February 26, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College Match Day event has fifth straight year with increased participation

Thiel College Match Day event has fifth straight year with increased participation

More than 500 donors in a 24-hour period lifted Thiel College to his fifth consecutive year of increased participation for its one-day fundraising campaign, “Match Day.”

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Nine Thiel College students nominated for Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards in New York

Nine Thiel College students nominated for Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards in New York

Nine Thiel College media students have been nominated for Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards that will be handed out during the 80th annual conference held at New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania from March 6–8.

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In first competitive season since 2011, Thiel College takes first at Slippery Rock competition

In first competitive season since 2011, Thiel College takes first at Slippery Rock competition

The Thiel College Cheerleading squad competed at the CCC Red Hot competition hosted by Slippery Rock University on Saturday.

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Professor Miller goes from host to speaker at senior seminar

An unexpected illness turned into a teaching moment for Professor of Economics and Business Administration and Norman P. Mortensen Chair of Economics David Miller ’61, H’20. Miller is usually the host for the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar, but the longest-tenured professor in the history of the College switched gears to be the guest speaker on Feb. 19. He talked to students about the value of education and the value of having a Plan B.

“Professor Miller also shared about the three pivotal moments in his life. All three of them had to do with education, which shows the importance that he puts on a good education. He talked about how he learned to teach by thinking of his three favorite and least favorite teachers and (how he) implemented or left out the things that they did.”—Brenna Parsley ’20

“Professor Miller is a great example of perseverance and hard work. He has shown us and countless others that success is not just handed to you, it is achieved through hard work and dedication. Professor Miller has shown us not to be afraid of challenges. Just do the best work you can, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and proceed (with) the course of action the best way that you can.”—Alyssa Vestal ’20

“We don’t know how much time we have on Earth but every second counts. That was what Professor Miller’s speech was all about. Every day we get 86,400 seconds; no more and no less, you can’t roll over the time, and you can’t keep it in your back pocket for a rainy day. It’s so important to embrace the life we have to make the most of it, to enjoy life and be passionate about what we chose to do with it. Life is too short to be unhappy. The most successful people are the ones who are happy and proud of what they have accomplished in life.”—Annmarie Moore ’20

“He encouraged us to find our passions and to find the success in what we do in life. He reminded us to approach life with enthusiasm and how our attitude changes everything. Professor Miller gave the entire class a lot to take with them as we go along on the journey that is life.”—Carrie Severt ’20

“The most important piece of advice Professor Miller expressed was the importance of telling the truth in any situation you may be in. The truth will always set you free and allow you to maintain a respectable reputation. I will use David Miller’s advice throughout my entire career, and I believe that his words of wisdom have shaped me into the student I am today.”—Robert Micsky ’20

Employee Benefit and Wellness Fair set for April 22

Employees browse one of the exhibitors at last year’s Employee Benefit and Wellness Fair. 

Vendors, service providers and area businesses will attend to promote and discuss their services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

Attendees can register to win gift baskets and pick up giveaways from the businesses.

Representatives for our retirement plans, group health insurance programs, life & disability insurance and occupational health services, will be on hand to provide information and answers to your questions.

There will be refreshments, giveaways, and just for attending the fair you will be entered into a drawing to win one of the many fabulous gift baskets!

For more information, contact a member of the Human Resources team Kris Whaling at ext. 2150, Kim Braden ’01 at ext. 2004 or Jennifer Clark ext. 2858.

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.

Kytchak wins Italy fundraiser 50/50

The Italy 2020 cohort would like to thank everyone who participated in the 50/50 contest to guess the correct number of candy hearts in the jar. The event raised $110, which was split with our lucky winner, Jackie Kytchak, who guessed 560 hearts. She was only off by one heart as the jar held 561! A similar contest will be held in the week leading up to Easter break, so anyone feeling lucky should stop by the table in the Howard Miller Student Center. 


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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 March 4, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, March 2 to be published in that week’s edition.

Special Notes

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

Twilight Tour Experience
Wednesday 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.

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

Zuzu Acrobatics presents an acrobatic and dance performance in honor of Black History Month. 

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

20th Annual Soul Food Feast
Thursday from 5–7 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

The 20th annual Organization of Black Collegiates hosts its Soul Food Feast! Members of OBC prepare a special dinner for the Thiel College community and the TC Soldiers will perform.

For more information, contact Tyrique Coston ’20.

Environmental Club documentary screening
Thursday at 7 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

The Environmental Club is hosting a screening of the documentary “This Changes Everything.”

Spring Break
Feb. 29–March 8
Thiel College campus

Friday is the final day of classes before Spring Break. 

  • Rotunda Bistro closes at 4 p.m.
  • Dining Hall closes at 6 p.m.
  • Residence Halls close at 7 p.m.

Students return March 8.

  • Residence Halls open at  noon
  • Dining Hall open 4:30–6 p.m.
  • Rotunda Bistro opens at 6 p.m.

Classes resume Monday, March 9

Con Spirito Concert Series - New Orford String Quartet
March 9 at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

The Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series features top international chamber music performers. On March 9, the New Orford String Quartet will perform. The concert is free and open to the public.

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

Future Jobs Career Expo
March 25 from 1–5 p.m.
Thiel College

Thiel College and public broadcasting company WQED are collaborating on a special career event. Attendees will meet local employers and learn about high-demand career opportunities. The event includes a special premiere screening of the 30-minute WQED program, “Future Jobs: Technology and a Changing Workforce,” followed by a panel discussion with industry leaders including representatives from the manufacturing, banking/financial, and energy industries.

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

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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