November 11, 2020

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Thiel Happenings

Newsroom Highlights

Enjoy these stories recently posted in the Newsroom.

Thiel College fraternity creates alternative for annual Children’s Hospital walk

Thiel College fraternity creates alternative for annual Children’s Hospital walk

Members of the Thiel College fraternity Phi Theta Phi are collecting donations and have pledged to walk 100 miles in just over 24 hours at the College’s track for the organization’s annual Walk-a-thon for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

Projects worth more than $16 million celebrated at groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony for improvement projects at Rhodehouse Science Building was held Thursday, Nov. 5. The first phase of the project was launched by prominent members of the College community and the region’s elected officials.

Campus meeting covers wide array of topics

Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. discussed several topics on Wednesday afternoon for the Thiel News Time online meeting.

She updated the community on discussions from last week’s Board of Trustees meeting, outlined holiday paid days off and recognized eight employees for going “Above and Beyond.” Traverso also included details for the upcoming construction projects.

Screening station volunteer winners announced

Housekeeper Rebecca Collingwood and student Yoshinori Hashimoto ’24 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. 

Play Wellness Committee bingo

The Wellness Committee is sponsoring a ‘Thiel Wellness Bingo Challenge’ for any Thiel employee who would like to participate. The rules are included on the card, which you can print out yourself or pick up in the Student Life Office or Faculty Lounge. There will be a drawing for all turned in cards and the winner will be awarded a prize.

The game begins on December 1 and ends on January 18, 2021. 

A completed Thiel Wellness Bingo card can be scanned and emailed to Jackie Kytchak or sent by sent by ICM by Jan. 22. 

For more information, contact Kytchak at ext. 2125.

Student News

Thiel College Department of Music holding socially-distanced and online concert

The Thiel College Department of Music will present a collection of songs by American composers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

The performance will include the Thiel concert band and the Thiel rock band with guest appearances by the Thiel Tomcat Marching Pride majorette & flag lines and members of the Thiel choir. Performances will include songs by Journey.

Watch the Thiel Players presentation

Health Center provides message for students returning home the holidays

The Health Center has prepared a list of safeguards for students who will be traveling for the holiday season.

Students traveling out of state for the holidays are encouraged to review travel requirements for that state. Several states have quarantine requirements, and that information can be found on each state’s Department of Health website.

It is very important to minimize the risk of exposure and infection during the weeks leading up to departure from campus and reduce the number of close contacts, as this will reduce the opportunity for infection.

  • Remember to always practice the following mitigation strategies
  • Wear a face covering in public (covering the nose and mouth)
  • Maintaining 6 ft. of physical distance
  • Wash and sanitize hands frequently
  • Monitoring for COVID symptoms daily

The Wellness Center will be conducting a final Flu Shot Clinic on Monday, Nov. 16.

The CDC recommends flu shots more than ever this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students need to make an appointment to get a shot. To make an appointment, email Health Services.

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
  • Safe social distancing at all times 
  • You must sanitize all equipment you have used 
  • maximum occupancy is 25


Campus Events

Day in the Life of a DHI Student
Thursday at 6 p.m.

Students admitted to Thiel College for the fall 2021 semester and who qualify for the Dietrich Honors Institute, are invited to attend this virtual information session about a day in the life of a DHI student.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Phi Theta Phi Walk–a–Thon
Friday and Saturday
Dr. Barry ’70 and Carol (Yeager) Stamm ’71 Track and Field Complex

The brothers of Phi Theta Phi have their annual Walk-a-Thon philanthropy event to raise money for The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Free Care Fund.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, members of Phi Theta Phi have pledged to walk 100 miles in just over 24 hours at the College’s track instead of walking from Greenville to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

  • Cash donations will be collected throughout the walk Checks (made payable to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation) can be mailed to Phi Theta Phi, 75 College Avenue, Greenville, PA 16125.
  • Make an online donation.

For more information, contact Jamir Mitchell ’23.

Academic Scholarship Competition
Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

An event for accepted students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to come and compete for a full tuition scholarship.

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

Dietrich Honors Institute Thesis Symposium
Saturday at noon

Join the Fall 2020 DHI Thesis Symposium as students present their semester-long research projects for their peers, parents, faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Dietrich Honors Institute Director Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D.

PA Program Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, Nov. 17 at noon

Information session to learn about Thiel College’s physician assistant program.

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.

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Nov. 18, 2020. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Nov. 16 to be published in that week’s edition.

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