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

By Destani Matthews

Knightly News Reporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Don’t Stress Out!

Staff and students of Central Penn enjoy seven minutes of free massage therapy to relieve midterm blues

By Sarayuth Pinthong and Fontaine McClure

Knightly News Reporters

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

Ugh! You say: “I just can’t stand it!

Calm down, take a breath and try to relax.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students speak about stress

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

Cline says studies back up the benefits of massage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

 

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Giving, and Receiving, Therapy — The Special Way

PTA students spend time with Special Olympians

Story and Photos

By Sarayuth Pinthong

Media Club Reporter and Photographer

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

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

Central Penn PTA students withe their Special Olympics buddies.

Central Penn PTA students with their Special Olympics buddies.

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

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

 

Working in the field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A rigorous program

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

PTA students learned from their buddies.

PTA students learned from their buddies.

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

Being able to adapt is important when connecting with patients.

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

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

A good time, too

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

 

 

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Second Annual Research Exhibition Poster Competition Is Underway

This year’s event includes a digital version

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to see the guide on the digital version.

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

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

Below are tips from Reed.

Tips for poster board

Reed offered the following advice.

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

Tips for digital presentation

Reed offered these bits of advice for digital submissions.

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

Yuliani Sutedjo is vice president of the Knightly News.

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

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

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Central Penn Valedictorian Tells Graduates not to Fear Failure

It is part of becoming a success

Editor’s note: This story is Central Penn 2017 valedictorian Morgan Gerz’s speech to her graduating class, and all others, assembled in the Forum in Harrisburg on May 12 for graduation.

 Morgan Gerz headshotBy Morgan Gerz

Special to the Knightly News

 

Hello.

My name is Morgan Gerz.

I am one of 240 students that are here graduating tonight. And just one of the 400 students that are in our graduating class.

Most of you I have never met, but I do know we have something in common: We are all successful.

I am your class valedictorian, and I am also a failure.

The path to success

I got an F on my term paper in 11th-grade English class.

My senior culminating project in high school was a complete disaster.

I lost the game for my soccer team in the league championship because I missed the final penalty kick in overtime.

I begged my sister to move to California with me, which she did, and then I only lasted eight months because I was homesick.

Central Penn College is actually the fourth college I’ve attended.

I got my associate degree at one, and the other two would make me a two-time college drop-out.

These moments in my life can be called failures, because:

  •  I did not succeed in what I set out to do
  • My performance fell short.
  • Expectations were not met.

What is failure, and what does success mean?

            Failure. It is a lack of success.

            Failure. It is a scary word.

            Failure. It is reality. It is inevitable.

And it is a risk we must take if we ever want to succeed.

History tells us that failure is essential to success.

Great people have embraced failure. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Michael Jordan, Henry Ford – they have all failed.

Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Winston Churchill wisely stated: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Those of you sitting here in your cap and gown risked failure every time you stepped into the classroom, every time you turned in an assignment, every time you took an exam.

You risked failing in order to be where you sit today.

Different paths, same destination

We have all taken a different journey to get here.

When we leave here today, we will all go our separate ways.

But, today our failures have been overtaken by this unique moment in time, because today, we have succeeded. Today, we graduate.

So, class of 2017, congratulations, and I bid you farewell with a challenge. When you depart from Central Penn College and begin your next stage in life, I ask you to remember three Fs. And, no, none of them are failure.

Remember the three Fs

First, don’t forget to have “fun,” because you have most certainly earned it.

Second, be “fierce.” I love this word because it is so powerful. And you now have the power to do things and make a difference. Don’t run from fear, because I believe that having fears and facing those fears are what will ultimately make us stronger.

And third, have “faith” in yourself. Have faith that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, faith that you will overcome failure.

I mean, just take a look around at where we are. That gown you’re wearing? And that tassel hanging down?

That means WE ARE GRADUATES.

And however long it took you, whatever path you took to get here, however many failed attempts it took, what matters in the end – what matters today – is that you did it, you are a graduate.

Congratulations, Central Penn College Class of 2017.

May your successes and accomplishments always be bigger than your failures.

Thank you.


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

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

Gerz majored in accounting. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree. The Knightly News thanks her for her contribution to our blog, and wishes her luck in her future endeavors. Photo courtesy of Morgan Gerz.

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Miller Named Faculty Member of the Quarter

Media club co-adviser calls honor the ‘finest moment’ of his career

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Prof. Paul Miller, co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College, received the college’s Faculty Member of the Quarter Award for the spring term (second quarter) last month.

The award recognizes “positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers, students, and customers, and your willingness to take initiative for the good of the campus community,” according to the college’s description.

The award was Miller’s first at Central Penn.

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Professor Paul Miller with his Faculty Member of the Quarter Award certificate.  Photo by Sy Pinthong

“I had no idea that I’d even been nominated and found out in a Humanities and Sciences department meeting that I had won,” Miller said. “It is one of the highest honors a Central Penn College faculty (member) can achieve. I am truly honored that my department values me and my efforts.”

Candidates for the award are nominated by peers.

An excerpt of Miller’s nomination said, “Paul works tirelessly to help and aid students, advise the Knightly News Media Club, and build up the reputation and resources of the College. He bleeds Central Penn maroon and orange. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

Miller said receiving the award means a lot to him, professionally and personally.

“This, without a doubt, is the finest moment of my career,” he said. “Personally, the fact that I have the opportunity to spend my career with Central Penn College is amazing. It really means the world to me to have such supportive and caring colleagues that I get to work with every day.”


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

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The Knightly News Podcast Welcomes The Cast of Truth and Professor Maria Thiaw

The third annual student-created play opens May 17

By Darren Greene and Paul Miller

In the first segment of the podcast, Central Penn College Theater Director Janet Bixler along with some of the cast joins the Knightly News to discuss her upcoming student-created play.

Spring is kicking in and the third annual student-created play is back at the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

Last year, the production was “Dreams and Nightmares.” This year, the play is entitled “Truth.”

The play is centered around a small group of friends that all deny their truth about themselves.

We are all eager to see how “Truth” plays out with this cast of students.

Show times are from May 17-19, starting at 7:30 p.m., and May 20 for a matinee showing, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket price is $3 for students and $5 for general admission and tickets are available at the box office or online.

The box office will open one hour prior to the show and online tickets along with additional information about the show are available here.

In the second segment of the podcast, the Knightly News is joined by Professor Maria Thiaw to talk about the American Griot Project that she has been working on over the last two years.

During her time on the show, she discusses what the American Griot Project is and how she envisions the future of the project.

To learn more about the project, you can go to Thiaw’s blog about the topic and find out how you can help.

In addition, Thiaw discusses the club she advises, the Knight Writers, a creative writing club on campus that promotes self-expression.

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Podcast Episode 23 Features Women’s Leadership Conference Organizer

The conference comes to Central Penn College on April 24.

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News is proud to release our newest podcast, featuring two female leaders on the Central Penn College campus.

The first segment of the show features Rubina Azizdin of Career Services to discuss next week’s Women’s Leadership Conference, taking place on the Summerdale campus on April 24.

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During the show, Azizdin discusses the importance of networking and the need for leadership for our aspiring professionals.

Azizdin is the conference organizer and has received a great deal of support from local organizations like PSECU, and spoke about the process of putting together a conference of this scale.

Registration for this conference ends April 18at 5 p.m. and is free to Central Penn College faculty, staff and students.

To register or for more information on presenters, check out this link.

In addition to Azizdin, Knightly News President Sherri Long stops by the studio to discuss upcoming initiatives of her recently elected presidency.

Long has been working on a Knightly News media kit as well as our first print edition of our quarterly newsletter style publication.

The Knightly News Media Club is proud of Sherri, as she does many wonderful things to support the growth of our organization.

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A Field of Dreams Exists at Central Penn

But Roadside Tribute to Local Sports Hero Often Goes Unnoticed

 By Keith Gudz

Knightly News Reporter

Every day, students, staff members, visitors and passers-by drive down Valley Road along the north end of the Central Penn College campus.

They drive past a piece of the not-too-distant past that holds a story about a heartbroken town and a hometown hero who was tragically taken from this world far too soon.

On the north side of Valley Road, in a field across from Central Penn’s historic Boyer House and down a bit toward the village of Summerdale, there is a gap where the grass does not grow. In that little circle of dirt are flowers, and baseballs on which the cowhide covers and threaded seams are splitting apart. This often-overlooked circle in a field is a memorial to Tom Sgrignoli, and this is his story.

A memorial to East Pennsboro Township stand-out athlete Tom Sgrignoli, along Valley Road, at Central Penn College. Photo by Keith Gudz

A memorial to East Pennsboro Township stand-out athlete Tom Sgrignoli, along Valley Road, at Central Penn College.
Photo by Keith Gudz

Tom grew up in Enola. The son of Ron and Janet Sgrignoli of Enola, Tom became a sports star on the local scene in 1997, as a standout athlete at East Pennsboro Area High School. While there, Tom excelled in baseball, basketball and golf, and in his senior year, on the Panthers’ varsity football team.

While on the team, Tom was selected and named Most Valuable Player of the 1998 Thanksgiving High School All-Star Football Classic. He had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

After high school, Tom went on to play for Enola’s team in the East Shore Twilight Baseball League, and was a highly successful pitcher. His future as the continuous toast of Enola seemed bright and long-lasting. But all that changed in mid-2005.

On June 22, Tom was riding his motorcycle along Valley Road when he was struck by a wire that was jarred loose by a truck that had passed through before he did. Tom crashed in the field across from the Boyer House.  He was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Tom was 24 years old.

In a recent telephone interview, Ron Sgrignoli said about his son’s crash: “It was the weirdest thing. He was working at Comcast and got off early from work because he had a baseball game to get to. He was going to meet a friend and if it wasn’t for those sets of circumstances, he would still be here. Really makes you think.”

Tom’s family and friends had left items at the crash site as a makeshift memorial. Ron Sgrignoli called then-president, now Central Penn College President Emeritus Todd A. Milano, to inform him of the memorial on the property. Milano agreed to meet with Tom’s parents and offered his condolences, along with any assistance he could be provide.

Milano and the Sgrignolis met over a light lunch, and Milano offered to allow the memorial to be permanent. The memorial is maintained by the Central Penn College Facilities Department.

Through Milano’s support, and with the memories of Tom’s loved ones and the people of his town, he and his legacy live on in that field of dreams.


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

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

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Conquering the Fear of Networking Events

CPC Career Services Offers Students Tips on Connecting to Potential Employers

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Networking events can strike fear into the hearts of many and send anxiety levels skyrocketing.

Career Services at Central Penn can help people with that fear.

Career Services hosted a networking skills workshop last month in ATEC room 200/202. The purpose of the event, held during the college’s weekly Common Hour — a one-hour leadership or cultural event for students and staff — was “to help students learn and understand the art of networking,” according to the program flyer. Career Services personnel covered “what networking is, how to do it effectively and why it is important.”

Rubina Azizdin, career counselor and part-time faculty member at Central Penn, welcomed attendees and began speaking about networking, and how Career Services can help.

“Please don’t think that you just come visit us only when you are about to graduate. It’s always great to get to know us ahead of time and get to know the resources we have to offer,” said Azizdin.

When attendees were asked, “How many feel nervous when they hear they have to go to a networking event?” most raised their hands.

“Yes, it can be overwhelming sometimes, if you don’t know what it (networking) means, who’s going to be there or what to expect,” said Azizdin. “Once you understand the basics of it, it’s really not that hard.”

Steve Hassinger and Kristin Fike of Career Services demonstrate introduction and networking skills. Career Services offers mock networking and interviewing for students and alumni. Photo by Sherri Long.

Steve Hassinger and Kristin Fike of Career Services demonstrate introduction and networking skills. Career Services offers mock networking and interviewing for students and alumni. Photo by Sherri Long.

The purposes of networking

“The more people you meet, the more connections you make, the more you’ll learn, and also the more opportunity will come to you. If you need a job or internship, you’ll know where to go and who to ask,” Azizdin explained.

Networking isn’t just for getting a job. The connections made can be resources of information for a topic or activity in which you are interested. Azizdin explained that she has found several guest speakers for the college through networking events.

“Networking can be beneficial in a lot of different ways,” Azizdin said. “You just need to know how to do it. You need to be confident in yourselves.”

Azizdin spoke about having a personal network and a professional network. Participants were asked to share who they thought would be in the two networks. Ideas given by attendees were friends, family, professors, co-workers and bosses.

She stressed the need to always be professional because, “You never know who is watching or who’s going to be your next professor, or who is at the administrator level. You always want to have a nice reputation.”

A networking video, which is a part of the online resources of Career Services, was shown. In the video, the speaker noted that “more jobs are filled through networking than any other means,” and that “networking is a life skill that will serve you throughout your careers.”

The elevator speech

A tutorial video Azizdin played about the elevator speech explained what one is and its purpose. Two points from the video were, “Consider it your work-related highlight reel,” and “the goal of an elevator speech is to enter into a higher-level conversation of what you can do for an employer.”

Attendees were given an elevator speech worksheet. Azizdin explained the importance of an elevator speech during a networking event. The three questions on the worksheet were:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I have to offer you?
  • What do I want from you?

“You really need to know yourself. You need to (say) your name, your major, your interests. And why are you approaching them,” said Azizdin. “Are you looking for a job? Are you just looking for information? You are supposed to do this within a minute.”

The etiquette of networking

Audrey Bare, Lancaster campus career counselor, asked the group for their ideas about etiquette for a networking event. Ideas shared were making eye contact, having a confident handshake and professional dress. Even the placement of a name tag is important.

“Your name tag should be on your right-hand side. That’s just familiar for people, because when you give a handshake, they can look at your name when they are introducing themselves,” said Bare.

To help reduce anxiety, Bare suggested taking a friend to the networking event “as long as you’re not standing in the corner with just the person that you took, but making sure that you’re making a plan to divide and conquer, and talk to other people.”

Before attending a networking event or job fair, Bare recommended reviewing the list of participating company representatives create a plan to meet the representatives of businesses in which you are most interested.

Career Services at Central Penn College always has plenty of job listings available in the Career Resource Center.

Career Services at Central Penn College always has plenty of job listings available in the Career Resource Center. Photo by Sherri Long.

Elevator speeches, networking and practice

Light refreshments were served and used during a mock networking exercise in which students practiced sharing their elevator speeches. Bare suggested to stand near the refreshments table because people will come to the refreshments, and the setting is more relaxed.

“This is the perfect place to meet people (and carrying extra napkins can make you very popular),” according to an article on college.usatoday.com.

Attendees networked with other students, professors, Azizdin and Bare. Elevator pitches were shared and several discussions about the networking process ensued.

Shelby Houston, PTA student, shared that she was offered one of her first jobs in her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, through a friend at church. The employer remembered Houston being a friendly person and hired her on the spot, without an interview. Houston believes in the importance of attending networking events because “if they like you, they remember you.”

More resources

Career Services at Central Penn offers several online resources of networking and interviewing tips. Some are on YouTube; others are part of the OptimalResume resource. The Career Services resource center is in Bollinger Hall, room 53. The resource center is usually staffed Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m. –   6 p.m. Appointments are recommended to ensure someone is there and to allow for sufficient time to help.

The networking Common Hour was given in preparation for the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) job and internship fair, held Feb. 21, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill where students applied their networking skills.

For information about the employers participating, visit www.cpec.info.


Sherri Long is president of the Knightly News Media Club.

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

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

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