New Neumann master’s program focuses on infectious diseases | News

ASTON— With coronavirus still dominating the headlines and affecting daily life across the country, Neumann University is launching a master’s degree program in…

New Neumann master’s program focuses on infectious diseases | News

ASTON— With coronavirus still dominating the headlines and affecting daily life across the country, Neumann University is launching a master’s degree program in Clinical Laboratory Science to train students to identify infectious diseases and prevent their spread. 

The graduate program, which will begin in January 2021, provides instruction in infectious disease processes, surveillance, and epidemiologic investigation. It also offers advanced course work in infection prevention. The 40-credit program can be completed in two years or less in an online, in-person, or hybrid format.

According to Dr. Sandra Weiss, director of Neumann’s undergraduate and graduate CLS programs. there is a critical shortage in the field due to the rising importance of technology in making health care decisions.

 “Graduates of Neumann’s undergraduate Biology/CLS program often receive multiple job offers prior to graduation,” she notes.  

 The master’s degree program integrates clinical experience into its course offerings and teaches the application of scientific principles and laboratory management in the clinical setting. Courses also emphasize the ethical principles required for professional infection-control conduct. 

 Graduates are prepared to perform the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, analytical tests of body fluids, and other emerging diagnostics with accuracy. They are trained to verify and execute quality-control procedures.

Employment opportunities for graduates who pass the certification examination for medical laboratory scientists include careers in medical, clinical, and pharmaceutical laboratories, research, forensics, and medicine. 

“The MS program is the result of many years of consultations with the university’s CLS Advisory Board and the clinical lab administrators who work with and advise the program,” said Dr. Alfred Mueller, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “With an aging population of lab administrators, the existing need for future administrators will only become more acute over the coming decade.” 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a seven percent job growth in the field from 2019 to 2029 with 24,700 new positions becoming available across the country.  

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Sun Valley High School Alumni Association searches for new members

Sun Valley High School Alumni Association is currently recruiting more members. The registered non-profit was founded four years ago, with the goal of reconnecting former Sun Valley students and giving back to Sun Valley High School by awarding advanced education scholarships to its students. The scholarships are targeted for students who often don’t qualify for traditional scholarships, but who, instead, choose to enter a technical or trade school. 

Sun Valley has been graduating classes of Aston, Brookhaven and Parkside seniors since 1963. Even though that equals 57 years and thousands of graduates, the association has only had 100 graduates join the group to reconnect with former classmates and give back to their alma mater. The group hopes other grads will reach out and join the group.

For more information on the Sun Valley High School alumni Association, join the “Sun Valley High School PA Alumni” page on Facebook or fill out an application on their website: sunvalleyhighschoolpaalumniassociation.” New members dues can be paid with the on-line application form through PayPal or credit card. If alumni decide to mail the application, they can simply include a check for the $20 membership.

Krueger hosts free shredding and prescription drug collection event

State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-161 of Nether Providence, will host a free shredding and prescription drug collection event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Aston Community Center, 3270 Concord Road, Aston.

Residents of the 161st District are invited to bring up to five boxes of old papers that contain personal information to have them shredded on-site and recycled. In addition, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Mobile Drug Collection Unit will be on-site to collect any unneeded medications for proper disposal.

Those attending should wear a mask and put materials for shredding in the trunk of their vehicle, where someone will retrieve them.

Anyone with questions should contact Krueger’s office at 610-534-6880.

Learn how to use JobNow for career development and job seeking

Diane Arnold, of the Delaware County Library System, will virtually present “Using JobNow for Career Development and Job Seeking” for Joseph’s People, 7- 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13.

To register, go to Participants will receive an email with a link to the Zoom meeting. People will need to have their library card handy for this workshop. Those who do not have a library card, can get one at

JobNow, powered by Brainfuse, provides live interactive online help and resources to guide job seekers. This includes the JobNow resume builder, which helps craft a winning resume and a live Interview Coach service. Online resources also help those looking for work prepare for interviews.

Arnold is the Reference and Outreach Coordinator for Delaware County Libraries. Earning a MSLIS in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky, she was employed as a librarian at Chestnut Hill College before joining Delaware County Libraries. For 16 years, Arnold has been a librarian showing adults how to get the most out of electronic resources.

Joseph’s People is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping unemployed and underemployed workers. Local, affiliated chapters provide networking opportunities, guidance and emotional support to job seekers and career changers. For more information, send a message through the LinkedIn group listed above, visit or email [email protected]

Oktoberfest planned on Cardinal Foley school grounds

A Fall Family Oktoberfest will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, on the Cardinal Foley School grounds, 300 E. Eagle Road, Havertown.

The festival will be located entirely outdoors and feature live music, children’s activities, a beer and wine tent, food vendors, artisans, crafters, booths and more.

People are invited to wear a mask and bring a chair. There is plenty of room to safely distance from others. Proceeds will benefit Kelly Music for Live and St. Denis Parish. For more information, visit

Interested business sponsors and performers can contact Tom Kelly at  [email protected]

Seniors offered program to prevent falls 

Senior Community Services will sponsor a safety and fall prevention program that elderly residents can participate in via teleconference call on through Zoom, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Bonnie Magliochetti, RN, MA, a Main Line Health community educator, will present the program.

Falls are common, costly and a threat to independence. According to statistics, forty percent of nursing home admissions are fall-related. Many falls are caused by poor balance and lack of safety knowledge.  Participants can learn how to prevent falls by minimizing the risk factors and improve balance with simple strategies, exercising and increasing the safety in the home.   

Pre-registration is required by calling Eileen at 484-496-2137.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]

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