March 31, 2021

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College plans in-person commencement ceremonies for both 2021 and 2020 graduates

Thiel College plans in-person commencement ceremonies for both 2021 and 2020 graduates

Thiel College will host both 2020 and 2021 graduates in two in-person commencement ceremonies on May 9.

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Thiel College’s first class of 40 physician assistant graduate students will begin in July

Thiel College’s first class of 40 physician assistant graduate students will begin in July

Thiel College received provisional accreditation status recently to open the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program with its first class of 40 students beginning in July.

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Campus gets enrollment, commencement updates

President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., briefed campus with a Thiel News Time Wednesday. She gave an enrollment update and information about spring events including plans for Commencement. 

The campus also took a moment to congratulate Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Anthony E. Jones, Ed.D., for completing his doctoral work. Jones got his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Eastern Kentucky University.

Student News

Maukonen shares her insights on life and the legal profession

Chelsea Maukonen ’14 was the featured speaker at the March 24 Ruth A. Miller Senior Business Seminar. Maukonen is an associate attorney Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. in Bonita Springs, Fla., where she specializes in insurance defense litigation. During her talk, she reflected on how her Thiel experience prepared her for the rigors of law school and a career in the fast-paced and challenging legal profession.

“When I thought I could not learn anything more from Chelsea, I was wrong. Towards the end of her talk with the class she gave us lessons to be learned, but they did not apply just to the workforce. They applied to our everyday lives as well. A few of the lessons that stuck out the most to me were to never stop learning, to trust your boss, and to believe in yourself.” Madison Acor ’22

“After starting as a pre-pharmacy major, she quickly realized that she needed a change, leading her to degrees in business and accounting. During her senior year, she discovered her interest in business law. Therefore, instead of sitting for the CPA exam, Maukonen attended the Ave Maria School of Law in Florida, passed the bar examination, and began working as an attorney for CSK. The speaker even shared some advice with the students, such as the importance of manners, internet etiquette, and networking.”  Emily Baker ’22

“I asked Chelsea how she coped with the stresses of school and studying for the bar exam and she said her friends were the biggest influence. She also mentioned getting enough sleep and exercising. I think she gave valuable advice and was informative about her experience and how she made it through school.”  Jocelyn Bracken ’21

“For me, this really exemplifies one specific statement Chelsea made where she stated to ‘never settle’ and Chelsea never settled always pushing herself for more even when others said that it was not a smart option, or she couldn’t do it.”  William Brandsema ’21

“I find it incredible how Chelsea was able to stay strong while she was in law school because that was a big challenge in her life. Law school is very intense and is not for everybody, but Chelsea managed to persevere through it and passed the bar exam.”  Eligah Flynn ’22

“Chelsea likes to thank Thiel for a lot of her success. She named a couple of different reasons and the first one I think is important is the professors. The relationships you build with them will go a long way in your social life and for your career. They want to see you succeed maybe even more than you want to succeed. They will help you network, they will help you with recommendations. Another thing she brought up was the small community aspect of Thiel and how that will help you build relationships in the future.”  Jeffery Karnoff ’21

“Chelsea is now an insurance defense attorney with a lot of great advice including: adulting is hard, be ready to absorb as much information as you can and always have a desire to learn, emails are permanent, and be able to laugh at yourself.” Delaney Merideth ’21

“Chelsea also talked to us about some management tips. She touched on always staying professional and having manners. Another thing that is important is to always ensure that you never send a nasty email. It is best to calm down, catch a breather and then type the email. The last thing was to understand that you will make mistakes but to learn from your mistakes.” Anthony Sebastian ’21

“She has made a career at the largest law firm in Florida for litigation and insurance and her talk with us was inspiring in that she is only a few years older than me and my fellow classmates.  It gave me a lot of hope to hear how successful she has become in such a short amount of time. I would continue to invite her every year because she is such a high caliber student and young professional.” Hannah Uschock 22 

“As we enjoyed our Thai cuisine, my classmates and I discussed graduation and post-graduation plans. However, most of our conversation surrounded the evening’s intricate meal. The dinner allowed us to experience a variety of new tastes and textures, including the ‘spicy peanut butter.’ Overall, I enjoyed the opportunity to dine with my fellow classmates as we ‘expanded our horizons’ with regard to food.” Emily Baker ’22

Welch attends SI, wins Padrone’s gift card

Supplemental Instruction leader Amber Hoskins ’21 for BIO 145 presents Cheyenne Welch ’22 with a $15 Padrone’s gift certificate. Welch won the random drawing from students who have attended any collaborative learning sessions through midterm. Welch said she goes to SI because it “gives me a deeper understanding of what is going on. Amber is chill and doesn’t stress me out!”

At midterm, the average grade for students who participated in these sessions was almost half a grade higher than those who did not attend any sessions. The Thiel Learning Commons strongly recommends students whose courses offer SI or PAL to attend as many sessions as possible.

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 Store spring hours

The Campus Store will be open Monday 1–4:30 p.m.; Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday 1–5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4–7 p.m.

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.


Campus Events

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.

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.

Easter Egg Hunt
Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students will explore campus to look for hidden Easter eggs!

For more information, contact Than Oo.

Stations of the Cross
Friday at 6 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

A special service will be held to observe the Easter season.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07.

Virtual Easter Basket Bingo
Friday at 7 p.m.

Winners receive an Easter Basket prize.

For more information, contact Than Oo.

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

A special Easter Sunday chapel service including the distribution of Holy Communion.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Riddle ’07.

Physician Assistant Virtual Fair
April 7

Prospective students meet with Thiel College representatives and learn everything about the Thiel College Physician Assistant program. The event is free and open to all prospective students.

RSVP today! For questions, contact the Program Director.

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).


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.

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out April 7, 2021. Send your event or news to by noon Monday, April 5 to be published in that week’s edition.

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