April 3, 2019

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Thiel Happenings

Logan’s run includes Loeb Medal, professional experience and teaching

John Logan ’65 brings different perspectives back to Thiel when he talks to students. He graduated in 1965, worked professionally and then returned to Thiel to teach. He has returned to the professional world but has left his mark at Thiel. He revised the accounting curriculum in the ’70s and many of those changes are still in place. Logan is also a Loeb Medal winner as the person with the highest score in Pennsylvania on the Certified Public Accountant exam the year he took it.

“In 1975, John decided to come back to Thiel and teach. During his time back at Thiel, John pioneered a complete core revision to the accounting major, some of those revisions still stand to this day. John then spent years teaching at Thiel before deciding to leave once again to work in his field of accounting.”—Gino Russo ’19

“The night was a special evening as it was an honorary event for those with high achievements in the Business Department. To recognize those high achieving individuals, John founded Chi Eta Sigma. The night started out with dinner and thereafter, the induction ceremony took place.”—Ben Ratka ’19

“While at Thiel, he experienced success in many ways, but initially he struggled. It was only through the care of individuals at Thiel that he was able to live up to his potential. Mr. Logan went on to earn one of the highest honors an accountant can receive—the Loeb Medal. This award is given to the individual with the highest score on the CPA exam in their state. As an accounting major, I can understand how incredible winning this award truly is.”—Terri Eddy ’19

“The Chi Eta Sigma induction ceremony was wonderful to be a part of. I am very proud of all the inductees, and I am also honored to be part of such a distinguished honorary society. I enjoyed that the ceremony incorporated the current members of Chi Eta Sigma as well as the new inductees. Having the current members distribute the honorary cords for graduation was a great way to include the entire society. Also, congratulations to all the individuals who won the business and accounting awards at the ceremony. Those individuals worked hard and deserve the recognition.”—Zach Stiglitz ’19

Students will display research and work at scholarship & arts symposium 

The Thiel College Scholarship & Arts Symposium is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

The symposium will feature oral and multimedia presentations in the James Pedas Communication Center on a variety of academic topics ranging from persuasion in advertising, to harmful algal blooms in U.S. coastal waters, to social fascination with serial killers, and many others. All are invited and encouraged to sit in on any or all of these excellent student presentations.

A Poster Presentation will take place in the Bistro where students will be on-hand to display and discuss their findings in graphic presentations and to answer any questions that viewers may have. The poster session will take place after lunch from about 12:45–1:45 p.m.

Following the poster presentations, there will be an afternoon session of oral presentations in the Pedas Center. Again, everyone is welcome to sit in on any or all of the oral and multimedia presentations. Please, be courteous of the presenters and limit entering or exiting the rooms to the transition period between presentations.

Following the final presentations, the Thiel College Choir will perform in the collaboration area of the Pedas Center to close out the day.

Fun, gifts and information on tap at benefit fair

Thiel College’s Annual Employee Benefit and Wellness Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. 

Vendors, service providers and area businesses will attend to promote and discuss their services. Attendees can register to win gift baskets and pick up giveaways from the businesses.

There will be refreshments, giveaways, and just for attending the fair you will be entered into a drawing to win one of the many fabulous gift baskets!

For more information, contact a member of the Human Resources team Kris Whaling at ext. 2150, Kim Braden ’01 at ext. 2004 or Jennifer Clark ext. 2858.

Cycling trip to Washington D.C. planned

The sixth annual and first co-ed spring trek of the cycling club we follow the C&O Canal Trail to Washington D.C. this May. The mission is to spread environmental awareness. Participants will be cleaning the trails as we go.

Club members are looking for contributions.

For more information, contact Cycling Club President Talia O’Brien ’20 or Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06.

Thiel College trip to see Common Hour speaker’s musical

Following the Common Hour presentation featuring guest Kevin Tuerff, who spoke about the musical based on his experience, several members of our community expressed interest in attending this show at the Benedum Center.

On Wednesday, April 10, the Thiel community will take a bus to Pittsburgh for this Tony Award-winning musical. Tickets are $28 per person (includes tickets and roundtrip transportation). There are limited seats.

For more information, contact Student Activities ext. 2192

Student News

Education honorary inducts new members

On Sunday, March 24, Kappa Delta Pi honorary society inducted (pictured L-R) Katelyn Auen ’22, Alexa Banic ’21, Sheldon Bourdeu ’21, Wesley Gerber ’21, and Courtnie Roberts ’21. (Not present) Amy Meighan ’21, Jonathan Burkley ’21 and Hailey Hause ’21. Also pictured (L-R) are Advisor Mary Reames (with microphone), President Megan Lee ’19, Vice President Matthew Crawford ’19, Secretary Olivia Stone ’20, and Treasurer Courtney Harriman ’19.

Kappa Delta Pi is the education honorary society where students are recognized for their excellent academics and efforts in becoming a successful educator. 

At the KDP Inductions, the guest speaker, Adam Blank, gave an inspirational speech involving his life challenges, starting at birth with Autism and albinism. He said his teachers made a huge impact on his life and how all of our future educators can make a difference and fight for a student like him.

Johnson brings a friend and wins a gift card

Griffen Johnson ’21 won the “Bring a Pal to PAL” contest sponsored by The Learning Commons.

Students who attended a collaborative learning session and brought fellow classmates were eligible to win the Sheetz gift card. Johnson, a sophomore majoring in psychology, brought a classmate to his general psychology PAL group.

The TLC offers several types of collaborative learning sessions for targeted courses in mathematics, humanities, and the sciences. These sessions are facilitated by paid student leaders who provide study strategies and collaborative learning techniques specific to the course. 

SI sessions are offered for “gateway” courses with historically high “D/F Grades” or withdraw rates. The SI leader, a student who has successfully completed the course, attends classes concurrently with his or her peers, plans each session’s activities, and holds two to three sessions per week.

PAL is similar to SI except that the student leader does not attend the class concurrently. 

Test Reviews are held quarterly with one to two sessions offered before major exams.

Students can earn credits with study abroad trip to Italy

A study abroad trip to Italy in May 2020 will satisfy the "Study Abroad" component of a student’s Practicum Series. 

Important details:

  • There will be a non-refundable $95 Early Deposit
  • Total for Triple/Quad Room Occupancy: $4,344
  • Thiel College offers scholarships is greatly reduce the costs. This will be offered in the Fall.
  • As part of the three credit hours, a class will be offered in the spring. This prepares travelers for Italy.

For more information, contact Nancy Antonino, Ph.D.at ext. 2133.


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 April 10. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, April 8 to be published in that week’s edition.

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Special Notes

Partner news

Sharon Regional welcomes Dr. Mukhtar Hasson

Sharon Regional Medical Center and Steward Medical Group welcome Mukhtar O. Hassan, M.D., medical oncologist and hematologist, to their medical staff. Dr. Hasson brings years of clinical experience and enhances the access to cancer care treatment for patients in Mercer County and surrounding communities.

Healthy steps program starts tonight

The American Heart Association and Sharon Regional Medical Center are offering a free walking program to the community. The first session meets at 6 p.m. tonight at the Thiel College track and field complex.

The initiative, called Healthy For Good, will kick off on Move More Day, April 3, at three area locations. Additional dates for these walks will be offered throughout the month of April and continue through fall of 2019. The dates, times and locations of subsequent walks will be communicated on a monthly basis via Meet Up and the Mercer/Lawrence American Heart Association’s Facebook page.  

Experts will be available to answer fitness and health questions along the way, and giveaway items are included to motivate individuals to take the first step.

Office of Communications and Marketing Essentials

Email signatures, brand resources, and a 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.


Campus Events​

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.

London, Paris Study Abroad Meeting
Thursday at noon
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

A meeting to discuss Thiel’s May 2020 Study Tour in London, Belgium, and Paris will meet at noon Thursday, April 4 in Weyers Lounge of the Howard Miller Student Center. 

For more information, contact Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D. at ext. 2033.

Phoenix Launch Revamp Party
Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Phoenix Launch and English Program Revamp Party will feature authors reading their works from The Phoenix and highlight new courses and programs in the Department of English. Snacks will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and the English Department.

 For more information, contact Jared Johnson, Ph.D., at ext. 2146.

Second Annual What Matters to Me and Why Dinner
Thursday from 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

This is the second annual What Matters to Me and Why program. Professor David Miller ’61 will serve as the speaker. His comments will be followed by a buffet dinner.

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

‘Dove–Ball’ Tournament
Friday at 10 p.m.
Rissell-Beeghly Gym

The sisters of Sigma Kappa are hosting a Dodge-Ball Tournament to raise funds for Alzheimer's research and care. The event is open to all Thiel College students. Concessions will be sold and there will be a team fee to enter.

For more information, contact Nikki Preksta ’21.

Presentation of a play written by Sam Faber ’20
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
William Robinson Theater

The play “Rough Riders” was written by Sam Faber ’20. It will be performed in William Robinson Theater.

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

Annual Spring Concert
Sunday at 3 p.m.
William Passavant Center

 The spring performances of the Thiel College Concert Band and the Thiel Choir!

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

Greek Week Dodgeball
Monday, April 8 at 9:30 p.m.
Rissell-Beeghly Gym

Fraternities and sororities on campus compete against each other to see who the top Fraternity is and who the Top Sorority is. This is part of Thiel College Greek Week.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2033.

Earth Week Student Workshop
Tuesday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Rissell-Beeghly Gym

Thiel College students, faculty and staff, along with the Carnegie Science Center, host local elementary school students for Earth Week activities.

For more information, contact Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06 at ext. 2821.

Academic Bowl - Greek Week
Tuesday, April 9 at 9:30 p.m.
Bly Lecture Hall, Academic Center

Fraternities and sororities put their best people forward to try to answer Jeopardy-style trivia questions. Organizations that accumulate the most points earn points toward their Greek Week total.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2033.

Community Events​

Relay for Life Craft & Vendor Show
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Greenville High School

Admission is free, but donations to the American Cancer Society will be accepted at the event.

For more information, email.

Ask an Expert Series
April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s will host three experts to discuss brain health, Alzheimer’s care and tips for caregivers.

Limited seating. Reservations are required.

For more information, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.

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