Spring 2022 Semester President’s List

Dr. Katie Leonard, President & CEO of Johnson College, has announced the President’s List of students who have completed the 2022 Spring Semester with a grade point average of 3.90 or higher.

Jacob Banta, Automotive Technology, Trucksville, PA

Brittany Bethel, Veterinary Nursing, Dallas, PA

Richard Christianson, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Susquehanna, PA

Philip Davitt, Electrical and Construction Technology, Dickson City, PA

Dylan DeGroat, Automotive Technology, Shohola, PA

Jon Dellia, Physical Therapist Assistant, Olyphant, PA

Brandon Grandinetti, Computer Information Technology, Olyphant, PA

Jacob Hansen, Electrical and Construction Technology, Clarks Summit, PA

Joseph Healey, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Throop, PA

Jared Hodorawis, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, Honesdale, PA

Chandler Holmes, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Shickshinny, PA

Colby Kogan, Automotive Technology, Tobyhanna, PA

Anthony Kutchmanich, Physical Therapist Assistant, Greenfield Twp., PA

Andrea Marques, Carpentry and Cabinetmaking Technology, Sybertsville, PA

Alexander Mros, Radiologic Technology, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Virginia Murray, Automotive Technology, Jessup, PA

Alexander Nallin, Veterinary Nursing, Scranton, PA

David Neiman, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Shavertown, PA

Devin Nowicky, Radiologic Technology, Drums, PA

Nichole Nye, Electrical and Construction Technology, Archbald, PA

Brianna Onyshczak, Physical Therapist Assistant, Blakely, PA

Christian Overholtz, Automotive Technology, Scranton, PA

Tanya Patterson, Radiologic Technology, Monroe Township, PA

Matthew Rosengrant, Electrical and Construction Technology, Lake Ariel, PA

Michael Salansky, Computer Information Technology, Susquehanna, PA

Terry Benjamin, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Richmondale, PA

Arthur Vitagliano, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Prompton, PA

Nancy Wassef, Radiologic Technology, Tobyhanna, PA

John Wesnesky, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Clarks Summit, PA

Evan Wilcox, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, Milanville, PA

Emily Williams, Computer Information Technology, Scott Township, PA

Nose to Tail: Protecting pets from fleas and ticks

By Meg Varner-Soden, DVM

Originally published in the April 29, 2022, edition of the Valley Advantage.


As the days become warmer and rain replaces snow, my mind switches gears away from skis and shovels to gardening and hiking.

There’s nothing I love more than to be outside all day with my family and our dog. However, especially now that I am both a pet and human parent, I dread the unavoidable surge in encounters with parasites — especially fleas and ticks. Today, I will try to answer a few of the more common questions many pet owners have about these external parasites.

Our first question is, “Why are veterinary teams so concerned with year-round prevention of fleas and ticks on my pets?”

Actually, human health care providers are as concerned as your veterinary team because, while flea and tick infestations are an unsightly nuisance, they also present a real risk of vector-borne diseases, which are diseases spread by biting insects, for both our pets and ourselves.

Ticks become active as soon as that thermometer reaches 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Folks, we have had warm spells as early as February for the last few years, so it’s never too early to keep alert for ticks.

There are several common species of ticks in our region, ever-increasing in prevalence due to wildlife movement and a warmer climate. They may carry Lyme disease (Borreliosis), Anaplasma, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia and Babesia. These diseases may be tricky to diagnose quickly and have the potential to become a chronic problem, which is both an emotional and financial burden to carry.

Did you know that sometimes a single tick may carry and transmit more than one of those diseases at a time and one type of tick, called the Brown Dog Tick, prefers to live and hide indoors?

Fleas can cause anemia, flea bite dermatitis (a robust allergic skin reaction to the flea saliva), and are vectors for tapeworms, Cat Scratch disease, Hemoplasmas and even plague. Flea numbers can explosively escalate in a short time. A flea infestation, once noticed, is incredibly frustrating to eradicate because it takes significant time and diligence to clear all of its life stages. In health care providers’ opinions, proactively preventing an infestation is much more prudent than reacting to them after the fact.

“How can I prevent fleas and ticks from infesting my pets and home?” is our second question this month.

Many products are available — for both cats and dogs — that can simultaneously combat fleas and ticks for lengthy periods of time. There are both prescription and over-the-counter options, and they come in a variety of formulations ranging from collars to oral tablets to topical formulations. Consult with your veterinarian about which products are the best choices for your pets, lifestyle and budget.

Also, nothing beats a good flea combing routine, running your hands over your pets daily and routine bathing. My children anticipate that they are going to bathe every evening and we are going to check everyone, including the dog, for ticks.

When it comes to protecting the inside of your home, minimize the clutter that parasites can hide in, mitigate the presence of mice and vacuum and launder regularly — including the pets’ bedding. Promptly change out of your yardwork/hiking/hunting clothes and put them in an isolated area (or even run them through the laundry), and jump through the shower before you start relaxing inside. Be mindful of the humidity and heat in the house — fleas thrive in higher humidity and temperatures. Fleas are also more likely to thrive in homes full of carpet and fabric-upholstered furniture, anything that mimics a furry creature.

Outdoors, you can decrease the density of fleas and ticks by closely manicuring your grass, choosing plants that don’t attract deer, avoiding the lingering presence of leaf litter and brush piles and limiting ground cover and woodpiles close to the home.

Also, be mindful of the number of furry animals you own — the more pets, the more feeding stations available to fleas and ticks.

Ultimately, like with anything, knowledge is power. One excellent educational resource I recommend for all pet owners is CAPCvet.org, the Companion Animal Parasite Council website. And if you find your pets becoming prey to fleas and ticks, consult with your trusted veterinary team.

Dr. Meg Varner-Soden, DVM, is the veterinarian at the Johnson College Animal Care Center and an instructor for Johnson College’s two-year veterinary nursing associate degree program. She has been practicing veterinary medicine for 12 years.

Johnson College to Host 29th Annual Golf Tournament

The 29th Annual Johnson College Open will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor, PA (rain or shine).  Proceeds from this annual golf tournament support the Johnson College Presidential Scholarship Fund. Each academic year, Presidential Scholarships are awarded to four qualified and deserving full-time students.

Sponsors of the 29th Annual Johnson College Open to date include:

Presenting Sponsor: Gerrity’s Supermarkets

Advertising Sponsor: Lamar Advertising

Platinum Marketing Sponsor: Sweda Advertising

Gold Print Sponsor: Sprint Print

Gold Sponsors: Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, Fastenal Company, L.R. Costanzo Company, Inc., Peoples Security Bank & Trust, PNC Bank, Shea Demolition, Simplex Homes, Stevens & Lee, and Vacendak Construction,

Silver Sponsors: Toyota of Scranton, ecampus.com

Cart Sponsor: ShopRite

Breakfast Sponsor: Troy Mechanical, Inc.

Pot O’ Gold Sponsor: Cristiano Welding Supply

Gift Sponsor: Sordoni Construction Services, Inc.

Cocktail Sponsor – Topp Business Solutions

Mulligan Sponsor: Milnes Engineering, Construction, and Surveying

Hole in One Sponsor: Gibbons Ford

Photo Caption:

Recently, sponsors of the 29th Annual Johnson College Open met on the Johnson College campus to discuss the event being held on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor, PA.  Proceeds from this annual golf tournament support the Johnson College Presidential Scholarship Fund. Left to Right – Front row: Ashley Bechaver – Gibbons Ford, Joyce Fasula – Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Dr. Katie Leonard – Johnson College, Liz Finley – Sweda Advertising, and Michael Dennen – PNC Bank. Back Row: Marcelo DeSousa – Fastenal, J. Patrick Dietz – Peoples Security Bank & Trust, Debbie Kolsovsky – PNC Bank, Pat Rogers – Toyota of Scranton, Lisa Akulonis – Citizens Savings Bank, Bill Stevens – Sprint Print, Bryan Boles – Topp Business Solutions, and Karen Baker – Johnson College

Carpentry Auction Raises $5,781 for Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA

Johnson College’s Carpentry Auction that was held on-campus on April 20, 2022, raised $5,781 to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

More than 80 items were auctioned off, including cutting boards, tables, cabinets, a bookcase, and more. All items were created by students in the Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology program. Most of the items were made from re-purposed materials.

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Johnson College’s Carpentry Auction that was held on-campus on April 20, 2022, raised $5,781 to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Pictured left to right: Kneeling: Tim Gromelski, Johnson College student, Andrea Marques, Johnson College student, and Alley Basalyga, Johnson College student. Standing: James Van Der Veer, Johnson College student, Gordon Sebring, Johnson College student, Chris Henderson, Johnson College student, Nathan McKane, Johnson College student, Marsha Pigga, Executive Director at Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA, Tim Jackson, Johnson College student, Tyler Gries, Johnson College student, and Josh Bilinski, Johnson College student.