February 7, 2018

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Thiel Happenings

Student media racks up 11 program and 23 student nominations from IBS

Student media racks up 11 program and 23 student nominations from IBS

The student radio and television stations at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, were nominated for 11 Golden Mic Awards by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

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Three students will travel internationally after being selected for the Vira I. Heinz scholarship

Three students will travel internationally after being selected for the Vira I. Heinz scholarship

Three Thiel College students will be making their first international trips this summer after they were selected for the Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership. The scholarship is offered to women with at least a 3.0 GPA, who have never traveled outside of the United States previously.

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English professor shares indigenous teaching experiences during panel presentation

English professor shares indigenous teaching experiences during panel presentation

Melissa Borgia-Askey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, participated recently in a panel presentation titled, “Water Is Life: Standing Rock, #NoDAPL, and Literacy Education” at The National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in St. Louis.

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Thiel College commercial can be seen on regional television

The 30-second commercial has been airing on Youngstown CBS affiliate WKBN and various Comcast programming in the Pittsburgh area.

Campus comes together for Honors Convocation and Founders’ Day

Thiel College recognized faculty, staff, students and friends of the College last week for Founders’ Day and Honors Convocation.

Michael P. Walton and Tom Roberts of Hope Center for Arts and Technology in Sharon joined five faculty members and five staff members as award winners during the annual Founders’ Day celebration Feb. 1 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

Five staff members were honored with a Distinguished Service Award.

  • Kim Braden ’01, of Springboro, Pa., payroll specialist/human resources assistant
  • Tom Jones, of Greenville, Pa., public safety officer
  • Mario Marini ’91, of Greenville, Pa., director of special and planned giving
  • Mike Mason, of Transfer, Pa., computer and A/V technician
  • Stacey Yake, of Greenville, Pa., student accounts supervisor

Five faculty members were honored with awards.

  • Distinguished Adjunct: Karen Kollar, of Clark, Pa., Adjunct Professor of English
  • Distinguished Scholar: Russell B. Richins, Ph.D., of Greenville, Assistant Professor of Math and Computer Science, Department Chair
  • Distinguished Service: James C. Koshan, Ph.D., of Hermitage, Pa., Professor of History, Department Chair
  • Distinguished Teacher, Kristel M. Gallagher, Ph.D., of Hermitage, Pa., Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Distinguished Professor, Greg Q. Butcher, Ph.D., of Greenville, Pa., Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Department Chair

The Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award was given to Roberts and Walton for their work at the Hope Center for Arts and Technology

More than 400 students were recognized and an honorary degree was given to the Executive Director of the Butler Institute of American Art, Louis A. Zona, Ph.D. H’18, during its annual Honors Convocation ceremony Feb. 2 at the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

 See photo albums from both events at Flickr.

College Advancement team wins inaugural Golden Ladle

The Thiel College Wellness Committee sponsored a soup and chili cook-off on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The College Advancement team won the Golden Ladle with its soup, “The Flavorful Fund Pot (also known as wedding soup with a twist).”

The winning team members are Robert Carpenter ’17 (team leader), Roberta Leonard, Mario Marini ’91, Paula Jaillet, Cindy McClelland, Anna Mary Hoovler, Dave Hummel ’83 and Jack Leipheimer ’74.

  • Second place: Monica Adametz, Mediterranean Minestrone
  • Third placeEsther Ter, Thai soup

Student News

Finkbeiner tells details of how he landed as an air traffic controller

Carl Finkbeiner ’81, a retired air traffic controller, spoke to students in the Ruth Miller Business Seminar class of Professor David Miller ’61 on Jan. 31. Finkbeiner discussed how he became an air traffic controller, his role in dealing with pilots on 9/11 and how Thiel gave him the tools to be successful in his professional life.

“In Carl’s presentation, he first told us what he took away most from Thiel was the connections he made here. This really stuck with me because I know when I look back at my time at Thiel, after I graduate, I know what I will appreciate most will be all the amazing friends I made here and all the people that had an impact on me such as my professors, coaches and other faculty.”—Greg Strohmeyer ’18

“Carl showed great strength and emphasized the importance of communication and working together particularly during a tragic event. When 9/11 occurred, he had to get all the planes in the air landed with an hour. Thiel gave him the confidence to work under stressful situations, work together as a team and trust himself to make quick and decisive decisions in a world full of chaos.”—Samanatha McLaughlin ’18

“When asked ‘What did you like most about Thiel?’ he responded by saying, ‘Thiel gave me a certain confidence in myself, and it made me feel like once I got out into the real world, I was actually prepared for difficult situations.”—Randy Santarelli ’19

“A key to being successful is being able to communicate with different people in different ways. Carl talked about how unlikely it is that your first job will be your only job. You also never know where you will find a job, so it is important to network and make connections.”—Morgan Reisz ’18

“Mr. Finkbeiner also made a point that it is important to set goals for yourself. These goals will help guide you through life as you make decisions about where you want to be and what you want to accomplish.”—Haley Tokich ’18

TLC recognizes Cotton and Ritchie for effort

The Thiel Learning Commons selected Kristina Cotton ’18 (left) and Amy Ritchie ’18 (right) as its February Extraordinary Effort Award winners.

Cotton, of North East, Pa., is a double major in communications and sociology. She is a 2014 graduate of North East (Pa.) High School.

Ritchie, of Madison, Ohio, is a double major in biology and conservation biology. She is a 2014 graduate of Madison (Ohio) High School.

Special Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • David Hummel ’83, director of alumni relations
  • Stephen O’Brien, public safety officer

DocuCenter hours update

The DocuCenter hours for Friday will be noon to 4:30 p.m. DocuCenter staff members will be attending a company meeting in Youngstown.

For more information, contact the DocuCenter at ext. 2267.

The DocuCenter has moved to 18 Ridgeway Ave. Turn off College Avenue at the David Johnson Memorial Chapel and the DocuCenter is on the left side of the street.

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 Friday, Feb. 9.

SAAC canned food drive

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is collecting canned goods for local families in need. Collection boxes are near the cafeteria and will be in place throughout February.

Black & White Ball Registration

The annual Black & White Ball begins at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. Thiel College faculty, staff, and their guests can join students and alumni at this celebration. Formal attire is requested. A variety of hors-d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will be served.

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

Read the Thielsenian online

What’s happening on campus? Visit the Thielensian website and read the latest articles. 

Early enrollment discount for China trip

The Study Abroad trip to China (May 2019) is open for enrollment with a discount of $250 available now through Feb. 16.

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


Campus Events

Reptile Farm
Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

A variety of reptiles will be on display.

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

Meet OBC
Monday from 4-8 p.m.
Weyers Lounge

Meet members of the Organization of Black Collegiates.

For more information, contact Tim Jackson ’19.

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

Rotary Club Valentine’s Day Rose Sale
Through today
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 today 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.

Trumpet recital
Feb. 12 from 7:30-9 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Thiel College Director of Bands and Professor of Music Andrew Erb and Tim Winfield, D.M.A., will perform a recital of traditional and new literature for trumpet and piano. The event is free and open to the public

For more information, contact Erb at ext. 2282.

GACT Auditions
Feb. 18 from 3-5 p.m.
William A. Robinson Theater

The Greenville Area Community Theatre is holding open auditions for the summer production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

Auditions will consist of cold readings and musical pieces selected by director Karyn Kirchofer. The show will be performed July 27, 28, 29 and Aug. 3, 4, and 5 under the direction of Alan Stevens.

Read more about the auditions.

For more information, visit the GACT webpage or its Facebook page


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).

T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, Feb. 12 to tnotes@thiel.edu.

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