October 16, 2019

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Medical ethicist to discuss fairness of public health during presentation at Thiel College

Medical ethicist to discuss fairness of public health during presentation at Thiel College

A medical ethicist from Columbus, Ohio, will speak about fairness and bias in healthcare at this year’s Community Medical Ethics Project event to be held in Thiel College’s Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

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Thiel College fraternity celebrating 25th anniversary of its See-Saw-A-Thon for Military Heroes

Thiel College fraternity celebrating 25th anniversary of its See-Saw-A-Thon for Military Heroes

The Annual Kappa Sigma See-Saw-A-Thon to raise money for the Military Heroes Campaign starts Thursday on the lawn near the intersection of routes 18 and 58 in front of Thiel College’s Howard Miller Student Center.

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Alumni Award winners discuss their lasting connection to Thiel College

The Alumni Awards Luncheon is among the most popular events at Homecoming. You can watch the entire ceremony or jump to specific presenters and award recipients below.

Links to specific speakers

 Thiel College’s YouTube channel

The good times roared on and on at Homecoming

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

The Phoenix accepting submissions

Employees are invited to submit entries for the upcoming edition of Thiel College’s literary and creative journal, The Phoenix.

For more information, contact Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D., at ext. 2154.

50-plus team members make up Thiel College Heart Walk team

Thiel College had more than 50 students/staff/faculty participate in the 2019 Heart Walk at Pearson Park in Neshannock, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Thiel College’s Wellness Committee raised $600 for the event. Committee members said they are grateful to those who contributed to making the event a huge success! Special recognition is given to the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and T.J. Bardsley and the men’s lacrosse team for their participation. Thiel College was recognized for its large team and was awarded a certificate for the “Most Original T-Shirt Design” by the American Heart Association. Jackie Kytchak in Student Life for created the t-shirts.

Members of the Thiel College team and Sharon Regional Medical Center also combined for a group photo. 

Anderson Bus donated the transportation service to and from the event. Daffin’s candy bars will remain on sale throughout the campus in continued support of the Wellness Committee’s fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association. 

October is Disability Employment Awareness month

Liza Schaef is the Coordinator of the Disability Resource Center. She will occasionally provide updates and important information regarding the center. This week she discusses Disability Employment Awareness Month.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is held in October to raise awareness about employment issues for disabled people and celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “The Right Talent, Right Now.”

Part of the DRC’s mission is to help students learn how to communicate appropriately about their disability, understanding their rights in education and in employment.  This can be a tricky process to navigate.  Students entering the workforce have disclosure protections and responsibilities with regard to disclosure.

A person with a disability is entitled to:

  • Choose to disclose their disability at any time during the employment process
  • Have information about their disability treated confidentially and respectfully
  • Seek information about hiring practices
  • Receive reasonable accommodations for an interview
  • Be considered for a position based on their skills/merit
  • Have respectful questioning about their disability for the purpose of what accommodations may be needed

A person with a disability has the responsibility to:

  • Disclose their need for any work-related reasonable accommodations
  • Articulate their skills
  • Be truthful and proactive about their needs/disability upon disclosure
    Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor & the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

For more information, contact Liza Schaef at ext. 2063.

Student News

Area educators make presentations to students

Area educators have been on campus recently to speak to Thiel College Department of Education students. 

On Oct. 2, Chris Gill, principal at Hickory High School in the Hermitage School District was a guest speaker in Professor of Education Doug Hazlett, Ph.D.’s class. Gill talked about interview prep, teacher improvement plans, behavior management and the pathway to school leadership.

On Monday, Oct. 14, Heidi Smith ’09 came to train students on verbal de-escalation. Smith is a Thiel alumna and teacher at Greenville Elementary School. Smith demonstrated verbal de-escalation techniques. These methods are meant to diffuse tension and defensive behavior without the need for physical intervention.

Alumnus urges students to overcome challenges

On Oct 3, Eric Zgodzinski ’91, the health commissioner for the Toledo-Lucas County (Ohio) Health Department, spoke to the Health Professions Institute’s seminar series.

“Eric Zgodzinski’s presentation truly resonated with me because I am also a member of Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, and I’m also very involved on campus. I believe that Thiel College is shaping my future life and career path and I am appreciative of the experiences and opportunities that Thiel offers me every day. I am confident that the connections I have made thus far will benefit my future career.”—Jacqueline Galford ’21

“Mr. Zgodzinski was one of the speakers that resonated with me the most. He spoke of doing whatever you can to get around or through the barriers that are blocking your end goal. Life is about buckling down and doing what you aspire to do. Let your dreams guide you.”—Amber Hoskins ’20


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. 23, 2019. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Oct. 21 to be published in that week’s edition.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Hannah Keeling ’08, Academic Affairs administrative assistant

Note of gratitude

“Thank you so much for your expressions of sympathy and support during my mother’s illness and passing.  It was deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.“

The Frantz & Keverline families

Cardboard boxes available

The Office of Admission breaks down and throws out several cardboard boxes every month. Anyone who needs boxes can contact Nancy Reiser at ext. 2345.

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 three weeks.

  • 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

Government Day
Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Students from various area high schools come to campus and learn about state government. The event is hosted by Pennsylvania State Senator Michele Brooks.

Common Hour: Academic Majors & Minors Fair
Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Haer Family Science and Arts Connector

Explore the numerous majors and minors that Thiel College has to offer. Interact with faculty and students from the various departments. Enter to win one of several great prizes.

25th Annual Kappa Sigma See–Saw–A–Thon
Thursday at noon
Howard Miller Student Center lawn

Join the brothers of the Thiel College chapter of Kappa Sigma as they ride a 25-foot long metal see-saw for 72 consecutive hours. Money raised during the event will go to the Military Heroes Campaign.

For more information, contact Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21.

HPI Seminar Series: Jon Welsh
Thursday from 7–8 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Join the Health Professions Institute for its weekly seminar series. This week's speaker is Jon Welsh from the Erie VA Medical Center.

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

Fall Open House
Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Office of Admissions, James Pedas Communication Center

Prospective students are invited to attend a special open house to learn more about:

  • The admission process
  • Athletics
  • Academic programs
  • Financial aid

Students will also take a campus tour.

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

Speech–Language Pathology Open House
Saturday at 9 a.m.
Glen Johnson Community Center

Tour the new Speech-Language Pathology clinic in the Glen Johnson Community Center.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Mason, Ph.D., at ext. 2298.

Codes and Code Breaking Movie Night
Monday at 8 p.m.
Bly Hall, Academic Center

Students in the SEMS 110: Codes and Code Breaking class are invited to a special showing of the film, “The Immitation Game.”

For more information, contact Russ Richins, Ph.D., at ext. 2025.

Healthy Steps – Community Walk
Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Dr. Barry ’70 and Carol ’71 Stamm Track & Field Complex

The Sharon Regional Medical Center hosts a community walk at Thiel's new Track and Field! No registration is required, and all fitness levels are welcome! In case of inclement weather, the walk will be cancelled.

For more information, call 724-983-7324.

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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