March 21, 2018

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Two-time Grammy Award nominee Jory Vinikour performing as part of Con Spirito Series

Two-time Grammy Award nominee Jory Vinikour performing as part of Con Spirito Series

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, is hosting two-time Grammy Award nominee harpsichordist Jory Vinikour as part of the Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series. The performance is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel.

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Regional acts and Thiel College students to perform at third annual WXTC Music Fest

Regional acts and Thiel College students to perform at third annual WXTC Music Fest

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, is hosting the third annual WXTC Music Festival to Benefit VH1 Save the Music Foundation. The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in the Rotunda Bistro of the Howard Miller Student Center.

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Thiel Learning Commons selects two seniors as Extraordinary Effort winners for March

Thiel Learning Commons selects two seniors as Extraordinary Effort winners for March

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, announces Rebecca Adams ’18 and Trey Andrews ’18 have been named the March Extraordinary Effort Award winners by the Thiel Learning Commons.

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President Traverso kicks off inaugural NetVUE speaker series 

More than 80 students, faculty and staff listened to a presentation by President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., Tuesday afternoon during the first installment of what organizers hope will become an annual campus event. 

Plans call for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education speaker series “What Matters to Me and Why” will feature members of the Thiel community sharing their values, beliefs, motivations and sense of vocation. The speaker series will connect students, faculty and staff so they gain a better understanding of the lives and inspirations of the members of the Thiel community. The initiative is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges with significant support from the Lilly Foundation.

Student News

O’Sullivan talks about important career do’s and don’ts

Nicole O’Sullivan ’97 was an actuarial studies major. She loved math but did not want to be a teacher or an engineer and became an actuary. She discussed being a woman in a male-dominated field, how to network and how to give a professional exit interview with the Ruth Miller Senior Seminar class of Professor David Miller ’61 on March 14.

“Know what kind of organization you want to work for and the culture and personality of the company. Know your strengths, but know your weaknesses even better. It is important to give and receive feedback. Be transparent and care about the organization. Develop small little wins for yourself and be proud of yourself. ‘If someone offers you a seat on the rocket ship, don’t ask which seat, just get on.’”—Dana DePaulo ’18

“The next topic she discussed was navigating your career. Nicole made an interesting point when she said, ‘in 10 years there will be jobs that don’t exist today.’ She said this to emphasize her point that your career will change many times. She stated that it’s important to find out what qualities in a company are important to you. You will have a successful career if you work for a company that shares the same values you have. While navigating through your career is important to do soul searching every couple of years. The last thing she advised for navigating your career is once you learn your job start training your successor that you can continue to advance in your career.”—Jenna Ehrlich ’18

“Mrs. O’Sullivan shared her experiences with us and made sure that the women in the room knew that it’s OK to speak up against the men. She told us that we will face challenges such as having our credibility undermined, or our ideas overlooked. However, she said if we find our voices and know our worth, there is no reason for us to not contribute to whichever company we work for. I found this inspiring, and I hope that I can take these tips with me whenever I enter the working world. Overall, Mrs. O’Sullivan was a great speaker who had presence and great information to share with the class.”—Haley Tokich ’18

“The first topic she discussed was ’How not to leave a job.’ In this topic, she discussed things such as setting reasonable goals in the workforce, as well as how to properly get through an exit interview without burning any bridges. She had a bad experience with that and not want us to make the same mistake.”—Greg Galbo ’18

“Mrs. O’Sullivan gave us three helpful tips for getting ready for a networking event. She told us to prepare, get there early and know the golden phrases. The golden phrases are asking why someone is that event, what their goals are and gave us advice on how to respectfully leave a conversation. All of her advice was extremely helpful and thought-provoking.”—Bradi Osborne ’18

Department of Education hosts Greenville Elementary students

Anika Schul ’18 arranged and planned a carnival day March 16 for about a dozen students in grades K-3 and their teachers in the Beeghly Gymnasium.

Schul said she came up with the idea last semester while she was mentoring.  The idea was for the Thiel Department of Education to host a carnival game day as a way to strengthen Thiel's relationship with Greenville Elementary and also create a fun way the students to experience the College. Greenville Elementary’s Megan Yeatt helped Schul with the logistics, and Professor of Education and Department Chair Doug Hazlett, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Education Nancy Castor supported the event.

”The carnival was a success, and everyone left with a smile on their face,” Schul said.

HPI students tour Children’s hospital

Pictured (L-R) front row: Jessica Campbell ’19Julia Wagner ’21, Sarah Nagy ’20Joelle Reitz ’18; back row: Heather L. Ambrose ’00, Courtney Campbell ’20, Miranda Reesman ’18, TJ Fisher ’18, and Evan Youker ’18

Director of Nursing at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Heather L. Ambrose ’00 hosted a group of Health Professions Institute students March 16 for an all-day visit to the hospital.

Students learned from healthcare professionals in various departments, including the operating room, neonatal intensive care unit and pharmacy.

The HPI is open to all students, regardless of major, who are interested in a health-related career. Interested students should register for HPI 100 every semester and then HPI 101 or HPI 303 in the fall (depending on academic level).

For more information about the HPI, contact Associate Professor of Neuroscience Greg Q. Butcher, Ph.D., at ext. 2031. A complete list of advisers and more information is available on the HPI website.


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

Curriculum guides moving to the Hub

Students, faculty and staff should be aware that curriculum guides are migrating from to the Hub.

As part of the migration, current curriculum guides will be located in the Network Folders tab with a dedicated folder for curriculum guides in the Departments drive. Once the current files are uploaded, the archived curriculum guides will be moved to that location. 

The initial upload of current guides is expected to take place in the days ahead.


Assistant Director of Digital Marketing Mike McElroy and his wife, Jess, welcomed a son, Kellen Parker McElroy, on March 13.

Equestrian program director Jenna Malnar and her husband, Lee, welcomed a son, Huck Burton Malnar-Curtin, on March 19.

Employee Benefit and Wellness Fair coming in April

Thiel College’s Annual Employee Benefit and Wellness Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. 

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


Campus Events

Wish Week
All Week
TC Cafe, Howard Miller Student Center

The sisters of Chi Omega host Wish Week to raise money for their philanthropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each day will feature a different item or activity.​

  • Thursday: Pie-A-Chi
  • Friday: Polar Plunge

For more information, contact Hannah Breene ’21.

WING Conference
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Women Inspiring the Next Generation will host its annual conference. Area female scholastic students will hear about leadership from keynote speaker and Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D.

For more information, contact Shyann Foreman ’20.

Spring Career Day
Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Students will meet and discuss job and internship opportunities with local businesses at the Spring Career Day. The event is open to all majors.

For more information, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372.

Employer & Faculty Reception
Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Faculty members and members of the business community will network and discuss job and internship opportunities for students following the Spring Career Day.

For more information, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372.

Junior Visit Day
Saturday at 9 a.m.

High school juniors will be touring the campus.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Zeta Tau Alpha Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday from 3-9 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The ninth annual Food for the Fight breast cancer fundraiser. The event includes a spaghetti dinner, bake sale, basket raffles, games and other giveaways.

For more information, contact Shyann Foreman ’20.

WXTC Music Fest
Saturday at 6 p.m.
Rotunda Bistro, Howard Miller Student Center

Pittsburgh alt-rock band Nevada Color and Edinboro folk singer/humorist Frank Marzano will perform. This year’s event also showcases four Thiel College students Talia Jackson ’21, of Meadville, Pa.; Sophia Kostoff ’21, of Akron, Ohio; Deanna Shaw ’18, of Gaylord, Mich.; and Ji Yoon Kim ’21, of Goyang, South Korea.

For more information, contact Peg Watts at ext. 2090.

Jory Vinikour Con Spirito concert
Monday at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Harpsichordist, conductor and two-time Grammy Award nominee Jory Vinikour performs as part of the Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series. The concert is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact Monica Adametz at ext. 2240.

Earth Week Student Workshop
Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Beeghly Gymnasium

Thiel College students, faculty and staff, along with the Carnegie Science Center, host local elementary school students for Earth Week activities.

For more information, contact Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06.

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.

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