April 5, 2017

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Campus community comes together to celebrate Greek Week competitions

Campus community comes together to celebrate Greek Week competitions

Fraternities and sororities at Thiel College (www.thiel.edu) are holding their annual Greek week competition where each chapter promotes unity through friendly competition at events each day of the week. The western Pennsylvania college has three national fraternities (Delta Sigma Phi, Kappa Sigma and Sigma Phi Epsilon), four national sororities (Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Sigma Kappa and Zeta Tau Alpha) and one local fraternity (Phi Theta Phi).

Read the full story in the Newsroom

Susan Traverso, Ph.D., to be installed during May 5 inaugural celebration

On Friday, May 5, 2017, Susan Traverso, Ph.D., will be installed as the 20th president of Thiel College during an inaugural celebration.

Staff members are invited to pre-inauguration breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4. Faculty will have a lunch at noon Thursday, May 4. Robert Olson. Ph.D.’61, H’09 is the guest speaker. Anyone planning on attending either event should RSVP to Linda Nochta.


11 a.m. — Inaugural Chapel Service, David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Noon — Delegates and Trustees Luncheon, Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

1:30 p.m. — Delegates Robing and Procession, Friends of Art Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

2 p.m. — Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, William A. Passavant Memorial Center

3:30 p.m. — Inaugural Reception, Howard Miller Student Center terrace and campus lawn

Alumnus shares personal and professional insights

Jeffrey Seiple ’85 teaches at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He spoke to the business seminar class of Professor David Miller ’61. He discussed why a Thiel College degree is different than degrees from other institution and important things to remember once students enter the workforce. He has also worked as a licensed realtor and a member of the federal government’s Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team.

“Mr. Seiple offered the class many pieces of advice brought forth from personal experiences throughout the seminar. He stated that we will be amazed by what opportunities our Thiel degree can grant us in the professional world. Mr. Seiple was shocked by how many professionals have respect for the institution of Thiel College and has received recognition from medical experts while conducting seminars throughout the southeast portion of the U.S.” — Stephen Formichella ’17

“He had said that a degree from Thiel College is a power to have, as it makes you a better-rounded person. Mr. Seiple said that Thiel College graduates are not only more prepared for the real world compared to other college graduates, but they also become more successful in the sense that their education that they received is top notch.” — Giuliano Graziosi ’17

“One thing I will not forget is that he told us to push through the tough jobs to get to where we want to be: Sometimes, you must do the little tedious jobs to be able to climb the ladder and call the shots one day. Also, to work hard while you are at your job, try to avoid being complacent.” — Jack Middleton ’17

“Our degrees will open many doors for us, we must be willing to walk through them. Step outside our comfort zone and it will provide personal growth as well as potential career opportunities we would not have found otherwise.” — Carly Romano ’17

“He quoted Dr. Seuss, ‘Oh, the places you’ll go. You do not know.’ He said you should always be open to anything that comes your way and be willing to relocate or try something new. You never know where it could lead you.” — Amanda Zimmerman ’17

Paul Steffens ’70 wins Seton Hall honor

Paul “Pete” Steffens ’70, of Florham, N.J., was awarded a certificate of achievement by Seton Hall University in late March.

Steffens, who teaches money and banking at the New Jersey school, was named Seton Hall’s Adjunct Faculty Teacher of the Year. He is a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Employee recognition dinner is Tuesday

The Annual Employee Recognition Dinner will recognize 32 employees who represent more than 400 years of cumulative experience at Thiel College. A reception is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6 Tuesday 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 ’02Joan FaltotJack 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.

Student News

Mathematics society inducts five new members

Kappa Mu Epsilon, Mathematics honor society inducted five new members on March 26. Greenville Neuromodulation Scholar of Neuroscience and Philosophy Erwin B. Montgomery Jr., M.D., director of the Greenville Neuromodulation center, gave the keynote speech about thinking like a mathematician.

Pictured first row (L-R): Nolan Mattson ’17, Julia Fink ’17, Nicholas Guzma ’18, Montgomery, Rebecca Adams ’17, Jesse Sealand ’17; second row, Sara Matczak ’17, Jenn Rickens ’17, Amanda Dobi ’17, Kylie Bish ’18; third row, Josh Evjene ’19 and Sarah McConnell ’17.

Mattson, Evjene, Guzma, McConnell, and Bish were this year’s inductees.


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. Tuesday in the Sawhill-Georgian Room.


Campus Events

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

The presenters for the final Thiel Forum of the 2016-2017 academic year are Andy Erb and the Thiel College Jazz Ensemble; Allan Hunchuk, Ph.D. (Visual Sociology and the Transformation of the American Small Town); and Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06 (The Behavioral Consequences of Adolescent Nicotine Exposure in Adult Long-Evan Rats).

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

Earth Week: Documentary screening ‘Thin Ice’
Monday at 7 p.m.
Bly Hall, Academic Center

The documentary “Thin Ice” follows geologist Simon Lamb on a search to understand the science behind climate change. 

Earth Week Workshop
Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beeghly Gym and multipurpose room

Thiel College students will present a workshop for elementary school children featuring activities from the Carnegie Science Center.

International instrument workshop
Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Students will give a presentation/workshop demonstrating instruments from around the world.

Earth Week: Lauren Pelon concert
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Lauren Pelon performs her concert, titled “Earth Tones,” that features songs from around the world and Pelon’s own compositions. The music and narrative reflect our engagement with nature, our concerns about our rivers, lakes, soil, plant life, and the great personal and social issues we face in creating a sustainable life for the Earth and its creatures, including ourselves. The performance is free and open to the public.

Earth Week: Tree Dedication Ceremony
Wednesday at noon
Howard Miller Student Center

Thiel College students, faculty and staff will plant a tree to mark the week. Participants will gather at the east entrance of the student center.

Easter Egg Hunt
Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Upper Campus quad

Sigma Kappa is hosting an Easter Egg hunt for anyone campus member who wants to participate. It is a fundraiser for our philanthropies.

For more information, contact Sami Kurchena ’20.

GNC Neuroscience Night
Thursday 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
Saturday 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.

TC Relay for Life
April 22 from 1 to 9 p.m.
Alumni Stadium

The Thiel College Relay for Life event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

For more information, contact Laken Shields ’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. 

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

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