March 22, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Newly formed outdoor recreation group combines excursions and community involvement

Newly formed outdoor recreation group combines excursions and community involvement

The newest student organization at Thiel College, the Outdoor Recreation Club, will focus on exploring the region’s natural resources, forging students’ connection to the larger community and teaching students outdoor safety. Interest in the club was one factor that led to its creation—with more than 40 students signed up at the club’s launch.

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Representatives from 24 organizations share career advice and opportunities with students

Representatives from 24 organizations share career advice and opportunities with students

The Thiel College Career Development Center hosted a job fair March 21 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

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Workforce experiences of young alumni resonate with students

Joel Bussard ’09 and Nick Travaglianti ’11 both work in the Cleveland office of the growing real estate company NRP Group. Bussard is the operations project manager, and Travaglianti is a human resource and payroll administrator. The two younger alumni shared insights with the students in the business seminar class of Professor of Business David Miller ’61. The pair discussed how to land that first job and the importance of getting a liberal arts education, networking and giving back to their alma mater.

“Being prepared for anything and creating the opportunities that you want are two very important things to keep in mind while in the workforce. Both of the individuals had used their real-world experiences as examples to help our class better understand about seizing our opportunities. One thing that I had taken away from the whole presentation was the fact that looking for a career, especially a first one, is a full-time job. The entire process of searching, interviewing and starting a career can consume the majority of an individual’s time, as the process can become lengthy and so involved. I feel that now, after having discussed the subject with the speakers, that I am more prepared for the process of finding my first career.” — Guiliano Graziosi ’17

“(Joel Bussard) emphasized the importance of a liberal arts education and the sense of community that it provides. People will take you more seriously when you are informed. Thiel is a very close-knit community, which teaches important elements of being on a team. Joel and Nick both emphasized the importance of giving back to Thiel. They are both very active alumni and passionate about giving back to the community that helped them so much. As a senior, I appreciate now more than ever how much Thiel has done for me. It was nice to hear that Thiel still holds a large place in the hearts of Nick and Joel.” — Jaclyn Kuzma ’17

“Joel said that his liberal arts education allowed him to be well rounded, and (he) had the ability to talk to co-workers about (almost) anything. Additionally, he emphasized how important giving back to the community where you live or work. Also, giving back to a community that you attended such as Thiel College is so important. These gentlemen left me with a lot of information and more importantly proof of what a Thiel education can provide me.” — Dan Wiegmann ’17

“Nick Travaglianti and Joel Bussard brought a sense of hope and encouragement to the business seminar class, more specifically, to the students who were unsure about their future plans. These two presenters related well to the students in the seminar because of the close age difference and involvement at Thiel College. Each of the presenters provided useful information to the class for life after graduation through their own experiences and achievement.” — Cody Patterson ’17

“(Nick Travaglianti) learned that networking skills are the most important way to find a job. Close connections that he made while at Thiel led him to his first internship. That internship eventually worked its way up to a full-time job, and he is now the human resources analyst. Travaglianti was able to work himself up to his current job by knowing his worth and knowing the company.” — Julia Fink ’17

Student News

HPI hosts Greenville dentist with Thiel connection for career talk

The Health Professions Institute held its first formal dinner of the spring semester in February. It featured a career talk by Russell Poe, DDS. Poe has headed a family dentistry practice in Greenville, Pa. for almost 40 years. He earned his dentistry degree from Case Western Reserve in 1976 after serving with the armed forces in Korea and completing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Southern Colorado State College. During his talk, Poe spoke of the importance of pursuing one’s passion.

“I spend most of my time focused on objects this size,” he said, holding up two fingers with a span of a centimeter, “located in a cave of this size” (creating a circle with his fingers the approximate size of an adult mouth). “If I didn’t thoroughly enjoy helping people, why on Earth would I undertake such a career?”

Poe said his wife, Vicki, is an equal partner in his career success. Well-known at Thiel, Vicki worked in the admissions office for 16 years and serves as an academic adviser to the Thiel football team.

The Health Professions Institute comprises nearly 80 students pursuing careers in the health professions and is headed by a committee of about eight Thiel faculty and staff members. The committee offers students professional talks, mock interviews, etiquette dinners, professional development workshops and other career-related information for nine different health-profession tracks. The institute’s work is further supported by College Advancement and the Career Development Center.

Education honor society inducts new members

The new members of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society were inducted in late February.

The guest speaker was Heidi (Snyder) Neely ’09. She is an elementary teacher in Cranberry Area School District.

Bottom (L-R): Alyssa Wilburn ’18, Lindsay Pecore ’17, Jennet Bertmeyer ’17, Neely; middle: Macy Jordan ’19, Jessica Wilson ’18, Megan Lee ’19, Alexandra Pantone ’18 and Justin Zinsmeister ’18; and back: Jessica Vormelker ’19, Peyton Allen ’19, Colton McCright ’19, Justin Walter ’19 and Nicholas Watson ’19.

Mowris, Swan named TLC Extraordinary Effort winners for March

The Thiel Learning Commons recently named Alexis Mowris ’17 and Jacob Swan ’17 the March TLC Extraordinary Effort Award recipients.

Mowris is a 2013 graduate of Saegertown High School in Saegertown, Pa. She is a double major in chemistry and biochemistry.

Swan is a 2013 graduate of Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School in Bemus, N.Y. He is majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing and advertising.

Special Notes

HR Notes

TIAA financial consultant on campus

TIAA financial consultant Nathan Kight will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25. He will be on the first floor of Roth Hall.


The next TNT is at 8:30 a.m. April 11 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room.


Campus Events

Brain Awareness Week
Wednesday-Friday 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.

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

Study abroad members will present information on their programs.

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

Neuroscience Demonstration
Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Neuroscience Club will perform demonstrations of basic neuroscience functions.

For more information, contact Amanda Hautmann ’17.

Native American Drum Circle
March 28 at 1 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Percussionist J. R. Richley, will lecture and demonstrate percussion techniques of Native Americans and have a hands-on demonstration/teaching session for a Native American Drum Circle. He previously presented during a Thiel Earth Week program.

For more information, contact Michael Bray, D.M.S., at ext. 2149.

Women Inspiring the Next Generation Leadership Conference
March 30 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
​Johnson Community Center

Leadership conference for local high school girls.

For more information, contact Liz Carlson ’17.

Positivity Painting
April 8 at 2 p.m.
Game Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Active Minds will host a painting event where students will paint their insecurities in dark colors and then paint over them in bright colors as a way to spread positivity among students and promote self-love.

For more information, contact Hillary Leipold ’18.

Community Events

Ask the Expert: Getting Your Affairs in Order
Thursday 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 to or call 724-588-9613, ext. 1217.

Zeta Tau Alpha “Food for the Fight”
Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Greenville Moose Lodge, 32 Shenango Street Greenville,

Alumnae of the Zeta Beta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha are invited to attend the eighth annual “Food for the Fight.” This annual spaghetti dinner is a fundraiser event to raise money for breast cancer education and awareness. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, contact Athena Folino ’18 at 412-760-3262.

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.

Easter Buffet at The Cornerstone 1908
April 16 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s, 341 E. Jamestown Road

The Cornerstone 1908 at St. Paul’s is hosting an Easter buffet. The cost is $21.95 for each adult, $9.95 for each child under 10 years and free for children 2 and younger. Seatings are set for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Prices do not include beverage, tax and tip.

Call today for reservations—724-589-4500

Call 724-589-4500 to make reservations.

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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Tomcat Tributes

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