Thomas students are responsible, self-directed young adults striving for personal as well as educational development. Thus, the college community is designed to assist students in their emotional, cultural, and social growth. Student services - counseling, health, student activities, residential life, public safety, career services, recreation and intramurals. Student Senate, Judicial Board, athletics, and dining services-are all under the direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs. All students are subject to the Statement of General Principles found in the Thomas College Student Handbook. Professional staff are available to assist students with educational, career, health, or personal problems.
Because social atmosphere is an important component of a Thomas College education, student activities are designed to benefit everyone on campus. Programs include lectures, films, dances, intramural sports, trips, and special events.
Thomas College recognizes the needs of commuting students, who often spend the entire day on campus. The classrooms, gymnasium, library, administrative and faculty offices, and campus store are contained in the administration building for easy access. The commuter lounge (furnished with tables, comfortable chairs, a computer station, and television) is an ideal place to meet and relax with fellow students.
Upon receiving timely notice of need, Thomas College provides reasonable accommodations for Thomas students with documented physical and other qualified disabilities. To request accommodations, contact the Student Affairs Office or the Center for Academic Support for information about College policies.
The College encourages members of its community with special needs to use existing services and become involved in the mainstream of campus life. Although the Student Affairs Office is located on the second floor of the Administration Building, the staff members are available to meet with students in more accessible locations as needed.
CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT
The Center for Academic Support offers academic assistance to all Thomas students. The staff includes a faculty director, a writing and learning specialist, student tutors, and student Supplemental Instruction (SI) leaders.
Tutoring and/or SI (small-group study sessions led by trained student leaders) are available for writing, math, economics and finance, accounting, and several targeted courses. These services provide students with opportunities to review, prepare for tests, work on papers and other projects, and strengthen skills.
The Center also offers students the opportunity to develop learning-enhancement skills, including reading comprehension, note taking, organization and time management, listening, and test taking.
IT Services: The College has fourteen servers running the Windows Server operating system. Students have access to the servers from over 110 networked personal computers or Windows terminals on campus, in dormitory rooms, and through any Internet connection. Integration with Windows-based cell phones, smartphones, or PDAs is also available. Software available on the Windows servers include Exchange, SQL Server, Internet Information Server (IIS), Systems Management Server (SMS), SharePoint Portal Server, Office Communicator, and Blackboard course management software.
Each student is assigned an account on our server with access to e-mail, IM, the College Intranet, the College myThomas and the Internet. A web-based student information system called the Thomas myThomas provides access to class schedules, student grades, student bills, classmate lists, and other information. Internet access is provided a T3 line to the Internet backbone. The PC labs at Thomas are comprised of Windows Vista PCs. Students have access to laser and color printers. Other lab hardware includes LCD projectors, scanners, video cameras, CD-RW, DVD-RW, and multimedia equipment. Software available for the personal computers involves many MS Windows-based packages including MS Office 2007 (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher), FrontPage, SharePoint Designer, Expression Web, Visual Studio, Project, Visio, and many programming languages.
A Microsoft Campus Agreement allows undergraduate and graduate students to use any version of Windows, Office, Visual Studio and FrontPage for no additional cost while taking courses at the College. Students using computers on-campus are also provided with ForeFront anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
Computer facilities are staffed by two full-time staff, two half-time students, and fourteen part-time work-study students including twelve help desk staff and an office assistant. These facilities are generally open Monday through Thursday from 7:45am to 10:00pm, Friday 7:45am to 4:30pm, Saturday 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and Sunday 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Wireless network access is provided throughout campus. Residence hall rooms have secure high-speed local area network connections, direct-inward-dial telephone extensions with voice-mail (upon request), and over 55 channels of cable TV services. Residence hall computer labs and printers are accessible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Student access from off-campus is available through the Internet.
Discounted rates are available to Thomas students for laptops, state-wide dial-up and broadband access, digital music and video services, and mobile phone services through several partnerships and agreements with various companies.
Library Services: The Thomas College Library manages the College's research collection of electronic, print, and audio-visual resources. In addition to more than 21,000 in-house print and media items, the Library offers 24/7 on- and off-campus access to general and discipline-specific online resources containing abstracts, full-text articles, and e-books.
The main floor of the Library contains computer workstations, printers, scanners, a photocopier, DVDs, reference material, and the Information Services Desk. The upper level of the Library holds the stack area (books), group study tables, study carrels, and computer workstations for individual study. Computer workstations and study areas are available to encourage the use of library professional staff for group or individual assistance in the use of online and physical resources, computer applications, and general research techniques. Library staff available to students and employees include the Director of Library Services, the Information Resource Specialist, the Catalog and Circulation Librarian, and the Information Services Desk work-study staff.
The Library collection includes a wide variety of computer and audio-visual equipment available for students to borrow for course-related activities, such as digital video camcorders, microphones, computer laptops, and video-data projectors.
Reciprocal borrowing agreements exist between Thomas College and Watervillearea libraries. Holders of a valid Thomas College photo ID card may borrow items from Waterville-area libraries on a walk-in basis. In addition, Thomas has access to a wide range of material through interlibrary loan.
CAMPUS SECURITY AND CRIME AWARENESS
Thomas College is committed to security and safety on campus. The College produces a report annually in conjunction with the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998. This compliance document can be viewed on the Public Safety web site or obtained from the Student Affairs Office.
The Public Safety Office is staffed 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to assist members of the College community.
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