March 15, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Choir culminates tour with Dr. Bray’s final home concert

Choir culminates tour with Dr. Bray’s final home concert

Thiel College Professor of Music Michael Bray, D.M.A., will conduct the Thiel Choir and the Thiel College Chamber Singers at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in his last home concert before his retirement in May.

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Neuroscience students take presentations to elementary schools

Students in the Introduction to Neuroscience class of Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Department Chair Greg Butcher, Ph.D., have been working on several outreach activities with the Greenville schools to fulfill their citizenship practicum requirement. The students visited the third grade at Hempfield Elementary to teach the basics of neuroanatomy, and then returned over the next few weeks to help the students build their own brain models. The class also visited the fifth grade at East Elementary and conducted a sensory test to help the children review the scientific method. The data collected by the fifth graders were then coded and analyzed by the neuroscience students and will be later used in the fifth grader’s math class. Both projects and several brain games were presented at the school’s Science Night on March 2 with members of the class and other neuroscience majors.  

Several events part of CDC Spring Career Day

The Career Development Center’s Spring Career Day is Tuesday in several locations of the Howard Miller Student Center.

  • Career Fair, 1 p.m., Lutheran Heritage Room
  • Wine Reception, 3:30 p.m., Weyers Lounge
  • Career Panel, 4 p.m., Weyers Lounge

The event begins with the career fair where employers will discuss career opportunities with students.

Employers in attendance and faculty members will have a brief wine reception in Weyers Lounge. At 4 p.m., a roundtable will be held with employers and students on how new employees should spend the first 30 days on the job.

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

Student News

Fair showcases academic opportunities and services for students

An Academic Fair is from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. The focus is on first-year students, but the event is open to all students. The fair is a chance for students to consider courses for the summer and fall semesters and to expose them to the possibility of adding a major, a minor or changing a major. Brochures, videos, pictures and internship materials and possibly representatives from career services, the library, disability services, the Dietrich Honors Institute, study abroad, the core curriculum and the Thiel Learning Commons will be available to help students learn more about the academic support options at Thiel College.

Students will receive a card and will be eligible to receive a prize if they visit five tables and receive a signature or initials from a faculty or professional staff member.

Sigma Tau Delta inducts new members

The Alpha Iota Kappa chapter of the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta initiated six new members and installed four officers during its annual induction ceremony on Feb. 19.

Membership is offered by invitation only to select undergraduates who have completed six credit hours in English classes and have maintained a 3.0 grade point average at a college or university with an active Sigma Tau Delta chapter.

Thiel College students who qualified for membership this year were Colton Amolsch ’18, Justin Felgar ’17, Cassandra LaGrange ’18, Taylor McKelvey ’18, Joseph Pouliot ’17 and Vincent Vahaly ’17.

Two-term outgoing chapter president Amanda Zimmerman ’17 welcomed current members, inductees and their families, English Department faculty, and Thiel College administration and staff members to the gala.

Highlights of the ceremony included a keynote address by retiring Professor of English Chris Moinet, Ph.D., and a video tribute to the Department’s late colleague, Mark DelMaramo, Ph.D., by Pouliot, a former student of DelMaramo and an honoree.

In addition to inducting new members, the local chapter also installed its new leadership. Officers for the 2017-2018 academic year are president Tina Kramer ’17, vice president McKelvey, secretary Alison Schemrich ’17, and treasurer and student government representative LaGrange.

“I am so honored to be the next president of Sigma Tau Delta. This organization is a representation, not only of the English Department but the Thiel community as a whole. Our commitment to sincerity, truth and design is evident in our scholarly activities, community service, and personal communications,” said chapter president Tina Kramer. “I’m so glad we were able to welcome six new members (on Feb. 19).”


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).


Campus Events

The Thiel Forum
Thursday 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
Thursday 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.

Chi Omega Wish Party
Saturday 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. The sisters are currently selling stars in the near the Rotunda Bistro to raise funds for the current wish campaign.

Brain Awareness Week
March 20-24 at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

This event is to raise awareness of neurological diseases and disorders. Other events are scheduled around campus, but this one is focused on promoting awareness to students during lunch. Students will be available to post a paper cutout on a banner in honor of friends or family members affected by a neurological disease or disorder. Quick neurology-related trivia games for a chance to win a cookie will be held and donations for research into neurological disorders will be accepted. 

For more information, contact Amanda Hautmann ’17.

Schizophrenia Awareness Event
Tuesday 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.

Study Abroad 
March 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Galleria, Howard Miller Student Center

Study abroad will be presenting information on their programs

For more information, contact Cynthia Sutton, Ph.D., at ext. 2084.

Community Events

Relay for Life Craft Show
April 1 from 1-4 p.m.
Glen Johnson Community Center

Admission is free and donations for the American Cancer Society will be accepted. Crafters and vendors will be displaying their wares for sale. Sponsored by the Roadrunners for the Cure Relay for Life team.

Ask the Expert: Getting Your Affairs in Order
March 23 from 6-7:30 p.m.
The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s, 341 E. Jamestown Road

St. Paul’s is hosting an expert panel with Greenville attorney Jason Dibble and owner of Loutzenhiser Funeral Homes and funeral director Cris Loutzenhiser. Seating is limited.

RSVP by Thursday to or call 724-588-9613, ext. 1217.

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. 

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

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