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Media club dedicates podcast studio to beloved deceased member

The people who never knew Nasir Harris learned why he was special.

Those who knew him remembered, smiled and cried.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

To comment on this or to suggest a story, email TheKnightlyNews@CentralPenn.Edu.

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ATEC evacuated

Some people in the building felt ill.

Fire department finds no danger.

Air-quality testing set for Thursday.

 By Sarayuth Pinthong and Fontaine McClure

Knightly News Reporters

More than 100 people were evacuated from the Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) just before 11 a.m. Tuesday because of concerns about air quality in the building after some employees felt ill.

Around 9 a.m., Ronald Amoriello, chief public safety director, received a report of several staff members complaining of headaches and dizziness while in ATEC suite 203/205. Amoriello responded to the location and met with the individuals.

Central Penn Chief Public Safety Director meets with firefighters in the ATEC lobby Tuesday morning to discuss checking air quality after the evacuation. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Central Penn Chief Public Safety Director Ron Amoriello meets with firefighters in the ATEC lobby Tuesday morning to discuss checking air quality after the evacuation. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

“I got them out of the suite they were in and did some testing (of the building’s electronics systems) to make sure all our systems were up and running,” Amoriello said.

They were.

After checking the first and second floors, Amoriello decided to call the East Pennsboro Fire Department to have air-quality checks done.

“We just wanted to make sure that we didn’t have any … issues with contaminants in the air,” Amoriello said.

A CP Alert warning was sent by phone and email at 11:07 a.m. to all employees and students, advising them of the ATEC evacuation, and asking people to stay away from the area.

East Pennsboro’s Northeast Fire & Rescue Station #1, Summerdale, was dispatched about 10:30 a.m. The truck and firefighters arrived quickly from the firehouse on Third Street, near the college.

According to Fire Chief Josh Matter, six to eight people who had been in ATEC required evaluation by emergency medical services personnel. One person was transported to a local hospital for evaluation of an unrelated condition, and returned to the college later in the afternoon.

“We got on scene and did multimeter sweeps,” Matter said. “When more manpower arrived, we conducted another sweep with different multimeters.”

Only normal levels of gases were found in the building, no more than anyone would find in a safe home, Amoriello said.

Fire trucks on Valley Road outside ATEC, and in the front lot. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

Fire trucks on Valley Road outside ATEC, and in the front lot. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

The “multimeter” tests can detect a variety of gases and other contaminants from fuels in air, according to Amoriello.

Because no readings indicating trouble were found, Matter decided to evacuate the area where people who felt ill had been.

He then instructed Facilities Department personnel to turn on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to conduct a test from the affected room. Another test was conducted after about 20 minutes, and no readings indicating a problem were found. Matter told Central Penn officials about an hour after firefighters arrived that people could return to the building and resume normal activities.

A CP Alert at 11:28 a.m. told recipients – employees and students – that tests of air quality in ATEC detected no threat and the fire department declared the building safe to enter.

East Pennsboro Township ambulances at the curb on B Street, checking people who had felt ill in ATEC. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

East Pennsboro Township ambulances at the curb on B Street, checking people who had felt ill in ATEC.  Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong.

Faculty members whose offices are in ATEC203/205 worked in Bollinger Hall while firefighters checked ATEC. Some faculty members who felt ill in the morning assigned Blackboard days for their classes.

Amoriello said an outside firm will conduct air-quality tests in ATEC on Thursday morning. He stated in an email sent at 12:43 p.m. to employees that the Public Safety and Facilities departments “will continue to monitor the situation.”

The last air-quality test in ATEC was conducted about two months ago by an outside agency. No contaminants were found.

East Pennsboro fire police directed traffic on Valley Road away from B Street while firefighters checked ATEC. Two ambulances from East Pennsboro Township Emergency Medical Services parked on the ATEC side of B Street. Medics assessed people who felt ill.

Susquehanna Township’s Heavy Rescue unit 37 and the Hampden Township Fire Department assisted, as did East Pennsboro Township Police.


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

Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi, who contributed to the reporting.

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Central Penn Alumni Leadership Conference to be held Tuesday

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

The Central Penn Alumni Leadership Conference will be held Tuesday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in The Conference Center at Central Penn College.

Students, alumni, faculty and the business community will build their leadership, branding and problem-solving skills at this event.

2010 Central Penn graduate Aaron Beverly will be the keynote speaker. Beverly placed second in the 2016 Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking.

After the keynote presentation, participants will attend breakout sessions in either the Early Career track or the Professional track.

The Early Career track has topics specific to students and young alumni including “Communicate, Connect and Engage for Success,” “Overcoming the Millennial Stereotype” and “Assertive Entrepreneurship.”

The Professional track has topics specifically for career professionals, including “Using Your Leadership Skills to Motivate Others,” “Be the Wave: Riding the Wave of Organizational Change” and “The Power of Social Media.”

The Alumni Leadership Conference features an amazing lineup of alumni speakers.

The Alumni Leadership Conference features an array of alumni speakers. Poster provided courtesy of the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Free professional headshot photographs, LinkedIn profile reviews and a networking reception will also available at the Alumni Leadership Conference event.

Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement, and the organizer of the event, explained how the conference showcases Central Penn alumni.

“The sessions are all led by alumni, and they are partnered with a faculty member, who is either a co-presenter or moderator,” Blumenschein said during a podcast with the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College that was released July 11.

Central Penn students and faculty members may attend for free, but they must register.

Registration cost for alumni and community members is $60. Members of the Harrisburg, Carlisle, West Shore and Lancaster Young Professionals organizations may attend for $15.

For details on the event, visit the Alumni Leadership Conference webpage.


Sherri Long is president of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.

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

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

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Career Services Initiatives Featured on Episode 35

Students can take advantage of many opportunities in the coming weeks

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

On our newest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we welcome Career Services Director Steve Hassinger and Career Services Associate Rubina Azizdin to discuss several current and upcoming initiatives in the Career Resource Center on the Summerdale campus.

In our discussions with Hassinger, we looked more closely at the amazing service that the center offers, having a wide array of professional clothing at no cost for our students.

Hassinger discussed the quality of items, saying there were major designers available for the students who have for job interviews or are going to a job fair, have an upcoming class presentation, and even for the students to take a variety of clothing if they are in a current internship.

The podcast also discussed how unique this opportunity is, as Hassinger said he was unfamiliar with any other school that offered this type of resource.

For students to take advantage of this resource, they can go to the Career Resource Center in Bollinger 53 or contact stevehassinger@centralpenn.edu for an appointment.

In our second segment of the podcast, Career Services Associate Rubina Azizdin joined the show to discuss the upcoming Networking Reception, taking place on Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the ATEC Patio.

During the reception, students will have the opportunity to speak with a wide variety of different individuals:

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Local business owners
  • Other important business people from the community

Azizdin discussed the need for students to attend events like this to practice their networking skills, something Azizdin says is essential for student success after graduation.

The event will feature appetizers, beverages, and other special surprises.  Professional dress is mandatory for the event.

For more information on the event or for registration, visit http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/fall-networking-reception/


Our last four podcasts can now be found on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837

Episode 35 – https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-35-steve-hassinger-and-rubina-azizdin

 

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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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Podcast Episode #32 Features Discussions on Two Non-Profit Organizations

The Overcame Foundation and Colleges Against Cancer are discussed

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Podcast is pleased to release episode #32, where we welcome Communication Alumna Jade Harper, who is also the co-founder of the Overcame Foundation, and Kristin Fike, co-adviser to the Colleges Against Cancer Club at Central Penn College.

The Overcame Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves the cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore, and was created by Harper and Leonard Chester, also a Central Penn alum.

Chester will be featured on next week’s podcast, with a Q & A session with several Knightly News Members.

The foundation serves in several types of outreach in these communities, including mentorship programs, assistance for the homeless, and a focus on the arts for young people.

Harper commented, “I started playing the violin in second grade, and played almost until I came to college.  When I came back to Baltimore (after college), I noticed those programs were not there.  But there are so many talented youth around every city that do not have that platform.”

Harper also discussed the importance of social media for non-profit organizations and how the community service requirement at Central Penn assisted in her wanting to give back to the community.

To find out more about the Overcame Foundation:  http://www.theovercamefoundation.org/

Harper and Chester were on campus for a special Common Hour presentation, which can be viewed here.

In our second segment, the podcast is joined by Internship Coordinator Kristin Fike, who is also the co-adviser for the Colleges Against Cancer Club at Central Penn.

During the show, Fike talks about the initiatives of the club, including their recent participation in the Relay for Life in Harrisburg, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Bras Across Campus.

Fike pointed out how being a part of the club could allow students to give back to the fight of the terrible disease, but also as a way for students to become involved in the community.

Fike also discusses her reasoning for being a part of the club, as she lost someone at a young age who was very close to her.

If you would like more information about joining the Colleges Against Cancer Club, you can contact kristinfike@centralpenn.edu.

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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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Athletic Director Dave Baker Among Guests on Final Spring Podcast

Baker talks about the future of the Central Penn Knights sports programs

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

With the term coming to a close, the Knightly News Podcast releases Episode #29, our final podcast for the spring term.

In this episode, we feature Athletic Director Dave Baker and a return segment from former Senior Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania Jon Butchar.

In our opening segment, Baker discusses several initiatives for the Central Penn Knights sports program, including the new track and field team that starts in January 2018, the potential of a new sports complex, and a recap of the Central Penn Knights Men’s Baseball team and their run to the Small College World Series.

The podcast is also joined by Knightly News Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo, a manager for the Lady Knights Basketball team, to offer her perspective on life as a student athlete.

Baker is currently recruiting for the new track and field team.  If you are interested in further information, reach out to him at davebaker@centralpenn.edu.

In segment two, former Senior Deputy Attorney General Jon Butchar joins the podcast to discuss some very important international issues.

During this discussion, Butchar gives an overview into our history with North Korea and offers a clearer picture as to why there is hostility between North Korea and the United States.

The Knightly News would like to thank the supporters of our podcast, as we’ve had the highest listener rate in the history of the podcast during the spring 2017 term.

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Second Annual Research Exhibition Poster Competition Is Underway

This year’s event includes a digital version

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Knightly News Reporter

The Second Annual Research Exhibition will occur on June 6 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

The research exhibition is led by librarians Diane Porterfield and Emily Reed.

The purpose of this exhibition is, “For students to show off their work and let the faculty seen how hard they work, and to let faculty and staff at Central Penn College come and interact with students,” Reed said.

Last year, there was only a poster division in the competition. The research exhibition will have a digital version and a poster version.

In the digital version, students can create a PowerPoint and record their voice at each slide of the presentation and upload it using VoiceThread.

VoiceThread is a part of Blackboard in the forum created by the librarians.

Click here to see the guide on the digital version.

For the poster board, it’s the same as last year. Students can use any type of arts and crafts material, and be creative when making the poster and pamphlet.

There will be a lot of competitors. As of May 30, 36 posters had been submitted, Reed said.

Below are tips from Reed.

Tips for poster board

Reed offered the following advice.

  • The poster board is provided by the library, so participants don’t have to worry about deciding what size or color of poster board. Participants are encouraged to be creative with the board, and there are rules that need to be followed.
  • Don’t forget to prepare a 1-2 minutes speech, rehearse the speech and ask for feedback about the speech to be delivered to the judges.
  • Don’t forget to create a handout for the judges. Participants are allowed to be creative in making the handout.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget to dress professionally for the presentation.

Tips for digital presentation

Reed offered these bits of advice for digital submissions.

  • For the digital version, be creative on the slide show and don’t put too much information into one slide.
  • The presentation can’t exceed 10 minutes, including the voice-over. It’s best to shoot for 8 -10 minutes.
  • Don’t forget to create scripts for the slide show.
  • Remember to rehearse the scripts to make the tone and rhythm interesting, to avoid the voice being monotone.
  • Don’t be casual – keep it in academic language, because this is a professional presentation.

Yuliani Sutedjo is vice president of the Knightly News.

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

Edited by Knightly News co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi

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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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