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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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.

Central Penn College Homecoming Court 2016

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Central Penn College’s Homecoming Weekend is Oct. 21-22. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at the Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The court will be announced on Sept. 8 at the Late Night Breakfast. The three males and three females on the court will campaign on campus.

Homecoming Court VOTING will be open Oct. 3-14. Central Penn students, faculty and staff will be able to vote for a king and queen. Each winner will receive $50 to go to the charity of their choice.

Upcoming Admissions Events

OCTOBER 2016
10/19 – Discovery Day – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

NOVEMBER 2016
11/12 – Fall Open House – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
11/30 – OTA Day

DECEMBER 2016
12/7 – Online Bachelor’s Degree Info Session – 12:30 p.m.
12/10 -Second Saturday Visit Day – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

JANUARY 2017
1/14 – Second Saturday Visit Day – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1/25 – Discovery Day – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1/28 – Accepted Student Brunch – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

FEBRUARY 2017
2/2 – Grad Info Night – 12:30 p.m.
2/8 – PTA Day – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2/11 – Second Saturday Visit Day – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2/15 – Grad Info Webinar – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Admissions Team

Meet the Central Penn College Admissions Team

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 Rebecca Bowman – Senior Admissions Director

I’m Rebecca Bowman, and I am currently the Senior Admissions Director. I started at Central Penn in 2009 as an admissions counselor and quickly progressed to my current position. One of my favorite parts of Central Penn is our great staff and faculty. We are extremely student-focused and ready to help students through every step of their college career.

I grew up in Nazareth, PA, and I attended Shippensburg University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing in 2008. I’ve lived in the Harrisburg area ever since then. My favorite college memories were the friends I made and the sports I was a part of. Being involved on campus allowed me to meet many new people I may not have otherwise had the privilege of getting to know.

If I could give every college student one piece of advice, it would be to stay open-minded to others and to get involved in your college community! As far as advice for the admissions process, you should definitely display interest in a college to the admissions staff, let them know you want to be there, and they should strongly consider you for acceptance!


Amanda Paull– Associate Director of Admissions

amandaMy name is Amanda Paull, and I am a Senior Admissions Counselor at Central Penn College. I am from Mechanicsburg, PA, and I went to Cumberland Valley High School. After I graduated from CVHS in 2004, I attended Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. While earning a double major in business administration and marketing and a minor in healthcare administration, I was a student tutor, a peer mentor for the Rider Achievement Program, and the president of Rider’s dance team! I currently live in Harrisburg, PA with my boyfriend, and I enjoy spending time shopping, reading, knitting, and exploring the city. I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan (Go Phillies!!) and love to watch my brother play soccer for our local professional team – Harrisburg City Islanders.

When I was looking for a college, it was a very overwhelming experience. In addition to visiting colleges, writing admissions essays, taking the SAT, and deciding where I wanted to spend four years, I was also deciding what I wanted to do when I “grew up.” When I visited Rider University the summer before my senior year of high school, I fell in love with the campus atmosphere. I applied to various colleges throughout PA, NJ, VA, and MD and got accepted to a few, but I will never forget opening up my acceptance letter from Rider! I knew college was going to be expensive, so I also applied for scholarships and grants to help cover the cost of college.

At Central Penn College, I work with transfer students who are interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant or Occupational Therapy Assistant programs. I started working here in January 2012 and fell in love with the college – students, staff, and faculty! Central Penn is unique because our focus is to prepare students for a career in your chosen field. You’ll get hands-on experience in every class, learn how to be a professional in your chosen field, and complete a required internship.


Lindsay Knapp – Admissions Counselor

LindseyMy name is Lindsay Knapp, and I am an Admissions Counselor with Central Penn College. I am from a small country town called Millerton, PA, and I graduated from Notre Dame High School in Elmira, NY. After I graduated from NDHS in 2004, I attended Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH and later transferred to Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA to finish my dual Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

A huge part of my college experience was playing softball for both the Ravens and the Mounties! I loved everything about being a student athlete including the crazy schedule. I was even a representative on our Student Athletic Committee that would set up events for athletes across the campus as well as assist with the advisory board for any athletes needing assistance while at school. I also enjoyed volunteering at the Central PA Food Bank, working with Habitat for Humanity, and tutoring.

I currently live in Hummelstown, PA with my boyfriend. We enjoy hiking, camping, going to baseball games, traveling, family trips to Ocean City, NJ, and playing softball, of course! My favorite sports teams are the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots! Go Boston!

The best piece of advice to students beginning college is to GET INVOLVED! Whether it’s in sports, clubs, or community service, it doesn’t matter, just get to know different people. College is a great learning experience not only in the classroom but also throughout campus. Figuring out what you want to be when you “grow up” is a big step, so do your research. Research schools and visit as many campuses as you can. Find the one that is the perfect fit! It’s your experience, so OWN IT!


Curtis Voelker – Admissions Counselor

CurtisMy name is Curtis Voelker; I am currently an Admissions Counselor with Central Penn College.

I graduated from Central Penn in May of 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and an advanced designation from the Craiger C. Parker Leadership Development Program. While on campus I was extremely involved and led many clubs, activities, and events as a student. You could find me presenting, recruiting, marketing, etc. Shortly after graduation I was hired as a Resident Advisor. After serving as a Resident Advisor for a year and a half, I was brought on to the Admissions team. I also serve as a Trustee for the Education Foundation Board of Trustees and am an active member of the President’s Circle. Motivational speaking, networking, and fitness are some of my interests.

I am very thankful for the opportunities I found at Central Penn. As the first person in my family to earn a college degree, college was not something that I thought I would be able to afford, but thanks to the caring faculty and staff of Central Penn, I was able to learn, grow, succeed, and continue to give back to this great college.

Central Penn College helped me as a student by providing all of the tools that are necessary to gain a valuable education and college experience. There is a professional, yet family-like atmosphere on campus that really draws you in. As for the future beyond Central Penn, the college is preparing all of its students to become successful members of the workforce and their communities.


Brandy Hamilton – Admissions Counselor

BrandyMy name is Brandy Hamilton, and I am an Admissions Counselor at Central Penn College. I am from a small town called Littlestown, PA where I graduated from Littlestown Senior High School (LHS). After graduating from LHS in 2004, I attended HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, then transferred to The Pennsylvania State University (go Nittany Lions!) where I finished my Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

While attending Penn State, every time I visited my advisor I saw signs for Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology students. I wanted to make it an accomplishment of mine to be invited to join. I worked really, really hard and was inducted into Psi Chi after my second semester at Penn State! I was so excited to be a part of something big. During my junior year, I was even elected Vice President! During my time at Penn State, I also was a part of the Blue and White Society, helped with local charitable events, and volunteered for research studies.

I currently live in Camp Hill with my husband, our daughter Gracie, and our two fur babies, Lucy and Bailey! We love to travel and go to live music and sporting events, (we are huge Philadelphia sports fans and also enjoy the occasional trip to Happy Valley) and of course, we love to be parents!

Trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life is definitely a tough decision! My advice for selecting a college is to visit as many colleges as you can and find the perfect one for YOU! Every person is different and so is every college. Once you’re in school, make sure that you get involved, whether that is being a part of a team, honor society, or club; you will find that meeting new people and being a part of something will make your college experience an amazing one!


Nakia Page – Admissions Counselor

nakiaMy name is Nakia Page, and I am an Admissions Counselor here at Central Penn College. I am from Philadelphia, PA where I attended and graduated from Springside School for Girls in 2009. I attended Millersville University, where I attained my Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. I recently graduated from Walden University, April 2016, with my Masters of Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership for Student Success.

While attending Millersville University I founded the Beta Nu Chapter of my Sorority Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. It was a lot of hard work, but it was totally worth it. It was one of the ways that I left my mark on Millersville’s campus. I strongly suggest that every incoming student finds what they are passionate about and get involved. Not only do you make lifelong friends in the process, but you are also making history for your college. 

I currently live in Harrisburg with my boyfriend and our fur child Mylo, who is the cutest Shih Tzu ever, and I’m not just saying that because I am his mom. I love being involved in the community, spending time with my family and sorority sisters and traveling. Life is all about creating your memories, that’s how you truly know you are living! 

My advice during your college search is to look for a home away from home. You want your campus to feel welcoming, and a place where you can see yourself getting involved. Ask tons of questions during your college visit and most importantly make sure you are choosing your college for YOU. Do not let your friends dictate your final decision because ultimately it is your happiness that matters the most.


Jacline Caralle – Admissions Counselor

My name is Jacline (Jaci) Caralle and I’m an Admissions Counselor here at Central Penn College. I’m from Hampstead, Maryland. I graduated from North Carroll High School in 2008. I attended Carroll Community College for one year, then I transferred to York College of Pennsylvania (YCP) where I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration.

During my time at YCP, I was in the student run acapella group – Rhapsody. I spent two years on the executive board for the group and spent my last year serving as the group’s president. As president, I lead the group to collaborate with various other groups on campus. My favorite college memories were the times I spent with all of my group members. Getting involved on campus and putting yourself out there is invaluable.

I work with the continuing education population here at Central Penn. My advice to my students is to always keep an open mind, explore all of your options, and build relationships with professors and your fellow students. You never know what kind of advice you’ll need down the road – build your network now!


Sarah Listigovers – Admissions Counselor

sarahMy name is Sarah Listigovers and I’m an Admissions Counselor at Central Penn College. I moved to the area a little over a year ago from Nazareth, PA. I graduated from Nazareth High School in 2010, and continued my education at Shippensburg University. I graduated from Ship in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication/Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relation, and a minor in Sociology.

While attending Ship I was a part of Alpha Omicron Pi Woman’s Fraternity. I held several positions during my time in college. I was the Chair of Philanthropy, Social Events and Activities. My favorite part was being able to raise money for our chapter’s philanthropy, Juvenile Arthritis. And of course, the lifelong friendships I made! I was also involve in PRSSA, which is the Public Relations Student Society of America.

I’m currently living in Mechanicsburg, PA and I have two precious cats named Emma and Jordy. I spend my free time hanging out with my boyfriend, and enjoy staying busy/active! My parents live in Florida, so I try to take trips down there as often as possible! 

My advice for students starting their college search would be to do your research, visit as many colleges as you need to, and find the one that feels like home! Once you’re in school focus on your school work, don’t be afraid to ask for help and be sure to get involved!


Sue McFeaters – Admissions Counselor

I grew up in Lebanon County, PA and graduated in 1996 from Northern Lebanon High School.  I then attended Shippensburg University and graduated from there in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  After college, I worked in the mental health field as a Caseworker for Therapeutic Foster Care Children for 12 years before starting in the Admissions Department at Central Penn College in April of 2012. 

Education is so important for not only the success of an individual, but the success of communities and nations as well! I enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life and assisting them through the start of their journeys towards earning their degrees!


Kelly Fox – Financial Planning Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kelly Fox, and I am the Financial Planning Coordinator for traditional students at Central Penn. I have worked here for almost ten years, and I love helping students and their families through the financial aid process. I grew up in Latrobe, PA (home of the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp – GO STEELERS!) and graduated from Clarion University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. I am married and have two kids, Reagan and Ryan, and a Weimaraner named Gracie. My husband and I ran on the cross country and track teams together at Clarion, and we still love to run (sometimes with the kids and dog)!

My advice for any prospective student looking at colleges is to visit as many campuses as you can; you can tell so much more from being on a campus than you can by looking at the website! I also encourage students to list as many schools as they can on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The more award letters you receive from colleges, the more educated your decision will be when choosing a college.

Best of luck to you in your college search!

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John Steindel – Financial Planning Coordinator

My name is John Steindel, I’m a Financial Planning Coordinator for continuing education students here at Central Penn College. 

I grew up in Western PA in a small town called Kittanning, and graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Math and Business Administration.  I have been married to Coleen for 18 years and we have five children ages 16 to 5.  I enjoy hanging out with my family, being a Pittsburgh sports fan, attempting to play sports, fiddling around with the piano and guitar, and I’m also a pastor at my local church and love being with the folks there. 

No matter what path you take in life, including your education, you will undoubtedly run into challenges and difficulties.  But in perseverance character is built, which brings great benefit and even more can steer us toward Truth.

Contact Admissions

Email: admissions@centralpenn.edu

Phone: 1-800-759-2727

WebSchedule a visit online!

Looking to contact your personal admissions counselor? Use the information below to get in touch with your counselor.

THE CENTAL PENN ADMISSIONS TEAM

Caitlin Copus (717) 728-2532
Brandy Hamilton (717) 728-2531
Danielle James (717) 728-2530
Lindsay Knapp (717) 728-2214
Melissa Mahoney (717) 728-2502
Susan McFeaters (717) 728-2509
Curtis Voelker (717) 728-2336
Amanda Paull (717) 728-2341
Tiffanie Falkenstein (717) 728-2312
Sarah Listigovers (717) 728-2536
Nakia Page (717) 728-2413
Arne Hellstorm (717) 728-2353
Jeff Kayer (717) 728-2221
Colleen Gaines (717) 728-2424