February 20, 2019

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Traditional dance, soul food and poetry highlight Black History Month events at Thiel College

Traditional dance, soul food and poetry highlight Black History Month events at Thiel College

Thiel College’s Organization of Black Collegiates, an inclusive organization to promote and raise cultural awareness around the campus, is hosting a series of events to recognize and celebrate Black History Month.

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Sociology professor to discuss community and crime at Thiel College presentation

Sociology professor to discuss community and crime at Thiel College presentation

Author and nationally-recognized sociologist Ruth Peterson, Ph.D., is the first speaker for Thiel College’s new criminal justice speaker series, which is being supported by alumnus Robert Crutchfield, Ph.D. ’71.

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Thiel’s online one-day fundraiser asking alumni and friends of the College to ‘Take the Plunge’

Thiel’s online one-day fundraiser asking alumni and friends of the College to ‘Take the Plunge’

Thiel College’s annual one-day giving campaign to benefit The Thiel Fund is Thursday, Feb. 21.

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French onion and prime rib soup wins second annual Golden Ladle

On Tuesday, February 19th Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Dennis Bish took home the Golden Ladle award at Thiel College's second annual chili cook-off. Bish was voted best of the 10 competitors with a prime rib French onion soup.

The contest raised $184 for the American Heart Association.

Student News

Damen Taylor’s four F’s are the foundation of his presentation

Finance and Accounting Manager for Three Rivers Adoption Council and Thiel alumnus Damen Taylor ’95 was the guest speaker for the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar on February 13, 2019. Taylor discussed the Four F’s—Focus, Faith, Family and Finish—and explained to the students the importance of learning from their mistakes and acknowledging when they don’t know the answers to life’s questions.

“Faith inspires us to have faith in God and ourselves to believe what we know. Family is incredibly important in our lives, they are often why we do what we do and are many times the helpful crutch that gets us through hard times. And the last F, Focus, is all about finishing what we start and refusing to give up. Damen gave us a clear blueprint of how to maintain a successful life by utilizing these methods. His words and motivations helped me to really appreciate what I have and aspire to work harder.” —Justin Pierce ’19

“When he talked about faith, he talked about the time when his professor at Thiel called him a talented bum. His professor said that he believed in Damen. That was the moment when things changed for him because he started to have faith in himself.” —Alex Lam ’19

“He talked about the four F’s and how important they are to have in your life. Focus, Faith, Family, and Finish were the four F’s. Focusing—Damen thought that we should have some sort of settled plan for when we graduate. Faith—because you have to have faith in yourself and believing in what you know. Family—keep those who are close to you in a circle and keep the negative people out. Finish—College is based on finishing what you have started and the degree is what separates you from others.” —Matt Hultquist ’19

“The four Fs are something that Damen Taylor lives by. This really made me evaluate what was important to me. Damen’s four Fs were Focus, Faith, Family, and Finish. Focus can be a huge component during a lifetime and professional career. Everyone has a plan. How you go through with that plan and what you do is important. For Mr. Taylor, football helped him show his focus. ‘Focus determines reality.’” —Paul Wotus ’19

“Damen also gave an insightful outlook as to why a college degree is important. He says the number reason employers will hire college graduates is because a degree indicates you are capable of finishing what you started. Damen is currently working as Finance and Accounting Manager for Three Rivers Adoption Council and loves what he does, believing every child deserves a family.” —Ben Ratka ’19


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. 27. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Feb. 25 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.

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Thomas Luciani, electrician
  • Cynthia Moyer, housekeeper


Campus Events

Common Hour: Criminal Justice Speaker Series
Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The Ohio State University Emerita Professor of Sociology and former Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center Ruth Peterson, Ph.D., is the inaugural speaker for the new Criminal Justice Speaker Series being supported by Robert Crutchfield, Ph.D. ’71.

For more information, contact Mike McKinney ’02 at ext. 2600.

Match Day
Thiel College

Match Day is one of Thiel College’s biggest fundraising events of the year. The goal this year is to have 250 donations with $25,000 in matching gifts.

For more information, contact the Director of the Thiel Fund Mark Batt ’87 at ext. 2157.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert
Saturday from 3–5 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will be performing The Music Man by Meredith Wilson.

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

OBC Winter Jam
Saturday at 10 p.m.
Hilltop Tavern

A small party put together by the Organization of Black Collegians to help celebrate Black History Month.

For more information, email Thiel College Student Activities.

Organization of Black Collegiates Soul Food Feast
Sunday at 4 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Members of Thiel College’s Organization of Black Collegians cooks a special dinner for the Thiel community to help celebrate Black History Month.

For more information, contact Taraneh French ’20.

Organization of Black Collegians Poetry Night
Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

A night of poetry by Doreen Devine Block hosted by the OBC. Block is a recognized spoken word artist.

For more information, email Thiel College Student Activities.

Tuesday Chapel
February 21 from 11:15 a.m.–noon
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

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.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07.

Community Events

St. Paul’s Ask an Expert: Identity Protection & Online Security
Feb. 28

Dave Spangler, certified identity theft risk management specialist at LegalShield; David Reeves, president of Reeves Information Technology; and Dave Leyde, vice president/branch manager at First National Bank will discuss identity protection, online security and scams, and financial abuse of elders, as well as other topics.

Seating is limited. Reservations required. For more information or to RSVP, email Jennie Kather or call 724-589-4646.

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