A Message from the Dean
Dear Thiel Parents,
Happy Easter! I hope you and your family have a wonderful break and enjoy some rich, quality time over the upcoming weekend.
Next week, the Thiel College community will join forces with the Greenville community to construct a new playground in Greenville’s Riverside Park. Many of you may already be familiar with this project, but it should be something truly special. Riverside Park is a beautiful recreational area with playground equipment, ball fields, picnic pavilions and more, and it sits along the west side of our campus.
Starting Wednesday, April 11, we will have three work shifts (8 a.m. - noon, noon - 4 p.m., 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.) running each day until the afternoon of Sunday, April 15. Volunteers will perform a variety of tasks ranging from the provision of childcare and serving of food, to painting or using power tools to construct the playground that children from the local elementary schools helped to design. We anticipate hundreds of volunteers for each shift.
This project will be a wonderful opportunity for our students, and a blessing to the community. The response we have already received from our students has been incredible. Every athletic program, Greek letter organization, and many other individual volunteers and organizations have signed up and agreed to work at least one shift. Members from our Thiel Family Council will also participate to make this project a success. I can’t wait to be there on Sunday afternoon when the children get to enjoy the playground for the first time!
If you are interested in joining in on the excitement and volunteering for one of those days, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 724-589-2600. We have a good amount of volunteers, but can use as many as possible for this great project.
Thank you for your consideration, and I hope you enjoy this edition of A Letter Home.
Mike McKinney, ‘02
Dean of Students
March Students of the Month Announced
Students of the Month at Thiel College are selected by faculty vote from among upper-class students with superior grade point averages.
Two seniors, Kristen Moreland and Evan Krizon, were chosen as the Students of the Month at Thiel College for March 2012.
Moreland is an accounting, business administration and fine arts major and an English minor. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta (English honorary) and the editorial board of The Phoenix, the Thiel College arts and literary magazine. A native of Dover, Ohio, Moreland also is a starting pitcher for the Thiel College softball team.
Krizon is an applied physics and chemistry major who has been honored with many awards, including the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry, Thiel Achievement Award and the ACS Penn-Ohio Border Section Award, among others.
He is active in his own original research as well, including a Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship through the National Science Foundation, and is currently researching dark matter. He serves as a supplemental instruction leader, peer tutor and laboratory assistant for several classes and labs. A native of Franklin, Pa., Krizon serves in leadership roles in the Thiel Christian Fellowship and Phi Theta Phi fraternity.
Order of Omega Induction
On Sunday, April 1, 16 members of Greek Life were inducted into the Greek Honor Society, Order of Omega. The purpose of Order of Omega is to recognize those fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in inter-Greek activities, to encourage them to continue along this line, and to inspire others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment.
Members inducted include: Brittany Anderson, Megg Andrews, Brittany Dell, Brittany Hill, Cassidy Kravec, Alex McClurg, Chelsea Meister, Mariah Poage, Amanda Pye, Conner Radgowski, Kelly Sanzari, Matt Schneider, Keisha Shaw, Diana Slomainy, Bree Sweet and Gary Whitla.
Last Weekend’s New York City Trip
Student-Athletes of the Week
We want to congratulate the most recent Thiel College Student-Athletes of the Week recipients! We are so proud to have you representing us on the court, course, or playing field! Please see the list of recipients below, and read more about Thiel College Athletics at the Thiel Athletics Site.
|3/27||Richard Peterson||Men’s Track & Field|
|3/27||Cassidy Kravec||Women’s Track & Field|
|3/6||Kelley Bellia||Women’s Lacrosse|
|2/28||Carley Cobb||Women’s Lacrosse|
The Performing Arts
Thiel Players Perform “Little Shop of Horrors”
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The Little Shop of Horrors cast and crew assemble for a group photo. The play was a huge success and sold out its' Friday night show.
Choir to Tour Western United States
The Thiel Choir continues to prepare for its April 22 Home Concert in the Johnson Chapel here at Thiel College. The concert is at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The Thiel Choir will embark on a twenty-day, nine concert western states tour culminating in a concert in Portland, Oregon, a final night at a church camp on the Pacific Ocean and a flight back to Pittsburgh from Portland. Repertoire for the opening set of the concert and tour includes an opening motet by the renaissance composer Palestrina and organ accompanied piece by the English composer John Rutter. Native American pieces along with works thematically related to the earth and earth justice comprise the middle portion of the program. The last set includes hymns and spirituals. Among the sights the choir will visit on the tour are Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
For more information about the concert or tour, please call 724-589-2149. Information about the concerts on tour can be found on our main site.
Thursday, April 26, 4-7 p.m., Quad
One last event for students before finals! The Farewell Festival will include games, food and prizes.
Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.