On November 3, 2011, Thiel College announced a $25 million gift from Pennsylvania native and philanthropist William S. Dietrich II. It is the largest gift made to Thiel in our 145-year history. Bill's parents, Kenneth Dietrich '31 and Marianna Brown Dietrich '32, met while attending Thiel and shortly thereafter married and settled in western Pennsylvania.
Bill went on to successfully run Dietrich Industries, a business started by his father. The business flourished under Bill's direction as did the family's relationship with Thiel College.
Kenneth served on the Board of Trustees and Bill was honored for his leadership of Dietrich Industries Inc. with the Haller Enterprise Institute's Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Please help us celebrate this monumental gift with a campus-wide celebration on February 11, 2012, during Thiel's inaugural Winter Weekend!
Annual Endowed Scholarship Luncheon
The annual Endowed Scholarship Luncheon was held on November 5, 2011, in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. President VanAken was on hand to welcome and congratulate all of the 2011-2012 student recipients who were joined by their scholarship donors on this special day.
Seniors receive offers from top firms
Three senior students received offers from top accounting firms. Amy Kramer, who will graduate in December 2011, received an offer from Deloitte's Pittsburgh office. Brendan DuLaney, who will also graduate in December, received an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Baltimore, Maryland. He will intern in the winter and attend graduate school next fall. Ellie Belleau has received an internship with Ernst and Young in Pittsburgh. Ellie is a senior, but plans on returning next fall to earn the 150 credit hours now needed to become a CPA. Congratulations to these students!
Students celebrate the fall season on campus
Thiel students had a blast this year celebrating Halloween at the Haunted House hosted by President VanAken and his wife, Annette, and taking some mechanical bull rides among other activities!
Toys for Tots
The eighth annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign is underway. This event is co-sponsored by Thiel College Campus Police and Greenville West Salem Township Police Departments. To donate to the cause, drop off toys or cash donations to the Thiel campus police. For more information, contact Chief Don Aubrecht at 724-589-2222.
Effective November 7, 2011, the Thiel College Advancement Department announced changes to its staff. Lauren Oman was named Director of Annual Giving and Parent Relations and Darlene Verno-McClintock '98 was named Director of Alumni Services. You can reach Lauren at email@example.com and Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry Beckstein Art Show
Larry Beckstein '91 will be showing his work at his gallery, Driftwood Gallery in Greenville, Pa. Larry specializes in wildlife images and scenes. The show will be held on December 9, 10 and 11 and December 16, 17 and 18 with Friday hours of 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. The gallery's phone number is 724-588-1855.
Quest for Class Agents
Pam Achenbach Novak '03 has been kind enough to help us organize a new format for the class letters in hopes of making the process easier and more convenient for class agents. Anyone who has any interest in serving as a class agent, please contact the Alumni Office.
We pay tribute to the following Thiel alumni and friends who passed away in September and October 2011:
Paul B. Blank
Nancy A. Collier
William S. Dietrich II
Shirley V. Larson '41
William S. Proper '83
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Hall of Fame Inductees
The Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the Lutheran Heritage Room at the Howard Miller Student Center. This year's inductees are Dr. Christopher Shinkman '62 for tennis; Logan Cribbs '69 for football; Eric Garrett '88 for baseball; and Clyde Morgan '00 for track and football.
The Meritorious Service and Commitment Award will be presented to Jim Patterson who has been a longtime volunteer assistant baseball coach.
The Athletic Alumni Commendation Award will be presented to Chris Saluga '93, for having the most wins in the history of Chartiers Valley High School football.
Look for more information on these outstanding athletes in the months to come!
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Alumni Network Nights
Join us for our last alumni networking night of the season for a fun-filled evening of networking and socializing!
Pittsburgh, PA Network Night
Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Bar Louie Station Square (240 Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA)
Phi Theta Phi 42nd Annual Walk-a-thon
To benefit the Children's Hospital
Friday, Dec. 2 - Saturday, Dec. 3
2nd Annual Dome Opening Celebration
Friday, December 9 from 6-10 p.m.
Join us for a family friendly, fun-filled evening and celebrate the Dome's second year! Various kid-friendly activities will be available including batting cages, inflatables, golf driving range and Bongoball! Admission is free and food is available for purchase for $5. The Thiel College's Tomcat Marching Pride band will perform with the cheer and dance squad and line dancing lessons will be available. Bring the family and enjoy the fun!
Spirit Squad Alumni Day
Saturday, January 21, 2012
All Tomcat Cheer and Dance alumni are encouraged to join us for this inaugural celebration! Join the current Spirit Squad in performing to the fight song at the men’s basketball game and celebrate at a post-game party get-together! For information or to RSVP, contact Arikka Fears, spirit coordinator, at email@example.com.
Alumni Basketball Day
Saturday, January 28, 2012
All men's and women's basketball alumni are invited to join us for the day of festivities including the alumni game, luncheon, current Tomcat teams taking on Westminster and post-game reception. More details coming soon!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Join us for our second annual Black & White Ball on campus! Look for more details in the coming months for this event!
"God and Yet a Man"
59th Annual Thiel College Christmas Festival
Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center
Choir, handbells, brass hymns and carols of the season!
"Lessons and Carols"
Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel
Fall Semester 2011 Student Recital
Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel
For more information or to RSVP to any events, contact Darlene McClintock, Director of Alumni Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 589-2027.