May 24, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College announces Dean’s List honorees for spring 2017

Thiel College announces Dean’s List honorees for spring 2017

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northeast Pennsylvania, announced this month that 318 students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester.

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College’s new first-year experience program aimed at bolstering student success

College’s new first-year experience program aimed at bolstering student success

Students, faculty and staff at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, are kicking off a new campus-wide first-year student orientation program titled the “First-Year Experience for Student Success.”

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Sherman studying Parkinson’s disease with Florida university research team

Sherman studying Parkinson’s disease with Florida university research team

Thiel College student Korinna Sherman ’18, of Poland, Ohio, will spend the summer at the University of South Florida working with Theresa Zeziewicz, M.D., and a team of researchers doing a clinical study of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

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Video highlights celebrate the 143rd Commencement Exercises

Flickr  The Thiel College Flickr gallery has photos from a variety of campus-wide events and celebrations, including photos from the 143rd Commencement Exercises and the Inauguration of President Susan Traverso, Ph.D

Former Professor and Curator Emeritus Hayes returns for a tour

Former Professor of Art and Curator Emeritus Richard Hayes taught at Thiel College from 1958 to 1980. He is 94 and lives at St. Paul’s Continuing Care Community. His son Matt Hayes and his wife, MaryKay Hayes were visiting from Georgia. They brought Professor Hayes to campus on May 22. He was one of the founders of Friends of Art. He toured the Friends of Art Lounge and the Sawhill-Georgian Room and met with former student and Professor of Economics and Business Administration and Norman P. Mortensen Chair of Economics David Miller ’61.

Updates offered on several campus projects

The campus community got updates on the progress of two major projects last week. Faculty and staff toured the science connector facility on May 17. On May 18, they got a look at the track and field complex and the improvements made to the Paul Bush ’66 Memorial Fitness Center.

The science connector and track and field projects will be dedicated at Homecoming 2017, which is Oct. 13-15. The fitness center is open and in use.

Student News

Accounting professors give graduates T-shirt to celebrate Tomcat pride

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting and Department Chair Gary Witosky ’79 and Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Melissa Oakes ’03 gave graduating accounting majors a T-shirt to show their Tomcat pride.

The two professors take graduating accounting students out to dinner to celebrate their success and during that event, the students are presented with a gift. This year it was a T-shirt. The saying on the back was first uttered by Trevor Martin ’17 in Principles of Accounting and resurfaced in various classes over the past four years. It refers to T accounts which are a tool used in analyzing various accounting problems.

Incoming students connect at Visit Day and win TV

Kierstin Peabody ’21 (left) and Jessica Peters ’21 (right) won a television at the Office of Admission Spring Visit Day in April and will be rooming together this fall. The two women found each other through ZeeMee, a social networking and college search site for high school and college students.

Special Notes

“My entire family would like to thank the Thiel College community for your prayers and support. While we grieve the death of my sister Kristin, especially so close to the loss of my sister Lynn, we have felt surrounded by a loving, caring community. We thank each of you for all you have done.”

Roberta Leonard

Safety Committee tip

Mental health is just as important as physical well-being. Let’s all take advantage of the quiet days summer brings to campus and remember to de-stress! Here are a few tips from Forbes to deal with stress:

  • Build gap time into your schedule—walk across campus for fresh air!
  • Schedule your day for energy and focus. Utilize time in the morning to plan out your goals for the day to help you stay on track. 
  • Eat right and sleep well. This one speaks for itself!
  • Influence others. Positivity is quickly transferred from person-to-person, so be a positive influence!


Campus Events

Blue-Gold Golf Outing
Friday at 9 a.m.
The Greens at Greenville

Cost is $100 for individuals and $400 for a foursome. The day includes lunch and buffet dinner and a hole-in-one contest, skill prizes and team prizes.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Friday at 6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Andrew Apisa ’99, Sean Clark ’01, Ricardo Franklin ’02, Nakisha (Logan) Peoples ’02, Libby (Hauser) Purdy ’06 will be inducted into the Thiel College Athletic Hall of Fame during the 37th annual induction ceremony. Cost is $25 per person.

New Student Orientation Day
June 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thiel College campus

New students will prepare for the fall 2017 semester at the new student orientation.

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

Community Events

Ask the Experts: Support for In-Home Care
Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s, 341 E. Jamestown Road

St. Paul’s is hosting a variety of experts to discuss how to provide in-home care.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.

Shenango Valley Flute Choir Concert
Saturday at noon
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

The Shenango Valley Flute Choir comprises students from high schools in Mercer and Lawrence counties.

For more information, contact Erin Marks.

St. Paul’s Flea Market
June 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Keifer Gym, 341 E. Jamestown Road

A 10-foot square space costs $15. A space with a table and two chairs is $15.

For more information or to reserve a space contact Missy Nitch at 724-588-9613, ext. 1290.

Sigma Kappa Walk to End Alzheimer’s
September 9
Sharon, Pa.

The sisters of Sigma Kappa will attend the Sharon, Pa. Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 9. The Alzheimer’s Foundation is one of Sigma Kappa’s philanthropies. Their goal this year is to raise $2,250.

A celebrity bartending night will also be held at The Clark House from 5-8 p.m. July 27 with all proceeds going to the Sharon, Pa. fundraising goal of $50,500.

For more information or to register a team, contact Kelly Sanzari ’13 at ext. 2014.


T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, June 7. T-Notes has begun its summer publishing schedule. During the summer, it will be released twice each month. The weekly schedule will resume in August.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, June 5 to

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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