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Inaugural Thiel College camp puts high school students in touch with high tech media


Inaugural Thiel College camp puts high school students in touch with high tech media

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announces its inaugural summer media camp for high school students is July 13-17. Camp attendees will work with Thiel College’s high-definition television equipment and editing software in the new, state-of-the-art James Pedas Communication Center to produce television and radio public service announcements.

The camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day and will focus on developing media creativity. Camp attendees will collaborate on creating, storyboarding and editing the public service announcements. The camp will also provide area students entering grades 9-12 the opportunity to work with Thiel College’s experienced media and advertising professionals and faculty. Students will learn video and audio recording techniques and be given a copy of their completed projects to include in their portfolio.

The Pedas Center, opened in the fall of 2014, is home to Thiel College’s Communication Department, and also houses the College’s television set and radio studio.

“The summer media camp is a great opportunity for high school students to work together as a team, using advanced technology, to create radio and TV PSAs.” Media Production Engineer at Thiel College and former production specialist at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh Michael McElroy said. “At the end of the camp, students will have finished products they can add to their professional portfolios.”

Camp costs $100 and scholarships are available. For more information on the camp, email McElroy at mmcelroy@thiel.edu.

About the James Pedas Communication Center

The 20,000 square foot Pedas Center is home to the television studio and radio station, the College newspaper, Communication Department and Office of Admissions. The academic spaces in the $6.8 million building include the amphitheater style Stamm Lecture Hall, flexible classrooms, collaborative areas and a 24-hour computer lab with more than 20 computers.

Trustee emeritus Dr. James Pedas, a 1950 graduate of Thiel College and recipient of an honorary doctorate from the College in 1989, provided the lead gift for this project as well as the inspiration and momentum to turn this vision into a reality. Students from all majors benefit from the Pedas Communication Center as they get instruction and guidance on how to incorporate modern communication methods into their professional lives. The Pedas Center was recognized in February 2015 as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certified building for its conservation techniques and commitment to renewable resources.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 and remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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