June 25, 2014

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Barzak named head coach of Thiel College women’s volleyball team

Barzak named head coach of Thiel College women’s volleyball team

Kelly Barzak ‘13 has been named the head coach of the Thiel College women’s volleyball team, as announced by Director of Athletics Jack Leipheimer ‘74.

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The Bell available online

The Spring edition features a cover story on the Pedas Communication Center, information about the passing of Dr. Louis Almen, the second-longest tenured Thiel College president, the football and men’s basketball teams’ four overtime wins, and a profile of Founders’ Day honoree Mark Nordenberg.

Professor Emerita Judith Newton Memorial Service

The Memorial service for Thiel College Professor Emerita Judith G. Newton is at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 Trinity Place, Greenville.

Newton passed away unexpectedly Saturday. She had taught at Thiel College since 1973 and was recognized as a Professor Emerita at Thiel College’s 140th Commencement May 3.

Pedas Communication Center construction highlights campus work

Construction and improvement projects both large and small continue moving forward on campus.

The largest of those projects, the Pedas Communication Center, is on course for occupancy in July. The rain in the late spring and early summer has slowed progress on the landscaping work, but the first punch list is scheduled for July 1. The Pedas Center will officially be dedicated Oct. 4 during Homecoming.

Major work also is being done to the first floor of Roth Hall for the Records Office and in Greenville Hall. The wood paneling is being replaced with drywall and lighting, electrical outlets, data drops, ceilings and flooring will be replaced. That project should be done in July. All areas on the first and second floor of Greenville Hall are being completely remodeled. The main corridor on the third floor also is receiving attention.  All classrooms spaces are getting new technology including new smart boards. The second floor renovations will feature a new seminar classroom and a lounge for the Dietrich Honors Institute.  

Improvements also are planned at the fitness center and men’s and women’s locker rooms, chemistry labs, boilers in the Academic Center, Davis Apartment bathrooms, laundry and storage area in the theater and will include wireless internet in residence halls.

Verizon plans to install seven mini cellular towers around campus. The towers are designed to be stealth towers and will be incorporated into light and flag poles.

“Along with our wireless initiative this summer, Information Technology has partnered with Verizon to provide better cell service for Verizon Wireless customers across campus," Chief Information Officer Kurt Ashley said. "We’re excited to improve the cellular infrastructure on campus.”

The 24-hour computer lab will move to the Pedas Center when it opens and the lab in the Howard Miller Student Center will be turned into a conference room that includes teleconferencing capabilities and can accommodate 20 people.

WXTC adds classical music programming

Thiel College's WXTC Radio 88.1 FM is re-broadcasting the classical music programming of Pittsburgh's WQED. This addition to the cultural life of Thiel College and the wider community has been made possible through the generous assistance of Thiel College alumnus Jim Cunningham '77, Senior Executive Producer at WQED.

Student News

Busy summer off campus for Thiel College student interns

Thiel interns are placed up and down the Atlantic coast from Maine to Florida and as close as the Greenville Borough Office to the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover, Germany.

Our Accounting and Business students are working in Pittsburgh at the offices of the Pittsburgh Tribune to Bank of New York Mellon in New York City and QuickenLoans headquarters in Detroit.

Natural sciences students are engaging with the energy industry to promote safe drilling and have spread out across Pennsylvania with the Department of Environmental Protection and county agencies to test and protect our water and guard against invasive species. Multiple students can be found at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, providing tours, caring for life forms as varied as stingrays to gorillas to penguins, and studying patterns of animal behavior and health.

In the arts our students can be found from WaterFire in Sharon to playhouses in Pittsburgh and Erie. Multiple students will be placed full-time with Disneyworld this fall.

Thiel College athletes earn PAC honors

Forty-one Thiel College student-athletes were named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll for their performance in the classroom during the Spring 2014 semester.

 The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who attain a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher during their season of competition.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Jordan Timmerman, Men's Volleyball coach
  • Marie Courtemanche, Political Science assistant professor
  • Cyrill Parham, Assistant Sports Information Director
  • Matthew Mangino, Political Science adjunct
  • Joshua Fleming, Women's Tennis coach
  • Francine Comstock, Performing Arts adjunct
  • Jason Starr, Network Administrator

... and says farewell to:

  • Corrine Livingston, Career Services intern
  • Anna Mary Hoovler, College Advancement
  • William Becque, Sports Information Director


Campus Events

Stuyvesant retirement

A celebration to mark the retirement of Liz Stuyvesant is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Weyers Lounge. Stuyvesant is a student loan specialist and VA certifying official in the Financial Aid office and has been with Thiel for more than 35 years.

Mark Your Calendar

Finding activities on campus is easier and more complete now as the Sports Information posts sports schedules to the Calendar of Events.

Alumni Events

Inaugural Thiel Fund Benefit- A Taste of Giving
Sunday, July 20
Lago Winery, Jamestown, Pa.

Tickets are $25 per person and $45 per couple.

Alumni Day at Kennywood Park
Sunday, August 24

Community Events

Borough of Greenville Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 11 a.m.

The parade will start at Riverside Park and continue onto Main Street. The parade is accepting applications for participants and the deadline to register a float for the parade is June 27.

Sans MOCO Art Auction
July 3, 6 p.m.

Sans MOCO Gallery & Atelier is hosting its third annual art auction to kickoff Heritage Days. Proceeds from the auction will be used to offset the costs of a new roof and air conditioning system at the gallery.

Tickets for the auction are $20 per person and $30 per couple. Any artist who donates a piece of artwork to the auction gets two free tickets. Tickets are available at Fresh Grounds Coffeehouse, 172 Main Street, Greenville.

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