November 7, 2018

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Doctor to lead discussion of opiates and end-of-life care for medical ethics talk at Thiel College

Doctor to lead discussion of opiates and end-of-life care for medical ethics talk at Thiel College

Robert Arnold, M.D., a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences will speak at the annual Community Medical Ethics Project’s fall conference at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at Thiel College about opiates and ethical issues in palliative care.

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Student, alumni and former Thiel College Trustee honored as top entrepreneurs

Student, alumni and former Thiel College Trustee honored as top entrepreneurs

A former member of the Board of Trustees, two alumni and a student were honored Wednesday night as top entrepreneurs in the region by Thiel College’s Haller Enterprise Institute.

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Strategic management students present plan to College

Students in the strategic management class of Professor Angelo Giannini made a presentation on Oct. 31 to Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Business and Finance Bob Schmoll and Professors of Business Administration and Accounting Gary Witosky ’79 and Melissa Oakes ’03 regarding the students’ strategic plan for the College. The students’ class project called for them to act as consultants for the College. First, the students identified the five most pressing issues for Thiel and then developed one-year and three-year strategic plans. As part of the plan, the students were to state why they selected the five problems/issues, and how their plan would lead Thiel in a new direction.

The five students presenting the plan were Madalyn Harding ’19, Terri Eddy ’19, Brianna Gibbs ’19, Corrine Hankin ’19, and Brittany Jackson ’19. Their plan covered food options, technology, community, housing and maintenance issues, and the Thiel experience. A question and answer period followed with Dr. Traverso getting additional input from students.

Breakfast, displays, rededication mark Veterans Day recognition events

Thiel College is hosting several events on campus in recognition of Veterans Day. Students and employees with military affiliations will have a breakfast to raise awareness for Thiel College community members who have served or are serving in the armed forces at 7 a.m. Monday in the Learning Commons Classroom in Langenheim Memorial Library. The College will also formally announce the opening of the Veterans Study Lounge on the second floor of the Langenheim Memorial Library and introduce Thiel College’s Veterans Liaison Mike Mason.

Documents, some dating back to World War I, from the Thiel Archives and other various military items will be on display at Langenheim Memorial Library throughout the day. Also, a poster display will be on exhibit chronicling Thiel College, students, alumni and employees with military service histories. Professor of History David Buck, Ph.D., and his student researchers have been collecting names for the database, which has grown to more than 500 names. Thiel College community members with information about students, alumni and employees with military connections should contact Buck.

To recognize the 100th anniversary of the sundial on campus that was dedicated to armed forces members who perished during World War I, members of the Thiel College will gather to rededicate the landmark at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the sundial court near Roth Hall.

For more information, contact Mason at ext. 2058.

Thiel College Heart Walk team raises $500

Members of the Thiel Heart Walk team raised $500 for the American Heart Association by participating in the Heart Walk on Oct. 11 at Buhl Park.

Nowinski speaks as part of #MeToo panel

Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of the Gender Studies Minor Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., spoke at a panel discussion on the #MeToo movement at Grove City College on Oct. 11. The panel was hosted by the Grove City College Democrats. Other speakers included Lisa Boeving-Learned, a former police sergeant and with experience in sexual assault investigations and candidate for PA State Representative in District 8, and Paige Smith, a survivor and advocate for victims of sexual assault.

Panelists addressed the barriers to reporting sexual harassment and assault and media coverage of high profile cases. The panel and audience also discussed ways to prevent harassment and abuse on campus, in the workplace and other areas of our lives.

Student News

Neuroscience students working with Greenville elementary students

Pictured (L-R) are Isaiah Burgos ’22, Jamin Wentling ’22, Lucas Basko ’19, Maya Ramautar ’22, Oaklund Smith ’22 and Victoria Young ’22.

Over the past two weeks, Thiel students have been developing their own presentational skills as they teach neuroanatomy to third-graders at Greenville Elementary.  The students from NSCI 101: The College Brain first created models of human brains to develop their own knowledge of neuroanatomy. They then used those models to teach the third-graders the names and functions of six brain structures. The following week, the students returned with a lesson using sheep brains to reinforce the information.  Over the next month, the elementary students will build his/her own brain models in their science technology engineering arts and math class.

A joint show of the creations will be held at Weyers-Sampson Gallery in early December.

Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society conducts induction

Pictured (L–R): front row: Mariel Hanely ’20, Elizabeth Grasso ’19, and Corrine Hankin ’19; back row: Brianna Gibbs ’19, Phillip Brewer ’19, Zechariah Dubel ’20, Jacob Morgan ’19, Zachary Sumner ’19 and David Pugh ’19.

The Gamma Sigma Chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society held its fall induction ceremony Oct. 29. Dubel and Sumner were inducted. During this ceremony, jewel pin upgrades were awarded to members who earned a spring semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher and included Grasso, Hanely, Hankin and Morgan. Michel Duncan ’19, Megan Lee ’19, Vincent Mion ’19 and Justin Walter ’19 also earned jewel pin upgrades but were not in attendance.

Honorary members Adjunct Professor of English and Academic Coach Nancy Katz and former Thiel College Adjunct Professor of Sociology Donna Barton also participated in the ceremony. Director of The Learning Commons Diane Donnelly Eakin is Chi Alpha Epsilon’s advisor.

Special Notes

New email signatures available

A Dropbox folder has been set up with instructions and the materials necessary to create new email signatures. Employees can find other Thiel College-branded resources including letterhead, logos and PowerPoint slides in the same folder.

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.

For more information, email the office.


Twilight Tour Experience
Today from 6–7:30 pm
Thiel College Campus

Can't make it to campus during the day? No problem! Join us in the evening for a personalized campus tour experience designed to fit your schedule. Meet with a Thiel College admissions representative and discover the academic program that's right for you. Bring your transcripts with you to learn about scholarships and financial aid opportunities.

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

Dress for Success
Today at 9:30 pm
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The Organization of Black Collegiates is hosting an event to give students clothing tips for professional appearance in the workplace and for interviews.

For more information, contact the Trevon Wilmer ’21.

Common Hour: Thiel Forum
Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The Executive Director of the Greenville Neuromodulation Center Ben Beck ’10 presents about the Microfabrication Lab.

For more information, contact Christine Ference at ext. 2052. 

Library Awards
Thursday from 4–6 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The 10th annual Library Research Awards & The Professor Evelyn C. Baer Exemplary Writing Awards ceremony will recognize students for outstanding writing. The winners will present their papers or projects.

For more information, contact Tressa Snyder at ext. 2063

Thiel Players production: The Christians
Nov. 9–11
William A. Robinson Theater

The Thiel Players present “The Christians” by Lucas Hnath. The production examines faith in America. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Performances are free and open to the public but due to limited seating, reservations should be made.

For more information, contact Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., at ext. 2029.

Veterans Day Campus Preview
Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thiel College Campus

Prospective students can tour campus on Veterans Day.

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

Math and Computer Science Movie Night
Nov. 12 from 8–10 p.m.
Bly Hall, Academic Center

Join the Math and Computer Science Department for the viewing of the movie "The Imitation Game" and a talk about the life of Alan Turing.

For more information, contact Russ Richins, Ph.D., at ext. 2025.

Internship Orientation
Nov. 13 from 11:05–11:30 a.m.
Langenheim Memorial Library

First-time student interns must attend an internship workshop/orientation to prepare for a fall or spring internship.

For more information, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372

Tuesday Chapel
Nov. 13 from 11:15–11:45 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Professor of Religion Dan Eppley, Ph.D., will speak as part of the Chapel talk series. The first Tuesday of each month is set aside for a brief Now the Feast and Celebration Holy Communion service. All other services are a simple time of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and an inspiring message. All are welcome!

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

Dietrich Honors Institute Symposium
Nov. 13 from 6:30–9 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Students in Thiel College’s Dietrich Honors Institute are invited to this biweekly event encouraging intermingling between students from different DHI classes.

 For more information, contact Kyle Marini ’17 at ext. 2015.


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).

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