September 2, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Petrucci named assistant to the director of athletics

Petrucci named assistant to the director of athletics

Jenna Petrucci was recently named the Assistant to the Director of Athletics at Thiel College.

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Thiel College English major helps rewrite Greenville town government code

Thiel College English major helps rewrite Greenville town government code

In tandem with Greenville, Pa. municipal government officials, Thiel College student Molly Shepler ’22 wrote new text for the town’s administrative code through her summer internship.

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Thiel College Center for Speech-Language Services open to public for free screenings

Thiel College Center for Speech-Language Services open to public for free screenings

The Thiel College Center for Speech-Language Services is accepting appointments for free speech, language, cognition, voice, and hearing screenings and evaluations.

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A move-in day unlike any other

The Thiel College Class of 2024 arrived on campus Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. Take a look back to see—even with COVID-19 protocols and social distancing guidelines—how Move-in Day was a success.

Center for Speech-Language Services seeks children’s toys

The Thiel College Center for Speech-Language Services is seeking donations of new or gently used children’s toys. The Center specifically needs toys for toddlers and preschoolers to help with assessment and treatment of speech and language disorders.

All items must be easy to clean and disinfect between uses, for example, Little People playsets and figures, plastic cars, puzzles, musical instruments, and books are ideal.

Donations can be dropped off at The Center or arrangements for pick up can by made by calling ext. 2020.

Tomcat Alert System test coming Thursday

Between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, the Tomcat Alert System will be tested.

Anyone who registered with the Tomcat Alert System, but does not receive Thursday’s test message should contact the Department of Public Safety.

Anyone not signed-up with the Tomcat Alert System is encouraged to sign up for the service at the link below, which is also located on the Thiel College Public Safety web page.

Students are also encouraged to register parent phone numbers through their Tomcat Alert profile.

Financial Aid Specialist Leskovac retires after nearly 36 years

After serving at Thiel College for nearly 36 years, Pat Leskovac retired on Friday, Aug. 28.

As a financial aid specialist, Leskovac helped guide students and their families through the complexities of verification and other matters related to financial aid. In a campus-wide email from Senior Vice President for Finance and Management Bob Schmoll, he said Leskovac was “a patient, kind and thoughtful employee who cares deeply about her work and the students and parents that she deals with on a daily basis. In her quiet and calming way, Pat has helped thousands of students over the years with filing, correcting and verifying their information as they make their way through the FA process. We will definitely miss her.   Please join me in wishing Pat the very best as she enters this new chapter in her life.”

Anti-racist resources available on College’s diversity webpage

Thiel College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion webpage includes digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and links to many more resources tailored for faculty, staff, students, friends of the College and individuals committed to racial equality. A rash of racially charged incidents—from the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisc. to acts of police brutality resulting in the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd—and the protests they provoked in cities around the country—has prompted the College to create resources for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of historical and present-day issues of racism in the United States. This list is just a brief introduction to the myriad resources that can be found online.

On Friday, Aug. 28, Thiel College hosted an event, in conjunction with an event in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Student News

Youngstown TV journalist speaks to broadcasting class

Caroline Collins, WFMJ 21 news weekend anchor and weeknight reporter spoke to students in Assistant Professor of Communication Ross Nugent’s COMM 350: TV News Production class on Wednesday.

She made a presentation for the students and answered a variety of questions from the students. She also discussed her experiences and recovery as a victim of COVID-19.

“She was very insightful, It was a great opportunity for me to ask questions and gain knowledge on the industry from someone who is very experienced,” Austin Balaschak ’22 said.

As a broadcast journalist, Collins has covered national and international events and issues. She interviewed, then vice-presidential candidate, Mike Pence, and covered the presidential candidates as they made stops in the tri-state area. 

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to

  • Phyllis Russell, housekeeper

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

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

Virtual Application Workshop
Thursday from 6–7:30 p.m.

Prospective students and parents are encouraged to join us for a virtual application workshop! Thiel College admission counselors will be available to answer any questions about the application process.

To register, email the Office of Admission.

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.

Sophomore Retreat
Friday, September 25
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

Sophomore students at Thiel College are invited to the sophomore retreat! There will be food trucks and socially distant games for students to enjoy.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07 at ext. 2130.


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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