May 14, 2014

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Thiel Happenings

Thiel College President introduces new Thiel College Lifetime Giving Society

Thiel College President introduces new Thiel College Lifetime Giving Society

Thiel College President Troy VanAken recently unveiled plans for the college’s most prestigious donor recognition organization, the Thiel College Lifetime Giving Society, which will honor the college’s largest benefactors.

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Dr. Joseph Nairn elected new president of Thiel College Alumni Board

Dr. Joseph Nairn elected new president of Thiel College Alumni Board

Dr. Joseph Nairn, of Rochester, N.Y., was recently elected president of the Thiel College Alumni Association Board of Directors during its meeting last weekend.

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Congratulations and celebrations centered around Commmencement

Thiel College graduated 185 students at our 140th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in the William A. Passavant Center. Class valedictorian, Kim Ault, and salutatorian, Jacqulyn Laura-Ann Buentello, earned top honors with 4.0 and 3.97 GPAs respectively. A full slate of activities marked the day starting with the Baccalaureate and continued through with the Tree Dedication and student and faculty robing and culminating with the Commencement ceremony.

Summer Schedule

T-Notes has switched to a bi-weekly release schedule during summer break.

During summer the Bistro will only be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check your email for lunch specials.

The DocuCenter will also operate under summer hours. It is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Student News

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosts inaugural recognition banquet

Pictured (from left to right): SGA reps: Chelsea Costello '14 and Christopher Lepley, Achievement Award Recipients: Sarah Brooks (OBC), Tiona Massey (WING), Kehinde Olugbade (TC Soldiers), Christina Ryan (Alliance), and Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Mark Weir

On April 24, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted the Inaugural Leadership and Recognition Banquet. The awards banquet recognized members of the student organizations: The Alliance, Organization of Black Collegians (OBC), TC Soldiers for God, and Women Inspiring the Next Generation (WING).  Following dinner, the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 executive board members were introduced and senior awards for each organization were presented. Members of each organization voted on several student organization award categories to honor the hard work of their peers over the academic year.  Student organization awards included: “Most Active”, “Most Energetic and Positive Attitude”, Best GPA (overall and fall 2013 semester), “Most Leadership”, and “Achievement Award.”  The night concluded with an inspiring list of Outstanding Leadership Award Nominees. These students were nominated by faculty and staff members from numerous departments across campus. Fourteen students were nominated for their notable leadership throughout the year. A committee of students and staff reviewed all nominations, and graduating senior Kayla Smith '14 was announced as the 2014 Outstanding Leader. A special thanks goes out to all who were involved in making the first Leadership and Recognition Banquet successful.


Lightning strikes for business administration major

Thiel College business administration major Chris Haray appeared last month on an episode of the CNBC investing and stock market show “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer.” The senior from Bridgeport, Conn. phoned in during the show’s “Lightning Round.” Haray initially contacted the show on April 11, but did not make it on air. He was contacted by the show’s producers to call in for the April 14 episode. Haray said he was on hold for about 10 minutes before making it on air, where he gave Cramer the show’s traditional “booyah” greeting then asked about Windstream Holdings. He did not hear Cramer’s advice to stay away from the stock until the show aired later that night. Visit the link for Cramer’s opinion of Windstream Holdings.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Ben Scobbie, maintenance
  • Miles Smith, maintenance

... and says farewell to:

  • John Gasperin, information technology
  • Annaleza Jones, athletics
  • Killian Riley, athletics


Campus Events

Friday, May 23
Greens of Greenville

This annual golf outing raises funds to support the College's 24 varsity athletics programs. For those interested in participating in this years' event, download a registration form or contact Patti Leipheimer at 724-589-2125.


Community Events

Heidelberg University's School of Music & Theatre Concert Choir

Today, 7 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, 323 Main St.

Dr. Greg Ramsdell, director of choral activities and assistant professor of choral music education at Heidelberg, leads the 47-member vocal ensemble. Ramsdell taught junior high general music and oversaw the junior and senior high choral program here at Greenville High School. The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken in order to offset the choir's travel expenses.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Bray at his office 724-589-2149 or by cell 724-456-2160.

Walking the Runway for a Cure ... a Fashion Show and Cookie Walk

Saturday, 2 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, 323 Main St.

Team Roadrunners ... for a Cure of the Greenville Relay for Life are hosting an afternoon of fun, fashion and fighting for a cure! Fashions provided by Lin's Tresses and Treasures and the cookie walk will feature homemade sweets. Tickets are available for $10, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Walberg Family Pharmacies softball game

Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tomcat Park

Tickets are $5. Visit for locations to purchase tickets. Raffle tickets are available for kids to win a chance to play in the game. All proceeds will benefit local charities.

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