April 24, 2019

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Thiel College, Sharon Regional Medical Center announce cooperative agreement

Thiel College, Sharon Regional Medical Center announce cooperative agreement

Officials from Thiel College and Sharon Regional Medical Center—part of Steward Health Care—announced today that they plan to establish an affiliation that will strengthen and augment the health, education and wellness services both institutions offer in Greenville and the region.

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Future teacher, IT analyst awarded Student of the Month honors for April

Future teacher, IT analyst awarded Student of the Month honors for April

Thiel College announces Megan Lee ’19, of Venetia, Pa., and Danyelle Lucido ’19, of Grove City, Pa., are the final Student of the Month honorees for the spring 2019 semester. The pair earned the April honor for their academic achievements.

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‘Bon Voyage’ concert fundraiser for Thiel College students bound for Greece

‘Bon Voyage’ concert fundraiser for Thiel College students bound for Greece

A benefit ‘bon voyage’ performance and last-minute fundraiser is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Thiel College’s William A. Robinson Theatre for the more than 50 members of the Thiel College Department of Music and Theatre who will perform abroad as part of an 11-day tour of Greece and the Aegean Sea in May.

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Father-daughter team present at Senior Seminar

The father-daughter team of Rachel Kick-Cooper ’06 and Jim Kick ’82 were the speakers for the final Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar on April 18. Kick-Cooper works for Primanti Bros. and Kick is an industrial contractor in Charlotte, N.C. The pair delivered advice and also had students play a quick game that emphasized the importance of communication and listening.

“Dinner this evening was delightful. I had a seat next to fellow students and Mr. Thiel. The food was beyond expectations. The burger featured the thickest patty I have ever in real life. Overall, the conversation was meaningful and knowledgeable, along with delicious food.”—Paul Wotus ’19

“They both agree that the two biggest failures in the world of business are the failure to communicate and the failure to listen. Without these two skills (listening and communicating) a business would descend into chaos and eventually cease to function. Another very important thing that we were told was ‘figure out the rules of the game and how to win.’”—Ryan Ball ’19

“Perhaps, one of the most impacting parts of the night was the very beginning of the lecture. The family duo played a video of a family raising a child with an incurable condition, altering the child from participating in a lot of general aspects in life. The video was used with the purpose of teaching the lesson that while you may be going through hardships of your own, somebody always has it worse. This stuck with me particularly because it made me reflect on the life I live and the blessings I have that we, as a society, often forget to count.”—Ben Ratka ’19

“The last thing I thought I would ever eat at a fancy dinner is a burger, but I was so happy that it was burgers that night. I got to have some great conversations with Jim. He proved to be a very driven and energetic guy. I really enjoyed the father-daughter duo and getting to hear both of their amazing stories.”—Justin Pearce ’19

“I found it interesting when Rachel talked about her typical work, and she said something that stood out when she said, “plan your work and work your plan.” That hit me hard for the fact that when you’re in the workplace you always talk about what you’re going to do but you also have to have a plan of action in order to be able to attack the goals that you have set.”—Randy Groves ’19

Prizes, giveaways and vendors attract employees to benefit fair

Vendors from the Greenville region were on hand to discuss their services and provide giveaways Wednesday. Attendees also were entered into drawings for several gift baskets.

Human resources will contact prize winners later this week.

Representatives from Washington National Insurance will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Weyers Lounge to follow up with employees who spoke to them today. The representatives will be available to answer questions from all employees.

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

Student Support Network reaches out to peers

Members of the Thiel Student Support Network took shifts on April 16 distributing emergency contact information to their peers. Twizzlers with attached resources including the crisis text line and national suicide prevention hotline were distributed to students entering and exiting the galleria. TSSN’s motto is “Students Helping Students.” The goal of the event was to inform students that help is always available and only a text or phone call away. 

Members of TSSN are referred by faculty or staff and have been selected because they are recognized leaders on campus. They are then invited to participate in training sessions. They attend six consecutive weekly training sessions focusing on a variety of topics that help them to identify students who are struggling socially, emotionally or academically. They then make efforts to approach students, listen attentively and make them aware of available resources. They are a dedicated group of students who genuinely care about their fellow peers and spread the message that support is always available. If you would like to refer a student for future TSSN training, please contact George Branch- Trevathan, Ph.D., Melanie Broadwater ’98, or Melissa Borgia-Askey, Ph.D.

Thiel community pitches in at Good Shepherd

Football team members Nick Lanshcak ’21, Zach Young ’20, Dan Myers ’22, James McKinney ’22, Orlando Lucabech ’22, Larry Goines Jr. ’21 recently joined coach Andrew Geisler and Interim Campus Pastor Brian Riddle ’07 to help unload a truck laden with holiday food, all slated for Good Shepherd’s annual Easter food distribution. Good Shepherd received this special order of food, in order that it might be portioned and sent to nearly 400 families in the region. The special food shipment included traditional Easter fare of ham, yams, vegetables, bread and frozen items.

The next Tuesday, Good Shepherd appealed for help again. This time, Student Activities Director Than Oo and Riddle answered the call. They helped volunteers from area churches pack nearly 400 bags to be distributed during Holy Week, ahead of the Easter holiday.

If you are interested in learning more about Thiel’s long history of community service, or if you would like to volunteer for opportunities to serve the community in the future, contact Riddle at ext. 2130, Oo at ext. 2192, or the Student Life Department.

Nu Rho Psi inducts student, faculty members and alumni

Pictured are Nu Rho Psi members back row (L-R): Gage Gladysz ’20, Evan Youker ’19, Joelle Reitz ’19, Jill (Shackett) Haer ’66; front row Julia Wagner ’21 and Miranda Reesman ’19.

Nu Rho Psi, the national neuroscience honors society, inducted one student, three faculty, and two honorary members on April 16 at a joint ceremony with Psi Chi (the psychology honors society). Student membership requires at least three semesters of college coursework including at least nine hours of neuroscience-related courses, a minimum overall GPA of a 3.2, and a GPA of 3.5 in their neuroscience coursework. Student inductee Julia Wagner ’21 is a sophomore, triple majoring in neuroscience, psychology and health systems. She is also pursuing minors in chemistry and medical biology and is a member of the Thiel Band. Faculty inductees included Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Ronald C. Anderson, Ph.D. ’07 and Neil Lax in recognition of their contributions to the neuroscience program at Thiel and the field more broadly. 

The national Nu Rho Psi Constitution states that honorary members shall be distinguished persons who have national or international reputations because of the contributions they have made to neuroscience. This recognition was bestowed upon Fred Haer ’66 and Jill (Shackett) Haer ’66 for contributions to the field of neuroscience through their company FHC, Inc. and to Thiel College.

Psi Chi adds nine new members

Pictured are inductees top row (L-R) Hailee Bashur ’21, Leah Woytek ’20, Dakota Forrest ’20; middle row Rachael Harnett ’19, Theresa Kretzmer ’20; bottom row Sandra Dean ’21, Julia Wagner ’21, Dan Witosky ’20. Not pictured Emily Ramous ’21.

The Thiel College chapter of Psi Chi, the international honorary society in psychology, inducted nine new members Tuesday, April 16 at a joint ceremony with Nu Rho Psi (the neuroscience honorary). Membership into Psi Chi requires at least three full semesters to be completed, with at least nine credit hours in psychology coursework for declared majors or minors. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and rank in the top 35 percent of their class.

Special Notes

Note from the Archives

College archivist John Hauser ’71 is looking for your organization’s programs. Please send copies of any end of year or induction programs you have to the Thiel College archives.

Caps and gowns available

Cap and gown purchase is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays 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.

Thiel Garden plots available

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, the Thiel College Community Garden will officially be opened.  

The garden will be located east of the football field.  Plots are available for rent.

A garden building event at the site is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Students who are interested in volunteer hours should contact Bailey Shepard ’22.

 Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., congratulates Shepard, Ashtin Kirkwood ’22, Richard Crooks ’22, and Abby Triskett ’22 on their dedicated work to make the garden a reality.

For more information, contact Frombgen at ext. 2200.


Campus Events

Veteran Project Display
Thursday from 9:45–10:15 a.m.
Langenheim Memorial Library

Students from the Historical Methods classes of Professor of History David Buck, Ph.D. will be displaying research posters about the Thiel Veterans Project.  The focus is on the envelopes that were saved from letters sent during WWII to Dean Gebert. The posters should be hanging in the library for the next week.

Teen Safe Driving Competition
Thursday, April 25 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

A driving competition for area high school students sponsored by the PA Department of Safety. The competition is open to high school students in their junior or senior years and will feature three different categories. Participants can win prizes and opportunities to go on to the next round of competition.

Common Hour: A Year in Thiel College Sports
Thursday, April 25 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

This Common Hour presentation is presented by the Athletics Department and will look back on the 2018-2019 athletic season and will announce what is yet to come in the 2019-2020 season.

For more information, contact Amy Schafer at ext. 2212.

Chemistry and ACS Student Affiliates Annual Awards Banquet
Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m.
TC Cafe, Howard Miller Student Center

This banquet is for members of the Thiel College Chemistry Department and the American Chemical Society to receive their awards for the year.

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

Final day of Classes
Friday, April 26
Thiel College campus

This is the final day of classes for the 2019 spring semester. Final exams will begin on Monday, April 29.

Student Teaching Celebration Luncheon
Friday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

This banquet is held for those education students who have been involved in student teaching this semester.

For more information, contact Nancy Castor at ext. 2065.

Annual Farewell Festival
Friday, April 26 from 4–7 p.m.
Howard Miller Student Center

This annual event that features many campus-sponsored activities and food choices celebrates Thiel College’s graduating seniors and the end of the semester.

For more information, contact Student Activites.

English Club Game Night of Thrones
Friday, April 26 from 7–9 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

This event is a “Game of Thrones” themed game night sponsored by English Club. It will serve as a stress-less event. Admission is free and for each person in attendance, English Club will donate $2 to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that mails books to children from birth until they start school. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, contact Sophia Kostoff ’21.

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.

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.


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 May 1. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, April 29 to be published in that week’s edition.

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