April 1, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Senior neuroscience major Maggie Nee named the April Thiel Team member of the month

Senior neuroscience major Maggie Nee named the April Thiel Team member of the month

Maggie Nee ’20, of Erie, Pa., was named the Office of Admission Thiel Team Member of the Month for April.

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High school senior and accepted Thiel College student wins admissions’ office TikTok contest

High school senior and accepted Thiel College student wins admissions’ office TikTok contest

Farah Messai, a Jamestown High School senior from Greenville, Pa., and accepted student for the Class of 2024 at Thiel College won the Office of Admissions’ first TikTok contest.

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Thiel College keeping community connected with fun, new Twitch channel

Thiel College keeping community connected with fun, new Twitch channel

Director of Student Activities and Involvement Than Oo is leading a new video channel for students to stay connected to each other and the College.

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Damen Taylor discusses the four Fs with senior seminar

Damen Taylor ’95 (shown above from last year’s appearance at the seminar) was the guest speaker for the second online Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar on March 25, 2020. Taylor discussed the Four Fs—focus, faith, family and finish—and his love of Thiel College and the value the College continues giving to its graduates.

“Damen has already become somewhat of a mentor to me after the senior dinner, we had connected on social media, and he has already given me some helpful advice and tips to help put myself out there in the business world. I am truly honored to have met him, and I look forward to all the advice and help that he may contribute to helping me get to where I want to be.”—Alyssa Vestal ’20

“Damen Taylor began our meeting by getting to know each student individually. This meant a lot to me and showed the true respect he has for Thiel College students. From the beginning, he displayed his passion for the campus, and it made me very comfortable in hearing his presentation. Along with his personal passion for being a Thiel graduate, he explained how honored we should feel to have that accomplishment in our near future. Only about thirty-five percent of citizens in the United States attain a college education, and it is a defining moment in our life that impacts our future success.”—Robert Micsky ’20

“Damen goes above and beyond to give back to Thiel. He stated that he lives by the four Fs. These Fs are faith, family, focus and finish. He stated that we should have faith in God but also faith that we can accomplish anything. He stated that family is the greatest blessing we get in life. If we have a goal or task, we must stay focused on that task. Finally, it is important that we finish. He said if you say you are going to do something, you had better do it. To this day, Damen is continuously recognized as an outstanding worker, and he currently is employed as a school business manager at Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship.”—Justin Pearce ’20

“To finish, Damen went over some important life lessons that he deemed important enough to pass onto the students. Some that stood out were, you won’t be successful right away, however, with hard work, patience and faith, everything will fall into place, life can be unpredictable, so never get too comfortable, and stay in touch with Thiel because Thiel will be a great asset to us throughout our careers.” —William Lingard ’21

“During his time at Thiel, Damen experienced a lot of loss. He lost five family members including his father. Because of this, he built up a strong family at Thiel. He built a close circle that he is still close with today.”—George Cupec ’21

Updated sick and family leave information from the federal government

The federal government has updated employee rights for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavius Response Act.

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

Important information from IT regarding security training for COVID-19

To the Thiel College Community,

Malicious actors continue to craft ruthlessly aggressive, evil email attacks tailored to leverage mounting fears and anxieties surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States among employees in the office and at home.

Our security training partner KnowBe4 has released some new training materials about how to avoid scams related to COVID-19. 

  • A new training email from KnowBe4 about the program began at 9 a.m. Wednesday. 
  • The training consists of three modules that are only a couple minutes each. 
  • It will help you avoid scams related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please take this training at your earliest convenience. Also please complete your original 2019 Security Awareness Training if you have not already.

For more information, contact Information Technology.

Student News

Employees can join students broadcasting through new platform

Thiel College's radio station WXTC is broadcasting online through Live365, an internet-only broadcast platform for radio. There are hundreds of stations and now WXTC is one of them.

Thiel College students in the Radio Broadcast and Production class are carrying out their broadcasting requirements for the semester via this platform.

The platform is open to any Thiel College student or community member who might want to create a playlist or a broadcast.

For more information, contact Peg Watts.

Special Notes

Inventory is available to browse, but the vendor providing services for the online store has limited customer service availablity during this work-from-home period.

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.

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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Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out April 8, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, April 6 to be published in that week’s edition.


Retirement planning 

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

Conference calls are available with Will Ferguson on 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 email Ferguson or call 412-261-3333 ext. 414.

Conference calls are available with Jack Ryan on 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 email Ryan or call 412-261-3333 ext. 421.

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