January 20, 2021

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Newsroom Highlights

Enjoy these stories recently posted in the Newsroom.

Thiel College student, alumna and administrator win annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards

Thiel College student, alumna and administrator win annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards

Three members of the Thiel College community will be recognized with the institution’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

President Traverso interviewed for Penn Northwest video

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. was interviewed Wednesday morning for a Penn Northwest Development Corporation video on the importance of being a member of the economic development network and the economic impact of the College.

Campus Store announces hours for spring

The Campus Store announces it will be open Mondays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4–7 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.

Wellness Committee asking employees to wear red on Feb. 5

The Wellness Committee invites employees to wear red on Friday, Feb. 5, National Wear Red Day. The day raises awareness about heart disease and stroke in women. It also serves as a reminder that preventative measures can be taken to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems so that women can live healthier and longer lives.

To raise awareness and show support, wear your favorite red attire on Feb. 5.

Nominations for Student of the Month are open

Nominations for the Student-of-the Month Program are now open. The program recognizes seniors (more than 88 earned credit hours) from any academic department or program. Students are nominated by members of the faculty, staff and administration and are selected based on criteria listed below, which are derived primarily from the Mission Statement of Thiel College.  Any nomination submitted in the fall but not selected will carry over to the spring and be considered along with any new nominations. 

  • Scholarship (3.4 GPA or higher after having completed at least four semesters at Thiel College)
  • Ethical and Responsible Leadership
  • Consistently Solid Work Ethic
  • Good Representatives of Departments/Programs at Thiel College 

The nomination form is online. There is no limit to the number of students an employee may nominate but each nominee needs to be on an individual nomination form.

For more information, contact Associate Academic Dean for Student Success Greg Q. Butcher, Ph.D. at ext. 2031.

Biggest Loser contest back for 2021

Bob Schmoll retirement announced

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. sent a communication to faculty and staff on Friday announcing the retirement of Senior Vice President for Finance and Management Bob Schmoll.

It was with mixed emotions that President Traverso made the announcement of Bob’s decision to retire from the College at the end of this fiscal year, June 30, 2021. Traverso said she and the entire Thiel community will miss Bob, but that she is happy for Bob and Judy as they begin their next chapter.

“Bob has provided outstanding strategic leadership at the College. Since joining Thiel in 2012, he has strengthened the College’s finances, spearheaded major campus improvement projects and supported the development of new academic and co-curricular programs. He has overseen the strong performance of the College’s Financial Services, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Maintenance & Housekeeping, Information Technology, Post Office, Institutional Research, and the DocuCenter. All who have had the pleasure to work with him value his diligence, collaborative spirit, and wonderful sense of humor,” Traverso said in her message. “Later in the spring, we will have opportunities to celebrate Bob and all he has done at Thiel. The joy of those occasions will include celebrating Judy, a valued member of both the Thiel and Greenville communities. We are grateful for all that Bob and Judy have brought to Thiel, and we wish them only the very best as they embark on this next phase of their lives.”

Planning for the search for this important position will unfold over the coming weeks, Traverso said.

Quarantine Support Squad seeks a few specific items

The Quarantine Support Squad greatly appreciates the donations that have been received. Needs for several of the requested items have been met. Items that are needed at this time include:

  • Nutty Bars (Little Debbie)
  • Hershey Bars (regular size)
  • Coffee mugs (can be purchased inexpensively at a dollar store)
  • Instant coffee bags
  • Disposable paper coffee cups (preferably plain/ without a design)

Items will be assembled and delivered to students in quarantine as a way to care for and support them. Items can be dropped off at the Office of Student Life. The team thanks everyone for their donations. 

Student News

Students returning to campus

Each day, about 70–80 students are returning to campus in preparation for Monday’s start of classes for the spring 2021 semester.

Special Notes


Campus Events

Student Arrival Begins
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Thiel College students will begin to arrive back on campus for the spring 2021 semester.

Dare to Dream Sophomore Retreat
Jan. 21–22
Sawhill Georgian Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Sophomore students are invited to a special retreat featuring food, speakers and activities.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07.

Classes Begin
Monday, Jan. 25
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Classes begin for the spring 2021 semester.

Understanding Your Financial Aid Package
Jan. 28

Thiel College staff members host a virtual session to help students and family members better understand financial aid. Tune in and have all of your financial aid questions answered!.

For more information or to register, contact the Office of Admission.

Leadership Competition
Jan. 30
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

Accepted students who have exceeded specific academic criteria will be invited to campus to compete for additional scholarship money.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Founders’ Day
Feb. 4

Join us as we celebrate the founding of Thiel College at the annual Founders’ Day ceremony!

Virtual Education for a Day
Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.

Join us virtually and see what life is like as an education major at Thiel College! Meet with current students and faculty, and have all of your admissions questions answered.

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).

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out Jan. 27, 2021. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Jan. 25to be published in that week’s edition.

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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