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First graduates of EDGE class recognized; Commencement 

speakers announced.

 To read the full story, click here.
Thomas Athletics
Miranda Tinsman '14 leads the way for
Women's Lacrosse.
 To read the full story, click here.
Travel Through Time

Alumni taking part in the first Travel Through Time tour - which included stops at the former Main St. and Silver St. campuses and a full tour of the current West River Rd. campus - included (L top) Paul Giroux and (L bottom) Norma (Leighton) Giroux '52, (bottom center) Ann (Cyr) Pinkham '63, (bottom R) Mary (Wasiuk) Fortier '55, and (top R) Bob Rowell '49. 


Didn't make it this time? Join us on October 24 for the next Travel Through Time tour.

Thomas Alumni Association        


Alumni After Hours Upcoming Events


May 1, 2014

Peabody, MA

Joe's American Bar & Grill


May 7, 2014



Tour the new Alfond Academic Center

and welcome the

Class of 2014 into the Alumni Association!


May 15, 2014

Auburn, ME

Gritty McDuff's


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

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Mid-Maine Chamber
Business Breakfast


May 1, 7:15 a.m.
Summit Room, Spann Student Commons
Ten Best Practices to Reduce Legal Risk
We all know that more and more workplace situations carry legal risk. How you approach them can make a big difference in your exposure to that risk. Hiring, terminations, impaired workers, social media - these are just a few of the issues where what you decide and how you get there can determine your exposure to liability. Jim Erwin, chair of Employment Group at Pierce Atwood, discusses strategies to help you navigate high-risk situations successfully.
2014 Commencement             
Thomas College's 120th Commencement events will be celebrated May 9 and 10.
For a schedule of the weekend events and to register for events, please visit us at Thomas.edu/commencement.
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Less than two weeks until Commencement! From wrapping up internships and athletic contests to completing finals to cleaning out rooms or "preparing" for Senior Week, students are busy!


Award ceremonies and the accompanying banquets make it a difficult time to watch one's weight! Read about some of the wonderful accomplishments of our students in the articles below.


We are proud to announce this year's Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree recipient, Senator Susan Collins. Thousands of family members and friends will take pride in taking part in this year's Commencement activities. Alumni - we welcome you back for this celebration as well and would love to see you back on campus. To see the full schedule on Commencement Weekend activities, be sure to visit our website.


Until next month...  


 - Jennifer
Jennifer Buker
Director of Public Relations
Student Leaders and Athletes Honored


On Monday, April 21, dozens of Thomas College students were recognized at the 11th Annual Leadership Dessert Awards Ceremony in front of a packed crowd in the Spann Student Commons Summit Room. Award recipients are selected based on a combination of cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, leadership roles undertaken, and service performed - both college and community activities.

Recipients of the Thomas Award (L) Carly McCarthy '14, M.B.A. '14 and (R) Lenora Shannon '14, M.B.A. '14 with

President Laurie Lachance M.B.A. '92


The Gold Key Award, presented to first-year students, was awarded to Jasen Dickey, Mary Turmel, Crystal Peatfield, and Michael Salas. The Collegiate Crest, for Sophomores and Juniors, was presented to Emma Mcllwain, Ryan Dubois, Toral Nelson, Jennifer Day, and Jasmine Turner. Unsung Hero Awards went to Mikaela Hersom-Lilly, Nick Waldron, and Felicity Grant. And, the College's highest recognition of combined academic excellence, leadership, and service to the community - the Thomas Award - went to seniors Carly McCarthy and Lenora Shannon.


A week later, nearly 200 people packed the Summit room again for the 2014 Athletic Awards Banquet that honored student-athletes and teams for their outstanding academic and/or athletic achievements. Sofia Sourgiadakis and Michael Hand received the Senior Scholar Athlete Award based on their performance in the classroom and on the playing fields, and Michael Hand and Jillian Lambert were selected as the Senior Outstanding Athletes. Jackets were presented to all graduating senior student-athletes, with the cost of the event supported by proceeds from the (first) annual Terrier Tee-Off Classic Golf Tournament (see below).


Ten (of 13) athletic teams met this year's Academic Challenge, which requires a team GPA of 2.75 or higher - Women's Basketball, Cross-Country, Soccer, Field Hockey, Tennis, Lacrosse, and Softball; and Men's Tennis, Cross Country, and Lacrosse. Eight of the teams achieved a team GPA greater than 3.0, led by Women's Basketball with 3.24. The Academic Challenge was started a few years ago by Provost Tom Edwards; teams meeting the Challenge also were treated to dinner - and dessert - at Big G's in Benton.  


Congratulations to all the award winners!  

Students Highlight Experiences at
Internship Exposition
On Thursday, April 24, Thomas hosted the 2014 Spring Internship Expo. Each semester, students participate in internships as part of their learning curriculum and as a requirement for the Guaranteed Job Program.
 Alumnus Jeff Hubert '87 speaks with Brandon Martin '14, about his internship at Everett J. Prescott, Inc. (EJP)
Students like Brandon Martin prepared presentations and talked about their internship experiences - many that have turned into job opportunities for these students. Brandon, a Management major, worked his internship at EJP, a waterworks company in Gardiner, ME. "While I was interning, the company had me learning about sales and marketing," said Brandon, "That has lead to a career for me in the company when I graduate!"


Brandie McFetridge '14, a Criminal Justice major, completed her internship with the Lincoln County Sherriff's Office. "My internship just reconfirmed that this is what I want to do as a career."


Sneak Peek Inside the Harold Alfond
Academic Center

Utility lights were strung down each hallway, and neat piles of construction materials filled every corner during a construction tour of the new Harold Alfond Academic Center on April 25. Donors to the project were invited to take a sneak peek at the building as it evolves into a beautiful - and pragmatic - facility, which will include a modern library, state-of-the-art financial center, computer lab, peer mentoring and tutoring center, and cafĂ©. The building will also include seven new classrooms, as well as faculty offices and study spaces.


Taylor Arey '15 and Crystal Peatfield '17, both members of the new Student Philanthropy Team, led guests on construction tours of the new Harold Alfond Academic Center. 

Guests were amazed to see the project taking shape so quickly, given that construction began late last summer and is set to wrap up this summer. Said student tour guide Taylor Arey, who had her first look inside the building, "It was more than I had imagined. I cannot wait to take classes and use the library there in the fall!"


Alumni are invited to attend a May 7 Alumni After Hours on campus, where they will have an opportunity to tour the Alfond Academic Center. If you would like to attend, please register.

Commencement Speakers Announced

Thomas College is pleased to announce the speakers and marshals for the 120th Annual Commencement Ceremonies at Thomas College scheduled for May 9-10, 2014.


Maine Senator Susan Collins will be this year's Commencement Speaker. First elected in 1996, Senator Collins is now serving her third term in the United States Senate. Known for her work in facilitating bipartisan compromise, Senator Collins was recently named "one of the ten most powerful women in D.C." Senator Collins will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.



Dorcas Riley, Thomas College Trustee, will be this year's Honors Convocation Speaker. Dorcas has worked for several Maine companies such as Key Bank, PFG NorthCenter Foodservice, and Kennebec Savings Bank, and she is currently serving as Vice President of Finance at Day's Jewelers, based in Waterville. 


For more information on these individuals and the Commencement Ceremonies, please visit our website.






The 1st Annual

Terrier Tee-Off Classic  


Friday, June 27


Natanis Golf Course



Scratch players and hackers, alumni and friends come together for a day filled with fun, friends, and some great prizes. 


All proceeds support student-athletes and teams of the Thomas College Athletic Program. 


For more information, contact Kerry Smart, Assistant Development Officer for Athletics at (207) 859-1206 or smartk@thomas.edu.





Each year during Homecoming Weekend, Thomas College holds its Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony to welcome new members and recognize prior inductees.
Nominations may be submitted online prior to June 1 to be considered for induction this coming fall.   


"For me, it's validation of the hard work and long hours I put in on and off the field. I pushed myself daily in the classroom as well as on the field to be the best me I could be. Having others recognize my hard work and dedication I had to softball, is just a symbol for me that good things don't go unnoticed!"


- Jasmine Carey '05, inducted 2013.


For more information, contact Cathy Dumont M.B.A. '10, Director of Alumni Relations, at dumontc@thomas.edu or 207-859-1167.  



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