March 4, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College offers new scholarship for Mercer County high school students

Thiel College offers new scholarship for Mercer County high school students

Thiel College announces its new Ella Busch scholarship for incoming fall 2020 first-year students, who could be eligible for up to $8,000 through the scholarship.

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Three Thiel College band students selected for statewide collegiate music competition

Three Thiel College band students selected for statewide collegiate music competition

Three Thiel Tomcat Marching Pride members will perform at the 73rd annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival from Friday, February 29 through Sunday, March 1 at the California University of Pennsylvania.

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TLC Extraordinary Effort Award goes to French and Crawford for the month of March

TLC Extraordinary Effort Award goes to French and Crawford for the month of March

The Thiel Learning Commons Extraordinary Effort Award recipients for March are Matt Crawford ’20 and Taraneh French ’20.

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Biggest Loser final weigh-in averaged 8.6-pound loss

The Biggest Loser contest, sponsored by the Wellness Committee, ran for six weeks. Eleven employees participated and all paid $20 with the knowledge that the collected money would be split evenly between the winner and The American Heart Association.

Of the eight participants who came for their final weigh-in, a total of 68.5 pounds was lost, averaging an 8.6-pound weight reduction per participant.  The winner was provided with a certificate and $110. The remaining $110 was donated to the American Heart Association. Congratulations to all participants, as everyone was successful in their weight loss journey!

The Wellness Committee is encouraging employees to participate in the March Water Challenge.  Flyers were sent through ICM to employees and can be completed and turned in to the Student Life Office at the end of the month.  Thiel College water bottles will be provided to those who complete the March Water Challenge.

Employee Benefit and Wellness Fair set for April 22

Vendors, service providers and area businesses will attend to promote and discuss their services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

Attendees can register to win gift baskets and pick up giveaways from the businesses.

Representatives for our retirement plans, group health insurance programs, life & disability insurance and occupational health services, will be on hand to provide information and answers to your questions.

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

Hill offers advice with ‘Credibility’

Marvin Hill ’88 was a business administration major who also graduated with a Spanish minor. He is an Ohio State Police captain. He lives in Columbus, Ohio and was a four-year member of the football and track and field teams. His message to students included the importance of his Christian faith, finding value and respecting diversity.

“One of Marvin’s passions is educating troopers and civilians about diversity. One thing that he said that really stuck out to me was that there are many different people in the world and having compassion for them, regardless of the differences, is extremely important. I also really liked how he said that it’s important to remember that humans have far more similarities than differences, which puts everything in perspective. As a manager, keeping this in mind will help you be able to better relate to your employees.”—Brenna Parsley ’20

“Mr. Hill has been incredibly accomplished in his professional career. In fact, in 1999, he was honored as the (Ohio State Police) Trooper of the Year. He also went back to school in 2014 and received his Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Kent State University. Mr. Hill’s success is a testament to his strong work ethic and tenacious spirit.”—Mariel Hanely ’20

“Marvin is a practicing Christian and has found that his purpose is helping others. He has found ways to bridge the gap between faith and work. One example of this was after a drunk driving incident. After the incident occurred, Marvin took the man who was driving under the influence a Bible and shared God’s word with him, which made a huge impact on the man’s life.”—Andrew Giesey ’20

“This week’s speaker was Marvin Hill, who graduated from Thiel in 1988. He was a business administration major with a minor in Spanish. Hill talked about his Thiel story and how he would not replace his college experience with any other. He is a firm believer that Thiel is a home and the people here are family.”—Carrie Severt ’20

“Marvin explained quite a few topics, however, the main term that really stood out to me was ‘value engagement approach’ this term means to basically find value in everyone and that everyone truly has value somewhere inside them. Marvin’s was truly a great story to listen to and just by listening to his great story, I was able to see that he was truly a humble man that cares for others.”—Alec Hoffman ’20

“He gave us some great advice from (the) book ‘Credibility’ where he gave four key principles. Those key principles were honesty, a leader is always forward-thinking, being competent and to be inspiring. He also said that in order to manage or lead people, you need to get your team or staff to buy-in to what they are doing. Meaning that you need to get your people interested and inspired to do what they are doing.”—Maggie Whalen ’20

Ramirez, Mott and Professor Nowinski present to Cub Scouts

Marissa Ramirez ’20, Joe Mott ’20 and Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., shared Shenango Valley history with the Pack 3 Cub Scouts at First Presbyterian Church in Sharon on Wednesday, February 26. About a dozen boys in Grades 1-3 learned about Native American communities and about how Sharon has changed over more than 200 years. The scouts gleaned clues about the past from historic photos and created their own pictures of Sharon past and present. 

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes...

  • Michelene Orteza, circulation librarian

And says farewell to...

  • Jared Wilcox ’15, assistant sports information director

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).

Office of Communications and Marketing Notes

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.


Campus Events

Spring Break
Through March 8
Thiel College campus

Students return March 8.

  • Residence Halls open at  noon
  • Dining Hall opens 4:30–6 p.m.
  • Rotunda Bistro opens at 6 p.m.

Classes resume Monday, March 9

Con Spirito Concert Series - New Orford String Quartet
March 9 at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

The Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series features top international chamber music performers. On March 9, the New Orford String Quartet will perform. The concert is free and open to the public.

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

Future Jobs Career Expo
March 25 from 1–5 p.m.
Thiel College

Thiel College and public broadcasting company WQED are collaborating on a special career event. Attendees will meet local employers and learn about high-demand career opportunities. The event includes a special premiere screening of the 30-minute WQED program, “Future Jobs: Technology and a Changing Workforce,” followed by a panel discussion with industry leaders including representatives from the manufacturing, banking/financial, and energy industries.

For more information, contact Clarissa Arbuckle ’11 at ext. 2371.


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T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out March 11, 2020. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, March 9 to be published in that week’s edition.

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