September 26, 2018

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College makes exclusive Forbes 200 list for grateful graduates

Thiel College makes exclusive Forbes 200 list for grateful graduates

Forbes magazine singled out Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, for the second time in three years for the generosity of its graduates.

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Pastor Jayne Thompson reaches career service milestones during fifth year at Thiel College

Pastor Jayne Thompson reaches career service milestones during fifth year at Thiel College

Thiel College Adjunct Professor of Religion and Campus Pastor Jayne M. Thompson is celebrating 35 years of ordained ministry, 25 years of campus pastoral work and five years of teaching and service to Thiel College.

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Thiel College Sigma Kappa sisters hand out books for Greenville elementary students

Thiel College Sigma Kappa sisters hand out books for Greenville elementary students

The Thiel College chapter of Sigma Kappa sorority distributed free books to students and also donated books to the library at Greenville Elementary School on Sept. 21 through the group’s “Tackling Literacy” project.

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Common Hour kicks off Homecoming 2018

Help kick off Homecoming 2018 with Thursday’s Common Hour celebration. Come to the Lutheran Heritage Room at 11:15 a.m. for a fun game of Thiel Trivia between students, faculty and staff.

Wear your Thiel Gear Thursday

Faculty and staff can join the fun and show off their TC pride by wearing blue and gold for Thursday's National Thiel Spirit Day! Take your photo and share it on social media by using #TCproud.

Immediately following the Common Hour, students, faculty and staff members can participate in a group photo for National Thiel Spirit Day. The photo will be taken on the steps of Greenville Hall, weather permitting. In case of rain, the photo will be taken in the Bistro in the Howard Miller Student Center.

Thiel College hosts ACE Women’s  Network event

Thiel College hosted the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Council on Education women’s network event Tuesday afternoon in the Sawhill-Georgian Room. Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Ph.D., associate vice president for institutional effectiveness and diversity and Professor of Sociology at Holy Family University began the discussion with an introduction to the Pennsylvania ACE.

Lindsey Graham Guinn, Ph.D., director of assessment and institutional research at Washington & Jefferson College, and Jenni Griffin, Ph.D., dean of advising, planning and experiential learning at The College of Wooster, joined Thiel College representatives Roberta Leonard, vice president for college advancement; Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college; Amy Schafer, director of athletics; and Ashley Josay Zullo, vice president for enrollment management on the panel. The panelists discussed effectively engaging with trustees.

Flu shot clinic on Oct. 3

An employee flu shot clinic is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the Rudisill Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. Thiel will not be covering the costs of the flu shots this year. Participants should bring their insurance card, or a copy of their insurance card. BCBS Highmark insurance will cover the cost of the shot. Deductibles will not apply. Employees with other insurance should check with their provider to see if the shot will be covered.

For more information, contact Kris Whaling at ext. 2150.

Host Family program looking for volunteers

Thiel College’s host family program connects international students local families in the Greenville community. Students live in residence halls but occasionally are included with the host family in normal everyday activities, such as movie nights, barbecues, trips to the zoo, or even just a home-cooked meal. This requires no monetary contribution on the behalf of the host family, and activities can be as large, small, and/or frequent as you choose.  Many students that live too far from home to travel back for holidays may also be included in the host family’s holiday traditions.

Many Thiel faculty and staff members have chosen in the past to be a host family. This year, as we once again welcome many new students from abroad, the program is in need of generous individuals to give their time and space in this way.

Anyone interested in this program, should contact Lorne Strausbaugh or Anthony Jones or stop by the Office of Student Life.

Student News

Psi Chi raffling off chances for Steelers tickets 

Psi Chi is holding a raffle for two tickets to the Nov. 8 Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers game. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to establish a student research and travel fund for psychology majors. 

Tickets are $1 each, six tickets for $5 and 15 for $10.

Students are selling tickets outside of the TC Café all week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact Assistant Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06 in AC 257 for tickets.

Winner will be drawn at 3 p.m. Saturday prior to kickoff of the Homecoming football game.

Special Notes

HR Notes

The Department of Human Resources announces its new onboarding and employee benefit portal, “Employee Navigator.”  Employee Navigator is a protected online employment and benefit management tool, which will allow you to review and update your information anytime, day or night.

Effective October 1, 2018, any changes to the following personal information and benefits (with qualifying event) must be completed through the Employee Navigator system.

For more information, visit or call Human Resources at ext. 2004, ext. 2150 or ext. 2858.

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Angelica Perez-Johnston, director of the first-year experience

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).

For more information, email the office.


Campus Events

Lambda Sigma Ice Cream Social
Today at 5:45 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

The national honor society for second-year students is hosting an event with ice cream and games for eligible students.

 For more information, contact Jessica Peters ’20.

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.

Kappa Sigma See–Saw–A–Thon
Howard Miller Student Center lawn

Thiel College chapter of Kappa Sigma is hosting its 24th annual See-Saw-A-Thon. Money raised during the 72-hour event will go to the Military Heroes Campaign. 

 For more information, contact Mak Sanders ’21.

Vira I. Heinz Recruitment Dinner
Thursday at 5 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center lawn

A presentation/dinner to recruit the summer 2019 cohort of Vira I. Heinz Scholarship in Women’s Leadership applicants. Presentations will be given by the summer 2018 recipients. 

 For more information, contact Professor of Sociology and Study Abroad Coordinator Cindy Sutton, Ph.D.

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!

The Oct. 9 talk will be led by Professor of Business Administration and Accounting and Norman P. Mortensen Chair of Economics David Miller ’61.

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

Dietrich Honors Institute Symposium
Oct. 2 at 11:15 a.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Students in Thiel College's Dietrich Honors Institute are invited to this biweekly event encouraging intermingling between students from different DHI classes.

 For more information, contact Kyle Marini ’17 at ext. 2015.

Community Events

Ask the Expert: Community resources
Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Keifer Building, 341 E. Jamestown Road

Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sam Bellich; Community Counseling Center of Mercer County Chief Executive Officer Kip Hoffman and estate planning attorney Doug Watson will answer questions about services available in the community during the free presentation.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For more information, email St. Paul’s or call 724-589-4646.


Jamestown pizza shop delivers to campus

The 215 Restaurant in Jamestown offers delivery to campus. 

For more information or to order, call 724-932-1222 or download The215 app to order online.

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