January 24, 2018

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Thiel and its education and business departments earn national recognition

Thiel and its education and business departments earn national recognition

The business and education programs at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, have been recognized as fields of distinction by Colleges of Distinction.

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Thiel professor publishes article on computer identification of music based on humming

Thiel professor publishes article on computer identification of music based on humming

Thiel College Assistant Professor of Computer Science Brian Bradshaw, D.Sc., recently had his second paper published in a leading multimedia information systems peer-reviewed journal.

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Video outlines what makes first-year program special

The Thiel College First-Year Experience for Student Success connects first-year students to faculty members, sophomores, juniors and seniors, and each other through a variety of classes and on-campus activities. 

Summer camp proposals due by Feb. 2

Faculty members must submit summer camp proposals to Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., by Feb. 2. For more information, contact Frombgen or Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Mike McKinney ’02.

Contact safety committee members with concerns or suggestions

First row (L-R): Tammy Lumley, Tressa Snyder, Justin Gregorich; second row: Chris Cianci ’96, Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06; third row: Michael Shultz, Kim Braden ’01, Jodie Witherite, Kim Scobbie-Byler; fourth row: Eric Allen; Bob Schmoll, Brandy Little, Jennifer Clark, Mike Mason.

The Thiel College Safety Committee is committed to addressing safety concerns and finding ways to ensure a safer campus environment. If you have any questions or safety matters, please email the committee at safetycommittee@thiel.edu or contact any of the members directly. 

Representatives from Mr. Rogers’ foundation tour campus

Vice President of the McFeely-Rogers Foundation Richard Okonak (left) and Executive Director James Okonak (right) were on campus Tuesday. The representatives toured the James Pedas Communication Center, which included a stop in front of the collaborative space named for children’s television pioneer and western Pennsylvanian Fred Rogers H’69. Thiel College awarded Mr. Rogers an honorary degree in 1969.

NetVUE events kick off today with Deffenbaugh presentation

Daniel Deffenbaugh, Ph.D., presents at 4 p.m. today in Bly Hall as part of the College’s work with the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education.

The NetVUE project is a part of strategy to find ways of aligning our understanding of vocation and vocational discernment with our work with students. Approximately 50-60 faculty and staff have participated in reading groups this fall to discuss among themselves themes such as mentoring, the importance of the liberal arts in vocational discernment, and the importance of meaningful work, among others.

Deffenbaugh’s presentation is titled, “Mentoring for Vocational Discernment: Strategies for Small Colleges”

Julie Massey will present her talk, “Where Passion Meets Purpose: Mentoring Students for Lives of Meaningful Contribution,” at 4 p.m. Thursday in Bly Hall.

The campus community is invited to the We Are Called! Chapel Service at 11 a.m. Friday in David Johnson Memorial Chapel. Deffenbaugh and Massey along with Thiel students will lead the moving service with inspirational hymns, quotes from world leaders, scripture readings and an encouraging message.

Student News

Bill King uses his experience and the Wizard of Oz to deliver career tips

President and Chief Executive Officer at Essential Research, Inc. C. William King was the guest speaker at the Jan. 17 Ruth Miller Senior Business Seminar. He encouraged students to have four key items and to incorporate ideas from the Wizard of Oz into their career search. 

“He also talked about four things that you want to try to be in the center of for whatever you choose to do. They were what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for. These are good to keep in mind when looking for a job.”—Jessa Covine ’18

“A strong elevator pitch was also covered in the presentation. An elevator pitch is a 90-second to 2-1/2-minute speech about yourself. The goal is to portray your accomplishments and sell yourself to the person you are meeting. Body language and appearance are just as important as the content and delivery of the speech itself.”—Morgan Reisz ’18

“Intended to provoke alternative thoughts about the process of finding a job, Mr. King’s presentation guided us through non-traditional ways and actions involved with resume building, networking and professional branding. Starting by speaking about resumes, Mr. King proposed useful information about the design and formatting of resumes as a way to establish an emotional connection with recruiters and hiring managers. Stating that resumes are similar to product advertisements, he used an example for P&G about highlighting the benefits instead of solely the features of your resume.”—Frank Jackson ’18

“Bill’s presentation detailed the importance of networking with others and developing your professional network before you need it. Bill gave an example that, ‘If you know 200 people and they know 200 people and those people know 200 people—then you would have a great network of 8,000,000 people to tap into.” —Charles McQuone ’18

“Bill King discussed needing four documents, a resume, the T letter, a business card and a marketing plan. He also stressed to clean up all the social media accounts that are active. It is important to have your LinkedIn congruent with the resume, a sentence with contact information, and to use key/buzz words. Another part of preparing according to Bill King is to be the Tylenol to a company’s pain. This is done by figuring out what at the company’s problems and objectives are and offering the benefits of yourself.”—Jenna Ehrich ’18

“Mr. King concluded his presentation with a euphemism from my absolute favorite movie—The Wizard of Oz. He explained that to be successful in one’s career, you must have heart (what the Tin Man needed), a brain or intelligence (like Scarecrow needed), and lastly courage (like the Cowardly Lion needed). Ultimately, Dorothy was always in control of her own destiny, and we are too.”—Dana DePaulo ’18

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Shannon Reesh, associate dean of student life
  • Amber Kimmel, cheer and dance coach

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

Fifth Annual Shakespeare Festival
Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
William Robinson Theater

High school students present their work between 9:30-11:30 a.m. The morning performance block is free and open to the public. Audience members may come and go, but doors to the stage will only be opened during breaks between individual high school performances. A number of Thiel students will also participate in the event reading excerpts of contemporary plays thematically linked to Shakespeare's canon, as well as self-authored soliloquies during brief intermissions between each participating school.

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

14th Annual Evening of Broadway
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
William Robinson Theater

This annual benefit, produced by Alpha Psi Omega and Pu Nu Epsilon, is a free evening of musical entertainment. Donations will be collected following the performance, with all proceeds going to the Greenville High School music program.

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

National Society of Leadership and Success Training
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Members of the National Society of Leadership and Success attend a special Leadership training workshop.

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

Soup and Chili Cook-Off Contest
Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Weyers Lounge

The Thiel College Wellness Committee is looking to crown the best soups and chili in Thiel town. The campus community is invited to sample and vote. The cost is $1 at the door to sample.

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

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.

Community Events

Rotary Club Valentine’s Day Rose Sale
Through Feb. 7
Around campus

Members of the Greenville Rotary Club on campus will be taking orders for Valentine’s Day roses. The cost is $30 per dozen for red, pink or yellow roses. Orders must be received by Friday, Feb. 7  and will be delivered Feb. 14. Sales benefit the Greenville Rotary Club.

For more information, contact Allen Morrill at ext. 2124, Bob Schmoll at ext. 2102 or Mike Shultz at ext. 2167.

Ask an Expert series
Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s

UPMC Jameson President Donald R. Owrey ’89 and St. Paul’s President Chris Wright ’99 will discuss services offered by area hospitals and UPMC Greenville Medical Center, how UPMC and St. Paul’s cooperate and the future of healthcare in the region. An open question-and-answer session will follow their presentations.

Reservations are required.

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

CCYHA Lottery Fundraiser

Crawford County Youth Hockey Association is selling raffle tickets for the month of March. Each ticket costs $10 and is good throughout March. Ticket numbers that match the number drawn in the Pennsylvania evening Pick 3 win $50 on weekdays, $100 on Saturdays, and $275 on St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring.

To purchase a ticket, contact Dominick DiRienzo at ext. 2188.


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).

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