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Brian Christiana Elected Knightly News President for 2018

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

Congratulations are in order to Knightly News Reporter Brian Christiana, as he was elected the Knightly News president in a vote at a recent club meeting, held on Dec. 7.  Ian Kemmerer was elected vice president in the same election.

Christiana, a Shamokin native and graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Coal Township, is a residential student in his sophomore year.

The positions became available due to the graduation of current Knightly News Club President Sherri Long, and the impending graduation of Knightly News Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo.  Sutedjo will continue to serve in a mentor role to the new club officers until her graduation in March.

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Brian Christiana is honored to be the fourth President of the Knightly News Media Club.

Christiana discussed several initiatives that he hopes to achieve in 2018 during a speech given to club members prior to the vote, including an increased emphasis on breaking news and the future for sports commentary for our basketball and baseball teams.

During his time with the Knightly News, Christiana has shown a tremendous dedication to club functions and activities, especially taking the initiative to encourage involvement in the club from peers and starting his own fantasy football podcast with Kemmerer.

While it is bittersweet to see our current club officers turning to the next stage of their lives, the club believes they are in good hands for 2018 and beyond.

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Humanities Film Series and December Events Discussed on Final Fall Podcast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In the final episode of the Knightly News Podcast for the Fall term (Episode #44), we are pleased to be joined by Dr. Brant Ellsworth, associate professor of Humanities, and Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman.

During our time with Ellsworth, we discuss the upcoming Humanities Film Series, a unique opportunity for faculty.

The Humanities Film Series will be a quarterly event in the Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College, that will feature commentary by faculty about a movie of their choosing.

Save the Dates for the following films in the series:

  • January 26 – Professor Jared Rife – JAWS
  • April 27 – Professor Paul Miller – The Big Lebowski
  • July 27 – Dr. Marcie Rovan – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Ellsworth also discusses his current American Civil War course and his time spent on The Price is Right.

On our segment with Thoman, we discuss several important events taking place in the month of December, while also discussing the Student Government Association election that took place earlier in November.

Thoman discussed the following events in the “Adrienne’s Featured Three” segment of the program.

  • Dec. 12 – The Color Code Leadership Training, please register by emailing adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu
  • Dec. 14 – Late Knight Breakfast
  • Dec. 17 – Cram Jam

The Knightly News is thankful to our guests for another term of fantastic podcasts, and looks forward to returning in the winter term.


This podcast can also be heard at our SoundCloud page:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-44-dr-brant-ellsworth-and-adrienne-thoman

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The Knightly News Offers Students Major Opportunity

Students can now create podcasts about matters important to them

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In a new initiative for the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College, the club now offers The Knightly News Presents, a way students can create their own podcasts about important subjects or issues in their lives.

While nearly all members have had the chance to be a part of the Knightly News Podcast, many students were interested in starting their own programs.

By starting their own podcasts, they understand the aspects of a producing of such a show.  This ranges from creating an agenda of topics to be discussed, booking talent for the episode, editing the audio, and promotion of the episode on social media.

Two podcasts have begun thanks to this initiative, The Greene Room and the Fantasy Football Strategy Guide.

The Greene Room is hosted by Darren Greene and features Quinyece Walker and Destani Matthews.  According to Greene, “If you like everything pop culture, The Greene Room is the show for you. It is a show that talks about everything that caters to millennials.”

For links to The Greene Room, click below or go to https://soundcloud.com/thegreeneroom.

Another show created as part of Knightly News Presents is The Fantasy Football Strategy Guide, hosted by Co-adviser Paul Miller and features Knightly News Reporters Brian Christiana and Ian Kemmerer.

All of the cast members are avid football fans and play in several fantasy football leagues.

This show is mainly for beginning fantasy players, offering advice and insight for those looking for line-up advice.

Click the links below to listen to recent episodes of this podcast.

Episode #1 – Preseason Preview

Episode #2 – Week 7 Preview

The Knightly News looks forward to future student-led podcasts and will continue supporting this initiative.

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President Emeritus Todd Milano Joins Knightly News Podcast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

The Knightly News Podcast is proud to release Episode #43, featuring President Emeritus Todd Milano during his last few days with the school, as he will retire after 42+ years with Central Penn College.

During the program, Milano tells several key stories about the history of Central Penn, including new details about our founding date, the interaction with the Boyer family when purchasing the Boyer House, and the back-story of Henszey’s Bridge and how it came to Summerdale.

Milano is an avid seeker of history about the college, and even visited the grave site of the founder of the school at a Virginia cemetery in recent weeks.

The podcast is also joined by Knightly News President Sherri Long, a 1989 alumna, who is in her final term prior to completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

In his final days before retirement, he looks forward to the future of Central Penn.

“May (Central Penn) inspire students to grow beyond their wildest dreams.” Milano said on the podcast.  “And may those students as graduates, go out and locate careers, not jobs, careers that excite them, as they work their hardest to make this world a better place.”

Finally, President Emeritus Milano would like to invite all interested parties to a president portrait unveiling of Todd and Bart Milano on Nov. 22 in the ATEC Lobby from 10 – 11 a.m.  This will be his last day with the college before retirement.


This episode may also be found at our SoundCloud page:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/the-knightly-news-podcast-episode-43-todd-milano

 

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Financial Aid and Counseling Services Discussed on Podcast Episode #42

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

In our latest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we are joined by Financial Aid Director Kathy Shepard and College Counselor Megan Cline.

The podcast is also joined by Knightly News Correspondent Michael Ademola.

In our time with Shepard, we discussed all things financial aid.  Specifically of importance to our students is the scholarship opportunity that comes from simply scheduling a full class load by the end of the online registration period, taking place until the end of Week 6, Nov. 19.

Students that register during this time will have the chance to win one of two $500 scholarships from the Education Foundation.

Shepard also discusses the FAFSA deadlines and promotes the upcoming FAFSA workshops, taking place the first Wednesday of each month in Summerdale and the first Thursday of each month in Lancaster.

More information can be found at their website, or by emailing financialaid@centralpenn.edu.

In the second part of the show, we welcome College Counselor Megan Cline to the program.

During the segment, we discuss the increase in mental health issues for college students, mainly dealing with the pressure to succeed in college due to financial burden.

Cline also discusses some future initiatives for the office, including KPETS Services Dogs visiting the Lancaster Center on Nov. 14 and Caring Hearts Therapy Dogs visiting the Summerdale campus on Nov. 15

More information about the Counseling Center’s services can be found here, and students seeking assistance can email Megan Cline at megancline@centralpenn.edu.


 

This episode can also be found at our Soundcloud Page at https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-42-kathy-shepard-and-megan-cline

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Upcoming SGA Election Main Focus of Podcast Episode #41

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

On episode #41 of the Knightly News Podcast, we are pleased to welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and the Student Government Association Officers to the show, discussing several upcoming events in November, especially the SGA election.

During Thoman’s segment, we discuss the successes of fall harvest, the college’s largest event related to community outreach and alumni relations.

Thoman also takes time to discuss the upcoming SGA election kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 12:10 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, featuring the nominees discussing their plans for the office should they be elected.

The show is also joined by Darren Greene of the Knightly News.  Greene provides a student perspective to the events on campus and also has started his own podcast, the Greene Room, which can be found at the link below as part of the Knightly News Presents.

https://soundcloud.com/thegreeneroom

On our second segment of the show, we welcome SGA President Yuli Sutedjo, SGA Vice President Morgan Littleford, and SGA Secretary Isaiah Scott to talk about what the 2017 SGA officers have accomplished during their time in the positions.

Sutedjo noted that the main initiatives for the year have been a better line of communication with the management of the Knight and Day Cafe and trying new ways to engage with current students to promote involvement in campus activities and clubs.

The group noted that they were pleased with their efforts, but also noted that there was still work to be done.

The SGA election will take place each day in the ATEC Lobby Nov. 7 – 9 between noon and 6 p.m.  Students will also receive a web link to a survey that can be accessed at any time during those three days to vote.

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Fall Job Fair and Student Accommodations Discussed on Latest Podcast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

On the latest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we are excited to welcome Career Counselor Rubina Azizdin to discuss the upcoming Fall Job Fair and Title IX Officer Megan Peterson to discuss student accommodations.

During our discussions with Azizdin, we discuss the importance of preparation for a job fair, including having the list of employers ahead of time and coming into the fair with a plan of attack.

We also examine the importance of professional dress and how the free professional clothing that the Career Services Department offers our students came to be and how students can take advantage of this resource.

Also, Azizdin recently won the Shining Star Award as part of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Luminary Awards.   During our conversation, Azizdin believed this was directly related to her efforts with the Women’s Leadership Conference held at Central Penn College in April.

To read more about the Nov. 1 Job Fair – http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/fall-job-and-internship-fair/

To learn more about Azizdin’s Shining Star Award – http://blogs.centralpenn.edu/knightlynews/2017/09/14/no-one-outshines-rubina-azizdin-2017-luminary-award-winner/

In the second segment of our podcast, we welcome Title IX Officer Megan Peterson to discuss the process of student accommodations.

During the show, Peterson discusses the services that her office can assist students with, and even went as far as being able to put students in touch with local organizations to further assist students who aren’t sure if they need these accommodations.

Peterson also mentions that accommodations at the college level are student-driven and initiated, a major change for many from public high schools.

While Peterson has now taken maternity leave, she explains that any questions or concerns regarding student accommodations can be handled by the Institutional Effectiveness Director Shawn Humphrey in the Title IX Office in ATEC 305.

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Men’s Leadership Retreat and Upcoming General Election Subjects of Podcast #39

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College is excited to release our most recent podcast, Episode #39, featuring Admissions Counselor Curtis Voelker discussing the recent Men’s Leadership Retreat and Associate Residence Life Director Dillon Epler talking about how students can get involved in the Nov. 7 general election.

During the first segment, Voelker is also joined by Knightly News Correspondent Daylin Davis, a student who attended the Men’s Leadership Retreat.

They discussed the event, held at Diakon Wilderness Center in Boiling Springs, PA, with the theme of “leaving a legacy at Central Penn”.

Davis noted, “As a leader (on the Knights Men’s Basketball team), I have to give the work ethic that my teammates demand…I have to set an example and set the tone on the team.”

Davis was also quick to note that this opportunity provided him with a great deal of experience that he will be able to use immediately, both on and off the court.

Voelker and Epler led the retreat, something that means a lot to both of the individuals on both a personal and professional level.

During the second segment of the show, Epler joined the podcast to discuss the upcoming general election on Nov. 7, as well as discussing what Central Penn College is doing to promote participation in the election for our students.

Epler noted that while this isn’t a presidential or midterm election, making important decisions about your state and local officials has a much clearer impact on our students.

The Office of Residence Life will also be distributing information about the candidates on the ballot, will offer a shuttle to take students to the polls, and has plans for an open-forum event prior to the election to educate the students about the process.

Those looking for more information about the upcoming ballot in their area can search the links below for more information.

Vote 411:  http://www.vote411.org

BallotPedia:  https://ballotpedia.org/Pennsylvania_elections,_2017


 

This episode can also be found on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-39-curtis-voelker-and-dillon-epler

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Central Penn College’s Homecoming the Subject of Episode #38

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

On the latest episode of the Knightly News Podcast, the show centers around our upcoming Homecoming event, taking place on the Central Penn College Summerdale campus from Oct. 20 – 22.

In our first segment of the podcast, we are joined by Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Bluemenschein and Knightly News Media Club President Sherri Long.

During the show, Blumenshein discusses several elements of the celebration, including the Alumni Feast N Brews Reunion Tent and the Standing Ovation Alumni Awards Night.

The Standing Ovation Alumni Awards Night is the first of its kind at the college and gives the opportunity to recognize many of our accomplished alumni.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.centralpenn.edu/homecoming

In our second segment of the show, we are joined by the Alumni Engagement Director Adrienne Thoman to discuss October events.

During the discussions with Thoman, she chronicles the upcoming Club Fair on Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., events for students during our Homecoming Weekend, and an upcoming opportunity for students to go to Field of Screams for only $14.

Thoman also discusses the importance for our students to get involved on campus, especially for our new students to campus.

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The Knightly News Presents Offers College Success Podcast

Can I be a college student? Yes! You can.

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Our podcast features current college students Sherri Long, Yuli Sutedjo, Sy Pinthong and Carl Morrow sharing their experiences on what it takes to go to college in different stages of life’s journeys. They talk about some of their personal concerns, challenges and issues, and how they overcame them.

The first segment features discussion of how finances and affordability can be a roadblock for students and potential students. Despite the high cost of most colleges, they share avenues and options that make attending college possible. The segment also includes conversations regarding managing school, family life and the challenges of working while getting a degree.

The second part of the podcast takes a closer look at the internship and capstone requirements for degrees. Long shares her experience as an intern at RG Group while being a single mom, full-time student and working adult. Morrow discusses the capstone option he is completing this term, while working and attending classes full-time. Pinthong shares his thought process as he weighs options and the importance of understanding one option versus the other.

The final segment focuses on motivation. Sutedjo shares several tips on being successful and staying motivated throughout college. Pinthong shares some interesting statistics on the benefits of a college degree. The show wraps up with Long, Morrow, Pinthong and Sutedjo talking about the benefits of being involved in more than just classes, asking questions and — having fun!

Information about topics discussed in “Can I be a College Student? Yes! You can.”

Kelly Fox, Financial Aid Planning Coordinator

Central Penn Financial Aid

Curtis Voelker, Admissions Counselor/ High School Presenter

Central Penn Admissions

Central Penn Career Services

Steve Hassinger, Director of Career Services

RubinaAzizdin@centralpenn.edu, Career Services

Kristin Fike, Internship Coordinator

Central Penn Fall Job & Internship Fair, Nov. 1, 2017

Long’s story about collaborative robot, Sawyer, during her internship with RG Group.

“Dispelling Misconceptions of Collaborative Robots”


 

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

Edited by Knightly News co-advisers Prof. Paul Miller and Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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