November 29, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Sharp and Thiel awarded Student of the Month honors for November

Sharp and Thiel awarded Student of the Month honors for November

Thiel College announces Alayna Sharp ’18, of Franklin, Pa., and John Thiel ’18, of Pickerington, Ohio, as its November Students of the Month.

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Music instructor collaborates with trumpet trio for upcoming CD release

Music instructor collaborates with trumpet trio for upcoming CD release

The Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio, featuring Thiel College Director of Bands and Instructor of Music Andrew Erb, has recorded its first CD and is set for its release in the spring of 2018.

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65th annual Christmas Festival features new choir director and modified program

65th annual Christmas Festival features new choir director and modified program

The 65th annual Christmas Festival, “A Light Unto The World,” will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

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RSVP today for the Thiel employee Christmas Luncheon

The Employee Christmas Luncheon is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. Employees are asked to bring a non-perishable  food item to be donated to The Good Shepherd of Greenville.

Intercampus an RSVP or email Linda Nochta by Friday, Dec. 8.

Donor pledges to match Thiel donations to United Way

Employees are asked to consider donating to the Hermitage chapter of the United Way. It has a goal of raising $800,000 to address poverty-related issues through local educational programs for pre-kindergarten children, as well as healthcare and counseling services. Thiel College assists their efforts by mounting a campaign on their behalf.  Our goal is $10,000, a target the College me last year.

This year a donor has stepped forward with an offer to match each Thiel College gifts up to a total of $5,000. To reach that goal, 96 employees have to make a $1/week pledge.

Employees should have gotten a pledge form in their mailbox. Complete and return it to Kim Braden in Human Resources.  The deadline is Dec. 15.

Student News

Johnson, Oros, and Kramer present at Shakespeare conference

Scholars from Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwestern Pennsylvania, recently presented their research at the 41st Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference in Berea, Ohio. Jared Johnson, Ph.D., Chair of the English Department and Associate Professor of English, Sean Oros ’15, Dietrich Honor Society associate, and Tina Kramer ’18, a senior English education and psychology major, participated in the annual gathering of the professional organization in late October. 

Themed “Shakespeare: Now and Then,” the 2017 meeting of the OVSC sought presenters with fresh perspectives on the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries across a range of temporalities. 

Johnson presented “Ghostwriting Shakespeare: Authorship and Cultural Appropriation in Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge.”

Oros presented, “From Good Duke to Knave: Critical Opinion of Shakespeare’s Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester,” and Kramer, the President of the Thiel College chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, presented “You’re Never Too Old to Laugh: An Adaption of Shakespeare’s Fool in the Modern Era.”

Biology majors travel to Juniata for conference

Associate Professor of Biology Sarah J. Swerdlow, Ph.D., and Katie Altman ’19, Crystal Carradine ’18, Jason Takacs ’18, Isaiah Hill ’20, Nathaniel Hill ’20Jessica Orczeck ’18, Ashley Prout ’20, Evan Youker ’18 attended the Allegheny Branch of American Society of Microbiology meeting on Nov. 3-4 at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.

In addition to a couple days full of scientific talks and poster sessions Takacs, Carradine and Orczeck presented posters titled “Study of Mutagenesis in Escherichia coli in the dgt gene,” “Annotation and Analysis of Mycobacterium Phage Pipsqueak’s Genome using Bioinformatics” and “Phage Hunters: Discovering Mycobacteriophage “S11.”

Swerdlow and the students expressed gratitude for the funding that was provided which allowed the students to present at the meeting.

Phi Theta Phi featured in Sharon Herald before embarking on walk

Leading up to their annual fundraising walk to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Phi Theta Phi was featured in Wednesday’s Sharon Herald.

The brothers were in Mercer on Wednesday and will be collecting in Greenville on Thursday before departing Friday morning for the 100-mile walk to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

“Over the past 47 years, Phi Theta Phi brothers have collected and donated more than $1.6 million to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Free Care Fund,” Phi Theta Phi president and walk chairman Anthony Donnorummo ’19 said. “It is an incredible feeling to be part of an organization that supports an amazing cause that helps families and children in need. I can say with certainty that each brother is proud to be a part of the Walk-A-Thon legacy. The Walk is a central and important aspect of Phi Theta Phi's unique culture.”

Special Notes

Note of Thanks

I and my family would like to thank everyone at Thiel for all your kindness, help and prayers for my mom, Mary Jean Schneider. The flowers were beautiful and our service in the Sawhill-Georgian Room could not have been lovelier. Special thanks to Pastor Jayne Thompson, Monica Adametz, everyone at AVI, Chuckie McQuone and all in maintenance.
It is wonderful to be part of this Thiel family.
Vicki Cousley

HR Notes

Open Enrollment and Benefits Forms

Benefit enrollment forms are due to the HR office by Friday.

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

DocuCenter Hours

The DocuCenter will close at noon Dec. 20 for the company Christmas party. The DocuCenter will also be closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1.

For more information, contact the DocuCenter at ext. 2267.


Campus Events

Winter Fest
Friday from 12:45-4 p.m.

Prospective students and families are on campus to learn more about Thiel College. Guests will be meeting with Thiel students and faculty, learning about programs, and later attend our annual Dome Opener celebration. Guests will also have the option of experiencing life as a Thiel student by staying overnight in a dorm.

For more information, contact Office of Admission at ext. 2345.

Business and Technical Writing Presentations
Friday 1-2 p.m.
Haer Family Science and Arts Connector Conference Room

Business and technical writing students present their projects to the Greenville businesses and organizations they have been paired with throughout the semester.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of English Melissa Borgia-Askey, Ph.D., at ext. 2237.

The Season of Change Youth Event
Friday from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

The Thiel College Foundations of Youth Ministry students are hosting junior high/middle school age youth for a mini-youth event to be held in conjunction with the Thiel College Winter Fest activities.

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

Student Research Symposium
Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
James Pedas Communication Center

Students from the Dietrich Honors Institute and the GNC Faculty/Student Research Institute, as well as other students, present their research papers and posters.

For more information, contact Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Dietrich Honors Institute Matthew Morgan, Ph.D., at ext. 2030.

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.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Glen Johnson Community Center

Aikido, a Japanese martial art dedicated to non-violent conflict resolution, meets three times a week for practice. These classes are open to Thiel College students, faculty, staff members as well as the general public. Conversation with the instructor(s) is required before attending the classes.

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

Art Exhibition: Images of Luther
On display through Friday
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.


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).

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