February 1, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Professor of History Sheila Nowinski explores clerical celibacy with AHA presentation

Professor of History Sheila Nowinski explores clerical celibacy with AHA presentation

Thiel College Assistant Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., attended the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in Denver, Colo., from Jan. 5-8. Nowinski presented the paper “Clerical Celibacy in the Era of the Sexual Revolution” as part of a panel on French Catholic history.

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Biology journal accepts professor’s research on stress and its impact on infection

Biology journal accepts professor’s research on stress and its impact on infection

Thiel College Assistant Professor of Biology Christopher Fonner, Ph.D., recently had a manuscript accepted for publication in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.

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Strategic Plan Launch and TNT on tap in February

Two Strategic Plan Launch meetings are Wednesday, Feb. 8. The first is at 8 a.m. in the Sawhill-Georgian Room, and the second is at 4 p.m. in Stamm Lecture Hall. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one of the two meetings.

The next TNT is at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 14 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room.

The remaining TNTs are on March 16 and April 13.

Parker offers advice on life and interview skills

Sandy Parker ’81 was the guest speaker for the business seminar class of Professor David Miller ’61 on Jan. 25. She talked to students about the importance of making the best impression in interviews, how to enhance the workplace environment and the value of a good work ethic for all aspects of life

“Sandy Parker had given a wonderful speech packed with humor, emotion and powerful messages. The basis of her speech was that life is going to throw you a curveball every now and then, but how you react to those curveballs is what will define your character. Throughout one’s life, you will be faced with difficult decisions and sometimes those decisions will take away some choices in your life. Sandy Parker was passionate about her speech to our class as she put personal stories as examples of life’s struggles and enjoyable moments.” — Giuliano Graziosi ’17

 “She emphasized the importance of dressing up for the job you want. This advice is very important, especially as we are just starting out, and we must work our way to the top and prove that we have what it takes. My favorite advice she gave us is to pay it forward. I feel that this idea pertains to all aspects of life, whether it is holding the door for someone or recognizing something that someone did for you. Paying it forward promotes working together and increases morale in the office, classroom, etc.” — Jaclyn Kuzma ’17

“She then told a story about one of the students at Thiel that worked closely with her on interview skills. She mentioned that this individual put in the work to achieve his goal, and he ended up achieving his goal and became very successful. Sandy provided us with a lot of advice on interviews, and she mentioned that the key is to prepare for these interviews.  She mentioned that she helps with the mock interviews at Thiel, and that she would help anyone with this process. Along with this, she mentioned that she would help with resumes and any other professional matter that may need to be addressed if we want the job.” — James Abbs ’17

“If something is important to your employee or someone working under you, it better be important to you, too. Being an advocate for your staff can make a world of difference in a work environment. As well as, find what you love to do. Make your job fun for you and for those around you.” — Carly Romano ’17

“I asked Mrs. Parker what she believed was the single most important aspect of the interview process. She responded that the first impression has the power to make or break the entire interview. The interviewer will form an opinion in the first 30 seconds of the interview that will form how they view you and your responses for the rest of the time. Sweaty hands, poor vocal qualities, uncomfortable habits, and other distracting mannerisms will be severely detrimental to the chance of getting the job offer. Mrs. Parker advised that we interview with her to learn from our mistakes and what we can do to improve our chances of acquiring a job offer.” — Stephen Formichella ’17

Student News

Alpha Chi inducts new members

Twelve students were inducted into the Thiel College Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi on Jan. 27 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 were 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.


Thiel Forum Reminder

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

The presenters are:

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

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

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

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Debbie Marosy, payroll specialist
  • Ed Schutte, Campus Store manager
  • Cyrill Parham ’14, assistant sports information director
  • Stephanie Artman, housekeeper

Health tips

Tuition remission or exchange application

Anyone applying for tuition remission or exchange for fall 2017 needs to submit the Tuition Remission/Exchange application as soon as possible. The form is located on the Thiel Hub under Forms >>HR Forms>>Tuition Remission.

Student Life Emergency Pantry

The organizers of the Emergency Pantry thank all who have generously donated food and personal care items to the Student Life Emergency Pantry.  The group continues to accept donations in order to keep the pantry fully stocked. The Student Life Emergency Pantry is accepting referrals.

Please refer any students in need to Tami Micsky, Chris Cianci ’96 or Melanie Broadwater ’96.


Campus Events

Founders’ Day Reception
Thursday 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
Thursday 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
Friday 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
Saturday 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.

OBC Dance Party
Saturday at 10 p.m.
Johnson Community Center lobby

A fundraiser dance party for the Organization of Black Collegiates. Cost is $2 per person.

For more information, contact Sereen Thomas ’17.

VOCES8 Con Spirito concert
Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Internationally-recognized vocal group VOCES8 will perform a free classical/choral performance.

TCTV Madden Tournament
Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

TCTV is holding a Madden tournament for students. The championship game will be played on the big screen in Stamm Lecture Hall.

For more information, contact Corey Lang ’18.

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 Friday 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.

T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, Feb. 6 to tnotes@thiel.edu.

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