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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2011

2011: A happy holiday season? By Curtis Picard

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Setting the stage Kim Hawkes, Chamber director and chair of the 2011 Caldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate Super Raffle adds a Treasure Chest gift to the display table at this year’s event. The annual MMCC gala was held at T & B’s Celebration Center in Waterville. See who won! Check our special insert.

Highlights in this Issue: P. 2: From the President’s Chair P. 3: Member Events Calendar P. 7: Member People P. 8: Member Spotlight — Thomas College Insert: Chamber Award Nominations Form

ach year, the media spends a lot of time discussing how the holiday shopping season will perform and we are headed into that time of year again. I hope to share some of my thoughts with you and also to help dispel some of the myths out there about the season. First, people traditionally focus on the Thanksgiving weekend and “Black Friday.” As you know, retailers of all sizes use the opportunity to focus shoppers on great sales and promotions and to officially kick off the holiday shopping season. While the weekend certainly is important, its overall success does not necessarily dictate how the season performs as a whole. This is the first myth. The reality is that some shoppers start much earlier. October has now become a critical month for retailers and savvy shoppers have been able to capitalize. Tighter inventories mean more items sell out quicker so shoppers seeking that hot toy or latest gadget can find themselves out of luck come Thanksgiving. The second myth is that the season ends right after Christmas. Gift cards and gift certificates have helped drive the season all the way through January. The gift card is a wonderfully portable gift that helps drive traffic post-holidays and offers great bargains for consumers. On a side note, the Maine legislature acted this year to overturn the law that requires Maine retailers to “escheat” 60 percent of the unused value of gift cards to the State of Maine after two years of inactivity. The new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2012, will only require retailers that sell more than $250,000 worth of gift cards annually to escheat 60 percent to Maine. This fix will help almost all of Maine-based merchants and restaurant owners who regularly issue gift cards and

‘The most interesting phenomenon over the last five years has been the explosive growth of online sales. Last year saw a 16 percent year over year increase in online shopping and I would not be surprised to see double digit growth again this year.’

gift certificates. One other thing to understand about the holiday shopping season is to understand when Thanksgiving falls relative to Christmas. That sometimes gives retailers five weekends instead of four weekends. This year, Thanksgiving falls on November 24 but Christmas falls on a Sunday and that may be tricky for retailers looking to attract last minute shoppers. Regardless, the overall number of days can be a large factor on how a holiday shopping season performs. The most interesting phenomenon over the last five years has been the explosive growth of online sales. Last year saw a 16 percent year over year increase in online shopping and I would not be surprised to see double digit growth again this year. Continued on Page 2

Consider Chamber Gift Certificates this year! By Dave Roy The holidays are right around the corner, and the Mid-Maine Chamber has the perfect gift for every person on your list! Mid-Maine Chamber Gift Certificates are redeemable at over 175 local businesses in the greater Waterville area! Not only can they be used at a variety of locations, the Chamber Gift Certificates help keep our money local - since their inception, more than $350,000 in gift certifi-

cates have been purchased. Please consider purchasing Chamber Gift Certificates for family, friends, and business clients this season. You can stop in at the Chamber office anytime Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to purchase them. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Continued on Page 2

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Nov. 2, noon to 2 p.m. The Maine Heritage Policy Center presents Ms. Michelle Malkin, award-winning conservative columnist and best-selling author at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks. A sponsor reception with Gov. Paul LePage will be held at 11:15 a.m. Individual ticket: $250; host ticket, five seats and two tickets to sponsor reception, $1,000; sponsor ticket, 10 seats and two tickets to sponsor reception, $2,000. FMI: Amanda Clark, 321-2550 or aclark@mainepolicy.org

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Church in Waterville. The candlelight service of remembrance will be followed by a light supper in the church fellowship hall. . Each guest is invited to light a candle and to share readings if they wish to do so. Names of those remembered are read as each candle is lit. FMI: 873-3615.

Nov. 8, 8:30-11 a.m., the Belgrade Regional Health Center starts its Living Well Seminar. The class focuses on self-management of chronic conditions such as hypertension, obesity, and Nov. 4, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Alfond Youth chronic back pain. The six week semiCharity Ball, at the Alfond Youth Cen- nar runs to Dec. 13, is open to the pubter, 126 North St. following the Water- lic, is free and spouses and care-takers ville Area Women’s Club wine tasting are welcome. FMI: Laura 215-8438 or event. Tickets $100 per couple, black sign up at the health center. tie optional. Sponsored by Oxford Networks. FMI: Felicia Lambert, 873Nov. 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Winter Wonder0684. land and Gala at Hathaway Creative st Nov. 6, 4 p.m., the 21 Annual Interfaith Memorial Service hosted by Hos- Center Tickets: $20 at Waterville Main Street, Barrels Community pice Volunteers of Waterville Area will be held at the First Congregational Market & Unique Designs. Join WtvlMS for a festive holiday

party featuring a delicious holiday meal, live auction, silent auction, a visit from Santa, live music, cash bar and more. Join the fun & support Waterville Main Street's biggest fundraiser of the year. A list of auction items will be posted to its website as well as the event Facebook page. Sponsored by: Nicholson & Associates, P.A., CPAs, Wheeler & Arey Trial Lawyers, Morning Sentinel & Unique Designs. Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Muskie Community Center, 38 Gold Street, Waterville, will be serving pot roast, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, garden salad and assorted desserts Guest speaker: Lt. Colonel Diane Dunn, Maine National Guard. FMI: 873-4745 to make your reservation.

ness for local recycling. Hot beverages will be served. Nov. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area will offer a 10-week grief support group for mothers and fathers who have experienced the death of a child through illness or unexpectedly such as in an accident or by suicideMeetings are free and will be held at 304 Main St., Waterville. FMI: Sarah Swift-Simons, director of bereavement services 873-3615 x 15 or sswift-simons@hvwa.org.

Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m., Waterville Chapter of Business and Professional Women will hold its Annual Holiday Auction in The Forum Room at The Center in Waterville. Includes items such as gift certificates to local merchants and resNov. 15, noon, Skills Inc., 60 Industrial taurants, gift baskets, craft items and Road, Waterville inconjunction with more! Refreshments will be served. Sustain Mid Maine Coalition, will Proceeds benefit the Waterville BPW display new signs that provide the pub- scholarship program. FMI: Carol lic greater visibility and increase aware- George at 873-0294.

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The Sustain Mid Maine Coalition (SMMC) has been awarded the Hastings Award from Efficiency Maine. In a partnership with Efficiency Maine, the City of Waterville and the Town of Winslow, SMMC’s Energy Team implemented a plan projected to save 32 property owners in Winslow and Waterville $169,000 in savings this season. Waterville and Winslow property owners interested in the program, call John Reuthe at 680-4208. KVCC is one of 34 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a grant under the U.S. Department of Education's Strengthening Institutions Program. The grant, which is expected to total $1.6 million over the next five years, will enable the college to add staff and services to assist students in completing their programs of study. Starbucks has unveiled a lighter-roast coffee as the company tries to reach a wider base of consumers. Starbucks has long faced criticism from people who feel its coffee is too dark or bitter. It developed the new roast for the large number of U.S. consumers who prefer a lighter coffee, which will be sold in its stores and at retailers beginning in January Gifford's Ice Cream has taken home the top award for ice cream at a national dairy products competition by winning its 2nd straight grand champion award for ice cream at the 2011 World Dairy Expo, held earlier this month in Madison, WI. It also won 1st in the French vanilla category and 2nd place for its regular vanilla and orange sherbet. Congratulations!

Building Season It was groundbreaking season in Mid-Maine during September and October. Above, participants gather at the ceremony Marking the start of construction for MaineGeneral Medical Center’s new $312 million regional hospital Sept. 23. At right, Kennebec Valley Community College unveiled its new wind power turbine on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Members of the media were joined by speakers representing the College, Efficiency Maine Trust, Sustain Mid-Maine, and

the office of Maine Congressman Michael Michaud, for brief remarks. The 80-foot, 5 killowatt, Bergey wind turbine located on the west side of KVCC’s Muriel P. Frye Building is designed to provide electrical power to the building and to serve as a teaching tool for students

Barrels now offers a variety of prepared foods for your lunchtime enjoyment. Offerings vary from day-to-day Check out its new website or become a fan on Facebook to stay up to date on the weekly menu offerings. Barrels Community Market, 74 Main St., downtown Waterville.

day, Nov 25. Area schools, businesses, churches, organizations and municipalities are invited to enter a float, marching band or other entry. Download, fill out the entry form at www.watervillemainstreet.org and return it by Nov. 18. FMI: June at 680-2055.

Waterville Country Club's Pro Shop will match all prices on online equipment from the major golf companies. If you have holiday gift buying needs, Golf Pro Don Roberts invites you to contact Lee Spaulding, WCC general manager, to place a special order: 465-2838. The club is also rebuilding and expanding its driving range which will create a hitting area more than twice its current size.

Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) has become the first college on the eastern seaboard this fall to offer a building dedicated to instruction in solar thermal heating and cooling.

For the last 3 years, the Alfond Youth Center has put together a display and contest of photography by local children called "Kids with Cameras." If you donate your old camera, you also get a tax credit. To donate, leave your old camera at Waterville Main Street invites you to particithe Alfond Youth Center on North Street or at pate in the 6th Annual Parade of Lights FriElm City Photo. FMI: Steve Aucoin 873-5686.

Medicare beneficiaries only have until Dec. 7 to enroll in, or change their Med D prescription drug plan. Spectrum Generations Medicare counselors are available to help seniors with the often confusing process. FMI: 873-4745.

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Medical self care programs By William McPeck

Good Health = Good Business employees to be better able to recognize and react appropriately to any health related symptoms they may experience. Phase 3 helps employees prepare for and appropriately utilize the healthcare system if they ever find they need to use it. A medical self care program can be a great initial step if you are thinking about starting a worksite wellness program. Why should you offer a medical self care program to your employees? (1) Low start up costs (2) Low or no on-going program maintenance costs. Healthy, happy employees are good for your bottom line. Contact me if you would like to learn more. Bill McPeck is a Certified Worksite Wellness Program Consultant and Director of Employee Health and Safety for Maine State Government. Contact Bill with your questions and comments at 287-6783 or william.c.mcpeck@maine.gov.

KV Connect to launch January luncheon series KV Connect is a networking group for 21 to 40 year olds in the greater Waterville area. Its mission is to connect young people not only to each other but to the many resources the community has to offer. The group seeks to positively impact the community through economic, social, political, and community service initiatives and it hosts monthly socials at Waterville businesses.

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In early October, I attended the Wellness Council of America’s (WELCOA) national training summit which focused this year on medical self care programs. The training covered both the components of a program, as well as how to implement medical care programs as either a stand alone program or as part of a comprehensive worksite wellness program. Medical self care programs provide employees with training and tools to better navigate the healthcare system, as well as being a great way to add value to an existing wellness program. It is important to remember that even healthy employees experience accidents or acute type illnesses. Medical self care type programs can help employees at two levels: acute and chronic. At the acute level, medical self care programs are designed to help employees to better recognize the signs and symptoms for which they should seek medical intervention vs. the signs and symptoms they can manage in other ways. At the chronic level, medical self care is known as chronic disease self management and is designed to help employees better manage their chronic diseases. Medical self care programs at both levels also help employees to become better self advocates when it comes to their health and interaction with the health care system. Medical self care programs are designed around three phases. Phase 1 helps employees to collect their personal health data and to connect with a healthcare primary care provider. Phase 2 helps

First in a series:

KV Connect is hosting a leadership luncheon series beginning in January to showcase local young leaders and provide information on how to get involved in civic and nonprofit committees and boards. The series is free to 21-40 year-olds in greater Waterville area. For more information, go to Facebook or visit www.kvconnect.org and sign up for the monthly newsletter.

oday’s young children are tomorrow’s business leaders, policy makers, and parents. Capable children are the basis of a prosperous and sustainable society. Our future prosperity starts with their success. Brain Architecture – Like a house, the brain is built from the bottom up, step by step. As it emerges, the quality of that architecture establishes either a sturdy or fragile foundation for all the development that follows. The most important years of childhood development are 0-5. It is estimated that 85 percent of brain development happens prior to the age of 6. Maine State Chamber President Dana Connors advocates that business leaders recognize their role in the development of our future workforce. “State government, higher education, and employers have been grappling for decades with how to create a skilled workforce, so that Maine businesses have access to a pool of workers with knowledge, adaptability, innovative thinking, self-awareness, self-discipline, persistence, and empathy,” Connors said. “What we are beginning to learn is that to create a skilled worker at age 18 or 22, we need to start building the foundation in the first few years of that worker’s life. “Investing in Maine's Youngest Children Has Great Returns for Business.” What your business can do to help children continue learning: Have books and activities available for children to use when they are in your place of business. Every time a child opens a book, they are building a stronger foundation for the future. For free children’s books and tips on how to make your business more child-friendly please contact Greater Waterville Alliance on Early Care & Learning, c/o United Way of MidMaine, PO Box 91, Waterville, ME 049030091. Call 873-0686 or e-mail tchapman@unitedwaymidme.org


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LearningExpress now available By Tammy L. Rabideau, MLS

All patrons of Maine Public Libraries now have access to LearningExpress Library, courtesy of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awarded to the Maine State Library. In order to login to the LearningExpress Library from home or from other Maine internet enabled locations, all users must first connect through MARVEL! Maine's Virtual Library (www.maine.gov/ marvel/). Once you have accessed the resource through MARVEL!, to get started as a New User in LearningExpress Library, create a unique username then create and verify a password. LearningExpress Library offers students and adults unlimited, 24/7 access to interactive skill–building courses in math, reading, writing, and software applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and Illustrator. LearningExpress Library provides unlimited access to a broad range of practice tests in the following areas: ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, firefighter, police officer, border patrol, state trooper, nursing, plumbing, paramedic, EMT, U.S. Citizenship, postal worker, cosmetology, real estate agent, real estate appraiser, broker, business writing skills, elementary/middle/high school skills improvement, and much more. Complete answer explanations accompany each re-

sponse so users understand why a particular answer is correct or incorrect. LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™ provides personalized, step-by-step assistance for job seekers at all experience and education levels—from exploring and matching suitable occupations from over 1,000 detailed occupation profiles to finding available jobs in their area from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings. With Job & Career Accelerator, users can easily create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, improve work related skills, and prepare for occupation related exams. In addition, it helps job seekers plan, tailor, and track multiple job searches at the same time while providing expert advice and tips. Tammy Rabideau is Business & Career Center Coordinator at the Waterville Public Library. FMI: 207.680.2611 or business@watervillelibrary.org, http:// www.watervillelibrary.org/departments/ business/, http://www.facebook.com/wplbcc

Don’t forget your Chamber Advantage Card ping locally, and this is a your Chamber Advantage Discount Card to perfect way receive exclusive discounts offered by chamto do just ber member businesses. This is a wonderful that as over way to not only get the most for your money, 80 businesses are offering a discount for their but to show your support for our local busigoods or services. You can find an up-to-date nesses. list of these businesses on our website or just keep your card with your wallet and show We have all heard the importance of shop-

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Upcoming Events Nov. 30: Meet the Reps 5:30-7 p.m. Chamber Boardroom The second in the Mid-Maine Chamber’s and KV Connect’s popular Meet the Reps program is scheduled for the last Wednesday in November. The evening affairs are designed to promote and prolong communication between business leaders, professionals and young professionals with their local, state and national government officials. Complimentary hors d' oeuvres, beer & wine are provided thanks to our sponsor, Eagle Rental. The next session will be held Jan. 25, 2012. Nov 9: Business Breakfast Series 7:30-9 a.m., Thomas College Guerilla Tactics: A Field Guide To What Works Cheap. Don't laugh at sandwich boards and diner placemats. Turns out, you don't have to be Apple -- or have Apple's budget -- to connect with important audiences. Presented by Brenda Garrand, CEO of Garrand, a marketing and communications firm offering traditional and new media advertising and public relations services in Portland. Nov. 16: Business After Hours 5:30-7 p.m. Central Maine Motors 420 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville. Note, this is a change in date.


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From the President’s Chair

Next Business After Hours: Central Maine Motors Wednesday, November 16 5:30-7:00 PM

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here are four questions on the ballot on Nov. 8 and although the MidBowdoin Photography Maine Chamber has taken no position on any of them, I hope that we seriously consider the impact of each measure. We have letters in the office for the taking from Rep.Tom Longstaff that explain the pros and cons of each ballot initiative. Thanks, Tom . I would also invite you to go online to a booklet entitled the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election, which is designed to assist and educate voters as you decide how to cast your vote. This guide includes the wording of each referendum question as well as the legislation that each question represents. It sums up the intent and content of the legislation and gives an explanation of what will happen with a "no" or a "yes" vote including the financial impact of each question on state revenues, appropriations and allocations. Lastly, it includes public comments filed in support/opposition to each question. To find this guide go to www.maine.gov/sos/ cec/elec/upcoming.html#up And, please vote. Every vote really does make a difference. It is truly a privilege.

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Continued from Page 1 Is your business interested in being included on the list of local merchants now accepting Chamber Gift Certificates? If so, visit http://www.midmainechamber.com/ chamber/about/gift_certificates.html for the list and download the “Gift Certificate Agreement Form” at the bottom of the page. Fill it out and mail, email or fax it back to the Chamber office, and the staff will get your business included on the list. A special thank you to Kennebec Savings Bank for their in-kind sponsorship of the program.

• Retail sales Continued from Page 1 Retail Federation, tracks sales on “Cyber Monday” which is the Monday after Thanksgiving, the busiest online shopping day of the year. So, how will 2011 turn out for Maine’s retailers? The National Retail Federation is predicting a modest 2.8 percent growth this year. Last year, we kept pace with the national forecast of 5 percent growth and I think the NRF prediction is a reasonable estimate.

The City of Waterville's most recent newsletter noted the Maine DOT has completed the major upgrade to Waterville's traffic signals. During the project, the city experienced some traffic issues while lights that had been operated by motion-sensors were changed back to simple time-based activation. When all the hardware and software has been upgraded, however, not only will all intersections be controlled by those activation devices, but many of them will be coordinated to increase the smooth flow of traffic, eliminate back-ups, and improve pedestrian crossing safety.

We have spoken with our members across Maine and continue to see some areas doing well and other areas still struggling. Canadian traffic has been a great help this year and a decent summer season has brought people to Maine. However, I share the concern of other people that the Maine economy and the national economy is still struggling. If Maine’s retail sales exceed the forecast, perhaps we can look forward to a rosier 2012. Curtis Picard, is Executive Director, of the Maine Merchants Association.

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Jeff Jolicoeur of Century 21 Surette Real Estate has been named Northern Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors Realtor of the Year for 2011. Jeff has been in real estate since 2001 and is a partner at Surette. He holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. Jeff currently serves as president-elect for the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors and is a director for the Maine Association of Realtors and MREIS Boards. He is also a member of the Waterville Rotary Club.

It was damp. A rainy night. But that didn’t deter Mid-Maine Chamber members from October’s Business After Hours affair hosted at Care and Comfort’s downtown headquarters. Above, as the evening wore on, it was shoulder-to-shoulder socializing. At right, Cindy Sturtevant, Shawn Michaud and Wayne Saucier (background) were among the directors on hand to greet guests

Congratulations to Waterville Firefighter Rodney Alderman who has been promoted to Captain and Firefighter Shawn Esler who has been promoted to Lieutenant! Erin Larson recently joined Macdonald Page & Co LLC as a Manager in the South Portland office. Erin earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, from University of Southern Maine in 1999 and her Master of Science in Accountancy, with High Distinction, from Bentley University earlier

this year. Erin is also a Certified Management Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Erin resides in David Radsky, financial advisor has joined Sullivan Wealth Management, LLC and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. David is formerly of A.G. Edwards where he gained extensive experience over 21 years serving 11 years as branch manager. Over the course of his 21 years, he was honored with the Presidents Counsel Award five times.

According to Kim Lindlof, center, “Cliff Clavin” of “Cheers” fame ( John Ratzenber) begged her to have a photo taken with him. She, agreed, she said, only if her body guard Brad Fisher, MMCC second vice chair, left, accompanied her. Ratzenberger was the featured speaker at the 2011 Maine State Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in Bangor, Oct. 26.

Financial aid for workers 55+ now available Workers age 55 or older now have options for receiving financial assistance to pay for education or certifications. The Aging Worker Initiative connects aging workers to viable employment and training opportunties, and encourage businesses to employ older workers in the fields of technology, health care and green energy.

Reimburseable training is now available for weatherization, energy auditor, solar thermal technicians, welding ,wind power control systems, green building construction, emergency medical services (EMT), certified nursing assistants, administrative medical specialists, computer aided drafting (CAD) and Microsoft office specialists, to name a few.

Participants must be 55 years old and able to work legally in the United States. For more information contact Susan Braziel, Agning Work Initiative Navigator at 753-9035 or 799-1926, Information is also available at the Central Western Maine Workforce Investment Board, Lewiston 753-9011 or www.mainefocus.org.


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15-year master plan under way at Thomas Thomas College, founded in 1894, is a private, liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. The College offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of programs including business, arts and sciences, criminal justice, education, and information technology. Thomas is focused on providing an accessible and affordable, quality education to any student who is motivated to work hard and succeed. The College provides a supportive learning environment for all students — many of whom are the first in their families to attend college —a nd encourages them to discover and fulfill their unique potential. Thomas is the only college in New England that offers its graduates Guaranteed Job Placement within six months of graduation and Guaran-

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teed Tuition to qualifying students. Since 2001 the Thomas College student population has grown by more than 66 percent. During that same period, Thomas began diversifying academic offerings, adding a number of traditional arts and science majors to the curriculum. With facilities nearing full capacity, and student enrollment continuing to grow, the Board of Trustees and senior administration adopted a 15-year Strategic Plan in June 2010. In January 2011 the College unveiled a Campus Master Plan for facilities expansion. Developed collaboratively by faculty, staff, students and trustees, the Plan will expand and enhance Thomas

while maintaining the qualities and values of an intimate community by utilizing each new facility and incremental campus improvement as a positive step toward improving the campus in support of the College’s mission and vision. Recent improvements to the College include a new Welcome Center; updated classrooms; and an expanded and renovated Student Commons, home to the Thomas Dining Center. Work is currently underway to make room for the construction of a new residence hall; an athletic complex with artificial turf fields to lengthen the seasons of outdoor sports; and the Harold Alfond Academic Center, which will house the Thomas library and expand academic resources and classroom space. To learn more about Thomas College, visit www.thomas.edu.

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