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Central Penn Valedictorian Tells Graduates not to Fear Failure

It is Part of Becoming a Success

Editor’s note: This story is Central Penn 2017 valedictorian Morgan Gerz’s speech to her graduating class, and all others, assembled in the Forum in Harrisburg on May 12 for graduation.

 Morgan Gerz headshotBy Morgan Gerz

Special to the Knightly News

 

Hello.

My name is Morgan Gerz.

I am one of 240 students that are here graduating tonight. And just one of the 400 students that are in our graduating class.

Most of you I have never met, but I do know we have something in common: We are all successful.

I am your class valedictorian, and I am also a failure.

The path to success

I got an F on my term paper in 11th-grade English class.

My senior culminating project in high school was a complete disaster.

I lost the game for my soccer team in the league championship because I missed the final penalty kick in overtime.

I begged my sister to move to California with me, which she did, and then I only lasted eight months because I was homesick.

Central Penn College is actually the fourth college I’ve attended.

I got my associate degree at one, and the other two would make me a two-time college drop-out.

These moments in my life can be called failures, because:

  •  I did not succeed in what I set out to do
  • My performance fell short.
  • Expectations were not met.

What is failure, and what does success mean?

            Failure. It is a lack of success.

            Failure. It is a scary word.

            Failure. It is reality. It is inevitable.

And it is a risk we must take if we ever want to succeed.

History tells us that failure is essential to success.

Great people have embraced failure. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Michael Jordan, Henry Ford – they have all failed.

Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Winston Churchill wisely stated: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Those of you sitting here in your cap and gown risked failure every time you stepped into the classroom, every time you turned in an assignment, every time you took an exam.

You risked failing in order to be where you sit today.

Different paths, same destination

We have all taken a different journey to get here.

When we leave here today, we will all go our separate ways.

But, today our failures have been overtaken by this unique moment in time, because today, we have succeeded. Today, we graduate.

So, class of 2017, congratulations, and I bid you farewell with a challenge. When you depart from Central Penn College and begin your next stage in life, I ask you to remember three Fs. And, no, none of them are failure.

Remember the three Fs

First, don’t forget to have “fun,” because you have most certainly earned it.

Second, be “fierce.” I love this word because it is so powerful. And you now have the power to do things and make a difference. Don’t run from fear, because I believe that having fears and facing those fears are what will ultimately make us stronger.

And third, have “faith” in yourself. Have faith that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, faith that you will overcome failure.

I mean, just take a look around at where we are. That gown you’re wearing? And that tassel hanging down?

That means WE ARE GRADUATES.

And however long it took you, whatever path you took to get here, however many failed attempts it took, what matters in the end – what matters today – is that you did it, you are a graduate.

Congratulations, Central Penn College Class of 2017.

May your successes and accomplishments always be bigger than your failures.

Thank you.


To comment on this story, or to suggest a story, contact the KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

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

Gerz majored in accounting. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree. The Knightly News thanks her for her contribution to our blog, and wishes her luck in her future endeavors. Photo courtesy of Morgan Gerz.

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The Knightly News Podcast Welcomes Dean Melissa Wehler and Previews The Business Partner of the Year Breakfast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Podcast has had a constant string of amazing guests and Episode 27 is no different, as we welcome Dr. Melissa Wehler, Dean of the Humanities and Sciences Department, and Rubina Azizdin from Career Services.

During the first segment of the podcast, Azizdin discusses the upcoming 13th Annual Business Partner of the Year Breakfast, taking place June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in The Conference Center at Central Penn College.

Each term, the Career Services Department at Central Penn College puts on a special event in order to help our student network and gain experience in a professional setting.

The Business Partner of the Year Breakfast provides an outlet for students to meet local leaders, participate in discussions with business owners, and allows students to work on their elevator speech, all while offering a delicious breakfast buffet for all to enjoy.

For more information and to register, please check out Centralpenn.Edu’s page.  Act now though, as registration is only open until May 31.

In the second segment of the show, the Knightly News Podcast welcomes Dr. Wehler to discuss new initiatives being taught in our newly revised IDS101:  CPC Foundations class.

During the segment, Wehler discusses the importance of making quality decisions while in college, especially related to first-generation college students, which of which she is as well.

Wehler stresses the importance of having goals and making efforts to seek out professor’s office hours, the learning center, the library, and other school resources.

The Knightly News thanks you for your continued support!

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VPAA Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams Joins the Knightly News for Episode #26

By Lawrence Wilson

Knightly News Correspondent

In one of the most high-profile guests in the history of the Knightly News podcast,  Central Penn College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams joins the show to discuss her career journey and new initiatives at the school.

“Retention is just not an academic term” were wise words shared on the podcast by Fedrizzi-Williams, as she discussed broad issues of the higher education landscape from leadership, Central Penn College campus retention, our school’s intentional efforts in helping our on-ground and online students reach academic goals, and to today’s media.

Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams felt quite at home on the air, as she spent the better part of five years after college working in radio at WSPK, just outside of New York City, before moving on to higher education.

To learn more about Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams, you can view her LinkedIn profile.

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Miller Named Faculty Member of the Quarter

Media club co-adviser calls honor the ‘finest moment’ of his career

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Prof. Paul Miller, co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College, received the college’s Faculty Member of the Quarter Award for the spring term (second quarter) last month.

The award recognizes “positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers, students, and customers, and your willingness to take initiative for the good of the campus community,” according to the college’s description.

The award was Miller’s first at Central Penn.

New Paul pic

Professor Paul Miller with his Faculty Member of the Quarter Award certificate.  Photo by Sy Pinthong

“I had no idea that I’d even been nominated and found out in a Humanities and Sciences department meeting that I had won,” Miller said. “It is one of the highest honors a Central Penn College faculty (member) can achieve. I am truly honored that my department values me and my efforts.”

Candidates for the award are nominated by peers.

An excerpt of Miller’s nomination said, “Paul works tirelessly to help and aid students, advise the Knightly News Media Club, and build up the reputation and resources of the College. He bleeds Central Penn maroon and orange. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

Miller said receiving the award means a lot to him, professionally and personally.

“This, without a doubt, is the finest moment of my career,” he said. “Personally, the fact that I have the opportunity to spend my career with Central Penn College is amazing. It really means the world to me to have such supportive and caring colleagues that I get to work with every day.”


To comment on this story, or to suggest a story idea, contact the KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

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

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The Knightly News Podcast Welcomes The Cast of Truth and Professor Maria Thiaw

The third annual student-created play opens May 17

By Darren Greene and Paul Miller

In the first segment of the podcast, Central Penn College Theater Director Janet Bixler along with some of the cast joins the Knightly News to discuss her upcoming student-created play.

Spring is kicking in and the third annual student-created play is back at the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

Last year, the production was “Dreams and Nightmares.” This year, the play is entitled “Truth.”

The play is centered around a small group of friends that all deny their truth about themselves.

We are all eager to see how “Truth” plays out with this cast of students.

Show times are from May 17-19, starting at 7:30 p.m., and May 20 for a matinee showing, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket price is $3 for students and $5 for general admission and tickets are available at the box office or online.

The box office will open one hour prior to the show and online tickets along with additional information about the show are available here.

In the second segment of the podcast, the Knightly News is joined by Professor Maria Thiaw to talk about the American Griot Project that she has been working on over the last two years.

During her time on the show, she discusses what the American Griot Project is and how she envisions the future of the project.

To learn more about the project, you can go to Thiaw’s blog about the topic and find out how you can help.

In addition, Thiaw discusses the club she advises, the Knight Writers, a creative writing club on campus that promotes self-expression.

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May Events and Residence Assistant Positions Discussed on Podcast Episode 24

The May calendar is loaded with fantastic events.

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College is excited to release Episode 24 of our podcast, where we welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman, Associate Residence Life Director Dillon Epler and new Knightly News members Ian Kemmerer and Michael Ademola.

During Thoman’s segment, we discuss some fantastic events coming to campus, as well as some fantastic opportunities for our students.

As part of “Adrienne’s Featured Three,” Thoman discusses three marquee events on the May calendar:  The Green Team’s Lawn Party on May 5 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pet-a-Palooza on May 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Festival of Nations on May 25 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

During the second segment of the podcast, Epler joins the Knightly News to discuss a wide variety of initiatives from the Office of Residence Life.

Epler describes several opportunities in the Resident Assistant (RA) program for those students who are looking for leadership opportunities and ways to decrease room and board costs at the college.

Another important subject that Epler discusses is the opportunity for themed housing in Central Penn College’s new Super Suites.

Learn more about our student housing here and contact Epler at dillonepler@centralpenn.edu for inquiries about themed housing or RA positions.

The Knightly News would like to thank you for your continued support.

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