October 30, 2019

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Newsroom Highlights

Enjoy these stories recently posted in the Newsroom.

Thiel College alumnus and student to be recognized as top entrepreneurs at Haller event

Thiel College alumnus and student to be recognized as top entrepreneurs at Haller event

Mike Zawoysky ’79 and Justin Pearce ’20 will be named Thiel College’s Entrepreneurs of the Year at the College’s annual Haller Enterprise Institute’s awards dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 30 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

Campus-wide meeting provides updates, focused on student employment

Employees gathered Tuesday afternoon to hear updates from President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., and other members of the campus community.

Director of the Career Development Center Clarissa Arbuckle ’11 discussed the initiative to increase student employment opportunities and improve campus communication around student employment. This initiative includes the use of the College’s web-based database College Central.

Arbuckle said directors and department chairs should respond to the inquiry that will be sent out from Human Resources regarding job descriptions and hiring plans for the spring by Nov. 20.

Mary Battles won the paid day off which was raffled off as a fundraiser for the Mercer County United Way. 

The final campus-wide Thiel New Time meeting of the fall semester will be at noon Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Employee input sought for 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.

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

Soup and Chili Cook-Off registration deadline is Friday

For more information, contact Jackie Kytchak at ext. 2125.

Tips for dealing with ADHD

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 attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Approximately 10 million adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adults with ADHD often cope with difficulties at school or work. Many students have inconsistent academic performance; have difficulty managing day-to-day responsibilities; experience relationship problems; and may have feelings of frustration, depression, or failure. College students with ADHD may also have difficulty paying attention during class lectures/discussions, completing assignments on time, forgetting to turn in assignments, or remembering/building on topics from previous classes. Many students struggle to adapt as they become more independent and experience increased academic demands, differences in teaching methods and grading, and may have less family support.

Some techniques that could be helpful to students who have attention issues include:

  • chunking of class material into specific topics;
  • having copies of notes available prior to class (Moodle);
  • preferential seating in the front of the room or spaced out seating to reduce distractions;
  • use of visual notes/displays; highlighting/summarizing key points during class discussions,
  • verbal cues for transition of topic/activity;
  • breaking down lengthy assignments into smaller tasks; and
  • positive feedback for on-task behavior/appropriate responses.

In addition, verbal reminders of assignment and test/quiz dates, allowing students to move around or take small breaks, and hands-on, interactive, or small group activities can also be helpful for students who struggle with attention issues.

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

Student News

Speaker presents to HPI and ESM students

On Oct 17, Jon Welsh, from the Erie, Pa. Veterans Affairs Hospital, spoke at the Health Professions Institute’s seminar series. Joining the HPI were environmental safety management students. Welsh is the manager of safety and occupational health. He spoke about the safety challenges in a healthcare setting and how they differ from other industries. Coincidentally, Welsh’s first job out of graduate school was teaching biology at Thiel College.

“I truly enjoyed Jon Welsh’s entire presentation because I learned a substantial amount of information regarding the Erie VA Medical Center and his healthcare career path. My favorite part of Jon Welsh’s presentation was his advice to say, ‘yes’ more often, as saying yes may open up new doors and opportunities for your life and career.”—Jacqueline Galford ’21

“He mentioned that most opportunities have led him to more opportunities. I feel like this is an important lesson in today’s world that has a new mentality of ‘It is OK to say no.’ Opportunities do not just arise from nowhere, and they often lead to somewhere, even if it isn’t somewhere you planned to end up.”—Shyloh McTighe ’22

PSEA representative visits education classroom

Corry Schachern, Pennsylvania State Education Association UniServ Representative presented in the Foundations of Education class of Professor of Education and Department Chair Doug Hazlett, Ph.D., on Oct. 25.

Schachern addressed the class of mostly first-year students about their future as teachers and provided information about the teachers’ union. Topics included teachers’ contracts, causes for dismissal, starting salaries, sabbaticals, benefits, tenure and PSEA resources.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Damion Grinnell, housekeeper.

Sam’s Club membership discount available

For a limited time, Sam’s Club is offering a fall membership special to Thiel College employees.

Office of Admission

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.


Campus events

Juniors Spring Registration
Thiel College campus

Juniors students register for Spring 2020 classes.

For more information, contact Debbie Schreiber at ext. 2110.

Common Hour: Comedy Juggler & Mobile Axe Throwing
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Stephen Caruso will perform a comedy and juggling routine.

For more information, contact Special Events.

Tomcast Launch Party
Thursday at noon
James Pedas Communication Center

The Tomcast podcast will host a launch party. At this party, there will be a social media launch, a special Halloween podcast, pizza, and gift bags. Costumes are encouraged since it is Halloween! 

For more information, contact Natalija Kutlesa ’22.

Student Trick or Treating
Thursday from 2–4 p.m.
Thiel College campus

Students will be seeking treats around campus.

For more information, contact Director of Student Activities and Involvement Than Oo, at ext. 2192.

WXTC Halloween Movie Night
Thursday at 8 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

WXTC will host screenings of two Halloween classic movies “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Free goodie/prop bags for the first 40 people who arrive. WXTC's Treat! No Tricks!

For more information, contact Natalija Kutlesa ’22.

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

Weekly seminar series sponsored by the Health Professions Institute.

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

Sophomores Spring Registration
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Thiel College campus

Sophomores register for Spring 2020 classes.

For more information, contact Debbie Schreiber at ext. 2110.

Community Events

St. Paul’s Auxiliary Annual Craft Show & Bake Sale
Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Headland Friendship Commons at The Villas

Hundreds of baked goods and holiday crafts Raffles & Chinese Auction • Door prizes Lunch will be available • Admission is Free! Payroll deduction is available for employees. All proceeds benefit The Auxiliary of St. Paul’s.

For more information, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.


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.

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 Nov. 6, 2019. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Nov. 4 to be published in that week’s edition.

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