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New fair club format seems succcesful

Feedback will help shape future fairs

Story and photos

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser and Editor

What was old was new – but not again, because this was a first – when the quarterly club fair was held in the evening, for two hours, on the first floor of ATEC, on July 12.

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Athletic Director Dave Baker talks to students at the women’s soccer team table.

From 4 to 6 p.m., about 100 students, and faculty, staff and administrators dropped by the lobby in the first floor of ATEC (the Advanced Technology Education Center), between the Knight & Day Cafe and the Conference Center at Central Penn College, and in the conference center hallway, to get information on student clubs.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Activities Director Adrienne Thoman said of the late-afternoon/early-evening fair. “We’re trying this to offer more students the chance to attend, now that Common Hour isn’t Common Hour anymore.”

The club fair has usually been held from noon or so until about 1 p.m., but that is the same time Common Hour, an open presentation by a guest or Central Penn speaker, occurs. Many students, faculty and staff attend Common Hour. Faculty often offer their classes extra credit for attending Common Hour, making an assignment of writing a report or paper about the presentation.

“This way, I hope more continuing-ed(ucation) students can come, and students who can’t make it to the fairs held earlier in the day,” Thoman explained.

 

Strong showing

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Craig Daube, accounting, tells homeland security major Jessie Porter about the Equal Club.

Sixteen clubs, and two organizations – the Pennsylvania State Employee Credit Union (PSECU) and the women’s soccer team – set tables up. Club representatives and advisers told fair-goers about what the clubs do, and solicited memberships. Sign-up sheets were on the tables, along with displays of what the clubs do.

PSECU, a longtime partner of Central Penn that supports student and other college functions, and maintains a year-round presence in ATEC to offer students and employees information on banking services, did that at the club fair.

Thoman also changed this term’s club-fair menu. Usually, pizza – though sometimes long sandwiches cut into portion-sized sections – chips or other snack food, and soda or water, have been available for free to students who fill a “passport,” a small sheet of paper, with signatures of club members or advisers when they visit a club booth.

When the passport was filled, students got food and drink, though no one at a fair ever was denied refreshment, even if a passport wasn’t filled with signatures or other proof a student had visited all club tables.

This year, Knight & Day Cafe workers exchanged a heaping helping of chicken wings, with as many french fries as students desired, or fish fillets (and wings), and a drink, for a ticket fairgoers got from Thoman after they surrendered their club-fair passports to her.

“They’re great,” a student said as she munched a huge spicy red sauce-slathered wing on her way out to the sunbaked patio.

 

High expectations

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Daylin Davis, left, corporate communcation, gets information about the Central Penn Players from club President Morgan Littleford, corporate communication. Club Vice President Ashanti Conover, criminal justice administration, center, was waiting to fill Davis in with more club doings.

Members of the Central Penn Players drama club were perky about the fair.

“We’ve had a lot of people stop by,” club president and corporate communications major Morgan Littleford said. “Not many have signed up, but it’s only 5 o’clock.”

More students stopped by during the fair and some did sign up.

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Knight Writers President Danielle Payton, legal studoies and Vice President Mercedes Reddick at the Knight Writers table.

At the Knight Writers creative-writing club table, President Danielle Payton, legal studies, and Vice President Mercedes Reddick, business administration, were busy telling stoppers-by about the club.

“Fourteen people signed up, and seven came to the (club) meeting,”  adviser Prof. Maria Thiaw said.

 

 

 

 

The revived Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) table was decked out in the flag of Cuba and the flag of Puerto Rico (this link is the U.S. government portal to Puerto Rico’s page; to connect to the Puerto Rican government’s site, in Spanish – which Google will translate to English – click here).

“We’re just starting again,” HASA President Eliz Milanes, a criminal justice administration major, said. “People have shown interest. We are a club for all Latino students, but anyone can join.”

Milanes and club Vice President Amor Duran, communication, was also at the table.

 

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HASA President Eliz Milanes at the club’s table.

A college-family affair

Faculty, besides club advisers, also came to the fair, as did academic administrators.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams made the rounds.

“I’m stopping at all the tables,” Fedrizzi-Williams said at the Knightly News Media Club table. “I’m an honorary member (of the media club).”

Fedrizzi-Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in organizational communication, and has taught communication.

Athletics Director Dave Baker was on hand, as was Dr. Melissa Wehler, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, and others.

Thoman distributed an email survey to club attendees and advisers for input on the new club time and location. Results are pending.

Information about Central Penn clubs and activities is available here.


 

Prof. Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club.

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

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Campus Bridge is a Link to the Future, and to the Past

By Destani Matthews

Knightly News Reporter

Central Penn College has been home to the 148-year-old Henszey’s Wrought Iron Bridge, a historic touch to the campus scenery, for over a decade.

This bridge has been one of the main attractions for not only prospective students, but the school’s surrounding community. The school’s former tagline that interweaved with having the historical piece is “Your Bridge to Success,” as well as making the school logo the outline of the bridge.

Henszey’s Wrought Iron Bridge is one of the historic treasurers on Central Penn's campus.

Henszey’s Wrought Iron Bridge is one of the historic treasures on Central Penn’s campus. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

Former Central Penn College President Todd A. Milano bid on the bridge for just $22 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; he was the only bidder. Before giving bridges away, the state first seeks to improve and reuse its historic bridges.

“If it can be rehabilitated, we’ll rehabilitate it – that’s our preference, especially from a historic preservation perspective,” Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) spokesperson Kara Russell told structuremag.com.

According to historicbridges.org, the bridge is 92 feet long, 17 feet wide and 9 feet high. Patented by Joseph G. Henszey in 1869, and built by the Continental Bridge Co. of Philadelphia, the shape of the wrought iron (a tough, pliable form of metal made for forging instead of casting) bridge is both bowstring (the braided steel cable) and arch.

The main purpose of the bridge was to carry Main Street traffic over Trout Creek in Slatington, Lehigh County. It functioned for nearly 80 years, carrying cars and milk trucks – loads heavier than the bridge was meant to hold.

It was later replaced by another bridge and moved to Wanamakers, also in Lehigh County, where it served to carry lighter traffic until the bridge was again moved to Greiner Industries in Mount Joy, Lancaster County, for restoration.

On Jan. 16, 2001, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services informed Central Penn College the school held the winning bid on the bridge. The historic bridge was set up at the college on May 6, 2002. Part of the agreement of buying any of the bridges specifies that they must be restored to meet Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Interior’s standards.

According to The Washington Post, it’s important having the Henszey’s Bridge on Central Penn’s campus, for historical purposes.

“Historically, truss bridges were made to be moved, so it’s still in keeping with their historic nature to move them,” Russell told the Post.

The bridge’s influence on the spirit of Central Penn continues through appearances in the background of numerous college photos and videos, and the bridge continues to offer a beautiful and functional connection on campus, a unique landmark that no other place in the country has.


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Edited by media club coadviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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Don’t Stress Out!

Staff and students of Central Penn enjoy seven minutes

of free massage therapy to relieve midterm blues

By Sarayuth Pinthong and Fontaine McClure

Knightly News Reporters

There’s a strange pressure building on your shoulders and there’s just not enough time to think, much less continue studying for that exam. You feel like you’re about to explode with information overload.

Ugh! You say: “I just can’t stand it!

Calm down, take a breath and try to relax.

That’s what students, faculty and staff members did during free chair massages offered in the Advanced Technology Education Center during the midterm, and briefly during finals preparation.

Campus counselors Megan Cline and Candace Johnson arranged for Ian Thomas, a licensed massage therapy with The Roots of Health Central Pennsylvania Center for CranioSacral Health & Therapeutic Massage, in Susquehanna Township.

A chair massage is one in which a person sits in a chair, usually face-down, so a massage therapist can work on the person’s neck, shoulders and back.

The massages offered anyone who signed up an option to destress and relax from the tensions of projects, exams or activities of the day during the midterm.

“Usually three times a week during week 5 or 6 is when I try to offer the massage therapy,” Cline said. “Then again at week 10. That’s usually the time when I notice the most stress (in students) because students may have a lot of tests, or projects due.”

Some students may not recognize that they have built up stress or may not have an outlet to release stress. A person may be on edge and react quickly to things that normally wouldn’t bother him or her if the person weren’t stressed out, according to Cline.

Students speak about stress

“I worry about grades, work, scheduling conflicts and life outside of campus and work,” Angel Carrion, business management and human resources student, said. “Everything just piles up.”

Cline says studies back up the benefits of massage.

“Research shows that massage therapy is stress and anxiety reducing,” she explained. “That’s the number one reason I have this as an event for students.”

Along with massage therapy, there are other ways to manage stress.

“A student has to figure out what is relaxing to them,” Cline said. “It’s different for everyone. It’s finding out what those coping skills are for you.”

Ian Thomas, the licensed massage therapist from The Roots of Health, who volunteered to provide the chair massages, said.

“I think that it’s really helpful,” he said. ”There are definitely some stressors here and sometimes self-care takes a backseat.”

Listening to music, going to the gym and taking naps are some coping skills that could help to relieve stress, according to Cline.

Any student experiencing stress needs to find someone or something to use as a positive outlet.  Holding stress inside could be a negative and dangerous situation for a person. Also, stress released the wrong way at the wrong time can cause problems – an increase stress, in the long run.

“For anyone that doesn’t really use stress management or have any strategy to cope with stress, you notice that they may not be doing well in class,” Cline said. “It can be a snowball effect to not do well in school. We’re offering them an opportunity to help relieve that stress and focus better.”

If you are experiencing stress or want more information about stress and how to deal with it, contact Cline at 717-728-2416 or megancline@centralpenn.edu or councelor@centralpenn.edu


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Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

 

 

 

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A New Way to Connect: Single Sign-On Student e-Portal

After logging onto a computer, students can access Blackboard, email and other areas

 By Morgan Littleford

Special to the Knightly News

In spring 2017 term, Central Penn College changed the way students get into their online service portals, by putting all student services accessible online in one place.

As of early April, student log-in is easier, with Blackboard, student email and the main sign-on portal in the same place, so students and faculty can type in one set of credentials – after logging onto a computer – and find everything they need in one spot, instead of signing into different areas of the portal separately.

Single sign-on for student services accessible through the Central Penn student-services portal has eased students' access to services and tools they need.

Single sign-on for student services accessible through the Central Penn student-services portal has eased students’ access to services and tools they need.

“The portal was made for security reasons,” Information Technology Administrator Valeri Hartman said.

Of course, certain students on campus didn’t like the change. They did not see a reason for a switch to the new portal. In their opinion, why fix something that’s not broken?

Well, security is a significant reason, according to Hartman.

Because of the change, Blackboard went down on several occasions, which rarely happened before when Blackboard stood alone, but was most likely because of “bugs” that had to be worked out, Hartman said. The system was working smoothly by the middle of the term.

The change also inconvenienced some students who had to change passwords to access the new service, and some couldn’t remember the new password – but that is something that happens when passwords must be changed, for routine security updates. If someone does forget his or her password, then the person has five opportunities to sign in with the correct password before the system locks.

Some students didn’t mind the change.  They found it convenient for everything to be in one place. They don’t have many passwords or log ins – it’s one sign-in username and password, and then they have access to everything they need. Students have said that they enjoy the new portal because it is quicker and easier to get into their email, classes and other tools.

“Overall, the new system is great and extremely helpful,” student Eliz Milanes said.

Students will always have different views on change at the college, but they can count on the administration to make things better and easier for students in the college.


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

Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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Giving, and Receiving, Therapy — The Special Way

PTA students spend time with Special Olympians

Story and Photos

By Sarayuth Pinthong

Media Club Reporter and Photographer

MECHANICSBURG – About 50 Central Penn College physical therapy assistant (PTA) students, along with others from five area counties, participated in a Special Olympics event held at Messiah College, in April.

For the students, being a part of Central Penn’s PTA program provides opportunities they normally wouldn’t have in class. The Special Olympics event, consisting of around 1,150 athletes, was a chance to engage with special-needs individuals or “buddies.”

Central Penn PTA students withe their Special Olympics buddies.

Central Penn PTA students with their Special Olympics buddies.

“It exposes our PTA students to those with special needs in a playful environment while allowing them the chance to participate in an event that challenges their skills,” Prof. Jacki Rothschild, academic coordinator of clinical education at Central Penn College, said.

Students in various stages of the program learned from the event. Some students were surprised when they arrived on Messiah’s campus.

 

Working in the field

“It was a little overwhelming at first,” said Jordan Reichard, second-term PTA student.

Reichard was experienced working with kids, but the event presented new situations for him.

“I couldn’t communicate the way I normally would,” Reichard said about meeting his deaf “buddy,” referring to the buddy system approached used during the event, in which college students and Special Olympics students were one another’s “buddies,” or companions.

Reichard said he was able to connect with his “buddy.”

“At first, when I would kneel down to talk to her, she would move away,” he said. “By the end of the day, I got used to her mannerisms. She was a lot more comfortable, which made me more comfortable.”

Rewards for Reichard included allowing him to witness the importance of support for the athletes and their families.

“No matter who the patient is, there’s always a way to connect with them,” Reichard said.

 

A rigorous program

The PTA program is intense. Students spend many hours studying to complete it. But classroom learning always allow the best insight to what happens outside the classroom.

PTA students learned from their buddies.

PTA students learned from their buddies.

“My ‘buddy’ challenged me to step out of the physical aspect of therapy,” Amanda Harris, a PTA student in her last term, said. “My professors were diligent about being creative on reading your patients.”

Being able to adapt is important when connecting with patients.

“It’s good to have a plan,” Harris said. “But each person responds differently to different forms of communication and learning.”

She added that every situation is different and “you need to be ready to change.”

A good time, too

The event provided more than learning opportunities. Students collected memories they’ll carry long after the event.

“The didactic work that our students experience is one thing,” Rothschild said. “Our students take their buddy, the experiences they’ve collected, and carry it with them into future endeavors, creating a bond between the students and the Special Olympic athletes.”

A good Central Penn turnout for the Special Olympics at Messiah College recently.

A good Central Penn turnout for the Special Olympics at Messiah College recently.

Despite the challenges involved in meeting an individual for the first time and adapting to possibly extreme situations, the Central Penn PTA students were able to create memories with their buddies, while also having fun.


Sarayuth “Sy” Pinthong is the media club’s secretary and photographer/videographer.

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

Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

 

 

 

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Second Annual Research Exhibition Poster Competition Is Underway

This year’s event includes a digital version

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

The Second Annual Research Exhibition will occur on June 6 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

The research exhibition is led by librarians Diane Porterfield and Emily Reed.

The purpose of this exhibition is, “For students to show off their work and let the faculty seen how hard they work, and to let faculty and staff at Central Penn College come and interact with students,” Reed said.

Last year, there was only a poster division in the competition. The research exhibition will have a digital version and a poster version.

In the digital version, students can create a PowerPoint and record their voice at each slide of the presentation and upload it using VoiceThread.

VoiceThread is a part of Blackboard in the forum created by the librarians.

Click here to see the guide on the digital version.

For the poster board, it’s the same as last year. Students can use any type of arts and crafts material, and be creative when making the poster and pamphlet.

There will be a lot of competitors. As of May 30, 36 posters had been submitted, Reed said.

Below are tips from Reed.

Tips for poster board

Reed offered the following advice.

  • The poster board is provided by the library, so participants don’t have to worry about deciding what size or color of poster board. Participants are encouraged to be creative with the board, and there are rules that need to be followed.
  • Don’t forget to prepare a 1-2 minutes speech, rehearse the speech and ask for feedback about the speech to be delivered to the judges.
  • Don’t forget to create a handout for the judges. Participants are allowed to be creative in making the handout.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget to dress professionally for the presentation.

Tips for digital presentation

Reed offered these bits of advice for digital submissions.

  • For the digital version, be creative on the slide show and don’t put too much information into one slide.
  • The presentation can’t exceed 10 minutes, including the voice-over. It’s best to shoot for 8 -10 minutes.
  • Don’t forget to create scripts for the slide show.
  • Remember to rehearse the scripts to make the tone and rhythm interesting, to avoid the voice being monotone.
  • Don’t be casual – keep it in academic language, because this is a professional presentation.

Yuliani Sutedjo is vice president of the Knightly News.

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

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

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Women’s Leadership Conference Stresses Empowerment and Education

Conference keynote speaker Robyn Hatcher addresses Women's Leadership Conference attendees at the Conference Center at Central Penn. Hatcher encouraged the audience to "let your light shine" and to "embrace your albatross." Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Conference keynote speaker Robyn Hatcher addresses Women’s Leadership Conference attendees at the Conference Center at Central Penn. Hatcher encouraged the audience to “let your light shine” and to “embrace your albatross.” Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

Over 200 women educated, encouraged and energized one another

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Education and empowerment for women were the main purposes of this year’s Women’s Leadership Conference, held last month in the Conference Center at the college.

Rubina Azizdin, career counselor and part-time faculty member at Central Penn, organized the event, which was geared toward women in all stages of their career paths.

The conference featured women leaders in the community and businesses. Attendees ranged from current college students and college leadership, to business employees, leaders and entrepreneurs.

Della Archer, director of employee relations for Harrisburg Area Community College, said she was attending the Women’s Conference because she “looks for ways to network with other women professionals,” and she values hearing “stories of other women to find out how they got to where they are.”

Archer’s coworker, Stephanie Maben, executive assistant to vice president of student affairs at HACC, explained she was attending because “working women face so many challenges. Any opportunity to network with other women is great.”

Albatrosses and rock stars

The conference started off with the breakfast keynote message from speaker and communication expert Robyn Hatcher. Hatcher encouraged attendees to “let your light shine” and to “embrace your albatross.” The albatross, Hatcher explained, is deadweight or a burden. By identifying it, you can reframe it and turn your misfortune into your mission.

Attendees were told to “get your sparkle on,” stood up by their tables, put their hands on their hips, heads held high and shouted, “I AM (after which they inserted three strengths from a list that was at each table)!” This energized the group, and kept the positive and energetic momentum going throughout the conference.

After the uplifting message from Hatcher, attendees went to the breakout sessions of their choice. Sessions were themed with such titles as Knowledge is Power, Financial Literacy, Achieving Your Dreams, Live Your Truth, and Interview Like A Rock Star.

Sharon Kelly, an accounting major student at Central Penn, said, “When I had my first interview, I was really nervous. They gave me this paper to review and asked some questions and I kind of stumbled through it.”

The main reason Kelly attended the conference was for the breakout session How to Interview Like a Rock Star — How to Slay Every Interview for Every Job You Ever Wanted, presented by Amanda King, owner of PeopleSavvyHR Group, to better her chances at her next interview.

 

Tiffany Chang Lawson, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, encourages attendees to “Live Your Truth” during her breakout session at the Women’s Leadership Conference at Central Penn College. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Tiffany Chang Lawson, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, encourages attendees to “Live Your Truth” during her breakout session at the Women’s Leadership Conference at Central Penn College. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Etiquette and power

After the breakout sessions, attendees participated in a five-course luncheon during which Kathy Christopher, general manager for Bridgewood Catering at Central Penn, gave a presentation on proper etiquette for each course of a meal during networking events and luncheon interviews.

During dessert, an energetic fashion show was presented by designer and local business woman Amma Johnson, featuring her AMMA JO fashions, which were modeled by several Central Penn employees, including President Karen Scolforo and Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Fedrizzi-Williams. The luncheon ended with the presentation of the Student Leadership Awards.

The conference concluded with a Powerhouse Panel, featuring local women leaders from the government, business and nonprofit sectors. After each panelist made introductory remarks, attendees could ask questions. Questions attendees asked covered discrimination, balancing family and career, and being compassionate, empathetic and successful.

The panel was well-received by attendees.

Azizdin closed the conference by thanking everyone for attending.

From left, Central Penn personnel Adrienne Thoman, Sandra Box, Dr. Linda Fredrizzi-Williams, Megan Peterson, Karen Scolforo and Krista Wolfe ham it up in some clothing they modeled at the conference.

From left, Central Penn personnel Adrienne Thoman, Sandra Box, Dr. Linda Fredrizzi-Williams, Megan Peterson, Dr. Karen Scolforo and Krista Wolfe ham it up in some clothing they modeled at the conference. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Reflecting success

“Everything went really well. Actually, it went better than expected,” Azizdin said about the event during a recap phone interview.

This year’s conference was the second annual Women’s Conference Azizdin organized. Attendance increased from 125 last year to 200 this year. She is “definitely planning on a 2018 conference.”

When asked what she’s learned or any improvements she’ll make for next year, Azizdin spoke about the technology of event planning. She is researching a new registration tool to use because some of the payments did not go through and because of lack of notifications when someone registered. She also advised planners to confirm what technology is in each room a presenter will be using.

“One of the rooms we used had new computer and presentation systems installed over the weekend,” Azizdin said.  “Thankfully, we were able to have someone from IT help with getting the equipment running.”

Azizdin recommends having one or two presenters as back-ups, “just in case.” One of the presenters could not attend due to a family emergency. One of the Power Panel participants, a friend of Azizdin’s, was able to present in that speaker’s place.

Azizdin continues to get positive feedback from attendees and through responses from emailed surveys.

She has several ideas for next year’s conference topics and planning, including looking for more corporate sponsors to help fund the event and for more giveaways at the conference.


Sherri L. Long is president of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

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

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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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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.

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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.”


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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.

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

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

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

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