News http://www.stfx.ca/rss/news/ StFX News en http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/feminist_theory_pic.jpg "Doing feminist theory through digital video" project helps deepen student learning, research paper finds <p><span>An innovative way of teaching &ndash; that has StFX students complete a creative service learning project that results in producing a short digital video on a concept in feminist theory &ndash; is the subject of the latest research paper published by StFX women&rsquo;s and gender studies professor Dr. Rachel Hurst.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Hurst&rsquo;s peer-reviewed article, &ldquo;</span>Doing Feminist Theory Through Digital Video<span>&rdquo; appears in the July issue of ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media, &amp; Technology. It analyses the assignment she designed in the fall of 2012 for her third year feminist theory course, assisted by a grant from Service Learning and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The article (<a href="http://adanewmedia.org/2014/07/issue5-hurst/"><span>http://adanewmedia.org/2014/07/issue5-hurst/</span></a>) specifically analyses the videos created by two students in the pilot project, Lynn O'Donnell and Lisa Gunn.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Both of their videos were really exemplary projects. They really used the tools that they had to create their final project, to tell a story, to convey a concept,&rdquo; Dr. Hurst says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Hurst had told students at that time the assignment would also be part of her research program. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Along with the video, the project involved each student completing a Service Learning placement at a community or university organization that had some educational or facilitation program. They worked with the organization on various tasks, researched what the organization did, and how they defined a concept of feminist theory. In the classroom, students continued with related readings and course work. The videos are available on the website <a href="http://www.doingfeministtheory.ca/"><span>http://www.doingfeministtheory.ca</span></a>, which provides information for other educators looking to do a similar project.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Students say the assignment helped them engage in deeper learning.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never known such a satisfying class. There were so many facets to that class,&rdquo; says Ms. O&rsquo;Donnell, who says that while the practicality of producing a digital video initially proved difficult, it was immensely rewarding to not only master that skill, but to also use it to convey a message.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;The different approach really made it easier to understand,&rdquo; says Ms. Gunn.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;To see how everyone&rsquo;s videos came out was terrific, to see all the conversations in class come to life in a completely different platform,&rdquo; she says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Both say they have shared their videos with other people outside class, and are proud of their achievement.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I felt like it was putting into practice what I learned,&rdquo; Ms. O&rsquo;Donnell says as Ms. Gunn adds the assignment helped them more clearly see connections between theory and practice in every day life.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Both say it is an experience that will stay with them.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;You never, ever forget it. You&rsquo;re actually able to integrate it into your own life,&rdquo; Ms. O&rsquo;Donnell says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Hurst&rsquo;s second research article on the project is due to come out online in August in <a href="http://ahh.sagepub.com/"><span>Arts and Humanities in Higher Education</span></a> as well as in print in 2015. The article is based on the interviews her research assistants competed with members of the pilot class. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /> </p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14446/ Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:48:21 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14446/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/lisa_rankin_1.jpg Career path in human rights sparked at StFX, graduate says <p><span>A few days can change your life. Just ask Lisa Rankin.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Six years ago, as a third year StFX student, the Mabou, Cape Breton native travelled to Guatemala for a week as a participant in StFX&rsquo;s Immersion Service Learning program. Though always interested in social justice, the experience proved transformational.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;It cemented my direction in life,&rdquo; says Ms. Rankin, who graduated from StFX in 2009 with an honours sociology degree and a subsidiary in political science, and has worked ever since as a human rights activist.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ms. Rankin, back on campus for three weeks in July to start her master of adult education degree in social movement learning, is currently based in Guatemala as an interim coordinator with Breaking The Silence, the Maritime group she first encountered during that Service Learning trip in 2008.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;It really changed my life,&rdquo; she says on the immersion experience, and the Service Learning directed study she did, writing a 30-page research paper on her experience.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ll always be grateful for that opportunity. It&rsquo;s an amazing program. It&rsquo;s a great opportunity to broaden your mind and your knowledge about the world, to see outside our small little piece of the world and our own experiences.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The immersion service learning trip worked in partnership with Breaking The Silence (formed in 1988 to support Guatemalans struggling for justice in the face of a civil war in the country in the 1980s), and focused on two parts, she says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The first included visiting a small highland farmers committee, which works with coffee farmers to produce Just Us Breaking The Silence coffee. The second was a visit to Rabinal, one of the areas most effected by the genocide, to speak with survivors and to visit a school, started by survivors, which teaches the local indigenous language and the &ldquo;real history of Guatemala.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>While in the country, her group met with international human rights accompanists, who work with people whose lives are threatened because of their work.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;When I heard about the work, I thought I could use my own privilege in a positive way to create a space where human rights defenders can do their work, to reduce the threats and intimidation.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>She says violence can sometimes be mitigated if those responsible believe their actions will be reported internationally.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Breaking The Silence accompaniers act as international observers and witnesses to human rights violations. They document intimidations, threats, and violence against those being accompanied and disseminate that information through their networks at an international level.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Inspired by their work, after her StFX graduation, Ms. Rankin twice returned to Guatemala as an accompanier and also served as an intern in the country with the Tatamagouche Centre and Breaking The Silence.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Breaking The Silence is a very different organization,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not a charity, it&rsquo;s an idea of solidarity, there&rsquo;s a quote that says &lsquo;injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere.&rsquo; We&rsquo;re all being threatened, our way of being, when our neighbours are being threatened.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>She says the solidarity approach really inspired her to become involved.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been completely transformational. It&rsquo;s an opportunity to reflect on my own place in the world and how I contribute to these systems&hellip;and how we live in Canada affects people in other countries.&rdquo;</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It can be a very stressful environment, she says, &ldquo;but how I feel pales in comparison to the threats to the Guatemalan people who we work with.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s challenging, and sometimes it&rsquo;s hard, but I think it&rsquo;s really important, and I&rsquo;m grateful to have a job where you&rsquo;re trying to change things and challenge things.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;It allows me every day to work with people who inspire me, who challenge me, to reflect on my own place in the world, and now, having had these experiences, I can&rsquo;t not continue.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t turn my back on all these people, my friends, my co-workers. It&rsquo;s part of my identity.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now starting her master of adult education degree at StFX, completed mainly by distance, she says she is looking forward to deepening her theoretical knowledge to complement her practical experience.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14441/ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:31:09 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14441/ NO Power of education, experience highlight Wonder Camp at StFX <p><span>Two dozen high achieving middle school students will learn about the power of education and experience when they converge on StFX July 18-20 for Wonder Camp.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The camp, a joint initiative of StFX and the Park View International Baccalaureate Society (PVIB) in Bridgewater, NS, will bring 24 Grade 7, 8, and 9 students representing every middle school in the South Shore Regional School Board to StFX for a three-day experiential program.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>With sessions that range from forensic psychology to Amazing Race math, from stress management to leadership growth, the camp is designed to foster academic and personal development and help motivate students who show academic promise to continue to excel.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;We are indebted to St. Francis Xavier University for making it possible for young people from the south shore of Nova Scotia to have the experience of academic challenge, personal growth and peer interaction that Wonder Camp will provide,&rdquo; says PVIB member Paula MacKinnon. The society&rsquo;s mission is to give students more choices and generate enthusiasm for the IB Programme and spark student interest in IB early in their academic career.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;There are too few such opportunities for students who demonstrate the potential to excel.&nbsp;Wonder Camp will challenge these students, many of whom are from rural Nova Scotia, intellectually and will give them a network both from those attending and with those at StFX that will support and encourage them through their secondary programs.&nbsp;StFX has shown that partnerships both within the university and with the community are possible to the benefit of those we serve: young, bright students who will make tremendous contributions to their communities and our province.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;We see it as a natural leadership development opportunity, and it fits in with what we are doing on campus. We&rsquo;re bringing future leaders to campus,&rdquo; says Justin Fox, StFX&rsquo;s Director of Recruitment and Admissions.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;The partners have collaborated every step of the way to develop and deliver an engaging and immersive experiential learning camp for our guests. The university has rallied around this event, with tremendous contributions from our faculty who have been so generous with their time.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Wonder Camp is a great fit with the leadership culture at StFX, and we&rsquo;re thrilled to welcome these young student leaders to campus for this exciting learning experience,&rdquo; says StFX Acting President Dr. Leslie MacLaren.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>A neat aspect of Wonder Camp is that the partners have collaborated with StFX&rsquo;s Faculty of Education and have hired two StFX 2014 education graduates, Katelyn Tate and Tiffany Van den Eynden, to design the program.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited. It&rsquo;s a unique opportunity to use the skills I just learned at StFX to give back, and to test to my mettle as a teacher,&rdquo; says Ms. Van den Eynden.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s also an opportunity to spread the love about a school that is very close to me,&rdquo; she says, noting how she graduated from StFX in May after spending six years at the university completing undergraduate and education degrees.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I think we both realized how amazing this campus is,&rdquo; says Ms. Tate. &ldquo;Everyone is so willing to contribute when we approached faculty and staff about the camp. It&rsquo;s been really great.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ms. Tate says it&rsquo;s also been great to be able to incorporate their fun side along with their educational experience and build their own special touches into the programming.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The weekend promises to be a full one.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The StFX Express will roll into Bridgewater, NS on Friday morning to pick up the students, and with Ms. Tate and Ms. Van den Eynden aboard, programming will start immediately as the bus heads toward Antigonish.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Four Grade 10 students in the pre-International Baccalaureate program at Park View High School in Bridgewater will also travel with the group as mentors.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14361/ Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:40:50 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14361/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/educ_diversity_web_1.jpg StFX Masters of Education diversity cohort back in school to learn about the journey of African Nova Scotian learners <p class="MsoNormal"><span>With a passion to continually become better and more responsive educators, teachers in StFX&rsquo;s Masters of Education in Leadership in Diversity cohort are glad to be back in the classroom for a course, &ldquo;Educating African Nova Scotian Learners&rsquo; taught by Robert Upshaw, a well-known African Nova Scotian educator, activist and director of the Black Educators Association.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In this two-week intensive course held in Membertou School in Sydney, NS, the teachers are learning about the journey of African Nova Scotian learners and their struggle for survival, identity and progress in education. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mr. Upshaw has worked for over 30 years in public education at all levels, the classroom, the school and the department level, and he has continually advocated for learning that affirms African Nova Scotian learners. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/educ_diversity_2_web.jpg" alt="" /><br type="_moz" /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In this class, he is helping teachers re-imagine practices that can create more equitable schooling for African Nova Scotian learners and their families who are currently marginalized, says Dr. Joanne Tompkins of the StFX Faculty of Education.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&quot;The underachievement of African Nova Scotians in the Nova Scotia school system is well documented and this &nbsp;course, and this M.Ed. cohort is a concerte way that StFX is making a difference in the province,&quot; she says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Tompkins says when she visited this class on July 9, Mr. Upshaw had invited a panel of three community members and educators from Whitney Pier &ndash; Sara Haywood, Lynn Crawford and Charles Sheppard &ndash; to talk to the graduate students about their experiences growing up Black in Sydney, NS, and what life felt like in their community, in their church and in the schools. &nbsp;&ldquo;The power of story to transform thinking was apparent in the room,&rdquo; she says.<br /> <br /> <img src="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/educ_diversity_web_3.jpg" alt="" /><br type="_moz" /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The graduate students are exciting about this learning, Dr. Tompkins says.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&ldquo;This is some of the best learning I have had. I am unlearning so much and relearning at the same time. And Robert has tremendous energy,&rdquo; says Tanya Chishlett, a Grade 9 teacher in North Sydney.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kim MacDonald said, &ldquo;We think we have come so far because there&rsquo;s a Black president, but really there&rsquo;s a long way to go. Not that much has changed since the BLAC report in 1994.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Melanie Dolane, a newly appointed principal with the local school board said she is taking much back to her school. &ldquo;Robert has such a sense of the history of Black education and has shared so many resources with us. I can&rsquo;t wait to share them with my teachers.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For his part Mr. Upshaw &ldquo;feels deep professional learning opportunities like this are necessary if Nova Scotia teachers are going to seriously reverse the decades of systemic racism that has permeated too many Nova Scotian classrooms. He is heartened by the leadership for diversity that he is witnessing in this diversity cohort.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14356/ Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:38:08 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14356/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/summer_school_web.jpg School is IN for the summer <p><span>Shortly after closing up their own classrooms, over 200 teachers arrived on the StFX campus to begin a month long summer school program.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Eighty new teachers are beginning their Master of Education program while another 120 teachers are returning face-to-face or online to continue working through their 36 credit program.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Educators can take part in a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction or Administration and Leadership program.&nbsp;As well as the neral degree program, StFX offers specialized programs in mental health, early elementary pedagogy and teaching Indigenous students, physical education, French immersion resource teaching, leadership in higher education and diversity. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Joanne Tompkins, Chair of the M.Ed. program, says that the faculty are enthused to teach in the summer school. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;We see these teachers, who already give so much to the profession, coming back to learn on their summer holidays and it inspires us.&nbsp;The public does not always see the tremendous effort many teachers make to deepen their own professional learning.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dr. Tompkins said that while the majority of the teachers are from Nova Scotia, there are teachers from across the county and some who are teaching international. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Suzanne van den Hoogen, StFX librarian, spoke to the opening luncheon for the graduate students and expressed how surprised she was to see the number of teachers who were back IN school right after Canada Day.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14351/ Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:09:40 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14351/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/dragon_boat_photo.jpg StFX Dragon Boat paddlers creating community, and helping raise community funds <p>The StFX Dragon Xpress Dragon Boat Team sails into New Glasgow on Saturday, July 26 to take part in the Pictou County Dragon Boat Festival, which helps raise funds for several community groups.<br /> <br /> <span>This year, the festival is raising money for Women Alike Breast Cancer Support Group, Special Olympics in Pictou, Colchester and Highland Regions, and the Pictou County Prostrate Support Group.</span></p> <div><span>The StFX team, with 24 paddlers representing a wide range of departments from across campus, is hoping to fundraise $2,000. &nbsp;The goal will nearly double StFX&rsquo;s best total to date of $1,200.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The idea to enter a StFX team in the Dragon Boat Festival originated several years ago with the TSG, and over the years expanded to include the wider campus community. &ldquo;It was to get the team doing something fun together, and why not do it for charity,&rdquo; says David Mattie, of the TSG</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a chance to be more connected with the people I work with,&rdquo; agreed Reid Estey, of Human Resources, who will compete for the first time this year. &ldquo;We talk a lot about community here at StFX, it&rsquo;s more than talk.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s nice to build memories with people you work with,&rdquo; Mr. Mattie says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the funnest, fastest two minutes of your life.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>And it helps benefit the community. Several team members are breast cancer survivors, so it&rsquo;s an added plus that some of the funds raised go toward this cause.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For pledges, interested people can visit, <a href="https://www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=37726">www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx</a><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Team members include:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Mark Kolanko&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Recruitment</div> <div>2.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Aaron MacDonald&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TSG</div> <div>3.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Dave Joyce&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advancement</div> <div>4.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Jenna Kyte&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Coady</div> <div>5.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Helen MacGregor &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Finance</div> <div>6.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>James Stewart &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TSG</div> <div>7.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Michelle Murray &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TSG</div> <div>8.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>John Delorey &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TSG</div> <div>9.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Alison Sampson &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Residence Services</div> <div>10.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Mark Deyoung &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Residence Services</div> <div>11.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Reid Estey &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Human Resources</div> <div>12.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Shannon Travers &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Student Life</div> <div>13.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Kirk Mattie &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; brother of David Mattie</div> <div>14.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Kara Deon &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Academic Advising</div> <div>15.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Bob Hale &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ancillary Services/Student Life</div> <div>16.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Mary Jessie MacLellan &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Alumni Affairs</div> <div>17.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Tara Buksaitis &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Registrar&rsquo;s Office</div> <div>18.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Tom Mahaffey &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Faculty of Business</div> <div>19.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Verna MacDonald&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; spouse of Tom Mahaffey</div> <div>20.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Ginger Fitt &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Campus Store</div> <div>21.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Rebecca Lewis &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Admissions</div> <div>22.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>David Mattie &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TSG</div> <div>23.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Claire Kelly &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advancement</div> <div>24.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Candice Hallett &nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; formerly Angus L. Macdonald Library</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14346/ Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:41:28 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14346/ NO StFX staff and faculty continue to be top fund raisers in SPCA Antigonish Coin Drive <p>For the sixth year in a row, StFX staff and faculty raised the most money of any organization in the recent SPCA Antigonish Coin Drive, the main fundraiser for the program.</p> <div>The total amount raised was $746.27, and just over 50 per cent came from StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fund drive was spearheaded by Dr. Karen Brebner of the StFX Psychology Department and Marcy Baker, secretary to the StFX Departments of Political Science, Philosophy, Catholic Studies, Classics and Development Studies.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14311/ Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:19:26 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14311/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/best_rowing_resize.jpg International rowers based at StFX as they compete in CanAmMex Regatta at Lochaber Lake <div>St. Francis Xavier University is set to welcome some of the best junior rowers from Canada, the United States and Mexico&mdash;who will compete at Lochaber Lake, NS when Canada hosts the 2014 CanAmMex Regatta, from July 6 -13, 2014&mdash;as the international rowers make the university their home base for the week.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The junior athletes from the three countries, who range in age from 15-18, will have accommodations and meals on the StFX campus throughout their stay. A welcome reception is planned for the athletes, coaches, and team managers on Sunday, July 6th at 7 p.m. on the lawn of Bishop&rsquo;s Hall. The group also has a campus tour planned for Monday, July 7, as well as a Q&amp;A session and dinner with StFX professors, and a night of games under the lights on the turf field planned during the week.</div> <div><br /> The CanAmMex regatta, an important pathway regatta for each country&rsquo;s developing junior athletes, is held annually with hosting rotated between Canada, the United States and Mexico. Racing will be contested in 12 events including the junior men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s single sculls, double sculls, pair, quadruple sculls, coxed four and eight.<br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/rowing_solo_web.jpg" alt="" /></div> <div><strong><span>At Lochaber Lake: Jonathan Schwartz at last year's Atlantic University Rowing Championship</span></strong><span><br /> <br type="_moz" /> </span></div> <div>Each country will have 26 athletes competing &ndash; 13 men and 13 women &ndash; as well as four coaches and a team manager.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The Antigonish Rowing Club is hosting and sponsoring the event, with support from Province of Nova Scotia, Rowing Nova Scotia, and Rowing Canada Aviron.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s pretty exciting to think these are kids directly in the pipeline to become Olympians. This is the real deal. It&rsquo;s a major achievement for Lochaber, for Antigonish, and for StFX. There&rsquo;s never been a regatta of this caliber east of Montreal. Certainly, it&rsquo;s a real coup for this region,&rdquo; says Katie Edwards, president and coach of the Antigonish Rowing Club and coach of the StFX Rowing Club, which has about 50 rowers in its ranks.</div> <div><br /> Ms. Edwards says it points to the very high quality of community relationships between Antigonish, Lochaber, and StFX who she says are working together in a very real way.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled to host this high-calibre, international regatta. We&rsquo;ve hosted a couple of very successful local regattas and look forward to showing off our new 2000 metre buoyed race course to Antigonish and the international rowing community. This is also a great opportunity to show people in the province some high-level rowing at the lake.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> CanAmMex is an important stepping stone for junior athletes towards future success on Canadian national teams, said Rowing Canada Aviron&rsquo;s Director of Talent ID and Development, Peter Shakespear.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;We&rsquo;re extremely grateful for the Government of Canada&rsquo;s support to the CanAmMex Regatta. This is a particularly exciting opportunity as we have seen the interest and participation in rowing significantly grow in the past few years in Nova Scotia, specifically in the Lochaber Lake area,&rdquo; said Donna Atkinson, CEO of Rowing Canada Aviron. &ldquo;This investment will have a genuine impact on this local rowing community, particularly as they continue to engage with more and more people from the province.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The regatta proper takes place Friday, July 11th and Saturday, July 12th followed by an awards banquet on the evening of July 12th. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14306/ Fri, 04 Jul 2014 06:51:17 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14306/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/brendan_murphy_field_school.jpg National honour for earth sciences professor Dr. Brendan Murphy <p>StFX earth sciences professor Dr. Brendan Murphy has been singled out for national honours. He has been named the 2014 winner of the J. Willis Ambrose Medal from the Geological Association of Canada (GAC).</p> <div>The medal is named after the first GAC president, J. Willis Ambrose, and is awarded to an individual for sustained dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;During his more than 30 years at St. Francis Xavier, Brendan has been a tireless advocate on behalf of the entire earth science family,&rdquo; the award citation reads.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;His philosophy has been to never turn down an opportunity to lend a hand, and that success is found in facilitating the achievements of others. It is this vision of our earth science community as a family that has served Canadian geoscience so well, and makes clear why Brendan is such a deserving recipient of the Ambrose Medal. As a tireless advocate of lively but always friendly scientific debate, Brendan has done much to ensure the mutual advancement of ideas.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Murphy is well known for greeting new students with a hearty hello and warm handshake, welcoming them and their new perspectives into the earth science community, the citation goes on to say.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Perhaps the most striking aspect of Brendan&rsquo;s contributions to the Canadian Earth&nbsp;<span>Science community is that despite his efforts on behalf of the broader community and the huge amount of time and energy that he has poured into volunteerism, he has also managed to become an internationally recognized elite scientist.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Brendan is one Canada&rsquo;s premier tectonists. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals; is a leading expert on the Appalachian orogen of eastern North America and its European counterpart, the Variscan orogen; and is one of the world&rsquo;s acknowledged authorities on supercontinents and supercontinent cycles.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14281/ Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:17:24 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14281/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/xchem_1.png X-Chem camps offer school-aged children a summer of excitement and learning <p>Budding young scientists have a chance to get into the lab this summer for hands-on exploration.&nbsp;</p> <div>From forensic science to a computer camp to an all-girls science camp, the popular X Chem Outreach summer camps for children in Grades 1-8 are back again for another season, offering much opportunity to learn and have fun.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>X-Chem will host eight on-campus camps as well as a number of satellite camps including camps for Aboriginal children in Sydney, Paq&rsquo;tnkek, Pictou Landing, and Potlotek, as well as camps in Guysborough, Mulgrave, East Antigonish, New Glasgow, Canso, Richmond and Sherbrooke.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Camps each run for a week, and will take place from July 7 through August 22. In all, X-Chem expects to have around 350-400 children take part.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Organizers say the goal is about inspiring curiosity in youth and stimulating an interest in science.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They get to be in the chemistry lab, and they get to do a lot of hands-on activity. They get their own googles, and an apron, and are set up at their own station,&rdquo; says fourth year StFX biology student Amanda Bolger, who is in her second year as an instructor with X-Chem.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Each day has a different theme. We also have mentors come in, professors and professional people in the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to promote science,</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;And feeling comfortable in a lab setting, and critical thinking and problem solving skills&rdquo; says fellow fourth year biology student Emily Smith, also in her second year with X-Chem.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both say it&rsquo;s an awesome experience to work as an X-Chem instructor over the summer months.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Working with the kids is great,&rdquo; Ms. Bolger says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;And seeing them get excited, and getting their feedback,&rdquo; Ms. Smith adds.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For information on the X-Chem schedule, or to register for a camp please see http://sites.stfx.ca/chemistry/x-chem</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14271/ Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:12:00 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14271/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/macbain_riley_group_one_web_zac_shannon_and_margaret_0.jpg MacBain/Riley International Fund opens global opportunities for StFX students <p><span>Margaret Skabar hopes to find her voice in the international peace movement.</span></p> <div><span>And, as one of six inaugural recipients of the MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Award, St. Francis Xavier University is helping in that journey.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s all part of the newly established MacBain/Riley International Fund, within StFX&rsquo;s Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership. The McKenna Centre&rsquo;s mission is to coordinate a suite of student leadership development initiatives related to public and private sector change. Global engagement opportunities are a high priority.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>&ldquo;I am so excited to see how this experience will influence my future,&rdquo; Ms. Skabar, a psychology and political science student from Amherst, NS, says on receiving the award which will fund her travel to the International Peace Bureau conference&mdash;a Nobel Prize winning organization&mdash;in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina in June.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fund, established by John MacBain, founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation and Pamoja Capital SA, and chair of the Board of Directors of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and StFX President Dr. Sean Riley, reflects their belief that international experience opportunities are essential to the next generation of leaders. Awards provide early encouragement to develop leadership at the international level, and a distinctive feature is that they support individual students who have designed their own entrepreneurial plan for global engagement.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>John MacBain and Dr. Sean Riley are both successful Canadian leaders with extensive experience in the private, public and university sectors. Both had very important early international exposure and both are considered well respected internationalists today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/macbain_riley_group_one_web_alex_audrey_and_aaron_0.jpg" width="699" height="350" alt="" /><br /> <strong>MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Award recipients, l-r, Alex Miller, Audrey Michaud, and Aaron Thornell</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The MacBain/Riley International Fund is a permanent endowed fund at StFX created through generous contributions from the McCall MacBain Foundation and Dr. Sean Riley.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>HUGE IMPACT&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Global engagement awards such as the MacBain/Riley will have a huge impact on StFX students as it will encourage them to pursue their own international adventure, knowing they will be able to financially do so,&rdquo; says Ms. Skabar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX is actively demonstrating their support for the development of StFX students on the global stage, which I feel will build a deeper sense of community and support for the institution.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For someone to be a strong and compassionate leader, they must have an idea of how life is lived from perspectives other than their own, she says. And international experience can nicely reinforce lessons taught in classes.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;For example, my trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina is taking place just months after completing a course which focused on the question of citizenship and nationalities; a topic which hits hard in this country, which up until a decade ago was ravaged in a war fought by sparring nationalities. I feel that this will give that political science course a real-life context, which will create a stronger understanding of the problems faced there.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The MacBain/Riley International Fund has the potential to create global thinkers, international friendships, and students who are not afraid of growth, change, and movement, says Shannon Robichaud, a third year human kinetics student minoring in human nutrition from Fredericton, NB. She will participate in the Global Community Development Program with AIESEC Canada, travelling to Athens, Greece to work at the Prolepsis Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health assisting with nutrition research and helping with food aid programs for school children. In the fall, she hopes to start an AIESEC chapter at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership as well as the Coady International Institute are key components to StFX, and awards such as these are the perfect addition to the StFX community. It will give students who are not financially capable of international opportunities the ability to dream beyond what they thought was possible. These are the kinds of opportunities that set StFX apart from other undergraduate experiences.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Robichaud says the awards are also a great farewell gift to students from Dr. Riley who has had such positive influence on StFX through his 18 years as president.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CRUCIAL EXPERIENCE</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Not only will the awards benefit students, they will also impact StFX as students return to campus with new and improved leadership skills.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Take second year student Alex Miller who travels to Stockholm at the end of the summer as a volunteer youth assistant with World Water Week hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute. Mr. Miller says he is looking forward to a firsthand look at the water industry worldwide, and using the experience to help him narrow a thesis topic upon his return. He also hopes to bring new ideas back to StFX&rsquo;s Aquatic Resources Society, where he will serve as president.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another award recipient, third year accounting student Zac Konings of Fort Erie, ON, will travel to Tanzania with Projects Abroad, an organization specializing in youth projects geared to an individual&rsquo;s academic area of interest. He will work as a microfinance intern. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I truly believe that having the opportunity to travel abroad is absolutely crucial to the success of the modern student,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Increasingly the pace of business and society in general is going global; university is all about preparing for the &ldquo;real world,&rdquo; &nbsp;as such meaningful international experience becomes quintessential.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The MacBain/Riley award is extremely important as it gives students an opportunity to experience other parts of the globe they may not have had the opportunity to experience, due to financial constraints, says Aaron Thornell, a third year development studies and history student from Ottawa, ON.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He will travel to a rural Malawian village working in community development with Praxis Malawi, a collaborative project through Bishop&rsquo;s University.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I think the award will motivate students to seek out opportunities they may have otherwise not pursued,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Audrey Michaud, a senior sociology and development studies student from Bathurst, NB, will use the award to travel to Ghana to work alongside The Ghana Community Radio Network, focusing on relationship building and the concept of ethical tourism. &nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important that awards such as the Global Engagement Award are made available to StFX students as international exposure and experiences can contribute to new learning opportunities outside of the classroom setting,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The experience helps individuals step out of their comfort zones leading to more open minds, she says, including different ways of thinking, and better understanding the world&rsquo;s similarities and difference. &ldquo;International experiences are beneficial and are becoming essential to the next generation of leaders; however, I believe that what is gained from experiences abroad should always be connected and related back to one&rsquo;s local place they call home.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Award is open to students in all disciplines.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To be eligible, students must have been enrolled in full time studies in a bachelor&rsquo;s degree program during the most recent academic term at StFX, and intend to return to full time studies at StFX after receiving the award.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Award allocations are based on the academic record of the student, the quality of the proposed global engagement opportunity and its link to leadership development, and distribution across faculties.</div> <div>Inaugural recipients include:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Zachary Konings, a third year business administration student with a major in accounting and a minor in political science, who will be going to Tanzania with Projects Abroad as a microfinance intern working alongside a loans officer.</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Audrey Michaud, a third year honours sociology student, taking a subsidiary in development studies, who will work with Ghana Community Radio Network.</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Alex Miller, a second year political science/aquatic resources student, who will volunteer as a youth assistant at World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference will draw 2,500 participants from 125 countries. &nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Shannon Robichaud, a third year human kinetics and human nutrition student, is doing a Global Health Internship in Athens, Greece through AIESEC Canada. She also plans to start an AIESEC chapter at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Margaret Skabar, a third year psychology major/political science minor student, is going to Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina to attend as a delegate the International Peace Bureau conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. She will be representing Nova Scotia, Canada and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. She will also be interning as an assistant to a member of the International Peace Bureau.&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Aaron Thornell, a third year development studies/history student, will participate in Praxis Malawi, a collaborative project in a rural Malawian village with Bishop&rsquo;s University working in community development in the education, water and children&rsquo;s recreation sectors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14266/ Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:47:26 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14266/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/bio_resize.jpg Biology student wins best oral presentation award at national conference Congratulations to third year StFX biology honours student Laryssa Halat who was awarded the Lionel Cinq-Mars award for the best oral presentation at the 50th Annual Meeting of Canadian Botanical Association (CBA), held at the Montreal Botanical Garden from June 15-19. Ms. Halat and her colleague, aquatics resources honours student Sara Gitto, competed for the award against a field of undergraduate and graduate students from universities across Canada. Ms. Halat and Ms. Gitto are both conducting research on rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum), a commercially harvested brown seaweed, under the supervision of biology faculty member Dr. David Garbary. This win follows Ms. Halat’s second place prize for the best oral presentation at the Science Atlantic Aquaculture &amp; Fisheries and Biology Conference held at Mount Saint Vincent University in March. http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14261/ Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:28:58 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14261/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/tattoo-2-resized.jpg StFX professor performing in the Royal International Nova Scotia Tattoo StFX political science professor Dr. Steven Holloway and his wife Donna Huffman have been invited to perform in this year’s Royal International Nova Scotia Tattoo at the Halifax Metro Centre July 1-8. Dr. Holloway will be playing French Horn in a small, civilian Nova Scotia band, which is playing in some 20 musical numbers along with performers from Britain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and, of course, the Canadian Forces. For more information on the group and the Nova Scotia Tattoo, please see <a href="http://www.nstattoo.ca/" title="http://www.nstattoo.ca/">http://www.nstattoo.ca/</a> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14256/ Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:29:29 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14256/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/teacher_2_web.jpg Myth busting: Think there are no jobs in teaching? Think again! <p><strong>No jobs in teaching profession simply &lsquo;not true&rsquo; says StFX BEd Program Manager</strong></p> <p>Despite the commonly held myth regarding the lack of jobs for new teachers, graduates of the Bachelor of Education program at St. Francis Xavier University are experiencing a different reality.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nearly half the Class of 2014 has already signed teaching contracts, well before the traditional hiring period of June and July, and statistics show that 75 per cent of StFX&rsquo;s last two graduating classes had a full-time position in their first year out, with more finding jobs after that.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The message that is out there, the &lsquo;why would you take education, there&rsquo;s no jobs&rsquo; is not true,&rdquo; says Garnet Patterson, StFX&rsquo;s Bachelor of Education Program Manager.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are a lot of jobs for teachers, they may just not be at the school across the street. Demand is strong in western Canada, the UK, and the Far East.&rdquo;</p> <p>And locally, with the Nova Scotia government&rsquo;s decision to cap student numbers at the Primary to Grade 3 level, new opportunities will be available for teachers.</p> <p>&ldquo;There will soon be external postings for positions around the province,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Right now, most of the positions are still being filled internally, but CSAP, the Acadian School Board, has 48 positions posted externally across the province. Chignecto-Central had 167 positions posted in their most recent internal round, Halifax had over 400, Strait Board had 36, South Shore had 22, Tri-County Board had 37, and Annapolis Valley Board has posted 105 positions. As these positions are filled through transfers, other positions will open up in their place. Some will be filled by teachers who are currently in term contracts, and others will be filled by people who are teaching part-time, but in the end, most boards will have positions open to new teachers and teachers who are currently working outside Nova Scotia.&rdquo;</p> <p>StFX graduates are well prepared for these opportunities.</p> <p>Mr. Patterson says in the most recent Nova Scotia Department of Education survey, results clearly show that StFX graduates are much more likely to be employed in contract positions than are graduates of other Bachelor of Education programs in the province.&nbsp;</p> <p>HIGH RATE OF EMPLOYMENT</p> <p>StFX graduates have exceptionally high rates of employment and express a sentiment that they felt well prepared for their teaching assignments, the report says.</p> <p>The 2011 study, entitled Bachelor of Education Graduate Follow-Up Survey Report, can be found on the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website.</p> <p>&ldquo;Many schools and agencies actively recruit our students every year because they have had such exceptional teachers who have come from our program,&rdquo; Mr. Patterson says, noting that school boards and hiring authorities from across the country and around the world regularly contact the Faculty of Education in search of new teachers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Many principals and superintendents will contact us prior to advertising their positions nationally in hopes of finding a suitable StFX candidate.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dawn Quinlan of the Alberta-based CRCS school board can attest. &ldquo;StFX graduates come to their first year of teaching with a level of preparedness that we don&rsquo;t always see from graduates of other programs. They are willing to relocate, keen to get started, and full of passion for teaching. When it comes to hiring, CRCS can consistently count on StFX grads,&rdquo; she says. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> Nigel Rowlands, Headteacher Consultant for TimePlan Education Group Ltd, who regularly travels to Canada to recruit teachers to work in the UK, agrees.</p> <p>&ldquo;Among the very best colleagues we hire from your country are the StFX B.Ed program teachers. They have a depth of pedagogical knowledge that is second to none, and this prepares them very well for the UK classroom,&rdquo; he says.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;As the education landscape continues to change teacher preparation programs are more important than ever. StFX graduates bring with them a diverse background in the areas of technology integration, inclusive education and effective assessment practices,&rdquo; says Greg Miller, assistant superintendent with Grande Prairie &amp; District Catholic Schools.</p> <p>&ldquo;This knowledge, along with at least 22 weeks of practical teaching experience sets them up well to enter the 21st century classroom.&rdquo;</p> <p>STRONG REPUTATION</p> <p>Mr. Patterson says many factors contribute to the high rate of employment among StFX education graduates.&nbsp;</p> <p>The program has a strong reputation both nationally and internationally, he says.</p> <p>Positive relationships between students and faculty members are also enduring. &ldquo;We stay in contact with our graduates and maintain a record of their employment. It helps if we can put current students in touch with someone who is already teaching in a particular area. Moving to a new province or country is less stressful if there are connections in place. Our students know that they can depend on us for support at any time.&rdquo;</p> <p>And the practicum experience stands out.</p> <p>He says it is equally distributed throughout the program, it&rsquo;s longer than most at 22 weeks, and it is supervised by the department&rsquo;s own faculty, giving more coherence to the learning process as the people who are teaching the students also see them in the classroom setting ensuring consistency between course and field work.</p> <p>It is common practice for even the Dean of Education, Dr. Jeff Orr to supervise a number of students each year.</p> <p>This collaboration has resulted in StFX graduates giving their practicum experiences the highest rating of any program in Nova Scotia according to the 2011 provincial study.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> So while the common perception might be that there are no teaching jobs, StFX graduates are proving this wrong as they are in high demand across the country and around the world.</p> <p>Further information regarding the Bachelor of Education program at StFX can be found at <a href="http://sites.stfx.ca/education/bachelor_of_ed/">http://sites.stfx.ca/education/bachelor_of_ed/</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14151/ Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:05:20 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14151/ NO Nova Scotia Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games coming to StFX June 20-22 <p>The StFX campus will be filled with competition, sportsmanship, and good will when it welcomes the Nova Scotia Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22.</p> <p>A total of 875 athletes and coaches will participate in the Games, which include eight sports: soccer, track and field, bocce, swimming, and basketball held at StFX, golf at the Antigonish Golf and Country Club, bowling at Pinn&rsquo;s Bowling Alley, and softball at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School. Participants will stay at StFX.</p> <p>&ldquo;The provincial competition is the pinnacle of our athletes competitive year,&rdquo; says Anne Marie Shannon, Director, Events &amp; Communications, Special Olympics Nova Scotia. &ldquo;This year, athletes will be competing for a chance to attend the International Games in Los Angeles in 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Special Olympics Nova Scotia eagerly anticipates the games weekend. It is also our opportunity to see these great athletes in action &ndash; a true testament to the strength of the human spirit to put challenges aside and focus on abilities. While it is hard to put that kind of determination into words, we can tell you that taking in a Special Olympics competition will brighten even the most dreary of days and we encourage folks to come out and watch or volunteer.&rdquo;</p> <p>The community is invited to come out and cheer and watch the action all weekend.</p> <p>&ldquo;Especially the Opening Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Keating Centre,&rdquo; Ms. Shannon says. &ldquo;All events are open to the public and the schedule is on our website, <a href="http://www.sons.ca">www.sons.ca</a>.&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>StFX also welcomed the Games to campus in 2012, and Bob Hale, StFX&rsquo;s director of ancillary services, says the university is thrilled to welcome all the athletes, coaches, and supporters back to campus this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our venues are chosen based on the quality sport venues that have to offer our athletes and the ability to accommodate the large number of participants,&rdquo; Ms. Shannon says. &ldquo;We seek to secure venues that offer an overall well-rounded experience in all aspects &ndash; sports, meals, transportation, and community support.&rdquo;</p> <p>StFX support has been great, she says.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have several StFX alumni on our Games Organizing Committee, and volunteering for the weekend. We have also had a great response from StFX students and athletic departments for volunteer support.&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14146/ Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:41:12 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/14146/ NO