GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College seniors Sandra Dean ’21 and Charlie Lichtenwalter ’21 were named the Students of the Month for March recently.
The Student of the Month is awarded to seniors. It is among the most prestigious student awards at Thiel College, with only about six students each semester earning the honor.
Dean, of Hookstown, Pa., is a 2017 graduate of South Side High School and a psychology and sociology double major. She is president of Psi Chi, the psychology honorary society, and vice president of Active Minds. Dean is a member of the Dietrich Honors Institute and a member of Lambda Sigma, the honorary society for sophomore students. She has been a teaching assistant for multiple psychology courses as well as a supplemental instructor for general psychology.
She is the daughter of Germaine Dean, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Marcie Culley, of Hookstown, Pa. and the stepdaughter of the late Allen Mixter, of Hookstown, Pa.
Dean plans to attend a clinical psychology graduate program with hopes of becoming a licensed clinical psychologist.
“Throughout my four years attending Thiel College, I have drastically grown. I have become more confident in my abilities as a student as well as a person,” Dean said. “Thiel has provided me with many experiences that have allowed me to flourish, and for that, I am grateful.”
Lichtenwalter, of Erie, Pa., is a 2017 Mercyhurst Prep High School graduate and is a business administration and accounting major.
After graduation, Lichtenwalter plans to work in either corporate financial accounting or in investment planning and research. He plans on studying to become both a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst with the goal of owning a business advisory firm.
During summers, he coaches youth basketball in a City of Erie recreational program that teaches boys and girls from 9–17 the fundamentals of basketball as well as life. For the past three summers, he has volunteered as a coach in the 9–10 division as well as a speaker discussing the benefits of the program and how to succeed in high school and college. He has also enjoyed working on his fraternity’s philanthropy projects. He established the 9/11 stair walk, assisted the Greenville American Legion in restoring their lodge and raising money for military veterans during Kappa Sigma’s See-Saw-a-Thon.
He is the son of Paul and Suzanne Lichtenwalter, of Erie Pa.
“My Thiel experience has been made great by many people that I would like to thank. Being a transfer student can be difficult to navigate, and the staff in admissions made that a very easy process; I now enjoy working in the department as a campus ambassador,” Lichtenwalter said. “The faculty in the business department also made me feel very welcome and excited to begin my academic journey. I would also attribute my experience to my coach, Dan McMillen, and my teammates on the men’s golf team. Finally, my experience has been shaped by being a member and the president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.”
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