November 28, 2018

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Thiel College trustee and wife set up $25,000 match challenge to celebrate 50th anniversary of walk

Thiel College trustee and wife set up $25,000 match challenge to celebrate 50th anniversary of walk

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Phi Theta Phi’s 100-mile walk from Thiel College to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, alumnus and Thiel College trustee Carl A. Hoffman Jr., D.O. ’69, H’10, and his wife, Theresa H’16, have announced their company, PrimeCare Medical, Inc., have established a $25,000 match challenge for this year’s event.

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Thiel College Christmas Festival ‘Gloria!’ includes collaboration with Ohio high school singers

Thiel College Christmas Festival ‘Gloria!’ includes collaboration with Ohio high school singers

The Thiel College Department of Music and Theatre will collaborate with Campbell Memorial High School Singers for its 66th Annual Thiel Christmas Festival Concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

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The Bell available online and in print

The latest edition of The Bell is out.

The Fall/Winter 2018 edition of The Bell is full of great photos from many campus events, including move-in day and Homecoming. Read about the accomplishments of many of the College's alumnae in the cover story. Other highlights include the launch of the Environmental Safety Management program, the ribbon cutting to dedicate the Mister Fred Rogers Room in the James Pedas Communication Center and a historical look at the accomplishments of the female pioneers at Thiel College.

Final week for Hang Tough stocking donations

Thiel College is a drop-off spot for the Hang Tough: Stockings Stuffed with Love & Care program.

Thiel is working in conjunction with Butler Radio Network and Schneider’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning to give cancer patients a special gift.

Stockings are given to patients receiving treatments at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Greenville and Farrell, and Sharon Regional Cancer Care Center in Sharon. These treatments sometimes take hours and the gifts in their stocking help pass the time and put a smile on their face.

Stocking collection continues through Dec. 1. Filled stockings can be dropped off at the Office of Student Life or in Greenville at the State Farm office of Stephanne Burns, 8 Shenango St.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Melissa Oakes ’03 at ext. 2046.

Volunteers sought for late night breakfast

The Thiel College tradition of the late night breakfast during the last week of the semester is from 9-11 p.m. Dec. 10 in the TC Café.

Food preparers, food runners, line workers, dishwashers, trash collectors, and table cleaners are needed.

Contact Bob Phillips ’08 at ext. 2011 to volunteer.

Student News

Neuroscience students present at conference in San Diego

Five Thiel students presented their work at the 49th annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, Calif. from Nov. 3–7.

Stacy Reecks ’22, Jess Orczeck ’19 and Gage Gladysz ’20 were among 170 other undergraduates to present at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience poster session. The presentation included data from their work with Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06 and Greg Butcher, Ph.D., that was supported by a GNC Faculty / Student Research award. Joelle Reitz ’19 presented her work designing and constructing an eye-tracking headset and digital retina.  These two projects were supervised by Ron Anderson, Ph.D., and Eugene Torigoe, Ph.D., with additional assistance from physics major Brett Eckroate ’20. Reitz and Evan Youker ’19 presented on the community outreach efforts of the Neuroscience Club and practicum Citizenship projects conducted by neuroscience students.  

Psi Chi service project needs donations

The Psi Chi chapter on campus is helping the Mercer County Children and Youth Services Angel Tree program, which helps provide Christmas gifts for the children in foster care.

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Anyone interested in helping should stop by the Christmas tree, outside of Barbara Long-Cooper’s office in the Academic Center, and choose an Angel tag off the tree. Individuals or groups can buy for a child.

Each tag has a couple of things from the child’s wish list as well as his/her sex, age, and clothing sizes. Please return all gifts unwrapped with the tag attached by Friday, Nov. 30.

Return gifts to Dr. Natalie Homa in AC 251 or Barbara Long-Cooper in AC 256. Psi Chi members can also arrange for pick-up.

For more information, contact Natalie Homa, Ph.D., at ext. 2251.


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).

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Dec. 3 to be published in that week’s edition.

Connect with Thiel College

The College’s Facebook live series which is hosted by the Office of Admission and features students answering questions about life at Thiel can be viewed on Facebook. Upcoming sessions will discuss orientation, the First-year Experience and Welcome Week.


Special Notes


Twilight Tour Experience
Today from 6–7:30 pm
Thiel College Campus

Can't make it to campus during the day? No problem! Join us in the evening for a personalized campus tour experience designed to fit your schedule. Meet with a Thiel College admissions representative and discover the academic program that's right for you. Bring your transcripts with you to learn about scholarships and financial aid opportunities.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at ext. 2345.

Common Hour: Christmas Music at Thiel College
Thursday, November 29 from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
William A. Passavant Center

The Department of Music and Theatre performs Christmas music, and its members discuss the 66th annual Christmas Festival.

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

Education Fall Carnival
Friday, November 30 from 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Beeghly Gymnasium

The Thiel College Education Department hosts its second carnival for students from Greenville Elementary.

For more information, contact Annika Schul ’19.

Alpha Xi Delta ‘Xi Man’ Fundraiser
Friday, November 30 from 7–10 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Alpha Xi Delta hosts its annual “Xi Man” pageant show. Raffle tickets will be sold and all proceeds benefit the Alpha Xi Delta Autism Speaks philanthropy.

For more information, contact Jessica Peters ’21.

Student Research Symposium
Saturday, December 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
James Pedas Communication Center

The biannual Student Research Symposium where Dietrich Honors Institute and other senior research theses are presented. Poster presentations will include "passion driven statistics" projects by students of Assistant Professor of Psychology Kristel Gallagher, Ph.D.

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

66th Annual Christmas Festival
Sunday, December 2 from 4–6 p.m.
William A. Passavant Center

The 66th annual celebration of the season featuring music, performance and worship at the Passavant Center. All are welcome to join for cookies, coffee and hot cider following the program.

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

Tuesday Chapel
Tuesday, December 4 from 11:15–11:45 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Pastor Jayne Thompson will speak as part of our Chapel talk series. 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!

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

Common Hour: Exploring the Relationship Between Intelligence Analysts and Foreign Policymakers
Tuesday, December 4 from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
Lutheran Heritage Room, HMSC

Julia M. Santucci, the senior lecturer in intelligence studies and director of the new Hesselbein Forum Leadership Program in International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, will present on the complicated relationship between intelligence analysis and U.S. foreign policymaking.

For more information, contact Marie Courtemanche, Ph.D., at ext. 2074.

December Graduation Celebration
Tuesday, December 4 from 5–7 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

An informal reception for students graduating in December. This event is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, Student Activities and The Career Development Center.

For more information, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372.

Music Recital
Tuesday, December 4 from 7:30–9:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Recital of orchestrated music.

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

Advent Evening Prayer
Wednesday, December 5 from 7–8 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Advent Evening Prayer is a simple and beautiful worship experience of readings, hymns and candle-lighting. It is an opportunity to gather, take a break and usher in the holy mystery of this season. All are welcome.

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

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