January 16, 2019

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Thiel physics professor chosen for conference on student engagement with vocation

Thiel physics professor chosen for conference on student engagement with vocation

Thiel College Assistant Professor of Physics Eugene Torigoe, Ph.D., has been selected to participate in the 2019 NetVUE summer conference, “Broadening the Scope of Vocational Exploration.”

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Inaugural awards dinner to recognize members of the Thiel community

The inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner that will honor members of the Thiel College community who embody the ideals of the civil rights leader. The event begins at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

The event’s theme is “The Celebration of Mindfulness, Love and Kindness.” Students, faculty and staff members, alumni and community members were eligible for the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Thiel College Community Service Awards. In addition to honoring members of the Thiel College community, author, ordained minister, educator and motivational speaker Dr. T. Leon Williams will be the keynote presenter. Williams wrote the books “The First-Year College Experience Handbook Strategies for Academic Success and Character Developments,” “Mentoring College Men to Lead the Next Generation of Young Scholars: The Blueprint for Developing Men of Character,” and “The View from the Mountaintop.”

Thiel student community service award winner is Brianna Gibbs ’19. The Faculty/Staff award will go to Pastor Jayne Thompson; and the Alumni/Community award will be given to Ronnell Hunt ’15.

  • Gibbs, of Farrell, Pa., is a 2015 graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School. She is a finance major. She is active in the Organization of Black Collegians and works in the Office of Admission as an ambassador to current and prospective students, parents, staff, alumni, and friends. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
  • Thompson has been the campus pastor since 2014. Performance poet, LGBTQ activist, film producer, and founder of the “Artists Inn Detroit” Natasha T. Miller has performed at Thiel during Thompson’s tenure and she has led the College’s interfaith series that brought Muslim, Christian and Buddhist leaders to campus to discuss religious understanding and tolerance.
  • Hunt graduated from Thiel in 2015. He is a New Castle native and graduated from Union High School in 2011. He has been an active supporter of the College and is studying for a Master’s in Divinity. He spoke at last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. events on campus and is a television reporter for WBOY in Clarksburg, W.Va.

“These awards honor positive role models in our Thiel community but also in the greater community that extends far off campus,” Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Anthony Jones said. “Whether it’s as a student championing diversity on campus, or as a staff member that has brought multifaceted viewpoints to campus to speak to our community or as alumnus who spreads the message of the open and inclusive community they found in their time at Thiel, each of these winners represents an important piece of Dr. King’s philosophy. We are proud of these winners and congratulate each of them for their past accomplishments and look forward with great optimism to the ways they will continue to spread the message of mindfulness, kindness and love.”

The event is free and open to the entire Thiel College community, but attendees must RSVP.

Rich Parker ’82 presentation launches this year’s Ruth Miller seminar

Rich Parker ’82 offered many lessons to the first Ruth Miller Senior Business Seminar on Jan. 9. He talked about the difficulties he had finding his footing at Thiel College and the professional hurdles he overcame after graduating. Students were grateful for his message and absorbed many lessons from his talk.

“Work hard: If you keep pushing and make goals for yourself you can do whatever in life you desire. Ask for the job: At the end of every interview, you should ask for the job. Find the job you love: Mr. Parker told us to never settle if it is not what you want.”—Brianna Gibbs ’19

“All-in-all, I really enjoyed Rich’s story and greatly appreciated it. There were a lot of things that I could relate to from his story especially that I am an athlete and so was Rich. There were many beneficial things I was able to take away from his story and I am very glad I had the opportunity to hear it.”—Nick Fowkes ’19

“For our dinner, we learned proper etiquette to use in a business setting. This was a great time that I spent networking and eating with wonderful individuals. Now that I know how to act, what to order and conversation points. I believe that I am better prepared for a real-life situation.”—Diana Sileshi ’19

“Follow your passion—the rest will follow. If you don’t like your current job, look for other opportunities within the company. Ask for the job at the end of an interview. Accept help – it can be the difference between success and failure.”—Terri Eddy ’19

“Rich began by telling his recruitment by football coaches to various Division 3 football programs. The reason he chose Thiel was because Thiel had the only coach that told Rich ‘I will teach you how to play the position. I will give you all the tools you need to be the best player you can be. It’s up to you if you want to start.’ Rich became a successful football player during his time a Thiel.”—Joshua Zinsmeister ’19

The Phoenix accepting submissions for spring publication

Thiel College’s creative journal, The Phoenix, is accepting submissions for the spring edition. All artistic submissions will be considered for the front cover contest and the best poem will be featured on the back cover. Both contests will be judged by The Phoenix editorial board.

Submissions are open to faculty, staff and alumni. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 18.

Submission requirements include:

  • Poetry - no more than 10 pages or 15 poems
  • Fiction - no more than 7 single-spaced pages
  • Artwork - no more than 5 black-and-white pieces
  • Photography - no more than 15 black-and-white pictures

The Phoenix is edited and published by Sigma Tau Delta and the Creative Writing: Poetry class.

For more information or to make a submission, contact advisor Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D. 

Student News

Alpha Chi inducting 11 new members

The Alpha Chi national honor society will induct its new members at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel.

Angela Campbell ’19Matthew Crawford ’20Elizabeth Grasso ’19Mariel Hanely ’19Nancy Hritz ’19, Brittany Jackson ’19Kristyn Kinner ’19Grant Milne ’19Olivia Stone ’20, Xin (Eunice) Tan ’19 and Justin Walter ’19 will be inducted.

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society is an American collegiate honor society recognizing achievements in general scholarship. It has about 300 chapters throughout the United States.

Any students interested in being a peer tutor this semester and missed the first two training sessions can attend a session at noon Tuesday, Jan. 29.

TLC to host another training session for peer tutors

Peer tutoring is for Thiel College students who enjoy helping other Thiel students, have an aptitude in specific subjects and/or courses or who would like work experience to put on their resume.

A one-hour training session for new tutors is mandatory and will be conducted by The Learning Commons staff in the TLC classroom, located on the first floor of the Langenheim Memorial Library at noon Tuesday, Jan. 29.

For more information, contact Barb Samson at ext. 2077. 

Students who would like to be a tutor but cannot attend the training session should contact Samson.


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. 23, 2019. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Jan. 21 to be published in that week’s edition.

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Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Christopher Baughman, electrician
  • James Cessna, assistant football coach
  • Scott Morgan, plumber

and says farewell to ...

  • Matt Arshinkoff, assistant football coach

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.


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.

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.

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.

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