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Central Penn Campus Culture

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

History 411

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.

The historic Henszey's Bridge serves as a pleasant backdrop and an interesting analogy for our students. Photo from Centralpenn.edu

The historic Henszey’s Bridge serves as a pleasant backdrop and an interesting analogy for our students.
Photo from Centralpenn.edu

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.

Students at the fall term Club Fair Oct. 5 check out the offerings and activities of the Student Ambassadors Club. Photo by Sherri Long

Students at the fall term Club Fair Oct. 5 check out the offerings and activities of the Student Ambassadors Club.
Photo by Sherri Long

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

 

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Get Out and Vote (Online) and Help the Knightly News Media Club!

Help us Crown the Champion of the Bill Gladstone Project

By Paul Miller

Co-Adviser to the Knightly News

After months of preparation, planning, filming and editing, The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College presented their video projects commissioned by the Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIR commercial real estate to the Central Penn College campus on Oct. 19.

The Knightly News was elated when over 30 faculty and staff members, and students, arrived to the presentation and got to meet Gladstone and his team, as well as the Knightly News Media Club members.
Club members discussed inspiration for their videos and described future goals that the club will help them achieve.

The Knightly News poses for a picture with members of the Bill Gladstone Group, the Central Penn College Education Foundation, and President Emeritus Todd Milano.

The Knightly News staff poses for a picture with members of the Bill Gladstone Group and the Central Penn College Education Foundation. From left, standing, are Matt Lane, Education Foundation director; Chuck Bender, Bill Gladstone Group marketing director; Leah Wentz, Bill Gladstone marketing coordinator; media club member Sherri Long; media club co-advisor Paul Miller; media club President Christine Hoon; Bill Gladstone; and media club member Keith
Gudz. Kneeling, from left, are media club members Norman Geary, Yuliani Sutedjo and Liznel Munoz, and Central Penn College President Emeritus Todd Milano.  Photo by Judith Dutill.

 

This project came about in a collaboration session with Gladstone and the Central Penn College Education Foundation.

For more information about the background of this event, you can view our story entitled “Media Club Commissioned to Produce Promotional Videos” or listen to Gladstone’s recent visit to the Knightly News Podcast.

This is where our readers can get involved with this project.

Over the next week, from Oct. 20 – Oct. 26, you can be a part of the vote!  The top two teams will receive scholarship money and will be given their awards at a meeting on Nov. 2 at the Central Penn College Summerdale campus.

To vote, watch the three videos below and go to http://www.pollev.com/paulmiller046 and vote for your favorite video.  The Knightly News thanks you for your support!

Video #1 – Yuliani Sutedjo, Liznel Munoz, Christine Hoon

Video #2 – Norman Geary and Keith Gudz

Video #3 – Lawrence Wilson and Nasir Harris

Sherri Long assisted all of the groups with their editing and was an integral member of each team.

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Central Penn Campus Culture

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on Central Penn’s campus culture.

Dynamic and Diverse

 By Sherri Long

Media Club Reporter

The campus culture of Central Penn College is a dynamic and diverse blend of resident, commuter, evening and online students.

Students represent a broad spectrum of race, culture, religion, ethnicity, age and family background. During the day, most students are full-time “traditional” students earning their first degree; however, one will always find the “nontraditional” students among them.

Some of these nontraditional students are furthering their careers by taking classes paid for by their employer; others have returned to Central Penn to finish a degree started prior to having a family; and some students are changing careers, and earning a new or higher degree. This provides a rich blend of real-world experiences for traditional and nontraditional students.

“I went to HACC and when you walk around on campus, no one makes eye contact. When I came to Central Penn, though, everyone is personable and engaging,” stated Jessi Swartz, Business Administration, who graduated in April.

Students at Central Penn blend into the surrounding community. The school, which has been in Summerdale since 1970, has become a part of the local landscape. Photo by Sherri Long

Students at Central Penn blend into the surrounding community. The school, which has been in Summerdale since 1970, has become a part of the local landscape. Photo by Sherri Long

A common ground

The campus culture of Central Penn is not a sheltered “own world” type of environment.  Commuter and online students greatly outnumber resident students, which helps Central Penn continue to be an involved part of the surrounding community of East Pennsboro Township.

Only 14 percent of students reside on campus, according to Central Penn’s marketing department. The Central Penn student family has 47 percent attending classes at the Summerdale campus, with 37 percent online and 16 percent attending the Lancaster Center.

Students and staff said that even with the large commuter population, students can feel involved and a part of Central Penn through clubs, sports and other activities.

“Not much to us because we’re commuters,” was Sharon Pitcavage’s first response when asked what campus culture means to her.

Pitcavage is a fourth-term Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student. As she and two of her classmates discussed the question, while sitting at a table in the Advanced Education Technology Center (ATEC) building, Pitcavage realized that “OTA is a big family.”

“Diversity, everyone is included in all the student activities,” chimed in Lauren Steo, a fourth-term OTA commuter student.

Kayla Kubistek, also a fourth-term OTA commuter student, stated, “The mix of students is helpful to our major because we get experience with diverse races, traditional and nontraditional students.”

All three are involved in and volunteer together with the OTA Club. They all agreed that doing this increases the sense of family among OTA majors at Central Penn.

All students at Central Penn must meet the graduation requirement of community service – 25 hours for associate degree students and 50 hours for bachelor’s degree students. Career Services staff can help with finding volunteer opportunities within a student’s field so students can give back to their community, gain experience within their field, and gain a network of contacts and new friends.

Come back later this week for part two of our series on Central Penn Campus culture.


Edited by:  Co-Adviser to the Knightly News Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi

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The Knightly News Talks Fall Harvest and Scholarship Opportunities

By Paul Miller

Media Club Co-Adviser

The newest Knightly News podcast features two new guests, as we welcome Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein and Bill Gladstone of The Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIR commercial real estate.

When speaking with Blumenschein, we are joined by Knightly News Vice President Norman Geary and discuss Central Penn College’s major seasonal event, Fall Harvest, and a special alumni event, Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews.

Central Penn College's Homecoming is one of the college's largest events on the Summerdale campus.

Central Penn College’s Homecoming is one of the college’s largest events on the Summerdale campus.

The Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews returns for its’ second year, boasting alumni owned or operated breweries from the region, family-friendly events and fine Oktoberfest fare.

Take advantage of the last few days to get tickets, and find out more information about the event by clicking here.

In the opening segment of the show, Knightly News Secretary Yuliani Sutedjo joins Gladstone to discuss a major club event.

Loyal readers will recall a July story in which the club was commissioned to produce promotional videos for the Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIR (the story can be found here).

The time has come for the students to present their videos, as the club will welcome Gladstone and his employees to campus.

On the podcast, Gladstone speaks of the variety of reasons he supports Central Penn College and information about how the contest came to be.

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. in Milano Hall, Room 17 and is open to all student, faculty and staff.

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October is Full of Fun Activities at Central Penn College

Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman discusses many of these events on the Knightly News Podcast

By Paul Miller, co-adviser to the Knightly News

The Knightly News was proud to welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman to the most recent podcast, in which she discusses some fantastic events taking place on the Central Penn College Summerdale Campus in the month of October.

Discussion also centered around helping our new students be successful from the very beginning of the term, with commentary from Knightly News President Christine Hoon.

Hoon was able to give some tips for the new students, focusing on the importance of a study schedule, positive communication with professors and much more.

Thoman also presented her monthly segment, the “Featured Three” events for the month, outlining national touring comedian Omid Singh, the always popular Fall Harvest, and Bras Across Campus.

For more information about these events, be sure to follow Student Activities at Central Penn College Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CentralPennActivities/, email Adrienne at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu or visit her office in the Underground.

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