April 28, 2021

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Newsroom Highlights

Enjoy these stories recently posted in the Newsroom.

Thiel College fraternity ‘walking in her shoes’ to support Mercer County women’s shelter

Thiel College fraternity ‘walking in her shoes’ to support Mercer County women’s shelter

The members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Thiel College are wearing high heels and standing at the intersection of routes 18 and 58 to collect donations for a Mercer County domestic shelter this week.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

Marching Pride holds impromptu concert Tuesday

The Thiel Tomcat Marching Pride gave a brief concert Tuesday afternoon on the lawn in front of Greenville Hall.

Student News

Cupples enlightens senior seminar with international business experiences

Shawn Cupples ’87 was the featured speaker at the April 21 Ruth A. Miller Senior Business Seminar. Shawn is Vice President for International Business Development for GNC in Pittsburgh. During his talk, he shared his insights and observations on a variety of issues including pursuing career opportunities, communication strategies, and the complexities of international commerce.

“Overall, I enjoyed Shawn’s talk with the class because he explained the processes and ideas that go with creating products, not only within the United States but overseas as well. I think having Professor Steven Kandray there also helped show a different side of business that the class was not used to hearing about. If I had a year left at Thiel College, I would choose to take an international marketing class, because this is something that sparked my interest after this past Wednesday night.” Madison Acor ’22

“As per the advice of Professor Miller, Cupples has stayed with GNC for many years because he appreciates their business and products. The speaker also mentioned his travel experiences while at GNC, including his trip to Boston as well as a six-year “trip” to England. Because of these journeys, Cupples obtained a diverse background and was able to appreciate other parts of the world in person.”  Emily Baker ’22

“The next point that Shawn brought up I really tried to dissect what he was trying to say, as he was putting much emphasis on the topic and stressing how important it was, this being the communication skills that he said he wished he had earlier in his career. Shawn attributed communication skills in the workplace to being able to build strong teams and relationships so that all these individuals would be able to come together and create an idea that was far better than anything one person could have come up with.”  William Brandsema ’21

“I think it was really fun talking about TikTok branding and the influence it has on so many people. Truly, there are videos of people from every single living generation on the app. The reach is astronomical. I never thought of or considered it a branding tool until it was brought to my attention in class, simply because I watch the app every day and it is part of the culture for people to show things they use or review how the product has worked for them. Products being used to gain ‘clout’ was never considered branding to me. Until last night.”  Ashton Camerot 22

“Another principle he spoke on was saying yes when opportunity shows itself. He said not to get bogged down in the details of the opportunity, but instead to say yes and worry about the details after. This went along splendidly with another principle of his which is get diversity in your background. The diversity that he was speaking of is finding things that set you apart from everyone else, and how else are you to find this diversity if you are not willing to say yes to opportunity when it comes. Both principles were accompanied with his stories from around the world as an international representative of the GNC Well brand. He talked about his trips abroad and how his say yes attitude got him to the position he currently holds in GNC, which is Vice President of International Business Development.” Hailee Hess ’21

“Lessons learned, ‘Stick to a business and a product that you like’, ‘Excel is a gift from the gods’, ‘If you can communicate, be flexible, have and build a team, you will be successful’, and ‘Being uncomfortable leads to success.’” Delaney Merideth ’21

“He also said to be flexible in your work environment and do things that will benefit you and learn the way that’s best for you. Shawn and I relate to volunteering in your workplace. I recently joined my company’s safety department for no extra pay, but it will be beneficial to me in the long term. I learned at my job the more opportunities that you take the more opportunities will arrive.” Anthony Sebastian ’21

“That company (GNC) took him on an adventure across the United States and Europe.  He has been to nearly 30 countries as a result of his position.  He even lived in the United Kingdom for six years.  He is the kind of guy that will take on any opportunity open to him, and his successful career is a reflection of that.” Hannah Uschock ’22 

“Dinner was pleasant!  I was seated with Shawn Cupples and Jess Peters.  We were all impressed with the meal in that it was created to put us to sleep!  Not really, but the German food was excellent.  We talked about each of our lives, and Shawn was able to give us a sneak peek of what he was about to present. He actually took a class with my mom when they both went to Thiel!” Hannah Uschock ’22

“The night began with an excellent meal from the AVI staff. The appetizer consisted of a soup, the entrée was fried veal, and the dessert was a peach pie with ice cream, which was to die for.”  Madison Acor ’22

Psi Chi adds eight members

Pictured on the left are Psi Chi members present during the induction ceremony; while on the right are new members (standing) Morgan Wood ’23, Raquel McDonald ’22, Roman Booth ’22, (squatting) Michaela Brown ’22, Hallie Vogt ’23 and Jade Rhoads ’22. Not pictured are James Gilbert Jr. ’21 and Kaylee Suarez ’23.

Following lunch and inductions, new officers for 2021–22 year were announced: Tiffany Davison ’22, president; Rhoads, vice president;  Wood, secretary; Leah Endres ’22, treasurer; and Megan Brewer ’22, Student Government Association representative.

Lambda Sigma inducts 27 members

Twenty-seven new members of the Rho chapter of Lambda Sigma Society at Thiel College were inducted on Sunday, April 18.  Lambda Sigma Society is the national honor society for second-year students.

Steve Alcegaire ’24, Todd M. Berdar ’24Devyn M. Bossard ’24Lillianna Briscoe ’24David G. Cianci ’24Dara Edwards ’24Dylan D. Evans ’24Kylie Gardner ’23, Damion Grinnell ’24Emily Irons ’24Marissa A. Locondro ’24Paige C. Long ’24, Kinsey M. Lowers ’24Bridget Mazzant ’24Hailey J. McClain ’23Brooke M. Mottley ’24Madison Murray ’23Juliana Peace ’23Mark Permigiani ’24Sydney Varga ’24Kylie Vergnola ’24Allison Walsh ’24Autumn Wanchick ’23Kiersten White ’24Steven Wright ’24Madison Yurich ’24.

Pastor Brian Riddle ’07 was inducted as an honorary member.

Officers for the 2021-22 academic year will be Walsh, president; Vergnola, vice president; Varga, secretary; and Alcegaire, treasurer.

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

Student teachers welcome guest speakers for their next-to-last student teaching seminar

On April 14, student teachers met online for one of their last student teaching seminars of the semester. They welcomed two education professionals to this meeting as guest presenters.

The first speaker, Corry Schachern, is the Assistant Director of PSEA Retirement Programs and spoke to the student teachers about the Pennsylvania State Education Association and some of its services. Topics included teacher pay scales, health plans, and pension and retirement plans. Schachern also talked about how to find employers who help teachers pursue financial success.

Michael Robbins ’96, a Thiel College graduate and the principal of Nelson Island School in Toksook Bay, Alaska also joined the student teachers for this seminar. Students heard about teaching in Alaska, viewed a video of the area and school district, and received professional tips from Robbins. Robbins also offered mock interviews to any of the students who wanted one.


Special Notes

DocuCenter updates hours

The DocuCenter’s new hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Campus Store spring hours

The Campus Store will be open Monday 1–4:30 p.m.; Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday 1–5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4–7 p.m.

Events

Campus Events

Farewell Festival
Friday at 4 p.m.
Greenville Hall lawn

Cotton candy, food truck, succulents, stuff-a-plush and many other activities to celebrate the end of the semester.

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

Final Day of Spring Classes
Friday
Thiel College Campus

Final day of classes for the spring 2021 semester.

Spring Finals Week
May 3–6
Thiel College Campus and online

Final Exams begin at 8:00 a.m.

Last Day of Spring Finals
May 6
Thiel College Campus

Campus closures:

  • Bistro closes at 4 p.m.
  • Dining Hall closes at 7 p.m.
  • Residence Halls close at 7 p.m.

Baccalaureate Worship Service
Saturday, May 8 at 4 p.m.
Graul Amphitheater, Riverside Park

A celebratory outdoor worship service that lifts up the graduating senior class along with their family and friends. 

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07 at ext. 2130.

Commencement Exercises Class of 2021
Sunday, May 9 at 10 a.m.
Alumni Stadium

The Class of 2021 will be awarded their degrees. Frank Maenpa, Ph.D. ’69 will be awarded an honorary degree and Bretton and Stacey Walberg will be recognized with the William A. Passavant Award.

For the health and safety of the Thiel College Community, these Commencement Exercises are being planned in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines, which include reduced attendance, hygiene recommendations, social distancing and the use of masks regardless of vaccine status.

Commencement Exercises Class of 2020
Sunday, May 9 at 3 p.m.
Alumni Stadium

The Class of 2020 will be recognized. Ruthanne Beighley, Esq. ’73 and John Hauser ’71 will be awarded honorary degrees. For the health and safety of the Thiel College Community, these Commencement Exercises are being planned in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines, which include reduced attendance, hygiene recommendations, social distancing and the use of masks regardless of vaccine status.

In-Person Summer Courses
Monday, May 10
Thiel College Campus

Thiel College’s summer courses offer the same high-quality instruction and academic performance as regular academic year courses, but are smaller, less formal and encourage interaction between students and faculty.

For more information, contact Denise Urey ’00 at ext. 2009.

Online Summer Courses
Monday, May 10
Thiel College Online

Thiel College’s summer courses offer the same high-quality instruction and academic performance as regular academic year courses, but are smaller, less formal and encourage interaction between students and faculty.

For more information, contact Denise Urey ’00 at ext. 2009.

Community Event

Second Annual Grapes and Growlers
May 15 at 4 p.m.
Reynolds Industrial Park

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the second annual wine and beer tasting event, Grapes and Growlers from 4–7 Saturday, May 15 at the Greenville Reynolds Industrial Park. Only 200 tickets will be sold for this premiere event. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of the area’s finest wines and brews in this unique, casual atmosphere.

For more information or tickets, contact Mark Batt ’87 at ext. 2157 or 724-866-0705.

Etc.

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).

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.

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out May 5, 2021. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, May 3 to be published in that week’s edition.

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