News StFX News en StFX librarian elected president of Atlantic Provinces Library Association <p><span>Suzanne van den Hoogen, a public services librarian at StFX&rsquo;s Angus L. Macdonald Library, has been elected to a three-year term as president of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA).</span></p> <div><span>The association is one of the most enduring library organizations in North America with a diverse membership representing all levels of interest and participation. It represents approximately 400 library workers and library supporters from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. van den Hoogen, who most recently served as ACLA&rsquo;s vice-president, says the association's mission is to promote the interests of libraries in the Atlantic provinces while fostering the development of librarians, library technicians and information professionals through cooperative efforts and the promotion of library interests.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I think this will be one of the best highlights of my professional career. You&rsquo;re representing the entire librarian profession for a region. It&rsquo;s an honour and a privilege and I&rsquo;m very humbled,&rdquo; Ms. van den Hoogen says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As president of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, she also becomes part of the national organization, The Partnership. She says it&rsquo;s an honour to provide a regional voice at the national level and that she is looking forward to sharing with and learning from colleagues.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s helping put a voice out there. We play a huge role with advocacy. It feels very good to be part of that,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As an example, Ms. van den Hoogen noted how the Atlantic association supported its Newfoundland and Labrador colleagues with a recent letter writing campaign when that provincial government announced a plan to close 54 libraries. The government has since halted its plan until further consultation. Ms. van den Hoogen says it feel great to have played a part in this. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s part of what we do.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:16:08 NO Steve and Kathy Smith donate family home to StFX University <p><span>Steve and Kathy Smith&rsquo;s exceptional generosity to his alma mater continued today with the news that the St. Francis Xavier University alumnus, businessman, philanthropist and president and CEO of The Central Group of Companies and his wife have donated their family home to the university.</span></p> <div><span>Located on Nicholson Court in Antigonish, the 1994-constructed home will be used as the official residence for StFX University presidents and their families. It will be known as The Smith House.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX has long played an integral role in our community of Antigonish. With our recent move to Doctor&rsquo;s Brook, we recognized an opportunity we thought may help the university,&rdquo; says Mr. Smith. &ldquo;Our hope is that the home will be used as an additional resource to further the academic mission, not only by providing living quarters, but by providing space to host guests and small university functions.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The gift is the latest in the Smiths' long legacy of support for StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Steve and Kathy are true leaders who care deeply about building community,&rdquo; says StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald. &ldquo;They are among StFX&rsquo;s greatest friends and on behalf of the university community, I thank them for their ongoing support. The Smith House will honour their generosity and legacy for generations to come.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over the years, Steve has both chaired and contributed a leadership gift to StFX&rsquo;s Expanding Futures local campaign, and co-chaired a community campaign to help provide a new home for the Coady International Institute. For this, he challenged the Antigonish community that he and Kathy would match $1 for every $2 raised, up to a $1 million personal gift. He also served two terms on the StFX Board of Governors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Smith founded the Central Group not long after graduating from StFX in 1974. He began his business out of the back of a pick-up truck. Central is now one of the largest building supply companies east of Montreal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Business is only one-half of the Steve and Kathy Smith story. Few Nova Scotians have contributed as generously to their community as they have. Whether supporting education, arts and culture, sports teams, or contributing to St. Martha&rsquo;s Regional Hospital, the Smiths have a long history of giving back. Steve has been recognized with philanthropic awards on numerous occasions as well as an honorary degree from StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:42:01 NO Finding the Right Words: StFX faculty spark international academic interest with Gaelic headstone inscription research <p><span>The scarcity of Gaelic headstone inscriptions has long puzzled academics studying the Scottish diaspora. This dearth, however, is more apparent than real as proven in a recent paper, &ldquo;Finding the Right Words: Gaelic Headstones in the Cemeteries of Cape Breton and Eastern Nova Scotia,&rdquo; given by StFX faculty members Drs. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell and Michael Linkletter at the 2016 <em>Rannaschadh na G&agrave;idhlig</em> conference at Sabhal M&ograve;r Ostaig in Skye, Scotland.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Dr. Stanley-Blackwell of the Department of History and Dr. Linkletter of the Department of Celtic Studies are currently compiling an inventory of Gaelic headstone inscriptions, both old and modern, in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. The earliest example that they have identified in Maritime Canada dates from 1825. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Although it is said that &ldquo;dead men tell no tales,&rdquo; their headstone inscriptions certainly do. Drs. Stanley-Blackwell and Linkletter will be sharing their findings at the upcoming Harvard Celtic Colloquium in October. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their research has sparked international academic interest, for it examines an overlooked facet of Scottish immigrant material culture and offers scholars the means to track through time via inscription samples the trajectories of Gaelic language maintenance, language loss, and language renewal.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During a recent visit to Scotland, the two faculty members conducted research in approximately 30 cemeteries in the Western Highlands and Islands for their SSHRC-funded Insight Development Grant.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:02:30 NO StFX chosen to host Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games Athlete’s Village and Sports <p>St. Francis Xavier University has been chosen as a host for Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games&rsquo; athlete&rsquo;s village and several sports.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is truly an exciting day for StFX, our town and county,&rdquo; said StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald during the announcement. &ldquo;This is a very important announcement. It is a tremendous honour to host these games. I am absolutely certain we will leave a StFX thumbprint on the athletics and host the best Special Olympics ever,&rdquo; added Dr. MacDonald. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t wait until 2018. It&rsquo;s going to be a wonderful games.&rdquo;</p> <p>Special Olympics Canada also announced today the Town of Antigonish will also play host. This will be the second time the province has held a national summer games, having last hosted the event in 1994. StFX and Antigonish were chosen due to the tremendous experience the area has from hosting Special Olympics Nova Scotia.</p> <p>The announcement was made by StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald, Antigonish Mayor Carl Chisolm and Antigonish businessman Marc Champoux; representatives from the provincial chapter, and Sharon Bollenbach CEO of Special Olympics Canada.</p> <p>&ldquo;Special Olympics Canada is thrilled that Antigonish will be the home of the 2018 Summer Games,&rdquo; said Sharon Bollenbach, CEO, Special Olympics Canada. &ldquo;Antigonish has been a pillar of community and volunteer support for Special Olympics Nova Scotia, and we are excited to be welcoming the national games, Special Olympics Canada&rsquo;s signature sport competition, and all the excitement it brings to the area.&rdquo;</p> <p>Special Olympics announced Co-Chairs of the Games Organizing Committee: Carl Chisholm, Mayor of Town of Antigonish, and well-known businessman and StFX alumnus, Marc Champoux.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sport has played a large role in my life and that of my family. Being able to combine this passion with a great organization brings me tremendous pride and excitement as we seek to create the best national games experience for all the athletes,&rdquo; says Co-Chair Marc Champoux.</p> <p>&ldquo;Having personally witnessed the power of Special Olympics on both the local and national level, I couldn&rsquo;t be more proud to have the games hosted in Antigonish and play a role in making this great event happen,&rdquo; says Co-Chair Carl Chisholm.</p> <p>There are nine sports featured at the games: athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball and swimming. The games will attract over 900 athletes, close to 300 coaches, officials and mission staff, 600 volunteers, and over 3,000 spectators.</p> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:44:51 NO Family, faith and education. Children of Evelyn and Denis Morris set up $250,000 scholarship fund in their honour <p><span>Evelyn and Denis Morris have always believed in family, faith and education. And they&rsquo;ve always believed in StFX.</span></p> <div><span>Now, their eight children are honouring their love, legacy, and commitment to higher education by establishing a $250,000 scholarship fund in their name that will help young people realize their dreams.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Evelyn and Denis Morris Scholarship Fund is part of the Xaverian Fund for Scholarships and Bursaries established by StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald, and will provide $10,000 a year for students in financial need. The first scholarship will be presented to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Evelyn&rsquo;s StFX graduation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald established the Xaverian Fund with a goal of raising $50 million so that all academically focused and socially engaged students can attend StFX regardless of financial background.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We wanted to do this as a tribute to the investment they made in our education, to set up this fund in their name,&rdquo; says daughter Clare (Morris) Bilek, speaking on behalf of the family.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Without their investment, we wouldn&rsquo;t be in a position to contribute. It was always about education. Family, faith and education. That&rsquo;s the three pillars of our family.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The family made the scholarship fund announcement during a Morris family celebration dinner in Halifax in June. The family&rsquo;s strong connection with StFX stretches back for decades. Evelyn was a StFX graduate of 1957 and one of eight Mooney siblings who attended StFX from Saint John, NB. Out of eight Morris children, six attended StFX during the 1980s and &rsquo;90s. Today, a third generation is graduating with already four grandchildren wearing the X-Ring. Of three generations of the Mooney family, approximately 40 family members have attended StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>DEEPLY TOUCHED</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX President Dr. MacDonald was deeply moved by the Morris family gift.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The Xaverian Fund is one of my key priorities as President and the generosity of the Morris family helps us get that much closer to the $50 million dollar goal, but also, the Morris gift, represents what StFX was built upon&mdash;core values of community, assisting others whoever they may be, strong faith and love of family, and finally, the pursuit of a quality education,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;On behalf of StFX, we are so very pleased for the gift and extend our collective thanks to the Morris family.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Iain Boyd, Chief Campaign Officer for the Xaverian Fund, said &ldquo;the Morris Scholarship honouring Evelyn and Denis establishes a lasting legacy to two special people.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This new scholarship will make it possible for academically focused students who lack the financial resources to be able to attend StFX. I hope other families follow suit and consider honouring their loved ones in a similar way,&rdquo; Mr. Boyd said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>PLEASED IT WAS A GIFT FOR OTHERS</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As for their parents&rsquo; reaction?</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They were thrilled and very surprised that their children would do this,&rdquo; Ms. Bilek says. &ldquo;They were very pleased that it was a gift to others, that their children would come together to help other people in their name.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We really thought there was no better way to honour them than to help others who many not otherwise have the opportunity to attend StFX due to financial circumstances,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX has served us well in providing us an excellent education, and instilling in us the value of education.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Bilek says the idea for the scholarship fund originated with brother Kevin Morris, who is on the StFX Board of Governors. Kevin, she says, was inspired by the wonderful example of board chair Mark Wallace who recently donated $1 million to the Xaverian Fund.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Wallace is also a close family friend, who grew up across the street from the Morris family in Halifax. Ms. Bilek says it was remarkable and special to have him in attendance at the celebration dinner in June. StFX Chancellor Dr. Susan Crocker also attended and spoke at the celebration.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>NO BETTER WAY TO SAY THANKS</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kevin took the idea for the fund to his siblings.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There was no hesitation in agreeing to this. It was a wonderful idea and a very timely one. There is no better way to thank our parents for what they did for us.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;All eight of us did contribute, even the two non-StFX siblings,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Evelyn&rsquo;s sister Gertrude Mooney &rsquo;65 also generously contributed to the scholarship fund.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The family has strong ties with StFX. Evelyn will celebrate her diamond reunion in 2017. She graduated first in her class in home economics, and was very active during her student days at StFX. She was involved in the tutoring society, in theatre, with the Xaverian Annual Yearbook, and was part of the student council at Mount Saint Bernard. In her graduating yearbook, she was noted among the &ldquo;Who&rsquo;s Who.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She kept involved with alumni events and remained friends with a large circle from StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It was always part of our lives, seeing those X-Rings together,&rdquo; Ms. Bilek says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Even today, the younger generation see the sense of community at StFX. &ldquo;They see the lifelong ties we have and they want to be a part of that.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says their dad, a Saint Mary&rsquo;s University graduate, has always been StFX&rsquo;s number one supporter. He&rsquo;s attended many an alumni event and sports events with their mother, driven children to StFX, and has been a proud father of many Xaverian alumni. &ldquo;He really is an honorary Xaverian,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With student debt becoming a barrier to education, Ms. Bilek says she would encourage other families if they have the means to consider something similar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is a really worthwhile place to put an investment. Education is an investment in the future of our students.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Morris children include Patricia Bryson, Denis &rsquo;82, Barbara Morrison, Joseph &rsquo;85, Kevin &rsquo;87, Kathleen Bekkers &rsquo;89, Gertrude Kells &rsquo;92, and Clare Bilek &rsquo;99.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:28:48 NO Town hall meeting updates campus community on Presidential Task Force <p><span>Determining a path to a sustainable future was the topic of discussion at StFX during a recent town hall meeting.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Dr. Kevin Wamsley, Academic Vice President &amp; Provost, and Bob Hale, Head of Student Services, hosted a town hall session on Friday, June 30 that updated the campus community on progress made over the past seven months in implementing the recommendations of the <em>Report of the Presidential Task Force: &nbsp;Sustaining the Academic Priorities of StFX 2013-2018.<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </em></div> <div>The meeting was the third campus update since the President&rsquo;s Council received the report about 18 months ago.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Town hall meetings, held approximately every six months, are designed to provide an update on where the implementation of the Presidential Task Force report stands and what it will look like in the future, Dr. Wamsley said.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Progress has been careful and deliberate and we are now able to rate 83 per cent of the programs as either showing &lsquo;significant progress&rsquo; or being &lsquo;complete/operationalized,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> In providing the update and speaking to the strategy to lead StFX towards a sustainable future in the coming years, both speakers provided examples of what has been done to date with programs that were placed in the &lsquo;priority to enhance,&rsquo; &lsquo;revise,&rsquo; and &lsquo;unsustainable&rsquo; categories.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> As examples, they spoke about enhancements that have happened in the Economics Department, with Course-Based Service Learning and with the Coady International Institute. These enhancements, which are not always financial, Dr. Wamsley noted, ranged from working to better intertwine Coady and StFX expertise, to securing more publicity and working to secure external funding sources for service learning.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a matter of looking at the whole picture for the department to see what the department needs,&rdquo; Dr. Wamsley explained.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> They also reported progress on programs that had been targeted as unsustainable, including StFX Football, the Music Department and Extension, and how these areas have worked over the past months to make concerted efforts to respond to the report recommendations, and how these efforts may help shape future direction. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What we&rsquo;re talking about is sustaining the future of StFX,&rdquo; Dr. Wamsley said.</div> <div><br /> As the speakers provided specific examples of outcomes from the report, Dr. Wamsley noted how these recommendations are worked into the daily operation of the university&mdash;helping to guide investment and change that will help enhance the StFX experience.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Our purpose is to sustain the kind of university we want, the education that we provide.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This is how the task force report is going to help us,&rdquo; he says, noting already how the committee&rsquo;s work is having a direct impact in influencing StFX&rsquo;s strategic plan and decision making across campus.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This isn&rsquo;t something that sits on the shelf,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It is a road map to our future.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Recommendations from the Presidential Task Force are also helping inform quality checks at StFX, to ensure the university is heading in a direction that we as a collective want.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Was it helpful? Yes,&rdquo; Mr. Hale says. &ldquo;It was certainly worthwhile,&rdquo; he said as he noted the amount of changes that have already been made, often simple things, like taking telephones that students seldom use out of residences, and reinvesting that money into more appropriate places.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> It&rsquo;s all contributing toward the long term sustainability of StFX, he said.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What the Presidential Task Force set out to do is to make this a university that is sustainable into the future,&rdquo; Dr. Wamsley echoed.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Both speakers say the findings of the report are continuing to have a strong influence on decision-making across campus, and that the university will continue working on recommendations over the next year. The university will also begin the transition to an Integrated Budgeting and Planning system. The Presidential Task Force will only disappear in name, it will not disappear in function, Dr. Wamsley noted.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> A final update from the implementations of the recommendations will be provided to the campus community in spring 2017, they said.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Slides from the presentation and the progress reports are available at <a href=" "></a>. The reports contain both progress ratings for departments and a narrative description on what has been done in each area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:44:58 NO X-Chem keeps in step with province and prioritizes Coding <p><span>Children heading off to St. Francis Xavier University&rsquo;s X-Chem camp this summer are getting a head start on something the provincial government says is becoming an educational priority.</span></p> <div>X-Chem is one of a few summer camps in the province that teaches computer coding. This year X-Chem is incorporating a Codemaker Day into all camps, as well as having two dedicated Codemaker camps. Next week will be the first Codemaker camp of the summer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;All X-Chem participants will get a chance to experience coding,&rdquo; says StFX chemistry professor and X-Chem founder Dr. Truis Smith-Palmer. &ldquo;Students will experience, not only coding on the computer but take part in hands-on experiments that help children learn about coding.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Students will use &lsquo;Makey Makey&rsquo; kits with which they interface all sorts of everyday objects with a computer,&rdquo; added Dr. Smith-Palmer. Younger students will make things such as conductive play dough. These activities are in line with the province&rsquo;s Education Action Plan and ACTUA which supports X-Chem and inspires youth through digital literacy and computer science.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last fall, the province stated that coding, an initiative in Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education, is an essential skill which promotes problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and innovation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>X-Chem is a multifaceted outreach program with over 20 years of experience engaging youth in science. The goal is to inspire curiosity in youth and stimulate an interest in science. X-Chem provides children with an opportunity to do hands-on science and to connect children to working scientists.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more info about the camps go to <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:49:36 NO Canada Post Work Stoppage Contingency Planning <p><span>In light of the lockout notice issued by Canada Post, postal services could be suspended as early as Monday, July 11th. The following contingency plans have been established for the StFX Campus:</span></p> <p>1. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;To avoid the potential of items getting caught in the mail system in the event of a work stoppage, cheques for supplier/vendor invoice payments will be held for pickup in the Business Office starting today, Thursday, July 7th. &nbsp;Staff and suppliers are responsible to make their own arrangements by contacting the Business Office (902-867-2360). &nbsp;Any cheques not picked up will be mailed when Canada Post resumes full services. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>2. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;StFX has a contract with UPS for internal groups requiring courier services. Please use your university UPS account or contact Chris Wesley, Central Shipping/Receiving at Ext. 3997 for assistance.&nbsp;</p> <p>3. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Inter-office mail will not be affected.</p> <p>4. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Campus Post Office hours of operation will remain the same until further notice. However, external mail will not be delivered to Canada Post during the lockout.</p> <p>The following link provides additional general information on potential &nbsp;impacts of a Canada Post labour disruption:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Thank you,&nbsp;</p> <p>Helen MacGregor CPA, CMA</p> <p>Director of Finance</p> <p>StFX University</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:26:49 YES StFX's Dr. Charmaine McPherson President-Elect of College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia <p>St. Francis Xavier University would like to congratulate Dr. Charmaine McPherson, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Chair of University Faculty, for being selected as President-Elect of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia. <br /> <br /> Dr. McPherson took office July 1. She has been supporting and enhancing nursing education at StFX for 26 years. Dr. McPherson earned her BScN at StFX, Masters of Science at Boston College, then went on to McMaster University to receive her PhD. She is a public systems and &lsquo;Health in all Policy&rsquo; expert with policy case study methodology expertise. <br /> <br /> She brings a unique blend of 28 years of administrative, community mental health, and academic leadership to her applied health research program. Her program of research uses a social justice-health equity lens to focus on public system strengthening through innovative service and policy design for population health. <br /> <br /> Dr. McPherson engages collaboratively at multiple levels and across sectors. She can be found consulting and advising locally with hospital and public health partners regarding equitable healthcare access, provincially for innovative health promotion policy and programming, and globally through the World Health Organization headquarters regarding health system strengthening through primary health care. She commits much time at a systems level advancing improved health outcomes through organizations such as the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia and the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS), in addition to several other community-based service boards. In 2015, she was inducted into the prestigious NSHRF Decade Club. <br /> <br /> The CRNNS is the body that regulates the practice of more than 10,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners to protect and serve the public interest in Nova Scotia. The College has been in existence for 106 years.</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 08:57:10 NO International graduate students join StFX Marine Ecology Lab <p><span>Two new international graduate students have been attracted to StFX to complete their research work. The Marine Ecology Lab of StFX biology professor Dr. Ricardo Scrosati has recruited graduate students, Sonja Ehlers, a master&rsquo;s of science student from the University of G&ouml;ttingen, Germany, and Willy Petzold, a PhD student from the University of Bremen, Germany.</span></p> <div>Using a variety of field experiments, Ms. Ehlers&rsquo; thesis will investigate the ecological role that waterborne chemical cues from marine predators have on the growth and demography of marine prey. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>For her research, she will use blue mussels (the prey) and predatory snails, which are common on Nova Scotia shores and suitable for this study. Dr. Scrosati says this research will build on findings his lab has obtained through the research of other students in recent years.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Petzold will complete his PhD thesis, investigating how coastal oceanographic conditions influence the dynamics of intertidal invertebrates and seaweeds and, ultimately, the intertidal biodiversity along the Atlantic coast of mainland Nova Scotia, about 400 km. &ldquo;The scale of this project is unprecedented for our region, and it will serve to compare the marine ecology of our coast with other coasts where similar studies have recently been conducted, most notably the Pacific coast,&rdquo; Dr. Scrosati says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>An important component of the work of these students, he says, is that it will allow undergraduate students to collaborate in specific parts of the projects, resulting in an interactive environment that students often find stimulating and productive.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:53:07 NO StFX student named a German Academic Exchange Service Young Ambassador <p><span>Daniel Guhl will have a new role at StFX this year &ndash; helping other students learn about the benefits of studying abroad in Germany.</span></p> <div>The fourth year StFX student, taking German courses in the Modern Languages Department and studying in the Gerald Schwartz School of Business, has been selected to serve as a German Academic Exchange Service DAAD Young Ambassador for the 2016-17 academic year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.</div> <div><br /> Mr. Guhl spent a semester in Germany during the 2015-16 academic year and participated in a study trip to Berlin in 2015.</div> <div><br /> His role as a DAAD Young Ambassador will be to promote the possibilities of study in Germany, to help inspire fellow students to study abroad in Germany, to volunteer at study abroad fairs, and to organize campus events.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It is a great honour to be selected as the first DAAD Young Ambassador at StFX,&rdquo; Mr. Guhl says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I am very excited for this opportunity. My time in Germany did not end when I left the country. The connections I have made and the lessons learned have benefited me in school and outside of it. I look forward to sharing my passion for education and travel to students looking to study abroad. Using the lessons I learned in the German courses at X and knowledge gained from the DAAD, I hope to make future exchange students experiences stress free and full of adventure.&quot; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 06:14:43 NO Chemistry professor receives invitation to contribute to two special journal issues <p><span>Professor Manuel Aquino of StFX&rsquo;s Department of Chemistry has received invitations within the last 18 months to contribute to two special issues of the prestigious inorganic chemistry journal, <em>Inorganica Chimica Acta</em>. &nbsp;</span></p> <div>The first contribution entitled &ldquo;Compromising the Metal-Metal Bond in Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate,&rdquo; published in January 2015 in an issue to honour the passing of Prof. F.A. Cotton (a pioneer in the field of inorganic/coordination chemistry), included contributions from 40 of the top inorganic/coordination chemists in the world.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It was already a great honour for me to be included in such a distinguished field of inorganic chemists that it came as an added surprise to get a second invite this year,&rdquo; Dr. Aquino says.</div> <div><br /> The second paper, entitled &ldquo;Disassembly of Diruthenium(II,III) Tetraacetate with P-N Donor Ligands,&rdquo; to be published in the September 2016 issue of <em>Inorganica Chimica Acta</em>, is in honour of the recently deceased Prof. Karen Brewer (another pioneer, this time in the area of ruthenium chemistry) and drew in 40 of the world&rsquo;s top ruthenium chemists.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Of all the metals in the periodic table, ruthenium is one of the most studied,&rdquo; says Dr. Aquino.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;To be included in these special issues speaks to the great work that my undergraduate and graduate students have done over the past 22 years on some of the very fundamental aspects of ruthenium coordination chemistry. The world has lost two exceptional chemists and I feel privileged to contribute some of our work in their honour.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:47:15 NO StFX is pleased to offer a new pathway for graduates of NSCC's two year LPN diploma program As part of the Nova Scotia Nursing Education Review, the Departments of Labour and Advanced Education and Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia’s University Schools of Nursing, the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia have worked together to find a way to fairly and consistently recognize prior learning and experience of qualified LPNs who choose to enter Nova Scotia's BScN programs. St. Francis Xavier University and Cape Breton University have been collaborating to determine a pathway that will offer qualified LPNs block credit for their prior education and work experience and bridging courses that would allow them to apply to our Accelerated BScN Program. StFX is offering this LPN to BScN pathway with the first cohort of LPN students joining the Accelerated BScN Program in May 2017. There will be 20 seats available for students who are graduates of NSCC in 2008 or later and have at least one year work experience. For further information about the LPN-BScN pathway, please refer to the StFX Admissions department website under Admission Requirement <a href="" title=""></a>. Inquiries may be directed to <a href=""></a>. Applications will be accepted up to August 1, 2016. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:32:55 YES Dr. Karen Brebner announced as Dean of Arts <p><span>Today, Dr. Kevin Wamsley, Academic Vice-President&nbsp;and Provost, St. Francis Xavier University, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Karen Brebner as Dean of Arts.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Dr. Brebner, a neuroscientist and specialist in the neuroscience of addiction,&nbsp;has been&nbsp;a member of the Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology, at StFX since 2006. In 2015-16, she served as Interim Dean of Arts.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Dr. Brebner has an excellent track record as an outstanding researcher in her field and has been a principal investigator on top-tiered research grants totaling almost $500,000 during her career at StFX. Dr. Brebner&rsquo;s work has centred primarily on investigating the utility of newly developed pharmacotherapeutic agents that have the potential to treat addiction.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The members of the Dean of Arts Search Committee were very pleased in selecting Dr. Brebner to fill the position following an extensive international search.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&ldquo;I think Karen will be an exceptional Dean,&rdquo; says Dr. Wamsley. &ldquo;She will provide the Faculty of Arts with spirited and insightful leadership which will lead to success in a very difficult climate for the Arts. The Faculty of Arts at StFX is a very diverse group of outstanding teachers and skilled researchers who are very committed to their students and to their disciplines. Dr. Brebner&rsquo;s work in developing the Health Studies Colloquium and co-leading the university&rsquo;s Academic Ideas Initiative has clearly demonstrated her skill in inspiring colleagues to combine traditional expertise with innovation.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&ldquo;I am grateful for the support of the Faculty of Arts and promise to continue with my efforts to ensure that the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts are a central part of our academic mission at StFX,&rdquo; says Dr. Brebner.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Dr. Brebner received a BA Hons. in English from StFX and both her MSC and PhD degrees in Neuroscience from Carleton University.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Kevin B. Wamsley, PhD</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Academic Vice President &amp; Provost</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">St. Francis Xavier University</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:49:43 YES StFX music grad Breagh MacKinnon signs with Warner Music Canada <p><span>A StFX music grad has signed a deal with Warner Music Canada.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Breagh Mackinnon, who graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music with honours, is part of the band Port Cities, which just signed with the well-known label on June 16.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are all super excited about working with the team at Warner Music Canada,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;They seem like an amazing group of people who are really passionate about helping us build our fanbase over the next few months as we get ready to release our album. As a new band, this is such a big step towards building our profile here in Canada,&rdquo; says Ms. Mackinnon who was well known during her student days at StFX as the singer-songwriter from Sydney, NS won several external musical awards during this time.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> She says the band came together about a year ago.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro and I have been playing music together since we met at the 2011 Gordie Sampson Songcamp. Although we each had own solo projects, over the past several years we found ourselves collaborating more often than not,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;We were sharing stages at festivals and concerts, performing as side musicians in each other&rsquo;s band, and writing together for recording projects. A little over a year ago we joined forces, and decided to make it official by forming a band, that's when Port Cities got started.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> This winter they finished their first full-length record, produced by Grammy winning songwriter Gordie Sampson. Ms. Mackinnon says manager Sheri Jones has been shopping it around to labels since then.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Mackinnon says her time at StFX was a good experience. &ldquo;I had some amazing professors who really helped me hone my skills as a musician, composer and arranger. I feel so lucky to have spent four years studying something I truly loved and was really passionate about.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:34:37 NO