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Central Penn College’s Homecoming the Subject of Episode #38

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

On the latest episode of the Knightly News Podcast, the show centers around our upcoming Homecoming event, taking place on the Central Penn College Summerdale campus from Oct. 20 – 22.

In our first segment of the podcast, we are joined by Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Bluemenschein and Knightly News Media Club President Sherri Long.

During the show, Blumenshein discusses several elements of the celebration, including the Alumni Feast N Brews Reunion Tent and the Standing Ovation Alumni Awards Night.

The Standing Ovation Alumni Awards Night is the first of its kind at the college and gives the opportunity to recognize many of our accomplished alumni.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.centralpenn.edu/homecoming

In our second segment of the show, we are joined by the Alumni Engagement Director Adrienne Thoman to discuss October events.

During the discussions with Thoman, she chronicles the upcoming Club Fair on Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., events for students during our Homecoming Weekend, and an upcoming opportunity for students to go to Field of Screams for only $14.

Thoman also discusses the importance for our students to get involved on campus, especially for our new students to campus.

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The Knightly News Podcast Returns for the Summer Term

Episode #30 discusses major Central Penn events upcoming

By Paul Miller

Co-Adviser to the Knightly News

The Knightly News Media Club is excited to release Episode #30 of the Knightly News Podcast, featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

During our segment with Thoman, she discusses a jam-packed July calendar for student events with co-host Darren Greene, including the newly revamped Summer Club Fair on July 12 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Club Fair, traditionally during the Common Hour time period of 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. has been moved to the afternoon slot due to the growing number of students with classes during that time.

Thoman hopes this will boost attendance for the fair and has many new features that she outlines in the podcast.

In addition, the upcoming White Water Rafting trip (July 17 – $15) and the SGA Pool Party  (July 20 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.) were discussed.

For more information, or to register, email Adrienne at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu.

Go can always find more information and the July events calendar at http://www.centralpenn.edu/college-services/clubs-activities/.

In our second segment, we welcome Blumenschein and Knightly News Media Club President Sherri Long to discuss alumni events for the summer term, both on and off-campus.

During her time with the show, she outlined three major events on the Alumni Calendar for the summer term:

July 21 – Senators Baseball Game with Picnic

August 16 – Young Alumni Happy Hour – Public Fare – Weis Market in Enola

August 22 – Alumni Leadership Conference – The Conference Center at Central Penn College

For more information about any of these events, you can email Sarah at SarahBlumenschein@centralpenn.edu or view http://www.centralpenn.edu/alumni.

The Alumni Calendar is full during the months of July and August.

The Alumni Calendar is full during the months of July and August

 

 

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Podcast Episode 21 Features Alumni Events

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News at Central Penn College had the opportunity to have two new guests into the studio, as Episode 21 of the podcast has been released.

In today’s podcast we are joined by Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein and Knightly News President Sherri Long to discuss several major alumni events coming in the next few weeks.

Long has a unique perspective in this segment, as she is both a current student and a Central Penn alumna and is an elected member of the Alumni Council.

Blumenschein chronicles three upcoming events:  The Central Penn On Tap:  Young Alumni Happy Hour at Cafe 1500 in Harrisburg on March 23, the CPC Alumni:  Access Granted “Career Transitions” webinar on March 28, and the Alumni Association Easter Bunny Breakfast on April 8.

For more ways to stay in touch with the Alumni Engagement Office, visit their website, find them on Facebook, Twitter @CPCAlumni, or Linkedin.

As always, the Knightly News Media Club would like to thank you for your continued support.

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Registration for The Alumni Mentor Program Winds Down

Friday is the last day to sign up.

By Tiyana Butler

Alumni Engagement Correspondent

The 2017 registration for the Alumni Mentor Program is now open until Friday, Jan. 27 for Central Penn College students and alumni. This program provides students and alumni the opportunity to connect with each other one-on-one in a mentoring relationship. The mentor and mentee will both be paired together based on their career field and/or a common interest they share. They will also have the opportunity to structure the relationship how they would like, including how and when to communicate.

In a one-time mentoring session, students will gain knowledge and perspective of an industry, organization or culture, while getting feedback on personal and professional development. At the same time, mentors will serve as a role model and coach for their mentee by sharing their experience and knowledge on the future workforce.

This program does offer e-mentors for students and alumni outside of the Central Pennsylvania area. Students and their mentors can connect with one another via email, phone call, Skype, etc. Based on the interest, schedules and availability of both mentee and mentor, both are welcome to continue a mentoring relationship.

The main goal for the Alumni Mentor Program is to get students to sign up for a personal alumni mentor to expand their business network and to make career connections. The program provides the opportunity for students to gather career and professional advice for future references. “Students should absolutely take advantage of this opportunity”, says Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement. “You’ll be surprised by how much knowledge you gain from conversations with successful alumni. They have fantastic experience, and want to help in any way they can.”

If students are interested in connecting with a personal Alumni Mentor in their field of study or who shares a common interest go to www.centralpenn.edu/alumnimentor.

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Homecoming, Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews And Public Relations: A Winning Mix

Central Penn Alumni Engagement Director Has It All in Hand!

Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement in her office, in ATEC. Photo by Sherri Long

Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement, in her office in ATEC.
Photo by Sherri Long

 By Sherri Long

Media Club Reporter

Planning, budgeting and promoting are a few of the public relations skills necessary for a successful Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Tent Homecoming event and increased alumni engagement.

And no one at Central Penn knows that better than Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

Blumenschein reflected recently on the success of the Second Annual Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews held Oct. 22 during Fall Harvest, and the skills she uses for her role as director of alumni engagement at Central Penn.

Blumenschein stated she enjoys her work because she uses “all the aspects of PR that I love doing.”

Blumenschein thoroughly enjoys highlighting the activities and successes of the more than 11,000 Central Penn alumni. Part of the planning for Feast ‘n’ Brews is the music entertainment that features alumni performers.

Also highlighted as part of Homecoming was the Golden Graduate 50th Reunion. Some of the attendees hadn’t seen each other since graduating and enjoyed reconnecting.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

“The most surprising part of Homecoming 2016 was that we had the most graduates from the 1980s. I was thinking we would have more from the 2000s,” said Blumenschein.

Alumni engagement and PR

One of Blumenschein’s jobs is to keep track of alumni activities and successes. She also keeps track of alumni involvement in Central Penn activities and events, and of donations. Similar to a public relations professional tracking a client’s press mentions, tracking alumni involvement helps to show the success of the Office of Alumni Engagement.

“Yes, I am an ‘office of one,’” Blumenschein joked.

If she were to hire an assistant, the top three skill sets Blumenschein would look for are responsibility, driven, gets the job done; not afraid to talk to people and be interested in what the person is saying; and HUGE (Blumenschein’s emphasis) – attention to detail.

Keeping focused

Blumenschein spoke about keeping a focus on the mission of the Alumni Engagement Office. The mission statement drives the types of events and opportunities she plans for and implements.

The Alumni Engagement office’s mission statement is:

The alumni office exclusively dedicates itself to provide alumni with opportunities to:

  • Enhance career opportunities for current students and fellow graduates,
  • Evoke fond memories of their Central Penn experience and unite with the campus community and fellow graduates, and
  • Engage with opportunities that positively impact the College’s strategic plan.

2016 also marked the first Alumni Leadership Conference, featuring several alumni speakers and a networking time at the end of the conference. Blumenschein believes the event was very successful and will implement several ideas and lessons learned from this first conference into the planning of the next leadership conference.

“I use the same skills as I did in PR for Central Penn as I do in my role for alumni engagement. Instead of focusing on future and present students, I focus on the alumni,” stated Blumenschein.

Blumenschein was the communications director (now called the public relations director) of Central Penn for six years prior to taking her current position in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2004 in mass communications, public relations.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

Next year, Blumenschein plans to have an alumni recognition program as part of Homecoming to highlight alumni activities such as successful career, service or volunteer of the year.

“That is all part of the planning for Homecoming 2017, which has already begun,” Blumenschein said.


 

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

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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.”

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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.

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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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Central Penn’s City Starts Program Takes Students to NYC to Meet Alums

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

City Starts is a new Central Penn networking program aimed at exposing students to living, working and connecting in a city, according to Sarah Blumenschein, Central Penn’s director of alumni engagement.

Through the program, students can engage with Central Penn alumni through panels, company visits and networking receptions.

Regardless of students’ specific career interests, Blumenschein said the experience offers information that is critical for a variety of careers.

A group of 16 Central Penn students is scheduled to travel to New York City on Monday – weather permitting – to meet and learn from some Central Penn alumni, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Bourbon St. Bar & Grille, 346 W. 46th St., Manhattan.

Blumenschein recently answered questions for the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn about the City Starts program.

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Knightly News: Why is this program called City Starts?

Blumenschein: Because it’s a very new start. It’s showing students what it is like to live in a city who might have not lived in a city, or … might not have experienced the city before.

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Knightly News: How did City Starts come to be?

Blumenschein: When I started as the alumni engagement director at Central Penn, I was looking at the different types of programming that were successful at other colleges and universities. Several colleges in the area have programs similar to this and I thought it would be a great way we could give our alumni some benefits through networking events and also a way of giving our students benefits by meeting our successful alumni.

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Lady Liberty looking over Lower Manhattan. The nation's largest city is the destination for the first group of Central Penn's City Starts participants. They are set to arrive and to network with Central Penn alumni Monday night, if the forecast cooperates.

Lady Liberty looking over Lower Manhattan. The nation’s largest city is the destination for the first group of Central Penn’s City Starts participants. They are set to arrive and to network with Central Penn alumni Monday night, if the forecast cooperates.

Knightly News: What goals do you have for students who will be going to New York?

Blumenschein: We want these students to learn what it’s like to live and work and network in the city. … More than 50 students applied to attend. We looked at the students that were actually serious about living in New York City, because those are the students that we want to impact. We want them to have information and the resources necessary so when they move to New York, they can hit the ground running because they have a network around them, but then (we also have) the network reception; we just want to give them another avenue to practice their networking skills.

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Knightly News: The alumni that will be mentoring the students – what plans do they have for the students? What will they be doing?

Blumenschein: There will be a few graduates that will be serving on a panel, so the students are going to be meeting with these three alumni: Alicia Stansbury, ’99, Communications, senior training manager at ONE by AOL: Video; Quinn Wetherall, ’13, Legal Studies, summer associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and a law student at St. John’s University School of Law; and David Dinner, ’05, Information Technology-Cyber Security, chief technology officer at Brownstone Investment Group.

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Knightly News: How long did it take to get this project off the ground? And how many people were involved besides you?

Blumenschein: It was just me. But it took a little bit of time to develop – just because this is a completely new program. Also, researching the alumni who live in the New York City area, the different positions that they hold there, was a lot of research done on LinkedIn, to find the … alumni … reaching out to them – if they were available that day, and if they were interested in participating in the panel sessions or in the networking reception.

So, it took a lot of time to coordinate, but now that the initial planning is over, for a subsequent trip it’s going to be a lot easier to plan, so if we go to Philadelphia or Boston or New York or wherever, it should be a piece of cake.

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Knightly News: Do you have additional cities in mind?

Blumenschein: Not just yet. I have not pulled a list of our graduates and which large cities will work. I know there are tons of graduates in the Philadelphia area, so that is definitely one of the areas that we will be looking into as far as other cities.

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Central Penn Introduces Alumni Council

Will guide Alumni Association

By Norman Geary
Media Club Reporter

Central Penn College has an alumni association, but efforts to keep graduates in the Central Penn family fold will be boosted by a new alumni council acting as the association’s governing body, beginning Jan. 1.

Sarah Blumenschein, Central Penn College director of alumni engagement, talked to The Knightly News recently about the new council and the benefits, beyond a marketable education, of being Central Penn alum.

Blumenschien has recently transition to Alumni Engagement Director at Central Penn College.

Blumenschein has recently transitioned to the director of alumni engagement  at Central Penn College.

Knightly News: Would you tell us a bit about the Alumni Association?

Blumenschein: Central Penn College has had an alumni association since the mid-1980s.

This is a group that is the voice for the alumni.

They have done a lot of different events and planned different events surrounding commencement.

They have done reunions and they always do an annual event in the summer at the (Harrisburg) Senators game.

They do an annual Knoebels Amusement Resort event.

Knightly News: Why an alumni council?

Blumenschein: Students had been discussing how different projects and programs could be blended together for common goals.

The Central Penn College Alumni Council was created with this in mind — and a group working with an executive committee, president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Knightly News: How was the council developed?

Blumenschein: We recruited 13 highly qualified individuals across different class years and different regions and different majors, and they are the voice for the Central Penn Alumni Council.

Knightly News: How will Central Penn students benefit?

Blumenschein: The students benefit because with the new alumni programming that exists, a Central Penn graduate can choose from a range of different events to participate in and benefits they can take advantage of, along with different programs that can help them in their career.

If they are returning and they need help, such as with finding a new job, or if we want to highlight them in their current career for what they are doing and showing what impact they are making in their region and in the community, then we can do a variety of things to assist them.

So this alumni program exists for them and this alumni group exists to let our current students know what they can take advantage of and there are so many opportunities, and it’s free for the most part.

Alumni

All it takes for them is getting involved.

The Alumni Council starts in January and we will see what changes will be made once that group starts.

Read more about the Central Penn College Alumni Council here: http://www.centralpenn.edu/alumni-friends/alumni-engagement/alumni-association/


Members of the Central Penn College Alumni Council

Council members will serve a three-year term.

They are:
Dwight Utz ’73 president (executive committee)
Joshua Sheehan ’07 – vice President (executive committee)
Olivia (Drumm) Zellers ’99, ’15. – secretary (executive committee)
Daneen Collier ’10 – treasurer (executive committee)
Eric Gutshall ’10
Brandon Keath ’15
Amber (Mitchell) Lewis ’12
Michelle (Marlow) Meiser ’93, ’12
Chanel (Jackson) Nelson ’08
Chad Rooney ’01, ‘03
Lindsay Sica ’15
Randy Weir ’73
James Whitney IV ’09

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