We've got the holiday spirit and want to share it with you. Visit our holiday slideshow to view scenes from wintertime at Thiel College set to a performance of The Thiel Choir.
I Heart Thiel
The annual dome opening party, I Heart Thiel Day, on Dec. 7 was a rousing success. Many thanks to those who helped make the event a reality and those who came to celebrate with us. You can check out photos from the event on Flickr and visit Facebook to watch the winning "I Heart Thiel" videos by Kateri Linn, Cyrill Parham and Haley Hayden.
Pedas Center Update
On Dec. 10, Dr. Jim Pedas '50 and his brother, Ted, visited campus to further discuss plans for the James Pedas Communication Center with members of the Thiel administration, the architects and the Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh. While plans are still in the "fine tuning" stage, the project is on track for by the Board of Trustees in February and groundbreaking in 2013. If you'd like to learn more about this exciting project and how you can help, contact Sam Siple at 724-589-2842.
Called to Serve
Do you feel called to serve your alma mater? What better way than the Alumni Association Board of Directors! The Alumni Association currently has four vacancies on the board. Members of the Board are expected to be enthusiastic advocates of Thiel College and its alumni association, effective communicators of our mission, and stewards in administering and managing the Alumni Association. Board members attend at least three of four meetings each year, serve on of five standing committees — admissions, career services, development, communication and nominations/awards, represent the interests of the alumni as well as being an advocate for the College to the alumni, and participate in the Thiel Fund.
For more information or to express your interest in serving on this important board, contact Joe Nairn ’79, chair of the nominations committee.
Honor Roll of Generosity Available Online
The 2011-2012 Honor Roll of Generosity is available online! The support of Thiel College's students and mission by our alumni and friends during the past fiscal year enables us to provide the resources and support they need to prepare them for successful futures. Thank you to all our donors - we couldn't do it without you!
December Students of the Month
Keisha Shaw, a senior political science major (with a minor in English) from York, Pa., is an engaged, spirited and cooperative student in and out of the classroom. She is president of Chi Omega sorority, is a member of the residence life staff and participates in indoor and outdoor track. She is also involved in Order of Omega, Circle K and Sigma Tau Delta, for which she serves as secretary and performs much of the "behind the scenes" work such as organizing the Homecoming floats for the honorary and the English Club. Despite her busy schedule, she maintains a 3.54 cumulative grade point average. One of her instructors notes that "she is one of the go-to people I upon whom I can always depend."
Eric King, a senior actuarial studies major (with a minor in history) from Butler, Pa., is a very conscientious and hardworking student who exhibits a healthy balance between academics, good sportsmanship and service. King is noted for being respectful, going beyond what is required in assignments and earning the respect of the faculty and his peers. He maintains a 3.67 cumulative grade point average while participating in varsity baseball (second base and short stop) and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary.
Looking for Scholars
The Dietrich Honors Institute (DHI) is now up and running thanks to the recent gift from William S. Dietrich II and has a goal to build the Institute to 250 students over the next four years. The Institute's emphasis is on celebrating the diverse gifts of students and how such diversity can enrich a community. Recruiting students for fall 2013 is now underway. Requirements to become a Dietrich Scholar are a 3.5 GPA and one of the following: 1100 SAT (verbal and math scores combined), 24 ACT (composite score) or top 15 percent of the class. Dr. Curt Thompson, director of the DHI, invites you to send him names of prospective students. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-589-2106.
We pay tribute to the following Thiel alumni and friends who passed away recently:
Karen B. Black ’73
Carl L. Gilliland
Aundra Ajani Jones
Betty L. Morton ’50
Jeffrey V. Palmer ’79
Laverne M. Paraskos
Daniel V. Pensiero ’70
Jane Ann Schrimper ’60
The best way to get the word out about the life-changing potential of a Thiel education is through the stories of our alumni and current students. So we want to know, why did you chose Thiel? Fill out this questionnaire and share your Thiel story! (Submissions will be used in admission and other publications for the College and are subject to editing for style, length and clarity.)
Thiel College Career Fair
Thiel College is presenting a career fair on Feb. 6, 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m. We are currently looking for companies offering internships or full-time jobs (as well as graduate schools) to be part of the fair. If you'd like to participate, please fill out this form and return to Heather Balas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in Touch!
Let us know if you have new contact information or exciting news in your life by filling out the online update form. You can also stay connected to Thiel through social media — Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr!
Taylor Records Two Sacks in D3 Senior Class
Congrats to senior defensive end Tim Taylor for his outstanding performance in the D3 Senior Classic on Dec. 7. Read more
Wrestling Team Defeats W&J in PAC opener
Lead by Jacob Lowry and Jerrold Roosa, the Tomcats defeated Washington & Jefferson College on Dec. 8 opening their PAC play with a win. Read more
Athletes of the Week
Each week, two Tomcats are chosen by their peers for student of the week honors. Check out the semester's list on the Thiel Athletics website.
Connect with Thiel Athletics
Save the Date:
Academic Scholarship Competition Days
Jan. 19 - 27; Feb. 16-17
If you know of students who may be a great "fit" for Thiel, please encourage them to apply or contact the Office of Admission at 724-589-2345 for more information or to set up a personal visit! Students who apply by Dec. 31 (and are accepted by Jan. 11) will be considered for invitation to the Academic Scholarship Competition Days where they can compete for scholarships up to full tuition!
Campus Preview Day
Monday, Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Winter Weekend/Greek Summit
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 - 9
Education First College Study Tour to Germany & the Alps
Need to RSVP?
For more information or to RSVP to any events, contact the Alumni Services Office at email@example.com or (724) 589-2140.