July 25, 2018

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Thiel Happenings

Newsroom Highlights

Enjoy these stories recently posted in the Newsroom.

Faculty members and student repair and document art of pop artist Corita Kent

Faculty members and student repair and document art of pop artist Corita Kent

Professor of Painting and Curator of Art Sean McConnor, Assistant Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., and student Isabella Bungo ’19 recently wrapped up a 10-week artwork restoration and historical research project funded by a grant from the Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty/Student Research Institute at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania.

Read the full story in the Newsroom

New video tour showcases campus

Tommy Tomcat leads viewers around campus including in-depth looks at the James Pedas Communication Center and the Haer Family Science and Arts Connector.

Thiel garden bearing fruits of labor

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D., tends to the tomato plants in the Thiel College community garden. The garden is in its first year and is located on lower campus.

Gateway work underway; detour in place to reach parking lots

Construction of the new Gateway Entrance Signs has begun and the contractor is beginning the work on the new crosswalk portion across the entrance to Amelia Earhart Drive.

While this work is being completed the Amelia Earhart Drive entrance will be closed to vehicle traffic for 2–3 weeks while the new crosswalk pavers are being installed. Illustrated above is a detour path behind campus that can be used to access the football field and Roth Hall lots. Drivers should watch their speed because parts of the detour are narrow with curves that are difficult to see around.

American Chemical Society update

After careful consideration, Thiel College will not offer the American Chemical Society certificate after May 2019. However, students, alumni, faculty members, staff and friends of the College should know that Thiel College remains committed to offering high-quality chemistry and biochemistry degree programs that prepare students for success in competitive graduate programs and dynamic careers in science-related fields.

Thiel community has connections to GACT production

The Greenville Area Community Theater's production of Annie opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. at William Robinson Theater.

Several members of the Thiel community are involved with the production.

Professor of Biology Mike Balas, Ph.D., and his daughter, Sydney Balas; Hannah McKinney, the daughter of Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students and Title IX Co-coordinator Mike McKinney ’02; and Barbara Long-Cooper ’98 are involved in the production.

RSVP for the employee picnic

The Thiel College employee picnic is at 5 p.m. Aug. 21 on the Howard Miller Student Center terrace and lawn.

The picnic includes food (attendees should bring a dessert to share, the College is providing table service, beverages, main entree and side dishes). Activities and prizes for children will be furnished. Retirees and their families will have reserved seating at picnic tables. Attendees are entered in a door prize drawing. The winner must be present to receive prize.

RSVP to specialevents@thiel.edu or call ext. 2240 by Aug. 15.

Student News

Experience the highlights of 2017-18

Take a look back at the highlights from the 2017-18 academic year including the welcome weekend, Homecoming, Greek Olympics, Academic Honors Convocation, and Commencement.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes...

  • Danielle Downing, police officer
  • Connor Warren, athletic trainer

and says farewell to...

  • Sean Oros ’15, Dietrich Honors Institute Coordinator and admissions assistant
  • David Devinney, police officer
  • ​Michael Schuff, assistant football coach


Clarissa Arbuckle’11 and her husband celebrated the birth of their son, Rhett Gerald Arbuckle, on July 19. He weighed 9 lbs., 4oz. and was 22 inches long.

HB Retirement Planning meeting

Retirement plan financial advisors, William Ferguson and Jack Ryan, from HB Retirement, will be available for one-on-one meetings with Thiel employees on Aug.17 and 30. 

Spouses are invited. Employees can also bring statements from other investment accounts to the meeting, too. 

Employee Day at Waldameer Park and discount code

Faculty and staff can get admission to Waldameer’s amusement and water park for $37 per person and an all-you-can-eat picnic buffet on Aug. 26.

To purchase tickets, stop by the Student Life Office. 

Thiel College employees are also eligible for a special online discount to the park they can use anytime. Follow the link and activate the orange promotional button in the top righthand corner and enter the code THIEL18 (case and space sensitive) when ordering tickets online. The discount saves $4 off a regular combination pass and $2 off a children’s pass.


Campus Events

Summer BBQ Visit Day
Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thiel College Campus

We’re firing up the grill for a summer BBQ! Visit Thiel College this summer for an introductory admission information session, a student-led campus tour and a picnic lunch on our beautiful quad. Learn more about Thiel from our students, faculty and staff while enjoying an afternoon filled with conversation. For questions, contact the Office of Admission at admissions@thiel.edu.

Community Events

St. Paul’s Tour of The Colony Homes
July 25 from 2–5 p.m.
The Keifer Building, 339 E. Jamestown Road, Greenville, Pa.

Meet Colony Ambassadors to learn about life at The Colony and take tours of current two- and three-bedroom homes, one-bedroom apartments and the planned two-bedroom apartments with open floor plans, laundry, patios and carports.

For more information, contact the Marketing Department at 724-589-4646.

Kiwanis Annual Chicken BBQ
Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rust Colony Square Pavillion

The annual chicken BBQ to raise money for the Kiwanis Club service projects is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8. Purchase your tickets or arrange delivery online at www.greenvillekiwanis.com or contact Mario Marini ’91 on the second floor of Roth Hall or call ext. 2022. Cost is $10 and includes half a chicken, baked potato, applesauce, roll and beverage.

Color Me Happy 5K Race, Roll & Stroll
Aug. 10 starting at 9:30 a.m.
339 East Jamestown Road

Enter the second annual 5K race hosted by St. Paul’s by July 16 to get the early registration discount ($15 per runner) and before July 26 to receive an official Color Me Happy t-shirt. Fee after early registration period is $20 per runner which includes a race map, runner’s bib and a race t-shirt. 

For more information, contact Mimi Dreher at 724-588-9613 ext. 1136.


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).

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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