Beyond Education


January 2014 News

Maine Bankers Association Award

WATERVILLE, January 2014 – Thomas College Senior Jordan Hoyt was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Maine Bankers Association at a recent Legislative Coffee held at Kennebec Savings Bank in Augusta. Hoyt (center), a senior majoring in Business, is joined by (L-R) Rep. Matt Pouliot, Rep. Tim Marks, Rep. Sharon Treat, KSB President and CEO Mark Johnston, and Senator Pat Flood.

About Thomas College: Thomas College, founded in 1894, is a private, liberal arts and business college in Waterville, Maine. Thomas offers a rich professional studies curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of programs including business, arts and sciences, criminal justice, education, and technology. Thomas is focused on providing an accessible and affordable quality education to any student who is motivated to work hard and succeed. Thomas provides a supportive learning environment for all students - many of whom are first generation college students - and encourages them to discover and fulfill their unique potential. Thomas offers its students Guaranteed Tuition and its graduates Guaranteed Job Placement within six months of graduation. For more information about Thomas College, please visit www.thomas.edu.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Buker at bukerj@thomas.edu or 207.859.1319.



Thomas College Hall of Flags adds the Spanish Flag

Established in the Fall of 2012, as part of President Lachance’s Inauguration celebration, Thomas College unveiled a new Hall of Flags in the Ayotte Auditorium Lobby. Each flag represents the country of a current or former student of the College. On Thursday, January 23, the Spanish flag was added to the expanding display in front of a group of faculty, staff, and students representing almost a dozen different countries.

In her opening remarks, Laurie Lachance stated, “We officially welcome and recognize the country of Spain and the people of Spain who are now a part of this precious Thomas Community, and of the rich history of our College.” President Lachance and student Javier Carrasco, a current Accelerated MBA program student from Spain, displayed the colorful flag with pride and excitement. “Today, Javier, on behalf of Thomas College, I officially welcome you and all who will come from your country,” remarked Lachance as she raised the flag.

Thomas College has enjoyed international students since the 1970’s. The installation of the Hall of Flags is to honor those international students. Currently there are over 40 countries represented including Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Dominica, England, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.



Thomas College Hosts Criminal Justice Panel

Waterville, ME – On January 28, 2014, Thomas College Alumni Relations & Career Services will host a Criminal Justice Panel and networking event in Thomas College’s Summit Room in the Spann Student Commons from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Hear from top professionals in criminal justice and forensic accounting as they share career experiences and the many career opportunities within the criminal justice field. A networking reception will follow the panel discussion. Current Thomas students, alumni, and area high school students are encouraged to attend this event. Thomas College is located at 180 West River Road in Waterville, and the event is free and open to the public.

A dynamic group of panelists include the following: Chief Joseph Massey, Waterville Police – Moderator; Antonio Perez, Director of Surveillance, Hollywood Casinos; Major General Bill Libby, National Guard; Troy Thibodeau, Game Warden & North Woods Law cast member; Robert Schwartz, Executive Director for the Maine Police Chiefs Association (former Chief of Police for South Portland); Jason LaVerdiere, Public Safety & Private Security, Thomas College; Jason Madore, Maine State Police; Kelly Webber, Forensic Accountant; Mark Miller, FBI Agent; and, Autumn Clifford, Police Officer.

Moderator Chief Joseph Massey has been an integral part of the Criminal Justice program at Thomas College. “As a Police Chief and Associate Professor at Thomas College, I have had a unique opportunity to interact with many Thomas students. The diversity of students at Thomas, not only in background but straight from high school, working students, some having families, and part-time students, or a combination of this diverse group has created a new breed of college students that is reshaping the face of higher education,” stated Massey.

Thomas College has offered programs in Criminal Justice since 1999. “The College provides students with the educational and social foundation for career success. It helps them prepare to live and work in what has become a global society,” further stated Massey. Some careers that Criminal Justice majors have pursued after graduation are K9 Officer, SWAT, Tech Team, Dive Team, investigator, and detective. If students are interested, they can participate in internship opportunities with Interpol, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Thomas College is a business and liberal arts educational institution located in central Maine. It prepares students for success in their personal and professional lives, and for leadership and service in their communities. Thomas provides a supportive learning environment that values the needs and goals of individual students. At Thomas, students discover and fulfill their unique potential. Each program at the College promotes professional excellence, informed by ethics and integrity. The College is committed to quality teaching and to the application of technology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Thomas offers broad opportunities for professional development and promotes economic prosperity through long-term community partnerships.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Buker at bukerj@thomas.edu or 207.859.1319.



Frozen Fenway

On Saturday, January 11th, Thomas College Student Affairs took a sold-out bus trip to experience Frozen Fenway in Boston, Massachusetts. The day included a double header on the regulation size ice rink in Fenway Park. The first game was a match between UMass Lowell and Northeastern University. The second game of the day matched up the University of Maine against rival Boston University. Despite the ice and rain, students enjoyed the day. Affordable trips and “things to do” for Thomas Students are available throughout the year.



Cybersecurity Innovation Forum

Waterville, ME – Assistant Professor Dick Wilkins of Thomas College has been asked to join a panel discussion on the “security of computer system startup” (known as “Secure Boot”) at the 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum in Baltimore, MD on January 28th 2014. This conference, sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) and supported by the US Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) along with over 30 companies and organizations, will explore the existing threat landscape and provide presentations and keynotes on current and emerging practices, technologies and standards in cybersecurity. Joining Prof. Wilkins on the panel will be representatives of Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Dell. Thomas College has recently expanded its programs to include Security and Cyber-Defense major and minor options for undergraduate students. Prof. Wilkins, seen as a leader in the cybersecurity field working for Phoenix Technologies as well as teaching at Thomas College, is just one of the distinguished faculty delivering these programs.

This has been a busy year for Professor Wilkins. He participated at the International Conference on Cybersecurity sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Fordham University Law School this August in New York. He sits on the board of the Unified Firmware Interface Forum, an international industry standards body, and produced a whitepaper on “Secure Boot” along with, Brian Richardson of Intel, that was published by the UEFI forum. Prof. Wilkins coordinated and presided over a series of technical presentations at the UEFI Summerfest on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA where he presented his own talk on “Evolving Hardware-Based Security: Firmware Transition to TPM 2.0.” He also participates in several working groups of the Trusted Computing Group, and international standards body, and worked on the release of a new standard for Dynamic Roots of Trust for Measurement released by that group. Prof. Wilkins also presented his own research on optimization of peer to peer network downloads at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Selected Topics in Mobile & Wireless Networking in Montreal, Canada.

Richard Wilkins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Thomas College and is Principal Technology Liaison for Phoenix Technologies, a US based system boot firmware development company. He is active in several international standards bodies (TCG, PCI-SIG, DMTF, ACPI, and others) and sits on the board of the Unified Firmware Interface Forum (UEFI). He is a leader in the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers at the Maine Section level and in the IEEE Computer Society. He is also active in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Project Management Institute (PMI). He has over 30 years’ industry experience in roles from software developer to director of engineering. Dr. Wilkins holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL; a Master of Science in Computer Science from the National Technological University, Fort Collins, CO; and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Saint Thomas University, Miami, FL.

Thomas College is a business and liberal arts educational institution located in central Maine. It prepares students for success in their personal and professional lives, and for leadership and service in their communities. Thomas provides a supportive learning environment that values the needs and goals of individual students. At Thomas, students discover and fulfill their unique potential. Each program at the College promotes professional excellence, informed by ethics and integrity. The College is committed to quality teaching and to the application of technology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Thomas offers broad opportunities for professional development, and promotes economic prosperity through long-term community partnerships.

Phoenix Technologies Ltd., the leader in core systems software products, services and embedded technologies, pioneers open standards and delivers innovative solutions that enable the PC industry’s top system builders and specifiers to differentiate their systems, reduce time-to-market and increase their revenues. The Company’s flagship products – Phoenix SecureCore Technology™ and Embedded BIOS® — are revolutionizing the PC user experience by delivering unprecedented performance, security, reliability, continuity, and ease-of-use. The Company established industry leadership and created the PC clone industry with its original BIOS product in 1983. Every major PC maker uses Phoenix’s products and Phoenix has shipped its firmware in over one billion systems across the globe. Phoenix is headquartered in Campbell, California with offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.com. Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, Phoenix SecureCore Technology, Embedded BIOS and the Phoenix Technologies logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All other marks are the marks of their respective owners.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Buker at bukerj@thomas.edu or 207.859.1319.



Fan Pride Day

Yesterday, Thomas College students participated in Fan Pride Day in support of the Thomas Terrier Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. Students were encouraged to wear red & black to show their Thomas pride throughout the day. Before the games, Student Affairs hosted a pep rally where over 130 students received rally towels, made supportive signs, and had their faces painted.

The Women’s basketball game was against University of Maine Farmington where the Terriers were defeated 81-46. The Men’s basketball game followed, where the Terriers lost to the University of Maine Farmington 82-67. For highlights of the game, please visit Athletics at Thomas.edu.



Maximizing the Next New Energy Alternative

WATERVILLE, January 2014 – The next Business Breakfast, presented by Thomas College and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, will host Mike Duguay, director of business development with Summit Natural Gas and former Development Director for the City of Augusta. Duguay will help you navigate the process and timelines to get natural gas to your business and home. The breakfast will be held on Thursday, January 9, from 7:15 – 9:00 a.m. in the Spann Student Commons Summit Room on Thomas College’s campus at 180 West River Road in Waterville.

Mike has been on the Summit Natural Gas team since December 2012 and brings with him 13 years of experience in business development. "The integrity and principles of Summit, and what they intend to do for Maine, inspired me."

Prior to Summit Natural Gas, he served as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Augusta, assisting in the creation of two retail shopping complexes, the establishment of a downtown development district and multiple business expansion projects. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Mid-Coast Council for Business Development (MCBD) in Brunswick, Maine and as a Business Development Specialist with the State of Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development. Mike is a University of New Hampshire graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in community development.

The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce holds monthly informative presentations on a variety of educational business topics at Thomas College’s Spann Student Commons. The cost of the Business Breakfast is $15 for those members who register before the event and is $17 at the door. The general admission is $20 for the public. A hot breakfast is included with the reservation. To register, go online to www.midmainechamber.com or call 207.873.3315.

The sponsors for the Business Breakfast are AT&T; People’s United Bank; Higgins & Bolduc Insurance; Nicholson, Michaud & Company; O’Donnell, Lee, McCowan & Phillips, LLC; FairPoint Communications; and, the Morning Sentinel, a division of Maine Today Media, Inc.

About Thomas College: Thomas College, founded in 1894, is a private, liberal arts and business college in Waterville, Maine. Thomas offers a rich professional studies curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of programs including business, arts and sciences, criminal justice, education, and technology. Thomas is focused on providing an accessible and affordable quality education to any student who is motivated to work hard and succeed. Thomas provides a supportive learning environment for all students - many of whom are first generation college students - and encourages them to discover and fulfill their unique potential. Thomas offers its students Guaranteed Tuition and its graduates Guaranteed Job Placement within six months of graduation. For more information about Thomas College, please visit www.thomas.edu.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Buker at bukerj@thomas.edu or 207.859.1319.

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