January 17, 2018

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Exhibit to showcase rarely displayed figure drawings and paintings by Terry McKelvey

Exhibit to showcase rarely displayed figure drawings and paintings by Terry McKelvey

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, will exhibit “Truths and Fictions: Paintings and Drawings by Terry McKelvey” from Jan. 18 to Feb. 16 in the Weyers-Sampson Gallery of the Howard Miller Student Center. Opening reception and gallery talk will begin on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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Professor publishes reviews covering wide variety of topics for three journals

Professor publishes reviews covering wide variety of topics for three journals

Thiel College James Pedas Professor of Media, Communication and Public Relations Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., published four book reviews in three leading communication journals leading up to and throughout the fall 2017 semester.

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Psychology faculty attends national conference; Pickens’ work singled out for research quality

Psychology faculty attends national conference; Pickens’ work singled out for research quality

Four members of the Department of Psychology at Thiel College, a leading private liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, presented at the four-day 40th annual National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology on Jan. 2-6 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Updated schedule for first Thiel Forum

Two students and two professors will consider atomic particles, poetry and public relations for the first Thiel Forum of 2018.

The forum begins at 4 p.m. Thursday in Stamm Lecture Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center.


  • Associate Professor of Chemistry Chris Stanisky, Ph.D.: “Electrons, Photons, Plasmons, Oh My! On Sabbatical, Studying Surface Science”: his work during his 2016-17 sabbatical experience
  • 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 the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan
  • Camille Radford ’18 and Crystal Durachko ’18: “A Reading of Poems from Cookies and Cream Poetry Book Depicting Experiences of College Roommates From Different Backgrounds and Walks of Life”

Student News

Rich and Sandy Parker kick off Ruth Miller Business Seminar

Sandy (Cotterman) Parker ’81 and her husband, Rich ’82, spoke to the first Ruth Miller Business Seminar of 2018 on Wednesday. The couple gave etiquette tips during the dinner portion of the class and followed that with a discussion of professional and personal tips to help the students after graduation. 

“Even if you are given all the tools to succeed, your success is still determined from your own effort. Your path may not go in the direction that you planned, but you need to be able to adapt and take the chances that come your way. Take the path of happiness over the path that will give you the most money. Find out what values are most important to you and gear your path around those values.”—Hanna Todaro ’18

“Eventually, he found pharmaceutical sales. This struck great interest in him, and he pursued it. He was passionate about what he did, and he was successful doing it. After many years in the field, Rich was able to retire at the age of 52. His greatest accomplishment was the relationships and life knowledge he gained that directly stemmed from his time at Thiel.”—Joshua Zinsmeister ’19

“We all were asked to ask a friend about their colleges, and I realized Thiel is one of the only places preparing us the way they do to get jobs after graduation.”—Adrianna Adams ’19

“A big point I took out of the speech is that your family is more important than any material thing you could have. No fancy car or beautiful vacation could replace the overwhelming love he had for her. At 52 he retired, and now stays at home and takes care of both his wife and his dogs. Happier than ever.”—Eric Mitchell ’18

“On Jan. 10, 2018, before Rich spoke, we had an etiquette dinner led by Sandy Parker. This was a learning experience for all of us because we never had formal etiquette training. We were taught how to eat various foods, table manners, and what foods to order/not to order while at a job interview. Also, I was able to enjoy the dinner with my classmates which was fun. I cannot thank Rich and Sandy Parker enough for the professionalism and taking their time to come in and share their unique stories with our class.”—Luke Houpt​ ’18

Alpha Chi inducting 18 new members Friday

Alpha Chi’s induction ceremony is at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel. This year’s inductees are Joshua Consider ’18, Jessa Covine ’18, Benjamin Daisley ’18, Alexis DeMott ’18, Terri Eddy ’18, Thomas Fisher ’18, Kayla Henry ’18, Erika Hiwiller ’19, Danyelle Lucido ’19, Paige Onomastico ’18, Joelle Reitz ’18, Amy Ritchie ’18, Nicholas Sarratori ’18, Alayna Sharp ’18, Brittany Shumar ’18, Haley Tokich ’18, Jamie Wolf ’18 and Evan Youker ’18.

Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi is one of only four national scholarship societies admitting to membership superior junior and senior students, irrespective of their fields of study. The objectives of Alpha Chi are the promotion and recognition of scholarship. On the 300 campuses with chapters, Alpha Chi membership is the highest academic honor that may be awarded.


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).

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Elizabeth Purdy, assistant track & field coach

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.

Calling All Soup Chefs

The Thiel College Wellness Committee is hosting a soup and chili cook-off contest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31 in Weyers Lounge of the Howard Miller Student Center. Participants should sign up by Jan. 22 in the Student Life office or by emailing Chris Cianci ’96 or Jacquelyn Kytchak.

Biggest Loser Contest

The Thiel College Biggest Loser Contest begins from 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Feb. 1 with a weigh in at the nurse’s office in the Howard Miller Student Center.

Weigh-ins take place every Thursday for the next 13 weeks. The winner is determined by the greatest percentage weight loss. First place is $100.

Final weigh-in is May 3.

For more information, contact Chris Cianci ’96 at ext. 2195.


Campus Events

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Today until 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
Thursday 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
Thursday 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.

Virtual Reality Presentation
Friday from noon to 4 p.m.
Rotunda Bistro, Howard Miller Student Center

The James Pedas Communication Center and the division of Student Life present a demonstration of the Oculus Rift technology for Virtual Reality. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests are welcome to experience the Oculus Rift for themselves free of charge.

For more information, contact Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., at ext. 2851.

Mercer County Honors Band Festival
Friday at 7 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

High school band members from around the area will perform for the Mercer County Honors Band Festival. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Andy Erb at ext. 2282.

100 Days to Graduation Dinner
Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Formal dinner with speeches from seniors and alumni to kick off the final 100 days on campus for the May graduates.

For more information, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372.

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.

T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, Jan 24.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, Jan. 22 to tnotes@thiel.edu.

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