September 20, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Muslim chaplain’s presentation opens Thiel College’s yearlong interfaith series

Muslim chaplain’s presentation opens Thiel College’s yearlong interfaith series

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, will host Fardosa Hassan at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center to launch a special yearlong program designed to promote interfaith understanding.

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Thiel showcasing female printmakers from its private collection during exhibition at College

Thiel showcasing female printmakers from its private collection during exhibition at College

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, is hosting an exhibition of female printmakers from its permanent collection in the Weyers-Sampson Gallery in the Howard Miller Student Center through Oct. 17.

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Track and field, cross country teams sponsoring Homecoming 5K race

Track and field, cross country teams sponsoring Homecoming 5K race

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, is hosting a 5K run/walk at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 as a part of the Homecoming 2017 celebration and the dedication of its new track and field complex. The event is sponsored by the Thiel College cross country and track and field teams.

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Safety Committee members welcoming input

The Thiel Safety Committee welcomes everyone back for what we hope to be a safe semester! Continuing this semester, you’ll see a monthly Safety Committee T-Notes Tip. In this week’s edition, we wanted to introduce the committee. Please seek us out if you have any concerns, topics of discussion, or safety topics you’d like to see in T-Notes.

Kelly Sanzari ’13 (chair), Kimberly Braden ’01 (secretary), Eric AllenChristine Cianci ’96, Jennifer Clark, Justin Gregorich, Amber Kimmel, Brandy Little, Mike Mason, Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06Bob Schmoll, Kim Scobbie-Byler, Michael Shultz, and Tressa Snyder.

Disability Resource Center Minute

Director of the Disability Resource Center Clarissa Arbuckle ’11 discusses important issues regarding her office in the “Disability Resource Center Minute” in monthly in T-Notes during the academic year. If you have any questions, contact Arbuckle at ext. 2063.

Disability in Education: High School versus Higher Education

When transitioning from high school to higher education, it is important for students and parents to note that there are key differences in the services provided and the laws that govern accommodations.

Below are a few of these important differences:


High school

  • Services are delivered to the student.
  • The learning support personnel and/or parent(s) act as a student’s advocate.
  • There is regular contact and meetings with parents.
  • Teachers are automatically informed of necessary accommodations.
  • The student’s time is usually structured by others.
  • Homework may involve 1-2 hours per day.
  • Teachers often check completed homework.

Higher education

  • The student must seek out services.
  • The student acts as his/her own advocate.
  • There is no parent contact without the student’s permission.
  • Eligible students are given a letter outlining only the reasonable accommodations granted to deliver to their professor. It is up to the student to communicate those needs to the professor.
  • The student manages his/her own time, with a great deal of independent time.
  • Professors expect 2+ hours for each hour of class (totaling about 25-30 study hours a week).
  • Professors may not always check homework, but they will assume that the student can perform the same tasks on the test.


Student News

Business culinary students tour PTC

On Sept. 13, Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Angelo Giannini took business culinary students Carissa Jones ’19, Rachel Laughlin ’19, Paigh Davis ’18 and Jean Felix ’20 to the Pittsburgh Technical College for a campus tour. The culinary students met Director of Adult Enrollment Jeff Leedstrom and Chef Director Norman P. Hart. Students toured the campus with a concentrated tour of the culinary facilities. Leedstrom discussed housing, class schedules, the certificate programs and the quarterly time frames. Hart reviewed class structures, the philosophy of the culinary programs (both baking and culinary), what is expected of students and his knowledge of the culinary industry.


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).

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Kelly Muffley ’13, women’s basketball and tennis intern coach

And says farewell to ... 

  • Johnathon Kos, admissions counselor
  • Eric Ulrich, director of information technology support


Campus Events

Pedas Center Presents: Virtual Reality Demonstration
Today until 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.

Popcorn Friday
Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rotunda Bistro, Howard Miller Student Center

Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate Saturday’s home football game against Geneva with free popcorn.

Friday 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.

Fall Fest
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prospective students will be touring campus to learn more about the admission process, athletics, academic departments, financial aid, and attend a football game.

For more information, contact admissions at ext. 2345.

Zeta Tau Alpha Pink Out
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Alumni Stadium

The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha are hosting a bake sale and handing out pink ribbons at the home football game against Geneva. Proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness. The sisters also will be educating the football crowd about breast cancer.

For more information, contact Brittany DeCarmine ’18.

Goddard State Park Outing Day
Sunday from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Goddard State Park

The Outdoor Recreation Club is hosting an outing day at Goddard State Park. The event will feature Kan Jam, cornhole, frisbee, music, mountain biking, paddleboarding and kayaking. Lunch will be provided, as well as transportation to and from Thiel College.

For more information, contact Jake Morgan ’19.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert
Sunday from 3-5 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra performs its fall concert titled “Unite the World in Music.” Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and free for students and children.

For more information, contact special events coordinator Monica Adametz at ext. 2240.

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.

AICUP Conference
Sept. 25-28
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Thiel College hosts the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania Conference.

For more information, contact Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator Mike McKinney ’02 at ext. 2600.

Community Events

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

T-Notes Publishing Schedule

The next issue of T-Notes will be out Wednesday, Sept. 27. The weekly schedule for T-Notes has resumed.

Send your submissions by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 to

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