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A Look Back at Homecoming: Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Tent, Homecoming Are Hits at Fall Harvest

Second Year of Tent, Homecoming Bring ’Em In

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

On Oct. 22, Central Penn College celebrated Homecoming 2016, along with the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent, during the annual Fall Harvest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The reunion tent was exactly what it sounds like – an effort to bring alumni back to campus to eat, celebrate, reflect on good times and reconnect with one another, with faculty, and with staff members, and to see how they can get more involved with Central Penn, whether it’s signing up for a New York City bus trip or to be an alumni mentor.

Read, just below, what Sarah Blumenschein, alumni engagement director, had to say on the event.

“We really rolled out the red carpet for our alumni and their families,” Blumenschein said.  “We also invite faculty and staff and their families.  This is a private event specifically for alumni. Faculty and staff, and also retired faculty, can come back so they can interact with former students.”

An ongoing success

This event was nothing new for Blumenschein.  She has worked at Central Penn since 2008 and has been very involved with every Fall Harvest since. If you talk to Blumenschein, she will tell you this event brings the crowd.

“It’s a fantastic event, you get hundreds of community members and vendors lining up the quad,” Blumenschein said.  “At the event, you have food and fun, basket raffles, face painting and caramel apples. It’s a great time.”

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The Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews tent was the star of homecoming at Central Penn College.

Feedback from alums

Here is what Sherri Long, travel tourism, ’89, had to say about the event, which brought out a couple hundred people, despite cold weather and winds whipping the Summerdale campus.

“Fall Harvest, to me, is just walking around looking at the tables,” Long, now a corporate communications major at Central Penn. “It was okay (the tables at Fall Harvest), but the fun part was the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent. That was a chance to talk with other people … I went to school with and also to talk with some of the professors and staff of Central Penn that were there. It was a nice and relaxing and fun setting. It was a really good time.”

Shannon Terry, computer information systems, ’95, said, “It’s been great.  I’ve enjoyed seeing the changes and the metamorphosis here.”

Matt Karper, business administration, retail management, ’95, added that he had a good time, too.

“We were here last year,” Karper said.  “It was a fun time and the same (this year). We enjoyed it and it’s been a good time. It’s been good both years.”

Gold Medalist (50 years) Diane (Jeffries) Piper , ’64, added some historical perspective.

“It’s awesome to come back, because when I went to Central Penn, we did not have a campus,” Piper said  “We were on Market Street in Harrisburg.  So, to come back and see where the school is today versus where we were back in the early ’60’s is quite an experience — the beautiful campus, the many courses and degrees, and now the master degree programs. It’s just wonderful to be back.”

Something new, something old

Homecoming, previously called Fall Harvest, was one of the first things Blumenschein wanted to implement when she started in the Alumni Office in 2008.  She wanted to go through the appropriate channels to work with the Marketing Department and the President’s Office to officially rename the event Homecoming.

Under the Homecoming umbrella, Central Penn would be able to hold the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent and athletic events that Blumenschein hopes will continue to grow as Central Penn builds its fan base.

Basically, she explained, the college can have all these events under one umbrella. The college community is very hopeful that more events will be added each year, she said. This is the second year of the Homecoming and Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent, and Blumenschein said she is looking forward to next year.

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Editor’s note:  For information on Homecoming planning, look for Media Club reporter Sherri Long’s article on Sarah Blumenschein’s efforts – coming soon.

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

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Central Penn Introduces Alumni Council

Will guide Alumni Association

By Norman Geary
Media Club Reporter

Central Penn College has an alumni association, but efforts to keep graduates in the Central Penn family fold will be boosted by a new alumni council acting as the association’s governing body, beginning Jan. 1.

Sarah Blumenschein, Central Penn College director of alumni engagement, talked to The Knightly News recently about the new council and the benefits, beyond a marketable education, of being Central Penn alum.

Blumenschien has recently transition to Alumni Engagement Director at Central Penn College.

Blumenschein has recently transitioned to the director of alumni engagement  at Central Penn College.

Knightly News: Would you tell us a bit about the Alumni Association?

Blumenschein: Central Penn College has had an alumni association since the mid-1980s.

This is a group that is the voice for the alumni.

They have done a lot of different events and planned different events surrounding commencement.

They have done reunions and they always do an annual event in the summer at the (Harrisburg) Senators game.

They do an annual Knoebels Amusement Resort event.

Knightly News: Why an alumni council?

Blumenschein: Students had been discussing how different projects and programs could be blended together for common goals.

The Central Penn College Alumni Council was created with this in mind — and a group working with an executive committee, president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Knightly News: How was the council developed?

Blumenschein: We recruited 13 highly qualified individuals across different class years and different regions and different majors, and they are the voice for the Central Penn Alumni Council.

Knightly News: How will Central Penn students benefit?

Blumenschein: The students benefit because with the new alumni programming that exists, a Central Penn graduate can choose from a range of different events to participate in and benefits they can take advantage of, along with different programs that can help them in their career.

If they are returning and they need help, such as with finding a new job, or if we want to highlight them in their current career for what they are doing and showing what impact they are making in their region and in the community, then we can do a variety of things to assist them.

So this alumni program exists for them and this alumni group exists to let our current students know what they can take advantage of and there are so many opportunities, and it’s free for the most part.

Alumni

All it takes for them is getting involved.

The Alumni Council starts in January and we will see what changes will be made once that group starts.

Read more about the Central Penn College Alumni Council here: http://www.centralpenn.edu/alumni-friends/alumni-engagement/alumni-association/


Members of the Central Penn College Alumni Council

Council members will serve a three-year term.

They are:
Dwight Utz ’73 president (executive committee)
Joshua Sheehan ’07 – vice President (executive committee)
Olivia (Drumm) Zellers ’99, ’15. – secretary (executive committee)
Daneen Collier ’10 – treasurer (executive committee)
Eric Gutshall ’10
Brandon Keath ’15
Amber (Mitchell) Lewis ’12
Michelle (Marlow) Meiser ’93, ’12
Chanel (Jackson) Nelson ’08
Chad Rooney ’01, ‘03
Lindsay Sica ’15
Randy Weir ’73
James Whitney IV ’09

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