Fall Campus Preview

There are only 45 days until our incoming new students will be moving onto Central Penn College’s campus for the fall term! One of the ways that we celebrate these students and make sure they’re ready for move-in day is to host events for accepted students. On Friday, August 9th, we held Fall Campus Preview Day, an event just for Central Penn’s accepted students who will be starting this fall term!

Students visiting campus had chances to meet other incoming new students, hear from current students, take their placement exams, meet with a financial aid counselor, and take tours of campus. We also had plenty of giveaways, games, and food. Our mascot, Sir Will, even made an appearance!

Registration at Fall Campus Preview.


Student panel during lunch. Future students got to hear from current students about their experiences at Central Penn College.


Future students participating in games at Fall Campus Preview.


More team-building activities.


Sir Will, Central Penn College’s mascot!


Students finished their afternoon with some delicious Rita’s Italian Ice and soft pretzels. Yum!

Central Penn Admissions is coming to you!

It’s that time of year – Central Penn College admissions counselors will soon be on the road to talk to prospective students! Whether you’re a senior in high school, an underclassman, or you’ve already graduated from high school, we want to see you at upcoming college fairs and when we’re visiting your school!

Check out the calendar on the right side of the page under “Admissions Travel Schedule” to see when we’ll be in your area.

Don’t see any upcoming events near you? Email us with your name and location to see when we’ll be closest to you, or feel free to schedule a visit to Central Penn!

College Fair

Part-Time Job Fair

There are plenty of reasons to get a part-time job! It’s a great way to build your resume and professional experience. Many students also like having a chance to earn additional income for personal expenses or to cover costs like textbooks and groceries.

In order to help students find opportunities to gain a valuable part-time job, on Thursday, July 25th, Central Penn College’s Career Services team hosted a Part-Time Job Fair for Central Penn students and alumni. The event was held in the Conference Center from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and hosted a variety of local businesses, non-profits, and other organizations.

Part-Time Job Fair

Part-time job opportunities ranged from openings at FROYO, the frozen yogurt place, to independent sales opportunities at Scentsy. A variety of non-profit organizations were also present with information about different ways to get involved, including volunteer needs. These organizations included UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) of Central Pennsylvania, Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region, an organization serving homeless families, Caitlin’s Smiles, a group serving hospitalized children, and many more.

Whether you’re thinking about earning money, gaining experience, building your resume, or all of the above, Central Penn College and the Career Services team are there for our students!

Big News at Central Penn College!

July has been an exciting time at Central Penn College – a time of exciting developments and big changes! Have you heard the scoop?

On Monday, July 8th, Central Penn announced the launch of the first graduate degree program offering! A Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Organizational Leadership will be offered beginning this year in the fall term. The MPS degree is designed to enhance career opportunities and increase critical thinking, leadership, and ethical skills. Two different concentrations will be available for the program – the Organizational Development concentration will begin with the first cohort in October 2013, and the Information Systems Management concentration will begin with the second cohort in January 2014.

The new master’s degree will be offered in an online/blended format where each term students take one online class and one blended class that consists of 2.5 hours of in-person instruction and 1.5 hours of hands-on coursework. Students in the program can graduate in as little as 18 months if they stay on this schedule with their cohort. See more about this exciting news and new program!

Dr. Scolforo

Then on Monday, July 22nd, Central Penn College’s Board of Directors announced that they have voted to name Karen Scolforo, Ed.D., as the college’s newest and ninth president. After a thorough eight month search process by the presidential search committee, the board voted unanimously on this decision. Dr. Scolforo is former executive director of the Fortis Institute and former Jacksonville campus president of Keiser University; both institutions located in northeast Florida. Throughout her 14 years of higher education executive leadership experience, Dr. Scolforo has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing student learning through a holistic approach to whole-student development. Learn more about Dr. Scolforo!

It’s an exciting time to be at Central Penn College – contact admissions if you ever have questions about the admissions process and finding your way toward being a part of the Central Penn family!

Summer Open House

This past Saturday, July 20th, almost 50 prospective students plus their family members visited Central Penn College for our Summer Open House. Visitors started the day with a delicious breakfast buffet, and then listened to our keynote speaker, Steve Hassinger, Director of Career Services.

Activities throughout the rest of the day included:

  • Presentation from the General Education Department
  • Information about the Cultural Immersion Program
  • Breakout sessions by major where students learned more about academic programs directly from the faculty
  • Feature presentation on admissions and life at Central Penn from the admissions team with special help from Kathy Andersen, Dean of Students, and Megan Peterson, Director of Residence Life
  • Campus tours from the amazing student ambassadors (pictured below)
  • Knight Nation Wrap-Up where students could meet with and talk to representatives from Central Penn’s faculty, athletic programs, and other areas of campus
  • Pictures with Central Penn’s mascot, Sir Will!
  • Snacks, food, and more delicious treats!

The majority of students attending had the chance to complete their campus interviews while they were here, and everyone had a fun day of checking out the college! Luckily, even the rain held out so that all of the future students and their families could enjoy a beautiful day on campus.

Do you want to visit Central Penn or better yet, visit again? Check out and register for upcoming visit days or schedule an individual weekday visit online.

Some of Central Penn's Student Ambassadors and their co-advisor, Kate Savidge, at Summer Open House 2013.
Some of Central Penn’s Student Ambassadors and their co-advisor, Kate Savidge, at Summer Open House 2013.


Getting Involved at Central Penn

There are so many reasons to get involved at Central Penn College, and so many ways to get involved! You can join a club, go out for a sports team, attend a campus event, or you can even do all of those things, but however you choose to get involved, plan on being a part of your campus! Students who are involved on campus tend to feel more connected to their school, and they also have a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends. (Plus, almost anything that you get involved with is a great addition to your résumé!)

Below are some ways that you can get involved at Central Penn:

Clubs and Organizations:

  • Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society)
  • AMA Marketing Club
  • Campus Christian Ministries
  • Club M-Ed
  • Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life
  • Epsilon Tau Chi
  • Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society
  • International Travel Club
  • Knight Writers
  • Legal Studies Society
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Association
  • Peer Mediation
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) Club
  • The Rainbow Society
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Toastmasters

Leadership Programming:

  • Circle K
  • Peer Mediation
  • Peer Mentoring



Community Service:

  • United Way Day of Caring
  • Reach Out Day
  • Other community service events

Cultural Immersion Program

Special Events:

  • Fall Harvest (Homecoming)
  • Summerfest
  • Holiday Tea
  • Common Hours
  • Off-campus trips
  • Other exciting events!


 For students trying to figure out how to get involved, one way to get started is the club fair that happens at the beginning of each term! This picture is from today’s club fair where current and new students gathered to see some of what Central Penn has to offer!

Packing for College

Move-in day for Central Penn students starting in the Summer 2013 term is July 7th – that’s only 15 days away! If you’re starting at Central Penn in the summer term and you’re a first-time college student, this might be your first time away from home and living on your own. There are a lot of things to consider as you start college and become more independent, but one of the big ones is what to pack for college! Here are just a few things to think about that you might need…

Room Needs/Storage

  • Alarm clock (if you don’t use your phone!)
  • Trash can
  • Storage bins
  • Desk lamp
  • Bulletin board and push pins/dry-erase board


  • Computer and printer (if you have them – if not you can use the computer lab!)
  • Extension cords
  • Earphones
  • Camera (if you want one)
  • Cell phone
  • Chargers for all electronics

Linens/Laundry Supplies

  • Sheets and pillowcase (Don’t forget – you need size extra-long twin!)
  • Towels
  • Pillow
  • Comforter/bedspread
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, and stain remover
  • Roll(s) of quarters
  • Lint brush
  • Sewing kit
  • Iron/Ironing Board


  • Any medicines you need (both prescription and non-prescription such as pain relievers, vitamins, etc.)
  • Basic first-aid kit (bandages, etc.)
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and hairstyling products
  • Bath and face soap
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss
  • Comb/brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Lotion/moisturizer


  • Umbrella
  • Backpack

Office/Desk Supplies

  • Electronic storage media such as USB flash drive
  • Stapler/staples, tape, paper clips, and rubber bands
  • Printer paper, loose paper, and/or notebooks
  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters
  • Folders and organizers
  • Sticky notes and index cards
  • Scissors

Shared Items – check with roommates!

  • Speakers/audio equipment
  • TV and DVD player
  • Coffeemaker
  • Microwave
  • Area rug
  • Posters/decorations

Household and Kitchen Items

  • Paper towels, napkins, and tissues
  • Trash can and trash bags
  • Light bulbs
  • Cleaning products
  • Food-storage containers
  • Dish soap
  • Dishes (plates, bowls, cups, and mugs)
  • Silverware
  • Can opener

Remember to Leave Prohibited Items AT HOME!

  • Candles and incense
  • Space heaters
  • Water, double, or queen size beds
  • Dart boards and pool tables
  • Adhesive stars
  • Weight benches and large exercise equipment
  • Drum sets
  • Window air conditioners (you won’t need them because we have air conditioning!)
  • Pets (the exception is fish in a fishbowl or small aquarium)
  • Mini refrigerators (you won’t need them because of your full-size refrigerator!)
  • Weapons of any sort

Move-In Day

See you on move-in day, and contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions!

“You Can. You Will.” – Central Penn College Advisors

“You Can. You Will.” – You’ll find this statement, Central Penn’s motto, all over the place from your admissions counselor’s business card to the flags spread throughout our campus. But what does it mean, really?

One of the things that it means is that you will have support as a Central Penn College student. We know that you have the ability to be successful, and through the many support services and systems in place at Central Penn, you will have the opportunities to go beyond that potential and find success.

The Central Penn College Advising Team (or the “A”-Team) is there for you to support you and empower you to be successful at Central Penn. How can they help you? In their words, “From helping you develop an educational plan and navigating your Central Penn experience to empowering you with support services and resources, college advisors are here for you every step of the way.”

The College Advisors’ goal is to empower student success from enrollment through graduation. Their mission statement says:

“College advisors are responsive professionals who work to eliminate boundaries, open new horizons, and turn potential into career success by fostering an engaging relationship with students from enrollment through graduation. In partnership with college-wide academic and student support services, advisors provide personalized attention and guidance to meet the individual needs of students while encouraging degree completion.”

So just who are these people who are there to help you? There are six people on the college advising team, but as a traditional student at Central Penn, your advisor will most likely either be Shaashawn Dial, Lead College Advisor and First Year Experience Coordinator, or Romeo Azondekon, College Advisor.


ShaashawnShaashawn Dial

“Greetings, hola, bonjour, ciao! I am Shaashawn Dial, I serve as the Lead College Advisor & First Year Experience Coordinator. I am blessed to be part of a six person team of incredibly talented professionals, known as the “A”-Team. My love of education began around the world as the daughter of an active duty career military father (go Army) and college English professor mother. Having lived and studied in Europe, Asia, and the United States, I bring a global perspective to my work and relationships.” READ MORE…


romeo azondekonRomeo Azondekon

“Hello Central Penn Students!! I am so excited to be a part of the Advising Team! Just thought I would introduce myself to you all via blog. I am originally from Benin, West Africa. I arrived in the United States at the age of 5. I moved to the US because at that particular time, my country was involved in a civil war. My father was a part of an opposing party and succumbed to numerous threats on him and his family’s life from the administration at the time. So long story short, I came to the United States as a political refugee.” READ MORE…


Want to know more about the “A”-Team? Check out their blog!

Closer Look Weekend 2013

On Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th more than 70 students plus their family members visited Central Penn College for Closer Look Weekend! All of the visiting students had already been accepted to the college and were there to get their closer look at college life and life at Central Penn. Some came just for the day, but many stayed overnight on campus paired up with a current student!


It was a very busy weekend; below is a list of just some of what this awesome group participated in!

  • Campus tours with Student Ambassadors that included meeting the Involvement Coordinator, the Residence Life Director, the College Advisors, the Athletic Director, and the Associate Deans
  • Team building activities like making cards for hospitalized children with Circle K club, getting student ID pictures taken with Security, Minute to Win It games, and more
  • Financial aid sessions
  • Parent workshops
  • Reception with future students and their families, current student hosts, and Central Penn faculty and staff
  • Dinner at the Harrisburg Senators baseball stadium
  • Bowling at Trindle Bowl
  • Late night Zumba®
  • Evening screening of the movie Identity Thief
  • Placement exams
  • Meetings with Program Champions and College Advisors
  • Basketball scrimmage with members of the Central Penn men’s and women’s teams
  • Lawn party behind the campus apartments
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner – yummy food all weekend!
  • Great bonding time between future Central Penn students all weekend long!

Everyone had a great time – future students, current students, families, the admissions team, and all of the faculty and staff who were part of the weekend.

For accepted students who weren’t able to make it to Closer Look Weekend, stay tuned – we’ll have an orientation day just for fall students in August!

For all of the juniors out there, get excited – this will be YOU getting your closer look at Central Penn College next year!


Scholarship Deadline – May 1st

For those of you who will be starting at Central Penn College in July or October of this year, you’ve probably already thought about the costs of attending college, especially while you were working on your FAFSA. (If you haven’t done your FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – yet, check out our tips, contact our Financial Planning Coordinator, and get started ASAP!)

One way that you can help pay for your college education is through applying for scholarships! Central Penn has several scholarship opportunities for incoming new traditional students, including:

  • Academic Scholarship
  • Out of State Scholarship
  • Opportunity Scholarship
  • FBLA/DECA Scholarship

Visit our scholarship page to see the specific requirements for each of these scholarships so that you can find out if you meet the requirements to apply! (Click “New Students” on this page to find these scholarships and others that you might qualify for.) Applying for these scholarships is easy – you can apply directly from the scholarship page, and it only takes some basic information and an essay. The deadline to apply for these four scholarships is coming up soon though – May 1st, so get started on your essay now so that you can get your application in before the deadline!

We can’t wait to see your applications soon!!

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