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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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A New Way to Connect: Single Sign-On Student e-Portal

After logging onto a computer, students can access Blackboard, email and other areas

 By Morgan Littleford

Special to the Knightly News

In spring 2017 term, Central Penn College changed the way students get into their online service portals, by putting all student services accessible online in one place.

As of early April, student log-in is easier, with Blackboard, student email and the main sign-on portal in the same place, so students and faculty can type in one set of credentials – after logging onto a computer – and find everything they need in one spot, instead of signing into different areas of the portal separately.

Single sign-on for student services accessible through the Central Penn student-services portal has eased students' access to services and tools they need.

Single sign-on for student services accessible through the Central Penn student-services portal has eased students’ access to services and tools they need.

“The portal was made for security reasons,” Information Technology Administrator Valeri Hartman said.

Of course, certain students on campus didn’t like the change. They did not see a reason for a switch to the new portal. In their opinion, why fix something that’s not broken?

Well, security is a significant reason, according to Hartman.

Because of the change, Blackboard went down on several occasions, which rarely happened before when Blackboard stood alone, but was most likely because of “bugs” that had to be worked out, Hartman said. The system was working smoothly by the middle of the term.

The change also inconvenienced some students who had to change passwords to access the new service, and some couldn’t remember the new password – but that is something that happens when passwords must be changed, for routine security updates. If someone does forget his or her password, then the person has five opportunities to sign in with the correct password before the system locks.

Some students didn’t mind the change.  They found it convenient for everything to be in one place. They don’t have many passwords or log ins – it’s one sign-in username and password, and then they have access to everything they need. Students have said that they enjoy the new portal because it is quicker and easier to get into their email, classes and other tools.

“Overall, the new system is great and extremely helpful,” student Eliz Milanes said.

Students will always have different views on change at the college, but they can count on the administration to make things better and easier for students in the college.


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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The Knightly News Releases Podcast Episode #28

Talks June events on campus and welcomes former Senior Deputy Attorney General

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College is proud to offer our newest podcast, as we welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and former Senior Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania Jon Butchar.

In our segment with Adrienne, we outline several June events happening on the Summerdale campus and are joined also by Knightly News Correspondent Darren Greene.

These events include:

June 1 – 2016-17 Athletics and Activities Banquet – Conference Center at Central Penn – Noon – 1:30 p.m.

June 7 – Business Partner of the Year Breakfast – Conference Center at Central Penn College – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Register here.

Adrienne continued with her segment “Adrienne’s Featured Three” where she talks more about the Carnival/Block Party in the Quad on June 1, the ATEC Dance and Casino Night on June 2, and Cram Jam on June 18 – 19.

To find out more information about any of these events, or to sign up, contact Adrienne Thoman at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu.

In our second segment of the week, we are honored to be joined by the former Senior Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania Jon Butchar.

Butchar has been a part of Professor Miller’s Media and Politics class in the past, discussing state and local government with our students from his wealth of experiences.

Butchar recorded several segments for future episodes, but in this segment discusses the importance of college students to be engaged with the political process.  He said, “In some areas (during the primary election held in May), turnout was under 8%.”

He went onto discuss the need for our colleges across the nation to educate and share the importance of politics in our daily lives with students.

You can look forward to hearing future segments with Jon about our current issues with North Korea and other topics.

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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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Women’s Leadership Conference Stresses Empowerment and Education

Conference keynote speaker Robyn Hatcher addresses Women's Leadership Conference attendees at the Conference Center at Central Penn. Hatcher encouraged the audience to "let your light shine" and to "embrace your albatross." Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Conference keynote speaker Robyn Hatcher addresses Women’s Leadership Conference attendees at the Conference Center at Central Penn. Hatcher encouraged the audience to “let your light shine” and to “embrace your albatross.” Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

Over 200 women educated, encouraged and energized one another

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Education and empowerment for women were the main purposes of this year’s Women’s Leadership Conference, held last month in the Conference Center at the college.

Rubina Azizdin, career counselor and part-time faculty member at Central Penn, organized the event, which was geared toward women in all stages of their career paths.

The conference featured women leaders in the community and businesses. Attendees ranged from current college students and college leadership, to business employees, leaders and entrepreneurs.

Della Archer, director of employee relations for Harrisburg Area Community College, said she was attending the Women’s Conference because she “looks for ways to network with other women professionals,” and she values hearing “stories of other women to find out how they got to where they are.”

Archer’s coworker, Stephanie Maben, executive assistant to vice president of student affairs at HACC, explained she was attending because “working women face so many challenges. Any opportunity to network with other women is great.”

Albatrosses and rock stars

The conference started off with the breakfast keynote message from speaker and communication expert Robyn Hatcher. Hatcher encouraged attendees to “let your light shine” and to “embrace your albatross.” The albatross, Hatcher explained, is deadweight or a burden. By identifying it, you can reframe it and turn your misfortune into your mission.

Attendees were told to “get your sparkle on,” stood up by their tables, put their hands on their hips, heads held high and shouted, “I AM (after which they inserted three strengths from a list that was at each table)!” This energized the group, and kept the positive and energetic momentum going throughout the conference.

After the uplifting message from Hatcher, attendees went to the breakout sessions of their choice. Sessions were themed with such titles as Knowledge is Power, Financial Literacy, Achieving Your Dreams, Live Your Truth, and Interview Like A Rock Star.

Sharon Kelly, an accounting major student at Central Penn, said, “When I had my first interview, I was really nervous. They gave me this paper to review and asked some questions and I kind of stumbled through it.”

The main reason Kelly attended the conference was for the breakout session How to Interview Like a Rock Star — How to Slay Every Interview for Every Job You Ever Wanted, presented by Amanda King, owner of PeopleSavvyHR Group, to better her chances at her next interview.

 

Tiffany Chang Lawson, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, encourages attendees to “Live Your Truth” during her breakout session at the Women’s Leadership Conference at Central Penn College. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Tiffany Chang Lawson, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, encourages attendees to “Live Your Truth” during her breakout session at the Women’s Leadership Conference at Central Penn College. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Etiquette and power

After the breakout sessions, attendees participated in a five-course luncheon during which Kathy Christopher, general manager for Bridgewood Catering at Central Penn, gave a presentation on proper etiquette for each course of a meal during networking events and luncheon interviews.

During dessert, an energetic fashion show was presented by designer and local business woman Amma Johnson, featuring her AMMA JO fashions, which were modeled by several Central Penn employees, including President Karen Scolforo and Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Fedrizzi-Williams. The luncheon ended with the presentation of the Student Leadership Awards.

The conference concluded with a Powerhouse Panel, featuring local women leaders from the government, business and nonprofit sectors. After each panelist made introductory remarks, attendees could ask questions. Questions attendees asked covered discrimination, balancing family and career, and being compassionate, empathetic and successful.

The panel was well-received by attendees.

Azizdin closed the conference by thanking everyone for attending.

From left, Central Penn personnel Adrienne Thoman, Sandra Box, Dr. Linda Fredrizzi-Williams, Megan Peterson, Karen Scolforo and Krista Wolfe ham it up in some clothing they modeled at the conference.

From left, Central Penn personnel Adrienne Thoman, Sandra Box, Dr. Linda Fredrizzi-Williams, Megan Peterson, Dr. Karen Scolforo and Krista Wolfe ham it up in some clothing they modeled at the conference. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Reflecting success

“Everything went really well. Actually, it went better than expected,” Azizdin said about the event during a recap phone interview.

This year’s conference was the second annual Women’s Conference Azizdin organized. Attendance increased from 125 last year to 200 this year. She is “definitely planning on a 2018 conference.”

When asked what she’s learned or any improvements she’ll make for next year, Azizdin spoke about the technology of event planning. She is researching a new registration tool to use because some of the payments did not go through and because of lack of notifications when someone registered. She also advised planners to confirm what technology is in each room a presenter will be using.

“One of the rooms we used had new computer and presentation systems installed over the weekend,” Azizdin said.  “Thankfully, we were able to have someone from IT help with getting the equipment running.”

Azizdin recommends having one or two presenters as back-ups, “just in case.” One of the presenters could not attend due to a family emergency. One of the Power Panel participants, a friend of Azizdin’s, was able to present in that speaker’s place.

Azizdin continues to get positive feedback from attendees and through responses from emailed surveys.

She has several ideas for next year’s conference topics and planning, including looking for more corporate sponsors to help fund the event and for more giveaways at the conference.


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

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

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The Knightly News Podcast Welcomes Dean Melissa Wehler and Previews The Business Partner of the Year Breakfast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Podcast has had a constant string of amazing guests and Episode 27 is no different, as we welcome Dr. Melissa Wehler, Dean of the Humanities and Sciences Department, and Rubina Azizdin from Career Services.

During the first segment of the podcast, Azizdin discusses the upcoming 13th Annual Business Partner of the Year Breakfast, taking place June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in The Conference Center at Central Penn College.

Each term, the Career Services Department at Central Penn College puts on a special event in order to help our student network and gain experience in a professional setting.

The Business Partner of the Year Breakfast provides an outlet for students to meet local leaders, participate in discussions with business owners, and allows students to work on their elevator speech, all while offering a delicious breakfast buffet for all to enjoy.

For more information and to register, please check out Centralpenn.Edu’s page.  Act now though, as registration is only open until May 31.

In the second segment of the show, the Knightly News Podcast welcomes Dr. Wehler to discuss new initiatives being taught in our newly revised IDS101:  CPC Foundations class.

During the segment, Wehler discusses the importance of making quality decisions while in college, especially related to first-generation college students, which of which she is as well.

Wehler stresses the importance of having goals and making efforts to seek out professor’s office hours, the learning center, the library, and other school resources.

The Knightly News thanks you for your continued support!

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VPAA Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams Joins the Knightly News for Episode #26

By Lawrence Wilson

Knightly News Correspondent

In one of the most high-profile guests in the history of the Knightly News podcast,  Central Penn College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams joins the show to discuss her career journey and new initiatives at the school.

“Retention is just not an academic term” were wise words shared on the podcast by Fedrizzi-Williams, as she discussed broad issues of the higher education landscape from leadership, Central Penn College campus retention, our school’s intentional efforts in helping our on-ground and online students reach academic goals, and to today’s media.

Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams felt quite at home on the air, as she spent the better part of five years after college working in radio at WSPK, just outside of New York City, before moving on to higher education.

To learn more about Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams, you can view her LinkedIn profile.

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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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May Events and Residence Assistant Positions Discussed on Podcast Episode 24

The May calendar is loaded with fantastic events.

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College is excited to release Episode 24 of our podcast, where we welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman, Associate Residence Life Director Dillon Epler and new Knightly News members Ian Kemmerer and Michael Ademola.

During Thoman’s segment, we discuss some fantastic events coming to campus, as well as some fantastic opportunities for our students.

As part of “Adrienne’s Featured Three,” Thoman discusses three marquee events on the May calendar:  The Green Team’s Lawn Party on May 5 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pet-a-Palooza on May 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Festival of Nations on May 25 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

During the second segment of the podcast, Epler joins the Knightly News to discuss a wide variety of initiatives from the Office of Residence Life.

Epler describes several opportunities in the Resident Assistant (RA) program for those students who are looking for leadership opportunities and ways to decrease room and board costs at the college.

Another important subject that Epler discusses is the opportunity for themed housing in Central Penn College’s new Super Suites.

Learn more about our student housing here and contact Epler at dillonepler@centralpenn.edu for inquiries about themed housing or RA positions.

The Knightly News would like to thank you for your continued support.

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