More than 200 Thiel College students, employees, board members, friends and honor guests gathered under a bright blue sky to break ground on the James Pedas Communication Center on May 4. This event marked the start of construction of the new facility, which will be a place where Thiel students will learn, collaborate and practice communication skills that will earn them successful careers. The Pedas Center will also house the Communication Department, student media and the Office of Admission. It is scheduled to open in fall 2014. To read more about the event, watch a video of the ceremony or view pictures from the day, visit the Pedas section of our website.
You can also check out the news coverage from Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio, of the groundbreaking!
The following day 153 graduates entered the ranks of Thiel College alumni at the 139th commencement exercises. Alumnus Jim Cunningham '77 of WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh delivered a rousing keynote address; Linda Boyce Haller, who along with her late husband, is a vital part of the Haller Enterprise Institute and Haller scholarships, received an honorary doctorate; and Dr. William Robinson, professor of performing arts, officially retired when he received emeritus status at the ceremony. Emily Whipple of Rochester, Pa., earned valedictorian honors for 2013 and Caitlin Ferry of Brookville, Pa. was named salutatorian. All of Thiel College wishes the Class of 2013 the best in the future, wherever life may take you! To view photos from the day, videos or read Cunningham's keynote address, visit the Commencement section of our website.
Thiel License Plates
Pennsylvania drivers can show their Tomcat pride by displaying the official Thiel College license plate you see here. This Thiel College license plate is available for a one-time fee of $20. Anyone interested in obtaining a specialty plate can download an application by visiting the Alumni homepage and following the instructions there!
Summer courses at Thiel are perfect for college-bound and dual enrollment high school students, students from other colleges and universities, Thiel undergraduates and others looking to delve deeply into an academic topic, earn college credit and take advantage of the educational excellence offered by Thiel College. Thiel's summer courses offer the same high-quality instruction and academic performance of regular academic year courses, but are smaller, less formal and encourage interaction between students and faculty. Visit the Summer Sessions webpage to learn more about what is offered during Thiel's summer courses.
Student Presents Poster at Conference
Thiel sophomore Benjamin Hellner-Burris attended the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, La., in April, where he gave a poster presentation on his research into the utilization of mixed metal oxides as semiconductors in solar cells for producing hydrogen as a clean, renewable fuel from water. Hellner-Burris received scholarships from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Penn-Ohio Border Section of the ACS to attend the meeting.
Students of the Month
Congratulations to the following seniors who have been named students of the month, honorable mention: Megg Andrews (business administration and international business), Alyssa Bartlett (early childhood education), Kelly Barzak (elementary education), Kaila Hawley (elementary education), Jessica Mueller (elementary education and history), Alison Lange (English writing and literature), Ashley Rable (elementary education), Diana Slomainy (elementary education) and Monica Smith (elementary education and sociology).
Thank You New Alumni!
Commencement ceremonies this month inducted 153 new members into the Alumni Association. We would like to welcome these new members and thank them for their senior class gift. The class of 2013 gifted Thiel College a new basketball court down campus as well as the traditional tree for Brother Martin's Walk.
It's Not too Late to Make a Difference
The Thiel Fund continues to make progress toward its $1 million goal (by fiscal year end on June 30)! But we still need your help. Alumni and friends are encouraged to make a gift in support of Thiel College this year, so please consider making yours today! You can make a gift by mail, over the phone, in person or you may give a gift online. For more information, please contact Leta Jeffers, coordinator of annual giving, at 724-589-2042 or email@example.com. Your annual support allows current students to experience the exceptional, personalized learning that only Thiel College offers. Thank you for creating opportunities and fulfilling dreams.
Blue-Gold Golf Outing is May 24
The Thiel College Blue-Gold Club will hold its annual golf scramble on Friday, May 24 at the Greens of Greenville. The event, which drew 112 participants last year, annually raises funds to support the College's 24 varsity athletics programs. It’s not too late to sign up! Get your registration in by May 17 to participate in this fun event!
New College Advancement Staff Member
Stephanie (Hills) Wilson '04 is the newly appointed director of alumni relations at Thiel College. Wilson has been an admission counselor at Thiel for the last four years, acting as a representative between Thiel and prospective students, families and school counselors. She graduated from Thiel with a bachelor's degree in communication.
As alumni relations director she will be responsible for serving as primary point of contact between alumni and the College, planning and implementation of projects and events for alumni, and serving as liaison to the Alumni Association. She is on maternity leave until early July.
Quicker and Greener — and the Chance to Win an iPad mini!
If you've already updated your email address with Thiel College - thank you! We're looking to reconnect as many alumni as possible, so please share this link with your alumni friends so they can also stay in touch with their alma mater and perhaps win an iPad mini. Tell them to visit the email update website to enter! Winners will be notified by email in July. Please note that Thiel College does not and will not provide any of your personal information to anyone outside of the College.
You can also stay connected to Thiel through social media — Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr!
The best way to get the word out about the life-changing potential of a Thiel education is through the stories of our alumni and current students. So we want to know, why did you choose Thiel? Fill out this questionnaire and share your Thiel story! (Submissions will be used in admission and other publications for the College and are subject to editing for style, length and clarity.)
We pay tribute to the following Thiel alumni and friends who passed away recently:
James R. Amon
Dorotha E. (Elder) Anderson
Esther M. Arthur
Mary E. (Infield) Becker '33
Betty Lou (Dufford) Brickner '52
Lora S. Covert '92
Juliana Michele Denzinger
Mary S. Schenker
Mary Beth (Barton) Shafer '68
Frederick N. Stewart '53
Harry B. Wood '47
Marilyn S. Hauser '73
Wilbur Seth Gaugh '60
Baseball Playoff Results
The baseball season is over for another year and the Thiel College baseball team lost to the third-seed Thomas More Saints during the Presidents' Athletic Conference tournament on May 9 (read more) and to fourth-seed Saint Vincent College in the rain-soaked elimination game on May 10 (read more). Congratulations on a great season, Tomcats!
Lacrosse Players Honored
Two standouts from the Thiel women's lacrosse team were chosen for the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region teams - sophomore midfielder Cassy Mahdi and freshman attacker Beth Snider were named to the All-West Region Second Team. Read more
Thiel's men's and women's golf coach Dan McMillen was recently honored by the PGA for leadership and service to the Tri-State Section of the PGA. Read more
Connect with Thiel Athletics
Blue-Gold Club Golf Outing
Greens of Greenville
For more information or to register, click here.
Save the Date: Tuesdays at Thiel
June 11 and July 16
Thiel's annual summer visit days for prospective students features a new twist this year! We're inviting Thiel College alumni to accompany a prospective student-children, niece and nephews, friends or even a neighbor-to campus for this visit day. You'll be able to catch up with what's going on at your alma mater while sharing Thiel with someone who may be a great fit for the College too! Register online
Chart Your Course
A visit day for rising juniors
This special visit day is for students entering college in fall 2015. Register today!
Save the Date: Homecoming
Oct. 11-13, 2013
Look for a schedule of events this summer!
Need to RSVP?
For more information or to RSVP to any events, contact the Alumni Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 589-2140.
Keep in Touch
Let us know if you have new contact information or exciting news in your life by filling out the online update form. You can also stay connected to Thiel through social media — Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr!