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Mid-Maine Chamber
Business Breakfast


September 12, 7:15 a.m.
Oak Room, Spann Student Commons

Consumers for Affordable Health Care: Changes Occurring on the State and Federal Levels that will Affect Small Businesses

Mitchell Stein, policy director at Consumers for Affordable Health Care, will talk about the federal small business tax credits available, exchange development in Maine, and rating changes in Maine law.


Upcoming Events                     


Relay For Life of Waterville In Memory of Martha "Marty" Spann

October 25, 2013 - 6:30 p.m. Alfond Athletic Center

To register, visit the         American Cancer Society.

Thomas After Hours       


Thomas College will be hosting the Mid-Maine Chamber After Hours 
 October 16
Spann Commons Oak Room
Thomas College
No registration required, admission is free. Make sure to bring your business cards!
Thomas Alumni Association        


New Job? Promotion?

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

Homecoming & Family Weekend


October 18 - 20

Invitation and schedule to follow! 

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I cannot believe school is back in session! It is so energizing to hear the students in the hallways and see them on campus.


Some of those students who are new to Thomas signed up just a couple of weeks ago at the CED/Grad open house. New offerings like Healthcare Management and Project Management are in high demand.


This year's Homecoming & Family Weekend will be held October 18-20. Be sure to register for what will be a great weekend to catch up with friends and faculty! 


Until next month...


 - Jennifer
Jennifer Buker
Director of Public Relations
PS: Be sure to check out our new Graduate offerings at Thomas - apply today!

Welcome Class of 2017 and Returning Students!

Another prosperous year at Thomas College has begun. President Laurie Lachance spoke to students, faculty, and staff during orientation and welcome festivities with excitement, announcing that Thomas has broken three of its records: The Class of 2017 is the largest yet with 296 students enrolled; Thomas welcomed the most international students, with 18 from as far away as Taiwan and Sweden; and, Thomas retained 66 students from last year, thanks to effective retention programs.

The Class of 2017 and their families listening to

President Lachance at orientation

Throughout the weekend, new and returning students enjoyed family cookouts, workshops on the Guaranteed Job Program, and informational sessions to help them prepare for the year ahead. Students also heard from motivational speaker Ed Gerety who spoke about essential skills to succeed in school and life.
Students being welcomed as they arrive at Grant Parks Heath residence hall

Students participated in activities like volleyball, gaming sessions, tours of Waterville, and an ice cream social. Comedian Steve Caouette made an appearance on Saturday night, entertaining the crowd with his nationally-known improv, sound effects, and classic stand-up comedy act.


Classes began Monday, August 26, and the entire Thomas community shares its Terrier pride and excitement for the successful year to come!

Jeff Banville '14, M.B.A. '14 

Student Profile 

Jeff Banville, from Dayton, Maine, will graduate in the spring with an Accounting degree and a Master's in Business Administration. This summer, he spent his break from academics employed by the Maine State Chamber in Augusta. Jeff is keeping the job into the school year and proving he can balance more than just debits and credits - he will take six courses this fall and continue to work 20 hours a week, demonstrating that Thomas students work hard for their degrees and success after graduation.

Q: You began working at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in Augusta this summer. What is your title? What attracted you to the job?

A: My official title was Finance Assistant, and I am actually keeping the position now that summer's over. This position gives me valuable, real-world experience while offering me the flexibility to complete my degree because it is a part-time role. It also allows me to network with many professionals throughout the state.
Q: Tell us a little about what you do as the Chamber's Finance Assistant.

A: I maintain the financials for the Chamber and other subsidiaries that the Chamber represents. I also maintain membership records, process payroll and invoices, and work on budgeting and preparing for the annual audit.
Q: You're an Accounting major and getting your Master's in Business Administration as well. Did you feel like your academic work prepared you for the role with the Chamber?

A: Yes, it gave me a good starting point. Having taken several accounting classes, I was able to apply my course work to my job. Thanks to my education, I was able to share some of my knowledge with co-workers as well. 
Q: What have you learned in this position?
A: I have learned what it takes financially to keep a successful not-for-profit up and running. I've also learned how to apply my work in the classroom to real-life situations.
Q: You're taking six classes this semester and keeping the position at the Maine State Chamber, which is 20 hours per week. That makes for a busy schedule. What motivates you to work so hard?
A: One of the things that really helps me stay motivated is being able to see all of my work in the classroom pay off in my job. I've always challenged myself, and this experience has been no exception. I want to be able to put myself in the best possible position to get hired once I graduate.



Thomas College Graduate and Continuing Education Divisions held an Open House on Thursday, August 15, with over 30 attendees. Potential students had the opportunity to learn about Thomas's many affordable programs, meet faculty and staff, tour the state-of-the-art campus, and register for classes during their visit.


Thomas College was excited to introduce new programs to its students and community during the Open House. The College will now offer MBAs in Healthcare Management and Project Management.

Continuing Education and Graduate Admissions staff answer questions and help potential students enroll for the fall semester


Students enrolled in Thomas's new programs can expect to receive both academic and practical learning skills, which upon graduation provides employers more qualified candidates for vacant positions.


Please visit thomas.edu/grad or thomas.edu/ced for more information about Thomas's affordable programs.

Thomas College. Beyond Education.