March 8, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Professor of Music Michael Bray conducting final tour with Choir

Professor of Music Michael Bray conducting final tour with Choir

Thiel College Professor of Music Michael Bray, D.M.A., embarks Friday with the Thiel Choir and the Thiel College Chamber Singers on his last tour before his retirement in May.

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Aspiring teacher and social worker earn March Students of the Month honors

Aspiring teacher and social worker earn March Students of the Month honors

Thiel College announces Alex Horvatits ’17, of Lancaster, N.Y., and Hanna Tegel ’17, of Westlake, Ohio, as its March Students of the Month.

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Thiel signs culinary program agreement with Pittsburgh Technical College

Thiel signs culinary program agreement with Pittsburgh Technical College

Thiel College students will be able to run both sides of the “house” in the restaurant business thanks to a new agreement between the four-year Pennsylvania college and the American Academy of Culinary Arts at Pittsburgh Technical College.

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Students, staff and alumni taking Thiel on Tour

Students, alumni and friends are taking Thiel College with them wherever they go! Photos are being posted on social media using #ThielonTour.

Students are participating in a spring break photo contest through March 12 for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Top entries could also be featured in the Thiel on Tour photo gallery.

Taylor speaks to Professor Miller’s senior seminar

Damen Taylor ’95 spoke to the Professor David Miller ’61’s senior seminar class on March 1. He discussed several key concepts centered on communication, but also spoke to the students about the “4F’s” (focus, family, faith, finish).

 “It’s OK to not know something. We are going to college because we want to learn how to be successful. We take a class because we want to learn how to excel at it. We don’t go into a class knowing the material. It’s OK to ask questions. You always have help. You can always go back to old friends, old instructors or old administrators for help, even if comes down to getting a job.” – Samantha Burkhardt ’17

“He started his speech with two interactive activities. The first one was putting ourselves in alphabetical order by first name. In this activity, we were able to talk. The second activity was putting ourselves in order by birthday without talking. One of the points of these activities was to make us focus on communication; this what I personally took the activities to be a lesson in because finding different ways to communicate is always important. After we completed the activities, he told us that we were able to complete them because we are smart. Then he went on to talk about how the fact that we are going to graduate is a big deal; only 38 percent of people have a college degree.” – Tiffany Rohm ’17

“This led into Damen’s 4 F’s (those) include focus, family, faith and finish. For focus, he noted that we need to keep our goals in sight, and aim to achieve them. For family, he mentioned that Thiel is a wonderful family, and that we have each other’s back. For faith, he mentioned that you need to have faith in yourself, trust what you know, and believe in people who believe in you. For the finish, he mentioned that college is a test to see that you finish what you start and did a good job at it.” – James Abbs ’17

“Mr. Taylor gave us quotes, such as believe in the people who believe in you, but he stood behind and proved why they were important. A motivational speaker doesn’t do that, at least not as well as Mr. Taylor did. I can’t speak for everyone, but he opened my mind to a new perspective when it comes to graduating and accepting the inevitable. I dreaded graduating before, but I’m feeling a lot better about it now.” – Hunter Michaelis ’17

“Damen was an inspirational speaker that allowed me to understand how lucky I am to be this close to graduating and also how blessed I am to have a job following graduation. I will use Damen’s concepts and mindsets in my career and in life to be happier and more successful. I am very glad and thankful that Damen came and spoke to our class.” – Dan Wiegmann ’17

Special Notes

Note of Thanks

“I want to express how much the support of the Thiel College community has meant to me and my family during the loss of my sister, Lynn. We appreciate your kindness and generosity throughout this difficult time. I have always been proud to be a member of the Thiel family and these last few weeks have reaffirmed what a special place and group of people of which I am a part. Thank you, again.”

Roberta Leonard


Campus Events

Chi Omega Wish Party
March 18 from 1-4 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The sisters of Chi Omega are holding a celebration of their fundraising efforts for the Make-a-Wish campaign.

Academic Fair
March 16 at noon
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The fair will present an opportunity to learn more about Thiel’s academic programs. Attendees will speak with students, faculty and staff to learn more about specific requirements for majors, curriculum, support services and career options.

The Thiel Forum
March 16 at 4 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The presenters for the next Thiel Forum are Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., (Priestly Celibacy: Debates in France, 1960-1975); Michael Bray, D.M.A., (Ireland: May 2016); Jennifer Rickens ’17 (MR-Based Wall Shear Stress Calculation in Pulmonary Hypertension).

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

International Women’s Day Dinner
March 16 at 5 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Women Inspiring the Next Generation will host a speaker for their annual dinner in celebration of International Women's Day.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Carlson ’17.

Schizophrenia Awareness Event
March 21 at 11 a.m.
Galleria, Howard Miller Student Center

Active Minds will inform students what it is like to live with schizophrenia. Participants can put on headphones and listen to auditory hallucinations while attempting to complete a timed math test, or a timed word scramble.

For more information, contact Sammie Voto ’18.

Spring Career Fair
March 21-23 at 1 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Employers will discuss employment opportunities with students.

For more information, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372.

Spring Career Day: Employer Panel
March 21 at 4 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Panelists will discuss career options and plans for students.

For more information, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372.

Community Events

18th Annual Charity Auction
Friday at 6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The United Way of Mercer County and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce are hosting their 18th annual auction at Thiel College. Cost is $45 per person, $350 for a table of eight and $425 for a table of 10.

For reservations, contact the Greenville Chamber at 724-588-7150.


T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, March 15.

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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).

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