August 27, 2014

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Thiel College announces 12 new faculty members for fall semester

Thiel College announces 12 new faculty members for fall semester

Thiel College has announced the addition of 12 new full-time faculty members.

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Flash flood can't dampen Convocation, Orientation, Move-in 

A flash flood dumped a wave of water in several buildings on campus last Thursday, but quick work by maintenance and staff members left little evidence of the flood when first-year students started arriving on campus 16 hours later.

Thiel College began its 149th academic year Friday when members of the Class of 2018 arrived on campus for opening convocation and orientation activities.

The first-year students were welcomed at the annual opening convocation ceremony Aug. 22 in the William A. Passavant Center. President Troy D. VanAken hosted the ceremony and joined faculty and staff in welcoming new students as well as their parents, family and friends. Dr. Lynn Franken, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Mike McKinney ’02, Vice President of Student Life, and Kelsey Schneider ’16 also addressed the students.

During the opening convocation, students recited the Thiel College pledge. A welcome picnic followed the ceremony. Orientation activities continued through Sunday and included a trip to Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh.

The class of 2018 included more than 330 members and began class Monday.

The Thiel Hub set to launch next week

The Thiel Hub is the first campus-wide portal solution in Thiel College history. Students, faculty and staff will receive single sign-on access to files and applications from any device.

United Way recognizes Thiel College employees' increased giving

In early August, The United Way of Mercer County recognized Thiel College’s employees for their increased giving. Donations to the United Way by Thiel employees increased 61 percent in 2013.

Student News

Sulick wins two national titles

Spencer Sulick, a senior business major and Thiel Tomcat Marching Pride feature twirler, spent the summer working on her game. Along the way she racked up multiple wins and two national titles.

In June, Sulick attended the North Atlantic Regional Competition at Beaver Valley Community College, where she won the 2014 Beginner North Atlantic Pageant, which qualified her to compete at America Youth on Parade (AYOP) for the national competition at the University of Notre Dame in July.

Sulick also finished first in pageant strut, pageant solo and regional modeling and second in regional solo, open solo and pageant modeling at the North Atlantic Regional Competition. She finished third in open modeling, open 2 baton and regional 2 baton.

In early July, Sulick competed in the Twirling Unlimited competition in Canton, Ohio, where she placed third overall in the pageant, third in open strut, fourth in beginner summertime, open solo and beginner best appearing. In addition, her small strut team won first place and her small dance twirl took fifth place. Sulick's senior medium strut team and senior mini corp. also placed first.

Twirlers came from all over the country attended AYOP at the University of Notre Dame, and Sulick did not disappoint, returning home with a pair of national titles. Sulick won national championships in her open beginner solo and open beginner strut. She also placed third overall in the beginner pageant, fourth in the pageant twirl, seventh in pageant strut and third in 2 baton.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Mary Battles, Housekeeping
  • Gavin McCarthy, Soccer Coach
  • Jennifer Kelley, Admissions
  • Octavie Nkama, Admissions
  • Chelsea Costello, Admissions
  • Rebecca Hecking, Biology/Math and Computer Science
  • Alecia Eppley, Chemistry/Math and Computer Science
  • Stephanie Strecansky, Biology/Comm Science Disorder
  • Sarah Scales, Biology/Comm Science Disorder
  • Doris Zimmerman, Chemistry
  • Susan Richards, Communications
  • Peg Watts, Communications
  • Tiffany Petricini, Communications
  • Justin Pickens, Communications
  • Nancy Katz, Dietrich Honors Institute
  • Annette VanAken, Education
  • David Spalding, Education
  • Julie Harris, Education
  • Patty Wilson, Education
  • Matt Dieter, Education
  • Brian Bronson, Education
  • Brian Tokar, Education
  • Kate Tyson, Education
  • Karen Kollar, English
  • Josh Myers, English
  • Noel Stanger, English
  • Brianne Howard, English
  • Mary Lynn Varley, English
  • Joseph Smay, Environmental Science
  • Scott Andrejchak, Environmental Science
  • Jessica Gotch, Environmental Science
  • Amanda Baur, Admissions
  • Victoria Pless, Admissions
  • Bella Delgos, Languages
  • Valerie Vernon, Languages
  • Randy Thompson, Languages
  • Barbara Carothers, Math/Computer Science
  • Shelby Clark, Math/Computer Science
  • Kathryn Gray, Performing Arts
  • April Antell-Tarantine, Performing Arts
  • Brian Quinn, Performing Arts
  • Christine Gant, Performing Arts
  • Stephen Marks, Performing Arts
  • Sherry Nold, Performing Arts
  • Erin Marks, Performing Arts
  • Fran Comstock, Performing Arts
  • Matthew Mangino, Political Science
  • Joan Faltot, Psychology
  • Kayla Baldwin, Religion
  • Bradley Schaffer, Sociology

... and says farewell to:

  • Judy Wheeling, Housekeeping
  • Jed Christiansen, Assistant Track and Cross Country coach
  • Samantha Bellman, Housekeeping


Campus Events

Worship Schedules
Sundays (Sept. 7 to Dec. 7), 9-10 p.m. and Wednesdays (Sept. 3 to Dec. 3) 4-5 p.m.

Candles in the Round is Sundays and Worship on Wednesday is Wednesdays. They are the weekly worsphip services for the Thiel College community at David Johnson Memorial Chapel.

SGA Blood Drive
Wednesday, Sept. 24, noon-5:30 p.m.

Thiel College's Student Government Association blood drive with the Red Cross.

Community Events

Greenville High School Junior Class 5K
Sept. 13, 9 a.m. registration

Part of the Main Street Fall Festival, the race is a fundraiser to support the prom and yearbook. Registration is on Main Street near Fox's Pizza. The race starts at 10 a.m. Online registration is $15. Race day registration is $20. A race t-shirt is $10.

Restaurant Revue 2014
Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:30-8 p.m.

Avalon at Buhl Park. Tickets are $50.

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