|Gabbie Lengyel ‘15|
Lights, camera… action
Misericordia University communications students, seated at their computers, edit their segments for MCN 87 as fast as they can – which seems to be at a snail’s pace to them. Dan Kimbrough, who serves as advisor to MCN 87, the new cable station on the campus of Misericordia University, is switching between the groups, splicing in video here and matching audio there, while also teaching them how to handle the pressures of deadline and production quality simultaneously.
The students have been working on various shows and topics that range from a segment on an episode about local eateries to a full weekly sports show in the studio. “When my first segment was about to air, I felt very accomplished. Filming shoots for video practicum require a lot of time and hard work. There's much more to it than I had ever imagined. Knowing I was a part of creating that first segment left me feeling excited and that I had achieved something I wasn't sure I could do before,” says Amanda Ankner ‘14.
|Students pose with Pitbull from Luzerne County Pit Bull Owners, Inc.|
Misericordia University students are getting some hands-on experience by participating in the schools chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Students in the chapter have extended themselves beyond the campus’ grounds and are working with local nonprofits as well as helping out on campus. “We are here to help with nonprofit organizations. It’s a way of helping them get the public relations stuff done that they normally wouldn’t have the money to do,” explains PRSSA advisor Douglas Martin.
Seniors show cognitive improvement in Misericordia University ‘memory fitness’ study
|Misericordia University researchers recently conducted a study at Mercy Center in Dallas Twp.|
A Misericordia University geriatric care management professor and graduate student recently completed their collaborative research project, “Occupational Therapy and Geriatric Care Management: Collaborating to Increase Expertise of Cognition and Memory in the Elderly Population through the Establishment of a Memory Fitness Center,’’ which showed that all participants’ cognitive abilities improved by participating in a “memory fitness center.’’
James Siberski, M.S., C.M.C., CRmT, is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Gerontology Education Center for Professional Development at Misericordia University. He collaborated with his student, Lauren Zack ’11, ‘13, O.T.D., M.S., O.T.R./L., a licensed occupational therapist who is seeking her certification in geriatric care management, as part of her capstone research project for her doctorate in occupational therapy at Misericordia University. The memory fitness center’s activities provided the residents an opportunity to engage in a non-pharmacological approach to a healthy mind.