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Local journalist to give COM class the scoop on the field

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

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

Smith will join our COM220 class on Jan. 24.

Smith will join our COM220 class on Jan. 24.

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

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

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

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

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

All are welcome to attend.

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by | January 23, 2018 · 7:10 pm

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

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CPEC Job Fair:  http://www.cpec.info

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


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

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The Knightly News Podcast Returns for Episode #45

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Podcast returns to the airwaves for 2018, with Episode #45 featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman discussing January events at the Summerdale Campus and Professor Maria Thiaw talking about her upcoming “Reclaiming My Time” program in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

The show features Knightly News Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo as co-host and is hosted by Professor Paul Miller.

During Thoman’s time on the show, she discusses several unique events that are coming to campus in January, including the Winter Club Fair on Jan. 10 and the debut of the Humanities Film Series, featuring Professor Jared Rife discussing the eternal classic “Jaws”, followed by a screening of the film on Jan. 26.

In addition to those events, she also discusses three major events in January in her segment “Adrienne’s Featured Three”.  The events are listed below:

  • Free Ice Skating for Central Penn Students – Twin Ponds West, Jan. 14 from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • The Debut of Karaoke – Capital BlueCross Theatre, Jan. 25, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Common Hour Series – Ron L. James – Capital BlueCross Theatre, Jan. 31, 12:10 – 1:10 p.m.

For more details on any of these events, or to register, contact Thoman at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu.

In the second segment of the episode, we are joined by Professor Maria Thiaw, discussing her upcoming performance “Reclaiming My Time”, held in the Capital BlueCross Theatre from March 8 – 11.

The performance stems from extensive research that Thiaw has done on the American Griot Project, something that started as an oral history of those who were a part of the civil rights movements in the United States.

According to Thiaw, “(The American Griot Project is where) history, poetry and performance all come together to honor women’s role in our society.”  Read more about the American Griot Project at Thiaw Blog:  https://mariathepoet.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/american-griot-project/

Auditions for “Reclaiming My Time” will take place in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on Jan. 17 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and on Jan. 18 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Interested parties should contact Theatre Director Janet Bixler at janetbixler@centralpenn.edu to set up an audition or to express interest in joining the crew.

The performance will offer four different showtimes:  March 8 – 10 at 7:30 p.m. each evening and March 11 for a special 2:30 p.m. matinee show.


This podcast can also be found at our SoundCloud page for the month of January:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/the-knightly-news-podcast-episode-45

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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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Brian Christiana Elected Knightly News President for 2018

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

Congratulations are in order to Knightly News Reporter Brian Christiana, as he was elected the Knightly News president in a vote at a recent club meeting, held on Dec. 7.  Ian Kemmerer was elected vice president in the same election.

Christiana, a Shamokin native and graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Coal Township, is a residential student in his sophomore year.

The positions became available due to the graduation of current Knightly News Club President Sherri Long, and the impending graduation of Knightly News Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo.  Sutedjo will continue to serve in a mentor role to the new club officers until her graduation in March.

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Brian Christiana is honored to be the fourth President of the Knightly News Media Club.

Christiana discussed several initiatives that he hopes to achieve in 2018 during a speech given to club members prior to the vote, including an increased emphasis on breaking news and the future for sports commentary for our basketball and baseball teams.

During his time with the Knightly News, Christiana has shown a tremendous dedication to club functions and activities, especially taking the initiative to encourage involvement in the club from peers and starting his own fantasy football podcast with Kemmerer.

While it is bittersweet to see our current club officers turning to the next stage of their lives, the club believes they are in good hands for 2018 and beyond.

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A place to pray

Interfaith prayer room to open soon

By Yuli Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

After almost a year and a half, the Interfaith Prayer Room has found a home — in the Boyer House.

The room will be used by students, faculty and staff to pray, and to hold religious or spiritual programs.

There will be different programs that will allow faculty, staff and students to learn about different religions, Chief Diversity Officer Romeo Azondekon said.

Making it comfortable                                                                                                             

Facilities put furniture in a room on the first floor of the historic building, on the northeast corner of campus along Valley Road, around the end of October.

The search has taken a while because space is limited on campus.

Members of the Student Multicultural Advisory Board (SMAB) will be coming in to arrange the furniture and to shelve books by the end of fall term.

Furniture includes a table for a student worker to use while on duty, possibly a beanbag chair, a sofa that the board and the Diversity Committee expect to be donated, and some other pieces from offices and other locations on campus.

The books, which were donated, include such works as the Bible and the Quran.

Schedule, and getting in

Once everything is set up, the interfaith room will be open three days a week and staffed by financial aid counselor John Steindel.

Steindel will supervise use of the room, and when and what day the prayer room will be available, said Azondekon.

To use the room outside of the yet-to-be-established office hours, faculty, staff and students need to schedule an appointment with Steindel. After that, Steindel will have the option to schedule the event and let security know about it, so that the room will be open when the group needs to use the room.

Azondekon said the room should be ready for use by the winter term, which begins in the second week of January.


Yuli Sutedjo is vice president of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

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

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

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Humanities Film Series and December Events Discussed on Final Fall Podcast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In the final episode of the Knightly News Podcast for the Fall term (Episode #44), we are pleased to be joined by Dr. Brant Ellsworth, associate professor of Humanities, and Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman.

During our time with Ellsworth, we discuss the upcoming Humanities Film Series, a unique opportunity for faculty.

The Humanities Film Series will be a quarterly event in the Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College, that will feature commentary by faculty about a movie of their choosing.

Save the Dates for the following films in the series:

  • January 26 – Professor Jared Rife – JAWS
  • April 27 – Professor Paul Miller – The Big Lebowski
  • July 27 – Dr. Marcie Rovan – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Ellsworth also discusses his current American Civil War course and his time spent on The Price is Right.

On our segment with Thoman, we discuss several important events taking place in the month of December, while also discussing the Student Government Association election that took place earlier in November.

Thoman discussed the following events in the “Adrienne’s Featured Three” segment of the program.

  • Dec. 12 – The Color Code Leadership Training, please register by emailing adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu
  • Dec. 14 – Late Knight Breakfast
  • Dec. 17 – Cram Jam

The Knightly News is thankful to our guests for another term of fantastic podcasts, and looks forward to returning in the winter term.


This podcast can also be heard at our SoundCloud page:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-44-dr-brant-ellsworth-and-adrienne-thoman

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The Knightly News Offers Students Major Opportunity

Students can now create podcasts about matters important to them

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In a new initiative for the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College, the club now offers The Knightly News Presents, a way students can create their own podcasts about important subjects or issues in their lives.

While nearly all members have had the chance to be a part of the Knightly News Podcast, many students were interested in starting their own programs.

By starting their own podcasts, they understand the aspects of a producing of such a show.  This ranges from creating an agenda of topics to be discussed, booking talent for the episode, editing the audio, and promotion of the episode on social media.

Two podcasts have begun thanks to this initiative, The Greene Room and the Fantasy Football Strategy Guide.

The Greene Room is hosted by Darren Greene and features Quinyece Walker and Destani Matthews.  According to Greene, “If you like everything pop culture, The Greene Room is the show for you. It is a show that talks about everything that caters to millennials.”

For links to The Greene Room, click below or go to https://soundcloud.com/thegreeneroom.

Another show created as part of Knightly News Presents is The Fantasy Football Strategy Guide, hosted by Co-adviser Paul Miller and features Knightly News Reporters Brian Christiana and Ian Kemmerer.

All of the cast members are avid football fans and play in several fantasy football leagues.

This show is mainly for beginning fantasy players, offering advice and insight for those looking for line-up advice.

Click the links below to listen to recent episodes of this podcast.

Episode #1 – Preseason Preview

Episode #2 – Week 7 Preview

The Knightly News looks forward to future student-led podcasts and will continue supporting this initiative.

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Media Club donates journalism resources for Central Penn students

Knightly News gives Learning Center and Library Associated Press stylebooks

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College, publisher of The Knightly News and its podcasts, earlier this month donated copies of the 2017 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Guide to Media Law to the two out-of-classroom anchor writing-support facilities at Central Penn.

Club members presented one copy of the book to each the Charles “T” Jones Leadership Library and to the Learning Center.

Media Club Vice President, reporter and videographer/photographer Sarayuth Pinthong presents Lilbrary Director Diane Porterfield with a copy of the AP stylebook. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

Media Club Vice President, reporter and videographer/photographer Sarayuth Pinthong presents Library Director Diane Porterfield with a copy of the AP stylebook. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

“The library has at least one copy of the manual, but we had a couple of extra copies of the stylebook, and I thought the library could use an additional stylebook as a resource for COM and students in other majors who may need it for projects,” club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi said.

The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook, and staff were unfamiliar with the book.

“I figured the Learning Center should have one,” Lear-Olimpi said. “COM majors are familiar with the book, which they use in at least 60 percent of their COM classes — those in which they primarily produce writing projects, and many in which they must write in AP/journalism style, but the Learning Center didn’t have a copy. I believed it was important for the Learning Center to have a stylebook for COM and students in other majors who may be producing assignments that include journalistic or public-relations-style writing, and who may want support for writing in the somewhat different style those genres demand apart from Standard Written English.”

Media Club member Darren Greene helps Learning Center Director Megan Rehm display the AP stylebook the Media Club donated to the center. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

Media Club member Darren Greene helps Learning Center Director Megan Rehm display the AP stylebook the Media Club donated to the center. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

The 613-volume reference is a compact dictionary of words and phrases, punctuation and diction, along with scores of other usages standardized for use in journalistic writing, which is typically more economical than other forms of writing, such as essays or research papers.

The stylebook is divided into a lengthy section of alphabetically ordered word listings, and separate sections for specialty usages, such as in religion, fashion, business, sports, food and business writing and reporting.

Punctuation and a section on media-law considerations are included in sections in the second half of the book.

For consistency, to promote and maintain accuracy and, in doing so, trustworthiness in its product, The Associated Press employs some spellings and other usages, including punctuation, in ways different from usages in Standard Written English. Some of these differences have historical bases, but most of them are purely practical for stories produced locally or nationally and shared with scores of thousands of members of The Associated Press cooperative, which includes media outlets and public-relations departments, divisions and agencies around the world.

“Thank you, very much,” Learning Center Director Megan Rehm said. “I welcome this donation. I’m sure it will be a valuable resource for Learning Center clients.”

The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook. Prof. Lear-Olimpi had provided a copy to The Writing Center, on which he was an informal adviser when it was being created in 2013.

The copy in the library is a reserve book and can used in the library for a set number of hours, but does not circulate outside the building.


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

Prof. Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club and editor of the Knightly News blog.

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