February 27, 2019

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Thiel Happenings

Celebrated pop artist’s exhibition opens with gallery talk at Thiel College

Celebrated pop artist’s exhibition opens with gallery talk at Thiel College

Thiel College will present a series of restored silkscreen productions from its private collection of pop artist and activist Corita Kent in the Weyers-Sampson Gallery of the Howard Miller Student Center from Feb. 28 to March 29.

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Two Thiel College students picked for prestigious annual intercollegiate band festival

Two Thiel College students picked for prestigious annual intercollegiate band festival

Two student-musicians in the Tomcat Marching Pride have been selected to participate in the 72nd Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Concert from Friday, March 8–10 at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

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Record number of donations powers Thiel College to successful online fundraising event

Record number of donations powers Thiel College to successful online fundraising event

Thiel College received a record-setting 456 donations in 24 hours on the way to raising nearly $200,000 for The Thiel Fund with its one-day online fundraising campaign Thursday, Feb. 21.

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Witosky tells Miller Seminar students to make their own luck

Gary Witosky ’79 earned his bachelor’s degree from Thiel College and holds a Master of Accountancy from Stetson University. In addition, he is a certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant. Witosky’s professional experience includes more than 20 years in public accounting and private industry. He concluded his six years in public accounting as an audit supervisor at Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also the first person to be named the David M. Miller ’61 Chair of Accounting. Witosky spoke to Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar students on Feb. 20.

“Gary Witosky’s presentation also featured many keys for students to find success. Passion was a major aspect that I connected with. Finding something that you love and enjoy doing can be crucial in a professional career. Preparation meeting opportunity is how to be lucky in this world. Finding meaning was another point that I needed to hear from a speaker on this night. Tough decisions will be made, but being yourself and knowing who you are and what you want is really important.”—Paul Wotus ’19

“Gary Witosky has made a tremendous impact on the lives of so many, including my own. In the time I have known him, he has gone above and beyond anything I would have imagined, never asking for anything in return, and always believing in more than anyone else has. His accomplishments, and his willingness to serve are goals that I can only hope to achieve one day.”—Terri Eddy ’19

“He went through being from a small town with a big family and having parents who never attended college to becoming such an amazing man and accomplishing so much. I personally would say that Professor Witosky would be one of my heroes.”—Diana Sileshi ’19

“After his story, he told us his keys to success. They were, perform with passion, don’t settle, get grit, know yourself, great things happen in silence, have a hear and serve others. Instead of talking about all of them, I’ll speak on my favorite one, which was get grit. I believe I have this and always have. When things looked south, I would work hard to achieve what I wanted to achieve.”—Dalton DuBrosky ’19

“He started out his presentation by discussing the definition of luck. To Gary Witosky, luck is not success brought on by chance; however, luck is where opportunity meets preparation. Professor Witosky explained that preparation makes taking an opportunity possible. He also advocated that hard work is a much better attribute than raw talent. Anyone can outwork a talented individual who doesn’t work hard.”—Zach Stiglitz ’19

Military Heroes Week essay contest open to students and employees

Anyone passionate about a military hero in their life, who wants to explore how military heroes affect our freedoms as citizens or creatively express an appreciation for our military hero heroes can participate in the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Week Essay Contest. 
Answer one of the prompts below with an essay of 1,200 words or less.

Essay requirements

  • Please have a title and identify which prompt question you chose, and why?
  • Please keep the essay to 1,200 words or less.
  • Deadline for entry is March 25.
  • Have your entry proofread and edited to fit American English language standards.

Essay prompts

  • Describe a military hero that you know. What qualities does he or she possess? How has he or she made a positive impact in your life, the community, or our country?
  •  What's the significance of military service people? How do they show heroism in what they do?

The top three essay submissions will have their work honored at a public reading on Friday, March 29 in the Lutheran Heritage Room and with publication in next year's edition of The Phoenix, Thiel’s creative literary magazine.

A grand prize winner will be awarded a $20 gift card to Sheetz!

For more information or to submit an entry, contact Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21.

Student News

Institutional Scholarship applications now available

Scholarship Applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year are now available!
Any student wishing to be considered for a Thiel Endowed Scholarships should fill out the 2019-20 Institutional Scholarship application, which is located on the Thiel Hub.

It can be found under the Home Page in the section titled “Scholarship Form.” Fill it out online and submit. The files will then be delivered to the Financial Aid Office for inclusion in the selection process. 
Pennsylvania residents must have their FAFSA filed by May 1 to meet PA State Grant Deadline

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Positions available with Office of Admission Thiel Team 

Positions are available with Admissions Thiel Team. It is a unique campus paid leadership opportunity that supports the Admissions Office through campus tours, phone call campaigns, hosting opportunities, recruitment events and more. As a valued member of the Admissions Office, Thiel Team members are responsible for assisting in the recruitment of new students.

A brief information session was held Wednesday, but there is still an opportunity to get involved. Students interested in becoming a member of the Admissions Thiel Team should contact Vice President of Enrollment Management Ashley Josay Zullo.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominees for the Thiel Team. Send an email to Zullo.

Deadline to apply is March 8 and interviews will be conducted the week of March 11.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes...

  • Andrew Geisler, assistant football coach
  • Brian Riddle ’07, interim campus pastor
  • Jarrett Samuels, assistant football coach
  • Matthew Schneider, assistant football coach
  • Kyle Woody, executive director of the James Pedas Communication Center  

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.


Twilight Tour Experience
Today from 6–7:30 p.m.
Thiel College Campus

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.

Black History Bingo
Today from 7–8:30 p.m.
Pedas 125, James Pedas Communication Center

Join the Organization of Black Collegians for a night of bingo and prizes. This is part of OBC Week to celebrate Black History Month.

Common Hour: Gallery Talk
Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sawhill Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Art gallery exhibition and gallery talk showcasing works by Corita Kent from the Thiel College collection. This exhibition is made possible because of Professor of Art and Curator of Art Sean McConnor, Assistant Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., and student Isabella Bungo ’19. They completed a 10-week artwork restoration and historical research project funded by a grant from the Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty/Student Research Institute at Thiel College.

OBC Movie Night
Thursday, February 28 from 7–9 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The members of the Organization of Black Collegians will screen a relevant movie. Reach out to a member of OBC to find out what movie. This is part of OBC Week to celebrate Black History Month.

OBC Bowling Night
Friday, March 1 at 9 p.m.
Liberty Lanes

The members of the Organization of Black Collegians are hosting a night of bowling at Liberty Lanes. The first 40 students get in for free. This is part of OBC Week to celebrate Black History Month.

Spring Break Schedule

Friday, March 1
Final day of classes before Spring Break
Rotunda Bistro open until 4 p.m.
Dining Hall open until 6 p.m.   
Residence Halls close at 7 p.m. 

Sunday, March 10

Residence Halls open at noon   
Dining Hall open 4:30–6 p.m. 
Rotunda Bistro open 6 p.m.

Monday, March 11

Classes resume at 8 a.m.


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 March 6. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, March 4 to be published in that week’s edition.

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