December 4, 2019

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College fraternity’s fundraising walk to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh begins Friday

Thiel College fraternity’s fundraising walk to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh begins Friday

Following the record-setting walk of this past year, Thiel College’s chapter of Phi Theta Phi leaves Friday for its 51st annual 100-mile fundraising walk for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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New faces add flair to community tradition of Thiel College’s 67th Annual Christmas Festival

New faces add flair to community tradition of Thiel College’s 67th Annual Christmas Festival

The Thiel College Department of Music and Theatre presents its 67th Annual Thiel Christmas Festival Concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

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Thiel College sophomore and Greenville native earns Thiel Team monthly recognition

Thiel College sophomore and Greenville native earns Thiel Team monthly recognition

Ava Park ’22, of Greenville, Pa., was named Thiel Team member of the month for November.

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Health Clinic highlights TNT agenda

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Michael McKinney ’02 was among the speakers for Tuesday’s Thiel News Time. He spoke about the College’s collaboration with Sharon Regional Medical Center, which is planned to include a health clinic in the Howard Miller Student Center. McKinney said he the clinic could be open to coincide with the students’ return in early January 2020.

Steven Krasinski updated campus on Information Technology’s activities over the past year.

Nominate staff members for Founders’ Day honors

As is the College’s tradition, Founders’ Day in February will be an opportunity to recognize outstanding faculty and staff for their accomplishments and service to the College. The faculty leadership has solicited nominations for faculty awards, and I am pleased to request nominations for the Presidential Staff Awards. Faculty and staff across campus are vital to the success of the College.  Recognizing individual members of our community for their outstanding service is a way of celebrating our work together. 

Please consider nominating staff colleagues for their outstanding service and commitment to Thiel. Nominations of both new and more experienced staff members are welcomed. 

Deadline for nominations is Friday. Nominations can be emailed to Amy Taczanowsky.

2020-2021 common hour input sought

The Campus Lifestyle Committee is working to plan common hour programming for next year and is asking the campus community for program proposals.

The Committee is hoping to work with those interested in hosting a new program during the common hour slot, and we will also consider moving existing programs to that time. Since there are limited Thursdays throughout the semester, we encourage anyone interested in scheduling something during 2020-21 common hours to complete the following form by Friday, January 31.

Tips for helping students deal with test stress

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 the anxiety students may face during finals.

With final exams approaching, it may be a good time to think about students who have test anxiety or experience a lot of stress or fear about test-taking. Test anxiety occurs when symptoms of anxiety substantially impair academic performance, preventing students from demonstrating their true knowledge of the course content or their abilities. Some degree of anxiety is normal when a student faces a challenging academic situation, but common indicators of stress related to test anxiety are physical shakiness, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, “blanking out,” sweating, panicking, feelings of anger/frustration and somatic complaints like an upset stomach or headache.

Why do students experience test anxiety? Fear of failure, lack of preparation, a history of poor test-taking, desire to be perfect, or need to get a certain grade to pass a class may cause students to experience a level of test anxiety. The anxiety a student is experiencing is real, so validating their feelings and taking a few moments to talk to students prior to testing can help them to calm down. 

While test anxiety alone is not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, students who experience test anxiety who also have learning disabilities, depression, types of anxiety disorders, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may receive testing accommodations (extended test time, private or distraction-free testing space) through the DRC. While these accommodations may help ease test anxiety, often the accommodation is based on the student’s diagnosis/disability and not test anxiety alone (test anxiety may be a symptom that a student is experiencing).

Students who experience test anxiety may benefit from following a normal schedule/routine, including getting a good night of sleep the night before a test, avoid “cramming” sessions for studying, practicing positive self-talk and deep breathing/relaxation strategies while taking the test. Being familiar with how the professor tests, types of questions asked, and examples of prior tests can help the student prepare for future exams and manage their anxiety.

On the day of the test, professors can offer calming words, review test instructions with the entire class, and encourage all students to ask questions if they are struggling. Of course, encouraging students to utilize campus resources like supplemental instruction, organized study groups (PAL), tutoring, and test reviews to learn and feel confident in the material can help students reduce symptoms of test anxiety.

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

Upcoming important dates

Thurs, Dec. 5

  • December Graduation Celebration, 5–7 p.m. (Pedas Center)
  • Christmas Dinner for Students, 4–6:30 p.m.  (Bistro and LHR)

Friday, Dec. 6

  • Last day of classes
  • Winter Fest/Dome Opener, 4:30–8 p.m.
  • Phi Theta Phi Walk-a-Thon

Saturday, Dec. 7

  • Scholarship Day for eligible prospective students
  • Dietrich Honors Institute Research Symposium
  •  Phi Theta Phi Walk-a-Thon continues

Sunday, Dec. 8

  • 67th Annual Christmas Festival, 4–6 p.m. (Passavant Center)

Monday, Dec. 9

  • Final Day of Fall Semester Classes
  • Late Night Breakfast, 9–11 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

  • Final exams begin

Thursday, Dec. 12

  • Faculty and Staff Christmas Party, noon to 1:30 p.m. (Lutheran Heritage Room)

Friday, Dec. 13

  • Final exams conclude

Tuesday, Dec. 17

  • Grades due, noon

Student News

Alumna address students about her pharmacy career and Thiel experience

Clinical pharmacist Emily Russell, Pharm.D. ’14 spoke at the Health Professions Institute’s weekly seminar on Nov. 14. 

“I thought that [Emily Russell’s] story about why she chose to stay at Thiel was interesting. Listening to her story made me realize that we are not too dissimilar. I too feel at home and have a strong connection here at Thiel.”—Zachary Lyons ’22

“I enjoyed listening to Dr. Russell because she was upfront and honest about the direction her career is taking. I think it helped me realize that making decisions to postpone our goals, doesn’t mean you are behind. I think other students, as well as myself, need to hear that it is OK to decide to fall behind a little bit, and it doesn’t affect how you are perceived when applying.”—Shyloh McTighe ’22

Francis wins gift card for bringing students to PAL

Supplemental Instruction leader Sarah Ford ’21 presents Alrick Francis ’22 with the Bring a PAL to PAL award. Alrick won the contest and a Sheetz gift card for bringing the most classmates to his macroeconomics supplemental instruction sessions.

Tomcats volunteer for Lions

Thiel College wrestlers volunteered at the annual Greenville Lions Club Pancake Day recently.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Sara Venetta, housekeeper

Campus Store Notes

December 11 is Shop Tomcat Wednesday!

Buy one get one 20% off.

Take 20% off any item of equal or lesser value. Good on any in-stock gift, apparel and art supply items.

Offer good only during regular store hours on December 11, 2019. Select sale items are eligible for the additional discount. Thiel employees take advantage of this offer in addition to employee discount. Previously purchased merchandise and items excluded.


Campus Events

Common Hour: Fresh Check Day
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage, Howard Miller Student Center

Students, faculty and staff are invited to a stress-free environment with free food and activities to get ready for finals week.

For more information, contact Special Events.

Student Christmas Dinner
Thursday from 4:30–6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The annual Christmas dinner for students.

For more information, contact Amy Taczanowsky at ext. 2155.

December Graduation Ceremony
Thursday from 5–7 p.m.
James Pedas Communication Center

A gathering for students set to fulfill graduation requirements in December.

For more information, contact Clarissa Arbuckle ’11 at ext. 2371.

HPI Seminar Series: William Broadwater ’97
Thursday from 7–8 p.m.
Sawhill-Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Weekly seminar series for students in the Health Professions Institute.

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

Phi Theta Phi Walk-a-Thon Kick-off Breakfast
Friday at 9 a.m.
TC Café, Howard Miller Student Center

Breakfast to send off Phi Theta Phi for their 51st annual Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Walkathon.

For more information, contact Devin Button ’21.

Friday from 4:30–8 p.m.
Rissell-Schreyer Dome

The 10th annual dome opening party includes food, music and interactive activities.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

67th Annual Christmas Festival
Sunday at 4 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

Thiel’s 67th annual celebration of the season featuring music, performance and worship.

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

Final Day of Fall Semester Classes
Thiel College campus 

The end of the fall class schedule. Finals begin on Tuesday.

Student Teaching Celebration Luncheon
Monday at 2:30 p.m.
First floor, Haer Family Science and Arts Connector

Education students celebrate completing their student-teaching requirement.

For more information, contact Nancy Castor at ext. 2065.

Late Night Breakfast
Monday from 9-11 p.m.
TC Café, Howard Miller Student Center

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

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

Fall Finals Begin
Tuesday, December 10
Thiel College campus

Final exams begin at 1 p.m.

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

Great Book Race
Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Thiel College campus

Local high school students visit to answer questions about their summer reading lists.

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

Employee Christmas Party
Dec. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Annual Christmas party for Thiel College employees. Attendees should bring a non-perishable food item for the Good Shepherd Food Pantry.

For more information, contact Amy Taczanowsky at ext. 2155.

Last Day of Fall Finals
Dec. 13
Thiel College campus

The fall 2019 semester closes.

Winter Break
Dec. 13-Jan. 7Thiel College Campus

No classes but most administrative offices are open.

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. 11, 2019. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Dec. 9 to be published in that week’s edition.

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