October 9, 2019

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College first-year student-athletes win six rookie awards from PAC

Thiel College first-year student-athletes win six rookie awards from PAC

Five first-year Thiel College athletes have been recognized six times as athletes of the week by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference since the fall athletic season started a little over a month ago.

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Good Times set to roar this weekend

Homecoming 2019 “Let the Good Times Roar” begins Thursday with a nationwide celebration of Thiel College alumni. Alumni from around the country and world will post to their favorite social media channels wearing Thiel gear and posing with friends and family for National Thiel Spirit Day using #TCproud. Entrants in the alumni division are competing for a $100 Amazon gift card, while student entrants will be competing for a $50 gift card.

Thursday evening, St. Paul’s Senior Living Community will host a joint cookout with Thiel College from 5–7 p.m. The event brings students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of both Thiel College and St. Paul’s together. Those who have been part of the Joining Generations partnership will be recognized at the event.

Friday kicks off campus events, including registration, the Blue-Gold Golf Outing, campus tours, wine tasting and Langenheim Memorial Library open house, paint and sip and a student pep rally. The Career Development Center is also hosting special alumni professionals panels for students on Friday in the James Pedas Communication Center.

Professionals will discuss their different career paths and how their Thiel prepared them for where they are now. Panels will discuss diversity, Thiel tomorrow, business professions and live event management and will include C-level executives and leaders and experts in growing business sectors and industry.

The 39th Athletic Hall of Fame induction is also on Friday and the class includes Amber Bodrick ’09 (basketball, track & field), Caleb Goist ’04 (baseball), Dave Hendricks ’05 (football), George Kum-Nji ’05 (football), Steve Minton ’08 (football) and John Stevens ’65 (wrestling).

Employee input needed on Middle States survey

As part of the Middle States self-study process, employees should fill out the linked survey.

The information gathered as part of this process will be used to inform the writing of our self-study narrative for our upcoming accreditation review. The survey only takes a few minutes, responses are anonymous and the survey has been set up to ensure that no identifying information is gathered.

The survey will be open for three weeks. Reminders and the link will be emailed once next week and the following week. A reminder will also be sent the day before the survey closes.

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

Portrait of retired Bishop Jones installed in Passavant

Campus Pastor Brian Riddle ’07 (left), retired Bishop of the Northwest Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Rev. Dr. Ralph Jones H’05 (second from left) and his wife, Sandra, and President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. (right), in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center were among the attendees Tuesday for the installation of Jones’ portrait. The portrait is on the wall of Passavant among other distinguished church leaders affiliated with the College. The portrait was painted by Rev. Scott Bryte ’85. Newly elected bishop of the Northwest Synod Rev. Michael Lozano also attended the installation. Member of the Board of Trustees Barry Oman ’74 and his wife, Linda ’75, also attended as did religion major Mak Sanders ’21.

Student News

Alumnus emphasizes networking for HPI seminar

On Sept. 26, Matthew Schneider ’13, a senior clinical specialist from MedTronic, spoke to the Health Professions Institute’s seminar series.

“The one thing Matthew Schneider mentioned in his presentation, that I have heard a lot of is Networking.  I heard the topic numerous times and I have tried to network as many people as I can that are alums or just anyone connected with Thiel.  Since being a volunteer with Heritage Hospice, I got to network with two LECOM alumni and an alum from Thiel, who has a Ph.D. in physiology. Just recently, I got to network with a professor at Duke University and the Associate Dean and Director of Office of Career Development at University of Pittsburgh; both alumni of Thiel.  I reached out to the professor at Duke about internships and he actually sent me the links to a few that I might have an interest in.”—Katrina Deckinger ’22

“Matthew Schneider’s presentation truly resonated with me because I am interested in both neuroscience and psychology. I am currently a health systems major and I have the hopes of also completing a psychology minor. Matthew Schneider’s experiences at Thiel College remind me of my current experiences because he was also involved on campus. Overall, Matthew Schneider’s presentation motivated me to demonstrate hard work and to not become defeated if I experience failure.”—Jacqueline Galford ’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).

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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 Oct. 16, 2019. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Oct. 14 to be published in that week’s edition.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes...

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Partner News

Breast Cancer Awareness and Healthy Steps

Sharon Regional Medical Center will host a breast cancer awareness event and health and other education programs will be going on in October.

The events include the Third Annual Ladies Night Out event and RN recruitment event, as well as additional free health and wellness programs scheduled this month at Sharon Regional Medical Center. Details are listed on the linked document. 

Also, Sharon Regional has Healthy Steps programs scheduled for the next two weeks.

  • Tuesday, October 15 at 6 p.m. Buhl Park Fitness Trail
  • Tuesday, October 22 at 5 p.m. Thiel College Dr. Barry and Carol Stamm Track & Field Complex
  • Tuesday, October 29 at 6 p.m. Buhl Park Fitness Trail

Reminder, the weather is cooler and it is getting dark sooner. Be sure to dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes, as there are more wet leaves and slippery conditions and bring a flashlight or headlamp just in case.

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

Communications collateral

Employees should update 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.


Campus Events

United States Army Simulator
Today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Howard Miller Student Center parking lot

See, touch, and interact with advanced science and technology systems from the U.S. military. In addition to an adventure focus, Army officials will discuss the exciting new emergent trends in virtual reality programs, science, technology, and engineering.

Common Hour: Criminal Justice Visiting Fellow Richard Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 3, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

A presentation will be given by the second visiting scholar sponsored by Robert Crutchfield, Ph.D. ’71.

For more information, contact the Office of Special Events at ext. 2240.

Joining Generations Cook Out
Thursday, October 10, 5–7 p.m.
St. Paul’s Senior Living Community

Cookout for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Thiel College and St. Paul’s.

For more information, contact David Hummel ’83 at ext. 2027.

HPI Seminar Series: Dr. Phillip Greenwood ’69
Thursday, October 10, 7–8 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Weekly seminar series sponsored by the Health Professions Institute.

For more information, contact Greg Q. Butcher, Ph.D. at ext. 2031.

Fortnightly Club Autumn Fest
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.
Transfer, Pa.

The Thiel Fortnightly Club invites all members of the Thiel community and their family to its annual Autumn Fest. A $2 per adult participation fee is requested to contribute to the Fortnightly Scholarship Fund and offset the cost of the party. The event goes on rain or shine and is held in a barn, so please dress accordingly. If weather permits, there will also be a bonfire. Attendees should bring beverages and a side dish. Mulled wine and apple cider will be available. A kid-friendly assortment of non-soup foods will be provided.

For more information, contact Barbara Long-Cooper ’98 at ext. 2255.

Campus Soup and Chili Cook-Off
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

In the spirit of Election Day come vote for individual competitors, campus departments and students for the coveted “Golden Ladle,” which is presented for the best soup and/or chili offering.

The cost is $5 for employees and $2 for students. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. Bread, crackers and desserts will be provided.

For more information or to sign up, contact Jackie Kytchak at ext. 2125.

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