Nine students earn year-long roles in communication program as Pedas Fellows

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, announces nine students from a variety of majors make up the 2017-2018 Thiel College Pedas Fellows.

This year’s Pedas Fellows are a highly skilled group, including three returning Fellows, Paige Onomastico, Payton Patterson and Keenan Weimer, and the Pedas Fellows’ first international student, Xin Ning (Eunice) Tan,” James Pedas Professor of Media, Communication and Public Relations and Executive Director of the James Pedas Communication Center Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., said. “Five Pedas Fellows are working as teaching assistants for Presentational Literacy, a critical core curriculum course, and all are assisting their fellow students from across campus.”

The Pedas Fellows’ role is to assist other students with media and computer hardware and software in the James Pedas Communication Center; aid students with other communication skills and processes, such as preparing presentations; serve as teaching assistants for the Presentational Literacy course in the College’s core curriculum; and support courses across campus with communication needs such as video recording. The Pedas Fellows are supervised by Claussen, who is also Chair of the Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations; with assistance from Media Production Engineer Mike Battisti and Assistant Professor Ross Nugent, a film, video and television specialist. 

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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 new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master 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 as it celebrates 150 years.