May 3, 2017

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Thiel Happenings

Elizabethtown College President Emeritus introducing President Traverso’s inaugural keynote speech

Elizabethtown College President Emeritus  introducing President Traverso’s inaugural keynote speech

Susan Traverso, Ph.D., will be formally installed as the 20th president of Thiel College during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, May 5, which will include an introduction from her friend, collaborator and colleague Elizabethtown College President Emeritus Theodore E. Long, Ph.D. The day of events begins with a chapel service where Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., leader of one of the nation’s largest Lutheran universities, will deliver the keynote address.

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Pittsburgh-based Dietrich Foundation executive to speak at 143rd Commencement

Pittsburgh-based Dietrich Foundation executive to speak at 143rd Commencement

Edward Grefenstette, J.D., the president and chief executive officer of Pittsburgh-based The Dietrich Foundation will be awarded an honorary degree and address Thiel College’s 2017 graduates during the College’s 143rd Commencement Exercises at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7.

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Dietrich Honors Institute members collecting goods for local nonprofit agency

Dietrich Honors Institute members collecting goods for local nonprofit agency

The Dietrich Honors Institute at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, is collecting goods from students until May 5. The drive is collecting household items, small appliances, clothing, canned goods and similar objects and is intended to prevent gently-used items from being thrown away. Items will be donated to The Good Shepherd in Greenville, Pa.

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Student News

Thiel hosts Phi Alpha Theta regional conference

On April 1, Thiel College’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta hosted the annual Western Pennsylvania Phi Alpha Theta Conference and Undergraduate History Forum. The College hosted students from 12 institutions from across the region. The Zeta-Epsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta welcomed a national Phi Alpha Theta representative, Patricia G. Clark, Ph.D., from Westminster College. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Lynn Franken, Ph.D., provided welcoming remarks during the opening session. Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker and attended the conference.  

Thiel students Colton Amolsch ’18Austin C. Hall ’17, Victoria Hermann ’17 and Hans Myers ’18 were among the 48 student presenters at the conference. Amolsch, Hall, and Myers were winners of their panels. Thiel’s Phi Alpha Theta Chapter membership includes Brittany DeCarmine ’18, Jennifer Lippert ’17, Nicholas Sarratori ’17, Stephen Staats ’17, and the chapter’s Conference Director: Sarah McConnell ’18. Faculty members include Associate Dean of the Core Curriculum and Professor of History David Buck, Ph.D.; Emeritus Professor of History James Bloomfield, Ph.D.; Director of Langenheim Memorial Library Allen Morrill; Assistant Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D.; and Phi Alpha Theta adviser, Professor of History and Department Chair James Koshan, Ph.D. 

Event organizers said “everything came together that day in perfect synchronization” and many guests described it as, “the best academic conference that they have ever attended.” Chapter members thank everyone involved in making the conference a success.

International marketing students tour local company

Students in Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Karen Shaffer’s international marketing class recently toured Jamestown Coatings, a local firm that conducts business around the world. Jamestown Coatings has been in business for more than 130 years.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Walton said the Thiel College students “asked the most insightful questions of any college tour,” according to Shaffer. 

The Tomcat Report


Tomcat Tributes

Tomcat Tributes are designed to recognize the teamwork Thiel College employees exhibit each day. Employees can nominate co-workers for recognition in four categories (Random Act of Kindness, Going the Extra Mile, Had a Great Idea, Just Because).

Special Notes

DocuCenter hours

The DocuCenter will be closed May 15-17 while the power is shut off in Harter Hall. The DocuCenter also will be closed May 26 and May 29.

For more information, contact Jean Carr at ext. 2267.

Safety Committee tip

As we prepare for summer, here are a few tips to stay safe while trying to beat the heat:


Campus Events

Inauguration and Installation Celebration

Several events are planned throughout the day for the inauguration and installation of President Susan Traverso, Ph.D.

  • Worship service, David Johnson Memorial Chapel, 11 a.m.
  • Delegates and Trustees Luncheon, Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center, noon
  • Delegate Robing, Friends of Art Lounge, Howard Miller Student Center, 1:30 p.m.
  • Presidential Inauguaration Celebration, William A. Passavant Memorial Center, 2 p.m.
  • Inaugural Reception, The James Pedas Communication Center, 3:30 p.m.

143rd Commencement Exercises

Schedule of events for the College’s 143rd Commencement Exercises.

  • Baccalaureate, David Johnson Memorial Chapel, 10 a.m.
  • Class of 2017 Tree Dedication, Brother Martin’s Walk, 11:15 a.m.
  • Gala Luncheon, TC Cafe, Howard Miller Student Center, 11:45 a.m. Reservations required for graduates and guests.
  • Graduate Robing, Rissell-Beeghly Gymnasia, 1 p.m.
  • Faculty Robing, Greenville Hall, 1 p.m.
  • Platform Party Robing and Photographs, Friends of Art Gallery, Howard Miller Student Center, 1 p.m.
  • Graduate and Platform Party Procession, Brother Martin’s Walk, 1:45 p.m.
  • Commencement Exercises, William A. Passavant Memorial Center, 2 p.m.
  • Commencement Reception, Howard Miller Student Center, 3:30 p.m.

Blue-Gold Golf Outing
May 26 at 9 a.m.
The Greens at Greenville

Cost is $100 for individuals and $400 for a foursome. The day includes lunch and buffet dinner and hole-in-one contest, skill prizes and team prizes. Sponsorship opportunities still exist.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
May 26 at 6 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Andrew Apisa ’99, Sean Clark ’01, Ricardo Franklin ’02, Nakisha (Logan) Peoples ’02, Libby (Hauser) Purdy ’06 will be inducted into the Thiel College Athletic Hall of Fame during the 37th annual induction ceremony. Cost is $25 per person.

Community Events

Mother’s Day Buffet at The Cornerstone 1908
May 14 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Keifer Building at St. Paul’s, 341 E. Jamestown Road

The Cornerstone 1908 at St. Paul’s is hosting a Mother’s Day buffet. The cost is $21.95 for each adult, $9.95 for each child under 10 years and free for children 2 and younger. Seatings are set for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Prices do not include beverage, tax and tip.

For reservations, call 724-589-4500.

Lunch and Learn at The Heritage
May 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Anderson Fellowship Hall, E. Jamestown Road

St. Paul’s is hosting a lunch event where people can learn more about aging-in-place apartments.

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.

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