January 10, 2018

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Thiel hosting summit in January to focus on student’s theological connection to vocation

Thiel hosting summit in January to focus on student’s theological connection to vocation

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, is hosting a summit with two leaders in the vocational discernment movement in January to energize efforts by faculty and staff members to connect ideas of vocation and spiritual involvement and growth for students.

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Thiel honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day with poet, photographer and campus-wide events

Thiel honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day with poet, photographer and campus-wide events

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, is hosting a full schedule of events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15.

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Spring 2018 kicks off with State of the College report

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., addressed the faculty and staff members with her second annual State of the College address in the Lutheran Heritage Room Wednesday. During the session, new faculty and staff introduced themselves and Founders’ Day winners were announced.

Kimberly Braden ’01Mario Marini ’91, Stacey Yake, Tom Jones, Michael Mason each will be recognized as a distinguished staff award winner.

Karen Kollar, Distinguished Adjunct Faculty of the Year; Kristel Gallagher, Ph.D., Distinguished Teacher of the Year; Russell Richins, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar of the Year; James Koshan, Ph.D., Distinguished Service Faculty of the Year Award; Greg Butcher, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Year Award.

Each winner will be recognized during the Feb. 1 Founders’ Day celebration. Hope Center for Arts & Technology, Inc. board chair Michael Walton and executive director Thomas Roberts will be awarded the Louis and Barbara Thiel Award during that celebration.

Academic Honors Convocation will be Friday, Feb. 2. The ceremony was moved from the fall to the spring to better include the accomplishments of first-year students. Butler Institute of Art, the first museum in the country dedicated to art from the U.S., executive director Louis Zona, Ph.D., will be awarded an honorary degree during

President Traverso delivered a mid-year update and the morning session wrapped up with a brief question-and-answer period.

The first Thiel Forum of the spring semester is Jan. 18

The spring 2018 Thiel Forums cover a wide variety topics including international public relations, travel to Sri Lanka, and a chapter on Cuban-Spanish, as well as Thiel specific topics on the women’s cycling club, the GNC Summer Research Institute and Pastor Jayne Thompson’s work with the Evangelical Church in America.

The first session is at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 in Stamm Lecture Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center.

Jan. 18

  • Assistant Professor of English Melissa Borgia-Askey, Ph.D.: Conference on College Composition and Communication 2017
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry Chris Stanisky, Ph.D.: Sabbatical 2016-2017
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Lana Kulik, Ph.D.: A three-week intensive course in June for AUCA summer school students on International Public Relations at American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan

Feb. 15

  • Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Department Chair Greg Butcher, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06: Review of GNC Summer 2016 and 2017 Research
  • Associate Dean of the Career Development Center Martin Black and Thiel’s Women-Only Bikers: Georgia Kantner ’20, Aleni Louden ’19, Ashley Mangel ’18 and Jess Orczeck ’17

March 15

  • Associate Professor of Art History, Department Chair Ellen Lippert, Ph.D.: Faculty Scholarship Award
  • James Pedas Professor of Communication and Department Chair Dane Claussen, Ph.D.: Travels to Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Assistant Professor of Languages and Department Chair Kristin Carlson, Ph.D.: Her Book Publication on Cuban-Spanish Phonetics

April 12

  • Pastor Jayne Thompson: “Adventures with the ELCA,” Part II
  • Adjunct Professor of English and Academic Coach Nancy Katz and Supplemental Instruction Leaders: Thiel Learning Common’s peer-led collaborative learning sessions 

In addition to the regularly scheduled Thiel Forums, additional teaching sessions will be held on Feb. 6 and 13 and April 5. These sessions are for faculty only and also will be in Stamm Hall.

Feb. 6

  • Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D.: Assessment at Programmatic and Course Level

Feb. 13

  • Butcher and Assistant Professor of Political Science and Department Chair Marie Courtemanche, Ph.D.: Update on Course Evaluation Materials

April 5

  • Carlson: Effective Teaching Strategies for International Students;
  • Representatives from the SEMS Series: How the Seminar Series Meets Core Learning Outcomes

Student News

Student teachers prep for area classrooms

First row (L-R) Nick Sarratori ’18, Justin Zinsmeister ’18, Samuel F. Sesti III ’18, Jacob Marino ’18; second row: Alison Schemrich ’18, Jamie Whitaker ’18, Tylor Whitely ’18, Alexis DeMott ’18, Tina Kramer ’18, Alayna Sharp ’18; third row: Paige Onomastico ’18, Kaytee Candela ’18, Brooke Gates ’18.

Special Notes

Cornerstone Restaurant closing

Cornerstone Restaurant in The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s is closing Jan. 29. 

Gift certificates will be honored through Sunday, Jan. 28. Gift certificates must be redeemed on or before that date. No refunds will be issued.

Clothes collection for Aware

Members of Lambda Sigma, the sophomore honor society, are collecting clothes for Aware, which assists area families experiencing domestic violence and in need of shelter.

Please consider donating lightly used clothing and new underwear and socks for adults and children.

Collection boxes will be in the Howard Miller Student Center.


Campus Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Admissions is hosting a visit day that will coincide with various celebrations around campus during the day.

  • Lead the Change youth event, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Ethical Leadership Awards, 1 p.m.
  • John Nolter presentation on ethical leadership, 1 p.m.
  • Interfaith Worship Service, 4-5 p.m.
  • Lead the Change Slam Poetry, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive. The blood drive is open to the public.

Thiel Forum
Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Students and faculty present their work and research to the campus community.

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

Twilight Tour Experience
Jan. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Prospective students will get a personalized campus tour experience. High school students will meet with an admissions representative.

For more information, contact admissions by email or at ext. 2345.

Ongoing Events

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Glen Johnson Community Center

Aikido, a Japanese martial art dedicated to non-violent conflict resolution, meets three times a week for practice. These classes are open to Thiel College students, faculty, staff members as well as the general public. Conversation with the instructor(s) is required before attending the classes.

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

Worship on Wednesday
Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Worship on Wednesday is offered for the entire Thiel College community during the semester. We gather each week for hymns, prayers, a message and Holy Communion. All are welcome!

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


Tomcat Tributes

Tomcat Tributes 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).

Thiel friends and family have another way to help students. A study abroad trip to Greece is planned for students in May 2019.

Use Amazon & help Thiel students

By using AmazonSmile.com, a donation of .05 percent of every purchase made until June 2019 will be made for the trip.

Using AmazonSmile.com

  • To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. 
  • On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases prior to shopping. The selection will be saved and every eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
  • You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. The shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

No matter how much (or how little) you use Amazon, each purchase will help Thiel students head to Greece!

It costs you nothing, but every fraction of a penny helps. The more people and small business who simply order through AmazonSmile rather than "regular Amazon," the more our students benefit. 

For more information, contact Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., at ext. 2029.

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The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, Jan 17.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, Jan. 15 to tnotes@thiel.edu.

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