Past Announcements

Parking Lots P18a, 18b and 18c Closed Today

Please note that the St. Ninian's Cathedral (P18 a & 18b) and St. Ninian's Place (P18c) parking lots will be closed to StFX parking on Friday, May 31st to accommodate an event at the Cathedral.  

Please do not park in these areas.  StFX Safety & Security will be ticketing vehicles found in these areas.

Road Closure - Friday May 24th
Campus parking map - Martha Drive

Please note that a portion of Martha Drive will be closed to general vehicle traffic Friday, May 24 from 8 am to 4 pm to accommodate a Special Olympics event.  

Traffic control will be in place.  The area that will be closed is between the two red lines noted on the map.  Please follow the signs and avoid the area, if possible.

Notice of Thesis Defense - Ethan Heavey

Graduate Studies
Department of Computer Science


In Accordance with the Regulations of the University,

Ethan Heavey

Will Make a Public Presentation of Material Related 
to a Master’s Thesis Entitled


Co-supervisors: Dr. James Hughes and Dr. Milton King
Committee members: Dr. Jean-Alexis Delamer
External Examiner: Dr. Kyran Cupido, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, StFXU

The presentation will take place:
Day: Friday, May 17, 2024
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Annex 23A

The presentation will be made to all interested faculty and students. Following the presentation, there will be an in-camera examination of the thesis.  This examination is restricted to the supervisory committee and members of the University Committee on Graduate Studies.

Angus L. Macdonald Library Closed on Friday, May 10
Power outage sign

The library will be closed on Friday, May 10th for a planned power outage to upgrade our electrical systems.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

For research assistance, you can get started on your own by consulting your course or program Subject Guide, or scroll through our Knowledge Base for FAQ's, tips and how-to's.  You can also set up an appointment with your departmental liaison librarians or chat with a librarian from other Novanet Libraries using our Live Help chat service.

When in doubt, don't  hesitate to reach out to us at @email with any specific questions you may have and we'll be sure to direct it to the most appropriate staff member when we reopen.

Parking Area closures
StFX P9 and P10 parking areas

Due to parking area maintenance scheduled for Thursday, May 2nd, 2024Parking Areas P9, P10, and P14 will be closed to vehicles beginning at 1:00am tonight and continuing until maintenance has been completed.

Thank you for your cooperation.

StFX Safety & Security Services
Security Operations Centre
St. Francis Xavier University
Building 5005, Chapel Square

Union Place closure - Friday, May 3rd, 2024
Parking map - Union Place

To the StFX Campus Community:

Due to an event taking place Friday, May 3rd, 2024, the Union Place parking area will be closed to vehicles from 5:00pm until the event has completed. 

If you are parked here, please move your vehicle from the Union Place parking area by 4:30pm, Friday, May 3rd, 2024.

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

StFX Safety & Security Services
Security Operations Centre
St. Francis Xavier University
Building 5005, Chapel Square

Campus Street Maintenance

To the Campus Community,

We wish to inform you that construction crews will be on campus on Thursday, May 2nd, for road maintenance. Kindly anticipate potential delays and brief street closures while navigating around campus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email @email.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation.


Facilities Management

ATTENTION: Parking Area closures
Map of StFX parking areas P9 and P10

To the StFX Campus Community:

Due to parking area maintenance scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24th, 2024Parking Area P9 and P10 will be closed to vehicles beginning at 1:00am tonight and continuing until maintenance has been completed.

Also, due to parking area maintenance scheduled for Thursday, April 25th, 2024, Parking Area P14 will be closed to vehicles beginning at 1:00am tomorrow night and continuing until maintenance has been completed.

Thank you for your cooperation.

StFX Safety & Security Services
Security Operations Centre
St. Francis Xavier University
Building 5005, Chapel Square

Library Elevator Out of Service on Tuesday, April 23rd
not in service sign

Our elevator will be out of service from approximately 8:30am to 12:30pm on Tuesday, April 23rd.  This outage is necessary to complete electrical upgrades to our HVAC system.  If this disruption will have an impact on your ability to access library resources, please contact for assistance.  We regret any inconvenience.

Service Learning Student Research Award
Kathleen Dolan was awarded the Service Learning Student Research Award.

We want to congratulate Kathleen Dolan for being awarded the Service Learning Students Research Award. Kathleen participated in Student Research Night this year. Kathleen is a Health Student who did her research on 'Primary Care Providers Perceptions on Social Prescribing in Rural and Urban Nova Scotia'.

"Social Prescribing (SP) is an approach to health where healthcare-workers connect patients to a range of nonclinical community services to support the social determinants of health (SDH). Around 20% patients seek physicians for social-related issues. And while 90% of Canadian physicians screen their patients for social needs, 36% are unaware of what services are available in their community. Evidence of SP in other countries found that it reduces physician and emergency room visits, and hospital and secondary care referrals, demonstrating the effectiveness of SP in enhancing patient health and reducing health-system pressures.

Through qualitative methodology and phenomenological design, this study aims to identify the perceptions of primary care providers on SP and explore general knowledge of and perceived barriers and facilitators to implementing SP in Nova Scotia through semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis.

Understanding perceived challenges and facilitators may help to better inform future SP models in NS and help improve the uptake and satisfaction of these models among PCPs."

We asked Kathleen what community means to her. We had to share her response.

"Volunteering and engaging with the community goes without question. I have been privileged enough to have had so many opportunities to get involved with community organizations and engage with community members.  It has truly become part of who I am today.  My community here has taught me to learn from and listen to others. Being involved in the community can allow you to expand your perspective, but also to reconnect with feelings of empathy and compassion towards others, something that is lost in the stressful and competitive university environment. Community is so valuable and being part of this community has taught me the power of people when you bring them together and what impact people can have by simply sharing their voices. It has truly taught me than an interconnected community has the power to do great things"




Paws in the Library: Therapy Dogs
Therapy dog promotional photo. Three photos of therapy dogs and students.

Stop by the first floor pit in the Library on Thursday April 11th 10am-11am, Monday April 15th 2pm-3pm, Wednesday April 17th 11am-12pm, or Friday April 19th 2pm-3pm to say hello to a furry friend! 

See you there! 

Sow & Grow: Plant Potting in the Library
Promotion photo for library plant potting event.

Celebrate spring with us, and take a break from studying, by potting a plant, decorating it at our "Sow & Grow Plant Potting in the Library" session!

See you on Tuesday April 9th from 6pm-7:30pm. We will be in the first floor pit of the Library. Supplies are limited!

St Ninians Stree Closure March 14

Please be advised that St. Ninian's Street will be closed tomorrow, Thursday March 14, from 8:30 AM until 2:00PM. 

Now Hiring Students for Spring/Summer 2024 and September 2024
Hiring poster

If you are looking for a full-time summer job and/or employment for the 2024-25 school year, then apply to work at the library.  The deadline to apply is this Wednesday, March 6th at 1pm.  For more information or to apply visit

Summer Internship Opportunity: CEI Knowledge Curation and Mobilization Intern
We Are Hiring graphic for StFX Centre for Employment Innovation

The Centre for Employment Innovation is looking for a student or recent graduate interested in joining a dynamic and supportive team for the summer of 2024!

What Can I Expect in this Role? – The 2024 Knowledge Curation and Mobilization Intern will work alongside CEI staff to support the Nova Scotia Works system through education, engagement, and knowledge mobilization. The intern will take on a significant role curating and evaluating the relevancy of resources related to leadership, governance, and community outreach, to be shared back with the Nova Scotia Works system. This work may include creating book-review style blog posts or social media content promoting their findings. The intern may also contribute to other ongoing CEI projects such as communities of practice or course development, depending on their interests. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with CEI staff to design their own research or engagement project that contributes to the field of knowledge surrounding career and employment development.

Celebrating African Heritage Month
African Heritage Month 2024

February is African Heritage Month, a time dedicated to honoring and recognizing the diverse culture, history, and invaluable contributions of People of African Descent. This year, the provincial theme "Our Smiles, Our Joy, Our Resilience" resonates with the unique and inspiring experiences that shape the identity of African Nova Scotians and speaks to the spirit of perseverance.

African Heritage Month provides us with the invaluable opportunity to celebrate while deepening our understanding of the African diaspora, particularly within the unique context of Nova Scotia.

Throughout February, there are a series of events and activities to educate, inspire, and encourage dialogue. You can find a listing of activities here. I invite each member of our community to actively participate and engage with the diverse perspectives that will be shared during this special month.

Please do your part in making African Heritage Month a celebration of joy, resilience, and unity for our entire campus community.



Andy Hakin
President & Vice-Chancellor

St. Francis Xavier University

NEW DATES: Mental Health First Aid course for faculty and staff

Dear colleagues,

The Health and Counselling Centre is very pleased to sponsor another “Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)- Adults Who Interact with Youth” course.  Because of the uncertainty of another winter storm on its way tomorrow, we’ve decided to postpone Day 1 until next week, and then have Day 2 the following week.  As a result, the new dates for Mental Health First Aid (Adults Who Interact With Youth) are Wednesdays, February 21st and 28th.  Please note that these are new dates, and we still have registration spaces available.  

This course focuses on mental health problems and first aid for youth aged 14 to 25, and is open to all StFX staff and faculty members. This is a 14-hour in-person course which will be offered from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm on both dates, in Bloomfield Council Chambers (4th Floor Bloomfield Centre).  MHFA Canada requires full attendance on both days.  To register for “Mental Health First Aid- Adults Who Interact with Youth,” please email Margie McKinnon (Director of Health, Counselling and Accessible Learning) at @email. Registration is limited, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no fees attached to this course, and we encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity for personal and professional development! 


Margaret McKinnon, M.A., R.Psych. (she/her)
Director of Health, Counselling and Accessible Learning

Alumni Recognition Awards - four $1500 bursaries available
Promotional graphic for Alumni Recognition Awards for Students

The StFX Alumni Association will recognize four StFX University undergraduate (first degree) full-time students who combine high academic standing with involvement in campus and/or community activities. Each award is $1500 and will be awarded to one student in each of the four years of study: first year, sophomore, junior, senior. (The funds are applied to your student account at the StFX Business Office.) These awards are intended to recognize full-time students who have made a significant contribution to campus/community life and have benefited from their experience at StFX. You are not eligible to receive this award more than once. 

A minimum grade average of 70% is required for the current year to apply.


  1. Sophomore, junior and senior applicants are asked to submit a 1,000-word essay describing what influence they think their experience at StFX will have on life after graduation.  Essay submissions need to be original work.  Returning students are asked to include their previous years' averages as well as their Christmas average (does NOT need to be an official transcript – just a copy of your grade report from Banner or list your yearly averages).
  2. First-year student essays (1,000 words) should include reasons for choosing StFX and how the StFX experience has impacted them.  First-year students need to provide their Christmas average (official transcript NOT necessary – just note your average on cover page).
  3. Previous applicants may apply again but note that essays from applications in previous years cannot be resubmitted. It must be a new essay.
  4. Applicants must also include a list of their extra-curricular activities.
  5. Applicants must include a cover page listing full name, home address, campus address, cell phone number, an email address, year of attendance, program of study, student ID number and anticipated year of graduation and a list of your marks.
  6. Award winners may be asked to attend and read their essay at the Homecoming Hall of Honour ceremony in the fall (graduate students who are unable to attend are exempt).
  7. Please submit an electronic version (Microsoft Word document) of your entire submission (including marks) to the email address below before the application deadline.

For further information or clarification of eligibility criteria, interested students should direct their inquiries to:                      

Lianne Campbell, Alumni Affairs Office
Email: @email

Students who qualify need to email all the necessary information to the above email address by the date and time below.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2024 at 3 pm

Parking Area P4 & P5 (Lower Bloomfield) closed Wednesday, February 14th, 2024
Parking Area p4 and p5

To the Campus Community,

Please be advised that due to the forecasted storm and planned snow removal, Parking Areas P4 and P5 will be closed tonight, Wednesday, February 14th, 2024, at 1am.

Anyone parked in these parking areas will need to move their vehicles by 1am tonight, Wednesday, February 14th, 2024. 

Overnight Parking will be allowed in P2/P3 for those who have valid Overnight Parking Tags while Overnight Parking Area P4 is closed.

Please check this link for the StFX Campus Parking Map:

Thank you for your cooperation.

Please be aware of falling snow and ice from buildings

The campus community should watch for falling snow and ice from building rooftops and edges due to recent weather conditions.

Additionally, with the forecasted thaw and freeze temperatures, wet surfaces may refreeze and create hazardous walking and driving conditions.

Individuals should obey posted signs and barricades near buildings to avoid falling snow and ice, use extra caution and allow extra time when traveling, and be aware of changing weather and travel conditions.

Individuals should report areas of concern to Facilities Management at @email, or Safety & Security at @email after hours.

Safe Winter Walking Tips

Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility