Closer Look Weekend 2017

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Amanda Paull, Associate Director of Admissions

Last weekend, the admissions team hosted 58 accepted students to experience our annual Closer Look Weekend. For Friday, the day started off with a warm welcome from Dr. Melissa Wehler and Dean Dave Baker – encouraging students to ask questions, get to know each other and take advantage of the opportunities at CPC. The students dispersed for some fun “getting to know you” activities like giant jenga, corn hole, the Marshmallow challenge and the residence life relay. 

While the students were getting to know their future classmates, the parents were learning from campus departments like Career Services, Student Activities, the Education Foundation, Title XI, Residence Life and Security. During this time parents and guardians were also able to meet members of our financial aid team to ensure that they are completing their FAFSA and other financial aid documents in time for upcoming deadlines.

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After the overnight guests met their student hosts and enjoyed a fun dinner – including walking tacos! – they enjoyed a lip sync battle in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre and s’mores in the Student Fellowship Area before heading off to Get Air in Harrisburg for a night of pizza, trampolines and great music.

Saturday, we welcomed our guests, student hosts and families back for another information session from the Library, Cultural Diversity Center, Counseling Services and Career Services.

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Throughout the weekend, Nakia Page, admissions counselor, took part in an Instagram Takeover to highlight all the fun our students were having throughout the weekend! Check out the coverage @centralpenn.

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We’d like to thank our #cpcfamily for making this enrollment event another success. The students and families truly appreciated the information those involved were able to share in such a personalized manner.

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Closer Look Weekend 2017

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Want to be a Knight for a night? Closer Look Weekend 2017 is right around the corner, and is for accepted students only. Be sure to complete the admissions process to be considered for acceptance! This will give you the opportunity to meet other students attending Central Penn College, starting this summer and fall, and to see what it is like to be a student here on campus.

Already accepted? Register HERE! – Hope to see you soon!

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Life Long Learning Facebook LIVE Discussion

Central Penn students have the opportunity to earn college credits towards their major for their professional work experience, we’ll discuss the qualifications to earn work life credits. The credits earned through professional experience shorten the length of their education saving them time and money.

Presented by Rebecca Bowman, Senior Director of Admissions and Dr. Krista Wolfe, Dean of Health Sciences.

Student Spotlight: Daouda Bamba

_DSC0484-LMy name is Daouda Bamba, and my major is Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. I am a 2013 graduate from John Bartram High School in Philadelphia, PA. I started my college journey at Central Penn in July of 2013. I chose Central Penn College because of its small class size setting, accelerated terms, and the friendly and supportive faculty members who are always willing to help. My experience at Central Penn College has been nothing but great because they helped me finish my degree faster.

When I came to Central Penn College, I joined different clubs on campus, such as: Student Ambassadors, where I served as the President, International Society Club, where I served as Vice-President and Treasurer, Student Government Association, where I was the Vice-President, and Circle K International. Joining these clubs allowed me to participate in a variety of volunteer activities. I participated in the Wounded Warrior’s Project, food drives, and carwash fundraisers for Hope International. These activities allowed me to give back to the community and allowed me to network. It also helped me build up my resume.

One thing I did during my journey at Central Penn College, was taking advantage of every resource the school has to offer in order to help me be successful. For example, going to my professors’ offices during their office hours for help whenever I needed it. As I am finishing my degree, I was worried about finding an internship, so I turned to the Career Services Office in order to help me find one. Their support helped me find my internship at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in their Office of Services. Central Penn College has really helped me be the person I am today.

New Student Move-In… the beginning of new beginnings

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Central Penn College hosts New Student Move-In the weekend before classes begin. This day is filled with grey moving bins, stacks of luggage, and cars loaded with necessities, which line College Hill Road, and fill the nearby college parking lots. 

Move-In is always an exciting day, which is filled with questions and inquiries from both parents and students. Questions like: Where is the laundry on campus? What are the hours of the Knight & Day Café? Where is the nearest grocery store? And what kind of weekend activities are around? Of course, these are just to name a few.  Thankfully, there are plenty of knowledgeable folks from the Residence Life and Admissions teams around to answer all of these questions! 

Move-in day can also be a bit scary – especially for first-year students. For most students, this is the first time they will be away from home. Move-In marks a new journey – the beginning of new beginnings.

Anyone working in Residence Life or Student Services can tell you that Move-In is the critical first step in setting the tone for a student’s collegiate experience. For this reason, Move-In is accompanied by programs and activities intended to help new students feel welcomed to our Central Penn family. New students will have the chance to meet the whole Residence Life team at a welcome dinner, as well as being building relationships with their housemates through facilitated Suite Meetings.

Studies have shown that the first six weeks of college are crucial to personal development and growth, which is why new students will continue to participate in Housing Orientation activities throughout their first term. Many experts have suggested that it is good for new students to remain on campus and reduce their trips home on the weekends during this adjustment period. This allows students to fully embrace their new journey while encouraging them to focus on their studies, make new friends, and get involved on campus.

We look forward to welcoming new students on campus each term at Move-In… were it all begins!

Student Spotlight: Paige Pendl

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Hello, my name is Paige Pendl.

I am originally from a small town in the state of Connecticut and moved out here about a year ago to attend school in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Central Penn. I am 19-years-old and I will be graduating in December with my associate degree in PTA.

I started school in July of 2015. Since I am living on campus, I have had wonderful memories and experiences with many of the faculty and staff members as well as other students. It also allows me to attend many of the wonderful club fairs, activities and other fun events around campus. I am able to participate in Club Wars, bonfires, ATEC parties, club meetings, drama productions and many of the sports activities, as well. I help out on campus as much as possible. I am currently the student reporter for the Marketing Department and attend many events, sports-related or not. I am also a part of the Colleges Against Cancer club, VicePresident of the PTA club, a tour guide and a student athlete.

Another advantage of living on campus is that it is easier for me to participate on sports teams. The last two years I have been the women’s soccer team’s captain and have played on the basketball team, with this year being a captain. I won student athlete of the month in October 2015 for all the hard work and effort that I had put in and I am very proud of that. Being a student athlete is a great way to open yourself up and has broadened my horizons with the people I have met and the friendships I have made.

As a student athlete I am always a student first, athlete second. I have to keep all my classes above a 77 in the PTA program in order to pass and work rigorously to maintain a good GPA. The program is very intense, one of the hardest programs at Central Penn, but the professors and other students are wonderful and will help each other out. The PTA degree program is full of great life lessons, as well as clinical lessons that will guide us outside of school. This campus is full of wonderful professors and students. Being a smaller school, after a few terms, you truly get to know students, faculty and staff very well and can create great professional relations that can benefit you later on. This is a warm and welcoming environment that allows students to explore and achieve their highest expectations.

Central Penn College Homecoming

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By Amanda Paull

On Saturday, October 22, Central Penn College hosted our annual Homecoming event!  The day kicked off with the family-friendly Fall Harvest activities, which included live bands, local vendors, pumpkin carving and even a mechanical bull.

Our Homecoming king and queen were crowned and their charities of choice – PAWS (Performance Animal Welfare Society) and Doctors Without Borders will be receiving a donation in their name. Sebastine Virella and Felicia Miller were presented with the 2016 Homecoming royalty honor! 

Our Alumni Association hosted a Golden Graduate reunion that weekend as well. Eight graduates were honored for celebrating their college reunion, 50 years after graduating from CPC! After the Golden Grads met, the alumni association hosted a “Feast & Brews” tent to allow graduates, staff and faculty to mingle while enjoying beverages that were provided by our generous alumni.

The day ended with a home men’s soccer match. The game was an instense matchup that went into overtime – ending in a tie.

This is one of our favorite annual events on campus – we hope you can make next year’s festivities!

Club Wars 2016 – A Festival of Competition

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Sponsored by the Student Ambassadors, Club Wars 2016 was a festival of fun for competing teams and spectators alike. More than 100 spectators, plus teams, filled the field area outside the library.

For the second year, teams competed against each other in eight different events − field days style – with the winning club or team receiving a spirit stick for the most school spirit. Events included a water balloon toss (left), hula hoop contest, dizzy bat relay, three-legged race, egg & spoon relay, push up contest, toilet paper toss (into a hula hoop) and a water pong tournament.

This year’s event found competition from six teams:

  • Student Ambassadors
  • Cheerleaders
  • Women’s basketball team
  • Men’s soccer team
  • Men’s baseball team
  • Men’s basketball team

 

For each event, every team selected one person (or two if needed, for example, the water balloon toss) to participate. Each team then competed at the same time for the following point system:

  • 1st place – 9 pts.
  • 2nd place – 7 pts.
  • 3rd place – 5 pts.
  • 4th place – 3 pts.
  • 5th place & beyond each received 1 pt.

The team with the most points at the conclusion of the events was the winner. The men’s soccer team, the 2015 champs in a landslide, were the incoming favorites.

This year competition came down to the last event, with the men’s soccer and men’s baseball teams in the lead. Edging out last year’s champs by winning the final event, where points were doubled, and setting up a new friendly Club Wars rivalry was the men’s baseball team.

Go Knights!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

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On Saturday, Oct. 15 bright and early in the morning, our Colleges Against Cancer club members, along with faculty and staff from Central Penn College, joined around 20,000 participants in the annual Harrisburg Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The loop starts on City Island in (as you can see) a sea of various PINK hats, shirts, scarves, etc. The path continues over the pedestrian bridge and down Front Street of Harrisburg and circles back along the river until you reach the pedestrian bridge again and cross the finish line.

Colleges Against Cancer Club is comprised of several students who have facilitated fundraising over the past couple months for the event. So far they have raised more than $1,200 toward the fight against breast cancer. Making Strides is part of the American Cancer Society. Our donations and fundraising efforts go toward promoting prevention and early detection, as well as supporting patients in their recovery, pursuing lifesaving treatments and fighting back.

To see what other exciting things the Colleges Against Cancer Club has going on, please check out our Facebook page (Colleges Against Cancer at CPC).

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