June 21, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

High school students will conduct laboratory research as part of science camp

High school students will conduct laboratory research as part of science camp

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, is sponsoring a weeklong science day camp for high school students on its campus starting June 19.

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Accomplished professor of music joins performing arts department

Accomplished professor of music joins performing arts department

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, announces that Julie Neish, D.M.A., has been appointed to the Department of Performing Arts as director of choral activities and assistant professor of music.

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NEW VIDEO: Kayla Bean ’17 looking forward to graduate school

Kayla Bean ’17 is moving on to get her Master’s degree in social work at the University of Central Florida. The 2013 graduate of Lakeview (Pa.) High School talks about her experiences in the social psychology program at Thiel College and how the College has prepared her for graduate school.

Admissions hosts first BBQ Visit Day, two more planned

The Office of Admission hosted prospective students on June 19 at the first BBQ Visit Day of the summer. Two more events to learn about campus resources and academic departments, meet with faculty and coaches, tour the campus, and enjoy food and fun with potential classmates are scheduled.

RSVP online 

Contact the Office of Admission with any questions.

Retiring vice president and dean recognized at reception

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Lynn Franken, Ph.D., has retired and was recognized at a reception June 15 in Roth Hall. Franken had held the position since joining the College in 2010.

“During her tenure as vice president of academic affairs, she maintained with diplomacy, tact, and skill, the coordination, development, integrity, and quality of all academic programs; administered the academic and faculty policies and budget; and managed and administered key academic support services,”  Chair of the Board of Trustees Barry Stamm, M.D. ’70 read a proclamation to the Trustees. “It is with great appreciation that the Thiel College Board of Trustees celebrates Lynn Franken for her dedication and outstanding service and expresses its deep gratitude for the distinctive contributions she has made to the College.”

Franken incorporated presentational literacy as part of the revised core curriculum and incorporated the importance of communication into her remarks at the groundbreaking for the Pedas Communication Center. A strong proponent of multi-and cross-disciplinary learning, Franken was also involved in other campus improvements, including the Science Connector, the creation of a science center, and technology and classroom enhancements. Under her leadership, the Hodge Institutes brought faculty and staff together to work on curricular and assessment projects and learn from the experts in the field.  


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).

Just Because
Nominees: Roger Seiple and Barb Miller
Comment: “Our campus is well maintained, attractive and welcoming for visitors and everyone. Roger and Barb are constantly working to keep the campus that way. (We should all) acknowledge their (hard) work.”

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Michael Schuff, assistant football coach

and says farewell to ...

  • Kraig R. Smith ’12, director of alumni development

Congratulations to the Swerdlow family

Assistant Professor of Biology Sarah Swerdlow, Ph.D., and her husband recently welcomed the birth of a daughter, Madeline. Both mom and baby are healthy and doing well!

Campus Store hours

The Campus Store in the Howard Miller Student Center is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and all orientation days. The store is closed Mondays and Fridays.

For more information, contact Vicki Cousley at ext. 2170.

Important campuswide dates for 2017-2018

Many of the meeting and event dates for the upcoming year have been set.


From 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Wednesday, March 14
  • Tuesday, April 10

Employee retreat and picnic

  • Retreat, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 22
  • Picnic, 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22

Employee Christmas Party

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14


Community Events

St. Paul’s Flea Market
Saturday 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, July 5. 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 Friday, June 30 to tnotes@thiel.edu.

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