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 The Terrier's Men's Basketball team is excited to have Levi Barnes back for another year. 
Campus Events


Mid-Maine Chamber
Business Breakfast


December 12, 7:15 a.m.
Summit Room, Spann Student Commons
The Impact of Energy Efficiency To Your Bottom Line
Mike Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine, will show you how to save money while being energy efficient.
Thomas Alumni Association        


Alumni After Hours Upcoming Events


March 20, 2014

Portsmouth, NH

at RiRa's


 March 26, 2014

Hartford, CT 

at Agave Grill


April 30, 2014

Worcester, MA

at Funky Murphy's Bar & Grille


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

 Call for Class Notes       


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.
The Division of Student Affairs at Thomas is proud to share that John O'Connor, Coordinator of Student Activities, was selected to present one of eight sessions at this week's NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Region 1 Conference that was held in Rockport, ME.

John's session highlighted "PERMA - The Positive Psychology Path to Well-being and Current Practices for You and Students" and was well received by all in attendance.

Congratulations, John! 

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Last week, Thomas students, faculty, and staff enjoyed an early Thanksgiving feast. President Lachance encouraged everyone to "Find five things that you are grateful for every day," an important reminder at this special time of year.


On behalf of the entire staff and student body, I want to say thank you. Your support of Thomas College, whether as an ambassador, athletic fan, mentor, or contributor (or perhaps all four!) enriches the Thomas community and student experience.


Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Until next month...


 - Jennifer
Jennifer Buker
Director of Public Relations
Celebrating Long-standing Faculty and Staff

Over 500 students, staff and faculty packed the cafeteria and Summit Room of the Spann Student Commons on Thursday, November 21, for the Annual Thanksgiving Gathering & Employee Recognition Celebration. The meal provided by Jody Pelotte and his staff was excellent, and a special thank you goes to the Field Hockey Team and to the Cross Country Team for their help in serving the wonderful meals.


President Lachance welcomed the crowd and thanked everyone for attending the special event. She spoke to remembering to

slow things down in our lives and to reflect on the blessings each one of holds and that we are surrounded by people who love and

support us all. When we consciously find something positive every day in our experiences and people around us, we will begin to be truly happy and can cultivate grateful hearts.


This annual event provides the Thomas community with a time of thankfulness to share in a holiday tradition as well as a celebration of the dedication and years of service many faculty and staff have given for Thomas College.


President Lachance expressed her congratulations and thanked them for their tireless energy, expertise, and enthusiasm in preparing students for launching into their careers and lives and to their dedication to Thomas College, the students, and the community.

President Laurie Lachance recognizes Professor Doug Lepley

for his 35 years of service at Thomas.

Faculty and Staff were recognized in the flowing categories:


5 Years of Service (2008)

Professor Joe Donato; Professor Donald Cragen; Chief of Public Safety, Jason LaVerdiere; Executive Assistant, Advancement - Nancy Charette; Assistant Development Officer, Kerry Smart;

Athletic Trainer, Dr. Pat Hubel; Head Field Hockey Coach, Andrea Thebarge; Head Softball Coach, Terry Parlin; Head Women's Soccer Coach, Deb Biche; and, Director of Tutoring, Heidi Holst


10 Years of Service (2003)

Director of Human Resources, Michelle Joler-Labbe; Assistant Dean of Students, Hannah Gladstone


20 Years of Service (1993)

Mark "Dog" Wallace


25 Years of Service (1998)

Professor Philomena McPhee Brown '69, M.S. '01; Professor Pat Karush; Vice President of Information Services and CIO, Chris Rhoda '88, M.B.A. '89


30 Years of Service (1983)

Professor Dr. Tom Easton


35 Years of Service (1978)

Professor Doug Lepley


Thomas Hosts First Annual Leadership Conference
On Saturday, November 2, Thomas students and alumni were joined by students from Husson University, the University of Maine at Augusta's Bangor and Augusta campuses, and area high school students to Thomas's first annual Leadership Conference. The day's theme of "Ignite Your Spark" drew in more than 80 attendees who heard from and were inspired by ten presenters.
Participants at the Leadership Conference listen to a presentation given by Lisa Desautels-Poliquin, Vice President of Student Affairs.
Student Senate co-sponsored the event, which was developed by a Student Leadership Committee and Student Life staff. The concept behind the Leadership Series is to learn about and promote leadership, while acquiring key skills relevant in today's workplace.


The conference featured keynote speaker Matthew Jones, a two-time cancer survivor, marathon runner, and motivational speaker. Jones shared his experiences with cancer and his drive to succeed. He encouraged everyone to find inspiration and see themselves as more than an individual, but as part of a greater whole.
Breakout sessions included presentations by Thomas College staff covering a wide variety of topics like: building supportive relationships; knowing your leadership style; social media for leaders and developing your leadership brand; conflict resolution; and, mindfulness as a leader.


Look for the series to return next year!


Men's Soccer Clinches NAC Championship for Second Year

In a fast-paced, exciting matchup on Saturday, November 9, the fourth-seeded Terriers scored four goals to secure the NAC Championship against sixth-seeded Colby-Sawyer. Senior Captain and tournament MVP Michael Hand scored one goal and had two assists, while teammates Tre Ming '16 had one and Kenny Cano '15 scored two for the Terriers.

The 2013 Men's Soccer Team celebrate after the NAC Championship win.

In the post-game, five Thomas players were announced to the NAAC All-Tournament team: Mikkail Crockwell '14, Michael Hand '14, Paul Rechichi '14, Joshua Phelps '16 and Tre Ming '16. For Rechichi, Crockwell, and Phelps, this is the second time on the All-Tournament team; for Hand, it is the third.

Five seniors, Mikkail Crockwell '14, Michael Hand '14, Kyle Rabe '14, Paul Rechichi '14, and Gunnar Shelton '14 have seen NCAA tournament action in the last four years. Coach Chris Parsons said of his team, "We looked at the postseason as a brand new season, and the team lived up to the challenge. We're playing the best soccer we've played all year."


The Terriers took on the St. Lawrence Saints in the first round of the finals in Canton, NY, and ended their season with a 5-1 loss.
  Great season!
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Under Construction


New to Terrier Tracks! Enjoy photo updates on our growing campus, including the new Harold Alfond Academic Center (top) and 108-bed residence hall (bottom). Both facilities are slated to open in August 2014. 






Can Sean, Brittany, and Dalia,

count on you?



Students like Sean Twohig '14,  Brittany Donovan '15, and Dalia Williams '15 are asking alumni and parents like you for help. When they call, please speak with Sean, Brittany, Dalia, or one of our other hardworking students - and give generously to this year's Thomas Fund.


The Thomas Fund supports scholarships, academic programs like tutoring and mentoring,

athletic and extracurricular activities, and much more.


Your contribution to the Thomas Fund helps students succeed in and out of the classroom,

and thanks to a matching grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation, your dollars will be doubled!


 You can also make a donation today by visiting www.Thomas.edu/give.


Thank you!


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