April 7, 2021

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College hosting inaugural track & field invitational as first event at Stamm Complex

Thiel College hosting inaugural track & field invitational as first event at Stamm Complex

The Dr. Barry ’70 and Carol ’71 Stamm Track & Field Complex will host its first official first track & field event on Saturday, April 10.

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Junior health systems and biology major named April Thiel Team Member of the Month

Junior health systems and biology major named April Thiel Team Member of the Month

Mercyne Demma ’22, of Pittsburgh, was named the Office of Admission Thiel Team Member of the Month for April.

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English professor publishes book review on Shakespeare in leading academic journal

English professor publishes book review on Shakespeare in leading academic journal

Thiel College Professor of English Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D., recently published a book review of Hannah Leah Crummé’s Shakespeare on the Record: Researching an Early Modern Life in the Spring 2020 issue of The Sixteenth-Century Journal: The Journal of Early Modern Studies.

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New earnings statement procedure for employees

The Office of Human Resources and Payroll is excited to announce a new economic, sustainable, and efficient earnings statement distribution method.

Starting in April, payroll earnings statements will be emailed to your Thiel College email as a secure PDF instead of paper copies sent through ICM.  No worries…the PDF is sent in a secure, internal email and is protected with a four-digit pin (the last four digits of your Social Security number).  You will then be able to save, print, or file your Earnings Statement and retrieve it as often as needed.  You can expect to receive your emailed Earnings Statement either the day before or the day of your expected pay date.

Additionally, remember to visit Employee Navigator to make changes or to review your compensation and benefit information:

  • W-4 changes
  • HSA and Flex Account management
  • 403b Retirement
  • Employee Compensation Statement
  • Benefit premiums and information
  • HR policies
  • Employee demographic changes
  • Annual benefit selection (typically in November)

For more information, contact Jennifer Clark at ext. 2858 or Kim Braden ’01 at ext. 2004.

Student News

Bissell, known for maple syrup, taps into the minds and hearts of Senior Seminar students

Nate Bissell ’02 was the featured speaker at the March 31 Ruth A. Miller Senior Business Seminar. Bissell is owner and “chief instigator” of Bissell Maple Farms in Jefferson, Ohio.  During his talk, he reflected on many aspects of his time at Thiel and the challenges and rewards of owning and growing a business.

“After Nate’s talk about school, the conversation switched over to his maple business. He told the class a lot about what he learned, good and bad. He told us that if your work does not feel like work, then that is your dream job. And within your dream job, you should work with people who are the best for the company, but that does not mean they are always the best on paper.” Madison Acor ’22

“Overall, Bissell is an enthusiastic and authentic entrepreneur who is not afraid to admit that he is still learning. He was willing to share both the good and bad experiences that he endured, allowing students to understand that people can mess up and still be successful. I found Bissell’s commitment to and passion for his career to be deeply inspiring. Like Bissell, I hope to find a career that “does not feel like work.” Emily Baker ’22

“Lessons Learned: maple syrup is good on everything except the floor, do not over-look people - education or not, the quietest voice in the room is just as important as the rest, and It is okay to have negative experiences.” Delaney Merideth ’21

“He has probably been the most fun speaker to listen to!  Even though he runs a business, he is a very down-to-earth and real person.  He even came in boots and a flannel!  His talk was a saga of his career, and how he came to have the best job in the world.” Hannah Uschock ’22 

“The biggest take away I have from Bissell’s talk is to not live life on “What if’s” because it only takes one “What if” to possibly change your life for the better; and if you failed at something by doing a “What if,” then you learned not to make the same mistake again.”  Madison Acor ’22

“Additionally, Bissell introduced to us a new interview question: “What are you known for?” The question caught me off guard, but I suppose that is why it is a great question!”  Emily Baker ’22

“Dinner was so good!  The maple syrup in every part of the meal was truly a treat.  I need the recipe for the pork chops!” Hannah Uschock ’22

Alumnus offers tips to student-teachers about upcoming job search

During the March 17 Student Teaching Seminar, student teachers welcomed a special guest to their Zoom meeting, alumnus Christopher Edison ’08, who talked with them about landing their first job as a teacher. Edison, a secondary education and history major, is now the superintendent of Pymatuning Valley Local School District in Andover, Ohio. He was gracious enough to take time out of his schedule to give back to the Thiel Education Department. Director of Career Development Center Liza Schaef also joined the meeting, along with the Education faculty, for a collaborative effort to help prepare student teachers for the hiring process that they are now beginning. Edison extended such interview pointers to our student teachers as “mail a thank-you card after an interview,” “be honest if you don’t know how to answer a question,” and “be your real self rather than just giving the answers you think your interviewers want to hear.”

He also praised Thiel as having given him a strong foundation for his career and said that he automatically gives an interview to any Thiel graduate who applies for a position in his district. Students asked Edison pertinent questions, took notes, and found the seminar to be especially valuable in preparing them for the hiring season ahead.

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

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.

Transfer Tuesday
Tuesday at noon
Weyers Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center

Thiel hosts visits that offer an in-depth look at the College for students contemplating a transfer.

For more information, contact Justin Gregorich.

Kappa Sigma See-Saw-A-Thon
April 15–16
Howard Miller Student Center lawn

The Thiel College chapter of Kappa Sigma will hold its annual See-Saw-A-Thon to raise money for the Military Heroes Campaign.

For more information, contact Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21.

Thiel Players Performance: “Boy Meets Girl, Shakespeare Style”
April 16–18.
William A. Robinson Theater

The Thiel Players spring production has performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.  Doors open one-half hour prior to the start of the play.

Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, and Midsummer Night's Dream are featured with narration connecting the scenes. Limits on indoor gatherings mean that the audience is limited to 46 attendees, so reservations are required.  Reservation deadline is April 15.

Please contact Robinson Theater House Manager Hollie Barna ’22 to reserve a spot.

Spring Open House 2021
April 17 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thiel College

During this event, students will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of presentations based on what is most beneficial for them, including admission and financial aid.

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).

Just Because

Nominee: Nancy Katz

Nominator: Robin Sakonyi


“Nancy’s heart for students is commendable! She is truly an inspiration to all of us fortunate enough to work with her. She brings joy and enthusiasm to every aspect of her work with the Thiel community. Nancy makes a positive difference in people’s lives every day.“

Publishing Schedule

T-Notes is published weekly during the academic year. It arrives Wednesday afternoons. The next edition will be out April 14, 2021. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, April 12 to be published in that week’s edition.

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