April 10, 2019

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Thiel College recognizing students for arts, research and scholarship at symposium

Thiel College recognizing students for arts, research and scholarship at symposium

Thiel College will recognize the art, research, scholarship and performances of its students with a day-long Scholarship & Research Symposium on April 11.

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Thiel College students Neal and Sumner named April Extraordinary Effort Award winners

Thiel College students Neal and Sumner named April Extraordinary Effort Award winners

The Thiel College Learning Commons has announced Camren Neal ’19 and Zach Sumner ’19 as the TLC’s April Extraordinary Effort Award winners.

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Thiel College hosted Carnegie Science Center and elementary students to support Earth Day

Thiel College hosted Carnegie Science Center and elementary students to support Earth Day

Thiel College students and faculty members joined presenters from the Carnegie Science Center’s Science on the Road exhibits as the College hosted students from Greenville-area elementary schools on April 9 as part of the recognition for Earth Day.

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Miller leads ‘What Matters’ conversation

The second annual What Matters to Me and Why event was April 4 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. Professor David Miller ’61 was the speaker.

Miller is the longest-tenured professor in the 154-year history of Thiel College. He began teaching at Thiel College in 1963. Just under a month ago, the campus community gathered to help Professor Miller celebrate his 80th birthday.

Renegade leader delivers results-focused talk

Chief Executive Officer of Renegade RV in Bristol, Ind. Mike Lanciotti ’78 was the guest speaker for the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar on April 3, 2019. Lanciotti spoke to the students about the importance of always doing what they said they were going to do and not wasting time on the aspects of life they can not control.

“Mike took a lot of pride in being able to grow and develop companies. Result driven, Lanciotti emphasized the importance of being about what you say you’re about and following through with what you say you’re going to do. He also had very beneficial strategies when it came to brand building and self-compensation that I personally took note of, being a soon to be college graduate.”—Ben Ratka ’19

“He learned that his leadership style was result driven, which is, in all situations do what you say you’re going to do. Another vital piece of advice given was that businesses don’t run themselves, you always have to lead.”—Diana Sileshi ’19

“At this point he considered retirement, but soon realized that life was not meant for him. He got a call from a struggling RV company, Renegade, who convinced him to come on board. Mike was able to turn the company around by not being afraid of making changes. The firm grew from $15 m in 2009 to $135 m now. This is a testament to Mike’s results-based leadership style. In addition to having a tremendous career, Mike also impressed us with his authenticity and humor.”—Terri Eddy ’19

“Mike’s presentation was different than a majority of the presentations we have seen because of his inclusion of a PowerPoint showcasing different parts of his life along with different products that his company has built. Some of these products have gone to “high profile” clients like Britney Spears, Guy Fieri, and multiple NASCAR drivers.”—Gino Russo ’19

“He continued by talking about how you constantly have to make decisions in life. He compared decisions with a tree. He said at times you may not even realize it, but you can make a decision that will branch you out further away from where you want to be. He said there can be points in your life where you will be branched too far away, and you have to have a plan to get back to where you want to be in life.”—Devin McDonough ’19

Attend the benefit fair and get giveaways and win gift baskets  

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.

Student News

DHI students visit Toronto

Forty-eight Dietrich Honors Institute students toured Toronto from March 22-24. Some of the activities students enjoyed included a comedy show at The Second City Theater, viewing exotic sea life at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, experiencing the arts at The Royal Ontario Museum, observing the city from the CN Tower, shopping at the Toronto Eaton Centre, and stopping by Niagara Falls on the return trip. Apart from the planned activities, students had the opportunity to try many exotic cuisines from Greece, Italy, and Morocco. For many students, this cultural outing was their first time in a foreign country.

It was the Dietrich Honors Institute’s second trip. In the fall the group traveled to Philadelphia,

Chi Alpha Epsilon inducts new members

Pictured: front row (L-R) Mariel Hanely ’19, Elizabeth Grasso ’19 and Jordan McCoy ’20; back row: Zachary Sumner ’19, Devan Van Vliet ’19, Jacob Morgan ’19, Camren Neal ’19, Brett Eckroate ’20 and Zechariah Dubel ’19.

The Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society inducted four new members, Brett Eckroate ’20, Jordan McCoy ’20, Camren Neal ’19 and Devan Van Vliet ’19, on March 25 in the Library’s Rare Books Room. Students were presented with a membership pin and honor cords to be worn at graduation. Current members, Zechariah Dubel ’19, Elizabeth Grasso ’19, Mariel Hanely ’19 and Jacob Morgan ’19 attended the ceremony and received a pin-upgrade honor based on their fall 2018 semester grade point average of a 3.50 and higher. Phillip Brewer ’19, Michel Duncan ’19, Corrine Hankin ’19, Megan Lee ’19, Vincent Mion ’19 and Justin Walter ’19 also earned jewel pin upgrades, but were not in attendance. Honorary members who assisted with the ceremony were Donna Barton, Nancy Katz, Noel Stanger ’07 and Diane Donnelly Eakin, who also serves as the society’s advisor.

Orczeck will make history at Sunday’s Lambda Sigma induction

Jacob Orczeck ’22 will make Lambda Sigma history Sunday when he becomes the fifth member of his family inducted into the Thiel chapter of the sophomore honor society at 9 a.m. Sunday in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel. It is the first time in the organization’s 42-year history that five members of one family have been inducted into honorary.

He joins his parents Dr. Shawn Orczeck ’87 and Laura (Werner) Orczeck ’88 and sisters, Katherine ’18 and Jessica ’19.

In addition to inducting the new members for their one-year active membership, President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., will be inducted as an honorary member.

Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06 and John Hauser ’71 serve as co-advisors.

For more information, contact Jessica Peters ’20.


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 17. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, April 15 to be published in that week’s edition.

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Special Notes

Caps and gowns go on sale Saturday

Cap and gown purchase is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 or from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays starting Monday, April 15 in the Campus Store.

The 2019 Commencement regalia package (gown, hood, mortarboard, and tassel w/ graduation year) costs $54.28.

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.


Chariot Race-Greek Week
Today at 6 p.m.
Alumni Stadium

As part of their Greek Week celebrations, the fraternities and sororities on campus will construct “chariots” and race them against each other.

For more information, please contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Alumni Event: ‘Come From Away’
Today at 7:30 p.m.
Benedum Center, Pittsburgh

Thiel College alumni will attend a showing of “Come From Away”—a musical in which some of the events relate to Kevin Tuerff, one of Thiel’s previous Common Hour speakers and author of “Channel of Peace.”

Scholarship and Arts Symposium
Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Howard Miller Student Center and James A. Pedas Communications Center

During this day-long event, students will present their research and findings through oral and poster presentations. The Thiel Choir will also be performing at the close of the presentations. Professor of Biology Michael Balas, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address.

Common hour: Scholarship and Arts Symposium
Thursday, April 11 at 11:45 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

As part of the day-long Scholarships and Arts Symposium, the Common Hour will feature Professor of Biology Michael Balas, Ph.D.’s keynote address at 11:45 a.m.

All Student Art Show
Thursday from 3–5 p.m.
Weyers-Sampson Gallery

This event is the opening reception for the art students’ art show, where they will showcase their artwork to the campus for the first time.

For more information, contact Sean McConnor.

Greek Olympics—Greek Week
Thursday at 9:30 p.m.
Beeghley Gymnasium

As part of their Greek Week celebrations, the fraternities and sororities on campus will compete in a series of events to earn points for the week.

For more information, please contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

15th Annual ‘Evening of Broadway’
Friday and Saturday
William A. Robinson Theater

This annual student-run performance features musical numbers and dance routines to songs from a wide variety of Broadway shows. The show benefits the Good Shepherd.

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

Spring Open House
Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to  2 p.m.
Thiel College Campus

This visit day on campus will feature several presentations for visitors to choose from based on their needs as potential students. Lunch will be included for visitors.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admission at ext. 2345.

Sing & Sync—Greek Week
Saturday, April 13 at 9:45 p.m.
William A. Passavant Center

As part of their final event for Greek Week, the fraternities and sororities on campus will write cover songs and choreograph dances that will be performed in front of the campus to earn points for the week.

For more information, please contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Kappa Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony
Sunday, April 14 at noon
Sawhill Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

New members of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honorary society, will be inducted into the society during this induction ceremony. A luncheon will follow the ceremony.

For more information, please contact Josh Evjene ’19.

Twilight Tour Experience
Tuesday, April 16 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.

Psi Chi Induction Ceremony
Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

In this annual spring induction ceremony and dinner, accepted new members of Psi Chi, the psychology honors society, will be inducted into the society.

For more information, contact Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06.

Music Recital
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

This annual music recital put on by the music department features all of the students who have taken private lessons this academic year. The second half of the performance features the Thiel jazz band.

For more information, please contact Julie Neish, D.M.A., at ext. 2149.

Community Events​

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.

Dillon Groover Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Sunday, April 14 from noon to 4 p.m.
Knights of Columbus, 127 Clarksville Str., Greenville

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Dillon Groover was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had surgery on March 8th, 2019. He has been in neurosurgical ICU since then. The benefit will help with costs of food, gas, and lodging for his parents as well as any medical expenses.

Auditions for GACT production
May 2 and 4
Robinson Theater

Auditions for The Greenville Area Community Theatre summer production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” are May 2 and 4.

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