April 23, 2014

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April 2014 students of the month announced

April 2014 students of the month announced

The faculty of Thiel College is pleased to announce that three student scholars have been selected to be honored as April Students of the Month 2014.

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Campus I.T. survey outcomes result in technology improvements

Following up on last week’s survey winner announcement, Information Technology compiled results* from the technology survey sent last month. Key takeaways from faculty and staff responses included:

  • 78% of respondents visit the website daily (70% in 2012)
  • 26% view mobile browsing as very important (20% in 2012)
  • 18% do not own a smartphone (35% in 2012)
  • 13% are a fan on Facebook and follow Thiel College on Twitter

Comments included requests for calendar, search and navigation improvements. In response to this feedback, Information Technology has made the following improvements:

Future plans include a more accurate search option and a continued commitment to user experience. If you have any questions or additional feedback, please complete the new website feedback form.

* 72 faculty and staff members responded to the survey this year, in comparison to 113 in 2012. Percentages have been rounded up to the nearest whole number.

Student News

Kappa Mu Epsilon initiates 11 new members

Kappa Mu Epsilon, a specialized honor society for Mathematics, initiated 11 new members on Sunday, April 13. The new members are: Anna Hart, Emily Howard, Kathleen Kent, Tanner Liptrap, June Longbine, Mary Oakey, Derek Runge, Kelsey Schneider, John Tenorio, Kayla Welty and Michelle Wimer.

Members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction. The society, formed in 1931, has grown steadily and currently has 118 chapters and approximately 61,000 members in 34 states.

Dr. Arthur White, philosophy, was the guest speaker. Prof. Max Shellenbarger, math and computer science, serves as the KME faculty corresponding secretary.

Education majors learn about new Pennsylvania teacher evaluation process

Education majors in Dr. Doug Hazlett’s class were the recipients of a presentation on the new Pennsylvania teacher evaluation process by Mark Ferrara (seated in background), superintendent of Greenville area school district and Brian Bronson (speaking), elementary principal. Students learned about the process to document best practices in teaching pedagogy from the local school administrators.

Distinguished alum Broome addresses students during final Senior Business Seminar of the semester

On Wednesday, April 9, Laura (Lord) Broome '91 (bottom row, center), manager of products accounting at Kinder Morgan, dined with and spoke to the members of the senior business seminar.

Some thoughts from the students include:

"She made it a point to use your foundation that you received at Thiel. She said that this foundation is enough to get you where you want to go as long as you make the right choices to get there." - Matt Fiore

"Our dinner conversation at the table was great. We talked about Laura's career and many fascinating things about Georgia as well. Laura interned at St. Paul Homes like myself while she was a student." - Jessica Bittler

"Laura said, 'See the [writing] on the wall and take risks.'" - Jadon Holloman

"Tonight was an enjoyable dinner accompanied by Dean Franken. We spoke about Thiel's new academic core and how we feel it will be extremely beneficial to the incoming freshmen." - Chelsea Mikos

"Mrs. Broome stressed that if we work hard and have confidence in ourselves we will do well." - Jared Hoffacker

"She had [many] helpful tips throughout her speech and one of these was being able to make decisions and stick with the decision you make." - Brett Smith

"There was a great group of students and the professors I've had for class the past four years, so it really was a great ending to my senior year." - Allison Skebo

Special Notes


Please join the Office of Communication & Marketing in extending a warm welcome to Dominick DiRienzo, assistant director of public relations at Thiel College. DiRienzo joins Thiel from SECO/Warwick Corp. where he most recently served as marketing communications manager. Previously, he was the sports editor of the Meadville Tribune, and sports copy editor and reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in communication arts and media studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Welcome to Thiel!

Thank you notes

"I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to my Thiel family for the words of support and encouragement during the recent passing of my father. Your concern and expressions of sympathy were appreciated more than you know. I am forever reminded of how blessed I am to work with such a caring and compassionate group of people."

Blessings always,
Cindy McClelland
Administrative Assistant
College Advancement

"The Thiel College Facilities Department would like to express our gratitude to the numerous participants of the 'Campus Clean-up Days' sponsored by the Great Colleges to Work For Task Force on April 14-16. Your efforts were very helpful and much appreciated!"

Kim Groover
Administrative Assistant
Facilities Department


Campus Events

Worship Schedule

  • Today at 4:00 pm - Normal worship
  • Sunday, April 27 at 6:00 pm - Last Candles (Fire) in the Round

Annual Employee Service Recognition Reception & Dinner

Today at 5:30 pm
Lutheran Heritage Room, HMSC

A full listing of honorees will be posted again, with a photo, in the next edition of T-Notes.

Sigma Kappucino

Tomorrow from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weyers Lounge, HMSC

Join the Sisters of Sigma Kappa for coffee, tea, and goodies. They will also be accepting donations for the Sigma Kappa Foundation.

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Recognition Banquet

Tomorrow at 5:00 pm
Sawhill-Georgian Room, HMSC

Fairwell Festival

Friday, April 25 at 3:00 pm
The Quad, Thiel Campus

We're saying goodbye to students for the summer! Join us for some fun activities on the Quad, including a zip line, carnival games, and much more. Contact Than Oo at too@thiel.edu for more information.

Friday, May 23
Greens of Greenville

This annual golf outing raises funds to support the College's 24 varsity athletics programs. For those interested in participating in this years' event, download a registration form or contact Patti Leipheimer at 724-589-2125.

Community Events

Walking the Runway for a Cure ... a Fashion Show and Cookie Walk
Saturday, May 17 at 2:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Greenville

Team Roadrunners ... for a Cure of the Greenville Relay for Life invite you to an afternoon of fun, fashion and fighting for a cure! Fashions provided by Lin's Tresses and Treasures and the cookie walk will feature a delectable selection of homemade goodies. Tickets are available for $10, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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