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Six Thiel College students win library research awards at 13th annual event


Six Thiel College students win library research awards at 13th annual event

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College’s Langenheim Memorial Library presented the 13th annual Library Research Awards and the Professor Evelyn C. Baer Exemplary Writing Awards on November 11 in the library to celebrate the achievements of students nominated by their professors.

The Library Research Awards recognize and reward excellent research skills and student scholarship, and they also promote library instruction and collaboration between librarians and faculty. The Professor Evelyn C. Baer Exemplary Writing Awards separately recognize excellence in student writing.

“These awards showcase student scholarly research efforts, the library’s partnerships with faculty, and the broader college curriculum by infusing informational literacy (an all-College goal) into the fabric of our curriculum through library instruction sessions taught by librarians,” said Library Director Tressa Snyder. “I am excited to promote these awards every year and to see the joy shine out of the eyes of the students being nominated, the presenters, and the proud faculty who have been champions of quality research and writing. These awards truly close the loop in the education process at Thiel, encompassing the close personal attention that students receive from faculty and librarians and celebrating the learning and achievement that students gain from the high-quality liberal arts education they receive at Thiel College.” 

Any faculty member who has participated in a library instruction session during the most recent fall or spring semester is eligible to nominate one student per class taught by a librarian. Winning students present their research during the awards ceremony.

Library Research Award Recipients

  • Molly Shepler ’22, an English major and 2018 Punxsutawney High School graduate, was recognized for her research work “Dialects and Linguistic Replacement: How Language Impacts Cultural and Social Perceptions.”
  • Emma Deitz ’24, a communication sciences and disorders major and 2020 McDowell (Pa.) High School graduate, was recognized for her research work “Childhood Language Disorders and the Impact on Psychological Progress.”

Evelyn C. Baer Notable College Writing Award Recipient

  • Alex Palonis ’22, a psychology major and 2018 North Hills (Pa.) High School graduate, was recognized for their research work, “Is There Internalized Oppression Among Black Sexual Minority Women?”.

Writing Honorable Mention

  • Samantha Walker ’21, an English major and 2016 graduate of Reynolds (Pa.) High School was recognized for two works, “The Future of the United States Government (ENG 495)” and “The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (The Thielensian).”

Evelyn C. Bair Notable First-Year Student Writing Award Recipient

  • Mary Cassano ’25, a chemistry major and 2020 McDowell (Pa.) High School graduate, was recognized for her research work, “Environmental Art: An Influence on Earth’s Ongoing Issues.”

Beyond the “Traditional” Page

  • Madison Walsh ’23, a political science major and 2019 Ringgold (Pa.) High School graduate, was recognized for her work, “Adult Development Portfolio.”

Several other students were honored at the event for their writing and academic excellence.

Pictured above(L-R): Molly Shepler ’22, Emma Deitz ’24, Alex Palonis ’22, Samantha Walker ’21, Mary Cassano ’25; Madison Walsh ’23 not pictured.

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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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