August 12, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Breanna Mesich ’20 honors thesis published online after conference’s cancellation

Breanna Mesich ’20 honors thesis published online after conference’s cancellation

Thiel College graduate 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.

+  Read the full story in the Newsroom

Thiel College Peer Mentors chosen to help first-year students transition to college experience

Thiel College Peer Mentors chosen to help first-year students transition to college experience

Fifteen Thiel College students will aid the College’s incoming first-year students transition to college life as Peer Mentors for the 2020-2021 academic year.

+  Read the full story in the Newsroom

Alumni donate Greenville Hall bench

A bench donated by John ’71 and Nancy (Gibson) Hauser ’75 was recently installed along the sidewalk in front of Greenville Hall.

Volunteers needed for screening stations

Many employees have already volunteered for Health Screening Stations this past week. Many first-year and returning students moved in seamlessly thanks to their help.

But with the majority of first-year students arriving Sunday for Orientation Day, and volunteers are still needed for screening stations.

There are one-hour time slots, and the duties are very light. We are primarily looking to fill the 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. window, but will be grateful for any time you can offer.

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

TLC Director Donnelly Eakin retiring 

Director of the Thiel Learning Commons Diane Donnelly Eakin will retire this fall.  She has worked at Thiel for 32 years.

She was recognized as an outstanding staff member at Founders’ Day in 2015.

Donelly Eakin will continue in her role until mid-September.  During that period, a search will be conducted for a new director.

COVID-19 safety training modules sent to all employees

Safe Colleges has sent an email to all employees for training modules related to COVID-19. 

Thiel College has been using Safe Colleges for a few years to provide various safety trainings to students and employees. This is not a spam email.

Training modules must be completed by Aug. 19. The trainings are a part of the College’s ongoing efforts to mitigate risk to employees, the campus and the community. 

Important updates regarding the return to campus

Plans and protocols to protect the health and safety of the campus community have been carefully designed to align with the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania departments of Education and Health for the 2020–2021 academic year. President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. sent a message that encouraged the “Thiel community to adopt these practices consistently and support each other to make good personal choices.”

Students are being asked to sign a pledge, and as a show of solidarity that “We are stronger together!”, the College is asking employees to also view and sign the pledge. The pledge page will be uploaded to Employee Navigator. By adhering to the College’s health and safety precautions, we will be one step closer to our “Make it to May” goal!

The College is asking employees to read over each document carefully to find answers to many of the questions you may have about operations for the coming year. Likewise, the College’s website provides a dedicated coronavirus updates page.


Employees requesting accommodations associated with COVID-19 protocols should contact Jennifer Clark at ext. 2858. 
Students requesting accommodations should contact Liza Schaef at ext. 2063.

Other important links

Screening stations

Beginning August 17, 2020, the following screening stations will be in place on campus:

Passavant (Employees are encouraged to use the Passavant screening site.)
Times:  7–10 a.m.
Howard Miller Student Center

Location #1:  HMSC 1st Floor
Times: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location #2:  HMSC Lower Level
Times:  7 a.m. to Noon

Academic Center
Location #1: AC Main Entrance
Times: 7 a.m. to Noon
Location #2: Science Center Entrance
Times:  7 to Noon

Please note that these times and locations could change.

Homecoming 2020 will be celebrated online

In light of COVID-19 and the College’s commitment to keeping the Thiel College Community safe, we are re-imagining Homecoming 2020 and will be going digital. While the plans have changed, it won’t change the Thiel spirit of community.
Traditionally, football at Stoeber Field at Alumni Stadium is an important part of Homecoming at Thiel College; however, due to the pandemic, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference made the difficult decision to postpone conference athletic events through the fall semester.
Homecoming at Thiel is about more than a football game, it is also about reconnecting with one another, with the community, and with the College. This year’s theme is “Roaring Twenties” and that’s exactly what we intend to do. Since we can't invite others to join us on campus, we are looking forward to bringing students, alumni, friends and members of the campus community a fun and unique lineup of events from October 9-11. We will be inviting you to join us as we take things digital for this historic event.  We are also looking for suggestions from students, faculty and staff on the type of events you would like to see incorporated into the weekend's activities.  All you’ll need is an Internet connection and some time to sit back, relax, and enjoy connecting with each other virtually. 

In addition, more event details will be communicated in the coming weeks. In the meantime, for more information or if you have suggestions for events, please contact us at Director of Alumni Relations David Hummel ’83 or Director of Student Activities and Involvement Than Oo.

Student News

Student move-in began last week

Students began moving in belongings last week to accommodate social distancing. As part of the move-in and campus protocols, all students and those accompanying them were screened before being allowed on campus.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes

  • Sarah Beth Abalos, Assistant Professor of Nursing and program director
  • Lidia Brocklehurst, housekeeper
  • Christine Cianci ’96, director of health services
  • Asheley Miller, admissions event coordinator
  • David Mogle, admission counselor

And says farewell to

  • Anthony Rubin, police officer

Fitness Center hours

The fitness center hours until Friday are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Open to Thiel students, faculty and staff only 
  • Health Screening Wristband 
  • Thiel ID 
  • Face coverings (over mouth and nose) are required unless actively exercising 
  • Safe social distancing at all times 
  • You must sanitize all equipment you have used 
  • Maximum capacity is 40 

Post Office procedures

The Post Office has an occupancy limit of 15 people.

Patrons who need service at the window, should keep to the right and maintain physical distancing. Patrons picking up packages, should bring his or her ID to swipe for signing purposes.

In an effort to provide mail service for departments and comply with the current safe practice protocol, the Post Office will continue to use the mailing baskets that have been set up in the hallway behind the Art Gallery (across from Student Life and follow signs). 

Mail delivery (rounds) will not resume at this time.

If you need 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 your 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 your department information.  

Post it notes will be provided.

Departmental mail will be in a labeled ICM envelope. 

Anyone who would like to have a specific campus mailbox set up for a department, provided adequate space is available (one key issued), please contact Anita Lillie to make arrangements. This would provide for secure after business hours mail access. Please note that packages generally do not fit in these boxes.

Window service is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. 

For more information, contact Anita Lillie at ext. 2230.


Campus Events

Student Return
Thiel College

Students return to campus.

For more information, contact the Director of Residence Life Bob Phillips ’08.

Classes begin
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The fall 2020 academic semester begins.

Labor Day Classes
Monday, Sept. 7
Thiel College

Classes will be in session on Monday, Sept. 7 during the Labor Day holiday.


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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T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Aug. 19, 2020. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Aug. 17 to be published in that week’s edition.

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