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|THIEL TO KICK OFF ITS 139TH ACADEMIC
For immediate release August 23, 2005
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Thiel College begins its 139th academic year
this week when members of the class of 2009 arrive on campus for orientation activities.
Roughly 450 new freshmen will join the student body this year, helping to kick the enrollment figure above last
year's. The college expects about 1,300 students on campus for the start of fall classes on Monday, Aug. 29. Last
year's headcount registered at 1,245.
New freshmen will be welcomed at the annual opening convocation ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the William A.
Passavant Memorial Center. Dr. Lance A. Masters, Thiel president and CEO, is to host the convocation and join faculty
and staff in welcoming the new students, parents and friends.
Dr. W. Jeffrey Welsh, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, and Roseanne Gill-Jacobson,
vice president for student engagement and success and dean of students, will also address the students. Dr. Michael
Bray, Thiel Choir conductor and professor of music, with the Rev. Dr. Paul A. Baglyos on guitar, will provide special
music, "Pray and Work for Peace."
"Pray and Work for Peace" is a song inspired by a letter written to school children by Thiel alumnus Lt. Paul
Bush '66, U.S. Marine Corps, during the Vietnam War.
During the opening convocation ceremony students will sign the academic honor code, a statement of intent that
students will abide by the academic requirements and regulations at the college.
A gala for new students and their families will follow the ceremony on the Howard Miller Student Center terrace
Orientation activities for freshmen continue the rest of the week and throughout the weekend, acquainting first-year
students with the college's people, places, traditions and expectations. The orientation program also features
a white water rafting trip to Ohiopyle on Saturday.