February 15, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College challenging alumni and friends to find their ‘perfect match’

Thiel College challenging alumni and friends to find their ‘perfect match’

Thiel College has set a goal of 300 donors for the annual Match Day on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

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Kramer, Wiegmann named Students of the Month for February

Kramer, Wiegmann named Students of the Month for February

Thiel College announces Tina Kramer ’17, of Butler, Pa., and Daniel Wiegmann ’17, of McMurray, Pa., as its February Students of the Month.

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College announces Dean’s List honorees for fall 2016

College announces Dean’s List honorees for fall 2016

Thiel College announced this month that 325 students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester. A full-time student must attain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for the Dean’s List at the College.

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Learn more about the Thiel 2021: Student Success plan on the web

Read more about the Thiel 2021: Student Success plan on its new web page. The site contains links to the document, background on the strategic plan process, an overview of the plan’s goals and a link to contact President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., about the plan.

Thiel 2021: Student Success is the culmination of the creative leadership of the Strategic Planning Committee. Committee members included trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni.

For feedback or questions, email President Traverso.

Student News

Senior seminar students attend networking reception

Senior seminar students of Professor David Miller ’61 participated in the student-alumni networking reception on Friday, Feb. 3 as part of the Founders’ Day events.

Lewis Carbone ’71 is the founder, president and chief experience officer of Experience Engineering, Inc. He is the author of “Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again. He is a creator of the method for experience value management. Carbone lectures are taught in at Harvard Business School, Columbia and Boston University. He is a member of the Thiel College Board of Trustees. Carbone has worked with such companies as Pizza Hut, KFC, H&R Block, General Motors, IBM, Taco Bell, Time Warner Cable and the Royal Bank of Canada.” — Evialina Biarzhanina ’17

“I thought that the networking event was extremely helpful. I have found that because I don’t know exactly what I want to do with my career, it is extremely beneficial for me to learn about others’ careers. There are so many industries that I never would have known about without talking to people and learning what they have done.” — Sara Matczak ’17

“We talked to David A. Johnston about Thiel, Professor Miller’s senior seminar class and career path options. It was another big group so he talked to us in a roundtable type environment. Will Malady ’17 stole the show, however, when he mentioned his 2 handicap.”— E.J. King ’17

“The networking event put on by Thiel Friday, Feb. 3, was a great event with highly connected individuals. Members of the Board of Trustees, the Thiel Board of Associates, the Thiel Alumni Association Board of Directors and Thiel students all gathered in the Sawhill-Georgian Room for a night of light snacks and conversation.”— Julia Fink ’17

“I really enjoyed attending the Founders’ Day weekend events. In my position as student government president, I attended the board retreat as well as the Board of Trustee’s meeting. It was a great experience to see the great leaders of Thiel in action, helping shape the future of Thiel College. I focused at this event on getting to know some of the board members that I did not know as well. The first person I spoke with and provided my business card was David Johnston​ ’71, who will be the speaker at the next senior seminar we are having.”— Daniel Wiegmann ’17

“The last conversation I had was with President Susan Traverso. When talking to her, she talked about the strategic plan that the board just passed. It was very intriguing to hear about the changes that are in store for the incoming class. It was nice to have the conversation and see how excited she is for the changes that are coming to Thiel. I am excited to see what happens to Thiel during her time as president.”— Tiffany Rohm ’17

“This was a very nice evening meeting with alumni. It was great to connect with them and hear their stories. I met with five different alumni. I was able to connect with all of them and it was a good time. There were appetizers and beverages as well. It was nice to hear all the different alumni’s stories and how they got to where they are today.”— Zeb Throne ’17

Donnorummo wins Super Bowl package from Campus Store

Anthony Donnorummo ’19, of Youngstown, Ohio, was the winner of Thiel Campus Store’s Super Bowl giveaway. The prize was an eCampus backpack full of game time snacks. 


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).

Going the extra mile
Nominee: Miles Smith
Nominator: Allen Morrill
 “Congratulations on fixing the plaster and painting in the south stairwell in the Langenheim Library.”

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Kayla Lenkner, assistant serials librarian

February health tips

View the linked fliers for quick reads and insights on several health-related topics. 

Safety Committee recommends reviewing the College’s emergency plan

The Thiel College Emergency Management Plan is designed to establish and articulate policies, procedures and an organization hierarchy for response to emergency situations. The Safety Committee encourages all employees to review the current plan. 


Campus Events

Thiel Forum
Thursday at 4 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The presenters for the next Thiel Forum are Admissions and Dietrich Honors Institute intern Kourtney Polvinale ’16, who will present her talk, “Thou art That,” A Divine Revelation in the Hindu Belief System, and Assistant Professors of Biology Delbert Abi Abdallah, Ph.D., and Christopher Fonner, Ph.D., who 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.

Hypnotist Joshua Seth performance
Friday at 8 p.m.

Passavant Center

Mentalist and entertainer Joshua Seth will perform for students.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Winter Formal
Saturday at 8 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Join alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends for the inaugural Winter Formal. A variety of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages will be served. Formal attire requested.

For more information, email student activities.

Sigma Tau Delta induction ceremony
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

 Students will be inducted into the English international honorary society and officers for the next year will also be installed.

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

Pedas Presents: Pittsburgh Dad
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Bly Hall, Academic Center

Curt Wootton, known as Pittsburgh Dad, and co-creator and director Chris Preksta will discuss their YouTube series Pittsburgh Dad.

For more information, email student activities.

WXTC Music Festival
Feb. 24 from 1 p.m. to midnight
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Thiel College’s radio station hosts its music festival. The event is free and open to all Thiel students and the community.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Laser Tag
Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Laser tag event that is free and open to all Thiel College students.

For more information, contact Trenton Keisling ’15.

Soul Food Feast
Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Members of the Organization of Black Collegiates will prepare a soul food dinner for the Thiel College community.

For more information, contact Sereen Thomas ’17.

Ongoing Events

Worship on Wednesdays
Today at 4 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

All are welcome for hymns, prayers, a message and Holy Communion during this weekly service.  

For more information, contact Pastor Jayne Thompson at ext. 2130.

Aikido classes
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Johnson Community Center lobby

Aikido classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays during the academic year except on holidays and College breaks. 

T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, Feb. 20 to tnotes@thiel.edu.

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