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Thomas In the News
 WCSH's 207, Rob Caldwell talks with President Lachance about her recent induction into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame.
To watch the full interview, click here.

Thomas Men's Club Hockey team clinches the 2014 Central Maine Collegiate Conference Championship in a win over the University of Maine at Farmington, 3-0 on March 15. 
For more on this story, read here.
Alumni Relations & Career Services Highlighted in current issue of CURRENTS magazine

The combining of Alumni Relations and Career Services at Thomas College has other academic institutions taking notice in this month's CURRENTS magazine, page 13.
Thomas Alumni Association 

Alumni After Hours Upcoming Events

March 26, 2014

Hartford, CT 

Agave Grill

April 30, 2014

Worcester, MA

Funky Murphy's Bar & Grille

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

Call for Class Notes

 New job?

New baby?
New house? 
We want your stories for the next Thomas Magazine. Share your images and stories with us!
If you have any 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.
Campus Events

Mid-Maine Chamber
Business Breakfast

April 10, 7:15 a.m.
Summit Room, Spann Student Commons
We Talk About Customer Service - What We Really Want is Customer Satisfaction!
Marcel Gagne, business representative for Good Will of Northern New England, suggests that the only entity that can determine true customer satisfaction is the customer. Learn about the true costs of losing customers and the great savings and effect on the bottom line of maintaining existing customers. He will share what you can do to ensure your customers are not just "serviced" - but satisfied!
2014 Commencement             
Thomas College's 120th Commencement will be held 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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What a busy month at Thomas! Despite the weather, construction on the Harold Alfond Academic Center and the new residence hall has not missed a beat and is still on schedule for August completion. 

Our students have been moving right along as well. Chris Voynik '14 is a finalist in the Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad competition with his business start-up Wag Rags. Chris is one of 12 semi-finalists, and he needs your vote! Vote for Chris!

The Men's Club Hockey team had a tremendous season, clinching the 2014 Central Maine Collegiate Conference Championship earlier this month. Be sure to follow all of your favorite Terriers on our athletics homepage.

Until next month... 

 - Jennifer
Jennifer Buker
Director of Public Relations
Entrepreneur Extraordinaire !

Help Chris Voynik '14 Win $30,000

Gorham Savings Bank is sponsoring its second annual LaunchPad

Chris Voynik '14 and his Wag Rags

business plan competition to award $30,000 in a no-strings-attached grant, and Thomas College senior Chris Voynik '14 is a finalist! Chris's Readfield, Maine, home business of Wag Rags is one of the 12 semi-finalists narrowed down from a pool of 130 applicants.

Wag Rags is an idea that Chris says started when "my mom told me to clean up my room." While cleaning his room, he tried to find a use for all his old t-shirts. He made an iPad cover, but, "it was awful." After rehashing what he could do with them, the idea of Wag Rags was sprung: dog toys!

Wag Rags are knotted, not braided, so there is no unravelling or fraying. Drool and dirt are no problem because, Chris says, the toys are washer- and dryer-friendly.

Chris soon found himself marketing a product. "I started with a $5 table at an art show," he recalls. "I brought a dozen Wag Rags, and I made enough money for a Taco Bell meal and to pay for the next show." After six months of traveling the state to attend art and craft shows, he made the bold transition from retail to wholesale at the Northern New England Products Trade Show. "I had $1,000 in my business account, and I put it all on the line for admission to that show," he says. "I arrived with all of my inventory - four dozen toys - and I left with nearly 30 new accounts."

Chris, who is President of the Entrepreneurship Club at Thomas, is now looking to expand his business in a big way - a $30,000 way! Chris says that he entered the LaunchPad competition last year when he first heard about it through mainemade.com. "I did not make it past the first round," Chris explains. This year is a different story, though: "When I re-applied, I had more entrepreneurial education and experience - and wholesale accounts - that I did not have the previous year." This sure seems to have made a difference.

Winning the competition would be a game-changer for Wag Rags. Currently the business serves as supplemental income while Chris finishes college. "Winning the competition would allow me to continue to grow Wag Rags after I graduate in May, and I could focus on putting my Thomas education to work through my own company," Chris explains. The operation is still small scale, with Chris relying on his family for production help: "My grandmother, my nanny, and my mom are my go-to employees." Chris cites the competition's payout as a way for him to "increase production, sell retail via e-commerce, and possibly even move into a facility."

Help Chris win $30,000 by voting for him at LaunchPad.

Don't wait, the voting ends tomorrow, Thursday, March 27, at midnight!

2014 Career Fair a Huge Success!

On March 12, Thomas College students were able to meet with employers from across the country during the College's annual Career Fair. A record breaking 74 organizations - a 33% increase over last year's previous record - promoted their companies and job openings.

Vendors on display in the Alfond Athletic Center at the 2014 Career Fair

Organizations, like the United Way of Mid-Maine, were interested in speaking with Business and Psychology majors looking for unique internship opportunities. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol were interested in speaking with students primarily majoring in Criminal Justice, but also acknowledged employees of the department have a diverse background. "I was a Criminal Justice major, and I minored in Special Education," one representative said. He went on to say that the department was there to educate students on what their job entails and to provide students information to help their decision-making process for a career.

Molina Medical Solutions representatives were particularly interested in graduating Computer Science or English majors to fill multiple job openings. Verizon Wireless was eager to meet with individuals majoring in Communication, Business, or Management to fill current openings for customer service representative positions.

For a full list of companies that attended the 2014 Thomas College Career Fair, click here.

Thomas Turns on the Gas!

Thomas College has flipped the switch to a new natural gas furnace. The addition of natural gas is part of the College's Strategic Energy Plan that seeks to provide Thomas

Darrin Lane and Jim Raddatz,Thomas College Physical Plant staff, working on the new natural gas boiler

College with diverse energy sources that will lower long-term energy expenses and keep tuition costs down.

Chris Rhoda, Vice President of Information Services and CIO at Thomas College, said, "Diversifying energy sources is one way the College can reduce costs - when the price of one source goes up, an alternative resource can be tapped. Adding yet another alternative source to the campus was the major reason the College decided to sign a contract with Summit Natural Gas earlier this month."

A total of five buildings will be converted to the use of natural gas initially. Beth Gibbs, Senior Vice President of Financial Affairs and CFO, said, "In the first full year of conversion, we expect to save approximately $90,000." The savings will help the College remain a competitive choice for students pursuing higher education.

Moving Right Along!

Even with the end of winter nowhere in sight, construction of the Harold Alfond Academic Center (top) and the new residence hall (bottom) is progressing splendidly. Both facilities are scheduled to open in August 2014. Stay tuned for news about upcoming tours!

Thomas College. Beyond Education.