February 3, 2021

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Thiel College and Sharon Regional School of Nursing create collaborative nursing program

Thiel College and Sharon Regional School of Nursing create collaborative nursing program

A recently approved agreement between Thiel College and Sharon Regional Medical Center-Sharon Regional School of Nursing has led to a collaborative program that will graduate students with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

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Senior biology student recognized as Thiel Team member of the month for February

Senior biology student recognized as Thiel Team member of the month for February

Sydney Turner ’21, of Chicora, Pa., was named the Office of Admission Thiel Team Member of the Month for February.

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Mercer County health professional and Thiel staff to be recognized for Founders’ Day

Mercer County health professional and Thiel staff to be recognized for Founders’ Day

A state healthcare professional will join about 30 Thiel College employees as honorees for the College’s annual Founders’ Day event which will be marked with an online and virtual celebration on Thursday, Feb. 4.

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A year of sacrifice and adaption unlike any other in the College’s 156-year history has led to an online celebration of Founders’ Day. The annual recognition of Thiel community members, staff and faculty who have made extraordinary contributions to the College and the region will be done through a video tribute.

A link to a special Founders’ Day video will be sent by email, shared with the community through the homepage and on social media at around 10:45 a.m.

Members of the President’s Cabinet, President Susan Traverso, Ph.D. and local lawmakers will appear on the video thanking employees for their contributions this past year. The Barbara and Louis Thiel Award winner Brenda Wallace will also thank the College for recognizing her with the award.

Cupcakes will be delivered to the entire Thiel community Thursday morning. Later that day, individual cakes will be given to the award recipients to take home and share with their families. When the cakes are delivered, recipients will also be given their $100 prize for winning a distinguished staff or faculty award, the traditional award plate from Wendell August Forge and a card from President Traverso. The Health Services and Housekeeping teams will be recognized with plaques for their entire departments.

Thiel community members can celebrate with the College wherever they are that day by wearing Thiel gear and sharing photos on social media using #TCproud.

Campus archivist and pastor host online meeting with alumni and friends

Alumni and friends from as far away as Virginia, Ohio and Washington D.C. met online for John Hauser ’71 Live in the Archives with Pastor Brian Riddle ’07 “Religion and Campus Ministry since 1870.” Hauser explained the history of College and religious background. Riddle engaged the audience with current happenings at Thiel and discussing faith journeys.

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

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 10, 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.

Mental Health PSAs will be airing on WXTC

​​The Mercer County Suicide Prevention Network partnered with the Thiel College Counseling Center along with help from the Thiel College radio station WXTC to create three public service announcements on suicide prevention.  Permission was obtained by the network to use the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention script of “Seize the Awkward:”

The Network converted the content of the video into three separate scripts to create the PSAs. The Thiel College radio station will play the PSAs. 

The PSAs have been shared with other local colleges, and those institutions are permitted to edit and use the PSAs.

For more information, contact Director of the Counseling Center Melanie Broadwater ’98 at ext. 2754.

Wellness Committee asking employees to wear red on Friday

The Wellness Committee invites employees to wear red on Friday, 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 Friday.

Student News

State Department of Education consultant discusses arts with Thiel students

On Feb. 2, students in the Integrating the Arts for the Developing Child PreK-4 Methods class of Professor of Education Doug Hazlett, Ph.D. were treated with a visit from a very special guest, Pennsylvania Department of Education Fine Arts Education Consultant O. David Deitz. The class was joined by Adjunct Professor of Education Julie Harris.

Students learned about the Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards Aligned Systems resources for integrating music, art, theater and dance into lesson plan design.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Evan Schreyer, UPMC athletic trainer

Wellness updates

Read the Wellness Committee’s Health and Wellness newsletter for some self-care tips and healthy recipes.


Campus Events

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.

Education for a Day
Feb. 5 at 8 a.m.

Prospective students will experience what life is like as an education major at Thiel College! Prospective students will meet with current students and faculty, and have admissions questions answered.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Thiel College Courageous Conversations, “Embracing your Blackness”
Feb. 11 at noon

Through the lens of culture, community, and collaboration, presenter Aaron Harris, Career Consultant at Texas Christian University, will share strategies from lived experiences and research to increase participants’ level of self-awareness for showing up authentically black.

For more information, contact Anthony E. Jones Jr. at ext. 2193.

Virtual Communication for a Day
Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.

Prospective students will learn more about the Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations! Students and families will meet with Department Chair Kyle Woody, Ed.D. to learn about everything that Thiel has to offer!

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

TC Alumni and Friends Book Club
March 4 at 7 p.m.

An online book club will read and discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. The club is open to any Thiel community member.

Join Thiel Connect to learn more about this and other events. Thiel Connect is an online platform open to any member (student, friend of the College, alumnus or alumna, employee, etc.) of the Thiel community

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.


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 Feb. 10, 2021. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, Feb. 8 to 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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