Monthly Archives: July 2016

Media Club Commissioned To Produce Promotional Videos

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College will be doing a video project during the summer term on the Summerdale Campus to promote a local real estate group and to give communications students an opportunity to have hands-on marketing experience.

The real estate group is donating money for the project to cover operations, prizes for videos the students produce and for the club’s treasury.

The Bill Gladstone Group, of Wormleysburg, a commercial-industrial realty office, contacted Central Penn Education Foundation Director Matt Lane and asked whether some Central Penn students would be interested in getting involved with a marketing project that involved a bobblehead figurine of Gladstone that will be used in the company’s marketing projects on social media and other channels.

The idea is for the students to make videos featuring the bobblehead in various locations, such as by industrial and commercial properties. The Education Foundation will match Gladstone’s grant, with foundation money earmarked for student needs.

Gladstone said he wanted to give students an opportunity to get some hands-on marketing experience they will use in the field of communications.

Cutline: A media club video project that the Bill Gladstone Group will use in promotions will feature this Bobblehead figure of Gladstone. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi.

A media club video project that the Bill Gladstone Group will use in promotions will feature this Bobblehead figure of Gladstone. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi.

How did the project get to the desks of club advisers Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi and Prof. Paul Miller?

“Bill Gladstone approached the Education Foundation about a way for his bobblehead, which is a brand for his business, NAICIR The Bill Gladstone Group, to be featured in some promotional material,” Miller said.  “He asked the media club to have a video project club competition.  The Gladstone Group would provide scholarships or money to the winning teams, and also make a contribution to the media club.”

Three teams were set up: Christine Hoon, media club president, and Yuliani Sutedjo, media club secretary, will be one team; Lawrence Wilson and Nasir Harris, who are active in the club’s podcasts, are another team; and Norman Geary, vice president, and Keith Gudz, advertising and promotions,  are the other team. Club member Sherri Long, graphics specialist, will assist the teams with final editing. The club advisers will guide the teams.

The faculty support center will play a role in helping the club teams polish their videos. The marketing department is also helping by lending the club some equipment.

“We appreciate both contributions from marketing and the faculty support center,” Miller said.  “They have been invaluable to the Media Club’s work and will certainly be an asset with this project.

The project deadline is Week 8 of the summer term, and will be presented to the Gladstone Group in Week 10.

“The media club welcomes Mr. Gladstone’s offer and support,” club co-adviser Michael Lear-Olimpi said. “The contribution to our treasury the Gladstone Group is making for prizes for the videos and for general funding will go a long way in building our inventory to provide learning opportunities for club members. Bill came up with a great idea. Good marketing! And we thank the Education Foundation.”

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The Capital Blue Cross Theatre Surprise

‘First Date’ is Central Penn’s First Musical

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Media Club Reporter

The resident troupe and crew of the Capital BlueCross Theatre are working hard to present you with “First Date.”

And it is a first for Central Penn: “First Date” is a musical, the first to be produced in the theatre in the Underground.

The story is from a book by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. “First Date” has played on Broadway.

The comedy will include a cast of mostly members of the off-campus community. Central Penn students and staff are also involved in the production.

Dustin LeBlanc, Executive Creative Director at the Carlisle Theatre Company, directs the play, and Central Penn’s Theatre Director Janet Bixler is the producer.

LeBlanc has much experience with musical theater. He has been in the theater world since he was 4 years old. Along the way, he was in charge of the former Pennsylvania Youth Music and Theatrics Theater for five years. LeBlanc also worked at the Carlisle Theater Co. for eight years, and has been directing plays since he was about 14.

Bixler has been involved in theater since she was 10 years old. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational theater. Since 1992, she has taught and created theater, and has operated a business as a theater consultant and drama specialist.

For the musical, the stage of the Capital BlueCross Theatre is transformed into a bar. In the show, you will meet Aaron and Casey, and some of their siblings and friends.

Aaron is a baker. He is timid, awkward and doesn’t know how to handle dating. Casey, who is the opposite of Aaron, has more experience dating and has had many blind dates – which is what unfolds in “First Date.”

“First Date” will run July 28-30 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for Central Penn faculty and staff, and $12 general admission. The show will run for 90 minutes, with no intermission.

For more information on the production, see http://firstdatethemusical.com/about.

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

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Knightly News Podcast: President Scolforo Discusses Her Tenure

By Lawrence Wilson

Media Club Reporter

President Karen Scolforo, Ed. D., is featured in the most recent edition of the Knightly News Podcast, in which she discusses important moments in her tenure leading Central Penn and initiatives in the college’s future.

Scolforo, who received her doctorate of education from the University of North Florida, began her focus as Central Penn’s ninth president on career education with a holistic approach that includes arts, diversity and continued development of the “soft skills” students need to succeed in the workplace.

She has maintained this approach since assuming her duties in 2013. She believes in providing inspiring leadership for students, and wants those students to go forward, ready to demonstrate leadership in their lives.

Scolforo is a leadership model. Consider: She has helped to create a cultural diversity center on campus that allows students to feel secure no matter their ethnicity, nationality, gender identification, physical or other personal challenges, or faith.

In addition, she has overseen the renovation of student living quarters, creation of The Underground student recreation and study space that includes the Capital BlueCross Theatre, establishment of a health-sciences facility and the launch of several new degree programs.

Scolforo has been an ambassador to the community at large, too, sharing the good news of teamwork, championing education, and addressing the benefits and rewards of living a fruitful, diverse lifestyle.

Scolforo, Wilson, and Miller enjoy their discussion about important topics to the Central Penn College community. Photo by Judith Dutill

Scolforo, Wilson, and Miller enjoy their discussion about important topics to the Central Penn College community.
Photo by Judith Dutill

Her engagements with local chambers of commerce, membership on boards of directors, speaking at conferences at which people who work and live in the Harrisburg region are affected in many positive ways, and supporting organizations such as Dress for Success, and Leadership Harrisburg, have helped Scolforo create and maintain an innovative feeling in the campus and surrounding community.

Scolforo has a vision moving forward, and she is eager for Central Penn and East Pennsboro Township to share in the rewards of working together.

Leadership, vision, inclusive mind-set and advocating education — with these qualities and efforts, it is no wonder Scolforo has succeeded since taking the helm.

For more on President Scolforo, visit http://www.centralpenn.edu/ninth-president/biography

 

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Student Activities Director Outlines Events at Central Penn College for the Summer Term

Being involved directly influences college success

By Paul Miller, co-adviser to the Knightly News

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College is proud to have Student Activites Director Adrienne Thoman on their most recent podcast.

Joined by student reporter Lawrence Wilson and hosted by Professor Miller, Thoman discussed several important events at the Central Penn. This included many of the upcoming Common Hour series, events that should be attended by our new, incoming freshman, and a recurring segment on the podcast, the “Featured Three” events of the month.

“Really, college is about hearing different viewpoints and perspectives,” Thoman explained.  “If you want to hear people who think the same as you do, you can stay at home and look in the mirror.”

Thoman went on to discuss the almost necessity of getting involved in campus life as a way to enhance your resume, to find new friends, and to bring important skills to your future career.

The podcast also outlined the “Featured Three” events for July.  These events  are:  The Flick and Float (featuring Jaws) on Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at the pool, former “America’s Got Talent” star Kenneth Xclusive Paryo, Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre, and the Central Penn Players first musical “First Date”, premiering on Thursday, July 28 for a two-week run.

As always, stay connected with the student activities on campus with their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CentralPennActivities/ and find out more about Kenneth Xclusive Paryo: http://www.kennethparyo.com/

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