December 9, 2020

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Thiel College president discusses COVID vaccinations during television news segment

Thiel College president discusses COVID vaccinations during television news segment

Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. discussed how the College might handle the release of a COVID-19 vaccine for the spring semester with a reporter for an area CBS affiliate Friday.

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Thiel College senior business major named admissions team student of the month

Thiel College senior business major named admissions team student of the month

Jess Peters ’21 an international business and business administration with a sports management concentration major has been named the Office of Admission’s Thiel Team Member of the Month for December.

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Thiel professor publishes research highlighting effective teaching methods and personalities

Thiel professor publishes research highlighting effective teaching methods and personalities

Thiel College Associate Professor of Psychology Kristel M. Gallagher, Ph.D. had the results of her research conducted at Thiel College published in two academic journals recently. Both research articles drew upon Gallagher’s expertise in the scholarship of teaching and learning, an area of research focused upon improving student learning through the advancement of teaching practices.

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President Traverso delivers updates in last campus-wide meeting of 2020

About 80 members of the Thiel College community attended the last Thiel News Time of 2020 on Wednesday.

Updates from President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. included an enrollment report, which was highlighted by the news that 39 students had made a deposit for the physician assistant master’s degree program. The PA program is only accepting 40 students with the final deposit expected before the end of the year. President Traverso also discussed the improvements to the lobbies at Bane and Sawhill halls as well as the work in the Rhodehouse Science Building.

Nominations for Presidential awards due Friday

Nominations for the annual staff and faculty awards during Founders’ Day in February are due Friday. The faculty leadership has solicited nominations for faculty awards and linked below is the nomination form for Presidential staff awards.

The Presidential Staff Award Review Committee, made up of the past year’s recipients, evaluates the nominees and will formalize recommendations to President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. Since these are Presidential awards to staff, the President will make the final selection of each awardee.

Nominations of both new and more experienced staff members are welcomed.

Nominations can be sent to Amy Taczanowsky.

Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. award nominations open

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Thiel College will not be hosting its traditional MLK Award Celebration; but we do want to recognize the work of the students, faculty/staff, and community members. Our theme is “The Celebration of Mindfulness, Love, and Kindness,” and we are accepting nominations for individuals in the following categories from the Tomcat community. 

Please note that this nomination will be invalid unless this form has been fully completed. 

M.L.K. Student Service Award
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Service Award is presented to students who exhibit integrity and demonstrate a commitment to service through an interest in bettering the lives of others. Their deeds and actions reflect the embodiment of Dr. King’s depth of compassion, the importance of education, and pride in their community.

M.L.K. Faculty/Staff Service Award
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty/Staff Service Award is given to faculty/staff members who exceed expectations in the area of service to the community, and who embody the principles of leadership outlined by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. These faculty and staff have volunteered, courageously led efforts in our community, performed extraordinary everyday acts of service, and have shown dedication within the community.

M.L.K. Community Service Award
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award does more than honor its recipients. It also further illustrates the great value of service and community involvement at Thiel College. This award acknowledges the dedication of those individuals who demonstrate the principles of the “Tomcat Family Bond.”

The nomination submission deadline is at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. 

Those nominated will be announced and posted on Thiel’s website on Jan. 18, 2021. 

Student News

Phi Theta Phi to appear on Pittsburgh TV on Thursday

Phi Theta Phi will be featured on Pittsburgh’s CBS television affiliate KDKA on Thursday, Dec. 10 to discuss the $10,000 the organization raised for Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital with a COVID-adjusted version of their annual walk from Greenville to Pittsburgh.

Phi Theta Phi president John Ganniear ’22 announced the fraternity raised $10,216.45 during its collections and 100-mile walk at the Dr. Barry ’70 and Carol (Yeager) Stamm ’71  Track & Field Complex on Nov. 13.

KDKA TV will broadcast a benefit show from 7–8 p.m. Thursday, December 10 on KDKA-TV. Coverage will also include brief segments during the KDKA evening news between 4 and 6:30 p.m. KDKA News Radio AM 1020 and 100.1 FM will broadcast the benefit show from 3 to 6 p.m. 

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to:

  • Clarissa Arbuckle ’11, Director of Career Development


Campus Events

FAFSA Review Session
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

Thiel College staff members are hosting a virtual session via Zoom to walk students and family members through the process of filing or renewing their FAFSA.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Alumni Holiday Zoom Gathering
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Alumni are invited to break their ugly Christmas sweaters and join the Thiel College community for a fun holiday evening. Attendees can cast their vote for the ugliest sweater and the winner earns a prize!

Participants can also listen to the TC Holiday Diversion Spotify playlist this season, a collaboration of the Alumni Office and WXTC student radio

For more information, contact Alumni Relations.

Communication for a Day
Monday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.
Thiel College at home

Learn more about the Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations with this special Zoom session! Students and families will meet with Department Chair Kyle Woody, Ed.D. to learn about Thiel College and the James Pedas Communication Center.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

You’re Going to Thiel? Now what?
Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
Thiel College at home

Students admitted to Thiel for the Fall 2021 semester are invited to attend this virtual information session about the next steps in the college admissions process.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

PA Program Information Session
Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.
Thiel College at home

Join us for a virtual information session to learn about Thiel College’s Physician Assistant program! Register today to receive the Zoom session credentials.

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


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 Dec. 16, 2020. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, Dec. 14 to be published in that week’s edition.

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