GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announces that as part of the celebration and recognition of Martin Luther King Jr., it will host the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner that will honor members of the Thiel College community who embody the ideals of the civil rights leader. The event begins at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.
The event’s theme is “The Celebration of Mindfulness, Love and Kindness.” Students, faculty and staff members, alumni and community members were eligible for the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Thiel College Community Service Awards. In addition to honoring members of the Thiel College community, author, ordained minister, educator and motivational speaker Dr. T. Leon Williams will be the keynote presenter. Williams wrote the books “The First-Year College Experience Handbook Strategies for Academic Success and Character Developments,” “Mentoring College Men to Lead the Next Generation of Young Scholars: The Blueprint for Developing Men of Character,” and “The View from the Mountaintop.”
The event is free and open to all, but attendees must RSVP to insure seating and dinner is available.
Thiel student community service award winner is Brianna Gibbs ’19. The Faculty/Staff award will go to Pastor Jayne Thompson; and the Alumni/Community award will be given to Ronnell Hunt ’15.
“These awards honor positive role models in our Thiel community but also in the greater community that extends far off campus,” Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Anthony E. Jones said. “Whether it’s as a student championing diversity on campus, or as a staff member that has brought multifaceted viewpoints to campus to speak to our community or as alumnus who spreads the message of the open and inclusive community they found in their time at Thiel, each of these winners represents an important piece of Dr. King’s philosophy. We are proud of these winners and congratulate each of them for their past accomplishments and look forward with great optimism to the ways they will continue to spread the message of mindfulness, kindness and love.”
Thompson has also invited Williams to be the guest preacher for the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. interfaith service at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the David Johnson Memorial Chapel. The Thiel Choir will perform at the event, too.
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