Thomas College Newsletter
Thomas in the News
President Laurie Lachance M.B.A. '92 at the Summit Natural Gas event held at Thomas College.  
Campus Events


Mid-Maine Chamber
Business Breakfast


January 9, 7:15 a.m.
Summit Room, Spann Student Commons
Maximizing the Next New Energy Alternative
Let Mike Duguay, Summit Natural Gas's business specialist, help you navigate the process and timelines to get natural gas to your business or home.
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.

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Newly married?
Did you meet at Thomas?
We are celebrating Valentine's Day in the next Thomas Magazine. Share your images and stories with us to celebrate your love!
If you have any new news you would like to share, let us know so we can add it to Class Notes in the next issue of the Thomas Magazine.
Celebration of Light                   

This past month, Thomas College held their annual Celebration of Light. The ceremony recognizes different religions including Kwanzaa, Chanukah, and Christmas. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend this event each year.

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Happy Holidays!


Whew! What an amazing year 2013 has been. I cannot believe we are knocking on the door of 2014. This past year, Thomas has experienced unprecedented growth in its student body, educational offerings, and appearance. We plan to continue this trend throughout 2014 and beyond.


As you begin to schedule things in your new calendar, be sure to add upcoming athletic and alumni events. We would love to see you and show you all of the new things happening at Thomas. If you enjoy basketball or hockey, be sure to catch all of the action at home or away. The Thomas Terriers would enjoy your support!


Have a safe and happy new year! 


 - Jennifer
Jennifer Buker
Director of Public Relations
Alumni & Career Services Present at Educate Maine

On December 6, Bob Moore '79, the Vice President of Advancement, and Lucy Campbell Pelsma, the Assistant Dean of Alumni & Career Services, were invited to Educate Maine's Pipeline to Prosperity Symposium to present on Thomas's Guaranteed Job Program.


More than 300 business, policy, education, and community leaders attended the annual Symposium held in Portland. The Symposium was a day full of thought-provoking plenaries, workshops led by Maine business and education leaders from early childhood through post-secondary, and a celebration of Maine's education leaders.


As the first college in the nation to offer a Guaranteed Job Program, Thomas College was asked to present an overview of its unique program and share success stories of Thomas students who received employment through the program. Thomas College ensures students are ready for the workforce in a number of key ways - connecting students with alumni to better establish connections; hosting career development events and programs; alumni and career services speaker series; requiring internships; and, giving leadership experience and community service opportunities.  


Listen here for MPBN coverage about the GJob Program.


Guaranteed Job Program in Action 

As part of the Guaranteed Job Program, students are required to complete an internship and perform community service. This past month, on Thursday, December 5, Thomas College hosted an expo for students who completed an internship during the fall semester. 


Dr. Donald Cragen says of the event, "There has been a great turnout, and we see that the requirement as part of the Guaranteed Job Program continues to grow. Internships definitely bridge the gap between school and the work force. Students are able to gain valuable experience and hit the job market running. As time goes on, we will be seeing continued success."

Bob Lent from U.S. Geological with student Nick Waldron '13
Employer Bob Lent of U.S. Geological Survey says of student Nick Waldron '13, who completed an internship for his organization, "[Nick] was hired as an intern to perform office operations for us but quickly learned our business and helped our office in a number of ways. He did a lot more than he was asked to do." He goes on to say, "When I have a difficult issue to solve and it needs to be done quickly, Nick is able to take over and solve the problem. He is a well-organized student who is vital to our organization and shows great maturity. He has been offered a position at any New England office of his choice."

Thomas College was proud to have held this expo, not only for students to share their experiences, but for their employers to provide input. These students are now more prepared to enter the workforce. 

Thomas athletes load boxes to be delivered to deserving children across central Maine

For the past five years, Thomas College's men's and women's athletes have been involved with the Christmas program at the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers. In addition to loading the delivery trucks, students have packaged boxes of toys, clothing, and winter wear for children whose families could not provide Christmas gifts or warm winter clothing.


Click here for more information about Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.


For internship information, please visit Career Services.


Never Alone

Kerry Smart, Assistant Director of Athletic Fundraising and Cross Country Coach at Thomas College, had a lot of support in her battle against breast cancer.

Kerry Smart gets a surprise visit from her Cross Country Team at her last chemo treatment
Anyone who has met Kerry knows she has been a "Rock Star" throughout her journey. For more about Kerry's story and to read her blog, see her interview with the Bangor Daily Newspaper.


Moving Right Along!


Despite the snow and freezing weather, construction is still underway. Enjoy these photo updates of our growing campus. Pictured below: 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!


Thomas College. Beyond Education.