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Engineering A Float

By Christina Copp | spring 2015

For many young people, especially now, the career path on which they start is often winding. And sometimes it leads them where they never imagined themselves going. For Lindsay MacPhee, that sentiment certainly rings true.

MacPhee, an environmental engineer by trade, and a Saint Mary’s graduate, has driven off that road and onto something completely different—she’s opening Atlantic…

Spiritual Poet

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

Social Entreprenuer, Author, Philanthropist. That’s how Fergus Dearden describes himself on his Twitter feed. He could also have added Voracious Learner, as the 31-year-old routinely educates himself in a wide variety of subject areas. He has studied Japanese, and is currently learning all he can about investment banking and computer programming languages.

Originally from St. John’s,…

It’s All About the Journey

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

Danièle (Talbot) Cruickshank has had many lives in one. A gifted musician and dancer from a young age, Cruickshank earned a ballet scholarship when she was 15. This opportunity took her from her childhood home of Chambly in Quebec (think world-famous beer) to the bustling city of Montreal. When she graduated from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens program at age 18, she continued to dance part-time,…

Self-made success

By James Patriquin | spring 2015

Sometimes when the president of the Students’ Association is lucky, one of the Alumni Officers will like them enough to approach them and ask if they would like to write an article for Maroon & White. Even better, sometimes when the president of the Students’ Association is very lucky, they’ll have someone who works with them who deserves the spotlight even more.

I wanted to use…

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…