Entrepreneur of the Year Award to be Presented to Joe Roosa '80
Joe Roosa '80, president of Roosa Corporation, will receive the 2013 Haller Enterprise Institute Entrepreneur of the Year Award at a dinner ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sawhill-Georgian Room.
Given annually to a business owner who has demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership, the award, now in its 19th year, will be 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.
Batchelor Launches New Online Journal
Bob Batchelor, communication studies, launched a new journal -- The Popular Culture Studies Journal -- for the Midwest Popular Culture Association, which has about 400 members. It is an open-access electronic journal that will be moving to print and electronic in future issues.
Victor Evans and Laurie Moroco are also on the Editorial Advisory Board. And, Thiel is the journal’s academic home.
View the journal.
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 his extraordinary leadership skills by organizing the first American Cancer Society Relay for Life on the Thiel College 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 in fall 2014.
Lambda Sigma Names Dr. White Professor of the Month
Lambda Sigma Society holds high regard for scholarship among its members. To accomplish this, the student must have great teachers. To recognize excellence in teaching, the chapter chooses a professor each month as "professor of the month" who encourages high scholastic achievement and creates an atmosphere in the classroom that contributes to the learning process. This month, Ryan Thomas presented Dr. Buddy White, philosophy with the honor.
Overall Schedule of Events
1 - 3: p.m.: Trick-or-Treat, Greenville
4 - 5:30 p.m.: Halloween Parade, Main Street
5:30 p.m. - Dusk: Kids Activities, Canal Street
5:30 p.m. - Midnight: Festival Events, Main Street Stage
5:30 - 7 p.m.: "Side Project", Race Street Stage
7 - 7:30 p.m.: Announcements, Race Street Stage (Pumpkin Contests & Kids Cosutme Winners)
7:30 - 9 p.m.: "Shenanigans" (formerly "Magoo"), Race Street Stage
9 - 9:30 p.m. Announcements, Race Street Stage (Adult Costume Contests/Cornhole Tournament Winners)
9:30 p.m. - Midnight: "Parasol", Race Street Stage
3:30 p.m. - Midnight Food/Arts & Crafts Vendors, Main Street
5:30 p.m. - Dusk Kids Zone, Canal Street (Inflatable Games, Face Painting & More!)
6 - 6:45 p.m.: Pumpkin Carving Contest, Canal & Main Streets
Dusk: Kids Halloween Movie, Canal Street
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.: Corn Hole Tournament, Main Street
New Website Tour
Our website got an upgrade over the weekend -- a new virtual tour! Since the redesigned website launched in August, we have been working on an improved tour that includes:
- 15 campus destinations
- 25 360 degree panoramic views
- a narrated walking tour
- video capability
- and mobile optimization is coming soon.
Thiel Choir Annual Fundraiser
Members of the Thiel Choir will hold their 14th annual fall chores fundraiser now through November.
Choir members will rake leaves, clean gutters, wash windows, clean garages or attics and generally help with other autumn household chores for a suggested donation of $9 per hour. (Choir members can also help with spring chores as well!) Proceeds will benefit the group's spring 2014 tour to Nashville, Tenn.
To schedule choir members to work contact ext. 2767 or 2149.
A Message from Highmark and Thiel Safety and Wellness Committee
2nd Annual Thiel Forum Series Starts Tomorrow
Thursday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room
Refreshments will be served.
Junior Sean Oros will present on two travel experiences: a Literary New England trip and a trip to Italy, that he undertook as part of the DHI experience.
Prof. Gary Witosky will also present on his summer travel experiences to Italy and Germany.
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Wednesday, Oct. 23
Monday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.