The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with the 50th episode of the club’s podcast.
The first episode of the podcast featured co-host Paul Miller, Career Services Director Steve Hassinger and the late Nasir Harris. The 50th episode featured Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, interim co-president and provost, as the guest.
Episode 50 will be released Feb 20.
The episode focuses on different accomplishments Fedrizzi-Williams has achieved since taking over the position last fall.
Miller talked to her about many topics, which included: current initiatives, upcoming commencement as co-president and her most proud achievement at the school (listen to our podcast to hear what that is).
Media club member Michael Ademola and this reporter talked about many questions the student body had for her.
Fedrizzi-Williams was very honored and appreciative to be featured on the milestone.
“I was honored to be a part of the 50th podcast episode with Professor Miller, Brian Christiana and Michael Ademola,” Fedrizzi-Williams said. “I look forward to listening to the next 50 episodes.”
Because we are celebrating two years, we would like to look back at important moments in club history, including: The Bill Gladstone Project, Moving to the Boyer House and the Nasir Harris Studio Dedication.
The Bill Gladstone Project was an opportunity for the communication students to help a local real estate man with hands-on work. The students made a video that included his bobblehead.
The Knightly News made a huge splash and moved the podcast studio into the historic Boyer House in February 2017. The moving process was easy, and the club started working a week later. An open house was held at the building and over 30 faculty, staff and students showed up to celebrate this event.
The studio was dedicated in the summer of 2017 to honor the late Nasir Harris. He was one of the founding members of the club, and he really had a huge impact on the creation of the Knightly News. Harris was on the inaugural episode of the podcast and appeared on several other episodes.
In September 2017, the Knightly News decided to give thanks to him by naming the studio after him. The current members had a celebration with his family and members of the Central Penn family. There was a video presentation that included interviews, and quotes from his family. There were tears and smiles for the celebration.
The Knightly News wouldn’t be here also without the constant support from the community and fans. The goal of the club is to reach out and make a positive impact on the college. The Knightly News wants to thank all the listeners of each podcast, and reader of each story.
A piece of trivia: Do you know who is the most frequent visitor on the podcast?
Please submit your answers to this trivia question by commenting below.
Brian Christiana is president of the Knightly News Media Club.
Edited by media club co-advisers Professors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi.
The people who never knew Nasir Harris learned why he was special.
Those who knew him remembered, smiled and cried.
Story and Photos
By Michael Lear-Olimpi
Co-adviser, Knightly News
About 40 people attended the dedication of the Knightly News Media Club podcast studio in the Boyer House to the late Nasir Harris on Thursday.
Nine members of Harris’ family, media club members, college administrators, faculty, staff and some students were on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to view a memorial video of Nasir that included interviews with his mother and father, Eugene and Naomi Harris, his siblings, and Central Penn personnel who knew him. (See embedded video below.)
Harris, 28, a corporate communications major and a founding member of the Knightly News Media Club podcast studio, died June 14 after a brief illness. He was on a short break from school, but was preparing to return to Central Penn for the summer or fall term when he died at home.
“We miss him, but he will always be here with us, in our memories and in our hearts,” podcast studio manager and media club co-adviser Prof. Paul Miller told Eugene Harris.
Media Club President Sherri Long, right, officially dedicates the Nasir Harris Podcast Studio of The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College.
Miller was speaking to Mr. Harris in a front room of the Boyer House, where a video of Nasir’s family and Central Penn faculty who knew him, presented reminiscences on a large-screen television screen of Nasir. The video, about half an hour long, played several times. Besides watching the tribute, people also toured the podcast studio. Several people left the video-tribute viewing room daubing tears.
“We all were very fond of Nasir,” Melissa Wehler, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, told Naomi Harris. “He will always be remembered.”
Nasir had been the student worker in Bollinger 46, where Wehler’s office was before it moved to the Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC).
Matthew Vickless, dean of the School of Professional Studies and interim dean of the School of Business, also shared some memories of Nasir with his parents.
Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, Central Penn College co-president, provost and vice president of academic affairs, told Nasir’s parents she hadn’t had the honor of knowing Nasir, but had heard about his wonderfully positive attitude, helpfulness and friendliness, and expressed condolences and regret at the loss of a member of the college community as well-loved as Nasir.
“This is all very touching, and moving,” Eugene Harris said, surveying the people meeting and greeting one another in the Boyer House as they ate a light lunch. “Thank you, so much.”
The Harris family.
Mrs. Harris was similarly moved.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to meet his ‘other’ family,” Mrs. Harris said of the event. “We knew he was very involved in the media club, but we never met any of his Central Penn family.”
Club President Sherri Long officially dedicated the podcast studio, on the second floor of Boyer House and which began operating in the early winter, to Nasir at about 12:15 p.m. on the historic building’s south lawn, where Central Penn facilities workers had set up tables and chairs for the occasion, and people continued their lunch.
Long’s comments were brief.
“We’re here to dedicate the Nasir Harris Podcast Studio,” Long, a corporate communications major, said as she held aloft the small, red wooden plaque with a black metal plate bearing Nasir’s name.
Long presented the family with the plaque, and a large photo of the family that people attending the studio dedication had signed on the back, and copies of the tribute video, made by club secretary Sarayuth Pinthong. Each media club member, co-advisers Miller and Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi, and some other Central Penn personnel received a copy of the video, which Pinthong made during a Saturday visit to the Harrises’ home in Harrisburg. Other media club members helped.
School of Humanities and Sciences Dean Melissa Wehler makes some comments at the dedication.
Pinthong, the club’s videographer who spent about 20 years as a photographer with the U.S. Air Force and who maintains his own photography and videography business, made the video with his equipment, on his time. The club covered the cost of producing the DVDs that were distributed.
Long, Miller, Lear-Olimpi and other club members, and Central Penn faculty and staff in attendance, gathered after the dedication for photos.
Prior to the dedication, attendees milled about inside the Boyer House, meeting and speaking with one another, and remembering Nasir.
“This is a great turnout, and an indication of how many people cared so much for this young man,” Richard Varmecky, Central Penn interim co-president and chief financial officer, said.
Professors Miller and Lear-Olimpi talked with the Harrises about Nasir’s love of radio, and his crucial role in making the podcast studio a reality.
“I remember him saying once, ‘We’re not doing radio? We can do podcasts – let’s do it,’” Lear-Olimpi told Mr. and Mrs. Harris, and two of his sisters. “He was passionate about it, and we were lucky to have him, for many reasons.”
Harris had done over-the-air radio at Shippensburg University before coming to Central Penn. He was a popular deejay at Ship, well known for his vast knowledge of and deep appreciation for music, and for his keen sense of humor. He brought those qualities, and more, to Central Penn, person after person said.
“Big Nas,” as Nasir’s family and friends called him, loved media – especially radio, and “all things voice,” club president Long said. “I’m sure he’s smiling down on us,” Long told the crowd assembled for the studio dedication.
Media Club members Ian Kemmerer and Kathleen Tarr show Nasir’s nephew, Kezra Lee, 9, the studio named in honor and memory of his uncle.
The media club covered all costs for food, drink, the dedication plaque, and video production. The club owns the podcast equipment in the studio.
In her comments during the dedication, Long thanked club members, the advisers and the college for support of the club’s mission and work, and for attending the ceremony Thursday. She also thanked Facilities Department workers who provided the tables and chairs and set them up, and cleared the assembly area of walnuts that had fallen from trees on the Boyer House lawn that could have made walking difficult.
Besides Nasir’s parents, his sisters Nia, Naeemah, Nicole and, Chenita Lee, attended, along Kezra Lee, 9, and Aniah Lee, 11, and his aunt Betty Jean McEachin.
As people left after the gathering, Mrs. Harris again thanked media club advisers and members for their show of love for Nasir, and respect and concern for the family.
Media Club Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo with the photo of the Harris family presented to them at the dedication.
“From the time you came to our house just after Nasir passed, and his funeral, until now, with this wonderful remembrance, we have been getting to know his Central Penn family,” she told Lear-Olimpi. “We appreciate it, and you are welcome to visit our home at any time.”
Lear-Olimpi and Miller, along with recent corporate communications graduate and former club member Norman Geary, attended Nasir’s funeral in Philadelphia on June 19, and the college and School of Humanities and Sciences sent flowers.
Michael Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College and editor of Knightly News text content. He was Nasir Harris’ academic adviser.
In the most recent Knightly News podcast, two major events on the Summerdale campus are featured, including a look at the fall play “Christmas Shorts”.
On the show, we were pleased to have Capital BlueCross Theatre Director Janet Bixler and Bob Zaccano. During their segment, they discuss much about the creative process that went into creating the play, as well as discussions about the overall themes presented.
In the second segment of the podcast, Nasir Harris takes over as the host and turns that tables on Professor Miller, previewing his upcoming workshop entitled “Blogging 101: The Importance of Blogging While in College”.
This this segment, Miller discusses several of the reasons that he believes that students can see several positive benefits from writing a blog while in college as a way to feature writing ability, passion for subject matter, etc.
The workshop will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in ATEC 202.
Help us Crown the Champion of the Bill Gladstone Project
By Paul Miller
Co-Adviser to the Knightly News
After months of preparation, planning, filming and editing, The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College presented their video projects commissioned by the Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIR commercial real estate to the Central Penn College campus on Oct. 19.
The Knightly News was elated when over 30 faculty and staff members, and students, arrived to the presentation and got to meet Gladstone and his team, as well as the Knightly News Media Club members.
Club members discussed inspiration for their videos and described future goals that the club will help them achieve.
The Knightly News staff poses for a picture with members of the Bill Gladstone Group and the Central Penn College Education Foundation. From left, standing, are Matt Lane, Education Foundation director; Chuck Bender, Bill Gladstone Group marketing director; Leah Wentz, Bill Gladstone marketing coordinator; media club member Sherri Long; media club co-advisor Paul Miller; media club President Christine Hoon; Bill Gladstone; and media club member Keith
Gudz. Kneeling, from left, are media club members Norman Geary, Yuliani Sutedjo and Liznel Munoz, and Central Penn College President Emeritus Todd Milano. Photo by Judith Dutill.
This project came about in a collaboration session with Gladstone and the Central Penn College Education Foundation.
This is where our readers can get involved with this project.
Over the next week, from Oct. 20 – Oct. 26, you can be a part of the vote! The top two teams will receive scholarship money and will be given their awards at a meeting on Nov. 2 at the Central Penn College Summerdale campus.
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.
Career Services Director Steve Hassinger is the first guest on the inaugural episode.
By Paul Miller
Co-advisor to the Knightly News
The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College had a momentous day on Feb. 2 as the club recorded its first ever podcast, featuring Career Services Director Steve Hassinger, podcast committee member Nasir Harris, and co-advisor Paul Miller.
The group discussed the major quarterly event for Career Services, the CPEC Job Fair. The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. More information about the event can be found at http://www.cpec.info.
Hassinger explained on the podcast that each term Career Services at Central Penn College has one major event, but the CPEC Job Fair is the biggest event of the year. Hassinger went on to discuss all of the ways that Career Services can help students prepare for this event. He explained that they could help edit resumes, provide professional clothing via Dress for Success, and provide transportation for those who need it. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for any of these services or stop by the office in Bollinger Hall room 53.