cup, Helps Raise $17,000 for Salvation Army

An aerial view shows runners bundled up and starting out.

The Salvation Army of Williamsport will receive about $17,000 to be used for essential services to local families, thanks to Saturday’s Community Challenge.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the event resulted in the college winning the Community Cup, a traveling trophy presented to the organization with the greatest participation. Penn College logged 30 registered guests and 22 volunteers, including students enrolled in the Community and Organizational Change course and a number of student-athletes. The Penn College cross-country team served as an event sponsor.

“The volunteers from the human services program and athletics were incredible and helped to make a very special event,” said Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, who serves as vice chairman of the local Salvation Army Board of Directors.

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November 13, 2017
Art & Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Sports Students

Human Services Class Assists Community Challenge

Community Challenge trophies and ornaments, crafted by Penn College ceramics instructors David A. and Deborah L. Stabley stand ready for the Nov. 11 trail races.

Racing to the finish, students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology are focused on completing an important assignment – helping to coordinate the third annual Community Challenge, benefiting the Salvation Army of Williamsport, which assists about 400 area families each month.

Set for Saturday, Nov. 11, the year’s Community Challenge features 5K, 10K and half-marathon trail races at the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority’s watershed property, 1600 Mosquito Valley Road, DuBoistown. Nearly 225 runners, ages 4 through 74, have already signed up to participate, with registration open until midday Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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October 31, 2017
Alumni Architecture & Sustainable Design Construction & Design Technologies Human Services & Restorative Justice Scholarships Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Minority Student Scholarship Established at Penn College

Current, former students establish minority scholarship fund.

Current and former Pennsylvania College of Technology students who were members of the student organization Minorities Lending Knowledge have established The Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship at the college.

The students are: Kacie L. Weaver, of Harrisburg, a 2016 alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in applied human services; Kyani L. Lawrence, a former applied human services student from 2013-16 who transferred to a college in her hometown of New Rochelle, New York; and Wilmer I. Clase, of Lancaster, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student who is set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree this month.

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May 1, 2017
Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Community Challenge Raises $12,000 to Support Salvation Army

At the Nov. 12 5K run/walk held at Williamsport Area High School, some of the students enrolled in Penn College’s Community and Organizational Change course gather with Major Donald Spencer (center), director of the Salvation Army of Williamsport.

This year’s Community Challenge supporting the Salvation Army of Williamsport raised $12,000, thanks to the efforts of numerous volunteers and participants including many from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

On Nov. 12, the final event in the Community Challenge series, a 5K run/walk was held at Williamsport Area High School. Penn College had over 30 volunteers at the event including students enrolled in the college’s Community and Organizational Change course who devoted part of their fall semester to the nonprofit endeavor.

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November 15, 2016