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Central Penn Alumni Leadership Conference to be held Tuesday

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

The Central Penn Alumni Leadership Conference will be held Tuesday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in The Conference Center at Central Penn College.

Students, alumni, faculty and the business community will build their leadership, branding and problem-solving skills at this event.

2010 Central Penn graduate Aaron Beverly will be the keynote speaker. Beverly placed second in the 2016 Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking.

After the keynote presentation, participants will attend breakout sessions in either the Early Career track or the Professional track.

The Early Career track has topics specific to students and young alumni including “Communicate, Connect and Engage for Success,” “Overcoming the Millennial Stereotype” and “Assertive Entrepreneurship.”

The Professional track has topics specifically for career professionals, including “Using Your Leadership Skills to Motivate Others,” “Be the Wave: Riding the Wave of Organizational Change” and “The Power of Social Media.”

The Alumni Leadership Conference features an amazing lineup of alumni speakers.

The Alumni Leadership Conference features an array of alumni speakers. Poster provided courtesy of the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Free professional headshot photographs, LinkedIn profile reviews and a networking reception will also available at the Alumni Leadership Conference event.

Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement, and the organizer of the event, explained how the conference showcases Central Penn alumni.

“The sessions are all led by alumni, and they are partnered with a faculty member, who is either a co-presenter or moderator,” Blumenschein said during a podcast with the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College that was released July 11.

Central Penn students and faculty members may attend for free, but they must register.

Registration cost for alumni and community members is $60. Members of the Harrisburg, Carlisle, West Shore and Lancaster Young Professionals organizations may attend for $15.

For details on the event, visit the Alumni Leadership Conference webpage.


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

To comment on a story or to suggest a story idea, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

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

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August Events and the Overcame Foundation Discussed on Podcast Episode #33

August Events are Heating Up the Campus

By Paul Miller

Co-Adviser to the Knightly News

The Knightly News has released Episode #33 of our podcast, featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and the Overcame Foundation Founder Leonard Chester, Central Penn College Alumni.

Thoman discusses a wide variety of events on campus in the month of August, including the upcoming Alumni Leadership Conference, Bras Across the Bridge in Harrisburg, and upcoming course registration workshops put together by the Records and Registration Department.

Thoman spoke about the upcoming Alumni Leadership Conference, “What an amazing opportunity…You are getting to connect with other members of the community and network with (local leaders).”

In our recurring segment with Thoman, “Adrienne’s Featured Three” outlines the upcoming ATEC Dance on Aug. 11, a Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes on Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., and the Men’s Leadership Retreat Aug. 25 – 26.

For further information on these events, you may contact Thoman at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu or stop by her office in the Underground.

In our second segment of the podcast, we are joined by Central Penn College Alumni and Founder of the Overcame Foundation Leonard Chester.

Chester was a Corporate Communications graduate in 2014 and spoke of how his Central Penn education helped to inspire him to begin his nonprofit organization.

Chester discussed also how social media has impacted his business, “You don’t want to post anything (on social media) that could come off curious or absurd.”

Chester continued by discussing the foundation’s social reach and said that they receive 18,000 impressions per week.

The podcast was also joined by several members that asked Chester questions about his organization and how his education was beneficial to him.

The Knightly News looks forward to Chester returning to campus as part of the Alumni Leadership Conference on Aug. 22.

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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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