August 2, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Con Spirito musicians win prestigious award in advance of this fall’s performance

Con Spirito musicians win prestigious award in advance of this fall’s performance

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, will host the Milton String Quartet—winners of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition—as part of its Con Spirito Chamber Music Series on Friday, Oct. 13.

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Professor of Psychology uses new methods to introduce high school students to statistics

Professor of Psychology uses new methods to introduce high school students to statistics

Thiel College Assistant Professor of Psychology Kristel Gallagher, Ph.D., recently completed a program at the University of Central Washington that introduced high school students to statistics courses in an untraditional manner.

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Thiel students discuss value of Lutheran College Washington Semester

Chris Hofmeister ’17, Erika Schrader ’17 and Jamie Ulrich ’18 talk about exploring Washington D.C. while living and learning in the nation’s capital as part of the Lutheran College Washington Semester.

Thiel College alumnus featured in USA Today

In mid-July, Rev. Fred Schenker ’74 was featured in the USA Today weekly section “I am an American.” Each week, the series introduces readers to Americans who unite communities. Schenker’s feature was on the back page of the print edition, but can also be found online.

Arbuckle taking on additional role with the Disability Resource Center

Assistant Director of the Career Development Center Clarissa Arbuckle ’11 has agreed to take on new responsibilities as the Coordinator of the Disability Resource Center. She will split her time between both offices.

Arbuckle graduated from Thiel College in 2011, attended Yale Divinity School and completed her Master of Arts in college counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in May. She is a nationally certified counselor.

“I thank her for her willingness to take on this new role,” Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., said. “Please join me in congratulating her on this new adventure.”

Science Connector work includes upgrades in the Academic Center

Tile replacement in two hallways and later two stairwells in the Academic Center begins Monday. The projects are being done in conjunction with the science connector work.

The hallways on the north side of the building—both first and second floor—will be retiled. The work will begin at the Bly lobby and go toward the science connector.

The tile in the stairwells located next to the science connector in both the Academic Center and the Rhodehouse Memorial Science Building will be replaced, too.

Employees and students should avoid the hallways while the contractor is removing the old tile and installing the new tile.

For more information, contact the maintenance department at ext. 2175.

IT reminds employees to complete cybersecurity training

Employees must complete the cybersecurity training. The link for KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training was emailed to employees.

In addition to security training, Information Technology will also be sending out simulated phishing tests regularly so users can practice the skills learned as part of the training.

More information on cybersecurity:

For more information, contact the Solution Center at ext. 4000.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Jeff Arneson, men’s lacrosse coach
  • Hannah Jasienski, UPMC trainer
  • Kourtney Polvinale ’16, admissions/DHI intern
  • Dylan Potase, housekeeper
  • Brian Radakovich, assistant football coach
  • Evan Sokira ’16, assistant track coach

Waldameer employee discount

Thiel College employees are eligible for a special online discount to Waldameer and Water World Park in Erie, Pa. Follow the order tickets online link, activate the orange promotional button in the top righthand corner and enter the code THIEL17 (case and space sensitive). The discount saves $4 off a regular combination pass and $2 off a children’s pass.


Campus Events

Move-In Day A-B Students
Sunday, Aug. 6 at 12:30 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Move-in day for students participating in the A-B Program.

For more information, contact Angelica Perez-Johnston at ext. 2839. 

Employee retreat and picnic
Tuesday, Aug. 22
Campus wide

The Thiel College employee retreat is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. The picnic follows from 5-7 p.m.

RSVP to the Office of Special Events or download, print, fill out and intercampus mail RSVP to Special Events. RSVPs are due by Aug. 15.

Community Events

Kiwanis Chicken BBQ
Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rust Colony Square Pavilion at St. Paul’s, East Jamestown Road

Tickets for the annual Kiwanis chicken BBQ are on sale. Cost is $10. Meal includes half a chicken, baked potato, applesauce, roll and beverage.

To purchase tickets in advance, contact Mario Marini ’91 at ext. 2022.

Informational lunches at St. Paul’s
Fridays in August
St. Paul’s

Anyone interested in learning more about a catered independent living or personal care services at St. Paul’s senior living communities can schedule a lunch and take a tour.

For more information, call 724-589-4646.

Color Me Happy 5K Race Roll & Stroll
Aug. 11 at noon
The Villas at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s will host a 5K race and a roll & stroll event. The race will be followed by a color burst jam. Cost for the 5K is $20. The roll & stroll is free.

For more information, contact Mimi Dreher at 724-588-9613, ext. 1136.


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).

T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, August 16. During the summer, it will be released twice each month. The weekly schedule will resume August 16.

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