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The Knightly News Podcast Returns for the Summer Term

Episode #30 discusses major Central Penn events upcoming

By Paul Miller

Co-Adviser to the Knightly News

The Knightly News Media Club is excited to release Episode #30 of the Knightly News Podcast, featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

During our segment with Thoman, she discusses a jam-packed July calendar for student events with co-host Darren Greene, including the newly revamped Summer Club Fair on July 12 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Club Fair, traditionally during the Common Hour time period of 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. has been moved to the afternoon slot due to the growing number of students with classes during that time.

Thoman hopes this will boost attendance for the fair and has many new features that she outlines in the podcast.

In addition, the upcoming White Water Rafting trip (July 17 – $15) and the SGA Pool Party  (July 20 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.) were discussed.

For more information, or to register, email Adrienne at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu.

Go can always find more information and the July events calendar at http://www.centralpenn.edu/college-services/clubs-activities/.

In our second segment, we welcome Blumenschein and Knightly News Media Club President Sherri Long to discuss alumni events for the summer term, both on and off-campus.

During her time with the show, she outlined three major events on the Alumni Calendar for the summer term:

July 21 – Senators Baseball Game with Picnic

August 16 – Young Alumni Happy Hour – Public Fare – Weis Market in Enola

August 22 – Alumni Leadership Conference – The Conference Center at Central Penn College

For more information about any of these events, you can email Sarah at SarahBlumenschein@centralpenn.edu or view http://www.centralpenn.edu/alumni.

The Alumni Calendar is full during the months of July and August.

The Alumni Calendar is full during the months of July and August

 

 

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Podcast Episode 21 Features Alumni Events

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News at Central Penn College had the opportunity to have two new guests into the studio, as Episode 21 of the podcast has been released.

In today’s podcast we are joined by Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein and Knightly News President Sherri Long to discuss several major alumni events coming in the next few weeks.

Long has a unique perspective in this segment, as she is both a current student and a Central Penn alumna and is an elected member of the Alumni Council.

Blumenschein chronicles three upcoming events:  The Central Penn On Tap:  Young Alumni Happy Hour at Cafe 1500 in Harrisburg on March 23, the CPC Alumni:  Access Granted “Career Transitions” webinar on March 28, and the Alumni Association Easter Bunny Breakfast on April 8.

For more ways to stay in touch with the Alumni Engagement Office, visit their website, find them on Facebook, Twitter @CPCAlumni, or Linkedin.

As always, the Knightly News Media Club would like to thank you for your continued support.

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Registration for The Alumni Mentor Program Winds Down

Friday is the last day to sign up.

By Tiyana Butler

Alumni Engagement Correspondent

The 2017 registration for the Alumni Mentor Program is now open until Friday, Jan. 27 for Central Penn College students and alumni. This program provides students and alumni the opportunity to connect with each other one-on-one in a mentoring relationship. The mentor and mentee will both be paired together based on their career field and/or a common interest they share. They will also have the opportunity to structure the relationship how they would like, including how and when to communicate.

In a one-time mentoring session, students will gain knowledge and perspective of an industry, organization or culture, while getting feedback on personal and professional development. At the same time, mentors will serve as a role model and coach for their mentee by sharing their experience and knowledge on the future workforce.

This program does offer e-mentors for students and alumni outside of the Central Pennsylvania area. Students and their mentors can connect with one another via email, phone call, Skype, etc. Based on the interest, schedules and availability of both mentee and mentor, both are welcome to continue a mentoring relationship.

The main goal for the Alumni Mentor Program is to get students to sign up for a personal alumni mentor to expand their business network and to make career connections. The program provides the opportunity for students to gather career and professional advice for future references. “Students should absolutely take advantage of this opportunity”, says Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement. “You’ll be surprised by how much knowledge you gain from conversations with successful alumni. They have fantastic experience, and want to help in any way they can.”

If students are interested in connecting with a personal Alumni Mentor in their field of study or who shares a common interest go to www.centralpenn.edu/alumnimentor.

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Homecoming, Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews And Public Relations: A Winning Mix

Central Penn Alumni Engagement Director Has It All in Hand!

Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement in her office, in ATEC. Photo by Sherri Long

Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement, in her office in ATEC.
Photo by Sherri Long

 By Sherri Long

Media Club Reporter

Planning, budgeting and promoting are a few of the public relations skills necessary for a successful Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Tent Homecoming event and increased alumni engagement.

And no one at Central Penn knows that better than Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

Blumenschein reflected recently on the success of the Second Annual Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews held Oct. 22 during Fall Harvest, and the skills she uses for her role as director of alumni engagement at Central Penn.

Blumenschein stated she enjoys her work because she uses “all the aspects of PR that I love doing.”

Blumenschein thoroughly enjoys highlighting the activities and successes of the more than 11,000 Central Penn alumni. Part of the planning for Feast ‘n’ Brews is the music entertainment that features alumni performers.

Also highlighted as part of Homecoming was the Golden Graduate 50th Reunion. Some of the attendees hadn’t seen each other since graduating and enjoyed reconnecting.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

“The most surprising part of Homecoming 2016 was that we had the most graduates from the 1980s. I was thinking we would have more from the 2000s,” said Blumenschein.

Alumni engagement and PR

One of Blumenschein’s jobs is to keep track of alumni activities and successes. She also keeps track of alumni involvement in Central Penn activities and events, and of donations. Similar to a public relations professional tracking a client’s press mentions, tracking alumni involvement helps to show the success of the Office of Alumni Engagement.

“Yes, I am an ‘office of one,’” Blumenschein joked.

If she were to hire an assistant, the top three skill sets Blumenschein would look for are responsibility, driven, gets the job done; not afraid to talk to people and be interested in what the person is saying; and HUGE (Blumenschein’s emphasis) – attention to detail.

Keeping focused

Blumenschein spoke about keeping a focus on the mission of the Alumni Engagement Office. The mission statement drives the types of events and opportunities she plans for and implements.

The Alumni Engagement office’s mission statement is:

The alumni office exclusively dedicates itself to provide alumni with opportunities to:

  • Enhance career opportunities for current students and fellow graduates,
  • Evoke fond memories of their Central Penn experience and unite with the campus community and fellow graduates, and
  • Engage with opportunities that positively impact the College’s strategic plan.

2016 also marked the first Alumni Leadership Conference, featuring several alumni speakers and a networking time at the end of the conference. Blumenschein believes the event was very successful and will implement several ideas and lessons learned from this first conference into the planning of the next leadership conference.

“I use the same skills as I did in PR for Central Penn as I do in my role for alumni engagement. Instead of focusing on future and present students, I focus on the alumni,” stated Blumenschein.

Blumenschein was the communications director (now called the public relations director) of Central Penn for six years prior to taking her current position in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2004 in mass communications, public relations.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

Next year, Blumenschein plans to have an alumni recognition program as part of Homecoming to highlight alumni activities such as successful career, service or volunteer of the year.

“That is all part of the planning for Homecoming 2017, which has already begun,” Blumenschein said.


 

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

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