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The Knightly News celebrates Episode 50 of the Podcast

The landmark episode features Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

On this edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we are proud to feature Interim Co-President and Provost Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams to discuss her time at Central Penn College and answer questions from Knightly News reporters.

During the episode, Fedrizzi-Williams talks about her rise in academia over the years, what Central Penn means to her, and some important initiatives that her team is currently working on.

“There’s been a lot happening.”  Fedrizzi-Williams said.  “One of the biggest things I noticed when I came (to Central Penn College) was that we needed additional support for our students and faculty.”

Fedrizzi-Williams discussed the expansion of the Learning Center and the Center for Teaching Excellence during her time here, as well as additional initiatives currently in the works.

During the second segment of the episode, we are joined by Knightly News President Brian Christiana and Reporter Michael Ademola for a Q & A session with Fedrizzi-Williams.

At a recent Knightly News Media Club meeting, Christiana tasked the club to come up with questions for the interview.  The group came up with many solid questions that were posed on the podcast, with frank and honest answers from the co-president.

The group was mainly interested in increasing student engagement in sporting events, how social media has changed the job search, and how communication factors in to career success.

The Knightly News Media Club would sincerely like to thank our fans on this momentous occasion and hope to continue delivering high quality audio, video, and written work for you to enjoy.


This podcast can be found on our SoundCloud page during the months of February – April:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/knightly-news-podcast-episode-50-dr-linda-fedrizzi-williams

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Knightly News Celebrates Episode 50 of Podcast

By Brian Christiana

Knightly News Reporter

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with the 50th episode of the club’s podcast.

The first episode of the podcast featured co-host Paul Miller, Career Services Director Steve Hassinger and the late Nasir Harris. The 50th episode featured Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, interim co-president and provost, as the guest.

Episode 50 will be released Feb 20.

The episode focuses on different accomplishments Fedrizzi-Williams has achieved since taking over the position last fall.

Miller talked to her about many topics, which included: current initiatives, upcoming commencement as co-president and her most proud achievement at the school (listen to our podcast to hear what that is).

Media club member Michael Ademola and this reporter talked about many questions the student body had for her.

Fedrizzi-Williams was very honored and appreciative to be featured on the milestone.

“I was honored to be a part of the 50th podcast episode with Professor Miller, Brian Christiana and Michael Ademola,” Fedrizzi-Williams said. “I look forward to listening to the next 50 episodes.”

Because we are celebrating two years, we would like to look back at important moments in club history, including: The Bill Gladstone Project, Moving to the Boyer House and the Nasir Harris Studio Dedication.

The Bill Gladstone Project was an opportunity for the communication students to help a local real estate man with hands-on work. The students made a video that included his bobblehead.

The Knightly News made a huge splash and moved the podcast studio into the historic Boyer House in February 2017. The moving process was easy, and the club started working a week later. An open house was held at the building and over 30 faculty, staff and students showed up to celebrate this event.

The studio was dedicated in the summer of 2017 to honor the late Nasir Harris. He was one of the founding members of the club, and he really had a huge impact on the creation of the Knightly News. Harris was on the inaugural episode of the podcast and appeared on several other episodes.

In September 2017, the Knightly News decided to give thanks to him by naming the studio after him. The current members had a celebration with his family and members of the Central Penn family. There was a video presentation that included interviews, and quotes from his family. There were tears and smiles for the celebration.

The Knightly News wouldn’t be here also without the constant support from the community and fans. The goal of the club is to reach out and make a positive impact on the college.  The Knightly News wants to thank all the listeners of each podcast, and reader of each story.

A piece of trivia: Do you know who is the most frequent visitor on the podcast?

Please submit your answers to this trivia question by commenting below.


Brian Christiana is president of the Knightly News Media Club.

Edited by media club co-advisers Professors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.

 

 

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The Knightly News Media Club announces winter fundraiser

By Megan Smith

Knightly News Reporter

The Knightly News Media Club is selling Marianna’s 14” hoagies for $7, and 12″ pizzas for $8. There are several different kinds of hoagies and pizzas to choose from.

The subs include ham, Italian, roast beef, turkey, and much more. Not a fan of meat? There is a cheese sub available as well. The pizzas include pepperoni, cheese, white, meat supreme, and a Primo’s deluxe. Ingredients, topping, and more nutritional information can be found by selecting any of the options on the website.

All of the details about each of the individual subs and pizzas are located here: http://www.mariannasfundraisers.com/products/

MariannasThe deadline for pre-orders and payment is Feb. 21. Orders will be ready for delivery to your location on March 15 between 3 and 4 p.m. or anytime the following day.

Pre-orders have already began, so make sure to get yours order in today. If you would like to place an order, then please email Professor Miller at paulmiller@centralpenn.edu, and include the items that you wish to purchase, where the order can be delivered to, and when you would like them delivered.

Fundraisers in the past have helped The Knightly News Media Club by funding new equipment for podcasting, a quarterly pizza party, the club’s field trips and other club activities.

All of the club’s members appreciate your continued support and look forward to having more successful fundraisers to continue the expansion the club.


Megan Smith is secretary of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

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Reporter to talk about the niche-news trade

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

SUMMERDALE – Gillian Branstetter, a reporter with the Central Penn Business Journal, will talk to Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi’s COM220 (Journalism I) class on Thursday, from 11 to noon, in ATEC 308.

Gillian Branstetter briings her expertise to Central Penn College's Summerdale campus on Feb. 8.

Gillian Branstetter brings her expertise to Central Penn College’s Summerdale campus on Feb. 8.

Branstetter, who covers business in the Susquehanna Valley, specializes in reporting on and has expertise in technology, social media, media theory and politics.

She has reported for such popular online media outlets as The Daily Dot, and has written for The Atlantic.

Branstetter also has interest in social-justice and equity issues.

She has also written opinion articles.

Branstetter will talk to students about:

  • How to cover a beat
  • What it’s like to report for a business publication
  • Staying in touch with sources
  • Working with public relations practitioners with
  • Places to hang out while developing sources and stories
  • How to find a story
  • How to parse information you collect into a story
  • Skills you need

Branstetter worked in layout and was a copy editor for The Capital Times, at Penn State Harrisburg, where she studied secondary education.

She will also take questions from students and other attendees.  All are welcome to attend.

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by | February 7, 2018 · 7:54 pm

Podcast #48 features scholarship talk and February events

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News podcast is pleased to release episode #48, featuring Central Penn College Education Foundation Director of Development Sandy Box and Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman.

Also featured on the podcast are Knightly News President Brian Christiana and Knightly News Vice President Ian Kemmerer.

Box focuses her discussions on the deadline of the Education Foundation Essay Contest.  Twice a year, students can submit an essay about a specific subject in order to apply for scholarship monies from donors to the foundation.  Box plans on awarding up to $100,000 in scholarships to our students this term.

The subject of the essay that students will write about is as follows, “Describe areas in your life where you demonstrated leadership and overcame obstacles either through your school, social, or family life.”

In addition, Box discusses tips for success on the essay and important areas to focus on when writing.

Students have until Friday, Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. to complete and submit the essay in order to be considered.  The application can be found at http://foundation.centralpenn.edu/.

On our second segment, the show welcomes Adrienne Thoman, discussing some of the tremendous events that we have on campus during the month of February.

Being Week 4, she specifically notes the importance of meeting with advisors and attending scheduling workshops provided on campus.

The Records and Registration office will hold workshops at the following times in the 2nd Floor ATEC lobby:

  • Feb. 1. 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 6, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Professor Paul Miller will also be holding registration workshops at the following times in ATEC 300:

  • Jan. 31, 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Thoman also discussed “Adrienne’s Featured Three” events for February, including the upcoming Super Bowl party on Feb. 4 and Knights Basketball doubleheader on Feb. 9.


This episode can also be found on our SoundCloud page during the month of February:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/the-knightly-news-podcast-episode-48

 

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Rife ready to make history with the Humanities Film Series

By Brian Christiana

Knightly News Reporter

Professor Jared Rife will be making history on Jan. 26 at the Capital BlueCross Theatre when he presents the film Jaws in front of faculty, staff and community members.

This is the first film to be included in the Humanities Film Series, which will include other instructors from the department. It is a historic event because it is the first humanities film series Central Penn has ever offered, according to college sources.

Professor Paul Miller will present “The Big Lebowski” during the spring term, Dr. Marcie Rovan will present “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” during the summer term and Professor Thomas Davis will present “Airplane!” during the fall term.

The facilitators will offer commentary on the film during the first half hour, will screen the film and will offer an opportunity for questions after the film.

The event is scheduled to run from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Admission is free.

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Brian Christiana is the president of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

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

Edited by media club co-advisers professors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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State journalism organization appoints Lear-Olimpi

By The Knightly News

Michael Lear-Olimpi, assistant professor of communication, has been appointed ethics and diversity chair of the Keystone Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Michael Lear-Olimpi. Photo by Roman Lear-Olimpi

Michael Lear-Olimpi.
Photo by Roman Lear-Olimpi

SPJ is the nation’s largest and oldest journalism professional-development and freedom-of-the-press advocacy group. Ethics and diversity are among the group’s focuses, and are among Lear-Olimpi’s areas of media interest and expertise.

The Keystone Pro Chapter covers all of Pennsylvania, except for the western third of the state.

Lear-Olimpi has been a member of SPJ since the mid-1980s. He served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter from 1998-2001, and as a member of the board of directors from 1995 until 2007.

He will also be helping reorganize the Philadelphia chapter, which disbanded recently. Philadelphia is the nation’s largest city and largest media market currently without an SPJ chapter.

Through his years in SPJ, Lear-Olimpi has been involved in journalism ethics and diversity matters. He has also been involved in similar roles with the American Society of Business Publication Editors, the editorial ethics code for which he has helped revise.

In his position with the Keystone Pro Chapter, Lear-Olimpi will be responsible for designing and implementing ethics and diversity efforts, such as training workshops, and education and outreach initiatives, along with offering members ethics and diversity advice.

SPJ offers professional and student journalists support in a variety of areas. Students can join SPJ, which has chapters on campuses of universities and colleges across the nation that offer journalism and communication degrees.


Michael Lear-Olimpi is c0-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College, and the editor of our online content and quarterly publication.

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Local journalist to give COM class the scoop on the field

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

Christen Smith, a staff writer for Guns.com, will speak to Prof. Lear-Olimpi’s COM220 (Journalism I) class on Jan.24, from 11 a.m. to noon, in ATEC 308.

Smith will join our COM220 class on Jan. 24.

Smith will join our COM220 class on Jan. 24.

She will address, and answer questions about, what she does as a daily reporter for a niche-market website and news service, and about working for a daily general-audience news operation.

Smith will also talk about story generation, source development and story craft, and about the skills she uses on the job.

Prior to working for Guns.com, Smith was a reporter for Capitolwire, in Harrisburg, reporting each day, as she explains it, “from the front lines of the Pennsylvania government.” She covered legislation related to education, consumer protection, tax reform and healthcare, and other issues affecting residents of the commonwealth.

Smith went to Capitolwire from The Sentinel (Carlisle) and its website, cumberlink.com, where she reported on county government, other politics, health, business and economic development.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies from The Pennsylvania State University, where she was an opinion writer for The Capital Times student newspaper.

All are welcome to attend.

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by | January 23, 2018 · 7:10 pm

Podcast Episode #47 Discusses the CPEC Job Fair and Knightly News Election

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

On our latest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we welcome Career Services Director Steve Hassinger to talk about the upcoming Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium Job Fair, as well as speaking with new Knightly News Media Club President Brian Christiana.

The podcast is joined by Sharon Kelly, her first time on the podcast, as well as being hosted by Co-adviser Paul Miller.

During our discussion with Hassinger, he tells us about the importance of attending networking events and job fairs such as CPEC.

This job fair is also quite unique in that, “Some employers will come out to a job fair held by a consortium like this that may not come to (smaller job fairs)”, Hassinger notes.

Hassinger also promotes the services from his office that students can use to be successful at the fair.  He discusses the professional clothing available, resume assistance, career planning, as well as other services that may be helpful in preparation.

The fair takes place on Feb. 20 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, located in Camp Hill, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  No advance registration is required, but students do need to bring an updated resume, as this is part of the registration process.

Further information can be obtained by visiting http://cpec.info/ or by emailing Hassinger at stevehassinger@centralpenn.edu.

In the second segment of the podcast, we welcome newly crowned Knightly News Media Club President Brian Christiana.

Christiana, a sophomore, has been heavily involved in the club since arriving on campus.  His peers voted him to the position after former President Sherri Long completed her degree after the fall term.

On the show, Christiana discusses many initiatives that he has for the club, including more breaking news and spearheading the sports live stream and commentary project.

The Knightly News Media Club is in excellent hands with Christiana, as we look forward to a fantastic 2018 with him at the helm.


You can also hear this episode during the months of January and February on our SoundCloud page, located at:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/the-knightly-news-podcast-episode-47.

 

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Humanities Film Series and Alumni Events Among Topics on Podcast Episode #46

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In this week’s edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we welcome Assistant Professor of Humanities Jared Rife and Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

In our conversations with Rife, the main focus is the upcoming Humanities Film Series, in which he will present Jaws.  This event takes place on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the Summerdale campus of Central Penn College.

The Humanities Film Series is a collaborative effort between Rife, Brant Ellsworth, and other members of the department.  The goal is to have an open discourse about films that were important in the lives of the individual faculty members.

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During the show, Rife discusses his own journey with film in his life.  He specifically discusses influences from his mother, a short film that moved him called The Red Balloon, and his affinity for Steven Spielberg and his films.

Rife goes on to discuss how film can be used as a teaching tool, and how he implements using film in his classes at the college.

In our second segment of the podcast, we are joined by Sarah Blumenschein to discuss alumni events for the winter term.  The podcast is also joined by former Knightly News President Sherri Long in her last episode as a student at Central Penn.

Blumenschein features two major events, the CPEC Job Fair on Feb. 20 and the Easter Bunny Breakfast on March 24.

According to the CPEC website, “The CPEC Board is comprised of representatives from sixteen south central Pennsylvania colleges and universities and nine business/corporate members.”

The job fair is one of the largest in the central Pennsylvania area and is the largest job fair affiliated with the college.  For more information on this event, please contact Career Services at (800) 759-2727 or email Career Services Director Steve Hassinger at stevehassinger@centralpenn.edu.

Blumenschein also takes time to discuss the Easter Bunny Breakfast, held at the Knight and Day Cafe.  This annual event also occurs on the same day as East Pennsboro Township egg hunt, so attendees could make a day out of the events if they choose.

For more information about these events, continue to the web links below:

CPEC Job Fair:  http://www.cpec.info

Easter Bunny Breakfast: http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/easter/


This episode can also be found on our SoundCloud page throughout the month on January:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/knightly-news-podcast-episode-46

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