December 6, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Professor of Art Sean McConnor exhibits works at Hiram and Warren galleries

Professor of Art Sean McConnor exhibits works at Hiram and Warren galleries

Thiel College Professor of Art and Curator of Art Sean McConnor, M.F.A., recently exhibited work at Hiram College and is currently displaying his paintings at Crary Gallery in Warren, Pa.

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History professor member of select group to participate in week-long seminar at Yale

History professor member of select group to participate in week-long seminar at Yale

Thiel College Assistant Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., was one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching European Art in Context. She recently presented on her experience at the conference at a campus-wide faculty and staff development session.

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Adams, McConnell recognized for academic achievements with Student of the Month honors

Adams, McConnell recognized for academic achievements with Student of the Month honors

Thiel College announces Rebecca Adams ’18, of Hermitage, Pa., and Sarah McConnell ’18, of Blairsville, Pa., as its December Students of the Month.

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United Way team seeking contributors

United Way Campaign Update: The Thiel College United Way campaign team of Martin Black, Morgan Steiner ’16 and David Miller ’61 need help from the Thiel College community. With just a week left in the campaign, there have been only 10 donations. The goal is 96 participants.

No donation is too small. Anyone needing a donation card should contact Black at ext. 2372. Any donation of $2 per week or more will receive a VIP local business and restaurant discount card.

Student News

Thiel students attend career expo in New York hosted by Thiel alumnus 

On Nov 10-11, Thiel College students Brittany Jackson ’20, Brianna Gibbs ’19, Keonna Fuqua ’18, Dana DePaulo ’18, Diana Sileshi ’20, Robert Thompson ’18, Ben Daisley ’19 and Dominik Pleger ’18 traveled with the Career Development Center to New York City to participate in the 10th annual SCIP Leaders Business Summit and Career expo hosted by Thiel alumnus Miguel Mancebo ’77 and his wife, Monica.

SCIP Leaders is a non-profit that opens the doors of America’s top firms to the increasingly diverse pool of young professional talent that will make up tomorrow’s corporate leaders.

The event includes a full day of workshops, panels, information sessions and motivational talks.

Firms in attendance included JP Morgan Chase & Co, Mitchell & Titus, E&Y, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, New York Life and Bloomberg News.

Thiel’s eight students joined about 250 other students from Fairleigh Dickinson, the City University of New York, Columbia University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State University. On the day after the Expo, students explored Manhattan with a brief (but chilly) walking tour and a visit to the American Museum of Natural History.

Neuroscience students present research at annual meeting

The Society for Neuroscience’s 47th annual meeting, Neuroscience 2017, is the world’s largest neuroscience conference for scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. This year, Thiel students Grant Fox ’18, Maggie Nee ’20, Theresa Kretzmer ’21, Joelle Reitz ’19 and Evan Youker ’18 were among the 30,000 attending neuroscientists to present work at the meeting.

Fox, Nee and Kretzmer presented a research poster at the faculty for undergraduate session of the meeting, while Reitz and Youker presented a poster describing the Neuroscience Club’s community outreach work.

Fox’s project “Long-term Intranasal Insulin to Combat Cognitive Decline in Young and Aged Rats” was conducted in the lab of Olivier Thibault, Ph.D., at the University of Kentucky.

Nee and Kretzmer presented data from their work on Behavioral Effects of Adolescent Nicotine Exposure on Spatial Learning and Memory of Adult Male and Female Long Evans Rats.”  They, along with fellow student Gage Gladysz ’20, were supported by a GNC Faculty/Student research award to Professor of Psychology Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06 and Professor of Neuroscience Greg Butcher, Ph.D.

Special Notes

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

Advent Evening Prayer
Wednesday from 7-8 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Advent Evening Prayer is a simple and beautiful worship experience of readings, hymns and candle-lighting. It's a wonderful way to gather, take a break and usher in the holy mystery of this season. All are welcome!

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

Twilight Tour Experience
Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m.

Prospective students will get a personalized campus tour experience. High school students will meet with an admissions representative.

For more information, contact admissions by email or at ext. 2345.

Fall Semester Music Recital
Thursday from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

The recital features students taking private lessons on piano, voice, guitar and strings. The students will perform music they studied during the fall semester.

For more information, contact Julie Neish, D.M.A., at ext. 2149.

Holiday Bingo
Friday from 9-11 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Thiel Activities Board is hosting its annual holiday bingo. Students have the chance to win big prizes.

For more information, email student activities.

Wings ’n Sings
Saturday from 9-11 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Thiel Activities Board is hosting the final Wings ’n Sings of the semester.

For more information, email student activities.

Pedas Presents: Martin Luther and the Growth of Printing and Publishing
Dec. 11 from 7-9 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

James Pedas Professor of Media, Communication & Public Relations Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., presents on the symbiotic relationship between the Protestant Reformation, starting in 1517, and the development of the European printing and publishing industry, which is usually tied to Johannes Gutenberg's printing of the Bible in the 1450s.

For more information, contact Claussen at ext. 2851.

Brain Art Closing Reception
Dec. 11 from 7-8 p.m.
Weyers-Sampson Art Gallery, Howard Miller Student Center

Neuroscience Club members host a closing reception for the week-long display of brain art prepared by Thiel students and Hempfield Elementary students in the art gallery.

For more information, contact Professor of Neuroscience Greg Butcher, Ph.D., at ext. 2031.

Passion Driven Statistics Poster Session
Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Nathan Harter Atrium, Haer Family Science and Arts Connector

More than 25 students from the Department of Psychology’s “passionate” statistics class will be presenting their original research projects based on secondary data analysis. Topics include various predictors of adolescent mental and physical health, including relationships with parents, aggression and violence, alcohol and drugs, religion, and sexual activity. All are welcome to simply wander through this casual, drop-in session or stay and interact with the presenters.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Psychology Kristel Gallagher, Ph.D. at ext. 2070.

Ongoing Events

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.


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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