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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

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