Knightly News gives Learning Center and Library Associated Press stylebooks
By Michael Lear-Olimpi
Knightly News Co-Adviser
The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College, publisher of The Knightly News and its podcasts, earlier this month donated copies of the 2017 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Guide to Media Law to the two out-of-classroom anchor writing-support facilities at Central Penn.
Club members presented one copy of the book to each the Charles “T” Jones Leadership Library and to the Learning Center.
Media Club Vice President, reporter and videographer/photographer Sarayuth Pinthong presents Library Director Diane Porterfield with a copy of the AP stylebook. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi
“The library has at least one copy of the manual, but we had a couple of extra copies of the stylebook, and I thought the library could use an additional stylebook as a resource for COM and students in other majors who may need it for projects,” club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi said.
The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook, and staff were unfamiliar with the book.
“I figured the Learning Center should have one,” Lear-Olimpi said. “COM majors are familiar with the book, which they use in at least 60 percent of their COM classes — those in which they primarily produce writing projects, and many in which they must write in AP/journalism style, but the Learning Center didn’t have a copy. I believed it was important for the Learning Center to have a stylebook for COM and students in other majors who may be producing assignments that include journalistic or public-relations-style writing, and who may want support for writing in the somewhat different style those genres demand apart from Standard Written English.”
Media Club member Darren Greene helps Learning Center Director Megan Rehm display the AP stylebook the Media Club donated to the center. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi
The 613-volume reference is a compact dictionary of words and phrases, punctuation and diction, along with scores of other usages standardized for use in journalistic writing, which is typically more economical than other forms of writing, such as essays or research papers.
The stylebook is divided into a lengthy section of alphabetically ordered word listings, and separate sections for specialty usages, such as in religion, fashion, business, sports, food and business writing and reporting.
Punctuation and a section on media-law considerations are included in sections in the second half of the book.
For consistency, to promote and maintain accuracy and, in doing so, trustworthiness in its product, The Associated Press employs some spellings and other usages, including punctuation, in ways different from usages in Standard Written English. Some of these differences have historical bases, but most of them are purely practical for stories produced locally or nationally and shared with scores of thousands of members of The Associated Press cooperative, which includes media outlets and public-relations departments, divisions and agencies around the world.
“Thank you, very much,” Learning Center Director Megan Rehm said. “I welcome this donation. I’m sure it will be a valuable resource for Learning Center clients.”
The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook. Prof. Lear-Olimpi had provided a copy to The Writing Center, on which he was an informal adviser when it was being created in 2013.
The copy in the library is a reserve book and can used in the library for a set number of hours, but does not circulate outside the building.
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Prof. Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club and editor of the Knightly News blog.
In our latest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we are joined by Financial Aid Director Kathy Shepard and College Counselor Megan Cline.
The podcast is also joined by Knightly News Correspondent Michael Ademola.
In our time with Shepard, we discussed all things financial aid. Specifically of importance to our students is the scholarship opportunity that comes from simply scheduling a full class load by the end of the online registration period, taking place until the end of Week 6, Nov. 19.
Students that register during this time will have the chance to win one of two $500 scholarships from the Education Foundation.
Shepard also discusses the FAFSA deadlines and promotes the upcoming FAFSA workshops, taking place the first Wednesday of each month in Summerdale and the first Thursday of each month in Lancaster.
In the second part of the show, we welcome College Counselor Megan Cline to the program.
During the segment, we discuss the increase in mental health issues for college students, mainly dealing with the pressure to succeed in college due to financial burden.
Cline also discusses some future initiatives for the office, including KPETS Services Dogs visiting the Lancaster Center on Nov. 14 and Caring Hearts Therapy Dogs visiting the Summerdale campus on Nov. 15
On episode #41 of the Knightly News Podcast, we are pleased to welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and the Student Government Association Officers to the show, discussing several upcoming events in November, especially the SGA election.
During Thoman’s segment, we discuss the successes of fall harvest, the college’s largest event related to community outreach and alumni relations.
Thoman also takes time to discuss the upcoming SGA election kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 12:10 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, featuring the nominees discussing their plans for the office should they be elected.
The show is also joined by Darren Greene of the Knightly News. Greene provides a student perspective to the events on campus and also has started his own podcast, the Greene Room, which can be found at the link below as part of the Knightly News Presents.
On our second segment of the show, we welcome SGA President Yuli Sutedjo, SGA Vice President Morgan Littleford, and SGA Secretary Isaiah Scott to talk about what the 2017 SGA officers have accomplished during their time in the positions.
Sutedjo noted that the main initiatives for the year have been a better line of communication with the management of the Knight and Day Cafe and trying new ways to engage with current students to promote involvement in campus activities and clubs.
The group noted that they were pleased with their efforts, but also noted that there was still work to be done.
The SGA election will take place each day in the ATEC Lobby Nov. 7 – 9 between noon and 6 p.m. Students will also receive a web link to a survey that can be accessed at any time during those three days to vote.
On the latest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we are excited to welcome Career Counselor Rubina Azizdin to discuss the upcoming Fall Job Fair and Title IX Officer Megan Peterson to discuss student accommodations.
During our discussions with Azizdin, we discuss the importance of preparation for a job fair, including having the list of employers ahead of time and coming into the fair with a plan of attack.
We also examine the importance of professional dress and how the free professional clothing that the Career Services Department offers our students came to be and how students can take advantage of this resource.
Also, Azizdin recently won the Shining Star Award as part of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Luminary Awards. During our conversation, Azizdin believed this was directly related to her efforts with the Women’s Leadership Conference held at Central Penn College in April.
In the second segment of our podcast, we welcome Title IX Officer Megan Peterson to discuss the process of student accommodations.
During the show, Peterson discusses the services that her office can assist students with, and even went as far as being able to put students in touch with local organizations to further assist students who aren’t sure if they need these accommodations.
Peterson also mentions that accommodations at the college level are student-driven and initiated, a major change for many from public high schools.
While Peterson has now taken maternity leave, she explains that any questions or concerns regarding student accommodations can be handled by the Institutional Effectiveness Director Shawn Humphrey in the Title IX Office in ATEC 305.
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.
Our podcast features current college students Sherri Long, Yuli Sutedjo, Sy Pinthong and Carl Morrow sharing their experiences on what it takes to go to college in different stages of life’s journeys. They talk about some of their personal concerns, challenges and issues, and how they overcame them.
The first segment features discussion of how finances and affordability can be a roadblock for students and potential students. Despite the high cost of most colleges, they share avenues and options that make attending college possible. The segment also includes conversations regarding managing school, family life and the challenges of working while getting a degree.
The second part of the podcast takes a closer look at the internship and capstone requirements for degrees. Long shares her experience as an intern at RG Group while being a single mom, full-time student and working adult. Morrow discusses the capstone option he is completing this term, while working and attending classes full-time. Pinthong shares his thought process as he weighs options and the importance of understanding one option versus the other.
The final segment focuses on motivation. Sutedjo shares several tips on being successful and staying motivated throughout college. Pinthong shares some interesting statistics on the benefits of a college degree. The show wraps up with Long, Morrow, Pinthong and Sutedjo talking about the benefits of being involved in more than just classes, asking questions and — having fun!
Information about topics discussed in “Can I be a College Student? Yes! You can.”
The people who never knew Nasir Harris learned why he was special.
Those who knew him remembered, smiled and cried.
Story and Photos
By Michael Lear-Olimpi
Co-adviser, Knightly News
About 40 people attended the dedication of the Knightly News Media Club podcast studio in the Boyer House to the late Nasir Harris on Thursday.
Nine members of Harris’ family, media club members, college administrators, faculty, staff and some students were on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to view a memorial video of Nasir that included interviews with his mother and father, Eugene and Naomi Harris, his siblings, and Central Penn personnel who knew him. (See embedded video below.)
Harris, 28, a corporate communications major and a founding member of the Knightly News Media Club podcast studio, died June 14 after a brief illness. He was on a short break from school, but was preparing to return to Central Penn for the summer or fall term when he died at home.
“We miss him, but he will always be here with us, in our memories and in our hearts,” podcast studio manager and media club co-adviser Prof. Paul Miller told Eugene Harris.
Media Club President Sherri Long, right, officially dedicates the Nasir Harris Podcast Studio of The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College.
Miller was speaking to Mr. Harris in a front room of the Boyer House, where a video of Nasir’s family and Central Penn faculty who knew him, presented reminiscences on a large-screen television screen of Nasir. The video, about half an hour long, played several times. Besides watching the tribute, people also toured the podcast studio. Several people left the video-tribute viewing room daubing tears.
“We all were very fond of Nasir,” Melissa Wehler, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, told Naomi Harris. “He will always be remembered.”
Nasir had been the student worker in Bollinger 46, where Wehler’s office was before it moved to the Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC).
Matthew Vickless, dean of the School of Professional Studies and interim dean of the School of Business, also shared some memories of Nasir with his parents.
Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, Central Penn College co-president, provost and vice president of academic affairs, told Nasir’s parents she hadn’t had the honor of knowing Nasir, but had heard about his wonderfully positive attitude, helpfulness and friendliness, and expressed condolences and regret at the loss of a member of the college community as well-loved as Nasir.
“This is all very touching, and moving,” Eugene Harris said, surveying the people meeting and greeting one another in the Boyer House as they ate a light lunch. “Thank you, so much.”
The Harris family.
Mrs. Harris was similarly moved.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to meet his ‘other’ family,” Mrs. Harris said of the event. “We knew he was very involved in the media club, but we never met any of his Central Penn family.”
Club President Sherri Long officially dedicated the podcast studio, on the second floor of Boyer House and which began operating in the early winter, to Nasir at about 12:15 p.m. on the historic building’s south lawn, where Central Penn facilities workers had set up tables and chairs for the occasion, and people continued their lunch.
Long’s comments were brief.
“We’re here to dedicate the Nasir Harris Podcast Studio,” Long, a corporate communications major, said as she held aloft the small, red wooden plaque with a black metal plate bearing Nasir’s name.
Long presented the family with the plaque, and a large photo of the family that people attending the studio dedication had signed on the back, and copies of the tribute video, made by club secretary Sarayuth Pinthong. Each media club member, co-advisers Miller and Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi, and some other Central Penn personnel received a copy of the video, which Pinthong made during a Saturday visit to the Harrises’ home in Harrisburg. Other media club members helped.
School of Humanities and Sciences Dean Melissa Wehler makes some comments at the dedication.
Pinthong, the club’s videographer who spent about 20 years as a photographer with the U.S. Air Force and who maintains his own photography and videography business, made the video with his equipment, on his time. The club covered the cost of producing the DVDs that were distributed.
Long, Miller, Lear-Olimpi and other club members, and Central Penn faculty and staff in attendance, gathered after the dedication for photos.
Prior to the dedication, attendees milled about inside the Boyer House, meeting and speaking with one another, and remembering Nasir.
“This is a great turnout, and an indication of how many people cared so much for this young man,” Richard Varmecky, Central Penn interim co-president and chief financial officer, said.
Professors Miller and Lear-Olimpi talked with the Harrises about Nasir’s love of radio, and his crucial role in making the podcast studio a reality.
“I remember him saying once, ‘We’re not doing radio? We can do podcasts – let’s do it,’” Lear-Olimpi told Mr. and Mrs. Harris, and two of his sisters. “He was passionate about it, and we were lucky to have him, for many reasons.”
Harris had done over-the-air radio at Shippensburg University before coming to Central Penn. He was a popular deejay at Ship, well known for his vast knowledge of and deep appreciation for music, and for his keen sense of humor. He brought those qualities, and more, to Central Penn, person after person said.
“Big Nas,” as Nasir’s family and friends called him, loved media – especially radio, and “all things voice,” club president Long said. “I’m sure he’s smiling down on us,” Long told the crowd assembled for the studio dedication.
Media Club members Ian Kemmerer and Kathleen Tarr show Nasir’s nephew, Kezra Lee, 9, the studio named in honor and memory of his uncle.
The media club covered all costs for food, drink, the dedication plaque, and video production. The club owns the podcast equipment in the studio.
In her comments during the dedication, Long thanked club members, the advisers and the college for support of the club’s mission and work, and for attending the ceremony Thursday. She also thanked Facilities Department workers who provided the tables and chairs and set them up, and cleared the assembly area of walnuts that had fallen from trees on the Boyer House lawn that could have made walking difficult.
Besides Nasir’s parents, his sisters Nia, Naeemah, Nicole and, Chenita Lee, attended, along Kezra Lee, 9, and Aniah Lee, 11, and his aunt Betty Jean McEachin.
As people left after the gathering, Mrs. Harris again thanked media club advisers and members for their show of love for Nasir, and respect and concern for the family.
Media Club Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo with the photo of the Harris family presented to them at the dedication.
“From the time you came to our house just after Nasir passed, and his funeral, until now, with this wonderful remembrance, we have been getting to know his Central Penn family,” she told Lear-Olimpi. “We appreciate it, and you are welcome to visit our home at any time.”
Lear-Olimpi and Miller, along with recent corporate communications graduate and former club member Norman Geary, attended Nasir’s funeral in Philadelphia on June 19, and the college and School of Humanities and Sciences sent flowers.
Michael Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College and editor of Knightly News text content. He was Nasir Harris’ academic adviser.
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 Ron Amoriello meets with firefighters in the ATEC lobby Tuesday morning to discuss checking air quality after the evacuation.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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.