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October 30, 2017 A SUPER Homecoming for Central Penn alumni

a super homecoming for our alumni

After Fall Harvest on Saturday, Oct. 21, 170 graduates, faculty and staff and their families gathered in the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Reunion Tent for our CPC Superheroes Homecoming. Including the new Friday night awards event, Homecoming weekend attendance for alumni events has increased by 51%!

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Highlights of the afternoon were:

  • Several members of the Class of 1983 reminiscing over piles of photo albums they brought with them. They travelled far distances to reunite their entire group for the first time since graduation.
  • Carl Smith ’67 was inducted into the Golden Knights Society, a group for alumni who have celebrated their 50th reunion.
  • Alumni Council member Randy Weir ’76 won the special corn hole boards designed and donated by the Facilities Department. All raffle ticket proceeds benefitted the Alumni Association.
  • Past faculty/staff members joined to help celebrate our graduates, including Russ Kulp, Alvin Bock and Lynn Shuster.
  • Donors who supported the Changing the Landscapes Phase 3: Campaign for Scholarships attended the reunion tent after the Super Suites naming dedication.
  • Live band sets from volunteers Harry Kerstetter ’95 and Brett Rudder ’12.

Thank you to our T-shirt sponsor Sophia’s on Market & Sophia's at Walden, and to our Homecoming Weekend sponsor—the Central Penn College Education Foundation.

Alumni award winners receive a Standing Ovation

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On Friday, Oct. 20, more than 100 alumni, faculty, staff and community members joined together in The Conference Center to recognize 25 extraordinary nominees at the inaugural Standing Ovation: Alumni Awards Night. The evening included a jazz band, a superhero photo booth and a terrific (sometimes hilarious) performance by mentalist Matt Lines (aka Steve Shoemaker).

Highlights of the evening were:

  • Dual awards being given to Dwight Utz ’73 and Scott Shatzer ’91 for their generosity to the Education Foundation. Scott, an aviation administration major, Skyped in from Tucson’s Pima Air Museum.
  • Several graduates who were unable to attend due to location submitted thoughtful videos that were shared at the event, expressing their thanks and well wishes to all nominees.
  • More than $1,200 was raised to benefit the Education Foundation and the Alumni Association.
  • Past faculty/staff members joined to help celebrate our graduates, including Janice Moore, Lynn Shuster, Shaun Cooney, Mike Gallagher and Diane Ludlow.

The following graduates were honored with awards for their significant achievements in business, community, philanthropy, volunteerism and athletics:

  • Athletics Hall of Fame Award
    • Jasmine (Robinson) Hill ’14 – Dauphin Co. Job Developer, Keystone Human Services; Owner, Kimfy Apparel
    • Edward Spittle Jr. ’65 – 50-year Baseball and Softball Coaching Career
  • The Next Big Thing Award (Young Alumni)
    • Curtis Voelker ’12, ’17 – Admissions Counselor, Central Penn College
  • Giving Back to the Future Award (Community Service/Volunteerism)
    • Jennifer Buehler ’91 – Managing Director – Investments, Buehler & McKee Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Summit Award (Business Success)
    • Albert Kominski ’98 – Owner, Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing Company
  • Philanthropic Trailblazer Award
    • G. Scott Shatzer ’91 – Regional Sales Director, Midwest, Flexjet LLC
    • Dwight Utz ’73 – President/CEO/Director, PeoplesBank a Codorus Valley Company
  • Distinguished Knight Award (Lifetime achievement)
    • Barry Fulmer ’88 – Vice President, Emmy-award winning Director of News at WDRB-TV

Thank you to our sponsors: Bridgewood Catering, Central Penn College Education Foundation, PSECU, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Zeroday Brewing Company and Sophia’s on Market & at Walden. And thank you to the fantastic emcee of the night, Paul Miller.

We aim to hold this event every two years.