May 2, 2018

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Leaders in higher education to be recognized at Thiel College’s 144th Commencement

Leaders in higher education to be recognized at Thiel College’s 144th Commencement

Internationally-recognized expert in the Amish and Mennonite traditions Donald Kraybill, Ph.D., will address graduates of Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, during the College’s 2018 Commencement Exercises at 2 p.m. May 6 in the William A. Passavant Center.

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Thiel College Sigma Kappa president earns $10,000 scholarship from national sorority

Thiel College Sigma Kappa president earns $10,000 scholarship from national sorority

Thiel College education major and chapter president of Sigma Kappa sorority Annika Schul ’19 has been awarded $10,000 from the Elizabeth Hunt Curfman Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Father-daughter team present for final Ruth Miller Seminar of year

Jim Kick ’82 and his daughter Rachel (Kick) Cooper ’06 were the final presenters of the year for the Ruth Miller Senior Business Seminar of Professor David Miller ’61 on April 25. Kick is vice president for preconstruction at Century Contractors, and Cooper is a construction analyst for Primanti Bros. Restaurant.

History honorary closes academic year with event

Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, and the Department of History marked the end of the academic year with a dinner Tuesday in the Sawhill-Georgian Room. Seniors, department faculty, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Collge Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., and President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., attended the event. President Traverso was presented her Phi Alpha Theta membership certificate by Assistant Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D.

Campus comes together for Farewell Fest

Faculty, staff and students celebrated the annual tradition of Farewell Fest on April 27.

Student News

Women’s and gender studies class welcomes female leaders

Pictured on the left is front row (L-R) Marissa Civitae ’21Lisa Boeving-LearnedSandra Dean ’21 and Samantha Voto ’18; back row (L-R) Hannah Breene ’21Devonte Dean ’21Macey Garland ’20Mai Higgs ’19Sooin Kim; and on the right is Breene, Garland, Margaret Lucas ’78, Higgs, Kim, Voto and Dean.

Students in the Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies course taught by Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., met with female leaders from the Thiel College and Mercer County communities this semester. Guests included Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., Mercer County attorney and Thiel graduate Margaret Lucas ’78. Other guests included retired police sergeant and candidate for state assembly Lisa Boeving-Learned, of Jackson Center, student activist Camille Radford ’18, Campus Pastor Jayne Thompson, and Sharon City Councilwoman Courtney Saylor.

Education students tour Ohio Montessori school

Early childhood education majors in the class of Doug Hazlett, Ph.D., class recently toured the Hershey Montessori School in Concord, Ohio, as well as The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. This was part of instruction on infusing music, art, theater and dance into standards-based lesson plan design.

Thiel College JA team exceeds fundraising goal

Junior Achievement held its annual Mercer and Lawrence Bowl-A-Thon on April 24. In its first year, the Thiel College (pictured from L-R Shyann Foreman ’20, team captain Shane Young ’19, Robert Winner ’18 and Sarah Carlson ’21) exceed the normal donation of $250 by raising $330 for JA programming.

Special Notes

Tomcat Tributes

Tomcat Tributes 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).

Going the extra mile
Nominees: Julie Neish, D.M.A., and Andy Erb
Comment: For their collaboration in putting together a terrific jazz performance on April 25.

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Christine Ference, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Randall Burnett II, cheer and dance coach

and says farewell to:

  • Alysia Curto, admissions counselor
  • Alan Rabold, police officer
  • Shamar Greene, intern assistant football coach

Campus Notes

Dumpsters available for students

Large dumpsters are in front of Johnson Community Center and between Sawhill Hall and Hodge Hall for students to dispose of garbage. The dumpsters will be available through the weekend.

Televisions, computers, microwave ovens or other electronics are prohibited in the dumpsters. Electronics can be taken to the maintenance building to be disposed of properly.

DHI collecting move out donations

The Dietrich Honors Institute is collecting gently-used items from move out, as well as canned goods and non-perishable food items.

Items will be donated to The Good Shepherd to help community members.

Bring gently-used clothes, goods or canned foods to the DHI office on the second floor of Greenville Hall by May 7. Arrangements for larger items that need to be picked can be made by calling 724-589-2030. Larger items can also be left in front of maintenance’s front loading dock with a sign that says “Works!”

Weekend campus store hours

The Campus Store will be open noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.


Senior Picnic with President Traverso
Saturday from 4-6 p.m.
Howard Miller Student Center terrace

A congratulatory picnic with Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., members of the Board of Trustees and graduating seniors. In the event of rain, the picnic will be moved to the TC Café.

For more information, contact Linda Nochta, at ext. 2155.

Baccalaureate Worship Service
Sunday from 10-11 a.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

A celebratory worship service for the Class of 2018 along with their family and friends. Seating is limited, so reservations are encouraged.

RSVP to the Office Special Events at ext. 2240.

144th Commencement Exercises
Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m.
William A. Passavant Center

Thiel College hosts its 144th Commencement Exercises, followed by a reception for graduates and their families on the Howard Miller Student Center terrace and lawn.

For more information, contact Monica Adametz at ext. 2240.

Community Events

Ask an Expert series
May 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The Keifer Building, 341 East Jamestown Road

St. Paul’s “Ask an Expert” series will feature Ann Druschel, a nurse manager with the Butler Veterans Administration, and Carolyn Kaminski, a licensed social worker with veterans’ affairs experience, for its May 24 event.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.

For more information or reservations, contact Jennie Kather at 724-589-4646.

Greenville Symphony bus trips

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra is hosting two fundraiser bus trips. 

A tri-county beverage tour in June costs $85 per person. Deadline for reservation and payment is May 26.
A Seneca Niagara Casino Trip in August costs $65 per person. Deadline for reservation and payment is July 7.

For more information, call 724-456-1661.


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