News StFX News en Thesis work turns into paper accepted in a leading international scientific publication for StFX physics student <p><span>StFX physics graduate Robyn Latimer received a very welcome email this week. She learned she was the lead author on a paper accepted in peer review at the Journal of Biogeosciences, a leading international scientific publication from the European Geophysical Union.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>Normally only seasoned professional scientists publish in the journal, and undergraduate authors, like Ms. Latimer, are extremely rare, especially as lead author, says her supervisor, earth sciences professor Dr. Dave Risk.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m definitely excited to see the print version, which will come out in a few months,&rdquo; Ms. Latimer says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Her paper, &ldquo;<em>An inversion approach for determining production depth and temperature sensitivity of soil respiration,</em>&rdquo; resulted from a challenging fourth year thesis project at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The project is a computer-based soil science study, and is unusual for the journal in two ways, Dr. Risk says. &nbsp;First, it contains no field data. Her whole study was done in a virtual environment. Secondly, her subject matter is neither biology nor chemistry, but physics, which would seem to lie outside the regular journal scope. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Latimer&rsquo;s study is, however, an important translational piece showing how soil biologists and chemists can use computational physics to solve longstanding problems. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She wrote and tested computer models for interpreting records of CO2 in soils recorded by sensors at field sites. The CO2 is produced in soils by breathing microbes, as they consume organic matter. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Latimer showed how physics could help locate the depth at which the microbes were living, and to document how fast the microbes were responding to outside stimuli, like a rise in temperature.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Many soil scientists have traditionally been interested in this information, but had to turn towards sources of data other than just CO2. Ms. Latimer used the Atlantic Computing Excellence Network (ACE-Net) supercomputers for much of the work.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Robyn is an extraordinary student and an absolute delight to work with, but really it was her engagement and effort that made her so successful,&rdquo; says Dr. Risk, who is second author on the paper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;She arrived at my doorstep at the end of her second year and wanted to use her physics knowledge outdoors. For a long time, she helped maintain CO2 measurement sites in Cape Breton. But, we pushed back toward physics for her thesis work. The physics-earth sciences link might initially seem unnatural, but most modern problems in environmental science are solved by combining ideas from different disciplines.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Now at Dalhousie University in the atmospheric physics masters program, Ms. Latimer is part of a research group which aims to improve understanding of processes controlling air quality and climate. She is still collaborating with Dr. Risk and other researchers as they start to reprocess CO2 data from field sites around the world. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The most interest has been from Arctic soil researchers,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;Thawing permafrost is starting to make ancient previously-frozen organic matter available to microbes. And, CO2 and other gases are being emitted in large quantities so we&rsquo;d like to know where that CO2 originates. We&rsquo;ll use the model to reprocess some of the existing CO2 datasets. These collaborations should be fun!&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:23:56 NO Research projects about the dead bring history and Celtic studies classroom collaboration alive <p><span>Who would think that research projects about the dead would bring a classroom so alive? But that&rsquo;s exactly what happened with a group-based assignment involving students enrolled in History 401: Death and Mourning in Canadian History, and Celtic Studies 352: Folklore of Scotland and Nova Scotia.</span></p> <div><span>This idea, conceived by Dr. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell, Department of History, and Dr. Michael Linkletter, Department of Celtic Studies, may well represent a StFX first in cross-class and cross-discipline collaboration and interaction, blending the research skills and creativity of students in history and Celtic studies.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For this project, the students in both courses were organized into teams to prepare and present simulated tours (along with brochures) related to Gaelic deathways and ghost stories in Maritime Canada. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In a classroom transformed by flickering tea lights and the sounds of ghostly bagpipes, students shared their research findings with each other, in a way that was both educational and entertaining, the faculty members say.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In recounting tales about phantom ships, forerunners and wakes, students demonstrated that these subjects reveal much about the cultural values and traditions of Nova Scotia&rsquo;s Celtic peoples. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <span>Drs. Stanley-Blackwell and Linkletter say students were enthusiastic about the assignment which had them thinking quite literally outside the box.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>&ldquo;Definitely the most fun I've had on a project,&rdquo; history student Clayton Masikewich said while Celtic Studies student Brian MacLeod added, &ldquo;We were having so much fun we almost forgot we were working.&rdquo; &nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Drs. Stanley-Blackwell and Linkletter also spoke positively about this student project, which dovetails neatly with the content of their courses and their current research interests. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They recently returned from Scotland where they co-presented a paper, entitled, &ldquo;Soul Effigies, Mourning Marys and Green Men: &nbsp;The Imagery of 19th-century Scottish Headstones in Eastern Nova Scotia,&rdquo; at the international <em>Death and Identity </em>conference at the University of Edinburgh. Their current research is supported by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" />&nbsp;</div> <div>The aforementioned project involved the following students: Olivia Bradley, Heather-Ann Caldwell, Taylor Dechief, Alishya Franklin, Hannah Krebs, Pauline Liengme, Jade Lowe, Abby Lowry, Emily MacDonald, Kaleb MacLellan, Brian MacLeod, Michael MacMillan, Clayton Masikewich, Zach Muttart, Stephanie Robertson, Jane Renwick, Jordy Shute, Doug Somerville, and Lacey White. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:28:30 NO THE EXTRAORDINARY: a newsletter from StFX President, Dr. Kent MacDonald, celebrating success at StFX (Issue 2) <p><span>CELEBRATING SUCCESS AT STFX</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>I grow increasingly proud of the students, faculty, and staff of StFX as each extraordinary event occurs: When we take a leading hand in welcoming a family of Syrian refugees; when our faculty reach into the community to share and exchange knowledge and expertise; and when our students receive national recognition for their accomplish- ments. This issue, I&rsquo;m pleased to highlight two of our winning varsity teams, both coached by recipients of the AUS Coach&nbsp;</p> <p>of the Year award (this is Bernie Chisholm&rsquo;s 17th win in his 30-year career!). Across the board, I&rsquo;m gratified that our community provides me, daily, with so many reasons to be grateful that I am part of it. Should you see or know of something extraordinary at StFX, please e-mail <a href=""></a> to let me know about any remarkable people, events, and accomplishments. Thank you &ndash; so very much &ndash; for making StFX extraordinary.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kent</p> <p><a href="">Click here to read the latest issue of The Extraordinary &gt;&gt;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:24:13 YES StFX professor plays leading role in creating new provincial organization to advance the participation of women in sport <p><span>StFX human kinetics professor Peggy Gallant has played a leading role in helping create a new provincial organization dedicated to helping advance the participation of women in sport and recreation.</span></p> <div><span>WomenActive-NS has been created out of a demand from the physical activity, sport, and recreation sectors to advance participation and leadership opportunities for girls and women in physical activity, recreation and sport.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite advances to ensure fair access and opportunities, women and girls in Nova Scotia continue to be underrepresented as participants, leaders, coaches, and officials. Sport and recreation stakeholders participating in a series of gender equity forums made it abundantly clear that the status quo is unacceptable and the pace of change needs to accelerate.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since 2013, Prof. Gallant and Wendy Bedingfield, Professor Emeritus, Acadia University, have co-chaired the Steering Committee to Create an Organization to Support and Promote Women and Girls in Physical Activity, Sport, and Recreation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To lay the foundation for WomenActive-NS, they were joined by Rhonda Lemire, Executive Director, Recreation Nova Scotia; Megan Cuming private practice lawyer, Kentville NS; Heather Praught, Coordinator Special Populations and Disabilities, Active Living Branch Nova Scotia Health and Wellness; Amy Walsh, Director of Sport Development, Sport Nova Scotia; Rachel Bedingfield, Director of Parks and Recreation, Town of Kentville; Sue Stevenson, Principal - Parrsboro Regional Schools, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board; Lesley Poirier McLernon,The Status of Women; and Nora Dickson, Sport NS.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2015, the Province of Nova Scotia, Active Living Branch of the Department of Health and Wellness provided dedicated funding to WomenActive-NS.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Today, WomenActive-NS is proud to advance the participation of girls and women in sport, recreation, and physical activity, and empower them to take on leadership roles across these sectors. Their first event will be held in Halifax on April 2nd 2016 to honour women who have contributed to the advancement of girls and women in sport.</div> <div><br /> WomenActive-NS is funded by the Government of Nova Scotia, with in-kind support from Recreation Nova Scotia and Sport Nova Scotia.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:14:06 NO StFX community inspired, challenged by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada <p><span>An engaged audience of around 100 people braved a snowstorm on Monday night, Feb. 8 to join Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada for a keynote address, &quot;<em>After the Election: What Now for Canada and Human Rights?</em>&quot;&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>The event, kicking off International Development Week, was a follow up to StFX&rsquo;s &lsquo;Get Out The Vote&rdquo; campaign held in October.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We were thrilled to see a large audience of hearty souls come out on a stormy Monday night to be inspired and challenged by Alex Neve,&rdquo; says Mary Coyle, executive director of the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, which co-hosted the event with the StFX Students&rsquo; Union and the Human Rights and Equity Office.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Earlier in the day, StFX student leaders had the chance to speak with Mr. Neve both during an informal exchange opportunity, &ldquo;<em>A Dialogue with Alex Neve: Experiences Leading Change</em>&rdquo; and over dinner. Mr. Neve also met the Students&rsquo; Union executive at lunch.<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><strong>An engaged crowd turned out to hear Mr. Neve</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>In his speech, Mr. Neve said &ldquo;So I understand there was a lot of energy here on campus around last fall&rsquo;s federal election. Lots of Get Out the Vote buzz. Rick Mercer came to rant. Wab Kinew reinforced that. You mobilized. You voted. And we have change. This new government has truly given rise to an expectation of substantial change.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During his address, Mr. Neve spoke of the fundamental principles of human rights, touching on issues from universality to global collaboration and multilateralism, from women&rsquo;s human rights and gender equality to the importance of establishing a collaborative relationship with indigenous peoples. In his talk, he touched on a number of urgent human rights agenda for Canada.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We know the urgency. And we know the value. And we know the immense possibility of Canada being, truly being, a land of human rights. And it is you, it is us, who must make it so &ndash; and I truly believe we shall make it so,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A very interactive Q&amp;A period followed the discussion.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:28:32 NO Dr. Hugo Beltrami of StFX's NSERC-CREATE Program awarded a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Climate Dynamics <p><span>StFX faculty member Dr. Hugo Beltrami has been awarded a Canada Research Chair (CRC Tier 1) in Climate Dynamics. The seven-year renewable appointment includes a $1.4 million research award and is accompanied by an additional award from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund. These funds will be put towards the purchase of a $575,000 high performance computer cluster which will perform simulations of climate related processes to support Dr. Beltrami&rsquo;s team research.</span></p> <div>CRC Tier 1 chairs are awarded to outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Dr. Hugo Beltrami represents a prime example of excellence at the highest levels of research scholarship in Canada,&rdquo; says Dr. Richard Isnor, StFX Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Throughout his career at StFX, Dr. Beltrami has shown leadership in building inter-disciplinary environment and climate-oriented research efforts. He has developed national and international research collaborations in all aspects of climate science, and is an internationally recognized expert in the modelling and characterization of energy transfer between the lower atmosphere and the first few hundred meters of the Earth&rsquo;s surface &ndash; an area that is often overlooked or neglected in climate modelling.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Beltrami&rsquo;s research program will address fundamental scientific challenges and will explore innovative research avenues in all aspects of climate sciences, but more specifically related to the overall characterization of the energy transfer between the lower atmosphere and the first few hundred meters of the Earth&rsquo;s surface; the interface where we live. The results and expertise developed throughout the projects of the research program will also support multidisciplinary collaborations related to mitigation, adaptation, and resilience building in the face of climate change. The overall goals of this CRC program are to:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>* Contribute robust estimates of continental energy storage to ascertain the long-term energy balance of the Earth and to contribute to the understanding of climatic variability in its natural state;&nbsp;</div> <div>* Develop advanced and original methods of analysis and modelling of the dynamics of processes involved in energy transfer at the atmosphere-ground interface;</div> <div>* Develop and expand regional climate modeling methodologies for cross-disciplinary collaborations and the sharing of expertise, to address multifaceted societal challenges.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The timing of the award is important given that climate change is now recognized in the science and policy communities as a risk that needs to be addressed through adaptation as well as through mitigation. The impacts of a changing climate are already evident in every region of the world. These impacts will be exacerbated in the future with significant implications for communities, industry, infrastructure and ecosystems. This has been recognized recently in Paris by 186 countries expressing their intention to take measures to limit the warming of the planet to 20C. Because this issue branches across many sectors and disciplines, an interdisciplinary and integrative approach is necessary to formulate measures to minimize adversities. In addition, the climate emergency we face today requires that climate scientists develop models and strategies for solving practical problems. Specifically, there is a need to develop operational climate prediction tools specific to one or more problems, to ensure climate researchers can get reliable information as a basis to provide sound policy advice on mitigation and prevention strategies.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The CRC activities will also help to accelerate and enhance Environmental and Climate Sciences research program at StFX and the region. The establishment of a Chair places our Environmental and Climate Sciences research teams in a advantageous position to continue securing funding from national and international sources, and to further increase StFX&rsquo;s research and academic capacity. The Chair&rsquo;s program will also strengthen the research training environment, attract more graduate and undergraduate students, and further develop internal and inter-institutional multidisciplinary collaborations. The CRC and the Environmental and Climate Sciences groups&rsquo; research performance is a foundation for enhancing the overall research culture at StFX, providing excellent and diverse HQP (BSc, MSc, PhD) training opportunities in the short and long term, while enhancing the unique undergraduate exposure to research early in the students&rsquo; careers.</div> <div><br /> <em>About the Chairholder:</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Hugo Beltrami has been at StFX since 1995 and he is a full professor associated with the Climate &amp; Atmospheric Sciences Institute, the Environmental Sciences Program, and the Department of Earth Sciences. He is an internationally&ndash;recognized expert in the area of Borehole Climatology and considered a foremost authority in the field of continental energy and climate of the past from geothermal data. Dr. Beltrami&rsquo;s research interests and approach are multidisciplinary and extend from the classical data collection for heat flow and paleoclimate research as well as physically based applications, to modelling the processes involved in energy transfers at boundary between the air and the shallow underground.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>About the Canada Research Chairs Program:</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Recipients of Canada Research Chairs (Tier 1) awards must be outstanding and innovative world-class researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields; be recognized internationally as leaders in their fields; have superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and, as chairholders, be expected to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and be proposing an original, innovative research program of the highest quality.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Related Links</em>:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Dr. Hugo Beltrami faculty page</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Climate &amp; Atmospheric Sciences Institute</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:50:38 NO StFX professor Dr. Jonathan Langdon awarded Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership <p><span>Dr. Jonathan Langdon, an associate professor in StFX&rsquo;s Development Studies Program and Adult Education Department, has been awarded a $500,000 five year renewable Canada Research Chair (CRC Tier 2) in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership. In addition, he was awarded a Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) infrastructure grant through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund. These funds will be put towards the purchase of communication networking equipment to support research linkages between network nodes.</span></p> <div>The CRC Tier 2 program recognizes and supports exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their chosen field.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Dr. Jonathan Langdon is one of the most promising young researchers at St. Francis Xavier University. He has already had significant success in establishing his research program and in 2015 was awarded one of the largest research grants ever awarded to a StFX faculty member by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada,&rdquo; says Dr. Richard Isnor, StFX Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Dr. Langdon&rsquo;s research seeks to improve the understanding of how leaders for social change in support of sustainability emerge and how they learn from each other to magnify the impact of their work at a local level. He is literally connecting local sustainability and social change efforts across the world, and his work has significant implications for facilitating broader local level sustainability efforts here in Nova Scotia.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Leaders are emerging in localities throughout the world to face climate change impacts, cultural homogenization through globalization, and other locally defined sustainability and social challenges. There is much that these leaders and the local efforts, communities and social movements from which they emerge, can learn from each other, whether they be in Africa, Latin America or in Canada. In contrast to stalled and ineffectual national or global efforts to deal with these sustainability challenges, trans-local efforts, linking localities as part of broad, non-hierarchal social change movements, holds real promise in redefining how sustainability is understood, as well as contending with its challenges through knowledge exchange and social change learning that leads to local action.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership, Dr. Langdon will focus new research on efforts to understand how these local leaders emerge, how they learn from one another, how they exchange knowledge in order to share what they know to improve local efforts, and how they work to build trans-local collaborative networks that generate local action where other forms of leadership have failed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Establishing spaces for these forms of knowledge exchange, learning and actions, as well as documenting its processes, is the ultimate focus of Dr. Langdon&rsquo;s research program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first five years of this research will link with already established connections in two contexts in Ghana (Ada in the south, and Tongo in the north), with an emerging connection in Guatemala (Rabinal), and then with three contexts in Canada, including one First Nation community (Paq&rsquo;tnkek). The other Canadian contexts are Tatamagouche, NS &ndash; which has a strong link to Rabinal through its Breaking the Silence (BTS) network &ndash; and Antigonish, NS, which has already connected to Ada through a joint radio program focused on community resiliency.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As research progresses, the network will be expanded to connect with other local sustainability and social change efforts in Canada and elsewhere in the world.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Langdon says this new chair is a crucial opportunity to highlight the amazing work on sustainability, climate change, community resiliency and social movement learning and leadership being undertaken by colleagues and himself at StFX and to amplify the learning emerging from this collective effort provincially, nationally and internationally. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a fantastic opportunity for me to deepen research engagement around sustainability and social change leadership issues such as community resiliency in face of globalization and climate change; community media and social movement learning and role in contributing to this resiliency; and building learning connections between local efforts at resiliency building through sustainable internet network.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He says it&rsquo;s also an opportunity for him to work with senior development studies students, as well as other students by broadening their range of opportunities to learn through direct experience in participatory research processes, and engaged research, as well as international and local change contexts. As well, the new chair provides opportunity to learn from others engaged in sustainability work at StFX, and in other locations across Canada and globally, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>About the Chairholder:</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jonathan Langdon has been working with social movements in Ghana for the last 15 years, and with a movement in Ada defending communal access to a salt yielding lagoon since 2008. His recent work has branched out from Ada to connect with other resource contention hot spots in Ghana, as well as with Indigenous Mayan educators/activists in Guatemala. At the same time he has worked closely with renewable energy movements/groups in Nova Scotia, such as Responsible Energy Action in Antigonish, as well as sitting on the steering committee of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource Action Coalition (NOFRAC). Parallel to this work, Dr. Langdon also explores how students of development studies, and social justice and activist education, learn about, and act in our world. He is fast becoming recognized internationally as an advocate for decolonizing university pedagogies, including pedagogies associated with development studies and experiential learning contexts. Dr. Langdon&rsquo;s work has been published in prominent International and Canadian development, participatory research as well as adult education journals. He is also the editor of <em>Indigenous Knowledges, Development and Education</em> (Sense 2009). In 2013, he, along with co-authors Kofi Larweh and Sheena Cameron, won the <em>David Jones Award</em> for best internationally focused paper at the UK&rsquo;s Standing Conference On University Teaching And Research In The Education Of Adults (SCUTREA) Conference. <a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>About the Canada Research Chairs Program:</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Recipients of Canada Research Chairs (Tier 2) awards must be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity; have demonstrated the potential to receive international recognition in their fields in the next five to 10 years; as chairholders, have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:50:24 NO StFX to remain closed today, Tues Feb 9th, will reopen tomorrow at 6am <p>&nbsp;</p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td valign="middle" class="td1"> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Due to continued poor weather conditions, please be advised that StFX will remain closed today, Tuesday, February 9th, and reopen at 6am tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10th.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Bloomfield Centre will open from 11am &ndash; 10pm for students looking for study space.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Essential services will remain open.</span></p> </td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:37:42 YES StFX University to open at 12 pm (noon) today, Feb 9th <p><span>Please be advised that StFX University will delay opening until 12:00 pm (noon) today, Tuesday, February 9th, as crews continue to clean up after the storm.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Essential services will remain open (Morrison Hall, security, cleaning, snow removal).</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:14:50 YES StFX campus closing at 9pm this evening, Feb 8th <p><span>Please be advised that the StFX campus will be closing this evening, Monday, Feb 8th, at 9pm due to the storm. Bloomfield Centre will remain open until 12am (midnight) for students looking for a place to study.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Essential services will remain open.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The campus will reopen tomorrow morning at 6am.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:39:52 YES Large crowd gathers at StFX to celebrate African Heritage Month launch in Antigonish <p><span>African Heritage Month 2016 in Antigonish was officially launched Feb. 5 as a large crowd packed the MacKay Room in StFX&rsquo;s Bloomfield Centre for the town&rsquo;s annual launch celebration.</span></p> <div>Town and county officials, school board representatives, school children, members of StFX and the wider community and StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald all gathered as a community to celebrate.</div> <div><br /> It was the first time the event was hosted at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Antigonish Mayor Carl Chisholm, who officially proclaimed February as African Heritage Month, said the ceremony and the crowds it attracted quickly outgrew town council chambers, where it was first held five years ago.</div> <div>&nbsp;<br /> The ceremony had many special touches. Platform guests were drummed into their seats by a vibrant African drumming procession.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img alt="" src="" /></div> <div>Dr. MacDonald, various members of government and school board officials all brought words of greeting, while students from H.M. MacDonald Elementary School and St. Andrews Junior High gave student presentations. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> This year, the theme of African Heritage Month 2016 is Legacy of Commitment &ndash; They Fought the Fight, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the No. 2 Construction Battalion C.E.F. and honouring the legacy of commitment demonstrated by these men, their families and communities.</div> <div><br /> When World War I broke out, African Nova Scotians responded patriotically. The men of the community wanted to volunteer to serve overseas, yet most were rejected. The majority of Black men who wanted to serve were told there was only one way &ndash; they had to form an entire segregated battalion. They formed the No. 2 Construction Battalion, C.E.F., with the largest contingent coming from Nova Scotia.</div> <div><br /> Mayor Chisholm, Dr. MacDonald, Lorraine Reddick, Student Support Worker with the Strait Regional School Board, and County of Antigonish Warden Russell Boucher join together to unveil the commemorative poster.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><strong>Emcee Michael Fisher and members of the African drumming group</strong><br /> <br /> Master of ceremonies was Michael Fisher, Advisor for Students of African Descent at StFX. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:53:37 NO School of Nursing and Faculty of Education talk about team teaching <p><span>Faculty from the School of Nursing and the Faculty of Education spent time together recently talking about team teaching as a way of enhancing teaching and learning in the university classroom.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>The cross faculty conversation proved to be rich and educative as nurse and teacher educators talked about the benefits, challenges and possibilities of collaborative teaching, participants say.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Team teaching is known to be an effective professional development, says education faculty member Dr. Joanne Tompkins, Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says there is a continuum of team teaching models. At one end team teaching can be instructors coming together to develop and create a common vision around multiple sections of one course. At the other end, team teaching can be two instructors planning and teaching combined classes in the same large space. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the School of Education several models of team teaching are employed often providing important dialogue among instructors and breaking down instructor isolation, she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While the two programs, nursing and education, differ from each other in significant ways there was much common ground. The sharing of teaching experiences between the two professional programs provided rich conversation and it is hoped that such meetings will continue in the future.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:47:08 NO Spirit of humanity, Syrian refugee crisis, focus of StFX President's Colloquium <p>Special guest Tareq Hadhad, one of Canada&rsquo;s first Syrian refugees, gave a moving firsthand account of the humanitarian crisis as the StFX and local community gathered to discuss &ldquo;<em>People in Crisis. What Can We Do</em>,&rdquo; the theme of the latest President&rsquo;s Colloquium held Feb. 2 in &lsquo;The Pit&rsquo; at Lane Hall. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We left everything,&rdquo; Mr. Hadhad said as he shared his family&rsquo;s story with the large crowd filling the residence common area, students, faculty, staff and community members who gathered with StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald to join in the discussion of what can be done to help. <br /> <br /> The evening marked the third President&rsquo;s Colloquium, first introduced to campus over a year ago to start a series in residence to extend academic learning and bring the sharing of ideas and issues into non-traditional spaces. <br /> <br /> Mr. Hadhad, 23, told about the happy life his family had before things changed in Syria, how he studied medicine at Damascus University, how his father owned a chocolate factory. He told about nights of bombings and rocket landings, and how he and his family left their home, leaving everything behind. He brought only a picture of himself as a child. He spoke about life in a refugee camp in Lebanon, and their journey to a new life in Canada.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p><span>&nbsp;<strong>Tareq Hadhad (right) and moderator Dr. Joseph Khoury<br /> </strong></span><br /> &ldquo;It was a really big moment in my life, this whole group came to welcome me. They didn&rsquo;t know me&hellip;they just knew I was a human being, in search for safety,&rdquo; Mr. Hadhad said as he recalled his welcoming greeting from members of SAFE &ndash; Syrian-Antigonish Families Embrace &ndash; at the Halifax airport in December. His parents and two younger siblings arrived two weeks later. <br /> <br /> As he thanked everyone for their wonderful support, he also encouraged the community to continue their efforts. &ldquo;I really believe this generous community can do more, to save more souls from dying in the Middle East,&rdquo; he said, noting an expression that anyone who has saved just one soul can be considered to have saved all mankind. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This movement, this outreach beyond our university community to the global community is what has always made StFX strong and unique,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said in his remarks as he recognized the efforts made by members of SAFE, StFX for SAFE, and the recently ratified StFX for SAFE Student Society. <br /> <br /> He also shared some good news, announcing StFX would contribute $5,000 toward the fund. <br /> <br /> It was not the only good news. <br /> <br /> StFX staff member Sylvia Phee of Unifor Local 2107 was pleased to announce the national union is donating $5,000 and the local itself will donate another $1,000, just moments before she and StFX for SAFE member Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon updated a fundraising thermometer showing how the StFX for SAFE committee has raised over $30,000 in just over two months.<br /> <br /> Students Emily Gale and Kristian Rasenberg thanked Mr. Hadhad for sharing his story, and encouraged students to become involved. Mr. Rasenberg told about the student society&rsquo;s upcoming Pause for the Cause fundraising effort. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a conscious decision to stop excess spending, for just one moment to make a conscious decision and say I don&rsquo;t need that coffee or the night out. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Every little thing we do, collectively adds ups to make a big difference.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="" /><strong> <br /> StFX students Emily Gale and Kristian Rasenberg thank Tareq Hadhad for his moving remarks</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This is a very touching night. I think it&rsquo;s the best of the Xaverian tradition,&rdquo; moderator Dr. Joseph Khoury, StFX English professor, noted. Dr. Khoury, too, was a refugee from Lebanon many years ago. He arrived in Canada not speaking English and now he is a Shakespearean scholar. In September, he celebrates his 40th year in Canada. <br /> <br /> He provided perspective on the refugee crisis in opening remarks, telling those gathered that in 2013, Syria had a population of about 22 million people. About half that number are now refugees. <br /> <br /> He also recalled his own arrival in Canada and how people provided welcome and shelter. We&rsquo;re now doing the same thing with our Syrian neighbours, he said. &ldquo;We are fulfilling the best traditions of St. Francis Xavier University,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;There is nothing better than helping another human being who is suffering.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /><br /> <strong>The Hadhads and Dr. Kent MacDonald</strong><br /> <br /> &ldquo;StFX faculty and staff never cease to amaze me, and could there be any greater students than StFX students,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said as the evening closed.</p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:44:12 NO StFX follows Get out the Vote campaign with a public lecture from the Secretary General Amnesty International Canada on Feb. 8 <p><span>StFX &ldquo;Got Out The Vote&rdquo; in October, and in a follow up to that campaign, the campus is set to welcome Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, for a keynote address &ldquo;<em>After the Election: What Now for Canada and Human Rights.</em>&rdquo;</span></p> <div>The public lecture, which takes place during International Development Week, is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium and is co-hosted by StFX Students&rsquo; Union, the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership and StFX&rsquo;s Human Rights and Equity Office.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;One of the core functions of a students' union is to advocate for change, so providing the opportunity for students to engage with Alex Neve, who works all over the world in human rights is really exciting for us,&rdquo; says Hannah Stordy, StFX Students&rsquo; Union vice-president.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Having him come to campus and offer to spend time providing workshops for students involved in social justice work, and advising them on their projects and how to make change is at the core of what StFX stands for, and will leave a lasting impression on this campus,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mary Coyle, the executive director at the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, says she is happy to be working with the Students&rsquo; Union and the StFX Human Rights and Equity Office to host Mr. Neve on campus.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He is a prominent and highly principled Canadian leader. We are very fortunate to have him with us at X to kick off International Development Week and to bookend our Get Out the Vote efforts from the fall.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Everyone at StFX worked hard to promote participation in the recent federal election. Alex Neve will challenge us to keep ourselves and our elected government accountable on the many important human rights issues of our time.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Amnesty International is a very credible and high profile human rights international organization so it will be quite interesting to hear Alex Neve identifying the pressing human rights challenges this new government faces both nationally and internationally (foreign policy),&rdquo; says Marie Brunelle, StFX&rsquo;s human rights and equity advisor.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Neve has been a member of Amnesty International since 1985 and has served as Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada since 2000. In that role, he has carried out numerous human rights research missions throughout Africa and Latin America, and closer to home to such locations as Grassy Narrows First Nation in Ontario and to Guant&aacute;namo Bay. He speaks to audiences across the country about a wide range of human rights issues, appears regularly before parliamentary committees and UN bodies, and is a frequent commentator in the media. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He is a lawyer, with a law degree from Dalhousie University and a masters degree in international human rights law from the University of Essex. He has served as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board, taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Ottawa, been affiliated with York University's Centre for Refugee Studies, and worked as a refugee lawyer in private practice and in a community legal aid clinic. He is on the board of directors of Partnership Africa Canada, the Canadian Centre for International Justice and the Centre for Law and Democracy.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Neve has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Trudeau Foundation Mentor and has received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:50:31 NO StFX Model United Nations Society has successful conference in Montreal <p>Members of the StFX Model United Nations Society were in Montreal from January 27-31, 2016 to participate in the 27th annual McGill University Model UN. &nbsp;</p> <div>StFX&rsquo;s head of delegation, William Zylmans led the large team of nearly 30 students, advised by political science professor Dr. Steven Holloway, to the conference attended by over 100 international university delegations, representing over 1,400 students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Travel was funded in part by the Jules Leger Endowment. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over the course of the four days, student delegates dealt with topics ranging from nuclear proliferation, peacekeeping, IMF, World Health Organization, and simulations of the Chinese Politburo and the 1971 Bangladesh crisis. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX student delegation members pictured here include Will Zylmans, Joelle French, Kerri Veno, Madison Arsenault, Kenzie Barker, Anica Bistretzan, Elizabeth Burton, Emily Gale, Rosemary Gregg, Alex Miller, Laura McLauchlan, Isaac Turner, Rachel Leblanc, Benjamin McGrath, Allie McMillan, Lyndsay Scovil, Teagan Moxam, Connor Wasson, Sara Magee, Mitchell Fudurić, Sandra Petrovic, Hayley Mcostrich, Neil McCabe, Leah Gray, Anne Marie Mizzi, Max Mitchell, Justine Frame, Olivia Corkum, Matt Howse and Professor Steven Holloway.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:44:28 NO