June 17, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

First-year seminar classes connect students to Thiel and prepare them for academic success

First-year seminar classes connect students to Thiel and prepare them for academic success

Incoming students at Thiel College are selecting their first-year seminar classes, which combine the academic rigor of college-level work with subjects that interest a wide variety of incoming students.

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Thiel College marketing materials for football team earns pair of awards

Thiel College marketing materials for football team earns pair of awards

The Thiel College Office of Communications and Marketing had its collaborative project with the Department of Athletics earn awards from communications and marketing professional groups.

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Gladysz, Woytek represent Thiel College as PAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Gladysz, Woytek represent Thiel College as PAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Gage Gladysz ’20 and Leah Woytek ’20 were announced as Thiel College’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year recently.

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Zoom meetings archived on youtube.com

Student accounts supervisor Stacey Yake and executive director of financial aid Cindy Farrell '77 hosted the third installment of Zoom meetings to discuss the upcoming fall semester. Students, employees and parents of students attended the meetings and asked and answered questions.

New roles for library staff members

Michelene Orteza started as the new circulation librarian shortly before everyone began working from home in the spring. Since then she has been filling interlibrary loan requests remotely and will manage the library reserves.

Starting in August, Allen Morrill and Tressa Snyder will be shifting into new positions. Morrill will become the Public Services Librarian. This role will allow him to work more closely with students and faculty in order to ensure that the collection continues to meet their needs. Snyder has taken on greater responsibilities both as a member of the Instructional Design Team and as the Reference Librarian for Information Services. Building on her work as a member of the Assessment Steering committee, this new position allows her to more closely focus on the assessment of Library services and the new Information Literacy component of the Core Curriculum.

A search for a new Director will occur in 2020-21. 

Michelle Lentz will also shift into a different role in August when she starts as our new Instructional Technologist. Lentz will work closely with members of the Instructional Design team, IT, and Academic Affairs to provide expertise as we improve our ability to serve students both in-person and through remote instruction.

Noel Stanger ’07 and Alayna Sharp ’18 have finished their time with the College; and, after 31 years of service to Thiel College, Barb Samson has decided to retire this summer. A celebratory send-off for Samson is planned for August.

Directional signage in place around campus

Signage is in place in many spots around campus with reminders and protocols for being together in anticipation of the return of students in August.

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

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Paul Coatsworth,  Instructional Technology Specialist/AV Coordinator
  • Aubree Herrin, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Haitao Zhao, Ph.D., Assitant Professor of Data Analytics

and says farewell to:

  • Andrew McClain ’18, resident director, Dietrich Honors Institute coordinator
  • Elliott Palmeri, graduate assistant athletic trainer
  • Alayna Sharp ’18, resident director

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.

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 July 1, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, June 29 to be published in that week’s edition.

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