News StFX News en Dr. Ottilia Chareka Memorial Bursary winners making a difference <p>Following the sudden passing of Dr. Ottilia Chareka in March 2011, the Bachelor of Education Student Society of St. Francis Xavier University created a fund to award a bursary annually to one of its students who embodied the qualities which Ottilia Chareka personified. &nbsp;</p> <div>Each year one student is chosen who demonstrates the traits of citizenship, leadership, perseverance, acceptance and inclusion of others, promotion of equity and social justice, and the belief that school is a key place for democratic change. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Dr. Ottilia Chareka</strong></div> <div><br /> Since the bursary&rsquo;s inception, the student executive committee has provided funds to the award and also created a growing account to provide a lasting legacy to Dr. Chareka and the beliefs she espoused. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The first bursary was awarded in the spring 2012 to Morgan Gero, a first-year student who has since gone on to become a teacher in the Strait Regional School Board. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Morgan Gero</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Gero, who now teaches at St. Andrew Junior School in Antigonish, NS, took a leading role at StFX in promoting the causes of equity and social justice. She served on many committees and held leadership roles as president of the Black Students Society and Transition Coordinator with Student Life. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>After leaving StFX, she maintained that connection and served as Interim Black Student Advisor. &nbsp;As a teacher of Grade 7 English and social studies and Grade 6 science, she strives to instill in her students the same qualities she embodies in her daily life. She is still extremely active with her students, coaching soccer, coordinating the debating group, and working with the school homework club. She also serves as equity rep for the Antigonish Local of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Gero says she has fond memories of her encounters with Dr. Chareka and treasures the connection they had through their work with the African Canadian community. She credits Dr. Chareka with steering her toward the Bachelor of Education degree and says she is extremely proud to be named the first recipient of the award.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><strong>Megan Fahey</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In spring 2013, the Chareka Bursary was awarded to graduating student Megan Fahey, who is now in her second year of teaching in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Ms. Fahey had extensive experience in working with children prior to entering the Bachelor of Education and quickly became a leader in the elementary education program. She has been described as a natural leader who teaches from the heart and connects her curriculum to the needs of her students. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>She is now teaching at Oxford Regional Education Centre and is very happy with her Grade 1 class. After beginning her career with a part-time position in Northport Elementary in Cumberland County in 2013, she is pleased to find herself back in her home community with a full-time position. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>In addition to her active life as a teacher, Ms. Fahey has also taken on a community service role in her local church, where she teaches Sunday School and participates in other activities. She planned and led a Children&rsquo;s Day filled with free activities for the community as part of Oxford&rsquo;s summer festival. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Fahey says she was inspired by the words of Ottilia Chareka who often repeated her commitment to her community and its people. She says she hopes that in some way she can follow in Dr. Chareka&rsquo;s footsteps working with the children in her own home community and making a difference in their lives.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The Dr. Ottilia Chareka Memorial Bursary will continue to support education students who share her beliefs and who work towards a better future for students. The fund, created by student donations and supported by successive Education Student Society executives, is slowly growing toward a self-sustaining level, its organizers say. Community support, however, they say, is still needed to ensure future generations of students will benefit from Dr. Chareka&rsquo;s legacy. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Anyone who would like to donate to the bursary fund can contact Lynn O&rsquo;Donnell, StFX Development Officer at (902) 867-5017, or contact the StFX Faculty of Education at (902) 867-2247.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:03:12 NO Official opening of Riley Hall takes place Oct. 5 <p>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald cordially invites all to the official opening of Riley Hall on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. The ceremony takes place outside Riley Hall, named in recognition of Dr. Sean Riley for his 18 years as StFX President.&nbsp;</p> <div>StFX thanks donors who helped support this initiative. Their gift will support student scholarships and the academic mission.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:36:22 NO If you go down to the woods today you're in for a big surprise because...You’ll find StFX anthropology students learning through service! <p>Chopping through tree roots. Shoveling dirt in the forest. Building trails. What kind of service learning could this be? Engineering? Human kinetics?&nbsp;</p> <div>No. It&rsquo;s the Anthropology of Tourism (Anth 310) class hard at work helping the Positive Action for Keppoch Society (PAK) build a section of the newly developed Big Allan Trail.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>PAK is a non-profit group formed in 2010 by Antigonish outdoor enthusiasts. Its aims are &ldquo;to encourage the recreational use of Keppoch Mountain and promote the natural beauty of the region.&rdquo; PAK&rsquo;s goal is to get residents of Antigonish town and county&mdash;young and old&mdash;moving on trails designed for bicycles, hiking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing by building an outdoor recreation hub for Northeastern Nova Scotia at the Keppoch Mountain. The carefully designed and maintained Keppoch trails and the renovated clubhouse at the foot of the mountain are already drawing visitors from around the Maritimes and further afield. The PAK project is an important addition to Antigonish tourism.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Enter the StFX Service Learning Program and Department of Anthropology. Service learning brings community groups and students together to work, learn, and have fun. On a sunny Saturday morning in September, the Anthropology of Tourism students and their professor, Dr. Clare Fawcett, worked hard building 30 meters of new trail. Then they enjoyed hiking through the forest with PAK President, Dr. John Chiasson and PAK organizers Mark MacDonald and Peter Chiasson (and Fergus and Sakami the mascot dogs), Dr. Fawcett says. Now back in the classroom at StFX, they are analyzing their experience as they learn more about tourism and anthropology.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;If you have a bicycle, hiking boots, skis or snowshoes, check out the StFX students&rsquo; work with a visit to the Keppoch this fall or winter,&quot; Dr. Fawcett says. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>More information about PAK is available at <a href="" title=""></a> and more information about the StFX Department of Anthropology at</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:41:51 NO M.Ed. graduate earns national honorable mention for her thesis work <p>Alanna Jamieson, a high school English teacher who holds a BA, a B.Ed., and now an M.Ed. from StFX, was recently singled out for her excellent scholarship completed while a student at StFX.</p> <div>Ms. Jamieson, who completed her M.Ed. thesis in 2013, learned on September 23 that she&rsquo;d received honorable mention from the Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada (LLRC), in their annual Master&rsquo;s Thesis Award.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> LLRC is a national organization with a focus on literacy and literacy education across Canada.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Jamieson completed her thesis, <em>Which Boys and Which Girls? Seeing Beyond the Gender Gap in Literacy</em> with thesis supervisor Dr. Anne Murray-Orr in the StFX Faculty of Education.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Which Boys and Which Girls? Seeing Beyond the Gender Gap</em> <em>in Literacy</em> examines how students&rsquo; backgrounds, perceptions, and relationships impact their reading behaviours. As a teacher researcher, Ms. Jamieson says she endeavoured to identify who was struggling in her class, and then to look at both why they were struggling as well as possible solutions. She also explored the use of challenging texts with the students, to observe how they interact with, benefit from, and struggle with such texts. The study focused on 18 Grade 11 students in an English language arts classroom as they embarked upon a novel study of Dickens&rsquo;s classic Oliver Twist.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The major criteria for the LLRC award are excellence in research, creative and thoughtful representation of data and significance of the work for language and literacy education.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Submissions are examined for significance, substance, and distinctiveness by a panel of experienced and active researchers in language education who are members of LLRC.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:48:42 NO X Mental Health Society starts the year off strong <p>Over 40 students from different disciplines are working together to bring mental health into the spotlight at StFX.</p> <div><span>The students, members of the X Mental Health Society, started the academic year by joining together on September 23 to collaborate on new and ongoing events designed to help educate and support the StFX and Antigonish community.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After a brief introduction by society executive, the students broke into eight planning groups, each focused on a different aspect of the society&rsquo;s initiatives. The students also evaluated the issues facing StFX students and put together action plans which will support this community.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Some of the projects include preparing for a coffee house to be held November 12; making connections with community groups who are working toward similar goals; developing two mental health awareness campaigns for this semester; and preparing for Mental Health Week in January 2015.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Everyone is passionate about the exciting year ahead,&rdquo; says the society&rsquo;s faculty advisor, Dr. Chris Gilham. &ldquo;The amazing energy here is really something to behold. This is a fabulous turnout with exciting projects on the go. This will be the breakout year for mental health education on campus.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>X Mental Health&rsquo;s upcoming events include</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span><strong>Sept. 29-Oct. 3: Photobooth Campaign</strong> &ndash; a student-run campaign held at various locations across campus to get people to speak up and show support. Students, faculty, and staff will be photographed with their written responses to the phrase &ldquo;supporting mental health is&hellip;&rdquo;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span><strong>Oct. 7, 6 p.m. at Wellspring Centre: X Mental Health Meet-n-Gree</strong><strong>t </strong>-- a chance for students to ask questions, get involved, and to enjoy the peace of Wellspring.</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span><strong>Oct. 27-31: Faces of Mental Health Campaign</strong> &ndash; an awareness campaign getting students to respond to the statements &quot;I am...&quot; or &quot;I am not...&quot;, with relation to their own definition of self or that of a friend or family member living with mental health problems or disorders. The campaign&rsquo;s goal is to let people speak out about what they feel does or does not define them as a person. The group will compile a video at the end of the week.</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span><strong>Nov. 12, 6 p.m. MacKay Room: The Coffee House</strong>- The focus of this event is to make discussions about mental health more approachable, to address mental health concerns associated with the transition period from high school to university, and to connect students with community and campus health resources. The coffee house will include talks by StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald and Students&rsquo; Union president Brandon Hamilton as well as a performance by the Park Bench Players and musical acts by students and Antigonish community members. Donations will be accepted at the door for The Friendship Corner, an Antigonish group that supports individuals living with mental illness. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span><strong>Jan. 26-30, 2015: StFX Mental Health Week</strong> - X Mental Health&rsquo;s flagship event this year, there will be many activities run throughout the week.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:55:18 NO Philosophers’ Supper carries on Xaverian tradition <p>The first Philosophers' Supper, an informal talk over plenty of food, is set to take place tonight, Wednesday, September 24 at Abelard&rsquo;s House of Philosophy.</p> <div>StFX philosophy professor Dr. Steve Baldner will give a talk on Peter Abelard (1079-1142), a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian, and logician.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Dr. Baldner's talk on Abelard was so chosen in the spirit of the house's patron philosopher. Abelard's was a community philosophy house, at a different location, run by the late Professor Fr. Edo Gatto for some decades. This year, some philosophy students decided to revive this old Xaverian tradition of living in philosophical community,&quot; says third year honours philosophy student Brandan Tran, who along with fellow students Andrew Sharpe and Dominic Hughes are organizing the event.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The philosophy students decided to revive this old tradition after spending many late hours studying as a group, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We, as philosophers, realized the importance of having a space outside of class to discuss the history of ideas and really engage in The Great Conversation. So, we decided on the idea of living in philosophical community. &nbsp;In reviving the late professor Fr. Edo Gatto's tradition the big appeal was following in the footsteps of our intellectual predecessors, Xaverian philosophers like ourselves.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While the invitation to live in philosophical community is open to all academically minded students, he says, unfortunately, the invitation to the informal talk is, for now, closed to the general public owing to space restrictions.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The students hope to hold the philosophers' suppers once a month.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Also involved in their planning are faculty from the Philosophy Department, especially Dr. Louis Groarke.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:35:09 NO Biologists welcome new term, celebrate academic achievement <p>This year&rsquo;s annual gathering of StFX Biology Department faculty, staff, and students was held at Crystal Cliffs on September 21st to welcome prospective biology majors and returning students, as well as to celebrate the academic achievements of students.&nbsp;</p> <div>A walk on the beach was followed by supper and games organized by the Biology Society executive members, and ended with the presentation of 10 Biology Achievement Awards to the top students from each of last year&rsquo;s first, second and third year cohorts. The tenth award went to a senior student nominated for academic improvement over the last three years.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Award details and a list of previous award winners can be found on the Biology Department&rsquo;s webpages. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:26:35 NO Knowledge translation innovator visits StFX <p>Dr. Jeff Masuda, associate professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen&rsquo;s University, visited StFX recently to delve into a recently published, equity-focused knowledge translation framework with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) team and representatives from the StFX Nursing and Nutrition departments and the Government of Nova Scotia. &nbsp;</p> <div>Masuda co-authored <em>Equity-focused knowledge translation: a framework for &ldquo;reasonable action&rdquo; on health inequities</em>, published in the <em>International Journal of Public Health</em>. He is cross-appointed to the Department of Geography and is Director for the Centre for Environmental Health Equity.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Knowledge translation draws upon concepts, definitions and methods that have roots in clinical medical sciences. &ldquo;As we deepen our knowledge translation practices, we frequently find that traditional knowledge translation methods are insufficient to help us address the breadth and complexity of health equity,&rdquo; explains Connie Clement, NCCDH Scientific Director. &ldquo;Jeff&rsquo;s approach is especially relevant and insightful to our work.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Knowledge translation is a recent and still emergent area of practice for public health researchers and practitioners. It is a dynamic and iterative set of processes that aim to extend beyond end-of-research dissemination to diminish the gap between knowledge and action.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s exciting,&rdquo; says Lesley Dyck, one of the Centre&rsquo;s Knowledge Translation Specialists, &ldquo;to explore a knowledge translation model that starts with and integrates equity considerations.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The NCCDH, located in Camden Hall, is Canada&rsquo;s leading centre in knowledge translation to advance social equity as manifested through health.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> This was one of several sessions during the Centre&rsquo;s semi-annual &ldquo;Team Days,&rdquo; when NCCDH staff located in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec join Antigonish-based staff for a week of planning, training and team building.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:36:25 NO X-Men football contributing to research on head impacts, with Sutherland and Muise leading study at StFX <p><span>When the StFX X-Men football team takes to the field this season, there is more going on than just game strategizing and executing plays - they are contributing to scientific research.</span></p> <div>StFX head athletic therapist Tara Sutherland CAT(C) and fourth year human kinetics student and senior student therapist Dan Muise, along with assistance from Dr. Sasho MacKenzie, StFX human kinetics associate professor,&nbsp;have been working with the X-Men football team in the area of head impacts.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Sutherland is very involved in the research and treatment of concussions. Last winter she was one of eight individuals selected by the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA) to meet in Calgary for a workshop based around the final stage of CATA&rsquo;s Role Delineation Study. This past May, she presented at CATA&rsquo;s national conference in Winnipeg, with her presentation focusing on the Antigonish Concussion Clinic that she and Dr. David Cudmore have established in Antigonish.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Her interest and expertise in concussions has sparked many students interest on this topic of concussions, including Dan Muise.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>While searching for a topic for Muise&rsquo;s honours thesis, they came across an article about a student at the University of Western Ontario who partnered with a company called GForce Tracker based in Markham, ON that dealt with measuring impacts to the head in football athletes. GForce Tracker is the only company that is Head Impact Telemetry (HIT) count certified by the Sports Legacy Institute in Boston.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After contacting company CTO Gerry Luliano with the hopes of obtaining some GForce trackers for use in a similar study at StFX, he was delighted to be of assistance to the study.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sutherland comments, &ldquo;They have been very generous in giving our study 50 GForce trackers, enough to place one in each of the helmets of the X-Men starting line-up. These GForce trackers are top of the line and on the cutting edge of research in the area of head impacts.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The device is the size of a domino and is placed inside the football helmet, wirelessly transmitting real-time data to a sideline computer. When an athlete receives an impact to the head, the sideline staff is immediately notified with various measurements of acceleration and location of the hit.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Most of the published research to date on the topic of head impacts has focused on football in the NCAA and high schools in the U.S., so with the help from GForce Tracker, this study at StFX will help in determining whether Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football has similar results found in studies south of the border. Furthermore, all previous research has been on in-season practices and games. Sutherland and Muise&rsquo;s study will also investigate head impacts that are associated with pre-season training camps where players undergo twice a day practices. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The X-Men football team will be equipped with the GForce trackers for the entire 2014 season, making for an exciting and interesting fall on the football gridiron, in terms of how the plays impact both the scoreboard and science.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:52:26 NO StFX grad lands coveted internship with Clinton Global Initiative International Office in New York City <p>Emily Miller remembers how inspired she was the first time she heard former U.S. President Bill Clinton speak. Now, the 2014 StFX development studies and political science graduate, has the amazing opportunity to work firsthand with the Clinton Foundation.&nbsp;</p> <div>Ms. Miller is a fall intern for the Clinton Foundation in New York City, working in the Clinton Global Initiative International Office from Sept. 4 to Dec. 19.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I am so excited to be on the inside of such a fantastic organization and learn the ins and outs of it all,&rdquo; says Ms. Miller, of Riverview, NB, just back in North America after completing two months with Canada World Youth in New Delhi with an NGO called Pordac, which works to advocate the inclusion of children with development disabilities into the Indian school system.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I am so excited to meet so many impressive people from around the world who will be both working at the Clinton Foundation as well as participating in the various events that it hosts. I plan to take in as much as possible and learn from every little thing, no matter what is happening I plan to make the most from this hands-on experience as possible,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;And I am also excited to use this time as an intern to reflect on the next step in my life. I&rsquo;m very much hoping that this experience will open my eyes to new opportunities and directions that I will take following my time there.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Miller says she has been interested in working with the Clinton Foundation since she was in Grade 11 and saw President Clinton speak at a TD Bank event with (former New Brunswick premier and StFX alumnus) Frank McKenna in Moncton, NB. &ldquo;His passion for change and the innovative way the Foundation is structured excited me from day one. During my final year at X, I started researching ways to get involved with the Foundation and came across their fantastic internship program.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Clinton Foundation runs three semesters of the intern program a year- in spring, summer and fall.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I was absolutely thrilled when I completed the interview process and was offered a position. I would definitely encourage students from all backgrounds to look into the internship program, as there are students here from around the world with studies varying from public policy to nursing to gender studies and everything in between.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> She will work with three other interns in the Clinton Global Initiative International department. She will also help with the upcoming CGI annual meeting happening in New York City from Sept. 21-24th. The annual meeting is an event that brings together leaders in the business sector along with heads of state and heads of NGOs.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> During her time at StFX, Ms. Miller became involved in as much as she could. She started out writing for the Xaverian Weekly and hosting a weekly radio show with CFXU. During her second year, she founded the Free the Children Society and capped the year with a six-week political science exchange to Changzhou, China. In her third year, she was a member of O-Crew, photographer for the Students&rsquo; Union marketing team, secretary of Oxfam StFX, and president of Free the Children. Her senior year, she became vice-president of communications with the Students&rsquo; Union, and worked closely with StFX with the Model UN team that participated in the Harvard Model UN conference. She continued to host a weekly radio show with her brother Alex, called Miller Time.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Miller had much praise for her alma mater.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX not only provided me with a stand up education, but also gave me the tools to confidently participate in this internship,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The university supports countless societies and leadership activities that have given me, along with many of my fellow students, experiences that will prove extremely useful post-graduation, such as hosting the U4 Leaders Summit this past winter.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Being able to collaborate and work with new groups can be challenging at times, but by creating such a fantastic forum for leaders at StFX to participate in, students are able to learn how to make connections with others as well as cooperate as a collective group. I would not trade my experience at X for the world and am grateful every day that I have both fantastic memories as well as hands on experience to succeed in the world.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:11:44 NO ACCIDENT UPDATE: StFX students involved in traffic accident <p><em><span>The below is a message sent to the StFX campus community from Bob Hale, Interim Head, StFX Student Services:</span></em></p> <p><span>To the StFX Community,</span></p> <p class="p1">Early today&nbsp;StFX&rsquo;s Residence Life staff were informed of a single car accident in Truro that involved four current StFX international students and one StFX graduate. Four of the five injured were sent to the hospital in Truro&nbsp;for treatment, while one was airlifted to hospital in Halifax in serious condition.</p> <p class="p1">Upon learning of this event, appropriate steps were taken to notify parents, and representatives from our International Advisor Office and Residence Life travelled to Truro and Halifax to assist.</p> <p class="p1">We have since learned that the four being treated in Truro have serious, but non life-threatening injuries. It is our understanding that three of the four victims being treated in Truro will be released within 24 hours, the 4th within 48 hrs. The fifth victim remains in the Intensive Care Unit in Halifax. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">As members of the StFX family, our concerns are first and foremost for the well being of our students, their friends, and the families involved.&nbsp;We are committed to keeping the StFX campus community informed and will post updates as they become available.</p> <p class="p1">In the meantime, should students want to speak to someone, the Student Life staff have arranged for counselors to be available. The Alumni Lounge will also be available for students to gather this evening from 7 &ndash; 9 pm. For more information, please contact:</p> <p class="p1">Sheila Sears</p> <p class="p1">StFX Director of Health, Counseling, and Accessible Learning</p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1"></span></p> <p class="p1">902.870.4556</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Thank you,</p> <p class="p1">Bob Hale</p> <p class="p1">Interim Head, StFX Student Services</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:07:09 YES Earth sciences professor recognized as scientific leader in Canada <p>Today, StFX earth sciences professor Dr. David Risk is named as one of The Royal Society of Canada inaugural members of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.&nbsp;</p> <div>The 91 scholars named to the College have been nominated by 51 Canadian universities and the National Research Council. They represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Together, the members of the College will address issues of particular concern to new scholars, artists and scientists, for the advancement of understanding and the benefit of society, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the establishment of the College.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is an important moment in the history of the Royal Society of Canada,&rdquo; said Royal Society of Canada President Graham Bell. &ldquo;The College is Canada&rsquo;s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of leaders.&nbsp;Together, the members of the College will be in a position to provide guidance on issues of importance to Canadians, and to promote Canadian achievements in the arts, humanities and sciences around the world.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Risk is recognized for making significant contributions to the understanding of how greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, are released from soils and how the sequestration of greenhouse gases can be monitored. Applications of his research have been used around the world and his research collaborations to date have involved individuals in four continents.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Students at all levels, bachelor, master&rsquo;s and doctoral, have benefitted from working with him.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:41 NO Students helping students: Healthy Living Week helps raise awareness around mental health <p>Upper-class StFX students are going into residence to talk with other students about mental health.&nbsp;</p> <div>It&rsquo;s all part of Healthy Living Week at StFX, and the goal is to raise awareness around mental health.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The purpose is to increase mental health literacy among all students and to develop awareness of resources available to the community if issues of mental health arise,&rdquo; says Sherry Bowman, StFX nurse educator with the School of Nursing and one member of the interdisciplinary group behind the initiative.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Members of the StFX Students&rsquo; Union, faculty members from psychology, education, nursing and human nutrition, and staff from StFX Service Learning met in late August to plan out a service learning opportunity for StFX students to work as members of interdisciplinary teams to deliver basic mental health literacy sessions to first year students.</div> <div><br /> The teams include students in service learning, nursing community clinical practice, Bachelor o Education students, volunteers and student staff in residence, so that up to 11 teams of approximately three to four students each will deliver a short mental health education session at all StFX residences during Healthy Living Week.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s to help educate all students on campus about mental health,&rdquo; Ms. Bowman says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> It&rsquo;s important to raise awareness, she says, because of the incidence of mental health issues that can arise, and the added stress of university life.</div> <div><br /> When people are more aware of what mental health is and how to recognize and manage it, it helps take the fear away. And knowing what resources are available, gives people the opportunity to reach out if they need help.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Along with information and awareness, the committee hopes people realize no one is immune to mental health issues.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are excited by the interdisciplinary nature of this work and how it can add to the existing and newly formed work happening around campus regarding mental health education,&rdquo; says Dr. Chris Gilham of the Faculty of Education, one of the organizing team members.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:53:33 NO International collaborations continue in Marine Ecology Lab <p>An internationally renowned marine ecologist was at StFX this week, collaborating in research projects with Dr. Ricardo Scrosati's Marine Ecology Lab.</p> <div>Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s lab hosted Dr. Bruce Menge, a professor and researcher at Oregon State University, regarded as one of the field&rsquo;s top experts.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He and his group regularly publish research articles in the most influential ecological journals, shaping the development of ecology as a scientific discipline. During the last 40 years, he has considerably advanced the understanding of species interactions, the role of environmental stress in biodiversity patterns, and the links between oceanography and community dynamics on marine shores,&rdquo; Dr. Scrosati says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With his NSERC Discovery Grant funds, Dr. Scrosati invited Dr. Menge to assist his lab with its long-term goal of understanding the ecological drivers of species distribution and abundance along the Nova Scotia coast. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The idea is also to make comparisons between the Atlantic and Pacific aiming to develop broader models of coastal ecological dynamics,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During Dr. Menge's stay in Nova Scotia, they visited several sites along the Atlantic coast between Halifax and Canso. &nbsp;Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s current students participated actively in these field trips.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are very excited with the possibilities that we've identified through Dr. Menge's visit, and hopefully this will also constitute exciting news for our StFX colleagues and students.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:35:46 NO Contextualizing Ferguson: StFX students, community invited to share their voices on an important issue <p>It&rsquo;s a chance to talk about what&rsquo;s happening in Ferguson, Missouri. And organizers are hoping many students, faculty, staff, and community members will lend their voice to the issue.&nbsp;</p> <div>On Thursday, Sept. 11, StFX&rsquo;s Department of History, the Department of Political Science, and the Equity Office, will host the discussion, &ldquo;<em>Contextualizing Ferguson: Policing, Race and Culture in Canada and America</em>.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in Physical Sciences 4001 and will be led by Augy Jones, M.Ed., community leader and X-Women basketball head coach, StFX political science professor Dr. Claudia Schaler, an expert in political theory and U.S. politics, and StFX history professor Dr. Robert Zecker, specialist in race and immigration in the U.S. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;To truly understand what is happening in the United States, and yes, Canada too, in terms of race, racism, protest and policing, we need to examine those larger issues and this panel will, I hope, allow for some of that investigation,&rdquo; says StFX history professor Dr. Donna Trembinski, who helped organize the event.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It is frustrating to me that every time an unarmed young black man is shot, by a person claiming he felt threatened as in the case of Trayvon Martin in Florida, or by the police themselves, as in the case of Michael Brown, much the media treat the incident as an unfortunate single occurrence. However, there is a very clear pattern present: young black men are far more likely to be in life-threatening danger from the police than anyone else&hellip;And there are structural (economic, political, social, cultural) reasons for that.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Organizers want to get students and faculty talking in a non-lecture hall setting about important issues that are occurring now, says Dr. Zecker, who grew up in the U.S., and does work on immigration and ethnicity in the U.S., including a book called &ldquo;Race and America&rsquo;s Immigrant Press.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We're hoping to provide a little context on urban disturbances, ongoing issues of inequality and sometimes problems with police brutality and institutional racism&hellip;And how the roots causes of these events have so far &ndash; for over 50 years &ndash; not been seriously addressed,&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Zecker says he is hoping students and community members will become more critical readers of &ldquo;the news accounts that spoke of &lsquo;riots&rsquo; of demonstrators at times, giving very little context for what happened to Michael Brown, but also maybe more importantly, giving little background for a long history fraught race relations.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It'd be wonderful, too, if students and others begin thinking of ways they can get involved actively to address or solve some of these problems.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The event is open to all and organizers are hoping it is more of a free-floating dialogue after brief comments from the panelists so that everyone is learning from each other and talking about these issues even after the evening concludes, Dr. Zecker says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:15:43 NO