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Miller Named Faculty Member of the Quarter

Media club co-adviser calls honor the ‘finest moment’ of his career

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Prof. Paul Miller, co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College, received the college’s Faculty Member of the Quarter Award for the spring term (second quarter) last month.

The award recognizes “positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers, students, and customers, and your willingness to take initiative for the good of the campus community,” according to the college’s description.

The award was Miller’s first at Central Penn.

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Professor Paul Miller with his Faculty Member of the Quarter Award certificate.  Photo by Sy Pinthong

“I had no idea that I’d even been nominated and found out in a Humanities and Sciences department meeting that I had won,” Miller said. “It is one of the highest honors a Central Penn College faculty (member) can achieve. I am truly honored that my department values me and my efforts.”

Candidates for the award are nominated by peers.

An excerpt of Miller’s nomination said, “Paul works tirelessly to help and aid students, advise the Knightly News Media Club, and build up the reputation and resources of the College. He bleeds Central Penn maroon and orange. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

Miller said receiving the award means a lot to him, professionally and personally.

“This, without a doubt, is the finest moment of my career,” he said. “Personally, the fact that I have the opportunity to spend my career with Central Penn College is amazing. It really means the world to me to have such supportive and caring colleagues that I get to work with every day.”


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

Edited by Knightly News co-adviser Prof. 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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Selfies with Dinosaurs, Welcoming New Knights and a Yummy Summer Cookout, Oh My!

Discussing the many August activities and plethora of ways all of Central Penn’s students can plug in and be a part of the Knights family.

By Sherri Long, student reporter

The Knightly News Media Club welcomes Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman to their tenth podcast episode to highlight student activities at Central Penn College.

Thoman elaborates on several August happenings with host Prof. Paul Miller, co-adviser of Knightly News Media Club, and Sherri Long, student reporter.

Events included in the podcast are:  Fall course registration workshops, Fall Campus Preview day, the Knightly News summer cookout, “First Date” musical performance, and, of course, Thoman’s “Featured Three Events”.

Miller highlighted the Aug. 11 summer cookout, hosted by the Knightly News Media Club, which is a fundraiser for the club to offset costs for the purchase and setup of their new podcasting equipment, purchased in June.

Thoman, Miller and Long talk about ways in which all students, including online and evening students, can participate in the student activities, sometimes, including their families.

“There are several time options, including day, late afternoon, evening and weekend activity options that evening and online students could participate in, sometimes with family,” states Long.

Long is an online and evening student. She is also a single mom of two teenagers and works full-time as a freelance graphic designer.

Thoman recommends to contact her directly to find out the best ways to meet with a Central Penn group outing if a student does not take the shuttle from campus.

Thoman’s Featured Three Events for August are: “First Date” musical in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, final weekend of Aug. 5, 6 and 7; Central Penn’s first Mini Thon Friday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13; and Dino-Mite Scavenger Hunt and Ice Cream on Monday, Aug. 15.

As always, stay connected with the student activities on campus with their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CentralPennActivities/  and be sure to check back for next month’s podcast featuring September’s activities.

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Media Club Commissioned To Produce Promotional Videos

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College will be doing a video project during the summer term on the Summerdale Campus to promote a local real estate group and to give communications students an opportunity to have hands-on marketing experience.

The real estate group is donating money for the project to cover operations, prizes for videos the students produce and for the club’s treasury.

The Bill Gladstone Group, of Wormleysburg, a commercial-industrial realty office, contacted Central Penn Education Foundation Director Matt Lane and asked whether some Central Penn students would be interested in getting involved with a marketing project that involved a bobblehead figurine of Gladstone that will be used in the company’s marketing projects on social media and other channels.

The idea is for the students to make videos featuring the bobblehead in various locations, such as by industrial and commercial properties. The Education Foundation will match Gladstone’s grant, with foundation money earmarked for student needs.

Gladstone said he wanted to give students an opportunity to get some hands-on marketing experience they will use in the field of communications.

Cutline: A media club video project that the Bill Gladstone Group will use in promotions will feature this Bobblehead figure of Gladstone. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi.

A media club video project that the Bill Gladstone Group will use in promotions will feature this Bobblehead figure of Gladstone. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi.

How did the project get to the desks of club advisers Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi and Prof. Paul Miller?

“Bill Gladstone approached the Education Foundation about a way for his bobblehead, which is a brand for his business, NAICIR The Bill Gladstone Group, to be featured in some promotional material,” Miller said.  “He asked the media club to have a video project club competition.  The Gladstone Group would provide scholarships or money to the winning teams, and also make a contribution to the media club.”

Three teams were set up: Christine Hoon, media club president, and Yuliani Sutedjo, media club secretary, will be one team; Lawrence Wilson and Nasir Harris, who are active in the club’s podcasts, are another team; and Norman Geary, vice president, and Keith Gudz, advertising and promotions,  are the other team. Club member Sherri Long, graphics specialist, will assist the teams with final editing. The club advisers will guide the teams.

The faculty support center will play a role in helping the club teams polish their videos. The marketing department is also helping by lending the club some equipment.

“We appreciate both contributions from marketing and the faculty support center,” Miller said.  “They have been invaluable to the Media Club’s work and will certainly be an asset with this project.

The project deadline is Week 8 of the summer term, and will be presented to the Gladstone Group in Week 10.

“The media club welcomes Mr. Gladstone’s offer and support,” club co-adviser Michael Lear-Olimpi said. “The contribution to our treasury the Gladstone Group is making for prizes for the videos and for general funding will go a long way in building our inventory to provide learning opportunities for club members. Bill came up with a great idea. Good marketing! And we thank the Education Foundation.”

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Knightly News Podcast: President Scolforo Discusses Her Tenure

By Lawrence Wilson

Media Club Reporter

President Karen Scolforo, Ed. D., is featured in the most recent edition of the Knightly News Podcast, in which she discusses important moments in her tenure leading Central Penn and initiatives in the college’s future.

Scolforo, who received her doctorate of education from the University of North Florida, began her focus as Central Penn’s ninth president on career education with a holistic approach that includes arts, diversity and continued development of the “soft skills” students need to succeed in the workplace.

She has maintained this approach since assuming her duties in 2013. She believes in providing inspiring leadership for students, and wants those students to go forward, ready to demonstrate leadership in their lives.

Scolforo is a leadership model. Consider: She has helped to create a cultural diversity center on campus that allows students to feel secure no matter their ethnicity, nationality, gender identification, physical or other personal challenges, or faith.

In addition, she has overseen the renovation of student living quarters, creation of The Underground student recreation and study space that includes the Capital BlueCross Theatre, establishment of a health-sciences facility and the launch of several new degree programs.

Scolforo has been an ambassador to the community at large, too, sharing the good news of teamwork, championing education, and addressing the benefits and rewards of living a fruitful, diverse lifestyle.

Scolforo, Wilson, and Miller enjoy their discussion about important topics to the Central Penn College community. Photo by Judith Dutill

Scolforo, Wilson, and Miller enjoy their discussion about important topics to the Central Penn College community.
Photo by Judith Dutill

Her engagements with local chambers of commerce, membership on boards of directors, speaking at conferences at which people who work and live in the Harrisburg region are affected in many positive ways, and supporting organizations such as Dress for Success, and Leadership Harrisburg, have helped Scolforo create and maintain an innovative feeling in the campus and surrounding community.

Scolforo has a vision moving forward, and she is eager for Central Penn and East Pennsboro Township to share in the rewards of working together.

Leadership, vision, inclusive mind-set and advocating education — with these qualities and efforts, it is no wonder Scolforo has succeeded since taking the helm.

For more on President Scolforo, visit http://www.centralpenn.edu/ninth-president/biography

 

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Research Exhibition Day is Coming to Central Penn College

By Paul Miller, co-adviser to the Knightly News

Central Penn College is making plans for their first ever Research Exhibition Day, held June 6 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Summerdale campus, to promote student’s research on the subject of diversity.

The Knightly News podcast welcomed Library Director Diane Porterfield and Instruction and Reference Librarian Emily Reed on a recent podcast to discuss everything the students will need to know in order to register and enter the competition, which gives the students opportunity to earn experience and even cash prizes.

In the conversation that took place on the podcast, the librarians discussed many reasons why students should want to be involved with Research Exhibition Day.

“Poster sessions are not simply limited to colleges,” Reed said.  “This is something that happens at professional events nationwide in every discipline.”

Reed went on to discuss how they are used by professional organizations as a way to share research with other influential people in their field and also is something that can be put on a resume.

The Knightly News will be involved in the Research Exhibition Day, as members of the club will discuss the importance of diversity in podcasting, and how the barrier of entry is much lower now to hear diverse perspectives through podcasts.

To register, simply fill out the form at the Libguide link below, or visit the library and speak with a librarian.

The registration deadline is May 20.

More information can be found at the Research Exhibition Day Libguide:  http://guides.centralpenn.edu/researchexhibition

 

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The Knightly News Podcast Welcomes Student Activities Director

Getting involved in activities at Central Penn College can increase likelihood of employment after graduation

By Professor Paul Miller, co-adviser to the Knightly News

In what is scheduled to be a reoccurring segment, Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman stopped by the studio to chat with the Knightly News Podcast.

On this episode, Thoman is joined by Media Club members Keith Gudz and Yuliani Sutedjo and host Professor Paul Miller.

During the podcast, Thoman discussed the importance of getting involved on campus.

“You come to college because you are going to learn amazing things in the classroom,” Thoman said.  “I would like to propose that you can learn equally amazing things outside of the classroom too.”

In addition, the podcast debuted a new segment for Adrienne’s monthly visit, the “Featured Three” events of the month.

The Knightly News looks forward to future visits from Thoman, as she is scheduled to return to the podcast on May 26.

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Social Media, the Double-edged Sword

Your use of social media can make or break your career

By Nicholas Tschinkel

Media Club Reporter

Ever wonder why you might not have gotten that callback from your prospective employer?

Professor Paul Miller will answer these sorts of questions and more at his “Digital Media and the College Student” Workshop on Tuesday, May 3, from 4-5 p.m. in ATEC 202.

When it comes to being professional and applying for career opportunities, social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can be a “double-edged sword.”

Social media can obviously affect students in a negative way, especially if posts can be easily misconstrued by others. What you post on social media can (and likely will) determine if you get the job.

“I have spoken with employers who have said the sole reason they did not hire a candidate is because they had a picture on their Facebook wall which showed the prospective candidate holding a red plastic cup,” Miller says.

No matter what was in the cup, the employer chose not to pursue the candidate, simply because the cup could be misconstrued for holding an alcoholic beverage.

While social media can hurt your chances of landing a career position, it can also be an invaluable tool when it comes to getting hired.

Your chances of getting the job improve greatly if you “network” with professionals similar to your field on sites such as LinkedIn. It will also be beneficial to follow influential people within the same professional path.

Starting a career-related blog gives you an added bonus in the mind of employers, because they see it as taking pride in your profession and working hard, even when it is not being required of you.

“One of the most important things students can do in preparation of their interview process is expanding their digital footprint,” Miller says. “We will talk about how to best go about this during the workshop.”

The seminar will end with a brief discussion about Central Penn’s Career Services; a service Miller feels too few students take full advantage of.

“What many students don’t understand is that when you graduate from Central Penn, you have career services for life,” Miller says. “If you ever need anything, you can call them and they will take care of you.”

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The Knightly News Media Club Interviews Coach Dave Baker

Discussion centers around their successful season and previews the USCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

By Paul Miller, co-advisor of the Knightly News

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College has recorded their second ever podcast, this time with Central Penn College Men’s Basketball Coach Dave Baker.

This podcast features Norman Geary, student reporter for the Knightly News, Paul Miller, co-advisor of the Knightly News, and Baker.

During the podcast, Miller and Geary discuss with Baker many subjects, including the benefits of the Knights six Division I games, the seeding of the team in the tournament, and how this season has unfolded, all leading to a #2 seed in the USCAA tournament held this week.

As a reminder, be sure to stop by the Underground this Thursday, March 3, at 2 p.m. for a special showing of the Knights first round tilt against the winner of Penn State Fayette and Central Maine Community College.

If you aren’t on campus, you can visit http://uscaabasketball.prestosports.com/ to watch the games live, or follow @GoCPCKnights or @CPCKnightlyNews for updates.

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Knightly News Media Club Debuts New Podcast

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 careerservices@centralpenn.edu to sign up for any of these services or stop by the office in Bollinger Hall room 53.

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