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Thiel College’s success stems from combining tradition with innovation. This is best reflected by what our students are able to do after graduation and who they become.

Thiel College is a small school with a big impact thanks to our 15,000+ alumni! Being an alumnus enables you to keep connected and engaged in the lifelong learning process that began when you first marched up Brother Martin's Walk.

 

Everyday Tomcats with Exceptional Stories


Danielle Dwyer ’11 was a very active member of the Thiel community during her time on campus. She was a two-sport athlete, playing volleyball and softball, as well as working in the Sports Information office and with TCTV.

Dwyer went on to graduate school at the prestigious Columbia College in Chicago to continue her communication and sports journalism education. She had internships at stations in both Chicago and Philadelphia, each is a top 10 media market, respectively. Currently, she is working as the sports anchor at WTOL, the CBS affiliate in Toledo, Ohio.

Danielle has earned impressive awards already in her young career. She received a Silver Pillar Award (the Emmy for Students), she's been nominated for an Emmy for Sports Reporting, and she's won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Excellence in Sports Broadcasting.


Mark A. Nordenberg, J.D. ’70, H'97 earned his B.A. from Thiel College and later received his his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973. His first foray into higher education came in 1977 as a visiting professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Mark has served in many roles at the University of Pittsburgh since then. He served as the Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and other various administrative positions before becoming interim Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh in 1995, a position which became permanent the following year. He served as the seventeenth Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh until 2014.

He joined the Thiel College Board of Trustees in 1987 and served for 10 years. In early 2019, he was conferred as trustee emeritus of Thiel College. “I’m honored to have been designated as Trustee Emeritus by Thiel College’s Board of Trustees, a dedicated and highly respected group of alumni and community leaders.”


Damen Taylor ’95 graduated from Thiel College with a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration.

He was a member of the Tomcat football team, secretary and treasurer of the Organization of Black Collegiates and the 1995 Homecoming King. He is the Director of finance and human resources for the Three Rivers Adoption Council, a non-profit organization whose focus is finding families for the children of Pittsburgh and surrounding counties.

Damen serves as the president of the Thiel College Alumni Association, and often returns to campus to interact with students. When he returns to campus, he speaks on the four F’s: focus, faith, family and finish, along with other career and life lessons.


Dr. Antonio Quarterman ’08 earned his B.A. in political science and legal studies from Thiel College and later received his M.S. in education from Youngstown State University and his Ed.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in higher education management.

While a student at Thiel, Antonio was incredibly involved on campus. He was a member of the Tomcat football team and earned second team all-conference honors in 2007, and was on the PAC Academic Honor Roll for three consecutive seasons. He also was a member of the track and field team, was the President of the Organization of Black Collegians, participated in Pi Sigma Alpha political science honorary and Les Lauriers honorary. He also served as Class President and as a resident assistant.

Antonio served as President of the Thiel College Alumni Board for two years, and continues to be an active board member. He was recognized as a Young Alumni Award recipient at Thiel College's 2018 Homecoming celebration.


Kyle Fiedler ’15 earned a B.A. in business administration from Thiel College and also attended Penn State Shenango and the University of Pheonix.

After growing his father’s fencing company to become one of Mercer County’s largest fencing providers, Kyle has become a primary partner in G & J Fencing Custom Lawn Designs for residential, industrial and commercial landscaping. They provide a diversified product line for all landscaping and outdoor living needs.

Kyle is a member of the Reynolds VFW and a veteran of the Marine Corps. He was recognized as a Young Alumni Award recipient at Thiel College's 2018 Homecoming celebration.


Dr. David Fauth ’73 earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Thiel College and later received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

David has more than thirty years of experience in nuclear/radiochemistry areas of radiobioassay, nuclear forensics, and environmental analysis. He is currently certified as Department of Energy Laboratory Accreditation Program assessor and radiological/dosimetry consultant as well. He has been published in numerous radiochemical publications.

David was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient at Thiel College's 2018 Homecoming celebration.


Dr. Stephen Rowe ’65 earned a B.A. in English from Thiel College and went on to earn an M.A. from the University of Arkansas, an MLSIS from Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

As a Thiel student, Stephen was active as a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and as a Track and Field athlete. He served as a newspaper columnist for The Thielensian and yearbook editor and received the Elizabeth Stewart Humanities Award. He has served as a professor and administrator for other institutions such as Marshall University, Louisiana State University, Indiana Institute of Technology, West Liberty State College and Concord University.

Stephen was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient at Thiel College's 2018 Homecoming celebration.


Dr. Barry Stamm ’70 earned a B.A. in biology from Thiel College and his M.D. from Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly Hahnemann Medical College) in Philadelphia.

Barry practiced ophthalmology in Erie for thirty years under Stamm Cataract and Laser Center, specializing in cataract and lens implant surgery and treatment of glaucoma. Barry retired from active practice in 2008, but continues in business as the owner of Northshore Properties, a real estate investment entity which he and his wife, Carol, established in 1980, investing in commercial real estate and assisted living projects.

Barry has served as the Chair of the Thiel College Board of Trustees, and has served as a trustee since 2011. He, along with his wife, received the 2016 Haller Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Barry was recognized as as a Service to Thiel Award recipient at Thiel College's 2018 Homecoming celebration.


Carol (Yeager) Stamm ’71 earned a B.A. in business administration from Thiel College, and was also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and sweetheart of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Carol worked in the banking industry before taking a leadership role at Stamm Cataract and Laser Surgery, which she co-founded with her husband, Barry. Carol, along with her husband, received the 2016 Haller Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Carol was recognized as a Service to Thiel Award recipient at Thiel College's 2018 Homecoming celebration.


Dr. Chris Shinkman ’62 earned a B.A. in French from Thiel College before earning his M.Ed. in counseling from Westminster College, and his Ph.D. in administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Chris has enjoyed a successful career in the areas of fundraising, career counseling and human resource management, as well as being an administrator at Cornell University, John Hopkins University, Stanford University and Georgetown University. He also co-authored three books on career development and served in the United States Marine Corps for six years.

While at Thiel, Chris was a four-year letter winner and captain of the tennis team, and was inducted into the Thiel College Athletic Hall of fame in 2013. Chris was recognized as a Service to Thiel Award recipient at Thiel College's 2018 Homecoming celebration.