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The Knightly News Podcast Welcomes Curtis Voelker

Voelker discusses his passion for the Central Penn College family

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In our newest podcast, Episode #34, we welcome Admissions Counselor Curtis Voelker to the show to talk about the upcoming Young Alumni Happy Hour, his journey through his education at Central Penn, and his opportunity to speak with high school students about his hardships growing up.

The podcast is also joined by Knightly News President Sherri Long and a special guest appearance by former Knightly News Vice President Norman Geary.

Voelker has had a life of trials and tribulations, documented by Harrisburg-based Uproot Creative Services in their Portraits series.  His story can be seen here.

In the first segment with Voelker, he discusses his job as an admission counselor, often spending the fall and spring months traveling to high schools to recruit students and to discuss with him the hardships he has endured, cherishing the opportunity to impact the lives of young people.

In the second segment of the podcast, the group discusses the Central Penn College Education Foundation scholarships.

Voelker is a trustee of the Education Foundation and Long and Geary have both won different scholarships during their time at the college.

The discussion finally shifted to Voelker’s role as a member of the Alumni Council, discussing the upcoming Central Penn On Tap:  Young Alumni Happy Hour, taking place Aug. 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Public Fare at Weis Markets in Enola.

If you are interested in registering for the event, or for more information:  http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/central-penn-on-tap-young-alumni/

The Knightly News would like to wish Voelker congratulations for his recent completion of his M.P.S. at Central Penn College.

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The Knightly News Bids Norman Geary a Fond Goodbye

Geary gives final news podcast before graduation

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

Knightly News Correspondent and former Vice President of the Media Club, Norman Geary, joined the Knightly News Podcast for his final news episode.

In the first segment, Geary discusses the recent Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) job and internship fair, held Feb. 21, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill.

While attending, Geary discussed some of the students he spoke with regarding the event, as well as giving unique insight to how to approach a job fair such as this.

Discussions also included a recap of the Knightly News’ recent open house and a debate about the feasibility of “Tuition Free” college education.

In the second segment, Romeo Azondekon, Chief Diversity Officer at Central Penn College, reviews the Black History Month Luncheon.

According to Azondekon, this luncheon was one of the most well attended events in the history of the college.

In addition, Azondekon highlights the upcoming Alternate Term Break, where Central Penn College students can venture to Toronto over the break between the winter and spring terms.

In Toronto, students will be immersed in the culture of the city, all while doing community service and offering students a unique opportunity without missing any classes.

The podcast is completed with a special note from the Knightly News Media Club to Geary.

Editor’s Note:  Geary has given a series of news podcasts over his last three terms and hopes to employ this experience at a future position after graduation.

Geary was one of the founding members of the Knightly News Media Club.

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A Look Back at Homecoming: Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Tent, Homecoming Are Hits at Fall Harvest

Second Year of Tent, Homecoming Bring ’Em In

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

On Oct. 22, Central Penn College celebrated Homecoming 2016, along with the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent, during the annual Fall Harvest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The reunion tent was exactly what it sounds like – an effort to bring alumni back to campus to eat, celebrate, reflect on good times and reconnect with one another, with faculty, and with staff members, and to see how they can get more involved with Central Penn, whether it’s signing up for a New York City bus trip or to be an alumni mentor.

Read, just below, what Sarah Blumenschein, alumni engagement director, had to say on the event.

“We really rolled out the red carpet for our alumni and their families,” Blumenschein said.  “We also invite faculty and staff and their families.  This is a private event specifically for alumni. Faculty and staff, and also retired faculty, can come back so they can interact with former students.”

An ongoing success

This event was nothing new for Blumenschein.  She has worked at Central Penn since 2008 and has been very involved with every Fall Harvest since. If you talk to Blumenschein, she will tell you this event brings the crowd.

“It’s a fantastic event, you get hundreds of community members and vendors lining up the quad,” Blumenschein said.  “At the event, you have food and fun, basket raffles, face painting and caramel apples. It’s a great time.”


The Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews tent was the star of homecoming at Central Penn College.

Feedback from alums

Here is what Sherri Long, travel tourism, ’89, had to say about the event, which brought out a couple hundred people, despite cold weather and winds whipping the Summerdale campus.

“Fall Harvest, to me, is just walking around looking at the tables,” Long, now a corporate communications major at Central Penn. “It was okay (the tables at Fall Harvest), but the fun part was the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent. That was a chance to talk with other people … I went to school with and also to talk with some of the professors and staff of Central Penn that were there. It was a nice and relaxing and fun setting. It was a really good time.”

Shannon Terry, computer information systems, ’95, said, “It’s been great.  I’ve enjoyed seeing the changes and the metamorphosis here.”

Matt Karper, business administration, retail management, ’95, added that he had a good time, too.

“We were here last year,” Karper said.  “It was a fun time and the same (this year). We enjoyed it and it’s been a good time. It’s been good both years.”

Gold Medalist (50 years) Diane (Jeffries) Piper , ’64, added some historical perspective.

“It’s awesome to come back, because when I went to Central Penn, we did not have a campus,” Piper said  “We were on Market Street in Harrisburg.  So, to come back and see where the school is today versus where we were back in the early ’60’s is quite an experience — the beautiful campus, the many courses and degrees, and now the master degree programs. It’s just wonderful to be back.”

Something new, something old

Homecoming, previously called Fall Harvest, was one of the first things Blumenschein wanted to implement when she started in the Alumni Office in 2008.  She wanted to go through the appropriate channels to work with the Marketing Department and the President’s Office to officially rename the event Homecoming.

Under the Homecoming umbrella, Central Penn would be able to hold the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent and athletic events that Blumenschein hopes will continue to grow as Central Penn builds its fan base.

Basically, she explained, the college can have all these events under one umbrella. The college community is very hopeful that more events will be added each year, she said. This is the second year of the Homecoming and Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent, and Blumenschein said she is looking forward to next year.


Editor’s note:  For information on Homecoming planning, look for Media Club reporter Sherri Long’s article on Sarah Blumenschein’s efforts – coming soon.

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

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Knightly News Releases Podcast Episode #15

By Paul Miller

Media Club Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club is proud to release our newest podcast, featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman discussing some of the premier events on the November activities and a special bonus newscast featuring News Correspondent Norman Geary.

In Thoman’s segment, she highlights her “Featured Three” events of November, including the ATEC Dance on Nov. 4, the SGA Election on Nov. 16, and the holiday play “Christmas Shorts” at the Capital BlueCross Theatre with several dates in November.

In Geary’s segment, he reviews some of the recent Knightly News stories including the recent Bill Gladstone video project presentation, the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews tent at Fall Harvest, and what Dillon Epler and the Residence Life office is doing to promote students voting in the upcoming election.

In addition, Geary continues his look at open education resources that have the potential to impact the costs of student textbooks for the positive.

The Knightly News thanks you for your continued support.

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Get Out and Vote (Online) and Help the Knightly News Media Club!

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 poses for a picture with members of the Bill Gladstone Group, the Central Penn College Education Foundation, and President Emeritus Todd Milano.

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.

For more information about the background of this event, you can view our story entitled “Media Club Commissioned to Produce Promotional Videos” or listen to Gladstone’s recent visit to the Knightly News Podcast.

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.

To vote, watch the three videos below and go to http://www.pollev.com/paulmiller046 and vote for your favorite video.  The Knightly News thanks you for your support!

Video #1 – Yuliani Sutedjo, Liznel Munoz, Christine Hoon

Video #2 – Norman Geary and Keith Gudz

Video #3 – Lawrence Wilson and Nasir Harris

Sherri Long assisted all of the groups with their editing and was an integral member of each team.

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Why It’s Important to Vote

Central Penn Promotes Voting Awareness, Helps Students Register, and to Vote

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

A Common Hour held recently in the Capital BlueCross Theatre focused on the importance of voting.

The Common Hour session was called Why It’s Important to Vote, which is something folks on campus have been talking about for quite some time during this presidential-election season.

Dillon Epler, associate residence life director, has been heading the project with faculty and staff support.

“It (had) been on the mind of faculty and staff, and myself, to put together a Common Hour to get the campus together and to engage civically and politically,” Epler says.

Whether students are traditional-aged or older continuing-education students, they often may be struggling to understand who they are and what they believe, Epler points out. They want to make it all – life, family, learning, job, social involvement – come together in college. Voting is a significant part of being involved in politics and self-determination, and one aspect of students’ efforts to understand themselves, and to be involved in the evolution and quality of their communities.

“It’s important to know who you are and know what you support, and, therefore, voting for the right candidate and for the right issues and policies you want passed is important,” Epler says.

When is Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline?

The deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is Oct.11, so people at Central Penn College are hoping to have one, if not two, voter-registration drives to boost voting.

Election Day is Nov. 8.

Last year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly made it easier for people to register to vote.  People can still do the “old school” paper registration, or they can register online (see link below for registration in Cumberland County), and sources say Central Penn will have a voter-registration station set up in Bollinger Hall or ATEC.  The college also plans to provide two shuttles, one in the morning and one in the evening, to take students to register to vote, and to vote, in November.

“The Residence Life Office is open to all students for any questions if they want to talk about the voting process,” Epler says. “Students that want to register to vote or that want to get involved by being volunteers at the polls can get in touch with the Residence Life Office as well.”

Dillon Epler, associate residence life director, has been heading the project on the Central Penn College campus.

Dillon Epler, associate residence life director, has been heading the project to get students registered to vote on the Central Penn College campus.

How do students get involved?

To volunteer at polls, people can do one of two things: Stop by the Residence Life Office, Bollinger 40 and talk to Epler, who can contact the local Cumberland County Bureau of Elections to determine whether there are any openings in East Pennsboro voting precincts; or students can reach out themselves directly to the Cumberland County Bureau of Elections. Find general information on voting and registration in the Commonwealth at the Pennsylvania Department of State. ) (For information on the major-party candidates, see the links to their campaign sites at the end of the article.)

Why is student involvement important?

The importance of voting touches on many concerns, Epler says — among them support for an individual candidate, or to advocate for or against specific issues.

“Our elected officials make decisions for us on our behalf,” Epler says. “We live in a representative republic which fosters democracy. It’s important that the masses get involved to vote in the electoral process. There may be issues on the federal level, such as immigration reform, or on the local level, such as a new stop sign or traffic light, or a reduction in property tax.  It doesn’t matter which side of an issue you’re on, what matters is your participation in the voting process.”

Epler notes that on a state level, someone may want to see more reproductive rights or more clinics, or more LBGT rights. They might want to see a reduction in healthcare costs or lowering of taxes. It’s because of all these issues that we vote, he says.

“This is for the students, to be able to select a candidate that best suits them,” he says. “But it’s not just them, it’s whether it suits the country itself, on a federal or state and local level.”

More help from Central Penn

The library has voting guidance online. Access it at Central Penn Library Voting Guide.       

Learn about candidates at the links below:

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

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Knightly Newscast for September

by Norman Geary

News Correspondant

In our final newscast of the summer semester, Paul Miller, co-adviser of the Central Penn Knightly News, will have feature writer Norm Geary discussing “Getting beyond the average to find your excellence.”

In addition to this topic Miller and Geary will discuss the following.

LinkedIn: The Time is Now  workshop hosted by Professor Paul Miller on September 6, 2016 in Milano Room 13, from 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

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

In conclusion, Education: The Cost of College Books, a continuing follow-up on the topic of open source materials in the fight to keep textbook costs low for the students.

The Knightly News Media Club wants to extend its many thanks to the Central Penn College community for their support.

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Poetry Slam Set To Hit Central Penn Campus

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

The Central Pen Literary E-Zine and Professor Maria Thiaw’s ENG330 Contemporary Writers of Color students will be hosting a poetry slam on Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., in the Capital BlueCross Theatre in the Underground.

Performers will be competing for prizes: 1st place, $100; 2nd place, $50; and 3rd place, $25.

These are the rules for the event:

  • Poets will have 3 minutes to perform, with the clock starting when the performer begins talking.
  • There will be no introductions or disclaimers, absolutely no apologies, and there will be no props.
  • The poem each poet performs must be his or her original work.

There will also be a panel of judges which will include faculty and students.

To compete in the poetry slam, send an email to the centralpen@centralpenn.edu. Include name, major and name of the poem to be performed. Prepare two poems, in case of a sudden-death round.

Thiaw said participants will be judged not just on the quality of their poems, but also for on-stage presence.

A Slam Preparation Workshop will be held on Aug. 31, at 3:30 p.m., at the Knight Writers Meeting, Milano Hall, Room 17.

 Isaiah Isley performing his original work in the 2013 Poetry Slam.

Isaiah Isley performing his original work in the 2013 Poetry Slam.

Mistress of Ceremonies will be Ladi Glori, an inventive and creative spoken-word artist.  She was born and raised in Maryland. Glori has been featured in a number of poetry events and television shows.  Glori also has teamed up with musicians, dancers and other poets to offer her multifaceted talents in the arts community.  She is coauthor of a book with five poets (Below the Belt, 2012) and creator of a CD, Mute the Background (2011).

“Slams are really entertaining and you should encourage your friends,” Thiaw said.

Poetry slams have been very popular since the 1990s and are well received by young poets across America.  While slams have seen some opposition in academia, they have proven to be a considerable force generally.

Content of slam poetry typically targets politics; broad social issues; and racial, economic and gender injustices.

According to poets.org, the structure of the traditional slam was started by “Slampappi” Marc Smith in 1986, who performed at a reading series in a Chicago jazz club.  With Smith’s success came a kind of rebirth of poetry performances, and the coining of the term “slam.” The term and movement spread rapidly across the country.

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Campus Forum: State of the Nation

Central Penn community discusses racial tension in America

 By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

Last month, Central Penn College held a campus forum in the Capital BlueCross Theatre to discuss student feelings on race relations in the nation, and recent conflicts between police and citizens, particularly between police and African-Americans.

The forum, State of the Nation, was an open discussion facilitated by Chief Diversity Officer Romeo Azondekon and Dean of Students Dave Baker.

The forum was suggested by a student.

Input from the campus community came from students, faculty, staff and administration on a range of social issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

About 50 people attended through the two-hour session, with some coming and going as class and work schedules required. President Scolforo also attended.

“With the whole ‘Black Lives Matter’ theme, it is a very positive and touchy subject,” communications student Keith Nixon said. “We are looking to make a change in the African-American world. As we have seen around the world, innocent black people are getting killed for no reason. (People are) being asked by police officers to follow the rules and do what you’re told, and people are following the rules, and still getting shot and killed in front of their families and on tape, for no reason.”

Some history

“Ever since the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin incident, there has been no justice for the black community,” Nixon added. “I do not know why. We did not ask to be here, if you get my drift. (It’s) not just that ‘Black Lives Matter’ – all lives matter. But mainly it’s been the black lives … that have been attacked, punished and killed. For what reasons, we cannot even explain. They are on videotape and yet our lovely justice system has seemed to look the other way. I just do not understand. What more has to take place to be equal? We are all equal; no one is above anyone.”

Gina Bianchini, an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the social-network-building firm Ning and founded the similar company Mightybell, recently wrote an article on the topic of social movements. She posted the article on LinkedIn. Her remarks fit the mood and comments expressed at the Central Penn forum.

In her article, Bianchini said: “A movement requires members to take action – showing up for hearings, calling officials or writing op-eds. When you combine these actions in a community where people are building relationships with each other in chapters, teams or classes, the power gets obvious.”

“A hashtag does not create a movement — it simply raises awareness to attract followers,” she continued. “Over the long run, follows and shares do little to produce lasting loyalty or sustain change in politics, society or business. In practice, change only happens when followers are organized, such that the most passionate among them can meet each other and coordinate action.”

IT major Darryl Morgan offered perspective.

“Black Lives Matter is a much needed movement in this country today,” Morgan said. “Reading over the foundations of the movement online, there is a good focus and a good basis with the people that created the movement. The thing they need to work on is communication and organization. There are too many outside people that are using the name of the movement and causing more derogatory actions, violent actions and taking away other people’s rights in an effort to bring this subject to light.”

Blacklivesmatter.com lists 38 chapters nationally.

Dean Baker also offered perspective during the forum.

“I thought the event was great,” Baker said afterward. “I thought students showed a lot of courage. And staff shared their point of view, so I thought it was good. I think we should do a follow-up and continue the conversations.”

What needs to be done?

Business administration major Tyree Tucker provided his take on the forum.

“It’s time to stop talking about what we are going to do and (start) talking about ways to resolve the problem,” Tucker said “It’s simply getting up and resolving the problem. It starts from within, it starts from us. We say ‘Black Lives Matter’ – it starts with us, black people. Before you try to love everybody else, we first must love ourselves in order to make a change. If not, it’s useless, so for us to do that, we must first love ourselves, which means after we love ourselves, we can love everybody else.”

Tucker offered an example of how to model meaningful behavior.

“I believe with my actions, I can be a positive impact to my surroundings. So the people that I positively influenced, they can also have a positive influence on their surroundings. We are not going to be at the same place at the same time. So by me ‘showing that love’ on that brotherhood or sisterhood, it’s going to bring everybody together and, eventually, in my surroundings. We have to start from some point. You can’t do everything at once. Start out with something small and eventually the small things lead to bigger things.”

Romeo Azondekon, Central Penn’s chief diversity officer, provided some concluding comments.

“I think the purpose of the forum allows us to move past rhetoric and agendas and move toward solution oriented approaches. I think the theme behind it was ‘unity of the campus environment,’ but also something that can transition into what is happening outside of our campus.

“One of the things that I loved was everyone was not afraid or was open to sharing perspectives and actually hearing each other out. I think with what is going on in our society right now, not enough of us are being heard, or that we are being heard with the ear of resentment and disagreement. There is not a lot of love and embracing.”

Must we all agree?

“To embrace someone does not mean you have to agree with them, but you have to take their plight or their position as valid,” Azondekon said. “And I think that is what people are looking for. Yes, it was a good event, in my eyes.

“I was looking for a little more dialogue, but really feel, in summation, it exemplifies, again, keeping our campus intact, and not being afraid to have the conversation. Because a lot of college and universities would have avoided that kind of forum pretty quickly. But it shows where we are at as a college, which values diversity and inclusion at Central Penn College. We know a lot of these issues circle around that, one way or another.”

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The Knightly News Offers First Ever News Podcast

By Norman Geary, student reporter

The Knightly News Media Club recorded their first news podcast at Central Penn College at the Summerdale campus this week.

Featured on this podcast were co-adviser to the Knightly News Professor Paul Miller and Norman Geary, student reporter.

In the newscast, topics included: The Knightly News video project with the Bill Gladstone Group of NAICIR, Central Penn’s first musical, First Date, the recent campus forum: State of the Nation, and the cost of college textbooks.

“In the past we have done an interview style podcast, but now we are attempting to expand our offerings, ” says Miller.  “While we understand and value the importance of news writing, news broadcasting still has an important place in our modern society.”

Geary will continue to do news podcasts during his time here at the college.  The duo plans on discussing both news pertinent to the Central Penn College community, but also to higher education at large.

Both Miller and Geary encourage all students to get involved with the Knightly News Media Club and can receive more information by emailing paulmiller@centralpenn.edu.

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