November 15, 2017

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Thiel College to host winter festival surrounding opening of Rissell-Schreyer Dome

Thiel College to host winter festival surrounding opening of Rissell-Schreyer Dome

Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, will host a winter festival surrounding the opening of the Rissell-Schreyer Dome from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The event is free and open to the public, but some attractions will require the purchase of tickets.

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Thiel announces academic scholarship to honor decorated military soldier killed in action

Thiel announces academic scholarship to honor decorated military soldier killed in action

Richard Gloyer—father of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Ryan Gloyer ’04, who was killed in action in November 2016 in Afghanistan—will attend Thiel College’s annual scholarship luncheon on Nov. 11 in recognition of the scholarship he is starting in his son’s name at the College.

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Faculty, staff and students worked together on Rissell-Schreyer Dome

The Rissell-Schreyer Dome was inflated Wednesday morning. Faculty, staff and students worked together to construct the dome Tuesday afternoon.

Campus employees serve Thanksgiving dinner to students Tuesday

Building on the popularity of the late-night breakfast, campus employees joined together to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the students on Tuesday evening.

Disability Resource Center Minute

Director of the Disability Resource Center Clarissa Arbuckle ’11 discusses important issues regarding her office in the “Disability Resource Center Minute” in monthly in T-Notes during the academic year. If you have any questions, contact Arbuckle at ext. 2063.

Trending: Service and assistance animals on college campuses

Like most institutions, Thiel College is experiencing an increase in the numbers of animals on campus. Here is some helpful for information for navigating conversations regarding service and assistance animals: 

  • As an employee of a “public entity” we may only ask two questions about a service animal:
    • If the animal is required because of a disability. 
    • What work or task the animal has been trained to perform. 
  • While we cannot require that service animals be identified with a vest or ID, Thiel College does encourage owners of service animals to do so. 
  • Per our new Service Animal and Assistance Policy, a service animal and an assistance animal are defined as the following: 
    • Service animal: A dog that a member of the Thiel College community with a disability requires for use on campus that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of that individual, due to a disability such as a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. 
    • Assistance animal: An animal that a member of the Thiel College community with a disability requires due to their disability for use in their Thiel residence in order to have an equal opportunity to use their residence/dwelling or to participate in the housing service or program. 
  • Service animals are the only animals that are permitted in other buildings of the college outside of the dormitory. 

Reminder: The Disability Resource Center and the American Disability Act both promote self-advocacy. If you encounter a student needing housing or academic accommodations please encourage them to meet with me, the Disability Resource Coordinator. All accommodations are made through a case-by-case interactive process.

Alumnus hosts book reading on campus

The Thiel College chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, hosted author Dan Kirk ’92 for a reading from his novel “Between the Innings” on Oct. 13. Kirk teaches English at Pittsburgh Technical College and continues to write fiction. The event included a reading of excerpts from the novel, discussion of his personal experiences, and a question-and-answer session.

Student News

Education majors bewitch students during Literacy Night event

Thiel College education majors who are members of the Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi, presented books and activities to the students of Greenville elementary students during the annual Literacy Night at Hempfield Elementary School on Nov. 2.  Lecturer of Education Mary Reames serves as the adviser to KDP.

Chi Alpha Epsilon inducts new members, celebrates member upgrades

Students pictured (L-R): Trey Andrews ’18, Justin Walter ’19, Christine Girata ’18, Jacob Morgan ’19, Corrine Hankin ’19, Phillip Brewer ’19, and Jordan Francis ’18.

Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, a national honor society that recognizes the academic achievement of students who participate in The Learning Commons program, inducted three new members, Brewer, Hankin and Morgan, on Oct. 30 in the Library's Rare Books Room. These students were presented with a membership pin and honor cords to be worn at graduation. Current members, Andrews, Walter, Girata and Francis, attended the ceremony and received a pin-upgrade honor based on their spring 2017 semester grade point average of a 3.75 and higher. Honorary (non-student) members who assisted with the ceremony were Donna Barton, Nancy Katz, Noel Stanger ’07 and Diane Donnelly, who also serves as the society’s adviser.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Open Enrollment and Benefits Meetings

Benefit providers will be on hand to discuss employee benefits for 2018 on Friday, Nov. 17 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. A 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. session are scheduled. All employees with health insurance should attend as there are several changes to the plans for 2018. Vendors will be there to answer any employee questions regarding their coverage.

To register for a session or for more information, contact Kris Whaling at ext. 2150 or Jennifer Clark at ext. 2858.

Thiel College says farewell to ...

  • Kelsey Kuznicki, admissions counselor


Campus Events

Henna Tattoos
Today until 3 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Henna tattoos are typically on the hand and last approximately 2-3 weeks.

For more information, contact Taryn Hale at ext. 2126.

Fall Career Day
Thursday from noon to 3 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Students have the opportunity to network with local and regional employers to learn about job and internship possibilities. All majors are welcome.

For more information, contact Martin Black at ext. 2372.

Thiel Forum
Thursday from 4-5 p.m.
Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Communication Center

Presenters include: • Dr. Dane Claussen: Travels to Angkor Wat in Cambodia • Dr. Jared Johnson: Faculty Development Grant in spring 2016: “’I shall not be ghostwriter to your fate’: Specters of Shakespeare in Ian Doescher’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge” Dr. Sheila Nowinski: Landscape and Identity in Britain and the United States/p>

For more information, contact Mary Theresa Hall, Ph.D., at ext. 2372.

Mexican Bingo
Thursday from 8-10 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Lotería, meaning “lottery” is a game similar to bingo, but using a set of 54 images on a deck of cards.

For more information, contact Taryn Hale at ext. 2126.

Baile en Mundo, Dance of the World
Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Music from around the world, dance contests, snacks and prizes! Dance of the World is sponsored by SigEp, Student Activities and International Student Affairs.

For more information, contact Taryn Hale at ext. 2126.

Kids & Chemistry
Sunday from 1:45-4 p.m.
Academic Center lobby

The Thiel College Student Affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society will be hosting their annual “Kids & Chemistry” program with demonstrations and hands-on activities for elementary students in grades 4-6. If you have a child who would like to attend, please contact Kathy Frantz at 724-589-2113 or

For more information or if you have a child who would like to attend, contact Professor of Chemistry Kathryn Frantz, Ph.D., at ext. 2113.

Ongoing Events

Worship on Wednesday
Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Worship on Wednesday is offered for the entire Thiel College community during the semester. We gather each week for hymns, prayers, a message and Holy Communion. All are welcome!

For more information, contact Pastor Jayne Thompson at ext. 2130.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Glen Johnson Community Center

Aikido, a Japanese martial art dedicated to non-violent conflict resolution, meets three times a week for practice. These classes are open to Thiel College students, faculty, staff members as well as the general public. Conversation with the instructor(s) is required before attending the classes.

For more information, contact Pastor Jayne Thompson at ext. 2130.

Art Exhibition: Images of Luther
On display through Dec. 1
Weyers-Sampson Art Gallery

Exhibition images of Luther: Celebrating the 500th Year Anniversary of the Reformation.

For more information, contact Professor of Painting and Curator of Art Sean McConnor at ext. 2095.


Tomcat Tributes

Tomcat Tributes are designed to 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).

T-Notes Publishing Schedule

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