Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Knightly News Media Club Interviews Coach Dave Baker

Discussion centers around their successful season and previews the USCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

By Paul Miller, co-advisor of the Knightly News

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College has recorded their second ever podcast, this time with Central Penn College Men’s Basketball Coach Dave Baker.

This podcast features Norman Geary, student reporter for the Knightly News, Paul Miller, co-advisor of the Knightly News, and Baker.

During the podcast, Miller and Geary discuss with Baker many subjects, including the benefits of the Knights six Division I games, the seeding of the team in the tournament, and how this season has unfolded, all leading to a #2 seed in the USCAA tournament held this week.

As a reminder, be sure to stop by the Underground this Thursday, March 3, at 2 p.m. for a special showing of the Knights first round tilt against the winner of Penn State Fayette and Central Maine Community College.

If you aren’t on campus, you can visit to watch the games live, or follow @GoCPCKnights or @CPCKnightlyNews for updates.

Background Music:  (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

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Central Penn College Welcomes Local Artists

Art Association of Harrisburg Winter Soiree held in Capital BlueCross Theatre

By Christine Fusselman

Media Club Reporter

Central Penn hosted the first Winter Soiree of the Art Association of Harrisburg (AAH) in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on Jan. 31.

Visitors entering the black-box theater were drawn in by the striking artwork displayed on metal grid frames and a few tables throughout the room.

Central Penn’s own Danielle Klebes’ larger-than-life oil painted portraits were displayed front and center. Klebes has won Best in Show in the AAH Annual Figure Show two years in a row.

Her paintings included the familiar faces of Summerdale campus students “Kamal” and “Steve-O,” and another artist-in-residence, Dalton James, who is the college’s writing center director and her spouse. (Klebes uses the last name “James” in her personal and non-art professional life.)

“I feel like the painting describes me, because it’s big, like my personality,” quipped Steve “Steve-O” Osango.

According to Carrie Wissler-Thomas, AAH president and sales gallery manager, the association’s soirees, typically held throughout the summer at various homes and businesses, are designed as audience-builders and fundraisers. She added that the Central Penn show was the first AAH meet-the-artist soiree held on a college campus.

“The space surprised me,” said jewelry artist Alonna Marie Columbo. “It is a great space. The exposed dark ceiling … is simple and elegant. It is a beautiful space to display fine art.”

Columbo displayed her handcrafted jewelry, some of which was made with gold sandstone and tiger’s eye.

Sarah Davidson, who works in the Central Penn marketing department, shared her photography, which she said included “examples of nature in all forms of life, from beginning to decay.”

Davidson said the show was a “very nice way to mingle with local artists and other members of the community.”

Dustin Nispel and Jessica Flynn, two owners of The Rooted Artist Collective, in York, shared their talents from the theater’s stage. Both worked on paintings during the show, with previously painted works nearby, but also took some time to present a poetic duetNispel and Flynn performed “Bottom of the Blossom,” a poem that won them first place in an international poetry contest in Macedonia in October. According to Nispel, the trip to Macedonia required some serious fundraising, but was an incredible experience, which included touring a mosque built around 1406.

 Jessica Flynn and Dustin Nispel performing a poetic duet, “Bottom of the Blossom.”

Jessica Flynn and Dustin Nispel performing a poetic duet, “Bottom of the Blossom.”

Nispel’s book of poems, “The Tower,” and Flynn’s poetry book, “Through the Cracks,” are both published by Poem Sugar Press and available on

Representing the art of music with his combination of electronic and international traditional instruments, including a Chinese Hulusi, poet, painter and musician Jonathan Frazier entertained the audience with a variety of melodies.

Frazier said he has “always played keys and guitar,” but his collection of international instruments began developing more recently with his purchase of a flute from the annual Native American Pow Wow held during Harrisburg’s Kipona Festival.


Painter, illustrator and musician, Jonathan Frazier entertained soiree guests with international instruments such as a Chinese Hulusi shown here.

Frazier, a former Central Penn adjunct instructor, also works as an illustrator when he is not playing music.

AAH member Andrew Guth presented a sampling of his work with block printing at the soiree. Guth’s colorful shapes were displayed on fabric bags and framed prints. His work can be viewed at the Millworks in midtown Harrisburg, where he leases studio space.

Guth felt the “vibe” was different than that at the typical soiree, but said, “The staff and president were very welcoming.”

Romeo Azondekon, Central Penn’s director of cultural diversity, displayed some framed works in mixed media.


Central Penn College’s Chief Diversity Officer, Romeo Azondekon, shared his artwork which combines bursts of color and texture.

Local photographer Mary Fox also exhibited.

“This may be the start of a wonderful tradition,” according to Matt Lane, director of the Central Penn College Education Foundation.

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Discovery Day is a Success

It’s a Team Effort at Central Penn College

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

Central Penn College recently had high school students on campus to see how students “Live the Knight Life” by visiting classes and  getting the scoop on the College’s programs.

The event is aptly named Discovery Day. It happened on Jan. 27.

Enrollment Events Coordinator Naydia Bonner and Admissions Counselor Curtis Voelker coordinated Discovery Day.

They sat down to talk to The Knightly News Media Club to speak about this important event.

What Bonner and Voelker had to say follows.

From Naydia Bonner

Knightly News: So, what is Discovery Day?

Bonner: Discovery Day is a student event where prospective students get to come on campus and get to shadow a current student and go to classes with them and get a feel of what the night life is like (and to be) a Central Penn student.

Knightly News: What are some of the benefits of participating in this event?

Bonner: They also get an opportunity to tour the campus and meet with faculty and (employees of the) Student Services (Department). They also get a tour, which includes viewing the housing and enjoy seeing the super suites (housing) as well.

Knightly News: Why is Discovery Day held?

Bonner: This is a great opportunity for these prospective students to get to know Central Penn. The purpose of Discovery Day is for these students to really find out if Central Penn is the right place for them.

From Curtis Voelker

Knightly News: Curtis, what is your role in Discovery Day?

Voelker: As an admissions counselor who also conducts presentations within local … high school classrooms, my job is to assist Naydia with Discovery Day by letting students know when it is, and getting the word out about the event.

Knightly News: What other support do you provide for these prospective students?

Voelker: So, within my presentation, there is only so much I can share and show through pictures. So getting students here for Discovery Day is really all about letting them experience a day and life as a Central Penn Knight. Once Discovery Day (is) here, I … assist Naydia with the admissions presentation, along with my coworker Tiffanie Falkenstein (senior admissions counselor), who is also a presenter with the admissions team.

Knightly News: In addition to your presentations, what do you do on Discovery Day to assist Naydia and the team?

Voelker: I also assist with campus tours, whether it be across campus, with housing or through the Underground – whatever it may be.   I also assist with any questions, comments, that students, parents – whoever – may be attending Discovery Day may have.

Perspectives from both

Knightly News: Talk a bit about planning Discovery Day.

Bonner: Planning begins months in advance. I start to prepare the agenda and reach out to the various departments that will be involved. I will speak to different students. I will speak to different student services. I will speak to (Cultural Diversity Director) Romeo (Azondekon), (Counselor) Megan Cline, (Residence Life Director) Megan Peterson, and (Writing Center Director) Dalton (James) … to make sure they are all on board, and they have it on the schedule.

Knightly News: Who else do you get involved in planning this event?

Bonner: We also promote this event to our students on campus as a volunteer opportunity. The students are offered four hours of community service for participating in the event. The way we target those students is with flyers on campus, as well as the club fairs at the beginning of each term. We get students to sign up at that event and they also have the opportunity to sign up at the Core (store in ATEC) or with me at my office.

Knightly News: How did Discovery Day unfold when it was held?

Voelker: Tiffanie Falkenstein and myself conducted the admissions presentation. Afterwards, I led the visiting parents for Discovery Day throughout a campus tour, where we got to see a different component of campus that their sons and daughters may be experiencing here as a Central Penn Knight. Later, we went back to the original room for a presentation on financial aid. We also met with Dean of Students Dave Baker, who shared some more information about what students will be experiencing here on campus. We then had a delicious lunch at the Knight and Day Café, and we wrapped up Discovery Day with a final tour of the super suites.

It seems that another successful Discovery Day has come and gone.  We at the Knightly News thank all of the people involved in making this event possible and look forward to the next Discovery Day.

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Knightly News Media Club Debuts New Podcast

Career Services Director Steve Hassinger is the first guest on the inaugural episode.

By Paul Miller

Co-advisor to the Knightly News

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College had a momentous day on Feb. 2 as the club recorded its first ever podcast, featuring Career Services Director Steve Hassinger, podcast committee member Nasir Harris, and co-advisor Paul Miller.

The group discussed the major quarterly event for Career Services, the CPEC Job Fair.  The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  More information about the event can  be found at

Hassinger explained on the podcast that each term Career Services at Central Penn College has one major event, but the CPEC Job Fair is the biggest event of the year.  Hassinger went on to discuss all of the ways that Career Services can help students prepare for this event.  He explained that they could help edit resumes, provide professional clothing via Dress for Success, and provide transportation for those who need it.  Please contact to sign up for any of these services or stop by the office in Bollinger Hall room 53.

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Soup’s On!

The Knightly News Media Club is selling soup to raise money for podcasting equipment

By Christine Hoon

Media Club Reporter

The Knight News Media Club – in its third term now – has elected officers and boasts a robust roster of members.

But as with many start-up clubs, it has little equipment, and so is holding a soup sale fundraiser.

The sale began last week, with members, and coadvisors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi, taking orders.

The soups are Maryland crab, which costs $4 a cup, and chicken-corn noodle, chili and a vegan option of hearty vegetable soup, each at $3 a cup.

Pre-orders will be taken through tomorrow (Tuesday).


People can order from any media club member, or by contacting Prof. Miller at or Prof. Lear-Olimpi at

The club will have a table with the soup in the second-floor ATEC lobby on Thursday from 11 a. m. to 1 ladle it out for delivery to buyers/club supporters, and to sell on site (while it lasts!).

Media Club members are reporters and photographers who write blog articles and take photographs to illustrate those stories, which focus on Central Penn student life and campus happenings. They also help with other club activities as needed.

The club is looking to start podcasting, but must share equipment, and so is holding the soup sale as its first official fundraiser for cash to buy its own podcasting equipment.

Bon appétit!

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