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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.”


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 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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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 careerservices@centralpenn.edu.

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

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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.

Media Club Reporter

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?

Yes.

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 bethbaker@centralpenn.edu.
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Edited by Knightly News Co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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