May 10, 2017

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Enjoy these stories recently posted in the Newsroom.

Thiel College president’s inaugural year culminates in installation ceremony and celebration

Thiel College president’s inaugural year culminates in installation ceremony and celebration

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, celebrated the inauguration of its 20th President, Susan Traverso, Ph.D., at 2 p.m. Friday in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

Inauguration and Commencement Exercises mark historic weekend on campus

Flickr  The Thiel College Flickr gallery has photos from the Inauguration of President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., and the 143rd Commencement Exercises. 

Witosky steps in at newly named Ruth A. Miller Class

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting, David Miller Endowed Chair of Accounting and Department Chair Gary Witosky ’79 was the impromptu speaker for the final senior business seminar of the semester on April 26. The original speaker had a scheduling conflict and could not attend the seminar. The students appreciated the insights and life lessons from Professor Witosky.

The final seminar was special, too, because the class offered by Professor David Miller ’61 for many years was officially named in honor of Miller’s wife, Ruth. The senior seminar is now the Ruth A. Miller Endowed Senior Business Seminar.

“It was a wonderful tribute to a woman who has given so much to the College,” Amanda Zimmerman ’17 said.

“Professor Witosky started the evening by talking about how life is about luck. He defines luck as being where preparation meets opportunity. When he graduated, he had the goals of getting a job in public accounting, becoming a CPA and to live happily ever after. This was interesting because my goals come down to the same basic things with the change of excelling at my job in public accounting. It served as a reminder that the professors at Thiel started out just where we as seniors are now.” — Tiffany Rohm ’17

“Professor Witosky is a 1979 graduate of Thiel College. He graduated with a dual major in accounting and business administration. While at Thiel, he was deeply involved in many activities and now regards his time here as ‘one of the greatest experiences of his life.’ He still keeps in contact with many of his friends and colleagues that he met while at Thiel.” — Julia Fink ’17

“Professor Witosky had shared with our class his keys to success. His reasoning as to why he drives in silence was my favorite. He said that ‘great things happen in silence.’ I believe this 100 percent as I, too, enjoy the silence, so that I can think and plan for what is ahead. Professor Witosky has taught me many things inside and out of the classroom over the last four years here at Thiel, and I am glad that I have had the opportunity to learn from him.” — Giuliano Graziosi ’17

“Professor Witosky transitioned into what his keys to success are. The list of six keys for an individual to be successful include: perform with passion, don’t settle, get grit, know yourself, have/be a hero or mentor, and be a service to others. For the topic of getting grit, Professor Witosky played a video of Angela Duckworth explaining what grit is. Angela Duckworth extensively studied and developed the idea of grit, and she continually studies this topic as she believes it is essential for success. In all, Professor Witosky’s presentation flowed very nicely and wrapped up the senior seminar series perfectly.” — James Abbs ’17

“I particularly enjoyed this final week of the seminar because the class had the opportunity to learn more about a man who we see quite frequently. Hearing Professor Witosky offer personal advice from his own experiences is a wonderful supplement to the knowledge he has already given us in class. Echoing the presenters before him, Professor Witosky encouraged us to be a hero to someone and to get to know ourselves. He c=encourage us not to settle for less than we are capable of and to have the grit to persevere in the face of adversity. Life may not be what we plan it to be, but through the correct mentality, we have the ability to do great things.” — Stephen Formichella ’17

“Overall, this was a wonderful class. I got to learn so many new things from people, and I really feel as though I benefitted. I would recommend this class to anyone, not just business majors. I learned so much about myself and life during these Wednesday nights, and I am so grateful for that. I am sad to see it go, but excited to see what is coming next for me!”— Amanda Zimmerman ’17 

Student News

Lambda Sigma inducts members and elects officers

Induction of the 2017-2018 Class of Lambda Sigma was held on April 23 in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel. Lambda Sigma Society is the National Sophomore Honor Society for second-year students. It was founded in 1922 as the Society of Cwens and became co-ed in 1977. Thiel’s chapter has been in existence since 1952.
The new members pictured are members of the Class of 2020: Cassie BullianAngela CampbellJessica CampbellJake DeRueClaire Facemyer,  Shyann ForemanChase GiffordMariel HanelyLaura Hardner, Samantha KurchenaBreanna MesichMargaret NeeJacob PaciJustin PearceAshley ProutMarissa RamirezCrystal SamsMarquett SamuelsOlivia StoneQuinn UrsprungDante Vaniel.  Professor David M. Miller ’61 was inducted as an honorary member. Missing from the picture are new members Zechariah Dubel, Jack Fontana and Andrew Giesey. Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06 and John Hauser ’71 serve as advisers.
Vaniel, president; Campbell, vice president; Fontana, secretary; and Hanely, treasurer; are the officers for 2017-2018.

Psi Chi adds new members and sets new officers

The Thiel College chapter of Psi Chi, the international society in psychology, inducted 11 new members on April 25. Inductees included (L-R bottom row) Miranda Reesman ’19, Kristyn Kinner ’18, Tanyra Williams ’19; (middle row), Kayla Henry ’18, Jessica Orczeck ’18, Shelby Friedel ’19; (top row) Victoria Villano ’17, Mandy Slupek ’17, AJ Corradi ’17, Alyssa Norwood ’17 and (not pictured) Alana Callahan ’17.

Following inductions and a dinner featuring time to honor all of the chapter’s graduating seniors, new officers for the 2017-2018 year were selected. Hillary Leipold ’18, president; Athena Folino ’18, vice president; Henry, secretary; Corradi, treasurer; and Friedel, SGA representative; are the officers for the next academic year.

Facebook LIVE series answers questions about campus life

The offices of Admission and Communications and Marketing worked together to produce Thiel College’s first Facebook LIVE question and answer sessions hosted by current students.

The four sessions generated more than 5,000 views and gave prospectives an opportunity to ask questions about Thiel College and college life.

Special Notes

DocuCenter hours

The DocuCenter will be closed May 15 and 17 while the power is shut off in Harter Hall. The DocuCenter also will be closed May 26 and May 29.

For more information, contact Jean Carr at ext. 2267.

Campus-wide power outages on May 15 and 17

Due to ongoing work at the Science Connector, the electricity on campus will be turned off for an hour at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 15 and for two hours starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 17.

The Academic Center, Greenville Hall, Florence West Hall, Howard Miller Student Center, Langenheim Memorial Library and Roth Hall will all be without power during those times.

For more information, contact Mike Shultz at ext. 2167. 

TC Cafe summer hours and menu

The TC Cafe will serve meals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The cost per meal is $5.60. The same rate applies to all faculty and staff on campus. 

A cooler will hold boxed lunches that can be picked up earlier, if necessary.  Also, at times when groups are on campus and there are enhanced menus, student life, faculty and staff will eat for the same ($5.60) price. 

For more information, contact Jason Roller at ext. 2204.

Campus improvement projects

Maintenance has begun its summer projects. Anyone with questions on any of the projects, can contact maintenance for a rundown of the timing and scope of the work.

Some of the ongoing and scheduled projects:

  • Gym floor resurfacing, through Friday
  • Annual building fire inspection, through Thursday
  • Howard Miller Student Center installation of new chillers, late June and early July
  • Electrical upgrade for Science Connector and science wing, May 15 and 17
  • Track and field project, May
  • Continued work on the Science Connector.

Employees are reminded to avoid construction areas and the equipment. Maintenance sections off those areas, but being aware of the construction zones and avoiding those areas, helps keep everyone safe.

For more information, contact Mike Shultz at ext. 2167. 

Campus Store hours

The Thiel Campus Store’s summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The store is closed Mondays and Fridays.

For more information, contact Vicki Cousley at ext. 2170.

IT server maintenance

Information Technology will perform maintenance on the College’s servers starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. This maintenance consists of installing patches on all of the servers, which will require the servers to be rebooted. Outages for each server should be less than 10 minutes each and all patching will be completed by 8 a.m.

Updates also will be installed on wireless networking equipment. This may result in wireless networking being unavailable for up to 10 minutes in various locations across campus. All wireless service will be restored by 8 a.m.

For more information, contact the Solution Center at ext. 4000.


Blue-Gold Golf Outing
May 26 at 9 a.m.
The Greens at Greenville

Cost is $100 for individuals and $400 for a foursome. The day includes lunch and buffet dinner and hole-in-one contest, skill prizes and team prizes. Sponsorship opportunities still exist.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
May 26 at 6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Andrew Apisa ’99, Sean Clark ’01, Ricardo Franklin ’02, Nakisha (Logan) Peoples ’02, Libby (Hauser) Purdy ’06 will be inducted into the Thiel College Athletic Hall of Fame during the 37th annual induction ceremony. Cost is $25 per person.

Community Events

Mother’s Day Buffet at The Cornerstone 1908
Sunday 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 a Mother’s Day 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.

For reservations, call 724-589-4500.

Lunch and Learn at The Heritage
May 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Anderson Fellowship Hall, E. Jamestown Road

St. Paul’s is hosting a lunch event where people can learn more about aging-in-place apartments.

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.

Ask the Experts: Support for In-Home Care
May 25 at 6 p.m.
The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s, 341 E. Jamestown Road

St. Paul’s is hosting a variety of experts to discuss how to provide in-home care. Spots are limited. RSVP by May 22.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.


T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, May 24. T-Notes has begun its summer publishing schedule. During the summer, it will be released twice each month. The weekly schedule will resume in August.

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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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