New Virtual Campus Tour Launches!
Thiel College's website got an upgrade this month – a new virtual tour! Features include 15 campus tour stops, 25 360° panoramic views - interior and exterior, a narrated walking tour, and mobile optimization (coming soon).
The virtual tour is the latest in a series of enhancements to the new website; following a new online application process, integrated campus calendar and searchable employee directory. The tour gives alumni a chance to revisit the academic and athletic facilities on campus. Try the virtual tour and let us know what you think!
Thiel Names Vice President for Communication and Marketing
Jacquelyn P. Muller has been appointed vice president for communication and marketing at Thiel, a position she will assume on November 18.
Muller, who has more than 20 years of higher education experience in integrated communications, media relations, reputation management and branding, advertising, and public affairs, joins Thiel College from Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corporation (EDMC), where she served as vice president for corporate communications and public relations. Previously, she led communications at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania as chief communications officer, and as assistant to three university presidents.
"We are overjoyed to welcome someone with Jacki Muller's expertise to Thiel College," said Dr. Troy D. VanAken. "With all of the exciting things happening on campus, her previous success and experience in the field of communication and marketing combined with an obvious dedication to higher education, will play an important role in this position and in the future of the College."
In her new position at Thiel College, Muller will provide leadership for all communications and brand-building efforts in partnership with Thiel's faculty and professional staff guiding strategy across the College in support of its mission to provide students with a quality higher education.
Muller earned a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Muller currently resides in Cranberry Township, Pa., with her husband, Jack, and daughter, Sophia.
October Students of the Month Announced
Ryan Hart, a senior philosophy major with dual minors in religion and coaching from Franklin, Pa., is a devoted and inspiring student in and out of the classroom. He is a first baseman for the Tomcat baseball team, has been named to the Dean's List several times and in enrolled in private guitar lessons.
Over the summer, Ryan undertook an unofficial independent study in order to prepare for his senior thesis – exemplifying his dedication to the ideals of education.
Last spring, he demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills by organizing the first American Cancer Society Relay for Life on the Thiel campus. The outstanding volunteer effort was an enormous success and fostered a great deal of community and campus pride.
Emily Petrak, a senior chemistry major from Butler, Pa., has been named to the Dean's List every semester and is the recipient of numerous top chemistry awards and scholarships including the American Chemical Society (ACS) College Award for Excellence in Chemistry.
She is a member several honor societies including Alpha Chi, Order of Omega, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Chi Alpha Sigma and is a recipient of the All-American Scholar Athlete Award. Balancing academic and extracurricular activities, Emily is the president of Sigma Kappa sorority and the ACS student affiliate group. She also has assisted with community activities such as Kids in Chemistry and St. Paul's walk for Alzheimer's.
Emily is part of the early acceptance program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy and will matriculate next fall.
Board of Trustees Secretary Among Four Members of Martin & Seibert, L.C. Named 2014 Lawyers of the Year
Thiel College Board of Trustees Secretary Susan R. Snowden was recently named a 2014 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America, along with three of her colleagues at Martin & Seibert, L.C. This is a special honor for the practice in which Snowden is a Shareholder because only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is usually honored as Lawyer of the Year, making their four naming's an extraordinary accomplishment for the firm.
Susan R. Snowden has served on the Thiel College Board of Trustees since 2005 and was elected to Board Secretary in 2010. Representing the Western Maryland and West Virginia Lutheran Synod, Susan also chairs the Student and Religious Life Committee. Her son, John Snowden, graduated from Thiel in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a minor in Political Science. We congratulate her on this impressive professional milestone and thank her for her service.
Homecoming 2013 was a Success!
Alumni Awards Ceremony
More than one hundred Thiel College alumni and friends gathered Friday evening to kick off this year's Homecoming festivities by paying tribute to those who have dedicated their time, talents, and resources to the institution. Seven gentlemen were honored this year at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony, coming from all walks of life to be recognized for both their professional achievements as well as their dedication to Thiel College. Emotions ran high as each award recipient spoke at the podium. A common thread between all those alumni honored Friday night, was the magnanimous impact their professors had in shaping their intellectual curiosity, as well as gratitude for the firm foundation they received to launch both their professional and academic careers. The single, non-alumni awardee, Dr. Bloomfield, shared similar sentiments regarding his fellow faculty members and especially the students who challenged him to always keep things interesting in the classroom.
Basketball Court Dedication
Four student teams took to the courts Saturday morning of Homecoming weekend to test out a new student space: the outdoor basketball court. Given as the 2013 Class Gift, the court was dedicated prior to the start of a few match-up games between students. Several basketball alumni as well as alumni from the Class of 2013, were in attendance to watch the teams compete. President VanAken tried out the court and tossed a few hoops with students during the pre-dedication warm up.
Bly Hall Dedication
Professor Miller brought everyone to tears during the Bly Hall Rededication Saturday morning. Funded by the Class of 1961 50th Reunion gift and Dr. Carl and Theresa Hoffman, in honor of Professor Miller and Chauncey Bly, Bly Hall was unrecognizable to many alumni who walked into the space after being away from campus for many years. No longer a space for "art in the dark", Bly Hall now boasts state of the art audio and visual equipment and furnishings. As a way to inaugurate the space, Professor Miller called all former students in attendance "to the board." He then had each student sign their name and class year on the newly installed white board. Not a dry eye was left in the hall, including Professor Miller's, as he told thanked each former student for being his "heart and soul."
There is nothing better than a victory on Homecoming weekend, and that is exactly what the Tomcat football team delivered. They celebrated in style and camaraderie that has come to be expected by Thiel students in running over to the Tomcat Marching Pride to share their thanks and excitement before running out of the stadium to ring the beloved Victory Bell.
Service of Remembrance
Glorious voices filled the air with song during the annual Service of Remembrance. More than 100 names of deceased alumni and friends were read during the service as a candle was lit in memory of each of them. Many families of the loved ones who passed away this past year were in attendance and spoke of how beautiful the service was. The Thiel Choir welcomed alumni to join them for several songs.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award Presented to Joe Roosa '80
Joe Roosa '80 (pictured fourth from left), president of Roosa Corporation, was awarded the 2013 Haller Enterprise Institute Entrepreneur of the Year Award at a dinner ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Sawhill-Georgian Room. Given annually to a business owner who has demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership, the award, now in its 19th year, was presented by Dr. Troy VanAken and Professor David Miller, executive director of the Haller Enterprise Institute.
Roosa established his regional company specializing in retail center development in 1987. His expertise in shopping center development has led the way for the company's substantial growth throughout the northeastern United States. Roosa Corporation owns and manages more than 15 properties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Arkansas. The portfolio of properties that the Roosa Corporation has developed includes shopping centers, office buildings, residential properties and apartments.
Prior to owning and operating the Corporation, Roosa worked as a bus driver in New York City and saved enough money to start his first business. His first store, Movie World, which he opened in 1985, ultimately became a nationally ranked chain in 1996, coming in at 25th and employing over 250 people in its 18 locations. In 1995, Joe was named to Business First of Buffalo's list of "Top Forty Under Forty" Western New York leaders. In 1996, he sold Movie World to competitor Blockbuster.
In 1998, Roosa bought undeveloped land and constructed his first commercial shopping center, which approximates 50,750 square feet of occupied space. The Staples Plaza in Meadville, Pa., consists of nationally named tenants, including Staples, Dollar Tree, Verizon Wireless and many others. Since this initial shopping center, Roosa has gone on to acquire and develop properties across the country.
Roosa graduated from Thiel College with a B.A. in business administration and political science. At Thiel, Roosa was a member of the baseball and football teams and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He and his wife, Rita, have two grown children, Kyle and Amanda.
The Time to Start Planning Your Class Reunion is Now
Wondering what it takes to plan your class reunion during our annual Homecoming celebration? Start planning now! In 2014, we will celebrate reunions of class years ending in four and nine. Typically reunions are planned in five year increments; however, any class is welcome to plan reunion activities at any time!
Gather a group of your classmates together to form a reunion committee and designate a committee chairperson. As a committee, discuss what activities you would like to organize or participate in during Homecoming (i.e. a reunion dinner, creating a float or walking with a banner in the parade, donating a class gift back to the college). The committee chairperson can then contact the Office of Alumni Relations to help facilitate your plans.
The Office of Alumni Relations is responsible for the following in facilitating reunion plans:
- Assist in design and production of all reunion correspondence, including reunion "save the date" mailer, promotion of reunion event in Homecoming brochure (deadlines apply to participate), and reunion registration materials.
- Communication of reunion plans to reunion class in the year before reunion.
- Assisting and supporting Reunion Chairs in planning their class program and providing historical Reunion information
- Coordinating with various college departments, including Facilities Management, Food services, Audio Visual Services, and Special Events to prepare campus for returning alumni and provide support for reunion events.
To get started, contact Stephanie Wilson at email@example.com or 724-589-2027.
We pay tribute to the following Thiel alumni and friends who passed away recently:
David J. Anderson '56
John R. Benigas '73
Dale T. Bowen
Brandy L. Buford '97
Edward G. Corbett
Frank R. Crash
Mary Ellen (Roth) Cupps '48
Patrick J DiPaolo '92
William S. Dunder '57
Clyde V. Fragapane '11
Vivian A. Gregg
Rose Marie (Larsen) Hess '55
Charles J. Inacker '58
Tom B. Jones
Mary G. Kidd
Carl S. Krvar '93
Julia M. Larson
Donna L. (Mitchell) Mathay '51
John A. McKallip '54
Robert J. Neubert '72
Edward E. Schott
Evelyn L. (Shepard) Sekula '42
Joan T. Shacklock '88
- Thiel College Announces Addition of Women's Bowling
- Tomcats celebrate Senior Parent Recognition Day
- Morgan named PAC Runner of the Week
Connect with Thiel Athletics
Boston Event - An Evening with the President
Tuesday, Nov. 5
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Hampshire House - 84 Beacon Street, Boston, Ma. 02108
The night will start with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. and be followed with dinner at 7 p.m. Take the elevator to the third floor of the mansion. Valet and validated parking available. Learn more about the venue on their website. RSVP online by Nov. 1.
Erie Event - Erie Otters Game
Wednesday, Dec. 11
7:00 to 10:00 pm
Erie Insurance Arena - 201 East 8th Street, Erie, Pa. 16503
Join us for a new alumni event - 7 p.m. is game time. $20 includes all-you-can-eat meal option (includes pop and beer), game ticket, and admittance to the private Thiel alumni suite to watch the game. RSVP online!
Pittsburgh Event - Party and Play at Dave & Buster's
Thursday, Dec. 19
7:00 to 10:00 pm
180 East Waterfront Drive, Homestead, Pa. 16120
Party and play with fellow alumni and friends at Dave & Buster's on the waterfront in Pittsburgh. Cost is $20/ person and includes buffet dinner in private dining area, $10 play power card and unlimited all night video game play (plus extra surprises). RSVP online!
Questions about an event?
For more information on events, contact the Alumni Relations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-589-2140.
Fall Campus Preview Days
Oct. 26, Nov. 11
Marching Band Visit Day
Contact the visit coordinator! email@example.com or 724-589-2345
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