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President Emeritus Todd Milano Joins Knightly News Podcast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

The Knightly News Podcast is proud to release Episode #43, featuring President Emeritus Todd Milano during his last few days with the school, as he will retire after 42+ years with Central Penn College.

During the program, Milano tells several key stories about the history of Central Penn, including new details about our founding date, the interaction with the Boyer family when purchasing the Boyer House, and the back-story of Henszey’s Bridge and how it came to Summerdale.

Milano is an avid seeker of history about the college, and even visited the grave site of the founder of the school at a Virginia cemetery in recent weeks.

The podcast is also joined by Knightly News President Sherri Long, a 1989 alumna, who is in her final term prior to completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

In his final days before retirement, he looks forward to the future of Central Penn.

“May (Central Penn) inspire students to grow beyond their wildest dreams.” Milano said on the podcast.  “And may those students as graduates, go out and locate careers, not jobs, careers that excite them, as they work their hardest to make this world a better place.”

Finally, President Emeritus Milano would like to invite all interested parties to a president portrait unveiling of Todd and Bart Milano on Nov. 22 in the ATEC Lobby from 10 – 11 a.m.  This will be his last day with the college before retirement.


This episode may also be found at our SoundCloud page:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/the-knightly-news-podcast-episode-43-todd-milano

 

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A Field of Dreams Exists at Central Penn

But Roadside Tribute to Local Sports Hero Often Goes Unnoticed

 By Keith Gudz

Knightly News Reporter

Every day, students, staff members, visitors and passers-by drive down Valley Road along the north end of the Central Penn College campus.

They drive past a piece of the not-too-distant past that holds a story about a heartbroken town and a hometown hero who was tragically taken from this world far too soon.

On the north side of Valley Road, in a field across from Central Penn’s historic Boyer House and down a bit toward the village of Summerdale, there is a gap where the grass does not grow. In that little circle of dirt are flowers, and baseballs on which the cowhide covers and threaded seams are splitting apart. This often-overlooked circle in a field is a memorial to Tom Sgrignoli, and this is his story.

A memorial to East Pennsboro Township stand-out athlete Tom Sgrignoli, along Valley Road, at Central Penn College. Photo by Keith Gudz

A memorial to East Pennsboro Township stand-out athlete Tom Sgrignoli, along Valley Road, at Central Penn College.
Photo by Keith Gudz

Tom grew up in Enola. The son of Ron and Janet Sgrignoli of Enola, Tom became a sports star on the local scene in 1997, as a standout athlete at East Pennsboro Area High School. While there, Tom excelled in baseball, basketball and golf, and in his senior year, on the Panthers’ varsity football team.

While on the team, Tom was selected and named Most Valuable Player of the 1998 Thanksgiving High School All-Star Football Classic. He had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

After high school, Tom went on to play for Enola’s team in the East Shore Twilight Baseball League, and was a highly successful pitcher. His future as the continuous toast of Enola seemed bright and long-lasting. But all that changed in mid-2005.

On June 22, Tom was riding his motorcycle along Valley Road when he was struck by a wire that was jarred loose by a truck that had passed through before he did. Tom crashed in the field across from the Boyer House.  He was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Tom was 24 years old.

In a recent telephone interview, Ron Sgrignoli said about his son’s crash: “It was the weirdest thing. He was working at Comcast and got off early from work because he had a baseball game to get to. He was going to meet a friend and if it wasn’t for those sets of circumstances, he would still be here. Really makes you think.”

Tom’s family and friends had left items at the crash site as a makeshift memorial. Ron Sgrignoli called then-president, now Central Penn College President Emeritus Todd A. Milano, to inform him of the memorial on the property. Milano agreed to meet with Tom’s parents and offered his condolences, along with any assistance he could be provide.

Milano and the Sgrignolis met over a light lunch, and Milano offered to allow the memorial to be permanent. The memorial is maintained by the Central Penn College Facilities Department.

Through Milano’s support, and with the memories of Tom’s loved ones and the people of his town, he and his legacy live on in that field of dreams.


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

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

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

Help us Crown the Champion of the Bill Gladstone Project

By Paul Miller

Co-Adviser to the Knightly News

After months of preparation, planning, filming and editing, The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College presented their video projects commissioned by the Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIR commercial real estate to the Central Penn College campus on Oct. 19.

The Knightly News was elated when over 30 faculty and staff members, and students, arrived to the presentation and got to meet Gladstone and his team, as well as the Knightly News Media Club members.
Club members discussed inspiration for their videos and described future goals that the club will help them achieve.

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

The Knightly News staff poses for a picture with members of the Bill Gladstone Group and the Central Penn College Education Foundation. From left, standing, are Matt Lane, Education Foundation director; Chuck Bender, Bill Gladstone Group marketing director; Leah Wentz, Bill Gladstone marketing coordinator; media club member Sherri Long; media club co-advisor Paul Miller; media club President Christine Hoon; Bill Gladstone; and media club member Keith
Gudz. Kneeling, from left, are media club members Norman Geary, Yuliani Sutedjo and Liznel Munoz, and Central Penn College President Emeritus Todd Milano.  Photo by Judith Dutill.

 

This project came about in a collaboration session with Gladstone and the Central Penn College Education Foundation.

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

This is where our readers can get involved with this project.

Over the next week, from Oct. 20 – Oct. 26, you can be a part of the vote!  The top two teams will receive scholarship money and will be given their awards at a meeting on Nov. 2 at the Central Penn College Summerdale campus.

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

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

Video #2 – Norman Geary and Keith Gudz

Video #3 – Lawrence Wilson and Nasir Harris

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

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