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A Message from the Dean

Mike McKinney

Dear Thiel Parents,

While the weather has been less than favorable, our Thiel students haven’t skipped a beat and have started off what we know will be a great spring semester! Our spring semester is always jam packed with events and activities and this year is no different. Starting February 6, the College will begin to celebrate our annual Winter Weekend. It will include our Black & White Ball (masquerade theme) as well as many other events for students. Students will also have the opportunity to “Thank a Donor” and give recognition to alumni and friends of the college who support their Thiel experience.

As the semester goes on, I plan to share several more reasons why this year will be unlike any other. For this newsletter though, I hope you are able to find time to read about some other happenings and accomplishments at Thiel. I would also like to bring special attention to our upcoming Relay for Life event. You will see below that we encourage all students, families, and friends to participate to help us surpass our team goals.

Thank you for subscribing to the newsletter and the Thiel College experience!

Best Wishes,

Mike McKinney  ‘02
Vice President of Student Affairs

Student Activities

Relay For Life

The 2nd annual Thiel College Relay for Life will be on Saturday, April 5 from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the dome. Students from every campus organization are asked to create a team and participate. Last year, we were able to raise almost $15,000! Our hope for this year is to surpass that amount and we need your help. Our Thiel students are awesome and have worked very hard to fundraise here on campus. We know that many of them have their own stories about family members and friends who have suffered from this devastating disease. Each student has been asked to reach out to their hometowns and garner support from their personal family and friends to help us reach our goal. Thank you for raising such amazing students and supporting them in all of their activities here at Thiel.

To make a contribution, please make your checks payable to the American Cancer Society, Thiel College Relay (in the memo portion of your check) and send your donation to Mary Reames, Advisor, Relay for Life, Thiel College. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

New Events this Semester!

Winter Weekend 2014

The Student Activities Office is gearing up for a fun and exciting Winter Weekend

So far this semester, students have:

  • Indulged in an all-you-can-eat chip and dip bar
  • Laughed uncontrollably during a competition based on a hit card game
  • Watched a live performance by superstar magician Leon Etienne
  • Explored new fitness options through our dance and yoga workshops
  • Gone on a ski/snowboarding/tubing trip to Peek N' Peak

... and can look forward to:

For more information, or to decipher some of the cryptic activities, visit the official Thiel Activities Facebook.

Interested in hosting a Thiel College International Student?

Thiel College international students at the Farewell Festival

Typically, Thiel College host families involved with our program will meet with their student during the weekends. They may share a meal together, attend a church service, or participate in other social, cultural activities. The student’s desire is to spend time with you and your family and learn about American culture. The Thiel College Host Family Program is not a live-in program as all international students reside on-campus full-time. Therefore you and your student will plan to get together when both of your schedules allow.

Following an application process, the biggest requirement for being a host family is simply the desire to share your culture with another. When international and exchange students study at Thiel, they hope to experience what life is like in a “typical” American family setting. They also benefit greatly from receiving the extra emotional support that you and your family members can provide. Studying abroad can be challenging in so many ways. We are always looking for new host families!

If you live within a short distance to the college and would be interested in hosting an international student please contact Shannon Reesh, Director of International Student Affairs. 


Teammates high-five!

The winter sports season is underway in the Thiel College Athletic Department. Winter sports teams include Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Wrestling, Men’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track. Please visit the Thiel Athletics website for information about Athletes of the Week, teams, schedules, and more.

Performing Arts

The Thiel Choir Home Concert

2013 Thiel College Choir Spring Tour group photo

The forty-six voice Thiel Choir will present its home concert on Sunday, March 16 at  3 p.m. in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel. The performance is the culmination of the their 2014 spring choir tour. The Thiel Choir performs annually for audiences predominantly in the eastern United States and tours internationally every four years.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael Bray, will perform a variety of sacred works: Bach, Tavener, Gabriel Fauré, Knut Nystedt, Kenneth Jennings, Paul Manz, Howard Helvey, Magnificat by Johann Pachelbel, The Wedding Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, arrangements of folk songs and hymns by Bob Chilcott, Paul Christiansen, F. Melius Christiansen and Robert Wetzler as well as arrangements of spirituals by Andre Thomas. There will be no charge for admission, but a free will offering will be taken. Plan to attend if the choir is performing close to where you live!