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Farewell Dean Bradshaw

By Maroon & White | spring 2018

After a successful and eventful six years, Dr. Patricia Bradshaw is stepping down as the Dean of the Sobey School of Business. She is proud of the School’s accomplishments during her tenure and feels confident that she is passing on the baton to the next Dean at the right time.

“The School is poised to continue doing work that contributes to prosperity both in Nova Scotia and around…


By Renée Hartleib | spring 2018

Every year, the Maroon & White Magazine features a few members of the graduating class. This year, we’re shining a spotlight on four women who served on the Graduating Class Committee and were responsible for organizing the massive Maroon & White Ball and all the convocation week activities. As you’ll read, these newest members of our alumni family not only helped to pull off these important…

An Incredible Legacy

By Jordan Whitehouse | fall 2017

Growing up in Halifax, Burris Devanney dreamed of visiting Africa. “Maybe it was because of the books I’d read, or maybe because I had romantic views of it,” he says. “But that’s not the kind of Africa I ended up going to.”

The Africa this young teacher visited in 1965 was one where people were struggling under warfare and tyrannical leaderships in many countries across the…

Just Call Me Professor Cupid!

By Erin Elaine Casey | fall 2017

When commerce students Fairyal Abdi (BComm 2004) and Joe Day (BComm 2003) registered for Dr. Edna Keeble’s year-long Canadian Foreign Policy course in 2001-2002, they had no way of knowing it would change their lives forever.

“I sat behind Fairyal strategically, then I asked for a pencil I didn’t need,” says Joe. “I hung around after class to return the 50-cent pencil.”


A Shared Purpose

By Joanie Veitch | fall 2017

It was an introductory Spanish class at Saint Mary’s University, and the professor wanted students to work on their conversational skills. Up until that January day in 2004, Ben Connolly and Julie Bohemier had always sat on opposite sides of the classroom.

That day, they got paired up. “It was basically like a first date, the questions we were asking one another,” Julie says. “That…

Hockey is for Everyone

By Gail Lethbridge | fall 2017

Cheryl MacDonald is on a mission: to fight homophobia in Canada’s most popular sport. “Hockey is for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion,” says the Saint Mary's University Arts graduate from 2010, who was also president of her graduating class. But her number one focus right now is to make hockey a more inclusive sport for LGBTQ athletes.

She’s taken on a big job.


A Return Home

By Kate Watson | fall 2017

When Dr. Malcolm Butler returned to Saint Mary’s University on July 1, 2017 as the new Vice-President, Academic and Research, it definitely felt like a homecoming – and one he’s excited about.

“I’m returning to the place that formed who I am as an academic leader,” explains Butler from his office in the McNally Building. “And I’m pleased that I can pay that back now by…

A Mission to Include All

By Erin Elaine Casey | fall 2017

Imagine you’re a proud dad to a new baby daughter. You’re taking a lunch break during a conference and you overhear a conversation that shakes you to the core. Using “unbelievably deplorable and awful words,” two men sitting near you are talking about how having children with special needs in the classroom is bad for their own daughters’ education.

This happened to Saint Mary’s…

Out-of-the-Box Research Has Big Impact

By Lezlie Lowe | fall 2017

University research often gets a bad rap for being out of touch with the lives of everyday folks. But the work of four Saint Mary’s faculty members, profiled here, flies in the face of that. The applied fieldwork and experiments of these professors, and their students, proves that research can make a difference in the areas of local food, disease diagnosis, and rural sustainability. The applied…

New Inductees to the Sport Hall of Fame

By Gail Lethbridge | fall 2017

They were the little football teams that thought they could.

And they did. Big time.

The Saint Mary’s Huskies football team conquered Canadian varsity football, winning Vanier Cup, two years in a row in 2001 and 2002.

In Canadian university football, it doesn’t get any bigger.

It’s been said more than once, by more than one person, that the 2001 team—with…