November 14, 2018

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International piano virtuoso performing free concert at Thiel College’s Con Spirito series

International piano virtuoso performing free concert at Thiel College’s Con Spirito series

Alexander Gavrylyuk, a virtuosic pianist and Steinway artist, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Thiel College’s David Johnson Memorial Chapel as part of the College’s Con Spirito Chamber Music Series.

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Dome raising starts Wednesday afternoon

Students, faculty and staff came together to raise the Rissell-Schreyer Dome on Wednesday afternoon. Winter Fest kicks off dome season at Thiel College with a celebration with food, music, games and inflatables on Dec. 7.

Sundial rededicated as part of Veterans Day at Thiel College

Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors participated in the rededication of the sundial near Roth Hall in recognition of Veterans Day on Monday. The sundial was originally dedicated 100 years ago to mark the passing of Thiel soldiers who perished during World War I.

Other events Monday included

  • a veterans recognition breakfast
  • archival document and memorabilia display
  • the military veterans at Thiel College at documentation project
  • introduction of Veterans Liaison Mike Mason; and
  • the opening of the Veterans Study Lounge in Langenheim Memorial Library.

Professor of History David Buck, Ph.D., and his student researchers have been collecting names of people affiliated with Thiel College who also have military service records. The database has grown to more than 500 names. Anyone with information about military service members who were students at Thiel can contact Buck.

Vice President for Business and Finance talks about loan plans

Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Bob Schmoll discussed how Thiel College might use loan funds that could come through a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan at Tuesday’s Thiel News Time.

Student News

Lambda Sigma gets new sign to mark commitment

Lambda Sigma, the honorary society for sophomore students, has been cleaning up a two-mile stretch of road just north of campus on Route 58 since 2009. The group does one clean up each semester. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently posted a sign acknowledging Lambda Sigma’s work.

Alumnus discusses his postgraduate experiences

Pictured front (L-R) Breanna Mesich ’20Tenzin Kunkhyen, Ph.D. ’07 and Lexxie Helbig ’20; back Danté Vaniel ’21, Matthew Hess ’20, Jensen Bucci ’20, D’ondre Merren ’21.

Students in the Health Professions Institute seminar class met with Tenzin Kunkhyen, Ph.D. ’07, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Neurobiology. Kunkhyen discussed the value of a liberal arts education and commented how the information he learned as part of his core curriculum provided him with a life-long love of classical music and an appreciation for western culture and art. 

 “Dr. Kunkhyen taught us how to set ourselves apart in our applications for graduate school [through] undergraduate research, an important aspect of an application.”–Lexxie Helbig ’20

“I noticed a common theme in these lectures, which is that graduate school will be a lot of work and require dedication. There will be times it will be tumultuous, but persistence is the key to success.”–Maggie Nee ’20

“His main lesson being that life may not always go the way you want it to… but that we must embrace it.”–Sydney Turner ’21

Lee, Brewer named TLC winners

Phil Brewer ’19, a religion major and equine studies minor, and Megan Lee ’19, an early childhood and special education major, were named the Thiel Learning Commons Extraordinary Effort award winners for November.

Brewer, of Dorset, Ohio, is a 2014 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School.

Lee, of Venetia, Pa., is a 2015 graduate of Peters Township High School.


Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Robert Lanshcak, police officer
  • Amanda Sharples, housekeeper

Note of gratitude

“Words cannot properly convey my heartfelt gratitude to you for the outpouring of love and kindness extended to my family with the loss of my daughter, Jennifer ’05. The expressions of sympathy, condolences and so many generous contributions to my granddaughters’, Arianna and Alexandra, future college funds has given me and my family much comfort during this most difficult time. My family and I thank you for everything you have extended us. Much love and peace to you all.”

Denise Urey ’00 and family

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.

Events

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

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 about opiates and ethical issues in palliative care.“Ethical Issues in Palliative Care: It’s Not About the Opiates.”

For more information, contact Matt Morgan, Ph.D., at ext. 2030.

Kids & Chemistry Program
Sunday from 1:45–4 p.m.
Academic Center

The Thiel College Student Affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society is hosting its annual “Kids & Chemistry” program. The fun-filled afternoon of demonstrations and hands-on activities is free and open to any elementary students in grades 4-6.

For more information, contact Kathy Frantz, Ph.D., at ext. 2113.

Tuesday Chapel
Nov. 20 from 11:15–11:45 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Associate Academic Dean for Student Success Greg Butcher, 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.

Thanksgiving Recess
Nov. 21–25
Thiel College Campus

No classes held during Thanksgiving Recess.

Sunday, Nov. 25

  • Residence halls open at noon
  • Dining Hall open from 4:30–6 p.m.
  • Rotunda Bistro opens at 6 p.m.

Classes resume Monday, Nov. 26 at 8 a.m.

Tuesday Chapel
Nov. 27 from 11:15–11:45 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Director of Langenheim Memorial Library Allen Morrill speaks as part of our 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. 27 6:30–9 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Students in Thiel College&rsqo;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.

Con Spirito Concert: Alexander Gavrylyuk
Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Alexander Gavrylyuk, a virtuosic pianist and Steinway artist, will perform a free concert as part of the College’s Con Spirito Chamber Music Series.

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

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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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