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Overcoming adversity and leaving a legacy

Meet Curtis Voelker — Mr. Central Penn, and the ‘Next Big Thing’

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

A picturesque autumn scene of colorful trees, a cloud-dappled blue sky and the historic Henszy’s Bridge is framed by the lobby windows on the second floor of Central Penn College’s Advanced Technology Education Center.

This iconic backdrop was the perfect setting for interviewing Curtis Voelker, admissions counselor at Central Penn College, who is often referred to as “Mr. Central Penn.”   

Curtis Voelker, Mr. Central Penn, with his Standing Ovation Award, for "The Next Big Thing." Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

Curtis Voelker, Mr. Central Penn, with his Standing Ovation Award, for “The Next Big Thing.”      Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

The persona of Mr. Central Penn evolved from a creation of Voelker’s in 2010 that tied into a new marketing campaign for the college.

“Mr. Central Penn was originally Will Power, who hailed from the planet of Potential in the solar system of Success,” Voelker, 26, said.

Voelker is the presenter for the admissions team at Central Penn and is always thinking of creative ways to connect with potential students. He began is speaking career when he was a freshman in high school. At the request of the foster program he was in, he gave a presentation sharing his personal story of overcoming the adversity of his parents’ arrest, when he was 14.

We are family

Voelker was featured as part of a portrait series created by Uproot Creative Services that showcased the stories of people helping in their communities. Voelker’s personal story video is on Uproot’s site. Voelker continues to share his story during his presentations to connect with and encourage others.

Though his focus during high school visits is on recruiting students to attend Central Penn, it goes well beyond being a job for Voelker. He wants potential students to understand the sense of family that he has experienced at Central Penn since 2009.

“Central Penn brought that sense of family to me, brought that sense of belonging,” Voelker said. “No one else in my family went to college. I didn’t think college was an opportunity for me, and then I met Todd Milano (president in 2009), who kind of recruited me, brought me under his wing. So, I got these great mentors, these great father figures, great mother figures here on campus. They’ve done so much for me here and I just want to try to continue to do as much as I can for Central Penn.”

Encouraging students

In 2012, Voelker earned his bachelor’s degree for business and marketing and was immediately hired by Central Penn. He enjoys being able to use his degree every day through recruiting and presenting, and is proud of the fact that Central Penn takes a unique approach to presenting to high school students.

“We’re one of the only colleges that do in-class presentations. Most admissions teams do what they call guidance visits,” said Voelker.

Guidance visits are appointments scheduled with a guidance counselor and students. The students sign up to participate during that time. According to Voelker, these scheduled visits may have one, three or five students who participate.

Voelker’s approach is to contact a high school teacher to schedule a classroom presentation. The teacher selects a theme of either finding the right college, managing conflict, understanding diversity, or how to make a good first impression. Voelker prefers to present to English classes because they usually contain students in the same grade level.

He also presents to school clubs and organizations, Future Business Leaders of America being one of them. Voelker serves as the alumnus representative for the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America board of directors. He has been involved with the FBLA since his high school days.

“Serving FBLA is kind of my passions all rolled into one through serving the club I was in during high school, then through serving Central Penn, and then serving the students by being a part of the board.”

Dancing with the Stars

Voelker started serving on the board of the East Pennsboro Education Foundation in March. One of his main functions is emceeing Dancing with the East Pennsboro Stars, which is an annual major fundraising event. The main purpose of the foundation is to raise funds for educational purposes for East Pennsboro School District.

“One of the biggest things we’ve done is help fund the new media club at East Penn. It includes things like video cameras, sound equipment, helping students express themselves in different ways, in various projects and papers, and things like that,” Voelker said.

Although not an official representative of the college on the Pennsylvania FBLA or East Pennsboro Education Foundation boards, Voelker said he “doesn’t know if there’s ever a time that I can’t find a way to connect it to Central Penn because that’s my goal; that’s my mindset.”

Central Penn Education Foundation

Voelker serves on the Central Penn Education Foundation as a trustee, a role he began while a current student. He was the first and only current student who was elected to the Education Foundation Board of Trustees and has served since December 2011. As a trustee, he helps select scholarship recipients and raise funds for those scholarships.

One way to encourage the newest alumni to give back to the foundation is through the purchase of a True Cord. These cords are worn by the students at graduation and have their graduation year as the purchase price. This year’s cost was $20.17.

“It’s a simple way to have them start to think ‘Hey, this is a way I can give back.’ It gives them a good feeling when they walk across the stage. Hopefully, that grows.”

Another role for Voelker, as a trustee, is helping with student engagement.

“With myself being a former student, and staff member, and alumni, I really try to help in terms of engaging student involvement,” he explained. “I’ve done a couple of fundraisers with students to help increase the thought of philanthropy and what it means to give back to the alma mater.”

Voelker encourages current students to get involved with events on campus and the community, taking leadership roles, and to work toward leaving a legacy. Voelker and Dillon Epler, associate residence life director at Central Penn, created and led the first Central Penn men’s leadership retreat.

Men’s leadership retreat

The theme for the retreat, held in August, was “A Legacy for Leadership.” The seven participating students identified personal and professional goals, then identified things they are involved in on campus or in the community.

After identifying these, they examined whether their activities were helping them achieve their goals. They discussed what they hoped to leave behind on campus with Central Penn, what legacy they wanted build for themselves, and the importance of leaving a legacy.

The college has had women’s retreats for the last three years, but this was the first men’s retreat. Voelker and Epler, who were housemates during their college days, were pleased with the response.

“This is one of the biggest things we’ve talked about, about wanting to just give back in this way, with leadership and mentorship,” said Voelker. “The group of guys were fantastic. They all took something away from it. They absolutely enjoyed it.”

Voelker, who believes in leading by example, was able to achieve one of his personal and professional goals in October.

TEDxHarrisburg

On Sunday, Oct. 15, Voelker achieved his goal of giving a TED Talk at TEDxHarrisburg. The sold-out event featured 12 speakers and 100 people in the audience.

The process to be one of the 12 speakers began in May with 60 applicants. According to Voelker, the theme for this event was “Evolve.” The TEDxHarrisburg committee reviewed the applications and proposals, and chose around 25 people for the second round. The second round required a one- to two-minute speaking sample.

“From there they chose the top 12, and those were the top 12 who spoke at the actual event,” Voelker said. “My sample presentation was basically two minutes of my personal story and how I could motivate others.”

Voelker’s TEDxHarrisburg presentation was entitled “Evolve through Adversity.” He involved the audience by having them simulate “the storm of success” through tapping feet and snapping fingers. He has received many requests and questions about being able to watch his presentation online. TED released the videos of TEDxHarrisburg 2017 on Nov. 22. Now, those who could not attend the live event may view Voelker’s presentation on The TEDxHarrisburg Team’s YouTube channel.

Curtis, TEDx Harrisburg

Voelker, TED Talk presenter. Photos by Sherri Long.

Voelker, TED Talk presenter. Photos by Sherri Long.

Standing Ovation

2017 has been a year full of service, goal achievement and recognition for Voelker. On Oct. 20, Voelker was awarded the Central Penn Alumni Standing Ovation Award in “The Next Big Thing” category. Voelker was one of four alumni nominees in that category.   

Voelker as superhero in a panel presented at the Standing Ovation Awards in October. Photo courtesy Central Penn College.

Voelker as superhero in a panel presented at the Standing Ovation Awards in October.                        Photo courtesy Central Penn College.

The “Next Big Thing” award recognized “a graduate who stands out among peers for outstanding leadership and service prior to one’s tenth reunion year. Community service, professional accomplishments, and other significant achievements are considered,” according to the nomination flyer from the Central Penn Alumni Association.

Voelker paused, as he thought about what receiving the award meant to him.

“That meant a lot. It meant a lot because there were great nominees, across the board, for all of the different awards. I’m glad we did that because I don’t know if a lot of people realize the standout students that we have. Specifically, for myself, I appreciated the praise for the individual stuff that I did, but it’s really a team effort. It took all 25 nominees to get to where we (alumni) are today.”

Continued education

When asked about earning his master’s degree in organizational leadership, Voelker shook his head, laughed and said, “Crazy.” He explained his response.

“Just thinking back. Littlestown. My graduating high school class was 87 students. We had one traffic light in the entire town. No one else in my family went to college, and I remember thinking, when I started Central Penn going for my bachelor’s, ‘Could I do it? What will the classes be like? What is this experience going to be like?’ I went through it, had an amazing experience, and then thought ‘Okay. Let’s keep it going.’ And then I got my master’s, and was just, like, wow!”

He is considering going for his doctorate.

“My grandma is asking me about it all the time. She wants a doctor in the family. I’m still looking for the free time I thought I’d have after I was done with my master’s, though,” Voelker said, laughing.

PEZ dispensers

Voelker does have some free time, but not much during the busy fall season of visiting and presenting at high schools.

“Any free time that I do have I spend working out or hunting PEZ dispensers,” he said.

Voelker started collecting PEZ dispensers, again, in 2016. His original PEZ collection was started when his father gave him a couple PEZ dispensers, when Voelker was little.

“I had a huge collection up until age 12. I had a whole closetful of seven boxes, two full notebooks of inventory. I had some from Europe, from overseas, whole different kinds of PEZ dispensers. With my personal story, they eventually went away, so, I had to restart from scratch.”

The future

What’s next for Voelker?

“I think right now, I just want to continue doing what I do now, pretty well. I want to increase, obviously, alumni council’s reach and position. Definitely want to increase the foundation. So, maybe no new projects, yet,” Voelker said.

But, Voelker said he is always open to opportunity and looking for ways to give back, which is something that is at his core. Specifically, finding ways to benefit Central Penn and its students and alumni, because he views Central Penn as his home and family.

“When we all continue to help each other learn and grow, we’re continually helping each generation of Central Penn students get that much better of an experience.”


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

To comment on this article, or to suggest one, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.
Edited by Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi, club co-adviser.

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Knights finally return to the court

First game is tonight in York

By Brian Christiana, Paul Jones and Ian Kemmerer

Knightly News Reporters

The Central Penn basketball teams will have their opening games tonight at Penn State York, with the women starting at 6 and the men at 8.

The men’s team started playing on Oct. 27 when they traveled to Pikesville, Ky., to compete in the University of Pikesville Tip-Off Tournament.

The Knights are coming off a very successful season in which they finished 25-9 and had a long United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) tournament.

The Knights, however, have lost many key players due to graduation. The players include Tyree Tucker (21.4 points per game), Tyrie Orosco (20.3) and Rafeeq Bush (9.5).

The Knights have many key players returning to the team this season. The Knights are excited to have Noah Baylor, Daylin Davis, Randy Dupont, and Joel Zola return to the floor. They are depending on these guys to help lead the team to another tournament appearance.

The team has brought in many first-year players who could help. The team welcomed Justin Kellman (Reading, Penn.), Juwan Gooding (Boston, Mass.), John Blanc (Hillside, N.J.) and Ryan Lawrence (Lakewood, N.J.).

Facing a tough lineup

The Knights will be going up against some heavy NCAA Division I competition this season. They will be traveling to the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Nov. 16, Winthrop University on the 18th, Howard University on the 20th, University of Buffalo on Dec. 9 and Cornell University on Jan. 5.

“I think we have a hungry group of guys this season – the chemistry we have is really helping us,” Zola said.

He also said that the main goal for this season is to bring Central Penn its first-ever USCAA championship.

“The coaching staff has really done a great job to prepare us and push us really hard,” said the sophomore. “We have a new group that are always willing to work all year-round.”

First-year player Ryan Lawrence was eager to start the season, too.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Lawrence said. “We have a new coaching staff that will help with our new players. The new faces around here will help bring a new culture to the team.”

John Blanc said some good things as well.

“The coaching staff is doing an excellent job of making sure we are practicing and playing well,” he said. “Even when Coach Archer isn’t there, the assistants are really stepping up.”

Blanc also said the team’s energy could lead to a championship.

An interesting off season

In the summer, some current and former Knights got to show their own and see others’ talents at the summer league games played on the basketball courts behind Kathi Hall. The summer league gave players Daylin Davis and Zola a good look at who is going to be coming to the Knights’ program.

Head Coach David Archer is also excited to see the team tip off. He talked about how the team still has the same standards even with one senior. He wants his players to step up, so they can fulfill their goal of winning a championship.

“The team will continue to work hard in the classroom, on the court, and in the community,” Archer said.

He then said: “We are not just building basketball players, but the future leaders of tomorrow.”

 Not many home games

The Knights have only eight home games in Enola this season, so make sure you get a chance to see them play. The Knights play home games at East Pennsboro High School.

The first home game is on Nov. 17, when they go against Penn State Lehigh.

Here’s the schedule.

To comment on this story or to suggest one, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.


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

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Thank you, Dr. Scolforo

Editor’s note: The following is an editorial by Student Government President Yuliani Sutedjo. The opinion is hers, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Knightly News or its staff, and is not an endorsement. Sutedjo is also vice president of The Knightly News.

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Karen M. Scolforo, the ninth president of Central Penn College, resigned on Sept. 15.

She said in several communications to faculty, staff and students that she decided to resign because she needed to live closer to her mother, who is ailing.

“I made the decision to apply with the goal of moving closer to my ailing mother, and to provide some support for my sister, who serves as her sole care provider,” Scolforo said in Central Station email on Sept. 4.

Scolforo will become president of Castleton University, in Vermont, in early December.

During Scolforo’s tenure, from 2013, she accomplished many things.

Below are a few of those accomplishments listed on her curriculum vitae (CV):

  • She built The Underground, which provides students the ability to relax and have some fun. The building consists of the Capital BlueCross Theatre, offices, a gym, the Student Government Association office, a dance studio and the student lounge.
  • She also redesigned the new health science building, called the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Health Sciences Building.
  • Expanded academic programs, including four new medical bachelor degrees and three graduate-level options.
  • Established the Center for Global Education and Cultural Inclusion.
  • Increased underrepresented populations by 30 percent in staff and faculty.
  • Installation of a gender-neutral restroom.

Besides these achievements, she received many awards for being involved in the community. Below are some of them listed on her (CV):

  • Century Link Business Woman of the Year, 2017.
  • YWCA Woman of Excellence, 2017.
  • Central Penn Business Journal Executive Leadership Team (president and cabinet) nominee, 2016.
  • Women’s Conference Care to Share, 2017.
  • Central Penn Business Journal Woman of Influence, 2016.
  • Carlisle Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year nominee, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • West Shore Chamber of Commerce Prestigious Visionary Luminary, 2015.
  • U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Women Who Thrive, 2015.

As the president of the Student Government Association, I want to thank you for all the work you did.

Your accomplishments and awards have been helpful for our students and made Central Penn College grow bigger with the many connections you made.

Thank you for making The Underground a reality. Students get to experience the world of theater, are able to exercise and have a place to hang out.

The time you took to have monthly meetings with the Student Government Association was helpful for us to allow direct communication with you about student concerns.

Thank you for taking time to support the events that happened on campus, such as coming to many basketball home games and some away games, coming to see the student-created play and some other plays held at the Capital BlueCross Theatre, coming to some of the poetry contests in The Underground, and other events.

I wish you all the best at Castleton University, and reuniting with your mom and sister.


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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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A group of gallant Knights explores Toronto while lending a helping hand

Four-day odyssey is a learning and living

experience of culture and service

 Part two of two.

 Story and photos

By Yuliani Sutedjo

 Knightly News Reporter

 TORONTO – Hi, everyone. Follow me in my story on the four-day journey I took with other students and some staff to Canada in April.

Eight Central Penn students, all from the Summerdale campus except one from the Lancaster center, rendezvoused at the college on a day in early April, at 6 a.m., for the annual alternative term-break trip run by the diversity office, to provide community service— in Toronto. Two Central Penn staff members also went on the trip.

It was windy and chilly, and not fully light.

By 6:15 a.m., we hit the road to Canada.

(Read the first part of the story.)

Day 3

The next day, I woke up around 8:30 a.m., took a shower and went to a supermarket. Around 10 a.m., I went back to the hostel and decided to walk around the Kensington area.

I also wanted to try some jerk chicken. When I went to Toronto last year, I didn’t get to try it, because when we arrived to the store, they were about to close and had only a bit left. This year, I walked into the store around 10:50 a.m. They told me they weren’t open yet — not until 11. I took another walk around the complex and came back at 11:10. I went in and debated whether to a get small or a medium order. I decided to get medium.

Man, when I opened the box, the aroma of the chicken and spices was strong, and the food was delicious. It’s the best lunch I ever had in my entire life. It was fried perfectly — was nice and crisp, and also grilled. The chicken was really tasty. I saved a bit for dinner, because I was full when I ate half the portion.

Arlene Throness, a professor at Ryerson University, shows students a plot in the rooftop garden.

Arlene Throness, a professor at Ryerson University, shows students a plot in the rooftop garden.

When lunch was done, the group met at 11:45 to go to Ryerson University to see a rooftop garden. This rooftop garden was created by a student studying to become a nutritionist. We also met with a professor named Arlene Throness. Throness was so enthusiastic to show us the garden that she gave us a tour and explained the history of the rooftop garden, and what type of plants are in the garden.

We got to try fresh vegetables from the garden, such as spinach, sage, mint, chives and garlic.

The day didn’t end there, though. We went to visit the CN Tower.  The tower opened to the public in 1975. It is named for the Canadian National railroad, which doesn’t own it anymore. It is 1,815 tall, and until 2007 was the world’s tallest free-standing structure, and tallest tower. I visited this last year, so Sovit, Megan and I decided to wait for the other students who wanted to go up to the observation deck. Right after the CN Tower excursion, and after an hour of waiting, we came into a bit of trouble. Romeo decided to buy a poncho. He used the credit card he had, and swiped it at the cash register.

Ooooopps.

The card didn’t work. There is a back story. When Romeo and the others went to Casa Loma, the clerk asked Romeo for his ID, and found that the name didn’t match the name on the card. Romeo explained that it was the school’s card, and he was authorized to use it, but the cashier continued to say he couldn’t, but eventually did it anyway. Romeo called the bank and they promised to take care of the problem, and said Romeo would be able to use the card the next day. But before the situation was corrected, the bank clerk would give us only $200 to spend for the day. We were supposed to go to Ward’s Island, in Lake Ontario, but we cancelled — along with the dinner we were supposed to have together.

Well, because the island trip got cancelled, we decided to go to the Art Gallery of Ontario.

We finished seeing the museum around 7:15 p.m. and decided to have dinner in the Kensington area, near the hostel. I decided to eat my leftover jerk chicken. Megan and I decided to buy some sodas, for some caffeine, to prepare for the next day, because we both needed to pay attention to the road.

It was bittersweet that Wednesday would be our last day in Toronto.

Day 4

We all woke up at 7 a.m. and departed Toronto by 7:15, on toward Niagara Falls.

The weather was rainy and windy.

Urgh.

We arrived at Niagara Falls around 9:20, and it was still raining, and the gift shop wasn’t open yet. We left Niagara Falls around 9:40 a.m. for home.

Around 10:20, we ate at a gas station in New York, and right after that, we hit the road again.

Once again, there were hills, mountains, fields and windmills, and we passed the lake we had seen on the way up a few days before. By 12:47 p.m., we were in Pennsylvania, and by 2:48, we saw the Welcome to Harrisburg sign. We arrived in Summerdale around 3:15 p.m.

Overall, it was a great trip! We got to volunteer at the food bank, and enjoy the diversity of the Kensington neighborhood of Toronto.

Come and join this program next year!


 

For information on the alternative term-break trip, contact Romeo Azondekon.

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

Yuliani Sutedjo is vice president of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

She is also Central Penn College Student Government Association president.

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

 

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Central Penn All-Star Kendra Elliott Joins Podcast 36

Former SGA President now works in the non-profit sector

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

In the latest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, the show welcomes Central Penn College alumna and former SGA President Kendra Elliott.

Elliott is currently the Director Of Program & Development, Lebanon County at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, a position that she says is extremely rewarding.

She claims that her non-profit requirement while in school directly influenced her decision to spend her career in non-profits.

She said of her time volunteering at the college, “I didn’t really do a lot of work with non-profits prior (to coming to college).  It was an opportunity to connect with people, and there are opportunities to meet people who can help you.”

Elliott has three different degrees from the college:  an associate degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Human Resource Management.

Also joining the podcast is current SGA President and Vice President of the Knightly News Yuliani Sutedjo.

Sutedjo discussed her first initiative in detail, having the lunch and dinner menu available everyday on the Central Penn College SGA Facebook page, located at https://www.facebook.com/CentralPennSGA.

The two also discussed the current state of the SGA, how the SGA was reincarnated over the last several years with the assistance of Central Penn College Professor Robert Donley, and future initiatives for student government.

The Knightly News would like to sincerely congratulate Elliott on her most recent position, as we are proud of the growth she has seen in her career.

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The Knightly News Podcast Welcomes Curtis Voelker

Voelker discusses his passion for the Central Penn College family

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In our newest podcast, Episode #34, we welcome Admissions Counselor Curtis Voelker to the show to talk about the upcoming Young Alumni Happy Hour, his journey through his education at Central Penn, and his opportunity to speak with high school students about his hardships growing up.

The podcast is also joined by Knightly News President Sherri Long and a special guest appearance by former Knightly News Vice President Norman Geary.

Voelker has had a life of trials and tribulations, documented by Harrisburg-based Uproot Creative Services in their Portraits series.  His story can be seen here.

In the first segment with Voelker, he discusses his job as an admission counselor, often spending the fall and spring months traveling to high schools to recruit students and to discuss with him the hardships he has endured, cherishing the opportunity to impact the lives of young people.

In the second segment of the podcast, the group discusses the Central Penn College Education Foundation scholarships.

Voelker is a trustee of the Education Foundation and Long and Geary have both won different scholarships during their time at the college.

The discussion finally shifted to Voelker’s role as a member of the Alumni Council, discussing the upcoming Central Penn On Tap:  Young Alumni Happy Hour, taking place Aug. 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Public Fare at Weis Markets in Enola.

If you are interested in registering for the event, or for more information:  http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/central-penn-on-tap-young-alumni/

The Knightly News would like to wish Voelker congratulations for his recent completion of his M.P.S. at Central Penn College.

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A group of gallant Knights explores Toronto while lending a helping hand

Four-day odyssey is a learning and living

experience of culture and service

Part one of two.

Story and photos

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

Day 1

TORONTO – Hi, everyone. Follow me in my story on the four-day journey I took with other students and some staff to Canada in April.

Eight Central Penn students, all from the Summerdale campus except one from the Lancaster center, rendezvoused at the college on a day in early April, at 6 a.m., for the annual alternative term-break trip run by the diversity office, to provide community service— in Toronto. Two Central Penn staff members also went on the trip.

It was windy and chilly, and not fully light.

By 6:15 a.m., we hit the road to Canada.

On the way up Interstate 81 through Pennsylvania and into New York state – up, up, up toward Niagara Falls, and Canada – we passed towns and cities, mountains, farms, rivers, lakes and windmills.

We drove on and on, in two cars.

After about 300 miles, we arrived at the Canadian border at about 11:37 a.m.

When we reached the border crossing, the Canadian border guard at the gate asked Megan Cline, Central Penn counselor, some questions such as, where we were from, what we would be doing in Canada, and where we would stay and where we would go while in Canada. The officer’s tone was intense; she seemed like a drill sergeant.

Once through the grilling, and the gate, it took another hour and a half to arrive at the College Backpackers Hostel, in Toronto’s Kensington neighborhood.At 1:30 p.m., we got our room, had a quick nap for an hour, and then came back to meet up around 2:45 to have lunch at the Toronto Eaton Centre mall.

View from hostel window

This is the view from my hostel room window.

Some of us ate Chinese food and others had Indian food, while still others had food from Tim Hortons, a fast-food bistro. After a quick lunch, we explored the mall. The mall has a UNIQLo clothing store, among many others. I looked for some items, and then went to hunt a bubble tea at a place called Chatime. We went back to the hostel around 6.

The day was done. Some of us decided to rest or go to sleep, and some of us decided to watch a movie with Romeo Azondekon, Central Penn’s chief diversity officer. I decided to go to bed around 10 p.m., and skip the movie.

 

Day 2

It was like the day before when we left Pennsylvania – cloudy, windy and raining, but we set out for our destination. The group of us arrived at the North York Harvest Food Bank around 9:50 a.m. We were greeted by Leslie Venturainol and Kadian Clarke. In the food bank, we had the chance to volunteer. Our task was to look for a good can of food, make sure the food was not expired and then to put it in the right storage box. We were proud to volunteer and feed 100 families.

At the North York Harvest Food Bank with Kadian Clarke and Leslie Venturainol.

At the North York Harvest Food Bank with Kadian Clarke and Leslie Venturainol.

The day wasn’t over then, though. We were very hungry and decided to buy lunch at the Eaton Centre, around 1 p.m. Right after lunch, Belinda Rivera, Jasmine Harvey, Danielle Gilbert, Sovit Adhikari, Paul Jones, and Romeo went to the Casa Loma landmark and museum. Megan, and Linda Brown, Johnny McGee, Tiyana Butler and I went back to the hostel. Casa Loma is beautiful. It looks partly like an old castle. My favorite part is the top tower. I was there on another trip.

Around 5 p.m., the group went back to the hostel. An hour late, Romeo, Belinda, Paul and I went to a nearby supermarket to shop for dinner. We came back around 6:45 and started to cook. We had chicken, rice, soup beans, green beans and boiled potatoes.

Sovit Adhikari, Jasmine Harvey, Tiyana Butler, Linda Brown, Paul Jones and Danielle Gilbert make supper at the hostel.

Sovit Adhikari (background, left), Jasmine Harvey, Tiyana Butler, Linda Brown, Paul Jones and Danielle Gilbert make supper at the hostel.

During dinner, we talked about who our favorite actor and our favorite singer is, and discussed what we liked about Central Penn College. Right after dinner, Belinda, Danielle, Johnny, Jasmine, Linda and Tiyana decided to go to the Ripley Aquarium. The aquarium closed at 11 p.m., so they wanted to get going.

When they were finished touring the aquarium, the students were waiting to get picked up around 11 p.m. Meanwhile, I stayed at the hostel to get some rest. All of a sudden, my phone vibrated. It was a text from Central Penn student Mbuyi “Steve-O” Osango, who had already been in Toronto. Steve-O came to visit, and spent two and a half hours at the hostel. During his visit, around 11:15, Tiyana called Steve-O so she could talk to me, because she couldn’t reach me – my phone was out of data.

“Is Romeo on his way?” she asked me.

“I guess so,” I said.

Because I wasn’t sure if Romeo was on his way to pick the group up at the aquarium, and my phone was no use, I went to the guys’ room, where Romeo was staying for the trip, to confirm that he was on his way to pick the students up.

“Yes,” they said.

Another phone call came in around 11:25. Romeo still wasn’t there, and it was cold. That’s when Megan decided to pick the group up.

Some people, including me, didn’t have data, so we were depending on the Wi-Fi.

As Megan went to pick them up, I kept in touch with everyone in the group chat and Steve-O decided to get some food at Subway. Fifteen minutes later, Romeo came in with Steve-O, whom he met outside the hostel, where he had been waiting for the call to pick the group up.

It turned out there were some miscommunication and technology issues. Eventually, though, we all settled down, and things were cleared up.


Editor’s note: Watch for the next installment of this story!


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

Yuliani Sutedjo is vice president of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

She is also Central Penn College Student Government Association president.

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

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Inaugural internship fair a success

Strong company attendance

raises chances of student success

 

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Approximately 90 Central Penn students networked with representatives of business and nonprofit organizations at the inaugural Internship Fair at Central Penn College on July 25.

Twenty-nine organizations participated.

 

Businesses, nonprofits and the state

Kristin Fike, internship coordinator at Central Penn, believed the event was a success and a unique opportunity for students.

“Because we did not charge companies to attend the event, this opened the opportunity for nonprofits and state organizations, who normally can’t participate in job fairs due to fees,” Fike said.

 

A win-win situation

Corporate  communications students Kathleen Tarr, Ian Kemmerer and Michael Ademola meet with Mark Anderson, manager, training and hiring, reservations, at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts during the Internship Fair. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

Corporate communications students Kathleen Tarr, Ian Kemmerer and Michael Ademola meet with Mark Anderson, manager, training and hiring, reservations, at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts during the Internship Fair.                            Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

 

Students, who ranged from first-year to seniors, benefited from the internship fair by being able to connect and share their resumes with several organizations at one convenient location.

The organizations benefit by connecting with a wide range of students and creating more awareness about their business or cause.

Mark Anderson, manager, training and hiring-reservations at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, said, “Whenever and wherever we have the opportunity to be out in the public, we are there.”

 

Stacks of resumes

Anderson said he writes notes on the resumes he receives at internship and job fairs. Then, he turns those resumes over to Ryan Epler, senior recruiter at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.

“Our resumes go to our senior recruiter, Ryan. I take notes, here, on specific departments they are interested in, and then Ryan will follow up with everyone.”

Epler follows up with candidates to encourage them to apply for current positions or let them know about upcoming opportunities.

Perrise Hatcher, recruiter, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Bureau of Human Resources, shared what she does with the resumes collected at job and internship fairs.

“Once a position opens, we look through our stack of resumes to look for the best candidates,” Hatcher said.

 

Yes, LinkedIn profiles DO matter

Myneca Ojo, director of the office of diversity and inclusion at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, spoke about the importance of making connections and networking with people and businesses, “even if they aren’t offering exactly what you are looking for at the moment.”

“I ask people if they are on LinkedIn and if they say no, I tell them, ‘Well, then, get on LinkedIn,’” said Ojo.

She explained that many employers and HR professionals share job and internship opportunities, from all departments, on LinkedIn.

Mark Anderson shared that after finding a potential candidate from resumes received, the next step is to look over that candidate’s LinkedIn profile.

“You can get so much more information on LinkedIn than just a resume.”

 

Practice, research, connect

No matter where a student is in her college career, attending internship and job fairs, and networking events should be on a student’s “must-do” list. Several organization representatives said they would be happy to look over a student’s resume and provide feedback.

By starting to network with companies as a freshman, students can build a relationship with recruiters that can lead to internships or jobs when the student is ready to graduate.

Central Penn’s Career Services provides several opportunities for students, and alumni, to network. Upcoming events include the Networking Reception, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and the Fall Job and Internship Fair, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Visit centralpenn.edu/careerservices for more information and follow their Facebook page for registration details.


Sherri Long is president of the media club.

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

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

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The Knightly News Podcast Returns for the Summer Term

Episode #30 discusses major Central Penn events upcoming

By Paul Miller

Co-Adviser to the Knightly News

The Knightly News Media Club is excited to release Episode #30 of the Knightly News Podcast, featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

During our segment with Thoman, she discusses a jam-packed July calendar for student events with co-host Darren Greene, including the newly revamped Summer Club Fair on July 12 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Club Fair, traditionally during the Common Hour time period of 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. has been moved to the afternoon slot due to the growing number of students with classes during that time.

Thoman hopes this will boost attendance for the fair and has many new features that she outlines in the podcast.

In addition, the upcoming White Water Rafting trip (July 17 – $15) and the SGA Pool Party  (July 20 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.) were discussed.

For more information, or to register, email Adrienne at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu.

Go can always find more information and the July events calendar at http://www.centralpenn.edu/college-services/clubs-activities/.

In our second segment, we welcome Blumenschein and Knightly News Media Club President Sherri Long to discuss alumni events for the summer term, both on and off-campus.

During her time with the show, she outlined three major events on the Alumni Calendar for the summer term:

July 21 – Senators Baseball Game with Picnic

August 16 – Young Alumni Happy Hour – Public Fare – Weis Market in Enola

August 22 – Alumni Leadership Conference – The Conference Center at Central Penn College

For more information about any of these events, you can email Sarah at SarahBlumenschein@centralpenn.edu or view http://www.centralpenn.edu/alumni.

The Alumni Calendar is full during the months of July and August.

The Alumni Calendar is full during the months of July and August

 

 

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