Walker, Wentling named Thiel College Students of the Month for November

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announces Samantha Walker ’21, of Greenville Pa., and Jamin Wentling ’22, of Greenville, Pa., as its Student of the Month honorees for November.

The Student of the Month honor is awarded to seniors. It is among the most prestigious student awards at Thiel College with only six students each semester earning the honor.

Walker is double majoring in English and history. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Thielensian, the College newspaper. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary society, and Phi Alpha Theta.

Walker is a 2016 graduate of Reynolds Junior-Senior High School. Following graduation, she plans to enroll in Thiel College’s Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership program. She is the daughter of Kelly Foulk of Greenville, Pa., and Robert Pettis, of Jamestown, Pa.

“Choosing Thiel was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life so far,” said Walker. “My time here has led to life-long friendships, experiences beyond my expectations, and all the support I could ask for in constructing my future. Thiel is a community, and that has been obvious since my first semester.”

Wentling is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a minor in biochemistry. He serves as the president of the Thiel Rotaract Club, as captain of the Thiel baseball team, and is a student assistant for the Sports Information Department. He is also a member of the Dietrich Honors Institute, the Thiel Bible Study, and is a recipient of the David E. Baughman scholarship.

Wentling is a 2018 graduate of Greenville High School. He plans to enroll in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Thiel College. He is the son of Michelle Wentling of Jamestown, Pa., and the late Joel Wentling. He is the brother of Justin Lewis and Mesa Wentling.

“Thiel has been a great place in which I have developed lifelong friends, mentors, and memories,” said Wentling. “Over the past four years, I have had coaches and professors who have had a strong and positive influence on me. They have shaped me into becoming a better learner. I have developed leadership skills, become more civically involved, and learned from my mistakes. Having said that, I especially want to thank Dr. Mary Theresa Hall, Dr. Neil Lax, and Coach Joe Schaly for the time they have mentored me during my time at Thiel, as well as the Baughman family for their kind and generous efforts in supporting me throughout my four years at Thiel.”

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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.