News StFX News en Creating safe and positive spaces for learning: The Positive Space Program continues to grow <p><span>The Positive Space Trainer team continues to grow, with 14 new trainers joining the team.</span></p> <div><span>On Nov. 28, StFX Human Rights and Equity Officer Marie Brunelle, second year education student Kalyn MacAskill, and education professor and head of X-Pride Dr. Joanne Tompkins led a five hour session in which members of both the StFX campus and local community developed and deepened their skills as facilitators of the Positive Space Program.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To date, this joint program, begun in 2003 between the Antigonish Women&rsquo;s Resource Center and StFX, has trained over 1,500 individuals to recognize and challenge heteronormativity and gender identity privilege when and where they encounter it.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The new trainers include two teachers from the Strait Regional School Board, one faculty member from the StFX School of Nursing, four fourth year nursing students and six second year B.Ed. students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;All these individuals will be able to take the Positive Space program to their respective spheres of influence and educate others to promote environments that challenge homophobia and transphobia,&rdquo; Dr. Tompkins says. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Currently all B.Ed. pre-service teachers complete Positive Space One and Two as part of their teacher education program and increasingly Positive Space training is offered to nursing students. This allows both professional programs to ensure that new nurses and teachers are able to be inclusive in their future professional environments,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Many teachers and guidance counsellors within the Strait board have completed Positive Space training, allowing them to be advocates for their learners. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We know from recent Canadian research (EGALE, 2009) that the climate for LGBTQ students and students of LGBTQ parents is often unsafe. These students face higher degrees of unsafety and harassment in school, which obviously impacts their learning and their health,&rdquo; Ms. MacAskill says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;What is important is that we know when teachers are educated and know how to be advocates and allies for LGBTQ students, the school climate gets significantly better for those students, and for all students. That&rsquo;s why I am excited to be part of the Positive Space team.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Brunelle said that since its inception &ldquo;over 1,500 people from the campus and surrounding community have participated in this small but mighty program. This week I am conducting a Positive Space Two workshop for professionals who work in the area of mental health at St. Martha&rsquo;s Regional Hospital. Next week I have been asked to do a workshop with StFX residence assistants. It&rsquo;s wonderful to see the program continue to grow.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Tompkins mentioned that she, along with colleagues Jennifer Mitton and Laura-Lee Kearns, are researching the impact of Positive Space education on pre-service and in-service teachers in schools and the preliminary results are very positive.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information on Positive Space Training or for training requests, please contact Ms. Brunelle at <a href=""></a>. Positive Space training for a specific unit or department can be arranged. All Positive Space trainers are volunteers and there are no participant fees for this program.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Positive Space Program acknowledges the support of the StFX Human Rights and Equity Office in supporting the administrative costs for the program.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:07:48 NO StFX part of 25th anniversary event celebrating German unity <p><span>German professor Marlis Lade of StFX&rsquo;s Modern Languages Department attended the recent 25th anniversary celebration of German unity hosted by the German Embassy at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa on November 23, 2015.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The event was attended by an international crowd as well as Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, St&eacute;phane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Werner Wnendt, German ambassador to Canada, former prime minister Joe Clark and his wife, Maureen McTeer, and was hosted by the CBC&rsquo;s Peter Mansbridge.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Students in StFX&rsquo;s German 200 class were chosen to help celebrate 25 years of German reunification when they were asked by the Germany Embassy in Ottawa to participate in a special project.</div> <div><br /> The Germany Jigsaw project is an international initiative undertaken around the world to commemorate 25 years since October 3, 1990, when Germany was reunified after more than four decades of internal division.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A giant jigsaw, over 25 m2 in size, shaped like a map of Germany, was put together at each participating location. For each puzzle, 28 jigsaw pieces were produced in the various host countries and put together ceremonially, symbolically representing the separate pieces joined together to forge a new whole, as happened 25 years ago.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The German 200 class was chosen with 27 other institutions to represent Canada. The final result was displayed at the Canadian Museum of History during the anniversary celebration.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:49:20 NO StFX fine arts faculty member wins award at Bermuda Plein Air Festival <p><span>William Rogers, a StFX fine art faculty member, recently won a $2,000 cash and merchandise award at the Bermuda Plein Air Festival held in Hamilton, Bermuda, as the &ldquo;Best Quick Artist,&rdquo; one of six prizes awarded.</span></p> <p>The award was presented to him by Michael Harding and by the Mayor of Hamilton, Charles Gosling.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:23:59 NO First year students developing skills in new Xaverian Leaders Program <p><span>One hundred first year students are learning to discover and develop their leadership capacity thanks to a new pilot program offered at StFX.</span></p> <div><span>The Xaverian Leaders Program is a new, integrated leadership certificate program, under way since September, to help prepare first year students to maximize their university experience, to learn to lead in everyday life, and to make meaningful contributions to campus and community life.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The whole idea is to help them succeed in their academic life, but also in their whole learning journey,&rdquo; says Mary Coyle, executive director of the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, piloting the program open to all first year students.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Coyle says the idea for the Xaverian Leaders Program came out of research she completed for the strategic plan for the McKenna Centre, and was developed by a group of StFX faculty, staff, and senior students, using as a framework some of the content from the Great Traits team of Olympic gold medalist Mark Tewkesbury and Olympic coach Debbie Muir, keynote speakers at StFX during a previous Leaders Summit @ X.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX and the Great Traits team have a letter of agreement in place for this partnership.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX team includes Ms. Coyle, senior students Brandon Hamilton and Ceili Sims, Student Life director Jacqueline De Leebeeck, Student Life manager Shannon Travers, education faculty member Dr. Jeff Orr and human kinetics professor Dr. Angie Kolen.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The purpose of it is to offer four leadership modules over the course of the year to first year students,&rdquo; Ms. Coyle says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each module, held in the McKenna Centre for Leadership, is 75 minutes and is led by a faculty/staff person and a senior student. Ms. Coyle says it was important for the development team to have input from upper year students as they know what it&rsquo;s like to be in first year and what&rsquo;s going to help incoming students succeed and connect to others across campus.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Modules have been held in September and November and are planned for January and March. In September, Ms. Sims and Dr. Kolen co-facilitated a session focused on embodying values and challenging convention, while in November, Ms. De Leebeeck and student Peter MacNeil teamed up to deliver a module focused on being aware, asking yourself questions and having a purpose and vision.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In January, Dr. Orr and Mr. Hamilton will present a module on having a purpose, having a plan, going the distance and not giving up, followed in March by Dr. Kolen and student Kay Okafor leading a session on exemplifying excellence, being an excellent example for others, shining a light on others, and continually evolving. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Coyle says a broad effort was made to make the program accessible, and that the program was open to all students. Interested students only needed to sign up. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Xaverian Leaders Program is structured similarly to the StFX Athletics Leadership Academy, with hands-on, practical sessions in which students learn various leadership skills and traits and are challenged to think critically about each trait.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They can see how these kinds of traits are very important to leaders,&rdquo; Ms. Coyle says, &ldquo;and how everyone in day to day life can exhibit leadership traits. They look at themselves and others in new ways. Everyone has something to bring to the table.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership is dedicated to providing leadership opportunities for all students on campus and she says one of the ways of doing this is to also give students a direct way to lead those opportunities, exercising their leadership skills as program designers and facilitators.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:32:08 NO World class photojournalist awarded 2015 Coady Chair in Social Justice at StFX <p><span>World renowned photojournalist Palagummi Sainath is on campus inspiring others with his stories. Mr. Sainath is a prolific journalist and photojournalist, who, since the early 1980s has been focusing on social problems, rural affairs, poverty and the aftermath of globalization in India.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>He was the rural affairs editor at The Hindu, and is well known for his book, <em>Everybody loves a good drought: stories from India&rsquo;s poorest districts</em> (2000) now in its 43rd printing. Since 2011, he has been working on the People's Archive of Rural India (PARI), for which he is the founding editor.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Sainath has dedicated his life to solidarity with, and justice for, India&rsquo;s rural poor. He brings rural peoples&rsquo; stories and dignity to audiences in India and abroad through photojournalism. Mr. Sainath is known for his articles in mainstream media as well as for waking the world to the plight of Indian farmers as neo-liberal farming policies often result in farmers&rsquo; financial crisis and loss of land. Nobel laureate Dr. Amartya Sen has called him &ldquo;One of the world's great experts on famine and hunger.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Sainath has taught development studies and journalism courses at universities in Canada, the United States and Europe. What distinguishes him is his awareness that his reporting is not enough. Rather Mr. Sainath trains young people from disadvantaged communities as journalists so they have the tools to help their communities analyze situations, challenge injustices, and demand restitution when their rights are denied. His teaching is hands on, community-based and highly participatory.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He has been awarded the Amnesty International Global Human Rights Award, honorary doctorates and many other prestigious prizes. Members of the organizing committee representing Coady, StFX and the Antigonish community are thrilled he will be the 2015 Coady Chair in Social Justice. You can listen to Mr. Sainath discuss <em>Rural Predicament: Can Rural Survive</em>?, Tuesday, November 24 at 7 p.m. Schwartz Auditorium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:33:52 NO StFX community rallies to respond to Syrian refugee crisis <p><span>The StFX community is rallying to develop a university response to the Syrian refugee crisis.</span></p> <div> <div><span>At a Nov. 18th special meeting of the University Faculty, which included invited guests from the Students&rsquo; Union, StFX employees' unions and several campus groups, a motion passed to join efforts across campus to create a &lsquo;StFX for SAFE Committee,&rsquo; in support of the local SAFE (Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace), with a university goal to fundraise $100,000 to sponsor refugee families.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A town hall meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium to talk about the effort.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a massive global humanitarian crisis, and many of us feel powerless. This is a way to make a difference, in opening up our community to try to make a difference,&rdquo; said Dr. Charmaine McPherson, chair of University Faculty.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. McPherson said a working committee, comprised of Drs. Michael Steinitz, Norine Verberg, Elizabeth McGibbon, Joseph Khoury and Linda Darwish, brought the motion to council.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They were inspired locally by the strong organization and efforts of SAFE, and nationally by similar efforts at sister universities across Canada, and by StFX&rsquo;s own long-time history of commitment to social justice.&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:54:32 NO StFX grad wins Emerging Professional Award, two other award nominees at 2015 Discovery Awards <p>StFX graduate Dr. Nick Nickerson won the Emerging Professional Award and StFX was well represented with three award nominees at the 13th Annual Discovery Awards for Science and Technology held in Halifax, NS, on Nov. 19.</p> <div>The awards celebrate the brightest minds in Nova Scotia and honours them for their contributions to science, technology and innovation.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Nickerson, chief scientist at Eosense (formerly Forerunner Research Inc.), completed his undergraduate and master&rsquo;s degrees at StFX, and did his PhD at Dalhousie University under the supervision of StFX earth sciences professor Dr. David Risk. Dr. Nickerson&rsquo;s PhD was awarded the best thesis of 2014 at Dalhousie.</div> <div><br /> Before completing his PhD, Dr. Nickerson already had 15 print publications, and his name appears on two patents for co-inventions related to measurement equipment. He is the co-owner and operator of Eosense, a healthy green-tech company based in Dartmouth, which designs and manufactures gas measurement equipment for greenhouse gases and leaks from ground sources.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. David Pink, a StFX Senior Research Professor in physics, was nominated for the Professional of Distinction Award.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;David&rsquo;s nomination is greatly deserved,&quot; says Dr. Peter Poole, chair of the StFX Physics Department. &quot;He has been a pillar of the StFX research community for decades, leading numerous research collaborations both locally and globally. David has also worked tirelessly to promote on the national and international stage the world-class research that is conducted here.&quot;<br /> <br /> StFX alumnus Dr. Chris Burns, co-founder, president and CEO of Novonix was nominated for the Innovation Award. Dr. Burns completed his undergraduate degree in physics at StFX.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This was a great night for StFX with connections to nominees in three key categories of awards,&rdquo; says Dr. Richard Isnor, StFX Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:22:38 NO StFX to host hundreds of exceptional high school students - NSSSA brings annual conference a step above <p>St. Francis Xavier University is pleased to announce it will host the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students&rsquo; Association (NSSSA) Provincial Conference in May, 2016. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;All of us at StFX are looking forward to hosting hundreds of exceptional high school leaders from across the province next May,&rdquo; says StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Leadership development goes beyond a course at StFX. It's what separates StFX from most other post-secondary institutions and through our Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership we will work closely with NSSSA to provide the academic programming that will help build capacity among these future leaders. It is a win-win situation for both StFX and NSSSA.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> This student-run organization, which fosters leadership skills among youth, attracts students who want to exceed expectations. So it&rsquo;s fitting that the 2016 conference is called Exceeding Expectations. &ldquo;We are hoping to inspire delegates to go above and beyond in their every day lives with the leadership skills they gain,&rdquo; says Jenna MacEachern, NSSSA conference committee co-chair and first-year Dalhousie University student. &ldquo;Our aim is to help students develop skills they can take back to their community.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> NSSSA is expecting more than 500 students to attend the 2016 conference. Many students who will attend this provincial conference are already going above and beyond in their communities and are self-starters who lead different initiatives such as student government and organizing fundraisers.</p> <p>&ldquo;I encourage students to attend Exceeding Expectations because it is an incredible opportunity to enhance their leadership skills in a safe and heroic environment,&rdquo; says Ms. MacEachern. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are aiming to provide all students with different opportunities to be inspired and take the leadership skills they learn at the conference into their schools and communities to make a difference.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Students will take part in skill building sessions, an opportunities fair, and hear from three motivational keynote speakers who will highlight the event. New this year will be a full conference activity, where all delegates will take part. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Exceeding Expectations is looking at the bar that&rsquo;s been set and jumping over it,&rdquo; says Isis Hatte, NSSSA skill building co-chair and Grade 12 student at Citadel High School. &ldquo;For those who expect you to fail, succeed; and for those who expect you to succeed, excel.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> NSSSA members are continuing to prepare for the May 2016 conference. More information will become available closer to the event. Students from all high school students in Nova Scotia are invited to attend. Registration for the conference will open January 1, 2016 at <a href="" title=""></a> .</p> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:24:07 NO StFX proud to host Uteck Bowl <p><span>Another chapter in the rich history of StFX athletics will be written this weekend.</span></p> <div>On Saturday, Nov. 21, the X-Men football team will host the UBC Thunderbirds in the CIS Uteck Bowl, with the winner of the match-up earning a spot in the Vanier Cup.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Representatives from both teams gathered Thursday afternoon at the StFX Keating Centre in Antigonish to talk about the upcoming playoff battle.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As for his Thunderbirds, who punched their ticket to the Uteck Bowl with a win over the then top-ranked Calgary Dinos in the Canada West championship (Hardy Cup), head coach Blake Nill said he &quot;can't explain how this program has gelled and come together.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;They have done everything that I have asked of them,&quot; he added of his young squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Describing his players as &quot;heroes,&quot; Nill said they have worked hard &quot;to change the culture of UBC football.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>X-Men head coach Gary Waterman expressed great pride in his charges, who earned their spot in the game with a Loney Bowl win over the two-time defending AUS champion Mount Allison Mounties.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;They have a never-say-die attitude,&quot; he said, in commending them for the adversity they overcame this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When asked when he thought the X-Men could have something 'special,' Waterman talked about how his players reacted to a 64-0 road loss to the Laval Rouge er Or in late September.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;We learned a lot of lessons,&quot; he said, noting StFX did not bring their best game on that day. &quot;From there, we started to figure some things out. We took stock after that adversity and began making some adjustments.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Noting the season in many ways &quot;still defies logic,&quot; Nill talked about an exhibition win at the beginning of the campaign over the same foe - Laval.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;What is going on here,&quot; Nill said, echoing the words of his assistant coach Greg Delaval - a former X-Men player - on the sidelines after that victory. He noted he had taken his Calgary teams to Laval, often boasting several future professionals and all-stars, but the results were not the same.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;There is not a tougher place to play,&quot; he said of travelling to the University of Saskatchewan, comparing the community atmosphere and support for their team to what one finds at StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nill said, when UBC defeated Saskatchewan on the road in October, he started to think &quot;these kids have come a long way.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In assessing the opponent, Waterman said the Thunderbirds have &quot;a lot of speed,&quot; describing first-year quarterback Michael O'Connor as &quot;outstanding.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;He has all the measurables, all the things you look for,&quot; Waterman added, noting O'Connor &quot;can make all the throws.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He described UBC running back Brandon Deschamps as &quot;a tough, physical runner.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;We expect them to be very athletic and physical,&quot; Waterman said of the Thunderbirds.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nill talked about the size of the X-Men offensive line, which boasts three AUS all-stars. &quot;And the defense has great athleticism,&quot; he said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nill also touched on an important intangible element his team will face - the environment at Oland Stadium, with a partisan StFX crowd.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;I know what this game means to this school [StFX],&quot; he said. Nill added he knows the X-Men &quot;will bring their game to another level,&quot; and UBC needs to be prepared for that challenge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A subplot to the Thunderbird-X-Men match-up is the return of Nill to the StFX campus. The Vanier Cup winning head coach, who is in his first season guiding UBC, started his career on the sidelines in Antigonish. He was the defensive co-ordinator for the 1996 X-Men team that played in the national championship game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;It is a tremendous honour to be back here at StFX,&quot; Nill said in his opening remarks during the press conference.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He recounted how then StFX athletic director 'Packy' McFarland &quot;took a chance&quot; on him in 1992 by making him part of the X-Men coaching staff.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;It meant everything to me,&quot; Nill said, noting he wouldn't be where he is today without his StFX experience.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nill described that time at StFX as a &quot;pretty unique situation,&quot; where he not only served as a coach, but also an instructor and a student.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;I am eternally grateful,&quot; the two-time StFX graduate said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Kent MacDonald, StFX president, commended both football programs for being &quot;deeply dedicated to student athletics,&quot; including their performance on the field and in the classroom.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He added he was &quot;terribly proud of our team at StFX.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;You have worked so hard all year to put us in the position for such a wonderful experience on Saturday,&quot; MacDonald said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Leo MacPherson, StFX director of athletics and recreation and a former CIS president, reflected on having the opportunity to present the Uteck Bowl - and Vanier Cup - on a couple occasions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;I can appreciate the work that goes into getting to this point,&quot; he said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wearing his hat as StFX athletic director, MacPherson said &quot;we are delighted to host a national championship semi-final.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Waterman said the opportunity for the X-Men not only to play in the Uteck Bowl, but also host the game at will be a &quot;tremendous experience.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;It is going to great for StFX, Antigonish and all of Nova Scotia,&quot; he added.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Players from both teams joined their coaches at the event, including fifth-year X-Men wide receiver Donald Tabor.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;It is going to be a battle of two very talented, athletic teams,&quot; the Dartmouth, NS native said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thunderbird defensive back Taylor Loffler said his team was &quot;very happy to be here.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;We are excited about playing StFX,&quot; he added.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nill said &quot;we will bring our best effort on Saturday.&quot; Waterman echoed that sentiment. &quot;We are looking forward to the challenge of playing a great UBC team,&quot; he said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The winner of the Uteck Bowl will face the Mitchell Bowl champion; that national semi-final match-up, which will also take place Saturday, pits the Montreal Carabins against the Guelph Gryphons.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets for the CIS Uteck Bowl are on sale at the Keating Centre box office, open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. or by contacting 1-866-259-8169. Fans can also purchase tickets via;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For complete 2015 Uteck Bowl information, visit <a href="" title=""></a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:09:32 NO Dr. Susan E. Crocker installed as 9th Chancellor of StFX <p>Dr. Susan E. Crocker officially became the 9th Chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University during an Installation Ceremony held November 19 in the StFX Chapel.</p> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m honoured to be part of StFX,&rdquo; Dr. Crocker said in her inaugural address, broadcast live on, in a ceremony that made history as she became the first lay person and the first female to hold this position at StFX.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Dr. Crocker is a leader in our StFX community. She has served the university for many years in a number of roles &ndash; as a two-term member of the Board of Governors, and as a member and then Chair of the Coady Advisory Board,&rdquo; StFX Board of Governors Chair Dr. Mark Wallace said as he introduced the Chancellor and led the Oath of Office.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;She is a strategic, effective, and very much impassioned leader. We are fortunate to have her,&rdquo; he said.</div> <div><br /> StFX has a unique and important history as the university was founded on a desire to bring education to the region, and this legacy still informs its value today, Dr. Crocker said.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m committed to upholding these values and ensuring a strong future for this special institution.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What excites me is the energy, commitment and ownership of President Dr. Kent MacDonald has taken hold across the university. You are working to ensure a bright future.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> During the ceremony, StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald invested Dr. Crocker with the robe of office, and Mr. Wallace presented her with a framed symbol of the Office of the Chancellor. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> After a stellar career in financial services, Dr. Crocker began a second career in the not-for-profit sector where she pursues her deep interest in community development and education. Along the way she became a friend and supporter of StFX, serving as the two-term chair of the Coady Advisory Board and a member of search and fundraising committees. In 2012, StFX awarded her an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.</div> <div><br /> Dr. Crocker is a leader in her home community as well. In Toronto she is recognized for her continuing contribution to the cultural sector, and furthering its impact on the city. She chairs the Toronto Arts Foundation, and serves on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and the Gardiner Museum. She is past chair of numerous other cultural institutions. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> In her chosen path as a volunteer leader, she draws upon an impressive career in global financial markets. She began her career in the banking industry with CIBC in New York and Toronto, concentrating in global risk management. &nbsp;She then joined Ernst and Young as a Partner in their management consulting practice, followed by her appointment as Senior Vice President of Equity and Derivative Markets at the Toronto Stock Exchange. She then joined the Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan as President and CEO. Upon leaving the financial services industry in 2001 she assumed a number of corporate board positions, and began to engage actively in the not for profit sector. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Mary Oxner, faculty member in StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business and member of the StFX Board of Governors, acted as Master of Ceremonies.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> StFX Board of Governors student representative Alex Miller read from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians, which contains the StFX motto Quaecumquae Sunt Vera, whatsoever things are true</div> <div><br /> The Hon. Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament from Central Nova, extended greetings on behalf of the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sending congratulations were the Hon. Randy Delorey, on behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia, and Chief Paul Propser of the Paq&rsquo;tnkek Mi&rsquo;kmaw community.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Jasmine LaBillois, Aboriginal Students at X Society president, brought greetings on behalf of local Mi&rsquo;kmaw communities.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Also bringing greetings were Rev. Dr. John Barry, Chair of the Council of Priests, on behalf of the Diocese of Antigonish; Carl Chisholm, Mayor of Antigonish; Russell Boucher, Warden of the Municipality of Antigonish; Dr. Charmaine MacPherson, Chair of the StFX University Faculty; Michael Fisher, Advisor for Students of African Descent, on behalf of StFX staff; Mary Jessie MacLellan, Director, StFX Alumni Affairs, on behalf of the StFX Alumni Association; and Students&rsquo; Union vice-president Hannah Stordy.</div> <div>Representatives of sister universities and colleges were in attendance to celebrate Dr. Crocker&rsquo;s installation. Those not able to attend sent greetings and best wishes.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The Most. Rev. Brian Dunn, Vicar of the Founder and Bishop of Antigonish, offered the benediction to close the ceremony, followed by O Canada sung by Andrias Hirt in English, French, Gaelic and Mi&rsquo;kmaw.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>A reception followed in McKenna Centre for Leadership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:33:18 NO Understanding fairness: StFX psychology professor and honours graduate co-authors on paper published in Nature <p><span>How do we understand fairness, and why do humans collaborate with each other and share resources at a cost to themselves? Does fairness develop differently across cultures?</span></p> <div><span>Those are the questions StFX psychology professor Dr. Tara Callaghan and honours 2012 StFX psychology graduate and current Simon Fraser PhD candidate John Corbit, who are also a mother-son scientist team, help answer as co-authors of a paper just published in <em>Nature</em>, an international journal known for its original, groundbreaking research spanning all scientific disciplines.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is an honour to be a part of this research team and to have our findings published in one of the most prestigious contemporary scientific journals,&rdquo; says Dr. Callaghan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First authors on the paper, <em>The ontogeny of fairness in seven societies</em>, are Peter Blake, Boston University, and Kathleen McAuliffe, Yale University. Research team members are also based at StFX, Boston College, Simon Fraser University, University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Harvard University, and the University of Utah.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The team is both international and interdisciplinary, bridging psychology and human evolutionary biology in the research question and in the theoretical significance of these findings,&rdquo; says Dr. Callaghan, whose honours student Adrienne Belyea also worked as a research assistant on the Canadian portion of the project.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a very high impact journal and it is testament to a lot of hard work that went into this study, and the very clever design by our collaborators Peter Blake and Kate McAuliffe,&rdquo; says Mr. Corbit.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It feels good. It&rsquo;s been a long process, but surreal. I knew that the work was interesting, and the findings were important. In that way, it&rsquo;s not a surprise.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Corbit says the research findings are important as they contribute to the understanding of where these drives and desires come from.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re interested if this is something that appears early, or if this is something kids are socialized to do,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Callaghan says the research addresses a central question in the origins of human cooperation, the question of how humans develop a sense of fairness in situations where resources are shared with others.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Are we born with this sense of fairness? How does it develop over ontogeny? What factors affects its onset and development? There have been hundreds of studies of human reaction to resource allocations in many different contexts, but the majority are studies of Western adults,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Recently there has been work done to investigate the development of fairness that highlights the importance of socialization in human fairness. These studies, she says, are also done with Western children.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;If there are sociocultural influences on how fairness develops then it is not sufficient to examine this question only in Western societies, where most psychological research is conducted. The importance of this study is that it is the first to address the question of the origins of human fairness from a cultural developmental perspective. We asked the question of development of fairness across seven societies that ranged from small to large-scale societies,&rdquo; Dr. Callaghan explains.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Research was conducted in the U.S., Canada, Peru, India, Uganda, Senegal, and Mexico. Dr. Callaghan conducted the research in India and Mr. Corbit conducted the Peru portion. They both worked on the Canadian portion.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The specific task used in the study is called the inequity aversion game, she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;What this procedure tests is the child&rsquo;s willingness to sacrifice a reward for the sake of greater equality between the two players, self and other. There can be two types of inequity, Disadvantageous (DI) as when your partner receives more than you, or Advantageous (AI) as when you receive more than your partner.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Previously Western adults have been found to reject both types of inequity, but reject the disadvantageous at higher rates than advantageous. Likewise, Western children rejected the disadvantages inequity from an early age of four years, but not until eight years old do they reject the advantageous inequity. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The predictions going into the study were that DI would be found across all societies, that AI would be more likely in Western societies, and that DI would develop prior to AI across all of the societies. These predictions were all confirmed, with some nuances in the developmental patterns. DI developed in all societies but earlier in some than others. &nbsp;This suggests that cultural factors can play a role in how early DI emerges, but because it develops everywhere it is likely governed by a strong human tendency toward self-interest,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;AI only emerged in three societies, and earliest in Canada and the U.S. This suggests that culture has a strong impact on this type of fairness, i.e. rejecting an offer where you get more than your partner.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Callaghan says one potential cultural factor could be that children may reject AI because they attempt to maintain a reputation as a good co-operator with their peers, or alternatively that they have been socialized in their culture to share resources equally. &nbsp;&ldquo;Both of these possibilities have received some support in the literature using other tasks but more research is needed to identify precisely the roots of these findings across the societies that we studied in the inequity aversion situation.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:36:25 NO Farmers, food producers and StFX faculty joining together Nov. 12 to talk possible research partnerships <p><span>StFX and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture are joining together for a unique connector event that could bring about mutually beneficial research partnerships between farmers, food producers and StFX faculty.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>&ldquo;Growing our community, economy and agri-business with university research partners&rdquo; is a one-day event to be held at St. Ninian&rsquo;s Place on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested people from the agricultural industry and StFX are invited to the connector event, intended to support conversation between the agri-business community and university researchers to explore potential new applied research partnerships.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s the first such an event for StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;We are really looking forward to this. StFX Service Learning, the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and some of the food producers have been working together for several years. This event will help us broaden these partnerships and share our ideas,&rdquo; says StFX Service Learning Program Manager Marla Gaudet, part of the committee organizing the event.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Terri MacPherson, Agricultural Transition Officer, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Eastern Region, says she&rsquo;s elated to see faculty and producers coming together to form partnerships that may be the catalyst that transforms an idea from theory into reality.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Many of the producers I get to work with are tremendously innovative. I see farmers as some of the original scientists by virtue of their resiliency and trouble shooting ability. So it seems a natural progression for producers to draw upon the wealth of knowledge inherent in our university community,&rdquo; Ms. MacPherson says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As a recent StFX graduate, I have come to really understand the necessity to bridge the gap between universities and communities. It's exciting to be part of an event designed to bring people together so that they can showcase their strengths and create new, meaningful, and mutually beneficial partnerships,&rdquo; says committee member Kristine Johnston.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Johnston says she believes in the power of strength-based and community driven development.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I hope that the upcoming connector event creates a space where everyone feels valued, as each attendee will be bringing a unique set of skills and experiences to the table. Hopefully the event will be a catalyst for positive change, growth, and innovation in our communities.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX&rsquo;s Industry Liaison and Knowledge Transfer Office Manager Andrew Kendall says everyone has been challenged by the Ivany Report to find ways to improve the Nova Scotian economy.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s why an event like this one is so satisfying. Here I see great examples of cooperation and partnership between the academic community and the broad spectrum of local agri-business, food producers, and other natural resource based industries all working together.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information on the event, please contact</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 06:16:36 NO German Embassy selects StFX German 200 class in project to help celebrate 25 years of reunification <p><span>Students in StFX&rsquo;s German 200 class are helping celebrate 25 years of German reunification. The class, in the Department of Modern Languages, was chosen by the Germany Embassy in Ottawa to participate in a special project.</span></p> <div>The Germany Jigsaw project is an international initiative undertaken by 34 German missions and Goethe-Institut branches around the world to commemorate 25 years since October 3, 1990, the most important date in recent German history.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>On that day Germany was reunified after more than four decades of internal division.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The project is highly symbolic. It recalls how countless separate pieces were slotted together on the long path towards unification &ndash; always with an eye on the huge complex project.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> A giant jigsaw, over 25 m2 in size, shaped like a map of Germany, will be put together at each participating location. The 28 jigsaw pieces for each puzzle will be produced in the various host countries and put together ceremonially. In this way, many separate pieces will be joined together to forge a new whole, as happened 25 years ago, thanks to the combined strength of friends.</div> <div><br /> The German 200 class was chosen with 27 other institutions to represent Canada.</div> <div><br /> The final result, a colourful image to illustrate the country&rsquo;s diversity, will be displayed at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa on November 23 as part of an anniversary celebration of German reunification.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We feel honoured to have been selected for this project,&rdquo; says students Tyler Kingston, Alexia Crinier and Liza Jackson.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We worked together and were inspired by the brilliant display of unity demonstrated by the German people,&quot; added classmates Cody Smith, Liam Elbourne and Adam Kenny.</div> <div><br /> Students Alexis van den Hoogen, Olivia Ells and Kurt Hadley said the project provided them with an opportunity to collaborate and discuss themes of peace, unity and freedom.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 06:09:49 NO StFX's Cole Grbavac among elite group of student athletes honoured nationally as top Academic All-Canadians <p><span>Cole Grbavac, an honours student in StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business and X-Men hockey player, from Calgary, AB, is among an elite group of student athletes who will be honoured nationally as the Top Eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2014-15 season.</span></p> <div>The eight recipients&mdash;one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) regional associations&mdash;will be honoured in Ottawa on November 16, when his Excellency the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presents the third annual Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Every year, a growing number of CIS student-athletes are recognized as Academic All-Canadians, maintaining an average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while competing for one, or more, of their university's varsity teams.</div> <div><br /> Mr. Grbavac has certainly excelled.</div> <div><br /> In the classroom where he is taking accounting with a minor in economics, he has maintained the highest academic average amongst all StFX student-athletes, male or female, in each of his first three years on campus, including an exceptional 95.8 per cent average in 2014-15 that ranked first amongst the school's 159 third-year business students. He also ranked first during his second year of studies and second overall during his freshman year.</div> <div><br /> On the ice, the 6-foot-2 forward was named an assistant captain in his third season and went on to contribute 14 points in 24 conference games, before competing at the University Cup national championship in Halifax.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Receiving the national honour is a pleasant surprise, he says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s something that came with a lot of hard work. Thankfully, I have great support with my teammates and coach and my professors,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thankful to everyone who has helped me along the way. I couldn&rsquo;t have done it without the support from everyone around.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The business and economics faculty, his coach Brad Peddle and athletic director Leo MacPherson have all been terrific, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been great. The past three and a half years have been amazing, to see how much you can learn if you work hard and stay committed. I think back about how little I knew about the topics when I first came here,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The profs here are amazing. They are so good to their students. They care that all their students learn and understand the topic.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The smaller class sizes at StFX are also a big help, in that professors can put more effort into ensuring each of their students are understanding the material.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Coming here, I was lucky I was taking classes I enjoyed, am interested in and looked forward to,&rdquo; says Mr. Grbavac who one day would like to have his own business.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2015, he received a student research award, a $5,000 ACEnet Research Fellowship. and is working with StFX economics professor Dr. Teng Wah Leo examining two distinct questions in two differing fields. The first tests a new technique in discerning between financial institutions that are prone to business cycles, particularly extreme economic downturns such as that which occurred in 2008. The second examines how poverty has evolved over the years using another new statistical technique. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> &quot;Working with Dr. Leo and ACENET has been a great experience where I have learned many new skills concerning computing and economic research. I am very grateful to have received this opportunity,&quot; says Mr. Grbavac. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s teaching me some cool stuff. I feel very fortunate to receive the opportunity to work with ACEnet and Dr. Leo.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> It&rsquo;s a busy schedule, he admits.</div> <div><br /> He says he usually comes to campus at 8 a.m. and stays all day, attending class, staying up to date with notes and assignments before attending hockey practice. About 20 to 30 hours a week goes into hockey, with practices nearly every day and games on Friday and Saturday nights.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> His philosophy? Don&rsquo;t procrastinate. And pick your spots when it&rsquo;s time to have fun. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Born and raised in Calgary, he played his junior hockey in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers and Medicine Hat Tigers, where he was team captain in his final year. He joined the X-Men in 2012.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A three-time CIS Academic All-Canadian and member of the Dean's List, the 24-year-old has received numerous academic awards, including the Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship, StFX Athletics' most prestigious scholarship honouring excellence in academics, athletics and community involvement.</div> <div><br /> His volunteer work in the community and on campus is also impressive. In 2014-15 alone, he was vice president of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Council), coached with the Antigonish Minor Hockey Mentorship Program, graduated from the StFX Leadership Academy, and was a tutor for X-Men hockey teammates and other StFX students. This year he is also a member of the Schwartz School of Business Society.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &quot;Cole has been an outstanding member of our hockey program. He exemplifies what a student-athlete should aspire to be,&quot; said X-Men head coach Brad Peddle. &quot;His work ethic both on the ice and in the classroom has made him a leader on our team, and he has shown a tremendous ability to balance academics, athletics and community service throughout his years at StFX.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:44:08 NO Jonathan Deitcher Financial Trading Room opens in StFX Schwartz School of Business <p><span>Donors, dignitaries and StFX students, faculty and staff gathered Nov. 4 to celebrate and join in the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Jonathan Deitcher Financial Trading Room, the highly anticipated new facility located on the first floor of StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Attending the ceremony were Mr. Deitcher, Vice-President &amp; Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities Inc.; Gerry Schwartz, founder, chairman and CEO of Onex Corporation; Mark Smith, President, Pandion Investment Ltd.; and Bill and Jeannine Cochrane. All contributed towards the trading room. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In total, StFX raised in excess of $1 million in endowment for the facility.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;This is going to have a tremendous impact for our students,&rdquo; says Dr. Tim Hynes, Schwartz School Dean of Business.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;This is a very significant advance in our programming for students in our finance and accounting areas. To have the trading room facility within the Schwartz School really allows us to take our programming to another level.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Hynes says the trading room will give students access to market data and corporate financial reports at the same time that it is available to the private sector and professional investment dealers.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>That experiential learning aspect is one of the reasons Mr. Deitcher says he wanted to support the project.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;The opportunity it gives to undergraduate students to experience the real world side of investment in a university setting is invaluable in their education,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled to be able to support the opportunity for students to have the tools they need in the financial area.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The trading room has been open and in operation since September and students and faculty are already using it is as part of their course work and assignments, and in research for their honours thesis. It also gives students the ability to have a student-managed investment fund.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img src="" alt="" /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Jonathan Deitcher is joined by students from the Gerald Schwartz School of Business, including Allison Randall, Matt Hadfield, Chris Duignan, Kim Campbell, Andrew Vaughn, and Cole Grbavac.</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Hynes says the trading room is also a key asset for faculty research. He says the Schwartz School recently hired two new faculty members with PhDs in finance, and thanks to its new subscription and license fees, it allows them to access data not previously available at StFX.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Hynes says the idea for a trading room has been something the school has been exploring for some time. The idea originated with students, particularly members of the Invest-X student finance society.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>While at StFX, the business leaders also took time to join Dr. Hynes&rsquo; strategic management class, engaging students with their insights about the corporate world.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 07:37:23 NO