August 26, 2020

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Student organizations hosting Thiel College Virtual March on Washington event

Student organizations hosting Thiel College Virtual March on Washington event

The Thiel College Organization of Black Collegiates, the Student Government Association and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion are hosting an event on campus to participate in the Virtual March on Washington program at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

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Alumna returns to Thiel College as Director of Campus Health & Wellness Services

Alumna returns to Thiel College as Director of Campus Health & Wellness Services

Thiel College welcomed back new Director of Campus Health and Wellness Services Christine Cianci ’96 at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Employees gather for first Thiel News Time of the year

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. addressed employees and took questions at the first TNT of the year on Tuesday afternoon. 

TNTs will take place twice-monthly online. The sessions will provide brief updates with time for questions and answers. They will be scheduled at noon on the second Wednesday and fourth Tuesday of each month.

The dates this semester are Sept. 9 and 22, October 14 and 27, and November 11 and 24.

Amy Taczanowsky will email sign-on details for the TNT calls this semester.

  • For more information, contact Taczanowsky at ext. 2155.

During the meeting, Traverso gave enrollment updates, discussed COVID-19 protocols and took questions. Faculty members reported on their mostly positive interactions with students.

Employees were reminded to complete their Safe Colleges training modules related to COVID-19. The training modules should be completed this week. The trainings are a part of the College’s ongoing efforts to mitigate risk to employees, the campus and the community. 

A COVID-19 dashboard reporting the number of confirmed and active cases is avalable on the College’s COVID-19 page. This information is updated at Noon, Monday through Friday.

The College is asking employees to read over each document carefully.


  • 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

MakeItToMay social media campaign celebrating milestone moments

#MakeItToMay is a social media campaign to help count down the weeks to the end of the academic year. Thiel College will be sharing important milestone events from the College’s history, as well as the nation's history and histories of specific groups and organizations on campus on its social media channels.

Last week, the series debuted with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

This week, the campaign recognizes Friday’s event to mark the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington! @obcthiel hosts a Virtual March on Friday evening for the entire Thiel community.

Students and employees eligible for free speech screenings

The Thiel College Center for Speech-Language Services in the Glen Johnson Center is now accepting clients. The Center provides free evaluation and treatment  to children and adults with communication disorders. The Thiel College MS-SLP students provide the services under the supervision of certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathology faculty.

Services include: 

  • pediatric and adult evaluations 
  • speech
  • language 
  • feeding and swallowing 
  • voice 
  • memory and cognition 
  • fluency 
  • accent modification 
  • social communication/interaction 
  • assistive technologies 
  • hearing screenings

The Center is providing free speech, cognition, and hearing screenings for the Thiel College community through Friday.

The screening should take 30 minutes. Each screening will include hearing, cognition, speech and voice portions. Any faculty or staff can use the link to sign-up for an appointment. Additional opportunities will be offered throughout the semester. This is a valuable clinical experience for the speech-language pathology graduate students and helps them earn needed adult clock hours.

Student News

Missed out on ax throwing?

The Thiel Activities Board is continually updating its schedule of events!

Students should check their email and or check in with Director of Student Activities and Involvement Than Oo periodically for event news and details.

Lambda Sigma inducts new members

Twenty new members of the Rho chapter of Lambda Sigma Society at Thiel College were inducted Friday, Aug. 21. Lambda Sigma Society is the national honor society for second-year students.

Alexander R Andreozzi ’23, Roman M. Booth ’23, Cassandra E. Bown ’23, Michaela G. Brown ’23Samantha DiBucci ’23Isaac W.  Evans ’23, Jeremy M. Groves ’23, Elizabeth J. Heberlig ’23, Walter Holtgrefe ’23, Kayla Jewell ’23, Raquel E. McDonald ’23, Hallie E. Miller ’23, Jade L. Rhoads ’23, Camryn Sankey ’23Cecelia C. Shellenberger ’23, Kaylee A. Suarez ’23, Grace A. Taylor ’23, Noah F. Toy ’23 and Morgan Wood ’23 were inducted.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D. was inducted as an honorary member.

Anna Reinsel, Ph.D. ’06 and John Hauser ’71 are Thiel chapter advisers. Hauser also serves as the national president for Lambda Sigma.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes

  • Matthew Bettura, Thiel Learning Commons administrative assistant
  • Annette Lowers, housekeeper
  • Jordyn Merkel, assistant women’s lacrosse coach
  • Jenna Petrucci, NCAA intern 
  • Emma Polinski ’20, intern women’s assistant soccer coach
  • Carol Irene (Carene) Shipley, Thiel Learning Commons academic coach

Fitness Center hours

The fitness center hours until Friday are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2–7 p.m. It is open from 1–7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 


  • Open to Thiel students, faculty and staff only 
  • Health Screening Wristband 
  • Thiel ID 
  • Masks (over mouth and nose) are required at all times unless actively using a cardio machine 
  • Safe social distancing at all times 
  • You must sanitize all equipment you have used 
  • maximum occupancy is 25

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.

DocuCenter updates

The DocuCenter has resumed delivery to the Thiel Post Office daily Monday thru Friday. Items will be delivered once daily and will be to the post office between 10a–11 a.m. The DocuCenter will pick up items left at the Post Office at that time. Items can also be emailed to the DocuCenter at

Please include all instructions and a .pdf file. Items not taken delivered to the Post Office can be picked up at the DocuCenter at 18 Ridgeway Ave. during business hours. 

On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, the DocuCenter will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Normal business hours for the DocuCenter for the semester will be weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  


Campus Events

Thiel Remembers the March on Washington
Friday, Aug. 28
Thiel College

Members of the Thiel College community gather to remember the March on Washington, which was held on Aug. 28, 1963. This event runs in conjunction with the March on Washington on D.C. and looks to bring awareness and unity to campus.

For more information, contact Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Anthony E. Jones at ext. 2193.

Labor Day Classes
Monday, Sept. 7
Thiel College

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

Speech–Language Pathology Virtual Open House
Saturday, September 12

Students interested in Thiel College's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program are encouraged to attend this special virtual open house to learn more about the program!

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at ext. 2345.


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).

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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 Sept. 2, 2020. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Aug. 31 to be published in that week’s edition.

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