February 12, 2020

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Thiel College Trustees’ approval of M.B.A. program gives College its second graduate degree

Thiel College Trustees’ approval of M.B.A. program gives College its second graduate degree

Thiel College’s new Master of Business Administration has been approved by its Board of Trustees and will begin enrolling students in July 2020.

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Thiel College English and education major chosen admissions team member of the month

Thiel College English and education major chosen admissions team member of the month

Amy Meighen ’21, of Greenville, Pa., was named Thiel Team member of the month for February.

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Honors Convocation and Founders’ Day albums online

Flickr  Thiel College’s Flickr gallery

Alumni couple share life and professional experience with seminar class

Thiel College graduate Carol (Yeager) Stamm ’71 and her husband, Former Chair of the Board of Trustees Barry Stamm, M.D. ’70, were the speakers for the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar on Feb. 5. They both had an abundance of life and professional experience to share with the students. 

“Carol’s speech was shorter, however, it did not fall short of valuable life teachings. Some of these included; never handle a paper twice, know what you stand for, seek fulfillment, small steps lead to big accomplishments, make adjustments, and tell your loved ones you love them every day.”—William Lingard ’21

“Barry and Carol Stamm were the guest speakers for the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar on February 5, 2020. Dr. and Mrs. Stamm met each other at Thiel 50 years ago. They graduated in 1970 and 1871, respectively, and were married in 1971. Both Dr. and Mrs. Stamm have maintained strong ties with the Thiel College community as evidenced by the generous donation of their time and wisdom to our class as well as Dr. Stamm’s position on the Board of Trustees.”—Mariel Hanely ’20

“While enjoying a delicious and diverse meal, a few of my classmates and I had the pleasure of sitting with Mrs. Traverso and the speakers of the night. We had great conversation while enjoying our meal and I got to know Barry and Carol very well. I enjoy being able to dine with the speakers prior to the presentation to attain a more personal perspective of them. We discussed many important matters pertaining to Thiel and we shared our future plans to our peers. I gained viable knowledge from tonight’s dining experience and look forward to more in the future.”—Robert Micsky ’21

“Barry got his pilot license and has flown for 35 years, stopping recently. He began his speech talking about the Kobe tragedy. He talked about how it could have been avoided had the pilot just followed protocol. He spoke a lot about sticking to the standards and knowing the rules. No matter the situation it is important to do what is expected and what is the ‘proper way.’”—George Cupec ’21

“Barry finished his speech reminding us of some the important lessons that he had for us: stick with your standards, persistence and tenacity is key, and you don’t need to have a title to be a leader. Carol finished her speech with three pieces of wisdom: stay focused, trust your judgment and always tell your loved ones how you feel.”—Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21

“Carol entered the business world in a time that was very challenging for women. She said that there less than six women in the business department when she attended Thiel, then once she graduated, she entered a world with a ‘glass ceiling.’ Many times she was passed up for a job just because she was a woman. I want to thank her for doing her part to break down that ceiling and giving me and all the other women my age the chance the ability to become equals with men.”—Annamarie Moore ’20

Campus community gathers to recognize Wear Red Day

The Thiel College Wellness Committee and employees and students gathered for Wear Red Day on Feb. 7 to celebrate the $1,081 the community collected and donated to the American Heart Association. 

All members of the campus community are invited to Take the Plunge on Monday, Feb. 17 at Pymatuning Lake. More than 50 students, employees and a few surprise guests are signed up to take a freezing dip in the lake to show alumni and friends of the College how committed they are to the institution. Participants should meet in the entryway by the football field parking lot at Beeghly Gymnasium at 3 p.m. The bus to the plunge leaves campus at 3:15 p.m. Monday. 

Anyone interested in experiencing the once-in-lifetime thrill of a polar plunge should contact Director of the Thiel Fund Mark Batt ’87 at ext. 2157 to register.

The College will record a video of the plunge, and if giving on Match Day reaches preset goals, the video of the plunge will be released online.

Match Day is a one-day social media and telephone giving campaign to generate donations for The Thiel Fund. The Thiel Fund is the largest source of unrestricted funds for the College. Gifts to The Thiel Fund go exclusively to the areas of greatest need of the College. Need-based scholarships, academic programming, athletics, and campus improvements are all supported by The Thiel Fund. 

Student News

Priority packaging deadline for FAFSA is March 1

Thiel’s Financial Aid Office wants to help students and their families secure the funding they need. To be considered for the most aid, the office strongly encourages students and parents to complete the FAFSA and all requirements by March 1.

For more information, contact Cindy Farrell ’77 at ext. 2178.

Jostens Class Ring representatives on campus Feb. 20

Representatives of Jostens will be on hand on Feb. 20 in the Howard Miller Student Center from noon to 3 p.m. to make arrangements for class rings.


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Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Feb. 19, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Feb. 17 to be published in that week’s edition.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes...

  • David Ford, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and clinic director
  • Erica Roy, admissions counselor
  • Anthony Rubin, police officer

And says farewell to...

  • Kirsten Hauser, circulation librarian

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).

Office of Communications and Marketing Notes

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.


Campus Events

Common Hour: Zona Presentation
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Louis Zona, Ph.D. H’18, executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and Emeritus Professor of Art History at Youngstown State University will present “Thoughts on Contemporary Art.”

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

PMEA District 2 Band Festival
Thursday and Friday
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

Jamestown High School and Thiel College are hosting the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Band Festival. Students will be arriving Thursday and departing the next day following their concert.

Thiel Forum
Thursday from 4–5 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Professor of Art History Ellen Lippert, Ph.D., will discuss how the late 19th cent Biloxi potter George Ohr and his pots interacted with the events surrounding him and shed new light on long-ignored portion of his oeuvre: his clay tokens.

For more information, contact Lana V. Kulik, Ph.D., at ext. 2863.

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.

Education For a Day
Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thiel College campus

Thiel College will host prospective high school students thinking of pursuing a degree in education. Thiel will highlight different aspects of both the major and the department.

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

Accepted Student Day
Monday, Feb. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Thiel College campus

All accepted students should plan to attend this event and experience campus life at Thiel College. Students and their families will learn about career development and financial aid options at Thiel College!

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

Traditional African Dance Presentation
Monday, Feb. 17 from 7–8 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Harambee Youth Group from Youngstown, Ohio performs.

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

LGBTQ+ Alliance Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 11–11:30 a.m.
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

An informational meeting to gauge interest in restarting the LGBTQ+ Rainbow Alliance.

For more information, contact Madison Opritza.

Community Events

St. Paul’s Ask the Expert
Feb. 27
St. Paul’s Senior Living Community

On Feb. 27, St. Paul’s Senior Living Community will have another session of its Ask the Experts series.

For information on any of these programs, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.

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