July 29, 2020

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Thiel College graduate and psychology professor Pickens named Faculty Chair

Thiel College graduate and psychology professor Pickens named Faculty Chair

Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ’06 will serve as the Faculty Chair at Thiel College for the 2020-21 school year.

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PAC announces athletic scheduling changes for fall 2020 semester

PAC announces athletic scheduling changes for fall 2020 semester

The Presidents’ Athletic Conference Presidents Council made unanimous decisions regarding athletic competition for the fall 2020 semester during a virtual meeting held on Thursday, July 23

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Greenville-native Nicholas Samson named director of bands and choir at Thiel College

Greenville-native Nicholas Samson named director of bands and choir at Thiel College

Nicholas Samson has been named the director of bands and choir at Thiel College.

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The Bell summer supplement spotlights faculty members

Thiel College faculty members had to make the shift to online classes late in the spring 2020 semester. Read about what faculty members learned during that process in the latest edition of The Bell summer supplement. Flip through to see photos of faculty members in some of their favorite places or involved in their favorite activities.

Nominate a senior for the Student of the Month program

Employees can nominate a senior for the Student of the Month program. The program recognizes seniors from any academic department or program. Final selection is made by a committee based on criteria listed below, which are derived primarily from the Mission Statement of Thiel College. 

  • Scholarship (Educational excellence, cumulative GPA that would place them on the Dean’s list after completing at least four semesters at Thiel College)
  • Ethical and Responsible Leadership (Attitude) 
  • Volunteer Service/Civic Engagement (Community / Off-campus Activities) 
  • Good representative of Departments/Programs at Thiel College (Campus Activities/Thiel Involvement) 

The nomination form is only available online. 

There is no limit on the number of students who can be nominated, but each nomination requires a separate form. A list of eligible students can be found at the link. The nomination deadline is Monday, Aug 24.

For more information, contact Greg Q. Butcher, Ph.D.

Student News

Mesich turns personal journey into honors thesis

Breanna Mesich ’20 turned her personal voyage of discovery about Celiac Disease into her honors thesis. Her work was published online after the conference where she was scheduled to present her research was canceled.

Mesich’s Dietrich Honors Institute thesis, “Celiac Disease: The Masked Enemy,” was selected for publication to the Northeast Regional Honors Conference website. Mesich’s honors thesis explains the diagnosis, symptoms, possible treatments and mental health effects of Celiac Disease. Mesich, a 2016 graduate of Hempfield Area High School, was a biology major with minors in mathematics, biochemistry and medical biology. Members of Thiel College’s Dietrich Honors Institute are students involved in a rigorous academic curriculum while also being engaged in community service initiatives.

The Jeannette, Pa. native was diagnosed with Celiac Disease after experiencing migraines, unexplained weight loss and several other symptoms. She explains to her audience how the autoimmune disease has affected her life, and the importance of being aware of the disease for everyone, especially those who prepare food for someone with this life-changing, mentally draining, emotional and extremely physical disease.

Students were supposed to present in April at the annual conference in Albany, N.Y; however, the conference was canceled. In an effort to recognize any student presenter who still wished to showcase work, the webpage was created.

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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.


Special 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.

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.

Stay updated on campus announcements

The College is updating new information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s implications for campus on the COVID-19 page.

Events

Campus Events

Lunch & Learn: Understanding Your Class Schedule
Friday, July 31 at noon
Online

First-year students are encouraged to attend this Lunch & Learn session and take a deep-dive into class schedules.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 724-589-2345. 

Lunch & Learn: Interested in Transferring to Thiel
Monday, Aug. 3 at noon
Online

Transfer students and prospective transfer students interested in Thiel College are encouraged to attend his Lunch & Learn session.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 724-589-2345. 

Lunch & Learn: Q&A with the Thiel Team
Wednesday, Aug. 5 at noon
Online

Nobody knows more about life as a Thiel College student than the students themselves! Join this special Lunch & Learn session with members of the Thiel Team. All prospective students and deposited students and parents are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 724-589-2345. 

Lunch & Learn: Starting Classes and Have Last Minute Questions?
Friday, Aug. 7 at noon
Online

New and incoming students are encouraged to attend this Lunch & Learn session to have any last-minute questions answered.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 724-589-2345. 

Lunch & Learn: Starting the College Search Process
Wednesday, Aug. 12 at noon
Online

High school students and parents can have application questions answered at this special information session, part of our ongoing Lunch & Learn series.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 724-589-2345. 

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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 Aug. 12, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Aug. 10 to be published in that week’s edition.



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