December 11, 2019

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Thiel College announces role as a host site for Bike MS: Escape to the Lake 2020 event

Thiel College announces role as a host site for Bike MS: Escape to the Lake 2020 event

Escape to the Lake COVID-19 Update - A message from the National MS Society: “Based on current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), organizations that serve higher risk populations (such as individuals living with MS) should cancel gatherings of more than 10 people. As a result, the National MS Society is transitioning Bike MS: Escape to the Lake 2020 be held virtually. We feel this is a necessary step to help protect our local communities and all those involved in the MS movement.” Check out the Bike MS: Escape to the Lake page ( for more information. Those who have already registered and have paid for the 2020 Escape to the Lake, Thiel College will issue refunds to the MS Bike participants that paid with a credit by issuing the money back to the card. The individuals who paid by check will be refunded with a check.

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Faber, Parsley earn Thiel College December Student of the Month Honors

Faber, Parsley earn Thiel College December Student of the Month Honors

Thiel College announces Samuel Faber ’20, of Greenville, Pa., and Brenna Parsley ’20, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, as its December Students of the Month.

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Fresh Check event raises awareness on well-being

Fresh Check Day brought together approximately 250 students, faculty, and staff to engage in candid conversations about positive mental health and suicide prevention. More than 30 volunteers assisted the Counseling Center in facilitating this uplifting and engaging event.

Participants learned about the importance of tuning in to those around them and providing support and information on available resources when signs of emotional distress or suicidal thoughts are recognized. 

Community comes together for 10th annual WinterFest

Faculty and staff members, students and friends of the College attended the 10th annual WinterFest on Dec. 6 at the Rissell-Schreyer Dome. Activities included inflatables, games, food and a performance by the cheer and dance team.

Student News

Breakfast sends Phi Theta Phi off on walk

The counting and fundraising goes on...but the most current count has Phi Theta Phi raising more than $25,000 with their annual walk to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Members of the organization, faculty and staff members, alumni and a representative of Children’s Hospital attended the breakfast on Dec. 6.

  • Donations (with checks made payable to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation) can be mailed to Phi Theta Phi Alumni Association, PO Box 365, Greenville, PA 16125.
  • Donations can be made online.

Before leaving for the walk, the organization was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Fraternity brother John Ganiear ’22 was interviewed by KDKA radio following the walk. The fraternity also will appear the telethon for Children’s Hospital on KDKA TV later this month.

Campus comes together for DHI Symposium

Dietrich Honors Institute students presented their research on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the James Pedas Communication Center. 

Oral presentations were made in several classrooms and poster presentations were on display throughout the Pedas Center.

Education Department Christmas Party

Students in the Department of Education gathered on Dec. 4 for the department's annual Christmas celebration.

Chi Alpha Epsilon inducts two students

Pictured (L-R): Devan VanVliet ’20, Alec Hoffman ’21, Emily Valentine ’21 and Brett Eckroate ’20.

Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society inducted new members Alec Hoffman ’21 and Emily Valentine ’21 on Nov. 7 in the Library’s Rare Books Room. These students were presented with a membership pin and honor cords to be worn at graduation. Current members Brett Eckroate ’20 and Devan VanVliet ’20 attended the ceremony and received a pin-upgrade honor based on their spring 2019 semester grade point average of a 3.50 and higher. Michel Duncan ’20, Zechariah Dubel ’20, Mariel Hanely ’20 and Jordan McCoy ’20 also earned jewel pin upgrades, but were not in attendance.

Honorary members who assisted with the ceremony were Donna Barton, Nancy Katz, Noel Stanger ’07 and Diane Donnelly Eakin, who also serves as the society’s advisor.

Special Notes

College food pantry needs donations

The Student Life Emergency Pantry needs donations of non-perishable food items. Students with significant financial need benefit from this resource when remaining on campus over breaks. Commuter students undergoing financial hardship also utilize this resource.

Ideas for donations:

  • microwavable items such as popcorn, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, rice
  • canned items such as soup or pasta
  • granola bars
  • pop-tarts
  • crackers
  • peanut butter

Donations can be dropped off to the Counseling Center or Health Services.

If you are aware of a student with need for food and/or personal care products, please contact Melanie Broadwater ’98, Jodie Witherite or Patty Alfredo.


Campus Events

Employee Christmas Party
Dec. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Lutheran Heritage Room, Howard Miller Student Center

Annual Christmas party for Thiel College employees. Attendees should bring a non-perishable food item for the Good Shepherd Food Pantry.

For more information, contact Amy Taczanowsky at ext. 2155.

Last Day of Fall Finals
Dec. 13
Thiel College campus

The fall 2019 semester closes.

Winter Break
Dec. 13-Jan. 7Thiel College Campus

No classes but most administrative offices are open.

Atlanta–area alumni gathering
Dec. 17
Dunwoody, Ga.

Alumni in the Atlanta area are invited to a special Thiel College social event hosted at the home of Rick and Dee Callihan ’90. Mark Batt ’87 and Mario Marini ’91 from the Office of College Advancement will be the hosts.

For more information, contact Marini at ext. 2022.

South Carolina–area Alumni Gathering
Dec. 18
Aiken, S.C.

Alumni from South Carolina are invited to a special Thiel College social event hosted at Casa Bella in Aiken, S.C. Mark Batt ’87 and Mario Marini ’91 from the Office of College Advancement will be the hosts.

For more information, contact Marini at ext. 2022.

Community Events

2020 Kiwanis Dining Card
On sale now
Greenville region

For $25 a Kiwanis Dining Card has 154 discounts at 50 participating restaurants around the region.

For more information, contact Marini at ext. 2022.


Communications collateral

Employees should update the logos used on institutional materials, including email signatures, letterhead, PowerPoint slides, etc. 

Thiel College has used the shield and wordmark combination as the official institutional logo for more than a year. They are the only approved logo for academic co-curricular and institutional use. Additional athletic logo packages are also available.

Email signatures, brand resources, and a job request form are all available online. A Dropbox folder has been set up with instructions and the materials necessary to create new email signatures. Employees can find other Thiel College-branded resources including letterhead, logos and PowerPoint slides in the same folder.

Thiel College community members who need help with communications and marketing initiatives and collateral can now request those services with a job form. The request form is available on the communications and marketing webpage or linked directly below.

For more information, email the office.

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).

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