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Podcast Episode #32 Features Discussions on Two Non-Profit Organizations

The Overcame Foundation and Colleges Against Cancer are discussed

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Podcast is pleased to release episode #32, where we welcome Communication Alumna Jade Harper, who is also the co-founder of the Overcame Foundation, and Kristin Fike, co-adviser to the Colleges Against Cancer Club at Central Penn College.

The Overcame Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves the cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore, and was created by Harper and Leonard Chester, also a Central Penn alum.

Chester will be featured on next week’s podcast, with a Q & A session with several Knightly News Members.

The foundation serves in several types of outreach in these communities, including mentorship programs, assistance for the homeless, and a focus on the arts for young people.

Harper commented, “I started playing the violin in second grade, and played almost until I came to college.  When I came back to Baltimore (after college), I noticed those programs were not there.  But there are so many talented youth around every city that do not have that platform.”

Harper also discussed the importance of social media for non-profit organizations and how the community service requirement at Central Penn assisted in her wanting to give back to the community.

To find out more about the Overcame Foundation:  http://www.theovercamefoundation.org/

Harper and Chester were on campus for a special Common Hour presentation, which can be viewed here.

In our second segment, the podcast is joined by Internship Coordinator Kristin Fike, who is also the co-adviser for the Colleges Against Cancer Club at Central Penn.

During the show, Fike talks about the initiatives of the club, including their recent participation in the Relay for Life in Harrisburg, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Bras Across Campus.

Fike pointed out how being a part of the club could allow students to give back to the fight of the terrible disease, but also as a way for students to become involved in the community.

Fike also discusses her reasoning for being a part of the club, as she lost someone at a young age who was very close to her.

If you would like more information about joining the Colleges Against Cancer Club, you can contact kristinfike@centralpenn.edu.

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Internship Fair and Student Scholarships Discussed on Episode #31

Central Penn College Education Foundation scholarship deadline is Aug. 7

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Podcast has released Episode #31, where we welcome Internship Coordinator Kristin Fike to talk about the upcoming Internship Fair and Associate Director of the Education Foundation Sandra Box to discuss their scholarship essay contest.

In our first segment with Fike, we discuss the importance of taking an internship (paid or unpaid), tips for success at the event, and some of the companies that will be represented.

Fike went on to discuss how to approach the internship process, “Even when you have a guest speaker in class or go on a field trip, you should always have your internship in mind.”

The Internship Fair will take place on July 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Conference Center at Central Penn College and is free to all Central Penn students.

Registration is required and can be made by following the link:  http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/internship-fair/

Further questions can be relayed to Kristin Fike at kristinfike@centralpenn.edu.

Internship Fair

 

Episode #31 of the podcast also welcomes a new guest as Sandra Box, associate director of the Central Penn College Education Foundation, joins the show.

Also, the podcast is joined by former scholarship award-winner and Knightly News Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo.

The Education Foundation offers essay contests twice a year, in the summer and winter terms, and hopes to receive insight on students willingness to give back to the school and to the community, as well as things they are involved in on-campus.

These scholarships are open to all current Central Penn College students who:

  • Possess a 2.0 GPA
  • Have completed a FAFSA
  • Are a positive role model at Central Penn College
  • Are enrolled in a degree-seeking program

Sutedjo offers many pieces of advice, as she has won several of the awards during her time with the school, including engaging in the writing process and asking for assistance from the Learning Center.

You can find out more about what the Central Penn College Education Foundation does at their website:  http://www.centralpenn.edu/alumni-friends/education-foundation/

To apply for the scholarships:  http://foundation.centralpenn.edu

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Conquering the Fear of Networking Events

CPC Career Services Offers Students Tips on Connecting to Potential Employers

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Networking events can strike fear into the hearts of many and send anxiety levels skyrocketing.

Career Services at Central Penn can help people with that fear.

Career Services hosted a networking skills workshop last month in ATEC room 200/202. The purpose of the event, held during the college’s weekly Common Hour — a one-hour leadership or cultural event for students and staff — was “to help students learn and understand the art of networking,” according to the program flyer. Career Services personnel covered “what networking is, how to do it effectively and why it is important.”

Rubina Azizdin, career counselor and part-time faculty member at Central Penn, welcomed attendees and began speaking about networking, and how Career Services can help.

“Please don’t think that you just come visit us only when you are about to graduate. It’s always great to get to know us ahead of time and get to know the resources we have to offer,” said Azizdin.

When attendees were asked, “How many feel nervous when they hear they have to go to a networking event?” most raised their hands.

“Yes, it can be overwhelming sometimes, if you don’t know what it (networking) means, who’s going to be there or what to expect,” said Azizdin. “Once you understand the basics of it, it’s really not that hard.”

Steve Hassinger and Kristin Fike of Career Services demonstrate introduction and networking skills. Career Services offers mock networking and interviewing for students and alumni. Photo by Sherri Long.

Steve Hassinger and Kristin Fike of Career Services demonstrate introduction and networking skills. Career Services offers mock networking and interviewing for students and alumni. Photo by Sherri Long.

The purposes of networking

“The more people you meet, the more connections you make, the more you’ll learn, and also the more opportunity will come to you. If you need a job or internship, you’ll know where to go and who to ask,” Azizdin explained.

Networking isn’t just for getting a job. The connections made can be resources of information for a topic or activity in which you are interested. Azizdin explained that she has found several guest speakers for the college through networking events.

“Networking can be beneficial in a lot of different ways,” Azizdin said. “You just need to know how to do it. You need to be confident in yourselves.”

Azizdin spoke about having a personal network and a professional network. Participants were asked to share who they thought would be in the two networks. Ideas given by attendees were friends, family, professors, co-workers and bosses.

She stressed the need to always be professional because, “You never know who is watching or who’s going to be your next professor, or who is at the administrator level. You always want to have a nice reputation.”

A networking video, which is a part of the online resources of Career Services, was shown. In the video, the speaker noted that “more jobs are filled through networking than any other means,” and that “networking is a life skill that will serve you throughout your careers.”

The elevator speech

A tutorial video Azizdin played about the elevator speech explained what one is and its purpose. Two points from the video were, “Consider it your work-related highlight reel,” and “the goal of an elevator speech is to enter into a higher-level conversation of what you can do for an employer.”

Attendees were given an elevator speech worksheet. Azizdin explained the importance of an elevator speech during a networking event. The three questions on the worksheet were:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I have to offer you?
  • What do I want from you?

“You really need to know yourself. You need to (say) your name, your major, your interests. And why are you approaching them,” said Azizdin. “Are you looking for a job? Are you just looking for information? You are supposed to do this within a minute.”

The etiquette of networking

Audrey Bare, Lancaster campus career counselor, asked the group for their ideas about etiquette for a networking event. Ideas shared were making eye contact, having a confident handshake and professional dress. Even the placement of a name tag is important.

“Your name tag should be on your right-hand side. That’s just familiar for people, because when you give a handshake, they can look at your name when they are introducing themselves,” said Bare.

To help reduce anxiety, Bare suggested taking a friend to the networking event “as long as you’re not standing in the corner with just the person that you took, but making sure that you’re making a plan to divide and conquer, and talk to other people.”

Before attending a networking event or job fair, Bare recommended reviewing the list of participating company representatives create a plan to meet the representatives of businesses in which you are most interested.

Career Services at Central Penn College always has plenty of job listings available in the Career Resource Center.

Career Services at Central Penn College always has plenty of job listings available in the Career Resource Center. Photo by Sherri Long.

Elevator speeches, networking and practice

Light refreshments were served and used during a mock networking exercise in which students practiced sharing their elevator speeches. Bare suggested to stand near the refreshments table because people will come to the refreshments, and the setting is more relaxed.

“This is the perfect place to meet people (and carrying extra napkins can make you very popular),” according to an article on college.usatoday.com.

Attendees networked with other students, professors, Azizdin and Bare. Elevator pitches were shared and several discussions about the networking process ensued.

Shelby Houston, PTA student, shared that she was offered one of her first jobs in her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, through a friend at church. The employer remembered Houston being a friendly person and hired her on the spot, without an interview. Houston believes in the importance of attending networking events because “if they like you, they remember you.”

More resources

Career Services at Central Penn offers several online resources of networking and interviewing tips. Some are on YouTube; others are part of the OptimalResume resource. The Career Services resource center is in Bollinger Hall, room 53. The resource center is usually staffed Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m. –   6 p.m. Appointments are recommended to ensure someone is there and to allow for sufficient time to help.

The networking Common Hour was given in preparation for the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) job and internship fair, held Feb. 21, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill where students applied their networking skills.

For information about the employers participating, visit www.cpec.info.


Sherri Long is president of the Knightly News Media Club.

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

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

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CPC Colleges Against Cancer Participating in Relay for Life Friday

You can still sign up, help and buy a memorial candle!

By Christine Hoon

Media Club Reporter

Central Penn’s Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) Club will be in a Relay for Life race on Friday at Susquehanna Township High School, 3500 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg. The event begins at 6 p.m.

The club was in the race last year, and members said they were excited to come back this year.

They said they are also excited to participate in the luminaria memorial ceremony, which will start around 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The Relay for Life race will last from 6 p.m. Friday evening to noon on Saturday, but participants don’t have to stay the whole time, organizers said.

According to Kristin Fike, Central Penn CAC co-advisor, the Luminaria Ceremony occurs at every Relay For Life event.

“As the sun sets, luminaria lining the track light up the night,” Fike told a Knightly News @ Central Penn staffer by email. “Relay For Life participants, survivors and caregivers then gather to remember loved ones lost to cancer, and to honor those whose fight continues.”

The luminaria are candles in white bags used as memorials. Each bag has a person’s name on it.

CAC members encourage Central Penn folks to help them by joining in the walk, or by donating to the club and the Relay for Life cause.

The club has 10 active members, but always encourages more to join the team.

“If anyone is interested in participating and joining our team (Central Penn Colleges Against Cancer), they would need to register with our team online,” Fike said. “I could provide them the details to do so. Tomorrow (Thursday) would be the last day to register.”

Fike’s office is in Career Services, Bollinger Hall. Her phone number is 717 728-2213, and email kristinfike@centralpenn.edu. Co-advisor Lindsay Knapp is in Admissions, ATEC Suite 301. Her phone number is 717 728-2214, and email lindsayknapp@centralpenn.edu.

Fike and Knapp will be selling luminaria until noon Friday. They are $5 or $10, depending on type.

Central Penn CAC officers say: Come join Colleges Against Cancer! The club meets every other Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in ATEC 204.

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