A Message from the Dean
Dear Thiel Parents,
With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is cause to step back and reflect on some of the things you are thankful for. I want to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks to you for allowing us to work with your children. The students at Thiel College are certainly the lifeblood of the institution, and we are truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to get to know and work with each and every one of our wonderful students. Thank you so much for entrusting us with that responsibility.
For this edition of A Letter Home, we wanted to make you aware of some upcoming events and schedules. After all, we will only have two weeks left in the semester after the Thanksgiving break. It's hard to believe another semester is almost over. Time seems to fly on a college campus!
As mentioned, once the students arrive back from break they will only have one week of classes before they begin their final exams. Information about the break schedule has been included in this newsletter. Please encourage your son or daughter to reach out to The Learning Commons staff for study tips. We're here to help during this challenging time for students.
Finally between the hectic schedule of finishing up classes and taking final exams, we have also tried to squeeze in some fun and energizing activities to help them get through the closing weeks. They will all receive invitations to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner with President VanAken and his family on Dec. 4, to participate in our annual Dome Opener event on Dec. 6, and to enjoy a Late Night Breakfast during finals week.
I hope you all enjoy some quality time with your son or daughter over Thanksgiving break, and I thank you again for being a part of the Thiel family!
Mike McKinney '02
Dean of Students
Exciting Fall Semester Continues
The Student Activities Office invites you to the 4th Annual Dome Opener on Friday, Dec. 6th (see flyer for details). Students have had a fun-filled fall semester and recently participated in several events including a presentation by Halloween Ghost Hunter, Oktoberfest in downtown Greenville, a trip to Cedar Point Park, a Dueling Pianos concert, and a dance instruction class. Students cheered the Tomcats to their first-ever night game victory!
Parents are invited to learn more about activities planned for students on Facebook and Twitter.
International Education Week
The Office of International Student Affairs sponsored a fun-filled International Education Week Nov. 17-22 that gave students the opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The week kicked off with a culturally diverse dinner prepared by our students. The campus and local community had the opportunity to expand their taste buds by trying delicious foods from China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and more.
Current Thiel students presented on several topics: Lauren Valdez, 'What do you know about Hispanic Culture'; Melissa Belltran, 'Growing Up in an Italian-Cuban Home'; and Saba Pervaiz, 'Pakistan: Land of Purity'.
The week's events also included international lunch time trivia sessions, Chinese bracelet making, an international candy table, and various study abroad opportunities.
Interested in Hosting an International Student?
Following an application process, the biggest requirement for being a host family is simply the desire to share your culture with another. When international and exchange students study at Thiel, they hope to experience what life is like in a "typical" American family setting. They also benefit greatly from receiving the extra emotional support that you and your family members can provide. Studying abroad can be challenging in so many ways.
Typically, Thiel College host families involved with our program will meet with their student during the weekends. They may share a meal together, attend a church service, or participate in other social, cultural activities. The student's desire is to spend time with you and your family and learn about American culture. The Thiel College Host Family Program is not a live-in program as all international students reside on-campus full-time. Therefore you and your student will plan to get together when both of your schedules allow.
We have several new international students arriving in January who we'd like to match up with local families. If you live within a short distance to the college and would be interested in hosting an international student, please contact Shannon Reesh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-589-2126.
November Students of the Month
Congratulations to Nicholas Cox, a binary engineering major from Washington, Pa.; Leah Kook, an early childhood education/special education major from Warren, Ohio; and Lisa Leonhard, an English writing major and communication studies minor from Kinsman, Ohio. Learn more!
The winter sports season is underway for the Thiel Tomcats. Visit the official website for information about all of our teams, schedules, Athletes of the Week and more. Winter sports teams include Men's and Women's Basketball, Wrestling, Men's Volleyball, and Men's and Women's Indoor Track.
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Advent Lessons and Carols
Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel
Led by campus pastor Jayne Thompson, the service consists of Advent readings and musical interludes. Particpating in the service will be two Thiel College Handbell ensembles, the Thiel College Chamber Singers, student readers and Advent hymns. All are welcome.
61st annual Thiel College Christmas Festival
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.
William A. Passavant Memorial Center
Prelude music will begin at at 3:40 p.m. Performing on this year's festival, entitled "Love Came Down at Christmas," are The Thiel Choir, the Thiel College Chamber Singers and the Thiel College Handbell Ringers directed by Dr. Michael Bray and accompanied by Kathryn A. Gray. The program will feature works by Johann Pachelbel, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, Marlowe Johnson, founder of the Thiel Choir, Knut Nystedt, organ-accompanied choral works by Malcolm Archer and Cecilia McDowell, arrangements of spirituals and carols and hymns of the Christmas season for audience and choirs. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 724-589-2149.
2013 Fall Semester Student Recital
Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel
Featured on the program are vocal and piano solos and Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 2 Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) played by 13 Thiel College string students, accompanist, area string students and the West End Quartet from Youngstown, Ohio. The recital is free and open to the public.