January 23, 2019

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Thiel Happenings

New and familiar faces added for upcoming Thiel College Board of Trustees meeting

New and familiar faces added for upcoming Thiel College Board of Trustees meeting

The Thiel College Board of Trustees first meeting of 2019 will bring together all its newest members. The board appointed three members in the last meeting of 2018 and will install a returning member to the board at its February meeting.

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Pitt chancellor emeritus Nordenberg named Thiel College Trustee Emeritus

Pitt chancellor emeritus Nordenberg named Thiel College Trustee Emeritus

Thiel College’s Board of Trustees conferred trustee emeritus status on former long-time member and chancellor emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh Mark A. Nordenberg, J.D. ’70, H’97. The Board of Trustees will meet for the first time in 2019 in early February.

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Author of “Jesus & Co.” Bruce Hartman to speak to students at Thiel College

Author of “Jesus & Co.” Bruce Hartman to speak to students at Thiel College

“Jesus & Co.” author Bruce Hartman will share the experiences that led him to write his book about leading an ethical life and Christian life in business with Thiel College students as part of the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar on January 23.

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Honors Convocation and Founders' Day headline upcoming events

Faculty and staff members will join students and their friends and family as well as community members will come together to celebrate academic excellence at Thiel College. Student academic achievement will highlight this year’s Academic Honors Convocation to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center. In addition to the special mention for the honor societies, the College will spotlight special academic accomplishments among the Greek organizations and athletic teams.

A light reception will follow in the Lutheran Heritage Room and Bistro Rotunda area of the Howard Miller Student Center.

On the day before the Academic Honors Convocation, the campus community will come together to recognize faculty and staff members for Founders’ Day. Faculty and staff honorees will be joined by state legislators Michele Brooks and Mark Longietti, who will each receive a Louis and Barbara Thiel Award at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

Bill King passes on insights to business students

President and Chief Executive Officer at Essential Research, Inc. C. William King was the guest speaker at the Jan. 16 Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar. He encouraged students to have four key items and to incorporate ideas from the  “Wizard of Oz” into their career search. 

“Bill King was the second speaker for our seminar class on January 16th, 2019. Mr. King presented many tips and guidelines to become the best possible applicant. His guerilla marketing power point provided crucial techniques to improve our post-graduation lives. He revealed many ways to advertise ourselves to be a stand out in a crowd of many.”—Paul Wotus ’19

 “He mentioned that if you are looking for a job straight out of college that you would want to focus more on the smaller companies rather than the larger ones. This is due to the fact that there are more jobs at smaller companies, and the larger companies will require more work experience. Younger workers are more flexible, and the expenses are lower.”—Alex Lam ’19

“Aside from teaching us about résumés and how to brand ourselves, there were other great tips to teach about marketing ourselves. He designated time for us to participate with one another in ‘elevator talk’ which is 1–2 minutes of someone’s simplistic introduction of their qualities, passions, and experiences. Elevator talk is used with someone who can benefit you.”—Camal Wagner ’19

“I also enjoyed his analogy comparing the ‘Wizard of Oz’ to real-life situations and the qualities you should have in life. There is always going to be the wizard trying to keep you from accomplishing your goals, but, in the end, you are in control of your own destiny.”—Devin McDononough ’19

“The most important and likely way that you will discover an interview opportunity is through networking. In order to do this, you must develop relationships with a variety of people who could help you obtain a job. The next important step is now that when you find a job you want to apply for you must prepare. A person will need a résumé, a cover letter, business cards, and a marketing plan. These are a job seekers’ best tools in order to be prepared for the application process.”—Ryan Ball ’19

“Bill told us the purpose of a résumé is to get contacted from the company, not tell our whole life story. Edit your résumé for every application and tailor the résumé to appeal to the specific company. Bill also gave us great information to solidify our LinkedIn profile.”—Zach Stiglitz ’19

Beat the Water Challenge, win a water bottle

The Thiel College Wellness Committee is sponsoring its annual February water challenge. The goal is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water during each day of February and mark their water consumption amount. At the end of the month, turn a sheet into the Student Life Office and qualifying participants will receive a new water bottle.

Student News

Thiel celebrates inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Awards dinner

Thiel College hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 21 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. The theme was "The Celebration of Mindfulness, Love, and Kindness".  
The dinner and award ceremony included a dramatic rendering of a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech by Dr. T. Leon Williams.

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Members of the Thiel College community who embodied the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr were recognized.

Student Award Winner: Brianna Gibbs ’19
Faculty/Staff Award Winner: Pastor Jayne Thompson
Alumni/Community Award Winner: Ronnell Hunt ’15


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

Office of Communications and Marketing Essentials

Email signatures, brand resources, job request form are 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: Art History Speaker
Thursday, Jan. 24 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Associate Professor of Art History Cindy Persinger, Ph.D., California University of Pennsylvania, will present will discuss “Why Pursuing a Socially Engaged Art History Matters.”

For more information, contact Ellen Lippert, Ph.D., at ext. 2094.

Graduation 101
Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Senior students are invited to the annual 100-day dinner that kicks off the countdown to graduation for the Class of 2019.

For more information, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372.

Sixth Annual High School Shakespeare Festival
Thursday, Jan. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
William A. Robinson Theater

A day-long celebration of the Bard's work serves as a forum for high school students to share their work with peers from across the region. The morning will be filled with performances, and the afternoon will consist of performance-based workshops. High schools will present their work between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the William A. Robinson Theater. This morning performance block is free and open to the public.

Audience members may come and go between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., but doors to the stage will only be opened during breaks between individual high school performances. Thiel College faculty and staff will serve as respondents for the high school productions and will distribute awards at the festival's conclusion.

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

Common Hour: Thiel Forum
Thursday, Jan. 31 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Join the Thiel College community as we discuss the upcoming Middle States Self-Study process. The process and timeline, the standards review process, and ways for members of our community to participate are on the agenda. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.

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

National Wear Red Day
Friday, Feb. 1
Thiel College Campus 

The Wellness Committee is asking employees to wear red on Friday, Feb. 1 to show their support for the American Heart Association and to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The Wellness Committee will then host the second annual employee soup/ chili cook-off on Feb. 19.  All proceeds from the cook-off will benefit the American Heart Association. 

Martin Black Going-Away Party
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

A farewell party for Associate Dean of the Career Development Center Martin Black will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

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.

Zumbathon Fundraiser
Sunday, Feb. 3 at noon
Beeghly Gymnasium

All proceeds will go to Ashlea Bottles and her family to help with expenses, as she goes through treatment for breast cancer. Cost is $10.

For more information, contact Tressa Snyder at ext. 2119.

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T-Notes is published weekly. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Jan. 30, 2019. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Jan. 28 to be published in that week’s edition.

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