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11.24.2014

Health Sciences Students Talk Team Approach to Patient Care

Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday's interdisciplinary exercise.
Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday’s interdisciplinary exercise.

Students representing nearly all of the majors in the School of Health Sciences gathered in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Friday to learn from one another as they discussed their differing roles in a medical case. The “tabletop” Interdisciplinary Professional Event is designed to help Penn College students understand the perspectives and duties of others on a medical team in the interest of holistic treatment for their future patients. The school provides its students with a hands-on IPE in the spring, when actors simulate medical emergencies across campus.
Photo by Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

Applied Health Dental Hygiene Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Exercise Science Health Information Technology Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Physician Assistant Radiography Students Surgical Technology
11.04.2014

Student Event Raises Money for Charity, Student Club

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Club held an Oct. 30 walkathon to benefit both the club and a charity that assists individuals with disabilities.

The student-organized walk raised $1,250, of which $400 will be given to the I’m Able Foundation.

The foundation was founded in 2007 by Chris Kaag, a disabled Marine, to build and support active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities.

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Events Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Students
10.24.2014

Student Club to Host Walkathon to Help Individuals With Disabilities

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Club will host a walkathon on campus Oct. 30.

The walkathon is scheduled 5-9 p.m. and includes laps around the campus mall. Fifteen percent of the walk’s proceeds will be given to initiatives that support individuals with physical disabilities. The remainder will support activities by the Occupational Therapy Assistant Club.

Registration for the walkathon is $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Participants can raise money for their registration – or go above – by asking friends and family to donate toward each lap they complete.

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Events Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Students
09.17.2014

Motivational Marathoner to Share Story of Recovery, Redemption

A marathon runner, who turned unimaginable debilitation into enduring determination, will bring her inspiring story to a Pennsylvania College of Technology audience on Sept. 22.

Monday’s presentation by Janet Oberholtzer, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Oberholtzer experienced a number of life adventures far beyond the Mennonite culture of her family’s Berks County dairy farm – she was a seamstress, community organizer and business owner – but nothing would prepare her for May 20, 2004, the day her world changed.

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Events Exercise Science Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant
06.19.2014

Health Careers Camp Tempts High School Students With Rewarding Options

A volunteer "accident victim" is immobilized for transport in the paramedic lab.
A volunteer “accident victim” is immobilized for transport in the paramedic lab.
Campers "crunch" their way through exercises in the physical fitness lab.
Campers “crunch” their way through exercises in the physical fitness lab.
 Jeanne M. Kerschner, clinical director of occupational therapy assistant, helps students appreciate difficulties performing everyday tasks ...

Jeanne M. Kerschner, clinical director of occupational therapy assistant, helps students appreciate difficulties performing everyday tasks …
... challenging them to put on socks with the help of adaptive equipment.
… challenging them to put on socks with the help of adaptive equipment.
A liberating therapeutic tool
A liberating therapeutic tool

An annual collaboration of Penn College and Susquehanna Health this week introduced dozens of high school students to the variety of careers represented within the School of Health Sciences. Ninth- to 12th-graders in the two-day Health Careers Camp attended hands-on workshops in a number of School of Health Sciences labs and took a field trip to Susquehanna Health, getting valuable information and gaining professional insight into meaningful career fields.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Events Exercise Science Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant
05.22.2014

Two Awarded Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarships

Students from Sayre and Milan were presented with 2014-15 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarships on Thursday at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Caleb J. Maenza, of Sayre, a student at North Rome Christian School, will enroll in the pre-occupational therapy major this fall at Penn College.

Jessica M. Stevens, of Milan, a senior at Athens Area High School, will enroll in the forest technology major for Fall 2014.

The scholarship – named in memory of the late wife of former state Sen. Roger A. Madigan, who represented the 23rd District – may be used to help defray the costs of tuition, fees, books, tools and other required supplies. Applicants are required to write an essay describing the community service they have performed and the value that service has added to the community.

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04.10.2014

Simulated Emergencies Help Students Hone Treatment-Team Roles

A crew deals with a kidney-stone attack in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge, preparing to transport the "patient" to the ATHS radiography lab.
A crew deals with a kidney-stone attack in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge, preparing to transport the “patient” to the ATHS radiography lab.
An emergency response, as seen from overhead in the ATHS
An emergency response, as seen from overhead in the ATHS
A simulated angina patient, stricken in the dental hygiene clinic, talks with physician assistant and nursing students after transport to the ER.
A simulated angina patient, stricken in the dental hygiene clinic, talks with physician assistant and nursing students after transport to the ER.
Adam J. Miller, a Penn College instructional development specialist and pre-physician assistant student, captures a scenario on video.
Adam J. Miller, a Penn College instructional development specialist and pre-physician assistant student, captures a scenario on video.
Communication with the "injured"
Communication with the “injured”

To facilitate collaboration among various health disciplines, the School of Health Sciences staged a series of mock health emergencies on campus this week. Approximately 195 students from eight of the school’s programs – Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Paramedic, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiography and Surgical Technology – participated in the event as health professionals, actors and observers. The event presented an opportunity for the students to develop relationships with other health care students and a better understanding of their role. More than 50 faculty and staff members facilitated the event across three days.
Photos by Cletus G. Waldman, clinical director, radiography; and Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

Dental Hygiene Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Health Information Technology Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Physician Assistant Radiography Students Surgical Technology
03.20.2014

Annual Summit Spotlights Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Care

Shannon D. Synoracki, a Penn College physician assistant student, offers input.
Shannon D. Synoracki, a Penn College physician assistant student, offers input.
Small-group facilitator Barbara J. Natell, director of Penn College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, and Darren Mensch, a student from Wilkes University, listen to another student’s perspective.
Small-group facilitator Barbara J. Natell, director of Penn College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, and Darren Mensch, a student from Wilkes University, listen to another student’s perspective.
Walt Eisenhauer (with mustache), program chair for Lock Haven University’s physician assistant program, leads a discussion.
Walt Eisenhauer (with mustache), program chair for Lock Haven University’s physician assistant program, leads a discussion.
Small-group discussion fills the air in the Bush Campus Center.
Small-group discussion fills the air in the Bush Campus Center.

As part of an event that spanned northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania and involved 805 students, the fifth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Penn College on Wednesday. Twenty-two facilitators from a variety of health professions, including physicians, led discussions in the Bush Campus Center among students from several colleges and universities who are pursuing studies in a wide range of health disciplines. The Collaborative Care Summit is arranged by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition – of which Sharon K. Waters, associate dean of health sciences, is a member. Waters facilitated the Penn College event, which brought together about 135 students from Penn College, Lock Haven University, Wilkes University, The Commonwealth Medical College and Marywood University. Dr. Keith Shenberger, of Susquehanna Health and The Commonwealth Medical College’s Williamsport Campus, co-presented both opening and closing presentations with Waters. The students participated in roundtable discussions of a medical case, learning from one another how each discipline contributes to a patient’s care. “The goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health-professions students for deliberatively working together, with the common goal of building a safer and better patient-centered and community/population-orientated U.S. health care system,” Waters explained. “It was so impressive to hear what each student contributed to the collaborative care interprofessional team approach in representing their respective health care discipline.” Student participants represented 15 professions, from dental hygiene to pharmacy to medicine to social work. Simultaneous events were held in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre at Marywood University, The Commonwealth Medical College, The University of Scranton, Kings College and Misericordia University.

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02.10.2014

Lady Wildcat Basketball Team Honors Graduating Senior

Alison K. Van Matter is joined at midcourt by her parents and coach Matt Wilt (left) ...
Alison K. Van Matter is joined at midcourt by her parents and coach Matt Wilt (left) …
... and by her Lady Wildcats teammates.
… and by her Lady Wildcats teammates.

On Saturday, the Penn College women’s basketball team honored lone senior Alison K. Van Metter prior to the start of its game against Penn State Hazleton. Van Metter, an occupational therapy assistant major from Saylorsburg, is a three-year member of the squad and team captain for the past two. Off the court, Van Metter is a prominent member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, helping to run community-service projects and fundraisers, is a member of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Club and serves as a Presidential Student Ambassador. She is also a standout academically, having been named to the Penn State University Athletic Conference All-Academic team. After graduation, Van Metter plans to attend graduate school for occupational therapy and then begin a career as an occupational therapist in a pediatric cancer unit or pediatric prosthetics center.
Photos by Craig R. Urey, student photographer

Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Sports Students
11.22.2013

Discussions Train Student Focus on Interdisciplinary Approach to Patient Care

Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing education, guides a discussion.
Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing education, guides a discussion.
Health Sciences students and faculty fill Penn’s Inn with discussion groups.
Health Sciences students and faculty fill Penn’s Inn with discussion groups.

The School of Health Sciences hosted an Interdisciplinary Professional Event for students in select courses in its Physician Assistant, Nursing, Radiography, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Fitness Specialist programs Friday. About 150 students participated in two sessions that examined case studies and allowed students from the varying health care disciplines to discuss with one another their unique roles and interactions with the same patient.

Exercise Science Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Physician Assistant Radiography Students
10.30.2013

‘Run in the Dark’ Fundraiser Tops $500 Toward Breast Cancer Research

Participants receive appropriate T-shirts.
Participants receive appropriate T-shirts.
Occupational therapy assistant student Gabrielle M. Leister has her face painted by a classmate.
Occupational therapy assistant student Gabrielle M. Leister has her face painted by a classmate.
Decked for the occasion in glow paint, face paint and general pink splatters are, from left, pre-dental hygiene student Kirsta J. Ruble, pre-applied health studies: radiography student Gina M. Pucillo, and pre-occupational therapy assistant student Rachel E. Dubosky.
Decked for the occasion in glow paint, face paint and general pink splatters are, from left, pre-dental hygiene student Kirsta J. Ruble, pre-applied health studies: radiography student Gina M. Pucillo, and pre-occupational therapy assistant student Rachel E. Dubosky.
Occupational therapy assistant student Janae B. Rohrer (on fountain in ponytail) provides directions to the runners/walkers.
Occupational therapy assistant student Janae B. Rohrer (on fountain in ponytail) provides directions to the runners/walkers.
Runners take off as evening shadows fall.
Runners take off as evening shadows fall.

More than 60 runners registered for the Student Occupational Therapy Assistants Club’s first “Run in the Dark” to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Gearing up in T-shirts, paint and glow sticks, the early-evening 5K raised more than $500 for breast cancer research.

Events Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Students
07.25.2013

Penn College Summer Commencement Set for Aug. 10

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, for nearly 250 students who have petitioned to graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology after the college’s summer sessions.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker for the ceremony will be Katherine P. Wylezik, of Bernville, who will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, and an Associate of Applied Science in occupational therapy assistant. A Dean’s List student, Wylezik will receive the President’s Award, presented for leadership and service to the college.

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05.16.2013

Classmates Hone Collaboration, Communication in Purposeful Outdoor Exercise

Students literally learn the ropes under the ever-watchful eye of their faculty "spotter, an assistant professor of human services/social science who is retiring in August after more than 25 years of teaching.
Students literally learn the ropes under the ever-watchful eye of their faculty “spotter, an assistant professor of human services/social science who is retiring in August after more than 25 years of teaching.
Traversing the low ropes in a trust- and team-building challenge.
Traversing the low ropes in a trust- and team-building challenge.
Sure-footed sneakers
Sure-footed sneakers
A "family tree?" Mother Nature provides convenient support for twins Kelcie L. (left) and Kaitlyn A. Murray, applied human services majors from Scranton.
A “family tree?” Mother Nature provides convenient support for twins Kelcie L. (left) and Kaitlyn A. Murray, applied human services majors from Scranton.
A grateful grasp of a helping hand
A grateful grasp of a helping hand

In a summer class that began as many of their friends were leaving campus for a breather, 11 students in LaRue R. Reese’s Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool class – a mix of applied human services and occupational therapy assistant majors – traveled to Montoursville’s Indian Park on Thursday. Reese, wrapping up more than a quarter-century as a faculty member, terms it a “toolbox course – they gain a whole bunch of tools they can employ in their career.” Among the activities was the Mohawk Walk, in which the students rely on one another to navigate taut ropes suspended just above the ground.

Human Services & Restorative Justice Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students
03.04.2013

Katherine P. Wylezik Chosen as ‘Student of the Month’

Katherine P. Wylezik, enrolled in the applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, has been chosen as the Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Wylezik, of Bernville, serves as a Community Assistant for off-campus housing and has been a Residence Life Office clerk for more than three years. She is also an Information Desk clerk for Susquehanna Health.

“Katie is an excellent representative of Penn College,” her nominators wrote. “She is a great student who is focused on her goals and proactive in her approach to achieving those goals. She is hardworking, dedicated, prioritizes her responsibilities and puts forth her best effort in whatever she does.  She is focused on academics, possesses wonderful customer-service skills, has an outgoing and warm personality, and does everything with a smile.”

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Applied Health Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Students
12.22.2012

College Presents Humanitarian/Citizenship Award to Alumnus

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented an Alumni Humanitarian/Citizenship Award to Raymond R. Mattie.

The presentation, made by Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, took place during a Winter Commencement ceremony held Dec. 22 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

The Alumni Humanitarian/Citizenship Award is bestowed upon graduates of Penn College or its predecessor institutions – Williamsport Area Community College and Williamsport Technical Institute – who have provided distinguished community or volunteer service and presented themselves as dedicated and loyal alumni.

Mattie, a 1984 alumnus of the college’s machinist general program, is owner of M&S Conversion Co. and CSM Realty LLC, Montoursville. He serves on the board of directors for Citizens & Northern Bank, Hope Enterprises Foundation Inc. and the Penn College Foundation.

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