September 13, 2017

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Thiel College chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity collects 16 awards at biennial gathering

Thiel College chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity collects 16 awards at biennial gathering

The Thiel College chapter of Kappa Sigma capped off its most successful two-year period by collecting 16 awards during the fraternity’s 71st Biennial Grand Conclave recently.

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Students collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief

Students collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief

Students from Thiel College’s radio station WXTC 88.1 FM, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, campus ministries and other campus organizations, are collecting donations from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in the Howard Miller Student Center’s Rotunda Bistro for Hurricane Harvey victims.

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President Traverso named a Dietrich Foundation trustee

President Traverso named a Dietrich Foundation trustee

Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., recently joined the Board of Trustees for the Pittsburgh-based Dietrich Foundation.

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The Daughters of Corn return

The Daughters of Corn Nicaraguan Dance Troupe will perform at Thiel at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

This is the group’s sixth U.S. dance tour. The group is associated with the U.S.-based Compas de Nicaragua organization and the Nicaraguan-based Women in Action. Thiel College students have worked with these groups when they have traveled to Nicaragua in the past. The Daughters of Corn also performed at Thiel in September 2015.

For more information, contact Professor of History and Associate Dean of the Core Curriculum David Buck, Ph.D., at ext. 2248.

Protest discussion, music on tap for first Thiel Forum

Director of Bands, Instructor of Music/Performing Arts, Department Chair Andy Erb and his professional trumpet trio and Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Lana Kulik, Ph.D., open the 2017-2018 academic year Thiel Forums at 4 p.m. Thursday in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel.

Kulik will discuss “Protest Communication in the Age of Trump,” which she recently presented at the World Communication Association in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Upcoming schedule

Oct. 12

  • Cindy Sutton, Ph.D.; Matt Morgan, Ph.D.; and Greg Butcher, Ph.D.: Study Abroad in Germany/Switzerland in May 2016, Spain and Peru in May 2017
  • Russ Richins, Ph.D.: Testing of Numerical Algorithm on a GPU: Results of Faculty Development Grant
  • Shannon Deets, Ph.D.: Leadership: Where Research, Service, and Professional Development Interact: Experiences with the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Emerging Leaders Program

Nov. 16

  • Dane Claussen, Ph.D.: Travels to Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Jared Johnson, Ph.D.: Faculty Development Grant: Spring 2016: “‘The First Order rose from the dark side…you did not’: Unmasking Evil in Abrams’ The Force Awakens
  • Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D.: Attendance at CIC Seminar on Art History at Yale

For more information, contact Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D., at ext. 2154.

Student News

Girata, Sarratori named Thiel Learning Commons Extra Effort winners

Christine Girata ’18, a 2014 graduate of Central Valley (Pa.) High School, and Nick Sarratori ’18, a 2014 graduate of Eden (N.Y.) Junior Senior High School, were named Thiel Learning Commons September Extraordinary Effort Award winners recently.

Girata, of Monaca, Pa., is a communications major with a minor in public relations.

Sarratori, of Eden, N.Y., is a history and secondary education major.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Renee Johnson, housekeeper
  • Ashley Josay Zullo, vice president of enrollment management

First TNT moved to LHR

The first TNT of the fall semester will be in the Lutheran Heritage Room at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Track is open

The track is open and available for running and walking. Work on the storage facility, concession stand/restrooms and lighted walkway to the softball field is ongoing, and the maintenance department reminds the campus community to avoid active construction areas.

Also, the infield area is not ready for use yet.


Campus Events

Art Exhibition & Gallery Talk
Today at 2 p.m.
Weyers-Sampson Gallery

The exhibition celebrates the achievement of female printmakers highlighting selections from the Thiel College catalog. Prints in the exhibition include works by notable artists such as Isabel Bishop, Käthe Kollwitz, Louise Nevelson, Corita Kent and Judy Pfaff.  

The opening reception and lecture are from 2-4 p.m. today. The exhibition is on display until Oct. 17.

Pedas Center Presents: Virtual Reality Demonstration
Sept. 20 from noon to 4 p.m.
Rotunda Bistro, Howard Miller Student Center

The James Pedas Communication Center and Student Life invite students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests to experience Oculus Rift technology for Virtual Reality.

For more information, contact James Pedas Professor of Communication and Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations Chair Dane. S. Claussen, Ph.D., at ext. 2851.

Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, Pedas Communication Center

Members of the LGBT+ Alliance will answer students’ questions about bisexuality. Open to all students, staff and faculty to promote awareness.

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, M.Div., at ext. 2130.

Community Events

Lace—A World of Wonder Exhibition
Through September
Greenville Area Public Library

An exhibit of handmade lace made by members and friends of Lacers of the Lake will be on display at the Greenville Public Library and will be supplemented with vintage lace, books and photos. The program “A Brief History of Lace Construction” will be presented at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the library. Both events are free and open to students and faculty.

St. Paul’s Ask the Expert series
Sept. 28 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Keifer Building at St. Paul’s, 341 E. Jamestown Road

Attorney Carolyn Hartle, of the Hartle Elder Law Practice, and Kevin Orsinger, president of the Orsinger Investment Group, will answer questions regarding charitable giving, long term care, Medicaid’s five-year look back, IRA charitable rollovers and other issues.

Seating is limited, RSVP by Sept. 25.

To RSVP, call 724-589-4667 or email


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, Sept. 20. The weekly schedule for T-Notes has resumed.

Send your submissions by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 to

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