Alumni Award Nominations Open
The Alumni Association Board of Directors is looking for nominations for the annual Alumni Awards given during Homecoming Weekend. If you know someone who has brought recognition to themselves, their family and their alma mater, please nominate them for one of the following awards: Service to Thiel, Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni. Visit the Alumni Awards page to learn more about the awards or to nominate a worthy candidate for one of them. Please note: when nominating someone for an award, please provide specifics about what qualifies him or her to receive it. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Joe Nairn ’79, chair of the nomination committee, for more information.
Equestrian Club Places at First Show of the Semester
Four of the 17 Thiel College Equestrian Club members traveled to Findlay University recently to compete at the first horse show of the semester. They endured cold weather and sore muscles from riding lessons to get ready for the show and their hard work paid off! They came back to Thiel with two third-place awards, two fourth-place awards, one fifth-place honor and one sixth-place honor.
Intercollegiate shows are comprised of seven to eight riders in each class and six places are given based on the judge’s opinion of the rider's ability. The Thiel students competed at a Zone 6 Region 1 competition where they competed against the top two intercollegiate teams in the nation. Showing for Thiel were Megan O'Dell, Kimberly Ault, Jessica Dailey and Elaine Kelley. (Thanks to Erika Leonhard who traveled to video tape the show.)
February Students of the Month
Kayla Ohlin, an accounting and business administration major (with a minor in English) from New Middletown, Ohio, is well known on campus. An honors student, she is a member of Alpha Chi, Lambda Sigma (sophomore), Chi Eta Sigma (commerce) and Sigma Tau Delta (English) honoraries. A stellar student who continually pushes herself, Ohlin has pursued international travel experiences to Mexico, Spain and South Korea and is very committed to service and civic activities on campus, in Greenville and in her hometown. With her intelligence, motivation, compassion, work ethic and values, she has incorporated herself fully into the life of Thiel College. She plans to become a certified public accountant after graduation.
Katelyn Young, a senior biology major from Monongahela, Pa., is an excellent student who performs exceptionally and is consistently engaged in the classroom. An honors student, whose honors project is a history of her grandfather, a former Lutheran minister, she is very active on campus. She is a member of Lambda Sigma sophomore honorary, concert band and the Tomcat Marching Pride. She is a member of the Dean’s List consistently and is a Thiel Presidential Scholarship recipient. Young is respected by her fellow students who value the assistance she willingly provides when needed. She plans to attend medical school in the future.
Spring Choir Tour
The Thiel Choir is hitting the road for its annual spring tour in March. Local alumni and friends along the tour are invited to attend! All performances begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tour dates and locations are:
- Friday, March 1: Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, Greensburg, Pa.
- Saturday, March 2: St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hanover, Pa.
- Sunday, March 3: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Manchester, Md.
- Wednesday, March 6: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Raleigh, N.C.
- Thursday, March 7: St. Luke Lutheran Church, Lexington, N.C.
- Friday, March 8: First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, W.Va. (Performance at 7:30 p.m.)
- Saturday, March 9: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Glenshaw, Pa.
For more information about any of these performances, please contact the respective church offices. There is no charge for admission, but a freewill offering will be taken.
60th Choir Reunion
Thiel Choir alumni are invited to participate in a three-day reunion of the Thiel Choir on June 27-29, 2013. The weekend includes overnight stays at Thiel, socializing with old and new friends, and an alumni concert in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel. For more information about this exciting event, read the letter from choir director Michael Bray and then fill out the reunion questionnaire. We hope to see you all in June!
The Thiel Faculty Executive Committee, sponsors of the new Thiel Forum initiative, invite alumni and friends to the spring 2013 Forums. This month, on Feb. 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Sawhill-Georgian Room of the Howard Miller Student Center, Dr. Ellen Lippert, art, will discuss her new book and Dr. Chris Stanisky, chemistry, will present his grant research. Two students will demonstrate their talents in ballet and guitar, respectively. The remaining Forums will be held March 21 and April 11.
We pay tribute to the following Thiel alumni and friends who passed away recently:
William P. Coffman ’63
John D. Krajci
Janice L. Roberts
William K. Shields
Wanda J. Skiff
June L. Smith
Jane M. Young
The Charitable IRA Rollover is Back for 2013!
Those 70½ years of age and older can support Thiel and meet minimum IRA distribution requirements with a TAX-FREE disbursement directly to the College now through the end of 2013. For more information on this great opportunity, visit the website.
Quicker and Greener — Send us your email address!
In effort to better steward our resources (and save a tree or two) as well as provide information about what's going on at Thiel in a more timely manner, we'd like to have an email address for as many of our alumni and friends as possible! If you have a new email address or would like to provide us with one, just fill out the online update form. 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 chose 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.)
Hall of Fame to Induct Three
The Department of Athletics will induct three former student-athletes who made extraordinary contributions to the College through intercollegiate athletics to the Athletic Hall of Fame on March 17. The inductees are Dr. Chris Shinkman '62 (tennis), Rick Freeburg '75 (track & basketball) and Betsy (Brougher) Monaco '83 (women's basketball, softball, women's tennis). Contact Jack Leipheimer at 724-589-2212 to purchase tickets to the event.
"Bison Hunt" Successful
Another Record Falls
Freshman Morgan Berg broke the Thiel record for 60-meter hurdles this month. Congrats Morgan!
Connect with Thiel Athletics
Baseball and Softball Tailgate Parties in Florida
March 7 in Fort Myers, Fla. and March 8 in Minneloa, Fla.
Join us in celebration as the Tomcat baseball and softball teams kick off their seasons at spring training in Florida! RSVP by March 1.
Learn More: Baseball | Softball
MGK: Live in Concert
March 16, 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20 each and are available through our homepage after Monday, Feb. 18. This concert is not recommended for students under 17.
Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet
March 17, 3 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, HMSC
Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series, featuring Apollo's Fire
March 20, 7:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel
Free and open to the public.
Save the Date: Junior Visit Day
Wednesday, April 24
Do you know a high school junior that would be a great fit at Thiel College? Let them know about this upcoming Admissions event. RSVP here!
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!