GREENVILLE, PA. Sen. Specter to be keynote speaker during ceremony at Thiel College

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Philadelphia, R-Pa., will serve as the keynote speaker and receive an honorary degree during Thiel College's annual Founders' Day ceremony Feb. 7.
The program is set for 9 a.m. in the Lutheran Heritage Room in the Howard Miller Student Center.
Specter is a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
He will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree from Thiel during the convocation.
The college also will pay tribute to eight faculty and staff members.
Dr. J. Henry Barton, professor and coordinator of the environmental studies program, will receive the Professor of the Year Award.
Other awards are: Distinguished Scholar Award to Dr. Kristin Kiblinger, assistant professor of religion; Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Michael Balas, associate professor of biology; Distinguished Teacher Award to Dr. William Robinson, professor of performing arts; Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award to Brenda DelMaramo, a lecturer in English; Distinguished Staff Awards to Pamela Despo, coordinator of health services, Gayle Erdice, coordinator of gift accounts/reports, and Anna M. Hoovler, prospect search coordinator.
A reception will follow the ceremony.