September 4, 2019

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College Con Spirito series presents Fischoff Award-winners Aruna Quartet

Thiel College Con Spirito series presents Fischoff Award-winners Aruna Quartet

Harmonic saxophone group Aruna Quartet performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at Thiel College’s David Johnson Memorial Chapel as part of the College’s Con Spirito Chamber Music Series. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Thiel College alumnus and GNC executive to be recognized at season-opening football game

Thiel College alumnus and GNC executive to be recognized at season-opening football game

General Nutrition Corporation Vice President for International Development and Thiel College graduate Shawn Cupples ’87 will be the Game Day Honoree for Saturday’s season-opening football game.

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Coke commercial featuring Thiel posted online

The Coke commercial featuring Thiel College debuted last week and has been shown millions of television and internet streaming viewers. The company who produced the ad recently posted the commercial on

Football hosts season-opening game Saturday

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

It will be the Thiel debut of alumnus Michael Winslow ’04 as head coach. Alumnus and GNC executive Shawn Cupples ’87 is the Game Day Honoree.

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

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. 

First TNT is Sept. 24

The first TNT of the academic year is at noon Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room. President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., will update the campus community on important news and developments for campus. Academic and administrative leaders will also be available to provide news and notes to employees.

TNT gatherings will also be held at noon on Oct. 29 and Nov. 26.

Thiel Fortnightly Club breakfast is Saturday

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
at The President’s Home
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, contact Amy Taczanowsky at ext. 2155.

Student News

Opening Convocation kicks off Common Hour events

The full first-year class, students, faculty and staff members participated in the official welcome ceremony for first-year students. President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., delivered the address “Becoming Who You Are.” 

First-year students walked along Brother Martin’s Walk with their class and across the stage at the Passavant Center as a prelude to the same walks they will make when they graduate.

Flickr  See more photos from the day at Thiel College’s Flickr album

Late summer perfect for an outside class

Assistant Professor of Religion and Department Chair George Branch-Trevathan, Ph.D., took his class outside Tuesday for his lecture.


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).

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Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Sept. 11, 2019. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Sept. 9 to be published in that week’s edition.

Special Notes

Logo usage reminder

With the start of a new academic year, employees are reminded that while they are updating content for the new academic year, they should also be updating the logos used on institutional materials, including email signatures, letterhead, PowerPoint slides, etc. 

Thiel College has used the shield and wordmark combination as the official institutional logo for more than a year. They are the only approved logo for academic co-curricular and institutional use. Additional athletic logo packages are also available.

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.

Sharon Regional News and Notes

The weekly update for the Healthy Steps program. 

The schedule for the next month:

  • Buhl Park Fitness Trail 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24
  • Dr. Barry ’70 and Carol Stamm ’71 Track and Field Complex 5 p.m. Sept. 17
  • Pearson Park 11 a.m. Sept. 11

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


Campus Events

Common Hour: Student Activities Fair
Thursday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room

This event highlights many of the clubs and organizations students can become involved in at Thiel College. This year the Student Government Association and Thiel Activities Board are co-sponsoring the event, and students in attendance will have the opportunity to win one of several great prizes.

For more information, contact the Office of Special Events.

HPI Seminar Series: Sandy ’82 and Rich Parker ’82
Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Health Professions Institute hosts its weekly seminar series and etiquette dinner for students. The speakers are Sandy ’82 and Rich Parker ’82.

For more information, contact Associate Academic Dean for Student Success Greg Butcher, Ph.D. at ext. 2031.

Community Events

Benefit Barn Dance
Sept. 22 from 2–6 p.m.
Linn Legacy Farm, 35 Linn Tyro Road, Greenville, Pa. 

This dance will accommodate both novice and experienced dancers! Singles and couples welcome. Cost is $25 per person. All ticket sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Dancers without partners will be matched with a dancer from Broken Wheel Squares. New dancers from the Greenville area will be in the covered pavilion learning the basics. At the same time, a plus dance will be in the 100-year old barn. All dancers will join in a high/low dance after dinner in the barn. A buffet meal is included with the ticket purchase.

For more information, email Linn Legacy Farm.

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.

St. Paul’s Events
Sept. 8, 13 and 26
Various locations at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s is hosting a variety of events in September. The car cruise on Sept. 8 includes prizes, raffles, ribs and corn dinners. On Sept. 13, a job fair for the Without Walls program will be held. On Sept. 26, St. Paul’s will have another session of its Ask the Experts series.

For information on any of these programs, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.

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