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Knightly News Campus Spotlight on Reference Librarian Emily Reed

‘It’s all about availability to students.’

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter


Imagine you attend a small college in Central Pennsylvania.

You’re one of about 1,100 students.

It has a high-quality library staffed by several expert librarians, one of whom is dedicated to instruction and reference.

Yes, it’s Central Penn College.

And, as some of you may know, that librarian is Emily Reed.

Reed attended Taylor University, Muncie, Ind., where she earned her undergraduate degree in music education. She also holds a master’s degree in library information science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Six months after she graduated from Pitt, Reed got a call from Central Penn College, and accepted the offer to be the school’s instruction and reference librarian. She started last spring.

Reed sat down recently with Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College to talk about what she does, and why.

Knightly News:  What was it like when you received the call from Central Penn College that you would be the instruction and reference librarian?

Reed: I was so excited! I was just ecstatic. I could not wait to come here, to just start.

On any day, Reed faces many challenges assisting students. Central Penn students come from various backgrounds and stages in life, and not all are of traditional college age, so Reed is available to all students, including adult learners.

Central Penn College's Reference Librarian Emily Reed.  Photo by Norman Geary

Central Penn College’s Reference Librarian Emily Reed. Photo by Norman Geary

Knightly News: As far as projects, what is a standard day like for you? Please explain getting ready for the students.

Reed: We have online guides, and each online guide is pinpointed to that major. Each major has a subject guide that gives tips about researching just for that major. We also have a variety of online resources, and some resources are better for certain majors. Then you have instructional sessions, which will instruct students how to use the database that make the most sense for that major. Then we show them the subject guides for that major, so they know what supporting materials are available to them, to guide them to help that is specific to that major.

Reed also conducts seminars on APA (American Psychological Association) format, along with many other projects.

Knightly News: Tell us more about you getting ready for the instructional sessions that you conduct at the library.

Reed: So, for whatever session I am preparing, I have a lesson plan that I develop. I base that lesson plan on whatever those faculty members and I talked about, because every session is different. So sometimes, a faculty member will say, “I’m giving my student an assignment. Can you go over APA formatting for that assignment?”  And in that case, I will teach about APA formatting.  Some students will want APA formatting and citations, which is the whole shebang. And this process takes about an hour – to do the citation and formatting lesson. It just depends on what that faculty member wants.

Knightly News: How do you make adjustments in your day to accommodate student and faculty needs, given you have only so much time?

Reed: As librarians, a large part of our job is availability. Being available to answer questions, and spend that quality time helping students with … assignment(s). So, we have ongoing projects we have to complete, but our first priority is the student’s success. And whatever you need, we will assist you when it comes to research and assignments.

The Knightly News encourages our students, regardless of delivery method, to seek out Emily for help with research.  Remember, there are always plenty of ways to contact the library.  Find out more information at their library website at:  http://www.centralpenn.edu/college-services/library/

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Which Way Did He Go?

An ex-con shares how he got on a better path

By Christine Fusselman
Media Club Reporter

Let’s bring in the guy who’s spent 25 years in and out of prison to inspire our students!


But that’s just what Business and Communications Program Chair Russell Kulp did recently. He invited Ronald L. James to speak to a group of Central Penn College students from two oral communications classes and a freshman seminar class on Nov. 20.
Since last year, James has done speaking engagements – sharing the message from his book, Choices – Lessons Learned from a Repeat Offender (2013).

Ronald L. James, author of Choices – Lessons Learned from a Repeat Offender (2013)

Ronald L. James, author of Choices – Lessons Learned from a Repeat Offender (2013)

“Ron’s book, Choices, is an incredible journey from the depths of despair and hopelessness to exhilarating heights,” Kulp said.  “Ron’s message is touching hearts and changing lives.”

Students from one of Prof. Maria Thiaw’s oral communications classes described the presentation:

“Climatic – (James) has great story telling abilities,” says business management student Darrin Zehring, 19.

Neya Beattie, 29, is a health science major. She called the presentation “Powerful. It was a wake-up call.”

James captured the attention of the audience by talking about some of the poor choices he made in his life and asking, “Who’s choice is it?”

He explained that the choices he made in his youth snowballed into increasingly poor choices as he got older, leading to smoking, drugs and alcohol. The choices got worse after that, eventually leading him to spend more than 25 years in and out of varying levels of incarceration.

During the presentation, James asked the audience, “What’s your dream?”

Students replied with mainly career-focused dreams, including being a detective or in another law-enforcement job, or being a forensic scientist or cosmetologist.

Another relayed a dream of being happy.

He then asked, “What can derail you?”

James’ answer: “Some people don’t know they’ve made a bad choice until the consequence comes.”


He then gave examples of the negative results others had when they drove too fast or agreed to that second drink.

James shared about a time in his life when he was fighting an addiction to heroin, and after using up all of his other resources, he went home to his mother, whom he calls “Mi Mi.” She welcomed him home like a “prodigal son,” offering him food, a hot shower, clothes and a place to stay.

He said she used to always say: “Good, better, best. May you never rest – until the good get better, and the better best.”

Even after he stole her wedding rings to sell for drug money, she would welcome him home when he showed up. It wasn’t until years later, and after her death, that he realized his regret.

“I robbed my mom of having a son,” he said.

Criminal Justice major Brett Sherman, 19, said, “His story was shocking. He stole from his mom. When she told him, ‘You needed them more than me’ – that was painful.”

Prof. Thiaw said she knew someone who had dealt with addiction. “I never truly understood how very destructive that is to the family until hearing these stories.”

Prof. Janet Bixler wrote, “Ron James shared his story about choices. His presentation was a wonderful complement to my freshman seminar curriculum, where the students are exploring goal-setting and strategies for overcoming obstacles. Mr. James made it clear that the choices we make have the power to move us forward toward success or to create giant obstacles. His life experiences vividly illustrated our need to examine the intentions and motivations behind our actions, thoughts and desires.”

James’ decision to change came in prison.

“I saw myself for who I was,” he says.

He began to read to improve the reading skills he sorely neglected in school. He also chose to help and guide new inmates, and found that he enjoyed helping others.

Today, James is touring middle and high schools, along with colleges in Pennsylvania and other nearby states. Recent stops include The Ohio State University, and in nearby Shiremanstown, River Rock Academy, where he spoke to adjudicated youth. James says he is looking forward to taking his speaking tour to charter schools in Houston. He also uses his affinity for helping others by being a life coach.

He and his wife, Annie, welcomed a baby girl this month. Her name is Mireya, which means “miracle.”

More information about James and his book can be found at his website. It includes video links, blog entries and contact information.

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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.


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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Central Penn Student Government Elections Are On!

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

Elections for Student Government Association officers for 2016 will run until 4 p.m. today.

Christine Fusselman, 47, Corporate Communications, and a member of Inter-Society Club, Media Club, International Student Club, Gamma Beta Phi and Central Station employee newsletter student reporter, is making a call to action for all Central Penn students.

And her message is clear: Come Out and Vote!

“I think everyone should vote and have a say of who is in office for the Student Government Association,” Fusselman, also SGA delegate at large for continuing education, says. “I don’t believe everyone realizes that, as a student, they are members of the SGA. I believe the students currently participating and running for the seats in SGA are doing a great job, but it would be great to see more students involved, both in the election and the organization. SGA does not necessarily require much time.”

Fusselman says it is important to have more representation from Central Penn’s diverse student body.

“Being a part of SGA is one way that students – whether they are traditional, online or continuing education – can share their voice,” she says. “If students want to create change, they need to get involved by actively participating in SGA or sharing their suggestions and concerns to SGA and by voting for students who are willing and able to be that voice of change.”

Students cite a variety of reasons for being apprehensive about getting involved with campus activities.

“I think that many students on (the) Central Penn campus don’t get involved because they don’t know enough about the clubs,” Catherine Davis, 18, Criminal Justice, says.

Davis is also a member of the Central Penn Women’s Soccer Team and the Drama Club, and a Writing Center assistant.

Criminal Justice major Samantha Moyer, 18, says students may be shy.

“I think that many Central Penn students don’t get involved because they don’t know anyone, so they are shy,” says Moyer.

Central Penn has an activities director, theater director and other professionals who organize events for students, but student government representation plays a potent role in programming.

“Central Penn College offers a good number of activities for students,” Fusselman adds “They vary in their purpose; some are just for fun, and others are a learning experience, but usually are a good time too.

”The potential for more activities and opportunities is there through more feedback and commentary from students. SGA and club organizers use this information to improve campus life.

“My involvement on campus allows me to understand where I can make an impact,” says Sebastine Virella, 19, Business Marketing and Management, and candidate for SGA president.

Yarisaliz Cales, Criminal Justice Administration, is the declared candidate for secretary and Tyesha Primer, Criminal Justice Administration, is the declared candidate for treasurer.

Voting is going on in the ATEC lobby, and online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFWXZHC.


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Men’s Soccer Season Over, But Aspirations Continue

By Nicholas Tschinkel

Media Club Reporter

The Central Penn College men’s soccer team closed its sophomore season amid cheering from one of its biggest crowds to date.  The match ended in a 5-1 loss to rival Williamson Trade, on Oct. 24 – Homecoming weekend.  The men’s game kicked off around 5 p.m. and was played under the lights of the East Pennsboro High School football stadium.

A Different Game, A Different Perspective

From a spectator’s vantage point, the men might not have appeared to fare much different than in their Oct. 18 game, which the Knights lost 4-0 to Berkeley College of New Jersey.  But to the players, the journey and growth of a new sports program were worth more than any scoreboard could ever tell.  “I’m proud of you boys,” Head Coach Tom Birch said in a postgame huddle. “You guys have guts.”

After my last article on the team, I was welcomed as a player for the final two games of the season.  From the first night at practice, it was obvious: This team is determined to be the best it can be. The players want the developing soccer program at Central Penn to continue for years to come.

Several nights a week, the team convened at the soccer fields behind the East Pennsboro Middle School for practice sessions. Each evening would begin the way any college soccer practice would, with an abundance of running and stretching.

A Fresh Approach

What was noticeable right away was how much the team reflects on prior matches. One of the first practices I attended found the team huddled together on the steel bleachers along the sidelines.  Both coaches stood as the players looked on from the bleachers, at first, listening intently to what Birch and Assistant Coach Andrew Welker had to say. Soon, the script was flipped.

The players were asked to talk about the match they had just lost. Each player was given individual time to voice positives and negatives of the game, and to offer advice on what could be changed.

This approach is novel.

Rather than Birch screaming at the men, critiquing each mistake they had made the day prior, as some coaches might, he let the players replay the story in their own words. He let the players see for themselves what needed to, and could, be fixed. He let them call the shots.

Over the course of the next week or so, the men took to the practice field with determination. One night would be run-heavy, and the next a myriad of passing drills and ball-maintenance puzzles.

One evening as players arrived for practice, Birch informed them he would be leaving to go scout some high school soccer games with Welker. This left the team with a bag full of practice equipment and no directions.

Rather than blow off practice, the men got straight to work with a team jog that culminated in a stretching circle. From there, the men practiced passing, attacking, shooting and defensive drills, all things that could help in their attempt to win the upcoming Homecoming game.

This determination to learn from their mistakes and become better one practice at a time echoes the nature of what it means to be a member of the Central Penn men’s soccer team: They work hard, they are dedicated to improvement and they constantly move forward as a cohesive unit toward a college sports program that functions well.

The Knights confer with their coaches. It was a tough, but full-throttle, season. “You guys have guts,” Coach Birch told his team.

The Knights confer with their coaches. It was a tough, but full-throttle, season. “You guys have guts,” Coach Birch told his team.

Working on The Mechanics

By the time the Homecoming game against Williamson Trade rolled around, the team was prepared to give the Mechanics its best effort.

The day began with the team cheering on the Central Penn women’s soccer team, as the ladies took on SUNY Delhi. (The Lady Knights lost 9-2.)  At halftime of the women’s game, the men’s team took to the practice field and began to warm up, working on passing drills. This gave both coaches the opportunity to run through the game plan and discuss the starting lineups.

All the running drills had paid off. An otherwise daunting hour-long warm-up session went by smoothly, because the players were in peak physical shape. All they wanted was for that opening whistle to sound, and to get the ball moving toward Williamson Trade’s side of the field.

After the National Anthem and starting lineups were broadcast over the loudspeakers, the match was underway.

The action started off competitive, with a good back-and-forth for the first 15 or so minutes of the game. Williamson Trade knocked first, scoring one on goalkeeper Jesse Berger.  A hard sod sent the ball bouncing all over the field. It would be difficult to maintain possession and make decisive moves during the game.

It became clear from the start that the so-called 50/50 balls – a soccer ball by itself that two players have an equal chance of getting to first – would be a major factor in determining who would win the game.

By the end, Williamson Trade came out on top, with a 5-1 victory, but not before a red card (Williamson Trade) and multiple yellow card penalties (both sides).

Shoulders to Wheel Honed the Team

Even though they lost, the hard work and skill of the men on the Central Penn soccer team cannot be accurately represented by a score, or how many shots were taken at the goal. Each player has his own individual story, but as a whole, the men on the Central Penn soccer team have overcome adversity. They stuck with a new program, even when there were not enough players to field a full 11-man roster.

They played matches without any substitutions. They lost every game except for one. And yet, they kept coming back day after day to train and to be better.


It is because the men of the Central Penn soccer team are driven not just to be the best they can, but also because they are laying the pathway for the future of the men’s soccer program at Central Penn College.

Without the tenacity and never-quit effort of the players, the future of the team would look bleak. Fortunately, the future looks promising, as scouting is underway.

Moving Onward

Both the coaches and the players look optimistically toward next season, when they hope to be not just as good, but more competitive, in the United State Collegiate Athletic Association.

“There were plenty of bright spots we can look back upon,” said Knights defender Greg Walker. “I think the belief is there and next season we will be looking to take the next step as a program.”

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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.”


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.”


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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Fall Harvest to Feature Brews Tent and Buffet

By Norman Geary and Kristopher Ortega

Media Club Reporters

New to this year’s Fall Harvest event lineup Saturday is the Alumni Feast and Brews Reunion Tent.

Wine and craft beer samples will be available from several local breweries owned and operated by Central Penn College graduates, including Zeroday Brewing Co., Pizza Boy Brewing Co., and the Vineyard and Brewery of Hershey.

There will also be an Oktoberfest-style buffet.

The Brews Reunion Tent and the buffet will be on the patio of the Knight and Day Café, previously called Scoozi’s, on the bottom floor of the Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) building, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for lunch, $20 for lunch and beer sampling, and $7 for a child’s lunch.

“It’s going to be just people getting together and having a good time, reconnecting,” said Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenshein.


Some foods to be served at the Oktoberfest include beef hotdogs, sauerkraut, sirloin angus beef burgers, BBQ chicken quarters, German potato salad, smoked gouda and penne pasta salad.

No Last Call, Tinsel Wigs and Jason Barshinger will perform a variety of music.

“We are going to have security on site,” Blumenshein said. “They are going to be checking IDs. We’re going to have wristbands to enter into the tent. You need to have a wristband. If you’re purchasing the lunch ticket, you will have a certain color. If you are purchasing a lunch, beer and wine ticket, you will have another.”

Central Penn College adheres to a strict zero-tolerance alcohol policy, but an exception is being made for this year’s Fall Harvest to help draw alumni to campus to participate in events. Current students who have not previously earned a Central Penn degree will be permitted to buy or to drink alcohol, or to enter the tent.

“Alumni who are current students, who have already earned a degree here, are allowed to go into the tent, but they have to be 21,” Blumenshein said.

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Second Season Brings Men’s Soccer High Hopes

By Nicholas Tschinkel

Media Club Reporter

The Central Penn College men’s soccer team will be closing the season with two home games this month – one on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Berkeley College of New Jersey and one on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. against Williamson Trade.

Sunday’s game will be played on the East Pennsboro Middle School soccer fields. The Oct. 24 game, part of Central Penn’s homecoming and the team’s final conference game of the season, will be played on Central Penn’s home field, at East Pennsboro High School.

Head Coach Tom Birch says the team is especially looking forward to the homecoming match, saying it offers, “Nothing to lose, everything to gain.”

The Knights are in only their second season of existence and regardless of what they do in the final two games, they have already raised the bar from last season.

The very existence of the team finalized abruptly in 2014, which gave the coaching staff little time to recruit and train players from the school. However, the team has seen significant improvements in its sophomore year, scoring 16 more goals to date than last year.

This year, the team has scored two victories – a 9-0 match against Mid-Atlantic Christian University, which forfeited its second game with Central Penn. The team won no games during its first season.

More goals and one on-field win are likely direct results of the practice and workout sessions Birch and Assistant Coach Andrew Welker hold for their scholar athletes. The team begins to practice in late spring, and eases into more physically demanding sessions as the days grow warmer. Mandatory practices then begin one month prior to the team’s first game.

When asked to describe a typical practice, both coaches and players agreed: The practices are challenging and just like games.

“Intense. We work hard,” says team co-captain John “Jt” Lumbard when asked about the way practices normally run.

Birch and Welker look to train the players with the fundamentals they need to continuously improve individual athletes’ skills and the quality of the men’s soccer program as a whole. Their coaching style is to run practices hard so the men are ready and in shape for games.

Soccer pic -- men's team

The Central Penn Knights men’s soccer team was out for a morning jog before its game against Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. From left are Daouda Bamba, Jesse Berger, JT Lumbard, Ricardo Leader, Greg Walker, Jadon Buser, Dino Santiague, Zach Sprague, Matt Wright, Mark Swope, Steve Osungo, Keon Williams and Marnel Cherentant. Photo by Tom Birch

Intense practice sessions can certainly prepare the team for big matchups such as the upcoming game against Williamson Trade, a game many Knights have talked about and looked forward to.

“Williamson Trade is the big one for us,” Birch says. “They beat Central Penn 2-0 last year.”

He says the team wants nothing more than to “flip the script” and show that Central Penn has improved, and is a team worth paying attention to.

The physically demanding practice sessions may very well have given the team the conditioning it needs to come away with a victory in the final conference game.

The Knights’ Mark Swope echoed his coaches’ comments, saying, “If we can implement what we do at practice and in drills, we’ll be very prepared for the conference final (against Williamson Trade).”

“The team is hungry – hungry for wins,” says player Steve Osango. “I see potential. I see victories.”

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Welcome to the Knightly News!

In recent terms, the Knightly News, Central Penn’s Media Club on campus has grown by leaps and bounds!  Our goal is to foster the opportunity for our students to receive hands-on training in news writing, photography, videography, and eventually broadcasting, while covering those events on and off-campus that impact our student body, faculty and staff.

We encourage students of all backgrounds and career goals to join our Media Club.  Regardless of your major, we can tailor your career goals into something that will help you gain valuable experience while at Central Penn College.

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