November 13, 2019

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Hanely, Harriman earn Thiel College November Student of the Month Honors

Hanely, Harriman earn Thiel College November Student of the Month Honors

Thiel College announces Mariel Hanley ’20, of Pleasantville, Pa., and Courtney Harriman ’20, of Geneva, Ohio, as its November Students of the Month.

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Thiel professors to publish study showing improved learning in foundational biology course

Thiel professors to publish study showing improved learning in foundational biology course

Thiel College Professor of Biology Fatimata Palé, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Neil Lax, Ph.D., participated in a multi-year, multi-investigator study to improve learning and understanding at the foundational first-year student level in biology.

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Thiel College senior awarded national achievement scholarship from Zeta Tau Alpha

Thiel College senior awarded national achievement scholarship from Zeta Tau Alpha

Thiel College senior Angela Campbell ’20, a sociology, criminal justice and psychology major with minors in political science and legal studies, was one of 299 scholarship recipients from Zeta Tau Alpha women’s fraternity for the 2019–2020 academic year.

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Campus comes together to recognize Mr. Rogers

Members of the Thiel College community wore their cardigans and celebrated #WorldKindnessDay at the Fred Rogers Room in the James Pedas Communication Center.

Today is twice as special as it’s the 50th anniversary of Thiel College awarding Fred Rogers H’69 an honorary degree.

Thiel College was the first of 40 institutions to award Rogers an honorary degree in November 1969. 

“It is a point of great pride that Thiel College was the first institution to recognize Fred Rogers as a visionary educator ... I am sure it would be no surprise to the folks who championed his selection 48 years ago that Mr. Rogers remains an icon and a consistent reminder of the benefits of a message of love, tolerance and understanding. It is equally gratifying that our College connects our students to a scholarship that bears Fred Rogers’ name,” Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., said.

Rogers’ address at Thiel was titled “Encouraging Creativity.” According to the Fred Rogers Archive, the presentation was so popular that to meet the requests for it, they had copies printed in advance for immediate distribution. In his address, he admonished educators and society in general for forcing conformity on children and encouraged understanding and tolerance as children endeavored to find their gifts.

Buhl Foundation fills the Lutheran Heritage Room

Thiel College hosted the fourth annual Buhl Regional Health Foundation’s Fall Forum on Tuesday with nearly 150 people in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. The forum focused on the impacts of trauma and early childhood events.

The forum, “Working Together to Create Trauma-Informed Communities,” will be posted on Thiel College’s YouTube channel.

 The schedule included the discussions “The Nature and Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences,” at 8:45 a.m., “Fostering Resiliency in Individuals, Families and Communities,” at 10 a.m. and a panel discussion at 10:45 a.m.

November is national epilepsy month

Liza Schaef is the Coordinator of the Disability Resource Center. She will occasionally provide updates and important information regarding the center and common conditions facing the Thiel community. This week she discusses epilepsy.

What do Julius Caesar, Vincent Van Gogh and Napoleon Bonaparte have in common? All had epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation reports that approximately 3.4 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy and 65 million people have epilepsy worldwide.  Their statistics further indicate that 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lifetime and that in 60–70 percent of the cases, the cause of a person’s epilepsy is unknown. At this time, there is no cure for epilepsy, but seizures can be managed by medication, diet modification, sleep routines, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Watching someone have a seizure can be a scary experience. Knowing what to do can help the person having the seizure stay safe.

When a person comes out of a seizure, they may appear disoriented or confused or have feelings of shame or embarrassment. When others do not understand seizures/epilepsy the person can also feel isolated/alone, experience teasing or bullying, have lower levels of self-esteem and higher levels of depression and anxiety.  Letting a person know that you are there for them and are not afraid of them (when they experience a seizure) can help reduce stigma around their illness.

To learn more about seizures and epilepsy and what to do if someone around you has a seizure, visit Schaef and Campus Nurse Patty Alfredo at a tabling event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Howard Miller Student Center outside of the Student Activities Office. The pair will be available to answer questions from students and employees, provide information about seizure protocol, and clarify myths about seizures and epilepsy.

For more information, contact Schaef at ext. 2063.

Thiel College Martin Luther King Jr. Award nominations open

Thiel College will be hosting The 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on at 4 p.m. Monday, January 20 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. Our theme is “The Celebration of Mindfulness, Love, and Kindness.” Individuals who were nominated by the Tomcat community will be recognized.

Deadline for all nomination submissions is at 5 p.m. December 5.

For more more information, contact Anthony E. Jones at ext. 2193.

Student News

Cytologist enlightens HPI class about her career

Cytologist Carla Berg ’83 spoke at the Health Professions Institute’s weekly seminar on Oct. 24.

“The part of Carla‘s speech in which she told us to not to be afraid of what we want to do, as well as to have robust confidence, was most compelling to me. From a younger age, I have envisioned myself going to school, earning an undergrad degree, graduating from a graduate school, and beginning a successful career in physical therapy. Sometimes, I‘ve hit some roadblocks, but I realize that everyone hits those obstacles from time to time. Carla only enhanced my desire to come back strongly from these barriers, and become a stronger, more confident student. She helped me set aside my fears of failure a little, and she definitely helped give me a confidence boost. I firmly believe that everything she said about putting aside fear to be true.”—Zachary Lyons ’23

“I took a lot from Ms. Berg’s talk. I personally learned so much about a field I wasn’t really familiar with. I had an idea of what a cytotech did, however after her talk I realize they do so much more. I also really enjoyed her answer when asked what advice she would give us after being in the science field for so long. She said, ‘never be afraid to do anything.’ This statement stuck with me because of the power of this statement. A lot of the times we fear to do things because of the outcome of fear of denial or unacceptance, but in order to get to where we want to be an to reach our goals, we have to step outside our comfort zone and not be afraid to do things. Overall, I loved listening to Ms. Berg’s talk and took quite a lot from it.”— Matthew Hess ’20

Special Notes

Health & Wellness Notes

Focus on wellness

Read more about flu shots, healthy recipes and why people need to watch their soda consumption.


Campus events

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

The Department of Media & Communication are hosting high 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. 

Kappa Mu Epsilon - Challenge 24
Today at 6:30 p.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Kappa Mu Epsilon fundraiser that helps students practice math skills as well as raise money and food for a local shelter.

For more information, contact Breanna Mesich ’20.

Common Hour: Veteran’s Day Celebration and Displays
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

David Buck, Ph.D. and Mike Mason will share a brief presentation about Buck’s sabbatical project and invite attendees to visit the library to view a number of displays.

For more information, contact Special Events.

Library Research & Writing Awards
Thursday at 4 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Students are nominated by professors and awarded for quality research and writing skills in their papers or projects for the 11th Annual Library Research & Writing Awards. Top winners will present their research.

For more information, contact Tressa Snyder at ext. 2119.

HPI Seminar Series: Emily Russell ’14
Thursday at 7 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Join the Health Professions Institute for its weekly seminar series. This week’s speaker is clinical pharmacist Emily Russell ’14.

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

LGBTQ+ Bingo
Friday at 6 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Bingo for people to come out and have fun on a Friday night, win a couple prizes and just enjoy each other’s company.

For more information, contact Lorna Parks ’20.

Thiel Players Present: ‘Gross Indecency’
Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
William Robinson Theater

The Thiel Players performance of “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” by Moisés Kaufman. Drawing from trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and books by and about Wilde, “Gross Indecency” examines the three public trials of Oscar Wilde.

Annual Scholarship Luncheon
Saturday at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Annual Endowed Scholarship Recognition Luncheon gives students a chance to thank those who fund their endowed scholarships.

For more information, contact Cindy McClelland at ext. 2160.

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.


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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