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Cooperation & Success in Nova Scotia’s Wine Industry

By Lezlie Lowe | fall 2016

Lorraine Vassalo looks out her office window beyond the brackish Avon River toward the expanse of North Mountain. Around her on the Avon Peninsula sprawl 23 bountiful acres of grape vines. This is no small scene. But it’s the top-half of the portrait that really makes it—the sky. Today, a calm grey stippled with darker streaks.

“Remarkable” is one word Vassalo has for it, a view…

The Paddling Husky

By Tim Damon | fall 2016

Mark James, a sprint canoer who graduated in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in commerce, knows a thing or two about getting his feet wet. After being introduced to canoeing at the age of four, James now has his sights set on competing in the canoe sprint at the 2020 Summer Olympics. 

“Canoeing is an emotional experience that I think every Canadian should feel,” he says. “The…

Career Defying

By Jordan Whitehouse | fall 2016

Whether through luck or sheer determination, Kebba Touray has always found a way to defy expectations.    

Growing up in a small village in the Central River Region of The Gambia, for instance, where few children could get a formal education in the early 1980s, Touray was the lucky one; out of five siblings, his stepdad chose him to go to primary school. 

Even after excelling…

New Adventure

By Erin Elaine Casey | fall 2016

Growing up, Steven Laffoley never saw himself as an educator—or as a writer. “I was a kid for whom education had not made its mark,” he says, laughing. “I owe it all to the Halifax Grammar School and Saint Mary’s.” Today, Laffoley is both a distinguished chronicler of Nova Scotia history and the new Headmaster of the Halifax Grammar School.

After leaving his home outside Boston…

Life Lessons

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2016

More than three decades have passed since Brian Fulton BA’85 faced off as centre for the hockey Huskies. There’s no ice time required in his new role as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc., but he’s still predicting moves, reading plays, and looking for opportunities: skills he attributes to a well-rounded education at Saint Mary’s University. 

“My CEO training began…

Hands-On Training

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2016

While her friends were tuning into CSI, Meaghan Huculak grew up watching TLC’s Cold Cases. “I’ve always been fascinated by forensic science and wanted to see real life stories of how science was used to solve crimes,” says the Saint Mary’s grad.

That desire is what led the Ajax, Ontario native to major in Forensic Science and specialize in Physical Anthropology at the University…

Six Bright Lights Join the Alumni Ranks

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2016

Meet some of Saint Mary's newest alumni. All six of these featured grads have made a big impact in their time at Saint Mary's and will continue to be bright lights in their chosen fields.

Another thing these outstanding individuals have in common is their belief that attending university is about more than just sitting in a classroom. Everyone in this small group gave of themselves as…

Celebrating Forty Years in Business

By Erin Elaine Casey | spring 2016

Turning 40 is a big deal in anyone’s book. Some of us pretend it’s not happening at all, and some of us pull out all the stops and party like it’s 1999. For the Master of Business Administration program at Saint Mary’s, the big four-oh really is something to celebrate – not just with a party, but with new and exciting changes that promise to reinforce the program’s outstanding reputation…

Rohini Bannerjee

By Anne Simpson | spring 2016

When Dr. Rohini Bannerjee was young, she thought she might grow up to become a medical doctor. She did become a doctor, but not the kind she expected. As a student she volunteered as a French reader at the IWK, reading regularly to a little boy. One week, his bed was empty, and the nurses told her he had died. Medicine, she realized, was not for her. 

Bannerjee went on to study French,…

Coach Bob Hayes

By Gail Lethbridge | spring 2016

You could forgive the average Saint Mary’s University student for not knowing who Bob Hayes was.

His tenure as legendary football coach, director of athletics, and builder of a college sports dynasty long predates the birth of most of today’s Saint Mary’s students, so why would they know who he was? And why would they care?

Well, there are plenty of reasons for students…