April 14, 2021

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College launching President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion

Thiel College launching President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion

As part of the continuing focus on diversity and inclusion at Thiel College, the President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion has been launched.

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Thiel Players staging production of ‘Boy Meets Girl, Shakespeare Style’ at Robinson Theater

Thiel Players staging production of ‘Boy Meets Girl, Shakespeare Style’ at Robinson Theater

Live theater is returning to Thiel College with the Thiel Players performance of “Boy Meets Girl, Shakespeare Style” this weekend at the William A. Robinson Theater.

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Thiel College Kappa Sigma 26th Annual See-Saw-A-Thon for Military Heroes

Thiel College Kappa Sigma 26th Annual See-Saw-A-Thon for Military Heroes

The 26th annual Kappa Sigma See-Saw-A-Thon to raise money for the Military Heroes Campaign begins Thursday and continues for 72 consecutive hours this weekend on the lawn near the intersection of routes 18 and 58 in front of Thiel College’s Howard Miller Student Center.

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Earth Day celebration set for Thursday

 In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, members of the Thiel College Community will gather to celebrate three campus events to mark the upcoming global celebration of environmental awareness.

  • Representatives of Enel Solar Group have a solar energy  demonstration set for 11 a.m. in the area near Greenville Hall.
  • A music performance is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in front of Greenville Hall.
  • A tree dedication ceremony is planned in the area between Roth Hall and the James Pedas Communication Center. Pastor Brian Riddle ’07 will be offering a service for the tree dedication.

Retirement plan advisors available by phone or virtual meeting

Independent Retirement Plan Advisors Will Ferguson and Jack Ryan from Henderson Brothers are available to support employees in their retirement planning needs through conference calls and virtual meetings. These office hours will be held by phone/virtually throughout 2021 for now and can be selected below.

Ferguson is available April 15, 20, 29, May 6, 11, 18, 19, and 27, as well as June 3.

  • To reserve a 30-minute time slot to speak with him, click HERE to schedule and select from the available times.
  • For more information, email Ferguson or call 412-261-3333, ext. 414.

Ryan is available April 13, 22, and 28 as well as May 4, 12, 20, and 25.

  • To reserve a 30-minute time slot to speak with Ryan, please click HERE to schedule and select from the available times.
  • For more information, email Ryan or call 412-261-3333, ext. 421.

Advisors can assist employees with questions regarding:

  • Market Updates and Analysis (What is going on in the market? Does it concern my financial situation? What can I do to be prepared?)
  • Investment selection within the plan (How do I know what asset allocation is right for me considering my age, risk tolerance, goals/objectives, or timeline to retirement?)
  • Retirement Income Planning (I have worked hard to save this money.  Now what do I do?  How do I turn my savings into income?)
  • Outside Investment Reviews (How do my other investments fit with this account?  Do I have a unified investment strategy?  Do I have a strategy at all?)
  • Insurance needs analysis and policy reviews (Am I properly protected?  When was the last time I looked at my homeowner’s, auto, umbrella, or life insurance?)
  • Comprehensive Financial Planning (Am I on track to hit my financial goals?  Have I even figured out my goals?  What can I do to get on track?)

Biggest Loser contestants drop 78 pounds

The annual Biggest Loser contest, sponsored by the Wellness Committee, had nine employee participants, who shed 78 pounds.

The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, won $90. The remaining $90 collected will be provided to the American Heart Association.

The Wellness Committee congratulates all the participants on their commitment to bettering their health.

Student News

Sigma Tau Delta inducts members, names new officers

The Alpha Iota Kappa chapter of the International English honor society Sigma Tau Delta initiated six new members and installed four officers during its annual induction ceremony on March 21, 2021.

Sigma Tau Delta is an elite honor society open to students from all disciplines who have completed a minimum of two college courses in English beyond the first-year English requirements. Membership candidates must have completed at least three semesters of college coursework earning a 3.0 grade point average in both English courses and general scholarship.

Payton Brooks ’22, Lauren Durboraw ’21, Janelle Mudry ’23, Courtnie Roberts ’21, Falan Vancura ’22, and Natalie Zgurich ’23 were honored at the ceremony, becoming the chapter’s newest members.

In addition to inducting new members, the local chapter also installed its 2021-2022 chapter leaders. Officers for next year’s term include Sydnee Pilarski ’22 (president), Katie Miller ’22 (vice president), Molly Shepler ’22 (secretary), and Brooks (treasurer and Student Government Association representative).

Former Sigma Tau Delta chapter member Austin Hall ’17 gave the keynote address on the value of English studies in pursuing graduate education.

Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University and now has over 850 chapters, the largest in English studies. The Alpha Iota Kappa was established in 2000 and recently celebrated its 20th anniversary at Thiel College.

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.

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.


Campus Events

Earth Day Celebration
Thursday at 11 a.m.
Thiel College Campus

Thiel College celebrates Earth Day a week early this year and includes:

  • 11 a.m. - Enel, a solar power developer demonstration
  • 11:30 a.m. - Music
  • 12 p.m. - Tree planting

All events will be held outdoors in front of Greenville Hall.

For more information, contact Fatimata Pale, Ph.D.

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 ’22.

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. The 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.

Community Event

Second Annual Grapes and Growlers
May 15 at 4 p.m.
Reynolds Industrial Park

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the second annual wine and beer tasting event, Grapes and Growlers from 4–7 Saturday, May 15 at the Greenville Reynolds Industrial Park. Only 200 tickets will be sold for this premiere event. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of the area’s finest wines and brews in this unique, casual atmosphere.

For more information or tickets, contact Mark Batt ’87 at ext. 2157 or 724-866-0705.


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 21, 2021. Send your event or news to tnotes@thiel.edu by noon Monday, April 19 to be published in that week’s edition.

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