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Behind the Seams

By Tara Thorne | fall 2014

“When we were at school, we still had this notion that information was power,” says James Curleigh BComm’89. “He or she who had access to it had the advantage. Well today, information is ubiquitous, everyone has access to it. What I would say the biggest shift is not how to get the information, but how to synthesize the information to make sense of it.”

Curleigh knows…

Boomer Town

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2014

Making it work in the Maritimes is a recurring theme for Kyler Crawford. He’s been around. Originally from Moncton, he completed two undergraduate degrees at St. Francis Xavier before a spell playing professional football in Germany. But it was a five-year stint at a large professional services firm in Ottawa that led to some serious thinking about reshaping his career.  >
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Something to Talk About

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2014

There was a time when Matthew Fanning dreaded public speaking.

“It’s not unusual,” says Fanning, a Finance major who graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. “Most people would rather encounter a grizzly bear than stand on stage to deliver a speech.”

What is unusual is that after working for a few years, first as…

Once Upon A Mattress

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2014

There’s a fairytale quality to Chen Qing’s success selling mattresses—but there’s nothing long ago and far away about the way the young Business Management major parlayed two free movie tickets into a Halifax-based business worth more than $200,000.

The story begins only five years ago when a 19-year-old from China arrived in Halifax to attend the Sobey School of Business. 


The Next Level

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2014

The open staircase in the Homburg Centre for Health & Wellness is more than an airy backdrop for photos of Justine Colley and Andrew Russell. Forward-looking, impressive and strong, it’s a fitting symbol for two of Saint Mary’s most recent graduates.

Colley takes her place on the bottom step, smiling for the camera as she recollects memorable moments…

Family Ties

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2014

Saint Mary’s University is far more than a school for fifth year Bachelor of Science student, Sylvia Abdelgawad. “For the past five years, Saint Mary’s has been the family that pushed me to grow and helped me to exceed my own limits,” says Abdelgawad, who graduates in May with an Honours degree in Biology and Psychology. “It will be very difficult to leave here after…

Adaptable Environments

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2014

Melissa Dubé is about to graduate with a degree that didn’t exist when she entered Saint Mary’s in 2010.

“I had already finished my first year when Saint Mary’s introduced the School of the Environment and the Bachelor of Environmental Studies,” says Dubé. “Fortunately, the timing still worked, and I was able to make the switch and complete…

A Good Sport

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2014

Steve Armitage credits the typing class he took in Grade 10 with his 49-year career at CBC. “I liked the odds at the time. Thirty-six girls and two guys,” he says, laughing. In addition to being a great way to get a date, typing class led directly to his role as one of Canada’s most prominent sports broadcasters.

“They needed someone who was…

The Giving Tree

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2014

When someone asks Alex Handyside MBA’00 what he does for fun, his answer is immediate and genuine. “I volunteer,” he says. And it’s true. He is a born volunteer, giving his time “everywhere and anywhere.” He is particularly fond of non-profits, having worked for a number of them in the Halifax area. As the Director of Development and Communications at the Metro Food…

Deep Roots

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2014

Magnolia trees are not renowned for their deep roots, but the one in front of Saint Mary’s historic McNally building is deeply rooted in memory for the family of Dr. Joseph Vorstermans, an Economics professor who taught at the university for more than 25 years.

The Vorstermans family’s connection with Saint Mary’s began in 1956, when Joseph Vorstermans,…