Monthly Archives: January 2016

New Coach leading Lady Knights

Kasey Hicks has a passion for hoops


By Christine Hoon and Yuliani Sutedjo

Media club Reporters

The collegiate basketball season is in full swing, and the Central Penn College Lady Knights are on the move.

This season brought the team a new coach, Kasey Hicks.

Hicks has a passion for basketball – since she was 3 years old. She used to come to practice when her mom was coaching basketball. When Hicks mentions passion, it means passion for learning and spending hours at the gym to become a better player.

Hicks has been playing basketball since 4th grade. She played for Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg for four years, then went to Immaculata University.

Right after Hicks finished college, she played on a U.S. professional women’s basketball team in Argentina for a year.

Back in the United States, Hicks coached basketball in suburban Philadelphia – at Abington Senior High School – for two years.

Then, she moved back to Harrisburg and coached basketball at Central Dauphin High School, as junior varsity coach for four years

Now, she is head coach at Central Penn. Hicks learned Central Penn was looking for a coach from Michelle Stine, who is now Central Penn’s assistant coach. Stine heard about the job from her friend who is a resident adviser at Central Penn.

From the left to the right: Coach Kasey Hicks, Paige Pendl, Mary Weingartner, Nicole Schmidhamer, Amanda Krzysiak, Nashae Glover, Katrina Gelnett, Melissa Ruiz, Janay Nelson, Coach Michelle Stine, and Chanel Croxton.      Photo by Yuliani Sutedjo

From the left to the right: Coach Kasey Hicks, Paige Pendl, Mary Weingartner, Nicole Schmidhamer, Amanda Krzysiak, Nashae Glover, Katrina Gelnett, Melissa Ruiz, Janay Nelson, Coach Michelle Stine, and Chanel Croxton. Photo by Yuliani Sutedjo

Hicks met Stine at Immaculata. Stine was the intramural coordinator when Hicks was a senior at Immaculata.

Hicks recently stated her goal for the women’s basketball team at Central Penn: “I want to bring a lot of enthusiasm and excitement, winning basketball games. I want the girls to have fun… bring them together as a team. The win will come when we work hard and play together.”

There are three team captains.

“This is a young team … and we’ve got a lot of talent in the team,” Nicole Schmidhamer, who has played center for three years, said. “We are getting better each time we play.”

The other captains are Melissa Ruiz and Myeshia McGhee.

The women’s basketball team practices Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. at East Pennsboro Area Middle School. Practices are open to the public.

The game schedule is available on the Central Penn website. Click here to see the schedule.

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Central Penn’s City Starts Program Takes Students to NYC to Meet Alums

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

City Starts is a new Central Penn networking program aimed at exposing students to living, working and connecting in a city, according to Sarah Blumenschein, Central Penn’s director of alumni engagement.

Through the program, students can engage with Central Penn alumni through panels, company visits and networking receptions.

Regardless of students’ specific career interests, Blumenschein said the experience offers information that is critical for a variety of careers.

A group of 16 Central Penn students is scheduled to travel to New York City on Monday – weather permitting – to meet and learn from some Central Penn alumni, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Bourbon St. Bar & Grille, 346 W. 46th St., Manhattan.

Blumenschein recently answered questions for the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn about the City Starts program.

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Knightly News: Why is this program called City Starts?

Blumenschein: Because it’s a very new start. It’s showing students what it is like to live in a city who might have not lived in a city, or … might not have experienced the city before.

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Knightly News: How did City Starts come to be?

Blumenschein: When I started as the alumni engagement director at Central Penn, I was looking at the different types of programming that were successful at other colleges and universities. Several colleges in the area have programs similar to this and I thought it would be a great way we could give our alumni some benefits through networking events and also a way of giving our students benefits by meeting our successful alumni.

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Lady Liberty looking over Lower Manhattan. The nation's largest city is the destination for the first group of Central Penn's City Starts participants. They are set to arrive and to network with Central Penn alumni Monday night, if the forecast cooperates.

Lady Liberty looking over Lower Manhattan. The nation’s largest city is the destination for the first group of Central Penn’s City Starts participants. They are set to arrive and to network with Central Penn alumni Monday night, if the forecast cooperates.

Knightly News: What goals do you have for students who will be going to New York?

Blumenschein: We want these students to learn what it’s like to live and work and network in the city. … More than 50 students applied to attend. We looked at the students that were actually serious about living in New York City, because those are the students that we want to impact. We want them to have information and the resources necessary so when they move to New York, they can hit the ground running because they have a network around them, but then (we also have) the network reception; we just want to give them another avenue to practice their networking skills.

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Knightly News: The alumni that will be mentoring the students – what plans do they have for the students? What will they be doing?

Blumenschein: There will be a few graduates that will be serving on a panel, so the students are going to be meeting with these three alumni: Alicia Stansbury, ’99, Communications, senior training manager at ONE by AOL: Video; Quinn Wetherall, ’13, Legal Studies, summer associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and a law student at St. John’s University School of Law; and David Dinner, ’05, Information Technology-Cyber Security, chief technology officer at Brownstone Investment Group.

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Knightly News: How long did it take to get this project off the ground? And how many people were involved besides you?

Blumenschein: It was just me. But it took a little bit of time to develop – just because this is a completely new program. Also, researching the alumni who live in the New York City area, the different positions that they hold there, was a lot of research done on LinkedIn, to find the … alumni … reaching out to them – if they were available that day, and if they were interested in participating in the panel sessions or in the networking reception.

So, it took a lot of time to coordinate, but now that the initial planning is over, for a subsequent trip it’s going to be a lot easier to plan, so if we go to Philadelphia or Boston or New York or wherever, it should be a piece of cake.

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Knightly News: Do you have additional cities in mind?

Blumenschein: Not just yet. I have not pulled a list of our graduates and which large cities will work. I know there are tons of graduates in the Philadelphia area, so that is definitely one of the areas that we will be looking into as far as other cities.

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New Resident Advisor Program Moves into Central Penn Suites

Students are playing a larger role in supporting one another

 By Yuliani Sutedjo

Media Club Reporter

Welcome back, Central Penn Students!

The holiday season has ended and the winter 2016 term has begun.

During the fall 2015 semester, 15 of Central Penn’s 33 townhouses were renovated to become suites. The suites are designed so each student can have her or his own bedroom – each 9 by 12 feet. Some of that room comes from cutting the size of the kitchen.

Now, students have seven bedrooms and four bathrooms in each suite.

Central Penn College's Super Suite's on College Hill Road in Summerdale.

Central Penn College’s Super Suites on College Hill Road in Summerdale, Pa.

With that change comes a new resident advisor (RA) program that features 16 students working as resident advisors and seven nonstudent “area coordinators” who supervise the student RAs, and provide coverage after hours, according to Megan Peterson, Central Penn’s director of residence life.

Central Penn College has done a fantastic job updating us on the construction to the Super Suites.  Check out the progression at the Central Penn College YouTube page, with four clips hosted by Peterson:

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Knights Come Back Strong

Hold #2 national USCAA rank

By Nicholas Tschinkel

Media Club Reporter

The Central Penn Knights are charging ahead in the 2015-16 basketball season, with a 14-8 record.

The team is ranked #2 nationally in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s (USCAA) Division II Coaches Poll – just behind Berkeley College of New York City.

With a successful season halfway over, the Knights hope to qualify for the USCAA Division II Basketball Tournament. To attain this privilege, the team must first face adversity on the courts, taking one regular season game at a time and putting what the team members practice to the test.

Coaching success

One thing that certainly works to make this process easier is the veteran coaching provided by Dave Baker, dean of student services at Central Penn College and head basketball coach for the Knights.

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