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Seven students named Pedas Fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year


GREENVILLE, Pa.—James Pedas Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., announced seven students from a variety of majors compose the 2016-2017 class of Thiel College Pedas Fellows.

“This is a very impressive group of Pedas Fellows this year, including two returning Fellows, Liz Carlson and Brianna Walkup. Their responsibilities this year to the campus Presentational Literacy initiative and the campus generally are vital, and we are all looking forward to another productive year,” Claussen said.

The 2016-2017 Pedas Fellows:

  • Liz Carlson ’18 is a communication studies major from Kane, Pa. She is a 2013 graduate of Kane Area High School.
  • Alicia Glover ’18 is a business administration major from Waterford, Pa. She is a 2013 graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School.
  • Irene Hooks ’17 is a public relations, advertising and integrated marketing communication major from Ford City, Pa. She is a 2014 graduate of Ford City Junior/Senior High School.
  • Payton Patterson ’17 is a media communication major from East Palestine, Ohio. She is a 2014 graduate East Palestine High School.
  • Brianna Walkup ’17 is a business administration and mortuary science major from Pittsburgh. She is a 2014 graduate of Baldwin High School.
  • Paige Onomastico ’17 is an early childhood and special education major from Bridgeville, Pa. She is a 2014 graduate of Chartiers Valley High School.
  • Keenan Weimer ’18 is an English major from Duncannon, Pa. He is a 2015 graduate of Greenwood High School.

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; help with 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 executive director of the Pedas Center; with assistance from Media Production Engineer Mike Battisti and Assistant Professor of Communication Ross Nugent.

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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 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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