May 1, 2019

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Thiel Happenings

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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Tomcats in the hunt for PAC title

Thiel takes on Westminster at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent College in the first round of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference softball tournament.

Commencement 2019 is Sunday


Manchester Bidwell founder and executive chairman William Strickland Jr. will address Thiel College graduates during the College’s 145th Commencement Exercises at the William A. Passavant Memorial Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg, J.D. ’70, H’97 will introduce Strickland. Nordenberg is a trustee emeritus at Thiel College and is on Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Wellness Committee holds water bottle drawing during Benefit Fair

The Wellness Committee asked employees to write down their summer wellness goals to be entered into a drawing to win a water bottle.

Assistant Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., Associate Academic Dean for Student Success and Associate Professor of Neuroscience Greg Butcher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Languages and Department Chair Kristin Carlson, Ph.D., Computer and A/V Technician Mike Mason and housekeeper Dodie Johnson.

Some of the summer health goals included, get outside more, lose 10 pounds, maintain exercise and weight, drink more water, and tone.

NSLS holds awards and induction ceremony

The National Society of Leadership and Sucess held its awards and member induction ceremony on Friday, April 26. George Branch-Trevathan, Ph.D., and Kathryn K. Franz, Ph.D., were given honorary membership in the organization.
Daniel F. Eppley, Ph.D.Sarah J. Swerdlow, Ph.D., and Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06 were awarded for Excellence in Teaching.
Ginny Homer, AVI Staff and Terri Alabran, Housekeeping, were recognized for Excellence in Service to Students.
New Members inducted were Madison Acor ’22, Kara Baumgardner ’21, Allyson Campbell ’22, Katrina Deckinger ’21, Joshua Evjene ’19, Ryann Gollings ’21, Charity Hall ’22, Colten Imler ’20, Alexis Jewell ’22, Ashtin Kirkwood ’22, Delaney Merideth ’21, Amen Negash ’19, Bob Phillips ’08, Emma Polinski ’20, Zachary Sumner ’19, Xin Nin Tan ’19, Jodie Witherite and Jacob Zylka ’22.

Student News

Persuasive writing students share work

Students explore best-worst movie, greatest movie villain, why Johnny Depp is the greatest actor in the Persuasive Writing class of Associate Professor of English Melissa Borgia-Askey, Ph.D.

Students were free to choose their topics that aimed to evaluate something and rank it/judge it, using criteria that they carefully crafted.

Education students tour Butler Museum

Students in an Early Childhood Education class toured The Butler Institute of American Art and learned about including art in children’s education.

Youker wins prize at Alpha Chi national convention

Neuroscience major Evan Youker ’19 was awarded the 2019 Presentation prize in Psychology at the 2019 Alpha Chi National Convention in Cleveland for his poster, “An Investigation into the Effects of Adolescent Nicotine Exposure on the Learning and Memory of Adult Long-Evans Rat Models.” Also attending the convention were senior Joelle Reitz ’19, Assistant Professor of Psychology Shannon Deets, Ph.D., and Professor of Chemistry Kathy Frantz, Ph.D.

Alpha Chi is a coeducational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. As a general honor society, Alpha Chi admits to students from all academic disciplines. Active chapters are found on some 300 campuses in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

Internship and career opportunities available at Future Jobs Expo

The first Future Jobs/Workforce Development Initiative Job Fair is from 4–8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio, 4802 Fifth Ave. Exhibitors from around the region will be in attendance.

Attendees will meet with potential employers and learn more about internship opportunities. Attendees will also be registered in drawing for an iPad.

RSVP to Renee or call 412-622-1527.

Visit from iguanas helps destress students

Iguanas visited the Langenheim Memorial Library on Monday to help students relax before the start of finals week.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Anthony Kos, Ph.D., Professor of Business and Accounting and Chair of the Arthur McGonigal Department of Business Administration and Accounting
  • Jennifer Broderick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

And says farewell to...

  • Rose Egelsky-Spargo, student loan specialist
  • Alecia Singleton, housekeeper

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.

Affiliate News

Thiel hosting several Sharon Regional Events

The next installment of the Healthy Steps walking program is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the track & field complex. No registration is necessary. Experts will be on hand to discuss fitness and answer questions

Sharon Regional will also be hosting a series of programs of health and wellness programs in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. On May 14, the discussion will cover stroke awareness, on May 21 experts will present on managing joint pain and on May 28 heart health will be covered. All three programs are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is encouraged. 

To register for any of the Healthy Living programs, call 800-974-9634.

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

Finals Exams End
Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


  • Final Exams end at 5:30 p.m.   
  • Dining Hall open until 6 p.m.   
  • Rotunda Bistro closes at 4 p.m.   
  • Residence Halls close at 7 p.m. 

Baccalaureate Worship Service
Sunday at 10 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

A celebratory worship service that lifts up the graduating senior class along with their family and friends. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

For more information, contact the Office of Special Events.

Commencement Exercises
Sunday at 2 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

Thiel College hosts the 145th Commencement Exercises, followed by a reception for graduates and their families on the Howard Miller Student Center terrace and lawn.

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

Greenville Symphony Orchestra 
Saturday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s grand finale of their 90th anniversary season.

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

Community Events

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).

Going the Extra Mile
Nominees: Brandy Little
Nominator: Allen Morrill
Comment: “Thank you, Brandy, and daughter, Carlene, for sharing their iguanas with students for a final exam study break. The students loved the visitors. I hope the iguanas enjoyed the students. Thanks for your time, talent, and reptiles.”

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