March 6, 2019

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Five Thiel College students nominated for national college broadcasting awards

Five Thiel College students nominated for national college broadcasting awards

Five Thiel College media students have been nominated for Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards and among the students attending this year’s Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s 79th Annual Conference held at New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania on March 1–3.

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Harding, Long named first student of the month honorees for spring 2019 semester

Harding, Long named first student of the month honorees for spring 2019 semester

Thiel College announces Madalyn Harding ’19, of Warren, Pa., and Michael Long ’19, of Cortland, Ohio, are the first Student of the Month honorees for the spring 2019 semester.

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New leader in place for Thiel College Communication program and James Pedas Communication Center

New leader in place for Thiel College Communication program and James Pedas Communication Center

Kyle Woody is the new executive director of Thiel College’s James Pedas Communication Center and will serve as the James Pedas Endowed Chair of Communication and Assistant Professor of Communication.

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Bittcher shares story of purpose and professional fulfillment

Jane Bittcher ’80 was a business administration major who also studied art while she was at Thiel College. After graduating she began working at Mellon Bank. While she was working at Mellon, she got her Master of Education degree. When she completed that, she continued working at Mellon and spent 28 years there. Her presentation covered other stops in her career, including her current position with Lutheran Senior Life. She discussed four important career tips with students in the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar class of Norman P. Mortensen Chair of Economics and Professor of Business Administration and Accounting David Miller ’61.

“The most rewarding part of her job is the time she gets to spend with elders, who are always happy for a visit. Jane’s talk was a reminder that your career is important, but not as important as what you do for others. And if you are lucky, you can do both, like she does.”—Terri Eddy ’19

“She works with home-based health care and takes care of people from birth to death. Jane says her job is very rewarding but can also be very sad because she works with such great people who are at the end of their lives. Jane provided us with some very useful and insightful information, and I am glad we had the privilege of listening to her story.”—Nick Fowkes ’19

“Jane left every student with four recommendations that should be thought about. The first advice given was always have goals. No. 2, do what is best for you. Listen and think about all the advice you get. Figure out how it pertains to your life and career. Three, find a trusted advisor. Lastly, be true to yourself and do what is right. Jane gave many important life lessons and informational tips that all needed to hear.”—Paul Wotus ’19

“Lessons learned:

  • Take every piece of advice, but at the end of the day, follow your heart
  • Acquire a mentor that’ll be honest with you and five the good and bad in every scenario
  • You can’t help anyone if you need help yourself, so create an efficient equation of charitable work, along with self-benefitting initiatives as well.”—Ben Ratka ’19

“Looking back, Jane says that her experience at Thiel College means much more to her now than when she was attending the College. She credits Thiel with providing her with leadership and communication skills which helped her succeed.”—Ryan Ball ’19

Open forum for speech language pathology program is Monday

Employees should attend the open forum 4–5 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the Stamm Lecture Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Thiel College. The College is an Applicant for Candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

On Oct. 23, 2018, Thiel College received review observation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The forum is part of the site visit by three representatives from the CAA. 

Employees invited to open session on campus ministry Monday

On Monday and Tuesday, Thiel College is hosting Mark Wilhelm, executive director of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities and Rev. Kristen Glass Perez, chaplain at Muhlenberg College to conduct a program review for campus ministry.

An open session for the campus community is from 2:40–3:30 p.m. in Stamm Lecture Hall of the James Pedas Communication Center.

Student News

Student teachers lock-in for literacy at Sharpsville

Megan Lee ’19, Justin Walter ’19 and Annika Schul ’19 volunteered to be a part of the fourth grade Sharpsville Elementary Literacy Lock-In. The three student teachers were placed at different learning centers with a dinosaur theme whereby students worked on the students’ reading skills through fun and interactive activities.

Military Heroes Week essay contest open to students and employees

Anyone passionate about a military hero in their life, who wants to explore how military heroes affect our freedoms as citizens or creatively express an appreciation for our military hero heroes can participate in the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Week Essay Contest. 
Answer one of the prompts below with an essay of 1,200 words or less.

Essay requirements

  • Please have a title and identify which prompt question you chose, and why?
  • Please keep the essay to 1,200 words or less.
  • Deadline for entry is March 25.
  • Have your entry proofread and edited to fit American English language standards.

Essay prompts

  • Describe a military hero that you know. What qualities does he or she possess? How has he or she made a positive impact in your life, the community, or our country?
  •  What's the significance of military service people? How do they show heroism in what they do?

The top three essay submissions will have their work honored at a public reading on Friday, March 29 in the Lutheran Heritage Room and with publication in next year's edition of The Phoenix, Thiel’s creative literary magazine.

A grand prize winner will be awarded a $20 gift card to Sheetz!

For more information or to submit an entry, contact Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21.


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

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes ...

  • Dodie Johnson, housekeeper

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

Spring Break Schedule

Sunday, March 10

  • Residence Halls open at noon   
  • Dining Hall open 4:30–6 p.m. 
  • Rotunda Bistro open 6 p.m.

Monday, March 11

  • Classes resume at 8 a.m.

Tuesday Chapel
February 21 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.

Twilight Tour Experience
March 13 from 6–7:30 p.m.
Thiel College Campus

Personalized campus tour experiences are designed to fit the schedule of busy prospective students and their family. High school students will meet with a Thiel College admissions representative and learn more about Thiel’s academic programs. 

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

Common Hour: Thiel Forum
Today from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Faculty and staff discuss their experiences and expertise.

Lecture: Learning at Synapses and the College Classroom
March 15 from 2–4 p.m.
Bly Lecture Hall, Academic Center

Associate Academic Dean for Student Success Greg Butcher, Ph.D., hosts guest speaker Duke University Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience Thomas Newpher, Ph.D. Newpher will be presenting on synapses and how they relate to classroom learning.

For more information, contact Butcher at ext. 2031.

Wags for Wishes
March 16 from 2–6 p.m.
Lobby, Glen Johnson Community Center

A Make a Wish event with animals from Stray Haven Animal Shelter. At least two cats and two dogs are expected to be there. It is hosted by the Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity, the event will raise money for both the Make a Wish Foundation and the Stray Haven Animal Shelter.

For more information, contact Cassandra Gray ’20.

Zeta Tau Alpha Spaghetti Dinner
March 16 from 4–6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Zeta Tau Alpha hosts its 10th annual Food for the Fight breast cancer fundraiser to support breast cancer education and awareness.

For more information, contact Shyann Foreman ’20.

Puppy Bingo
March 17 from 8–10 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

English Club’s “And Bingo Was His Name-O” Puppy Bingo! The English Club is sponsoring a puppy themed bingo night to support Stray Haven Animal Shelter. Admittance is $2 per person and proceeds benefit Stray Haven. There will be some furry friends in attendance.

For more information, contact Sophia Kostoff ’21.

Community Events

St. Paul’s Lunch & Learn
March 21 at 11 a.m.
Headland Friendship Commons at The Villas

St. Paul’s will host a lunch & learn session, “Health Care Today: Taking Ownership of Your Health Care” with Chris Wright ’99, president & CEO of St. Paul’s Senior Living Community since 2016.

Deadline to register is March 12.

For more information, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.

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T-Notes is published weekly. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out March 13. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, March 11 to be published in that week’s edition.

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