December 13, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Eight new and returning members bring strong business and education backgrounds to Board of Trustees

Eight new and returning members bring strong business and education backgrounds to Board of Trustees

The Thiel College Board of Trustees recently added eight new members. The Board of Trustees adopts rules, regulations and policies governing Thiel College. Board members serve three-year terms and can serve up to three successive terms.

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Instructor of Music collaborates with jazz vocalist on Christmas album

Instructor of Music collaborates with jazz vocalist on Christmas album

Thiel College Director of Bands and Instructor of Music Andrew Erb recently collaborated with contemporary Christian recording artist, Jordan Biel and his band, Sound of Fusion, on a new Christmas album titled “Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas.”

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Revisit the excitement of two Thiel winter traditions

The 65th Annual Thiel Christmas Festival and the eighth annual opening of the Rissell-Schreyer Dome are both important parts of the fall semester. Students, faculty, staff and friends of the College take part in both events. Take a look at the excitement with more than 50 photos from the two events.

Student News

Strategic Management students make presentation to Trails Association

On Monday, Dec. 11, the strategic management class of Professor Angelo Giannini made its presentation of the strategic business plan to Fred Kizer ’66 and Caitlyn Struthers of the Mercer County Trails Association. The plan had three components: marketing the association to the community; the financial aspect of raising money to finance the construction of the remaining bike paths; and the right-of-way issues of current property owners

The overall project manager was Jason Thorp ’18 who was responsible to ensure the final plan met the objectives of the Mercer County Trails Association. Christian McElhaney ’18 was the team leader of the right-of-way team consisting of Bradi Osborn ’19, Tanner Teconchuk ’18, Murphy Wood ’18 and Brennan O’Shea ’19. The team’s portion of the plan related to deed searches, community involvement, and incentives.

Lucas Basko ’18 was the team leader of the finance group composed of Greg Galbo ’18, Greg Strohmeyer ’18, Andrew Casile ’18 and Hayden Kaizen ’18. This team presented a plan centering on business donations, accessing foundations, government grants, developing forums and utilizing the Trail Fork website.

Charles McQuone ’18 was the team leader of the marketing group which included Franziska Ludwigs ’21, Kristen Tate ’18, Joshua Lumbus ’18 and Yi Shi ’18. The team’s section of the plan centered on developing a radio ad, brochures, flyers and putting the association on TripAdvisor.

Sharpsville Middle School principal gives insights to Education students

Sharpsville Area Middle School Principal Heidi AbiNader addressed students in the class of Professor of Education Doug Hazlett, Ph.D. She discussed data informed decision making.

Sharpsville Middle School was designated as a “School to Watch” by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. AbiNader discussed what recognition meant, but also focused on state required tests and analysis of the data in terms of what it means to teachers.

Community partners get help from business & technical writing students

Business and Technical Writing students partnered with the Borough of Greenville, Jamestown Coating Technologies, Greenville Reynolds Disposal and Northeast Industrial Manufacturing to collaborate on human resource manual sections, emergency management plans, grants, flowcharts and standard operating procedures. 

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Travis Combine, police officer

Friday is the deadline for United Way contributions

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. Return your pledge form to Kim Braden ’01 in the Human Resources office.

DocuCenter holiday 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.

Nominate a student for the Ethical Leadership student award

Nominees are being sought for the inaugural Ethical Leadership Award for students.

The nomination form takes less than a minute to complete. The winner(s) will be announced during Thiel’s Martin Luther King Day celebration in January.  

This is an opportunity to recognize a student who steps forward to do the right thing, encourages others to higher levels of personal development and inspires the community to build lives of meaning and purpose.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Karen Shaffer at ext. 2244.


Campus Events

Employee Christmas Luncheon
Thursday at noon
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Employees are reminded to bring a non-perishable food item which will be given to The Good Shepherd in Greenville as part of Thursday's employee luncheon.

Christmas 2017 Potluck Party
Tuesday at noon
Langenheim Memorial Library

Employees are invited to bring a food dish to share. A table will be set up in the library.

For more information, contact Allen Morrill at ext. 2124.

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.


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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