March 24, 2021

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Thiel Happenings

Dean, Lichtenwalter earn Thiel College Student of the Month honors for March

Dean, Lichtenwalter earn Thiel College Student of the Month honors for March

Thiel College seniors Sandra Dean ’21 and Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21 were named the Students of the Month for March recently.

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Thiel College in third year as a sponsor of the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Thiel College in third year as a sponsor of the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Thiel College is in its third year of sponsorship for the 82nd Annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, an event that inspires middle and high school-age students to design, apply, and communicate their own science experiments while competing for cash prizes and scholarships.

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Registration open for extended list of Thiel College summer course offerings

Registration open for extended list of Thiel College summer course offerings

Registration is open for both campus and online Thiel College summer school offerings that range from the popular ornithology course to a wide array of general electives.

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Dome takedown 2021

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., sent a message to campus Wednesday morning to thank the campus community for coming together to take the dome down Monday.

“I want to thank everyone who assisted in taking down the Dome on Monday. It was a wonderful day. I want to thank the Athletic and Facilities departments, particularly, who led this project. Hundreds of students participated as well as staff from across campus. Seeing the Dome come down had special meaning this year. Last spring as the pandemic unfolded, we were forced to keep the Dome up through the summer. What a joy to see this accomplished this year with students on campus and athlete competitions underway!

The Dome is a distinctive feature of Thiel. Only a few other colleges in our region have the benefit of this type of facility. We are fortunate to have the Dome, and we are grateful for the members of our campus community – students, faculty, and staff – who came together this week to put it away with such care and expertise. Thank you!”

Latest Wellness newsletter offers tips for dealing with stress

Stress Awareness Month occurs in April and was initiated in 1992. Read the Wellness Newsletter for diet tips and stress management.

The Wellness Committee is hosting a bingo challenge in April. It is focusing on mental/ emotional health throughout April.

Complete rows and/or columns to be entered in the prize drawing.

Send scan or photo of completed card to Jackie Kytchak.

Student News

Twin sisters bring energy, passion and insights to students at the Miller Senior Seminar

Twin sisters Lauren Whetzel Siburkis ’10 and Lindsay Whetzel Mathes ’10 were the featured speakers at the March 17 Ruth A. Miller Senior Business Seminar. Lauren and Lindsay both work for FirstEnergy Corp in Akron, Ohio, but in very different roles.  Lauren, a communication studies major at Thiel, works in external communications and Lindsay, a business administration major, works in research and planning. Lauren and Lindsay both spoke fondly of their Thiel experiences and how well they were prepared for success in their careers and lives.

“The two speakers told the class all the advantages of working for a large company, which included competitive pay, room to grow within the company and resources to continue your education. I know going forward these are all going to be something I look for within a career because I want the best for myself.” Madison Acor ’22

“It is always refreshing to see alumni, in this case, alumnae, come back and talk about how they chose Thiel College and speak on how the College has helped them grow and shape to go out into the professional world. Mrs. Siburkis and Mrs. Mathes were reassuring to me because they both ended up in a career with a company that they did not think they would. With graduation just around fifty days away, I keep going back and forth about where I want to land for my post-undergraduate career. It is calming to see that they blossomed from that experience.” Jessica Peters ’21

“They both had the opportunity to do the Lutheran College Washington D.C. Semester, and both emphasized that they would not be as confident going into the workforce if they had not had the opportunity to do this. Lauren got to work at the Washington Times and Lindsay had the opportunity to work with the Washington Wizards.” Delaney Merideth ’21

“Siburkis and Mathes are prime examples of young working people that are willing to work hard and continue learning so they can go the extra mile. They have a lot to show working for 12 years, and I would not be surprised to see both of them at the top of their respective fields by the end of their careers.”  Hannah Uschock ’22

“Some of the tips they mentioned were to have patience and be open-minded and personally, I have experienced that when trying to find a job and the opportunity might not come right away. Another thing that was mentioned was to be a mentor and a leader for whatever you do. The last tip that they gave was to never stop learning and make sure that you strive in your job to ensure that you are being recognized by higher-ups.”  Anthony Sebastian ’21

“They both brought up the point of being open-minded in these stressful positions and willing to accept help when needed, as well as that you catch on quicker than you would expect. Furthermore, because of the quickness that you learn the position you are in, most companies aren’t hiring you because you know that position inside and out before you get there, but merely to get the right person with the right potential.” William Brandsema ’21

“I asked Lindsay what traits are needed to be an effective project manager. She said you need to be action-oriented, balance professionalism and pushing people to do better, be organized, and don’t be afraid to speak up.”  Jocelyn Bracken ’21

“The speakers also provided valuable tips to succeed in one’s career: never stop learning, find opportunities to both learn from and teach to others, have patience, and be open-minded. I am glad that both Lauren and Lindsay could attend the dinner as they provided two unique perspectives and sets of experiences. It made me realize the various paths that I can take as I develop my career in business and accounting!”  Emily Baker ’22

“On March 17th we were greeted on St. Patrick’s Day with a wonderful meal, and as I am from an Irish family, we normally celebrate this holiday together, so it was nice to have company and a good traditional dinner on this holiday.” William Brandsema ’21

“The dinner was the best one yet and I really enjoyed getting to meet Lauren. Our table’s dinner conversation was very entertaining.” Anthony Sebastian ’21


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.

Special Notes

DocuCenter updates hours

The DocuCenter’s new hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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


Campus Events

Alumni Webinar - Promote Thiel on Social Media
Thursday at noon & 6:30 p.m.

Alumni and Friends of the College will learn how to promote Thiel College on social media. Two separate sessions will be hosted. 

For more information, email the Office of Alumni Relations.

Virtual Business and Accounting Day
Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thiel College virtually hosts 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, email the Office of Admission.

WING Speaker Presentation
Thursday at 6 p.m.

Members of Women Inspiring the Next Generation host a virtual speaker presentation with a presenter from AWARE, Inc., the Mercer County Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency.

For more information, contact Melaina Kirschner ’22.

Junior Visit Day
Saturday at 9 a.m.

High school students will get a jump start on their college search. Prospective students will meet with Thiel College students and take a campus tour.

During the visit students will learn about:

For more information, email the Office of Admission.

Paint ’N Sip
Saturday at 6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Students who are over 21 are welcome to an evening of fun and artistry at a paint and sip hosted by Thiel Activities!

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Palm Sunday Chapel Service
Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

A special Palm Sunday church service will be held in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel. The service will include a distribution of Holy Communion and a reading of the Passion.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07.

Daily Prayer
Weekdays at noon
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

A daily prayer service in the Howard Miller Student Center being held to observe the Easter season.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07.

Monday Movie Night: Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
Monday at 7 p.m.
Bly Hall, Academic Center

A screening of “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?”(2018) directed by Johanna Demetrakas will be shown in Bly Hall.  

For more information, contact Pastor Anthony E. Jones.

Easter Egg Decorating
Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rotunda Bistro

Students will decorate Easter eggs.  

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Zooming in the Archives with Amy Shafer
Tuesday at noon

A special discussion session in the archives with John Hauser ’71 and Thiel College Director of Athletics Amy Shafer. They will discuss Thiel College athletics in the age of COVID.

For more information, email the Office of Alumni Relations.

Jesus Christ Superstar Screening
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bly Hall, Academic Center

A special viewing of ”Jesus Christ Superstar”

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07.

Spring Succulent Planting
March 31 at 11 a.m.
Howard Miller Student Center Terrace

Students will plant succulents!  

For more information, contact Than Oo at ext. 2192.

Spring Concert: Shenandoah to Sakura
March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center

The Thiel College Chamber Ensembles and the Thiel Concert Band present Shenandoah to Sakura: A collection of folk songs from around the world.

This special musical performance is open to current Thiel College students and employees.

For more information, contact Nicholas Samson.

Writing professor to host online talk about publishing
March 31 at 6 p.m.

Sigma Tau Delta is holding a campus-wide Zoom event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 where guest speaker Professor Rachael Warmington will present her talk, “Building Your Writer Profile and Navigating the Publishing Process” with a focus on creative writing.

Warmington is an instructor at Seton Hall University. She earned her English B.A. from Montclair State University, English M.A. from Seton Hall University, her MFA at CUNY City College, and is ABD at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Rachael is the editor-in-chief of the academic journal, Watchung Review. She has been published in Journal of Pedagogic Development, The Tower Journal, Poetry in Performance, and BigCityLit. Rachael also enjoys performing her poetry, sharing her fiction, and presenting her scholarly research. 

Those interested in learning more about the publishing process should plan to attend the virtual event.

Community Event

Heritage Day Festival: Greenville Symphony Orchestra Concert
Friday at 4 p.m.
Graul Amphitheater, Riverside Park

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will perform in Graul Amphitheater in Riverside Park during the Heritage Days Festival.

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 31, 2021. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, March 29 to be published in that week’s edition.

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