March 18, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College partners with safety firm to use risk assessment app in its curriculum

Thiel College partners with safety firm to use risk assessment app in its curriculum

Thiel College’s Environmental Safety Management program is the first academic safety program in the nation to use a Pittsburgh-based safety firm’s risk assessment app in its curriculum.

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Thiel College seniors Sams, Paci named March Students of the Month

Thiel College seniors Sams, Paci named March Students of the Month

Thiel College announces Jacob Paci ’20 and Crystal Sams ’20 as its Students of the Month for March.

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Two Thiel College wrestlers named NWCA Scholar All-Americans

Two Thiel College wrestlers named NWCA Scholar All-Americans

Thiel College first-year Jason Baker ’23 and junior Austin Bonacci ’21 were recently named Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

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Electric Church set up for students and employees

Pastor Brian Riddle ’07 has created an online space to explore faith and connect with the Thiel College community. The Electric Church goes live at 11 a.m. Thursday. There will be live sessions, chats and videos available.

Student News

Hoffman shares experiences overcoming hurdles with seminar class

Carl Hoffman Jr., D.O. ’69, H’10 continued his record-run of Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar speaking engagements on March 11, 2020. He gave 11 keys to success and shared that students should make a commitment to hard work, to surround themselves with smart and trustworthy people and that they should share the rewards of success.

“He began a family practice in 1975 while working at a hospital and helping with medical needs of prisons. He founded Pennsylvania Institutional Health Services which later became PrimeCare Medical. He coached ice hockey for 32 years.”—George Cupec ’21

“Our senior seminar speaker for the session held on March 11, 2020, was Dr. Carl Hoffman. Dr. Hoffman, a graduate of Thiel in 1969, has been a guest speaker for a record number of times at the Ruth Miller Senior Seminar. Being a proud Thiel graduate, Carl loves coming back to campus and enjoys speaking to students. He even made it a point to mention some of his proudest honors such as giving a commencement speech in 2008, receiving an honorary doctorate in 2010 and winning the Haller Institution’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2005.” —Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21

“To finish his speech, Carl covered some key life tips to always follow, some of the most impactful ones were be totally dedicated, be willing to commit to hard work, be loyal, share the profit by rewarding those who are loyal and hardworking, work for success every day and never give up, always be a man or woman who takes responsibility, be kind and gentle, be religious, touch a life and give back to those who gave to you.” —William Lingard ’21

“While at Thiel, he was a biology undergraduate assistant as well as a brother of Phi Theta Phi. He was one of the original brothers to dream up the annual walkathon that is still done every year by the fraternity.” —Brenna Parsley ’20

“I enjoyed hearing from Dr. Hoffman because he was able to share with us the rough road he had to take to get where he is today. It’s always nice to hear other stories of the struggles they have faced and how they overcame them. You never know the roadblocks that will be put in your way or the doors that will be shut to the path you thought you would take. When one door shuts another will open but you have to choose to make the changes to go through that new door. Dr. Hoffman ended his speech with his motto ‘faith is a substance of things hoped for,’ and I think it is an appropriate way to end my paper as well.” —Annamarie Moore ’20

Students make trip to West PACS

Among the students attending were pictured (L-R) Selom Kalin-Samlan ’22, Stacy Reecks ’21, Tyla Belton ’21, John Aarestrup ’21, Sandra Dean ’21 and Chimamaka Palmer ’21.

Several Thiel College students attended the WestPACS job and internship fair on March 11 at the Monroeville Convention Center. Director of the Career Development Center Clarissa Arbuckle ’11 said several students reported getting on-site interviews for career and internship opportunities while others networked for future positions.

Special Notes

Work from home resources

Links for the Thiel Hub and Webmail are located on the main website at the bottom of the page.

  • Thiel Hub (where all network accessible drive folders are located)  
  • Webmail

Resources for accessing voicemail and changing phone options.

Additional coronavirus updates will be emailed and posted on the website.

Employees who are having difficulties with technology can contact the Solution Center at 724-589-4000 or by email.

Retirement planning 

HB Retirement plan representatives are available through conference calls and virtual meetings.

Conference calls are available with Will Ferguson on March 24, April 2 and April 14.

Anyone who would like to reserve a 30-minute time slot can follow the link below: 

Anyone not available during these times can reach out by email at or by phone at 412-261-3333 ext. 414.

Conference calls are available with Jack Ryan on March 24, March 31 and April 8.

Anyone who would like to reserve a 30-minute time slot can follow the link below: 

Anyone not available during these times can reach out by email at or by phone at 412-261-3333 ext. 421.

Campus mail protocols

In an effort to provide mail service for departments and comply with the current safe practice protocol, Mailing baskets have been set up in the hallway behind the Art Gallery for your convenience.

Anyone who needs to pick-up/drop off mail to be sent out, there are two baskets provided:

  • Outgoing Mail to be Metered - Please bundle or label with the department for proper accounting
  • Departmental Mail to be picked up - Please take the appropriate bundle and leave any mail that needs to go out in the other bin with the department information.  

Post it notes will be provided.

Departmental mail will be in a labeled ICM envelope. Please remove inbound mail and place any ICM/outgoing mail in the basket provided.

For more information, contact Anita Lillie.


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.

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