September 23, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Newsroom Highlights

Enjoy these stories recently posted in the Newsroom.

Sophomore education major named Thiel Team member of the month for September

Sophomore education major named Thiel Team member of the month for September

Grace Taylor ’23, of Pittsburgh, was named the Office of Admission Thiel Team Member of the Month for September.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

Take part in Thiel’s online Homecoming celebration

Director of Alumni Relations David Hummel ’83 is inviting the campus community to join alumni from around the country to participate in Thiel College’s Homecoming 2020 celebration from Oct. 5–11.

Homecoming weekend is a very special time for the Thiel community to come together and celebrate each other’s shared experiences at the institution, however, due to COVID-19 regulations and campus safety plans, this year's Homecoming celebrations will take place online. This year's celebration will be a combination of Zoom and pre-recorded events.

Alumni, employees and friends of the College should their mailboxes and email for additional information.

Events Quick Guide:

Monday, Oct. 5

  • Thiel Connect Introduction
  • Social Media Scavenger Hunt begins
  • Roaring 20s Costume Contest begins
  • Send us video clips or photos from Homecomings past!

Thursday, Oct. 8

  • All Day Thiel Spirit Day
  • 6 p.m. Cooking with Hannah Uschock ’22 and Pastor Brian Riddle ’07
  • 7–8:30 p.m. Book Discussions (Information coming about the books)
  • 9 p.m. Netflix Movie Watch Party

Friday, Oct. 9

  • 9 a.m. Corona Conversation with Chris Cianci ’96
  • Noon Meet with President Susan Traverso, Ph.D.
  • 3–4 p.m. Virtual Wine Tasting
  • 4–5 p.m. John Hauser ’71 in the Archives
  • 6–7 p.m. Student & Alumni Networking Reception
  • 7:30–9 p.m. Digital Paint & Sip - Check out the list of items you should pre-purchase in order to participate
  • 8–9:30 p.m. Cocktail Demonstration at Padrone’s
  • 9 p.m. Video Game Zoom

Saturday, Oct. 10

  • 8 a.m. Homecoming Worldwide Event
  • 9 a.m. 5K
  • 11 a.m. Meet with Professor Emeritus David Miller ’61, H’20
  • Noon Mark Batt ’87 discussion with Tomcat coaches
  • 1–2 p.m. Greek Life update
  • 4–5:30 p.m. The Thiel Players storytime
  • 6:30–8 p.m. All Alumni Zoom Meet with breakout rooms for Classes of 2020, 2015, 1995, 1990, 1980, 1960
  • 7–8:30 p.m. Class of 1970 social hour
  • 8–9:30 p.m. DJ Charlie Brown ’82
  • 9–10:30 p.m. Trivia Murder Party

Sunday, Oct. 11

  • 11 a.m. Service of Remembrance
  • 8–9:30 p.m. Virtual Singing of ‘Hail Alma Mater’ and Choir Gathering

There are likely going to be questions about what a digital Homecoming experience means. A lineup of online events hosted by Thiel College will be available. Attendees can customize his or her experience by participating in specific events.

For more information about this year’s digital Homecoming, contact Director of Alumni Relations David Hummel ’83.

New online platform for alumni

The Thiel College Office of Alumni Relations will be reaching out soon with details of a new online platform that will connect alumni, students and friends of the College.

Watch your email inbox for information on this exciting new way to connect and extend the Thiel College network.,

For more information, contact Vice President of College Advancement Roberta Leonard.

Wellness Committee sets walking challenge for October

The Wellness Committee is sponsoring a walking challenge for employees during the month of October.  The goal is to walk 20 minutes for 20 days throughout the month.  Anyone who participates and completes the challenge is to send their completed form to Jackie Kytchak or drop it off at the Student Life Office.  All completed forms will be entered into a drawing and a prize will be awarded to the winner.  If you have any questions, you may contact Melanie Broadwater ’98 or Kytchak.

Screening volunteer program

The College recently established a great incentive program available to employees who volunteer at the temperature screening stations.  Each Friday, we will conduct a random drawing from the weekly list of volunteer temperature screeners.  The winner will receive a gift card to a store such as Lowes, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Sheetz or a local establishment.  Winners will be contacted and announced the following Monday. This incentive program will continue on a weekly basis until at least the end of the fall semester. 

If you would like to volunteer a bit of your time at a screening station and be entered to win a gift card, contact Monica Adametz at ext. 2240. 

Thank you for going the extra mile to help keep our campus safe!  Let’s “Make to May!”

Student News

Winning at social distancing

Walter Holtgrefe ’23 found an isolated spot to put up his hammock and study Tuesday.

Campus celebrates National Voter Registration Day

Students and employees had the chance Tuesday to register to vote. Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. A table was set up in the hallway at the Howard Miller Student Center and was staffed by member of the Board of Trustees Catherine Mott, College Archivist John Hauser ’71 and Barbara Long-Cooper ’98 and Assistant Professor of Business and Marketing Steven Kandray.

Special Notes

Fitness Center hours

The fitness center hours are from 2–7 p.m. weekdays. It is open from 1–5 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 10–11 a.m. The DocuCenter will pick up items left at the Post Office at that time. Items can also be emailed to the DocuCenter.

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. 


Campus Events

Campus Life and Student Activities Info Session
Thursday at 6 p.m.

Prospective students are invited to attend this virtual information session to learn more about life as a Thiel College student, as well as the many opportunities to get involved with activities on campus.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

American Heart Association Heart Walk
Saturday, September 26 at 2 p.m.
Campus and online

Thiel College hosts an on-campus Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association. This year’s Heart Walk is only open to Thiel College students, faculty and staff. Off-campus visitors are not able to participate due to COVID-19 protocol.

For more information, contact Monica Adametz at ext. 2240.

Twilight Tour Experience
Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 6–7:30 p.m.

Can’t make it to campus during the day? No problem! Join us in the evening for a personalized campus tour experience designed to fit your schedule. Meet with a Thiel College admissions representative and discover the academic program that’s right for you. Bring your transcripts with you to learn about scholarships and financial aid opportunities.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Sophomore Retreat
Oct. 2–3
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

Invited sophomore students at Thiel College will get career counseling and personal strengths analysis. Students will also participate in games and other activities. 

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).

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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