December 5, 2018

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Thiel College invites community to celebrate Winter Fest at Rissell-Schreyer Dome

Thiel College invites community to celebrate Winter Fest at Rissell-Schreyer Dome

Thiel College will celebrate its ninth annual community festival, Winter Fest, in the Rissell-Schreyer Dome from 4:30–8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

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Thiel College trustee and wife set up $25,000 match challenge to celebrate 50th anniversary of walk

Thiel College trustee and wife set up $25,000 match challenge to celebrate 50th anniversary of walk

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Phi Theta Phi’s 100-mile walk from Thiel College to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, alumnus and Thiel College trustee Carl A. Hoffman Jr., D.O. ’69, H’10, and his wife, Theresa H’16, have announced their company, PrimeCare Medical, Inc., have established a $25,000 match challenge for this year’s event.

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A kick-off breakfast including Phi Theta Phi members and alumni, as well as faculty, staff and community members is at 9 a.m. Friday in the TC Café.

RSVP Friday for the Thiel employee Christmas Luncheon

The Employee Christmas Luncheon is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. Employees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to The Good Shepherd of Greenville.

Intercampus an RSVP or email Amy Taczanowsky by Friday, Dec. 7.

Greenville Kiwanis selling discount dining cards

Mario Marini ’91 is selling the 2019 Kiwanis Club of Greenville Dining Card. The card costs $25. The card is worth $700 in discounts and is accepted at 45 restaurants in the region.  

For more information, contact Mario Marini ’91 at ext. 2022.

Black, Miller ask colleagues to consider adding United Way to charitable giving

Employees are asked to consider donating to the Hermitage chapter of the United Way. Campus campaign coordinators Martin Black, David Miller ’61 and Morgan Steiner ’16 are striving to top last year’s Thiel College employee United Way participation rate of 16 percent. The United Way has given internships to several Thiel students. Also, Instructional Technology Specialist and A/V Coordinator Joe Pouliot ’17 won a cash award for a promotional video he made for the United Way.

Employees should have recently received a pledge form in their mailbox. Complete and return it to Kim Braden ’01 in Human Resources. The deadline is Dec. 15.

Photo highlights from the Christmas Festival

The Thiel College Department of Music and Theatre collaborated with Campbell Memorial High School Singers for its 66th Annual Thiel Christmas Festival Concert on Sunday, Dec. 2 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center. The concert featured four pieces including the Vivaldi ‘Gloria’ and the full presentation of the Rutter ‘Gloria,’ a Pentatonix style version of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful,’ and a version of  ‘Silent Night.’ The Thiel Wind Ensemble presented two seasonal selections and the Thiel Choir was joined by guest choir Campbell Memorial High School Singers on two selections.

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Student News

HPI hears from alumni on issues from head to toe

This month students in HPI 303: Professional Development met with two Thiel College alumni. Dentist Barry Foster, D.D.M ’86, owner of Egypt Road Dental Associates in Eagleville Pa., discussed his experiences as a dentist, small business owner and mentor of a future dentist.

 “I learned a lot about the field of dentistry from Dr. Foster. He also taught us a lot about private practice. He explained how he became a dentist and eventually owned his own practice.”—Lexxie Helbig ’20

“The biggest lesson I seemed to take away from the presentation is one that originally stemmed from the conversation at dinner. Dr. Foster mentioned how dentistry was never really on his radar until it was brought up in conversation by one of his coaches. And the lesson I took away from this is that you never really know for sure where your life’s events will take you and where your final position will be.”—Dante Vaniel ’21

The following week they were joined by Shawniece Boss, D.P.M. ’12, a podiatry resident at New York–Presbyterian/Queens. 

“Dr. Boss said a lot of things that really stuck with me. She talked about keeping your mind open and following your dreams.”—Sydney Turner ’21

“I was even more impressed with her during her presentation.  She can really command a room and give a great presentation.  That is something that I am working on personally.  She was so funny when she brought up the fact that she has an intimidating name and she is a little tiny person with a high voice.  She had a good point, which was to let the knowledge speak for itself, then that will make up for the first impression.”—Maggie Nee ’20

Student group launches inaugural book drive

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association presents its inaugural book drive. Donate a new or gently used book for Pre-K to 6th-grade children. Books will go to low-income families for Christmas and a non-profit organization called Little Free Library. Donation boxes are in the AC faculty lounge, Langenheim Memorial Library and in the Haer Family Science and Arts Connector. Books are gathered up at the end of each day until the semester is over.

Read more about the book drive.

Research Symposium highlights student research work

The Student Research Symposium Saturday at the James Pedas Communication Center combined student research presentations from across campus including Dietrich Honors Institute members and students in the Statistics for the Social Sciences class of Assistant Professor of Psychology Kristel Gallagher, Ph.D., Gallagher's students displayed posters of their original research they performed based on secondary analysis of a large, national public dataset. They have done research examining various aspects of adolescent mental and physical health (e.g., suicide, drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, etc.).

Student to lead session about Pakistan

Farah Bano ’22 will discuss the culture of Pakistan at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in Stamm Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center. Attendees will learn about the food, dress, tourist places, dance of Pakistan.


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

Note of Appreciation

 “I would like to thank the entire Thiel College community for your kindness, support and generosity as my family deals with the death of my mother. I sincerely appreciated the care friends and colleagues have shown through this difficult time.”—Roberta Leonard

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Tammy Lumley, housekeeper

Office of Communications and Marketing Notes

Email signatures, brand resources, job request form all available online

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.


Advent Evening Prayer
Today from 7–8 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Advent Evening Prayer is a simple and beautiful worship experience of readings, hymns and candle-lighting. It is an opportunity to gather, take a break and usher in the holy mystery of this season. All are welcome.

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

Spanish Club Call Out
Today from 4–5 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, HMSC

The Spanish Club is holding its first meeting. Officers will be elected, and the organization’s constitution will be written.

For more information, contact Kyle Marini ’17.

Student Christmas Dinner
Today from 4–6:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

A special Christmas dinner for students to celebrate the holiday season and the closing of the semester.

For more information, contact Amy Taczanowsky at ext. 2155.

Collateral Beauty Student Forum
Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Collateral Beauty is a newly created branch of the Student Government Association that exists to serve the student body. The organization’s executive board comprises 16 class officers, who collectively cultivate advocacy to expand diversity, civility and discourse at Thiel College. This new intermediary unit is an outlet for the student body’s perspectives, issues and struggles. While generating student feedback, Collateral Beauty will coordinate an atmosphere for discourse, idea exchange and solution generation. The organization will host two student forums a semester, offer selected documentary and movie showings, provide the student body with empowering content and develop awareness of campus resources.

For more information, contact Jake Morgan ’19.

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

Pastor Jayne Thompson will speak as part of a special Thursday edition of the Tuesday 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.

Pedas Presents: ‘Elf’
Thursday at 7 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The Pedas Fellows and Student Activities invites students to celebrate the Christmas season by watching the movie “Elf!” Did you know that the movie is 15 years old? This event is sponsored by the James Pedas Communication Center and is hosted by the Pedas Fellows.

For more information, contact JoElla Neal ’21.

Winter Fest
Friday from 4:30–8 p.m.
Rissell-Schreyer Dome

The Dome opening is celebrated as part of Winter Fest which features food, music, inflatables, custom novelties and more! Free entry for community members: food and select activities will be ticketed.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Organization of Black Collegians Snowball Formal
Saturday from 7–10 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Join the members of OBC to celebrate the winter season with the Snowball Formal.

For more information, contact Timothy Jackson ’19.

Final Day of Classes
Monday, Dec. 10

Final day of classes for the fall 2018 semester. Finals begin Wednesday, Dec. 12.

For more information, contact Denise Urey ’00 at ext. 2009.

Late Night Breakfast
Monday, Dec. 10 from 9–11 p.m.
TC Café Howard Miller Student Center

Staff and faculty prepare a late night breakfast on the last day of classes.

For more information, contact Bob Phillips ’08 at ext. 2011.

Final Exams
Wednesday, Dec. 12 to Saturday, Dec. 15

Final exams begin at 8 a.m.

For more information, contact Denise Urey ’00 at ext. 2009.

Twilight Tour Experience
Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 6–7:30 pm

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.

Christmas Potluck Party
Tuesday, Dec. 18 at noon
Langenheim Memorial Library

Employees are invited to a Christmas potluck. Bring a food dish to share. Tables will be set up in the library.

For more information, contact Allen Morrill at ext. 2124 or Tressa Snyder at ext. 2119.

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