Thomas College Newsletter



Great News Abounds at Thomas this Fall

If a stranger had stepped onto campus on Homecoming and Family Weekend, they would have immediately felt the love and comradery of the Thomas College community.

From the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and the dance team and drama club performances to the Admissions Open House, the family activities, and the 125th Celebration that ended with fireworks over the turf field, the love, community, and specialness of this place was felt.

Thank you to the hundreds of alumni, current students, family members, faculty, staff, and friends who joined us for Homecoming and Family Weekend and for our 125th Celebration. If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch our 125th Celebration video telling the Thomas story here.

As a staff member who is not a Thomas College alum, I am still beaming with pride and love for this place after such a wonderful weekend of hanging out with past and present people who make up the Thomas family.

MacKenzie Riley Young
Assistant Director of Media Relations



Nutter ’12 to be Remembered through Teammate Award

On August 31, 2018, Rob Nutter, a graduate of the Class of 2012, lost his courageous battle with leukemia. As a student and teammate, Rob epitomized leadership and friendship. He was beloved among classmates and was known for his dedication and sportsmanship. This year, just two short months after his passing, Rob’s baseball teammates were inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame, a ceremony that kicks off Homecoming & Family Weekend. In his memory, the Rob Nutter ’12 Teammate Award was announced at this year’s event and will be granted each spring to a graduating student-athlete known for their outstanding commitment and contributions to their team.

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Thomas College Opens New Sukeforth Family Trail System for Community

Thomas College is proud to announce the opening of its new trails, the Sukeforth Family Trail System. This 3-plus-mile trail through the woods and campus is open to the community for walking, hiking, and biking. Thank you to the Sukeforth Family for this wonderful gift.

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Life After Thomas Program Hosts Networking Event for Students

On October 25, the Life After Thomas Program, designed to connect alumni with students on a variety of topics around career and professional development, hosted its first event: “Networking through Nerves,” a panel discussion about why networking is important and how to start – even when it’s a little nerve-wracking.

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Thomas College Launches One of the First Varsity eSports Program in New England

eSports, competitive, and organized video gaming is coming to Thomas College this Spring! Students will be able to compete nationally with top-of-the-line equipment, a coach, and uniforms.

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Thomas College Awarded $2.3 million Title III Student Success Grant; Only Private College in Maine to Receive Both Federal TRiO and Title III Funding

Thomas College is proud to announce it was awarded a $2.3 million grant from the United States Department of Education’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program to support the success, retention, and graduation of students from low-income families.

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Danielle Marquis ’99 Joins the Board

Thomas College announces alumna Danielle Marquis ’99 has joined the Thomas College Board of Trustees. Danielle is an account executive at Higgins & Bolduc Insurance Agency in Oakland.

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Thomas College Student Creates App to Detect Ticks

Ryan Bilodeau ’19 created an app called “What’s My Tick.” It is available for $1.99 on the Apple Store App.


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Remembering Rebecca: Kane Family Honors Late Employee with Scholarship Fund

As a way to honor and remember beloved staff member Rebecca Kane, who passed away in March 2017 after a long battle with breast cancer, her husband Kenny and son Kaleb are creating a legacy of caring in her name to support Thomas students.

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TC Athletics Off to Historic Start

Thomas Athletics is off to one of its best starts in school history this fall. Field Hockey won its first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship in program history after an undefeated conference season and will move on as a top seed in the NAC-NECC Alliance Championship on November 3, and Cross Country junior Jarrod Ottman won the first NAC Individual Championship and Player of the Year in program history!

Women’s Soccer finished their conference season undefeated and will host the NAC Final Four at Smith Field November 3-4, while Men’s Soccer also received a first round bye as the second seed and will play in the NAC Final Four at Maine Maritime November 3-4. Golf returned to the NCAA level this season and competed in their first NAC Championship since 2009 on October 13-14, where they finished in eighth place.

Along with the team success this year, Thomas has seen some great individual success. Women’s Soccer freshman Katherine Hoving currently ranks second in the country with 27 goals on the season, the most goals in a season in program history. Field Hockey freshman Britney Gregoire tied for the conference lead in goals this season with 13, another program record for goals in a season.

The Terriers have been well represented in the NAC weekly awards as well. Field Hockey had had six different players earn Player of the Week and has swept all three awards (Player, Rookie, and Defensive Player) six times. Ottman has been named Runner of the Week five times, while Men’s Soccer’s Jonathan Dutka has won Defensive Player of the Week three times. Overall, the Terriers have had 14 Players/Runners of the Week, 13 Rookies of the Week, and 12 Defensive Players of the Week.


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Thomas College to Offer $10,000 Scholarship to Incoming Students

Do you know a New England high school student who might be interested in attending Thomas College? Encourage them to apply for the $10,000 Dirigo Award Scholarship. The deadline for applications is November 16.


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Alumni Accounting Reunion Save the Date

Accounting alumni, mark your calendars for next Thursday, November 8. We’ll gather at Definitive Brewing in Portland from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Definitive is co-owned by Mike Rankin M.B.A. ’15 and Josh Roberts ’01, M.B.A. ’06 – accounting alumni themselves! We’ll hear from President Laurie Lachance M.B.A. ’92 and enjoy Definitive’s awesome brews and pizza (the first drink is on us!).

Host committee members include Bob Dube ’00 of Wipfli Macpage; Julie (Parlin) Keim ’95 of BerryDunn; and, Holly (Mullen) Ferguson ’95, M.B.A. ’96 of Albin, Randall & Bennett.

This event is free, but registration is appreciated for planning purposes.




Thomas College to Host Converge and Create Weekend, November 16 and 17

Have an idea for a business startup or a side hustle? Want to scale an existing business? Just plain interested in business? Then you will want to make sure you attend the 2nd Annual Central Maine Converge and Create Weekend being held at Thomas College on November 16 and 17. Join other interested individuals as you interact with an incredible group of entrepreneurs and resource providers in breakout sessions, panels, and networking opportunities. Students can attend for FREE.





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