Penn College faculty
member presents at event
A member of the physics faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently presented a talk at the 59th annual Conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers Central Pennsylvania Section.
David S. Richards, associate professor of physics, presented a session titled "Analyzing Centripetal Force Using Spherical Neodymium Magnets." The conference was held March 11 and 12 at Penn State Schuylkill.
Richards also recently attended a hands-on workshop on the teaching and learning of astronomy concepts. The workshop was titled "Improving the College Introductory Astronomy Survey Course for Non-Science Majors Through Active Engagement." The two-day event was held at The Pennsylvania State University and was presented by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Center for Astronomy Education.
Richards has taught at Penn College since 1995 and received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the college in 2007. He has served as vice president and president of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
He holds a doctorate in instructional systems from Penn State.
for NHA workshop
Julie A. Stager, a certified billing and coding specialist and instructor at Pennsylvania College of Technology's North Campus near Wellsboro, recently was chosen to take part in the National Healthcareer Association test-item writing workshop, held March 7 and 8 in Kansas City, Mo.
An honorarium covered travel expenses, lodging and conference fees for those selected to take part in the two-day NHA conference.
The national event was offered to gain input from professionals into the certification testing process. Participants were trained in test-writing skills and assigned to review and edit questions based on their knowledge and experience.
Stager has more than seven years of teaching experience and 25 years of office-administrative experience. She is an instructor for the professional medical coding program at Corning Community College, as well as for the medical (office) assistant program at the North Campus.
Students to host
Human services students at Pennsylvania College of Technology will present an Assistive Technology Expo on April 29 in the college's Field House.
The expo, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature a broad range of services and equipment to assist individuals with disabilities. The displays will focus on mobility, communication and education.
Admission is open to those who use the technology and to providers, such as those in health care, human services and education. The expo is free to people with disabilities and to college students with a school ID. A $5 donation is requested from professionals. A drawing for door prizes is planned. Registration for the event is not required.
Students take on the project in part to help fill a gap - similar expos provide information about the latest technological advances in other parts of the state, but are not easily accessible from northcentral Pennsylvania.
Five students enrolled in the course Technology and Human Services are organizing the event with help from their instructor, Larue R. Reese, assistant professor of human services and social sciences.
The course introduces students to technology and its effect on various consumer populations in the human services field, including adaptive devices, surveillance, medications and record-keeping.
Class members are Monica F. Charles, of Williamsport; Courtney E. Regan, of Broomall; Nicole D. Riley, of Milton; Andrea M. Scheerer, of Canton; and Ashley M. Stuck, of Lewistown. All five are pursuing bachelor's degrees in applied human services.
For more information about the Assistive Technology Expo, email Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Portal topic
of staff presentation
Development and promotion of a Web-based venue to help students and employees collaboratively cut through "information chaos" on Pennsylvania College of Technology's campuses was the subject of a recent staff presentation at the Ninth Annual EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Baltimore.
Wendy A. Cunningham, Penn College's manager of portal development and college documentation, presented "myPCT Information & Collaboration Center: Not Your Typical Campus Portal" at the conference.
"Many colleges and institutions have a traditional portal, an access point for data," she explained. "myPCT is about distributing information collegewide. It's also about collaboration among and between operational units, which is vastly different from what many other institutions have."
Cunningham demonstrated the Microsoft SharePoint-based portal, transcending mere functionality to focus on making the college's internal communication system work for audiences as diverse as the information they require.
"It's all about finding a 'happy medium,' " she said. "Audiences are a challenge. We have different people with different informational needs and different preferences for how to get those messages."
Cunningham, who also serves as technical editor and a part-time member of the college's English faculty, earned a master's degree in creative writing from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, and holds a bachelor's degree from Penn College in technical communication.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association, the mission of which is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Its current membership comprises more than 2,200 colleges, universities and educational organizations with 17,000 active members.