HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR
THIEL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
For immediate release December 23, 2002
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Thiel College is seeking host families
for a number of international students scheduled to arrive at Thiel College in January to take courses during the
Hosting a student is not a live-in arrangement, and it is intended to broaden the students' understanding of American
culture. Hosts can offer as much time as they wish, and families with children are encouraged to participate.
"Many host families invite students for dinner, house students during school breaks, take students on trips,
and share family life with students," said Brad Skippon, coordinator of international student affairs at Thiel.
If interested in becoming a host family or for more information, please contact Skippon at 724-589-2036 or 724-589-2294.
to the top
THIEL NAMES INTERIM ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENTS
For immediate release December 20, 2002
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Jeffrey
S. Taylor and William
J. Beil have been appointed to interim associate vice
president positions at Thiel College effective Friday, Dec. 20, according to Thiel College President and CEO Dr.
Lance A. Masters.
currently executive director of finance/controller for the college, has been named interim associate vice president
for finance. Beil, the current director of information technology, will serve as interim associate vice president
for business. Both positions were created in response to the resignation of Dr. Richard Rugen, vice president for
administrative services, who will assume duties as vice president of administration and finance at Bloomsburg University.
Taylor joined Thiel College in 1992 as the college's controller. Prior to his appointment at Thiel, Taylor served
as controller at Seton Hill College from 1985-1992, and supervisor at Main Hurdman CPAs from 1981-1985.
Under his interim title, Taylor will continue to oversee the college's business office and bookstore, as well as
the departments of human resources and housekeeping and maintenance.
Taylor earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and
his master's of business administration from Robert Morris University in 2002. He and his wife, Suzan, have two
children and reside in Greenville.
was named director of information technology at Thiel in 1999 after serving 10 years as director of computer services
at High Point University in High Point, N.C. From 1981-1985 he was employed as the coordinator of production services
at Youngstown State University.
As interim associate vice president of business, Beil will continue to oversee the information technology department
as well as the departments of public safety and console operations, post office, and food services.
A 1976 graduate of Hiram College, Beil has two children and resides in Jamestown.
to the top
THIEL CONFERS DEGREES DURING WINTER COMMENCEMENT
For immediate release December 16, 2002
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Thiel College conferred 23 degrees
during Sunday's Winter Commencement exercises in Thiel College's Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student
Thiel College President and CEO Dr. Lance A. Masters welcomed the graduating seniors, their parents, and friends.
He also conferred the degrees and distributed the diplomas.
The Rev. Dr. Theodore F. Schneider, bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America, was the featured speaker and also earned an honorary doctor of divinity degree during the ceremony.
Schneider told graduates that life is a series of beginning and "so now whats" and that "life won't
always go exactly as you had planned. We will always face new intersections and we will ask ourselves 'So now what?'"
In order to address those "so now whats," Schneider said, the graduates will succeed when they have faith,
honesty, concern for others and generosity.
Following Schneider's address, soloist Stephanie Hills - a junior from Transfer, Pa. - performed special music. Other music
throughout the ceremony was provided by Katherine A.
Gray, adjunct professor of music at Thiel.
Dr. Robert C. Olson, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, presented the class for degrees.
Kevin J. Goist
of Columbiana, Ohio, and Carrie Leia Willaman of Cochranton, Pa., graduated with summa cum laude and departmental
honors. Goist graduated with a degree in biology, while Willaman earned degree in communication and Dean's Key
recognition for making the dean's list every semester. Summa cum laude honors are presented to those students with
a grade point average of 3.80 or higher.
Brian A. Babyak
of Pittsburgh, Jefferey J. Lockhart of Middlefield, Ohio, and Angelina
M. Longo of Cochranton, Pa., earned cum laude and
departmental honors. Babyak graduated with a degree in accounting and business administration. Lockhart earned
a history degree and a Pennsylvania Department of Education teaching certificate, while Longo earned a psychology
degree and a Pennsylvania Department of Education teaching certificate. Cum laude honors are given to those students
with a grade point average of 3.40 to 3.59.
Louis A. Magnotta III
(history/Monaca, Pa.), Jonathan A. McElhaney (mathematics/Greenville), and Mark
R. Ramsey (juvenile & family justice, sociology/Sharpsville)
earned departmental honors.
Dr. Christopher Moinet, English professor, served as faculty marshal. The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Baglyos, college pastor,
provided the invocation and benediction.
2002 Thiel College Winter Commencement Graduates
Sunday, December 15, 2002 Lutheran Heritage Room Greenville, PA
|Pamela R. Albaugh
|Brian A. Babyak
||BA/Accounting and Business Administration
|Mitchell G. Berndt
|Lillian J. Burgess
|Reid C. Canady
||Cambridge Springs, PA
||BA/Computer Science and Managemen tInformation Systems
|Kevin J. Goist
|John T. Harakal
|Erik T. Hemsing
|Jefferey J. Lockhart
|Angelina M. Longo
|Louis A. Magnotta III
|Jonathan A. McElhaney
|Megan L. McElhaney
|Robert J. McFarland II
|Andrew W. Novak
|Ronald A. Onderick
||Harrison City, PA
||BA/Speech & Hearing Science and Psychology
|Diane M. Pagan
|Mark R. Ramsey
||BA/Juvenile & Family Justice and Sociology
|James J. Schepp
|Catherine L. Sowatskey
|Carrie L. Willaman
AA = Associate of Arts
BA = Bachelor of Arts
to the top
PORTION OF NATIONAL AIDS QUILT TO BE ON THIEL CAMPUS
For immediate release December 3, 2002
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Panels of the national AIDS memorial
quilt will be on display at Thiel College from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in recognition of World AIDS
The quilt panels, on loan from the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania in Erie, will be displayed in
the Lutheran Heritage Room in the Howard Miller Student Center. Each panel is 12 feet by 12 feet and consists of
six smaller panels. Each quilt memorializes those individuals lost to AIDS.
At noon Wednesday in the Lutheran Heritage Room, Sue Kuebler, AIDS liaison of the diocese, will hold a special
education program, speaking about the quilt and providing information about AIDS/HIV. A representative from the
Mercer County AIDS Alliance will also be on campus.
There are more than 44,000 individual panels to the entire quilt, which was founded in San Francisco in 1987. Portions
of the quilt - which is 792,000 square feet and roughly the size of 26 football fields with walkways - are constantly
on display around the country.
Sunday marked World AIDS Day. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 36.1 million
people are currently living with AIDS. About 21.8 million have died from AIDS since the pandemic began.
The public is invited to visit the quilt display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday or take part in the educational
session at noon. There is no entrance fee.
to the top