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A Look Back at Homecoming: Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Tent, Homecoming Are Hits at Fall Harvest

Second Year of Tent, Homecoming Bring ’Em In

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

On Oct. 22, Central Penn College celebrated Homecoming 2016, along with the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent, during the annual Fall Harvest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The reunion tent was exactly what it sounds like – an effort to bring alumni back to campus to eat, celebrate, reflect on good times and reconnect with one another, with faculty, and with staff members, and to see how they can get more involved with Central Penn, whether it’s signing up for a New York City bus trip or to be an alumni mentor.

Read, just below, what Sarah Blumenschein, alumni engagement director, had to say on the event.

“We really rolled out the red carpet for our alumni and their families,” Blumenschein said.  “We also invite faculty and staff and their families.  This is a private event specifically for alumni. Faculty and staff, and also retired faculty, can come back so they can interact with former students.”

An ongoing success

This event was nothing new for Blumenschein.  She has worked at Central Penn since 2008 and has been very involved with every Fall Harvest since. If you talk to Blumenschein, she will tell you this event brings the crowd.

“It’s a fantastic event, you get hundreds of community members and vendors lining up the quad,” Blumenschein said.  “At the event, you have food and fun, basket raffles, face painting and caramel apples. It’s a great time.”


The Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews tent was the star of homecoming at Central Penn College.

Feedback from alums

Here is what Sherri Long, travel tourism, ’89, had to say about the event, which brought out a couple hundred people, despite cold weather and winds whipping the Summerdale campus.

“Fall Harvest, to me, is just walking around looking at the tables,” Long, now a corporate communications major at Central Penn. “It was okay (the tables at Fall Harvest), but the fun part was the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent. That was a chance to talk with other people … I went to school with and also to talk with some of the professors and staff of Central Penn that were there. It was a nice and relaxing and fun setting. It was a really good time.”

Shannon Terry, computer information systems, ’95, said, “It’s been great.  I’ve enjoyed seeing the changes and the metamorphosis here.”

Matt Karper, business administration, retail management, ’95, added that he had a good time, too.

“We were here last year,” Karper said.  “It was a fun time and the same (this year). We enjoyed it and it’s been a good time. It’s been good both years.”

Gold Medalist (50 years) Diane (Jeffries) Piper , ’64, added some historical perspective.

“It’s awesome to come back, because when I went to Central Penn, we did not have a campus,” Piper said  “We were on Market Street in Harrisburg.  So, to come back and see where the school is today versus where we were back in the early ’60’s is quite an experience — the beautiful campus, the many courses and degrees, and now the master degree programs. It’s just wonderful to be back.”

Something new, something old

Homecoming, previously called Fall Harvest, was one of the first things Blumenschein wanted to implement when she started in the Alumni Office in 2008.  She wanted to go through the appropriate channels to work with the Marketing Department and the President’s Office to officially rename the event Homecoming.

Under the Homecoming umbrella, Central Penn would be able to hold the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent and athletic events that Blumenschein hopes will continue to grow as Central Penn builds its fan base.

Basically, she explained, the college can have all these events under one umbrella. The college community is very hopeful that more events will be added each year, she said. This is the second year of the Homecoming and Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent, and Blumenschein said she is looking forward to next year.


Editor’s note:  For information on Homecoming planning, look for Media Club reporter Sherri Long’s article on Sarah Blumenschein’s efforts – coming soon.

Edited by Media Club Co-advisor Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi

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Knightly News Podcast Previews Two November Events

“Christmas Shorts” to Open This Week

By Paul Miller

Knightly News co-adviser

In the most recent Knightly News podcast, two major events on the Summerdale campus are featured, including a look at the fall play “Christmas Shorts”.

On the show, we were pleased to have Capital BlueCross Theatre Director Janet Bixler and Bob Zaccano.  During their segment, they discuss much about the creative process that went into creating the play, as well as discussions about the overall themes presented.

For more information about the play and to buy tickets, you can check out their Facebook page or on the website.

The showtimes are: Thursday, Nov. 10 – Saturday – Nov. 12 (7:30 p.m. curtain), Friday, Nov. 18 (7:30 p.m. curtain), Sat. Nov. 19 (2:30 p.m. curtain).

In the second segment of the podcast, Nasir Harris takes over as the host and turns that tables on Professor Miller, previewing his upcoming workshop entitled “Blogging 101:  The Importance of Blogging While in College”.

This this segment, Miller discusses several of the reasons that he believes that students can see several positive benefits from writing a blog while in college as a way to feature writing ability, passion for subject matter, etc.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in ATEC 202.


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Central Penn Campus Culture

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

Dynamic and Diverse

 By Sherri Long

Media Club Reporter

 Got spirit?

Central Penn Knight spirit and pride are cultivated through several sports, plays and musicals. Students, professors and Central Penn staff can participate in baseball, softball, volleyball, cross country, soccer or basketball by being a member of a team, coaching or by attending events. Central Penn continues to increase school pride and the number of sports teams offered, but still, some feel there is less school spirit than at other colleges.

“I’m here for school – that’s it,” stated Jaida May, a junior Criminal Justice major. “I don’t feel there is as much school pride as traditional colleges and universities.”

May participates in several clubs and was part of the Knight Writers Poetry Slam held on Sept. 7. To feel more a part of Central Penn, May said, “Stay active; be a part of clubs.”

Tyler Willis, a resident student who is finishing his last term in Information Technology, stated Central Penn “feels too much like a second high school.”

Willis added that Central Penn “does have room for improvement,” but “for most ‘cons,’ there is a ‘pro.’”

Jaida May was crowned Homecoming Queen at the 2015 Fall Harvest.

Jaida May (left) was crowned Homecoming Princess at the 2015 Fall Harvest.  Photo by Jasmine Harvey.


Up close and personal

With average class size of 16, according to Central Penn statistics for spring 2016, students get to know and interact with their professors. This increases the sense of belonging to the Central Penn family, versus being lost in a sea of students on a larger campus.

Small class size is an often-cited reason students select Central Penn. Professors are available to answer student questions and encourage students to reach out to them for help. Because of the class size, professors get to know their students and can provide an in-depth reference for a student.

The small class size increases student camaraderie and a student feels more a part of Central Penn by knowing the professors more personally – not just as the person lecturing.

“I like the smaller class size,” May said. “It gives ability to better focus on the class and to get to know the professor.”

The downside of a small campus is residents without their own automobile say they can feel “trapped.” There are scheduled shuttles to Walmart, Target and grocery stores, but public transportation options are minimal. The sense of community, though, has students sharing rides or picking up items for other students.

Something for everyone

There are several ways for all students – resident, commuter, evening and online – to feel and be a part of the Central Penn culture. From on-campus events, to e-newsletters, to evening and weekend events, Central Penn students can easily progress from saying, “I go to Central Penn” to “I am a part of Central Penn.”

As the Central Penn mantra states, “You can. You will.”


Thank you for reading our series. Come back often. “Like” the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College on Facebook. Bookmark us. See you soon.

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Knightly News Releases Podcast Episode #15

By Paul Miller

Media Club Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club is proud to release our newest podcast, featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman discussing some of the premier events on the November activities and a special bonus newscast featuring News Correspondent Norman Geary.

In Thoman’s segment, she highlights her “Featured Three” events of November, including the ATEC Dance on Nov. 4, the SGA Election on Nov. 16, and the holiday play “Christmas Shorts” at the Capital BlueCross Theatre with several dates in November.

In Geary’s segment, he reviews some of the recent Knightly News stories including the recent Bill Gladstone video project presentation, the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews tent at Fall Harvest, and what Dillon Epler and the Residence Life office is doing to promote students voting in the upcoming election.

In addition, Geary continues his look at open education resources that have the potential to impact the costs of student textbooks for the positive.

The Knightly News thanks you for your continued support.

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