November 6, 2019

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Maryland environmental steward and alumna awarded Thiel College honorary degree

Maryland environmental steward and alumna awarded Thiel College honorary degree

Thiel College recognized outgoing Board of Trustees member and the first woman to serve as Maryland’s Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources Sarah Taylor-Rogers, Ph.D. ’69 with its highest honor Friday awarding her an honorary doctoral degree.

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Thiel College students Gifford and Rosales awarded November Learning Common honors

Thiel College students Gifford and Rosales awarded November Learning Common honors

Chase Gifford ’20 and Chris Rosales ’20 have been named the Thiel Learning Commons Extraordinary Effort Award winners for November.

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Rose Ensemble explores the ‘Land of Three Faiths’ for Thiel College’s Con Spirito concert

Rose Ensemble explores the ‘Land of Three Faiths’ for Thiel College’s Con Spirito concert

The Rose Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Thiel College’s David Johnson Memorial Chapel as part of the College’s Con Spirito Chamber Music Series.

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Advancement reclaims Golden Ladle

Pictured with the Golden Ladle are members of the College Advancement team (L-R) Cindy McClelland, Mark Batt ’87, David Hummel ’83 and Paula Jaillet. Not pictured are Roberta Leonard, Anna Mary Hoovler, Mario Marini ’91 and Ava Park ’22.

The Wellness Committee thanks everyone who participated in and contributed to the annual soup and chili cook-off. 

The cook-off brought the campus community together to enjoy delicious food and good company while fostering a bit of friendly competition. The cook-off collected $199. Jackie Kytchak in the Office of Student Life will continue collecting donations this week and through next week. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association.

College Advancement reclaimed its title of soup and chili cook-off champs and was awarded the Golden Ladle, winning by one vote with their sweet and spicy chili. Kytchak was a close second with her clam chowder. 

Open enrollment meeting Tuesday for benefit eligible employees

Benefit eligible employees and their spouses are encouraged to attend an open enrollment session in the Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Representatives for the College’s medical, vision and dental and retirement plans will be available to answer questions. 

Full-time, benefit eligible employees should have recently received an email communication from Davevic and “Employee Navigator.”  Employees will be able to view their current coverage levels, compare costs, and make benefit elections for the upcoming plan year during the open enrollment period via “Employee Navigator.” 

As a reminder, all updates/changes to the following personal information and benefits are done in the Employee Navigator system.

  • Address updates
  • Marital status updates
  • Name change
  • W-4
  • Medical coverage changes
  • Dental coverage changes
  • Vision coverage changes
  • Direct deposit

Contact Kris Whaling to reserve your seat at one of the sessions.

For more information contact Human Resources at extensions  2004, 2150 or 2858.

Haller Institute recognizes Zawoysky, Pearce

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

Zawoysky—the retired chief executive officer for Shoe Sensation Inc., a growing 198-plus store, 19-state, family footwear chain based in Jeffersonville, Ind. (near Louisville, Ky.)—was the Haller Enterprise Institute’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Pearce ’20, who started Massive Gains Apparel as a sophomore in high school, was the Haller Enterprise Institute’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

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

Employees join in the Halloween spirit

Thursday was a day for student trick-or-treat on campus, and the members of the Thiel Learning Commons joined the fun. Pictured (L-R) Barb Samson, Diane Donnelly-Eakin, Nancy Katz and Noel Stanger.


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).

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to:

  • Samantha Miller, housekeeper.

Focus on wellness

Linked is a November calendar so you can take steps for a healthier month.


Campus events

What is Black Sisters Connected
Today at 3 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

This event includes a speech about why BSC was started and what it stands for. Also, what the members have learned about themselves and how the group will continue as founding members graduate. A discussion will include the group's cause and important topics in the real world that affect women. All students are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Diamond Cheatham ’23.

First-year spring registration
Thiel College campus

First-year students and all other students with less than 26 credit hours begin registering for classes for the spring 2020 semester. All students should meet with his/her academic advisor prior to registering.

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

PICPA Accounting Career Day
Thursday from 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Local Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants chapters host Accounting Career Day programs across the state. The program is a one-day event that invites students to learn about the diverse career paths in accounting first hand from local CPAs. High school students are invited to this free program to learn more about diverse career opportunities in the accounting profession and the advantages of the CPA designation, in a college environment.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting and Associate Chair Melissa Oakes ’03 at ext. 2046.

Common Hour: First-year Registration Event
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Academic Center

All SEMS 110 classes will meet with their advisors to register for spring semester.

Common Hour: Ecology and Ethnogenesis
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Stamm Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Thiel College alumnus Adam Hodge, Ph.D. ’07 will discuss his recently published book.

For more information, contact Special Events.

Twilight Tour Experience
Thursday 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 members. 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.

Con Spirito: The Rose Ensemble
Thursday at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

The Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series features top chamber international music performers. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Monica Adametz at ext. 2240.

WING Bingo
Friday from 8–11 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Women Inspiring the Next Generation is hosting a special BINGO event! The prizes will be geared towards the color purple which represent domestic abuse awareness as well as stress relief. All are welcome!

For more information, Shyann Foreman ’20.

Veterans Day Breakfast
Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 a.m.
Andrews Executive Conference Room, Howard Miller Student Center

A special breakfast for Veterans in the Thiel College community. Veteran and active duty students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to be recognized their service on Veterans Day.

For more information, contact Mike Mason at ext. 2058.

Veterans Day Visit Day
Monday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m.
Office of Admissions, James Pedas Communication Center

A special preview day to celebrate Veterans Day on Thiel College’s beautiful campus! Bring the family and learn more about:

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

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

Buhl Foundation Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Buhl Regional Health Foundation invites community organizations and leaders to join us for a free day-long forum focusing on the impacts of adverse childhood events in Mercer County and how we can work together to create a resilient community. 

Pedas Media Mentor Awards
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.
James Pedas Communication Center

The Department of Media & Communication are hosting igh school faculty and staff who have made an impact on Thiel College students.

For more information, contact Executive Director of the James Pedas Communication Center, James Pedas Professor of Communication and Department Chair Kyle Woody, Ed.D., at ext. 2851. 

Community Events

Chamber of Commerce Dinner
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Thiel College hosts the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce for their annual awards dinner.

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