Thiel Begins 145th Academic Year
August 26, 2010
GREENVILLE, PA–Thiel College began its 145th academic year on Thursday when members of the class of 2014 arrived on campus for orientation activities.
More than 400 new students joined the student body this year and began classes today, said Thiel College President Dr. Troy VanAken.
“It was gratifying to see so many smiling young faces at this year’s Opening Convocation,” said VanAken. “Their excitement to begin this new phase of their lives is infectious, and they will be a vibrant addition to both the Thiel College and Greenville communities. I think we can expect a lot of great things in the years to come from the class of 2014.”
The first-year students were welcomed at the annual opening convocation ceremony on August 26 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center. VanAken hosted the ceremony and joined faculty and staff in welcoming the new students as well as their parents and other friends of the college. Dr. Lynn Franken, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college; Mike McKinney ’02, dean of students; and Matt Saur ’11 of Eldersburg, Md., president of the Student Government Association, also addressed the students.
During the opening convocation, students signed the academic honor code, a statement of intent that students will abide by the academic requirements and regulations of the college.
A welcome picnic for new students and their families followed the ceremony on the Howard Miller Student Center terrace and lawn. Orientation activities for freshmen continued through August 30.
About Thiel College
Founded in 1866, Thiel College is a liberal arts, sciences and professional studies institution located in Greenville, Pa., that provides a great balance of academic challenge, personal and social involvement, and exceptional value to its 1,000 students. For more information about Thiel College, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, visit www.thiel.edu or call 800-24-THIEL.