February 13, 2019

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Thiel College chosen by Pittsburgh public television station as ‘Champion of Education’

Thiel College chosen by Pittsburgh public television station as ‘Champion of Education’

Thiel College has been recognized by a Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting Service station as a “Champion of Education” as part of the station’s Future Jobs Workforce Development Initiative.

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Thiel College reading groups will focus on diversity and inclusion topics

Thiel College reading groups will focus on diversity and inclusion topics

Thiel College is forming faculty and staff reading groups that will meet throughout the spring 2019 semester to discuss diversity and inclusion at the College.

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Special guest joins Thiel cheer team during basketball game

Special guest joins Thiel cheer team during basketball game

Carmen Triskett, center, poses with the Thiel College cheer squad during a recent women’s basketball game.

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More than 100 faculty and staff gather for Middle States kick off

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., hosted faculty and staff members on Feb. 5 to discuss the upcoming process for the College’s Middle States Accreditation process.

More than 100 faculty and staff members attended the information session in the Lutheran Heritage Room. Many members of the campus community will be participating in one of the nine working groups that will be collecting information and preparing reports as part of the process. 

The self-study timeline evaluation period is in the 2020-2021 academic year and will likely include a site visit from Middle States accreditors in spring 2021. 

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is one of seven regional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Events recognize students, employees and community members

Member of the Board of Trustees John Frangakis H’19, state Sen. Michele Brooks, state Rep. Mark Longietti, 10 employees and its best students were honored in two events on February 7 and 8.

The celebrations started with the annual Founders’ Day event on Thursday morning. 

Festivities continued on Friday where Frangakis was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science and honors students were acknowledged for their achievement.

Photographs from both events as well as past Thiel College events are available at flickr.com.

Flickr  Thiel College’s Flickr gallery

Patrick prepares students for transition from college to career

Senior Vice President Ancillary Services at UPMC Kathleen Patrick ’79 was the guest speaker for the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar on February 6, 2019. Patrick emphasized to the students the importance of searching for opportunity, recognizing personal weaknesses, and making patient satisfaction a priority as they begin the transition from college to the workplace.

“For dinner on February 6, 2019, I had the opportunity to sit with (the) speaker. Kathie is an alumna of Thiel, and as a result, we had the opportunity to share stories and compare our experiences 40 years apart. It was a great opportunity to converse with Kathie as she has gained a tremendous amount of valuable insight from her life and experiences that she shared with us. Particularly, to enjoy our time in college and take advantage of all the different opportunities available to us, such as study abroad.” –Terri Eddy ’19

“Always be the one to volunteer, it shows that you can take initiative. Enjoy this time of your life, you will never get another chance to experience it. Always have a firm handshake with both men and women, treat both genders equally. Always hold your ground and do not cave under pressure (like when she held hers when her boss threatened to fire her for investigating him).” –Ryan Ball ’19

“Kathie went to the University of Pittsburgh for her first year of college. She did not like it because it was too big for her. She wanted a smaller atmosphere as well as an individual connection with her professors. She decided to come to Thiel because of the strong accounting and business program.” –Alex Lam ’19

“Kathy shared some of her wisdom for the students in the room who are not quite sure what career path to take after graduation. She explained that the best thing for us students to do is to keep all opportunities open. We should keep all options open because this is the time in our lives that we can fail and still have a very successful career afterward.” –Zach Stiglitz ’19

“During dinner, we discussed our paths to Thiel, as well as the importance of eye contact and a good handshake. I asked Kathy how she liked my handshake when meeting me prior to dinner. She rated it a 9.2 out of 10. That is an A, I’ll take it!” –Ben Ratka ’19

Student News

Upcoming events mark OBC’s Black History Month celebration

Thiel College’s Organization of Black Collegiates, an inclusive organization to promote and raise cultural awareness around the campus, is hosting a week of events which will celebrate Black History Month.

Featured events include:

  • Harambee Youth Organization: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19; Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center—The Harambee Youth Organization is a program that motivates disadvantaged African-American youth to strive for leadership, self-fulfillment and community service. The organization provides “Edutainment” consisting of authentic African dances, such as the “Koteba” or Big Dance and “Maindiani (Domba)” or coming of age dance among others.
  • 19th OBC Soul Food Feast: 4–5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24; Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center—Foods associated with African-American culture will be available for the campus to enjoy. The event raises awareness for one of the many diverse cultures that call Thiel College home.
  • OBC Poetry Night: 7–8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25Sawhill-Georgian Room of the Howard Miller Student Center—Slam poet and spoken word artist from Youngstown, Ohio Doreen Devine Block shares her unique version of slam poetry performance with the campus.
  • Consent Matters Presentation: 8–9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26; Weyers Lounge of the Howard Miller Student Center—A presentation on how to seek and recognize consent and identify situations in which it cannot be obtained. Students will also learn about how they can step in to help others who need them in difficult situations.

For more information, contact Thiel College student activities.


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).

Special Notes

Faculty cap and gown orders

Faculty members who need a cap and gown can stop by the Jostens class ring sale in the Campus Store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 19 and 20.

Office of Communications and Marketing Essentials

Email signatures, brand resources, job request form are all available online. A Dropbox folder has been set up with instructions and the materials necessary to create new email signatures. Employees can find other Thiel College-branded resources including letterhead, logos and PowerPoint slides in the same folder.

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.

For more information, email the office.


Campus Events

Common Hour: Anthony Jones
Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stamm Hall, James Pedas Communications Center

Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion Anthony Jones will present a training session to discuss personal bias when creating an inclusive campus community. The training will help create mutual understanding and respect among students, faculty and staff. 

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

Comedy Show: Adam Grabowski
Friday at 8 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Comedy Show featuring Adam Grabowksi. He appeared on NBC's America's Got Talent and selected as Comedian of the Year by Campus Activities Magazines.

For more information, contact Thiel student activities.

Self-defense training
February 17 from 1–4 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Alpha Xi Delta is hosting a self-defense class open to all campus sororities.

For more information, contact Jessica Peters ’20.

Tomcat Day for accepted students
February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Accepted students will experience campus life at Thiel College.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07.

Tuesday Chapel

February 19 from 11:15 a.m.–noon
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

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.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07.

Soup and Chili Cook-off
February 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

The campus community is invited to sample and vote on recipes prepared by Thiel employees. The event costs $5, which includes samples of soup and bread, chips and desserts. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

Harambee Youth Organization
Feb. 19 from 7–9 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Organization of Black Collegiates sponsors a presentation of traditional African dancing as part of the organization’s Black History Month events.

For more information, email Student Activities or join the Facebook fan page.

Common Hour: Criminal Justice Speaker Series
February 21 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The Ohio State University Emerita Professor of Sociology and former Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center Ruth Peterson, Ph.D., is the inaugural speaker for the new Criminal Justice Speaker Series being supported by Robert Crutchfield, Ph.D. ’71.

For more information, contact Mike McKinney ’02 at ext. 2600.

Community Events

St. Paul’s Ask an Expert: Identity Protection & Online Security
Feb. 28

Dave Spangler, certified identity theft risk management specialist at LegalShield; David Reeves, president of Reeves Information Technology; and Dave Leyde, vice president/branch manager at First National Bank will discuss identity protection, online security and scams, and financial abuse of elders, as well as other topics.

Seating is limited. Reservations required. For more information or to RSVP, email Jennie Kather or call 724-589-4646.

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Feb. 20. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Feb. 18 to be published in that week’s edition.

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