News StFX News en Tree dedication, Fall Gaelic Day, panel discussion and book launches among events to celebrate Celtic scholarship and Gaelic culture at StFX this month <p>Celtic scholarship and culture will be in the spotlight over the next week with a panel discussion, book launches, the annual Fall Gaelic Day and a tree dedication ceremony in memory of longtime Celtic Studies professor, the late Dr. Ken Nilsen.</p> <div>Events get underway Thursday, Nov. 20 with <em>Gaelic and the Nova Scotia Economy: A Panel Discussion</em>, from 7-9 p.m. in Schwartz 156. This discussion is inspired by the Now or Never Report and the One NS Coalition, and is sponsored by Roinn na Ceiltis/Department of Celtic Studies at StFX and Comhairle na G&agrave;idhlig/the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Panelists will include Lewis MacKinnon, CEO, Oifis Iomairtean na G&agrave;idhlig/Office of Gaelic Affairs; the Hon. Rodney MacDonald, CEO, Colaisde na G&agrave;idhlig/The Gaelic College; Lauchie MacLean, President and CEO, Glenora Distillery; and Rankin MacSween, President, New Dawn Enterprises and Member of One NS Coalition. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Tom Urbaniak, Department of Political Science, Cape Breton University.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> A tea will precede the event starting at 6:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><br /> On Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m., members of the StFX and local community are invited to gather in front of Immaculata Hall for a tree dedication ceremony in memory of the late Dr. Ken Nilsen, a longtime StFX professor and a former department chair. &nbsp;</div> <div>The Annual Fall Gaelic Day follows the tree dedication ceremony on Sat., Nov. 22 from 1-4 p.m. at Immaculata 205. All are invited to join the StFX Celtic Studies faculty, students and Gaelic community members for an afternoon of Gaelic conversation, tea, songs and storytelling, a milling frolic and more.</div> <div><br /> On Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., a book launch to celebrate several works will be held at Immaculata Foyer with a wine and cheese reception to follow.</div> <div><br /> The three books to be launched include: 1. <em>F&ograve;gradh, F&agrave;isneachd, Filidheachd/Parting, Prophecy, Poetry</em>, by John A. MacPherson and Michael Linkletter (StFX Celtic Studies Department member); 2. <em>A Student&rsquo;s Companion to Old Irish Grammar</em>, by Ranke de Vries (StFX Celtic Studies Department member); and 3. <em>Rudan M&igrave;-bheanailteach is an Cothroman, D&agrave;in/Intangible Possibilities, Poems</em>, by Lewis MacKinnon, StFX alumnus and CEO of the Nova Scotia Office of Gaelic Affairs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All are welcome to attend.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:30:07 NO Theatre Antigonish's opening night of Frankenstein to support Xaverian Legacy Fund <p>It&rsquo;s a chance to support Theatre Antigonish and StFX&rsquo;s Xaverian Legacy Fund all in one great night when Theatre Antigonish presents its latest production, Frankenstein.</p> <div>Earlier this year, StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald introduced the Xaverian Legacy Fund, a drive to raise $25 million over the next five years to provide scholarships and bursaries for future generations of StFX students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Theatre Antigonish is honoured to assist with this great cause and will proudly donate all box office proceeds from the Thursday, Nov. 20th opening night of Frankenstein to the Xaverian Legacy Fund, says Theatre Antigonish artistic director Ed Thomason.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald will be the honoured guest at the opening night production, which takes place at 8 p.m. at the Bauer Theatre.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a symbolic gesture. It&rsquo;s our little show of support. We really want to get behind the Xaverian Legacy Fund, a fantastic drive to provide bursaries and scholarships,&rdquo; says Mr. Thomason, who is directing Frankenstein.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We very much welcomed Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s embracing of the arts,&rdquo; Mr. Thomason said, mentioning how Dr. MacDonald in his inaugural speech when he was introduced as StFX&rsquo;s 18th President, mentioned his first date with his future wife was at a production at the Bauer Theatre.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Part of his mentioning the theatre was a kind of gesture to the broader campus life,&rdquo; Mr. Thomason says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;When our technical director Ian Pygott mentioned at one of our meetings, &lsquo;why don&rsquo;t we give something back?&rsquo;, all of us at the Bauer said &lsquo;that&rsquo;s a great idea, let&rsquo;s do it&rsquo; because we are very much in sympathy with what Kent MacDonald is bringing, and we feel we have a place in that, as a vital part of campus.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Frankenstein runs at the Bauer Theatre Nov. 20-23.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and are available by emailing <a href=""></a>, or online at &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:58:12 NO StFX's Coady Institute offers new fellowship program for graduating students at four Canadian universities <p><em><span>Applications now open for OceanPath Fellowships</span></em></p> <div><span>Following a launch event in Montreal on Wednesday, November 12th, up to 12 qualified graduating students from four major Canadian universities are now able to apply for a fully-funded, one-year fellowship to pursue community-based development initiatives - whether in their own neighbourhood, elsewhere in Canada or in an international location.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The universities include: St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS; McGill University in Montreal; the University of Ottawa and Queen&rsquo;s University in Kingston, Ontario.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Pathy Family Foundation, a Montreal-based private foundation, worked closely with Coady International Institute in redesigning the fellowship program, offered previously at McGill, uOttawa and Queen&rsquo;s, where it was known as the PFF Community Leadership program. The Institute will manage the new fellowship program for five years, which means as many as 60 young Canadians will have the opportunity to explore their development ideas.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very excited to partner with three other exceptional universities,&rdquo; says Dr. John Gaventa, director of StFX University&rsquo;s Coady International Institute. &ldquo;This generous fellowship opens up a world of opportunity for young Canadians who are passionate about creating positive social change with communities - whether at home or abroad.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the 2015/16 cohort, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and a full-time undergraduate or masters student who will graduate between now and the spring of 2015. Students who are accepted will take a three-week foundations course at Coady Institute next June. Nine months of their one-year fellowship will be spent in the location of their community initiatives.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fellowship provides up to $25,000 in funding for a monthly living allowance, travel-related expenses and eligible project costs.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Details of the OceanPath Fellowship, and the application form, are available at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>. Applications close February 12, 2015.&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:46:27 NO NSSSA, StFX partnership to create unique opportunity for young leaders of Nova Scotia <p><span>The Nova Scotia Secondary School Students' Association (NSSSA) and St. Francis Xavier University are pleased to join together to announce an exciting new three-year partnership focused on student leadership development.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>For the next three years, StFX will be the host site for the NSSSA&rsquo;s annual provincial conference, which each May brings up to 700 high school student delegates together to an event designed to help students become stronger leaders and build important life skills.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both StFX and the NSSSA, a non-profit organization run by student leaders for the benefit of high school students across Nova Scotia, have long traditions of fostering leadership development. Both partners say they are excited to see what the results will be together.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The long time reputation both the NSSSA and StFX have as being key players in the field of leadership development can forecast just how phenomenal this partnership will be. As one of the two co-chairs who will be planning the 2015 provincial NSSSA conference, I can say with great confidence that we have made the right choice in bringing the conference to StFX,&rdquo; says Claire Haliburton, NSSSA Conference Committee Co-Chair.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The university is offering us a new beginning by welcoming us, along with hundreds of student leaders from across Nova Scotia to their campus this May. The NSSSA offers a one-of-a-kind, 100 per cent student-run leadership experience, and StFX is giving us the perfect environment to serve these leaders in a safe, heroic environment.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;StFX is a great home for the NSSSA provincial conference. I am confident that both the NSSSA and StFX have the same focus when it comes to student leadership, and each party will do everything we can to give students the tools they need to develop their leadership skills in a safe and welcoming environment,&rdquo; says Molly Marcott, NSSSA Conference Committee Co-Chair.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;The university recognizes the importance of building and fostering student leadership, and the NSSSA has been committed to that same goal for over 20 years. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s a great fit for everyone involved.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &quot;Our entire organization is buzzing with the excitement of the NSSSA's partnership with StFX,&rdquo; says NSSSA President Holly Davy. &ldquo;After a long history of strong support, we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to work side by side with one of Nova Scotia's top universities to develop strong leaders within our students. The enthusiasm of the staff and student leaders at StFX is unmatched, and the focus on leadership in every aspect of the university has made StFX an ideal partner for the NSSSA.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;As we move into our annual conference season, we look forward to incorporating a variety of initiatives with the university that will provide Nova Scotian students with an unparalleled leadership experience, in the lead up to the much anticipated Provincial Leadership Conference being held at StFX this May,&quot; she says.</div> <div><br /> StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald welcomed the partnership.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We are thrilled to be strengthening our partnership with the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students&rsquo; Association, a student-run organization that shares our focus on leadership development,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald says. &ldquo;We see this partnership as a natural fit with our long history on the StFX campus of fostering leadership.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;These are bright, young high school students poised to make important contributions. We look forward to the opportunity to help inspire, instruct and challenge them and help prepare them with key leadership skills.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Haliburton says the new partnership formed between NSSSA and StFX will serve thousands of students and alumni from both sides of the partnership, creating a unique opportunity for the young leaders of Nova Scotia. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The greatest interest is in the benefit of the students by fostering leadership in every way possible, and giving them the tools to build on the skills they already have, take charge, and play an influential role in their school or community,&rdquo; she says. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The NSSSA has always had a phenomenal reputation surrounding leadership in a high school setting since 1992, and StFX values leadership in the same way. The partnership has already become so much more than a venue, and I am excited to see where it will lead in the future!&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The 2015 provincial conference takes place at StFX from May 15-17. Registration opens December 1.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:23:55 NO StFX alumni leaders to share tips, experiences with students about career pathways <p><span>Four dynamic StFX alumni&mdash;whose vast career experiences range from music to medicine, First Nations leadership to politics to the arts to international development&mdash;will speak with current StFX students on Friday, Nov. 14 in an event designed to help students with career planning post-graduation. Everyone is welcome to attend.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The alumni leaders will speak about their life and career experiences in Pathways to Careers, StFX Alumni Leaders in Dialogue, taking place in the Schwartz Auditorium from 10-11 a.m. followed by an hour-long period of individual &ldquo;speed career conversation&rdquo; from 11 a.m. to noon.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The alumni speakers include Dawn Beaton, artistic director of Celtic Colours International Festival and 2004 BBA accounting graduate; Alexis MacDonald, director, external relations, with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, former federal political candidate, and 1999 BA psychology graduate; Dr. Lindsay MacMillan, family medicine, women&rsquo;s health, First Nations and international medicine, and 1999 BSc biology graduate; and Chief Terry Paul, Chief of Membertou First Nation, and 1977 Coady International Institute diploma graduate.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The event is sponsored by StFX&rsquo;s Students&rsquo; Union, Alumni Office, Career Resource Centre and Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:43:00 NO StFX, Me to We partner to offer national youth leadership camp <p>A new partnership between St. Francis Xavier University and Me to We is giving 75 Canadian high school students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-of-a-kind national leadership camp taking place at StFX Nov. 14-17.</p> <div>It is the first time Me to We has partnered with a university to offer such a camp.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Grade 11 and 12 students from across the country will be at StFX for four days to develop their leadership skills, community service and global citizenship.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This is an exciting partnership,&rdquo; says StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Both Me to We and StFX are committed to supporting youth leadership and social justice, and it&rsquo;s a tremendous opportunity to team together to help develop the skills of young people to act as leaders in their local and global communities.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The partnership builds on the one began last year when StFX became the exclusive post-secondary education partner for Free The Children, including helping to bring the first-ever We Day Atlantic event to Halifax in November 2013. In celebration of We Day Atlantic, StFX also held its own event, hosting 250 high school students for a full day of leadership and social justice workshops on campus.</div> <div><br /> The four day camp at StFX will immerse the high school students in an intensive leadership training program, which will focus on improving their understanding of their personal leadership style and gaining an increased knowledge of issues affecting local and global communities, and how to approach leading change.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Participants will take part in leadership workshops and seminars -- listening and learning from Me To We and StFX speakers and facilitators &ndash; and will be tasked with creating action plans that instill accountability, carrying the 'everyday leadership' message back home with them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:10:18 NO StFX students stand out at leaders conference <div>In a testament to their positive participation, a delegation of four StFX student leaders stood out at a conference all about student leadership.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Keegan Hreljac, Cassia Tremblay, Courtney Campbell, and Emily MacDonald, who all work in Residence Life, along with Residence Life Coordinator Maureen McEwan, were recognized for their contribution throughout the East Coast Student Leaders Conference held in Charlottetown, PEI from Nov. 7-9, earning the Spirit Torch, awarded to the school that demonstrates the most enthusiasm, charisma, and integrity. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There were approximately 200 participants registered at the ECSLC and our delegation of four tremendous RLS team members won the torch,&rdquo; Ms. McEwan says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Cassia, Courtney, Emily and Keegan worked diligently throughout the conference to socialize among different groups, networking and idea-sharing continually,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;They were the perfect attendees in that they engaged with everyone and went to the events with a positive and inclusive attitude. Truly, not to be overly sentimental, but if they are the future of StFX student leadership, I am very optimistic because they represent values of respect, humour, humility, passion, and initiative. We were honoured and thrilled to win the torch because it seemed like something that StFX naturally strives for anyway &ndash; spirit.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Although the StFX delegation was small, its members stood out.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;When we were announced as the winner, we were a little bit shocked. We didn't know what to do for a couple of seconds. I mean there were only four of us,&rdquo; Ms. Campbell says, noting some schools had as many as 40 delegates.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It felt really great to represent our school in a way that stood out,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I was really honoured &lrm; to represent my school. It was an amazing opportunity to talk to people from other schools and learn things we can take back with us. It was an inspiring weekend that taught me a lot about what student leaders can be capable of.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Tremblay agreed it was a thrill to have the opportunity to attend the conference.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The Spirit Torch Award is a fun bonus that is a testament to the enthusiasm of the StFX community, but for me the real take-away from this conference is the importance of language in every situations,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We learned how using intentional words can help to reduce stigma and combat stereotypes. The conference was also a great opportunity to learn what student leaders are doing on other campuses and has inspired me to work on bringing some of these campaigns back to StFX.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. MacDonald says she too was honoured to have been chosen to attend the conference. &ldquo;It's great to meet delegates from other schools and learn new leadership techniques to bring back to X and implement into our roles.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It's always good to be reminded of how lucky we are to be in leadership positions and know that we can produce positive change on our campus. As an RA, I'd like to take everything I learned and apply it to improving the lives of students who live in residence, from making the new students comfortable in their new home, to promoting positive rivalries between houses.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the conference, Ms. Campbell and Mr. Hreljac led a roundtable discussion on &lsquo;Opportunities for Personal Growth&rsquo; on campuses. Ms. Tremblay participated actively on discussions of young entrepreneurship and the challenges they face in the Maritimes, while Ms. MacDonald was involved with idea sharing with a &lsquo;Residence Life&rsquo; themed conversation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:13:05 NO International researchers visit, collaboration continues in StFX Marine Ecology Lab <p><span>Professors from Germany and Chile are at StFX this month working on collaborations with Dr. Ricardo Scrosati of StFX&rsquo;s Marine Ecology Lab.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The two international researchers are visiting Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s lab during early November to plan future research projects and co-supervision of students. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Markus Molis comes from Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research (AWI), from Germany, and Dr. Nelson Valdivia comes from the Southern University of Chile (UACh), from Chile. &nbsp;Funds covering the visit come from AWI, from UACh, and from Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s NSERC Discovery Grant.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Besides discussing future plans and recent results, the main goal of their visit is to explore about 400 kilometres of Nova Scotia's Atlantic coastline to select suitable locations to study the interaction between the oceanographic environment and the structure and productivity of coastal biological communities, aiming to test models of general relevance for marine ecology,&rdquo; Dr. Scrosati says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the last six years, the three faculty members have co-supervised a number of honours, masters, and PhD students in projects dealing with the ecology of marine rocky shores. Dr. Scrosati says through these collaborations, some Canadian students have done their honours research in Germany and some German students have done, or are doing, their theses at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As a result of those projects, we have co-authored publications in international journals in our discipline, and newer manuscripts are currently under peer review in other journals,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Overall, these interactions have allowed us at StFX to increase our research productivity and to attract foreign funds, through scholarships, to teach the principles of field research to students.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With time, as the foreign students return to their home country and get new positions there, Dr. Scrosati says they expect to expand the research output and international presence of StFX through further collaborations.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition to the research opportunities that these interactions have created, the cultural exchanges that were made possible are of tremendous value and fundamentally fun, he say</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:29:06 NO Third year biology student co-authors paper accepted for publication <p>In only his third year at StFX, Scott Bennett is already an author on a scientific paper accepted for publication.</p> <div>The honours biology student from Halifax, NS spent last summer researching algal-salamander symbiosis in the lab of biology professor Dr. Cory Bishop.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Now the work, conducted with Dr. Bishop and post-doctoral fellow Dr. Daniel Small, has contributed to a peer-reviewed scientific article to be published this month in the journal <em>Symbiosis</em> on the roles of oxygen and ammonia in the symbiotic relationship between the spotted salamander <em>Ambystoma maculatum</em> and the green alga <em>Oophila amblystoma</em><em>tis</em> during embryonic development.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;In my third year as a biology student, I feel lucky to have had my summer's research published in a scientific journal,&rdquo; Mr. Bennett says.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I enjoyed participating in the entire process from hypothesis to published results. It has given me an amazing hands-on approach to biology, and I hope to continue research this coming summer.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Mr. Bennett says it was a great experience working with Dr. Bishop and being able to apply what he has learned in the classroom to relevant biological research.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I now appreciate the processes of data collection, procedural repetition and graphical analysis. which are the backbone to the scientific method. I found doing research more intriguing than classroom hours because everything was unknown. Unlike tested experiments students perform every year, research allows you to test a unique hypothesis. With this question, you are able to analyze the results and determine a conclusion. This is what makes science fun.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;In scientific research, success can often be measured by how effectively one can perform a technically demanding task, consistently and with care. Scott, or &quot;Junior,&quot; as he came to be affectionately known to us, has emerged as a careful, deliberate student who mastered two important techniques: quantitative microscopy and histology. Scott's contribution to this work was essential,&rdquo; Dr. Bishop says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> This research is concerned with understanding the basis of a mutualistic interaction between unicellular green algae and embryos of the yellow spotted salamander, Dr. Bishop says. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> This research, led by Dr. Small, has led to new hypotheses about the role of oxygen produced by the algae during periods of thermal stress, such as may occur more frequently in a warming climate, Dr. Bishop says. &nbsp;&ldquo;We hope to continue this research avenue in the coming years, and will definitely be on the lookout for keen StFX students to get involved.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:18:24 NO StFX takes a leadership role in mental health education <p><span>StFX is offering a <em>Master of Education Leadership cohort with a focus in Mental Health and Wellness</em> for qualified in-service teachers and administrators in the province.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>This program advances the leadership capabilities of educators to understand and promote mental health and wellness in public schools supporting the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development&rsquo;s belief that mental health and wellness are a foundation for successful learning and living, says lead instructor Dr. Chris Gilham.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Through a combination of face-to-face and online teaching, these full-time educators are completing their courses on a part-time basis over a two-year period.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The curriculum of this cohort has allowed graduate students to expand and deepen their notion of mental health literacy to include diversity perspectives including the intersection of mental health with race, class, gender, ability and sanity.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Now completing their fourth course, participants are realizing that the concern for the mental health of our students has been present for a long time in Nova Scotia, about as long as the modern school has been around, Dr. Gilham says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Other key topics studied to date are understanding more deeply the severe impact poverty has on mental health, and the effects of intergenerational trauma on Mi&rsquo;kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities&rsquo; mental health.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Gilham says response to this cohort has been positive and already there is a waiting list to offer another such cohort.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:42:43 NO StFX biology grad students present work at international conference, gain feedback from top researchers <p>Two StFX biology masters students studying an invasive sea squirt called <em>Ciona intestinalis</em>, commonly referred to as the vase tunicate, presented their research work at an Oct. 29-31 conference at the Woods Hole Oceanography Institute in Massachusetts designed to bring together marine biologists and people concerned with invasive ascidians.</p> <div><span>Natalia Filip and Kieran Murphy, who work out of Dr. Russell Wyeth's lab at StFX, says attending and presenting at the International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference V was an important and rewarding experience.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Conferences in general are great opportunities for graduate students to set up future work or collaborations. This was quite a specialized conference. It allowed Kieran and I to interact closely with, and to get feedback on our work from some of the top researchers in the field,&rdquo; says Ms. Filip, who presented her research testing novel antifouling coatings that are environmentally friendly, with the goal of using them in aquaculture sites to decrease the impact of the vase tunicate, considered an invasive species in Nova Scotia and in many other parts of the globe, and which has had devastating effects on aquaculture operations.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Filip says the presentation was well received, and unlike some previous presentations she&rsquo;s given, she didn&rsquo;t have to spend the first few minutes explaining what sea squirts are and the nuisance to marine industries. &ldquo;With this crowd, I was able to dive right into the cool bits of my work.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We also learned about some of the research that is currently being conducted, which can take anywhere from several months to a few years before it gets published and becomes available,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Murphy describes the vase tunicate as a nearshore marine invertebrate that is a big problem for mussel farmers in the province, as it causes an increase in operational costs by fouling the shellfish and equipment used. The invasion also has major environmental implications for native species, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Naturally, the International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference V was the ideal platform for me to share my work, while also learning more about other researchers in the same field. The conference is very focused and relatively small in terms of international conferences, so it was a unique opportunity to interact with the big names in the field,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Murphy says he is trying to understand why the vase tunicate is abundant in some parts of coastal Nova Scotia but not others to help guide future aquaculture plans and manage the invasion.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;What I have learned is that it is an incredibly complex system, and while there are some important factors in play, such as temperature and salinity, there is a lot more to investigate. I will be continuing my field work starting in May 2015, so hopefully I will be able to shed some light on what is going on. I have set up an interesting collaboration with a lab in Beijing that will give us an insight into the genetic structure of the populations around Nova Scotia, which is very exciting.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He says it&rsquo;s crucial to have the opportunity to visit meetings such as this &ldquo;to make sure I both learn from others and share what I know, allowing the field to grow in strength.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:02:57 NO Schwartz School business students helping community while learning project management skills <p>From volunteer leaf raking services for seniors and disabled citizens to a toy drive to benefit Ronald McDonald House, about 60 StFX Schwartz School business students are working to make a contribution in the community. In the process, they&rsquo;re learning valuable project management skills.</p> <div>The efforts are all part of a business course, Project Management and Practice 416, taught by Dave Mattie, which covers the factors necessary for successful management of system development or enhancement projects.</div> <div><br /> Mr. Mattie says as a course assignment, he&rsquo;s tasked his students with teaming up and planning a project of their choice that gives back to the community. The project is designed so that students exercise the interpersonal skills necessary to achieve strong team dynamics as well as the technical skills required to successfully orchestrate and control a project.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As a class, we&rsquo;re discovering what it&rsquo;s like to be project managers. We&rsquo;re studying different categories, how to build a team, how teams work together, effective communications, time management. We&rsquo;re learning how to do this by doing a project,&rdquo; says third year business student Anthony Verrecchia Lachance, who is part of a group working on a project to help improve awareness around recycling at StFX and in Antigonish in general.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His group has met with representatives from the CACL in town and Facilities Management at StFX and are in the midst of brainstorming advertisements and a poster campaign to spread awareness of the importance of recycling.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;For me, personally, it has helped me with communication skills and working with sub-companies or sub-contracts. It&rsquo;s taught me to work on my leadership skills and management skills,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;One thing I really liked about this is that projects give back to the community, and give back to StFX.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Fourth year marketing student Emily Benson is part of a group conducting a toy drive for Ronald McDonald House. They&rsquo;re planning a campaign to collect toys in residence and will have a drive at The Inn on Friday, Nov. 14, where patrons can drop off a toy in lieu of paying cover charge. They also plan to have a donation box set up that day.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> She says they&rsquo;ve already found the student body is eager to help. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re learning the StFX community is very helpful,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div><br /> The class assignment is also helping her in terms of organization and time management skills, she says, as certain deliverables are needed every week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Among other projects, another group will be leading a volunteer effort on Nov. 15 to rake leaves for those in the community needing help with the task.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:44:54 NO Jazz guitarist Adam Rogers visits StFX as part of Music Department Visiting Artist Series <p>One of New York&rsquo;s most in-demand jazz guitarists will be at StFX on Wednesday, Nov. 12 to give a masterclass with StFX students and to perform in concert with StFX music faculty.</p> <div>The StFX Music Department Visiting Artist Series presents guitarist Adam Rogers, who has released six albums as a leader, and has appeared on over 150 recordings - as a sideman with Norah Jones, saxophonist Chris Potter, Walter Becker (of Steely Dan), Michael Brecker, and singer Eliane Elias, among many others.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His newest project is FORQ, which features Mr. Rogers alongside pianist Henry Hey and bassist Michael League (of Snarky Puppy).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The masterclass with Adam Rogers will take place Nov. 12 at 3:45 p.m. in 108 Gilmora Hall, and is open to all. That evening, In Concert: Adam Rogers with StFX faculty, takes place at Nicholson Hall 351. General admission tickets are $20 and students and seniors $10.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 06:15:39 NO X-Women Rugby are national CIS champs, outscore McMaster to claim 4th Monilex Trophy <p><em>Courtesy of University of Guelph Athletics</em></p> <div>Tournament MVP Emma Taylor of Scotsburn, N.S., scored two tries as the St. Francis Xavier X-Women captured their fourth Monilex Trophy thanks to a spectacular 43-34 win over the McMaster Marauders in the highest-scoring CIS women&rsquo;s rugby final in history at the University of Guelph&rsquo;s Alumni Stadium, Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 17-time AUS conference champions, now 4-3 all-time in CIS gold-medal games including previous triumphs in 2006, 2010 and 2012, return home to Antigonish, N.S., with a perfect 3-0 record at this year&rsquo;s national tournament, having defeated Alberta 41-17 on Friday and Western 27-24 on Saturday in pool play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For their part, the OUA champion Marauders settle for CIS silver for the second time in program history. They had lost to Guelph 15-10 on home turf in Hamilton in the final of the inaugural CIS championship, back in 1998.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 77 combined points easily shattered the previous record of 44 in the CIS title match, a mark set in 2003 when Alberta dominated Western 38-6, and tied in 2008 when Lethbridge beat StFX 29-15. Alberta&rsquo;s 38 points in 2003 was the previous record for one team in the national final.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Taylor, a fifth-year second row playing in her final university game, was the obvious choice for MVP after she finished the competition with a tournament-high seven tries. In Saturday&rsquo;s Pool A finale against Western, the AUS player of the year had saved the day for StFX with a game-winning try in the dying seconds of the contest.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In a back-and-forth gold-medal game, the X-Women took a slim 24-19 lead to the locker room at halftime thanks to three tries &ndash; all converted - and a penalty kick, compared to three tries &ndash; two of them converted &ndash; for McMaster.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX never gave up the lead in the second half, adding another three tries &ndash; two of them converted &ndash; while the Marauders added two tries &ndash; one converted &ndash; and a penalty kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Winning head coach Mike Cavanagh was thrilled with his team&rsquo;s execution of the game plan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We tried to put pressure on the 9, 10 and 12 to keep them from getting the ball to the back three because we knew they have some game-breakers on the outside.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shaun Allen, in his rookie season as McMaster bench boss, said that he will look back on the campaign fondly.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We have an OUA banner, a silver medal from the CIS championship and we graduate just one player.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Marauders came into the match knowing they would have to rely on the speed of their back line if they were to upset a powerful StFX team that is led by some strong forward play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After a Sabrina McDaid penalty kick in the fifth minute gave StFX an early 3-0 lead, McMaster scored the first try of the afternoon thanks in large part to its player of the game, Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner (Richmond Hill, Ont).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 13th minute, Whiteley-Hoffelner got a StFX defender to bite on a brilliant ball fake before sprinting 40-metres down to the 2-metre line, where she off-loaded to Katie Svoboda (Belleville, Ont.) for the score. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With McMaster up 12-10 after the teams exchanged tries, Whiteley-Hoffelner was at it again in the 25th minute with another highlight-reel run, which she would this time finish off herself for a 19-10 Marauders advantage. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In vintage StFX fashion, the X-Women were able to establish great continuity as they methodically worked their way down the pitch. Two tries towards the end of the first half, one by freshman Joanna Alphonso (Ajax, Ont.) and the other by Taylor gave AUS champs a 24-19 edge after an entertaining first 40 minutes.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the second half, the crowd of nearly 1,000 erupted when bruising forward Alphonso found herself in open space on the wing. The AUS rookie of the year rumbled 30 yards down the pitch before off-loading to Caitlain Blanchard (Halifax), who took it the rest of the way for the try to put the X-Women up 31-19. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 55th minute, McMaster answered with a gorgeous show-and-go by Emily Ricketts (Oakville, Ont.) that cut the deficit to five.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over the final 25 minutes of the match, StFX found a way to limit McMaster&rsquo;s possession outside of the 15&rsquo;s. With the game now turning into a forward-dominated contest, the X-Women were growing more and more comfortable while the long McMaster runs were nowhere to be found.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 60th minute, Alphonso once again barrelled her way toward the try line. After she was brought down just short, Catherine MacKeigan (Toronto) finished off the drive with the try to put StFX up 38-26. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Taylor ended any hopes of a McMaster comeback in the 74th minute with her seventh try of the weekend that made it 43-29. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With the outcome no longer in doubt, the Marauders tacked on a late try in the 80th and final minute from Svoboda.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Official championship website: <a href="" title=""></a> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:23:30 NO Conversations for Success: students set to learn valuable tools in Stuart Knight presentation <p>Knowing how to stand out from the crowd, how to make memorable conversation, and how to get the most out of networking opportunities are key skills for success that StFX students can learn when Stuart Knight comes to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 29.</p> <div>The award-winning entrepreneur, critically acclaimed author and motivational speaker will deliver an interactive keynote &ldquo;<em>Four Conversations for Success</em>&rdquo; at 6 p.m. in the Schwartz School of Business Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re really excited about Stuart&rsquo;s presentation,&rdquo; says Trudy Delorey, program coordinator with StFX&rsquo;s Cooperative Education Program, which is co-sponsoring the event with StFX&rsquo;s Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership and the Student Career Centre.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This time of year, senior students are very much looking at what the next stage after StFX is,&rdquo; says Ms. Delorey on fourth year students who are now turning a focus to interviews, applications and opportunities for their future after graduation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They are very much in that space right now, and other students who aren&rsquo;t in their senior year are seeing that, and getting that on their radar as well for future.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Stuart&rsquo;s coming at a very opportune time.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In what organizers describe as a thought provoking, motivational and hilarious presentation, Mr. Knight empowers the audience with the tools to foster necessary connections that drive business and give them that competitive advantage.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The keynote should both give students networking tips and tools, and reassure them they are often on the right track, and highlight how they can do it even better, Ms. Delorey says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They should have a bit of a confidence boost when they leave.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Delorey, who heard Mr. Knight present at the Canadian Association For Cooperative Education (CAFCE) national conference in June, encourages students of all years, as well as community members to attend.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s applicable for everybody.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a very dynamic speaker, and it&rsquo;s a very interactive presentation,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Knight is a graduate of the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has written, produced and starred in shows that have been seen by over one million people and each year speaks nationally helping some of Canada&rsquo;s biggest companies reach new levels of success. He often provides expert opinion on high level communication on Canadian TV and radio, and most recently, launched the Top Ten Event, which has attracted sold-out crowds and garnered almost 20 million media impressions. He is the author of two books, and has won the National Entrepreneurs Award for Community Leadership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:42:37 NO