January 22, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Three Thiel College students selected for prestigious study abroad scholarship

Three Thiel College students selected for prestigious study abroad scholarship

Three Thiel College students have been selected for the annual Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership.

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Thiel College Psychology professor shares Passion Driven Statistics in New York

Thiel College Psychology professor shares Passion Driven Statistics in New York

Thiel College Associate Professor of Psychology Kristel M. Gallagher, Ph.D., delivered an invited talk and led a workshop for faculty recently at the Institute for Teaching Innovations at D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Thiel College women’s soccer assistant coach selected to attend NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar

Thiel College women’s soccer assistant coach selected to attend NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar

Thiel College women’s soccer assistant coach Josie Madden has been selected to attend the 2020 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar.

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Cabinet members brief campus during first employee gathering of spring

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., was among the presenters at the first TNT employee gathering of the spring semester. President Traverso gave updates on many of the projects and initiatives happening on campus. She was followed by members of the cabinet, who provided additional details on items within their division.

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of the College Mike McKinney ’02 said that retention numbers were improved in many areas and pointed to the fall to spring retention of first-year students, which was at 90 percent, as a highlight. Vice President for Enrollment Management Ashley Josay Zullo said work is continuing on recruiting the Class of 2024, which she said is shaping up to have a strong academic record. Vice President for Academic Affairs Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., said the College has 12 students deposited for seats in the Master of Science in speech-language pathology. She also mentioned that announcements will be coming soon on Master of Business Administration and Physician Assistant. Senior Vice President for Finance Bob Schmoll outlined plans for a bond offering to finance some upcoming facility improvements. Vice President for Academic Affairs Roberta Leonard thanked the campus community for their participation in giving to The Thiel Fund and reminded everyone that February 20 is Match Day.

Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion Anthony E. Jones asked employees to think about being a host family for Thiel College international students.

Upcoming schedule of TNTs:

  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 14, 2020

These campus-wide gatherings are held in the Sawhill Georgian Room at noon.

Alumnus, student and staff member celebrated at Martin Luther King Jr. event

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., poses with Ronald Shadd ’98, Angella Bradley, Trevon Wilmer ’21 and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Anthony E. Jones after Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Banquet.

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

Professor David Miller ’61 delivered the keynote speech for the event.

Student News

King prepares students for what they will find in the workforce

William King spoke to students at the Jan. 15 Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar about how to prepare for the future and what to expect when they enter the workforce. According to the students, he also related the things he spoke about to every student at Thiel.

“Bill opened my eyes with the true importance of networking. He described that 75 percent of jobs are found through networking. He showed many sites to network with the main example being the Thiel database LinkedIn. Next, we performed an in-presentation practice of our elevator speech. Being in the business arena, you never know when you might meet your next connection. After the presentation, I will always ensure that I have a proper speech ready to express my benefits and work experience. I was deeply impressed with Bill King’s speech and will use his advice in the future.”—Robert Micsky ’20

“The most important general tip that he shared with us is that we need to circumnavigate the hiring process when seeking out jobs and make sure that our resume goes around HR and straight to the hiring managers. Once it is there, it is our job to make sure the resume is captivating appealing to the correct emotions and leaves a lasting impression for only being viewed for 15 to 20 seconds.”—Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21

“King gave many tips on talking with employers. He talked about being the Tylenol to the employer’s pain. By this he means when the employers talk about a problem, tell them how you can fix it.”—Arianna Anderson ’20

“One of the biggest takeaways from Bill’s presentation was when he said, ‘You want to sell your benefits, not your features.’ When looking for a new job it is important to show off your best qualities and you want to show them how you can answer their problems.”—Annmarie Moore ’20

“One particular piece of advice that stood out in his presentation was his recommendation to sell the advantages of younger workers. As college students and recent graduates, we often forget that we what we lack in experience can oftentimes be made up for an energy, optimism, enthusiasm, and flexibility. Mr. King helped each of us to see that we have many benefits to offer to prospective employers.”—Mariel Hanely ’20

“I had the privilege of sitting with Mr. King and had the opportunity to talk to him about many things. One of the things we talked about most was our shared interest of traveling and wine. As an international business major, it was very interesting to get to talk to him about where he has traveled and how he does business in these places. Overall, a very pleasant dinner.”—Brenna Parsley ’20


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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Special Notes

Passport Fair

WHAT: Passport Fair at Thiel College! (Obtain or Renew Your Passport.)
WHEN: Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • Students & Employees: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations will be in 15 minute increments. Contact Kris Whaling at ext. 2150 to reserve a time.
  • Public: 1–4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but please be prepared to wait.

WHERE: Rudisill Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Applicants must bring:   

  • State issued (with seal) birth certificate that lists the names of BOTH PARENTS (unless father is not recorded) or a naturalization certificate/official proof of citizenship
  • Driver’s License or state issued photo ID. If license is NOT PA, you will need another photo ID as well (school, military, etc.)
  • You will need to complete and bring the passport application with you to your appointment. 
    • DS-11 – Application for a NEW Passport
    • DS-82 – Application to RENEW Passport

Printed application forms will be available in the Campus Post Office.

Please note: Passports CANNOT be applied for online and it is FREE to print an application on the official government site.  Do NOT use a site other than the government site.

Passport Cost:  

Must have check (or money order from another source) made out to “U.S. Department of State” to send with the application.

Routine service (6-8 weeks).

Expe.dited service (2-3 weeks) is an extra $60 above passport cost.

Age 16 and over (Good for 10 years):

Book: $110.00/Card: $30

Age 15 and under (Good for 5 years):

Book: $80/Card: $15

Additional Costs:

Must bring a separate form of payment for the fees below. Payment for these fees cannot be included on the check or money order that is sent with the passport application.

  • Passport Photos: $15.00 (Or you may bring an approved passport photo obtained from Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc.)
  • Execution Fee (including postage): $35 for a new passport application (DS 11). 
  • Priority Postage is $7.75 for a passport renewal application (DS 82).

Dome Notes

Dome Walking Hours

The Rissell-Schreyer Dome is open to community walkers Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon unless a varsity game or practice is taking place.


Campus Events

Art Exhibition & Gallery Talk
Wednesday, January 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Weyers-Sampson Gallery, Howard Miller Student Center

On loan from the Butler Institute of American Art, Thiel College proudly presents the works of Fred Staloff. The opening reception and gallery talk are on Jan. 22 and the exhibition runs through April 3.

For more information, contact Sean McConnor at ext. 2095.

Common Hour: First-Year Handoff to New Advisors
Thursday, January 23 at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

First-Year students will officially recieve their new advisors in their respective field of study.

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

Graduation 101 Networking Reception
Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
Sawhill Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

An opportunity for the Class of 2020 to network with alumni and friends of the College.

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

Black & White Ball
Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The Thiel College community celebrates the annual Black & White Ball! A variety of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages will be served. We kindly request formal attire.

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

Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony
Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m.
Sawhill Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Eight students are being inducted into the English honorary society and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D., at ext. 2154.

Community Events

2020 Kiwanis Dining Card
On sale now
Greenville region

For $25 a Kiwanis Dining Card has 154 discounts at 50 participating restaurants around the region.

For more information, contact Mario Marini ’91 at ext. 2022.

In addition

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.

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Jan. 29, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Jan. 27 to be published in that week’s edition.

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