March 3, 2021

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Thiel College celebrates student achievements at unique Academic Honors Convocation

Thiel College celebrates student achievements at unique Academic Honors Convocation

Thiel College kicked off Tuesday a three-day recognition of student achievement with an Academic Honors Convocation celebration that was developed to accommodate social distancing and limits on large-group gatherings and still provide the in-person experience of the annual ceremony.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

New roof on the way for Roth Hall

Workers from Slippery Rock Commercial Roofing Contractors began erecting scaffolding around Roth Hall on Monday. The contractor will be putting a new roof on the building. 

More than 40 alumni attend Zoom session with former president Olson

College archivist John Hauser ’71 hosted a virtual Archives session with Robert Olson, Ph.D. ’60, H’09 Emeritus Professor of History and the 18th President of Thiel College. More than 40 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College heard first-hand stories from Olson and other alumni.

“I was truly impressed with Olson’s stories of his first trip to Thiel in February 1953 through his experiences as a student, wrestler, professor, dean and president of the College,” Director of Alumni Relations David Hummel ’83 said. “In addition to his recollections, were the recollections of others whose lives were enriched and positively impacted by Thiel College and Dr. Olson. Overriding themes were how first-generation college students thrive and pursue meaningful careers after obtaining an education at Thiel; how Thiel continues the traditions of being welcoming and providing opportunities for all of its students; how the Thiel culture builds confidence in its students; and that the Thiel community cares about the success of its students.”

Student News

Kerney shares insights on her career and the exciting opportunities available in the manufacturing sector

Melissa Kerney ’00 was the featured speaker at the Feb. 24 Ruth A. Miller Senior Business Seminar. Kerney is a program manager with The Timken Company, a global industrial leader of engineered bearings and power transmission products located in North Canton, Ohio. She shared her Thiel story with the class, as well as her observations and insights about the challenges she faces working in a highly dynamic and competitive environment. 

“‘Love the challenge that your work brings to you’ was something mentioned to us by our speaker Melissa Kerney. She was not shy to share her experiences from The Timken Company, which she has now been involved with for over 20 years combined. Melissa on Wednesday spoke with compassion about her company and how she wakes up every day wondering what the day will bring her. It is this love that makes her enjoy what she does on a daily basis.” Madison Acor ’22

“She also discussed her extracurricular activities inside and outside of work, such as Timken associate resource groups, Habitat for Humanity, and church events. Throughout her 20 years at Timken, Kerney has learned numerous lessons, including the importance of communication within the workplace. Kerney is an outstanding example of one who has balanced a successful career with her personal priorities, and I intend to seek out the same balance as I develop my career.” Emily Baker ’22

“I had asked Melissa if she had any advice for students entering the workforce, like getting your foot in the door somewhere. She replied with it’s who you know, and that’s why connections are so important. She also said go where you can grow, don’t get stuck at a job you don’t like. Acquire skills and take it to the next job opportunity.” Jocelyn Bracken ’21

“One thing that really stood out to me was how involved she was in every aspect of the school, not just academically. That is something I feel I fell short on in my time here and through her talk I realized I want to get more involved with a community, so hopefully, later on in life I can accomplish that goal I have set.” William Brandsema ’21

“Additionally, I also felt that having Melissa speak to our class was very important, as she is a woman in a male-dominated field. It takes a load off of many students’ shoulders to know there are quality places in the world of business for women. Growth in learning is something I value in an employer and in a position. Always looking for the next step and being prepared to take the next step is a key in success, and I feel as if Melissa yearned for that until she found true fulfillment in a position. I will take the advice she has given us and carry it with me always.” Ashton Camerot ’22

“Melissa told us to always build a connection with somebody because you never know what they are going to be in life, or you never know what is going to happen. I really enjoyed my time with Melissa and gaining the knowledge, listening to her experience in life, and just thankful for Melissa coming to Thiel to tell us about her life.” Eligah Flynn ’21

“She talked about how everyone communicates differently and that her job as a manager was to be able to communicate with everyone on her team. She had to learn to speak with individuals who had a totally different type of knowledge and vocabulary than her.”  Hailee Hess ’21

“Not only is she involved with her children’s activities, but Melissa is also involved with associate resource groups and Habitat for Humanity at Timken. She taught us a lot about balancing our careers, participating in community service and our social lives.” Delaney Merideth ’21

“One of the lessons I learned is the access that I have to my professors and other faculty at Thiel is unlike anywhere else, and it will make all the difference when it comes to my success. I think that I take for granted the ability to meet with my professors one-on-one as well as the knowledge that I can gain from that. It is normal to me and to other Thiel students to have this opportunity at our fingertips.” Jessica Peters ’21

“Kerney is a shining example of how Thiel is the college the world needs, people able to be flexible and adaptable while maintaining a kind and thoughtful outlook of the world.” Hannah Uschock 22 

Student-teachers get valuable CPR, first aid and AED training

On Feb. 17, 12 student-teachers from the Department of Education attended CPR training in the Sawhill-Georgian Room. Thiel employee Officer Steve O’Brien instructed the course. As a result of the course, Thiel’s student teachers are now certified in adult/child/infant CPR, Automated external defibrillator use and standard first aid. The certification is a valuable item on the resume of student-teachers as they approach the final half of their field placements and prepare to apply for jobs. 

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College says farewell to:

  • Roger Seiple, maintenance

DocuCenter updates hours

The DocuCenter’s new 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.

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.



Campus Events

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.

Academic Honors Convocation
March 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Friends of Art Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

The academic accomplishments of students will be recognized during Thursday's convocation. To maintain social distancing, the recognition for students began on Tuesday and continued Wednesday morning.

For more information, contact Amy Taczanowsky.

M.B.A. Information Session
March 9 at 6 p.m.
Thiel College at home

A virtual information session for students to explore Thiel College's M.B.A. program, speak with faculty members and learn about the admissions process.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission.

Get Psyched for Thiel Virtually
March 11 at 6 p.m.
Thiel College at home

Thiel College virtually hosts prospective high school students looking to pursue a major in psychology. Students will learn about the different aspects of all psychology majors offered!

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 March 10, 2021. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, March 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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