January 25, 2017

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Select staff, faculty members to be honored during Founders’ Day celebration

Select staff, faculty members to be honored during Founders’ Day celebration

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., invites members of the College and Greenville-area communities to its annual Founders‘ Day ceremony as Thiel continues its sesquicentennial celebration at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Howard Miller Student Center.

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Communication chair nominated for top academic association role

Communication chair nominated for top academic association role

Thiel College’s James Pedas Professor of Communication, Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., is one of two candidates for Vice President of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, the country’s largest organization for journalism and media professors.

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February Thiel Forum puts science and spirituality in spotlight

The next Thiel Forum is at 4 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Stamm Lecture Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center. 

The presenters are:

  • Assistant Professors of Biology Delbert Abi Abdallah, Ph.D., and Christopher Fonner, Ph.D., will discuss biology lab research or the progress of the GNC Faculty/Student Research Institute.
  • Admissions and Dietrich Honors Institute intern Kourtney Polvinale ’16 will present her talk, “Thou art That,” A Divine Revelation in the Hindu Belief System. 

Refreshments will be served.

The Thiel Forums are held monthly on select Thursdays throughout the academic year in the Stamm Lecture Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center. They provide faculty, students and staff an opportunity to share projects or publications and to discuss their work.

2016 Schedule

For more information, contact Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D., at ext. 2154.

C. William King addresses business seminar

President and Chief Executive Officer at Essential Research, Inc. C. William King was the guest speaker at the Jan. 18 senior business seminar of Professor David Miller ’61 on Jan. 18. His presentation to students was about marketing oneself to find a job, using social media for professional purposes and how to master the interviewing process.

“He opened my eyes to see the job search in a different light. It is a system, and when you understand the system, you can beat it. This was a phrase he reiterated many times, to “beat the system.” Bill really emphasized the importance of networking and how to do it. He told us to network with a friend’s parents, professors, peers and anyone who can give us a lead to a job.” — Jack Middleton ’17

“During his speech, Bill King gave us many important tips for the job search. He talked to us about networking with everyone we can before we need the network. He also used a chair to explain that we cannot sell ourselves on our features and that we must sell ourselves on our benefits.” — Tiffany Rohm ’17

“Seventy-five percent of positions are found through networking, so pursue companies that don’t post their openings and network with current and past employees, as well as focus on the small companies (especially for a starting or entry level position).” — Sara Matczak ’17

“Mr. King stated that resumes are a key part to getting the job that you want. They have to be precise and in the correct order, and using keywords in the resume will help too. The next big topic he talked about was using LinkedIn and connecting with at least 72 people because 89 percent of companies use social media. He gave a good description of how a good LinkedIn page should look.” — Patrick Fitzpatrick ’17

“He closed with a very powerful analogy of the keys to success using the ‘Wizard of Oz.’ The tin man needed a heart, which represents passion. The scarecrow needed a brain, which represents intelligence. The lion needed courage. Passion, intelligence and courage are keys to success in networking, finding a job and being successful in the workplace. The wizard represents people behind the curtain who tell you that you can’t do something or you aren’t good enough. We must ignore those people and not allow them to bring us down or discourage us. Dorothy teaches us that we are always in control of our own destiny, even if at some times that doesn’t seem to be the case.” — Jaclyn Kuzma ’17

Student News

Alpha Chi inductions set for Friday

Twelve students will be inducted into the Thiel College Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi on Friday in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel. Alpha Chi, a national honorary fraternity which recognizes students who have achieved high academic standing, is one of only four national scholarship societies admitting to membership superior junior and senior students irrespective of their fields of study.

The new inductees are Alyssa Babcock ’17, Crystal Carradine ’18, Brant Dencher ’17, Nicholas Guzma ’18, Tina Kramer ’17, Samantha McLaughlin ’18, Madison Mele ’17, Samuel Sesti ’18, Jennifer Shelley ’16, Mandy Slupek ’17, Kelly Thompson ’17 and Jamie Ulrich ’17.

Current members are Natalie Beckwith ’17, Liz Carlson ’17, Robert Carpenter ’17, Nathan Flory ’17, Audra Franley ’17, Austin C. Hall ’17, Victoria Hermann ’17, Amber Martin ’17, Sara Matczak ’17, Ashley McMillen ’17, Joshua Nichols ’17, Tiffany Rohm ’17 and Hanna Tegel ’17.

Student Life looking for outdoor recreation input

Student Life is working with a group of students to offer more outdoor recreational opportunities for students. The new student organization is looking for faculty and staff members who are interested in helping. Anyone interested in helping with, organizing and/or participating with the club, please follow the link below and complete the survey. 


Tomcat Tributes

Tomcat Tributes are designed to recognize the teamwork Thiel College employees exhibit each day. Employees can nominate co-workers for recognition in four categories (Random Act of Kindness, Going the Extra Mile, Had a Great Idea, Just Because).

Special Notes

Thiel College Biggest Loser contest

The Biggest Loser weight loss contest has returned. Weigh in at the Health and Wellness Center through the end of the week to enter. The contest ends May 1.

The winner will be based on the largest percentage loss of weight. Grand prize for the biggest loser is $100.

For more information, contact Christine Cianci ’96.


Campus Events

Graduation 101 Dinner
Thursday at 6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

An annual event that serves as a preparation for and a countdown to graduation for seniors.

For more information, contact Director of Alumni Relations Kelly Sanzari ’13 at ext. 2014.

Fourth Annual Shakespeare Festival
Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
William A. Robinson Theater

Area high school performers will present works from William Shakespeare. The morning performance block is free and open to the public. Audience members may come and go between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., but doors to the stage will only be opened during breaks between individual high school performances.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., at ext. 2029.

Academic Scholarship Celebration Day
Saturday at 10 a.m.

Admitted students with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 will be on campus to celebrate their academic achievement and to learn about scholarship opportunities.

For more information, contact Admissions at ext. 2345.

Founders’ Day Reception
Feb. 2 at 10 a.m.
Rotunda Bistro, Howard Miller Student Center

A gathering for staff, alumni, friends and family preceding the Founders’ Day celebration.

For more information, contact Alumni Relations.

Founders’ Day Ceremony
Feb. 2 at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The annual Founders’ Day ceremony commemorates the founding of Thiel College. John ’71 and Nancy (Gibson) Hauser ’75 will receive the Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award. Faculty and staff awards will also be presented.

For more information, contact Alumni Relations.

Alumni & Student Networking Reception
Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Alumni Association Board of Directors hosts alumni and students for a networking reception.

For more information, contact Alumni Relations.

Thiel Players Reunion and Performance
Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.
William A. Robinson Theater

The Thiel Players are producing a unique performance celebrating the theater’s place in Thiel College history as part of the sesquicentennial celebration.

For more information, contact Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., at ext. 2029.

Community Events

Rotary Club Valentine’s Day Rose Sale
Through Feb. 3
Around campus

Members of the Greenville Rotary Club on campus will be taking orders for Valentine’s Day roses. The cost is $30 per dozen for red, pink or yellow roses. Orders must be received by Feb. 3 and will be delivered Feb. 14. Sales benefit the Greenville Rotary Club.

For more information, contact Allen Morrill at ext. 2124, Bob Schmoll at ext. 2102 or Mike Shultz at ext. 2167.

St. Paul’s ‘Ask the Expert’
Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Kiefer Building at St. Paul’s

Residents of The Colony at St. Paul’s share insights on retirement living. A question-and-answer session will follow a panel presentation.

Download the flier.

For more information, contact Jennie Kather at 724-588-9613, ext. 1209. 

T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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