February 28, 2018

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Thiel Happenings

Newsroom Highlights

Enjoy these stories recently posted in the Newsroom.

Record number of donors give more than $150,000 for Thiel’s one-day drive

Record number of donors give more than $150,000 for Thiel’s one-day drive

A record 342 donors gave $150,365 to Thiel College’s one-day fundraising drive for The Thiel Fund on Wednesday. It is the third straight year that the College broke participation records and also the third straight year with more 300 donors.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

Johnson offers career and personal insights

William Johnson ’71 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics. Following graduation, he went to Penn State University for a Master of Business Administration. He spent his professional career in the telecommunications industry. He traveled back to Greenville from Fort Myers, Fla. on Feb. 21 to talk to students the Ruth Miller Seminar class of Professor of Business Administration and the Norman P. Mortensen Chair of Economics David Miller ’61.

“Johnson said that a major transition from college to the workforce was that your colleagues aren’t the same age as you. The workforce is very diverse as well when compared to living at a small campus like Thiel. He learned skills such as analytical skills and teamwork while he attended Thiel, and he applies that to the work he does. Throughout his career, he learned that his skillset can be used in different roles, which is a great asset to have.”—Bradi Osborne ’18

“I also appreciate how much Thiel does for us to help us choose the path we most desire and for how involved our alumni are in helping us achieve success. They challenge us to ask ourselves what makes us happy and thrilled to work, in addition to learning different skills for corporate life.”—Katherine Orczeck ’18

“Mr. Johnson had some advice that he wanted to give us as a mentor. One piece of advice was that right now we are looking for a first job. Whichever job we choose will certainly not be our only one, and it won’t be our last. Our first job also won’t be perfect, which is something we have to accept. All jobs have pros and cons; however, we should look for something that will make us happy and thrilled to go to work.”—Haley Tokich ’18

“Internships are great ways to get field-related experience and build resumes. He also talked about how it is important to be a good manager and understand how you best communicate with the employees you oversee. A strong work-life balance is also something that William said is important.”—Morgan Reisz ’18

“Overall, I enjoyed William’s presentation. I like the fact that he mentors college undergrads because it shows he knows how important it is to get us prepared for the real world. Also, he made the trip up to Greenville from Fort Myers, Fla., and I appreciate him taking the time to come talk to our class.”—Luke Houpt ’18

“While at Thiel, he found his niche in the Phi Theta Phi fraternity. Mr. Johnson had such an amazing connection with some of his fraternity brothers that he still meets up with six other brothers once every year in a different city across America. He said that it is those kinds of strong bonds that he made while at Thiel that brings him back to campus warmly.”—Dana DePaulo ’18

Soul Food Feast caps Black History Month events

The 18th annual Soul Food Feast was Sunday in the Lutheran Heritage Room. The feast featured African-American food, as well as dishes from other cultures and nationalities. It was one of several events the Organization of Black Collegiates arranged for Black History Month.

Student News

Jihyun Oh sends update from Korea

Jihyun Oh sent an email to Doug Hazlett, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Department Chair, to update him on her accomplishments.

She thanked him and the Thiel College Department of Education for the profound impacts they had on her career. She graduated from college in Korea and works for a kindergarten that belongs to Duksung Women’s University as an assistant teacher. She will teach 5-year-olds and will study for the National Exam for Teachers.

Vormelker named finalist for national basketball award

Jess Vormelker ’19, of Orwell, Ohio, was named a finalist Tuesday for the 2018 Jostens Trophy. A 2015 graduate of Grand Valley (Ohio) High School, she is a guard on the women’s basketball team.
The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem (Va.) to honor the most outstanding men's and women's NCAA Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three parts: basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service.

Seema Laila leads presentation on Pakistan

Seema Laila, from Islamabad, Pakistan, is spending the spring semester at Thiel College. Wednesday afternoon she spent about 90 minutes discussing Pakistani culture with Thiel College faculty and staff. Laila is in the United States as part of the IREX program. IREX is a nonprofit organization committed to global development and education.

Special Notes

Information Technology update

During the fall 2017 semester, Information Technology ran a security awareness training program with Knowbe4.  The training had a completion rate of 60 percent. 

New training sessions began this week, and IT is aiming for a 90-percent completion rate.

The training consists of six modules:

  • 2017 Micro-module - Email Spoofing
  • 2017 Micro-module - Safe Web browsing
  • 2017 Micro-module - Social Engineering
  • 2017 Micro-module - Social Media Best Practices
  • 2017 Micro-module - Strong Passwords
  • KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training

Cybercrime is getting more serious each month. Hackers are getting smarter about ways to trick people into clicking on fraudulent links or opening up malicious attachments in emails. Because of this, it is important that everyone gets comprehensive security awareness training.

An email invite for employees to take part in this training was sent from an address ending in KnowBe4.com. Also, employees should be on the lookout for simulated phishing tests in your inbox.


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.

Catholic Evening Prayer
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Deacon Frank Luciani will lead evening prayer worship services each Wednesday of the academic semester.

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

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.

Ask an Expert: Discussing your future with your adult children
March 22 at 6:30 p.m.
The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s

Attorney Tye J. Cressman, J.D., and personal financial representative John O’Malley will discuss how to talk about financial and healthcare priorities with adult children.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.

For more information or reservations, email St. Paul’s or call 724-589-4667.


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, March 7.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, March 5 to tnotes@thiel.edu.

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