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President Scolforo resigns

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

Karen M. Scolforo, Central Penn’s ninth president, resigned Friday morning.

Scolforo, who was appointed president in mid-2013, said in a posting on her Facebook page, and later in a special edition of the college’s employee newsletter, Central Station, distributed at 10:20 a.m., “the Board (of directors) has agreed to accept my resignation, and to enact a well-thought out transition plan.”

The announcement was also made Friday in the student email newsletter Student Central.

Scolforo announced in an email to faculty and staff during the first week of September, and also in Central Station, that she had applied for a job as president of a university in New England, for family reasons.

“Many of you have heard me tout a family first mantra, and many have appreciated the support I’ve provided in this regard for all of our Central Penn College family members,” Scolforo wrote in the special edition of Central Station on Friday. “You’ll recall that on September 5th I published a special edition of Central Station to notify you of my decision to apply to a position closer to my family.”

On Friday afternoon, after she had left campus, Scolforo told The Knightly News: “My mother is sick, and I want to be closer to her, and help my family. I miss everyone (at Central Penn).”

Scolforo had applied to Castleton University, part of the Vermont university system, which has about full-time 2,000 students, in Castleton, Vt. She is one of three candidates, according to Castleton’s website.

Carol Wilson Spigner, D.S.W., chair of Central Penn’s board of directors, also told The Knightly News on Friday that Scolforo decided to resign for family reasons.

Scolforo declined Friday to address her candidacy at Castleton, but she said in her early-September message to the Central Penn community that the Castleton board of directors plans to make a decision by Oct. 1.

“Dr. Karen M. Scolforo has resigned from the presidency of Central Penn College for personal reasons,” the board of directors said in a message in Central Station Friday. “Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, vice president of academic affairs and Richard Varmecky, chief financial officer will serve as interim co-presidents and Carol W. Spigner, D.S.W. will serve as executive director of the college on behalf of the board. This team will provide continuity and stability during this period of transition. The Central Penn College board of directors will begin the process of selecting the next leader immediately.”

Scolforo applied to Castleton in late June. From Sept.11 through 13, she visited Castleton University, and gave a live presentation on the 13th. Some Central Penn College faculty and staff watched the Web broadcast of Scolforo’s presentation.

During her tenure, according to her curriculum vitae, Scolforo achieved many accomplishments for Central Penn, including:

  • Building The Underground, which includes the Capital BlueCross Theatre, a dance studio she sponsored, a weight room, student lounge and student government and other offices
  • Installation of a health-sciences building
  • Appointment of the school’s first diversity officer
  • Appointment of the school’s first Title IX and compliance officers

Yuliani Sutedjo is Student Government Association president and vice president of the Knightly News Media Club.

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

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New Club Fair Format Seems Succcesful

Feedback will help shape future fairs

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By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser and Editor

What was old was new – but not again, because this was a first – when the quarterly club fair was held in the evening, for two hours, on the first floor of ATEC, on July 12.

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Athletic Director Dave Baker talks to students at the women’s soccer team table.

From 4 to 6 p.m., about 100 students, and faculty, staff and administrators dropped by the lobby in the first floor of ATEC (the Advanced Technology Education Center), between the Knight & Day Cafe and the Conference Center at Central Penn College, and in the conference center hallway, to get information on student clubs.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Activities Director Adrienne Thoman said of the late-afternoon/early-evening fair. “We’re trying this to offer more students the chance to attend, now that Common Hour isn’t Common Hour anymore.”

The club fair has usually been held from noon or so until about 1 p.m., but that is the same time Common Hour, an open presentation by a guest or Central Penn speaker, occurs. Many students, faculty and staff attend Common Hour. Faculty often offer their classes extra credit for attending Common Hour, making an assignment of writing a report or paper about the presentation.

“This way, I hope more continuing-ed(ucation) students can come, and students who can’t make it to the fairs held earlier in the day,” Thoman explained.

Strong showing

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Craig Daube, accounting, tells homeland security major Jessie Porter about the Equal Club.

Sixteen clubs, and two organizations – the Pennsylvania State Employee Credit Union (PSECU) and the women’s soccer team – set tables up. Club representatives and advisers told fair-goers about what the clubs do, and solicited memberships. Sign-up sheets were on the tables, along with displays of what the clubs do.

PSECU, a longtime partner of Central Penn that supports student and other college functions, and maintains a year-round presence in ATEC to offer students and employees information on banking services, did that at the club fair.

Thoman also changed this term’s club-fair menu. Usually, pizza – though sometimes long sandwiches cut into portion-sized sections – chips or other snack food, and soda or water, have been available for free to students who fill a “passport,” a small sheet of paper, with signatures of club members or advisers when they visit a club booth.

When the passport was filled, students got food and drink, though no one at a fair ever was denied refreshment, even if a passport wasn’t filled with signatures or other proof a student had visited all club tables.

This year, Knight & Day Cafe workers exchanged a heaping helping of chicken wings, with as many french fries as students desired, or fish fillets (and wings), and a drink, for a ticket fairgoers got from Thoman after they surrendered their club-fair passports to her.

“They’re great,” a student said as she munched a huge spicy red sauce-slathered wing on her way out to the sunbaked patio.

High expectations

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Daylin Davis, left, corporate communcation, gets information about the Central Penn Players from club President Morgan Littleford, corporate communication. Club Vice President Ashanti Conover, criminal justice administration, center, was waiting to fill Davis in with more club doings.

Members of the Central Penn Players drama club were perky about the fair.

“We’ve had a lot of people stop by,” club president and corporate communications major Morgan Littleford said. “Not many have signed up, but it’s only 5 o’clock.”

More students stopped by during the fair and some did sign up.

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Knight Writers President Danielle Payton, legal studies and Vice President Mercedes Reddick at the Knight Writers table.

At the Knight Writers creative-writing club table, President Danielle Payton, legal studies, and Vice President Mercedes Reddick, business administration, were busy telling stoppers-by about the club.

“Fourteen people signed up, and seven came to the (club) meeting,”  adviser Prof. Maria Thiaw said.

 

 

The revived Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) table was decked out in the flag of Cuba and the flag of Puerto Rico (this link is the U.S. government portal to Puerto Rico’s page; to connect to the Puerto Rican government’s site, in Spanish – which Google will translate to English – click here).

“We’re just starting again,” HASA President Eliz Milanes, a criminal justice administration major, said. “People have shown interest. We are a club for all Latino students, but anyone can join.”

Milanes and club Vice President Amor Duran, communication, was also at the table.

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HASA President Eliz Milanes at the club’s table.

A college-family affair

Faculty, besides club advisers, also came to the fair, as did academic administrators.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams made the rounds.

“I’m stopping at all the tables,” Fedrizzi-Williams said at the Knightly News Media Club table. “I’m an honorary member (of the media club).”

Fedrizzi-Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in organizational communication, and has taught communication.

Athletics Director Dave Baker was on hand, as was Dr. Melissa Wehler, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, and others.

Thoman distributed an email survey to club attendees and advisers for input on the new club time and location. Results are pending.

Information about Central Penn clubs and activities is available here.


Prof. Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club.

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

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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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VPAA Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams Joins the Knightly News for Episode #26

By Lawrence Wilson

Knightly News Correspondent

In one of the most high-profile guests in the history of the Knightly News podcast,  Central Penn College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams joins the show to discuss her career journey and new initiatives at the school.

“Retention is just not an academic term” were wise words shared on the podcast by Fedrizzi-Williams, as she discussed broad issues of the higher education landscape from leadership, Central Penn College campus retention, our school’s intentional efforts in helping our on-ground and online students reach academic goals, and to today’s media.

Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams felt quite at home on the air, as she spent the better part of five years after college working in radio at WSPK, just outside of New York City, before moving on to higher education.

To learn more about Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams, you can view her LinkedIn profile.

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