January 9, 2019

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Drawings and bird sculptures of Mercer, Pa. artists to go on display at Thiel College

Drawings and bird sculptures of Mercer, Pa. artists to go on display at Thiel College

The work of Mercer, Pa. pastel and drawing artist Bill Simon and sculpturist Nancy Connelly will be on display at Thiel College’s Weyers-Sampson Gallery from January 17 to February 17.

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Thiel College Psychology Professor wins conference award for classroom and quiz research

Thiel College Psychology Professor wins conference award for classroom and quiz research

Thiel College Assistant Professor of Psychology Kristel M. Gallagher, Ph.D., earned national recognition recently for her classroom-based research.

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Author and subject of Broadway musical to discuss his 9/11 book at Thiel College

Author and subject of Broadway musical to discuss his 9/11 book at Thiel College

“Channel of Peace” author Kevin Tuerff, who has been portrayed on Broadway, written a book about his experiences being stranded following the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. and created a pay-it-forward endeavor that encourages people to do good deeds for strangers on the anniversary of the attacks, will speak at Thiel College at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in Bly Hall of the Academic Center.

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Mini-retreat focuses on student success, upcoming USDA news

Faculty and staff members gathered Tuesday morning to hear updates from around campus and to discuss ideas focused on student success at Thiel College. Vice President for Enrollment Management Ashley Josay Zullo said she is “cautiously optimistic” about the enrollment figures for the Class of 2023. Executive Director of Communication and Marketing Richard Orr updated the community on branding and identity resources available for the campus community, which included an updated style guide (that information can be found in the Special Notes section). Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., discussed the progress being made for the College’s upcoming master’s degree in speech pathology and physician’s assistant master’s program.

Senior Vice President for Finance Bob Schmoll also provided drawings and figures for the USDA loan program the College expects to be approved for this spring. The package could mean as much as $27 million that would be used for upgrades to the Academic Center, Langenheim Memorial Library, The Science Center and a new wellness center. 

Following those presentations, round table discussions were held and shared with the entire group about what makes a good Thiel College student as well as things the College does well to enable student success and areas the College could focus on to improve student outcomes.

Student News

Students, alumni connect in pilot networking seminar

On Jan. 7-8, 14 students returned to campus early for a pilot two-day mini-seminar focused on professional development. Under the auspices of the Alumni Career Engagement Center, the “J-TERM Seminar” offered students a chance to complete their Leadership Practicum while experiencing an off-site etiquette dinner, several hours of learning with alumni mentors, and a networking reception as well as multiple mini-workshops on developing their professional stories, their resumes, and their LinkedIn profiles.

Alumni Mentors included Don Achenbach ’77, John Hauser ’71, Kathleen Patrick ’79, Bob Phillips ’08, Joe Pouliot ’17, Walter Rosado ’07, Damen Taylor ’95 and Eric Zgodzinski ’91. ACE Fellows Andrew Giesey ’20, Tim Jackson ’19 and Jess Peters ’21 assisted.

Participants were largely first- and second-year students. They were Willie Beverly ’22 (business), Jackie Galford ’21 (biology), Kaylee Guy ’22 (biology), Alyssa Jordon ’22 (environmental science), Mark Kopinski ’20 (biology), Teddy Kunkel ’22 (general studies), Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21 (business), Shyloh McTighe ’22 (biology), Zeth Palmer ’22 (biology), Nikki Pereksta ’22 (chemistry), Annie Pirkle ’22 (criminal justice studies), Hannah Uschock ’22 (political science), Samantha Walker ’21 (English) and Jake Zylka ’22 (business).

Student teachers prepare for semester in area schools

Thiel College education majors were prepped Wednesday morning for their upcoming semester as student-teachers in area classrooms. Pictured first row, R-L: Alyssa Wilburn ’19  (Thiel College Pre-K Counts), Megan Lee ’19 (Sharpsville Elementary, fourth and sixth grades), Annika Schul ’19 (Hermitage, fourth grade), Isabella Bungo ’19 (Greenville, 11th, 10th and seventh grades); second row: Jessica Kelley ’19 (Greenville, second and third grades), Macy Jordan ’19 (Hermitage, fourth and fifth grades), Jessica Vormelker ’19 (Greenville, fifth, sixth and second grades), Madison Fullmer ’19  (Greenville, second grade); third row: Nicholas Watson ’19 (Greenville, fourth grade); Justin Walter ’19 (Sharpsville, fourth and sixth grades), Peyton Allen ’19 (Hermitage, fourth and fifth grades), Colton McWright (Hermitage, fourth and second grades). 

New student orientations held prior to start of semester

Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Anthony E. Jones met with international students Tuesday before the start of the semester to discuss the resources available to help international students connect to the Thiel College community and succeed.


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).

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Jan. 16, 2019. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Jan. 14 to be published in that week’s edition.

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Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Alecia Singleton, housekeeper

and says farewell to ...

  • Chris Cianci ’96, director of student health services

Office of Communications and Marketing Essentials

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.


Common Hour: Study Abroad/Away
Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, HMSC

Thiel students will share about their experiences studying abroad or away.

For more information, contact Cynthia Sutton, Ph.D., at ext. 2084.

Outdoor Recreation Club Sled Riding
Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Behind the Haer Family Science and Arts Connector

The Outdoor Recreation Club hosts its first sled riding event on the hillside behind the Haer Family Science Connector near the football field. Hot chocolate will be provided inside the science connector and a bonfire will be available outside to warm up. Some sleds will be provided or you may bring your own.

For more information, contact Brent Henderson ’19.

Twilight Tour Experience
Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 6–7:30 pm

Personalized campus tour experiences are designed to fit the schedule of busy prospective students and their family. High school students will meet with a Thiel College admissions representative and learn more about Thiel’s academic programs. 

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

West Middlesex Visit Day
Thursday, Jan. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Thiel College Campus

Students from West Middlesex High School come to campus for a tour, presentation and lunch to learn more about the College and our program.

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

Common Hour: Channel of Peace Interfaith Program
Thursday, Jan. 17 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Bly Hall, Academic Center

Channel of Peace author Kevin Tuerff shares his story about being stranded with others on his plane in Gander, Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001 when his plane was grounded. The remarkable encounters with others in Gander along with people of varying faith backgrounds inspired him greatly.

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

Art Gallery Exhibit
Thursday, Jan. 17 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Weyers-Sampson Gallery

Opening reception and lecture.

For more information, contact Sean McConnor.

Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony
Friday, Jan. 18 from 4–4:30 pm
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

The Alpha Chi academic honorary society inducts its new members. A dinner for the inductees and families will be held following the ceremony in the Sawhill Georgian Room, HMSC.

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Visit Day
Monday, Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thiel College campus

High school students are invited to celebrate a day of intercultural cooperation and inclusion.

For more information, contact Nancy Reiser at ext. 2345

Inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Award Ceremony
Monday, Jan. 21 from 4–6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. The theme is “The Celebration of Mindfulness, Love, and Kindness.” Pastor Jayne Thompson, Brianna Gibbs ’19 and Ronnell Hunt ’15 will be recognized during the dinner and keynote speaker and author Dr. T. Leon Williams will deliver an inspirational message.

The event is free, and all students and faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend. Dinner will be served. Spots are limited, and attendees must RSVP.

RSVP online. For more information, contact Anthony E. Jones at ext. 2193

Interfaith Martin Luther King, Jr. All–Campus Service
Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

An all-campus commemoration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students will assist in leading the prayers and music. Author Dr. T. Leon Williams will be the special guest and speaker.

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

Community Events

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.

St. Paul’s Job Fair
The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s
Thursday, Jan. 10 10–11 a.m. and 3–4 p.m.

St. Paul’s Without Walls home-based services is hosting a job fair for people interested in becoming care partners and companions.

For more information, call 724-589-4740.

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