The landmark episode features Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams
By Paul Miller
Knightly News Co-Adviser
On this edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we are proud to feature Interim Co-President and Provost Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams to discuss her time at Central Penn College and answer questions from Knightly News reporters.
During the episode, Fedrizzi-Williams talks about her rise in academia over the years, what Central Penn means to her, and some important initiatives that her team is currently working on.
“There’s been a lot happening.” Fedrizzi-Williams said. “One of the biggest things I noticed when I came (to Central Penn College) was that we needed additional support for our students and faculty.”
Fedrizzi-Williams discussed the expansion of the Learning Center and the Center for Teaching Excellence during her time here, as well as additional initiatives currently in the works.
During the second segment of the episode, we are joined by Knightly News President Brian Christiana and Reporter Michael Ademola for a Q & A session with Fedrizzi-Williams.
At a recent Knightly News Media Club meeting, Christiana tasked the club to come up with questions for the interview. The group came up with many solid questions that were posed on the podcast, with frank and honest answers from the co-president.
The group was mainly interested in increasing student engagement in sporting events, how social media has changed the job search, and how communication factors in to career success.
The Knightly News Media Club would sincerely like to thank our fans on this momentous occasion and hope to continue delivering high quality audio, video, and written work for you to enjoy.
The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with the 50th episode of the club’s podcast.
The first episode of the podcast featured co-host Paul Miller, Career Services Director Steve Hassinger and the late Nasir Harris. The 50th episode featured Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, interim co-president and provost, as the guest.
Episode 50 will be released Feb 20.
The episode focuses on different accomplishments Fedrizzi-Williams has achieved since taking over the position last fall.
Miller talked to her about many topics, which included: current initiatives, upcoming commencement as co-president and her most proud achievement at the school (listen to our podcast to hear what that is).
Media club member Michael Ademola and this reporter talked about many questions the student body had for her.
Fedrizzi-Williams was very honored and appreciative to be featured on the milestone.
“I was honored to be a part of the 50th podcast episode with Professor Miller, Brian Christiana and Michael Ademola,” Fedrizzi-Williams said. “I look forward to listening to the next 50 episodes.”
Because we are celebrating two years, we would like to look back at important moments in club history, including: The Bill Gladstone Project, Moving to the Boyer House and the Nasir Harris Studio Dedication.
The Bill Gladstone Project was an opportunity for the communication students to help a local real estate man with hands-on work. The students made a video that included his bobblehead.
The Knightly News made a huge splash and moved the podcast studio into the historic Boyer House in February 2017. The moving process was easy, and the club started working a week later. An open house was held at the building and over 30 faculty, staff and students showed up to celebrate this event.
The studio was dedicated in the summer of 2017 to honor the late Nasir Harris. He was one of the founding members of the club, and he really had a huge impact on the creation of the Knightly News. Harris was on the inaugural episode of the podcast and appeared on several other episodes.
In September 2017, the Knightly News decided to give thanks to him by naming the studio after him. The current members had a celebration with his family and members of the Central Penn family. There was a video presentation that included interviews, and quotes from his family. There were tears and smiles for the celebration.
The Knightly News wouldn’t be here also without the constant support from the community and fans. The goal of the club is to reach out and make a positive impact on the college. The Knightly News wants to thank all the listeners of each podcast, and reader of each story.
A piece of trivia: Do you know who is the most frequent visitor on the podcast?
Please submit your answers to this trivia question by commenting below.
Brian Christiana is president of the Knightly News Media Club.
Edited by media club co-advisers Professors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.
The Knightly News Media Club is selling Marianna’s 14” hoagies for $7, and 12″ pizzas for $8. There are several different kinds of hoagies and pizzas to choose from.
The subs include ham, Italian, roast beef, turkey, and much more. Not a fan of meat? There is a cheese sub available as well. The pizzas include pepperoni, cheese, white, meat supreme, and a Primo’s deluxe. Ingredients, topping, and more nutritional information can be found by selecting any of the options on the website.
The deadline for pre-orders and payment is Feb. 21. Orders will be ready for delivery to your location on March 15 between 3 and 4 p.m. or anytime the following day.
Pre-orders have already began, so make sure to get yours order in today. If you would like to place an order, then please email Professor Miller at email@example.com, and include the items that you wish to purchase, where the order can be delivered to, and when you would like them delivered.
Fundraisers in the past have helped The Knightly News Media Club by funding new equipment for podcasting, a quarterly pizza party, the club’s field trips and other club activities.
All of the club’s members appreciate your continued support and look forward to having more successful fundraisers to continue the expansion the club.
Megan Smith is secretary of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.
The Knightly News Media Club will volunteer with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania to help with its 27th Annual Sapphire Gala on March 3.
The purpose of the gala is to raise money and to support the association’s vision, mission and goals.
That mission is “To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.” The association’s vision is “A world free of lung disease.”
Members have sought to achieve their goals through many events, such as the LUNG FORCE Walk, Pasta Run and the gala.
The 27th Annual Sapphire Gala will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, from 6 to 11 p.m.The Sapphire Gala will include a variety of games, a live and a silent auction, and other entertainment.
Entertainment options will be provided by Famous Rumors. Participants from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio will perform a tango.
Some of the silent auction packages are San Francisco Wine Country; Alaska – The Call of Wild; The Wine, Wonder and Romance of France; and tropical Costa Rica.
The live auction will include trips featuring castles of Ireland, a Greek Island adventure and James Bond’s secret hideaways.
The Gala marks the largest philanthropic endeavor for the Knightly News.
The games will include heads or tails, wine pull, and Leitzel’s Jewelry lock box.
For the heads or tails, audience will purchase a flashing bracelet for $20 to participate. Audience members who participate will be asked to stand up. If a guest participating has the right side of the coin, then he or she will remain standing. The last person standing wins.
The wine pull will cost $20 and audience members can pick any number, and based on that number, they will get wine that matches the number.
For the Leitzel’s Jewelry lock box, there will be approximately 200 keys, and any member of the audience can purchase a key for $20. Then they will try the keys they bought to see whether they open a box. If the box opens, then the owner of the key wins the jewelry inside.
“We currently have approximately 200 participants to date (as of Feb. 7),” according to Kayla Juba, development coordinator at the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. “We are anticipating approximately 300-350 attendees and more than a dozen local businesses to participate in this year’s event.”
Sexual assault is very common on our nation’s college campuses.
Unfortunately, Central Penn is not exempt, but reports of sexual assault and sexual misconduct at Central Penn are rare.
Even though such reports are rare at Central Penn, with the help of Megan Peterson, Title IX officer and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator, students can receive the knowledge that could prevent sexual assault, and possibly save the life of their friends and themselves.
Well developed policy
“Central Penn has an extensive sexual assault policy,” Peterson said. “In our sexual misconduct policy, we go through definitions of different types of sexual misconduct, what constitutes the action and the process that we would go through if a person would bring forward a complaint of sexual misconduct.”
According to Peterson, depending on the type of complaint and how the individual wants it to be handled, sometimes individuals come forward for only resources and support. Sometimes someone comes forward to report to ask for an investigation and hearing, or an informal resolution.
“We have a process for each, depending on how the complainant is comfortable moving forward,” Peterson said. “Our goal is to never force a complainant to handle their case in a certain way if they’re not comfortable.”
Unfortunately, there is an exception. According to Peterson, if a person were to be involved with a violent assault, Central Penn has an obligation to take action for the safety of the campus community.
About our campus
In 2016, Central Penn College had four reports of sexual misconduct, Peterson said. Compared to the amount of sexual assaults occurring on college campuses nationwide, four is a very low number.
2017 had fewer reports.
“If we are strictly talking about sexual assault/misconduct and not other things falling under the Title IX umbrella (harassment, dating violence, etc.), then there were two reported cases of sexual misconduct in 2017, and none so far in 2018,” Peterson said in an email on Feb. 2.
The college publishes an annual security report made available on the college’s website. Students can view the reported numbers of different types of crimes or sexual misconduct. Individuals can use the report, along with other resources on campus, to be vigilant during their everyday life and better recognize the warning signs of sexual misconduct.
The 2016 report lists two reported violations, under the heading of “Sex Offenses, Forcible (Rape, Sodomy, Sexual Assault w/object and Fondling).” The other two misconduct reports may have been incidents that did not have to be included in the report. Disclosure of reported campus crimes investigated must be reported to the campus community and the public, according to the state’s Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
“One in four women are likely to be a victim of sexual misconduct while they’re a student,” Peterson said. “Seventeen percent of men are also likely to be a victim of sexual assault,” she said.
Being aware of sexual assault and the possibility that it could happen can benefit the Central Penn community.
“Alcohol is the number one drug of choice during sexual assault,” Peterson said.
On Jan. 24, the Central Penn College Diversity Committee and the Title IX Office held a discussion forum in the Capital BlueCross Theatre called “Food for Thought: An open, facilitated conversation about sexual harassment,” with two outside experts on the topic – one from the Carlisle YWCA and one from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape . Chief Diversity Officer Romeo Azondekon and Peterson also participated, with Peterson moderating. Dave Baker, Central Penn’s retention officer and athletics director, took Azondekon’s seat when Azondekon had to depart the panel discussion for a previous engagement.
A universal responsibility
The responsibility of sexual-assault prevention falls on everyone, experts say.
“If you don’t know that sexual assault is a risk, then you don’t know to be mindful and protective of yourself and your friends,” Peterson said. “From an awareness standpoint, we want to bring that issue to light. The more people that talk about sexual assault, the more people feel comfortable to address it.”
According to research, there are only two reasons sexual assault doesn’t happen. One, the person decided not to not move forward with the assault, or two, a bystander decided to intervene.
“If we’re not raising awareness and not having these conversations telling people what red flags to look for,” Peterson said, “the likelihood of knowing what to do and how to intervene is drastically lower than having an informed population.”
Peterson said changes to campus sexual-assault investigation standards from a preponderance of evidence to reasonable doubt that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has discussed implementing since her confirmation last year haven’t been put in place yet, and it isn’t known when they might be.
The Knightly News podcast is pleased to release episode #48, featuring Central Penn College Education Foundation Director of Development Sandy Box and Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman.
Also featured on the podcast are Knightly News President Brian Christiana and Knightly News Vice President Ian Kemmerer.
Box focuses her discussions on the deadline of the Education Foundation Essay Contest. Twice a year, students can submit an essay about a specific subject in order to apply for scholarship monies from donors to the foundation. Box plans on awarding up to $100,000 in scholarships to our students this term.
The subject of the essay that students will write about is as follows, “Describe areas in your life where you demonstrated leadership and overcame obstacles either through your school, social, or family life.”
In addition, Box discusses tips for success on the essay and important areas to focus on when writing.
Students have until Friday, Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. to complete and submit the essay in order to be considered. The application can be found at http://foundation.centralpenn.edu/.
On our second segment, the show welcomes Adrienne Thoman, discussing some of the tremendous events that we have on campus during the month of February.
Being Week 4, she specifically notes the importance of meeting with advisors and attending scheduling workshops provided on campus.
The Records and Registration office will hold workshops at the following times in the 2nd Floor ATEC lobby:
Feb. 1. 1 – 3 p.m.
Feb. 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Feb. 6, 1 – 3 p.m.
Feb. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Professor Paul Miller will also be holding registration workshops at the following times in ATEC 300:
Jan. 31, 2 – 3 p.m.
Feb. 8, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Thoman also discussed “Adrienne’s Featured Three” events for February, including the upcoming Super Bowl party on Feb. 4 and Knights Basketball doubleheader on Feb. 9.