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Day 7: Friday, August 29th, 2014

The last day of EDGE arrived! Students had class during the day where they wrapped up projects, took final exams, and completed presentations. The Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. class had to create a contraption to protect an egg as it fell from the second story balcony in the Administration Building.

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Peer Mentoring Coordinator, Reanna Burns helping a student finish his parachute for the egg drop. 

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Students were expected to drop their contraptions from the balcony so they landed on the tarp below. The purpose of the exercise was to design something that would protect their egg from cracking as it hit the ground. 

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Student preparing to release her parachute. 

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Student preparing to release his parachute. 

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Student checking to see if his egg survived. It did!

The Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. students were also asked to create clay sculptures.

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After classes, students then went to their final celebrations. The Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. class went to deliver their presentations and display their final projects. The General Psychology, Philosophy, and Foundations of Quantitative Analysis classes went to the movie premier and showing of Pleasantville. Students first attended a small reception to congratulate them on their determination and hard work during EDGE. They then received certificates, trophies, and t-shirts as momentos of their time in the 2014 EDGE Program.

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Students took the opportunity to dress up for the reception. There were Hollywood star signs, a red carpet, and a fun banner for silly photos!

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Students mingling with their EDGE tutors as they enjoy the refreshments. 

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EDGE tutors Addison and Zahayra posing in our photo booth! 

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Each EDGE student was given a trophy to mark their success in the program. 

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Each EDGE student was given an EDGE t-shirt to mark their participation in the program. 

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 EDGE tutors Mikaela and Bailey posing in our photo booth!

Congratulations 2014 EDGErs! We look forward to working with you during the fall semester and beyond!

Day 6: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Today we stirred things up for the students. Instead of heading to class first thing in the morning, we provided the EDGE students with alternative activities to participate in while faculty and staff were in Opening Day activities. The EDGE students attended a workshop based on this year's Common Read, An Invisible Thread. The students were asked to discuss a number of themes from the book and then complete an activity that allowed them to know what each student has come to appreciate about them. The students were also given the choice of participating in either yoga or martial arts. The students had a blast!

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Foundations of Quantitative Analysis tutor Zahayra (on right) participating in the martial arts workshop with the EDGE students.  

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After the morning workshops, the General Psychology, Foundations in Quantitative Analysis, and Philosophy students attended class. The Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. students participated in community service for the afternoon, helping to pick up the campus.

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Excited to be almost done with his daily project in Foundations of Quantitative Analysis.

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Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. students preparing for campus clean up.

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Students working on cleaning up the area around the turf fields.

After their afternoon classes and community service, students went to dinner and then headed back to the classrooms for workshops and tutoring.

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Foundations of Quantitative Analysis tutor Brandon helping students with their projects.

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Philosophy students attending a workshop presented by Cheryl Daggett, school nurse. 

Day 5: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Wednesday was another class day for the EDGE students. Philosophy, Foundations of Quantitative Analysis, and Psychology stayed on campus to attend classes and Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. went on another field experience to the Colby Art Museum.

After a day of classes, the students attended tutoring and workshops presented by Career Services at Thomas College.  

Day 4: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

EDGE students woke up to another day of classes, workshops, and tutoring.  The Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. class went on another field experience to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

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Dr. Biffle addresses the class as to the purpose of their visit and what their assignments are. 

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EDGE students observing the exhibits at the Maine Maritime Museum.

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EDGE student taking notes.

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Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. group photo at Maine Maritime Museum.

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Foundations of Quantitative Analysis tutors Brandon and Zahayra taking a break as the EDGE students work with Professor Norton.

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Philosophy students attending the Financial Literacy workshop presented by FAME.

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Philosophy students attending Financial Literacy workshop presented by FAME. 

 Day 3: Monday, August 25th, 2014

After their first night of workshops and tutoring, the EDGE students were still perky and upbeat as they checked in for breakfast and went to class! They enjoyed another day of interesting class discussion and learning new concepts. They are not only learning about the class subject and material, they are also getting to know their classmates, roommates, and neighbors. 

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Philosophy students engaging in a discussion with their instructor, Dr. Scozzafava.

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Foundations of Quantitative Analysis students working on a class project with the help of their instructor, Professor Norton.

The Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. class went on a field experience to downtown Waterville. They were asked to take photographs that they will use in their final projects.

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A photo taken by Heidi Holst, Director of Tutoring Services as she accompanied the S.T.E.A.M. class on their field experience. 

We know that paying attention and participating in class requires a lot of work, so we provide the students with refreshments each morning and afternoon session. This allows them to get up, stretch their legs, rest their minds, and mingle with other students.

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Students taking a break for refreshments!

After dinner, the students attended a workshop in the evening. One workshop was presented by our campus counselor Carol Jollotta. She presented on stress management techniques and introduced the counseling services available to students at Thomas College. The other workshop was presented by Reanna Burns, Peer Mentoring Coordinator. She introduced students to Zen Tangle, a form of meditative drawing to help students focus and work on stress relief.

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Psychology students creating their Zen Tangle drawings.

After their stress management workshops, student returned to their tutoring sessions to complete homework and prepare for class for the next day.

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EDGE tutor Brandon working with a student in Foundations of Quantitative Analysis. 

Day 2: Sunday, August 24th, 2014

It was a brand new day for the 2014 EDGE students! They were up and at 'em for breakfast and then started their first class of the week. Many were surprised at how well they enjoyed the dynamic of their first college class and interacting with their instructors. 

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General Psychology students being introduced to the area of Psychology.

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Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) during a class discussion.

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More fun during General Psychology!

After the EDGE students underwent their lectures for the day, they broke for dinner, team building workshops and then returned to tutoring in the evening. 

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Foundations of Quantitative Analysis students finishing up their projects and homework for the day. 

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Foundations of Quantitative Analysis students enjoying a photo opportunity during tutoring. 

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General Psychology students preparing for their test scheduled for the next day. 

Day 1: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Welcome

Thomas College opened its doors to the 2014 EDGE class! 91 students are participating this year, and we couldn't be more excited. We are definitely looking forward to working with and getting to know this year's EDGE class. We are looking forward to seeing them take this opportunity by the horns and complete successfully a one 3-credit course in a week. These students are definitely taking the first step to excellence by taking advantage of a wonderful opportunity that Thomas College has offered them. 

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2014 EDGE tutors waiting with baited breath to hear President Lachance and Dr. Edwards address the entering 2014 EDGE students. They are so excited to work with the EDGE students and help them be successful in their classes this week! 

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2014 EDGE students checking into the EDGE Program. It was so exciting to officially meet everyone!

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2014 EDGE students and families joining us for our welcome BBQ.

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2014 EDGE students joining the IT and Library staff to configure their computers to the Thomas College network.


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