June 3, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College makes plans to be open and hosting in-person classes on campus in the fall

Thiel College makes plans to be open and hosting in-person classes on campus in the fall

Thiel College plans to resume in-person campus instruction this fall. Following the guidelines and recommendations of the Pennsylvania departments of Health and Education, the Governor’s office, and federal agencies, the College is implementing a new schedule for the fall semester, enhancing its technological capacity, and establishing new health and safety protocols.

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Thiel’s Lunch & Learn sessions open to anyone interested in the College and its programs

Thiel’s Lunch & Learn sessions open to anyone interested in the College and its programs

The Thiel College Office of Admission is hosting online sessions for accepted and prospective students to learn about the College, the admission process and academic programs.

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Thiel’s new M.B.A. program includes Leadership offering designed for non-business majors

Thiel’s new M.B.A. program includes Leadership offering designed for non-business majors

Thiel College’s new Master of Business Administration program also includes a path for non-business majors to acquire a sought-after business credential.

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Thiel hosting Q&A sessions for the community

Last Thursday, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D. hosted an online forum for students, employees and parents of students to discuss upcoming changes and address any questions from the attendees.

The 80-minute session is also available to watch on youtube.

Two more sessions are scheduled. Mike McKinney ’02 will host a session for issues related to Student Life at 1 p.m. Thursday. Director of Financial Aid Cindy Farrell ’77 and Student Accounts Supervisor Stacey Yake will lead a session on financial aid and student accounts on June 11.

What: Campus Update - Student Life
When: 1 p.m. June 4
Where: Join Zoom Meeting.
Meeting ID: 950 2609 6816
Password: 1vDW4b

What: Campus Update - Financial Aid & Student Accounts
When: 1 p.m. June 11
Where: Join Zoom Meeting.
Meeting ID: 920 5850 2568
Password: 0DChnP

Anyone who is unable to attend the Zoom meetings can request a youtube.com link to watch the video later.

President hosts campus updates for employees

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. hosted WebEx meetings for employees on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the state of the campus as the College prepares for the fall 2020 return of students. The final session for faculty is today.

Students and employees talk about current events

The Organization of Black Collegians hosted a Zoom meeting for students and employees to discuss their feelings in the wake of the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody and resulting protests and events around the country. About 25 members of the Thiel College community gathered for the meeting. 

New campus protocols in place

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. gets her temperature and ID checked by campus nurse Patty Alfredo upon arriving on campus Tuesday afternoon.

Employees who have questions about returning to campus should contact their direct supervisor.

Student News

Thiel adds online bill paying to student accounts page

t•Pay is the Thiel College online payment service which allows students to conveniently view and pay their Account Statement online 24/7, seven days a week.

Students may also authorize up to five “Authorized Payers” to access their Thiel t•Pay account and make payments on their behalf.

With Thiel t•Pay, students can:

  • Pay their College Account
  • Authorize parents or others to pay their statement online.
  • View current charges, the current account balance and any important news or updates regarding their account.
  • Reference their package details and payment agreement.
  • Choose notification settings. Receive online help at any time.

Please see the Thiel t•Pay FAQ for more information. For individualized assistance, contact Financial Services at 724-589-2006.

Special Notes

HR Notes

CARES Act information

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.

COVID-19 Employee Assistance Plan

The Human Resources department also has information on the COVID-19 Employee Assistance Plan. Thiel College and Guardian are now providing the WorkLifeMatters Employee Assistance Program through Integrated Behavioral Health to support you and your family. These services are provided at no cost and are available through July 31, 2020

Highmark is extending coverage for Coronavirus testing.

From now until Sept. 30, Highmark will waive all in‑network virtual medicine and telehealth visit costs. Plus, Coronavirus testing, as long as it’s recommended by a medical professional, and in‑network hospital treatment of Coronavirus are covered at no charge, too.

Disabilities Resource Center Reminder

Thiel College students who are taking summer classes can be eligible for academic accommodations through the Disability Resource Center. Faculty should refer students who are requesting academic accommodations to Disability Resource Center Director Liza Schaef to determine their needs/eligibility for accommodations based on their needs/disability. Students should email Schaef to schedule a meeting (via Teams, Zoom or phone) to discuss and set up their accommodations. Faculty will be notified of student accommodations via email and will be asked to reply indicating that they agree to provide the needed accommodations.

As a reminder, please include the DRC Syllabus Statement in your summer syllabus or as an addendum. Thank you for continuing to support our students with disabilities.

For information, email Schaef.

Thiel Coronavirus updates

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.


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).

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 every other week during the summer break. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out June 17, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, June 15 to be published in that week’s edition.

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