Archivist installed as president of national sophomore honor society

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College archivist John Hauser ’71 was installed recently as the president of the national Lambda Sigma honorary society for sophomore students.

Hauser became an adviser for Lambda Sigma when the Thiel chapter was installed in 1977 and has served as an adviser to both the Thiel and University of Pittsburgh chapters. He joined the national board in 1999 and served as ritual adviser and vice president. His installation as president of Lambda Sigma was Sept. 24.

Lambda Sigma Society is a national honor society for second year students and is a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies since 1981. Lambda Sigma meets the strict guidelines for organizational excellence and scholastic eligibility required for continued membership in the association.

Hauser graduated from Thiel, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, in 1971 with a degree in psychology. As a student, he joined the Phi Theta Phi fraternity and continues to participate in fraternity events to this day. He worked at Thiel from 1971-1986 and served as director of admissions from 1975-1980, director of admissions and financial aid from 1980-1982, and director of alumni affairs from 1982-1986. He served as director of development for the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Arts and Sciences from 1986-1988. In 1988, Hauser became the executive director of development at Franklin College in Franklin, Ind. He was named Thiel College’s executive director of development in 1996 and has served as Thiel College’s archivist since his retirement in 2007 after working in higher education for 36 years. Hauser earned his Master of Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. Hauser won the Lifetime Service Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 2007. Hauser and his wife, Nancy (Gibson) ’75, were honored with the Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award in February during the College’s annual Founders’ Day celebration.

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