August 21, 2019

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With accrediting agency’s approval, Thiel College makes history with its first graduate program

With accrediting agency’s approval, Thiel College makes history with its first graduate program

Thiel College announces today its first graduate degree program—a Master of Science in speech-language pathology—was awarded candidacy status by The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, which allows the College to recruit and enroll students into the program.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

Campus community gathers for updates and picnic

The all-campus retreat was held Tuesday morning. Employees gathered in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

New employees were introduced, an icebreaker to discuss what was new for various departments as well as what was new for individual employees was conducted. President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., discussed important retention initiatives for the upcoming year and stressed the importance of connecting with students and their families. Vice President for Enrollment Management Ashley Josay Zullo gave quick updates on the profile of the incoming class. Although the final census for the incoming class will not be complete until September, Zullo did share some student profiles of the incoming class and some demographic information, which included the news that this year’s incoming class had a 12 percent increase in students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Two-thirds of this year’s incoming class had a B average or better. 

The day ended with the annual employee and retiree picnic on the lawn of the Howard Miller Student Center.

Twenty-five employees recognized for service milestones

Twenty-five Thiel College faculty and staff members were recognized for their years of service during the campus retreat August 20 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

The annual ceremony recognizes employees who have completed anniversaries in five-year increments starting with the fifth year.

Financial Aid Specialist Patricia Leskovac celebrated 35 years of service at Thiel College. Reaching 30 years of service were Lecturer of English Brenda DelMaramo, Housekeeper Dabbie Moffett, and Learning Commons Administrative Assistant Barbara Samson. Professor of History James Koshan, Ph.D., and Registrar of Academic Records Denise Urey ’00 reached 25 years of service. The 25 employees represent 330 years of combined experience at Thiel College.

35 Years                                                                                                                                 

  • Leskovac, of Greenville, Pa.

30 Years

  • DelMaramo, of Greenville, Pa.
  • Moffett, of Greenville, Pa.
  • Samson, of Sharon, Pa.

25 Years

  • Koshan, of Hermitage, Pa.
  • Urey, of Mercer, Pa.

20 Years

  • Professor of English Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D., of Hermitage, Pa.
  • Professor of Art Sean McConnor, of Greenville, Pa.
  • Associate Vice President for Finance and Management Constance Jablonski, of Cochranton, Pa.
  • Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics Joseph Schaly, of Beaver Falls, Pa.

5 Years

  • Assistant Professor of Math and Computer Science Ronald Anderson, Ph.D. ’07, of Conneaut, Ohio
  • Associate Professor of Political Science Marie Courtemanche, Ph.D., of Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Shannon Deets, Ph.D., of Meadville, Pa.
  • Assistant Professor of Business Administration John Gomolchak, J.D., of Erie, Pa.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Jared Hanneman, of Sharpsville, Pa.
  • Instructor Media Communications/Managing Advisor and WXTC Radio/Thielensian Pegene Watts, of Meadville, Pa.
  • Housekeeper Mary Battles, of Greenville, Pa.
  • Maintenance Gardner and Facilities Floater Barbara Miller, of Jamestown, Pa.
  • Maintenance Plumber Apprentice Benjamin Scobbie, of Greenville, Pa.
  • Maintenance General Grounds and Set-Up Coordinator Miles Smith, of Transfer, Pa.
  • Coordinator of Events and Multicultural Recruitment Angella Bradley, of Greenville, Pa.
  • Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Associate Academic Dean of Student Success Gregory Butcher, Ph.D., of Greenville, Pa.
  • Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Dominick DiRienzo, of Meadville, Pa.
  • Assistant Director of Digital Engagement Michael McElroy, of Grove City, Pa.
  • Men’s Volleyball Coach Adam Roche, of Greenville, Pa.

President Traverso, Coach Winslow make TV appearances

Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., was a guest on Youngstown television station WFMJ Monday morning to discuss the College’s new graduate program.

The Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association approved the College’s candidacy on Aug. 15. The approval allows the College to recruit and enroll students into the program.​

New head football coach Mike Winslow ’04 appeared on WKBN sports Monday evening. The football team welcomed the community to Alumni Stadium for some preseason Monday night football. The Tomcats were participating in their first full-pad practice.

Join the Thiel Heart Walk team

Thiel College’s Wellness Committee, in partnership with Sharon Regional Medical Center, invites students, faculty and staff members to participate in the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Pearson Park in Neshannock Township.  The walk begins at 10 a.m.

Sharon Regional has donated a bus to provide transportation to and from this event.

For those interested in participating, a sign-up sheet is located in the Student Life Office. A portion of the cost of t-shirts has also been donated by Sharon Regional; therefore, a minimum donation of $5 from each participant. 

If you are not able to attend but would still like to support this very important cause, donations will be accepted in the Student Life Office.

In addition, Daffin’s chocolate bars will be sold in the Student Life Office, Langenheim Memorial Library, The Campus Store and faculty lounge with all proceeds being used toward the Heart Walk.   

New employee ID cards available in public safety

New ID cards have been printed for all faculty and staff members.

The cards were distributed during the retreat Tuesday, but for those who did not pick up cards, they are available in the Public Safety office on the second floor of the Howard Miller Student Center.

The new cards are not yet functional for building access, but they should be fully functional by the end of the week. Some of the pictures are offset on the card because the ID card pictures on file were used for the new cards. The new cards used a slightly different card format, which led to the off-center pictures.

Any employee who would like a new picture can get one taken starting the second week of September.

Remaining TC10 and Thiel Bucks funds will be transferred to the new card.

Anyone having problems using the new card please contact Vicki Hildebrand or Homer Bloom ’02.

Student News

Donor underwrites program for giveaways at home football games

Three students and a faculty or staff member who attend football games will be eligible for $50 drawings and other prizes.

The Tomcats kick off the season at home 1 p.m. Sept. 7 against Alfred University.

Other home games:

  • 1 p.m., Sept. 14, vs. Washington and Jefferson College
  • 7 p.m., Sept. 28, vs. Case Western Reserve University
  • 3 p.m., Oct. 12, vs. Saint Vincent College (Homecoming)
  • 1 p.m., Oct. 19, vs. Westminster College
  • Noon, Nov. 16, vs. Grove City College

An alumnus donor has underwritten the entire program. 

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes...

  • Spencer Daddario , UPMC athletic trainer

And says farewell to...

  • Linda Volpe, housekeeping

Sharon News and Notes

Sharon Regional Medical Center offers some tips in dealing with and/or preventing heat-related illness from the American Heart Association website:

  • Timing is key: avoid activity between noon and 3 p.m.
  • Hydrate: drink water before, during and after
  • Dress for success: Light clothing that is moisture wicking
  • Follow your doctor’s advice
  • Walk with a buddy

Speaking of walking with a buddy, there are some upcoming walks, and they are always fun with others!

Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. – Buhl Park Fitness Trail
Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. – Pearson Park, New Castle

Looking into September:

Tuesday, Sept. 3 and 17 at Thiel College 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Buhl Park 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. Pearson Park, New Castle

For more information about any of these items, contact Lisa DiMuccio-Zgela at 724-983-7474.

Thiel Fortnightly Club breakfast to be held at 40 Eagle St.

The Fortnightly Club was founded in 1922. It provides opportunities for women and families who are connected with Thiel College to engage socially in support of each other and the College. Some of the recent Fortnightly activities have included seasonal gatherings, pre-play receptions, fun special events and a book group.The Fortnightly Club is a great opportunity to get to know other members of the Thiel community, have some fun together, and network.  

Fortnightly Club
Women’s Breakfast
From 9–11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7
The President’s House
40 Eagle St.

The breakfast gathering will be an opportunity to review the plans for the year and to brainstorm about possible new activities. The Club is also looking for new leaders and event volunteers. Annual membership dues of $10 cover the costs of the directory, invitations and other operating expenses. The first several gatherings in the fall are open to all, and invitations are sent to the whole College community. After the first gatherings, non-members are welcome to attend as guests of a member. The goal is to strengthen the Thiel community and to support each other. 

For more information to RSVP, contact Amy Taczanowsky at ext. 2155 by August 30.


Campus Events

First-year Student Move-In
Saturday, Aug. 24 at 9 a.m.
Thiel College

The full first-year student class arrives and moves into their housing.

Sophomore, Junior & Senior Move-in
Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m.
Thiel College

Students arrive on campus. The dining hall opens at 11:15 a.m.

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

Student-Faculty Kickball Tournament
Sunday, Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m.
First-year Quad

The fourth annual Student-Faculty Kickball Tournament is a fun start to the new academic year.

Classes Begin
Monday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m.
Thiel College

The 2019-2020 academic year begins.

For more information, contact Denise Urey ’00 at ext. 2009.

Common Hour: Opening Convocation
Thursday, Aug. 29 at 11:15 a.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

The official welcome for the Class of 2023. Sophomores, juniors and seniors will also attend this all-campus event to celebrate the start of a new academic year. A picnic will follow in front of the Howard Miller Student Center Terrace.

For more information, contact the Office of Special Events.

Community Events

Chamber Wine and Beer Tasting
Sept. 28 from 4–7 p.m.
Pine Hill Golf Course

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second annual wine and beer tasting event. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of the area’s finest wines and brews in this unique, casual atmosphere.  The cost is $25 per person.

For more information or tickets contact Mark Batt ’87 on the second floor of Roth hall or call ext. 2157.


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).

Office of Communications and Marketing Essentials

Email signatures, brand resources, and a 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.

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