March 29, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Kappa Sigma fraternity has direct connection to military for this year’s annual campaign

Kappa Sigma fraternity has direct connection to military for this year’s annual campaign

Thiel College fraternity Kappa Sigma begins its longstanding military friendly philanthropy Monday with a direct connection to the armed services as one the organization’s members is on active duty in Afghanistan.

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Women’s advocacy group hosting leadership conference for area high school students

Women’s advocacy group hosting leadership conference for area high school students

The women’s advocacy group Women Inspiring the Next Generation will bring regional high school juniors and seniors to campus Thursday, March 30 for its annual leadership conference.

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Students share birthday wishes with Professor Miller

Professor of Economics and Business Administration and Norman P. Mortensen Chair of Economics David Miller ’61 celebrated his birthday with students and faculty and staff members on Monday. The photo was posted on Instagram and has 319 likes and is Thiel College's most-liked post.

Annual dinner to recognize faculty and staff

The Annual Employee Recognition Dinner will recognize 31 employees who represent more than 385 years of experience at Thiel College. Nine of the 31 honorees are graduates of Thiel College. A reception is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6 Tuesday, April 11 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. Honored employees can bring one guest, but each additional guest costs $16. Employees who are not being recognized can also attend the dinner but they must purchase a dinner for $16.

5 Years

Kimberly Braden’01, Melanie Broadwater ’96, Andrew Houpt ’85, James Knapp, Carol Kuznicki, Sherry NoldLaura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06, Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06, Bella Sarandrea, Robert Schaller, Noel Stanger ’07, Angela Wark.

10 Years

Judith Ellis; Douglas Hazlett, Ph.D.; Ellen Lippert, Ph.D.Tim Loomis; Matthew Morgan, Ph.D.; Ken Stuyvesant; Richard Walcott.

15 Years

Homer Bloom ’02Jack Leipheimer ’74Roberta Leonard; Linda MitchellMarvin Seiple.

20 Years

Michael Bray, D.M.A.; Sonya Lapikas.

25 Years

James Coxson; Allan Hunchuk, Ph.D.; Kimberly Scobbie-Byler.

30 Years

Tammy Shilling.

35 Years

Barbara Long-Cooper ’98.

Employees to be recognized must respond to Special Events Coordinator Monica Adametz at ext. 2240 no later than Monday, April 3 to confirm attendance and choice of entree item (chicken ballotine, brown sugar and balsamic pork tenderloin, oven roasted cod, mixed squash pomodoro with portobello).

Jazz Ensemble and faculty work highlight final Thiel Forum of semester

The final Thiel Forum is 4 p.m. April 6 in Stamm Lecture Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center. The presenters are Andy Erb and the Thiel College Jazz Ensemble; Allan Hunchuk, Ph.D. (Spring 2016 Sabbatical Leave Presentation); and Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06 (Faculty Development Grant: Spring 2016).

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

Student News

International student will spend summer in Greenville with internship

Recently, Zhao Xian Chen ’17 (also known as Yuri) accepted a full-time summer position with Cross-IT, a start-up technology services and IT-consulting firm headquartered at Greenville’s Reynolds Services Inc. Both firms are led by Board of Trustees member John Frangakis.

Zhao Xian has worked hard at her academics and her professional development. Her field of management information systems continues to evolve rapidly and requires both hard skills associated with specific software acquisition, but also problem-solving, risk-taking and strong analytical thinking. Acquiring and developing these skills has paid off. She has had several interviews, one as far away as Baltimore.

Zhao Xian is from Guangzhou, a city of 14 million in the province of Guangdong in southern China. 


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

Employee Benefit Fair

The annual Employee Benefit Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the Lutheran Heritage Room. Stop in anytime to meet vendors and providers who offer some great benefits to Thiel College employees.

Campus departments are welcome to donate gift baskets. Let the competition for the most creative gift basket begin!

If you have an idea or represent a Thiel College committee or organization that would like to participate, contact the Office of Human Resources.

For more information, contact Kim Braden ’01 at ext. 2004; Kris Whaling at ext. 2150; or Jennifer Clark at ext. 2858.


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


Campus Events

Women Inspiring the Next Generation Leadership Conference
Thursday 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.

Movie Night: “Blood Simple” and the Pedas brothers
Thursday from 6:30-9 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Film screening of the Coen Brothers’ neo-noir thriller “Blood Simple” (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1984, 95 min.). Introduced by Joe Pouliot ’17, who will discuss the Thiel connection to this film: alumnus James Pedas ’50 H’89 and his brother Ted helped to produce and distribute this debut feature.

Pizza and pop will be served. Admission is free!

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Communication Ross Nugent at ext. 2018.

GNC Neuroscience Night
April 6 at 6 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology Anthony Grace, Ph.D., will lecture on dopamine disruption in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.

For more information, contact Jennifer Kelley.

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.

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.

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.

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 724-589-4500 to make reservations.

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