thiel happenings

Thiel Names Vice President for Communication and Marketing

Jacquelyn P. Muller has been appointed vice president for communication and marketing at Thiel College, 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, Thiel College president. "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.

9th Annual Student-Directed "Cabaret" is this Week

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Robinson Theater
This student-directed performance will feature selections from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Shrek, Spring Awakening, and many more! Free admission. No reservations required.

Teacher Effectiveness System Presentation

Kim Zippie (third from right), acting superintendent of Commodore Perry School District, presented on "The Teacher Effectiveness System in Act 82 of 2012" this morning in Doug Hazlett’s Integrated Instructional Systems class. The class - most of them early childhood education and special education majors - will go out into the field next semester to student teach and had a great opportunity to gain insight from Zippie, who has extensive knowledge and experience working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

University of Oklahoma Professor of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science to Deliver Talk in S-100

"Reversing the Irreversible: Passive Treatment of Mine Waters in a Drastically Disturbed Watershed"

Monday, Nov. 4, 5 p.m.
Science Building, Room 100

Robert W. Nairn, Ph.D. is currently on a sabbatical leave-of-absence, serving as a Visiting Research Scientist with the Grand River Dam Authority, Langley, Okla. At OU, he is the director of the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW), Associate Director of the Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center and Adjunct Professor of Biology.

In the Tar Creek (Oklahoma) watershed of the abandoned Tri-State Lead-Zinc Mining District, impacts to surface waters were once deemed to be due to "irreversible man-made damages", resulting in minimal effort to address ecological and human health risk from legacy mine waters for over 30 years. However, completion and evaluation of a full-scale passive treatment demonstration project, coupled with recent watershed-scale environmental monitoring efforts, indicate that ecological engineering solutions exist.

Ecological engineering techniques (the design and construction of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with the natural environment for the benefit of both) may provide cost-effective and environmentally relevant solutions in this watershed, incorporating an appreciation of the unique industrial heritage of the region as well as the cultural and social needs of Native American tribes.

Read Nairn’s Full Bio

community events

Greenville Community Movie Fright Night

Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Plimpton L. Graul Amphitheater in Riverside Park
Featuring: "Hocus Pocus" and "Nightmare on Elm Street"*
This community event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please bring chairs and/or blankets and dress appropriately for the weather. The event will be cancelled if it rains.
*This movie is rated R for gore, profanity, sexual innuendo and alcohol use.

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

Entertainment Schedule
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

Activities Schedule
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

campus events

Kids and Chemistry Program

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 - 4 p.m.
Academic Center
A fun-filled afternoon of demonstrations and hands-on activities for elementary students in grades 4 - 6. Contact Dr. Kathy Frantz, or ext. 2113 to register.

Relay for Life Kick-Off Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room
If you had a team in last year’s relay please come and sign up again for this year’s event. If you did not participate last year but wish to this year, please come and hear the many reasons why we relay. We are hoping to surpass last year’s impressive total of $14,500! Entertainment will be provided by Dana Nicole Liotta of Franklin, Pa., who will be accompanied by our own Ryan Hart. This is an important meeting and we hope to see you there!

Annual Halloween TNT

Wednesday, Oct. 30, noon

Lutheran Heritage Room

Please carve out some time in your schedule and join us for a frightfully good time! Spooktacular refreshments will be available, costume judging and other howling fun activities!

Honors Convocation

Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
Passavant Center
Thiel College’s most prestigious ceremony recognizing students for outstanding academic performance. The keynote speaker at the Convocation will be Dr. Nicholas Despo, Professor of Biology and Paul M. Rike Professor of Life Sciences and David R. Andrews '63, former member of the Thiel College Board of Trustees, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. A reception will follow in the Lutheran Heritage Room and Rotunda area of the Howard Miller Student Center.

special notes

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.

Take a tour!

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.

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