October 2012

News from Thomas College

Thomas in the News

President Lachance speaks to the

about the wage gender gap.

Thomas Men's Soccer / NAC

Semi-Final Match Tonight!

Can't take it to tonight's game vs. Maine Maritime Academy on the Thomas BLACK Turf Field? See it streamed live at 7:00 p.m.

Read about the Men's Soccer team's success in the Kennebec Journal.

Check out how your favorite Terrier Team  is doing this season!

You Are Invited!

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' new café and pub.

November 15

Getting Your Foot in the Door

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.  

Campus Events

Over 40 members of the College community - students, faculty & staff participated in the

Annual Halloween Costume Contest earlier today, with the following winners picked by their peers:

1st Place - Nicole Auger '14 & Josh Clark '14

2nd Place - Colby Averill '14

3rd Place - Kaleb Hills '15

Thank you to Professor Joe Scozzafava for suggesting this event!

Campus Events


Mid-Maine Chamber

 Business Breakfast

 November 8, 7:30 a.m.

 Spann Commons Oak Room

Epic Networking:

David Pease, Sr. V.P. at Androscoggin Bank, and one of Maine's most respected HR professionals, will break it down so that you can become expert networkers and build your customer base.

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

 Betty-Jane Meader

Retirement Party Photos

Betty-Jane Meader with Dr. Nelson Madore.
Dick, Arlene, and Betty-Jane Meader enjoying the evening festivities.

Greetings from Thomas!

Happy Halloween!

It's been a busy few months since the 118th Commencement in May - President Spann's retirement party in June; launching new sport camps this summer; welcoming Thomas' largest enrollment ever in August; record attendance for the Lunder Scholars Golf Invitational in mid-September; accomodating over 1,000 guests for the Inauguration of Laurie Lachance later that month; hosting numerous area and middle school games on our new turf fields this fall; and most recently, welcoming a record turnout of alumni, parents and family members on their return to Thomas for Homecoming & Family Weekend two weeks ago.

The first  Tuesday's With Laurie  took place yesterday with President Lachance welcoming students, faculty and staff members to stop by her office in the morning or The Dog Pound in the afternoon to share their thoughts, ask questions, or just say hello.

Our athletic teams have had a very successful Fall season - be sure to catch up on our athletics page.  And you can't miss what's happening on top of the Alfond Center - see below on what will be the largest solar panel installation project ever in Maine.

The campus came through "Super Storm Sandy" unscathed.  Here's hoping that you did as well.

Until next month...

- Jennifer

Jennifer Buker

Director of Public Relations


Thomas College and ReVision Energy are partnering to bring the largest solar energy project in Maine to campus. The 170 kilowatt, 700 panel solar photovoltaic array will be mounted on the Alfond Athletic Center roof and is expected to produce about 11% of the College's energy needs.

Workers on the roof of the Alfond Athletic building laying tracks for the solar panels.

"This solar project is a part of our long term Strategic Energy Plan," says President Laurie Lachance M.B.A. '92. "That plan seeks to provide Thomas College with diverse renewable energy sources that will lower long-term energy expenses and, keep tuition costs down."

"This is a great example of a non-profit partnership with a for-profit small business in Maine to lower costs, provide jobs, and help stimulate the local economy," says Christopher Rhoda, Vice President for Information Services and Project Manager. 

The project is being financed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with ReVision Energy, with support from Costal Enterprises Inc. The PPA allows ReVision to arrange financing, installation, and management of the system for six years. Thomas buys the electricity produced from the ReVision-owned equipment.

After seven years, Thomas will then purchase the system from ReVision for a fraction of the original cost. When ownership is transferred to the College, the "free" electricity produced will offset the purchase price in approximately seven years. For more information about the project, please visit our website.

Read the complete story in the Morning Sentinel.

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2012
Hundreds of Alumni, parents, and family members joined with students, faculty & staff to attend dozens of events and activities over the October 12 - 14 weekend.
Alumni gather "Under the Tent" on Saturday night.
The weekend kicked off Friday evening with the Annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony. Over 75 guests celebrated the induction of this year's class. The plaques were unveiled in the new Athletic Hall of Fame by the inductees.
2012 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees (L to R),
Chad Boyd '00, Kristen Nielsen Mollison '91,
Sherri Sawyer O'Donnell '92, and Jimmy Cardaci '03.
Saturday's weather was spectacular as guests enjoyed a variety of venues including performances by the Dance Club and The Thomas Players, Alumni Gathering "Under the Tent", Thomas After Dark BINGO, Betty-Jane Meader's retirement party and fireworks. 
Doug Morrill and family enjoy Family Bowling on Sunday.
A cold rainy Sunday welcomed participants for the 2nd Annual Terrier Trot 5K, Family Bowling, and Alumni Athletic Contests that closed out the weekend.
Participants in the 2nd Annual Terrier Trot.
Make your plans to attend next year.  We hope to see you then, if not sooner! 

Thomas College. Beyond Education.