Gannon University Health Sciences Students Finish with Award Winning Semester

DPT-Students_APTA_ConferencePosted: May 27, 2014
 Student presenters at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas (left to right): Kimberly Marmol, Michelle Adams, Kylee Gnesda and Tori Darling

Mathematical Association of America Conference

Two Gannon University students made presentations at the conference of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America, April 4-5 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

Krista Munger, a mathematics major, spoke on "Dominating Multidimensional Chess" and "Dominating Honeycombs: Not Just for Bees" was the topic of the presentation by Joe Petrone, a biology major with a mathematics minor.

David Prier, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, was the advisor for both students in their work, which dealt with finding minimal arrangements of chess pieces that allow every space to be attacked in the following turn. Both students studied these problems for chessboards of non-standard shapes (three-dimensional or hexagonal spaces instead of squares). Each student gave a 15-minute talk to an audience of faculty and students from colleges and universities located in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Munger and Petrone gave two of the 24 student talks at the conference, which was attended by six Gannon faculty members and nine students. Gannon University will host the MAA sectional conference in 2016.

Penn State College of Medicine Primary Care Scholars' Program

Three Gannon University pre-medical students have been chosen to participate this year in Penn State's College of Medicine Primary Care Scholars' Program.

Juniors Grant Schirmer, Brian Sohl and Morgan Thompson were selected for the program based on their academic performance, broader life experiences, knowledge of medicine and service experiences. The two-week summer program, which begins May 19 includes workshops and a one-week clinical experience that can be done near the Penn State College of Medicine or near the student's hometown.

Villa Maria School of Nursing Awards

Nearly $20 thousand in scholarships were awarded to nine undergraduate nursing students at the Villa Maria School of Nursing Awards ceremony April 6. Heather Wilson won both the Sister Mary Norman Award and the Sister Doloretta Thorn Scholarship Award. She was also one of five students who received Dr. Dorothy Jean Novello Scholarships, named for the longtime head of the Villa Maria School of Nursing. The others were Chelsea Griffiths, Deborah Lorenzo, Heather Smith and Monique Smith. Griffith was awarded one of the two Dr. Mary Ann Kibler Awards with Emily Ziroli, who also received an award from the Marilyn Schaffner Memorial Scholarship Fund. Emma Patterson received the Mary Spaulding, R.N. Nursing Scholarship Award endowed by the Meadville Woman's Club, and Courtney Behr was given the undergraduate scholarship presented by Eta Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Theta International, The Honor Society of Nursing. Eta Xi Chapter also inducted 20 new members at the awards ceremony.

DPT Students Community Health Initiatives

On May 1, students in Gannon University's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program gathered for the annual Celebrating Community Health Initiatives presentation. The daylong event included presentations of capstone projects done by 37 DPT students for 14 different community partners in Erie, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Stand-up reports were presented for 20 community partners helped by members of the Classes of 2015 and 2015. Forty-two DPT students of the Class of 2015 were recognized for their participation in seven health initiatives at the John F. Kennedy and Tri-Boro Senior Centers operated by the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) and the St. Joseph Apartments operated by the Housing and Neighborhood Development Service (HANDS).

Gannon's University's DPT curriculum requires students to integrate classroom material and apply it into clinical practice through full-time clinical placements throughout the program. Clinical exposure starts in the first semester with the first full- time clinical experience occurring after only two semesters of classroom work.

Gannon Students Present at National Conference

Four Gannon University physical therapy students presented a poster, Health Illiteracy: Examining Discrepancies In Body Mass Index (BMI) and Perceptions of Body Morphology in Female Adolescents, at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas in February. The student physical therapists, Michelle Adams, Tori Darling, Kylee Gnesda and Kimberly Marmol, were among the 11,331 attendees, speakers, and guests at the conference.