December 2012

News from Thomas College

Thomas in the News

President Laurie Lachance

addresses the Mid Maine Chamber's

Women's Luncheon at the Best Western Plus in Waterville about the importance of honesty, kindness, and learning in any career.   

Thomas College Honors

Karin Bird '12

for her accomplishments on the Women's Basketball Team.

Register for the breakfast Campus Events


Mid-Maine Chamber

 Business Breakfast

 January 10, 7:30 a.m.

 Spann Commons Oak Room

Business Growth & Workforce Needs: Maine's Economic Future

Glenn Mills, chief economist for the Maine Department of Labor, will give an overview about Maine's future economy and personnel needs.

Register for the breakfast.

Assessing Writing and the Common

Core (3-part series) 

January 9 & 23 and February 6

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Taught by Gayla LaBreck, M.Ed. 

How can teachers assess students' writing in their classroom or in the school district accurately and consistently using standards? This three-part series will help educators assess their students' writing as they also consider the samples in the Common Core. You will explore and examine student writing from grades K-12 using a Continuum that has embedded the 6 + 1 Trait Language.

Register here.    

Thomas Annual Report 2012

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, 2013

Thomas College - Waterville, ME
January 29, 2013

Sea Dog Brewery - Topsham, ME
February 9, 2013

Cagney's - Quincy, MA
March 7, 2013

Bull Feeney's - Portland, ME
April 11, 2013

Coat of Arms - Portsmouth, NH
May 23, 2013

TBD, Hallowell, ME

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

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

Terrier Tracks is distributed on the last Wednesday of each month to alumni, family and friends of Thomas College. We welcome your feedback - please address any communications to Jennifer Buker, Director of Public Relations at pr@thomas.edu

Greetings from Thomas!

I cannot believe that it is the 26th of December.  Where has this year gone?  

Thomas College has had an exciting 2012, including many milestones:

  • this year marked the largest graduating class and the largest incoming class in the history of the College;
  • construction continued with the improvements to Spann Commons, the addition of two all-weather athletic fields, the largest solar panel array installed in the state, and new signs on campus; and,
  • the inauguration of our new President Laurie Lachance M.B.A. '92 - the first female and first alum to hold the position in the College's history.

The outlook for 2013 promises to be just as productive.  We welcome you to stop in anytime to see the changes.

I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year!

Until next year...

- Jennifer

Jennifer Buker

Director of Public Relations

Thomas Terriers Spread the Joy of the Holiday
Student athletes load the first truck with boxes of toys and clothes.

Since 2008, the Men's Baseball Team, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), and members of other athletic teams have helped pack boxes for the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers. This year they helped load two trucks with boxes of collected clothes and toys in just 17 minutes!

This is the first time the Athletic Department collected donations of new and gently used clothing for the event. David Roussel, Thomas College's Director of Athletics, commented, "The student-athletes at Thomas College enjoy helping in the community. Working with the Christmas Program at the Maine Children's Home is now a tradition for our student-athletes."
In the basement of the Home for Little Wanderers, students wait to pass the boxes upstairs to the delivery trucks.

The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers has grown. In its first year, the organization helped 28 boys and girls. They now help more than 2,000 children and families throughout the state of Maine. Their purpose is "to build and strengthen families and their children, instilling hope for the future and a better quality of life." 

Since its inception in 1899, the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers has been the safety net for the most vulnerable people within the state of Maine. The organization not only provides people with a respectful, safe, and healthy environment, but also helps give parents the encouragement and support needed to meet the needs of their children.

Celebration of Light

On Tuesday, December 4, Thomas College held its Annual Celebration of Light ceremony. Students and faculty gathered in the Oak Room to celebrate Kwanzaa, Chanukah, and Christmas.

Students from Townhouse A, Grand First Floor, Club CRU, and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) were represented at the event. They shared the stories behind Christmas and spoke about the Kwanzaa holiday. The students of Club CRU spoke first, telling the story of Jesus and how Mary was chosen to bring Jesus into the world. While the student representatives of Club CRU lit the Advent Wreath, the song "O Come All Ye Faithful" played.

 The Advent Wreath, Kinara, and Menorah displayed at the Celebration of Light

The residents of Grant First Floor and Townhouse A, represented by Daniel Feldman '14, told the story of Chanukah and lit the Menorah to the song "Light One Candle."

Students then spoke of the seven different principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja-unity, Kujichagulia-self determination, Ujima-collective work and responsibility, Ujamaa-cooperation economics, Nia-purpose, Kuumba-creativity, and Imani-faith. While the candles were lit on the Kinara, the song "Seven Principles" was played.

Members from PBL lit the Christmas tree, and everyone was invited to decorate the tree and enjoy refreshments.

Thomas College. Beyond Education.