Student and institutional achievements top list of 2020’s most read stories

GREENVILLE, Pa.—In a year that was unlike any other in the College’s history, it was still stories about student and institutional achievements that were among some of the most popular items in the Thiel College Newsroom in 2020. The following are the Top 10 stories based on the number of views in the Thiel College Newsroom, media attention and social media impact.

10. U.S. News & World Report singles out Thiel College as a top regional college in Northwestern Pa.

Sept. 21/ Thiel College was ranked as the top school in northwestern Pennsylvania overall and recognized for the social mobility of its graduates among the Regional Colleges in the North in the 36th edition of U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings.

9. Thiel College student-teachers headed to Greenville High School

Aug. 19/ Three Thiel College students will do their student teaching at Greenville High School this fall.

8. Four members of Thiel College’s Class of 2020 share valedictorian and salutatorian honors

May 4/ Four members of the Thiel College Class of 2020 received valedictorian and salutatorian honors as part of the College’s celebration of its graduating class. Angela Campbell ’20Mariel Hanely ’20 and Nash Matson ’20 earned valedictorian honors with perfect 4.0 grade point averages, while Matthew Crawford ’20 was salutatorian.

7. Thiel’s new M.B.A. program includes Leadership offering designed for non-business majors

June 3/ Thiel College’s new Master of Business Administration program began with its first classes in July. The program also includes a path for non-business majors to acquire a sought-after business credential.

6. Greenville-native Nicholas Samson named director of bands and choir at Thiel College

July 24/ Nicholas Samson was named the director of bands and choir at Thiel College. Samson oversees music groups on campus as well as teaching within the Department of Music and Theatre. Samson is the ninth director in the choir’s 68-year history.

5. Thiel College makes plans to be open and hosting in-person classes on campus in the fall

May 26/ Thiel College announced its plans to resume in-person campus instruction the fall. Following the guidelines and recommendations of the Pennsylvania departments of Health and Education, the Governor’s office, and federal agencies, the College implemented a new schedule for the fall semester, enhancing its technological capacity, and establishing new health and safety protocols.

4. Thiel College plays a starring role in new Coca-Cola college football advertising campaign

Aug. 14/ The ad debuted in 2019, but one year later, the readers in the Thiel College Newsroom still love the ad. Thiel College was featured prominently in Coca-Cola’s college football advertising campaign that debuted Saturday morning on ESPN’s broadcast of “College Game Day.”

3. Thiel College announces Dean’s List for Fall 2019

Jan. 7/ Two-hundred-eighty-six students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester.

2. Thiel College announces Dean’s List for Spring 2020

May 19/ Three-hundred-fifty students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester.

1. Thiel College awards degrees to members of the Class of 2020

May 8/ An in-person ceremony might have been put on hold, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of Thiel College Newsroom readers who checked in to read the list of graduates following the spring 2020 academic semester.

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 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.