April 18, 2018

T-Notes Archives
Next Issue: April 25, 2018

Thiel Happenings

Thiel College band director discusses how socioeconomic factors affect student band participation

Thiel College band director discusses how socioeconomic factors affect student band participation

Thiel College Director of Bands and Professor of Music Andrew Erb presented his research, “The Effects of Socioeconomics on School Instrumental Ensemble Participation,” to attending band directors at the recent Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, District 5 Jr. High Band Festival, held at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, in Cranberry, Pennsylvania.

+  Read the full story in the Newsroom

Thiel College Professor of English presents on teaching social justice movements at conference

Thiel College Professor of English presents on teaching social justice movements at conference

Melissa Borgia-Askey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, spoke at the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication annual convention in Kansas City, Mo.

+  Read the full story in the Newsroom

Submit a Thiel College student success story today!

Sharing stories of Thiel College student successes is an important part of telling the full Thiel College story. Faculty and staff members can nominate students who represent that ideal by following the link below.

Completed Wufoo forms are sent to the Office of Communications and Marketing and give the office the opportunity to tell those stories and recognize student accomplishments.

Thanks to faculty members Delbert Abi Abdallah, Ph.D.Greg Butcher, Ph.D.; David Buck, Ph.D.; Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D.; Karen Shaffer and Gary Witosky for their submissions. 

Campus garden plots available for rent 

Plots are available for the Thiel College Campus Garden. A 10-foot square plot costs $30 and two 10-foot square plots cost $40.

Rental agreements are due to Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., by May 1.

A groundbreaking ceremony is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 in the area around the former Hunton Hall on Ridgeway Drive.

For more information or to return the agreement email Frombgen or call ext. 2200.

Student News

Thiel College hosts biology students from western Pennsylvania

The Thiel College Biology Department hosted the 39th Annual Western Pa. Undergraduate Biology Research Symposium on April 14 at the Haer Family Science and Arts Connector.

Faculty and students attended from Thiel College, Washington and Jefferson College and Duquesne University.

Students presented their research in posters and talks to about 60 faculty, staff, students and friends of the College.

The keynote address was given by University of Pittsburgh doctoral candidate and Thiel College alumna Rachel Wills ’12.

Gamble wins CFA Society Pittsburgh recognition

The financial plan developed by Alec Gamble ’20 (left) placed among the top 10 among 253 entries from colleges and universities from all over Pennsylvania in the 2018 CFA Financial Plan Contest put on by the Pittsburgh CFA Society. He was awarded a cash prize.  

Personal financial plans are completed as part of the Principles of Investments class of Adjunct Professor of Business Susan Middleton. The CFA Institute is a global organization of investment professionals, and the CFA designation is a respected professional credential.

Vincent Mion ’19 (center) and Ben Daisley ’18 (right) were also recognized for their participation in the contest. All students who submit a plan receive a certificate of participation.

This is Thiel’s second year submitting plans to the contest, and both years the College has had students place among the prize-winning group. Last year, Brant Dencher ’17 and Trevor Martin ’17 won honorable mention recognition.

Therapy cat gives students a ‘purr-fect’ break

Students in the health psychology class of Kristel Gallagher, Ph.D., got a first-hand look at the effect therapy pets can have on student well-being. Draven the Therapy Cat visited the class and then spent time with students in the lobby of the Academic Center.

DePaulo, Mull win April Extraordinary Effort awards

The TLC has awarded the April Extraordinary Effort Award to Dana DePaulo ’18 and Tyler Mull ’18.

DePaulo is a business major from Butler, Pa.

Mull is a psychology major and history minor from Westmoreland City, Pa.


Tomcat Tributes

Tomcat Tributes 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, April 25.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, April 18 to tnotes@thiel.edu.

Read the Thielsenian online

What’s happening on campus? Visit the Thielensian website and read the latest articles. 

Connect with Thiel College


Special Notes


Congratulations to Justin Gregorich and his wife on the birth of their son, Brady James Gregorich. He arrived at 7:12 a.m. Tuesday. He is 9 pounds and 21 inches. Mom and baby are doing well.


Bone Marrow Registry Drive
Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Thiel College Football team hosts the third annual bone marrow registry drive.

For more information, contact Dan Blume at ext. 2137.

Movie Night with Phi Alpha Theta
Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, is showing “Marie Antoinette.” A discussion of the film will be held afterward. The event is free and open to the Thiel College community.

For more information, contact Sarah McConnell ’18.

Guest Speaker: Corey Ciocchetti
Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Bly Hall, Academic Center

Motivational speaker Corey Ciocchetti is the speaker for Thiel’s annual Greek Week festivities. Ciocchetti is a speaker and teacher who has won multiple teaching and speaking awards including the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award and the Joel Goldman Award for most respected speaker on the CAMPUSPEAK roster. He teaches classes on business law and ethics Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Greek Week Sing N’ Sync
Friday from 7-11 p.m.
William A. Passavant Center

Thiel College Greek organizations perform their annual sing n’ sync during Greek Week.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Dietrich Honors Institute Research Symposium
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
James Pedas Communication Center

Students from the Dietrich Honors Institute and the GNC Faculty/Student Research Institute, as well as other students, present their research papers and posters.

For more information, contact Matthew Morgan, Ph.D., at ext. 2030.

Lambda Sigma Chipotle Fundraiser
Sunday from 4-8 p.m.
Chipotle 125 North Hermitage Road, Hermitage

The sophomore honor society, Lambda Sigma, is holding a fundraiser at Chipotle. Bring in the flier, show it on a smartphone or tell the cashier and 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Lambda Sigma.

For more information, contact Andrew Giesey ’20.

New Faculty Orientation Dinner
Monday from 4-6 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

A dinner to camp the year-long orientation activities for new faculty members in the 2017-18 academic year.

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

Earth Day Tree Planting
Monday from noon-1 p.m.
Grounds near the Football House

The Thiel College community celebrates Earth Day by planting two trees on campus.

For more information, contact Fatimata Palé, Ph.D., at ext. 2114.

Dietrich Honors Institute Senior Dinner
Monday from 6-10 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Senior DHI students celebrate the end of the spring semester with a dinner honoring their academic achievements.

For more information, contact Matthew Morgan, Ph.D., at ext. 2030.

Healthy for Life Fundraiser
Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Thiel College Business and Accounting Club is holding a sale with all proceeds to be donated to a local charity.

For more more information, contact Melissa Oakes ’03 at ext. 2046.

Women’s and Gender Studies: A Tale as Old as Time
Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30-10 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

A film viewing and panel discussion concerning gender misconceptions and society. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Marissa Civitate ’21.

Music Department Recital
Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Thiel College music students perform at their spring recital. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Julie Neish, D.M.A., at ext. 2149

An Evening of Jazz
April 25 from 7-9 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Thiel Jazz Band, Thiel JazzCats vocal jazz ensemble and invited jazz bands present “An Evening of Jazz” to the Thiel College community. The performance is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Julie Neish, D.M.A., at ext. 2149

Film Viewing: ‘The Hunting Ground’ 
April 26 from 6:45-9:30 p.m.
James Pedas Communication Center

The documentary titled ‘The Hunting Ground’ will be shown highlighting sexual assault on college campuses. There will be a discussion following the presentation. This event is hosted by AWARE.

For more information, contact Cassandra LaGrange ’18.

Visit the main website →