Daily Updates

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 - Day Five

Today was the second to last day of classes. The students in Introduction to Computer Applications worked with PowerPoint today. The Philosophy students started discussing God, and the students in the STEAM class went on a field trip to Bates College to visit the L.C. Bates Museum.

In the afternoon, the students went to an educational workshop where they learned about their particular learning style preference. They also participated in tutoring.

Monday, August 19th, 2013 - Day Five

Today marked the beginning of the three day stretch left of classes. Students attended classes, workshops, and tutoring today.

Students in STEAM made bridges and underwater buildings in class today.

The students in Introduction to Computer Applications started working with excel today.

Tonight's workshop was about Biofeedback and Stress Management presented by Dr. Dale Dickson, Professor of Psychology at Thomas College. The students talked about what causes stress and how they feel when they are stressed. Some of them were then hooked up to biofeedback machines to see how they could control their heart rate when they are stressed.

EDGE Tutor Kylee Risinger

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 - Day Four

Today the students did various class activities. In the morning, the Introduction to Computer Applications class took their class assessment. The Philosophy students watched an educational movie and had a class discussion. The students in STEAM created sculptures.

After lunch, the students participated in a mindfulness workshop that included three different workshops: yoga, meditation, and a Ted Talk video discussion. The workshop was designed to give students the tools they need to help them with the stress that can come from being a multitasking college student.

After the mindfulness workshop, students were given free time.

Saturday, August 17th, 2013 - Day Three - SERVICE DAY!

Every year the EDGE Program does service throughout the community. This year, some of the students went to Atwood Elementary School and some stayed on campus at Thomas College. The group that stayed at Thomas gave back to the community by cleaning up the lawns and flower beds around the campus to help prepare for opening day.

The students who volunteered at Atwood Elementary School helped teachers set up their classrooms for the first day of school. Other students helped to build garden beds, whereas others helped prepare packets for the first week of school. Students also painted inside classrooms and the superintendent's building.

Students preparing packets for the first week of school.

EDGE Tutor Sarah Card painting at Atwood Elementary School.

Atwood Elementary School showing its appreciation for all of our help!

Reanna Burns, Peer Mentoring Coordinator painting.

Students helping to set up classrooms for the first day of school.

After volunteering all day, students were taken to Flagship Cinemas to watch a movie of their choosing. A great end to a productive and rewarding day!

Friday, August 16th, 2013 - Day Two!

Friday was another day spent in class for the students of Introduction of Computer Applications and Philosophy. The students of STEAM attended a field outing to downtown Waterville and the Colby Art Museum. The students have started settling into their routine:

Class, snack break, class, lunch, class, snack break, class, dinner, workshops, and tutoring.

Students rest and converse during snack time with Professor Kennedy.

The topic of tonight's workshop was FISH! Philosophy. The FISH! Philosophy is a business philosophy inspired by a small fish market in Seattle, Washington that is world famous for its energy and commitment to service. The students watched a video about FISH! Philosophy and then broke up into groups to talk about each principle of the philosophy and how they could relate it to their time here at Thomas College.

FISH! Philosophy Principles:

1) Be There!

2) Play!

3) Make Their Day!

4) Choose Your Attitude!


Debbie Cunningham, Dean of Retention Services conducting Fish! Philosophy.

Evening tutoring.

EDGE Tutor Kylee Risinger helping a student in Introduction to Computer Applications.

EDGE Tutor Natasha Nuttall helping student in Introduction to Computer Applications.

EDGE Tutor Zach Crimmin helping student in Introduction to Computer Applications.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 - Day One!

After getting much needed rest, the students woke up early for breakfast at 8am. They attended their first classes today, some taking a computer applications course, some taking a philosophy course, and others taking an inclusive science course that covers science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Each student was introduced to their course instructors and EDGE tutors.

Philosophy students engaging in a class activity.

Students receiving help from Professor Kennedy in their Introduction to Computer Applications class.

Students in the STEAM course attempting to put together their group robot.

The day was spent attending class, getting to know one another better during class breaks and meal times, and then attending their first evening of tutoring and workshops.

Two students in Introduction to Computer Applications receiving help from tutor Natasha Nuttall during their tutoring session.

Students in Philosophy working diligently on their homework assignments.

STEAM students finishing up their robots!

Tonight's workshop was titled "True Colors." The students took color quizzes to find out what color they were. That color told them what kind of personality they tended to have. The goal of the workshop was to identify core personality traits and which traits were strengths and weaknesses for them. Knowing these traits will help them understand themselves and others around them, which will help them in the transition to Thomas College socially as well as academically.

Reanna Burns, Peer Mentoring Coordinator conducts the "True Colors" workshop.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 - Opening Day!

Opening day of EDGE has arrived! The resident assistants, EDGE tutors, and professional staff greeted the incoming EDGE students and helped them carry their belongings to their rooms.

Diane Anderson, Assistant Director of Career Services walks beside a resident assistant as they help EDGE students carry their belongings to their rooms.

Families maneuver the hallways of Thomas College's GPH Residence Hall.

Students unpacking and preparing their room.

Students checking into housing.

After move in, the students and their families joined President Laurie Lachance, Provost Dr. Edwards, Dean of Retention Services Debbie Cunningham, Professional Staff and the EDGE Tutors for dinner in the dining center.

After dinner the students and their families joined us for a warm welcome in the auditorium from President Laurie Lachance, Provost Dr. Edwards, and Dean Cunningham. The students were reminded of their potential, their ability to succeed, and the belief that Thomas College faculty and staff has in them.

After the welcome in the auditorium, students went to the Oak Room for their IT workshop. IT staff members helped the students configure their laptops.

Later on in the evening the students were addressed by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Hannah Gladstone, to learn the ropes of living in the residence halls.

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