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Three Thiel College videos earn national industry recognition


GREENVILLE, Pa.—The Thiel College Office of Communications and Marketing had three videos selected for recognition in the third annual Education Digital Marketing Awards.

Thiel College was among just seven silver award winners in the Digital Video category that recognized 40 entrants with gold, silver or merit awards. Thiel’s “Move-in Day Highlights” video that took viewers through the entire move-in process and Opening Convocation celebration earned the silver award. A video outlining the objectives of the Thiel 2016 Capital Campaign and a light-hearted look at campus improvement projects in “Summer 2015 Projects – Tommy’s Dream Sequence” were recognized with merit awards.

The Education Digital Marketing Awards are given after a review by a national panel of industry specialists, who judge creativity, marketing execution, message impact, technology application and innovation content.

All three videos were produced by the Office of Communications and Marketing and utilized the technology in the James Pedas Communication Center, which opened in August 2014. Media Production Engineer Mike McElroy shot, edited and produced the videos with assistance from media communication major Trent Keisling ’15.

“These videos highlight our commitment to new media and our strategy of communicating directly with a digitally engaged audience,” Vice President for Technology and Marketing Kurt Ashley, M.B.A., said. “The state-of-the-art technology in the James Pedas Communication Center has had an impact on students, staff and alumni. These awards give validation to the excellent digital assets the Center has made possible.”

The College’s YouTube channel launched in January 2014 and has logged more than 30,000 views.

About the James Pedas Communication Center

The 20,000 square foot Pedas Center is home to the high-definition television studio, radio station, College newspaper, Department of Communication and Office of Admission. The academic spaces in the $6.8 million building include the amphitheater-style Stamm Lecture Hall, flexible classrooms and 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-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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