May 9, 2018

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Nearly 2,000 send off Thiel College graduates at 144th Commencement Exercises

Nearly 2,000 send off Thiel College graduates at 144th Commencement Exercises

About 2,000 friends and family of the graduates along with Thiel College faculty and staff attended the 144th Commencement Exercises where internationally-recognized expert in the Amish and Mennonite traditions Donald Kraybill, Ph.D., addressed graduates of the leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania in the William A. Passavant Center on Sunday, May 6.

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Seven graduates earn top honors at Thiel College’s 144th Commencement Exercises

Seven graduates earn top honors at Thiel College’s 144th Commencement Exercises

Six members of the Thiel College Class of 2018 earned valedictorian honors and one received salutatorian honors at the 144th Commencement Exercises, which were held Sunday, May 6 in the College’s William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

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Graduates share parting thoughts in new video

Annual traditions included the Baccalaureate service, tree dedication and the class walk up Brother Martin‘s Walk as part of the day-long celebration of graduation during the 2018 Commencement Exercises.

Thiel Walking Club helping employees get steps in this summer

The Thiel Walking Group started walking at 12:30 p.m. Monday.  The group will meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays (weather permitting).

Any participants who walk 10 times this month will be eligible for a t-shirt.

For more information, contact Director of Student Health Services Chris Cianci ’96 at ext. 2195

Donation stocks student food pantry

The Student Life Emergency Pantry received a generous donation of more than 1,000 food items from Grace Chapel Community Church, a large non-denominational Christian church located in Hermitage, Pa. Food items were collected throughout April and then delivered to campus. These items will be used to help students who do not have access to food during breaks and holidays when they are unable to use the campus cafeteria. Director of the Counseling Center Melanie Broadwater ’98 said the donated items will keep the pantry stocked throughout the next academic year and possibly even longer.

Staff or faculty members aware of any student in need of food or personal care items, please contact Broadwater at ext. 2754 or Director of Student Health Services Chris Cianci ’96 at ext. 2195 during the academic year and the Student Life Office during the summer months.

Student News

Wrestlers lend a hand for pancake breakfast

Members of the Thiel College wrestling team volunteered at the Greenville Lions Club Pancake Day on Thursday, April 26. They served pancakes, sausage, and drinks, cleaned tables, set up tables and took out the garbage. 

Thiel College students explore rhetoric on the digital front

Students in the Digital Rhetoric class of Assistant Professor of English Melissa Borgia-Askey, Ph.D., worked on a blog this semester. 

Borgia-Askey said students explored their own writing identities and voices, emulated the conventions that characterize academic blogs, and analyzed literature and related arts through sociocultural research as well as fun, new digital techniques such as memes, video, GIFs, links and “Fakebook.” 

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: Randy Coxson and Miles Smith
Nominators: Melanie Broadwater ’98
and Chris Cianci ’96
Comment: “Thank you to Randy Coxson and Miles Smith for quickly finding and delivering shelving for the Student Life Emergency Pantry to accommodate the large donation received. And by quickly, we mean within less than an hour of our request!”

TC Café summer hours

The TC Café is open Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for summer lunches. Price is $6.25 and offers several options including salad bar.

T-Notes publishing schedule

The next edition of T-Notes will be out May 23. T-Notes is published twice each month in May, June and July. It will resume its weekly schedule in August.

Send your submissions by noon Monday, May 21 to

Summer school offerings

The first session of on-campus summer classes has begun. Some online classes have also begun, but many of the classes have variable starting dates. The second session of summer courses begins June 4.

Cost is $400 per credit for traditional students for all courses, including internships and $199 per credit for high school students.

For more information, contact Academic Records at ext. 2110.

Campus Store hours

The Thiel Campus Store’s hours for May and June are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The store is closed Mondays and Fridays.

For more information, contact Vicki Cousley at ext. 2170.


Campus Events

Twilight Tour Experience
Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m.

A personalized campus tour experience designed to fit busy prospective student schedules at night. Meet with a Thiel College admissions representative and explore academic programs.

RSVP online! For more information, contact the Office of Admission at or ext. 2345.

Shenango Valley Flute Choir Recital
Saturday, May 19 from Noon-3 p.m.
David Johnson Memorial Chapel

The Shenango Valley Flute Choir is made up of high school students from Mercer, Lawrence and Trumbull Counties. Enjoy as they perform as a group and in smaller sectionals.

For more information, contact Erin Marks.

Blue-Gold Golf Outing
May 25 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.

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.


Read the Thielsenian online

What’s happening on campus? Visit the Thielensian website and read the latest articles. 

Connect with Thiel College

The College’s Facebook live series which is hosted by the Office of Admission and features students answering questions about life at Thiel can be viewed on Facebook. Upcoming sessions will discuss orientation, the First-year Experience and Welcome Week.


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