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Alumna profile: Linda Conti

By Joshua Barrett, Student writer

TU alumna Linda Conti has a heart for caring for people nearing the end of their lives and for their family members.

“I attempt to make a difference in the individual’s life no matter how long they have left,” she said.

Conti, who lives in Cairo, is a Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice of Southwest Georgia, which is part of Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville. She cares for people who have a life expectancy of six months or less, although some have lived up to two years. Read more.






TU to graduate record number on May 5

Thomas University will set a new record when more than 400 students graduate on Saturday, May 5. The ceremony will be held on the lawn in front of Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus. Associate, bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees will be presented.

For the past several years, TU held its Commencement ceremony in the Ben Grace Historic Quadrangle in front of Balfour Chapel. With the increasing number of graduates, that location became too small.

“We realized that the previous location just couldn’t hold all our graduates, their family members and all the others involved in the Commencement ceremony,” said Michelle Wendel, TU Registrar. “We decided to move it to a larger location but one that is still on campus. The front of Smith-Bonvillian Hall is the ideal place with its large white columns and roofline that are reminiscent of the TU logo.”

Serving as this year’s Commencement speaker will be David Griffin of Tallahassee. He is a businessman and lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in public, private and athletic enterprises. Read more.



TU partners with DAU to provide federal contract management courses 

Thomas University recently partnered with the Department of Defense in an agreement to provide practitioner training to the Defense Acquisition Workforce, which includes employees of the DoD who work in positions in Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L).

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides mandatory, assignment-specific and continuing education courses for military and civilian acquisition personnel within the Department of Defense, Defense industry and Federal Acquisition civilian workforce.  Its mission is to provide a global learning environment to support a mission-ready Defense Acquisition Workforce that delivers, and sustains effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.

TU officials recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DAU that endorses TU as an authorized equivalent provider. This agreement allows TU to explore additional partnerships with Federal agencies to provide Federal Acquisition, Contracting and Logistics Training. Read more.


Other upcoming events

  • April 14:  Visit Day at TU, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Forbes Campus
  • April 18: Earth Day Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Forbes Campus
  • April 19: Humanities Student Showcase, 6 p.m. Student Life Center, Magnolia Campus
  • April 27: Student Film Screening, 3 p.m., Flowers Foods Executive Classroom, Smith-Bonvillian Hall, Forbes Campus
  • May 4: Honors Reception (by invitation), 4 p.m., the Biscuit Company, Thomasville
  • May 5: Commencement, 8:30 a.m., Forbes Campus



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