October 7, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Alumni and friends from around the world can celebrate the Thiel’s first online Homecoming

Alumni and friends from around the world can celebrate the Thiel’s first online Homecoming

Thiel College is making history with its first virtual and online Homecoming celebration this year, themed “The Roaring Twenties,” with activities that started Monday and are continuing through Oct. 11.

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Thiel College premiering new conversation series focused on diversity issues

Thiel College premiering new conversation series focused on diversity issues

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Anthony E. Jones is debuting a new conversation series for students and employees that will focus on specific diversity topics with experts in the field.

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Church merger leads to scholarship at Thiel College for Lutheran students from Erie

Church merger leads to scholarship at Thiel College for Lutheran students from Erie

Thiel College has been presented with a new endowed scholarship from Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Lawrence Park in Erie, Pa. which could award about $2,000 annually.

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Faculty and staff participate in campus meeting

More than 110 employees participated in Tuesday afternoon’s Thiel News Time online meeting which discussed the current situation on campus regarding the number of positive COVID-19 tests and students in quarantine.

The discussion focused on reinforcing for students and employees that attending class was safe, that communication will be relayed to people through contact tracing, which Vice President for Student Life Mike McKinney ’02 emphasized is more proactive than current Mercer County Department of Health procedures. McKinney said contact tracing begins as soon as a student reports symptoms rather than waiting for test results.

Angie Wark wins Volunteer Screener Appreciation Prize

Housekeeper Angie Wark won a Lowes Gift Card as the second winner of the Volunteer Screener Appreciation Prize, an incentive program open to employees who work for the College’s temperature screening stations. Every Friday, winners are drawn from the weekly list of volunteers and 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 program will continue weekly until the end of the fall semester. 

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

Wellness Committee sets walking challenge for October

The Wellness Committee is sponsoring a walking challenge for employees during 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.

The Phoenix accepting submissions

The Phoenix, Thiel College’s creative journal is accepting written pieces and artwork for the spring.

The best drawing will be featured on the cover. The best poem (judged by The Phoenix editorial board) will appear on the back cover.

Submission limits

  • Poetry: no more than 10 pages or 15 poems
  • Fiction: no more than 7 single-spaced pages
  • Artwork: no more than 5 black-and-white pieces
  • Photography: no more than 15 black-and-white pictures

Deadlines for submissions are Monday, November 2, 2020, and Monday, February 15, 2021.

Submissions can be sent to The Phoenix or Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D.

The Phoenix is edited and published by Sigma Tau Delta and the Creative Writing: Poetry class.

For additional information, please contact Co-editors Katie Miller ’21 or Molly Shepler ’22 or advisors Sheila Farr, Ph.D. or Hall.

Student News

TLC celebrates students for National Tutoring Week 

Each year, National Tutoring Week celebrates the hard work of student tutors at college campuses across the United States. The Thiel Learning Commons is proud to honor the many tutors who provide effective learning and study strategies, in addition to clarification of course material, to their peers through Peer Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Peer Assisted Learning, Test Reviews, and Writing Lab. A shout out and many thanks to our tutors listed below!

  • Alison Arter ’21
  • Hollie Barna ’22
  • Kara Baumgardner ’22
  • Roman Booth ’22
  • Bethany Brodock ’24
  • Casey Buechel ’22
  • Jonathan Burkley ’21
  • Adam Button ’22
  • Jeremiah Caron ’23
  • Sandra Dean ’21
  • Katrina Deckinger ’22
  • Brandon Forrest ’23
  • Brianne Gallo ’22
  • James Gilbert ’21
  • Nicky Graham ’22
  • Hunter Gray ’23
  • Travis Harvey ’23
  • Walter Holtgrefe ’23
  • Kristie Hoover ’21
  • Amber Hoskins ’21
  • Zach Hunchuk ’22
  • Dahlia Jacks ’22
  • Mackinzie Kirk ’23
  • Sophia Kostoff ’21
  • Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21
  • Raquel McDonald ’23
  • Reese McDonald ’22
  • Mikayla Mirich ’21
  • Nikki Pereksta ’21
  • Jessica Peters ’21
  • Sidnee Pilarski ’22
  • Stacey Reecks ’21
  • Jade Rhoads ’23
  • Gabrielle Saulsbery ’21
  • Molly Shepler ’22
  • Max Siguenza ’22
  • Noah Toy ’23
  • Shylee Turner ’22
  • Emily Valentine ’21
  • Julia Wagner ’21
  • Samantha Walke ’22

Special Notes

Fitness Center is closed

The fitness center is closed until further notice.

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

Speech–Language Pathology Virtual Open House
Today at 7 p.m.

Students interested in Thiel College's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program are encouraged to attend this virtual open house to learn more about the program's application process, graduate assistantships, faculty, clinical opportunities and more!

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Homecoming 2020
Thursday to Sunday

Thiel College invites you to celebrate the Roaring Twenties during Homecoming 2020!

This year's celebration will be a combination of Zoom and pre-recorded events.

Thursday, Oct. 8

  • All Day - Thiel Spirit Day
  • 12–1 p.m. - The Courageous Tomcat Conversation Series
  • 6 p.m. - *Cooking with Hannah Uschock ’22 and Pastor Brian Riddle ’07
  • 7–8:30 p.m. - Book Discussions
  • 9 p.m. - Amazon Prime Movie Watch Party –  The Great Gatsby (1974)

Send video clips or photos from Homecomings past to alumni@thiel.edu!

Friday, Oct. 9

  • Noon - Meet with the President
  • 3–4:00 p.m. - Virtual Wine Tasting
  • 4–5 p.m. - John Hauser ’71 in the Archives
  • 6–7 p.m. - Outdoor Pep Rally
  • 6–7 p.m. - Student and Alumni Networking Reception
  • 7:30–9 p.m. - Virtual Paint and Sip
  • 9–11 p.m. - Video Game Zoom

Saturday, Oct. 10

  • 8–9 a.m. - Homecoming Worldwide Event
  • 11 a.m. to noon - Meet with Professor David Miller ’71, H’20
  • Noon to 1 p.m. - Mark Batt ’87 live with football coach Mike Winslow ’04
  • 4–5:30 p.m. - Theater Group
  • 4:30–8 p.m. - BBQ Food Truck
  • 6:30–8:30 p.m. - Class Reunion Sessions
  • 8–9:30 p.m. - DJ Charlie Brown ’82
  • 9–10:30 p.m. - Murder Trivia

Sunday, Oct. 11

  • 8–9:30 p.m. - Virtual Singing of Hail Alma Mater and Choir Gathering


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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Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Oct. 14, 2020. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Oct. 12 to be published in that week’s edition.

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