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 Cross Country runner Will Janakis talks about his love of running and his love of running for Thomas College.  
Campus Events


Mid-Maine Chamber
Business Breakfast


October 10, 7:15 a.m.
Oak Room, Spann Student Commons
What's Hot and What's Not: A Look Ahead to the Second Session of the State of Maine 126th Legislature  
Ben Gilman, senior governmental relations specialist with Maine State Chamber of Commerce, will cover the business and economic issues facing the 126th Maine Legislature and will give us a sneak preview of what to expect from the upcoming second session.
Thomas After Hours       


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

Save the Dates!  


Thomas Alumni After Hours Upcoming Events


October 3, 2013


47 Main Street, Bangor, ME


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


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.
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.


Homecoming & Family Weekend


October 18 - 20

Register NOW!

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Terrier Tracks is published on the last Wednesday of each month and is sent 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.


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As the parent of a first year Thomas student and as a new student myself, I now can relate to every aspect of college life. This month has been one full of pride and excitement. In the mix of all these emotions, one thing is for sure - this experience is truly awesome.


The month of October is an exciting one for Thomas College.  On October 16, Thomas will host a Mid-Maine Chamber After Hours in the Oak Room from 5:30 - 7:00pm; on the 18th, a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Alfond Academic Center will happen; and, from the evening of the 18th to the 20th, Thomas College will celebrate this year's Homecoming and Family Weekend. Be sure to register for what will be a great weekend to catch up with friends and faculty! 


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


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

Welcome Fulbright Scholar

Deepika Papneja


Thomas College is excited to host Deepika Papneja from the

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Deepika Papneja from India

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of New Delhi, India, as a visiting Fulbright Scholar. As a new addition to the faculty, she teaches Sociology of Education in India.


"The Fulbright Program at Thomas College has so far been one of the most enriching and fulfilling experiences of my life," says Deepika. "It has been a cultural rollercoaster ride, with new things to teach and learn every day. I feel like I have always been part of the Thomas family."


The importance of hosting a Fulbright Scholar at Thomas was evident to Provost Dr. Thomas Edwards. Dr. Edwards visited India in 2012 in pursuit of a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Edwards commented, "We are so pleased to host Deepika Papneja, our Fulbright Scholar in Residence from India this year on our campus. The world is becoming more global, and our teaching and our professions need to reflect that trend. By linking our education program with a similar program in India, we are learning not only what differentiates our approaches to education, but how much we share in terms of the importance of the success of our students."


Deepika has an impressive resume that includes being a published author. She also holds a Master's in Sociology from the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University; a Master of Education from the Central Institute of Education, Department of Education, University of New Delhi; and, a Bachelor of Elementary Education from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of New Delhi. Her research interests are in Gender and Feminist Studies, Gender and Schooling, Sociology of Education, and Social Science of Education. Welcome, Deepika!

Deepika Papneja is introduced to the Faculty Senate by

Dr. Pamela Thompson, Faculty Chair.

Looking for a Good Book?


Nicole Auger '13, M.B.A. '14, has returned to Thomas as an author. She began writing her book, When a Game Turns Deadly in 2006, just after her mother lost her battle with cancer. Her writing became the perfect emotional outlet. Nicole says she could write for hours on end once the characters and the plot were created. She finished the first book within a year or two and put it away until recently.


Nicole Auger signing book posters for students at Thomas

She decided to pull out the first draft and has already written the second book and has the beginnings of the third. Nicole's book centers on "a murder mystery party weekend that takes a turn for the worse." The book follows her main character as she attempts to solve a double murder that takes place during the weekend.


Thomas has more than one author in its ranks; in 2010, Dr. Tom Easton, Professor of Science, co-edited an anthology of predictive science fiction called Visions of Tomorrow with Judith Dial. Their latest book, Impossible Futures:  Return to the Future That Never Was! had the opposite theme. Dr. Easton describes this collection as "modern authors writing about old science fiction ideas that were bogus from the start."

Dr. Easton's newest book, Impossible Futures: Return to the Future That Never Was


For this latest book, Dial and Dr. Easton approached writer friends at science fiction conventions and pitched the idea to small press publishers. Many writers jumped on board as did publisher Pink Narcissus. The book's success leaves the publishers asking, "What's next?" Dr. Easton says he intends to continue writing and editing after his anticipated retirement from Thomas College this spring.

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.


Creating Your Professional & Personal Brand

Brenda Garrand, President and CEO of Garrand Marketing

Tuesday, October 1, from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Spann Commons Oak Room


Brenda Garrand will be on campus to discuss the importance of your professional and personal brand in whatever career you chose. An expert in marketing, Brenda started Garrand Marketing in 1987, which has grown into one of the largest and most recognized marketing communications practices in Northern New England with regional, national, and international clients across a broad range of industry types.


The Art of Networking

Mandy Shumaker, President of Higher Performing People

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

Spann 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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