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 Greg Powell of the Alfond Foundation addresses a crowd of more than 400 at the Harold Alfond Academic Center groundbreaking  event.
Campus Events


Mid-Maine Chamber
Business Breakfast


November 14, 7:15 a.m.
Oak Room, Spann Student Commons
Leadership from the Inside Out
Stephen Pecukonis, President and Principal Consultant with HRD Associates, will identify and describe the key "outside" behaviors that effective leaders provide their employees, committee/team members, and followers. In addition, he will examine the "inside" characteristics and beliefs of a leader that inform and empower those "outside" behaviors.   
Thomas Alumni Association        


Alumni After Hours Upcoming Events


November 1, 2013

Thomas College

The Dog Pound

Accounting Alumni

Special Alumni After Hours 


 November 6, 2013

 Sea Dog Brewery

1 Main Street

Topsham, ME


For 2014 dates and to register for an event, visit our Alumni page.

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New Job? Promotion?

New Baby?
Let us know so we can share the news with your classmates in the next issue of the Thomas Magazine.
Thank YOU!                     


Relay For Life of Waterville In Memory of Martha "Marty" Spann was held on October 25, 2013.

Participants raised more than $11,000 to fight cancer.

President Laurie Lachance M.B.A. '92 with Trustee Paul Schupf H'05


to all who participated in this great event!

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Autumn is in the air, and October has been one of the busiest months at Thomas by far!


In the last few weeks, the Board has approved the construction of a 108-bed residence hall, scheduled to open August 2014; hosted the Mid-Maine Business After Hours with over 200 in attendance; held the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Harold Alfond Academic Center; dedicated both of the turf fields; and, hosted Homecoming & Family Weekend, along with an Admissions Open House that drew hundreds to campus.


Thomas is moving and changing every day. I hope you had the chance to attend one or many of the events. If not, please stop in and see the changes. I promise you will not be disappointed!


I hope to see you all soon. Until next month...


 - Jennifer
Jennifer Buker
Director of Public Relations

Homecoming & Family Weekend


Alumni, parents, friends, and students joined in the festivities during Homecoming & Family Weekend, held October 18-20. Friday morning, hundreds attended the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Harold Alfond Academic Center. 

The Harold Alfond Academic Center Groundbreaking

The day continued with the annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony. This year's honorees included Edgar Guzman '89, Rodrigo Guzman '89, and Jasmine Carey '05. For the first time this year, Thomas also recognized the members of the 1988 Men's Soccer Team for their outstanding accomplishments, as well as Joe DeRoche '88 for his induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Edgar Guzman '89, Jasmine Carey '05,

and Rodrigo Guzman '89

Saturday's weather was beautiful, and everyone enjoyed a variety of activities, including performances by The Thomas Players; alumni vs. student athletic games; a barbeque under the tent; Thomas After Dark BINGO; and, an evening of fireworks and live entertainment. 

Runners finish the Terrier Trot 5K

The third annual Terrier Trot 5K, more alumni vs. student athletic contests, and the 50th reunion lunch celebrating the class of 1963 wrapped up a fantastic weekend. We hope to see you next year - or sooner!


  Alumni attend the class of 1963 reunion, front row (L to R): Dorna (Varnum) Zilinsky, Elizabeth (Chase) Allen, Mary (Snell) Foster, back row (L to R): Janet (Gay) Hannaford, Patricia (Dostie) Boyle, Nancy (Curtis) Roux, Lisette (Dupuis) Bernard, and Don Violette 
Turf Fields Dedicated to Alumni Families Smith and Bernatchez
During the Homecoming & Family Weekend, both all-weather turf fields were dedicated. On the evening of Thursday, October 17, between the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Field Hockey games, the "Red Field" was dedicated to Brian '88 and Amy Bernatchez and was renamed Bernatchez Field.
VP of Advancement Bob Moore '79 (L) with Amy and Brian Bernatchez '88
Brian is a member of Thomas College's Board of Trustees, and Amy is the Director of the Maine Majestix Field Hockey Club. "Tonight we recognize Brian and Amy's extraordinary commitment to Thomas College by dedicating the field currently known as the "Red Field" in their honor," announced Bob Moore '79, Vice President of Advancement.
The Smith family -Todd and Kelly with sons Hunter and Cole
On Saturday, October 19, after the Women's Soccer game vs. Husson, what was previously known as the "Black Field" was dedicated to Todd '92, M.B.A. '99 and Kelly Smith M.S. '12  and was renamed Smith Field in honor of their commitment to the Thomas Soccer program. Todd is Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Kelly is a volunteer Assistant Coach with the Women's Soccer Team. At the dedication, five skydivers with Vacationland Skydiving landed on the newly named field.
Carrying a Thomas Terrier flag, the last jumper from Vacationland Skydiving - owned and operated by Brad Fisher '02 - excited the crowd.
Since the opening of the all-weather turf fields in 2012, over 3,000 middle and high school students from central Maine have utilized the fields for their games.

Career Services Workshops


The Career Services office at Thomas College looks to connect Thomas students and alumni with hiring companies and each other. The following workshops are free and are open to anyone looking to enhance their career.


The Art of Networking

Mandy Shumaker, President of Higher Performing People

Tuesday, November 5, from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Spann Students Commons Oak Room


Do you have a networking strategy? Are you comfortable working the room? In this presentation, you will learn how to develop an effective networking strategy that includes tips on what to say, how to work the room, and best practices for following up after the event. You will also learn how to create a compelling elevator speech that will actually pull employers towards you.


For future workshops, visit Career Services.


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