By Paul Miller
Knightly News Co-Adviser
Photos by Gabryelle Breski
Knightly News President
The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College inducted four distinguished alumni members into the Knightly News Hall of Fame in a celebration held as the kick-off event to the 2023 Homecoming in Summerdale.
The four individuals (Yuli Adejo, Tyler Coleman, Leslie Heimbaugh and Parker Rose) all provided thoughtful and emotional reflections on their time in the club, often imparting wise words aimed at current club members who were in the audience.
Five other members, who were inducted in 2019 and 2021, included Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, Norman Geary, Christine Fusselman, Sherri Smith and Brian Christiana. All nine members were in attendance for this celebration, with each providing an overview of the important role that the club had in making them who they are today.
Additionally, both Heimbaugh and recent graduate Dylan Bowman were recognized for their Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s Keystone Media Awards during their time at the college. Heimbaugh won three PNA awards, including an honorable mention for a review, a feature and for her “Knights at the Movies” podcast. Bowman won first place for sports photo this year.
During the program, two other awards were given out, with Dr. Jared Rife and Kasey Hicks receiving the “Shining Star” award. This award shows appreciation for individuals on campus who go above and beyond to support the Knightly News in fulfilling its mission. Previous winners of this award include Adrienne Thoman and Steve Hassinger.
Also honored during the event were a group of alumni who were heavily involved with the radio station on campus during the late 1980s and early 1990s. These alumni members (Dean Reigle, Ann Marie Knorr-Fischer and Craig Fahnestock) were instrumental in Bowman’s “History Preserved, Part 2: The Media Plus Club & Central Penn’s lost radio station” story that was released in December 2022. This story provided an oral history of Central Penn radio during its heyday during that time period.
This event capped off months of planning by the club, as this was the first time that the Knightly News Hall of Fame event was a part of Central Penn College’s Homecoming celebration. Being the kick-off event, the club wanted to make the best impression possible. This event, held bi-annually, recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to advancing the standing of the Knightly News, as well as the college at large, during their time at the college.
For more information on the individual contribution of this year’s inductees, you can read “Knightly News to induct third Hall of Fame class.”