GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announces Austin Hall ’17, of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Jennifer Rickens ’17, of Pittsburgh, as its December Students of the Month.
Hall is an English and history major with a minor in classical languages. He is involved in the Alpha Chi national honor society, the Phi Alpha Theta college history honor society, the Alpha Psi Omega college theater honor society, the Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society, the Tomcat Political Society and the Lambda Sigma national sophomore honor society. He is a member of the Dietrich Honors Institute, Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Thiel Players. He is also the founder and president of VAQ humanities and research society.
Hall plans to attend graduate school to study German history, get a doctorate and teach at the collegiate level.
“I have loved my time at Thiel,” Hall said. “I've always felt like Thiel was one big, sometimes unorthodox, loving and happy family. My many thanks go out to the history, English, theater, and Dietrich Honors Institute faculty who have always treated me kindly, pushed me farther than I ever thought possible and made me the best possible undergraduate scholar of which I could have dreamed. They have all successfully prepared me, emotionally and mentally, for graduate school. Best of luck to the remaining students, and thank you to all who have graciously helped me throughout this wonderful journey.”
The son of James and Lori Hall of Beaver Falls, Pa., he is a 2013 graduate of Riverside High School.
Rickens is a binary engineering major also studying physics and mathematics. She is involved in the Kappa Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society, the Order of Omega Greek leadership honor society, the Dietrich Honor Institute, Sigma Kappa sorority, the Health Professions Institute, lacrosse and soccer teams, the Thiel Christian Fellowship, and the Thiel Activities Board. She is also a member of the Les Lauriers scholarship, leadership and service honorary society.
“My experience at Thiel has been nothing short of phenomenal,” Rickens said. “I have grown in ways I could have never imagined and participated in countless opportunities which have really opened my eyes to the world around me. My professors ensure that I am doing the best I can by encouraging me during challenging courses and allowing me to excel at those in which I thrive. It humbles me thinking of all the wonderful people in the Thiel community who have helped me achieve my goals and I only hope to make them proud in my future endeavors.”
Rickens plans to finish her engineering degree at the University of Pittsburgh and then pursue a doctorate in biomedical engineering.
A 2013 graduate of Chartiers Valley High School, she is the daughter of Cheryl and Myron Rickens, of Pittsburgh.
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.
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