Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a three-part series on Central Penn’s campus culture.
Dynamic and Diverse
By Sherri Long
Media Club Reporter
The family campus culture of Central Penn has a rich history that can “be traced back to 1881 – when the Pennsylvania Business College opened its doors on Market Street in Harrisburg,” according to the Central Penn website.
Front pages of newspapers found during renovation of the over-200-year-old Boyer House, where the president’s and president emeritus’s office are, line the hallway of the West Wing of Milano Hall, telling important stories from the past.
The iconic and historic Henszey’s Bridge connecting ATEC to the campus “was lifted from its home of 100 years and traveled to Greiner Industries in Mt. Joy, where it was restored,” the website states. “On May 6, 2002, the newly-refurbished historic bridge traveled across three counties to finally rest on the campus of Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pa.”
Central Penn’s accelerated four-semesters-per-year timeline is linked to its business-school days, with a class scheduled tailored to people who “work all year,” faculty said. The college dropped its business-attire dress code for students a few years ago. Professional dress for presentations and an emphasis on professionalism, though, are traits that remain.
Lots to do
The plethora of activities for students during the day allows the commuter day students to be an integral part of the culture. Online and evening students also receive the “Student Central” e-newsletter so they can read about what is happening and participate in the campus culture. Several activities are offered in the evening or on the weekend that online and evening students can participate in, and bring their families.
Central Penn has over 20 clubs for students to better connect to causes, join activities and display talents they are passionate about sharing. Evening and online students can be part of this by submitting work and ideas, participating in plays and musicals, or attending the events to support other students.
The college also has sports teams.
Offerings are listed on the Clubs & Activities website and on the Athletics website. The link at the end of this sentence provides a self-guided online tour of pretty much everything Central Penn is about.
The online Blackboard discussion forums for on-ground and online classes, and online group projects in either type of course, help students – particularly students who take all or most of their classes online – feel as though they are a part of Central Penn culture. The “introduce yourself” requirement during the semester’s first week helps students get to know others. Commenting on others’ assignment posts also helps students share thoughts, adding to the overall family-community feel.
Lilyan Levan, a first-term Health Care Administration commuter student, said she does “feel a part of family” and that it’s “easy to make friends.” Levan is active in the Colleges Against Cancer Club and is a member of the volleyball team.
Come back later this week for the final installment of our series on Central Penn Campus culture.
Edited by Media Club co-adviser Michael Lear-Olimpi