Will guide Alumni Association
By Norman Geary
Media Club Reporter
Central Penn College has an alumni association, but efforts to keep graduates in the Central Penn family fold will be boosted by a new alumni council acting as the association’s governing body, beginning Jan. 1.
Sarah Blumenschein, Central Penn College director of alumni engagement, talked to The Knightly News recently about the new council and the benefits, beyond a marketable education, of being Central Penn alum.
Knightly News: Would you tell us a bit about the Alumni Association?
Blumenschein: Central Penn College has had an alumni association since the mid-1980s.
This is a group that is the voice for the alumni.
They have done a lot of different events and planned different events surrounding commencement.
They have done reunions and they always do an annual event in the summer at the (Harrisburg) Senators game.
They do an annual Knoebels Amusement Resort event.
Knightly News: Why an alumni council?
Blumenschein: Students had been discussing how different projects and programs could be blended together for common goals.
The Central Penn College Alumni Council was created with this in mind — and a group working with an executive committee, president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.
Knightly News: How was the council developed?
Blumenschein: We recruited 13 highly qualified individuals across different class years and different regions and different majors, and they are the voice for the Central Penn Alumni Council.
Knightly News: How will Central Penn students benefit?
Blumenschein: The students benefit because with the new alumni programming that exists, a Central Penn graduate can choose from a range of different events to participate in and benefits they can take advantage of, along with different programs that can help them in their career.
If they are returning and they need help, such as with finding a new job, or if we want to highlight them in their current career for what they are doing and showing what impact they are making in their region and in the community, then we can do a variety of things to assist them.
So this alumni program exists for them and this alumni group exists to let our current students know what they can take advantage of and there are so many opportunities, and it’s free for the most part.
All it takes for them is getting involved.
The Alumni Council starts in January and we will see what changes will be made once that group starts.
Read more about the Central Penn College Alumni Council here: http://www.centralpenn.edu/alumni-friends/alumni-engagement/alumni-association/
Members of the Central Penn College Alumni Council
Council members will serve a three-year term.
Dwight Utz ’73 – president (executive committee)
Joshua Sheehan ’07 – vice President (executive committee)
Olivia (Drumm) Zellers ’99, ’15. – secretary (executive committee)
Daneen Collier ’10 – treasurer (executive committee)
Eric Gutshall ’10
Brandon Keath ’15
Amber (Mitchell) Lewis ’12
Michelle (Marlow) Meiser ’93, ’12
Chanel (Jackson) Nelson ’08
Chad Rooney ’01, ‘03
Lindsay Sica ’15
Randy Weir ’73
James Whitney IV ’09