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Women’s Leadership Conference Stresses Empowerment and Education

Conference keynote speaker Robyn Hatcher addresses Women's Leadership Conference attendees at the Conference Center at Central Penn. Hatcher encouraged the audience to "let your light shine" and to "embrace your albatross." Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Conference keynote speaker Robyn Hatcher addresses Women’s Leadership Conference attendees at the Conference Center at Central Penn. Hatcher encouraged the audience to “let your light shine” and to “embrace your albatross.” Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

Over 200 women educated, encouraged and energized one another

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Education and empowerment for women were the main purposes of this year’s Women’s Leadership Conference, held last month in the Conference Center at the college.

Rubina Azizdin, career counselor and part-time faculty member at Central Penn, organized the event, which was geared toward women in all stages of their career paths.

The conference featured women leaders in the community and businesses. Attendees ranged from current college students and college leadership, to business employees, leaders and entrepreneurs.

Della Archer, director of employee relations for Harrisburg Area Community College, said she was attending the Women’s Conference because she “looks for ways to network with other women professionals,” and she values hearing “stories of other women to find out how they got to where they are.”

Archer’s coworker, Stephanie Maben, executive assistant to vice president of student affairs at HACC, explained she was attending because “working women face so many challenges. Any opportunity to network with other women is great.”

Albatrosses and rock stars

The conference started off with the breakfast keynote message from speaker and communication expert Robyn Hatcher. Hatcher encouraged attendees to “let your light shine” and to “embrace your albatross.” The albatross, Hatcher explained, is deadweight or a burden. By identifying it, you can reframe it and turn your misfortune into your mission.

Attendees were told to “get your sparkle on,” stood up by their tables, put their hands on their hips, heads held high and shouted, “I AM (after which they inserted three strengths from a list that was at each table)!” This energized the group, and kept the positive and energetic momentum going throughout the conference.

After the uplifting message from Hatcher, attendees went to the breakout sessions of their choice. Sessions were themed with such titles as Knowledge is Power, Financial Literacy, Achieving Your Dreams, Live Your Truth, and Interview Like A Rock Star.

Sharon Kelly, an accounting major student at Central Penn, said, “When I had my first interview, I was really nervous. They gave me this paper to review and asked some questions and I kind of stumbled through it.”

The main reason Kelly attended the conference was for the breakout session How to Interview Like a Rock Star — How to Slay Every Interview for Every Job You Ever Wanted, presented by Amanda King, owner of PeopleSavvyHR Group, to better her chances at her next interview.

 

Tiffany Chang Lawson, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, encourages attendees to “Live Your Truth” during her breakout session at the Women’s Leadership Conference at Central Penn College. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Tiffany Chang Lawson, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, encourages attendees to “Live Your Truth” during her breakout session at the Women’s Leadership Conference at Central Penn College. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Etiquette and power

After the breakout sessions, attendees participated in a five-course luncheon during which Kathy Christopher, general manager for Bridgewood Catering at Central Penn, gave a presentation on proper etiquette for each course of a meal during networking events and luncheon interviews.

During dessert, an energetic fashion show was presented by designer and local business woman Amma Johnson, featuring her AMMA JO fashions, which were modeled by several Central Penn employees, including President Karen Scolforo and Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Fedrizzi-Williams. The luncheon ended with the presentation of the Student Leadership Awards.

The conference concluded with a Powerhouse Panel, featuring local women leaders from the government, business and nonprofit sectors. After each panelist made introductory remarks, attendees could ask questions. Questions attendees asked covered discrimination, balancing family and career, and being compassionate, empathetic and successful.

The panel was well-received by attendees.

Azizdin closed the conference by thanking everyone for attending.

From left, Central Penn personnel Adrienne Thoman, Sandra Box, Dr. Linda Fredrizzi-Williams, Megan Peterson, Karen Scolforo and Krista Wolfe ham it up in some clothing they modeled at the conference.

From left, Central Penn personnel Adrienne Thoman, Sandra Box, Dr. Linda Fredrizzi-Williams, Megan Peterson, Dr. Karen Scolforo and Krista Wolfe ham it up in some clothing they modeled at the conference. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Reflecting success

“Everything went really well. Actually, it went better than expected,” Azizdin said about the event during a recap phone interview.

This year’s conference was the second annual Women’s Conference Azizdin organized. Attendance increased from 125 last year to 200 this year. She is “definitely planning on a 2018 conference.”

When asked what she’s learned or any improvements she’ll make for next year, Azizdin spoke about the technology of event planning. She is researching a new registration tool to use because some of the payments did not go through and because of lack of notifications when someone registered. She also advised planners to confirm what technology is in each room a presenter will be using.

“One of the rooms we used had new computer and presentation systems installed over the weekend,” Azizdin said.  “Thankfully, we were able to have someone from IT help with getting the equipment running.”

Azizdin recommends having one or two presenters as back-ups, “just in case.” One of the presenters could not attend due to a family emergency. One of the Power Panel participants, a friend of Azizdin’s, was able to present in that speaker’s place.

Azizdin continues to get positive feedback from attendees and through responses from emailed surveys.

She has several ideas for next year’s conference topics and planning, including looking for more corporate sponsors to help fund the event and for more giveaways at the conference.


Sherri L. Long is president of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

To comment on this story, or to suggest a story, contact the KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu

Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi

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Dress for Success

Students spruce up for job searches at student clothing drive

By Sarayuth Pinthong

President Karen Scolforo with Daylin Davis (left) and Tyrie Orosco after the students selected some professional-setting clothes.

President Karen Scolforo with Daylin Davis (left) and Tyrie Orosco after the students selected some professional-setting clothes.  Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

Media Club Reporter

Central Penn students had the opportunity to meander through a music-filled room containing an assortment of charming – pause for effect – FREE CLOTHES during the student clothing drive at the Capital BlueCross Theatre on Jan. 19.

Did you miss it? Well, that’s exactly what happened.

Why would anyone give all this stuff away?

Some would say, “Who cares? It’s free.” As a roadmap to success, a wise person once said. “Dress for the part you want, not the one you have.”

A team effort
“We involve a lot of community partners, along with our business and industry leaders, by encouraging them to bring gently used professional clothing for our students,” Dr. Karen M. Scolforo, president of Central Penn College, said.

About two years ago, Central Penn shifted from requiring students to wear business attire every day, to practice professionalism, to everyday attire.

“It became more important than ever to help our students,” Scolforo said. “When they need to dress up in preparation for an interview, we’re able to support them by having the clothing that they need.”

Many visitors to Central Penn have seen the mirrors in restrooms with the advice “Appearance Matters” and “Dress for Success.” The message is about looking the part. The student clothing drive provided students the opportunity to do just that.

“I’ve been to colleges that offered resources where you could go and find clothes,” Angel Carrion, business management and human resources major, said. “This is the first college that actually did an event on campus with free clothes, which is very helpful.”

Big selection – look around

Dean of Student Services Dave Baker helps student Tyrie Orosco put on a tie from the professional-dress clothing selection.

Dean of Student Services Dave Baker helps student Tyrie Orosco put on a tie from the professional-dress clothing selection. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

The selection of clothes ranged from dresses to slacks, and from shoes to an assortment of suits for men and women.
All that was needed was a little time to look around in search of what was hidden on the racks.

“That’s a lot of available clothes,” Carrion said. “There are different designs and cuts. Everyone can find something here. All you have to do is try them on, see if you like them, see if they fit and you can take them.”

If you didn’t come early enough, you probably missed out on all the good stuff. It’s a “first come, first serve” situation, as Tyrie Orosco, communication major, found out.

“I think I came too late,” Orosco said. “They probably had more varieties in my size.”

It didn’t dampen his spirits for the event, though.

“I appreciate Central Penn for what they’re doing to help us out,” he said. “This is for us. We can come in here and enjoy picking up a few things or just see what you like.”

Where did the idea come from?

Of course, Scolforo didn’t take all the credit for the event’s success. She recognized the help of the community, and support from Beth Baker, her executive assistant, and Stephanie Humphrey, transcript coordinator, for making the event possible. She said the two women “led the charge.”

“It was a collaborative idea,” Scolforo said. “ We all got together and talked about ways we could help students. We’ve always had a career closet in Career Services, so it’s not a new idea to the college.”

Humphrey, Baker and Dean of Student Affairs Dave Baker were available to assist in making sure students had the clothes they needed by matching jackets, dress pants, ties, dresses or anything else students required.

Scolforo is continuously involved with the community, communicating with business and industry leaders on how they can participate by donating clothes to the students.

“Every time I see them, I always bring up the fact that our students could really benefit if they’ve got gently used professional clothing,” Scolforo said. “That’s kind of how it started.”

Does it really matter how I dress?

Yes.

Scolforo commented that if students aren’t dressed appropriately for interviews, there’s a good chance they won’t get the job.

“We want to make sure they’re successful and competitive out the gate. That’s really our primary focus.”

So what’s next?
So if you missed it, don’t worry. You’ll have another opportunity. Plans call for the event to happen once a quarter, according to Scolforo.

Donations are accepted year-round.

“Go check out the clothes, ” Carrion said. “There’s no pressure and lots of help.”

Who doesn’t like getting things for free? Especially clothes.

For information on the next student clothing drive or to make clothing donations, contact: Beth Baker at 717 728-2324 or by email at bethbaker@centralpenn.edu.
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Edited by Knightly News Co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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The Knightly News Releases Special Podcast

By Paul Miller

Co-Adviser to the Knightly News

In our most recent podcast, the Knightly News podcast is joined by Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman to discuss her “Featured Three” events of September.

In addition to Thoman joining the podcast, Professor Paul Miller steps back from the host role and becomes the guest, as Nasir Harris interviews Miller about his upcoming LinkedIn:  The Time is Now workshop.

In Thoman’s segment, she discussed some fantastic events on campus for the month of September, including the upcoming Knight Writers Poetry Slam, Late Knight Breakfast, and Cram Jam.

Knight Writers Poetry Slam – Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.  Admission is free.

Late Knight Breakfast – Thursday, Sept. 8 from 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. in the Knight and Day Cafe.  No cost to students.

Cram Jam – Begins Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. – Monday, Sept. 12 at 5 a.m.  No cost to students.

In Miller’s segment, the importance of having a LinkedIn profile for college students was discussed.

“Having an excellent LinkedIn profile is the single most important thing a student can do while in college to promote their talents and find opportunity in the job market.” Miller said.

He provided a preview to his workshop that will take place Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 4:00 p.m. in Milano Hall, Room 13.  All are welcome.

In addition, Dr. Karen Scolforo stopped by the give our campus a wonderful leadership tip that can be used by all.  The Media Club thanks Dr. Scolforo for her continued support.

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Knightly News Podcast: President Scolforo Discusses Her Tenure

By Lawrence Wilson

Media Club Reporter

President Karen Scolforo, Ed. D., is featured in the most recent edition of the Knightly News Podcast, in which she discusses important moments in her tenure leading Central Penn and initiatives in the college’s future.

Scolforo, who received her doctorate of education from the University of North Florida, began her focus as Central Penn’s ninth president on career education with a holistic approach that includes arts, diversity and continued development of the “soft skills” students need to succeed in the workplace.

She has maintained this approach since assuming her duties in 2013. She believes in providing inspiring leadership for students, and wants those students to go forward, ready to demonstrate leadership in their lives.

Scolforo is a leadership model. Consider: She has helped to create a cultural diversity center on campus that allows students to feel secure no matter their ethnicity, nationality, gender identification, physical or other personal challenges, or faith.

In addition, she has overseen the renovation of student living quarters, creation of The Underground student recreation and study space that includes the Capital BlueCross Theatre, establishment of a health-sciences facility and the launch of several new degree programs.

Scolforo has been an ambassador to the community at large, too, sharing the good news of teamwork, championing education, and addressing the benefits and rewards of living a fruitful, diverse lifestyle.

Scolforo, Wilson, and Miller enjoy their discussion about important topics to the Central Penn College community. Photo by Judith Dutill

Scolforo, Wilson, and Miller enjoy their discussion about important topics to the Central Penn College community.
Photo by Judith Dutill

Her engagements with local chambers of commerce, membership on boards of directors, speaking at conferences at which people who work and live in the Harrisburg region are affected in many positive ways, and supporting organizations such as Dress for Success, and Leadership Harrisburg, have helped Scolforo create and maintain an innovative feeling in the campus and surrounding community.

Scolforo has a vision moving forward, and she is eager for Central Penn and East Pennsboro Township to share in the rewards of working together.

Leadership, vision, inclusive mind-set and advocating education — with these qualities and efforts, it is no wonder Scolforo has succeeded since taking the helm.

For more on President Scolforo, visit http://www.centralpenn.edu/ninth-president/biography

 

Background Music:  (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

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Central Penn College Welcomes Local Artists

Art Association of Harrisburg Winter Soiree held in Capital BlueCross Theatre

By Christine Fusselman

Media Club Reporter

Central Penn hosted the first Winter Soiree of the Art Association of Harrisburg (AAH) in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on Jan. 31.

Visitors entering the black-box theater were drawn in by the striking artwork displayed on metal grid frames and a few tables throughout the room.

Central Penn’s own Danielle Klebes’ larger-than-life oil painted portraits were displayed front and center. Klebes has won Best in Show in the AAH Annual Figure Show two years in a row.

Her paintings included the familiar faces of Summerdale campus students “Kamal” and “Steve-O,” and another artist-in-residence, Dalton James, who is the college’s writing center director and her spouse. (Klebes uses the last name “James” in her personal and non-art professional life.)

“I feel like the painting describes me, because it’s big, like my personality,” quipped Steve “Steve-O” Osango.

According to Carrie Wissler-Thomas, AAH president and sales gallery manager, the association’s soirees, typically held throughout the summer at various homes and businesses, are designed as audience-builders and fundraisers. She added that the Central Penn show was the first AAH meet-the-artist soiree held on a college campus.

“The space surprised me,” said jewelry artist Alonna Marie Columbo. “It is a great space. The exposed dark ceiling … is simple and elegant. It is a beautiful space to display fine art.”

Columbo displayed her handcrafted jewelry, some of which was made with gold sandstone and tiger’s eye.

Sarah Davidson, who works in the Central Penn marketing department, shared her photography, which she said included “examples of nature in all forms of life, from beginning to decay.”

Davidson said the show was a “very nice way to mingle with local artists and other members of the community.”

Dustin Nispel and Jessica Flynn, two owners of The Rooted Artist Collective, in York, shared their talents from the theater’s stage. Both worked on paintings during the show, with previously painted works nearby, but also took some time to present a poetic duetNispel and Flynn performed “Bottom of the Blossom,” a poem that won them first place in an international poetry contest in Macedonia in October. According to Nispel, the trip to Macedonia required some serious fundraising, but was an incredible experience, which included touring a mosque built around 1406.

 Jessica Flynn and Dustin Nispel performing a poetic duet, “Bottom of the Blossom.”

Jessica Flynn and Dustin Nispel performing a poetic duet, “Bottom of the Blossom.”

Nispel’s book of poems, “The Tower,” and Flynn’s poetry book, “Through the Cracks,” are both published by Poem Sugar Press and available on Amazon.com.

Representing the art of music with his combination of electronic and international traditional instruments, including a Chinese Hulusi, poet, painter and musician Jonathan Frazier entertained the audience with a variety of melodies.

Frazier said he has “always played keys and guitar,” but his collection of international instruments began developing more recently with his purchase of a flute from the annual Native American Pow Wow held during Harrisburg’s Kipona Festival.

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Painter, illustrator and musician, Jonathan Frazier entertained soiree guests with international instruments such as a Chinese Hulusi shown here.

Frazier, a former Central Penn adjunct instructor, also works as an illustrator when he is not playing music.

AAH member Andrew Guth presented a sampling of his work with block printing at the soiree. Guth’s colorful shapes were displayed on fabric bags and framed prints. His work can be viewed at the Millworks in midtown Harrisburg, where he leases studio space.

Guth felt the “vibe” was different than that at the typical soiree, but said, “The staff and president were very welcoming.”

Romeo Azondekon, Central Penn’s director of cultural diversity, displayed some framed works in mixed media.

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Central Penn College’s Chief Diversity Officer, Romeo Azondekon, shared his artwork which combines bursts of color and texture.

Local photographer Mary Fox also exhibited.

“This may be the start of a wonderful tradition,” according to Matt Lane, director of the Central Penn College Education Foundation.

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