News http://www.stfx.ca/rss/news/ StFX News en http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/student_food_centre_web.jpg Student Food Resource Centre has busy year <p>The Student Food Resource Centre has had a busy year on campus.</p> <div>The centre moved into a new location on campus, at the back of MacKinnon Hall in the basement where the old Security Office was located, and has seen its numbers increase from last year when it was located in the former municipal building.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Last year, we had 113 people use the centre in the first semester and 119 in the second semester. This year, we had 266 in the first semester, and 327 people so far this semester. So, it&rsquo;s busy,&rdquo; says centre coordinator Shannon Lynch, a fourth year nursing student.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Lots of people are very generous to the centre,&rdquo; she says, noting residences have gotten together to donate, as well as faculty members who have organized donations through their classes.</div> <div><br /> Ms. Lynch says their goal last year was to move the centre onto campus, and this year it&rsquo;s been about getting the word out about the confidential service. Not everyone knows such a service exists on campus.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Our goal this year is to increase awareness and people support.&rdquo; Ms. Lynch says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The centre receives a $1,000 budget each year from the Students&rsquo; Union and it holds fundraisers. On March 31, 2015, they received their first donation from Feed Nova Scotia, which will become an ongoing partnership.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The Student Food Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Over 100 volunteers staff the centre, with usually two volunteers present at a time. In August 2013, the centre received permission to start a community garden in an area behind Lane Hall. In season, they&rsquo;ve been able to offer fresh produce.</div> <div><br /> Ms. Lynch says food donations are always welcome. Volunteers are ready to accept any food donations during centre hours. Anyone wanting to make a monetary donation, can email her at <a href="mailto:su_food@stfx.ca">su_food@stfx.ca</a> to set up a time to meet. She says peanut butter, pasta, and bread are items they most need.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> While the centre will close on April 8 for the summer months, Ms. Lynch says they can store non-perishable items until it reopens in September. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17091/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:36:36 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17091/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/business_photo_march_2015.jpg Schwartz School of Business students experience life in an advertising agency <p>Gerald Schwartz School of Business students in a fourth year business administration course, Integrated Marketing Communications, recently spent a day experiencing life at an ad agency in Halifax, NS.&nbsp;</p> <div>Students in the class were matched to several different agencies in Halifax. In addition to learning about the agency and the types of roles that are required, the students participated in writing creative briefs, brainstorming and planning. Those who went to media planning firms got to see audience databases used for market analysis; those who went to digital agencies got to experience a wire-framing exercise; and those who went to creative agencies got to write and present creative briefs for ad campaigns. The visits were followed by a debrief held in the new Halifax library.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Students commented on how the exercise allowed them to be truly included in the work of the agency, the opportunity to speak with young employees about how to land a job in the industry, gaining hands-on experience, seeing what an agency is like in real life, understanding the types of jobs that are appropriate and the skills required. Some appreciated the fact that small groups allowed for more one-on-one conversations and dialogue with each department in the firm.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The one-on-one nature of the experience allowed for deeper engagement in questions and richer learning about how to plan for the future, they say.</div> <div><br /> The visit and follow up were organized and led by StFX alumnus Larry MacEachern &rsquo;85, a senior executive in the advertising industry.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17086/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:24:51 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17086/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/psychology_student_winners.jpg StFX psychology students receive prestigious undergraduate research awards, major opportunity <p><span>Four third year StFX psychology students, representing a diverse range of research areas, can celebrate an impressive achievement. Each student has received a prestigious undergraduate research award to carry out their thesis work.</span></p> <div><span>Brooke Taylor and Bridget Houston have each received a $5,000 eight-month Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Scotia Scholars Award; Shannon Taylor receives a $6,000 12-week Irving Research Mentorship Award; and Aryn Benoit is the recipient of a $4,500 16-week Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) USRA award.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It means everything. It&rsquo;s amazing. It just opens so many doors,&rdquo; says Shannon Taylor of Pickering, ON, on the research grant that will allow her to conduct research on equity and fairness norms in developing children across cultures with her psychology professor Dr. Tara Callaghan. Ms. Taylor is also one of this year&rsquo;s recipients of StFX&rsquo;s MacBain Riley Global Engagement Award, which will allow her to continue her research with Dr. Callaghan in India for the month of July.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Having done something like this will open so many doors in the future,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;To be so young and to be able to delve into cross-cultural research, I&rsquo;m still in my undergraduate. It&rsquo;s incredible.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an amazing feeling, and an amazing opportunity. It allows me to conduct research that I&rsquo;m passionate about,&rdquo; says Brooke Taylor of Brockville, ON, who will work for eight months with Dr. Lindsay Berrigan, completing her thesis on cognitive impairment in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, looking specifically at attention related difficulties.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a really big honour,&rdquo; echoes Ms. Benoit of Antigonish, NS, who will work for 16 weeks over the summer with thesis advisor Dr. Petra Hauf researching the effects of singing on language development in pre-school children.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a singer-songwriter, and it&rsquo;s a really exciting opportunity to involve that in my research and academics,&rdquo; she says. Ms. Benoit says she plans to complete her PhD in clinical psychology and the research experience gained will be invaluable, both in helping get into graduate programs as well as helping her feel more prepared for graduate school.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s definitely a huge privilege, and I&rsquo;m obviously very thankful for it. I can spend more time on my research,&rdquo; says Ms. Houston of Toronto, ON, who will work on her thesis, binge drinking on university campuses, with her supervisor Dr. Erin Austen. Ms. Houston, who is interested in health psychology and community, will be researching ways to reduce and prevent binge drinking on university campuses and how universities may be able to intervene. She&rsquo;s really interested to see what results of her research will yield.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17066/ Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:22:31 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17066/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/nutrition_fair.jpg Nutrition students partner with community organizations through Service Learning projects <p>From creating recipes that encourage people to choose nutritious foods to showing how to prepare healthy meals on a budget, StFX human nutrition students have made an impact in the local community this semester as well as in their own studies.</p> <div>Students in the Human Nutrition 365 class, Community Nutrition, put knowledge into practice this semester by participating in class Service Learning projects in partnership with community organizations. Through the projects, the students provided service to the community and learned by experiencing their area of study in the real world, building on course material and concepts.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Tuesday, March 24th, students and the public gathered at the StFX Community Nutrition Fair, held at the People&rsquo;s Place Library, to showcase the projects students have worked on with the community throughout the semester.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Projects ranged from demonstrating a recipe using a hot plate during a hot lunch program at St. James Church to help address food insecurity to helping plan and prepare healthy meals on a budget for people living individually with the Canadian Association for Community Living.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fair was organized by human nutrition students Gina Brown, Catherine MacDonald and Ashley Larkin as part of their own Service Learning project for HNU 475: Effecting Change, with the help of the Community Nutrition class.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All of the students had specific roles such as creating posters, developing a press release, preparing refreshments setting up the room for the fair and greeting people as they arrived. &ldquo;Including the class in the organization and preparation process helped to give them some experience in planning a big event in the community,&rdquo; the student organizers say.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There was a great turnout with many attendees due to both the promotion of the event as well as the increasing interest in nutrition that people currently have,&rdquo; they say.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The event had a lot of interaction between the students and community members and was a great way for human nutrition students to share their skills and knowledge that they have learned through their courses and time here at StFX.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17061/ Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:33:12 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17061/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/paul_tynan_photo.jpg StFX music professor wins grant to compose new music, will play showcase at ECMAs <p>StFX music professor and trumpeter Paul Tynan has received a grant from Arts Nova Scotia to compose new music for the Next BiCoastal Collective Recording, a successful collaboration co-led by Prof. Tynan and Grammy-winning saxophonist, Aaron Lington.&nbsp;</p> <div><span>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very exciting, and times well with my sabbatical next year,&rdquo; Prof. Tynan says. &ldquo;I will be composing four pieces of new music for large Jazz Orchestra, but with expanded textures including bass and alto clarinets, and classical guitar &ndash; nylon string as opposed to the normal electric guitar.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The ensemble reinvigorates the trumpet/baritone frontline sound that Chet Baker/Gerry Mulligan, and Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams established by modernizing the approach to improvisation and composition within the group, Prof. Tynan says. By drawing on a modern Eruo-Canadain aesthetic, the Bicoastal Collective has successfully achieved this goal and continues to push forward with feature concerts at international jazz festivals, to rave critical success, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Additionally, Prof. Tynan and his StFX music colleague, Prof. Jake Hanlon, have been invited to play a showcase concert at the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) conference taking place in St. John&rsquo;s, NL, on April 11. The showcase will be at the event where the ECMAs will announce the winner of the 2015 ECMA Jazz Recording of the Year award, of which the StFX music faculty are nominated. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s very exciting stuff,&rdquo; Prof. Tynan says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17036/ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:08:23 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17036/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/spanish_library_1.jpg StFX Spanish students share language and culture with local children <p>StFX students from the SPAN 102 course, Spanish for Beginners II, taught by modern languages professor Dr. Wojciech Tokarz, had a unique chance to share their learning with a group of preschoolers at the People&rsquo;s Place Antigonish Public Library when they presented their Service Learning projects on March 23.&nbsp;</p> <div><span>As part of the course, students are required to create a children's book that teaches some basic Spanish and/or introduces children to elements of the cultures of Spanish speaking countries.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The objective of the project is to share with the community some language and intercultural skills students learn in class, spark children's interest in the Hispanic world, and introduce students to the process of producing educational materials without falling into cultural stereotypes,&rdquo; Dr. Tokarz says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Students usually take this assignment very seriously and craft beautiful books that are donated to the library after the presentation. Some participants print their materials, others handcraft them, and yet others create interactive ibooks on their tablets.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is the third time StFX Spanish 100 level students have collaborated with the library thanks to the kind support and interest of Kristel Fleuren-Hunter, Children's Services Librarian, Elizabeth Glinz, Programming and Outreach Assistant, and Sheena Cameron, StFX Service Learning Community Support Coordinator, Dr. Tokarz says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The StFX Spanish for Beginners Service Learning project at The People's Place Library is a wonderful collaboration,&rdquo; Ms. Glinz says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As facilitator of the library's Storytime program, it is such a pleasure to witness the students sharing their work with the children, and to see how much everyone gets out of the experience. The students quickly figure out how to engage with the children and the room becomes a hive of reading and learning. Transferring what they are learning in the classroom to young members of the general public seems to be a rich and multifaceted learning experience for the students. The quality of the books produced through the project is generally excellent, and the stories continue to be well used here at the library long after the students have completed their course.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Glinz says a student from a past year's project enjoyed the experience so much that she made it her goal to work at the library as its summer reading club coordinator, and secured the position for two separate summers. &ldquo;This particular Service Learning project helped her to develop a passion for working with children in the context of building literacy.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17016/ Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:20:46 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/17016/ NO StFX closed today, Thurs., March 19 <p><span>To the StFX Community,</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please be aware that StFX will be closed today, Thursday, March 19, as the university continues to clear snow and ice due to yesterday&rsquo;s storm. The university will resume regular operations at 5:00 A.M. tomorrow, Friday, March 20th. &nbsp;Essential services will be maintained (Morrison Hall, security, cleaning, snow removal).&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Facilities Management is prioritizing snow removal efforts, focusing on clearing major walkways and paths for students living in residence (e.g. from residences to meal hall). If you must be on campus today, we encourage you to take precaution as you maneuver.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We also encourage you to monitor your email, <a href="http://www.stfx.ca" title="www.stfx.ca">www.stfx.ca</a>, StFXUniversity on Facebook, or @stfxuniversity on Twitter throughout the day for the latest announcements regarding the opening of on-campus student service facilities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16956/ Thu, 19 Mar 2015 03:09:53 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16956/ YES http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/smu-business-case-competitionweb.jpg Schwartz School of Business students win 8th Annual Atlantic Accounting Case Competition <p><span>It was a first place win for the StFX Gerald Schwartz School of Business student team of Nikki Mills, Zac Konings and Emily Payne who took home the top prize in the 8th Annual Atlantic Accounting Case Competition held at Saint Mary&rsquo;s University March 13-14, 2015.</span></p> <p>The event was sponsored by Deloitte, the Financial Executives International (FEI), and the Accounting Education Foundation of Nova Scotia (AEFNS).</p> <p>Accounting students from across Atlantic Canada compete to analyze a business case and present recommendations to a panel of five judges. A team from the Schwartz School of Business has participated in every year of the competition.</p> <p>The StFX team continued an impressive performance where teams from StFX have placed in six of the eight competitions, winning three of them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The competition requires students to analyze a case received at noon on Friday and to present their results to a panel of judges the following morning. To prepare for the competition the students analyzed cases and presented over a period of weeks to accounting faculty members. The practice and competition require the students to dedicate a lot of time to both the practice and the actual competition.</p> <div>The competition is open to all universities in the Atlantic Provinces. Each university is invited to send one team of between two and four students.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The students must be undergraduate, full-time students or students on a co-op term during the winter semester. The competition is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience in analyzing real-life business situations and preparing recommendations.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The objectives of the Business Case Competition are to enable undergraduate business students to develop a variety of business skills in analyzing business problems and developing recommendations; to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in public speaking and to improve their presentation skills; to give students an opportunity to present to business professionals (judges) and to learn to &lsquo;think on their feet&rsquo; in responding to questions; to promote the positive qualities of business schools and their programs; and to provide an opportunity for networking with students from other business schools.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16901/ Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:32:50 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16901/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/german_students_2015.jpg 10th German Day at StFX set for March 20 <p>It&rsquo;s going to be a celebration of all things German.</p> <div>On March 20, 2015, the German classes are celebrating the 10th Annual German Day at StFX, coming together to celebrate the unity and diversity of the German speaking worldwide with an event planned at the Marjorie Desmond Oval starting at 3 p.m..</div> <div><br /> This year guest speakers will include Dr. Martin Schurig from the German Embassy in Ottawa; Dr. Mark Leeming from Dalhousie University; Adam Rodgers, former president of the Chamber of Commerce in Port Hawkesbury; Professor Wolfgang Holtkamp from StFX partner university in Stuttgart, Germany; and Mauryah McLaughlin, a master&rsquo;s student at UNB, and former StFX German student.</div> <div><br /> As well, the StFX German students have prepared videos, speeches, presentations and a panel discussion. German baked goods will be available for the coffee break.</div> <div><br /> Students are looking forward to the event.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I am interested in Germany because of its complex culture and how prevalent it is in today&rsquo;s society. Learning German opens many doors for me,&rdquo; says Alexis van den Hoogen, a German 100 student.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Knowing English is not enough today,&rdquo; says Rae Becke, a German 200 student. &ldquo;Learning a new language opens up new opportunities, personally, professionally, socially and economically. It gives the ability to create new perspectives.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Knowing German creates not only business opportunities, but a deepened knowledge in the fields of science, history, philosophy, music and makes you a well-rounded person.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Margaux Muller, German Society president says, &ldquo;If you start to speak German in a day-to-day environment, language and expressions reflect the culture. In this light we attach even more importance to the study of German not only as a foreign language, but as a tool of self-discovery and personal achievement.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16891/ Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:31:51 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16891/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/david_garbary_journal.jpg StFX biology professor named editor of scientific journal Phycologia <p><span>StFX biology professor Dr. David Garbary has taken over the editor-in-chief position of </span><em>Phycologia</em><span>, a scientific journal dedicated to the study of algae.&nbsp;</span>Dr. Garbary was pleased to accept the editorship in January of this year, and recently received a copy of the first issue he completed as editor. &nbsp;</p> <div>&ldquo;Editing a journal has always been one of my career aspirations,&rdquo; Dr. Garbary says. &ldquo;It is one of the highest forms of recognition that one can get from one's scientific peers. It means that they trust your judgment and your work ethic. <em>Phycologia </em>has always been my favorite journal, and I have been a member of the society that publishes it (the International Phycological Society) and a subscriber to the journal since I was a graduate student in the mid 1970s.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Garbary has more than 200 publications, including authorships and editorships of five books, more than 20 book chapters and 150 journal articles. He has published extensively in macroalgal systematics, evolution and physiology. His current research focuses on the ecology and physiology of the symbiotic community associated with the economically important brown seaweed, <em>Ascophyllum nodosum.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition to his phycological interests, he has been involved in terrestrial plant floristics, ecology and evolution.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Garbary has considerable editorial experience as an associate editor of <em>Botany</em> (formerly <em>Canadian Journal of Botany</em>), and has been an associate editor for <em>Algae</em> since 2006.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Garbary has also been awarded a Fellowship in the Linnean Society, one of the premier scientific societies in the world. His scientific contributions and research work were also honoured with a seaweed named for him, <em>Colaconema garbaryi.</em>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16881/ Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:52:54 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16881/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/women-in-business.jpg Successful businesswomen share advice at Women in Business Society event <p><span>Monday, March 9 marked the second annual panelist event for the StFX Women in Business Society. The event, titled &ldquo;<em>A Conversation with Successful Business Women</em>,&rdquo; brought together speakers from across Nova Scotia to encourage a rapt audience.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>This year&rsquo;s panel was comprised of Emilie Chiasson, Regional Director of Atlantic Canada for Ovarian Cancer Canada, Dawn Beaton, Artistic Director of Celtic Colours Festival, Wendy Langley, Director of Development at StFX, and returning panelist Michelle Anderson, Regional Account Manager of RSA Insurance.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>A wide variety of topics were discussed, including networking, success in a small town, work/life balance, and coping with failure.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> For students struggling to network, Ms. Langley pointed to her X-Ring as a perfect conversation starter. Ms. Chiasson recommended simply asking lots of questions to find common ground or to learn more about the other person.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The businesswomen also answered questions about balancing work and home life, not just children and partners, but hobbies and other skills. &ldquo;It is important to have things outside of work so that [losing your job] doesn&rsquo;t shatter you,&rdquo; said Ms. Chiasson. Ms. Anderson reminded everyone that &ldquo;best employee ever&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t the most important legacy to leave behind. For Ms. Beaton, a talented musician, it was especially important that she have time to focus on other interests even in a job with a high level of responsibility.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> For students anticipating what is to come in the work world, event organizers say these women were an excellent example of finding success while keeping their values intact. Inspired by the panelists, many students asked questions both during and after the formal talk.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The event had a great turnout, with all chairs filled in the Schwartz School Faculty Lounge. Kathleen Sheridan, president of the Women in Business Society, said she was pleased with another successful event. &quot;Each panelist was informative and vibrant in their own way, and told us that we were lucky to be entering the workforce at an exciting time, because although a trail has been blazed for women, there still remains work for us to do. We were very fortunate to have them with us sharing their own experiences and their take on women in the workplace.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The Women in Business Society exists to provide an informal network for female business students with faculty, alumni, and businesswomen. The society was awarded &ldquo;Students&rsquo; Union Society of the Year&rdquo; in the 2013/2014 school year and holds a number of speaker events and mixers during the school year.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> For more information on the Women in Business Society or any of the panelists, please contact so_wib@stfx.ca.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16876/ Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:53:31 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16876/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/indigenous_cohort_web.jpg StFX launches second Master of Education in Leadership with a Concentration in Teaching Indigenous Students <p>A new Masters of Education cohort at StFX that offers a decolonizing approach to learning for educators teaching Indigenous students has proved so popular and beneficial that the university will launch a second cohort starting this July.</p> <div><span>StFX&rsquo;s first Master of Education in Leadership with a Concentration in Teaching Indigenous Students cohort started last summer and includes 20 dedicated educators, from Nova Scotia to Nunavut, Northern Manitoba to the Northwest Territories. Educators spent the month of July on campus taking two courses and are now completing the remaining 10 courses in a virtual classroom online using Collaborate/Moodle.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The second cohort, open to educators teaching First Nations, Metis or Inuit students, will again start on campus this July. The summer &nbsp;face-to-face experience has proven a successful part of the experience, allowing the community of learners to be developed, which continues online. &nbsp;The remaining 10 courses can be completed in the virtual classroom.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Teachers wanted a cohort that spoke to them specifically, and I think that&rsquo;s what we did,&rdquo; says education professor Dr. Joanne Tompkins on the popularity of the offering.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Schooling for Indigenous students has too often been from a Eurocentric perspective and too frequently not met the needs of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students. Schools serving Indigenous students need to reverse the process of colonization and reflect the culture and languages of the communities they serve,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Tompkins says that some of the educators in this cohort are often located in rural or isolated communities and they don&rsquo;t always have access to the professional learning they need to be effective teachers and administrators. In this cohort, the educators themselves have much to share with each other. For example schools with Mi&rsquo;kmaw Kina&rsquo;matneway in Nova Scotia are among some of the most successful schools in the country so Mi&rsquo;kmaw educators can share strategies that might help a teacher in Iqaluit. Or conversely a teacher Aklavik in the Northwest Territories might have some excellent ideas to share with cohort members about ways to engage parents and communities in schools. The conversations across different contexts are rich,</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They learn from each other, they get great ideas for strategy,&rdquo; Dr. Tompkins said. Currently in Cohort #1, there are both Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators from all across the country bringing a great deal of richness to the learning conversations, she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX cohort is geared specifically for their needs. Courses range from teaching math and science from an Indigenous perspective to community wellness and language. Technology allows instructors to bring everyone into the room together, and the platforms allows guest speakers to come &nbsp;into the virtual classroom. &ldquo;Two weeks ago we had StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald come in to talk about the complexity of leadership in a course on leadership and administrative theory and last week Cathy Lee, a former principal in Nunavut and doctoral student, came in for a guest lecture. We can connect with great leaders from all across the country easily with Collaborate.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The graduate students leave each class inspired and hopeful,&rdquo; Dr. Tompkins says. &ldquo;This cohort gives them access to professional development and allows them to stand back from their practice and look at it with fresh eyes. This cohort affirms them as learners and as educators.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Starting the second cohort is really exciting.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Tompkins says the idea for the cohort began within the StFX Faculty of Education. Faculty members, many of whom have spent a good portion of their careers teaching in or researching these First Nations, Metis or Inuit contexts, have much experience and connections with Indigenous education.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information on the cohort or to apply, please contact <a href="mailto:med@stfx.ca">med@stfx.ca</a> or <a href="mailto:jtompkin@stfx.ca">jtompkin@stfx.ca</a> &nbsp;The deadline for applications to this cohort is April 1, 2015.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16871/ Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:35:42 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16871/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/pulse_competition.jpg Human nutrition students win prize in Pulse Canada’s 'Mission: ImPULSEible' Product Development Competition <p>StFX human nutrition students Shelby Kennedy-Goncalves and Morgan Hamilton took home second prize and $500 with the protein bar they developed for provincial competition at Mission: ImPULSEible, a food development competition started in 2009 by Pulse Canada.&nbsp;</p> <div>The aim of this year&rsquo;s competition was to create an innovative food product that showcased pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils) and to build awareness of the upcoming International Year of the Pulse 2016. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The provincial round of the competition took place March 13, 2015 at Mount Saint Vincent University. Ms. Hamilton and Ms. Kennedy-Goncalves, both first year human nutrition students, were among six teams of students from three Maritime universities that accepted the challenge.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Before the competition, each team had to develop everything about their product, from the concept and the formulation to the marketing of the final product. On competition day, each team had to present their final product before a judging panel as well as prepare samples for the judges and the audience.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> As the first team from StFX to enter the competition, the students say they were proud to be participating. The team&rsquo;s Impulse protein bar really &lsquo;packed a pulse&rsquo; and helped secure the second prize award of $500.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> In addition, the team received high commendations from the judges about their Prezi presentation and delivery skills. The students are excited about their achievement and are committed to getting more students from StFX involved in the competition next year. <br /> <br /> More importantly, the students say they were honoured to be ambassadors for StFX and are grateful to the Department of Human Nutrition for supporting the project and as well a huge thanks to faculty advisor Marcia English and lab instructor Brenda Hanlon for helping them get ready for the competition.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16866/ Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:25:39 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16866/ NO StFX closing today at 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 15th <p><span>To the StFX Community,</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Due to deteriorating weather conditions, please be advised that the university will close at 3:00 pm this afternoon, Sunday, March 15th, reopening at 12:00 am, Monday, March 16th.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Essential services will be maintained (Morrison Hall, security, cleaning, and snow removal).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the latest from StFX University regarding the storm, please check&nbsp;<span>www.stfx.ca</span>, StFXUniversity on Facebook, or @stfxuniversity on Twitter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16861/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 11:27:40 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16861/ YES http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/art_bursary_photo_2015.jpg Students lauded with Angus F. Macgillivray Art Bursary <p><span>In recognition of their outstanding studio art work, StFX students Emma Tompkins, Hilary J. MacDonald and Chelsea Cameron are the 2015 recipients of the Angus F. Macgillivray Art Bursary.</span></p> <div>The bursary is designed to encourage young artists and is named in honour of the late Angus F. Macgillivray who was a faculty member of the StFX Art Department. Most of the wood carving in the University Chapel is his work.</div> <div><br /> Each of the students receives $750.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To be considered for the award, interested applicants must submit a sketchbook, between three to six finished pieces of artwork, and write an essay on what art means to them. Independent judges take hours poring over the submissions.</div> <div>The work of the bursary recipients can be viewed as part of the Art Department&rsquo;s Annual Showcase of Student Art at the StFX Art Gallery until April 11.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The students say receiving the award is an honour.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It means quite a bit to me since I am only in a few art courses. I was really surprised when I got the email saying I won,&rdquo; says Emma Tompkins, a fourth year biology student from Truro, NS. &ldquo;I really didn't think I was in the same caliber as everyone else in upper year courses. I have always loved art (I am constantly using it as a way of dealing with my anxiety) so it was nice to get recognized for some of the work I've done!&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Hilary J. MacDonald, a senior student from Summerside, PEI, graduating this spring with a major in psychology and a minor in studio art, says the award has special meaning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Receiving this award, I couldn't believe it. I had to read the congratulations email multiple times just to make sure I was reading it properly,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It shows me that it pays off to have determination. I've submitted entries to this bursary every year that I've been here, and even with the rejections, I still kept submitting. With this determination, I feel so proud of myself for keeping on trying... probably even more proud of myself than if I would have received this without rejection at first. And to know there's so many amazing artists at this university, it's quite the feeling! Hard work and determination, even through failure, definitely pays off.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;It was an honour to be one of the recipients of the Angus F. Macgillivray Bursary,&quot; says Chelsea Cameron of Port Hawkesbury, NS, in her fourth year completing an advanced major in Celtic studies and a minor in studio art.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Receiving this bursary serves as great encouragement for me to continue developing my own art. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved with the organization and administration of the Angus F. Macgillivray Bursary, and congratulations to my fellow recipients, Hilary and Emma.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Studio Art classes offer our students a way of thinking about the world that lecture classes don&rsquo;t. Many students remark that, having taken the time to concentrate for several hours on a drawing or painting, they begin to see the world differently, and can now see beauty even in what once seemed simply mundane,&rdquo; says StFX art history professor Dr. Sharon Gregory. &ldquo;Some students discover that they have an ability to create that they never previously appreciated they possessed. Others find that what they are learning in art classes is directly applicable to other fields of study, such as marketing or biology. It is gratifying to see students succeed, and, at the Student Art Exhibition, to see so much evidence of students learning look and really see the world around them.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16851/ Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:14:45 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16851/ NO