News StFX News en MOU plays well for StFX and Holland College St. Francis Xavier University is pleased to announce it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Holland College in Charlottetown, PE to promote opportunities for research and collaboration and provide graduates of the college’s Music Performance program with pathways to continue their studies at StFX. The agreement enables graduates of Holland College’s School of Performing Arts Music Performance program to enter directly into the third year of either the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts Honours Music degree program at StFX. “This is a win-win for StFX and Holland College, and I’m excited at the prospect of their graduates entering our Music program,” said Kevin Brunkhorst, chair of the renowned StFX Music program. “It bodes well for the quality of music in Atlantic Canada.” The StFX Music program’s reputation attracts some of the most accomplished musicians in the world. The Visiting Artist program gives students direct contact with some of the best jazz musicians from Canada and the US. Graduates obtain jobs in music, theatrical production, cultural organizations, and in educational facilities. Some have gone on to careers in the entertainment industry; both in the performance and business of music. Regardless of the student’s individual goal, music can lead to a wide range of opportunities. Dr. Kevin Wamsley, StFX Academic Vice-President and Provost, said agreements like this bring benefits to not only both educational institutions but most importantly to the students. “These types of agreements allow for a smooth transition for a student who has studied at a college and now wants to complement her/his academics with an undergraduate degree,” said Dr. Wamsley. “It is important for partner institutions to provide students with the best possible choices and opportunities for education.” The agreement also promotes educational and academic collaboration between the two institutions. Activities may include increasing joint educational and research activities to create additional pathways for student learning, and expanding on efforts to collaborate in other areas such as applied research, programming, student services and recruitment. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:48:23 YES StFX physics students achieve incredible success with articles published in leading journal <p><span>Two StFX physics students, Wyatt Kirkby and Warren Ferguson, have much reason to be proud. They have both published articles in the highly respected Physical Review journal series. &nbsp;This peer-reviewed journal is one of the highest impact journals for physics in the world.</span></p> <div><span>Mr. Kirkby has published two articles this summer, a remarkable feat say his professors. One article appeared in the Physical Review A, and the other in the Physical Review B. Mr. Ferguson has published, as co-author with Mr. Kirkby and StFX physics professor Dr. Brandon van Zyl, an article in the Physical Review A.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Wyatt graduated from StFX in May 2015 and will be pursuing an advanced degree at McMaster University in September. Mr. Ferguson is entering his third year at StFX, and is planning on using his recent publication as the foundation for his honours thesis in physics.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both articles are theoretical in nature, and have potential impact in diverse areas such as quantum computation, and materials physics research, says physics professor Dr. Peter Poole.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both Mr. Kirkby and Mr. Ferguson performed their research under the supervision of Dr. van Zyl in the StFX Physics Department. &nbsp;</div> <div>The researchers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, and the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program.</div> <div><br /> Links to their articles can be found at:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:55:09 NO StFX well represented at Celtic Studies congress in Scotland <p><span>StFX was well represented at the 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies (ICCS) held at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in July. &nbsp;</span></p> <div>The ICCS is held every four years and is the largest conference in Celtic Studies with approximately 13 concurrent sessions and workshops occurring daily during the week-long conference.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Four faculty, Dr. Michael Linkletter, Dr. Ranke de Vries and Ms. Kathleen Reddy of the Department of Celtic Studies, and Dr. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell of the Department of History, were in attendance. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> During their visit to Glasgow, the StFX contingent enjoyed the company and hospitality of the Canadian-born scholar, Dr. Margaret Mackay, former Head of Department and Director of the School of Scottish Studies Archives at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Mackay is a good friend of StFX, having recently donated a painting to the university in honour of Dr. Mary McGillivray.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Linkletter&rsquo;s and Dr. de Vries&rsquo; presentations at the ICCS were entitled respectively, &ldquo;<em>Three Men and a Paper: Mac-Talla and the Ridge Satires</em>&rdquo; and &ldquo;<em>Uses of Narrative Openers in Early Irish Prose Texts</em>.&rdquo; Both faculty members each moderated a session at the conference: &ldquo;<em>Celtic Cultures &amp; The Arts&rdquo; and &ldquo;Medieval Irish Literature.</em>&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Stanley-Blackwell also presented a paper, entitled, &ldquo;<em>Grist for the Historian: The Quern and Nova Scotia&rsquo;s Scots</em>,&rdquo; based on object-biography research funded by a recent grant from the Strathmartine Trust (St. Andrews, Scotland), which sponsors research and education in Scottish history. In addition to attending the conference, Ms. Reddy provided Gaelic-language research assistance for aspects of Dr. Stanley-Blackwell&rsquo;s presentation. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX faculty members say it was a point of pride that two former StFX Celtic Studies graduates, Dr. Natasha Sumner, an assistant professor at Harvard University, and Dr. Anna Pag&eacute;, a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Vienna, also gave papers at the conference. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. de Vries was recently invited to join the international governing body of the ICCS, which also decides on the venue of the next conference. In 2019, it will be held at Bangor University (Prifysgol Bangor) in North Wales. Drs. Linkletter, de Vries, and Stanley-Blackwell plan on giving their ICCS papers at a StFX workshop later in the year. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:40:26 NO StFX set to warmly welcome first year students in East CoastChella <p><span>An exciting line-up of activities is set to welcome first year students to StFX, starting on Saturday, Sept. 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Plans are well underway to warmly welcome the Class of 2019 with a full seven days of entertaining, diverse and reassuring events Sept. 5-12 designed to help students ease jitters, enroll in courses, make connections and contacts, and get acquainted with StFX.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We like to say it&rsquo;s the best week of your life,&rdquo; says Hillary Elliott, VP Communications with the StFX Students&rsquo; Union, which this year is presenting First Week activities under a theme of East CoastChella.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Even if you&rsquo;ve been on the StFX campus before, it&rsquo;s really your first experience of the StFX community. Students really start to feel a sense a belonging to the school, they meet people who will become their best friends, they meet their classmates, they really gain a sense of belonging.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;For me, it&rsquo;s really the sense of community that is built.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> It&rsquo;s very high energy, Ms. Elliott says, but at the same time, people are very approachable and supports are in place for new students feeling any anxieties.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to make sure when students come here they feel supported,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We think StFX offers so much for any type of student. We really want to show students how they can get involved and become part of the StFX community and how they feel supported.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> PARENT SESSIONS&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Parents too will have an opportunity to become involved.</div> <div><br /> StFX Student Services will this year offer new events designed specifically for parents.</div> <div><br /> Parent Orientation Sessions will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 noon at the Keating Centre Conference Rooms on Saturday, Sept. 5. Campus tours will also depart that day from the Keating Centre.</div> <div><br /> A Parents BBQ will be held Sunday, Sept. 6 at noon in the Coady Gardens. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Sept. 1 to <a href=" "></a>.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an opportunity to provide parents with some additional information,&rdquo; says Bob Hale, interim head of Student Services.</div> <div><br /> Mr. Hale says Welcome Day, with its Students Service Showcase, will be held a day earlier than previous years, with incoming students arriving on campus on the Saturday instead of the Sunday of the long weekend. Returning students come back Monday, Sept. 7. Classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>EAST COASTCHELLA</div> <div><br /> This year&rsquo;s theme East CoastChella &ndash; playing off the popular California festival Coachella&mdash;is designed to help first year students discover and connect with the StFX community, and become academically and socially involved over their four years at StFX,&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What we want to do is provide a well-rounded and diverse experience, that&rsquo;s interesting to a lot of students. One of our main focuses is diversity. Students have a lot of different interests,&rdquo; Ms. Elliott says</div> <div><br /> This year will see two large musical events take place, the Beach Party with more Maritime based music, planned for Sept. 5, and the high energy group, The White Panda from the U.S., on Friday, Sept. 11.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> New this year is a Vendor Fair to be held off-campus at Columbus Field on Sunday, Sept. 6. The fair will feature local food vendors with hot, ready-to-go items, farmers&rsquo; market style vendors, and arts and crafts vendors. Ms. Elliott says the fair is designed to help introduce first year students to an off-campus perspective.</div> <div><br /> A Society, Club and Resource Carnival is planned for Sept. 10. The event builds on past year&rsquo;s society nights by introducing and including additional on and off campus resources so that students can make connections and get involved earlier in their university career.</div> <div><br /> Other events include the always popular Playfair, a positive sex talk event with Dr. Justine Schuey, and presentations on important issues including mental health, and sexual violence prevention. StFX Student Services and the Students&rsquo; Union are teaming to offer the session on sexual violence on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Keating Centre. The evening will be hosted by Mr. Hale and Students&rsquo; Union VP Hannah Stordy. Representatives from various support services will be in attendance.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The week&rsquo;s activities end on Saturday, Sept. 12 with Shinerama, a major student-led fundraiser in aid of Cystic Fibrosis research.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Elliott says the StFX Students&rsquo; Union is selling Frosh Kits, which guarantee tickets to four of the week&rsquo;s major events, including the White Panda concert, the Beach Party, the annual talent show, and a performance by mentalist Spidey. Along with gear bearing the frosh week logo, the kits will contain exclusive StFX gear including StFX crested socks and bandana headwear.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>More information on East CoastChella events is available at <a href=" "> </a>or by searching &lsquo;StFX Students&rsquo; Union&rsquo; in the app store. The free app will allow users to download the week&rsquo;s schedule and receive updates on their phones.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:23:16 NO StFX's International Exchange program continues to expand, offering students ever more global opportunity <p>From Japan to Spain, Korea to Scotland, StFX students have more global opportunity than ever before to take part in an international exchange as part of their undergraduate experience.</p> <div>StFX&rsquo;s International Exchange Office has signed seven new agreements this spring and summer that will see students have opportunity for exchange in the United Arab Emirates, the Dominican Republic, Korea, Spain, England, Scotland, and Japan.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>This brings the total of exchange partnerships that StFX offers to 43, says International Exchange Coordinator Brenda Riley. This nearly doubles the number of partnerships offered since 2009 when StFX had 22 exchange opportunities.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>As well, over 50 StFX students&mdash;the highest number ever---will participate in exchange programs this year. The students are evenly balanced between arts, science and business, Ms. Riley says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> StFX will welcome at least 30 international students this year. This number will likely grow as the deadline for the winter exchange is not until Oct. 15.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;There are new countries and new options for our students,&rdquo; says Ms. Riley on the expanding program. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s more interest in StFX students to go abroad,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;And I think our students are more adventurous in where they want to go,&rdquo; she says, noting recent and upcoming exchanges will and have seen students go to such countries as Peru, Argentina, Turkey, Finland, China, Germany and Barbados.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Riley says it&rsquo;s not uncommon for first year students to book appointments with her to talk about options.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Word of mouth is one reason behind the popularity, with returning StFX exchange students speaking positively about the experience with their peers.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The students when they come back, they&rsquo;re pretty keen about what they experienced, and having had that international experience as part of their undergraduate education,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div><br /> For more information on StFX&rsquo;s International Exchange program and to see the list of new school offerings, please see <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:44:28 NO PhD in Educational Studies program celebrates milestone with first student to defend doctoral dissertation <p>A unique education doctoral program launched in 2010 by three Nova Scotia universities, StFX, Mount St. Vincent and Acadia University, has celebrated a milestone.&nbsp;</p> <div>Catherine Baillie Abidi successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on July 22, the first PhD in Educational Studies student among the three universities to reach this point.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Her research, <em>Pedagogies for building cultures of peace: challenging constructions of an enemy with Canadian young adults,</em> was a participatory project with 10 Canadian young adults who were volunteer humanitarian educators with the Canadian Red Cross.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says they explored constructions of an enemy (or how we dehumanize others), how power influences these constructions, and how strategies can be created to transform violence towards building cultures of peace.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am very passionate about humanitarian education, so having the opportunity to spend the past four years focused on this area was a gift. I am looking forward to continuing to learn with Canadian young adults how we can unlearn violence and how we can become more peaceful,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says completing her doctoral studies was an incredible journey. &ldquo;I am grateful to my classmates, my committee (Dr. Elizabeth Lange, Dr. Mary Jane Harkins, Dr. Susan Brigham, and Dr. John Gaventa), and my family for their support. I would especially like to thank Dr. Elizabeth Lange for being an incredible mentor, patient teacher, and an extraordinary human being.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It has been my privilege to accompany Catherine on her PhD learning journey,&rdquo; Dr. Lange says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am very proud of her accomplishments as the first PhD graduate of StFX and of the Tri-University PhD program. She was a pleasure to work with as she is intellectually curious, has well developed theoretical, critical and analytical skills, and is a talented educator. She was persistent across the stages of her studies, responsive to her committee, and has made a substantial scholarly contribution to the adult education field in theorizing the transformation of violence, affirmed by the examiners in her defence.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Lange says Ms. Baillie Abidi also took many initiatives in research, particularly in assembling a team of researchers to explore issues regarding refugee claimants in Atlantic Canada, another of her research foci.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We would both like to thank SSHRC for their financial support of her study which enabled her to complete her studies in a timely manner.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Catherine's work makes an important contribution to the academic literature, and I'm sure she will continue to advance her research. As the only student thus far to successfully defend her dissertation, she is the first in what will be a long line of graduates from this joint doctoral program,&rdquo; says Dr. David Young, who serves as the doctoral coordinator at StFX, as well as the chair of the Inter-University Doctoral Administrative Committee (IDAC), which oversees the entire program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:27:46 NO StFX appoints Dr. June Webber as Director, Coady International institute and Vice President, StFX <p><span>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. June Webber as the new Director of the Coady International Institute and Vice President of StFX, effective September 1, 2015.</span></p> <div>&ldquo;Dr. Webber is a welcome addition to our leadership team bringing extensive experience to the position at StFX,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said in making the announcement. &ldquo;She is a recognized leader in global health policy and development. Her tremendous accomplishments, both nationally and internationally, are well suited to build on Coady&rsquo;s solid foundation and benefit the entire StFX community.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Webber currently works as a health expert (consultant) with several organizations, including the World Bank where she supports the advancement of Universal Health Coverage.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She was the inaugural director of the Department of International Policy and Development at the Canadian Nurses Association, where she helped expand the depth and reach of CNA&rsquo;s global health program while building a strong policy and programmatic base. She has travelled extensively, working with global counterparts in low- and middle-income countries to advance leadership and capacity for health. Over 15 years with CNA, she provided leadership in multiple global and national settings, leading the organization&rsquo;s contribution to nursing, health and social policy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As a health and development professional in Southern Africa from 1988-99, Dr. Webber contributed to community development strategies focused on HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe. She also supported the efforts of professionals and activists in the early post-apartheid years to form the first racially-unified professional association of nurses.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Webber studied, lectured and undertook sociological research while at the University of Natal (now Kwa-Zulu Natal) in Durban. Her ethnographic study of nurses in early post-Apartheid South Africa earned her the Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Sciences (Sociology). Over the years, she has served in board positions and committees in Canada and internationally. She was appointed adjunct professor, University of Ottawa in 2014. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Webber&rsquo;s appointment to StFX follows an extensive national and international search.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:21:41 NO Research conducted in StFX lab leads to successful PhD defense for international student <p>Julius Ellrich has successfully defended his PhD thesis in biology at the University of Bremen, Germany, receiving a &lsquo;magna cum laude&rdquo; evaluation, one of the highest evaluations a student can receive. His five-year research project was done entirely in StFX biology professor Dr. Ricardo Scrosati&rsquo;s Marine Ecology Lab. &nbsp;</p> <div>In his thesis, Mr. Ellrich investigated the ecology of marine predator-prey interactions, using species from Nova Scotia's shores to test novel hypotheses on how nonconsumptive predator effects regulate prey populations. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This was a research collaboration between Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s lab and the Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany, through Dr. Markus Molis.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Scrosati says the accomplishment is especially noteworthy because, although StFX doesn&rsquo;t have a PhD program in the sciences, the university&rsquo;s capabilities attract international students to do PhD research in its labs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;In fact, with Julius we have already co-authored three papers in leading journals in our discipline, one in <em>Ecology </em>and two in the <em>Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology</em>, and we have more papers coming in the next several months,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Julius has not only produced a solid thesis but, with his experience and dedication, has been fundamental as well to support the research of younger students in my lab at the master's and undergraduate levels. Also, thanks to him we were able to attract additional external funds, such as from the German Academic Exchange Service of Germany (DAAD), to complement my NSERC Discovery Grant funds.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Ellrich now starts a postdoctoral position in Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s lab. He will expand his research to evaluate the influence of climatic and oceanographic factors on reproduction and persistence in biological communities along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Ellrich says Dr. Scrosati supervised and guided him through all stages of his PhD studies.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;From the very beginnings, when I was still in Germany, making the first plans for my research project with my co-supervisor Dr. Markus Molis (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research) at the Marine Biological Station on Helgoland, over hundreds of hours of focused discussions on finding gaps in the ecological literature, exchange of ideas, building of hypotheses, conduction of month long field experiments, statistical analyses, scientific writing and finally the publication of my research in ecological journals.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The work relationship has always been excellent and I am a hundred per cent sure that it will stay like that during the postdoc research. We will cover the entire Atlantic shoreline and there will be lots of things to discover.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Ellrich says he fully recommends marine biology at StFX as the program offers a wide variety of research topics and all professors are nice and helpful.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Field biology is also great, being based at StFX, as there are several shores that can be accessed in no time. Besides the Atlantic, there is the frozen Gulf in winter, the amazing tides on the Bay of Fundy and beautiful Antigonish Harbour.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:27:02 NO StFX students take off across Canada to hunt down toxic and climate-warming gases from energy developments If you’ve watched an episode of Storm Chasers, you’ll know there is a technical aspect to finding a storm. StFX students will be doing much the same thing as they roll across Canada in a huge truck full of the latest technology to capture a culprit that is invisible, harmful and expensive. Earth Sciences professor and project leader Dr. David Risk’s student scientists will be heading out on a Canadian-wide initiative to detect fossil fume leaks from energy infrastructure. “We will essentially take a snapshot of leaking methane and hydrogen sulfide in different parts of the Canadian energy sector,” says Dr. Risk. “Our team will be monitoring the oil sands, areas in southern Saskatchewan, Alberta and northern British Columbia. We’re interested in mapping the big leaks, but also small ones that aren’t normally seen. These sites are so big that the cumulative impact of small leaks may be large, even at well-managed sites. We’ll chase down some leaks in the field, and others we’ll interpret later on. But in the most affected regions where improvements are needed, we want to help all involved by pointing directly at the fix - with data.” The surveys have already started and will last more than four months. Once fully under way, three mapping trucks will be involved. There are many reasons to stop these gas leaks. Such leaks increase greenhouse gases, contribute to poor air quality, represent loss of fossil fuel energy, and can even kill animals and people. In Saskatchewan animals are suspected to be dying from hydrogen sulfide from oil wells, adds Dr. Risk. It was also reported by media that a man died from the poisonous gas in Saskatchewan. Some of the 20 partners involved in the Canadian adventure include two major energy companies, Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, government regulators in Saskatchewan, the Southeastern Saskatchewan Airshed Association, Altus Geomatics, several universities, and the David Suzuki Foundation, to name a few. The StFX team is also collaborating on similar projects internationally using their proprietary technology, developed by Dr. Risk and his team in collaboration with a major energy company. It allows them to see (and chase down) leaks up to 10 times smaller than others can detect. Outside of Canada, the team is currently also undertaking surveys with the United States Department of Energy at hydraulic fracturing (fracking) test sites in the US, and processing survey data for other groups in the US and UK. It is expected that companies, governing bodies, and scientists will use the information from the Canadian surveys. Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:02:52 NO 14th President of StFX passes away Reverend Malcolm MacDonell died at St. Martha’s Hospital, Antigonish, July 25, 2015. An exemplary priest and academic of the Diocese of Antigonish, Father MacDonell was born January 15, 1919 in Hillsdale, Inverness County, son of the late William and Sarah (MacEachern) MacDonell. He received his early education at St. Ninian School and Port Hood Academy before enrolling at St. Francis Xavier University from which he graduated with honors in 1938. Father MacDonell received his theological training at St. Basil Seminary, Toronto, and was ordained there on May 26, 1945, by Most Reverend Ildebrando Antoniutti, Apostolic Delegate to Canada. Father MacDonell was awarded a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1945 and later did further studies at Queen’s University and the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies. In 1959 he combined post-graduate work with an appointment as rector of St. Pius X Seminary in Ottawa. His tenure as a teacher and administrator at StFX, however, was where his ministry as a priest was exercised to the fullest. He joined the faculty of the university after his ordination as a member of the history department and taught until 1964 when he was appointed dean of arts. Over the years he had combined his teaching with assignments as alumni director, dean of men, and spiritual director. As dean of arts he was instrumental in bringing about curriculum changes in the faculty of arts, making the program a more flexible and adaptable curriculum. In 1970, Father MacDonell was appointed president of St. Francis Xavier University and remained in that position for eight years. He led the university through some of the most difficult years in its history when student dissent disrupted the campus, and when government economics made grants to universities more difficult to acquire. His personal relationship with students, parents, staff and visitors helped to maintain and enhance the university’s reputation for warm hospitality and personal interest in staff and students. He was the essence of what StFX stands for and a staunch advocate of whatsoever things are true. He received much recognition from both the secular world and the academic community. He was one of only two churchmen appointed by the federal government to the Canadian Centennial Conference; was chairman of the Association of Atlantic Universities; and was a founding member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. He was a recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, was awarded Doctor of Laws Degrees from St. Thomas, StFX, and Memorial Universities, and a Doctor of Letters Degree from University College of Cape Breton. Throughout his life Father MacDonell maintained a love for and interest in the Gaelic language, the medium of some of his finest and most humorous oratory. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Alex; sister, Annie Gillis, and two brothers in infancy. He is survived by four sisters: Sister Margaret, CND Sydney, Mary Boyd, Jessie Murphy, Elizabeth, all of Michigan; sister-in-law, Theresa, Judique, and numerous dearly loved nieces and nephews. Visitation at Morrison Hall, StFX, Wednesday, July 29, from 1- 4 pm. Visitation at St. Andrew’s Church, Judique, Wednesday, July 29, from 7- 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Andrew's Church, Judique, at 11 am Thursday, July 30, with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding with diocesan clergy concelebrating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Faculty are invited to form an academic procession at 10:40 am on Thursday in Judique. Academic regalia, for those who require it, will be available for pick-up from the StFX Bookstore during their regular hours prior to Thursday. Donations to St. Andrerw’s Cemetery Fund or the Judique Volunteer Fire Department. <a href="" title=""></a> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:25 NO Students looking to finance their education, can look to StFX for part-time job, bursary opportunities <p>StFX students looking to make a few extra dollars while they go to school have much opportunity at StFX. Last year, the university employed nearly 1,200 students with an average income of $2,445 per student, records from StFX&rsquo;s Human Resources Office show.</p> <div><span>A full 30 per cent of students find employment in various departments across campus ranging from the fitness centre to security to the Angus L. Macdonald Library to the Marketing and Communications Office. Interested students are encouraged to contact the StFX Student Career Centre at <a href=""></a>&nbsp;to inquire about opportunities, or to contact the numerous departments on campus that need students.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A part-time job can be a welcome answer for many looking to help pay for their education or for some extra spending money.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It is also a way to help improve skills.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Student Career Centre manager Jane MacDonald says working part-time on or off campus assists students with building their employability skills that will transfer to any future job.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Some examples of skills include interpersonal, decision making, problem solving, leadership, critical thinking, and communication, she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Working part-time while going to school also allows students to &lsquo;try on&rsquo; different occupations to discover likes, dislikes, strengths and passions, which can all help with future career decisions,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX offers various types of jobs from working with people, to working with data/things, to working with technology.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. MacDonald says Student Career Services has heard comments from employers who come to StFX to recruit students for summer or new graduate opportunities, saying that they seek students who worked part-time and/or were active within their community while in school.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The employers mention that students are able to provide better examples during interviews that highlight their organization, prioritization, and time management skills as they draw their answers from work-related situations.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The local businesses in Antigonish also hire many students in various roles,&rdquo; she notes. &ldquo;Most of these positions are hired on an as needed basis.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>International students are also able to work on campus, as outlined by the Government of Canada information at the following website, <a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As well, StFX offers a bursary program for full-time students. More than $350,000 is available each year, with awards values up to $6,000. More information on what is available and how to apply can be found at <a href=""></a></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:20:10 NO Joy of learning highlights 7th annual Classics for Classics at StFX <p>For 63 StFX alumni and friends, the joy of learning took centre stage at the 7th annual Classics for Classics, a popular week of painless study, held on campus this year from July 6-10.</p> <div>&ldquo;We invite alumni and others to come back to campus for a week of study, with no exams,&rdquo; says StFX philosophy professor Dr. Steve Baldner who leads the weeklong learning experience offered by StFX Alumni Affairs. The program is offered at no charge for StFX alumni.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Participants come from points across North America, ranging from early career to retirees. Each year it&rsquo;s grown, from 30 participants in the inaugural year in 2009 to 63 this year.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s quite an exciting week for them,&rdquo; says Dr. Baldner, who this year focused readings and lectures on Nicoll&ograve; Machiavelli&rsquo;s <em>The</em> <em>Prince</em>, and Thomas More&rsquo;s <em>Utopia</em>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He led morning lectures, while each afternoon guest lecturers, member of StFX faculty, provided talks on related topics.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re two very important works in political thought, both written around the same time in the early 1500s,&rdquo; Dr. Baldner says on this year&rsquo;s texts. &ldquo;They were revolutionary works that changed the way people looked at politics.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He says the texts invited lively discussion in class, including lots of comparison and comments on contemporary politics.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They really are interested in ideas. They want a week of intellectual stimulation. They want to learn,&rdquo; Dr. Baldner says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s about the joy of learning.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As well as lectures, participants attended special events including a performance at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and a Thursday evening banquet, which included an open discussion on relevant themes.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year&rsquo;s guest lecturers included Dr. Joseph Khoury, &ldquo;Machiavelli: &nbsp;A Teacher of Evil?&rdquo;; Dr. Guy Lalande, &ldquo;Girolamo Savonarola: &nbsp;Christian Humanist or God&rsquo;s Avenging Wrath?&rdquo;; Dr. Sharon Gregory, &ldquo;Princes and Power in Renaissance Art&rdquo;; Dr. Paul Marquis, &ldquo;Thomas More&rsquo;s influence on the English literary Renaissance&rdquo;; and a Friday afternoon debate between Dr. Louis Groarke and Dr. Joseph Khoury: &nbsp;&ldquo;Is Machiavelli a Christian Thinker?&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>Past authors studied in Classics for Classics have included: Plato, <em>Republic</em>; Aristotle, <em>Nicomachean Ethics</em>; Lucretius, <em>On the Nature of Things</em>; Boethius, <em>The Consolation of Philosophy</em>; Thomas Aquinas, <em>Summa theologiae</em> (on human nature); and Ren&eacute; Descartes, <em>Meditations on First Philosophy</em>.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Baldner gave thanks to StFX Alumni Affairs for their impeccable job of organizing and all faculty over the years who have taken part.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Next year, Classics for Classics will be held on campus July 4-8, 2016.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:21:24 NO Forum to showcase research conducted by StFX education graduate students <div>StFX&rsquo;s Faculty of Education is excited about a new initiative it is piloting this summer.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first Educational Research Forum takes place Monday, July 27 in the Schwartz School of Business when 16 educators in the Masters of Education and the Interuniversity Doctoral Program present their educational research. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audience will be 140 educators, who are attending their first two courses in StFX&rsquo;s Masters of Education program; 15 new students enrolled in the Educational PhD program; as well as school board partners from around the province.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a showcase to talk about the work our masters and graduate students are doing, and to share that with others,&rdquo; says Dr. Joanne Tompkins, a member of the ERF organizing committee.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Committee members include chair, Dr. Dan Robinson, and Dr. Jennifer Mitton Kukner, Dr. Chris Gilham, Dr. Robert White and Dr. Tompkins.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This forum will both showcase Nova Scotian research, which is important to share with other educators provincially and nationally,&rdquo; says Dr. Robinson.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The context in which schooling happens is really important and it is often hard to translate research findings from one site to another. Sometimes research that is based on work done in large American or Canadian high schools in urban settings might not apply so neatly to a small community high school in Canso. The context of the research matters.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Also, we hope this forum will inspire educators to use research as part of their educational practices. Too often teachers see research as being something far removed from what they do as teachers. We want to inspire educators to use research as a way to inquire into their own practice and we hope that some students, particularly in the M Ed program, will consider choosing the thesis or project option.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Following opening remarks from StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald and Director of Recruitment and Admissions Justin Fox starting at 12:30 p.m., education professor Dr. Robert White will deliver a keynote entitled, &ldquo;What is research?&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the next two hours, research findings will be shared in a conference style format.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX VP Research Dr. Richard Isenor will provide closing remarks to the forum. A reception in the Schwartz auditorium from 4:30 -5:30 p.m. will allow for informal discussions about the research presentations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The ERF committee wish to thank the Office of the VP Research, Continuing and Distance Education and the Office of Recruitment and Admissions for their support of this initiative. &nbsp;The committee hopes the forum will become a regular addition to the Masters of Education Summer School experience.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:22:18 NO Human nutrition graduate honoured nationally for undergraduate research excellence <p><span>Hannah Mawhinney, a 2015 StFX honours human nutrition graduate, has just received national recognition for undergraduate research excellence in the fields of nutrition and exercise science.</span></p> <div>Her honours research work investigating if vitamin B6 is sub-optimal for male endurance athletes earned her a 2015 Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism Undergraduate Research Excellence Award, presented by Canadian Science Publishing in partnership with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and the Canadian Nutrition Society.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>The awards recognize excellence in up-and-coming Canadian researchers.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It is an honour to have received this award. I am very passionate about research so to be recognized in this field is both humbling and exciting,&rdquo; says Ms. Mawhinney of Truro, NS, who plans to begin a masters in nutritional science in the fall.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> She worked with her supervisors, human nutrition professor Dr. Jen Jamieson and human kinetics professor Dr. Dan Kane, to incorporate her interest in both sport metabolism and nutrition.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We worked with the StFX male varsity cross country team to determine the effects of vitamin B6 status on endurance athletes&rsquo; performance,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;B-vitamins play an important role in energy-producing pathways during exercise, however, whether or not athletes require increased levels of these vitamins is unclear. The aim of this project was to determine the athlete&rsquo;s performance response to increased vitamin B6 status.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Mawhinney says StFX has a huge impact on her life.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;StFX has given me so many valuable experiences. The support I have received from the faculty and my supervisors over the past number of years is unparalleled. They have impacted my future goals and they continue to help me work to achieve them.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:31:56 NO StFX Me to We Leadership Camp builds community, gives students tools for the future, participants say <p><span>After spending nearly a week on the StFX campus learning about leadership, social justice and community, 76 students, some of the best youth leaders from across North America, are leaving with new skills, a new network of like-minded people, and renewed motivation to positively impact the world around them.<br /> <br /> </span><span>The high school students, from across Canada and the U.S. were on campus July 3-9 participating in the StFX Me to We Leadership Camp, an in-depth week of programming focused on two main themes of leadership skill development and social justice and community.</span></p> <div>&ldquo;This camp gave us the tools to go back to our communities and effect change,&rdquo; says Kameel Khan of Montreal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Participants learned from experts in the field of leadership, faculty, staff and Me to We facilitators. Every day they looked at a different theme, which led into different global issues, he said.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Not only did we learn, we shared the same passion, and that really helped us connect.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While there are naysayers in the world, he says, the camp really opened his eyes to the fact that there are also so many people who support you. &ldquo;It helps motivate you.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;My favorite thing was the overall sense of community,&rdquo; says Olivia Parsons of St. John&rsquo;s, NL. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s so refreshing to be around people who have a similar mindset, to be immersed in everyone&rsquo;s passion.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;These people all have so much potential. I feel like I have 75 allies from all across Canada and the U.S.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s exactly how I&rsquo;d describe it, a family,&rdquo; agrees Payton Stites of Minnesota.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says as president of her school&rsquo;s student council, she wanted to attend the camp to broaden her leadership skills, to make herself a better leader, and to bring these skills back to help make her community better.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Esm&eacute; Lee Archer-Roussell of Halifax, NS says she&rsquo;s never attended a camp like this before. She says she held back from attending things like this as she wondered at what level people would connect. She says as someone who is more of an introvert, she hasn&rsquo;t always felt the need to become involved. &ldquo;I was tired of isolating myself and not accepting new opportunities. I wanted to branch out and expand.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This camp did that, I wasn&rsquo;t expecting it. It successfully created a safe environment. It helped people connect with other people and show more of themselves, to be allowed to see that part of someone is really significant.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This one was special,&rdquo; Ms. Parson agrees. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never been part of a program where everyone was able to be so vulnerable.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m always amazed at how much more I keep learning,&rdquo; says Addy Strickland of Ottawa, who says being surrounded by like-minded people and adding new learning tools is an enriching experience and a confidence builder.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Describing their experience on the StFX campus as &ldquo;amazing,&rdquo; the students said it was helpful to tour the campus, to meet with faculty and students, to see what kind of school they may like to attend, and learn about directions they could take after finishing high school.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 07:30:30 NO