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Alumni Brews Tent Big Hit with Alumni

By Norman Geary and Kris Ortega

Media Club Reporters

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Fall Harvest featured a new event, Alumni Feast ‘N’ Brews, on the Summerdale campus as part of Homecoming on Oct. 24.

The celebration began at 11 a.m. with Harrisburg street band No Last Call playing “Give Up the Funk” by the Parliaments, a late-’50s and 1960s band popular in the 1970s as the Funkadelics, started by manager and owner George Clinton, who developed a new music genre called P-Funk and later was called funk rock.

Brass band No Last Call plays Photo by Kris Ortega

Brass band No Last Call plays “Give Up the Funk”
Photo by Kris Ortega

Things have definitely changed since then, but alumni who gathered to reunite with old friends and to meet new ones went with the flow, and had a good time.

Trying something new 

The event was the first of its kind at the college, with alumni and their families enjoying refreshments that included alcohol. Catered foods were also served. Local craft beer providers, including The Brewery of Hershey, Zeroday Brewing Co. and Pizza Boy Brewing Co., all owned by Central Penn alums.

The Alumni Feast 'N' Brews had a delicious, German-style buffet. Photo by Kris Ortega

The Alumni Feast ‘N’ Brews had a delicious, German-style buffet.
Photo by Kris Ortega

 

“I feel like I’m at a Penn State game,” attendee Jill Zeigler said. “The Conference Center was not here and the auditorium is new. Kathi Hall (now our library) is different. There were five of us that roomed in one dorm.”

Since graduation, Zeigler has worked for the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We come to Fall Harvest every year and the event is really nice,” Zeigler said.

Susan Roscioli welcomed a return not only to Central Penn, but to the area.

“The reason why I attended Central Penn (is) I wanted to attend a school in the local area,” Roscioli said. “I have been working at North Hampton Community College for four and a half years.”

Will she come back with her friends to Fall Harvest?

“Definitely!” she proclaimed. “This is the one time during the year we get together as friends.”

Christine Fusselman, Sarah Dick and Amanda Rodriquez enjoy beverages at the event. Photo by Kris Ortega

Christine Fusselman, Sarah Dick, and Amanda Rodriquez enjoy beverages at the event.
Photo by Kris Ortega

Change was a big draw

The consensus among alumni was they enjoyed the Fall Harvest Feast ‘N’ Brews celebration.

“I love it! My favorite is the Blueberry Pomegranate (beer selection by Brewery of Hershey),” said Sarah Dick, ’15, legal studies.

Would she be returning next year?

“Of course, especially if you have beer!”

She has been working for a law firm since graduation.

Building legacy

Success stories were a recurring theme among alumni.

“I have been at Schmidt Kramer for eight months and Professor Teplitz  pulled for me – she lobbied for me to get the job,” said Amanda Rodriguez, ’15. “ My niece is graduating from Hershey High School and I am pulling for her to come to Central Penn. There are a lot of changes here: The … Medical Building was not here. I will be definitely attending next year.”

 

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Student Players Delight Youngsters at Fall Harvest

By Kimberly Crone

Media Club Reporter

 

Once again, members of the Central Penn Players Drama Club demonstrated their acting chops when they performed the play Mysterious Golden Rose during Fall Harvest on Oct. 24.

The children’s play is an annual event, and as always, the Central Penn Players did not disappoint.

As children sat on the floor in front of the stage, the performers delighted spectators of all ages in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on campus. In addition to running among the audience members, the cast also interacted with the children during the performance, which prompted some hilarious responses.

Although the kids were energized throughout the play, several were tongue-tied afterward when asked about their favorite part or characters, but other spoke right up.

“The two girls were my favorite,” young audience member Jamel said.

He was referring to Annabelle and Anastasia, played by actors Teta Gaye and Jaida May-Woodfolk, respectively.

Danielle Farber, Daniel Blichasz, Teta Gaye, and Jaida May-Woodfolk share a laugh with the audience.

Danielle Farber, Daniel Blichasz, Teta Gaye, and Jaida May-Woodfolk share a laugh with the audience.  Photo by Christine Fusselman.

The play, written by the Central Penn Players Drama Club and inspired by classic fairy tale books, was about two friends who question whether the mysterious golden rose they discover is magical, after they face a series of peculiar adventures in Fairyland.

Daniel Blichasz, who played the roles of the troll, dragon and tree, was ecstatic after the performance. As the troll, he frightened Annabelle and Anastasia at first, but by the end of the play, he had achieved the thing he was searching for – their friendship.

“It went wonderful,” he said. “All the actors were energized. We brought it to the table, and the kids enjoyed it.”

Tyler Willis, who played the knight, agreed.

“It went spectacular,” he said.

Cast member, Tyler Willis, answers a question for an audience member during the post-show question and answer session. Seated next to him are (l) Ashley Walker and (r) DaShawn Godfrey.

Cast member, Tyler Willis, answers a question for an audience member during the post-show question and answer session. Seated next to him are (l) Ashley Walker and (r) DaShawn Godfrey.  Photo by Christine Fusselman.

Professor Janet Bixler was pleased with the children’s play as well as with the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, members of which had performed earlier in the day.

“Today’s been going really well,” Bixler said following Mysterious Golden Rose. “The Pennsylvania Regional Ballet put on a contemporary number and two ballet pieces. The dancers ranged in age from 7 to teenagers. We had almost a full house for them. The kids’ play was high energy.”

Bixler said the Central Penn Players are proud of themselves, and that they should be because of the hard work they put into the production.


 

The Cast

Annabel – Teta Gaye

Anastasia – Jaida May-Woodfolk

King – DaShawn Godfrey

Knight – Tyler Willis

Mysterious Stranger – Ashley Walker

Troll, Dragon and Tree – Daniel Blichasz

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Central Penn College Homecoming Crowning

By Jasmine Harvey

Media Club Reporter

 

On Oct. 24 as part of the Fall Harvest Festival, Central Penn College crowned their Homecoming queen and princess.

Sawthi Saradha and Jaida May-Woodfolk were the candidates, with both having to pick a non-profit organization to raise money for. Saradha was crowned homecoming queen, choosing the International Red Cross as her organization. Saradha said, “ Being a queen I’m excited because I never had this experience before.”

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Jaida May-Woodfolk (left) and Sawthi Saradha (right) both enjoyed the experience of Homecoming.

Jaida May-Woodfolk was crowned homecoming princess, with her organization being NorthWest Victim Services. May-Woodfolk  said, “ It’s a humbling experience, the whole process itself.  It was (an adventure) whether I was queen or princess.”

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The contestants received a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a thunderous ovation from the crowd.

Both organizations that May-Woodfolk and Saradha supported received donations that will continue to help them serve their mission.

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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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