October 19, 2013

Maine's Thomas College celebrates growth

Increased enrollment leads to construction of two new buildings.

By RACHEL OHM Morning Sentinel

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The Harold Alfond Academic Center on the Thomas College campus in Waterville is scheduled to be finished by August 2014.

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Work on a new 108-bed residence hall at Thomas College in Waterville is schedule for completion in August 2014.

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Construction of the new Alfond center was funded in part by the Harold Alfond Foundation, which provided a grant through which it matched each dollar the college raised toward construction, up to $4 million. The foundation, named for philanthropist Harold Alfond, is known for its investments in education, health care and other charitable causes in Maine communities.

Pamela Thompson, chairwoman of the Faculty Senate and associate professor of education, said the gathering Friday was a celebration of the work faculty members do with students every day and of the college community.

One of the college’s symbols is an oak leaf and an acorn, which Thompson said is a reminder of the college’s strength as well as its vibrancy and growth.

“The plans for the academic center will provide much-needed space for students and faculty to engage in the work of transforming lives – not only for current students, but for future students we will welcome,” Thompson said.

Current students, including Student Senate President Jasmine Turner, said they couldn’t wait to have their first classes in the new academic building. They said they chose Thomas because they liked the tight-knit community.

Sophomore Phyllicia Jordan of Waltham, a criminal justice major, said another reason she chose to attend Thomas was its guaranteed job program, through which the college agrees to pay the student loans of qualified students who have not found employment within six months of graduation.

“Career services is so big,” Jordan said. “They really reach out with workshops and initiatives beginning freshman year.”

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