Marywood professorearns award

Lindsey Wotanis, Ph.D., associate professor and Multimedia Communication Program coordinator, merited the Distinguished Advisor Award at the College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press Convention.

Dr. Wotanis was honored in the 4-year Multimedia Advisor category.

According to its website, “College Media Association, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to serving collegiate media advisors, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 Advisor Awards. CMA annually recognized the achievements of individuals through various award programs, including Honor Roll Advisor Awards for professionals who have advised for five or fewer years, Distinguished Advisor Awards for professionals who have advised for more than five years, and a variety of special honors recognizing service and outstanding achievements.”

Wotanis has been advising The Wood Word, Marywood University’s student-run newspaper, since 2010, when she began working at Marywood University. She saw the newspaper through its transition to a digital-only platform in 2016. Also, in 2016, she helped create the Marywood Media Group, which is an umbrella organization that fosters collaboration and convergence between all of the Multimedia Communication student media organizations, including The Wood Word, TV-Marywood, 91.7 VMFM, and Marywood’s chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America and Society for Collegiate Journalists.

Wotanis has served as president of the Society for Collegiate Journalists’ national board since 2018.

Since Wotanis’ time as advisor, students at The Wood Word and TV-Marywood have won 70 SCJ awards. Students also received one third place CMA Pinnacle Award in 2018.

For additional information about Marywood University’s Multimedia Communication Department, visit marywood.edu/commarts/index.html, call the Office of Admissions at 570-348-6234, or visit marywood.edu/admissions.

College offering vehicle course

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program will hold a Pennsylvania State Vehicle Safety Inspection course on campus Dec. 14-17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Space is limited. The total cost of the course is $200 for cars and light trucks. There

is additional $75 fee for other vehicle categories. To learn more or to enroll, visit

johnson.edu/continuingeducation or contact the Continuing Education Department

at 570-702-8979 or continuinged@johnson.edu.

The course requirements include 12 classroom hours, a written test and a two-hour tactile test scheduled independently with the instructor. All must be completed before receiving certification from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis according to the date of payment. Class size is limited to 12 students so participants are encouraged to register early. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid operator’s license for each class of vehicle they intend to inspect. Classes will be held in the Automotive Center of the Weaver Building on the Johnson College campus.

Those who successfully pass the exam will be certified to review, assemble and complete applications and documents related to reconstructed, specially constructed, modified, flood, recovered theft, collectible vehicles and street rods.

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program provides its adult students the opportunity to improve their skills to stay ahead of the competition, learn new technologies, and ad-vance in their current career. For additional information,call 570-702-8979, email continuinged@johnson.edu, or visit Johnson.edu/continuingeducation.

App can help trace COVID-19 exposure

Geisinger is encouraging Pennsylvania residents to download and use the COVID Alert PA smartphone app launched last month by the state Department of Health.

The app, which is free to download and available for Apple and Android devices, alerts users if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Users who receive an exposure alert can choose whether they want to receive a call from a contact tracer, and can track their symptoms through the app.

The app’s alert system uses anonymous Bluetooth Low Energy technology and an exposure notification system designed by Apple and Google. No personal or location information is collected through the app.

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Geisinger established a contact tracing program to help identify those who may have been exposed to the virus and encourage self-quarantine to prevent further spread. The DOH is now overseeing contact tracing efforts in Pennsylvania. Contact tracers call those who have tested positive for the virus to determine whom they have been in close contact with, and then reaches out to those contacts to advise them of potential exposure. The app is designed to complement this process.

“Contact tracing is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Karen Murphy, Ph.D., Geisinger’s chief innovation officer. “The COVID Alert PA app quickly notifies users who may have been exposed to COVID-19, preventing outbreaks and keeping our communities safe.”

For more information about the COVID Alert PA app, visit www.pa.gov/covid/covid-alert-pa.

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