January 29, 2020

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Leadership Competition kicks off series of interactive and innovative visit days at Thiel College

Leadership Competition kicks off series of interactive and innovative visit days at Thiel College

Thiel College will be hosting prospective students with a series of visit days tailored to student interests and conceived to go beyond a simple tour of campus facilities. It all begins Saturday with a Leadership Competition Day.

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Staff and faculty winners announced for Founders’ Day 

Thiel College faculty and staff members will be honored at the annual event that celebrates the founding of the College and the hard work of its employees, Founders’ Day. The event is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center.

Distinguished Staff Awardees: Monica Adametz, Coordinator of Special Events; David Knauff, Director of IT Support and Instructional Technology; Jacquelyn Kytchak, Administrative Assistant, Student Life; Patricia Leskovac, Financial Aid Specialist; Angie Wark, Housekeeper

Distinguished Professor of the Year Professor David Miller ’61, Professor of Economics and Business Administration and Norman P. Mortensen Chair of Economics; Distinguished Teacher of the Year Kristin Carlson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Languages and Department Chair; Distinguished Adjunct Faculty of the Year Michelle Lentz, Adjunct Professor of Presentational Literacy, Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations; Distinguished Scholar of the Year Ellen Lippert, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and Department Chair; Distinguished Service Faculty of the Year Professor Ross Nugent, Assistant Professor Communication, Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations.

Barr advises students to be ready for what life throws at them

Former Eastman Kodak Company employee and retired Chief Marketing Officer at Hillside Family of Agencies John Barr ’70 was the guest speaker for the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar on Jan. 22, 2020. Barr spoke to the students about the importance of being able to adapt to change, to own and embrace their mistakes, to stay positive, and to take advantage of the opportunities that may arise in their personal and professional lives. He said he wants students to be prepared at what life throws at them. He also used his own, personal stories to help the students realize that they will be thrown unexpected challenges throughout life and how to be prepared for it.

“Mr. Barr encouraged each of us to follow our passion, strive for a work-life balance, and most of all, to be adaptable and accept change. He illustrated to us through his life story that each of us will go through numerous monumental changes in life, but those who are successful are the ones who learn to accept change, the good and the bad, and adapt to them as they come. It is critical to embrace the life you're living, take calculated risks, and adapt at all times in order to be successful in your profession and personal lives.”—Mariel Hanely ’20

“As many of us are trying to land a career opportunity soon, John gave us insight as to what the interviewer wants to see. All managers want to see that the possible employee has integrity, intelligence and energy. Integrity is the most important of the three. People will hardly remember you for your career accomplishments, but rather for your integrity and lifestyle choices.”—Robert Micsky ’21

“He went through many life lessons that he found important, and I really enjoyed hearing. One of my favorites was, ‘talent is great, tenacity is greater.’ This proves that no matter how much talent you have, if you’re not willing to be tenacious and persistent, then you will not succeed. Another one that I really loved was, ‘learn to differentiate yourself.’ He encouraged us to find out what makes us unique and use it to our advantage in life.”—Brenna Parsley ’20

“John Barr touched on many other points. We should be curious and ask questions, be the first to go to work and last to leave, stay positive and be a chameleon. He meant by being a chameleon, we should change with our environment.”—Arianna Anderson ’20

“John’s story really spoke to me especially when he said about how he first viewed school. How he struggled in school and college, but never gave up on what he thought was his dream. He told us to never be unprepared for life or give up on yourself.”—Michael Howard ’21

Student News

HPI students practice suturing on synthetic skin, hear about military funding for postgraduate healthcare training

Students in HPI 202 learned about military options for funding their post-graduate training in healthcare though a presentation by SSG Greg Dember and SSG Sarah DeArcy. Following the presentation, the students were given a brief introduction to suturing and were then able to practice their skills suturing on synthetic skin.

Alpha Chi inducts 11 new members

Lexi Callander ’20Andrew Cavender ’20Jacob Derue ’20Zechariah Dubel ’20Macey Garland ’19Emily Groves ’20Laura Hardner ’20Sophia Kostoff ’20Kiersten Peabody ’20Jacob Paci ’20Chad Pakozdi ’21Crystal Sams ’20 and Taylor Williams ’20 were inducted as part of a ceremony in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel on Jan. 17.

  • Callander, of Knox, Pa., is a 2016 graduate of Keystone (Knox, Pa.) Junior-Senior High School and is an early childhood education and special education major.
  • Cavender, of Warren, Ohio, is a 2017 graduate of Howland (Warren, Ohio) High School and is a conservation biology major.
  • Derue, of Pennfield, N.Y., is a 2016 graduate of Fairport (Fairport, N.Y.) High School and is a quadruple major in criminal justice, political science, psychology and sociology.
  • Dubel, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2016 graduate of Reynolds (Reynolds, Pa.) High School and is a triple major in accounting, business administration and criminal justice.
  • Garland, of Mineral Ridge, Ohio, is a 2016 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School and graduated in December as a religion major.
  • Groves, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2017 graduate of West Middlesex (West Middlesex, Pa.) High School and is a triple major in business administration, information systems and computer science major.
  • Hardner, of Erie, Pa., is a 2016 graduate of Collegiate Academy (Erie, Pa.) and is a psychology major.
  • Kostoff, of Akron, Ohio, is a 2017 graduate of Our Lady of Elms (Akron, Ohio) High School and is an English major.
  • Peabody, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2017 graduate of Greenville High School and is a triple major in philosophy, political science and public policy.
  • Paci, of Brownsville, Pa., is a 2016 graduate of Bethlehem Center (Fredericktown, Pa.) High School and is a double major in criminal justice and politic science.
  • Pakozdi, of Butler, Pa., is a 2017 graduate of Butler High School and an environmental science major.
  • Sams, of Emporium, Pa., is a 2016 graduate of Cameron County (Emporium, Pa.) Junior-Senior High School and is an early childhood education/special education major.
  • Williams, of Tuscarawas, Ohio, is a 2017 graduate of Indian Valley (Gnadenhutten, Ohio) High School and is a communication sciences and disorders major.

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society invites to membership juniors, seniors, and graduate students from all disciplines in the top ten percent of their classes. Active on nearly 300 campuses nationwide, chapters induct approximately 11,000 students annually. Since the Society's founding in 1922, Alpha Chi members have dedicated themselves to “making scholarship effective for good.” Alpha Chi is a member in good standing of the Association of College Honor Societies, the only national accrediting body for collegiate honor societies.

English honorary inducts members

Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary society, inducted eight new members bringing the total number of students to 12.

This year’s inductees include:

Payton Brooks ’22Jonathan Burkley ’21, Natalija Kutlesa ’22, Amy Meighen ’21, Katherine Miller ’22, Sydnee Pilarski ’22, Molly Shepler ’22Samantha Walker ’22

Active Members also include:

Samuel Faber ’20, Laura Hardner ’20, Sophia Kostoff ’20, Carrie Sever ’20


Communications collateral

Employees should update the logos used on institutional materials, including email signatures, letterhead, PowerPoint slides, etc. 

Thiel College has used the shield and wordmark combination as the official institutional logo for more than a year. They are the only approved logo for academic co-curricular and institutional use. Additional athletic logo packages are also available.

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.

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).

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Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Feb. 5, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Feb. 3 to be published in that week’s edition.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to:

  • Taylor Hall, assistant football coach

Passport Fair

WHAT: Passport Fair at Thiel College! (Obtain or Renew Your Passport.)
WHEN: Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • Students & Employees: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations will be in 15-minute increments. Contact Kris Whaling at ext. 2150 to reserve a time.
  • Public: 1–4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but please be prepared to wait.

WHERE: Rudisill Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Applicants must bring:   

  • State-issued (with seal) birth certificate that lists the names of BOTH PARENTS (unless father is not recorded) or a naturalization certificate/official proof of citizenship
  • Driver’s License or state issued photo ID. If license is NOT PA, you will need another photo ID as well (school, military, etc.)
  • You will need to complete and bring the passport application with you to your appointment. 
    • DS-11 – Application for a NEW Passport
    • DS-82 – Application to RENEW Passport

Printed application forms will be available in the Campus Post Office.

Please note: Passports CANNOT be applied for online and it is FREE to print an application on the official government site.  Do NOT use a site other than the government site.

Passport Cost:  

Must have check (or money order from another source) made out to “U.S. Department of State” to send with the application.

Routine service (6-8 weeks).

Expedited service (2-3 weeks) is an extra $60 above passport cost.

Age 16 and over (Good for 10 years):

Book: $110.00/Card: $30

Age 15 and under (Good for 5 years):

Book: $80/Card: $15

Additional Costs:

Must bring a separate form of payment for the fees below. Payment for these fees cannot be included on the check or money order that is sent with the passport application.

  • Passport Photos: $15.00 (Or you may bring an approved passport photo obtained from Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc.)
  • Execution Fee (including postage): $35 for a new passport application (DS 11). 
  • Priority Postage is $7.75 for a passport renewal application (DS 82).

Dome Notes

Dome Walking Hours

The Rissell-Schreyer Dome is open to community walkers Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon unless a varsity game or practice is taking place.


Campus Events

Italy 2020 Fundraiser Candy Bar Sale
Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Howard Miller Student Center

Daffin’s candy bars will be on sale in the HMSC hallway. They are being sold as a fundraiser for students on the 2020 trip abroad to Italy.

For more information, contact Cynthia L. Sutton, Ph.D.

Wear Red Day
Friday, Feb. 7 at noon
Bistro, Howard Miller Student Center

Students and employees are encouraged to wear red for women’s health on Feb. 7 and then come to the Bistro to be part of a group photo.

For more information, contact Melanie Broadwater ’98 at ext. 2754.

Founders’ Day
Thursday, Feb. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The annual celebration that marks the founding of Thiel College. The Founders' Day breakfast reception is in the Bistro at 10 a.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 11 a.m. The Pittsburgh Promise is being honored as the winner of the Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award. Select faculty and staff will also be recognized.

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

Communication For a Day
Friday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thiel College Campus

Thiel College is hosting prospective high school students interested in the fast-paced world of communication! Thiel will highlight different aspects of both the majors offered and the department.

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

Academic Honors Convocation
Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

Annual recognition of the academic achievements of students. Professor David Miller ’61 and Ruth Miller will be awarded honorary degrees and Professor David Miller will deliver the keynote address.

For more information, contact Amy Taczanowsky at ext. 2155.  

Poetry Session
Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
Sawhill Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

A poetry session is set for the Sawhill Georgian Room.

For more information, contact Anthony E. Jones at ext. 2193.

Common Hour: Zona Presentation
Thursday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Louis Zona, Ph.D. H’18, executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and Emeritus Professor of Art History at Youngstown State University will present “Thoughts on Contemporary Art.”

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

Twilight Tour Experience
Thursday, Feb. 13 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 members. 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.

Community Events

Greenville Rotary Annual Valentine’s Day Rose Sale
Until Feb. 3
Langenheim Library and Roth Hall

The Club is selling roses for Valentine’s Day and this year they will also be selling boxed Daffin’s chocolates. Roses (red, pink or yellow) are $30 per dozen and the chocolates are $20 per box, delivered to your office on campus.

For more information or to order, contact Bob Schmoll at ext. 2102 or Allen Morrill at ext. 2124. All orders are due by Monday, Feb. 3.

2020 Kiwanis Dining Card
On sale now
Greenville region

For $25 a Kiwanis Dining Card has 154 discounts at 50 participating restaurants around the region.

For more information, contact Mario Marini ’91 at ext. 2022.

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