January 31, 2018

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel tapping into the multi-billion dollar sports industry with new sports management program

Thiel tapping into the multi-billion dollar sports industry with new sports management program

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, has launched a a new track for the business administration major that targets a student wanting to pursue a sports management program.

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Alumnus Hummel returning to campus as director of alumni relations

Alumnus Hummel returning to campus as director of alumni relations

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, named 1983 graduate David Hummel director of alumni relations. He begins Feb. 1.

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Area dignitaries join faculty, staff and students for annual Thiel College recognitions

Area dignitaries join faculty, staff and students for annual Thiel College recognitions

Thiel College kicks off a busy spring semester with two ceremonies designed to recognize students, faculty, staff and friends of the College with honors on Thursday, Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb. 2.

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Speakers, chapel service focused on vocational discernment

Daniel Deffenbaugh, Ph.D., spoke last week 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 a strategy to find ways of aligning the understanding of vocation and vocational discernment with the work faculty and staff do 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.

Julie Massey presented her talk, “Where Passion Meets Purpose: Mentoring Students for Lives of Meaningful Contribution,” on Jan. 25 in Bly Hall.

Wrapping up the two days of presentations, the campus community joined  Deffenbaugh and Massey along with Thiel students on Jan. 26 for a service in David Johnson Memorial Chapel.

Archivist needs help accessing offices to document named areas

The campus archives are trying to record all the dedication plaques that are inside campus offices.  

Anyone with a plaque inside their office or an office that is part of a suite where the outer door is locked, please email archives assistant Sarah McConnell ’18 so that she may arrange a time to come to the office and take a picture of the plaque.

For more information, contact the archives at ext. 2265.

Alumnae return to campus for today’s worship service

Executive Director of Camp Lutherlyn Deb Roberts ’00 is on campus today visiting with students about summer employment. She will join Pastor Jayne Thompson in David Johnson Memorial Chapel at 3 p.m. to participate in the Worship on Wednesday services. 

Amanda Zimmerman ’17 is also on campus to discuss her Lutheran Volunteer Corp service and opportunities for students to serve after graduation.

Student News

Alumnus asks seminar students to think about how to define success

The path John Rogers ’87 took from high school graduate to Thiel College student to alumnus and successful professional was filled with many roadblocks. During his presentation at the third Ruth Miller Business Seminar Class on Jan. 24, he instructed students to stay positive despite the challenges they will face and to see each failure as an opportunity for a rebound.

“Mr. Rogers gave us advice that he called ‘things that he tells/told his daughter.’ One of them was that financial independence offers flexibility to pursue options. Another one is that interest is something that we earn, and we do not pay for it. He also said that you should not get caught up in titles, either the ones you have or the ones that other people have. Lastly, he told us that we should have fun.”—Paigh Davis ’18

“At the end of his presentation, John gave the class some words of wisdom for the future, he said things like ‘etiquette is how you act in a situation, ethics point us toward the application of morals, and morals define our character.’ He also left us with a slide designated for quotes ‘It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only 5 minutes to ruin it’ (Warren Buffett) and one of his own ‘don’t let someone else’s actions define yours.’”—Melissa Pugliano ’18

“John opened with a powerful question that is one that we all need to ask ourselves every day. ‘How will you measure your life?’ This is a question I believe we all need to ask ourselves more often. It is far too easy to get caught up in the craziness of the day-to-day life and lose track of what is really important in life.”—Greg Galbo ’18

“John also highlighted several pieces of advice to the class, including representing a personal brand. When creating a personal brand, individuals should allow their unique skills, qualifications, and personality to gleam through. An individual should also deliver value to an employer, show initiative and be a keen problem solver.”—Kristin Tate ’18

“John Rogers had many insightful stories to tell at dinner. He talked about his younger days of college, and how he overcame many obstacles to graduate and enter the workforce. He also discussed how he had many different jobs and how each job presented roadblocks that he overcame and how they helped him in his next job. John really inspired me to always work hard for the things I believe in and to always consider how each decision will affect my life.”—Charles McQuone ’18 

History honor society inducts three new members

On Jan. 17, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society inducted three new members Matthew Crawford ’20 (seated at left), Cole Duskey ’19 (standing center) and Jeffrey Staley ’19 (seated at right).

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 400,000 members, with some 9,000 new members joining each year through 970 chapters nationwide. Thiel’s Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was founded in 1956.


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

Biggest Loser Contest

The Thiel College Biggest Loser Contest begins with weigh-ins from 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Thursday 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.

Wellness Committee’s Water Challenge

Faculty and staff members can earn a Thiel College water bottle by completing the Wellness Committee’s February water challenge.

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

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 until Feb. 9.


Campus Events

Founders’ Day
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Faculty and staff members will be recognized along with community members Tom Roberts and Michael P. Walton, who will be receiving the Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award.

2019 Study Abroad Trip to China Meeting
Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
S200, Academic Center

The first informational session for the May 2019 study abroad trip to China is open to any member of the Thiel College community. Anyone over the age of 6—students, faculty, staff, siblings, parents, friends, etc.—can travel with the group. Although the exact dates will be finalized in the months to come, the trip is tentatively scheduled for departure on May 15, 2019.

For more information, contact Cynthia Sutton, Ph.D., at 2084.

Student Networking Reception
Friday at 4 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Students will meet with members of the Thiel College Board of Trustees before the Academic Honors Convocation during this special reception.

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

Academic Honors Convocation
Friday at 7 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

Students will be honored for academic achievements and executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art Louis A. Zona, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker and will be awarded an honorary degree.

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.

Spinning Classes
Mondays and Wednesdays
Glen Johnson Community Center

Spinning classes are at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays and 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesdays in the Glen Johnson Community Center.

For more information or to reserve a spinning bike, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372.

Community Events

East PTO Chocolate Fundraiser

Wednesday, Jan. 31 is the last opportunity to order Daffin’s chocolates to support Greenville’s East Elementary PTO. Orders do not have to be paid until chocolates are delivered. Orders are expected on campus on March 15.

The order form will be in Barbara Long-Cooper’s office until 3 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, contact Barbara Long-Cooper ’98 at ext. 2255. 

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 Wednesday, 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.

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.

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