February 6, 2019

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Elected officials join Thiel faculty and staff as honorees for annual Founders’ Day ceremony

Elected officials join Thiel faculty and staff as honorees for annual Founders’ Day ceremony

Two Pennsylvania legislators will join 10 Thiel College faculty and staff members as honorees for the College’s annual Founders’ Day celebration at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the College’s Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

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Fall 2018 Thiel College Dean’s List honorees announced

Fall 2018 Thiel College Dean’s List honorees announced

Thiel College announces 270 students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester.

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Frangakis, top students to be acknowledged during Friday’s Convocation

Academic Honors Convocation is at 7 p.m. Friday in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

First-year, sophomore, junior and senior students who are on the Dean’s List will be awarded certificates.

Reminder for all student recipients: that all awardees must be seated by 6:30 p.m. Late arrivals will not be formally recognized during the ceremony.  

All Alpha Chi students will be seated on the stage and will be honored by name and by awards in recognition of their academic achievement.

Also new this year is the announcement of fraternity and sorority honors. The female and male Greek houses with the highest combined overall GPA for the 2018-2019 academic year will be revealed and recognized.

Hermitage businessman John R. Frangakis will be awarded an honorary degree during the ceremony. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2008–2017 and will return to the board on Saturday, Feb. 9. Frangakis was the chairperson of the 2016 Presidential Search Committee.

Frangakis is chairman and chief executive officer of Reynolds Service Inc. and chief executive officer of Cross IT Services & Solutions, LLC. He was recognized as Thiel College’s Haller Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.

Campus experiences first closure in more than 20 years

Last week ’s Arctic blast led to the first cancellation of classes and closure of College offices in more than two decades. As a result, there was no Jan. 30 edition of T-Notes. Campus offices and classes were canceled on Jan. 30 and 31. Campus activity resumed on Feb. 1. Temperatures in the region were below zero with wind chills as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thiel to host public comment session for USDA program

At 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, Thiel College will hold a public meeting in Classroom 125 on the first floor of James Pedas Communication Center. The purpose of this meeting is to give the citizens of Greenville, Pa. and the surrounding community the opportunity to become acquainted with the proposed USDA financing to include the construction and renovation of the Academic Center, Rhodehouse Science Building, Langenheim Memorial Library and Wellness Center. Thiel College is applying for project financing through the USDA Community Facilities Program.

Attendees will be able to ask questions and comment about the project, general financing, and have any other general inquiry acknowledged.

For more information, contact Bob Schmoll at ext. 2102.

Golden Ladle up for grabs at second annual contest

Participants and tasters needed for the second annual Soup and Chili Cook-off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 in Weyers Lounge. Participants can sign up in the Student Life Office. Cost to taste is $5. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

To sign up or for more information, contact Jackie Kytchak at ext. 2125.

Student News

Author discusses business ethics with Miller Seminar attendees

Retired Shoe Sensation chief executive officer Mike Zawoysky ’79 and his former boss at Foot Locker, Inc. and author of “Jesus & Co.” Bruce Hartman discussed business ethics and connecting the lessons of the gospel with today’s business world.

“Dinner Summary: Food was good. (It) was an incredible experience to speak with Bruce and Mike, and I look forward to getting in contact with them as they planned. They are very knowledgeable of the business world and could help me to get started. So to talk with them and have them offer to help me in any way is truly incredible and I look forward to it very much.” – Justin Pearce ’19

“Dr. Bruce Hartman has been the CEO/CFO of many renowned companies some being Foot Locker, Yankee Candle and May’s (which is currently Macy’s). He earned the great honor of being recognized with the Fortune Top 500 CFOs. Dr. Hartman has always known what he wanted to become.” – Diana Sileshi ’19

“Bruce Hartman who kindly took his time out of his busy schedule to visit Thiel College, made sure the students received quality advice and tips. One great tip that hit me hard was figuring out what the employer wants. Some things that Bruce mentioned were being positive, being trustworthy, and wanting to learn. This is what I needed to hear on this Wednesday night!” – Paul Wotus ’19

“This week we had the privilege of listening to our guest speaker Bruce Hartman. We were given a book called “Jesus & Co.” that was actually written by him. The book is about connecting the lessons of the gospel with today’s business world. Bruce talked about some of his life stories along with some of his life experiences and how he included his faith in his everyday life.” – Nick Fowkes ’19

“Our speaker was introduced by Mike Zawoysky, his former colleague. During the introduction, Mike sang Bruce’s praises. He credited Bruce for bringing Foot Locker back from the brink of bankruptcy. However, as soon as Bruce took the podium, he immediately gave credit instead to those who worked for him which is a testament to his character. Bruce went on to tell us a story of how the company was able to borrow additional funds from the bank due to his honest answer to a question on the future of his company. While his answer did not seem like the best strategic business decision, he still told the truth.” – Terri Eddy ’19

“Mike Zawoysky is a Thiel College alumnus ’79, and (he) played basketball. Mike worked with Bruce throughout his career, he was his mentor after he left Thiel and entered into the workforce. Mike takes a lot of pride in business ethics and how he knew that in his career he practiced them through his faith. He was also a part of salvaging Foot Locker from bankruptcy in 2002. Mike and Bruce worked together on this project, and Foot Locker is still in business today.” – Cam Cianci ’19

Aguirre and Reitz earn extra effort award from TLC

Farook Aguirre ’19 and Joelle Reitz ’19 won the February Extraordinary Effort Award given by the Thiel Learning Commons.

Reitz, of DuBois, Pa., is a health systems and neuroscience major with a chemistry minor. She is a 2015 graduate of DuBois (Pa.) High School.

Aguirre, of Adventure, Fla., is a criminal justice major. He is a 2012 graduate of Freedom (Fla.) High School.


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 Feb. 13, 2019. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Feb. 11 to be published in that week’s edition.

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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.

Note of Thanks

“The brothers of Phi Theta Phi want to express their thanks to the campus community for its support for our 50th Anniversary Walk for Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. The final total is $55,884.72—a new record for us. We couldn’t have done it without the help of so many of you to meet—and exceed—the challenge issued by our brother and Trustee Carl Hoffman, D.O. ’69, H’10 and his wife, Theresa H’16.   

Special thanks to President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., for hosting the kick-off breakfast on Friday morning and to Vice President for College Advancement Roberta Leonard for her advice and support for both the Pittsburgh Light-Up Night fundraiser and the Walk. These two made a significant impact on us as a chapter and on the more than 75 alumni and friends who were involved in the Walk on Dec. 7–8.”

Vincent Mion ’19
2018 Walk Chair

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes...

  • Brian Riddle ’07, interim campus pastor
  • Matthew Schneider, assistant football coach

And says farewell to ...

  • Tabitha Beach, housekeeper
  • Martin Black, Associate Dean of Career Development
  • Jayne Thompson, campus pastor

Beat the Water Challenge going on

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.


Campus Events

Founders’ Day
Thursday from 9:30 a.m.–noon
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The College community celebrates the founding of Thiel College at the annual Founders’ Day ceremony. The Founders' Day breakfast reception is at 10 a.m. in the Bistro at 10:00 a.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 11 a.m.

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

Common Hour: Founders' Day Convocation
Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

As part of this event, Thiel College will award a special guest with the Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award. Faculty and staff will also be recognized.

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

Student Leaders and Trustees Reception
Thursday from 4–5 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room & Friends of Art Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Reception for student leaders and Board of Trustees members with a buffet-style meal and networking opportunity. The event is by invite only.

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

Twilight Tour Experience
Thursday 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.

Academic Honors Convocation
Friday from 7–9 pm
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

The College community will recognize the academic achievements of its students and award Hermitage businessman and incoming member of the Board of Trustees John Frangakis an honorary degree.

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

Tuesday Chapel
February 12 from 11:15 a.m.–noon
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Allen Morrill 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.

Common Hour: Thiel Forum
February 14 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stamm Hall, James Pedas Communications Center

Associate Professor of Biology Sarah Swerdlow, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Music & Theater and Department Chair Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., will present on the Rowley Endowment Fund.

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

Community Events

Greenville Rotary Rose Sale

Contact Allen Morrill or Bob Schmoll if you would like to purchase roses for Valentines Day.

The cost is $30 per dozen. Flowers are available in red, pink or yellow. They will be delivered to campus on Feb. 14.

Proceeds support the Greenville Rotary Club local projects

Order Deadline Date is Friday.

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