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Lead donor James Pedas, Pennsylvania First Lady to be on hand for Pedas Center Dedication


Lead donor James Pedas, Pennsylvania First Lady to be on hand for Pedas Center Dedication

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Washington D.C.-businessman and movie producer James Pedas ’50 H’89 will attend the dedication of the $6.8 million James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College at 11 a.m. Saturday during his alma mater’s Homecoming festivities.

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett will be on campus later that day to tour the facility and help commemorate the first new academic building on campus in 40 years. Corbett also will attend several on-campus events to mark Thiel’s Homecoming.

Pedas, a Farrell native, is known for his role in producing The Coen brothers’ films “Barton Fink,” “Raising Arizona,” “Miller’s Crossing,” and “Blood Simple.” Pedas and his brother, Ted, were active in the entertainment industry and later formed a company to oversee their investments in real estate and commercial development as well parking facilities in the Washington D.C. area.

The James Pedas Communication Center is a 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art collaborative learning environment where students engage in film, TV, radio, news production and other multimedia-rich learning experiences that will prepare them for tomorrow’s evolving information society. Building features include sophisticated labs and studios, dynamic classrooms and learning spaces, a new Office of Admission and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

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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