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The Knightly News Media Club Releases Podcast Episode 19

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

The Knightly News Media Club is excited to release our newest podcast, as we had the opportunity to welcome several members of the Central Penn College family into our new podcast studio.

In the first segment, we are joined by Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman for her monthly appearance to discuss important events on campus in March.

In “Adrienne’s Featured Three”, Thoman discusses Resources, Education, and Comprehensive Care for HIV (REACCH) coming to campus on March 1, the Central Penn Knights Men’s Basketball team and their trip to the USCAA National Tournament, and the Student Ambassadors’ Big Man on Campus event on March 15.

Thoman also previews the Cram Jam during Finals Week as well as gives students some excellent tips on preparing for their final exams coming up in March.

In the second segment of the show, Knightly News Reporters Darren Greene and Destani Matthews welcome Siani Hunter, coordinator of the recent Central Penn College Fashion Show, held in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the Summerdale campus at the end of January.

The discussions were focused on the vast success of the show, with Hunter giving us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the trials and tribulations that occurred in putting together her first fashion show.

Hunter went on to discuss future fashion shows on campus and hopes to have another such event in the summer term.

The Knightly News Media Club is proud of Hunter and everyone affiliated with the event for a job well done.

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New Home, New Studio, New Possibilities

Media Club unveils podcast studio, new digs, in Boyer House

 By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

The first snow storm of 2017 could not deter the excitement of the Knightly News Media Club’s open house and new podcast studio celebration.

Despite a snow-day delay, the open house, held Feb. 10, was a great success. Over 30 Central Penn staff, professors and club members enjoyed lunch, conversation and the unveiling of the Knightly News’ studio. Guests tried out the new equipment by recording a Knightly News station identification.

The new podcast studio is inside the historic Boyer House, in the previous office of Dr. Karen Scolforo, president of Central Penn. After Scolforo moved into her new office in the Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATEC), the Knightly News set up the studio and started podcasting during the first week of February.

Upgraded podcasting

The new studio provides a permanent location for the Knightly News podcast equipment, and other equipment to come, in a setting that is comfortable and more conducive for podcast recording than previous locations.

“This is wonderful,” said Kim Bateman, Central Penn LMS administrator. “You all had been coming over and using our facilities, over in the Center for Teaching Excellence, and I know it’s not big enough for having a group in. This is so great that you have your own facilities now where you can bring in guests, and have everyone feel comfortable.”

The podcast studio allows for more training of media club members to record and edit podcasts. Club members weren’t the only ones excited about the opportunities available.

Photographer Sy Pinthong with baseball coach Harry Hitz recording a station identification for the Knightly News with Prof. Paul Miller, club co-adviser. Photo by Sherri Long.

Photographer Sy Pinthong with Coach Hitz (center) making a station ID. Photo by Sherri Long.

Expanded involvement

Dr. Matthew Vickless, dean of the School of Professional Studies and interim dean of the School of Business, is interested in doing several podcasts.

“What I would be envisioning would be a semiregular conversation/interview type podcast, where I would sit down either with a faculty member, or a practitioner in a particular field relevant to the program that we offer,” Vickless said.

Vickless explained that the podcast interviewer could be him, or a mix of students could be the interviewers or a faculty member could lead the discussion.

“Maybe get a group discussion with people sitting around the table,” he said.


The open house ended with a club meeting that focused on upcoming stories and a discussion about the event’s success. Members were encouraged by the positive energy of those who attended, and are looking forward to the Knightly News Media Club’s continued growth.

More information about the Knightly News Media Club is available on Facebook. Podcasts and articles are available on the Knightly News blog.


Sherri Long is president of the Knightly News Media Club.

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Edited by Knightly News Co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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The Bases Are Loaded for the Central Penn Knights Diamond Men

Bigger roster, longer season present welcome changes and challenges

 By Norman Geary
Knightly News Reporter

For the first time in Central Penn College history, the Knights baseball team has been recognized in a national poll of coaches in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Near the end of the last season, the Knights were ranked 16th of 35 teams in the USCAA’s national coaches’ poll, according to the league’s website.

“We have had some disappointing moments, but we have also had some good ones as well; the ranking 16th would be one of those moments,” Head Coach Harry Hitz said.

Play ball!

The Knights have momentum. This year, seven students will return, along with an additional 13 new players, and Hitz is looking for great things from these new players.

“There will be challenges coming our way since our team is very young,” Hitz said.

Speaking of challenges, the Knights will be playing a 40-game season that will include an additional 16 games. When asked about the additional games, Hitz said, “Just come out and give your support, which makes all the difference in the world.”

The first game of this season is scheduled for March 7, and the Knights are looking to improve their record by storming the field and hitting the cover off the ball.

The 9-14-1 record from 2016 doesn’t show the complete picture, according to Hitz, who said, “Our record does not reflect the talent that we really have. We are coming off a season that truly does not show how we really are, and we are out to change that in 2017.”

On March 7, the Knights will play Rowan at Burlington County at 4 p.m. at the East Pennsboro High School baseball field.

“This team is a New Jersey powerhouse and will be a tough challenge for the Knights,” said Hitz.

Playin’ that upside

The upside for the Knights is that seven experienced players will be returning. The returning players are Brandon Casiano, Jonathan Garcia, Braedon Thomas, Drew Myers, Murray Ruggiero, Gabe Arellano and Andrew James; they will complete a 25-player roster. This benefits the Knights because last year, they had only 13 players on the team.

With 25 players and 16 extra games, Hitz and Assistant Coach Matt DeSantis are building a baseball team from the ground up. Both are looking forward to a successful 2017 season.


Norman Geary covers sports and writes features for The Knightly News.

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Job and Internship Fair Tuesday

Central Penn joins other schools to help students and alumni find job leads

By Norman Geary
Knightly News Reporter

Career Services will participate in and is a sponsor of a job and internship fair by the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC), on Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, in Camp Hill.

Many companies, transportation provided

Here is a list of participating companies and other information, including registration. Use the tabs on the left side of the page to find companies participating, and other information on CPEC and the fair.

Transportation will be provided from the Summerdale campus, with a van running several times during the event. To register for the job/internship fair, or arrange for transportation, email

Career Services personnel suggest that students who attend dress professionally for admission, and bring resumes to distribute to company representatives.

Career Services Director Steve Hassinger.

Career Services Director Steve Hassinger.

“This fair is a consortium of 18 different colleges and universities,” said Steve Hassinger, career services director. “So, we get employers to come to this event who would not come to one individual campus. Why? Because they are recruiting from 17 different campuses. This past year, we had 100 different companies represented.”

What are the benefits?

“This is a great event to make contacts with a lot of different companies that are going to offer jobs and internships, so if you are looking for an internship or a part-time job while you are in school, or if you are looking for a career opportunity once you graduate, this is a great opportunity to connect,” Hassinger said.

Students can meet representatives from federal, state and county agencies. In addition, students learn about the hiring process.

Attendees will also get a directory of employers at the fair.

There is nothing more focused at Central Penn College than the success of its graduates, Hassinger said. Central Penn graduates have an 85.8 percent rate finding employment in their field. Hassinger said graduates also find resources in Career Services of great value. All graduates have lifetime access to those services, and email.

On Friday, Hassinger said 89 companies had registered.

What does Career Services provide?

Central Penn’s Career Services provides a rich range of help to students and alums. These include:

• Simulated interviews.
• Online listing of positions.
• Company information.
• Job fairs and assistance to further education.
• Networking events and alumni mentors.

Along with these services, Central Penn Career Services assists students with individualized services, such as helping to craft resumes, and reviewing and making suggestions about LinkedIn profiles – and providing academic recommendations.
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Podcast Episode 18 features Dr. Melissa Wehler and Career Services Director Steve Hassinger

The podcast previews the upcoming CPEC Job Fair and the Fashion, Media and Culture class.

By Paul Miller

Media Club co-adviser

In the latest Knightly News podcast, the Media Club had the opportunity to have two fantastic guests, Dr. Melissa Wehler discussing interesting insight in her Fashion, Media and Culture class, and Career Services Director Steve Hassinger previewing the CPEC Job Fair.

In Wehler’s segment, she discusses the self-identity that is included with the clothes that we wear and how marketing impacts these choices.

She also has a commentary regarding major brands and how they deal with public relations issues with spokesmen of their companies.

Wehler hopes that the class is offered in the fall so those who are interested in the course may take it at that time.

In Hassinger’s segment, Media Club Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo joins the group to provide commentary on the advantages to attending a job fair in general and discuss how our students can get involved in this amazing event.

The CPEC Job and Internship Fair is the largest such event that the Career Services department is affiliated with on a yearly basis and provides a great deal of opportunity for our students.

Career Services is offering transportation to the event, held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg on Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To sign-up for transportation, please email

More information about the event can be found at the CPEC Website.

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Dress for Success

Students spruce up for job searches at student clothing drive

By Sarayuth Pinthong

President Karen Scolforo with Daylin Davis (left) and Tyrie Orosco after the students selected some professional-setting clothes.

President Karen Scolforo with Daylin Davis (left) and Tyrie Orosco after the students selected some professional-setting clothes.  Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

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Central Penn students had the opportunity to meander through a music-filled room containing an assortment of charming – pause for effect – FREE CLOTHES during the student clothing drive at the Capital BlueCross Theatre on Jan. 19.

Did you miss it? Well, that’s exactly what happened.

Why would anyone give all this stuff away?

Some would say, “Who cares? It’s free.” As a roadmap to success, a wise person once said. “Dress for the part you want, not the one you have.”

A team effort
“We involve a lot of community partners, along with our business and industry leaders, by encouraging them to bring gently used professional clothing for our students,” Dr. Karen M. Scolforo, president of Central Penn College, said.

About two years ago, Central Penn shifted from requiring students to wear business attire every day, to practice professionalism, to everyday attire.

“It became more important than ever to help our students,” Scolforo said. “When they need to dress up in preparation for an interview, we’re able to support them by having the clothing that they need.”

Many visitors to Central Penn have seen the mirrors in restrooms with the advice “Appearance Matters” and “Dress for Success.” The message is about looking the part. The student clothing drive provided students the opportunity to do just that.

“I’ve been to colleges that offered resources where you could go and find clothes,” Angel Carrion, business management and human resources major, said. “This is the first college that actually did an event on campus with free clothes, which is very helpful.”

Big selection – look around

Dean of Student Services Dave Baker helps student Tyrie Orosco put on a tie from the professional-dress clothing selection.

Dean of Student Services Dave Baker helps student Tyrie Orosco put on a tie from the professional-dress clothing selection. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

The selection of clothes ranged from dresses to slacks, and from shoes to an assortment of suits for men and women.
All that was needed was a little time to look around in search of what was hidden on the racks.

“That’s a lot of available clothes,” Carrion said. “There are different designs and cuts. Everyone can find something here. All you have to do is try them on, see if you like them, see if they fit and you can take them.”

If you didn’t come early enough, you probably missed out on all the good stuff. It’s a “first come, first serve” situation, as Tyrie Orosco, communication major, found out.

“I think I came too late,” Orosco said. “They probably had more varieties in my size.”

It didn’t dampen his spirits for the event, though.

“I appreciate Central Penn for what they’re doing to help us out,” he said. “This is for us. We can come in here and enjoy picking up a few things or just see what you like.”

Where did the idea come from?

Of course, Scolforo didn’t take all the credit for the event’s success. She recognized the help of the community, and support from Beth Baker, her executive assistant, and Stephanie Humphrey, transcript coordinator, for making the event possible. She said the two women “led the charge.”

“It was a collaborative idea,” Scolforo said. “ We all got together and talked about ways we could help students. We’ve always had a career closet in Career Services, so it’s not a new idea to the college.”

Humphrey, Baker and Dean of Student Affairs Dave Baker were available to assist in making sure students had the clothes they needed by matching jackets, dress pants, ties, dresses or anything else students required.

Scolforo is continuously involved with the community, communicating with business and industry leaders on how they can participate by donating clothes to the students.

“Every time I see them, I always bring up the fact that our students could really benefit if they’ve got gently used professional clothing,” Scolforo said. “That’s kind of how it started.”

Does it really matter how I dress?


Scolforo commented that if students aren’t dressed appropriately for interviews, there’s a good chance they won’t get the job.

“We want to make sure they’re successful and competitive out the gate. That’s really our primary focus.”

So what’s next?
So if you missed it, don’t worry. You’ll have another opportunity. Plans call for the event to happen once a quarter, according to Scolforo.

Donations are accepted year-round.

“Go check out the clothes, ” Carrion said. “There’s no pressure and lots of help.”

Who doesn’t like getting things for free? Especially clothes.

For information on the next student clothing drive or to make clothing donations, contact: Beth Baker at 717 728-2324 or by email at

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The Knightly News Debuts New Podcast Studio with Episode 17

The new studio is housed in the historic Boyer House on the Summerdale Campus.

By Paul Miller

Media Club Co-adviser

After months of long-awaited preparation, the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College has officially moved into their new podcast studio, located in the Boyer House at the Summerdale campus.

The Knightly News is honored to be able to have the podcast studio in such an area with such rich history.  To learn more about the rich history of the property, go to the Central Penn website.

The club will also be holding an open house to celebrate the opening of the new studio, taking place at Boyer House on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Lunch will be provided.

On the first podcast from our new studio, we were delighted to be joined by Student Activites Director Adrienne Thoman, Theatre Director Janet Bixler, and News Correspondent Norman Geary.


In the first segment, Thoman reviews upcoming events in February, including several events happening on Valentine’s Day, USCAA Bid Day, and the upcoming production at the Capital Blue Cross Theatre of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.

In the second segment, Geary reviews some news from the club, including moving into our new studio, our upcoming soup sale, and recent elections for board positions in our club.

In the final segment, Thoman returns with Bixler to talk about the shift from the Vagina Monologues to  A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer. 

For more information on this production, please visit the links below.

Purchase tickets and learn more about the show on Eventbrite.

For more information about the Capital Blue Cross Theatre.

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The Knightly News Annual Winter Soup Sale is on!

By Christine Hoon

Media Club Reporter

The Knightly News Media Club is holding its annual soup sale in hopes of raising money for the additional equipment needed in our podcast studio, located in the Boyer House on the Summerdale campus.

Orders will be taken only by email, by club co-adviser Prof. Paul Miller (

Mid-month delivery

Club members will deliver soup Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to Summerdale customers.

There will be three soups: chicken corn ($3), Maryland crab ($4) and vegan vegetable ($3) soup.

Help support the Knightly News by ordering a cup of delicious soup!

Help support the Knightly News by ordering a cup of delicious soup!

In the email, please include the kind(s) of soup, the number of orders, and the location and time of desired delivery.

The soup can be paid for upon delivery.

Meeting needs

The club has purchased the main equipment for the studio, but need another microphone, a microphone stand and headphones – plus funds for future equipment.

Having this fundraiser will also help club members master new skills in leadership, organization, advertising, communication, professionalism and fundraising.

The Knightly News had a similar fundraiser last year. The club raised nearly $150 from this fundraiser, one of the more successful in club history.


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