November 8, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Luther 500 Celebration latest event in yearlong Interfaith Series

Luther 500 Celebration latest event in yearlong Interfaith Series

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, is hosting the latest event, Luther 500, in its yearlong Interfaith Series on Nov. 8.

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Thiel Players examine ideas of race with production of award-winning ‘Clybourne Park’

Thiel Players examine ideas of race with production of award-winning ‘Clybourne Park’

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwestern Pennsylvania, announces the Thiel Players present “Clybourne Park,” the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best New Play, Nov. 10-12 in the William A. Robinson Theater.

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Thiel announces academic scholarship to honor decorated military soldier killed in action

Thiel announces academic scholarship to honor decorated military soldier killed in action

Richard Gloyer—father of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Ryan Gloyer ’04, who was killed in action in November 2016 in Afghanistan—will attend Thiel College’s annual scholarship luncheon on Nov. 11 in recognition of the scholarship he is starting in his son’s name at the College.

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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor celebrates College as his office’s “new best friend”

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack III visited the College last Thursday. He spent the day on campus touring facilities, meeting with students and staff and promoting the Pathways to Pardon program. Thiel was the only college or university outside of the Philadelphia area to host one the 30-some Pathways to Pardon events.

Stack attended a class with criminal justice and public speaking students, was interviewed by student media and met students across campus.

Numerous students, staff and faculty contributed to making Stack’s visit a success. Throughout the day he referred to Thiel College as his office’s “new best friend.”

Breakfast and a beverage available for Thiel College military members

All Thiel College students and employees who are active, reserve, past or present military members can attend a breakfast on Saturday and also get a free beverage in the Rotunda Bistro in recognition of Veterans Day.

Armed services members can pick up a coupon for a free drink at the Rotunda Bistro. Coupons are available in the Solution Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. today through Friday.

The breakfast is at 9 a.m. in the Sawhill-Georgian Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

For more information about the breakfast, contact Brian Bradshaw at ext. 2064.

Volunteers needed to help put up the Rissell-Schreyer Dome

Employees are reminded to be aware that the Rissell-Schreyer Dome over Stoeber Field at Alumni Stadium will be going up shortly after Saturday’s Mercer County Cup football game against Grove City. Watch for the announcement and be ready to lend a hand for this massive undertaking.

Faculty and staff sought to serve Thanksgiving dinner to students

On Nov. 14, AVI will prepare its annual Thanksgiving dinner for students in the TC Café. Student Life is inviting all faculty and staff to join the fun and help serve the meal to students.

In the past students were served by faculty and staff during the popular late night breakfast at the end of the semester, but this is the first time those employees are serving Thanksgiving.

Servers can sign up for either the 4:15-6 p.m. shift or the 6-7:30 p.m. shift or for both.

For more information or to sign up, contact Vice President of Student Life Mike McKinney ’02.

Cambodia, Star Wars and landscapes highlight last Thiel Forum of the fall

The last Thiel Forum of the academic year is at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Stamm Lecture Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center.

The presenters:

  • ​Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D.: Travels to Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Jared Johnson, Ph.D.: Faculty Development Grant in spring 2016: “‘I shall not be ghostwriter to your fate’: Specters of Shakespeare in Ian Doescher’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge.”
  • Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D.: Landscape and Identity in Britain and the United States

Student News

Brunsgaard, Sharp win TLC’s Extraordinary Effort awards

The winners of the Thiel Learning Commons Extraordinary Effort Award for November are Katelyn Brunsgaard ’18 and Alayna Sharp ’18. Both students are from Franklin, Pa.

Brunsgaard, a 2013 graduate of Keystone Junior-Senior High School, is a double major in psychology and sociology. Sharp, a 2014 graduate of Rocky Grove High School, is an English and secondary education major. 

Variety of events scheduled to celebrate International Education Week

Beginning Sunday and continuing through Nov. 17, a variety of campus events are scheduled to celebrate International Education Week. All activities are in the Howard Miller Student Center.

The week’s events include:

  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, International Food Fair, TC Café
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Country Poster Presentations, Main Hallway
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Travel the World Through Art Project, Rotunda
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, International Candy Buffet, Outside TC Café
  • 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, Henna tattoos, Rotunda
  • 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Mexican Bingo, Lutheran Heritage Room
  • 8 p.m. - midnight Friday, Nov. 17, Baile en Mundo “Dance of the World,” Lutheran Heritage Room

For more information, contact Taryn Hale at ext. 2126


Tomcat Tributes

Tomcat Tributes are designed to 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).

Going the Extra Mile
 Amber Kimmel
Nominator: Richard Orr
Comment: “Thanks for going the extra mile at Homecoming. When she couldn’t find a student to be Tommy for the Track & Field Complex dedication she herself donned the suit (in spite of being under the weather). As a result of her efforts, Communications and Marketing got some excellent pictures.”

Special Notes

HR Notes

Open Enrollment and Benefits Meetings

Benefit providers will be on hand to discuss employee benefits for 2018 on Friday, Nov. 17 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. A 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. session are scheduled. All employees with health insurance should attend as there are several changes to the plans for 2018. Vendors will be there to answer any employee questions regarding their coverage.

For more information, contact Kris Whaling at ext. 2150 or Jennifer Clark at ext. 2858.

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Michael Beck, housekeeper
  • Beth Hetrick, housekeeper
  • Rachel Pearce, student activities intern
  • Alan Rabold, police officer

and says farewell to ...

  • Deb Egelsky, housekeeper
  • Kelly Sanzari ’13, director of alumni relations


Campus Events

Pedas Presents: “The Mask You Live In” Documentary Viewing
Today from 7:-8:30 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Highlights from the documentary, “The Mask You Live In,” about U.S. culture’s narrow model of masculinity and how it is perpetuated by mass media, sports, peer groups, parents and other factors will be shown. Pedas Center director Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., will lead audience discussions.

For more information, contact Claussen at ext. 2851.

PICPA Accounting Career Day
Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, HMSC

The Accounting Career Day program is a one-day event that invites students to learn about the diverse career paths in accounting. High school students are invited to this free program.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Mellissa Oakes ’03 at ext. 2046.

Panhellenic Tie–Dye Mixer
Thursday from 6-7 p.m.
Game Room, HMSC

Sisters from all four Thiel College sororities enjoy a special mixer and tie-dye event.

For more information, contact Alyssa Hilliard ’20.

Pedas Presents: “Miss Representation” Documentary Viewing
Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Highlights of the documentary, “Miss Representation,” about mass media’s continuing sexism against women will be shown. Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Lana Kulik, Ph.D., will lead audience discussions.

For more information, contact Pedas Center director Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., at ext. 2851.

Popcorn Friday
Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rotunda Bistro, HMSC

Enjoy free popcorn and Thiel Tomcat pride before Saturday’s final home game against Grove City College.

Thiel Players: Clybourne Park
Nov. 10-12
William A. Robinson Theater

The Thiel Players production of Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park,” a spin-off of the play “A Raisin in the Sun.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are not required but are recommended.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., at ext. 2029, or for reservations email or call ext. 2847.

Veterans Day Breakfast
Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Thiel College students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to recognize their service on Veterans Day.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Computer Science Brian Bradshaw, D.Sc., at ext. 2064.

Scholarship Luncheon
Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Lutheran Heritage Room, HMSC

The Annual Endowed Scholarship Recognition Luncheon gives students a chance to meet and thank those who fund their endowed scholarships. Photos will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by lunch.

For more information, contact Cindy McClelland at ext. 2160.

Thiel College Equestrians Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
The Moose, 32 Shenango St., Greenville

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Thiel College Equestrians. Cost is $10 per person, $5 per Thiel student and children under 10 are free. Dinner includes spaghetti, bread, drinks and salad.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meeting
Sunday from 7-8 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting its first informational meeting of the semester! This meeting is to reintroduce the group to the Thiel College community and generate interest. All are welcome!

For more information, contact Evan Gruver at ext. 2196.

Ongoing Events

Worship on Wednesday
Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Worship on Wednesday is offered for the entire Thiel College community during the semester. We gather each week for hymns, prayers, a message and Holy Communion. All are welcome!

For more information, contact Pastor Jayne Thompson at ext. 2130.

Art Exhibition: Images of Luther
On display through Dec. 1
Weyers-Sampson Art Gallery

Exhibition images of Luther: Celebrating the 500th Year Anniversary of the Reformation.

For more information, contact Professor of Painting and Curator of Art Sean McConnor at ext. 2095.

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