News StFX News en We Day at StFX inspires students <p>We Day at StFX provided much inspiration for local area high school students looking to make a difference.&nbsp;</p> <div><span>&ldquo;It gives a wide view of what&rsquo;s out there in the world,&rdquo; says Emily Thompson, a Grade 12 student at St. Mary&rsquo;s Education Centre/Academy in Sherbrooke, NS.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;You learn about obstacles that are out there, and how as a person you can overcome and help someone. One person can make a difference. It may sound difficult, but anyone can do it.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Her sister, Patricia Thompson, a Grade 11 student, said they attended StFX&rsquo;s inaugural We Day event last year and really liked it.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX is the official education sponsor of the Halifax We Day Atlantic event&mdash;an initiative of international charity and education partner, Free The Children. Like last year, StFX once again hosted its own We Day on campus. StFX students also attended We Day Atlantic in Halifax.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I liked the sessions. They gave a different way of thinking.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I like getting to know that you&rsquo;re at a university, but it doesn&rsquo;t feel like it. It feels comfortable,&rdquo; says Heather Thompson, also a Grade 11 student at St. Mary&rsquo;s Education/Centre Academy who enjoyed the daylong sessions.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>High school students from Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough counties were are at StFX for a full day of learning and fun.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The day started at 9 a.m. with an energetic welcome from StFX&rsquo;s O-Crew, Academic Vice-President Dr. Leslie MacLaren, and StFX human kinetics professor Dr. Angie Kolen and honours students Laura Sandre.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The latter two spoke to students about leadership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;In terms of developing as a student, we provide some unique opportunity. We call that service learning,&rdquo; says Dr. Kolen.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Sandre spoke about how going into the community through service learning helps build leadership, helps students discover who they are and what they are passionate about. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s in those things you are going to be able to make a difference.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Workshop sessions which ran through the day ranged from <em>Where Great Minds Don't Always Think Alike</em>, where StFX faculty spoke about its Humanities Colloquium, to <em>A Personal Inventory</em> presented by the NSSSA. The session allowed students to reflect upon their personal leadership styles while considering the impact they have on those around them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The students also enjoyed campus tours, lunch, and a chance to watch We Day Atlantic broadcast on the big screen in the Schwartz School Auditorium.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:41:58 NO StFX research to play role in Tiger Woods golf game <p>StFX human kinetics professor Dr. Sasho MacKenzie&rsquo;s research, which has long been touted as groundbreaking by golf experts, is now going to play a role in Tiger Woods&rsquo;s daily practice.&nbsp;</p> <div>Tiger Woods&rsquo;s new coach, Chris Como, has worked weekly with the StFX golf researcher over the last several years. Now that the StFX professor&rsquo;s partner in golf research has been recruited by Woods as his coach, the golf legend will benefit from Dr. MacKenzie&rsquo;s world renowned research in golf biomechanics.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His research focuses on the optimal way to move the club and body during the golf swing. &ldquo;Chris and I have a great relationship. I&rsquo;m extremely happy for him to be recruited by Tiger and very excited that some of my research may facilitate Chris&rsquo;s work with arguably the best golfer to have ever played the game,&rdquo; says Dr. MacKenzie.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX professor&rsquo;s research has been called revolutionary by Golf WRX, a leading golf news source. Dr. MacKenzie is known as the person at the top in the golf teaching world.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I believe Dr. MacKenzie&rsquo;s research is at the forefront of golf science,&rdquo; says Tiger Woods&rsquo;s golf coach Chris Como. &ldquo;To my knowledge, Sasho was the first to develop a true 3D forwards dynamics model of the golf swing and he used that model to shape the golf industry&rsquo;s understanding of the role the club shaft plays in the golf swing. The latest version of Sasho&rsquo;s mathematical model is allowing us to understand the individual contributions from each hand during the swing. Until the development of his model this was not possible.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tiger&rsquo;s coach says Dr. MacKenzie&rsquo;s research is very relevant to golf instructors. &ldquo;His paper on the importance of appropriately positioning the center of gravity of the club, relative to the path of the hands was eye-opening. If a golf instructor wants to comprehend the cause-and-effect nature of the swing, then understanding this concept should be at the top of the list,&rdquo; added Mr. Como.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had hundreds of conversations with Sasho over the past three years,&rdquo; he said. &nbsp;&ldquo;Some have been strictly about understanding biomechanical concepts, while others have been about specific golf swing theories.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. MacKenzie and Mr. Como are currently working on a research project and have plans to expand into different areas of the golf industry.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:25:21 NO Celtic Studies celebrates the launch of three important works <p>StFX&rsquo;s Department of Celtic Studies celebrated the launch of three books with a joint launch and a wine and cheese reception in the Immaculata Hall foyer on Nov. 25.&nbsp;</p> <div>A large crowd gathered to celebrate the achievement. The three books launched include:<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><em>A Student&rsquo;s Companion to Old Irish Grammar</em>, by Ranke de Vries of the StFX Celtic Studies Department.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><em>F&ograve;gradh, F&agrave;isneachd, Filidheachd / Parting, Prophecy, Poetry</em>, by John A. MacPherson and Michael Linkletter, StFX Celtic Studies Department member.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><em>Rudan M&igrave;-bheanailteach is an Cothroman, D&agrave;in/Intangible Possibilities, Poems</em>, by Lewis MacKinnon, a StFX alumnus and CEO of the Nova Scotia Office of Gaelic Affairs.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. de Vries says her book is an overview of the grammar of the Old Irish language. &ldquo;This language, the ancestor of Gaelic, was spoken and written in Ireland roughly between 600 and 900 CE. The book is intended for everyone interested in learning the language, either as a standalone book, or in conjunction with other grammars out there.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;When I was a PhD student at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, I got a position as a teaching assistant. I was responsible for teaching tutorials on Old Irish grammar, and noticed that students were having a hard time understanding the grammar. The books that we were using didn&rsquo;t really explain anything, so I wrote handouts in a very informal language with explanations that students found very helpful,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;These handouts were then used in teaching Old Irish at Trinity College Dublin and at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and they eventually formed the basis for the book. In order to make it as user-friendly as possible, I ended up reorganizing the topics, updating the book, and adding references to other grammars as well.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Since its publication, Dr. de Vries has had many wonderful reactions from students from all over the world, thanking her for helping them learn and understand the language, &ldquo;which has been so lovely to see. It is great to know that so many students are taking an interest in this beautiful (and challenging) language.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> <em>Parting, Prophecy, Poetry</em>, is about the Rev. Duncan Black Blair, who was originally from Scotland but came to Nova Scotia in 1846 and subsequently served as a minister for many years in Barney&rsquo;s River. Mr. MacPherson says the book contains information about Mr. Blair and material that he contributed to the Gaelic newspaper Mac-Talla in its early years. It includes a series of articles about the Highland Clearances, about his travel across the Atlantic and his journeys in Canada, and about the Brahan Seer and his predictions. It also has nine poems written by Blair, including his epic about Niagara Falls, which he wrote when he visited Ontario in 1847.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Mac-Talla was the first all-Gaelic newspaper in the world and was published in Sydney, Cape Breton from 1892 to 1904. &ldquo;Blair&rsquo;s unique contribution to it was the main inspiration for the book. We decided to translate the material in order to make the content available to people who are interested in Gaelic but are not fluent in the language. It has been well received,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div><br /> Dr. Linkletter said of the significance of Blair in the context of his times, &ldquo;D. B. Blair was in good company as a minister and poet and is an excellent example of the type of person often at the forefront of Gaelic literature and publishing in the nineteenth century. For many, the church offered an opportunity for intellectually minded young Gaels, and because Gaelic was a suppressed language, the main avenue for education was in English-language based universities in the Lowlands. Thus we see many among the clergy who were involved in the production of Gaelic letters among Blair&rsquo;s contemporaries. Blair&rsquo;s prose and poetry unsurprisingly show a myriad of influences, from contemporary English literature to the Bible, while at the same time being very rooted in traditional Gaelic culture. His historical writing is of great significance in incorporating first-hand accounts of a period of great upheaval in Scottish society, the Highland Clearances. Rarely do we have much from a Gaelic perspective taken into account in &lsquo;mainstream&rsquo; English-language based histories of Scotland, and our edition is important in providing that perspective with an English translation paired with the original Gaelic.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Speaking on his book, Mr. MacKinnon says he has continued to compose Gaelic poetry following the release of Famhair (Giant) 2008 and Fleodragan-cabair (Raft) 2012. As Gaelic poet-laureate to the Royal National M&ograve;d in Scotland, and his tenure coming to an end next year, University Cape Breton Press was open to supporting the publication of a book of poems that would coincide with this timeframe.</div> <div><br /> Through selected themes including our beloved community members who have passed on, our emotional connections to family, the complexity of identity, the role the soul plays in our individual and societal dynamics, that which we fear and that which we love, this book of poetry works strives to demonstrate how the language and cultural identity of a people, are fundamental components of understanding Gaels, particularly in the Nova Scotia context, says Mr. MacKinnon on his newly launched work.</div> <div><br /> The individuals and the collective are reflected through their common connecting points of poetry, song, music, dance, stories, customs and beliefs. These are widely self-evident in a robust, vibrant community. Ironically, Gaels frequently have to make the case for their presence as a unique people all while continuing to persist through their linguistic and cultural expression that is celebrated in signature events and in news releases and marketing messages in the province, he says. Though there are poems specific to Gaels and Gaelic language and culture, the themes contained in this book can very much be seen as universal and applicable to the broader human experience.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am grateful to now have the book in print and sometimes forget the reason d&rsquo;&ecirc;tre for some of the poems that were composed in it. It can be enlightening to revisit compositions and reflect on how these came to be and how they speak to one now,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:31:02 NO StFX Schwartz School student Graham Haynes named prestigious Futures Fund Scholarship recipient <p><span>Exemplary leadership in academic and extra-curricular activities has earned Graham Haynes, a fourth year honours student in StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business, selection as StFX&rsquo;s Futures Fund Scholarship recipient for 2014-15.</span></p> <div>The prestigious award is presented to only 10 candidates at top business schools across the country. Each recipient receives a $5,500 grant to further their educational ambitions as well as a three day trip to Toronto in February 2015 to meet with top executives to discuss post-graduation plans.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year&trade; established the Futures Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership to honour and mentor 10 young Canadian university business students each year who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in academic and extra-curricular initiatives.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ten new schools are chosen each summer to receive the scholarships. Recipients are selected by their school's Dean's office based on achievements and demonstrated leadership initiatives in their academic and extracurricular activities.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This was a very difficult decision as there were a large number of high quality applications. However, the selection committee was very impressed with Graham&rsquo;s combination of superior academic performance and extracurricular leadership initiatives,&rdquo; says Dr. Tim Hynes, Dean of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We will be very pleased to have him represent the Schwartz School at this year&rsquo;s Futures Fund Scholarship awards gala.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The awards ceremony takes place over two days, February 10th with the Future's Fund award ceremony with guest speaker Dr. Indira Samarasekera, member of Canada&rsquo;s Outstanding CEO of the Year Advisory Board and president of the University of Alberta; and on February 11th, the honorary CEO of the Year Celebration Gala and program at the Royal Ontario Museum. This year's winner is Donald Walker, CEO of Magna International, who will be honoured at the exclusive black tie event.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Haynes of Sussex, NB, an honours management student in the leadership management program, says being able to attend, meet and build relationships with these top executives represents a phenomenal opportunity for his future.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Already, he has built an impressive resume during his four years at StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Academically, he&rsquo;s consistently ranked in the top 1% in business, and has ranked in the top 10 per cent of every business course he&rsquo;s taken. He is currently writing a thesis about Canadian federal banking regulation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2013, he was one of only six students and the youngest to receive an Irving Mentorship Grant for supervised research. The paper he completed was accepted by the Atlantic Schools of Business conference, a conference primarily of MBA and PhD students. His findings were presented and have been published in their journal. From this, PhD programs have expressed interest in his application as an accelerated student, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He serves as managing editor of the Xaverian Weekly newspaper, where he&rsquo;s significantly helped increase sales numbers. He is also vice-president of Enactus StFX, an organization of student volunteers who use entrepreneurial activity to better the community, and he is employed as a lab instructor/tutor by the Math &amp; Statistics Learning Center, the StFX basketball, hockey, and football teams, as well as running group tutorial sessions. Of these earnings, Mr. Haynes says he donates a portion to charitable causes.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After graduation, he plans to do a joint MBA/JD program. He has already been accepted at one school, and is waiting to hear from a few others.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His reaction to winning the Future Funds Scholarship?</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Honestly, I was overwhelmed with emotion. By fourth year, the students who have consistently performed academically and in extra-curricular activities have been connected in one way or another and I knew the other applicants were great people, involved in impressive initiatives and going places with their lives. I am honoured to be representing our school at the awards gala and look forward to the experience,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I completely believe that in the Schwartz School of Business, the administrative and academic team have created an environment of ample opportunity for students to develop themselves as leaders, with events and societies such as JDC Central, Enactus StFX, Invest X, The Business Society, the Nicol Entrepreneurial Competition, the Atlantic Schools of Business (ASB) Case Competition and research conferences, along with the faculty's research interests,&rdquo; Mr. Haynes says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;A student with passion and a solid work ethic can find great professional, community and academic opportunities here. I truly believe that the sky is the limit for students here. Only the efforts of many have led to the great change in the world, and StFX is an incredible place to meet the minds and people who will be a part of it.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:12:30 NO Students receive $10,000 in Catholic Studies awards <p>&nbsp;<span>At the November 19th StFX Catholic Studies Lecture, given by Dr. Guy Lalande, on &ldquo;<em>Failure or Success: The Vatican and World War Francis?&rdquo;</em>, $10,000 in awards were presented to five StFX students.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The Rev B.A. MacDonald Awards were presented by Dr. William Sweet, Catholic Studies Program co-ordinator, to Hannah Keller, Caitlin Thomas, and Emma Vossen. Catherine and Archie MacPhee awards were presented to Brandan Tran and Natasha Purcell.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These awards, valued at $2,000 each, recognize and support undergraduate students who have an interest in Catholic Studies, philosophy, or moral theology, and who have made or are making a significant contribution to Christian intellectual and spiritual life on campus or in their home community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over one hundred students, faculty, staff, and community members were present for the award presentation and lecture in the Schwartz School.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:40:58 NO Mi’kmaw culture celebrated on campus with quilt launch <p><span>Mi&rsquo;kmaw culture on the StFX campus was in the spotlight on Friday, Nov. 21 with the launch of &ldquo;Fight to Win,&rdquo; a quilt made by Loretta Gould, a Mi&rsquo;kmaw artist from Waycobah First Nation.</span></p> <div><span>The quilt was hung in Bloomfield Centre, Student Lounge, during the AGM of the Mi&rsquo;kmaq Women Symposium (<em>Building Alliances and Seeking Reconciliation with Mi&rsquo;kmaq Women</em>) taking place in the same building. As well, a plaque was installed to identify the artist, the name of this piece of art, and the meaning of this piece.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The symposium itself took place the next day in the McKenna Centre for Leadership in the Schwartz School of Business. It was attended by over 80 participants including StFX staff, faculty, and Mi&rsquo;kmaq women from all across the province.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We thought that it was a good timing to celebrate this installation, just before the AGM of the Nova Scotia Native Women &lsquo;s Association and the Symposium &ldquo;<em>Building Alliances and Seeking Reconciliation with Mi&rsquo;kmaq Women</em>,&rdquo; held on campus,&rdquo; say StFX Human Rights and Equity Advisor Marie Brunelle and Aboriginal Student Advisor Terena Francis.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We strongly believe in the importance of making more visible the Mi&rsquo;kmaw culture on campus.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:27:22 NO Human kinetics students excel at research conference <p><span>Fourth-year human kinetics honours students Vanessa Pickard and Claire Ullrich presented their peer reviewed research poster at the <em>IWK Implementation Science in HealthCare Activating Change, Advancing Outcomes Conferenc</em>e in Halifax on Nov 20-21. Implementation science is the research of interventions that are ready to be delivered now, at the point of care, yielding measurable impacts on patient care, outcomes and health care delivery. The conference at the IWK Health Centre featured interdisciplinary research that seeks to ensure that the best possible evidence is put into practice in an effective and sustainable way.</span></p> <div>Their presentation entitled, <em>UPSEE and Me: An Adapted Walking Intervention for a Child with Severe Disability</em>, focused upon the applied single-subject designed research that they have been working on this semester under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Casey and Dr. Melanie Lam from the Department of Human Kinetics. The students took third place in the conference consisting of professors, medical students as well as doctorate and post-doctorate researchers interested in knowledge translation. The competition was judged by doctors from the Departments of Virology, Pathology, Anaesthesia, Pediatrics as well as the Director of Research Operations at the IWK amongst others.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both students have been exploring the effectiveness of the recently designed UPSEE mobility device implemented with the support of an adult. They are looking to carry this undergraduate research over into different &nbsp;health science in the future. Ms. Pickard is hoping to apply her clinical skills in medicine while Ms. Ullrich is looking into different rehabilitation fields such as physiotherapy and occupation therapy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:24:38 NO Tree dedication, Fall Gaelic Day, panel discussion and book launches among events to celebrate Celtic scholarship and Gaelic culture at StFX this month <p>Celtic scholarship and culture will be in the spotlight over the next week with a panel discussion, book launches, the annual Fall Gaelic Day and a tree dedication ceremony in memory of longtime Celtic Studies professor, the late Dr. Ken Nilsen.</p> <div>Events get underway Thursday, Nov. 20 with <em>Gaelic and the Nova Scotia Economy: A Panel Discussion</em>, from 7-9 p.m. in Schwartz 156. This discussion is inspired by the Now or Never Report and the One NS Coalition, and is sponsored by Roinn na Ceiltis/Department of Celtic Studies at StFX and Comhairle na G&agrave;idhlig/the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Panelists will include Lewis MacKinnon, CEO, Oifis Iomairtean na G&agrave;idhlig/Office of Gaelic Affairs; the Hon. Rodney MacDonald, CEO, Colaisde na G&agrave;idhlig/The Gaelic College; Lauchie MacLean, President and CEO, Glenora Distillery; and Rankin MacSween, President, New Dawn Enterprises and Member of One NS Coalition. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Tom Urbaniak, Department of Political Science, Cape Breton University.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> A tea will precede the event starting at 6:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><br /> On Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m., members of the StFX and local community are invited to gather in front of Immaculata Hall for a tree dedication ceremony in memory of the late Dr. Ken Nilsen, a longtime StFX professor and a former department chair. &nbsp;</div> <div>The Annual Fall Gaelic Day follows the tree dedication ceremony on Sat., Nov. 22 from 1-4 p.m. at Immaculata 205. All are invited to join the StFX Celtic Studies faculty, students and Gaelic community members for an afternoon of Gaelic conversation, tea, songs and storytelling, a milling frolic and more.</div> <div><br /> On Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., a book launch to celebrate several works will be held at Immaculata Foyer with a wine and cheese reception to follow.</div> <div><br /> The three books to be launched include: 1. <em>F&ograve;gradh, F&agrave;isneachd, Filidheachd/Parting, Prophecy, Poetry</em>, by John A. MacPherson and Michael Linkletter (StFX Celtic Studies Department member); 2. <em>A Student&rsquo;s Companion to Old Irish Grammar</em>, by Ranke de Vries (StFX Celtic Studies Department member); and 3. <em>Rudan M&igrave;-bheanailteach is an Cothroman, D&agrave;in/Intangible Possibilities, Poems</em>, by Lewis MacKinnon, StFX alumnus and CEO of the Nova Scotia Office of Gaelic Affairs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All are welcome to attend.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:30:07 NO Theatre Antigonish's opening night of Frankenstein to support Xaverian Legacy Fund <p>It&rsquo;s a chance to support Theatre Antigonish and StFX&rsquo;s Xaverian Legacy Fund all in one great night when Theatre Antigonish presents its latest production, Frankenstein.</p> <div>Earlier this year, StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald introduced the Xaverian Legacy Fund, a drive to raise $25 million over the next five years to provide scholarships and bursaries for future generations of StFX students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Theatre Antigonish is honoured to assist with this great cause and will proudly donate all box office proceeds from the Thursday, Nov. 20th opening night of Frankenstein to the Xaverian Legacy Fund, says Theatre Antigonish artistic director Ed Thomason.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald will be the honoured guest at the opening night production, which takes place at 8 p.m. at the Bauer Theatre.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a symbolic gesture. It&rsquo;s our little show of support. We really want to get behind the Xaverian Legacy Fund, a fantastic drive to provide bursaries and scholarships,&rdquo; says Mr. Thomason, who is directing Frankenstein.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We very much welcomed Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s embracing of the arts,&rdquo; Mr. Thomason said, mentioning how Dr. MacDonald in his inaugural speech when he was introduced as StFX&rsquo;s 18th President, mentioned his first date with his future wife was at a production at the Bauer Theatre.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Part of his mentioning the theatre was a kind of gesture to the broader campus life,&rdquo; Mr. Thomason says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;When our technical director Ian Pygott mentioned at one of our meetings, &lsquo;why don&rsquo;t we give something back?&rsquo;, all of us at the Bauer said &lsquo;that&rsquo;s a great idea, let&rsquo;s do it&rsquo; because we are very much in sympathy with what Kent MacDonald is bringing, and we feel we have a place in that, as a vital part of campus.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Frankenstein runs at the Bauer Theatre Nov. 20-23.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and are available by emailing <a href=""></a>, or online at &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:58:12 NO StFX's Coady Institute offers new fellowship program for graduating students at four Canadian universities <p><em><span>Applications now open for OceanPath Fellowships</span></em></p> <div><span>Following a launch event in Montreal on Wednesday, November 12th, up to 12 qualified graduating students from four major Canadian universities are now able to apply for a fully-funded, one-year fellowship to pursue community-based development initiatives - whether in their own neighbourhood, elsewhere in Canada or in an international location.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The universities include: St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS; McGill University in Montreal; the University of Ottawa and Queen&rsquo;s University in Kingston, Ontario.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Pathy Family Foundation, a Montreal-based private foundation, worked closely with Coady International Institute in redesigning the fellowship program, offered previously at McGill, uOttawa and Queen&rsquo;s, where it was known as the PFF Community Leadership program. The Institute will manage the new fellowship program for five years, which means as many as 60 young Canadians will have the opportunity to explore their development ideas.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very excited to partner with three other exceptional universities,&rdquo; says Dr. John Gaventa, director of StFX University&rsquo;s Coady International Institute. &ldquo;This generous fellowship opens up a world of opportunity for young Canadians who are passionate about creating positive social change with communities - whether at home or abroad.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the 2015/16 cohort, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and a full-time undergraduate or masters student who will graduate between now and the spring of 2015. Students who are accepted will take a three-week foundations course at Coady Institute next June. Nine months of their one-year fellowship will be spent in the location of their community initiatives.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fellowship provides up to $25,000 in funding for a monthly living allowance, travel-related expenses and eligible project costs.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Details of the OceanPath Fellowship, and the application form, are available at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>. Applications close February 12, 2015.&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:46:27 NO NSSSA, StFX partnership to create unique opportunity for young leaders of Nova Scotia <p><span>The Nova Scotia Secondary School Students' Association (NSSSA) and St. Francis Xavier University are pleased to join together to announce an exciting new three-year partnership focused on student leadership development.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>For the next three years, StFX will be the host site for the NSSSA&rsquo;s annual provincial conference, which each May brings up to 700 high school student delegates together to an event designed to help students become stronger leaders and build important life skills.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both StFX and the NSSSA, a non-profit organization run by student leaders for the benefit of high school students across Nova Scotia, have long traditions of fostering leadership development. Both partners say they are excited to see what the results will be together.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The long time reputation both the NSSSA and StFX have as being key players in the field of leadership development can forecast just how phenomenal this partnership will be. As one of the two co-chairs who will be planning the 2015 provincial NSSSA conference, I can say with great confidence that we have made the right choice in bringing the conference to StFX,&rdquo; says Claire Haliburton, NSSSA Conference Committee Co-Chair.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The university is offering us a new beginning by welcoming us, along with hundreds of student leaders from across Nova Scotia to their campus this May. The NSSSA offers a one-of-a-kind, 100 per cent student-run leadership experience, and StFX is giving us the perfect environment to serve these leaders in a safe, heroic environment.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;StFX is a great home for the NSSSA provincial conference. I am confident that both the NSSSA and StFX have the same focus when it comes to student leadership, and each party will do everything we can to give students the tools they need to develop their leadership skills in a safe and welcoming environment,&rdquo; says Molly Marcott, NSSSA Conference Committee Co-Chair.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;The university recognizes the importance of building and fostering student leadership, and the NSSSA has been committed to that same goal for over 20 years. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s a great fit for everyone involved.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &quot;Our entire organization is buzzing with the excitement of the NSSSA's partnership with StFX,&rdquo; says NSSSA President Holly Davy. &ldquo;After a long history of strong support, we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to work side by side with one of Nova Scotia's top universities to develop strong leaders within our students. The enthusiasm of the staff and student leaders at StFX is unmatched, and the focus on leadership in every aspect of the university has made StFX an ideal partner for the NSSSA.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;As we move into our annual conference season, we look forward to incorporating a variety of initiatives with the university that will provide Nova Scotian students with an unparalleled leadership experience, in the lead up to the much anticipated Provincial Leadership Conference being held at StFX this May,&quot; she says.</div> <div><br /> StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald welcomed the partnership.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We are thrilled to be strengthening our partnership with the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students&rsquo; Association, a student-run organization that shares our focus on leadership development,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald says. &ldquo;We see this partnership as a natural fit with our long history on the StFX campus of fostering leadership.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;These are bright, young high school students poised to make important contributions. We look forward to the opportunity to help inspire, instruct and challenge them and help prepare them with key leadership skills.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Haliburton says the new partnership formed between NSSSA and StFX will serve thousands of students and alumni from both sides of the partnership, creating a unique opportunity for the young leaders of Nova Scotia. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The greatest interest is in the benefit of the students by fostering leadership in every way possible, and giving them the tools to build on the skills they already have, take charge, and play an influential role in their school or community,&rdquo; she says. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The NSSSA has always had a phenomenal reputation surrounding leadership in a high school setting since 1992, and StFX values leadership in the same way. The partnership has already become so much more than a venue, and I am excited to see where it will lead in the future!&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The 2015 provincial conference takes place at StFX from May 15-17. Registration opens December 1.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:23:55 NO StFX alumni leaders to share tips, experiences with students about career pathways <p><span>Four dynamic StFX alumni&mdash;whose vast career experiences range from music to medicine, First Nations leadership to politics to the arts to international development&mdash;will speak with current StFX students on Friday, Nov. 14 in an event designed to help students with career planning post-graduation. Everyone is welcome to attend.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The alumni leaders will speak about their life and career experiences in Pathways to Careers, StFX Alumni Leaders in Dialogue, taking place in the Schwartz Auditorium from 10-11 a.m. followed by an hour-long period of individual &ldquo;speed career conversation&rdquo; from 11 a.m. to noon.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The alumni speakers include Dawn Beaton, artistic director of Celtic Colours International Festival and 2004 BBA accounting graduate; Alexis MacDonald, director, external relations, with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, former federal political candidate, and 1999 BA psychology graduate; Dr. Lindsay MacMillan, family medicine, women&rsquo;s health, First Nations and international medicine, and 1999 BSc biology graduate; and Chief Terry Paul, Chief of Membertou First Nation, and 1977 Coady International Institute diploma graduate.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The event is sponsored by StFX&rsquo;s Students&rsquo; Union, Alumni Office, Career Resource Centre and Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:43:00 NO StFX, Me to We partner to offer national youth leadership camp <p>A new partnership between St. Francis Xavier University and Me to We is giving 75 Canadian high school students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-of-a-kind national leadership camp taking place at StFX Nov. 14-17.</p> <div>It is the first time Me to We has partnered with a university to offer such a camp.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Grade 11 and 12 students from across the country will be at StFX for four days to develop their leadership skills, community service and global citizenship.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This is an exciting partnership,&rdquo; says StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Both Me to We and StFX are committed to supporting youth leadership and social justice, and it&rsquo;s a tremendous opportunity to team together to help develop the skills of young people to act as leaders in their local and global communities.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The partnership builds on the one began last year when StFX became the exclusive post-secondary education partner for Free The Children, including helping to bring the first-ever We Day Atlantic event to Halifax in November 2013. In celebration of We Day Atlantic, StFX also held its own event, hosting 250 high school students for a full day of leadership and social justice workshops on campus.</div> <div><br /> The four day camp at StFX will immerse the high school students in an intensive leadership training program, which will focus on improving their understanding of their personal leadership style and gaining an increased knowledge of issues affecting local and global communities, and how to approach leading change.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Participants will take part in leadership workshops and seminars -- listening and learning from Me To We and StFX speakers and facilitators &ndash; and will be tasked with creating action plans that instill accountability, carrying the 'everyday leadership' message back home with them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:10:18 NO StFX students stand out at leaders conference <div>In a testament to their positive participation, a delegation of four StFX student leaders stood out at a conference all about student leadership.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Keegan Hreljac, Cassia Tremblay, Courtney Campbell, and Emily MacDonald, who all work in Residence Life, along with Residence Life Coordinator Maureen McEwan, were recognized for their contribution throughout the East Coast Student Leaders Conference held in Charlottetown, PEI from Nov. 7-9, earning the Spirit Torch, awarded to the school that demonstrates the most enthusiasm, charisma, and integrity. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There were approximately 200 participants registered at the ECSLC and our delegation of four tremendous RLS team members won the torch,&rdquo; Ms. McEwan says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Cassia, Courtney, Emily and Keegan worked diligently throughout the conference to socialize among different groups, networking and idea-sharing continually,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;They were the perfect attendees in that they engaged with everyone and went to the events with a positive and inclusive attitude. Truly, not to be overly sentimental, but if they are the future of StFX student leadership, I am very optimistic because they represent values of respect, humour, humility, passion, and initiative. We were honoured and thrilled to win the torch because it seemed like something that StFX naturally strives for anyway &ndash; spirit.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Although the StFX delegation was small, its members stood out.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;When we were announced as the winner, we were a little bit shocked. We didn't know what to do for a couple of seconds. I mean there were only four of us,&rdquo; Ms. Campbell says, noting some schools had as many as 40 delegates.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It felt really great to represent our school in a way that stood out,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I was really honoured &lrm; to represent my school. It was an amazing opportunity to talk to people from other schools and learn things we can take back with us. It was an inspiring weekend that taught me a lot about what student leaders can be capable of.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Tremblay agreed it was a thrill to have the opportunity to attend the conference.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The Spirit Torch Award is a fun bonus that is a testament to the enthusiasm of the StFX community, but for me the real take-away from this conference is the importance of language in every situations,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We learned how using intentional words can help to reduce stigma and combat stereotypes. The conference was also a great opportunity to learn what student leaders are doing on other campuses and has inspired me to work on bringing some of these campaigns back to StFX.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. MacDonald says she too was honoured to have been chosen to attend the conference. &ldquo;It's great to meet delegates from other schools and learn new leadership techniques to bring back to X and implement into our roles.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It's always good to be reminded of how lucky we are to be in leadership positions and know that we can produce positive change on our campus. As an RA, I'd like to take everything I learned and apply it to improving the lives of students who live in residence, from making the new students comfortable in their new home, to promoting positive rivalries between houses.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the conference, Ms. Campbell and Mr. Hreljac led a roundtable discussion on &lsquo;Opportunities for Personal Growth&rsquo; on campuses. Ms. Tremblay participated actively on discussions of young entrepreneurship and the challenges they face in the Maritimes, while Ms. MacDonald was involved with idea sharing with a &lsquo;Residence Life&rsquo; themed conversation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:13:05 NO International researchers visit, collaboration continues in StFX Marine Ecology Lab <p><span>Professors from Germany and Chile are at StFX this month working on collaborations with Dr. Ricardo Scrosati of StFX&rsquo;s Marine Ecology Lab.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The two international researchers are visiting Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s lab during early November to plan future research projects and co-supervision of students. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Markus Molis comes from Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research (AWI), from Germany, and Dr. Nelson Valdivia comes from the Southern University of Chile (UACh), from Chile. &nbsp;Funds covering the visit come from AWI, from UACh, and from Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s NSERC Discovery Grant.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Besides discussing future plans and recent results, the main goal of their visit is to explore about 400 kilometres of Nova Scotia's Atlantic coastline to select suitable locations to study the interaction between the oceanographic environment and the structure and productivity of coastal biological communities, aiming to test models of general relevance for marine ecology,&rdquo; Dr. Scrosati says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the last six years, the three faculty members have co-supervised a number of honours, masters, and PhD students in projects dealing with the ecology of marine rocky shores. Dr. Scrosati says through these collaborations, some Canadian students have done their honours research in Germany and some German students have done, or are doing, their theses at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As a result of those projects, we have co-authored publications in international journals in our discipline, and newer manuscripts are currently under peer review in other journals,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Overall, these interactions have allowed us at StFX to increase our research productivity and to attract foreign funds, through scholarships, to teach the principles of field research to students.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With time, as the foreign students return to their home country and get new positions there, Dr. Scrosati says they expect to expand the research output and international presence of StFX through further collaborations.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition to the research opportunities that these interactions have created, the cultural exchanges that were made possible are of tremendous value and fundamentally fun, he say</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:29:06 NO