Stories of Impact
Get to know our donors, and read stories of the meaningful impact their philanthropic support has in the lives of our students and faculty.
Robert M. and Thelma G. Flory Doctoral Study Award
Two PA College faculty were the 2019-20 recipients of the Robert M. and Thelma G. Flory Doctoral Study Award which supports faculty who are pursuing a doctoral degree or postdoctoral research.
Jenna Davis, MSN, RNC-NIC, has been a member of our nursing faculty since June 2018. She earned her BSN from Bloomsburg University in 2011, her MSN (Nurse Educator Track) from Mansfield University in 2016, and is currently working toward her Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Education through Indiana University of Pennsylvania (anticipated completion: August 2021). Still completing her coursework, Jenna will begin the dissertation process in Fall 2020. She is inspired by PA College’s recent expansion of our simulation program to include new inter-professional exercises (i.e. nursing students working with respiratory therapy or radiography students) and hopes to make this the focus of her dissertation.
Mary E. Fetter, MSN, RN ’97 – a proud PA College alumnus, assistant professor and now doctoral student – earned her diploma in nursing (as Class Valedictorian) here in 1997. She went on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Millersville University. She joined our faculty in 2009 and is currently an Assistant Professor for undergraduate nursing. In 2017, Mary became part of our first-ever cohort of students in the new Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
Pictured above (L-R): Mary Fetter, Jenna Davis, and Dr. Kim Johnston, Exec. VP of Academic and Student Affairs
Kenneth G. Stoudt Faculty Excellence Award
Rebecca Cox-Davenport, PhD, RN ‘96, Associate Professor of Nursing, was honored with the 2019-20 Kenneth G. Stoudt Faculty Excellence Award.
Dr. Cox-Davenport is a proud PA College alumna, earning her nursing diploma in 1996. She continued her nursing education at the University of Pittsburgh (BSN) and Waynesburg College (MSN), and earned her doctoral degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010. Prior to joining PA College’s division of nursing as an Associate Professor in 2016, Dr. Cox-Davenport taught nursing at several higher education institutions and worked as a nurse in various capacities, including the ICU, ER, general surgery and hospice care.
Beyond the classroom, Dr. Cox-Davenport is a dedicated and creative student advocate. She implemented a program called the “Chicken Check-in,” for nursing students at PA College. For the first few weeks of each semester, students can arrange for a 5-minute check-in session with nursing faculty who help them address stress and become stronger students. Dr. Cox-Davenport has also served as faculty advisor to PA College’s SNAP (Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania) chapter as well as our Caritas Community Service Club. She also volunteers at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health to provide Reiki therapy services to patients and volunteers weekly as a chaperone for a LGBT youth group in the community.
Pictured above: Dr. Rebecca Cox-Davenport and Dr. Kim Johnston, Exec. VP of Academic and Student Affairs
Scholarship Appreciation Reception
An opportunity for donors and students to meet, share stories and thanks, and celebrate the impact of scholarship support at PA College.
View the photo album from our 2019 reception, featuring guest donor speaker, Sue Pichini ’78 and guest student speaker, Jazlyn Torres ’20 (three-year BSN program).
Honoring Scholarship Fund Donors
Ty Anderson Scholarship
The Ty Anderson Scholarship Fund provides annual need-based scholarship awards to nursing students at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. Recipients will exhibit outstanding dedication to the nursing profession through their enthusiasm and academic achievements.
Ty was a lifelong resident of Duncannon, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Susquehanna High School in 1977, with an apprenticeship in Masonry. He was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and hunter. Ty was also a “dog person,” owning both Afghan Hounds and Pointers. Ty always wanted to do something that mattered, and after years of looking at jobs, finally decided on nursing. His mother was an LPN, so he understood something of what the field entailed. After earning his general education credits at HACC, Ty transferred to the Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing (now PA College). He loved his knowledgeable instructors, got along well with his fellow students, and finally found his niche and a place where he could grow.
In 1995, just one year out of school, Ty lost his life in an automobile accident. He was just beginning what was shaping up to be a stellar career – already the supervisor of the telemetry unit at the (former) Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital.
Ty’s family and friends established this scholarship in memory of their loved one, who they remember as always upbeat, engaging and personable. They chose to create this fund at PA College as a meaningful way to support the school where Ty got his start and had so many great memories. Ty’s family and friends also hope that it will help enthusiastic students reach their goals. This fund was also supported through an annual memorial bass tournament organized by the Capital City Bassmasters in Harrisburg, PA, in collaboration Ty’s wife, Barbara Anderson. Now remarried, Barbara Casey has two children – a son studying Forestry at Penn State Mont Alto and a daughter who graduated from high school in 2019 and plans to study nursing (specializing in cardiac care) in college.
Our heartfelt thanks to the family and friends of Ty Anderson for their generous support of this fund and the future nurses of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.