By Norman Geary and Kris Ortega
Media Club Reporters
Fall Harvest featured a new event, Alumni Feast ‘N’ Brews, on the Summerdale campus as part of Homecoming on Oct. 24.
The celebration began at 11 a.m. with Harrisburg street band No Last Call playing “Give Up the Funk” by the Parliaments, a late-’50s and 1960s band popular in the 1970s as the Funkadelics, started by manager and owner George Clinton, who developed a new music genre called P-Funk and later was called funk rock.
Things have definitely changed since then, but alumni who gathered to reunite with old friends and to meet new ones went with the flow, and had a good time.
Trying something new
The event was the first of its kind at the college, with alumni and their families enjoying refreshments that included alcohol. Catered foods were also served. Local craft beer providers, including The Brewery of Hershey, Zeroday Brewing Co. and Pizza Boy Brewing Co., all owned by Central Penn alums.
“I feel like I’m at a Penn State game,” attendee Jill Zeigler said. “The Conference Center was not here and the auditorium is new. Kathi Hall (now our library) is different. There were five of us that roomed in one dorm.”
Since graduation, Zeigler has worked for the U.S. Department of Defense.
“We come to Fall Harvest every year and the event is really nice,” Zeigler said.
Susan Roscioli welcomed a return not only to Central Penn, but to the area.
“The reason why I attended Central Penn (is) I wanted to attend a school in the local area,” Roscioli said. “I have been working at North Hampton Community College for four and a half years.”
Will she come back with her friends to Fall Harvest?
“Definitely!” she proclaimed. “This is the one time during the year we get together as friends.”
Change was a big draw
The consensus among alumni was they enjoyed the Fall Harvest Feast ‘N’ Brews celebration.
“I love it! My favorite is the Blueberry Pomegranate (beer selection by Brewery of Hershey),” said Sarah Dick, ’15, legal studies.
Would she be returning next year?
“Of course, especially if you have beer!”
She has been working for a law firm since graduation.
Success stories were a recurring theme among alumni.
“I have been at Schmidt Kramer for eight months and Professor Teplitz pulled for me – she lobbied for me to get the job,” said Amanda Rodriguez, ’15. “ My niece is graduating from Hershey High School and I am pulling for her to come to Central Penn. There are a lot of changes here: The … Medical Building was not here. I will be definitely attending next year.”