September 18, 2019

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Thiel Happenings

Strong academic and service profile highlights Thiel College’s Class of 2023

Strong academic and service profile highlights Thiel College’s Class of 2023

The Thiel College Office of Admission has exceeded domestic student enrollment for the second straight year and has recruited one of the strongest academic classes in its recent history with the office’s confirmation that two-thirds of the Class of 2023 has a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.

+  Read the full story in the Newsroom

Donate old games to the SLP Clinic

As part of the opening of the Master of Science in speech-language pathology, the College will also open a speech and language clinic.

The clinic is looking for donations of games of all kinds. Games are used to support clients during treatment. Games such as Boggle, memory cards, Apples to Apples, etc. are very helpful and would be very appreciated.

Anyone with games to donate can drop them off at Academic Affairs on the second floor of Roth Hall.

The Clinic will open in March 2020.

For more information, contact Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., at ext. 2200.

Aruna Quartet performing for Thursday events

Harmonic saxophone group Aruna Quartet performs at 11 a.m. and 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.

Tressa Snyder profiled in professional newsletter

Library Instruction Round Table—an American Library Association professional newsletter—featured Reference Librarian for Instruction Tressa Snyder recently. She was profiled on Page 5 of the newsletter as part of the Library Instruction Round Table’s Member A-LIRT.

Snyder is a member of the Library Instruction Round Table and serves on the Transitions Committee.

Employee photos set for Thursday in Rudisill Room

Nate Leary from Leary Studios will be on campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Rudisill Room of the Howard Miller Student Center to take employee headshots for the directory and web page. New employees and current employees who have not previously taken a photo must attend. Adjuncts are welcome to have their photo taken at this time.

Any employee who wishes to have an updated photo taken can also stop by.

No appointments are necessary. Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing.

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 donation of $5 or more will get the participant a t-shirt. 

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.   

For more information about the Heart Walk, contact campus nurse Patty Alfredo at ext. 2195.

First TNT of the year is Tuesday

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.

Student News

HPI hosts first seminar session with Parkers

The weekly Health Professions Institute seminar began on Sept. 5 with a resume and etiquette session with husband and wife Rich ’82 and Sandy Parker ’81.

“There is one thing that Mr. Parker said which I have heard a lot on campus is along the lines of ‘People at Thiel want you to be successful.’  I agree with that statement one hundred percent because I have experienced where professors and faculty had and continue to help me be successful.”—Katrina Deckinger ’21

“After listening to Mr. Parker’s presentation, the point that stuck out to me the most was his resiliency. When he talked about the number of times he was fired, job after job, I was absolutely astonished by the number of times he brushed himself off and got back on his feet. Most people would’ve given up by the first or second termination of their jobs, but I found Mr. Parker’s tenaciousness to be very inspiring.”—Zach Lyons ’23

Student of the Month nominations open

Nominations for the Student of the Month program are open. This program recognizes seniors from any academic department or program. Students are nominated by members of the faculty, staff, and administration and are selected based on criteria listed below, which are derived primarily from the Mission Statement of Thiel College. Any nominated students who did not win in the fall will be considered in the spring along with any new spring nominations. 

  • Scholarship (3.6 GPA or higher after having completed at least four semesters at Thiel College
  • Ethical and responsible leadership
  • Consistently solid work ethic
  • Good representatives of departments/programs at Thiel College

This year the nomination form will be online only. The deadline for fall nominations is Friday, Sept 27.  There is no limit on the number students a person can nominate, but each nomination requires a separate form.The list of eligible students and the nomination form can be accessed here or through the link below. 

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to:

  • Cassie Cunningham, admissions counselor
  • Jamar Henry, assistant wrestling coach
  • David Waugaman ’15, admissions counselor


Campus Events

HPI Seminar Series: Dr. Lynn Williams
Thursday, Sept. 19 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 speaker is dermatologist Dr. Lynn Williams.

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

Twilight Tour Experience
Sept. 18 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: Con Spirito concert
Sept. 19 at 11 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

2019 Fischoff Award winners Aruna Quartet perform at the Chapel.

For more information, contact the Office of Special Events.

Aruna Quartet Con Spirito concert
Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Aruna Quartet will perform for the community. Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of Special Events.

Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Recruitment Dinner
Sept. 24 from 5–7:30 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Annual presentation of previous winners and recruitment of new scholarship applicants.

For more information, contact Cindy Sutton, Ph.D.

Employee Flu Shot Clinic
Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rudisill Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Thiel College employees should bring their insurance card. The College is not covering the cost of the shot.

For more information, contact Kris Whaling at ext. 2150.

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 Ask the Expert
Sept. 26
St. Paul’s Senior Living Community

On Sept. 26, St. Paul’s Senior Living Community will have another session of its Ask the Experts series.

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


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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T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Sept. 25, 2019. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Sept. 23 to be published in that week’s edition.

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