News http://www.stfx.ca/rss/news/ StFX News en http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/grad_award_photo_web.jpg Nine StFX master's students receive Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Graduate Scholarships <p><span>Nine master&rsquo;s students at StFX have earned $58,811 in funding from the 2015 Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Graduate Scholarships, awards created by the Province of Nova Scotia to help advance the economic and social wellbeing of Nova Scotians.</span></p> <div>The scholarships are designed to invest in graduate thesis-based research in defined priority sectors of ocean/marine technology; life sciences; information and communications technology; clean technology; aerospace and defense; resource sectors; financial services; health and wellness; and social innovation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The master&rsquo;s students include Emmaline Atherton, Warren Laybolt, Stephanie MacIntyre, Michelle McPherson, Kieran Murphy, Danny Pink, Michael Reid, Pritam Saha, and Amanda Vosman.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I'm very excited to receive this award because it will allow me to focus more of my attention toward my research,&rdquo; says Danny Pink, a master&rsquo;s earth sciences student from Ramea, NL, who is aiming to measure the level of greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, emitted from streams in agricultural areas as a byproduct of crop fertilization. He received a $3,000 scholarship and is supervised by earth sciences professor Dr. Lisa Kellman.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He&rsquo;ll also be measuring multiple aspects of water quality such as oxygen content and nitrogen pollution - key factors in algal blooming and fish kills. Overall, he says this information can provide insight as to how agricultural practices and indirect greenhouse gas emissions are related, the factors that influence these relationships in stream environments, and how we might become more efficient in terms of fertilizer use in the future.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This scholarship benefits in two ways: by reducing the financial strain of being a grad student, and by drawing attention to the research-oriented master's programs here at X. It's a big helping hand, and much appreciated,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Master&rsquo;s earth sciences student Stephanie MacIntyre of Antigonish, NS, who receives a $3,000 scholarship and is supervised by Dr. Kellman, says her research focuses on the implications of forest harvesting on soil stability, in particular how clearcutting alters the quality and quantity of carbon lost from soil profiles.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I'm very grateful to have received a Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Graduate Scholarship. This project is something I care about and am really interested in, and this award will allow me to develop a better understanding of soil stability in response to land use disturbances.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>MEANS A LOT</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It really means a lot for the work I am carrying out,&rdquo; says biology master&rsquo;s student Kieran Murphy of Glenealy, County Wicklow, Ireland, who received a $10,000 scholarship and is supervised by biology faculty Dr. Russell Wyeth and Dr. Cory Bishop.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The main goal of his research is to be able to predict where a species of sea squirt, <em>Ciona intestinalis</em>, commonly referred to as the vase tunicate, will grow, and to what extent it will grow. This is with aquaculture, particularly mussel farming, in mind, he explains.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The vase tunicate is an invasive marine species in Nova Scotia and causes problems by growing all over cultured shellfish and aquaculture equipment. This issue is called biofouling. Mr. Murphy, who is linked to the Centre for Biofouling Research at StFX, says in order to help mussel farmers, he is first conducting basic monitoring of marine biological communities and the nearshore environment all over Nova Scotia. The data enables researchers to develop predictive models that could potentially assist aquaculture and invasive species management.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He says the scholarship is a great help.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I have been at X for over a year and a half, and I should have been finishing up in August. In order to fully replicate my work carried out in 2014, I was searching for additional funding so I could stay on for longer. The results from my work in 2014 are very promising and my supervisors Dr. Russell Wyeth and Dr. Cory Bishop agreed that ideally I would extend my program to make the most of this research project and continue fieldwork until October/November 2015.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I was granted an extension until May 2016, and this scholarship will allow me to really do this project justice. We are hopeful that with a full second field season this year, there will be a strong predictive model as an end result. This should directly benefit the province socially and economically, by helping small businesses in rural Nova Scotia have a more sustainable future.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>TIMELY WORK<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Michelle McPherson of Dartmouth, NS, a master&rsquo;s earth sciences student co-supervised by earth sciences professor Dr. Hugo Beltrami and nursing professors Dr. Patti Hansen-Ketchum and Dr. Donna Pierrynowski MacDougall received a $3,000 scholarship. She is hoping to visually demonstrate the estimates of the current distribution and future emergence of the Lyme disease vector, <em>Ixodes scapularis</em>, in Nova Scotia and Ontario. Ms. McPherson, Mr. Pink, Ms. MacIntyre and Mr. Laybolt are also part of StFX's CREATE training program in Climate Science.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This study will also validate the range of variability that exists in these estimates. Predicting the current and future occurrence of arthropod vectors and diseases is of great importance to the public health system,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It enables timely diagnosis and treatment and raises awareness regarding at risk regions. Secondly I will be exploring how the provincial public health departments of Nova Scotia and Ontario have been altering their Lyme disease response plan alongside changes in Lyme disease incidence rates. This could provide decision makers with information that could facilitate adaptation planning in the coming years and could ultimately reduce the burden of Lyme disease.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The scholarship will makes a big difference, she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is really nice to be recognized for the work that is being done here at StFX. There is so much going on here, research-wise, that most people don't realize. Being a student, it is not easy to pay expenses without having a part-time job. This award helps so much. It allows students to spend that much more time focusing on school.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>RESEARCH FOCUS</div> <div><br /> Pritam Saha, a master&rsquo;s in earth sciences student from Rangpur, Bangladesh, supervised by earth sciences professor Dr. Alan Anderson, has received a $10,000 scholarship and says he is studying the oxide minerals solubility. &ldquo;This award makes me feel confident and financially gives me some comfort.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It is an honour to receive this award and it will provide financial stability as I go forward with my research, allowing me to completely focus on my research project,&rdquo; says master&rsquo;s earth sciences student Michael Reid of Oxford, NS, who received a $10,000 scholarship and is supervised by Dr. Anderson. His research focuses on the crystallization of lithium ore minerals from lithium-rich melts and the processes involved in the growth of these minerals. The results of his research will aim to better understand the formation of pegmatites, a common host of lithium deposits.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am honoured to be chosen as a recipient of this award; it is a validation of the research that I and other members of our lab are doing, which has the potential to evolve the clean energy sector in Nova Scotia and beyond,&rdquo; says Warren Laybolt of Dartmouth, NS, an earth sciences master&rsquo;s student supervised by earth sciences professor Dr. Dave Risk. He receives a $3,000 scholarship.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is encouraging to see and receive government support for research and innovation in Nova Scotia, since it is my hope to find meaningful employment in my field, without having to leave the province, upon my graduation.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He says his main project is aimed at evaluating the coupling between soil gas emissions, and concentrations of gases in the lower atmosphere. He&rsquo;s also working on the development of atmospheric transport models, to aid in the detection and identification of leaks in coal bearing and carbon capture storage areas.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>Earth sciences master&rsquo;s student Amanda Vosman, supervised by Dr. Kellman, received a $6,811 scholarship, and Emmaline Atherton, a master&rsquo;s earth sciences student supervised by Dr. Risk, received a $10,000 scholarship. &nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Atherton of Rockwood, ON will be working on a project that involves measuring fugitive gas emissions from shale gas developments in British Columbia and comparing these emissions to other oil and gas developments in Canada. The results of this project could help locate greenhouse gas leakage sources locally or industry-wide, she says. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Ultimately, the goal of this project is to aid in reducing unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions from the fossil fuel industry in Canada while we transition to cleaner, renewable sources of energy. The results from this project could also be something for Nova Scotians to consider when making decisions about energy developments within our own province in the future,&rdquo; she says. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am extremely grateful to have been considered for this award, let alone receive this much financial aid for a project I am a part of. It is very encouraging to be supported so early on in my graduate studies and it motivates me to put in my best effort when completing this project. Improving the environmental aspect of the energy sector has been an interest of mine for a long time, and receiving this award confirms to me that research in this field is important.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17521/ Thu, 28 May 2015 07:05:06 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17521/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/fit_for_life_web.jpg StFX professor gets high school students physically active with the smallest members of their community <p><span>A StFX human kinetics professor known for her dedication to her students is also extending her expertise to high school students and the community.</span></p> <div>Dr. Angie Kolen has incorporated 53 Grade 12 students from Dr. J. H. Gillis Regional High School to participate in her extremely popular Fit 4 Tots program. The local high school students will participate in the program at the Oland Centre over the next month.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The benefits are plenty to high school students as they have the opportunity to experience service learning, while promoting physical activity to the next generation. StFX human kinetics students have played an important role in Dr. Kolen&rsquo;s Fit 4 Tots program, a movement exploration program for children under the age of five years and their parents/guardians.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I want to give the students an opportunity to shine,&rdquo; says Dr. Kolen. &ldquo;Playing with toddlers is not always easy and to do so well requires coming out of your shell &ndash; perhaps even being a bit silly &ndash; that is not easy for students at an age where they are self-conscious and worry what others think.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Kolen also hopes Grade 12 students will become comfortable with being on campus, as well as learning outside the classroom, and what it takes to organize a program like this, and how to talk to toddlers and their parents.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I really like working with kids,&rdquo; says Grade 12 student Corrina Chisholm. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s also good stress relief.&rdquo; Ms. Chisholm says she is thinking about becoming a teacher so this experience is something she was looking for. Although Grade 12 student Garret van de Weil has no aspirations to become a physical education teacher, he says he may be interested in working with kids in some aspect. &lsquo;It&rsquo;s great to watch them and learn an unbiased view of things and see a child&rsquo;s view of a situation.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Kolen says she does this purely as community service. &ldquo;I love the interaction. I see the learning that is happening and that I&rsquo;m providing a much needed active play experience for more than 60 toddlers and their parents/guardians in the community. I feel good about it, physically and mentally.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17516/ Fri, 22 May 2015 13:26:51 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17516/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/george_thompson_web.jpg Beneath the Stones: StFX's Broch Research Collective hosting art exhibition, lecture focused on culture and cemeteries <p><span>The Broch Research Collective, an interdepartmental research cluster at St. Francis Xavier University, will host two events at the People&rsquo;s Place Library on Friday, June 5th.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>In conjunction with Antigonish Culture Alive, the Collective will showcase the work of three Nova Scotian artists in the Bistro Gallery of the People&rsquo;s Place Library. Artwork by Russell Jackson, Anna Syperek, and Bill Rogers, interpreting the hallowed spaces of rural cemeteries, will be the focus of the exhibit, entitled <em>Beneath the Stones</em>. An opening reception for the exhibit, which runs June 5-30, will be held on Friday, June 5th, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Russell Jackson studied illustration in Scotland and lived for many years in Sweden and Iceland before choosing to settle in Nova Scotia. He fills sketchbook after sketchbook with portraits of people and different places: coffee shops, tattoo parlours, city streets, and courthouses. During a visit to the Scottish island of Iona, he became inspired to make a visual record of the magnificent crosses, and grave slabs that can be found on the grounds of Iona Abbey. Long hours were spent in complete silence, painting these monuments, some of which are over a thousand years old.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anna Syperek&rsquo;s poetic realism is inspired by an intuitive rapport with her own surroundings. Coming as an immigrant to Nova Scotia, she was struck by the centuries-old living culture of Scottish exiles who had come before. Her paintings of cemeteries &ndash; fundamentally human landscapes &ndash; embody an attention to the essential and to the personal. For Beneath the Stones, she will show a number of pieces depicting cemeteries in Antigonish, Marydale, and other local communities, situating them in the context of everyday life, of personal history, and of their natural surroundings.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Antigonish artist, Bill Rogers, draws much of his source material from <em>plein air</em> landscapes. With an eye for the universal and the commonplace, he explores the interplay of light and colour as a means to evoke both mood and place. The cemetery is just one of many locales which has inspired his artistry and animated his paintbrush. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The theme of <em>Beneath the Stones</em> is meant to complement a lecture by Dr. George Thomson, also hosted by the Broch Collective at the People&rsquo;s Place Library. The lecture will follow immediately the exhibition&rsquo;s opening reception.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Thomson, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, will present his extensive research on gravemarker lettering. His talk is entitled &ldquo;<em>Gravemarker Research &ndash; A Never-Ending Journey</em>,&rdquo; and will begin at 7 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Thomson, a practicing typographic designer, studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, and received his doctorate from Stirling University. In the past 35 years, he has taught on lettering, typography, and graphic design at the Glasgow School of Art and University of Cumbria, released more than 15 books, and published in numerous international journals. Dr. Thomson is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and an honorary member of the Broch Research Collective.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Thomson&rsquo;s research centres on the study of inscriptional paleography &ndash; historical inscriptions carved, engraved, painted, or written on stone, metal, wood, or any other permanent surface. Tying archaeological, historical, and typographical research together, he has produced an impressive body of research on post-medieval and early modern gravestone inscriptions. Most recently, he has applied geometric shape analysis to inscription lettering to identify individual stonecarvers of seventeenth-century gravestones and published an article on gravemarkers in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, which discusses the impact of regional variation and Scottish influence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Broch Research Collective is hosting this exhibition and lecture as a part of their larger mission to explore the beliefs, attitudes, and practices surrounding death and dying among Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island&rsquo;s immigrant Scots.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These events are sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Centre for Regional Studies, Office of the Academic Vice-President, Office of the Dean of Arts, Antigonish Culture Alive, Angus L. Macdonald Library, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Celtic Studies. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both events are free of charge and open to all.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17511/ Fri, 22 May 2015 07:37:52 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17511/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/chris_release_web.jpg StFX education faculty working to improve mental health literacy of teachers across Canada <p><span>The Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University is working hard to improve the mental health literacy of teachers across Canada.</span></p> <div>Education professor Dr. Chris Gilham is one of several people at the forefront of this national movement. &ldquo;Given the complex demands educators face during their careers, especially those new to the profession, an understanding of how to maintain positive mental health, identify possible symptoms of mental illness, seek help for themselves, their peers and students and fight stigma, can increase their sense of agency and the schooling success of their students,&rdquo; says Dr. Gilham.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This new curriculum is important because it breaks out of the stigma associated with mental health as solely mental illness,&rdquo; he adds. &ldquo;This is a balanced curriculum that begins with the premise that we all have mental health and that we can also have a mental illness and live a healthy life with meaningful supports.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Gilham has joined forces with TeenMentalHealth.org and education facilities at the University of British Columbia and University of Western Ontario. He has been busy developing a mental health literacy curriculum resource for pre-service teachers &ndash; those teachers yet to go out into the workforce.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Although 70 per cent of mental illnesses start before age 25, and one in five youth will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, understanding mental health is an ongoing challenge, says Dr. Gilham. Educators who interact with youth on a daily basis often lack the basic knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and understand mental illness, and have repeatedly expressed concern regarding inadequate educational foundations in mental health literacy. This education gap has resulted in teachers entering the workforce with an insufficient ability to understand the mental health challenges of their students &ndash; something they ultimately face on a daily basis, he adds.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There have been many steps in the curriculum development process. In 2014, the team completed a national scoping exercise, which was used to determine how faculties of education in Canada are currently addressing mental health literacy. From there, a needs assessment was conducted with more than 30 educational institutions and organizations across the country to ensure the curriculum resource would be beneficial to those who intend on using it.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each of these institutions and organizations also form the Participant Observer network, and have been invited to provide feedback on the curriculum once it is developed. Work on the project to date has been funded by a grant from a private family foundation. The team is now beginning the process of compiling evidence-based materials and writing the resource. To date, the project has received an overwhelmingly positive response.</div> <div><br /> The development of the pre-service teacher education curriculum resource will help develop, foster and enhance mental health literacy for teachers and ultimately also for students as well. It will enable better understanding of mental health problems and mental disorders, help decrease stigma surrounding mental illnesses, aid in the understanding of best practices for support and treatment, and encourage the development of positive mental health strategies. It also gives teachers the necessary literacy to foster positive mental health initiatives in schools, help create safe and supportive environments for their students, and aid in mental health promotion and prevention, ultimately transitioning the school setting to be part of a comprehensive pathway to mental health care access and support for youth.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This focus on teacher and student health is much needed. We are very excited to implement this new curriculum in January 2016 through our Mental Health Education course here in the StFX B.Ed. program,&rdquo; says Dr. Gilham.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17496/ Thu, 21 May 2015 06:32:26 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17496/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/ideas_photo_web.jpg StFX students to benefit from several innovation projects <p><span>StFX students will soon benefit from seven innovative projects awarded funding through the newly established StFX Academic Ideas Fund.</span></p> <div>This fund, announced in January 2015 by Dr. Leslie MacLaren, StFX AVP &amp; Provost, supports innovative ideas in learning, teaching and curricular development for academic programs. Recognizing that innovation requires time and other resources to move forward, the Academic Ideas Fund supports ideas that improve academic offerings while also helping to bring new students to StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Submissions were received from a wide range of departments and many demonstrated significant collaboration among academic departments and between faculty and staff. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been so impressed by the ideas that have come forward,&rdquo; says Dr. Leslie MacLaren. &ldquo;Faculty and staff really understand our students and they are the best people to offer ideas and suggestions for new academic opportunities that will strengthen StFX.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The seven projects each combine rich learning opportunities with significant potential to attract new, high-achieving students to StFX. The recipients are as follows:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX Start-up Weekend ($2,660) will bring entrepreneurship students from high schools across the region to StFX for a weekend long event where they will partner with first-year business students to develop and pitch new startup companies. Lead: Neil Maltby.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Expanded Immersion Service Learning ($8,000) This project will explore the feasibility of expanding the number and variety of Immersion Service Learning opportunities available to StFX students. Leads: Ann Bigelow, Marla Gaudet, Jodi VanDompseler.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mock Interview Experience: Learning from the Alumni ($4,222) Recognizing that students must be adept at describing what they learned in their academic programs to be successful in professional school interviews, this project connects students with alumni to provide feedback on mock interviews. Leads: Edwin DeMont, Jane MacDonald, Mary Jessie MacLellan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies/ Bachelor of Health Sciences ($8,000)This award will provide time and resources to explore options for a potential degree in health studies. Leads: Jacques Boucher and Doris Gillis.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>Certificate in Organizational Leadership ($7,950) Leveraging StFX&rsquo;s competency in leadership development, this award will help establish a co-curricular certificate in leadership available to students from all degrees. Lead: Brad Long.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Strait Regional-StFX Symposium ($1,300). This project will provide support to investigate the development of a program that would bring high school students from across the region to StFX to attend lectures related to their high school course work. Lead: Mark Fuller.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>IDS Experiential Learning Abroad Course. ($8,000) This project will support the development of a six-credit international summer school course with a significant service learning assignment. Leads: Dr. Clare Fawcett, Jonathan Langdon, Wojciech Tokarz, Ann Bigelow, Brenda Riley, Shelagh Savage, Sheena Cameron, Marla Gaudet.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The recipients have committed to evaluating and reporting their progress to the campus community. Another call for proposals to the Academic Ideas Fund will be made during the 2015-16 academic year. For more information about the fund <a href="http://sites.stfx.ca/academic_vp/academic_ideas_fund">sites.stfx.ca/academic_vp/academic_ideas_fund</a>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17486/ Tue, 19 May 2015 12:26:05 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17486/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/petermarie.jpg StFX celebrates International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia <p><span>StFX faculty members, staff, and students participated with community members, including local high school students, in the celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia events that took place in Antigonish on Wednesday, May 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>The event was organized by StFX&rsquo;s Human Rights and Equity Office.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Events included a walk from StFX to Antigonish Town Hall for an official declaration read by the mayor, and a Conversation Caf&eacute; at St. James United Community Hall. This year&rsquo;s theme was Allies Show Their Colours.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17471/ Fri, 15 May 2015 08:48:39 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17471/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/emm_j_web.jpg 2015 human kinetics graduate presents obesity research at national conference <p><span>Emma Gibbons, a newly graduated human kinetics honours student from Ottawa, ON, was one of just a few undergraduates chosen to present research findings at the Canadian Obesity Summit, a national obesity conference held in Toronto April 28 to May 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>&ldquo;It was such an incredible opportunity to share my honours project at such a large scale conference,&rdquo; says Ms. Gibbons on the interdisciplinary conference designed to share current understanding of the causes, complications, treatments and prevention approaches for obesity.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Being surrounded by top researchers and masters and PhD students gave me some great exposure on the up-and-coming research in the field of obesity treatment and prevention.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Gibbon's presentation focused on her honours thesis, which reviewed the feasibility of carrying out bariatric surgery in patients with intellectual disability. She discussed her findings with researchers, surgeons and other healthcare practitioners interested in weight loss surgery and other obesity related concerns.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I was able to engage in some very interesting conversations with experts in the field who gave me some feedback and useful insights to improve my work.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Gibbons says she also felt fortunate to be one of the few people whose research highlighted a demographic of individuals with disabilities.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I think it is important that the unique needs of people with disabilities are not ignored while discussing obesity related issues, so it was cool to bring something different to the conference. Most importantly, it was awesome to be among such energetic and enthusiastic individuals who were all keen to collaborate and tackle such an important and relevant topic.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Gibbons says it was through the guidance of her supervisor, human kinetics professor Dr. Amanda Casey, who has been involved in the Canadian Obesity Network, that they decided to submit the abstract to the conference. StFX&rsquo;s Human Kinetics Department supported her attendance at the conference by covering the registration cost, which made it all possible, she says. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Gibbons also presented her proposal for this research at the Canadian Obesity Network Student Meeting conference in Waterloo in June 2014. She says it was cool to attend another CON event once the research had been conducted.</div> <div><br /> Attending a large conference like this is valuable for the exposure it provides and the opportunity to chat with a diverse group of individuals who all have unique roles within the health care or research field.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;As I navigate my next steps, starting to form those connections beyond X will be very beneficial.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Last year at StFX, Ms. Gibbons initiated StFX&rsquo;s Canadian Obesity Network Chapter. At the conference she was able to meet with other chapters across Canada. Dr. Casey says many complimented her on her work as an undergraduate.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Mr. Gibbons says her studies at StFX sparked her interest. &ldquo;As a human kinetics student, we spend four years learning about physical activity, proper nutrition and the effect these have on our overall health. Obesity has been at the center of so many of class discussions over the past few years, both trying to understand the causes of this complex disease, and trying to figure how to tackle this huge problem.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The Canadian Obesity Network was such a cool way to take everything that we had been learning, outside the classroom and try to make on impact on our local Antigonish community. The hope is that the chapter will continue to grow and evolve over the years and continue to breakdown barriers surrounding obesity within rural Nova Scotia and beyond.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Gibbons is currently studying for the MCAT exam and hopes to apply to medical schools this summer. She&rsquo;s also looking forward to some travel opportunities this fall.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17466/ Wed, 13 May 2015 10:32:58 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17466/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/naaaa-stfx_2_0.jpg Nova Scotia high school student leaders ready to take charge at NSSSA provincial conference at StFX <p><span>Leadership development will be front and centre at StFX as about 550 high school student leaders from across Nova Scotia converge on campus May 14-17 for the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students&rsquo; Association (NSSSA) annual provincial conference.</span></p> <div>Under a theme of &ldquo;Take Charge,&rdquo; the students&mdash;the province&rsquo;s future&mdash;will gain key leadership skills they need to take charge of issues they&rsquo;re passionate about. StFX is pleased to host the conference in partnership with the NSSSA, a non-profit organization run by student leaders for the benefit of high school students across Nova Scotia.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The main focus of the event is for delegates to develop their leadership skills in small focus groups,&rdquo; says Molly Marcott and Claire Haliburton, NSSSA Conference Committee Co-Chairs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Together, delegates work through sessions to enhance their communication, teamwork, and organizational skills, they say.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Outside of these sessions, the conference also includes a talent show and a dance to unwind, an opportunities fair where students can learn about ways to get involved in their community, and three amazing keynote speakers: Jonathan Hood, Shane Feldman, and Tenille.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;My favorite part of any NSSSA conference is seeing the participants grow as leaders,&rdquo; Ms. Marcott says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Often students come to a conference very shy and nervous, but by the end of the weekend they are performing in the talent show or even running for NSSSA office. It is amazing to see that the work that is put into the conferences pays off and that these students really are becoming strong leaders.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Participants will discover how to make positive change in a subject that means the most to them, whether it&rsquo;s environmental sustainability or human rights.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Marcott, Ms. Haliburton and NSSSA President Holly Davy say they want all delegates to feel confident in their abilities as leaders to &quot;Take Charge.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>NSSSA conferences provide a safe and heroic environment to develop leadership skills that students will use the rest of their lives.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald says the university is excited to welcome the NSSSA student leaders to campus.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We see this partnership as a natural fit with our long history on the StFX campus of fostering leadership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;These are bright, young high school students poised to make important contributions. We look forward to the opportunity to help inspire, instruct and challenge them and help prepare them with key leadership skills.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX will be the host site for the NSSSA&rsquo;s annual provincial conference for the next three years, which each May brings high school student delegates together to an event designed to help students become stronger leaders and build important life skills.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17461/ Tue, 12 May 2015 10:10:37 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17461/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/early_education_web.jpg StFX Faculty of Education initiates unique professional learning opportunities, including Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Elementary Pedagogy <p><span>The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recognizes the importance of the early years in school and, in particular, of the role that play has in enhancing learning. In response to the department&rsquo;s emphasis on the early years, the StFX Faculty of Education has initiated some professional learning opportunities which are unique in the province.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>Currently, teachers of Grades Primary through Grade 2 face several challenges including the increasing necessity of teaching two or more grades in one classroom, meeting long lists of curriculum outcomes mandated for each grade level, and incorporating play into their teaching in an educational culture with a heavy focus on academic learning, says education professor Dr. Elizabeth Munroe who is leading this initiative at StFX.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In summer 2014, the StFX Faculty of Education offered a three-day summer institute in Early Elementary Pedagogy in the area of curriculum planning and play in classrooms for young learners.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The participants&rsquo; positive response to this professional learning has led to the Faculty of Education launching a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Elementary Pedagogy, with a series of 12 courses focused on teaching the youngest learners in the school system.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Munroe speaks about the enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism of the educators in the program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The teachers and administrators enrolled in our new master&rsquo;s cohort bring amazing capacity and experience to our classes. They also come with a thirst for learning more about the specialized process of working with the youngest students in our schools.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Based on the strong response to this professional learning, a summer institute is being planned for July 2-3, 2015 and a second Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Elementary Pedagogy cohort is being proposed to begin summer 2015. Applications are being accepted until May 30, 2015. For more information please contact <a href="http://med@stfx.ca ">med@stfx.ca</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17451/ Tue, 12 May 2015 06:51:34 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17451/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/honours_nursing_students_web.jpg StFX nursing honours students addressing health and social concerns <p><span>Since its inception in 1997, as the first honours program in nursing in Canada, StFX&rsquo;s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honours program has been an innovative offering for undergraduate students. Nearly 20 years later, the program continues to be innovative, providing opportunity for honours nursing students to address current health and social concerns in their undergraduate studies and research. &nbsp;</span></p> <div>&ldquo;Nursing honours students complete innovative applied health research in the areas of health public policy and in undergraduate pedagogy,&rdquo; says honours coordinator Dr. Joanne Whitty-Rogers, who notes that recent honours graduates have been involved in research from studying the impact of the reduction of mobile breast screening units in Nova Scotia to the use of the iPads for nursing students to gain select clinical skills, to addressing health inequities and influenza control.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>What distinguishes applied health research from basic or theoretical research is that it provides actionable outcomes for pressing health and social concerns.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As honours coordinator, I have had the privilege of working with and watching the students develop their research skills and apply them to complex health issues such as access to health care, social justice, policy development and technology.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> It is particularly difficult for nursing students to complete honours work due to the intensity of their eight week clinical consolidation schedule in their senior year. Supervisors, second readers and honours coordinator all agree that those who successfully complete this challenge are to be applauded.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The four 2015 honours nursing graduates had much praise for their program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Being able to complete research work as a nursing student allowed me to put theory into practice, advocating for rural health care services and in particular, mammography services for rural women,&quot; says 2015 graduate Janelle Boudreau.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Her thesis work with supervisor Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon and second reader Wendy Panagopoulos looked at &ldquo;<em>Reduction of mobile breast screening units in Nova Scotia: Access Implications for Rural Women.&rdquo;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In her study, a critical social theory perspective was applied in investigating the thoughts of rural Nova Scotia women regarding access implications of recent cuts to the province&rsquo;s mobile breast screening units. Her findings indicated that the social determinants of health were key factors in the creation of barriers in access to screening. Her public policy recommendations included increasing health promotion and public education regarding mammography screening; increasing access to mobile mammography units; a focus on deliberative policy intervention to tackle screening barriers related to the social determinants of health; and targeted public policy research to more consistently support evidence-based policy making in the area of breast cancer screening in Nova Scotia.</div> <div><br /> Katie Gordon says completing a research study allowed her to learn more than just how to conduct research. &ldquo;It teaches you teamwork, about politics, appreciation, patience, the reward of working hard for something and how to harness passion in order to evoke change. Research teaches you about yourself and helps you grow as an individual.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Her thesis, &ldquo;<em>The Apple iPad as a pedagogical approach for mastery of nursing students&rsquo; clinical skills</em>,&rdquo; completed with supervisor Dr. JoAnne MacDonald and Ms. Michelle MacNeil second reader, using a critical realist perspective and mixed methods design looked at the benefits and challenges to using iPads to gain mastery and evaluate select clinical skills required by second year nursing students. She concluded iPad use served as a supportive resource to learn safe skill performance, reduced ambiguity related to proper techniques, enhanced opportunities for learning through increased access to a reliable resource, and supported diverse learning styles and needs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Completing the honours program has had its ups and downs, but now from the finish line I am proud of the work I have done and the work of my peers. I know that we could not have done it without the amazing support we have received from so many wonderful professors and mentors,&rdquo; says Lisa McCarthy whose thesis work reviewed literature describing public health actions on inequities.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Her thesis, &ldquo;<em>Public health approaches to reducing health inequities: A scoping review,</em>&rdquo; was completed under the supervision of Dr. JoAnne MacDonald, supervisor, and Ms. Dianne Oickle, second reader. A critical realist perspective and systematic scoping review process was used to explore the nature and scope of empirical literature describing public health actions on inequities. Actions taken to address inequity included the development of frameworks, working with intersectoral partners to address broad social determinants of health and to develop healthy public policy, and implementing targeted, universal, and structural programs. She further concluded there is a paucity of evidence describing public health equity work, particularly for action that is taken in Canada. Recommendations included further primary research in Canada that examines public health actions for enhanced equity with clear delineation of terms for easy translation into practice and healthy public policy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Valerie Tiller, in her thesis, &ldquo;<em>When time is of the essence: A case study of the challenges of developing and implementing a province-wide influenza control program</em>,&rdquo; completed under the supervision of Dr. Charmaine McPherson and co-supervisor Dr. Donna MacDougall, using a secondary analysis within a primary case study frame identified important facts related to timing when developing and implementing a British Columbia province-wide healthcare worker condition of service program for influenza control. Her recommendations focused on the need for evidence-informed decision making in public policy development and implementation. &nbsp;</div> <div>StFX&rsquo;s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honours program was developed by Dr. Angela Gillis, Professor Saru Sony and Dr. Winston Jackson, a sociology professor who held a joint appointment with the Nursing Department.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17446/ Fri, 08 May 2015 12:43:18 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17446/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/painter_2.jpg Fine arts faculty member juried into three U.S. Plein Air competitions and exhibitions <p><span>William Rogers, a StFX fine arts faculty member, has been juried into three upcoming Plein Air competitions and exhibitions in the United States.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>These include the Carmel Art Festival in Carmel CA, where he was one of 60 artists selected for the May 14-17 event.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He was also one of 30 artists selected for the Mountain Maryland Plein Air to be held in Cumberland MD from June 2-7.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>From June 8-14, he is one of 30 artists selected for Paint Annapolis 2015 International Plein Air Competition and Exhibition taking place in Annapolis MD.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17396/ Wed, 06 May 2015 11:13:45 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17396/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/employee_appreciation_bbq_web.jpg StFX thanks staff and faculty with fun and fellowship at Employee Appreciation BBQ <p><span>A bbq. Music. Fun and fellowship. And a huge thank you. That was the scene in the Keating Centre on Wednesday, May 6 as around 500 members of the StFX community gathered for the Employee Appreciation BBQ.</span></p> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important for us to get together as a community and celebrate like this,&rdquo; StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald said as he thanked staff and faculty for their contributions over the past academic year.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Thank you all. It&rsquo;s been an incredible year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It has greatly exceeded my expectations,&rdquo; said Dr. MacDonald who just completed his first academic year as StFX President.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The heart and the soul of StFX has not changed at all since my time here (as a student) and that&rsquo;s fundamentally because of the faculty and staff.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald said it&rsquo;s important to gather like this to look back on the academic year just past, to celebrate its accomplishments and to look ahead to next year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Matt Cameron, special events and media specialist with the TSG, played guitar and sang to kick off the event, which was emceed by Richard Perry, media and communications officer at the Coady International Institute, and chemistry professor Dr. Geniece Hallett-Tapley.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Members of the President&rsquo;s Council served lunch. The event also included a video highlighting successes of the past year and some lighter moments, and the awarding of door prizes. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sodexo general manager Kevin Fraser also spoke, reading a student note that commented on how StFX meal hall staff make being away from home a little easier. &nbsp;&ldquo;That (sentiment) encompasses everybody in this room,&rdquo; he said. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17391/ Wed, 06 May 2015 10:56:29 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17391/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/michael_and_gabby.jpg Recent StFX graduates receive top graduate awards, among the highest offered in their discipline <p><span>When it comes to student success, Michael Thomson and Gabrielle Vasey have each had incredible achievement. Now each has received graduate awards that are among the highest offered in their discipline.</span></p> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a bit surreal,&rdquo; says Ms. Vasey, 2014 StFX graduate whose exceptional scholarship has earned her a $306,000 five-year funding package to the University of Pennsylvania, where she will start an economics doctoral program at one of the top 10 economics PhD programs in the world. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s quite amazing to be afforded that opportunity as an undergraduate,&rdquo; says Mr. Thomson, a 2015 StFX graduate whose standout academic achievement earned him a $44,000 awards package to Western University to complete an eight month Masters of Arts in economics.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their accomplishments are stellar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Thomson of Truro, NS graduated on Sunday, May 3 with a Bachelor of Science degree with joint first class honours in mathematics and chemistry. At Convocation, he received the University Silver Medal for the highest average in the final three years of an honours, advanced major or major degree program for the Bachelor of Science; the Governor General Medal for the highest average in the final three years of an honours program in the Faculty of Science; and the Dr. A.A. MacDonald Prize for Mathematics. &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Vasey of Victoria, BC graduated in 2014 with an honours Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, recipient of the Dr. A.A. MacDonald Prize for Mathematics, and received a similar funding awards package to Western, where she is now completing her master&rsquo;s degree in economics.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both were quick to deflect praise away from themselves, and draw in the contributions of others, particularly their StFX professors across several academic departments.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really happy that I&rsquo;ve been able to put everything I&rsquo;ve learned to use, and that I can see results from it, for all the time that people have put into it (for me), it&rsquo;s definitely not just me,&rdquo; Ms. Vasey says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not really our achievement. It&rsquo;s an extension of what others allow us to do.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There are a lot of people who work behind the scenes,&rdquo; agrees Mr. Thomson.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>TEACHING AND MENTORSHIP</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both had high praise for the contributions of their StFX professors, for their teaching and mentorship, and for the cooperation between academic departments.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The big thing is how supportive the professors have been. They&rsquo;ve always been willing to give us advice,&rdquo; Ms. Vasey says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They always want to help us succeed,&rdquo; Mr. Thomson says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both students followed fairly similar paths at StFX, in their degrees, and in taking several advanced economic courses in their final years. Both consequently applied for graduate studies in economics.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;What I really appreciated from my time at StFX is that faculty take the time and figure out a plan that works best for you. It&rsquo;s been really amazing,&rdquo; says Ms. Vasey.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When she wanted to take more economics courses in her final year of her honours math degree, she says professors from the various departments were very supportive, and invaluable in helping her get the courses she needed. &ldquo;Even the Dean of Science helped me figure it out,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Thomson says his professors were equally supportive. &ldquo;They were able to fine tune for the end goal.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>GREAT FOUNDATION</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There are so many things at StFX that set us up really well for graduate studies,&rdquo; says Ms. Vasey.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both Mr. Thomson and Ms. Vasey worked as summer research assistants at StFX during their undergraduate degrees, experiences which they say helped their applications.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It sets you up as a good candidate for research,&rdquo; Mr. Thomson says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Faculty are good at understanding what each individual student needs, and genuinely care about their students, setting up a lifelong mentor connection, they say.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;At Western, I know how to talk to the professors so much better because of my experience with the professors at StFX. That&rsquo;s really helped,&rdquo; Ms. Vasey says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX also provided an amazing social foundation and opportunity for personal growth, to go out and be a leader and contribute to different activities,&rdquo; says Mr. Thomson who also found time as an undergraduate to serve as a student representative on the StFX Board of Governors, with the StFX Students&rsquo; Union and societies and clubs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There were so many opportunities and fun groups,&rdquo; agrees Ms. Vasey, who was part of the rowing team while at StFX. &ldquo;That sense of community that is here, you feel so supported and feel people really care about you. That gives you confidence.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really excited about the opportunity, the new adventure,&rdquo; she says on starting her doctorate at UPenn.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re really good schools. It&rsquo;s an exciting time to dive into that,&rdquo; Mr. Thomson says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17381/ Tue, 05 May 2015 11:50:26 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17381/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/cheque_awrc.jpg X Mental Health Connection Student Society gives back to the community <p><span>Representatives of StFX&rsquo;s X Mental Health Connection Student Society say they are pleased to share they have been able to fulfill an important part of their mandate by giving back to local community groups in the form of small donations.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Members of the society's executive met with several local community groups to deliver $50 donations. The groups included the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre; Naomi Society; Kids First; Arts Health Antigonish; and The Park Bench Players. Other groups receiving donations by mail included St. James Hot Meals Program; Antigonish Mental Health Support Group; and Men's Health Centre.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Society president Erin Orr and faculty advisor Dr. Chris Gilham say the group was able to give back to the community because of a successful school year of various fund raising initiatives.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/cheque_naomi_society.jpg" alt="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><strong>X Mental Health Connection Society treasurer Brianna Cheyne (right) presents a cheque to Michelle Keats, Naomi Society.&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><br /> <img src="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/cheque_kids_first.jpg" alt="" />&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Michelle March (left) of Kids First accepts a donation from X Mental Health Connection Society treasurer Brianna Cheyne.</strong></div> <div><br /> <img src="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/cheque_arts_health.jpg" alt="" />&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div><strong>X Mental Health Connection Society treasurer Brianna Cheyne (left) and Noella Murphy, Arts Health Antigonish.<br /> </strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong><img src="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/cheque_park_bench_players.jpg" alt="" /><br /> </strong><strong>X Mental Health Connection Society president Erin Orr (centre) presents a donation to Park Bench Players representatives Louise Hall, Michael Martell, Stace Septon, Fran Nunn, Patrick Chisholm and Catherine Tetu.</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&ldquo;Support for the many functions hosted by the society has demonstrated the importance of talking about mental health,&rdquo; they say. &ldquo;The society is thankful for this support and the awareness of mental health both on campus and in the community. The new executive members for the upcoming 2015-16 school year are excited to continue this important work and look forward to being able to continue giving back.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17366/ Tue, 05 May 2015 08:51:45 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17366/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/math_camp_4.jpg StFX set to welcome high school students to campus for 2nd StFX-CMS Math Camp <p><span>A weekend of mathematics fun and learning is on the agenda May 8-10 as StFX welcomes 24 Grade 10 and 11 students to campus for the 2nd StFX-CMS Math Camp.</span></p> <div><span>Participants, who come from schools in Halifax and central and northeastern Nova Scotia, were all nominated by their schools.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The goal of the math camp is to provide students in northeastern and central Nova Scotia and Halifax-Metro with opportunities for personal growth in the mathematical sciences within a supportive environment,&rdquo; says StFX math professor Dr. Joe Apaloo, one of the organizers.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is hoped that some of the students will develop capacity to be future leaders in the scientific community of the province.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The camp has the support of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS), the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) and StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During their two-and-a-half days on campus, the students will participate in a number of activities, including attending lectures delivered by experienced StFX instructors, presentations on a broad spectrum of topics in mathematics, statistics and computer science, math relays, math trivia, and team problem solving. The evening activities include a pizza party, a dodgeball and games night, and a movie night. In addition, participants will have a campus tour and student panel.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17361/ Mon, 04 May 2015 13:22:13 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17361/ NO