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Media Club fall soup sale returns

Popular fundraiser will liven your lunch.

Order now!

By Megan Smith

Knightly News Reporter

Have you been feeling cold lately?

Warm up with the Knightly News Media Club!

The Fall Annual Soup Sale fundraiser supporting the Knightly New Media Club is returning to Central Penn College on Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The soup sale will be held near The Capital BlueCross Theatre, in The Underground.

In addition, delivery will be available to any location on campus during the sale.

The club is offering, vegan vegetable, chicken noodle and Italian wedding soup for $3, and Maryland crab soup for $4.

The soup sale will be run by the club’s members, including the club’s co-advisers, professors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.

Pre-orders have already started, so order your soup now by contacting Prof. Miller

Please pre-order your soup by Wednesday at noon, and let Miller know what type(s) of soup, where it should be delivered to and the time you wish the soup to be delivered.

Payment for the soup is not required until Nov. 2 when it gets delivered to you.

Soup Sale

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

Edited by Knightly New 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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Selfies with Dinosaurs, Welcoming New Knights and a Yummy Summer Cookout, Oh My!

Discussing the many August activities and plethora of ways all of Central Penn’s students can plug in and be a part of the Knights family.

By Sherri Long, student reporter

The Knightly News Media Club welcomes Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman to their tenth podcast episode to highlight student activities at Central Penn College.

Thoman elaborates on several August happenings with host Prof. Paul Miller, co-adviser of Knightly News Media Club, and Sherri Long, student reporter.

Events included in the podcast are:  Fall course registration workshops, Fall Campus Preview day, the Knightly News summer cookout, “First Date” musical performance, and, of course, Thoman’s “Featured Three Events”.

Miller highlighted the Aug. 11 summer cookout, hosted by the Knightly News Media Club, which is a fundraiser for the club to offset costs for the purchase and setup of their new podcasting equipment, purchased in June.

Thoman, Miller and Long talk about ways in which all students, including online and evening students, can participate in the student activities, sometimes, including their families.

“There are several time options, including day, late afternoon, evening and weekend activity options that evening and online students could participate in, sometimes with family,” states Long.

Long is an online and evening student. She is also a single mom of two teenagers and works full-time as a freelance graphic designer.

Thoman recommends to contact her directly to find out the best ways to meet with a Central Penn group outing if a student does not take the shuttle from campus.

Thoman’s Featured Three Events for August are: “First Date” musical in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, final weekend of Aug. 5, 6 and 7; Central Penn’s first Mini Thon Friday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13; and Dino-Mite Scavenger Hunt and Ice Cream on Monday, Aug. 15.

As always, stay connected with the student activities on campus with their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CentralPennActivities/  and be sure to check back for next month’s podcast featuring September’s activities.

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The Capital Blue Cross Theatre Surprise

‘First Date’ is Central Penn’s First Musical

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Media Club Reporter

The resident troupe and crew of the Capital BlueCross Theatre are working hard to present you with “First Date.”

And it is a first for Central Penn: “First Date” is a musical, the first to be produced in the theatre in the Underground.

The story is from a book by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. “First Date” has played on Broadway.

The comedy will include a cast of mostly members of the off-campus community. Central Penn students and staff are also involved in the production.

Dustin LeBlanc, Executive Creative Director at the Carlisle Theatre Company, directs the play, and Central Penn’s Theatre Director Janet Bixler is the producer.

LeBlanc has much experience with musical theater. He has been in the theater world since he was 4 years old. Along the way, he was in charge of the former Pennsylvania Youth Music and Theatrics Theater for five years. LeBlanc also worked at the Carlisle Theater Co. for eight years, and has been directing plays since he was about 14.

Bixler has been involved in theater since she was 10 years old. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational theater. Since 1992, she has taught and created theater, and has operated a business as a theater consultant and drama specialist.

For the musical, the stage of the Capital BlueCross Theatre is transformed into a bar. In the show, you will meet Aaron and Casey, and some of their siblings and friends.

Aaron is a baker. He is timid, awkward and doesn’t know how to handle dating. Casey, who is the opposite of Aaron, has more experience dating and has had many blind dates – which is what unfolds in “First Date.”

“First Date” will run July 28-30 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for Central Penn faculty and staff, and $12 general admission. The show will run for 90 minutes, with no intermission.

For more information on the production, see http://firstdatethemusical.com/about.

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Knightly News Podcast: President Scolforo Discusses Her Tenure

By Lawrence Wilson

Media Club Reporter

President Karen Scolforo, Ed. D., is featured in the most recent edition of the Knightly News Podcast, in which she discusses important moments in her tenure leading Central Penn and initiatives in the college’s future.

Scolforo, who received her doctorate of education from the University of North Florida, began her focus as Central Penn’s ninth president on career education with a holistic approach that includes arts, diversity and continued development of the “soft skills” students need to succeed in the workplace.

She has maintained this approach since assuming her duties in 2013. She believes in providing inspiring leadership for students, and wants those students to go forward, ready to demonstrate leadership in their lives.

Scolforo is a leadership model. Consider: She has helped to create a cultural diversity center on campus that allows students to feel secure no matter their ethnicity, nationality, gender identification, physical or other personal challenges, or faith.

In addition, she has overseen the renovation of student living quarters, creation of The Underground student recreation and study space that includes the Capital BlueCross Theatre, establishment of a health-sciences facility and the launch of several new degree programs.

Scolforo has been an ambassador to the community at large, too, sharing the good news of teamwork, championing education, and addressing the benefits and rewards of living a fruitful, diverse lifestyle.

Scolforo, Wilson, and Miller enjoy their discussion about important topics to the Central Penn College community. Photo by Judith Dutill

Scolforo, Wilson, and Miller enjoy their discussion about important topics to the Central Penn College community.
Photo by Judith Dutill

Her engagements with local chambers of commerce, membership on boards of directors, speaking at conferences at which people who work and live in the Harrisburg region are affected in many positive ways, and supporting organizations such as Dress for Success, and Leadership Harrisburg, have helped Scolforo create and maintain an innovative feeling in the campus and surrounding community.

Scolforo has a vision moving forward, and she is eager for Central Penn and East Pennsboro Township to share in the rewards of working together.

Leadership, vision, inclusive mind-set and advocating education — with these qualities and efforts, it is no wonder Scolforo has succeeded since taking the helm.

For more on President Scolforo, visit http://www.centralpenn.edu/ninth-president/biography


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Student Activities Director Outlines Events at Central Penn College for the Summer Term

Being involved directly influences college success

By Paul Miller, co-adviser to the Knightly News

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College is proud to have Student Activites Director Adrienne Thoman on their most recent podcast.

Joined by student reporter Lawrence Wilson and hosted by Professor Miller, Thoman discussed several important events at the Central Penn. This included many of the upcoming Common Hour series, events that should be attended by our new, incoming freshman, and a recurring segment on the podcast, the “Featured Three” events of the month.

“Really, college is about hearing different viewpoints and perspectives,” Thoman explained.  “If you want to hear people who think the same as you do, you can stay at home and look in the mirror.”

Thoman went on to discuss the almost necessity of getting involved in campus life as a way to enhance your resume, to find new friends, and to bring important skills to your future career.

The podcast also outlined the “Featured Three” events for July.  These events  are:  The Flick and Float (featuring Jaws) on Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at the pool, former “America’s Got Talent” star Kenneth Xclusive Paryo, Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre, and the Central Penn Players first musical “First Date”, premiering on Thursday, July 28 for a two-week run.

As always, stay connected with the student activities on campus with their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CentralPennActivities/ and find out more about Kenneth Xclusive Paryo: http://www.kennethparyo.com/

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Central Penn students, staff Present ‘Taboo’ Topics To End Violence

By Christine Fusselman

Media Club Reporter

On Feb. 25, staff and students presented the third annual production of “The Vagina Monologues,” in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer and activist, wrote the piece, which premiered in 1996.

According to Ensler, after what began as general conversations with friends and developed into interviews with 200 women, she wrote the play to “celebrate the vagina.”

In 1998, though, Ensler stated, “the purpose of the piece changed from a celebration of vaginas and femininity to a movement to stop violence against women.”

The play represents a great variety of women in a range of situations. It is funny, it is poignant, it may make some people in audiences uncomfortable, but audiences nearly always relate to it. It is not just for women, either, and may give clarity to men and women who consider these topics unmentionable.

“I went to my first production as an undergraduate, and I found the message of female acceptance empowering,” Melissa Wehler, dean of The School of Humanities and Sciences, said  “I was emotionally moved by the stories of women — which were also stories about myself — being talked about in ways that were considered taboo.  I saw women taking ownership over their bodies in a way I had never seen before.”

Activities Director Adrienne Thoman directed this year’s production and seamlessly filled in to perform a monologue at the last minute.

“Bringing ‘The Vagina Monologues’ to Central Penn College each spring is always meaningful to me,” Thoman said. “On a college campus, unfortunately, sexual assault statistics are incredibly high. Nationwide, one in five students report that they have been forced to have sexual intercourse against their will before graduation. That is awful, terrifying and heartbreaking.”

Cast: (Back row): Christine Fusselman, Caitlin Copus, Casey Rodriguez, Morgan Littleford, Megan Peterson, Megan Cline, Teta Gaye, Yarisaliz Cales, (Front row): Madison Foley, Nautica Chance, Jaida May Woodfolk, Catherine Davis, and Jasmine Harvey. Not shown: Director, Adrienne Thoman and Crew: Tyesa Primer (stage manager) and Mallar Peters (sound/lighting)

Cast: (Back row): Christine Fusselman, Caitlin Copus, Casey Rodriguez, Morgan Littleford, Megan Peterson, Megan Cline, Teta Gaye, Yarisaliz Cales, (Front row): Madison Foley, Nautica Chance, Jaida May Woodfolk, Catherine Davis, and Jasmine Harvey. Not shown: Director, Adrienne Thoman and Crew: Tyesa Primer (stage manager) and Mallar Peters (sound/lighting)

The “Vagina Monologues” was again presented as part of what Ensler coined as V-Day. According to V-Day.org:

  • V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
  • V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.
  • V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.

“This show gives us a chance to start a proactive conversation about sexual assault and the many other issues unique to women,” Thoman said, adding that she was proud of Central Penn students and staff helping bring stories of women’s experiences to light.

Wehler said she began participating in “The Vagina Monologues” as an actor and as an audience member in college because doing so seemed taboo. Now, she participates for some different reasons.

“When I was in college, … I was drawn to the taboo at that age,” Wehler explained. “Now, I participate in it at our college because I think it’s important for my students to see me transgressing social norms and rules, and how empowering it can be to do so.  I also participate because I love being a part of a collective of powerful women who are not afraid to speak their truths and who help me to speak mine.”

Communications students and monologue participants Morgan Littleford and Jasmine Harvey, both 18, said, “It was fun!”

Harvey added that participating in the production helped her gain confidence in herself and her ability to speak in front of an audience.

Proceeds from this year’s event went to the YWCA Carlisle – an organization that provides support to women and girls with programming related to domestic violence and sexual assault (health and safety), empowerment and economic advancement, and racial justice and civil rights.


Editor’s note: Fusselman acted in the production.

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Central Penn College Welcomes Local Artists

Art Association of Harrisburg Winter Soiree held in Capital BlueCross Theatre

By Christine Fusselman

Media Club Reporter

Central Penn hosted the first Winter Soiree of the Art Association of Harrisburg (AAH) in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on Jan. 31.

Visitors entering the black-box theater were drawn in by the striking artwork displayed on metal grid frames and a few tables throughout the room.

Central Penn’s own Danielle Klebes’ larger-than-life oil painted portraits were displayed front and center. Klebes has won Best in Show in the AAH Annual Figure Show two years in a row.

Her paintings included the familiar faces of Summerdale campus students “Kamal” and “Steve-O,” and another artist-in-residence, Dalton James, who is the college’s writing center director and her spouse. (Klebes uses the last name “James” in her personal and non-art professional life.)

“I feel like the painting describes me, because it’s big, like my personality,” quipped Steve “Steve-O” Osango.

According to Carrie Wissler-Thomas, AAH president and sales gallery manager, the association’s soirees, typically held throughout the summer at various homes and businesses, are designed as audience-builders and fundraisers. She added that the Central Penn show was the first AAH meet-the-artist soiree held on a college campus.

“The space surprised me,” said jewelry artist Alonna Marie Columbo. “It is a great space. The exposed dark ceiling … is simple and elegant. It is a beautiful space to display fine art.”

Columbo displayed her handcrafted jewelry, some of which was made with gold sandstone and tiger’s eye.

Sarah Davidson, who works in the Central Penn marketing department, shared her photography, which she said included “examples of nature in all forms of life, from beginning to decay.”

Davidson said the show was a “very nice way to mingle with local artists and other members of the community.”

Dustin Nispel and Jessica Flynn, two owners of The Rooted Artist Collective, in York, shared their talents from the theater’s stage. Both worked on paintings during the show, with previously painted works nearby, but also took some time to present a poetic duetNispel and Flynn performed “Bottom of the Blossom,” a poem that won them first place in an international poetry contest in Macedonia in October. According to Nispel, the trip to Macedonia required some serious fundraising, but was an incredible experience, which included touring a mosque built around 1406.

 Jessica Flynn and Dustin Nispel performing a poetic duet, “Bottom of the Blossom.”

Jessica Flynn and Dustin Nispel performing a poetic duet, “Bottom of the Blossom.”

Nispel’s book of poems, “The Tower,” and Flynn’s poetry book, “Through the Cracks,” are both published by Poem Sugar Press and available on Amazon.com.

Representing the art of music with his combination of electronic and international traditional instruments, including a Chinese Hulusi, poet, painter and musician Jonathan Frazier entertained the audience with a variety of melodies.

Frazier said he has “always played keys and guitar,” but his collection of international instruments began developing more recently with his purchase of a flute from the annual Native American Pow Wow held during Harrisburg’s Kipona Festival.


Painter, illustrator and musician, Jonathan Frazier entertained soiree guests with international instruments such as a Chinese Hulusi shown here.

Frazier, a former Central Penn adjunct instructor, also works as an illustrator when he is not playing music.

AAH member Andrew Guth presented a sampling of his work with block printing at the soiree. Guth’s colorful shapes were displayed on fabric bags and framed prints. His work can be viewed at the Millworks in midtown Harrisburg, where he leases studio space.

Guth felt the “vibe” was different than that at the typical soiree, but said, “The staff and president were very welcoming.”

Romeo Azondekon, Central Penn’s director of cultural diversity, displayed some framed works in mixed media.


Central Penn College’s Chief Diversity Officer, Romeo Azondekon, shared his artwork which combines bursts of color and texture.

Local photographer Mary Fox also exhibited.

“This may be the start of a wonderful tradition,” according to Matt Lane, director of the Central Penn College Education Foundation.

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Jekyll and Hyde – and Hyde and Hyde and Hyde: The Stage is Set

By Christine Fusselman

Media Club Reporter

Murder! Mystery! Mayhem!

This steampunk version of the Victorian era Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, playing in the Capital BlueCross Theatre in The Underground Nov. 19 and 20, promises to be unlike any you’ve seen.

Dr. Jekyll is confronted by not one, but multiple facets of his own alter ego in this adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher.

Director Janet Bixler, theater director and Central Penn faculty member, says she chose to use the steampunk style because it is a way to add elements of science-fiction from the industrial age, along with fun and creative costumes and staging.

Steampunk is a theatrical costuming and literary science fiction and fantasy genre that combines Victorian-era clothing and contemporary or old-looking mechanics, usually operated by steam.

“This [adaptation] adds a level of intrigue to the original in the way that he adds multiple Hydes,” Bixler says. “It becomes a more community story than a story of one man. Using four actors to play multiple roles symbolizes how gray our moral compass is and heightens the level of science fiction.”

Some of the players will be switching characters without switching costumes, making for quick, short scenes, according to Bixler. She says the play is very action-driven, yet very poetic.

Referring to this adaptation versus the original, Bixler says, “It has the same intention, but Hatcher broke it down to the essence of determining for oneself where you are on the (morality) spectrum of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

In this scene, Tyler Willis plays a surgical student who is trying to avoid the wrath of Dr. Carew, played by Paul Whitman. Dr. Carew is angry with Dr. Jekyll, played by Frank Butcher.

In this scene, Tyler Willis plays a surgical student who is trying to avoid the wrath of Dr. Carew, played by Paul Whitman. Dr. Carew is angry with Dr. Jekyll, played by Frank Butcher.  Photo by Christine Fusselman.


Sharing the stage with community members

Auditions were held in August and students, alumni and two community members were cast. When some of the cast left due to scheduling conflicts, two more community members were added, both of them experienced actors.

“I love the fact that the play calls on most of the actors to play more than one role,” says Paul Whitman, one of the community actors. “For years now, I’ve been an avid fan of Victorian melodrama as portrayed in BBC TV productions, so I’ve had huge fun trying out a cockney accent for Mr. Sanderson, the personal enquiries agent, and an Irish accent for the police inspector. It makes me wish I had taken to the stage a long time before this.”

Whitman added: “The blend of community members along with students has been great fun.”

Criminal justice student and actor Teta Gaye, 20, said she likes the community involvement.

“I feel like everything works much smoother and faster,” Gaye says “Central Penn College students should get involved more because of the opportunity, experience and the fun.”

Besides Gaye, the cast includes Central Penn students Tyler Willis, Alexis Ensley-Gregg and Jessica Grice. Besides Whitman, community cast members include Frank Butcher, Bob Zaccano and Anthony Geraci.

This scene depicts some of the same actors in different roles. (l to r) Teta Gaye is playing Poole, seated next to her is Paul Butcher as Jekyll, behind Butcher is Paul Whitman in the role of Enfield, and on the far right is Bob Zaccano as Utterson. Photo by Christine Fusselman.

This scene depicts some of the same actors in different roles. (l to r) Teta Gaye is playing Poole, seated next to her is Paul Butcher as Jekyll, behind Butcher is Paul Whitman in the role of Enfield, and on the far right is Bob Zaccano as Utterson.
Photo by Christine Fusselman.

It takes a village

“Although there are one-person shows, no production could be successful without a crew,” Bixler says.

The crew for this show includes Central Penn Students Daniel Blichasz, tech manager; Danielle Farber, stage manager; Jaida May-Woodfolk, crew; and Ashley Walker, house manager.

Community theatre member Mandi Lea Hurley is the dresser and steampunk subject-matter expert, and Aaron Lute, is the Central Penn Central technical support specialist to round out the crew.

If you go

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20. Tickets cost $7 general admission and $3 for students.

Tickets will be available at the box office. They can also be purchased online at http://www.centralpenn.edu/college-services/capital-bluecross-theatre/.

That page also has information about the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

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Campus Players, Youth Ballet To Perform at Fall Harvest

By Kimberly Crone

Media Club Reporter

The Central Penn Players Drama Club is primed for the curtain to rise in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre in The Underground at Fall Harvest on Saturday.

Central Penn Theater Director Janet Bixler said she is especially excited about this year’s lineup.

Grace in Motion

Pennsylvania Regional Ballet youth between the ages of 6 and 18 will present duets and group performances from noon to 12:30.

“I think it’s great that we as an East Penn Township nonprofit can give back to the community and to the Central Penn community with this performance,” the ballet’s executive director, and Central Penn marketing and merchandising alumna, Kathryn Aumiller said.

Drama, Please!

Also, from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m., the Central Penn Players will stage a play the members created.

The play, Mysterious Golden Rose, is particularly suitable for children 2 to 8.

Ashley Walker plays "The mysterious stranger".

Ashley Walker plays “The mysterious stranger”.  Photo by Christine Fusselman.


Bixler said she’s especially proud of the drama club students for creating the play, and is excited about the performance.

Danielle Farber plays the antagonist in the play, the Witch and Daniel Blichasz plays the dragon in Mysterious Golden Rose.

Danielle Farber plays the antagonist in the play, the witch, and Daniel Blichasz plays the dragon in Mysterious Golden Rose.  Photo by Christine Fusselman.

In the play, two best friends take a walk through Fairyland and encounter several challenges. A stranger suddenly appears with a magical golden rose, leaving one friend to believe the rose will solve all their problems.

Will it?

Bixler’s lips are sealed, so people will have to see the play to find out.

Have a Few Laughs

Giggles and guffaws will be sure to fly when standup comic Earl David Reed returns to Central Penn, taking center stage at 1:45.

Reed, a local favorite, and also popular in cities such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City, has performed at over 100 colleges and comedy clubs.

For more information on Reed, go to www.imearldavidreed.com.

Also, find more about Fall Harvest, alumni weekend and Central Penn College at www.centralpenn.edu.

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