THIEL CHOIR TO BEGIN
ANNUAL SPRING TOUR
For Immediate Release: February 19, 2003
GREENVILLE, PA - The Thiel College Choir will embark on its
annual spring tour later this month, performing a series of concerts throughout five states.
Under the direction of Dr.
Michael R. Bray, the 48-voice choir will tour through
Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pennsylvania from Feb. 28 to March 14. The tour will conclude with the
choir's home performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville.
Tour performances include works by Scarlatti, Gallus, Bach,
Byrd and Lutheran composers Christiansen and Jennings, as well as a collection of spirituals, folk songs and hymns.
In addition to the choir's final tour concert in Greenville,
performances will also be held at the following venues:
- Friday, Feb. 28:
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brooklyn, Ohio
Saturday, March 1:
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Ill.
Sunday, March 2:
First Lutheran Church in Amery, Wis.
Tuesday, March 4:
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minn.
Wednesday, March 5:
First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, Minn.
Thursday, March 6:
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in LaCrescent, Minn.
Friday, March 7:
Midvale Community Lutheran Church in Madison, Wis.
The Thiel Choir performs annually for audiences predominantly
in the eastern United States and tours internationally every four years. Bray, director of choral activities and
professor of music at Thiel, joined the college in 1996. In addition to overseeing the work of the Thiel Choir,
the Thiel Choir Chamber Singers and the Thiel College Handbell Ringers, his classroom responsibilities include
private instruction in voice, music theory, music history and conducting.
Kathryn A. Gray, adjunct professor of music at Thiel, will
serve as the accompanist during the tour. She teaches piano and organ at Thiel, and serves as organist at Kent
United Methodist Church in Kent, Ohio.
For more information about the tour, please contact Bray at
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NEEDED FOR THIEL CHOIR CONCERT
For Immediate Release: February 17, 2003
GREENVILLE, PA - The Thiel College Choir is inviting community
singers to join in a performance scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville.
The concert - the ninth annual collaborative performance -
will feature master works across the periods of music history for choir and pipe organ. Included on the program
are works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and William Mathias.
Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, March 15. Most rehearsals
are scheduled for Saturday mornings and two Sunday afternoons. All rehearsals will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church, Penn and Clinton streets in Greenville.
The choir will be under the leadership of Dr. Michael R. Bray,
director of the Thiel Choir, and feature Kathryn Gray as organist. The Thiel College Chamber Singers and the Thiel
College Handbell Ringers will also perform at the concert.
For more information or to express interest in participating,
please contact Bray by Thursday, Feb. 27, at 724-589-2149.
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THIEL COLLEGE JOINS
SMALL GROUP OF DIVISION III COLLEGES WITH THE ADDITION OF COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING AND DANCE TEAMS
For Immediate Release: February 14, 2003
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Thiel College has recently joined a select
group of NCAA Division III colleges and universities with its addition of competitive co-ed cheerleading and dance
teams. According to an internet website (www.dmoz.org), there are only 26 Division III competitive cheerleading
and dance teams in the nation. Regional schools such as Case Western Reserve University, Ohio Northern University
and the College of Wooster support these type of squads.
"The addition of competitive cheerleading and dance teams
at the Division III level is quite unique. This should provide another collegiate activity for those prospective
students interested in attending Thiel and majoring in the college's most popular academic programs (education
and business)," said Thiel Director of Admissions Mark
Thiel has selected Lynsey
Wilkins as the head cheerleading and dance coach to
direct the programs in the right direction from their implementation in the fall of 2003. Wilkins is a 2001 graduate
of Duquesne University with a tremendous background in the world of competitive cheerleading and dance. She has
served in a vast number of capacities in both cheerleading and dance, including performing as a member of the Duquesne
varsity dance team from 1998 through 2001.
"It's really nice to know that the college's administration
is behind the cheerleading and dance teams. We're excited to have someone come in and work with us, helping us
take pride in what we are doing while gaining the respect of the student body. When the program gets going the
positive image of the college will certainly help us bring in girls interested in competing," said Thiel junior
and cheerleading captain Jammie Tomasone.
Wilkins has held a multitude of coaching positions, such as
the Duquesne junior varsity dance coach, the junior varsity cheerleading coach at Mt. Lebanon High School, Mt.
Lebanon, Pa., and the co-director and head coach of the Pittsburgh West All-Stars. The All-Stars is a five-team
competitive cheerleading and dance organization that works with kids from three years of age and up. As a member
of the Pittsburgh West All-Star staff, Wilkins had served as the head coach of both the senior elite and funk squads.
"Lynsey's experience definitely set her apart from the
other applicants. Her strong background in both competitive cheerleading and dance, along with the new excitement
and professionalism she brings with her, will prove she was the right choice for the position," said Thiel
Vice President for Student Services Roseanne Gill-Jacobson.
The addition of the competitive cheerleading and dance teams
is just one more step Thiel is taking towards creating an environment for its students to try an ever-growing number
of experiences while pursuing their degree. The college currently has over 50 student organizations, clubs, honor
societies, fraternities and sororities for students to become involved with.
"Anything that highlights the college is a good thing
for the college. It is great to be one of the first Division III schools getting involved (in competitive cheerleading
and dance) rather than having to play catch up. With some of our other varsity athletic programs on the edge of
doing some great things, it is going to be terrific to have teams like this around," said Don Achenbach
'77, co-president of the Thiel Family Council and member of the Alumni Board of Directors.
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THIEL COLLEGE, YSU
SIGN EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
For immediate release February 12, 2003
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Thiel College and Youngstown State
University (YSU) today signed a cooperative agreement for an educational partnership that will allow Thiel graduates
to more easily enroll in YSU's master's degree programs.
The agreement sets up a unique relationship with YSU: Students
who have already received their undergraduate degrees and have been selected to be resident hall directors at Thiel
will enroll in YSU's master of science in education program in counseling. They will simultaneously serve as resident
advisors at Thiel and graduate students at YSU.
Four Thiel graduates along with a graduate of YSU, now serving
as resident directors at Thiel, are currently enrolled in YSU master's programs under the new partnership.
"There really are so many winners in a partnership like
this," said Thiel President and CEO Dr. Lance A. Masters, who was among six Thiel representatives at today's
signing ceremony on the YSU campus.
"The students living in our residence halls certainly
are winners because they will have better-qualified staff to serve their needs, and they are better qualified because
they are getting a world-class education at an institution like YSU," Masters said.
Thiel, founded in 1866, is an independent 1,300-student liberal
arts, sciences and professional studies college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and offers
associate and bachelor's degrees in more than 30 majors.
YSU, founded in 1908, is a 12,700-student comprehensive university
offering degrees on the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, including more than 100 undergraduate
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THIEL HONORS WALLACE
FAMILY, THIEL EMPLOYEES DURING FOUNDERS' DAY CONVOCATION
For immediate release February 6, 2003
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Thiel College honored members of a community
family and several members of the college's faculty and staff during its annual Founders' Day Convocation Thursday
in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the college's Howard Miller Student Center.
Thiel President and CEO Dr. Lance A. Masters welcomed the audience to the ceremony, while Thiel College Board of
Trustees Chairperson Ruthanne Beighley offered opening remarks.
Archie O. Wallace
and sons Jeffrey A. Wallace and Daniel P. Wallace were recipients of the A. Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service
Award, presented to those who demonstrate exemplary character, continuity of leadership, and long-term service
to Greenville and its environs. The recipients must demonstrate a commitment to the common good above private interests.
While the senior Wallace was unable to attend the ceremony, brothers Jeffrey and Daniel accepted the award, presented
by James D. Bittel,
Thiel alumnus and member of the college's board of trustees.
The award is named after Louis and Barbara Thiel, whose generosity made possible the founding of Thiel College
in 1866. During the 1840s the German couple immigrated to western Pennsylvania, where their work was blessed with
success as they faithfully served family, community and church.
Archie Wallace is a long-time Greenville attorney and partner with the local firm law firm Rowley, Wallace, Keck,
Karson & St. John, LLP. His son, Daniel, also is an attorney with the same firm. Jeffrey is the vice president
of commercial lending at the First National Bank of Pennsylvania in Greenville.
All three Wallaces are highly active within the community, serving on various civic boards and committees.
Dr. Robert C. Olson,
vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, presented awards to members of the college's faculty.
Earning the Professor of the Year Award was Associate Professor of English Dr.
Mary Theresa Hall of Hermitage. Other faculty awards
presented were the Distinguished Scholar Award to Dr.
Jay A. Ward, professor of English, of Sharon; the
Distinguished Service Award to Judith G. Newton, professor of mathematics and computer science, of Greenville; the
Distinguished Teacher Award to John K. Wise, lecturer in interdisciplinary studies and religion, of Greenville;
and the Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award to Ruth
E. Leone, an adjunct professor in education and mathematics
and computer science, of Hermitage.
Distinguished Staff Awards were presented to Anthony
P. Vaccaro, system administrator, of Greenville; Linda C. Lewis,
academic records specialist, of Stoneboro; and John
J. Armbruster, groundskeeper, of Mercer.
Thiel also conferred professors emeriti status to two retired faculty members during the ceremony. Professor emeritus
status was given to Dr. Richard B. Bennett, retired professor of chemistry, and Charles
H. Manes, retired professor of health and physical
education. Bennett retired from the college in 1998, while Manes retired from the college in 1997.
The Thiel Choir and the Thiel Handbell Choir, both under the direction of
Dr. Michael R. Bray, provided special music. The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Baglyos,
campus pastor, provided the invocation and benediction.
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STUDENTS SELECTED FOR ALPHA CHI MEMBERSHIP
For immediate release February 4, 2003
Twenty-one Thiel College students have been selected
for membership to the Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi, a national honorary fraternity which recognizes students who
have achieved high academic standing. This is the highest academic achievement a student can receive at Thiel.
The following students will be inducted at a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in Burgess Chapel:
Nicole Burk, Letitia Bush, Melissa Clark, Erin Drago,
Meghan Friedrich, Melanie Henthorn, Jennifer Johnson, Amanda McKeehan, Caitlin McKenna, Amy McVeigh, Angela Mohn,
Phil Morgan, Justin Napotnik, Matthew Phillips, Elizabeth Rial, Nathan Shrader, Tiffany Snyder, Brett Stedman,
Carrie Willaman, Rebekah Williams, Sara Wise
Membership in Alpha Chi is by invitation to full-time junior and senior students. Seniors must attain a grade point
average of 3.6 and rank in the top 10 percent of their class. Juniors must attain a grade point average of 3.7
and rank in the top five percent of their class.
The campus community is cordially invited to attend the induction ceremony in Burgess Chapel at 4:30 p.m. Friday,
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SIGMA TAU DELTA
INDUCTION IS FEB. 16
For immediate release February 4, 2003
The Thiel College English Department will induct 12 students into the Alpha Iota Kappa Chapter of the international
English honorary society Sigma Tau Delta.
The newly inducted students will be:
Kathryn Crowe, Brian Evans, Julie Greer, Rhonda Johnson,
Sara Klingensmith, Emily Meyer, Nicole Nolan, Elizabeth Prada, Amy Sarno, Jamie Saul, MaryBeth Scialabba, and Brett
Newly elected officers for 2003-2004 are: President; Nicole Nolan; Vice President Elizabeth Prada; Secretary Rhonda
Johnson; and Treasurer Sarah Burkhart.
Dr. Robert Olson, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, and political science professor
Dr. Merrill Downer will serve as keynote speakers. Dr. Mary Theresa Hall serves as the chapter's adviser.
In order to be eligible for membership, students must meet the following requirements: completion of at least two
college courses in English language or literature beyond English composition, a GPA of 3.0 in English, a ranking
in the top 35 percent of their class, and a completion of at least three semesters of college.
The induction ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room of the college's Howard Miller
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