Central Penn College - Maria Thiaw


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Maria Thiaw
Professor, Humanities & Sciences

What is your favorite Central Penn memory?

Central Penn students designed the cover art for my first CD, FREEverse, in 2006. Communications students helped out with my CD release party at the California Fusion restaurant. About 75 people showed up to the event. The PR club helped with local poetry slams I coordinated in Harrisburg.

What is the biggest challenge facing students going into the field of Communications? How can students prepare to face this challenge? 

They need to be able to write. If they come in deficient in this area they need to work very hard in all of their classes to improve. They need to read teacher comments on their papers in English and College Writing skills and make adjustments. If they can't write, they wont get hired. In my understanding of what "you can you will" means, it is this type of student that will overcome their background and improve their writing.

What would you say to a prospective "You Can. You Will." student considering Central Penn College?

I'd tell any student that they should consider what they really want to do - what career they can be passionate about - and go for it.



B.S. Communications/Journalism - Public Relations concentration; Ethnic Studies minor
Shippensburg University, 1996

M.S. Communications Studies
Shippensburg University, 2003

MFA Creative Writing - Poetry Concentration
Goddard College, 2009