September 12, 2018

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College food drive yields more than 3,000 pounds of donations for Good Shepherd

Thiel College food drive yields more than 3,000 pounds of donations for Good Shepherd

First-year students and their peers, mentors and advisors at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, collected more than 3,000 pounds of food during the College’s inaugural food drive.

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Opening talk for Boyle, Franchino drawings kick off exhibition schedule at Thiel College gallery

Opening talk for Boyle, Franchino drawings kick off exhibition schedule at Thiel College gallery

Professor of Painting and Curator of Art Sean McConnor at Thiel College, a leading independent, private four-year College of Distinction in northwest Pennsylvania, announces the College’s Weyers-Sampson art gallery launches its yearlong schedule of art exhibitions at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with a gallery talk for artists Mark Franchino and Jeremy Boyle.

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Upcoming walk a chance to show Thiel College’s heart

Above are members of Thiel College’s Heart Walk Team from 2017.

Join this year’s team at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in Buhl Park for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Cost is $20, which includes a T-shirt and a donation to the American Heart Association.

For more information, contact Chris Cianci ’96 or Jackie Kytchak.

Student News

Pedas Fellows sought for 2018-2019

The Pedas Fellows program is seeking new Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year.

The 2018-19 missions are:

  • coordinating with faculty campuswide to assist students in learning to use media and communication technology inside and outside courses;
  • serving as teaching assistants for the Intro to Presentational Literacy course; and
  • assisting fellow students with communication-related projects (whether or not they involve technology).

Fellows will also assist with Pedas Center programs such as lectures, screenings, workshops, and conferences. Fellows work up to an average of six hours per week during the academic year.


  1. an excellent academic record at Thiel College
  2. some flexibility in availability other than when in class
  3. eagerness to serve the entire Thiel College campus
  4. working knowledge and previous experience with at least two of the following: a) video cameras and/or audio recording equipment; b) video editing software (such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or iMovie); c) audio editing software (such as Adobe Audition or Audacity); d) web design software (such as Adobe Dreamweaver, iWeb or Bluefish).

Applicants who do not meet these requirements when they apply will, if chosen, need to commit to learning new skills. To apply, submit a hard copy of an application letter specifically addressing the position requirements and a resume to Prof. Ross Nugent at Pedas Center Rm. 138. Applications will be considered immediately; all positions should be filled by Friday, September 21.

Wellness Center hosting student flu shot clinic

Thiel College students can get a seasonal flu shot from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Thiel College Wellness Center

Sign up in the Wellness Center email Chris Cianci ’96 at by Oct. 6.

TLC names September Extraordinary Effort winners

The Thiel Learning Commons has chosen Libby Grasso ’19 and Chelsea Orr ’19 as its September Extraordinary Effort Award recipients.

Grasso is a criminal justice and sociology major from Meadville, Pa. She graduated from Meadville High School in 2014.

Orr is a criminal justice and psychology major with a minor in business administration from Youngstown, Ohio. She graduated from Liberty High School in 2014.

Weekly student newsletter features events and news

To reduce email clutter from the Thiel Happenings account, a weekly student newsletter will go out Tuesday afternoons. The Thiel Happenings newsletter will contain brief student-focused news and announcements of meetings, events, and student activities.

Common Hour reminders will come out independently as a Thiel Happenings email, but most other notices will be distributed once weekly in an effort to streamline inboxes and reduce clutter.

Faculty and staff wishing to get an announcement published should send an email 9 a.m. the Monday before publication.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes...

  • Darien Lantz, assistant women’s basketball coach

HB Retirement Planning meeting

Retirement plan financial advisors, William Ferguson and Jack Ryan, from HB Retirement, will be available for one-on-one meetings with Thiel employees on Sept. 14. 

Spouses are invited. Employees can also bring statements from other investment accounts to the meeting, too. 

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).

Going the Extra Mile
Nominee: Gerald Frazier
Nominator: Jean Carr and Leah Olson
Comment: “Gerald Frazier of the Maintenance department made a fantastic frame for the DocuCenter’s new sign. He and the maintenance team also set it in place! The ribbon cutting for the new location is Thursday (Sept. 13), and it will make a big difference! They are always great to work with!”

Going the Extra Mile
Nominee: Kim Braden ’01
Nominator: Christine Ference
Comment: “During my first few months as a new member of the campus staff, Kim has gone beyond limits to be helpful. No matter how many questions I have pestered her with as I settle into this new role, she is always pleasant, kind and generous with her time and greets me with a smile.”

Communications materials and online job request available

Thiel College community members who need help with communications and marketing initiatives and collateral can now request those services with a job form. The request form is available on the communications and marketing webpage or linked directly below.

Also, a reminder that a Dropbox folder with Thiel College-branded resources including letterhead, logos and PowerPoint slides is available.

For more information, email the office.


Campus Events

Wednesday Evening Prayer
Today from 7-7:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Thiel College offers Wednesday Evening prayer hosted by St. Michael’s Catholic Church and led by Deacon Frank Luciani, the Roman Catholic campus minister, and members of the community. Evening prayer is offered in the Catholic tradition and is open to all.

 For more information, contact Pastor Jayne Thompson at ext. 2130.

Gallery Talk and Opening
Today at 2:30 p.m.
Weyers-Sampson Gallery, Howard Miller Student Center

Artists Mark Franchino and Jeremy Boyle discuss their exhibition of contemporary drawings.

 For more information, contact Professor and Curator of Art Sean McConnor at ext. 2095.

Common Hour: U.S. Constitution
Thursday at 11:15 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Thiel College faculty members lead a talk on the U.S. Constitution.

 For more information, contact Christine Ference at ext. 2052.

Tuesday Chapel Service
Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

A new chapel talk series with speakers from around campus will discuss spirituality and religious topics throughout the semester. The first Tuesday of each month is set aside for a brief Now the Feast and Celebration Holy Communion service. All other services are a simple time of hymns, prayers, scripture readings and an inspiring message. All are welcome!

Upcoming talks for September:

  • Sept. 18 – Adjunct Professor of English and Academic Coach Nancy Katz
  • Sept. 25 –  Director of Alumni Relations David Hummel ’83

 For more information, contact Pastor Jayne Thompson at ext. 2130.


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T-Notes is published weekly. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Sept. 17 to be published in that week’s edition.

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