April 8, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Greenville-area high school graduates among those eligible for exclusive scholarships at Thiel

Greenville-area high school graduates among those eligible for exclusive scholarships at Thiel

The deadline for applying to the Baughman Endowed Scholarship at Thiel College has been extended to April 15.

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Dubel and Mesich named Thiel College April Students of the Month

Dubel and Mesich named Thiel College April Students of the Month

A senior accounting and criminal justice studies double major and a senior biology major were each named the April Students of the Month for Thiel College.

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Thiel College Admissions Office conducting virtual visits and waiving test scores for applicants

Thiel College Admissions Office conducting virtual visits and waiving test scores for applicants

The Thiel College Office of Admission has added virtual campus visits and updated its admission requirements to help prospective students and their families overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Department of History collecting community reflections of COVID-19

Current events have affected the Thiel Community in many ways. The Department of History would like to collect information about how its community members have been impacted by these events. Members of the department would like to hear from students, alumni, faculty and staff about what is happening in the world today to create a record in the Thiel College Archives.

To help with this project, send an email to history@thiel.edu with information about any of the following:

  • How has your daily life changed?
  • What were your reactions to Thiel being suddenly closed and moving to online?
  • Seniors:  What has it been like for you?
  • How has your family been affected?
  • What are your reactions to what you see in the news?
  • Has your reaction/view changed over time?
  • How have your friends and family reacted to this situation?
  • What is happening in your community?
  • What is closed, different, going on as usual, etc.?
  • Share your photos and clippings.
  • Anything else you want to share.

Over the next academic year, the History Department will work on organizing the information for the Thiel College Archives. All materials collected will become part of the Thiel College Archives Collection. In the future, Thiel College students or other researchers may use the materials in research projects.

Letters with the same information can be mailed:

 History Department, Thiel College; 75 College Ave, Greenville, PA 16125.

For more information, contact Professor of History David Buck, Ph.D.

Chi Eta Sigma inducts members, hands out awards; Witosky presents

On April 1, the Arthur McGonigal Department of Business Administration and Accounting held its annual honors and awards ceremony. This event is always coupled with the Ruth A. Miller Senior Seminar. The event is hosted by Professor David Miller ’61. This year, the awards ceremony was held online for the first time. It is believed to be the largest Web-X event in Thiel College history.

Taking part in the evening’s festivities were business faculty members as well as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees John Hudson, President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Elizabeth Frombgen, Ph.D.

The event started with the naming of this year’s incoming group of students to the Department’s honorary society, Chi Eta Sigma. To qualify for admission to Chi Eta Simga, a student must be a registered student who is majoring in accounting, forensic accounting, business administration, international business, or public relations, advertising and integrated marketing communications with junior or senior standing. The student must have completed at least five courses toward the major, completing at least two 300- or 400-level courses and been a full-time student of at least one year. Finally, the student must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA in the College and 3.50 GPA in the major.

The returning members of the honorary, Angel Bartholomew ’20, Zechariah Dubel ’20, Alec Gamble ’20, Andrew Giesey ’20, Mariel Hanely ’20, Wesley Hyslop ’20, Brenna Parsley ’20 and Justin Pearce ’20; joined with advisor John Gomolchak, Esq., to welcome the new members. The new members admitted to the honorary for 2020 are George Cupec ’21, Charles Lichtenwalter ’21, Annmarie Moore ’20, Bailey Shepard ’21 and Macy Siefert ’21.

The event also included the awarding of the Department’s three highest awards. The Wall Street Journal Award was presented by Professor Angelo Giannini to Dubel.

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accounts Senior Accounting Award was presented by Professor Melissa Oakes ’03 to Hanely.

The Business Administration and Accounting Departmental Award was presented by Professor Tony Kos, Ph.D. to Parsley.

After the awards presentations, the featured speaker at the event was Professor Gary Witosky. Student comments for Witosky’s presentation are below.

“Professor Gary Witosky ’79 spoke at our senior seminar on Wednesday, April 1st. Many speakers in the past, including Professor Witosky, talked about influential people who had an impact on getting them to where they are. For me, Professor Witosky is one of those people. I am close friends with his nephew and know his extended family quite well. This is the reason I heard about Thiel and decided to come here after visiting. Since I have been at Thiel, Professor Witosky has helped me in so many ways and has always been an advocate for me and looked out for me, which I will never forget and always appreciate.”—Brenna Parsley ’20

“(April 1) was a special class, the newest members of Chi Eta Sigma (including myself) were inducted and we gave out the senior awards. The Wall Street Journal Award went to Zechariah Dubel, the PICPA Award went to Mariel Hanely, and the Departmental Honors award went to Brenna Parsley. Following the induction and recognitions, Professor Gary Witosky shared his story.”—George Cupec ’21

“(April 1), we received the honor of hearing from one of my favorite professors Gary Witosky. It was a very special evening for several reasons. (It) was the induction ceremony for Chi Eta Sigma, where five students, including myself, were warmly welcomed into the organization. Departmental Senior Awards were also given to three wonderful students. To top off the evening, Professor Witosky was honored, with an endowed scholarship, the Gary J. Witosky ’79 Scholarship. It was a wonderful evening, filled with many exciting events.”—Annamarie Moore ’20

“Professor Witosky imparted a strong piece of wisdom upon the class in his presentation. He considers himself to be lucky in many ways. However, he defines luck as the point where preparation meets opportunity. Luck isn’t something that randomly falls into your lap. It is what you make for yourself through your efforts. The key to luck is preparation. Your education is the first step, but it cannot be the end. Preparation should continue perpetually, even after you graduate. The secondary portion is opportunity. You must be able to recognize opportunities when they present themselves and be willing to take the risk.”—Mariel Hanely ’20

“According to Professor Witosky, Thiel has had a major impact on him. He has had many mentors that have helped him throughout his college career and also after. Especially when he got a phone call to come back to Thiel and teach accounting classes. Professor Witosky has helped a lot of students achieve their goals in obtaining their CPA and also a couple of them have gone on and received master’s degrees. At the end of his slide show, he had a list of students that he helped achieve these goals, but he also had at the bottom “add name here.” Professor Witosky is not done helping students, he’s ready and willing to help any and every student who is willing to put forth the effort to achieve their goals.”—Alyssa Vestal ’20

Student News

Education students speak with Alaskan principal and alumnus

Thiel College Professor of Education and chair of the Department of Education Doug Hazlett, Ph.D., and Professor Kara Schreckenghost lead a conversation with the Education Department student teachers via Zoom recently with Michael Robbins ’96, a Thiel College graduate and the principal of a school in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Students heard about teaching in Alaska, viewed a video of the area and school district and received professional tips from Robbins.

The opportunity was made available through Mark Batt ’87, director of the Thiel Fund.

Literary journal The Phoenix available online

The 2020 issue of The Phoenix, the College’s literary and artistic journal, is now available online.

A print edition will be available when students, faculty and staff return to campus.

To obtain a copy of The Phoenix or inquire about submitting to the publication (open to any student, staff and faculty members, or alumnus of Thiel College), contact Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D. or any member of the editorial board

Special Notes

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


HR Notes

The recently passed CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) provides increased protections and benefits to health plans. These include enhancements to Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts that now cover over-the-counter products and telehealth appointments.

For more detailed information and updates regarding this plan and others, log on to your Employee Navigator. Benefit and relief information will be posted there for your convenience.

If you have any questions, email a member of the Human Resources department Jennifer Clark, Kim Braden ’01 or Kris Whaling.

Facilities Note

To minimize exposure for the Housekeeping staff while maintaining a clean and safe campus, the following adjustments will take place:

  • Restrooms will be checked and cleaned weekly. 
  • Office trash removal will take place on Thursday evenings.  Important Note:  Housekeeping staff will not be keying into offices.  Employees who are authorized to be in campus offices need to place their trash bags outside of their locked offices/departmental areas by 5 p.m. Thursdays. Please leave a note with your name/office if you need more trash bags.
  • General dusting and vacuuming are suspended during this time. 

If you witness something that requires immediate or emergency attention, please contact Public Safety at 724-589-2222.

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 15, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, April 13 to be published in that week’s edition.

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