November 2012

News from Thomas College

Thomas in the News


Read what the Morning Sentinel is saying about this year's Women's  and Men's Basketball programs.  

Kenneth W. Cedegren

Student Award Awarded to

Meredith Schalk '13

(L to R) Dr. James Libby, Associate Professor of Business Admin and Department Chair, Meredith Schalk '13,

President Laurie Lachance M.B.A. '92, and Rich Grant, Director of Career Services

Thomas is proud to announce Meredith Schalk '13 as the recipient of the Kenneth W. Cedegren Student Award from the New England Association for Corporate Education and Field Experience (NEACEFE). Meredith received a $500.00 check in recognition of her exemplary work during her internship at Macpage LLC in Augusta.

Campus Events


Mid-Maine Chamber

 Business Breakfast

 December 13, 7:30 a.m.

 Spann Commons Oak Room

Unbind Your Mind:

Ted Helberg, vice president, human resources at Acadia Hospital, outlines principles of creative problem solving and developing methods of reframing processes/work. The discussion centers on metaphorical thinking and ridding ourselves of ten mental blocks. It will be a fun session with puzzles and riddles mixed in for the audience.

Register for the breakfast.

WANTED - Class Notes!

 New job? Promotion?

New baby? Marriage?

Let us know so we can share the news with your classmates in the next issue of the Thomas Magazine

Alumni After Hours

Thomas takes to the road to bring alums together for an evening of fellowship, food & drink - and some great raffle prizes! Catch up with old friends, network with new, and hear about all that's going on at Thomas.

January 12       Augusta, ME

February 9       MA - TBD

March 7           Portland, ME

April 11            Portsmouth, NH

Life After Thomas

Alums return to campus to network and share advice with senior class members. All events are held in The Dog Pound, Thomas's new cafĂ© and pub. Two sessions remain:

March 14

Love Your Money

April 18

You're Hired. . .  Now What?

For more information, contact Cathy Dumont, Director of Alumni Relations at dumontc@thomas.edu.  

Greetings from Thomas!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving weekend.  The weather was almost as fantastic as the holiday sales! 

Some notable achievements occurred over the last month at Thomas. 

  • Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) has accredited Thomas College Sport Management programs, making Thomas College one of just 11 institutions to achieve this designation;
  • Alpha Chi Honor Society welcomed ten additional students to the group, bringing the total now holding this designation to 26.  
  • The Men's Soccer Team made the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, losing to #9 Williams College 2 to 1 on November 10.

I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season!

Until next month...

- Jennifer

Jennifer Buker

Director of Public Relations

COSMA Accredits Thomas Sport Management Programs

Thomas College's Sport Management Programs were recognized by the Commission of Sport Management Accreditation, or COSMA, on October 27, 2012. This is an honor for Thomas College as only 11 colleges and universities have had their sport management programs accredited by COSMA. Thomas College currently offers five different COSMA-accredited sport management degree programs: BS Sport Management, BS Sport Marketing Management, BS Sport Management, Golf Concentration, BS Sport Management/MBA and MBA-HR/BS in Sport Management.

In order to be considered for accreditation by COSMA, Thomas College submitted a Self Study document which addressed and met COSMA's principles. There were a grand total of 17 principles Thomas College needed to fulfill; some of these principles included the following:

  • The program must clearly define its mission and goals, which need to be consistent with the institution.
  • Students within the sport management program will develop into ethical, competent and well-educated sport management professionals both personally and professionally.
  • The program must encourage and promote working relationships with other educational units, both internally and externally, that are consistent with their mission and goals.
  • The faculty within the program must model both ethical character and integrate ethical principles and viewpoints within their teaching.
  • The mission of the sport management program and institution are both effectively communicated to prospective and current students.

Dr. Don Cragen, Assistant Professor in the Business Department and Faculty Senate Chair stated, "The COSMA accreditation was an important step for the Sport Management program.  It was a culmination of a concerted effort by many people to ensure that our students are graduating with the most current information and are well prepared for post graduate success.  The accreditation places the Thomas College Sport Management curriculum as one of the strongest programs in Maine. Thomas is the first institution in the state and just one of a handful in New England to hold this accreditation.  It speaks volumes to the ability of our students, current and past."

Alpha Chi Honor Society Inductions 

On November 1, ten students were inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Professors Dr. Tracey Horton, Alpha Chi sponsor, and Dr. Doug Lepley coordinated the induction ceremony. Dr. Horton took over the position of Alpha Chi sponsor when former Professor Betty-Jane Meader retired.

Thomas College's current Alpha Chi president, Meredith Schalk '13, introduced the induction speaker, Dr. Thomas Edwards, Thomas College's Provost.

(L to R) Inductees - Jason Badeau '15, Ericka Turlo '14, Haoyue Zhou '13, Lenora Shannon '15, Kelley Allen '13, Lori Williams '13, Renata Schalk '13, Whitney Rolfe '14, Arian Kumlangngam '13, and Forrest Collins '15.

Dr. Edwards read a passage from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass to inspire students to never stop learning and experiencing new things. He concluded his speech by sharing the final line in the passage, "And when you complete your studies at Thomas, my hope is that you will level that lift to pass and continue beyond."

The ten new students honored with an invitation to join Alpha Chi Honor Society included Kelley Allen '13, Jason Badeau '15, Forrest Collins '15, Arian Kumlangngam '13, Whitney Rolfe '14, Renata Schalk '13, Lenora Shannon '15, Ericka Turlo '14, Lori Williams '13, and Haoyue Zhou '13.

These students, plus the 16 current members of Alpha Chi Honor Society, bring the group's total to 26. The current members are Ashleigh Barker '13, Kimberly Bishop '12, Karen Bucknam '13, Khaila Donovan '13, Ben Hubert '13, Rachel Larrabee '13, William Luther '13, Jessica MacDonald '12, Jessica Marin '13, Sierra Marshall '12, Samantha Moore '13, Jennifer Nantel '13, Meredith Schalk '13, Cassandra Snow '13, Amy Sylvester '13, and David Tirabassi '13.

Thomas College. Beyond Education.