News StFX News en McKenna Centre for Leadership Encounter bringing top executive to StFX to share leadership insight <p>One of Canada&rsquo;s top banking and investing executives will be at StFX on Tuesday, March 3 to provide lessons in leadership including how to build and sustain a high-profile career in business.</p> <div><span>Charyl Galpin, Head of BMO Nesbitt Burns, will be the guest speaker in a McKenna Centre for Leadership Encounter taking place March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium in the Gerald Schwartz School of Business. The event is open to all.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Galpin will speak about <em>Leadership: Managing Your Professional and Personal Self</em>. In this frank dialogue, Ms. Galpin will share a candid account of how a Bay Street executive manages her life, both personal and professional, to overcome obstacles and achieve her goals.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The three co-sponsors of this event are thrilled to have such a successful woman leader come to our campus to help inspire, inform and motivate our StFX students. The greater StFX and local communities are most welcome to participate. We are all looking forward to learning from this accomplished Canadian. What a great way to celebrate International Women&rsquo;s Week,&rdquo; says Mary Coyle, Executive Director, Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The event is sponsored by the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business, and the StFX Women in Business Student Society.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:54:28 NO Annual StFX Writing Retreat provides professional development, collegial space for scholarship <p>Faculty members interested in writing and doing research together over StFX&rsquo;s reading week had a unique opportunity to do so through the 3rd Annual StFX Writing Retreat held February 23-27, 2015.</p> <div><span>&ldquo;Writing retreats are an increasingly popular mode of professional development that provide protected time during which participants must actually engage in writing in a sustained way,&rdquo; says modern languages professor Dr. Wojciech Tokarz, who organized this year&rsquo;s event with the support of the VP Research Richard Isnor.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Rachel Hurst initiated the first writing retreat at StFX in 2011 and, since she was away, Dr. Tokarz organized this year&rsquo;s event.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The rules of a writing retreat are simple. During the event, faculty don&rsquo;t engage in course prep, marking, or administrative/service responsibilities. &ldquo;It is all about getting some good, old-fashioned research done, together.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This means the group is in the room reading and writing for a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with a break for lunch. &ldquo;We have a very strict schedule of activities and, at the end of the day, a reflection time when we share our research progress, frustrations, observations, and hopes with the rest of the group,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I have been participating in this event since it started in 2011. What I most enjoyed was the community of scholars working together. For a week we write in company of others, and share the challenges of an activity that, together with teaching, is at the centre of our professional lives, but that we usually practice in isolation.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This retreat has created incredible collegial space for the writing aspect of our scholarship,&rdquo; says participant, nursing professor Dr. Charmaine McPherson. &ldquo;We are usually pushed and pulled in so many directions throughout the year that making time and space for this work can be difficult. The sanctioned time, commitment to each other, and peaceful atmosphere were important factors in making this a huge success.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year the retreat had 10 participants, representing faculty from across the campus. They included Charmaine McPherson (Nursing), Riley Olstead (Sociology), Erin Austen (Psychology), Jonathan Langdon (Development Studies), Deborah Vossen (Human Kinetics), Justin Gregg (Biology), Ranke De Vries (Celtic Studies), Elizabeth McGibbon (Nursing), Sheena Cameron (Service Learning/Development Studies), and Wojciech Tokarz (Modern Languages). &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:10:19 NO 1st university to introduce Quality Work Life survey <p>St. Francis Xavier University will be introducing the Quality Work Life/Quality Student Life survey to all faculty, staff and students on March 3. This is an exciting project highlighted by our President, Dr. Kent MacDonald, at his public presentation during the results of his &lsquo;Term of Discovery.&rsquo;&nbsp;</p> <div>StFX will be introducing the Quality Work Life (QWL) survey with faculty and staff and the Quality Student Life (QSL) with our students. Our Human Resources team has been working with Dr. Bill Howatt whose cutting-edge research has led to the development of both surveys. Dr. Howatt has been featured in the Life section of the <em>Globe and Mail</em>. The student survey will be conducted by a group of 4th year business students as part of their curriculum. Our business students have worked with Dr. Howatt to provide best results.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The surveys will be launched March 3rd and be online until Friday, March 13th. The survey provides employees and employers with feedback and recommendations on what both can do to improve the Quality of Work Life with a focus on employees&rsquo; stress and coping skills, health, engagement and productivity.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The particular survey helps organizations achieve long-term health, engagement and productivity with its employees. It provides employers a way to understand how to best support employees in managing the stressors of the workplace and how work influences the rest of their lives, through relationships, family, self, sense of community and health.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The survey will be provided by Morneau Shepell, the largest human resources consulting and outsourcing firm in Canada. They have partnered with Howatt HR Consulting to bring this survey to employers in Canada.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>All are encouraged to participate and it can be completed during work hours. Our goal is 100 per cent participation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sincerely,</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Joe MacDonald</div> <div>Director, Human Resources</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:57:36 NO Research sabbatical takes StFX political science professor to Israel <p>On a recent tour of the West Bank organized by the NGO Machsom Watch, StFX political science professor Steve Holloway learns from a local Palestinian demonstration leader about recent clashes over closure of a vital access road near Nablus. Professor Holloway is on sabbatical from January to April at Haifa University where he will present his research on the Arab Spring in March. He is also closely watching developments in the run up to the Israeli election on March 17. &nbsp;In addition to researching the area, Professor Holloway teaches Middle Eastern Politics at StFX. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:44:14 NO National teaching award for StFX professor Dr. Ann Bigelow, 3M National Teaching Fellowship recipient <p>There are teachers who open windows and change lives, says Arshad Ahmad, a 3M Teaching Fellow and the society&rsquo;s president. &ldquo;Leaders doing work beyond their own institutions&hellip;champions we want to learn from.&rdquo; StFX&rsquo;s own psychology professor Dr. Ann Bigelow is one of them.</p> <div>Dr. Bigelow has been named a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellow for 2015, an award that exemplifies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and educational leadership in Canada. Ten fellowships are selected annually.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Bigelow is recognized for her contributions to higher education, in particular for founding Service Learning at StFX, an innovative learning program the university pioneered in Canada in 1996, and for continuing to champion its growth.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Ann Bigelow is Canada&rsquo;s godmother of Service Learning, a teaching method that combines theory with reflective practice. Students participating in Service Learning complete a placement in the community either at home or abroad, such as working on fair-trade coffee projects, tilling community gardens, or facilitating English lessons. They learn first-hand about history, politics and culture; they see their own communities differently, and for many their participation in service learning, either course-based or immersion, is the defining change point of their university experience,&rdquo; reads the 3M Award.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;As a result of Ann&rsquo;s dedication to the integration of service learning into post-secondary education, a movement was launched across Canada with programs now being offered in every province, a national organization was born, and thousands of students across our country are being positively transformed into engaged citizens.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;As one of her colleagues put it, &lsquo;Dr. Ann Bigelow is a teacher-researcher par excellence, one who is at once a scientist and a humanitarian of great depth. To be taught by Ann Bigelow is to be touched by the brush of excellence.&rsquo;&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an honour,&rdquo; Dr. Bigelow says on the award, as she is quick to direct praise away from herself and onto the program itself. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s nice Service Learning got recognized.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m pleased we&rsquo;re almost at 20 years next year (of Service Learning at StFX). The fact that the award is really for starting Service Learning here and in Canada, in that sense, I was very pleased.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> It is one thing to have an idea, it&rsquo;s another thing to have it manifested, Dr. Bigelow said as she thanked all who have been involved with Service Learning, including current staff Marla Gaudet, Michelle Hirschfield, Sheena Cameron, Jodi van Dompseler and student leaders, Kristine Johnston, Asia Van Buuren, and Laura Sandre as well as &ldquo;past administrators who took a risk and present administrators who still keep it going.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It couldn&rsquo;t have happened without the support of all those people.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Bigelow also thanked the McConnell Family Foundation, which supported the program early on with two major grants.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> A service learning trip she took to Nicaragua with her sister-in-law through Gettysburg College in the United States prompted Dr. Bigelow to bring the idea to StFX, to Canada.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It was so fantastic,&rdquo; she recalls on the learning experience.</div> <div><br /> She also saw many similarities between Gettysburg College and StFX and started thinking the program could be something StFX could do well.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It fit so well with our ethos around social justice and outreach.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> What appealed about the program?</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Students, in general, go out of their comfort zone when they&rsquo;re doing it, it&rsquo;s that spot where you can so learn so much about yourself, about others, how to apply what you&rsquo;re learning academically, be confronted with your own bias, it&rsquo;s a very powerful learning experience.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;For the course-based, it helps them see what we&rsquo;re talking about in class, it makes what we&rsquo;re doing in class seem more real. For students in immersion, for some students, it really has changed their life plans.&rdquo; Almost all see life different than they would have.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Bigelow began her academic career in StFX&rsquo;s Psychology Department in 1975. She teaches development psychology, and her main research area is in infant social cognition. She has also won both StFX&rsquo;s Outstanding Teaching Award and a 2009 Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Instructional Leadership Award.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:17:42 NO FREADOM to read-on at StFX <p><span>Honouring, asserting and celebrating freedom to read, write and speak was the focus of a noon-time event held at StFX&rsquo;s Angus L. Macdonald Library on Feb. 19.</span></p> <div>FREADOM to read-on, an event organized by StFX librarians, saw about 25 individuals take turns reading from a broad range of books that have created controversy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Every book here today has been banned, challenged or burned,&rdquo; said librarian Rita Campbell in introducing the event.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each reader had two minutes to give a short description of the book and to read a passage from their selection.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Faculty, staff, students, and community members read in English, Gaelic and French from a wide variety of books that ranged from children&rsquo;s stories to poetry to popular fiction. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As part of the event, organizers also provided some books that have been banned or challenged for the readers and others to distribute as part of the Freedom to Read Bookcrossing: Free a Challenged Book initiative. They will leave these books in public places in Canada for others to read.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Canada&rsquo;s Freedom to Read Week is February 22-28, 2015. &nbsp;This year&rsquo;s theme is &ldquo;I love my freedom to read whatever I want.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:25:40 NO Creativity, cans of food help StFX engineering students put skills to the test in Canstruction competition <p><span>Using creativity and 4,416 cans of food, students in StFX&rsquo;s second year engineering design and communication class put their skills to the test building three structures as part of Canstruction Nova Scotia.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The annual competition has teams come together to build structures entirely out of canned food. At the end of the competition, Feed Nova Scotia distributes the food and donations across the province to its member food banks and meal programs. &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m quite impressed,&rdquo; engineering professor Dr. Emeka Oguejiofor said on the work of his students, as they milled around the lobby of StFX&rsquo;s Physical Sciences Centre where the finished structures were on display.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;My main goal is to have them practice some of the concepts they learn in class, to design and build a structure,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re also very happy with what they have been able to achieve. It&rsquo;s a great experience for them.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The class divided into three teams of about 13 participants each. Each team came up with a concept, fundraised to buy the canned food, which cost a total of $6,064.08, and built their structures, which this year included a bridge with boats sailing below, a fish bowl, and the X-Ring.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /><br /> <strong>StFX engineering students pose with the structures they built as part of Canstruction Nova Scotia.</strong><br /> <br /> People had opportunity to vote for their favorite structure for the People&rsquo;s Choice Award and were encouraged to donate $2 to support Feed Nova Scotia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The three StFX teams will also compete against others from across the province for the provincial People&rsquo;s Choice honours.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Team captains Erin Carroll, David MacDonald, and Joe Deering say it was a great experience.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of cool, to actually engineer something,&rdquo; Ms. Carroll says, as she noted they had no reassurance while building on how it would look when complete.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Calculating how many cans they needed, making sure they followed their pattern and hoping that their structure will stand when done is stressful, but a good learning experience, agrees Mr. MacDonald.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We used a lot of the skills learned in class, to plan it out, can by can,&rdquo; says Mr. Deering.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:49:57 NO Canada's former Ambassador to the Holy See to deliver this year's Christian Culture Lectures <p><span>Dr. Anne Leahy, Canada's former Ambassador to the Holy See, and an adjunct professor of Catholic Social Thought at McGill University, will be giving this year's Christian Culture Lectures at StFX.</span></p> <div>Dr. Leahy is a career diplomat, with some 40 years' service in Eastern Europe and Africa in addition to her ambassadorship at the Vatican. She received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 1996.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Leahy will give two public lectures: on &ldquo;<em>Freedom of conscience abroad and human rights at home</em>&rdquo; and on &ldquo;<em>Diplomacy and the Vatican: a first-person account.&rdquo;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The lectures will take place in room 156 of the Schwartz School of Business, on Wed., March 4 and Thurs., March 5, 2015, at 7.30 p.m. The lectures are open to the public and are free of charge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the afternoon of March 5, students, staff, and faculty are invited to a presentation of Dr. Leahy's most recent research on Diplomacy and Catholic Social Teaching. (Location TBA).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>About Dr. Anne Leahy:<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>A native of Quebec City, Anne Leahy is a political economist and specialist on Russia. She earned a bachelor of arts at Queen&rsquo;s University and a masters in political economy at the University of Toronto before joining the Department of External Affairs in 1973. Her early postings were at missions to the European Community, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and in Russia. She has represented Canada as an ambassador in several countries including Cameroon, Chad, the Central African Republic, Poland, Russia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Belarus. In 2008, she was appointed the Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See, representing Canadian interests at the Vatican.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:12:15 NO Research activity takes StFX philosophy professor to China and Taiwan <p><span>Dr. William Sweet, StFX philosophy professor and the coordinator of Catholic Studies, has recently returned from a trip to China, where he was the guest of the Shanghai Academy of the Social Sciences and of East China Normal University.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>While in China, Dr. Sweet gave an invited paper on &ldquo;<em>Personhood and Property: Eastern and Western Perspectives</em>,&rdquo; as well as the Inaugural Paper at the International Workshop on &ldquo;<em>Metaphysics: Past, Present, and Future.</em>&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences is China's oldest institute for the social sciences and humanities, and is the second largest such institution, after the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. While in Shanghai, Dr. Sweet met and discussed his current research with a number of Chinese scholars from other universities in the vicinity of Shanghai, particularly Fudan University.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Prior to his stay in Shanghai, Dr. Sweet also visited Taiwan, where he was an invited guest at the Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Central University, Zhongli City, as well as an invited speaker of Department of Philosophy at National Taiwan University, in Taipei.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:33:23 NO New trainers spend Valentine’s Day in Positive Space workshop <div>On Saturday, February 14, Valentine&sup1;s Day, 22 new trainers joined the Positive Space team. The new trainers included a mix of pre-service teachers, students completing service learning projects, nurse educators, guidance counsellors, school based nurses, StFX residence life team members and public health practitioners.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These trainers will be able to bring Positive Space 1 and Positive Space 2 to their respective working environments and provide workshops that challenge homophobia, transphobia and heteronormativity, and raises awareness and understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The five-hour Train the Trainer workshop was facilitated by Marie Brunelle, StFX&rsquo;s Human Rights and Equity Officer and Joanne Tompkins from the Faculty of Education who co-ordinate the Positive Space program.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Originally created as a joint program between the Antigonish Women&sup1;s Resource Center and the Human Rights and Equity Office at StFX, the Positive Space program has been working to create safe and positive space for LGBTQ individuals since 2003. Run entirely by volunteers the program has provided education and awareness to over 1,500 individuals in its 13 year history.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:57:18 NO StFX students impress, win two individual awards at Harvard Model United Nations <p>StFX students came away from this year&rsquo;s Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN), the largest, oldest and most extensive conference of its nature in the world, with impressive results. Two students won individual delegate awards as the university sent its largest contingent yet to compete at the 61st annual conference in Boston Feb. 12-15, 2015.</p> <div><span>It&rsquo;s the first time since StFX began its participation, that students have won individual honours. Bridget Burgess, a third-year political science student, won Honorable Mention, and Paul Rooney, an exchange student from Britain, won Verbal Commendation.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is an impressive accomplishment given the fact that out of 3,000 delegates, only about 100 individual delegate prizes are awarded,&rdquo; says Dr. Youngwon Cho, faculty advisor for StFX&rsquo;s Model UN Society.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This year StFX students clearly matched and in many instances outperformed students from much larger and far better-funded universities from around the world. Only four Canadian universities won any award at this year&rsquo;s HNMUN conference, and of these, StFX topped the list with two awards, a record tied with McGill.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year, 35 StFX students participated, in two separate delegations. One represented Sweden and Terre des Hommes and was fielded by 19 students taking a for-credit course in Model UN, a topics course offered by StFX&rsquo;s Department of Political Science and taught by Dr. Cho. The other delegation, representing Canada, was fielded by 16 students participating as an extracurricular activity.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both delegations are part of the StFX Model UN Society, led by William Zylmans, Allison Randall, and Elizabeth Burton.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>Founded in 1955, the HNMUN conference is the largest, oldest, and most extensive student-organized conference of this nature in the world. Over 3,000 delegates attended from some 300 universities and 68 countries around the world as the representatives of the member states of the UN, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the press corps. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>HNMUN simulates the activities of the United Nations in proposing, debating, and voting on resolutions on major global issues. The simulation takes place under various organs and committees of the UN, including those of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, specialized agencies, and regional organizations such as the European Union.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the agenda for this year&rsquo;s conference were issues such as ethnic crises, journalistic freedoms, efficient healthcare delivery, global arms trade, terrorism, legality of secession, the Eurozone debt crisis, reforming the global pharmaceutical industry, the Millennium Development Goals, urban refugees, water management, information technology and cybersecurity, space exploration, birth control and contraceptives in developing countries, and many more.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The conference offers a unique opportunity for the participating students to increase their awareness of global issues, experience the challenges of international negotiation and diplomacy, and meet and work with hundreds of other university students from diverse backgrounds.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Participating students in the course-based delegation are Amy Brierley, Stefanie Backs, Bridget Burgess, Elizabeth Burton, Adam Coveyduc, Travis Dagg, Alexia De Rocquigny, Cameron Fynney, Benjamin Gunn-Doerge, Megan Juurlink, Meghan Manning, Ben McGrath, Clara Pergola, Hilary Perry, Kayleena Schuh, Lyndsay Scovil, Geordie Summers-Lubar, Kerri Veno, and William Zylmans.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Students in the society-based delegation are Gerardo Aguilar, Kaitlyn Albani, Jennifer Anderson, Madison Arsenault, Joelle French, Mitchell Fuduric, Emily Gale, Gemma Glenn, Kuba Hass, Jessica LeClair, Michael Lesaux, Johnathan Nicholson, Allison Randall, Paul Rooney, Carly Smith, and Isaac Turner. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:35:02 NO UPDATE: StFX delays opening until 10PM today <p><span>To the StFX Community,</span></p> <p><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION"> </span></p> <div><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION"> <div><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION"> <div dir="auto"><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION"> <div><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION"> <div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Due to continuing poor weather conditions, please be advised that the university will delay opening until 10:00 PM today, Monday, February 16th.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the latest from StFX University, please check&nbsp;</span><a href=";h=mAQEsGx5b&amp;enc=AZMD6tvz_hmJeAnc5li0sXAgE1fc_MZdsOZo65voa2hYm69qqAbs_g41ZgeZScph9eoRlqDWZfIRIZaSXIqQHmiNiVc3_t5B2kgoPHdd4RN6XMeti2_nur07PxMjsqu6Die5xv6SVyz-H-Filw8UsjA4&amp;s=1"><span></span></a><span>, StFXUniversity on Facebook, or @stfxuniversity on Twitter.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </span></div> </span></div> </span></div> </span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 01:36:16 YES StFX closing today at 1PM <p><span>To the StFX Community,</span></p> <blockquote type="cite"><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION"> <div><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION"> <div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Due to deteriorating weather conditions, please be advised that the university will be closing at 1PM today until 10 PM, Sunday, February 15th.</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Essential services will be maintained (Morrison Hall, security, cleaning, and snow removal).</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the latest from StFX University regarding the storm, please check&nbsp;</span><a href=";h=mAQEsGx5b&amp;enc=AZMD6tvz_hmJeAnc5li0sXAgE1fc_MZdsOZo65voa2hYm69qqAbs_g41ZgeZScph9eoRlqDWZfIRIZaSXIqQHmiNiVc3_t5B2kgoPHdd4RN6XMeti2_nur07PxMjsqu6Die5xv6SVyz-H-Filw8UsjA4&amp;s=1"><span></span></a><span>, StFXUniversity on Facebook, or @stfxuniversity on Twitter.</span></p> </div> </span></div> </span></blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote type="cite"><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION"> <div><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION"> <div> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </span></div> </span></blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:44:44 YES StFX religious studies professor's book offers new scholarship on the Apostle Paul <p>A new book by StFX religious studies professor Dr. Ronald Charles is opening new scholarship on the Apostle Paul.</p> <div>In his first book, <em>Paul and the Politics of Diaspora</em>, released by Fortress Press in November 2014, Dr. Charles argues that Paul&rsquo;s diasporic condition was central to his life, mission and social relationships.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;One of the things I really wanted to look at was not theology, but the human behaviors and social realities that Paul was engaged in,&rdquo; Dr. Charles says of the book, a revised version of his doctoral dissertation undertaken at the University of Toronto.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Charles says it is commonplace knowledge today that Paul was a Jew of the Hellenistic Diaspora. But he wanted to explore this biographical datum further by investigating some questions related to the social, and to the religious/political identities of Paul in the diaspora.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I was reading a lot on Paul and I did not see one monograph solely devoted to Paul as a diasporic figure. I could find some articles, but nothing as a full-fledged study looking at Paul as an example of diasporic cultural production. I really wanted to fill in the gap in the scholarship,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What are some of the different social realities Paul was confronted with as he was crisscrossing different areas? There is stuff going on there that I wanted to explore in order to understand Paul&rsquo;s thinking, his self-identification, and his social and religious practices.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Through six chapters, Dr. Charles examines questions about Paul's identity as a diaspora Jew, his complicated relationship with a highly symbolized &ldquo;homeland,&rdquo; the motives of his daily work, and the ambivalence of his rhetoric.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> In the book, he argues for understanding a number of important aspects of Paul's identity and work, including the ways his interactions with others were conditioned, by his diaspora space, his self-understanding, and his experience &ldquo;among the nations.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Diaspora space is a key concept that allows Charles to show how Paul's travels and the collection project in particular can be read as a transcultural narrative,&rdquo; a synopsis of the book says. &ldquo;Understanding the dynamics of diaspora also allows Charles to bring new light to the conflict at Antioch (Galatians 1&ndash;2), Paul's relationships with the Gentiles in Galatia, and the fraught relationship with leaders in Jerusalem.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The author says he studies and teaches religion as a human phenomenon. The academic study of religion, according to Dr. Charles, is the study of the complexity and multiplicity of human behaviours, beliefs, scriptures, institutions, social systems, and the myths of origins. That&rsquo;s part of what he wanted to look at in the book.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important because many times there is a tendency in some readers to look at the Bible as being concerned with disembodied bodies, or as a text simply concerned with people thinking about theology and religious ideals. I wanted to explore the flesh and blood realities of different social actors in the ancient Mediterranean world. I think that&rsquo;s important.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> This approach may also help connect readers of today to some figures and events of the past, he says. &ldquo;We are not disembodied people, we are also flesh and blood.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Charles says another reason the topic was important to him is that the world today is full of people who have come from away, leaving him wondering about the mechanisms of living &ldquo;here&rdquo; and still having relationships with somewhere &ldquo;there&rdquo; and identifying and imagining where &ldquo;home&rdquo; is.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:20:24 NO NS Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Strang provides insight into health-related communications at StFX. <p>NS Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Strang provides insight into health-related communications at StFX.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There has been dialogue around campus relating to how the university makes decisions in regards to campus notifications related to health issues.&nbsp;</p> <p>Attached is a link to an audio clip from today&rsquo;s CBC Maritime Noon radio program in which Nova Scotia&rsquo;s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Strang, is interviewed and provides insight specifically about notifying the campus community regarding meningitis at StFX.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A transcription of the clip related to StFX is provided below for your reference.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>February 12, 2015 - CBC&rsquo;s Maritime Noon interview with Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer for Nova Scotia</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Maritime Noon host Norma Lee MacLeod</p> <p>StFX did issue a statement about an hour ago saying StFX University relies on the guidance of Nova Scotia Public Health. The statement says, StFX officials and Public Health&nbsp;were in mutual agreement that broad communication was not necessary given the circumstances of the case. Well for answers to some of these concerns we are joined by Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia&rsquo;s Chief Medical Officer of Health.</p> <p>Question: The first concern is from the students at StFX not being told about the case of meningitis at their school. The school has said you didn&rsquo;t advise them to tell studenst. Why not?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer for Nova Scotia</p> <p>Answer: We deal with every case - every case has unique circumstances and certainly the case at StFX&nbsp; - because of the limited contacts - there was really no reason to broadly communicate that to the campus community and we don&rsquo;t typically &ndash; you know &ndash; each case we say what&rsquo;s the communication needs that we need to do. We communicated as necessary. We certainly involved the right people at StFX to collectively to decide what&rsquo;s the communication needs to happen. We were in full agreement that there didn&rsquo;t need to be a broad communication on campus for that case.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Maritime Noon host Norma Lee MacLeod</p> <p>Question: In hindsight do you think students should have been told? They are wondering should have not have been told so they could take whatever precautions as they could?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer for Nova Scotia</p> <p>Answer: We certainly, the precautions that would be necessary are the precautions that we work with other universities and other institutions on an ongoing bases. We are in the middle of flu season and all those basic provincial messages were already out there. So we came &ndash; so we came to a joint conclusion that there wasn&rsquo;t &ndash; that there would be more risk in terms of unnecessary panic and concern by broad communication. I think people have to understand the context of StFX. It was totally different than Acadia, where we had a death of an individual and there was a huge amount of concern - the whole campus new about it -and there was a huge amount of concern to address after the fact. It&rsquo;s very different at StFX where certainly the people who needed to know &ndash; the close contacts - which were very limited - were contacted and communicated and again we came to a joint decision with StFX there wasn&rsquo;t need to broad campus communication.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alright we also heard from the mother of Acadia student concerned about leaving the province for February break&hellip;..&nbsp; (conversation turns to issues regarding Acadia)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To listen to the full interview, click here</p> <p><a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:43:15 YES