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A World Apart

By Jordan Whitehouse | spring 2016

One of the Huskies’ first black football players says positive experiences at Saint Mary's allowed him to “think big and reach high.”

If you were black and living in Halifax in the 1960s, life was, to say the least, not easy. This isn’t to say racism doesn’t still exist today in the city, but as Blair Lopes BA’69 puts it, discrimination was very much “alive and well” at…

Ahead of the Game in Welcoming Refugees

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2016

The Syrian refugee crisis is bringing Canadians of all stripes together to help settle tens of thousands of new families over the next year. This influx of newcomers is also shining a spotlight on certain organizations and institutions who are already doing a great job of welcoming people to our region. 

Saint Mary’s University is one of them. With a student body that is 30% international…

Waste Not–Want Not

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

Dr. Rob Singer smiles as he examines a beaker filled with sludge from a paper mill’s recovery boiler. What most people see as chemical waste looks like a golden opportunity to the Saint Mary’s University Chemistry professor and his collaborators at Thinking Robot Studios (TRS), a Nova Scotia company that uses 3D printers to manufacture patient-specific, biomedical devices like artificial hips…

New Frontiers in Space Research

By Karalee Clerk | spring 2016

In Mid-February, Dr. Luigi Gallo pulled an unexpected all-nighter. He’d travelled from Canada to Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, eager to witness the launch of that country’s Aerospace Exploration Agency’s ASTRO-H space observatory. But high winds and cloud-cover had delayed the February 12th takeoff. 

An astronomy and physics professor at Saint Mary’s University, Gallo was…

Mapping A Strong Future

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

Robert Summerby-Murray doesn’t skip a beat when asked to describe a daily incident that encapsulates the special qualities of Saint Mary’s University.

“I have these moments every day,” says Saint Mary’s 34th President. “Recently, I stopped to chat with two young women who were walking across campus. One had a babe in her arms and was very excited to be here from Antigua to…

IDS Program Embraces the World

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2015

The year was 1985. A group of committed social scientists, tired of the antiquated disciplinary approach to global problems, decided to try something different. They had an inkling that issues like poverty, environmental change, and gender inequality could be better addressed through an inter-disciplinary program and set out to form one at Saint Mary’s University. It was the first International…

Driving change and giving back

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2015

For as long as he can remember, Jeff MacLean dreamed of being both an engineer and a leader. “My experience of good leaders was that they made such a positive impact—for families and communities, and also for employees, wherever they worked,” says the Saint Mary’s alumnus. “I wanted to do that.”

The President of Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. was raised in Port Hawkesbury,…

Strength on the stick

By Philip Moscovitch | fall 2015

It may not be the hockey championship JP MacCallum dreamed of winning as a kid on Prince Edward Island, but it’s still awfully sweet.

MacCallum BSc’99 led the Tohoku Free Blades to the Asia League title this past season—the team’s second championship in his three-year tenure as Head Coach. The Free Blades play in the city of Hachinohe, at the northern tip of Honshu, Japan’s main…

Artisan from birth

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2015

When Jamie Hartling was 12 years old, he received a Christmas present that would change the course of his life. It was a leather-working kit. By the summer, he was selling at craft shows. By junior high, he had become the go-to guy for teachers and other adults who needed briefcases and purses. And by high school, he had scored a contract for a booth at the Halifax International Airport, selling…

Webb’s Weave

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2015

Christopher Webb has been an artist his whole life. He began painting before he could even talk.

It was his Italian grandmother, Maddelena (Pavia) Asprey, herself an amateur artist, who inspired this passion. In fact, she was so important to Webb that he named his seven-year-old daughter, Maddelena, after her. In addition, he and his partner, Victoria Fougler, also titled their innovative…