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Officials at Thiel College broke ground Saturday on a new, high-tech communications center. Construction is scheduled to being next week on the $6.5 million James Pedas Communication Center.
The current communications center is located within another academic building. The new 20,000 square foot facility will be a one-of-a- kind design built to house all the communications programs and includes a television studio and radio station.
“It’s very limited what we can do right now,” said student Haley Hayden. “This is just gonna be an awesome experience for everyone.”
Thiel officials wanted to create a space where all students could take advantage of the technology that will offered in the new space.
“It’ll also have interactive spaces where students, communication majors or non-majors, will be able to work on interactive video presentations and other types of things,” said Thiel College President Dr. Troy VanAken. “As part of our new core curriculum every student, independent of their major, is going to have competencies in presentational literacy.”
Lead donor for the project and Thiel College alum Jim Pedas believes communication is a big part of the future. He said students must embrace it and make it a part of their lives.
“It’s a global world and you have to become a part of it,” said Pedas. “The only way is to prepare yourself moving in that new era that will be constantly changing.
The Thiel Board of Trustees also helped with funding, raising $800,000, $1 million is still needed to complete the project.
The new center is scheduled to open fall 2014.