October 24, 2018

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College students get camera time on Today Show

Thiel College students get camera time on Today Show

Thiel College students took a day trip to New York City on Friday, Oct. 19.

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Business and environmental science students recognized as first Students of Month for 2018-2019

Business and environmental science students recognized as first Students of Month for 2018-2019

Thiel College announces Terri Eddy ’19, of Grange Hill, Jamaica, and Erika Hiwiller ’19, of West Sunbury, Pa., as its October Students of the Month.

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Business leaders discuss region’s economy at Environmental Safety Management program launch

Business leaders discuss region’s economy at Environmental Safety Management program launch

ILSCO Extrusions president John Thigpen ’86 sees the potential for a coming boom.

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Thiel College Flickr gallery documents several high profile events

Flickr  Thiel College’s Flickr gallery

On Oct. 18, Mark Marmo ’93, John Thigpen ’86 and Deborah Weible ’84 along with representatives from area elected officials discussed how the program will connect the region’s employers with the next generation of qualified environmental and occupational safety professionals. Two days later, Thiel College students met scholarship benefactors at the annual scholarship luncheon on Oct. 20.

Thiel College brand identity and logo unveiled during Thiel News Time

Thiel College executive director of communications and marketing Richard Orr speaks during a presentation at Tuesday’s Thiel News Time. During the presentation, Orr discussed the new logo the institution will begin using as well as the brand identity “Belong. Connect. Become.” The words “Belong. Connect. Become.” are not an institutional tagline, but are guideposts for points to work into documents and oral presentations.

The logo is being rolled out in phases as existing supplies of documents and print materials are exhausted. Linked below is a Dropbox file that contains letterhead and PowerPoint slides and other stationery items that use the new logo.

Good news for the 2019 health insurance premium renewals

As announced by President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., at Tuesday’s Thiel News Time, 2019 health insurance premium renewals will be going down for most employees.

Employees on individual plans will not have an increase in their premiums. Employees on any plan above an individual plan will have a $50 reduction per month in their premiums. The College’s claims experience over the past year has been favorable, and the College had budgeted a 10 percent increase, which enabled the College to provide this stabilization and reduction in premiums. There will be no changes to plan design or deductibles.

  • The College will continue to make a $100 Health Savings Account contribution on a monthly basis to employees participating in the High Deductible Health Plan.
  • Medical Insurance Waiver - The waiver will remain the same at $1,500 and will be paid near the end of the plan year (January through December). 
  • Dental and Vision Insurance - In addition, we received a rate hold for our vision and dental plans. Therefore, there will be no change to employee premiums.

Important date

  • Open enrollment is at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28

Benefit eligible employees (spouses welcome) are encouraged to attend an open enrollment session in the Sawhill-Georgian Room at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28

Representatives of the College’s medical, vision & dental, and retirement plans will attend and be available to answer questions. 

New this year is the “Employee Navigator” system. Employees will learn how to use this tool to compare plans and make selections for the 2019 plan year.

Email Kris Whaling to reserve a spot in one of the sessions.

Student News

Albert Kasenter offers perspectives on medical career at HPI series

Health Professions Institute students enjoyed a lesson on the history of medicinal physics (radiology and nuclear medicine, for example) from Albert Kasenter ’64 on Oct. 17 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room. He discussed overcoming challenges both personal and professional such as balancing family and career and being a life-long learner.  Associate Professor of Physics Eugene Torigoe, Ph.D., also attended the event.

“We learned about his experience working in various hospitals including a teaching hospital in Ireland. This was especially interesting to me because I have always wanted to spend time studying or working abroad in the medical field.”—Lexxie Helbig ’20

“This talk was rather interesting because he explained that he was unable to get into the military due to having polio as a child and he does not have as much function in his right arm. He overcame that obstacle and worked in a variety of places either teaching or doing clinical work.” —Breanna Mesich ’20

“I found Mr. Kasenter’s life and stories fascinating. He stated at one point that now that he and his wife are retired they get to do all things they wanted to do in their life now. This makes me think about my own future life and how my career may affect my family.” —Sydney Turner ’21

Special Notes

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).

Communications materials and online job request available

Thiel College community members who need help with communications and marketing initiatives and collateral can now request those services with a job form. The request form is available on the communications and marketing webpage or linked directly below.

Also, a reminder that a Dropbox folder with Thiel College-branded resources including letterhead, logos and PowerPoint slides is available.

For more information, email the office.


Campus Events

Common Hour: Registration Event
Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Thiel College Student Government Association (SGA) sponsors this event celebrating the opportunity to register for the spring 2019 semester.

For more information, contact Greg Butcher, Ph.D., at ext. 2031.

Twilight Tour Experience
Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m.

Prospective students get a personalized campus tour experience. Students will meet with a Thiel College admissions representative.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at ext. 2345.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert
Saturday from 7-10 p.m.
William A. Passavant Center

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra begins its 90th season with the annual fall concert held on the Thiel College campus.

For more information, contact Dave Reimold.

Make–A–Wish Bingo
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Chi Omega sorority hosts its annual bingo fundraiser to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For more information, contact Diana Sileshi ’21.

Zombie Prom
Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Thiel Activities Board is hosting the annual Zombie Prom. The event includes a variety Halloween-themed edibles, a living DJ, adult beverages (for students 21 and over), and of course, candy! Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in the following categories:

  • Best Couple (2 students)
  • Best Group (3 or more)
  • Scariest
  • Most Creative
  • Best Overall

For more information, contact student activities.

Mister Rogers Room Dedication
Oct. 30 at 11 a.m.
Mister Rogers Room, James Pedas Communication Center

Representatives of the McFeely Rogers Foundation will be among the attendees for the dedication of the recently redecorated Mister Rogers Room in the James Pedas Communication Center.

Tuesday Chapel Service
Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Speakers from around campus will discuss spirituality and religious topics throughout the semester. The first Tuesday of each month is set aside for a brief communion service. All other services are a simple time of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and an inspiring message. All are welcome!

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the guest is Deacon Frank Luciani from St. Michael’s Catholic Church

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

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Dinner
Oct. 31 from 6:30-9 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Haller Enterprise Institute presents its annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award to accomplished alumni or friends of the College who have distinguished themselves in their respective professions. The Student Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur awards will also be presented

For more information, contact Professor David Miller ’61 at ext. 2037.


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