PCPS Students’ Blogs, Essays and Reflections


Reflections from the Celebration of Remembrance Ceremony

The Celebration of Remembrance Ceremony honors those who donated their bodies to further the education of students in the health professions at The University of Scranton. Students joined with faculty and staff of the University’s Panuska College of Professional at the second annual ceremony held on campus in November.

At the ceremony, reflections were read by Doctor of Physical Therapy Program students Natalia Ochalski, Hopewell, New Jersey, and Alexandra McGivern, Bethlehem, as well as occupational therapy undergraduates Sarah Flanagan, Northford, Connecticut, Courtney Hayashi, Lake Elmo, Minnisota, and Karlie Ashcroft, Highland Mills, New York.

Their reflections can be found below.

My name is Lexi McGivern and I am a first year physical therapy student at the University of Scranton. This summer I had the privilege of studying anatomy with my classmates, spending up to 4 hours of the day with selfless individuals who donated their bodies to science. Today I would like to reflect on my experience with all of you and thank the individuals as well as their family and friends for giving me this opportunity.  <Read More>

St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, dictated to his companions the following: “It should be constantly be our care to see God’s presence in everything...” My experience in the gross anatomy lab this past semester has reinforced the truth of this statement. The contradictory fragility and strength of the human body, the complex story behind each anonymous benefactor, and the closeness to death has helped me better understand and appreciate the beauties of life and the blessings which God has bestowed upon us. <Read More>