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Men’s Leadership Retreat and Upcoming General Election Subjects of Podcast #39

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College is excited to release our most recent podcast, Episode #39, featuring Admissions Counselor Curtis Voelker discussing the recent Men’s Leadership Retreat and Associate Residence Life Director Dillon Epler talking about how students can get involved in the Nov. 7 general election.

During the first segment, Voelker is also joined by Knightly News Correspondent Daylin Davis, a student who attended the Men’s Leadership Retreat.

They discussed the event, held at Diakon Wilderness Center in Boiling Springs, PA, with the theme of “leaving a legacy at Central Penn”.

Davis noted, “As a leader (on the Knights Men’s Basketball team), I have to give the work ethic that my teammates demand…I have to set an example and set the tone on the team.”

Davis was also quick to note that this opportunity provided him with a great deal of experience that he will be able to use immediately, both on and off the court.

Voelker and Epler led the retreat, something that means a lot to both of the individuals on both a personal and professional level.

During the second segment of the show, Epler joined the podcast to discuss the upcoming general election on Nov. 7, as well as discussing what Central Penn College is doing to promote participation in the election for our students.

Epler noted that while this isn’t a presidential or midterm election, making important decisions about your state and local officials has a much clearer impact on our students.

The Office of Residence Life will also be distributing information about the candidates on the ballot, will offer a shuttle to take students to the polls, and has plans for an open-forum event prior to the election to educate the students about the process.

Those looking for more information about the upcoming ballot in their area can search the links below for more information.

Vote 411:  http://www.vote411.org

BallotPedia:  https://ballotpedia.org/Pennsylvania_elections,_2017


This episode can also be found on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-39-curtis-voelker-and-dillon-epler

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The Knightly News Podcast Welcomes Curtis Voelker

Voelker discusses his passion for the Central Penn College family

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In our newest podcast, Episode #34, we welcome Admissions Counselor Curtis Voelker to the show to talk about the upcoming Young Alumni Happy Hour, his journey through his education at Central Penn, and his opportunity to speak with high school students about his hardships growing up.

The podcast is also joined by Knightly News President Sherri Long and a special guest appearance by former Knightly News Vice President Norman Geary.

Voelker has had a life of trials and tribulations, documented by Harrisburg-based Uproot Creative Services in their Portraits series.  His story can be seen here.

In the first segment with Voelker, he discusses his job as an admission counselor, often spending the fall and spring months traveling to high schools to recruit students and to discuss with him the hardships he has endured, cherishing the opportunity to impact the lives of young people.

In the second segment of the podcast, the group discusses the Central Penn College Education Foundation scholarships.

Voelker is a trustee of the Education Foundation and Long and Geary have both won different scholarships during their time at the college.

The discussion finally shifted to Voelker’s role as a member of the Alumni Council, discussing the upcoming Central Penn On Tap:  Young Alumni Happy Hour, taking place Aug. 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Public Fare at Weis Markets in Enola.

If you are interested in registering for the event, or for more information:  http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/central-penn-on-tap-young-alumni/

The Knightly News would like to wish Voelker congratulations for his recent completion of his M.P.S. at Central Penn College.

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Research Exhibition Day

A Diverse Success

 By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

On June 6, the Central Penn Summerdale Campus hosted Research Exhibition Day, in the ATEC lobby, from 3-5 p.m.

For the exhibition, students created posters to visually represent research topics and answer questions presented by a panel of judges. The judges used a rating system based on the content and the visual quality of the posters.

Each poster had to reflect the topic of diversity.

Diverse purposes

The event was designed not only to educate students but to inform exhibition attendees about how each student’s poster reflected a topic related to that student’s major, and reflected diversity, organizers said.

“This day is a wonderful culmination of a lot of help from different departments,” Judith Dutill, Central Penn’s instructional design technologist, said.  “A real cross-campus collaboration.”

Dutill and Emily Reed, Central Penn’s research librarian, took the lead working with faculty the deans identified.

“The marketing and security departments also helped assist with materials for the event,” Library Director Diane Porterfield said. “We had additional help from faculty and admissions, and … career services, in our judging for the contest.”

A good showing

Eight posters were displayed at this event.

“Students with Physical Disabilities and Inclusion on College Campuses,” by occupational therapy assistant (OTA) students won first prize – and $100.

Students used the American Occupational Therapy Association website to find case studies about occupational therapy students who have a mental, physical or social disability, and evaluated their possible strengths and weaknesses in the workforce.

“We used EBSOhost to search, using key words to relate our topic to occupational therapy and diversity,” according to Jennifer Torelli, occupational therapy assistant major. “This project opened our eyes to accessibility on different college campuses and realized there is always room for improvement.”

Caitlin Cragle and Allison Miller, also OTA majors, agreed.

“Health Care Practitioners with Disabilities,” with OTA students Felicia Miller and Morgan Brubaker, won second place – and $75 – and the honor of Audience Favorite, plus $25 for that distinction.

OTA was well represented at the exhibition. Another poster/project was “Impact of Mental Health Disorders on Academic Performance,” which stated that anxiety and comorbid mental disorder leads to poor academic performance in all ages, races and other categories of students across their lifespan, as compared to individuals with no mental-health disorders.

“We looked at peer reviews and sources to find articles relating to anxiety disorders and their correlation to academic performance,” Sharon Pitcavage, OTA, said “We looked at possible treatments, such as occupational therapy treatment.  We learned more ways our future occupation can help others.”

Lauren Steo, OTA, assisted.

Another school perspective

Hangying Ni presented “School Culture: Do You Perceive It?” Ni’s presentation won third place, and $50.

School culture is a set of historically transmitted norms, values, beliefs, ceremonies and rituals. Ni’s research indicated that a positive school culture significantly improves students’ achievements.

“I chose this topic to explore (so that) if students don’t feel the same way as teachers and leaders do, leaders need to make a change for students to perceive school culture,” Ni, an organizational leadership student in the master of professional studies program, said.

The Knightly News presented this look at Buzzfeed.com and the diversity that their podcast team has.

The Knightly News presented this look at Buzzfeed.com and the diversity that their podcast team has. Design by Sherri Long.

Pieces in a pod

The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College featured “Diversity in Podcasting.”  Club members’ goal was to educate viewers and impress the judges. Their poster showed that podcasting is an affordable way for communications students from any culture to launch careers in mass media.

With this research, the media club displayed in visual form how podcasting has made media accessible to people across cultures and how to use podcasting to launch their careers in media. They also presented information on starting a podcast series, as well as showing how affordable startup can be — only $600 to launch a podcast project.

Pumping up

Media Club President Christine Hoon presented “Get Your Red On,” providing information from the American Heart Association, such as why a large number of women are dying from heart disease. Hoon also represented the media club by assisting with the podcast project.

“Occupational Therapy Across Nations” was also presented.


Knightly News Media Club President Christine Hoon also presented her project on the “Get Your Red On” campaign.  Photo by Tyler Willis.

Judging by the reaction –

Judges reacted positively to the project presentations.

“I was impressed with the topics chosen by the students.  Many research topics related to their fields that they are studying,” judge Kristin Fike, Central Penn’s internship coordinator, said. “Their research will ultimately help make an impact in their fields. The time that they put into the exhibition was noticed.”

Dutill opened the competition to her Communications 450, Propaganda and Policy, class. Two of her students, Hoon and Yuliani Sutedjo, both communications majors and media club members, presented “Smoking Campaign Ad: Propaganda or Persuasion?” The poster presentation educated viewers on ads from smoking campaigns about how dangerous smoking is. The campaign was to encourage people to stop smoking.

“I was involved in the planning process and collecting resources,” Dutill said.   “Additionally, my COM450 class participated, and I think the event is a great opportunity for students to show their hard work.”

Judge Curtis Voelker, a Central Penn admissions counselor, added, “As a judge for Research Exhibition Day, it was inspiring to see the hard work, dedication, and passion each student brought to their specific topic presentations related to the theme of Diversity.”


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Discovery Day is a Success

It’s a Team Effort at Central Penn College

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

Central Penn College recently had high school students on campus to see how students “Live the Knight Life” by visiting classes and  getting the scoop on the College’s programs.

The event is aptly named Discovery Day. It happened on Jan. 27.

Enrollment Events Coordinator Naydia Bonner and Admissions Counselor Curtis Voelker coordinated Discovery Day.

They sat down to talk to The Knightly News Media Club to speak about this important event.

What Bonner and Voelker had to say follows.

From Naydia Bonner

Knightly News: So, what is Discovery Day?

Bonner: Discovery Day is a student event where prospective students get to come on campus and get to shadow a current student and go to classes with them and get a feel of what the night life is like (and to be) a Central Penn student.

Knightly News: What are some of the benefits of participating in this event?

Bonner: They also get an opportunity to tour the campus and meet with faculty and (employees of the) Student Services (Department). They also get a tour, which includes viewing the housing and enjoy seeing the super suites (housing) as well.

Knightly News: Why is Discovery Day held?

Bonner: This is a great opportunity for these prospective students to get to know Central Penn. The purpose of Discovery Day is for these students to really find out if Central Penn is the right place for them.

From Curtis Voelker

Knightly News: Curtis, what is your role in Discovery Day?

Voelker: As an admissions counselor who also conducts presentations within local … high school classrooms, my job is to assist Naydia with Discovery Day by letting students know when it is, and getting the word out about the event.

Knightly News: What other support do you provide for these prospective students?

Voelker: So, within my presentation, there is only so much I can share and show through pictures. So getting students here for Discovery Day is really all about letting them experience a day and life as a Central Penn Knight. Once Discovery Day (is) here, I … assist Naydia with the admissions presentation, along with my coworker Tiffanie Falkenstein (senior admissions counselor), who is also a presenter with the admissions team.

Knightly News: In addition to your presentations, what do you do on Discovery Day to assist Naydia and the team?

Voelker: I also assist with campus tours, whether it be across campus, with housing or through the Underground – whatever it may be.   I also assist with any questions, comments, that students, parents – whoever – may be attending Discovery Day may have.

Perspectives from both

Knightly News: Talk a bit about planning Discovery Day.

Bonner: Planning begins months in advance. I start to prepare the agenda and reach out to the various departments that will be involved. I will speak to different students. I will speak to different student services. I will speak to (Cultural Diversity Director) Romeo (Azondekon), (Counselor) Megan Cline, (Residence Life Director) Megan Peterson, and (Writing Center Director) Dalton (James) … to make sure they are all on board, and they have it on the schedule.

Knightly News: Who else do you get involved in planning this event?

Bonner: We also promote this event to our students on campus as a volunteer opportunity. The students are offered four hours of community service for participating in the event. The way we target those students is with flyers on campus, as well as the club fairs at the beginning of each term. We get students to sign up at that event and they also have the opportunity to sign up at the Core (store in ATEC) or with me at my office.

Knightly News: How did Discovery Day unfold when it was held?

Voelker: Tiffanie Falkenstein and myself conducted the admissions presentation. Afterwards, I led the visiting parents for Discovery Day throughout a campus tour, where we got to see a different component of campus that their sons and daughters may be experiencing here as a Central Penn Knight. Later, we went back to the original room for a presentation on financial aid. We also met with Dean of Students Dave Baker, who shared some more information about what students will be experiencing here on campus. We then had a delicious lunch at the Knight and Day Café, and we wrapped up Discovery Day with a final tour of the super suites.

It seems that another successful Discovery Day has come and gone.  We at the Knightly News thank all of the people involved in making this event possible and look forward to the next Discovery Day.

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