News StFX News en Symposium brings Maritime scholars to StFX <p><span>Scholars from universities across the Maritimes spent Oct. 17-18 at StFX participating in high-quality research presentations in linguistics and Spanish and Latin American literary and cultural studies.</span></p> <div>&ldquo;The AHPA Symposium (Asociaci&oacute;n de Hispanistas de las Provincias del Atl&aacute;ntico - Maritime Association of Hispanists) was a great success,&rdquo; says Dr. Wojciech Tokarz, who with Dr. Mar&iacute;a Soledad Paz Mackay, were among the StFX organizers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We were able to bring to StFX Dr. Odile Cisneros, a world-class scholar from the University of Alberta, who gave two keynote addresses on Friday and Saturday, &quot;<em>Can Literature Save the Planet? Lessons from Latin America</em>,&quot; attended by well over 100 people, mostly students, who packed Schwartz 215 on a Friday afternoon, and &quot;<em>Autenticidad y pedagog&iacute;a: La ense&ntilde;anza de la traducci&oacute;n a trav&eacute;s de Community Service Learning&quot;</em> on Saturday morning.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Symposium highlights included research presented by colleagues from Dalhousie University, Mount Allison University, University of New Brunswick, University of Moncton, Acadia University, Saint Mary&acute;s University, and StFX, he said, as well as the participation of four students from Atlantic universities who presented excellent academic papers. Two of them, Maggie Edwards and Jos&eacute; Islas, are StFX students who work with Dr. Tokarz and Dr. Paz Mackay as research assistants.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The symposium was also a platform for the promotion of books authored by several participants.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The symposium was a wonderful opportunity to grow academically, reinforce professional networks with our colleagues from the Maritimes and beyond, and meaningfully involve our students in academic research in Spanish,&rdquo; says Dr. Tokarz.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:34:10 NO Amanda Lindhout, author, humanitarian, and former kidnapped journalist, to highlight U4 Leaders Summit @ X <p>Amanda Lindhout, author, humanitarian, former kidnapped journalist, founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation, and StFX Coady International Institute graduate, will deliver a powerful keynote address during the U4 Leaders Summit@X taking place Oct. 24-25 at StFX&rsquo;s Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.</p> <div>Ms. Lindhout&rsquo;s keynote will take place on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gerald Schwartz School of Business Auditorium. Members of the community are invited to attend. Doors open at 7 p.m&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Designed to educate, inspire and empower, The Leaders Summit @ X, an initiative of the U4 League, a group of four top-ranked universities committed to putting undergraduate education first, promises to be among the best student leadership development events in Canada.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Throughout the two-day summit, student delegates will also participate in interactive workshops and sessions, under a theme this year of &ldquo;<em>Igniting Local and Global Citizenship</em>.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Students from the four U4 League schools &ndash; Acadia, Bishop&rsquo;s, Mount Allison, and StFX &ndash; will focus on enhancing their leadership skills and how to apply these important attributes to real-world challenges in everyday life.</div> <div><br /> Ms. Lindhout&rsquo;s internationally acclaimed memoir, <em>A House in the Sky</em>, co-written with New York Times contributing writer Sara Corbett, gives a haunting yet redemptive and exquisitely written account of her experience as a young woman backpacking across the world, her aspirations as a journalist, the devastating 15 months she spent in captivity in Somalia, and her decision to counter the horrific treatment she endured by founding an organization to feed and educate Somali women and children. It has been named a Best Book of 2013 by a dozen publications including, <em>Vogue, Globe and Mail, Amazon, iBooks, The Huffington Post, Outside Magazine, Oprah&rsquo;s Winter Reading List</em> and named a <em>New York Times Notable Book</em>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:11:48 NO StFX B.Ed. students recipients of Sister Dorothy Moore Mi'kmaq Education Scholarship <p>StFX B.Ed. students Jacob Gale and Shannon GooGoo are two of the recipients of this year&rsquo;s Sister Dorothy Moore Mi'kmaq Education Scholarship.&nbsp;</p> <div><span>The awards, valued at $1,500 each, were presented during the Treaty Day Celebration on Oct. 1 in Halifax, NS.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Gale is from Eskasoni First Nation and Ms. GooGoo is from Waycobah First Nation. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> As a gesture of reconciliation during the 2011 Truth and Reconciliation event held in Halifax, the Government of Nova Scotia announced the creation of the annual $6,000 scholarship fund to assist Mi&rsquo;kmaq persons studying full-time in a recognized teacher certification/education program.</div> <div><br /> Mi&rsquo;kmaw Kina&rsquo;matnewey named the scholarship program after Sister Dorothy Moore, an educator and respected elder who has devoted her life to enhancing educational opportunities for Mi&rsquo;kmaq people.</div> <div><br /> Applicants must submit an essay describing how their education and career goals are linked to Mi&rsquo;kmaw culture, language, and improving Mi&rsquo;kmaq student outcomes in on-reserve schools as well as the public school system. The application also has to include a summary of non-academic attributes such as leadership, service to the community, volunteer experience, and extra-curricular activities.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:30:03 NO StFX political science professor teaching course at StFX partner university in China <p><span>StFX political science professor Dr. Steven Holloway is currently teaching a course on the Global Economy and presenting public lectures on Canadian Studies at StFX partner university, South Central University for Nationalities (SCUN), in Wuhan, China.</span></p> <div>Last year, StFX hosted two faculty from SCUN, and they were eager that Dr. Holloway reciprocate the exchange. Dr. Holloway previously participated in an exchange with StFX partner university Changzhou University in May 2012 with StFX business professor Dr. Neil Maltby and a group of StFX students.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Holloway, who Is on academic leave for most of October and November, is teaching about 60 Chinese students in his Global Economy course who he says are eager to improve their English language skills and some who may later attend StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Later in November, Dr. Holloway will travel to other StFX partner universities in Changzhou, Wuxi, and Hangzhou giving Canadian Studies lectures at each.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:10:19 NO Chance discovery leads StFX professor to fascinating research on Lillian Burke and the Cheticamp hooked rug industry <p><strong>Pictured here with Dr. Edward Langille (right) at a recent presentation at Les Trois Pignons in Cheticamp are Alexander Graham Bell descendants Dr. Martin Myers, Hugh and Jeannie Muller, Helene Pancoast, Marian Whitcomb; and Napol&eacute;on Chiasson, Soci&eacute;t&eacute; St-Pierre, standing beside a portrait of Bell painted by Lillian Burke. Kneeling are, l-r, Ida Lelievre, Soci&eacute;t&eacute; St-Pierre, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site superintendent Madelyn Harvey, and Lisette Bourgeois, Soci&eacute;t&eacute; St-Pierre.</strong></p> <p>A chance discovery in a New Glasgow antiques store has led to a fascinating new avenue of research for StFX French professor Dr. Edward Langille, centred upon American artisan Lillian Burke and the Cheticamp hooked rug industry.</p> <div>Ms. Burke of Washington, DC, a friend of the Alexander Graham Bell family, was instrumental in bringing the Cheticamp hooked rug cottage industry to international markets and acclaim in the late 1920s and 1903s, yet despite her artistic and commercial success, little is known about her.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Langille, who has published widely on 18th century French literature as well as on Acadian culture and literature, happened upon some of Ms. Burke&rsquo;s original hooked rug designs and started researching her life and the events that helped establish a hooked rug cottage industry in Cheticamp in 1927.</div> <div><br /> His research has led to several published articles as well as very successful public lectures held recently at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck and at Les Trois Pignons in Cheticamp.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Burke came to Cape Breton after she started tutoring Alexander Graham Bell&rsquo;s grandchildren in drawing and watercolours, Dr. Langille says. She became a family friend and started spending summer holidays at the Bell estate in Baddeck.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Supported by Bell&rsquo;s daughters, Marian Fairchild and Elsie Grosvenor, she revived the defunct Cape Breton Home Industries founded 50 years earlier by Bell&rsquo;s wife, Mabel Hubbard Bell, to generate economic development.</div> <div><br /> She visited the Acadian village of Cheticamp in Cape Breton looking for women interested in producing hooked rugs for commissioned orders. She found not only an established rug hooking tradition, but women eager to learn new techniques. She taught them these new techniques and insisted on using only pale and soft colours and high quality wool. She designed and marketed the distinctive Cheticamp hooked rugs in New York City.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;In the process she gave pride and hope to an impoverished rural community during the lean years of the Great Depression,&rdquo; Dr. Langille writes. It was also the genesis for today&rsquo;s world-renowned Cheticamp rug hooking tradition.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:17:19 NO Me To We/StFX Leadership Camp now accepting applications <p><img src="" width="74" height="74" alt="" /><img src="" width="88" height="86" alt="" /></p> <p>Attention, Grade 11 and Grade 12 students who are passionate about developing your leadership skills, community service, and global citizenship.</p> <div>Are you looking to take your leadership skills to the next level? Me to We is partnering with StFX University to bring student leaders from across Canada together for a one-of-a-kind leadership training experience, and we want you to be a part of it!&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>This is a chance to spend four days living on campus, immersed in an intensive leadership training program which will focus on improving your understanding of your personal leadership style and gain an increased knowledge of issues affecting local and global communities &ndash; and how to approach leading change. You will also create an action plan focused on your development as a leader.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> We&rsquo;re NOW accepting applications for the program, which runs from November 14-17. If you are selected for the program, all of your expenses are included, except for your travel to StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Check out the application link for more details&nbsp;<a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Applicants must be between 15 and 17 years of age and currently enrolled in Grade 11 or Grade 12. Most importantly, we&rsquo;re looking for young people who have a passion for leadership, who are actively involved in their local or global community, and who are engaged critical thinkers. It is free to attend. Participants are only responsible for their travel costs to/from StFX University.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Applications are open now and the deadline to apply is October 22, so if you know any students who might be interested, please feel free to pass along this link or have them contact the below for more information:</div> <div><br /> Sarah Cuddie</div> <div>Customized Leadership Training Coordinator | Me to We</div> <div>;</div> <div>t: 1.416.964.8942 x717</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:57:09 NO StFX debuts crowdfunding platform <p>St. Francis Xavier University is debuting its first crowdfunding platform, a pilot initiative that will help support research projects on rare owls, river restoration, and the sustainability of dulse as a natural food source.</p> <div>Crowdfunding has become a popular online fundraising tool that both gets the word out about often meaningful projects, and allows people to donate to a specific, tailored project that speaks to issues or areas important to them.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;With social media changing the landscape of the way we do things, from connecting, communicating and educating, we thought the potential of crowdfunding within the StFX extended community would be high,&rdquo; says Wendy Langley, StFX&rsquo;s Director of Development.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> With limited resources, it is hard to spread the word on all of the great research projects that are going on across all corners of campus, she says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;When members of the Biology Department came to the Advancement Office with very specific needs, we thought it would be a great opportunity to give crowdfunding a chance,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;There were three interesting projects we felt would attract the attention of unique segments of the population, which is very helpful when fund raising to the masses. Each has a great story of discovery, which we hope will appeal to not only our alumni, but various interest groups who might like to support the research.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The projects include:</div> <div><br /> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Research into the effectiveness of work done to repair historical damage to Nova Scotia rivers and streams.</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Understanding owls, including the elusive Boreal Owl</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Research into the sustainability of dulse harvesting&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> To find out more about each project, please see&nbsp;<a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:29:45 NO Student research, keynote speaker, among highlights of upcoming Symposium of Hispanists of Atlantic Provinces at StFX <p>The StFX Department of Modern Languages will play host to the annual Symposium of the Association of Hispanists of the Atlantic Provinces (Asociaci&oacute;n de Hispanistas de las Provincias Atl&aacute;nticas) on Oct. 17-18, an academic event which will see two StFX students present their research work. &nbsp;</p> <div>Jos&eacute; Islas, a research student with Dr. Maria Soledad Paz-MacKay, and Maggie Edwards, a research student with Dr. Wojciech Tokarz, will both present their research in Spanish at the conference.</div> <div><br /> The symposium will open Friday, Oct. 17 with a keynote address <em>Can Literature Save The Planet? Lessons from Latin America</em> by Dr. Odile Cisneros of the University of Alberta at 4 p.m. in the Schwartz School Room 215. The general public is welcome to attend this event.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Cisneros will also present a second workshop, this one in Spanish, on Service Learning and translation, on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 9:15 a.m. in PS 3046. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Conference participants will present papers on their research on Spanish and Latin America studies throughout the day on Oct. 18.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The symposium is supported by AHPA (Asociaci&oacute;n de Hispanistas de las Provincias Atl&aacute;nticas) &ndash; Maritime Association of Hispanists, StFX Department of Modern Languages, Dean of Arts, Dean of Business, Schwartz School of Business, Dean of Education, the AVP Office, and Pearson Canada (Publishing House).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:06:26 NO StFX Athletics welcomes new inductees to Sports Hall of Fame <p>StFX Athletics proudly welcomed four new athletes, one builder and three teams into the Sports Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony and dinner that took place Thursday, October 9th at the Charles V. Keating Centre.</p> <div><span>Inducted as athletes were Bill McInytre (football), Susan MacDonald (field hockey), Trevor Reddick (soccer) and Patricia White (soccer), while Bernie Chisholm (cross country, track &amp; field) was honoured as a builder. The 1950-51 X-Men hockey team and back-to-back CIS national champion X-Men basketball teams from 1999-00 and 2000-01 were inducted into the team category.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The inductees were welcomed into the Sports Hall of Fame by StFX University President Dr. Kent MacDonald and Director of Athletics &amp; Recreation Leo MacPherson. Guests at the event were entertained by a performance from Canadian recording artist JRDN (Jordan Croucher), also honoured as inductee with the 1999-00 and 2000-01 X-Men basketball teams.</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Members of the 1950-51 X-Men Hockey team join X-Men hockey head coach Brad Peddle (back, left) and StFX Director of Athletics &amp; Recreation Leo MacPherson (back, right). Inductees include (back, l-r): Phil Bowes, Steve Hogan, Eugene Swartzack and (front): Ed Murrin, Geno Scattolon, Phil Sharkey and Ray Toomey. Mickey Woodford also attended the ceremony.<br /> <img src="" alt="" /><br type="_moz" /> </strong></div> <div><strong>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald (back, left) and StFX Director of Athletics Leo MacPherson (back, right) join staff and team members from the 1999-2000 X-Men basketball team including (back, l-r) Krzysztof Stach, Jason Kerswill, Tom Kennedy, (front) Jordan Croucher, Jeff Starratt, Steve Konchalski, Ron MacDonald, and Jonathan Daniel.&nbsp;<br /> <img src="" alt="" /><br type="_moz" /> </strong></div> <div><strong>S</strong><strong>tFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald (back, left) and StFX Director of Athletics Leo MacPherson (back, right) join staff and team members from the 2000-01 X-Men basketball team including (back, l-r), Jason Kerswill, Krzysztof Stach and (front) Jordan Croucher, Steve Konchalski, Jonathan Daniel, and Alex Stephen.&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The official citations for all the 2014 inductees are as follows.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bill McIntyre (Football, Class of 1987)</div> <div>Bill McIntyre, an exceptional receiver with the X-Men football team played for five seasons from 1983 to 1987. As a three-time team captain, Bill was an outstanding offensive threat who established conference records for receptions and all-time yardage that held for a decade after he graduated. Bill&rsquo;s athletic prowess still shines in the AUS record book as he ranks third overall in career receiving yards (2362) and fourth overall in career receptions (163). Bill was recognized as an AUAA all-star four times, was a CIAU second team All-Canadian, and he was a member of the 1983 StFX squad that won the AUAA championship title.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Susan MacDonald (Field Hockey, Class of 1988)</div> <div>Susan &lsquo;Sue&rsquo; MacDonald (nee MacEachern), a dominant force on the field hockey pitch, played four seasons from 1984 to 1987 with the X-Women. An outstanding student-athlete in the Bachelor of Physical Education program, Sue was recognized as the StFX female athlete of the year in 1988. A team captain with the field hockey X-Women, Sue was also acknowledged as a CIAU All-Canadian in 1988. Further accolades include recognition as an AUAA all-star for two years, and participation in the 1985 Canada Games.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Trevor Reddick (Soccer, Class of 1994)</div> <div>Trevor Reddick was an exceptionally powerful fullback who controlled the backfield for five seasons with the X-Men soccer team from 1990 to 1994. A well-decorated student athlete, Trevor was captain and X-Men most valuable player for three seasons and the StFX male athlete of the year in 1994. He was a key contributor to the X-Men teams that won AUAA championships in 1993 and 1994. Trevor was also recognized with numerous AUAA and CIAU individual awards including AUAA all-star distinction in four seasons he competed, 1993 CIAU tournament all-star and 1994 CIAU first team All-Canadian and. Trevor was a two-sport student-athlete also competing in varsity wrestling as a top contender in the Atlantic conference.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Patricia White (Soccer, Class of 1997)</div> <div>Patricia &lsquo;Trish&rsquo; White (nee MacDougall) was an outstanding athlete and leader with the X-Women soccer &nbsp;team for five seasons from 1993 to 1997. She was first recognized with the 1993 AUAA rookie of the year award, then acknowledged as an AUAA all-star three times, and named the 1996 AUAA most valuable player. She twice received CIAU All-Canadian status. Trish, a phenomenal force as midfielder, was captain of the X-Women team for two seasons. This two-time X-Women soccer most valuable player also lent her talents to the X-Women hockey club during her time as an athlete at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bernie Chisholm (Cross Country, Track &amp; Field, Class of 1973 &amp; 1974)</div> <div>For 28 years, Bernie has been the head coach of the X-Women and X-Men cross country teams elevating &nbsp;the program from club to varsity status. These cross country teams won 14 AUS banners including eight titles for the women and six for the men. Eight individual runners won 11 AUS titles, including two-time Olympian and 2003 CIS individual champion Eric Gillis. Bernie guided the X-Women cross country team to a 2007 CIS bronze medal, a men&rsquo;s CIS silver medal in 2008 and bronze for the men in 2010. Bernie coached and developed numerous StFX runners who have gone on to achieve national and international success. Bernie has also coached the StFX track and field team for more than 10 years, building the X-Women and X-Men programs into AUS contenders, as evidenced by the first X-Men&rsquo;s AUS championship banner in 2014. Since 2004, StFX track athletes accumulated 55 AUS gold medals, along with numerous silver and bronze medals and six CIS individual medals. A member of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, Bernie was recognized as the AUS cross country coach of the year on 15 occasions, eight times with the women&rsquo;s team and seven times with the men&rsquo;s. He received the AUS track and field coach of the year award twice.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1950-1951 X-Men Hockey Team</div> <div>Considered to be one of the best hockey teams in the university&rsquo;s illustrious hockey history, the 1950-51 X-Men hockey team had an outstanding season. With a record of 37 wins, 11 losses, and 2 ties in 50 games, they scored 317 goals, averaging over six goals per game. This awesome aggregation had 16 Cape Bretoners of the 19 total team members. The 1950-51 X-Men began a dynasty for StFX hockey as they went on to win 14 intercollegiate championships between 1950 and 1963. In Maritime play, StFX won nine championships in the 1950s. In 1950-51, the X-Men won the Maritime Intercollegiate title, became the first university team to win the Maritime senior title, and also won the A.P.C. senior hockey league. They went to the semifinals to the Allan Cup, and were given strong consideration to represent Canada in the 1952 Olympics in Oslo. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was a memorable year for the X-Men and is now a Hall of Fame honour for the following team members: Phil Bowes, Luigi Centa, Bill Dixon, Howie Gardiner, Steve Hogan, George Kehoe, Duke MacDonald, Paul MacDonald, Joe MacEachern, Jackie MacLellan, Hugh MacMullin, Acky MacSween, John Markie, Ed Murrin, Geno Scattolon, Phil Sharkey, Eddie Swartzack, Eugene Swartzack, Mick Woodford, staff members Jackie McLean and Ray Toomey, and head coach Father Andy Hogan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1999-2000 X-Men Basketball Team</div> <div>The 1999-2000 X-Men basketball team won the program&rsquo;s second national championship with a memorable 61-60 victory over the Brandon Bobcats in the CIAU championship game at the Halifax Metro Centre. Led by Randy Nohr, the CIS Tournament MVP, the X-Men staged a furious rally in the closing minutes of the final game, scoring the game&rsquo;s final ten points to pull out the one point win in dramatic fashion. The team was led by All-Canadian Fred Perry during the season and finished the year with a 28-7 overall record, 28-4 versus CIS competition. Along the way to the national championship, the X-Men finished the AUS regular season with a 16-4 record, averaging 84.5 points per game. The blue and white knocked off long-time rival Saint Mary&rsquo;s 68-62 to win the AUAA conference championship.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Team members include: E.L. Adams, Jordan Croucher, Jonathan Daniel, Tom Kennedy, Jason Kerswill, Greg Marenick, Randy Nohr, Dennie Oliver, Billy O&rsquo;Neill, Fred Perry, Paul Ricketts, Krzysztof Stach, head coach Steve Konchalski, assistant coach Ron MacDonald, student assistant Vince Marra, student assistant Jeff Starratt, student therapist Jim Hardy, and student manager Jeff Peterson.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2000-01 X-Men Basketball Team</div> <div>The 2000-2001 X-Men basketball squad had a target on their backs for the entire season as the defending national champions. The team handled the pressure with ease going 33-3 over the year (31-1 in Canada) and capped off the season with a dramatic 83-76 overtime win in the national championship game. Fifth year senior Dennie Oliver was the player of the game scoring 25 points and hauling in 12 rebounds in the win over the Brandon Bobcats. Dennie could have won the game at the end of regulation with two free throws with no time on the clock and the game tied. However, he opted to extend the game to overtime! Led by All-Canadians Fred Perry and Randy Nohr, the 2000-2001 X-Men reeled off an impressive, and a team record, 29 consecutive victories to end the season and earn the blue and white their third CIS national championship in nine years. Over the course of the year, the X-Men dominated their CIS competition with a 19.7 point average margin of victory.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Team members include: &nbsp;E.L. Adams, Mike Budreski, John Bustin, Jordan Croucher, Jonathan Daniel, Jason Kerswill, James Maksymiw, Randy Nohr, Dennie Oliver, Fred Perry, Paul Ricketts, Krzysztof Stach, Alex Stephen, Dion Williams, head coach Steve Konchalski, assistant coach Augy Jones, assistant coach Jeff Piers, student assistant Vince Marra, student therapist Jim Hardy, and student manager Kara Spencer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1976 and exists to honour those individuals who have contributed significantly to StFX sports as athletes, teams or as builders. Those chosen inductees have exemplified the spirit and ideals of Xaverian athletics in their professional and community lives. Induction ceremonies take place every two years.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:11:15 NO Fine arts faculty member teaches master class in region made famous by Group of Seven <p>Bill Rogers, a StFX fine arts faculty member, taught a Master Class Workshop in Killarney Park in central Ontario for the McMichael Collection from Sept 30 to October 5th.&nbsp;</p> <div>He says the weather co-operated and most of the time was spent Plein Air painting in the region made famous by the Group of Seven.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Some of the works done en plein air during the event will be in Mr. Roger&rsquo;s upcoming solo exhibition at Lyghtesome Gallery from October 14th to November 9th.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:29:03 NO Discomfort seeing breastfeeding target of student video <p>On October 1st &ndash; the first day of World Breastfeeding Week &ndash; a small group of people excitedly gathered in a classroom on campus to watch, for the first time, a video that they had a hand in creating: a music video parody aimed at increasing comfort with seeing breastfeeding. &nbsp;</p> <div>Over the last number of years, Dr. Erin Austen in the Department of Psychology has studied university students&rsquo; responses to breastfeeding. Her research indicates that even though students tend to be knowledgeable about the health benefits of breastfeeding, hold positive attitudes towards breastfeeding and intend to breastfeed their own children, many still report that they would be uncomfortable seeing a stranger breastfeeding her baby. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Austen says the World Health Organization, Health Canada and other health experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding beyond this timeframe. Others&rsquo; discomfort seeing breastfeeding, however, poses a barrier to breastfeeding mothers and to breastfeeding anytime and anywhere. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says in an effort to challenge people to face these feelings of discomfort, the video was created by a team of StFX students spearheaded by Julie Beadle and Zahra Batool and supported by members of the community-based volunteer group BaBE (Building a Breastfeeding Environment), and the financial support of a Department of Health and Wellness Thrive! Community Breastfeeding Grant.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The music video employs a transformation of the hit song &lsquo;Call Me Maybe.&rsquo; &lsquo;Breastfeeding My Baby&rsquo; is performed by Julie Beadle and Mary Beth Carty. The video was filmed and produced by Corinne Dunphy. Student volunteers include Clyde Gale, Stephen Deering, Madison Links, Nikolas Kielburger, Amber Johnston, Erin Orr. &nbsp;Student performers include Jillian Soucy, Graham Haynes, Taylor MacNeill, Bryson Perrin, John Moore, Alicia Silliker, Brandon Hamilton, Catherine Moor, Katherine Bekkers, Clare Bekkers, Sarah Groulx, Ashley Duguay, Danielle Robb and Fawn Zeuchner.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The video is available on YouTube:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:15:55 NO Finding the way, StFX community figures in Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James) adventure <p>For cousins, StFX Associate Chaplain Laurel (Muffy) McIntyre and 2014 StFX graduate Rebecca McEvoy, walking over 800 kilometres in northern Spain this year was a one-step-at-a-time journey, filled with the thoughts and intentions of friends, family, and many in the StFX community.&nbsp;</p> <div>On May 15th, shortly after Ms. McEvoy&rsquo;s StFX graduation, the duo embarked on over a month-long pilgrimage adventure, walking the Camino de Santiago &ndash; the Way of Saint James, a spiritual journey that pilgrims of all faiths and backgrounds have traversed for over 1,000 years.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> With them, they carried the intentions of many.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;As we shared the preparations and excitement with close family and friends, it was decided that we would carry them with us in prayer. A small prayer book was circulated and was full of intentions and prayer requests by the time we left. It was important for us to be able to offer parts of our journey for their needs and walk with them, and to know that they would be praying for us also. There were some days on the Camino where it was those prayers that helped us put one foot in front of the other,&rdquo; Ms. McIntyre said.</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><br /> <strong>Ms. McIntyre climbing the Pyrenees Mountains, Day 1</strong>.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Many pilgrims carry a small rock with them, which signifies a burden or weight they might be carrying. In a small village of Foncebadon, pilgrims leave the rock at the foot of a simple iron cross that stands at the highest point of the Camino. It was here that Rebecca and I laid down the book of intentions. We spent some time looking at what other pilgrims chose to leave behind as well,&rdquo; she said.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ms. McIntyre said she and Ms. McEvoy had both heard of the Camino from different sources, but it was their grandmother who was instrumental in their learning the history and richness of the Camino. &ldquo;Rebecca and I spent just over two years planning the pilgrimage, and our grandma was there for every stage. She continues to read books and is determined to document our journey to paper.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Ms. McEvoy walking the descent of the Pyrenees.</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They completed the Camino Frances, the French Route. Starting in St. Jean Pied de Port, France, and entering Spain over the Pyrenees Mountains, this is one of more travelled routes to Santiago and one of the longer routes with 817 kilometres of walking. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After 35 days, they finished in the early morning of June 20 in Santiago de Compostela. &ldquo;We were able to sit in awe of the stunning Cathedral in Santiago.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Not quite done with their journey, the duo made a second pilgrimage after leaving Santiago, to Rome. &ldquo;There we witnessed the beauty, culture, and history of the church. On our last day we stood together in Saint Peter&rsquo;s Square listening to Pope Francis sharing with the thousands standing in the rain, how we each owe a debt of gratitude to those that came before us &ndash; who invested time and love, who played a part in who we are today,&rdquo; Ms. Macintyre says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As I stood there with my cousin and companion of over the last 40 days, I was humbled by what we had experienced and how true it was that this was a journey that many have prepared us for.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:25:29 NO StFX students join People’s Climate March in New York City <p>Several StFX students stood among the crowd of some 400,000 in the streets of Manhattan on September 21, participants in the People&rsquo;s Climate March, the largest climate rally in the world.</p> <div><span>Eight StFX students travelled to New York City to take part in the climate march, a call for action intended to reach over 125 heads of state meeting at the UN for a Climate Crisis Summit the following Tuesday.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Hundreds and thousands of diverse but united peoples came together to make their voices heard with their unique voices on how climate change and climate injustice has affected them,&rdquo; says StFX aquatic resources and biology student and participant Victoria Cullen of Dartmouth, NS, who is also the External Sustainability Officer with the StFX Students&rsquo; Union. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says two fourth year students, Victoria Foster and Katie Maione, became interested in attending the march and found an organized bus trip through Dalhousie University&rsquo;s Divest group. Dalhousie welcomed the group to join them.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I was interested in taking part because I truly believe that the threat of climate change is the single greatest danger that our society as a whole faces,&rdquo; Ms. Cullen says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;In order for anything to change, there needs to be a political movement, and in the past all great social movements have sprung from people taking to the streets and having their voices heard,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Cullen says attending the event also gave her perspective on how many people are interested and invested in working toward change. She says it also inspired her to continue to become more involved on campus and in the Antigonish area.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:23:37 NO Much to celebrate during Homecoming 2014 <p><span>The ever-present smiles said it all: something special happens at StFX, and that feeling, that impact stays with alumni lifelong.</span></p> <div>Nearly 1,000 alumni, from all corners of the globe, returned to the StFX campus Oct. 3-5 to attend Homecoming 2014 and the energy and enthusiasm was contagious.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>So was the sense that StFX is much more than a university.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve thought a lot about StFX recently, and I think it informed a lot of decisions I&rsquo;ve made,&rdquo; Linden MacIntyre &rsquo;64, respected author and one of Canada&rsquo;s most distinguished journalists, said during the Friday night Welcome Home Dinner where he received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award, an honour bestowed during his 50th class reunion year.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m overwhelmed, grateful and honoured by the recognition. I particularly want to thank StFX for 50 years of learning,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The most important thing I learned at StFX was the awareness of importance of learning and the power of curiosity.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> StFX, he said, distinguished itself &ldquo;for people like me, from small places, who went to small schools, who thought they deserved an opportunity and to demonstrate whatever they were made of.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> If you showed any ambition, any promise, Mr. MacIntyre recalled that at StFX &ldquo;we were given the next step up. It was what this place was founded for, and distinguished for.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Young Alumnus of the Year Tim Reid &rsquo;01 offered similar sentiments.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Most universities claim to prepare you for life, in my case this university gave me my life,&rdquo; said Mr. Reid, now president and CEO of Northlands in Edmonton, AB.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX gave me the opportunities I live every day. I want to personally thank this university.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Friend of StFX Award winner Anna Syperek and representatives from the Halifax alumni chapter, Chapter of the Year award winners, had similar praise.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The tone for Homecoming was well set with an inspirational and historic event, the installation of Dr. Kent MacDonald &rsquo;86 &rsquo;93 as StFX&rsquo;s 18th President in a ceremony Friday afternoon in the StFX Chapel. In his inaugural address, Dr. MacDonald set out a clear vision and bold priorities for his presidential term ahead.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Later that evening, pink-shirted, spirited members of the student Orientation Crew, or O-Crew, stood outside the door of the Keating Centre and cheered and chanted and warmly welcomed all alumni as they entered for the Welcome Home Dinner.</div> <div><br /> Members of the Class of 1964, this year&rsquo;s Golden Grads, could be seen arriving via the StFX bus, bearing large smiles as they entered the building.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday morning started with a fun run, and the ever-poignant Coffee with Coady ceremony where Coady student Kate Ibeansui of Nigeria received the Katherine Fleming International Development Award.</div> <div><br /> Inspiration continued at the Hall of Honour ceremony in the Schwartz School of Business Auditorium. The prestigious ceremony recognizes Xaverians who have made a deep difference. Portraits of inductees hang in legacy in the Angus L. Macdonald Library.</div> <div><br /> Inducted this year, for living the motto of StFX, <em>Whatsoever Things Are True</em>, were Andrea MacLean Holohan &rsquo;59, Mark Romanowsky &rsquo;72, and Dave Bernatchez &rsquo;85.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>During the award ceremony, student Alumni Recognition Award winners, who included Nathan Chiarlitti, Emily Hines, Jasmine DeZeeuw, and Michael Thomson, read from their essays, telling the large crowd how StFX has already helped shape their lives, how StFX has provided personal and leadership opportunities, and taught them not to be afraid to extend themselves, and explore different ways of thinking. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Other weekend highlights included the Golden Grads dinner, Mount. St. Bernard College Tea, class dinners and get-togethers, athletic events including the Homecoming football game, won by StFX, an alumni mass, and farewell brunch.</div> <div><img alt="" src="" /></div> <div><br /> <img width="430" height="287" alt="" src="" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Scenes from Homecoming 2014: StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald welcomed to the Welcome Home Dinner stage by members of O-Crew; the StFX football team provides the hometown crowd with the win.</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Through it all, as alumni reconnected and rekindled StFX bonds, there was the magic of coming home.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The feeling on campus this weekend always reminds why I chose to come home to StFX,&rdquo; tweeted Celeste Tremblay.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We were absolutely delighted with so many alumni who returned home and we were so happy we&rsquo;re able to celebrate with them, their memories and their friendships. We live for this weekend and they make it happen,&rdquo; says Alumni Affairs Director Mary Jessie MacLellan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Thanks to the support our team and to the campus community, we&rsquo;re able to make this weekend happen,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 12:05:18 NO Riley Hall officially opens on the StFX campus <p>Dr. Sean Riley, the man who helped transform the StFX campus, had his legacy officially recognized Oct. 5 with the dedication of Riley Hall on a gorgeous autumn afternoon.&nbsp;</p> <div>&ldquo;This is an important day in the history of StFX,&rdquo; StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald said as he applauded Dr. Riley, 17th President of StFX, as one of Canada&rsquo;s great university presidents, and a large crowd gathered for the dedication of the new residence in the southwest corner of campus.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is so fitting this hall is named after someone who has had a deep impact not only in our hearts, but in the look of this campus,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is a great time to pay tribute,&rdquo; VP Advancement Tim Lang noted as he opened the ceremony which included remarks, a ribbon cutting with members of the Riley family, and a reception in the building&rsquo;s fourth floor lounge.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Riley, who was joined at the ceremony by his wife Catherine Rancy, and two of their children, Brendan and Justine, extended many thanks &ndash; to the Board of Governors, to donors, to all those involved in the construction of the building, and to all who contribute to making StFX what it is &ndash; and looked ahead to the future.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;What thrills me about Riley Hall is what is going to happen here this year, and maybe for the next 50 years,&rdquo; Dr. Riley said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m more convinced great things will come out of Riley Hall in terms of what the students will do at StFX, and around the world.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>FIRST FRIEND AT STFX</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Riley&rsquo;s impact on campus has been deep, noted Students&rsquo; Union president Brendan Hamilton.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Dr. Riley impacted so many students on so many levels,&rdquo; he said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sharing a story with the large crowd gathered, Mr. Hamilton recalled his very first day at StFX, and how feeling a little overwhelmed by the experience, he met Dr. Riley for the first time and Dr. Riley shook his hand. &ldquo;I felt like I had found my first friend at StFX,&rdquo; he said, recalling Dr. Riley&rsquo;s welcoming smile and his interest.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brendan Riley, a StFX graduate now at Oxford University, also thanked donors on behalf of the family, the Board of Governors, and all involved in the project.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As a family, we&rsquo;re very proud of our dad&rsquo;s contributions,&rdquo; he also noted.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This stunning residence is an integral part of the fabric of a residential university, and one that helps enhance the academic experience, Dr. MacDonald noted.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s so appropriate it&rsquo;s named Riley Hall.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 11:52:17 NO