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Thiel Forums Announced for Spring 2013


GREENVILLE, Pa.—This spring, the Faculty Executive Committee of Thiel College will host the Thiel Forum Initiative each month through April. Each Forum is presented from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Sawhill-Georgian Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

The Thiel Forums feature faculty, students, staff and administrators presenting their academic research, projects and publications. It also will provide an opportunity for faculty who were on sabbatical or who attained faculty awards to share their research and study experiences with the community.

The spring 2013 presenters are:

  • Jan. 17: Dr. Cindy Sutton, sociology, will discuss her sabbatical research; and students Leah Kook, Joslyn Cook and Emily Friedrich, who will present their study abroad experiences as Vira I. Heinz Scholars.
  • Feb. 21: Dr. Ellen Lippert, art, will discuss her forthcoming book and speak about publishing; Dr. Chris Stanisky, chemistry, will discuss grant writing. Students Kourtney Polvinale, Amos Moon and Kara Brussard will demonstrate their talents in ballet, guitar and violin respectively. PLEASE NOTE: THE FEB. 21 FACULTY FORUM WILL BE HELD IN THE LUTHERAN HERITAGE ROOM.
  • March 21: Dr. David Buck, history, , will discuss his recent trip to Nicaragua as a recipient of both a sabbatical and the Rowley Endowment Scholarship, and the two students who accompanied him on the trip: Brooklyn Ishman and Rebecca Crawford.
  • April 11: Dr. Robert Wells, political science, will share his research on the propaganda activities of the Committee on Public Information (CPI) during World War I; Dr. Fatimata Pale, biology, will discuss her year-long sabbatical in Africa; and Study Abroad Coordinator Dr. Matt Morgan will present Thiel’s study abroad opportunities. Senior Ryan Pepper also will discuss his chemistry research.

The Thiel Forum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is an independent college 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. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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