April 9, 2014

T-Notes Archives
Next Issue: April 16

Thiel Happenings

Welcome to the new T-Notes! T-Notes is our weekly Thiel College e-newsletter – the source for news, information and happenings across our faculty, staff and student audiences. In our continuing efforts to provide timely communications, we'd like to remind the college community that items for inclusion should be submitted to tnotes@thiel.edu no later than Mondays at 5 p.m. for publication each Wednesday.

Earth Week continues today and tomorrow

Thiel College invites the community to join in its 16th annual celebration “Revisiting Sustainability: Still Caring for the Earth” during Earth Week, continuing today and tomorrow.

Thiel College Research Symposium scheduled for this Saturday

The first College-wide Thiel College Research Symposium is being held on Saturday, April 12 in the Johnson Center. The Symposium is a forum where students from a variety of departments will present the results of their research efforts. Students from biology, English, neuroscience, and the Dietrich Honors Institute will be presenting their projects orally or by poster.


8:30 am Participant registration, with a schedule of presentations list and continental breakfast available
9:00 am Welcome and brief opening remarks
9:10 am Oral presentation sessions
10:50 am Viewing and discussion of poster presentations
11:40 am Additional oral presentations session
1:20 pm Brief closing remarks, Symposium ends

All are invited and encouraged to experience what our students have been doing and to support this special type of academic endeavor. For more information, contact Dr. Nick Despo at ndespo@thiel.edu.

Act 82: Teacher Effectiveness Model presentation scheduled for April 16

Superintendent Mark Ferrera and Principal Brian Bronson, both of the Greenville Area School District, will be presenting. The presentation is designed to give an overview of the new teacher evaluation system being used in Pennsylvania. Participants will gain additional knowledge on how they might organize portfolios around Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching: Planning and Preparation, The Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities.

The event will be located in the Academic Center (Room 231) on Wednesday, April 16 from 10:00 - 10:55 am. Please RSVP to Dr. Doug Hazlett at dhazlett@thiel.edu if you wish to attend.

Student News

Around campus

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organized a spring clothing drive in February and March as a community service project for DIII week. Softball players Molly Jo Everett '14 (left), forensic accounting, accounting and business administration major, and Ashley Dolan '14, communication sciences and disorders major,  dropped off the clothing last week at the Good Shepherd Center.

Joe Scarpitti '80

Joe Scarpitti ’80, Senior Vice President for American Funds Capital Group, spoke to the Business department's Principles of Investments class on Thursday, April 3.

Students present research papers at Tenth Annual Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference

Three Thiel College students recently presented their original research papers at the Tenth Annual Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference at Susquehanna University on March 17, 2014. Sitting collectively on the Shakespeare panel, Valerie White, Erika Leonhard, and Leanna Yeager presented the term papers they had written for Dr. Jared Johnson's Shakespeare class in the fall 2013 semester.

Valerie White read "'She is herself a dowry': Analysis of Cinderella's relation to King Lear"; Erika Leonhard presented her essay, "'They that dally nicely with words may quickly make them wanton': The Obstacles of Bringing Shakespeare to Teen Film"; and Leanna Yeager delivered "'Hakuna Matata': Shakespeare should be 'No worries' for the Younger Generation."

The trip was made possible by financial support from English Club, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Dean's office.​

Coup brothers present to Senior Business Seminar

Senior business seminar speakers pose with Thiel College faculty and staff

On Wednesday, April 2, Richard Coup '78 (second from left) and R. Jeffrey Coup '74 (fourth from left), co-owners of Coup Insurance and Real Estate Agency, dined with and spoke to the members of the senior business seminar. Also pictured, from left: Prof. David Miller '61, Ruth Miller, Prof. Gary Witosky '79 and Mario Marini '91.

Some thoughts from the students include:

"Business ethics is important. They take pride that their employees know to do what is best for the client even if it isn't what is best for the business. 4 way test is important - Is it truthful? Is it fair to all involved? Will it build goodwill and friendships? Is it beneficial to those involved?" - Jessica Bittler

"[A lesson I learned] was, if you are in a business with either a good friend or even a family member, it is very important to communicate and not act like you are the only boss in your business. If you do not communicate then you will have problems and your business will not run smoothly. A simple act of meeting for lunch once or twice a week will help this issue out immensely." - Nathan Houpt

"The number one skill they look for in an employee is a good work ethic and honesty. Stay open to guidance from others. Avoid the 'I'm the boss and that is the law' mindset." - Molly Jo Everett

"... I really like that they encourage continuing education for the employees within the company." - Chelsea Costello

"It was [a] very good dinner, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was very nice. I sat near Jeff, and was [a] very comfortable person. We talked about my country, Korea, and his working. He talked about his experience of Thailand." - Jhin Young Shim

"I admired the fact that Jeff and Rick realized a weakness and turned it into strength. These men know what it is like to work hard and sacrifice to keep things operating." - Jadon Holloman

"Keeping a strong code of ethics within a business keeps people ... truthful. This is one of the most important values of Coup Agency." - Hillary Hambleton

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to:
Todd Gilcrist, Intern Football Coach

Retirement Reception for Nick & Pam Despo, Judy Newton and Lida Mason

Tuesday, April 15 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, HMSC

Employee Service Days

The Great Colleges to Work for Task Force is planning Employee Services Days for April 14, 15, and 16. In collaboration with the Maintenance Department, we have scheduled two shifts for each of those days ( 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 3:30 p.m.) with a variety of projects for those that are interested. Partial shifts are also okay. The projects are geared towards helping maintenance to beautify campus in preparation for commencement.

We realize not everyone will be interested or available to volunteer. But for those that are, we thought this would be a good opportunity to get away from the normal routine and get out of the office to help our colleagues in maintenance.

If you are interested, you can contact Patti Leipheimer at ext. 2125, or Mike McKinney at ext. 2600. We will send you more details once you sign up. Thanks!

The Great Colleges to Work for Task Force

MAP-Works Faculty/Staff Small Group Trainings

There is still one session left this semester!

  • Friday, April 11 at 3:00 pm

The session will be an hour and held in the MIMC. Please e-mail Jenni Griffin at jgriffin@thiel.edu if you would like to attend.


Campus Events

Thiel Forum: Mr. Erb and the Concert Band
Thursday, April 10 at 4:00 pm
Passavant Center

This culminating performance of the academic year promises to be entertaining, educational, and enjoyable. Please join us for a delightful performance and refreshments.

Scriptures Forum on Flood Stories
Monday, April 14 at 4:00 pm
Bly Hall, Academic Center

Join the students of Dr. George Branch-Trevathan's Honors' Scriptures class as they dive into the flood stories found in Genesis 6-9 and in the new movie "Noah", directed by Darren Aronofsky, as well as flood stories from other cultures. The event is open to anyone, and it does not require any prior knowledge of the flood stories.

Skavenger Hunt
Tuesday, April 15, starting at 8:00 am
Thiel Campus

Find the purple eggs around campus on April 15, take a picture with them, and upload them to your Instagram with the tag @skavengerhunt and where you found it. The more you find and upload, the bigger chance you have to win some fabulous Alzheimer's merchandise. Don't forget to follow @skavengerhunt on Instagram!

Sigma Tau Delta Senior Dinner
Tuesday, April 15 at 4:00 pm
Sawhill-Georgian Room, HMSC

This recognition dinner is for graduating senior English majors and English faculty.

Save the Date: Annual Employee Service Recognition Reception & Dinner
Wednesday, April 23 at 5:30 pm
Lutheran Heritage Room, HMSC

You are cordially invited to join the Thiel College community for this annual event. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. in the Lutheran Heritage Room. Tickets are $16 each. Menu choices include shrimp scampi, beef roulade, oven-blistered chicken with bleu cheese or creamy vegetable penne. RSVP no later than April 11 to specialevents@thiel.edu.

50 year Honoree

  • David Miller, Business Administration

40 year Honorees

  • Judith Newton, Math & Computer Science
  • Lida Mason, Library

35 year Honorees

  • Marla Barr, Housekeeping
  • Cynthia Farrell, Financial Aid

30 year Honorees

  • Curtis Thompson, Religion

25 year Honorees

  • Kathryn Gray, Music
  • Diane Donnelly, The Learning Commons

20 year Honoree

  • Jennifer Griffin, Psychology

15 year Honorees

  • Kathryn Frantz, Chemistry
  • Laurie Moroco, Communication Studies
  • Fatimata Pale, Biology
  • Jerri Farrah-Wilds, Bookstore
  • Gerald Frazier, Maintenance

10 year Honorees

  • Lorretta Ball, English
  • Thomas Jones, Public Safety
  • Craig Thurber, Athletics

5 year Honorees

  • Alecia Eppley, Biology and Chemistry
  • Rebecca Hecking, Biology
  • Karen Kollar, English
  • Doris L. Zimmerman, Chemistry and Math
  • Mercedes Gutierrez-Garcia, Languages
  • Cynthia Kreisel, History
  • Toni Mild, Education
  • Chaelon Myme, Neuroscience
  • Vicki Hildebrand, Public Safety
  • Charlotte Montozzi, Housekeeping
  • Jennifer Clark, Human Resources
  • Robert Phillips, Student Life
  • Jennifer Pruzinsky, Admissions
  • James Raykie, Communication
  • Shannon Reesh, Student Life
  • Tressa Snyder, Academic Affairs and Library
  • Florence Gordon, Math

Community Events

Greenville Band Booster Association Spaghetti Dinner
Sunday, April 13 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Greenville Knights of Columbus, 170 Clarksville Street

Adult meals are $6, student meals are $4 and children 3 and under eat free. Take-out is also available. The GHS Steel Band and Percussion Ensemble performs from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.

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