News StFX News en Welcome to StFX! Energetic, friendly welcome greets Class of 2018 <p>&ldquo;Welcome home! Welcome home!&rdquo;</p> <div><span>Those were the first words that greeted students&mdash;exuberant cheers from members of StFX&rsquo;s O-Crew that rang through the StFX campus and beyond on Sunday, August 31&mdash;as StFX gave its legendary warm welcome to nearly 1,200 first year students and their families starting their journey at StFX.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s so energetic and friendly. I like it,&rdquo; says Julia Wilson, a first year human kinetics student from Saint John, NB as she watched arriving members of the Class of 2018 run through the welcome tunnel formed by members of the O-Crew, StFX&rsquo;s student society, and into the Keating Centre.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Inside, StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald personally shook hands with every new student and their family as they proceeded through the registration process and into a student showcase with over 35 booths set up to welcome, provide information, and help ease the transition to university for the Class of 2018.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t really look anywhere else for university,&rdquo; says Ms. Wilson. &ldquo;Some of my family have come here, and it has the course I want.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very welcoming,&rdquo; echoed her mom Cathy Simon. &ldquo;I went here, and my dad. It&rsquo;s exciting to see her go through. Knowing I&rsquo;m leaving her in good hands makes you feel comfortable, plus the educational aspect, which is what she&rsquo;s here for.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First year engineering student Yann Simboro, an international student from Burkina Faso in West Africa, also had reasons for choosing StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I wanted to be part of something,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been really fun, getting to know people.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We could hear the O-Crew from our rooms this morning,&rdquo; added Abena Danquah, a first year business student from Ghana.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I wanted to see what X was all about,&rdquo; says the international student who also plans to play rugby. &ldquo;I had heard the business school was very good. I came for a tour, and I met the dean, and it seemed like the right choice.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They talk about the X family, and I want to experience that.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First year nursing student Lexi MacDonald of Fredericton, NB says she&rsquo;s excited to start at StFX, and says the welcome has been great with lots of people available to ask questions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s easy to get through when you have a question,&rdquo; says mom Joanne MacDonald. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s quite helpful.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All day, you could feel the excitement and optimism in the air as students registered and moved into residence.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>THIS IS YOUR DAY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is your day,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said during the President&rsquo;s Welcome in an inspiring speech full of advice for first year students to make the most of the year ahead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;How thrilled we are to see you have arrived into our academic community.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX is an academic community unlike any other, he told the first year students, one that proudly offers small class sizes, the opportunity for students to engage in research with full-time scholars, the chance to every day explore new intellectual frontiers, to participate in service learning &nbsp;and campus opportunities, and to enhance leadership skills.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;At StFX, you don&rsquo;t study leadership, you do leadership.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s a chance to embrace academic knowledge and personal growth.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I can guarantee when you leave here in four years, you will be different people,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Today we welcome you to a place where diversity and diversity of thought is not only possible, but it&rsquo;s welcome.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The faculty and staff also set StFX apart, Dr. MacDonald said. They are dedicated to student success.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;By coming to StFX, you&rsquo;ve just been embraced by a new, larger family.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald encouraged students to reach out and ask for help at any time if they are having difficulty or concern.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way, get involved in campus activity, take the hard classes, consider an international exchange, or take on service learning opportunities, reiterated Dean of Science Dr. Robert van den Hoogen.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We will give you every opportunity to succeed in your studies.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The university is here to provide you with an incredible learning environment.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Let me guarantee you, you have made the right choice to come to this university,&rdquo; Students&rsquo; Union president Brandon Hamilton said to loud cheers.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The atmosphere is one of community, and of friendship. &hellip;you are now part of a community, a community that watches over each other.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Welcome to your new world of opportunities,&rdquo; Bob Hale, StFX&rsquo;s Director of Ancillary Services told the students. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all here for you. Take advantage of it, and welcome home.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:00:43 NO StFX set to welcome over 1,000 first year students on Sunday, Aug. 31 <p>Welcome! That&rsquo;s the message the StFX community is set to deliver to over 1,000 freshmen students who arrive on campus for the first time on Sunday, Aug. 31.</p> <div>Members of the Class of 2018 arrive on campus on Sunday to start their student careers at StFX and they will be greeted with a full slate of Welcome Day activities designed to welcome new students to campus.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald will be on hand to personally welcome all new students and their families, the O-Crew--StFX&rsquo;s legendary, exuberant student society&mdash;will be out in full force, and a Student Showcase with over 35 booths will be set up in the Keating Centre where StFX staff and faculty will be available to speak about services at StFX. Sodexo will provide great food options as part of the showcase, and entertainment is by StFX jazz students.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The day also includes an official President&rsquo;s Welcome, moving into residence, in-house residence meetings, a cheer-off and Giant X on the Memorial Field turf, and a BBQ dinner.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Returning students arrive the next day, Monday, Sept. 1. Life &lsquo;Round Here is the theme for this year&rsquo;s First Week activities, a mix of social, academic and sporting events designed to welcome all students to StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:05:56 NO StFX student gets chance to travel the world connecting with global water leaders <p><span>A St. Francis Xavier University student is on his way to join the top minds in water and energy in Sweden this weekend at the World Water Week Conference.</span></p> <div>Alex Miller, a third year political science student with a subsidiary in aquatic resources, will be in Stockholm this Sunday as a student participant with World Water Week hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute. As a participant, he will be able to attend workshop seminars.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am tremendously excited to meet with and listen to some of the most prominent figures in the global water sector, from academics, to industry leaders, to governmental and non-governmental officials,&rdquo; says Mr. Miller. &ldquo;The thematic scope of the conference is 'Water and Energy,' and will explore the interdependence of water and energy issues. One aspect of this focus that I am particularly interested in is the issue of shale gas development and its impact on the environment. Shale gas is a very hot topic issue in my home province of New Brunswick, and here in Nova Scotia.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Miller, of Riverview, NB is looking to expand his understanding of environmental issues around the world, and see the shared challenges people are facing globally, such as climate change. He also hopes to network and connect with professionals in the water sector. &ldquo;I have already been able to expand my personal network through my involvement in an organization called the World Youth Parliament for Water, and while I am in Stockholm I will be meeting with the Parliament's president, who is from Belgium,&rdquo; he added.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Miller says his goal is to finish his education at StFX, and go onto a graduate degree in political ecology, integrated water resource management, or environmental law.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Earlier this year, Mr. Miller was among 35 delegates from across North America at the North American Youth for Water Gathering in Quebec City. Organizers there selected the delegation.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>He will also be travelling to South Korean World Youth Parliament for Water in April 2015.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Miller is one of StFX&rsquo;s inaugural MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Award recipients, which will help offset his travel costs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:53:15 NO StFX PhD student demonstrates greatest promise for health research in province <p><span>A StFX PhD student, Lawrence Nyika, has been honoured with the prestigious The Quest award.&nbsp;<br /> </span><br /> The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation&rsquo;s The Quest award honours a graduate student who demonstrates the greatest promise for health research in the province. This is the first time a student from a university outside of Halifax Regional Municipality has been selected as a winner.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Nyika is taking his PhD in educational studies. He was a teacher and medical laboratory technologist in Zimbabwe before coming to StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I aspire to become a scholar in the field of health education research. My doctoral research will be studying the multiple perspectives of various stakeholders in health promoting schools including students, parents, support staff, and health and education professionals,&rdquo; says Mr. Nyika. &ldquo;In particular, I will explore health beliefs and practices of different ethnic groups in health promoting schools in Nova Scotia. As well, I hope to broaden my research agenda to include research sites in other areas of Atlantic Canada, Zimbabwe and other African countries.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Nyika is no stranger to awards. He has won the Scotia Scholars Award at both the master and doctoral levels. He received his Master of Education at StFX in 2012.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;These moments will be with me for a long time, I am so humbled that Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation continues to show such great faith in me and my work. Thank you,&rdquo; added Mr. Nyika.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;While I am at it, thank you to the St. Francis Xavier University community particularly the Dean of Education Jeff Orr, my doctoral supervisors Anne Murray Orr and Charmaine McPherson as well as my committee members Lisa Lunney Borden and Maureen Coady. To my doctoral instructors and colleagues from St. Francis Xavier, Acadia and Mount Saint Vincent universities, I say thank you for the enriching interactions.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:47:05 NO StFX research presentations well received in Scotland at International Congress on the Biology of Fish <p><span>StFX was well represented at the 11th International Congress on the Biology of Fish held recently in Edinburgh, Scotland.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Biology professor Dr. Bill Marshall spoke about the physiological changes that enable the hardy little mummichog (a local killifish, <em>Fundulus heteroclitus</em>) to survive the extreme variations in temperature and salinity found in our shallow coastal waters. Rapid regulation of chloride secretion is essential, and mummichogs use a fish version of the same chloride channel that causes cystic fibrosis in humans when it malfunctions.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over the last few years, contributors to this project have included undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellow Fumi Katoh and several technicians.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Senior Research Professor Dr. John Buckland-Nicks presented new discoveries about a tiny fin (the &ldquo;adipose&rdquo; fin) found on the back of salmonids such as salmon and trout, just before the tail fin. This project, co-authored with Dalhousie University professor Dr. Roger Croll, was inspired by former James Chair professor and collaborator Tom Reimchen whose concern about the common practice of marking hatchery-raised fish by removing their adipose fins led him to find that fin-clipping made swimming harder.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Now, a previously unsuspected network of nerves has been uncovered, suggesting that fin-clipping is neither painless nor trivial. This network helps explain how salmonids swim more efficiently, by using the fin to detect and respond to water flow.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><em>A complex branching network of nerves (red staining) is seen in this adipose fin from a young trout.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both Dr. Marshall and Dr. Buckland-Nicks remarked that each other&rsquo;s presentations were well attended and excellently received by the audience.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both research projects relied on transmission electron microscopy services provided by research technician Dr. George Robertson and the university&rsquo;s Microscopy Facility, in their studies to examine the subcellular features of chloride channel distribution (Dr. Marshall) and nerve cell connections (Dr. Buckland-Nicks).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:01:05 NO Pay It Forward: Nearly 300 student leaders enhance skills in annual StFX Leaders Forum <p>Around 280 student leaders came together in StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business and the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership on Aug. 27 to talk leadership and prepare for the academic year ahead.&nbsp;</p> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s what you wish every university student would have. It&rsquo;s just a fantastic experience,&rdquo; says second year education student Jean-Marc Rioux of Prince Edward Island, who has taken on leadership roles within the StFX community with X Patrol and as vice-president of the Education Society.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We get to interact with multiple leader groups across campus, which opens up doors, to other perspectives, or if you need help. Also the advice from the presenters is fantastic.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It pushes the boundaries beyond academics and fosters a community.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>And that&rsquo;s powerful, he says, of the annual Leaders Forum, organized by StFX&rsquo;s Student Life Office, which brings student leaders from all corners of campus together to receive training and develop skills in several core competencies.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>With a theme this year of Pay It Forward at X, the forum brought together students from Residence Life staff, house presidents and vice-presidents, Students&rsquo; Union and Orientation Crew executive, academic leaders, student athletes, the student security team, and international welcome week volunteers to take part in daylong sessions that included a services showcase, afternoon break-out sessions on different aspects of leadership, and an evening keynote delivered by Sunjay Nath, a motivational speaker from Toronto, ON,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald, who welcomed the students to the event, shared an overview of what he thinks make a good leader, and encouraged the students to think about the leadership attribute of awareness.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you are aware, you can determine if others feel welcome or included, and that is a remarkable responsibility and a remarkable opportunity, to be able to make a difference or an impact in someone&rsquo;s life, he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>FORUM INSPIRING</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I find (at the forum) there&rsquo;s something new to learn about leadership or someone new to meet who can show you a different side of leadership,&rdquo; says Katrine Chiasson, who will serve as a house director at MacKinnon Hall this year.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s so helpful,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I find inspiration and a big drive to keep going in leadership roles, and to strive further.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Leadership is such a useful skill. You can use it all aspects of your life,&rdquo; says Kyle McPhee of Reserve Mines, NS, a senior nutrition student and O-Crew executive member. &ldquo;By analyzing it and focusing on it, you can really build your own leadership, and it&rsquo;s cool to see how many different viewpoints there are.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. McPhee says he chose to take on a leadership role with O-Crew after receiving such a warm welcome from the exuberant student society when he first came to StFX. &ldquo;I remember thinking I want to be a part of that so I can help create that welcoming environment for someone else.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Likewise, second year science student Semira Abdu of Ethiopia and Yunchen Li, a third year chemistry student from China, says the forum has been a great experience. As international students, they are looking forward to using the information they&rsquo;ve learned to help make new international students feel even more welcome and to participate more.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a great opportunity for student leaders to come and to build their leadership skills,&rdquo; says Meghan MacDonald, a third year business student and the Student Transition Coordinator who helped plan the day.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX has a strong leadership character, she says, and &ldquo;having these kinds of forums are really important to carry on that tradition of leadership.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;With everything going on in your life, you&rsquo;ve stepped up,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald told the student leaders. &ldquo;StFX thanks you for that, and the students and individuals you are going to meet thank you for that.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:21:32 NO StFX English professor's scholarly work draws favorable reviews from leading publication <p>A prominent publication with a worldwide readership has given quite a favorable review to the work of StFX English professor Dr. Joseph Khoury.</p> <div>The Times Literary Supplement in an article entitled <em>Prodigal Prose</em> in its July 25, 2014 issue reviews Dr. Khoury&rsquo;s &ldquo;delightful edition&rdquo; of Barnabe Riche&rsquo;s <em>The Adventure of Brusanus, Prince of Hungaria</em>, remarking on his &ldquo;excellent introductory discussion of plot.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Khoury&rsquo;s decision to edit Brusanus was prompted by a sense of the work&rsquo;s lying behind Shakespeare&rsquo;s <em>Measure for Measure</em>,&rdquo; writes reviewer Lorna Hutson, who is very prominent in Renaissance Studies, and an authority in the field. &ldquo;His introduction, however, does ample credit to the complexity of the text itself, judiciously canvassing recent scholarly work on prose fiction&rsquo;s genres, rhetoric, readership, and &lsquo;euphuism.&rsquo;&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Khoury, a Shakespearean scholar who through extensive research has written a critical edition of T<em>he Adventures of Brusanus, Prince of Hungaria</em> (1592) by Barnabe Riche, a romance he says Shakespeare used as a source for <em>Measure for Measure</em> along with some of his other plays, says it is quite flattering to receive such a positive review for his scholarship.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;&lrm;Equally important is that our students see us doing research, and see the value of our research because it makes its way into our classrooms,&rdquo; Dr. Khoury says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It's just as rewarding on this front because students come up and ask questions about the book, and we engage in informal conversations that extend our learning beyond the formal syllabus of any course. Most important of all, students see that learning never stops.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The book is published by the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is a way of trying to understand Shakespeare and his plays, through his reading habits,&rdquo; says Dr. Khoury. &ldquo;This is important because it sheds light on how Shakespeare thought and how he came to his ideas.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;When you discover or can confirm a source, it helps us to better understand the play in question, but we then discover all kinds of interesting things and these help us to interpret and understand some of the areas we&rsquo;re still not sure about. We better understand how (dramatists) read, why they read certain books, and their publishing habits.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Scholars are always looking to explain certain lines, ideas, and sources about Shakespeare and his plays, he says. Now this book, intended for upper year undergraduate students and scholars, confirms certain ideas.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really quite intriguing,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad to be able to share it with others.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:17:44 NO LEAP program helps international students gain confidence, navigate a new world <p>Twenty students from China are now on campus getting a head-start on StFX&rsquo;s upcoming academic year.</p> <div><span>The students are all participants in StFX&rsquo;s Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program, offered annually by StFX&rsquo;s Writing Centre.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The purpose of the program is for the students to gain confidence in their language skills, but also in their ability to navigate in higher education in Canada in English,&rdquo; says Writing Centre instructor Sherry Neville-MacLean.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For a new student from another country, studying at a foreign university in a second language can be daunting. The English-intensive program helps students enhance their language skills for academic purposes, and helps them feel prepared for the school year. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> LEAP is not an ESL course. Students are expected to be able to read, write and speak in English.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> During the four-week program, students take part in classes and a number of activities designed to set them up for success. For example, a recent debate helped participants focus on the skills of argumentation, critical thinking, the ability to communicate their viewpoint, and to back up and justify their answers.</div> <div><br /> As a culminating project, the students will research a topic, orally present their findings, and write a draft of an essay.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> LEAP helps expose the new StFX students to language and academic skills, but another important aspect is acculturation, which helps the students adjust to cultural change and understanding the academic rules, standards, and expectations of a Canadian university.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Classes began July 29 and will run until August 27.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:54:34 NO StFX earth sciences research extends into Alaska <p>A research project to look at thawing permafrost has taken StFX earth sciences professor Dr. Dave Risk to Alaska.&nbsp;</p> <div>He has just returned from the Toolik Long-Term Ecological Research Field Station in Toolik Lake, on the north slope of Alaska, between the Brooks Range of mountains, and south of the Arctic Ocean, on a collaborative continuous soil flux monitoring project with Dr. Sue Natali from the Woods Hole Research Centre in the U.S.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We installed StFX built and designed automated equipment to take various soil measurements for an experiment at a renowned research site named Imnaviat that will last one to two years,&rdquo; Dr. Risk says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over three days, they conducted installations at two of three co-located eddy covariance towers. They will measure soil CO2 emission from these permafrost landscapes, in the footprint of the towers, so they can understand the soil contribution and drivers on soil CO2 flux. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We used two arrays of Forced Diffusion flux sensors, one at the Tussock tower, and the other at the Ridge tower. We additionally hope that some of our measurements will continue over winter, measuring CO2 movement from the soil into the snowpack,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Though the sensors are capable of doing so, our success will depend on the snowpack. If there are significant thaw events during the winter, we&rsquo;ll be out of luck as the gas diffusion properties become unsuitable for the measurement, but we could add extra equipment next year to deal with that. Minimally, we should get a few months of data before the typical January thaw.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Risk and Dr. Natali have worked together for several years. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Natali&rsquo;s research interests are in CO2 emission from thawing permafrost. She is particularly interested as a warming world melts permafrost that in turn releases additional CO2, and that extra CO2 could accelerate climate warming. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>About three years ago, she instrumented another site in Alaska with StFX sensors which Dr. Risk&rsquo;s lab loaned her, which kicked off the collaboration. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad I finally had the opportunity to visit one of these Alaskan sites, and to initiate a new deployment,&rdquo; Dr. Risk says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They&rsquo;re hoping the project may grow into a larger study that may involve StFX graduate students travelling to Alaska for a few weeks next summer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:49:35 NO Eight-time Grammy winner, jazz legend Randy Brecker, to be visiting artist StFX Music Department <p>Eight-time Grammy award winner, the legendary jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker, will be at StFX next month to work with music students and play in an intimate concert with StFX jazz faculty as part of the StFX Music Department&rsquo;s Visiting Artist Series.</p> <div>&ldquo;Randy is one of the most prolific jazz musicians on the planet. He is a living legend. The Music Department strives to bring the best to our students and community. I asked and he agreed, it was that simple,&rdquo; says music professor Paul Tynan on attracting the musical legend to the StFX campus.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Brecker will play in an intimate, small group setting with StFX jazz faculty members, pianist Tony Genge, guitarist Kevin Brunkhorst, bassist Tom Easley, and drummer Terry O'Mahoney on Tuesday, September 23 at 8 p.m. in 351 Nicholson Hall. He will also be giving a master class to the music students that same day at 3:45 p.m. in Gilmora Hall. General tickets for the evening event are $20. Student tickets are $10. Tickets are available by contacting Prof. Tynan at</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Prof. Tynan says the impact of the visit will be huge for StFX students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&amp;B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&ldquo;Randy provides an insight that only he can. His experiences with James Taylor, Lou Reed, Blood Sweat and Tears, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament/Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa, and others simply cannot be equalled by anyone else.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I had the opportunity to play with him many years ago. It was inspiring, and helped keep me on the musical road I was on at the time. I am sure it will do the same for our students.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:16:39 NO Bench dedicated in memory of longtime faculty member, the late "Doc" Mutimer <p>The late Dr. Brian &ldquo;Doc&rdquo; Mutimer, a longtime physical education/human kinetics faculty member, was fondly remembered when a large crowd of friends and former colleagues gathered outside the StFX Oland Centre for a bench dedication ceremony in his honour.&nbsp;</p> <div>The memorial bench, a gift to the university from Eleanor Mutimer, his wife and 1998 StFX honorary degree recipient, is located with a view of the Oland Centre front entrance, which Dr. Mutimer passed through on a daily basis until his retirement.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Jacques Boucher, current chair of StFX&rsquo;s Department of Human Kinetics, recalled how Dr. Mutimer was department chair when he came to StFX. &ldquo;I considered him a mentor and a great friend.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He was known by all as a caring and compassionate gentleman with great integrity. As well, he will always be known for his expertise of the English language. Many of the official documents from the university had Dr. Mutimer&rsquo;s fingerprints throughout. We did not have spell check software at the time, but we had something better, Dr. Mutimer&rsquo;s expertise.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Dr. Mutimer will also be remembered for his immense dedication to the students, to his profession, and to the university. Brian's mark will be felt at StFX for many years to come.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Human kinetics professor Peggy Gallant spoke of Dr. Mutimer&rsquo;s kindness and generosity and the friendship he enjoyed with many colleagues. Former StFX Academic Vice-President Dr. Ron Johnson spoke of Dr. Mutimer&rsquo;s great love for his students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>David Mutimer, Brian and Eleanor&rsquo;s son, told of how pleased he was to be in attendance and how his father wanted to be remembered as a &lsquo;doer&rdquo; who led by example.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Mutimer taught at StFX from 1971-1998, at which time he retired to England. He passed away on Dec. 2, 2013.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:42:02 NO StFX welcomes Dr. Kent MacDonald as 18th President <p>Dr. Kent MacDonald &ndash; highly respected national leader in education, lifelong educator, and two-time StFX graduate whose impressive CV boasts a long record of leading innovation &ndash; today begins his tenure as St. Francis Xavier University&rsquo;s 18th President.</p> <div>For the past 16 years, including most recently as President and CEO, Dr. MacDonald served with distinction at Algonquin College, where he delivered on moving the college forward in its vision of being a global leader in digitally-connected, applied education and training.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Throughout, his accomplished career has been marked by a passion for higher education.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I want to say how pleased I am to be on campus, and be working in this academic community at StFX,&rdquo; says Dr. MacDonald, a native of New Glasgow, NS.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I feel tremendously fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with exemplary faculty and staff in shaping StFX&rsquo;s future.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;In today&rsquo;s competitive economy, I believe the work we do in higher education is the most important public service in the country,&rdquo; he says, noting there&rsquo;s never been a time when higher education is as important as it is now.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Higher education is the most important investment an individual can make. I have seen for almost two decades the impact higher education has on individuals and their families.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A university education not only changes the lives of individuals and their families, he says, societies who understand the importance of investing in higher education are the ones that will accrue significant economic and social prosperity.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just returned from a research trip overseas to Kazakhstan with University of Pennsylvania faculty, where he was an adjunct professor, he says the experience working with uPenn doctoral students in that emerging market reinforced for him that there are countries investing heavily in higher education. &ldquo;They see it as their ticket to a top performing economy.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>STRONG BACKGROUND</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s diverse background positions him well to lead StFX into its next chapter.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He brings almost two decades of experience working in higher education, and a sense of what&rsquo;s important and what works in moving an institution forward. Through his years at Algonquin, he held increasingly complex roles, having served as an Academic Chair; Dean, School of Business; Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development; Vice President, Student Services and Development; and Vice President Academic. He completed his tenure at Algonquin as the 7th President of one of Canada&rsquo;s largest and most innovative polytechnic institutions.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Prior to his time in higher education, he led private sector and not-for-profit organizations in Ontario, and has been a teacher in the K-12 system in Canada and New Zealand.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He also brings both a business degree and business experience that allows him to understand the fiscal realities in which universities must operate in an increasingly competitive and resource scarce environment. However, it is his passion for post-secondary education that is readily evident.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s research and earlier doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania focused on higher education and in particular high-performing institutions and the impact of presidential leadership. He also holds a master degree in education from StFX, an MBA from Universit&eacute; d'Ottawa, and a B.Sc. (physical education) from StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While pursuing doctoral studies, Dr. MacDonald worked with outstanding scholars, faculty considered to be some of America&rsquo;s foremost thought leaders in higher education.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I have always taken my work seriously yet it was my time working with the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania that really convinced me to be fully immersed in the academy,&rdquo; he says, realizing that if was to remain in higher education, he wanted to know as much as possible about his work, its history and the complexities all universities are facing today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He likens his perspective to a patient seeking medical attention. You want the best doctor you can find, you expect that they have the most up-to-date insights on ideas, issues, trends and thinking in the medical field. The same could be said for the legal profession. That&rsquo;s what he strives to provide. He studied and continues to read extensively and brings a breadth of knowledge and new ideas to the complex environment in which post-secondary institutions work. He is also currently co-writing a chapter with a faculty member from the University of Pennsylvania for an international book that will be released next year. Their topic is related to university rankings in North America.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The man tasked with ensuring the long-term success of StFX is ready for the challenges and opportunities ahead.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EXCITING TIME&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What excites him about the role?&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The first thing must be coming home,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve said that before, and it&rsquo;s because StFX has played such an impact role in my life for decades. To join this academic community really is a blessing, and I find that extremely exciting both personally and of course professionally.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald says there is also something special about the university.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been on over a hundred campuses around the world, and I deeply believe StFX is a very unique environment and one that has done so many things well.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There&rsquo;s also the professional excitement of working closely with faculty and staff to ensure StFX is successful for another 160 years, he says, &ldquo;of thinking carefully of what we want to be, our promise to students, our aspirations and how we will align our scarce resources to our priorities.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald says he is excited to start new relationships with many familiar faces &ndash; former professors, friends, and people he has admired over the years.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When asked about his leadership style, he self-describes himself as a player&rsquo;s coach, someone who cares deeply about the people who are doing the important day-to-day, front-line work.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He says he also believes deeply in listening to others, the power of collaboration, and harnessing ideas, all the while letting four core values &ndash; caring, learning, integrity and respect &ndash; serve as his personal leadership compass.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;My role, and I will say this over and over again, is that our office, the office of the president, will be in service of the faculty and staff of this institution, to serve and support them in the incredibly complex and important work that they do on behalf of our students and this university.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A TERM OF DISCOVERY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald says he recognizes it&rsquo;s his responsibility to help position the university for long-term excellence and sustainability. To accomplish this, he says he must first listen and learn, to tap into and harness the intellectually vitality that exists on campus.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To understand what&rsquo;s on the minds and in the hearts of StFX staff and faculty, Dr. MacDonald intends to embark on &ldquo;<em>A Term of Discovery</em>,&rdquo; which will allow him to meet with every individual on campus who wants to talk with him. To accomplish this, he has developed a plan to meet with faculty and staff in the over 60 departments across campus, to ask a series of questions, to listen to ideas.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In late fall, he will report back to the university community, with a platform, a road map to move forward on the ideas and issues that he heard through his listening tour.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As the higher education landscape is shifting rapidly underneath our feet, our standard operating practice is not likely to get us to where we want to be, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We need to think differently about what it is that we aspire to become and what it is that we need to do to achieve that goal. We need to have an absolute focus on serving our students, and we must ensure that everything we do is of the highest quality regardless if it is our academic programming, facilities or services.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I have heard many lament the difficulties facing universities today, yet I believe this is an incredibly wonderful time to be in higher education,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The opportunities we have before us have never been as great. The impact that higher education makes on lives and communities has never been greater. Certainly there will be a variety of challenges, fiscal challenges, demographic challenges, competitive challenges and technologically disruptive challenges. These are forcing us to ask ourselves what does it truly mean to be educators in the 21st century, and how will we respond to these external forces we&rsquo;ve never seen before.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It forces us to think about what we are doing so well and to continue those things, and to think about other ways to change what we&rsquo;re doing to address those competitive pressures.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There are many challenges, however, with these challenges come meaningful opportunity. I&rsquo;m absolutely confident we are going to see our way through this and that we will build upon the tremendously strong platform that we have all inherited at StFX.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald says he will rely significantly on the voices of faculty, staff, Board of Governors members, alumni, and friends of StFX to have input in this process and in the years ahead. &nbsp;He believes in what he calls a big tent approach to leadership where the views of many are harnessed for the good of the university and those it serves.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I recognize it&rsquo;s my responsibility to lead that process, to model that behavior and pull us together along the way. I&rsquo;m looking forward to that challenge and I am very excited to meet and work with an incredible group of talented and experienced colleagues.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>LIFELONG STORY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX is a lifelong story for myself. I believe I&rsquo;ve been on this campus every year of my life. I have attended sporting and cultural events for decades, my parents hosted many alumni activities at our farm in Pictou County and I admired this institution for so many years. It was not a surprise I showed up in 1982 as a student. It was the only school I wanted to attend.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As a young person navigating the university experience, he says he came out of StFX a little more mature and with a fundamental foundation, not only for career success, but personal success, through broadened perspective. He believes his basic approach to leading today has been directly shaped by the experiences he had as an undergraduate student at StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The experience at StFX goes beyond that of excellent academic programming, this is a very unique environment in which to live and study.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He met his wife, Mary-Ellen MacPhee, at StFX. Their son Adam graduated from StFX in 2013. Daughter Meagan is currently a student. Many family members are alumni and all their children have attended camps and other events on campus for many years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It has so many layers for me.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald says if it had been anywhere else but StFX, he wouldn&rsquo;t have considered the option to take on a new leadership role. Ottawa has been his home. He enjoyed his time leading Algonquin College and he was passionate about the impact they were making in Ontario and literally around the world.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As an admirer of this institution I was so impressed with things that had been done here. &nbsp;Through several months of reflecting and long walks with Mary-Ellen and discussions with our kids, we both started thinking this might be a tremendous opportunity on a personal and professional level. I simply need to repeat that it is an honour to come back.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, please see <a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:25:50 NO StFX art history professor’s work again commended for outstanding scholarship <div>StFX art history professor Dr. Sharon Gregory&rsquo;s book, <em>Vasari and the Renaissance Prin</em><em>t</em>, continues to be commended for its outstanding scholarship.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Most recently, the book was nominated for the biennial book award of the Society for Renaissance Studies. The 2014 Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS) book prize was awarded to Alec Ryrie, and Dr. Gregory&rsquo;s book was one of two other books highly commended by the SRS, an organization of academics who work on aspects of the Renaissance in all humanities disciplines. It is based in the U.K. but includes many European and North American scholars.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Judges said they were impressed by the high standard of the books entered and were extremely grateful to the many publishers who sent in their books to the committee, making the decision of choosing a winner difficult.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Professor Gregory's book was singled out by all three judges because of its comprehensive nature and painstaking research in making available for a wide readership all the prints associated with Giorgio Vasari, and for providing a fascinating commentary that explains why they were so central to his thinking and artistic practices.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The book is the product of many years of serious scholarship and is exactly the sort of work that justifies what academics do in opening up the archive for others to understand and use, and which makes being part of the profession a pleasure,&rdquo; they wrote. &nbsp;&ldquo;The committee also wishes to congratulate the publishers for producing such high quality images.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Gregory says she is extremely pleased that her book on Vasari was commended for this award, particularly as the Society for Renaissance Studies represents a large field of study, including the disciplines of history, English literature, Italian studies, religious studies and philosophy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Receiving a commendation from the SRS demonstrates that the art-historical material covered in the book has resonance across a wide range of humanities disciplines.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The book has previously received an Honorable Mention for the 2013 International Fine Print Dealers Association Book Award, which recognizes authors for outstanding research and scholarship, and encourages discussion of new ideas in the field of prints. As well, it has been extensively and positively reviewed in seven scholarly journals, including the Burlington Magazine, Kunstchronik, Renaissance Quarterly, and the Sixteenth Century Journal.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>In <em>Vasari and the Renaissance Print</em>, Dr. Gregory challenges the long-held view that the first art historian, Renaissance artist Giorgio Vasari, author of the <em>Lives of the Artists</em>, downplayed the importance of the then-new graphic print media of engravings and woodcuts. In this study, she shows that, contrary to common opinion, prints thoroughly pervade Vasari&rsquo;s history of art, just as they pervade his own career as an artist.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The volume examines his interest, as an art historian and as an artist, in engravings and woodblock prints, shedding new light not only on aspects of Vasari&rsquo;s career, but also on aspects of 16th-century artistic culture and practice. It is the first book to study his interest in prints from this dual perspective.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:57:49 NO StFX music student receives prestigious scholarship from the Percussive Arts Society <p><span>Third year music student Lucas Denneboom of Brockville, ON has received the prestigious 2014 scholarship from the Freddie Gruber Scholarship Fund In Memory of Buddy Rich and Nick Ceroli.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The one-year scholarship is given by the Percussive Arts Society (</span><a href=""></a><span>), the world&rsquo;s largest percussion organization with over 7,000 members. Scholarship submissions are taken from around the world, and are in the form of a brief video of the applicant drumming in various styles. An expert panel evaluates the student&rsquo;s skills.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The scholarship is awarded annually in memory of legendary jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Nick Ceroli. The late Freddie Gruber was a legendary jazz drummer and educator who played with some of the most prolific jazz musicians of his time.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I am truly surprised and honoured to receive this scholarship,&rdquo; says Mr. Denneboom. &ldquo;Mr. Gruber&rsquo;s legacy is one that requires no embellishment. With students that include Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, and many others, it is needless to say that it is humbling to receive an award in Mr. Gruber's name. I can&rsquo;t thank the Percussive Arts Society enough for their generous support of young percussionists.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mr. Denneboom says his time at StFX has been challenging and enjoyable in ways he hadn&rsquo;t even expected.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I was drawn to the university by its world-class music faculty. Professor Terry O&rsquo;Mahoney, my studio professor, is truly a first-rate musician and educator in every respect. As a highly acclaimed author and player, he has taught me more in two years than I would have ever thought possible. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Prof. O&rsquo;Mahoney and the other music faculty have shown me that in music, only practice and consistency is rewarded with results,&rdquo; he says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;StFX has helped me to develop practice habits that support long-term growth and musical development. In addition to my musical progress, the fun-loving StFX community and my friends in my campus employment including the X-Patrol and the TSG have made Antigonish a truly unique place to call home for eight months of the year.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mr. Denneboom says the music faculty are incredibly supportive and are willing to help whether inside of office hours or not. &ldquo;I feel that my professors at StFX have a sincere personal investment in my growth as a musician, and are willing to go to great lengths to assist me in that development. I couldn&rsquo;t count the number of times I&rsquo;ve went to a prof&rsquo;s office with no appointment, well outside of office hours, only to be greeted with a smile and a &lsquo;what can I do for you?&rsquo; Sometimes it is a genuine willingness to help that makes all the difference to a student.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mr. Denneboom also has a jazz combo, The Lucasloud Trio (<a href=""></a>).</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&nbsp;</span><span><br /> </span></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:01:27 NO "Doing feminist theory through digital video" project helps deepen student learning, research paper finds <p><span>An innovative way of teaching &ndash; that has StFX students complete a creative service learning project that results in producing a short digital video on a concept in feminist theory &ndash; is the subject of the latest research paper published by StFX women&rsquo;s and gender studies professor Dr. Rachel Hurst.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Hurst&rsquo;s peer-reviewed article, &ldquo;</span>Doing Feminist Theory Through Digital Video<span>&rdquo; appears in the July issue of ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media, &amp; Technology. It analyses the assignment she designed in the fall of 2012 for her third year feminist theory course, assisted by a grant from Service Learning and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The article (<a href=""><span></span></a>) specifically analyses the videos created by two students in the pilot project, Lynn O'Donnell and Lisa Gunn.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Both of their videos were really exemplary projects. They really used the tools that they had to create their final project, to tell a story, to convey a concept,&rdquo; Dr. Hurst says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Hurst had told students at that time the assignment would also be part of her research program. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Along with the video, the project involved each student completing a Service Learning placement at a community or university organization that had some educational or facilitation program. They worked with the organization on various tasks, researched what the organization did, and how they defined a concept of feminist theory. In the classroom, students continued with related readings and course work. The videos are available on the website <a href=""><span></span></a>, which provides information for other educators looking to do a similar project.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Students say the assignment helped them engage in deeper learning.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never known such a satisfying class. There were so many facets to that class,&rdquo; says Ms. O&rsquo;Donnell, who says that while the practicality of producing a digital video initially proved difficult, it was immensely rewarding to not only master that skill, but to also use it to convey a message.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;The different approach really made it easier to understand,&rdquo; says Ms. Gunn.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;To see how everyone&rsquo;s videos came out was terrific, to see all the conversations in class come to life in a completely different platform,&rdquo; she says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Both say they have shared their videos with other people outside class, and are proud of their achievement.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I felt like it was putting into practice what I learned,&rdquo; Ms. O&rsquo;Donnell says as Ms. Gunn adds the assignment helped them more clearly see connections between theory and practice in every day life.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Both say it is an experience that will stay with them.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;You never, ever forget it. You&rsquo;re actually able to integrate it into your own life,&rdquo; Ms. O&rsquo;Donnell says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Hurst&rsquo;s second research article on the project is due to come out online in August in <a href=""><span>Arts and Humanities in Higher Education</span></a> as well as in print in 2015. The article is based on the interviews her research assistants competed with members of the pilot class. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /> </p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:48:21 NO