November 20, 2019

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel fraternity fundraising for its Children’s Hospital walk at Pittsburgh Light Up Night

Thiel fraternity fundraising for its Children’s Hospital walk at Pittsburgh Light Up Night

Thiel College fraternity Phi Theta Phi will be in Pittsburgh Friday, November 22 as part of the City of Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night holiday celebration to fundraise for its upcoming 100-mile walk to Children’s Hospital.

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Thiel College’s new data analytics major to open doors for students into growing field

Thiel College’s new data analytics major to open doors for students into growing field

The Thiel College’s newest major will be available in the fall of 2020 with its recent approval of a Bachelor of Science in data analytics major in the Department of Mathematics.

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Thiel ensembles performing in Pittsburgh on Light Up Night; fraternity collecting for upcoming walk

Thiel ensembles performing in Pittsburgh on Light Up Night; fraternity collecting for upcoming walk

Pittsburgh-area alumni and friends will get a special preview of Thiel College’s 67th Christmas Festival with a special performance at First English Lutheran Church as part of 6 p.m. Vespers during the city’s “Light -Up Night” on November 22.

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Safety Committee offers tips for safe walking and driving this winter

The Thiel College Safety Committee and the Thiel Police Department have provided tips for being safe outside this winter.

Use Caution When Walking on Snow or Ice

  • Plan ahead give yourself sufficient time and plan your route. 
  • Traffic moves slowly in snowy conditions.
  • Give yourself extra time—don’t assume a clear path for driving and walking will be available.
  • Wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice. 
  • Footwear made of rubber and neoprene composite provide better traction than plastic and leather soles.
  • Wear flat-soled shoes; avoid shoes with heels.
  • Products are available with abrasive soles or cleats that provide special traction for walking on snow and ice, such as Yaktrax. [Remember to remove when entering buildings.]

Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles, climbing or descending stairs, entering or leaving buildings. 

  • Remove snow/water from shoes when entering buildings.
  • Use handrails for support.
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets.
  • Walk on designated walkways as much as possible. 
  • Don’t take shortcuts over snow piles or areas where snow and ice removal is not feasible.
  • Look ahead when you walk. A sidewalk completely covered with ice may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.
  • Don’t text or read while walking.
  • Use Caution when crossing Crosswalk in the Winter


  • Do not assume that the vehicle can stop.
  • Do not assume that the vehicle will stop.
  • During snowfall, drivers may not see you look twice
  • At night cross in well-lighted areas.
  • Always cross at marked crosswalks.
  • You forfeit your rights as a pedestrian if you cross elsewhere.
  • Look mutable times to make sure the road is clear in both directions before crossing.
  • If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver to be sure s/he sees you before you cross.
  • Look before walking past stopped vehicles. Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first.
  • At night, use a flashlight or phone light to illuminate your way.


  • Do not assume that the pedestrians will stop at the road edge.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at all intersections.
  • Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks.
  • Come to a complete stop if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
  • Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in before resuming travel.
  • Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.

Angel Tree donations available to help area foster children

Help Psi Chi’s service project to provide gifts for children in foster care by picking up an angel tag from the Christmas tree, outside the office of Barbara Long-Cooper ’98 office in the Academic Center (AC 256), and choose an Angel tag off the tree. Individuals can buy for a child or members of a class or group can sponsor an angel with a donation as small as $2 or $3 each.

Psi Chil appreciates the 30 individuals/departments/classes who have already taken a tag.

Each tag has a couple things from the child’s wish list as well as his/her sex, age, and clothing sizes.

Please return all gifts unwrapped in a bag with the tag attached by Monday, Dec. 2.

Gifts can be returned Natalie Homa, Ph.D., in AC 251 or Long-Cooper in AC 256.  Psi Chi can also arrange for pick-up. 

For more information, contact Homa at ext. 2251.

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

Students attend ABASM meeting 

Eight biology majors along with Sarah J. Swerdlow, Ph.D., attended the Allegheny Branch of American Society of Microbiology meeting on Nov. 8–9 at St. Francis University in Loretto, PA. The attendees (L-R) were Mikayla Harrison ’23Breanna Mesich ’20, Ashley Prout ’20Tina Davison ’21, Dr. Swerdlow, Sydney Turner ’21De’Kota Crouser ’22Malajah Johnson ’23 and Charity Hall ’22.

In addition to a couple days full of scientific talks and poster sessions, Mesich and Prout presented their poster titled “SEA-PHAGES: Discovery and Bioinformatic Analysis of Lynlen, a M. foliorum Bacteriophage, at Thiel College.”

The students and Dr. Swerdlow are thankful for the funding that was provided that allowed Mesich and Prout to present their poster at this meeting.  

Sharon Regional Hospital executive meets HPI students

Amy C. Smith, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at Sharon Regional Medical Center. spoke at the Health Professions Institute’s weekly seminar on Oct. 24.

“Personally, I resonated with this presentation because I am interested in furthering my education and attending graduate school. Duquesne University sparks my interest, and I enjoyed learning about Amy’s time and experiences at Duquesne.  I conversed with Amy about what she enjoyed the most about Duquesne, and she also described her transition into a job after being in school for so long. She claimed that she still had time for a family despite being busy with her job, and she has a strong passion to this day for nursing and healthcare. Overall, this presentation was one of my favorites from this class because of Amy Smith’s passion and care for our future careers.”—Jacqueline Galford ’21

“Not only did Amy tell us where she decided to go in her educational journey, but she also told us how she had the incessant desire and drive to keep furthering her education. She told us how she was satisfied with her career, but she would always want to work towards something more. Her bold ambition and wanting to keep furthering her education were both very inspirational. I admire that type of bold ambition because that is something I want to do as well. I don't want to necessarily go back to school after I earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, but I do wish to keep continuing my journey in that specific type of field and become the best PT I can possibly be, as well as making my name well-known in that field too.”— Zach Lyons ’23

Special Notes

Health & Wellness Notes

Focus on wellness

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

Counseling Center bringing Fresh Check Day to campus

Thiel College’s Counseling Center will hold Fresh Check Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 in the Bistro, Howard Miller Student Center as the Common Hour event.  Fresh Check Day is a program created by the Jordan Porco Foundation.

It is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting giveaways. Each interactive expo booth will be run by student volunteers along with the support of a faculty or staff member.

Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable atmosphere where the entire campus community can come together to engage in dialogue about mental health. This program is intended to start conversations about mental health that reduce stigma and foster hope while encouraging help-seeking behaviors. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in this event to demonstrate their support of students and to send the message that mental health matters.

For more information, contact Melanie Broadwater ’98 at ext. 2754.

Partner News

Sharon Regional Hospital has a Toys for Tots collection box in Student Affairs.

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Shari Lord, housekeeper
  • Decwin Waite, housekeeper

And says farewell to:

  • Roger Bean, painter
  • Caleb McCracken, associate communications manager


Campus Events

Common Hour: Trivia Competition
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage, Howard Miller Student Center

Friendly trivia competition for the entire campus community.

For more information, contact Special Events.

Dietrich Honors Institute Visit Day
Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Prospective students interested in the Dietrich Honors Institute are invited to this special visit day! Students and families have the opportunity to learn about the program as well as the admissions process and financial aid. You will also meet with current students and faculty.

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

A Thiel Christmas in Pittsburgh
Friday at 6 p.m.
First Lutheran Church, 615 Grant St, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219

Thiel College’s 67th annual Christmas Festival goes to Pittsburgh.

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

Music Recital
Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Thiel College music students perform at their winter recital

For more information, contact Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., at ext. 2029.

Thanksgiving Recess
Nov. 27 to Dec. 1
Thiel College Campus

Campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays

For more information, contact Denise Urey ’00 at ext. 2009.

Late Night Breakfast
Dec. 9 from 9-11 p.m.
TC Café 

Volunteers are needed for Thiel College’s annual late night breakfast. Food preparers, food runners, line workers, dish washers, trash collectors, and table cleaners are all needed.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Bob Phillips ’08 at ext. 2011.

Community Events

Hang Tough Collection
Through Dec. 4
Greenville region

The Butler Radio Network and Schneider’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning are working on the Hang Tough: Stockings Stuffed with Love & Care program.

Stockings are given to patients receiving chemo/radiation treatments at our local cancer centers: UPMC Hillman Cancer Center – Farrell, Sharon Regional Cancer Care Center, and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center – Greenville. These treatments sometimes take hours and goodies in their stocking help pass time and put a smile on their face.

For more information, contact Melissa Oakes ’03 at ext. 2046.


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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Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next edition will be out Dec. 4, 2019. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Dec. 2 to be published in that week’s edition.

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