Penn Students Get An Opportunity To Meet The Community

The community took their welcome to Oskaloosa message to William Penn this past week. Giveaways and prizes helped to break the ice with students.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Being new to a community can be scary, intimidating, and confusing. Add that you have just recently left home for the first time, and starting college hundreds or thousands of miles away from home, it’s even a bigger challenge.

This past week, William Penn University hosted their annual community fair inside the Penn Activity Center (PAC), where service organizations and businesses, among others, had an opportunity to introduce themselves to college students and welcome them to Oskaloosa.

William Penn University President John Ottosson was watching the interaction between students and community members. “We had a great business and community turnout.”

The students then give feedback to the university that they get the opportunity to learn more about the community, Ottosson says.

As the years go by, it appears by the attendance numbers increasing, a more positive interaction is taking place between the student body and the community.

There were 50 organizations from the community introducing themselves and Oskaloosa to the students.

One of those businesses at William Penn’s fair this past week was Carol Kelderman of Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy.

“We love to meet the new students. They are always really engaging,” said Kelderman of the fair. She likes helping the students become more aware of what’s in the community.

With so many of the students at William Penn University being athletes, and Kinetic Edge treats many sports-related injuries, it gives them a chance to let the students know what is available in town.

The sports medicine and training staff at William Penn University takes care of the vast majority of the injuries throughout the year. If there was a major injury or surgery, Kinetic Edge would work with the staff at William Penn to help the student recover and get them back on the field.

Kinetic Edge also offers many other services to the community, like their upcoming Pediatric Development Screen Day.

As explained on their Facebook event page, “If your child experiences emotional outbursts, difficulty making friends, anxiety, avoidance of certain noises or textures, or delays in motor skills, then don’t miss this opportunity.”

You can learn more about that event on Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy’s event page – HERE.

You can keep up with all things William Penn by visiting their Facebook Page – HERE, or their Athletic Department – HERE.

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