Alumni Honored at Homecoming 2010 by yaoyufang


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               Alumni Honored at Homecoming 2010                                                                                   providing access to educational
                                                                                                                                   and research services for students
                                                                                                                                   at all levels. Since both were first
                 From a public servant who traveled the world to a school teacher who never left her hometown                      employed at Thiel College in
               of Greenville, a wide variety of life experiences, successes and years of service were on display                   1959, their combined professional
               at the annual Alumni Award Ceremony at Homecoming this year. But one thing that this year’s                         careers in education span more
               seven Alumni Award recipients share is the profound impact that a Thiel education had on their                      than 90 years of service.
                                                                                                                                     Tom is the founding president
               lives. Their inspiring stories were presented to a group of students, staff and faculty, alumni
                                                                                                                                   and C.E.O. of National LambdaRail
               and friends on Friday, Sept. 17 in the Lutheran Heritage Room. Thiel is proud to celebrate this                     (NLR), serving there until 2009.
               special group’s achievements and lives of service to their families, community, alma mater and                      Today, NLR is comprised of
               the world. Congratulations all!                                                                                     members from more than 100
                                                                                                                                   U.S. research universities focused
                                                      every Homecoming for the last 20        renovation of the Howard Miller      on implementing and operating
                   Service	to	Thiel	Award             years. She has served as a mentor to    Student Center.                      a national network infrastructure
                       Service to Thiel Award         presidential and board spouses; an        The Davis family has welcomed      for the advanced networking
                     recipients are nominated         ambassador sharing the College’s        international students from Nepal,   needs of the research and
                   for their loyalty, service and     mission with local, regional and        Japan, China, Korea, Africa and      education communities. Before
                         devotion to Thiel.           national constituencies; and has        Sri Lanka into their home and        joining NLR, Tom spent more
                                                      been a tremendous resource of           offered hospitality and a chance     than four decades in the research       The 2010 Alumni Award recipients—pictured from left to right are Dave Andrews, Bill Parker, Mary Jo
                     David	’63	and	Mary	Jo	           information for new members                                                                                                    Andrews, Justin Napotnik, Barbara Taylor Davis, Tom West and Lynn West.
                                                                                              to share information about their     and higher education community,
                     (Enlow)	’63	Andrews              joining the Thiel community.            own cultures. Davis has worked as    including serving as the assistant     Prison. Over a more than 40-year                    Ivory Coast, Trinidad and Tobago,
                 From their student days on                                                   an Admissions Office volunteer,      vice chancellor for information        career in education, she served                     Suriname, the Philippines and
               campus, through their commitment           Barbara	(Taylor)	Davis	’51          sharing the importance of a faith-   resources and technology for the       as a college registrar’s assistant,                 NATO Headquarters in Brussels,
               to family, career and community,         The love Barbara Davis has            based, liberal arts education and    California State University system     university academic adviser, junior                 Belgium and India; served multiple
               Dave and Mary Jo Andrews have          for Thiel College is legendary.         the relevance that it continues to   and directing the information and      high and senior high school English                 tours in Washington, D.C.; and
               stayed connected to Thiel and          During her time as a student,           have with prospective students.      computer services for the Indiana      and journalism teacher as well as                   participated in numerous military
               involved in its progress. From         she was an engaged member of            One of her fondest memories is       University System. Earlier in          an assistant principal at both levels.              and     diplomatic    operational
               enthusiastic attendance at alumni      the community participating in          participating in the 1999 Thiel      his career, he held a number of                                                            activities overseas. Parker also
                                                                                                                                                                           While retiring recently, the Wests
               and student events to membership       Chi Omega sorority, Pan-Hellenic        Choir tour of the American south.    positions, including mathematics                                                           was the foreign affairs adviser
                                                                                                                                                                          continue their commitment to
               on the Board of Trustees, they         Council, Thiel Players, band,                                                instructor, assistant development                                                          to General James E. Cartwright,
                                                                                                It is her belief in the “Thiel                                            education today. Lynn continues
               have a 40-year history of volunteer    German Club and The Endymion.                                                director, vice chancellor for                                                              former commander of the U.S.
                                                                                              Family” that has not only                                                   as principal with Anaheim Adult
               service to Thiel.                                                                                                   administration       and    college                                                        Strategic Command.
                                                        Her appreciation of music and         continued her connection to Thiel                                           Education, on a consultant basis.
                 Dave and Mary Jo met while           talent as a flutist led her to begin,   but strengthened that relationship   president. Tom has served on a         Tom participates on Thiel’s Board                       He was the first African
               students and upon graduation went      as a student, what would become         since graduation. During her         variety of boards and is a noted       of Trustees. They reside in Newport                 American to serve as POLAD
               on to marry, develop careers, have     a more than 60-year affiliation         career, she was a math teacher at    speaker and publisher.                 Coast, Calif., and have four children               (foreign policy adviser), a role
               a family and become community          with the Greenville Symphony            Penn High School in Greenville,        Lynn is an advocate for quality,     and nine grandchildren.                             that has significant national and
               and regional leaders.                  Orchestra, during which she             Pa., and serves as a volunteer for   excellence and standards in all                                                            international     responsibilities
                 Dave’s dedication to his alma        played with Pittsburgh Symphony         various community activities.        aspects of a student’s educational          William	“Bill”	Parker	’75                      including     coordinating    and
               mater includes membership on           harpist Gretchen VanHosen                 Davis resides in Greenville with   experience. Since 2005, she              William Parker is the vice                        implementing      the    general’s
               the Alumni Board, service as a past    and also played under guest             her husband. They have three         has served as the principal of         president for international affairs                 program for military-to-military
               president of the College’s Alumni      conductor Alex Trebek. Davis has        daughters, Cynthia, Pamela and       Anaheim Adult Education, part          for 21st Century Systems, Inc. and                  engagement initiatives with senior
               Association and membership on          accompanied the Thiel Choir and         Roberta, and six grandchildren       of the Anaheim Union High              is an adjunct fellow for national                   personnel in Russia, China and
               Thiel Board of Trustees—a role         the Thiel Players on the flute          with one more on the way.            School District. Her work as an        security analysis at Johns Hopkins                  India. He also played a key role
               he has been committed to since         during various programs.                                                     advocate for the adult education       University Applied Physics Lab.                     in designing and assisting in the
               1983. Currently, Dave serves             Her dedication to her alma                  Distinguished	Alumni	          program and its students is widely                                                         creation of the Joint Information
                                                                                                                                                                          He serves as special adviser for
               as the Board treasurer and also        mater has taken many forms over                      Award                   recognized. Lynn has chaired                                                               Operations Warfare Command to
                                                                                                                                                                          international affairs at the Space
               is the chair of the Finance and        her lifetime including service on            Recipients are nominated        numerous accreditation visitation      Foundation. Parker has more                         support the commander and the
               Investment Committee, where            boards, volunteering at events,           for outstanding contributions      committees for the Western             than 30 years of management and                     secretary of defense in addressing
               leadership has been invaluable.        being a member of the 1998                     to their profession.          Association of Schools and             executive leadership experience                     the Department of Defense Global
                 Mary Jo is an active presence on     Presidential Search Committee                                                Colleges. In this volunteer role,      in government in more than 50                       Information Operations. Parker
               campus and a frequent supporter        and writing letters as a class             Dr.	Thomas	’59	and	Lynn	          Lynn has chaired committees that       countries. He retired with the rank                 also coordinated the commander’s
               of many Thiel activities. She can      agent for more than five decades.              (Soper)	’63	West              have accredited schools ranging        of minister-counselor with the U.S.                 international engagements with
               been seen at sporting events,          Davis and her husband, Bob, were                                             from public schools, private or        Department of State.                                Russian and Indian space force
                                                                                               Tom and Lynn West have a            church-sponsored schools to the                                                            commanders.
               graduation, building dedications       involved with the creation of the                                                                                     During his Foreign Service career,
                                                                                              shared passion for excellence in     education program in San Quentin
               and student presentations as well as   Friends of Art Gallery during the                                                                                   Parker served in embassies in
                                                                                              education and commitment to                                                                                                                              See page 31 for more.

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Alumni News                                                                                                                             Continued from page 29
                   Alumni Holiday Event                  A Black & White Affair                                                          Parker and his wife, Carol, whom he met at
                   Dec. 9, 2010
                   6-8 p.m.
                                                         Feb. 12, 2011
                                                         9 p.m.-2 a.m.
                                                                                                                                        Thiel, remain close with many alumni friends
                                                                                                                                        and currently reside in Derwood, Md.
                   Squaw Creek Country Club,             Thiel College                           Upcoming                                                                                               Class of 1986!
                   Vienna, Ohio                          Alumni are invited to attend this                                                         Young	Alumni	Award
                                                         special Thiel community ball on          Alumni                                         Young alumni awardees are
                   Southern California
                   Palm Springs: Jan. 7, 2011
                                                                                                  Events                                    nominated for their potential for future
                                                                                                                                           accomplishments in their professions and
                   4-6 p.m.                              Detroit-Area & Lacrosse                                                                    service to the College.
                   Host: Dr. Chuck Inacker ’58           Game vs. Albion
                                                         Pontiac, Mich.
                   Newport Coast: Jan. 8, 2011                                                                                                        Dr.	Justin	Napotnik	’04
                                                         Feb. 26, 2011
                   4-6:30 p.m.                                                                                                            Justin Napotnik received his Bachelor of
                                                         Game: 1-4 p.m./Event: 5-7 p.m.
                   Hosts:Tom ’59 & Lynn ’63 West                                                                                        Science degree from Thiel College in 2004
                                                         Chicago, Illinois                                                              and played football for four years while at
                                                         Feb. 27, 2011                                                                  Thiel. Napotnik was one of 15 student athletes
                   Jan. 10, 2011
                                                         Exact location and time TBA                                                    across the nation to receive an $18,000 post-
                   4-6 p.m.                                                                                                             graduate scholarship from the National Football
                   Hosts: Ken ’57 & Joyce Bash,                                                       Contact the Director of Alumni
                                                         South Pittsburgh                               Services, Lauren Oman, at       Foundation for his excellence on the field of
                   Scottsdale, Ariz.                     March 24, 2011                                                                 play and in the classroom.
                                                         Exact location and time TBA
                   Texas                                                                            724-589-2042 with questions or to     Napotnik’s success began in Sharpsville High
                   Houston: Jan. 11, 2011                Harrisburg/Philadelphia/                        RSVP for alumni events.        School. He was valedictorian of his graduating
                   5-7 p.m.                              Washington, D.C.                                                               class in 2000 and a four-year letter winner in
                                                                                                  Visit for more   football, basketball and baseball, earning First
                   Daily Grill—Houston Galleria          May 18-20, 2011                                information about events        Team All State in football in 1999.
                   Dallas: Jan. 12, 2011                 Exact locations and times TBA                    as they are scheduled.
                                                                                                                                          After graduating from Thiel, he went on to
                   4-6 p.m.                                                                                                             Palmer College of Chiropractic, founded by
                   Host: Connie Hutzell ’59                                                                                                                                                  The Class of 1986 won the first-ever President’s
                                                                                                                                        the Palmer family, who developed chiropractic        Challenge for the 2009-2010 fiscal year with giving
                                                                                                                                        studies in the late 1800s. The school was the
                                                                                                                                                                                             participation of 15 percent.
                                                                                                                                        first of its kind in the world and is the largest
                                                                                                                                        chiropractic college today. He graduated with        The President’s Challenge is a competition among
                                                                                                                                        honors in 2008 from its Port Orange, Fla., campus.   the graduates of the past 25 years to increase their
                                                                                                                                          Napotnik returned to Mercer County upon            class giving. At the 2010 Homecoming celebration,
                                   Ciao Italia!                                                                                         graduation because of his “love for the people       Dan McMillen ’86 accepted the honor on behalf of
                                   The beauty, culture and tastes of Italy can be yours to enjoy this spring —                          and the advantages of small town life.” Napotnik     his class. The class’ year will be engraved on the
                                                                                                                                        and his wife, Jinine, a chiropractor herself,        President’s Cup, which was presented to McMillen
                                   thanks to EF College Study Tours and Thiel College.
                                                                                                                                        celebrated the addition of their daughter,
                                                                                                                                                                                             by Director of The Thiel Fund Kelly Bailey and
                                   This year’s international trip will depart from Pittsburgh on May 17 and last                        Elizabeth (“Ella”), on June 13, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                                             President Troy VanAken. The cup will reside in a
                                   11 days. The tour itinerary includes visits to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna                         His business, Back 2 Heath Chiropractic, is
                                                                                                                                                                                             place of honor in Roth Hall.
                                   and Venice plus Milan and the Lake Como Region. Tour highlights include a                            located in the Greenville Orthopedic Center
                                   walking tour of Rome, a visit to the Accademia Museum in Florence and the                            in Greenville, Pa. His office is a wellness-         The race is on for this year’s President’s Challenge
                                   Doges’ Palace in Venice, and a cruise of Lake Como. Your tour companions                             based family practice with special emphasis on       winner for classes 1986-2010—donate to The Thiel
                                                                                                                                        sports injuries. Napotnik is the only chiropractor   Fund today to put your class in the lead!
                                   will be students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends of Thiel College!
                                                                                                                                        in Greenville offering spinal decompression
                                   Tour fees include all airfare, hotel, guided tour and breakfast and dinner                           therapy. He has a particular affinity for his alma
                                   costs. (Visit the EF Tours Web site for current trip costs.)                                         mater and donates time during the football
                                                                                                                                        season to treat athletes at the school and sees      Calling All Artists & Writers!
                                   For more info, please contact Barbara Long-Cooper (tour #649853) at                                  many of them in his office.
                                   724-589-2052, Susan Cowan (tour #424545) at 724-589-2063 or Dr. Lori                                                                                      Written and artistic expression are major areas of
                                                                                                                                          Napotnik is a member of the Greenville Rotary      communication and a large part of our daily lives. The
                                   Moroco (tour #424374) at 724-589-2041.                                                               Club. You can also find him working out in           Phoenix, Thiel’s literary magazine, allows creativity and
                                   To enroll, visit and enter a tour number                          Thiel’s weight room or playing basketball in         communication to unite. If you are interested in sharing
                                                                                                                                        the gym. He also volunteers time and expertise       creative works (poems, short stories, photographs or art
                                   from above or call EF Customer Accounts at 800-665-5364.
                                                                                                                                        to local businesses and community groups             pieces), please submit them to by
                                                                                                                                        through his enhancement workshops, which             Jan. 7 for the spring issue of The Phoenix. Please limit
                                                                                                                                        help educate the Greenville community about          written entries to two pages, single spaced.
                                                                                                                                        health and wellness.

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