February 24, 2021

T-Notes Archives
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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College targeting several impressive goals for eighth annual Match Day event

Thiel College targeting several impressive goals for eighth annual Match Day event

The Thiel College tradition of a one-day online giving event and day of excitement that has included polar plunges, a professional wrestler body-slamming the school mascot, Tommy Tomcat, and Thiel College officers getting a pie in the face or being rolled the length of the football field is February 25.

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Thiel College, Sharon Regional nursing partnership featured on Youngstown TV news

Thiel College, Sharon Regional nursing partnership featured on Youngstown TV news

Youngstown television station WKBN featured the recently approved agreement between Thiel College and Sharon Regional Medical Center-Sharon Regional School of Nursing that has led to a collaborative program that will graduate students with a Bachelor of Science in nursing on its Friday evening news.

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Historic pipe organ donated to Thiel College to be featured in David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Historic pipe organ donated to Thiel College to be featured in David Johnson Memorial Chapel

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has donated a historic pipe organ that was originally housed in the Lutheran Center in Pittsburgh to Thiel College.

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Traverso presents Reecks with Martin Luther King Jr. award certificate

The online celebration for the third annual Thiel College Martin Luther King Jr. award celebration was held on Feb. 18. On Wednesday, Stacy Reecks ’21 stopped by the office of President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., to get a photo with her certificate. Reecks is the president of the Organization for Black Collegiates. The two spoke following the photo about upcoming diversity and inclusion plans at Thiel College.

Wellness Committee offers tips on eating healthy in March

March is National Nutrition Month and the health and wellness newsletter contains tips and recipes on eating right.

Nearby Shenango River named state’s River of the Year

Running through nearby Riverside Park, the Shenango River, which connects Pymatuning and Shenango lakes with the Beaver River via 82 miles of waterway, has been voted the state’s 2021 River of the Year.

The public was invited to vote online, choosing from among five waterways nominated across the state. Results were announced jointly today by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers.

Student News

College hosting unique Honors Convocation

Thiel College will mark the academic achievement of its students with a socially-distanced, in-person event from March 2–4.

First-year students and sophomores are scheduled to pick up recognition certificates on March 2.

Juniors and seniors are scheduled to pick recognition certificates on March 3.

Alpha Chi and any student who was unable to attend the first two scheduled days will pick up their recognition certificates on March 4.

A video tribute will be recorded and released the following week to celebrate student achievement. Digital programs with students listed will be created and available for download, too.

Casey Rose shares thoughts on turning challenges into opportunities

Casey Rose ’14, G’21 was the featured speaker at the Feb. 17 Ruth A. Miller Senior Business Seminar. Rose is the funeral director and owner of the Rose and Black Funeral Homes in Stoneboro and Sandy Lake, Pa. In 2018, he was honored as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Haller Enterprise Institute and is also enrolled in the first cohort of Thiel’s new M.B.A. program. After dinner, Rose shared his Thiel story as well as observations about the challenges he has faced in his relatively short career and how he has overcome them to build a successful and growing business.

“Throughout listening to Casey’s presentation, I learned that having a business partner is not for everyone and that is OK, but if you do decide to have one always try to be the controlling partner in a 51 to 49 percent ownership.” Madison Acor ’22

“Get involved in the community and network, network, network!” Emily Baker ’22

“Another attribute that will benefit you in the future is honesty. If you make a mistake, own up to it and take responsibility. People will respond positively if you are honest with them, that’s how he built a strong client base.” Jocelyn Bracken ’21

“On February 17, 2021, we had an amazing speaker who had us laughing one minute and thinking about the hardships one might face in the business world in the next minute. Casey Rose, our speaker, is truly an inspiration who demonstrates perseverance and professionalism while dealing with the hardships that cross his path.” Hailee Hess ’21

“Now Casey is back at Thiel to get his M.B.A. He hopes to expand his business in the future. He taught us that you can learn your greatest lessons from the tough times. He also taught us that we can get through pretty much anything if we persevere through to the other side. He was a great speaker, and I learned a lot from him.” Delaney Merideth ’21

“The second lesson that I learned from Mr. Rose is that difficult times bring out the best life lessons. Difficult times are something we all try to avoid but going through them will only make us stronger. Mr. Rose showed us that we do not have to be afraid of the world; take on what life gives you and come out smiling.” Jessica Peters ’21

“If you are creating your own company and your own life for yourself, you are going to have to spend a significant amount of time and money to do so but it is worth it.” Hanna Uschock ’22

“Dinner was very, very interesting. It started with a meal I would never order but it turned out to be very delicious. I am usually not a very big fish guy, but I gave it a try and it turned out to be not that bad.” Jeffrey Karnoff ’21

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • James Cessna , assistant football coach
  • Kelly Kirkpatrick, softball coach
  • Lydia Songer, police officer

DocuCenter updates hours

Due to reasons outside of the DocuCenter’s control, the hours of are changing.

Effective immediately hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The DocuCenter thanks the Thiel community for its understanding and patience.

For more information, contact the DocuCenter at ext. 2267.


Campus Events

Match Day
Online and Thiel College

Annual single-day fundraiser that has become a tradition for the Thiel Family. 550 volunteers come together to walk or jog 550 laps with a goal of encouraging 550 donors to give on this day.  Please mark your calendar to make a gift or participate as a volunteer.

Match Day will also be a great opportunity for community members and Friends of the College to wear Thiel College gear.

For more information, Contact Director of the Thiel Fund Mark S. Batt ’87 at ext. 2157.

Thiel College Courageous Conversations, “Sports and Social Justice, Is It Synonymous?”
Thursday at noon

Clay Sanders, director of athletics and physical education instructor at Mallard Creek STEW Academy. examinies the impact of athletes in their sports, while being the Most Valuable Protestors in the continued fight for social justice.

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

Virtual Sciences for a Day
Thursday at 6 p.m.

Prospective students interested in a degree in the sciences will explore online what Thiel's science programs have to offer! Thiel College students and faculty will be available to meet prospective students.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Business and Accounting Day
Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Thiel College campus

Thiel College hosts prospective high school students looking to pursue a major in business and accounting. Students will learn about different aspects of both the majors offered and the department..

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Monday Movie Night: “Knock Down the House”
Monday at 7 p.m.
Bly Hall, Academic Center

A Screening of “Knock Down the House” (2019) will be presented to Thiel Students in Bly Hall.

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

Zooming in the Archives with Robert Olson ’60, H’09
March 3 at noon
Thiel College online

A special virtual discussion session in the archives with John Hauser ’71 and Robert Olson, Ph.D. ’60, H’09

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

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 March 3, 2021. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, March 1 to be published in that week’s edition.

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