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Thiel College Dietrich Honors Institute students present senior thesis projects


Thiel College Dietrich Honors Institute students present senior thesis projects

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Seventeen members of the Thiel College Dietrich Honors Institute presented their senior thesis projects on subjects ranging from perceptions of casino gambling to the causes and consequences of sleepwalking during the DHI’s senior thesis symposium on Nov. 14.

“The honors thesis is an opportunity for our students to make an impact as emerging professionals and scholars,” Director of the Dietrich Honors Institute and Assistant Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D. said. “Presentation day is the highlight of the year for me. It is wonderful to see how much our honors students grow over the course of their education.”

In accordance with the College’s safety guidelines and restrictions for COVID-19, limited in-person attendance was permitted for the presentations, but many additional friends and family members were able to attend through Zoom. Presentations were held in the Academic Center’s Bly Hall and the James Pedas Communication Center’s Stamm Hall.

About the Dietrich Honors Institute

Philanthropist, businessman, scholar and proud northwest Pennsylvania native William S. Dietrich II, bequeathed a $25 million fund to Thiel College. Named in honor of his parents, it is this gift that has made the Kenneth and Marianna Brown Dietrich Honors Institute possible.

Today, the Kenneth & Marianna Brown Dietrich Honors Institute has become an exclusive, four-year program open to select Dietrich Scholars who have been invited to participate in this unique educational experience that is enriched by participation in a passionate and purposeful learning community.


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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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