A Message from the Dean
Dear Thiel Parents,
I can't believe we have already reached the final weeks of the semester! This time of the year is both exciting and stressful for students as classes wind down and they get ready to head home. Lately your sons and daughters have been working extremely hard finishing up their last wave of papers, giving presentations, and studying for final exams. In less than 14 days they will all be enjoying some quality time relaxing and celebrating with family and friends. Some will even have some extra celebrating to do as they are graduating. Congratulations to the December graduates and their families!
As you can see below, we have a number of campus happenings as the semester comes to an end. This week the students are invited to enjoy a nice Christmas dinner with President VanAken and his family. They will even have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus (we will be sure to encourage them to send that to you). In addition, on Friday we will be hosting our annual Dome Opener. The theme is "I ♥ THIEL" and we have asked students, community members, employees, and alumni to share a quick video telling us why they love Thiel College. Finally, next Monday we will have our annual Late Night Breakfast for all students. This event is a great break from studying for finals, and the students get to enjoy some delicious food served up from the faculty and staff they have worked with all year.
The end of the semester is always a fun and busy time. Before we set off for break, I want to wish you and your family a blessed holiday season. All of us at Thiel College are sincerely appreciative of the opportunity to work with your son or daughter, and we thank you for providing us that opportunity! Best wishes & happy holidays!
Mike McKinney ‘02
Dean of Students
Cards and Care Packages Welcome
College students love to receive mail. This is the perfect time of the year to send a card or quick note to help raise their spirits as they tackle their final exams. It is also the perfect time of the year to send a few extra bucks or a care package with some goodies in it. As you can imagine, the typical college student does not get a lot of sleep around finals time. If possible, I encourage you to send your son or daughter something in the mail. Trust me, they will appreciate it!
November Students of the Month
Stephanie N. Dulka, a senior biology and medicinal chemistry major (with minors in medical biology, chemistry and biochemistry) from Alliance, Ohio, carries a heavy load of science and math courses (sometimes carrying 19 credits in science courses alone per semester), but still carries an outstanding GPA and is very involved on campus. She has been a resident assistant, president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates, member of Tri-Beta, member of the softball team for two years, member of the Dean's List each semester and more. She volunteers at St. Paul's and the Good Shepherd Center, is a gymnastics instructor in Greenville and received an Emil A. Lucas Chemistry Scholarship for 2012-2013. Despite the demands on her time, she is positive, considerate and uplifting in her interactions with others. Her plans for the future include medical school to become a physician.
Emily Whipple, a senior English/secondary education certification major from Rochester, Pa., is an active participant in classes and is an inquisitive and astute learner. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta (and current president) and was the editor of The Phoenix last year and co-editor this year. She serves as the Student Government Representative for the English Club and secretary of the sophomore honorary, Lambda Sigma, while participating in a variety of volunteer opportunities. In 2011, Whipple was a recipient of the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership Scholarship, which enabled her to travel to Spain, and upon her return to Thiel she started a program for Domestic Awareness Week. With her 4.0 GPA, Whipple looks for ways to share her talents and is a tutor at the Writing Lab as well as for other courses. She epitomizes what a Thiel education can do for a student.
Santa Claus Visits Thiel College
Student-Athletes of the Week
|11/28||Kelly Barzak||Women's Basketball|
|11/28||Chace McKinney||Men's Basketball|
|11/13||Alyssa Chine||Women's Volleyball|
|11/8||Kelly Barzak||Women's Volleyball|
|10/31||Chelsea Meister||Women's Volleyball|
|10/31||Jeff Swanson||Men's Soccer|
|10/22||Alyssa Chine||Women's Volleyball|
|10/16||Megg Andrews||Women's Volleyball|
Looking for more information about Thiel Athletics?
The Performing Arts
The Beautiful Sound of Music
The Thiel Choir performing as they host the 60th Annual Christmas Festival. Thank you to Dr. Bray and the many members of the choir for brightening our days with beautiful music! (Photo provided by Jennie Kather)
I ♥ Thiel Day
Friday, Dec. 7 from 4 - 9 p.m.
Rissell-Schreyer Dome, Thiel Campus
This annual event is free and open to the public.
The family-friendly celebration features a variety of activities for everyone - from batting cages to an obstacle course and much more - and a $5 all-you-can-eat dinner buffet is offered by AVI Foodservices.
Community members and Thiel College alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to produce a video (30 seconds or less) telling us why you love Thiel! Visit the Facebook page and like your favorite video. The videos will be shown through the evening.
Christmas Dinner with the VanAkens