November 4, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College secures financing to begin $16 million in capital improvement projects

Thiel College secures financing to begin $16 million in capital improvement projects

Thiel College has secured the financing to begin $16 million in capital improvement projects.

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Thiel College names Robin Sakonyi director of the College’s Learning Commons

Thiel College names Robin Sakonyi director of the College’s Learning Commons

Robin Sakonyi begins as the new director of the Thiel Learning Commons on Monday, November 2.

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Phase I construction groundbreaking Thursday

The College will be hosting a small event to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Phase I improvements in the Science Center. Elected officials and leaders from the Mercer County Industrial Development Authority and the Penn-Northwest Development Corporation to show the College's appreciation for their aid securing the refinancing funds. The groundbreaking event will take place just outside the Haer Family Science and Arts Connector at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

All campus health protocols will be followed at the event.

Space will be limited due to capacity restrictions.

Phase I construction will unfold over this academic year, with the graduate floor opening in July 2021, just in time for the launch of the Physician Assistant graduate program and the second year of the Speech-Language Pathology program. Also scheduled are improvements in the Bane, Stewart, and Sawhill residence halls to be completed between November 2020 and February 2021. Construction on Phase II in the Science and Academic centers, as well as investments in athletics and a new roof on Roth Hall will begin in May 2021 and are targeted for completion in August 2022. This schedule is subject to revisions.

Screening station volunteer winners announced

Assistant Director of Admission Morgan Bodnar ’16  and student Morgan Wood ’23 were drawn as the screening station volunteers of the week.

The Volunteer Screener Appreciation Prize incentive program open to employees and students who work for the College’s temperature screening stations. Every Friday, winners are randomly drawn by computer 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. 

Health & Wellness Committee water challenge and newsletter

Maddie Opritza, Assistant Director of Residence Life and Deputy Title IX Coordinator was the grand prize winner of the Wellness Committee’s October Walking Challenge. Opritza won a $50 Amazon gift card.  All participants walked a minimum of 20 minutes per day for at least 20 days through the month. The Wellness Committee thanks all who participated. They also remind everyone to continue walking to help reduce stress, burn calories, and stay healthy!

The Health & Wellness Committee is putting together a monthly newsletter. This month’s edition includes recipes, exercise tips and news on No-Shave November.

The committee is also setting up a water challenge for November.

Open Enrollment meeting schedule set

The Open Enrollment meeting for the 2021 plan year will be held via Zoom at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 via Zoom. 

Benefit eligible employees and their spouses are encouraged to attend

Representatives from the College’s medical, vision and dental, life and disability, and retirement plans will review plan designs, provide updates and answer questions. 

Employees were emailed a more detailed schedule. Employees are reminded to watch for an email communication from Davevic and “Employee Navigator” regarding beginning the open enrollment process.

For more information or to request Zoom meeting information, contact a member of the Human Resources team Kris Whaling at ext. 2150, Kim Braden ’01 at ext. 2004 or Jennifer Clark ext. 2858.

Learn more about textbook selection

On Thursday, November 12 from noon to 1 p.m. instructional technologist Michelle Lentz will be hosting a virtual session to discuss selecting and evaluating textbooks as well as other course materials. 

During the first 30 minutes, Lentz will discuss selecting and evaluating textbooks and other course materials. The last 30 minutes representatives from Cengage Unlimited will be available to showcase some of the digital learning tools (MindTap, CengageNOW, etc.) they have available.

For more information, contact Lentz at ext. 2199.

Student News

Students celebrate trunk or treat

PSEA rep speaks with students

Corry Schachern, Pennsylvania State Education Association Representative, addressed students in the first-year student Foundations of Education classes of Professor of Education Doug Hazlett, Ph.D. on October 29.  Schachern discussed contracts, litigation, salaries, parent issues, teaching certification laws and current educational trends.  This is part of the ongoing partnership between Thiel College and PSEA.

Special Notes

Thiel College says farewell to:

  • Kilian Riley, men’s soccer coach

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
  • 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

Performing Arts Information Session
Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.

An online information session about Thiel College’s Performing Arts programs! Students and parents can learn about the Thiel Tomcat Marching Pride, choir and the Thiel Players.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Stress Less Day To-Go
Thursday, Nov. 5 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Howard Miller Student Center, Lower Lobby

The Counseling Center will be hosting a social-distance friendly Stress Less Day. Stop by the lower level of the HMSC to pick up your Box of Sunshine while supplies last.

John Hauser ’71 presents ‘Faculty at Thiel’
Thursday, November 5 at noon

Join us as Thiel College Archivist John Hauser ’71 gives the virtual presentation, “Faculty at Thiel.”

For more information, contact the Alumni Relations.

Courageous Tomcat Conversation Series
Thursday, Nov. 5 at noon

This week’s “The Courageous Tomcat Conversation Series” is a panel discussion featuring alumna Amber-Jenae Bodrick ’09 and Chief Inclusion Officer at Augsburg University Joanne Reeck. The topic will be “Black Women: Where’s The Love.”

For more information, contact Anthony E. Jones.

M.B.A. Information Session
Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

Learn more about Thiel College's M.B.A. program, with tracks in management and leadership, at this virtual information session. Students and parents can ask questions about the five-year, undergraduate to graduate program. Register today to receive the Zoom session credentials.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.


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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