February 14, 2018

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Thiel business major distinguished with the Champion Award at PIMS graduation ceremony

Thiel business major distinguished with the Champion Award at PIMS graduation ceremony

Thiel College business administration and mortuary science major Joseph Barnett ’18, of North Bloomfield, Ohio, graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science recently and was recognized for his scholarship during the institute’s Commencement Exercises.

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Three students selected to participate in intercollegiate band festival

Three students selected to participate in intercollegiate band festival

Three student-musicians at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, have been selected to participate in the 71st Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Concert from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.

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Nearly 270 students earn fall 2017 Dean’s List honors

Nearly 270 students earn fall 2017 Dean’s List honors

Thiel College announced this month that 267 students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester. A student must attain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale while being enrolled full time to be eligible for the Dean’s List at the College.

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TNT covers important updates

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., discussed campus developments following the recent board meetings. Those items included the approval of the allied health program, news about the alumni and career engagement center, the impending facility enhancements set to take place at Bane Hall, budget information and upcoming strategy and policy ideas for first-year students.

As part of the TNT, the College's new financial adviser Will Ferguson of Henderson Brothers discussed changes to retirement planning for faculty and staff.

Nicotine research and cycling trip focus of Thursday's Thiel Forum

The second Thiel Forum of the semester is at 4 p.m. Thursday in Stamm Lecture Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center.

Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Department Chair Greg Butcher, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06: “Reflecting on Two Years of GNC Student-Faculty Research: The Cognitive, Behavioral, and Neural Consequences of Adolescent Nicotine Exposure.”

Students Aleni Louden ’19 and Jessica Orczeck ’16 with Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Karen Shaffer and Associate Dean of the Career Development Center Martin Black: “2017 Women’s Bike Trek: 100 Miles Down the GAP Trail” Alumnae Kourtney Polvinale ’16 and Tawney Godfrey ’17 will appear in video cameos.

The next Thiel Forum is March 15.

More about the Thiel Forums:

Disability Resource Center Minute

Director of the Disability Resource Center Clarissa Arbuckle ’11 discusses important issues regarding her office in the “Disability Resource Center Minute” in monthly in T-Notes during the academic year. If you have any questions, contact Arbuckle at ext. 2063.

During the Fall of 2017, the DRC provided services to more than 100 students. The DRC saw a distinct decrease in the number of students with concussions utilizing the DRC for temporary accommodations (23 students during fall 2016 versus nine for fall 2017). As there has been a campus-wide effort to educate students on the dangers of concussions, I am happy to see data that suggests we have made a difference! The DRC also saw an increase in the number of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder utilizing the DRC for academic accommodations (6 students fall 2016 versus 9 for fall 2017). While Thiel may not have a large percentage of students diagnosed with ASD seeking academic accommodations, it is this population of students who need the most support both inside and outside of the classroom. Currently, the DRC’s largest population is those who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. However, students with a mental health diagnosis are not too far behind. The graph below depicts a general breakdown of students receiving services through the DRC during fall 2017. Keep in mind some students are dually diagnosed.

Student News

Taylor talks about the importance of 4 ‘F’s for students

Damen Taylor ’95 spoke to students in the Ruth Miller Business Seminar on Feb. 7 about beating adversity and remaining focused on reaching their goals.

“The speaker on February 7, 2018 was Damen Taylor. His presentation was one of the most memorable speeches I have ever heard. It was inspiring and entertaining, and it taught me the importance of family, faith, focus and finish. The beginning of the speech started with an interactive activity to get in alphabetical order by first name, and then the second time was by birthdays without talking. I thought this activity was a great way to emphasize how communication is key and needs to be effective in order to figure out how to overcome obstacles.”—Samantha McLaughlin ’18

“Damen described how you must have faith in the institution and what you’ve learned. If you have faith in your knowledge you will be able to learn and become very good at what you do.”—Drew Durasa ’18

“Mr. Taylor shared with the class his four ‘F’s to success. The four ‘F’s are focus, faith, finish and family. In reference to focus, Mr. Taylor urged that we know names, where to go, who we are working for and what makes us special. Mr. Taylor shared a quote with us from one of my favorite movie series, ‘focus determines your reality.’ I can completely relate to this quote. Whatever you put all your effort and focus into, you will achieve.”—Dana DePaulo ’18

“Family is more than biological; it includes our Thiel family. He came to Thiel to finish what his dad started and his family gives him a reason to work hard every day. But his biggest reminder is that our Thiel family is in our corner and may know someone who can help us in our time of need.”—Katherine Orczeck ’18

“The third term Damen spoke about was finish. Tied into faith, he referred to it in a comprehensive and culminating sense while reasoning how our ability to finish any undertaking or project will add value to our skillsets and employability. One of my favorite things Damen said in his presentation was that ‘failure is your first attempt at learning.’”—Frank Jackson ’18

Thiel students featured in Record-Argus for good Samaritan efforts

Jayson Maxwell ’19 and Peircen Fenton ’21 were profiled in the Record-Argus for stopping at the scene of a minor car crash and aiding the driver.

Maxwell, of Newport, N.Y., is an environmental science major and a 2016 graduate of Notre Dame (N.Y.) Junior-Senior High School. Fenton, of Greenville, Pa., is an early education and special education major and a 2017 graduate of Greenville (Pa.) High School. 


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

Paid Day Off Schedule approved

The holiday and Paid Day Off schedule for 2018 has been approved.

For more information, contact a member of the Human Resources team Kris Whaling at ext. 2150, Kim Braden ’01 at ext. 2004 or Jen Clark ext. 2858.

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Ashley Riley, housekeeper

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.

Common Hour coming this fall

Beginning in fall 2018, there will be no classes or athletic practices scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. This time will be available for campus-wide activities.

Read the Thielsenian online

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


Campus Events

Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Prayer Service
Today at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Thiel College Campus Ministry and the staff of St. Michael’s Catholic Church will conduct an Ash Wednesday Prayer Service with prayers and the imposition of ashes. All denominations are welcome!

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

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

The Thiel Forums provide faculty, students, and staff an opportunity to share projects or publications and to discuss their work. 

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

Auditions for WXTC Music Fest
Saturday at 3 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The WXTC Board of Directors will be selecting performers WXTC Music Fest to benefit VH1 Save The Music. The Music Fest is Feb. 24.

For more information, contact Kira Snyder ’18.

Tomcat Day

Accepted students will be touring campus, learning about scholarship and aid and sitting in on a class.

For more information, contact Admissions.

OBC Great Debate
Monday at 5 p.m.
Rotunda Bistro, Howard Miller Student Center

Members of the Organization of Black Collegiates host a debate focusing on current events. The event is part of OBC's Black History Month program.

For more information, contact Tim Jackson '19.

OBC Jeopardy
Monday at 7 p.m.
Rotunda Bistro, Howard Miller Student Center

Members of the Organization of Black Collegiates host Jeopardy! The event is part of OBC's Black History Month program.

For more information, contact Marquett Samuels '20.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

International students and members of Student Life will lead the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year with snacks and stories about lunar year experiences.

For more information, contact Jenna Mucklo '16.

Cultural Day
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Members of the Organization of Black Collegiates celebrate African-American culture. The event is part of OBC's Black History Month program.

For more information, contact Marquett Samuels '20.

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

GACT Auditions
Saturday 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

Ask an Expert: Long-term Care Insurance
March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley, One Elston Way, Hermitage, Pa.

Licensed insurance agent Jeffrey Trimble and attorney Carolyn Hartle, J.D., will discuss financial planning, options for those who have not started planning or don't have the income to begin planning and an explanation of the five-year look back.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.

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

T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, Feb. 19 to tnotes@thiel.edu.

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