Director of Public Relations
75 College Avenue
Greenville, PA 16125
|THIEL OPENS DOORS TO DISPLACED STUDENTS,
For immediate release September 7, 2005
GREENVILLE, PA - Thiel College is opening its doors
to displaced students and higher education employees from Gulf Coast colleges that are now closed or under repair
as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
"Part of our mission statement charges us to promote ethical and responsible service," said Dr. Lance A. Masters,
Thiel College President and CEO. "As the nation watches and responds to the catastrophic effects of Hurricane
Katrina, that charge meets reality."
Masters said displaced students are invited, on a space available basis, to complete their fall semesters at Thiel
College. The college will waive the fall semester's tuition.
"We don't want our young people to put their futures on hold," Masters said.
The college has also developed an Adopt-a-Family Program which would offer temporary employment and housing to
one family with at least one college or university employee.
"We want to help out a family that is without a home or employment as a result of the devastation caused by the
hurricane - we're offering a place to stay and work while they rebuild their lives," Masters said.
Classes at Thiel College began on Aug. 29, so students interested in attending Thiel must contact the college by
Friday, Sept. 9. Displaced students will need to be enrolled in classes by Monday, Sept. 12. To take advantage
of this offer, please call Dr. W. Jeffrey Welsh, vice president for academic affairs, at 1.800.248.4435.
For information regarding the Adopt-a-Family Program please contact Scott Hartle, vice president for financial
services, at 1.800.248.4435.