Campus Notes

Something's Happening Here: Get caught up on campus news, research, awards and notable achievements at Saint Mary’s

Letter from the President of Saint Mary’s University

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

This September, Saint Mary’s welcomed new and returning students, from around the corner and around the globe, eager to learn, searching for meaning, and keen to give back to the wider community and world. We gathered together in our Santamarian ceremony to witness our shared commitment to discovery and innovation, academic integrity, and intercultural learning. I took this opportunity to speak…

Letter from the President of the Alumni Association

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

As my first year serving as President of the Saint Mary’s Alumni Association wraps up, I have a lot of great experiences to look back on. This summer we held our Annual Alumni Golf Tournament at Granite Springs on August 17th. This sold out event hosted 132 golfers and funded 21 deserving students with bursaries.

I was grateful to be a part of Welcome Week on campus the first week of…

Researcher Fights Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria With New Funding

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

Saint Mary’s chemical biologist Dr. Clarissa Sit’s research into how to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi received a big boost this August as the result of an investment of $171,204 from the federal government. As a result of this funding, Dr. Sit will have access to a high-resolution mass spectrometer, equipment that will increase the success rate of finding new molecules in soil…

SMU Alumnus Becomes Canadian Citizen On Canada 150

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

Saint Mary’s engineering alumnus Stephen Robinson-Enebeli will always remember where he was on Canada’s 150th birthday: surrounded by friends and family, in the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, becoming a Canadian citizen. “The room was overflowing,” he recalls. “I was so moved by the number of people who came in solidarity to welcome new Canadians, and to welcome me.” Stephen…

Remembering Gerry Beech (1947 – 2015)

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

Students at Saint Mary’s will benefit from a fund set up to honour the late Gerry Beech (BA’68), a proud Saint Mary’s alumnus who graduated with a degree in Political Science. Beech worked for several years as Director of Student Services at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to Ontario in the mid-70s for a career in provincial politics. With the help of Dr. Marc Doucet,…

PhD Candidate Wins Prestigious Vanier Scholarship

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

Amy Heim, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Science, is the recent recipient of a three-year Vanier scholarship worth $50,000 per year. Heim’s work is in the area of Evolution and Ecology, and she was honoured for her research proposal titled: Using traits to enhance plant co-existence and maximize ecosystem services in the green roof environment. A plant community ecologist who specializes in understanding…

Saint Mary’s Hosts Halifax For The Solar Eclipse

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

Hundreds of visitors from across Halifax flocked to Saint Mary’s University campus to safely enjoy the partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. PhD in Astronomy candidate Mitchell Young spearheaded the public viewing event, which provided an opportunity for members of the university community and the public to safely view the partial eclipse through the lens of a telescope or safety glasses. Visitors…

Chemistry Grad Awarded Prestigious Postgraduate Scholarship

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

Recent Saint Mary’s graduate Kyle Awalt is headed down under to pursue a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Monash in Melbourne, Australia. Kyle, who graduated this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Chemistry, received a Monash Graduate Scholarship and Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, two highly competitive awards worth roughly $70,000 a year. Since…

Inuit Leaders Graduate with Sobey School Advanced Management Diploma

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

This summer in Iqaluit, 13 students graduated from the Advanced Management Diploma program. The 10-month program is offered by the Sobey School of Business, in partnership with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc (NTI), a land claims organization. NTI's mandate is "Inuit Economic, Social and Cultural Well-being Through Implementation of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement." The partnership was established as part…

High Commissioner of India Visits Saint Mary’s

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

Saint Mary’s international reach is well known and often results in amazing opportunities for the University and its students. This past June, his Excellency Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India (HCI), and the author of the novel Q&A, (later made into the film Slumdog Millionaire) dropped by Saint Mary’s to meet with President Robert Summerby-Murray. He also took the time to talk with some…

Recognizing Teaching Excellence And Leadership

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

Earlier this year, Dr. Kathy Singfield and Dr. Marc Doucet were recognized for educational leadership and teaching excellence. Dr. Singfield, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Associate Dean - Curriculum and Operations, was awarded the Dr. Geraldine Thomas Educational Leadership Award. Dr. Doucet, an Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, was awarded the…

Making Nova Scotia More Accessible

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

Saint Mary’s University professor Dr. Linda Campbell and the Bill 59 Community Alliance were recently honoured with the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Award for their contributions to Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act. Dr. Campbell and the grassroots disability group worked diligently for two years to improve Bill 59, also known as the Accessibility Act. Their hard work was recognized by the Partnership…

Once-In-A-Lifetime Archaeological Expedition To Cuba

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

This past summer, 12 Atlantic Canadian university students embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime archaeological expedition in Cuba, spearheaded by Saint Mary’s University’s Department of Anthropology. From June 1 to 17, the students excavated artifacts at Cuba’s historic Angerona Coffee Plantation, a former slave plantation near Havana. The dig—to possibly discover something about the lives of the…

Letter from the President of Saint Mary’s University

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

I am delighted to welcome you to the latest edition of Maroon & White. 

It is a pleasure to lead an organization as vibrant as Saint Mary’s University. Our Strategic Plan (2016-21) strengthens our vision ‘to be the university of choice for aspiring citizens of the world’ and our mission to offer academic programs and engage in research that serve both local and international communities.…

Letter from the President of the Alumni Association

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

I am excited and proud to serve as the new President of the Saint Mary’s Alumni Association. Since the Fall of 2016, I have been privileged to meet many alumni from across the globe and to engage with faculty, staff, and students within the University. This experience has been immensely rewarding.

In February, we officially welcomed our new VP Advancement, Erin Sargeant Greenwood, to…

Celebrating Indigenous Culture

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Fry bread tacos were a big hit at the inaugural Mawio'mi Indigenous Gathering, a new addition to Saint Mary’s University’s Winter Welcome. The first in a series of events to celebrate Indigenous culture, it was organized by the Saint Mary’s Indigenous Students Society Co-Presidents Elora Gehue and Boyce Campbell, and Student Services Senior Director Tom Brophy. Festivities included greetings…

The Return of a Treasure

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Remnants of an old gateway were all that remained of the Belgian Abbey of Salzinnes until 1998, when alumna Judy Dietz (BA’84, MA’06) discovered a 450-year old illuminated manuscript in Saint Mary’s University’s Rare Books collection. A hand-scribed choir book containing 240 parchment folios with music and text, the Salzinnes Antiphonal was likely brought to Nova Scotia in the mid-1800’s…

Helping Communities Move Forward

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Thanks to a $1.1 million investment from the Federal Government, Saint Mary’s is now the headquarters for the Change Lab Action Research Initiative (CLARI), a post-secondary education partnership offering a network of academic experts, research resources, collaboration spaces, and communications technology. “The Change Lab Action Research Initiative is a great example of the kind of collaboration…

A Reputation for Research

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

The exceptional research carried out by Saint Mary’s faculty and students is receiving lots of social media praise by those who attended the Research Expo in March. In related news, Saint Mary's University has shot up in the rankings of the well-regarded Research Universities of the Year (RUY) report by Toronto-based consultants Research Infosource. Their 2016 report, released in October, shows…

Recognizing Community Service

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Saint Mary’s friend and alumna, Marsha Sobey (BEd’82), was quick to share the credit when receiving an Alumni Association Distinguished Community Service Award for the profound impact she has had on Saint Mary’s University, Landmark East School, the Children’s Wish Foundation, and the IWK Health Centre. “It’s a real honour to receive this award,” she said, speaking at last fall’s…

Two Nights and Two Sites for Cyril Byrne Memorial Lecture

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

The annual Cyril J. Byrne Memorial Lecture took on a new dimension this year, with hundreds of Haligonians taking part in a special two-night celebration featuring Booker Prize-winning novelist Yann Martel. The author of Life of Pi, Beatrice & Virgil, and the new novel The High Mountains of Portugal, Martel filled the Halifax Central Library’s Paul O’Regan Hall to capacity on March 23, for a…

A Starring Role for Saint Mary’s Computational Astrophysics Prof

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Looking for a scientifically approved dose of fun? Look no further than Dr. Rob Thacker’s weekly science column as part of CBC Radio 1 Mainstreet in Halifax. Dr. Thacker is a Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in the department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary’s, and the Acting Director of the Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA). His focus for the new radio gig is computing,…

Chemistry Profs Named Canada Research Chairs

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Halifax MP Andy Fillmore visited Saint Mary’s in December 2016 to announce two new Canada Research Chairs. Dr. Christa Brosseau, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, is the new Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Chemistry and Materials; and Dr. Todd Ventura, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, is the Canada Research Chair in Petroleum Systems,…

A Winning Business School

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Sobey School of Business student Ana Paula Mercado Farell was thrilled to be part of the winning team for the first Retail Concept Competition, organized in March by the David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services. She was doubly pleased to receive an innovation award, courtesy of retail futurist Doug Stephens, a member of the advisory board for the David Sobey Centre.

Sobey…

Another Successful Starting Point

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Almost 150 student entrepreneurs from post-secondary institutions and high schools across the country came together at Saint Mary’s in February 2017 to share best practices and learn from national business leaders at the third annual Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference. With a focus on fostering innovation and encouraging students to think big, Starting Point 2017 featured master classes,…

Impact With Purpose

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Business and government leaders, entrepreneurs, students, faculty, and staff gathered in Halifax last fall to celebrate the release of a report re ecting the Sobey School of Business’ economic, social, and intellectual impact on the province of Nova Scotia.

Applying the Business School Impact System (BSIS), developed by the Brussels-based European Foundation for Management Development…

Federal Funding For Sobey Program

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

Halifax MP Andy Fillmore was back on campus on March 2nd to announce more than $480,000 in funding from the Government of Canada for OPtions (Overcoming Poverty) Youth, a program ordered by the Sobey School Business Development Centre and Saint Mary’s University’s Enactus team. The program helps at-risk youth develop employability skills through mentorship, entrepreneurship training, and on-the-job…

Letter from the President of the Alumni Association

By SMU Alumni | fall 2016

As my two-year term as Alumni President comes to a close, I am reminded of what a wonderful family we have at Saint Mary’s. It was a privilege to have represented over 44,000 Alumni who are in the four corners of the globe. Our university is a vibrant and world-class institution. We should all take great pride in it. I am amazed by the variety of programs that are offered and by the exceptional…

A Tree Grows at Saint Mary’s

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

One of the most recently planted trees on Saint Mary’s campus celebrates a long-standing relationship with Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai (BNUZ). Faculty members and administrators from BNUZ marked the completion of a 14-day summer institute at Saint Mary’s by planting a Seven Sons Flower Tree. A fragrant member of the Honeysuckle family, this rare tree was once threatened, but is now subject…

Twitter Praise

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Heralded as the world’s first Twitter-controlled telescope, the Dr. Ralph Medjuck Telescope in Saint Mary’s Burke-Gaffney Observatory made the cut when Twitter celebrated its 10th birthday by highlighting the top ten unique uses of the social media platform for 2016. 

Many observatories use Twitter as a way to reach out
to the public, but it’s generally humans on a keyboard…

Making Healthcare Healthier

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Looking for a graduate program that prepares students to tackle key issues in health policy research, delivery, and administration? Look to Saint Mary’s new Master of Applied Health Services Research (MAHSR) program, now accepting its first students. Funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation in partnership with the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit, the MAHSR program is offered in collaboration…

Strengthening Global Connections

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Both Saint Mary’s University and the Province of Nova Scotia will benefit from a recent gift of $1 million from David Wang, the manager of a Nova Scotia curriculum high school in China and a very good friend of Saint Mary’s. The David Wang Scholarship Fund will support eight prestigious scholarships of $20,000 per year. What makes these scholarships unique is that they are awarded to Chinese…

Buried Treasure

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Thanks to a geophysical survey, Saint Mary’s researchers are one step closer to solving a more than 250-year old mystery. In the continuation of an investigation begun by Saint Mary’s professor Jonathan Fowler, a team of Anthropology students led by adjunct professor, Dr. Eric Henry, has uncovered evidence of the long-buried remains of a star-shaped fort near Nova Scotia’s historic Lunenburg Academy.…

Pulling Together for the Greater Good

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

For the fourth year in a row, the Saint Mary’s Enactus team competed against teams from more than 60 Canadian universities to place in the top four in Canada at the National Enactus Exposition. The Saint Mary’s team also shone as second runner up in the Scotiabank Eco-Living Challenge for an environmental project that diverted almost 2400 lbs. of waste from landfills by upcycling material for…

Women’s Rugby Moves

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Two stellar contributors to Saint Mary’s women’s rugby are switching roles this year. Assistant coach, Amber Davison, takes over responsibilities as head coach and former head coach, Megan Kinsman, assumes the role of assistant coach. Davison played with the Acadia Axewomen for five years and was a member of Team Atlantic. She continues to play with the Nova Scotia Senior Women’s Keltics.…

Inspiring Competition

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Saint Mary’s alumni Mike and Catherine Durland, three teams from our Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MTEI) program each received a prize of $20,000 in the 2nd annual Durland Innovation Fund Competition. The winning projects were ProTell, a wearable technology designed to help those who suffer from sickle cell anemia; SWAP, a security technology…

Mirroring the United Nations

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Saint Mary’s University’s Model UN delegation, headed by Political Science Chair, Dr. Marc Doucet, was one of only four delegations from Canadian universities to be awarded a Distinguished Delegation Award at the 2016 National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference. The Saint Mary’s team competed against 5,500 students from more than 400 schools, debating, negotiating, and drafting resolutions…

Distinguished Teaching Award

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Saint Mary’s psychology professor Dr. Maryanne Fisher continues to be honoured and acknowledged for her teaching excellence. Dr. Fisher was recently awarded a 2016 Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Distinguished Teaching Award. This annual award recognizes excellence in teaching and educational leadership. Since joining the Saint Mary’s Department of Psychology in 2004, Dr. Fisher has…

Making an Impact

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Two programs offered by the Sobey School Business Development Centre —Options and The Spark Zone—took “Best in North America” at the Global Best Awards, sponsored by the Conference Board of Canada and the International Partnership Network. A previous Global Best Awards winner, Options has successfully helped more than 300 marginalized-youth transition into jobs and further education through…

Prize Winning Author Picks Prize Winning Author

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Judging the Giller Prize is no easy feat—even for 2010 Giller finalist Dr. Alexander MacLeod, a prize-winning author and Saint Mary’s professor of English and Atlantic Canada Studies. As part of his duties as a juror for the 2015 Giller Prize, Dr. MacLeod read 168 works of Canadian fiction in seven months. He also had countless Skypes, conference calls, and meetings with fellow jurors, before…

Letter from the President of the Alumni Association

By SMU Alumni | spring 2016

During the last six months Saint Mary’s has celebrated many academic and athletic achievements. Our Burke-Gaffney Observatory has received accolades for taking space image requests from Twitter users and tweeting back pictures. Dr. Luigi Gallo, an Astronomy and Physics professor, has had a part in the Japanese launch of ASTRO-H, checking out black holes. And our Enactus Team continues to represent…

Triple Bronze Wins

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

In athletics news, Saint Mary’s snagged three bronze medals at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships in March. The Saint Mary's Women's Hockey Huskies made history for their program by claiming their first ever bronze medal after defeating the No. 1 Guelph Gryphons 3-1 in the bronze medal game of the CIS Women's Hockey Championships on Sunday, March 20th.

The Saint Mary’s…

Forging Intercultural Connections

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

As Syrian refugees continue to arrive in Nova Scotia, our Language Centre has stepped up to smooth their transition by offering beginners’ courses in Arabic for members of the campus community as well as the general public. 

“Even being able to say hello in someone else’s language can help put them at ease in a difficult situation,” says Zak McLaren, Director of the Language Centre.…

Levelling the Learning Field

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

A $2 million gift from the Joyce Foundation in December 2015 will create a legacy of support for students with disabilities and keep Saint Mary’s affordable for all deserving students. A significant portion of this transformative gift is designated for students registered with the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities. The remainder goes to support economically disadvantaged…

Connecting Rural Communities

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

Rural communities seeking help solving complex social problems like outmigration and unemployment need to look no further than the Change Lab Action Research Institute (CLARI), soon to be up and running in Saint Mary’s University’s Atrium. The CLARI hub was conceived as a way to drive economic development by connecting rural communities and small business with a network of experts and researchers…

Sharing the Wealth

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

The non-profit landscape shifted at Saint Mary’s University’s One World Alumni Awards Gala during Homecoming 2015 with a remarkable display of giving by Brigadoon, a non-profit camp facility for children, youth, and families living with a chronic illness, chronic conditions, or special needs. When called upon to receive the top award of $10,000, Brigadoon’s founder David McKeage BComm’91…

Scoring a New Football Coach

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

As a collegiate football player and coach, James Colzie III accrued a wealth of experience by taking part in two national championships, six conference titles, and 12 bowl games. As the new head coach of the Saint Mary’s Huskies football program, he’ll put that experience to good use bringing Huskies football back to prominence in the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport).

Colzie…

Sharing an Evening with Parliament’s Poet Laureate

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

Those who attended Saint Mary’s 2016 Cyril Byrne Lecture in March had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Canada’s newly installed Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Dr. George Elliott Clarke, read from his earliest works.

A talented poet, playwright, and literary critic, Dr. Clarke is an officer of the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. He has also received the National…

A Clean Sweep for Saint Mary’s Enactus Team

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

“There’s a first time for everything!” That was the reaction of Enactus Saint Mary’s co-president Ali Algermozi on Friday, February 26, when the Enactus Saint Mary’s team made history, going up against 13 Enactus groups from universities in Atlantic Canada to bring home five big wins: first place trophies in all four categories at the Enactus Regional Competition, plus the Woman Leader…

Taking the Stress from the Test

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

A collaboration between Saint Mary’s University and Halifax Public Libraries will make the Candian citizenship test far less intimidating for a small group of immigrants. 

“The test is tough even for those born in Canada,” says Saint Mary’s alumnus Jonathan Shaw. “Imagine how difficult it is for someone who speaks English as a new and second language.”

As part…

A Gift That Will Grow the Economy

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

The Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MTEI) program at the Sobey School of Business received some exciting news in October 2015. Alumnus Mike Durland (BComm ’87) announced two gifts totalling $1.5 million. One from Scotiabank – where at the time, Durland was CEO, Global Banking and Markets – and one from Mike and his wife Catherine, also a Saint Mary’s graduate (BComm…

A Stellar Event

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

Thanks to an endowed gift from the family of the late Dan Alexander MacLennan, more than 300 astronomers and stargazers crowded into the McNally Theatre Auditorium on October 17th. They were there to hear award-winning astronomer Alex Filippenko share his insights on exploding stars and the expanding universe. 

“We were very excited to host the inaugural Dan MacLennan Lecture,”…

Another Star on the Horizon

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

Saint Mary's University’s Department of Astronomy and Physics is excited to announce that Nobel Laureate Arthur B. McDonald will be the guest speaker for the second annual Dan MacLennan Lecture on Friday October 21, 2016. 

Arthur McDonald, a professor emeritus at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics with Takaaki Kajita of the University…

A Home Away from Home for Indigenous Students

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

At a dedication ceremony in early February, Mi’kmaw elder, author, and Saint Mary’s alumnus Dr. Isabelle Knockwood (BA’92; DCL’13) helped the University celebrate the opening of our new Indigenous Student Space. According to Elora Gehue, President of Saint Mary’s Aboriginal Society, this dedicated on-campus location for indigenous students to meet, work, share, and collaborate is “a…

Protecting Wildlife with Fuzzy Forensics

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2016

Dr. Lindsay Carmichael was too excited to write even 140 characters after an awards dinner in the fall of 2015 to announce the winners of last year’s Lane Anderson Award. Her author friends, on the other hand, lost no time tweeting that Carmichael’s book Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild had been named the best science book in Canada in the young readers’ category.

In…

Letter from the President of the Alumni Association

By Maroon & White | fall 2015

Summer is now but a fleeting memory. The 39th annual Saint Mary’s University Alumni Golf Tournament at Granite Springs, held on August 20, was a great success. It raised sufficient money to fund 20 student bursaries. Mark August 18, 2016 for our 40th tournament and join us for a wonderful day. Also in August, thanks to assistance of the Alumni Office, the Financial Aid Office and faculty/staff…

The Language of Discovery

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

At first glance, it appears that Amberlin Hines is assessing the fare at a seafood buffet. On closer inspection, there’s more to Hines—and to the mussel she’s holding—than meets the eye.

    “Amberlin is a student from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, a liberal arts university for the deaf,” says Dr. Linda Campbell, an environmental scientist at Saint Mary’s University.…

Celebrating Citizens of the World

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

An August reception at Saint Mary’s concluded a four-week study program for students from Beijing Normal University (BNU) in China. The 27 Chinese students, nine from BNU’s Beijing campus and 18 from the Zhuhai campus, were participants in the Cross-Cultural Communications: North American Studies program jointly hosted by Saint Mary’s and Acadia University. “I applaud you for also taking…

Healthy Workplace, Healthy Business

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

The Nova Scotia business and research communities came together at the Sobey School of Business to recognize the accomplishments of Nova Scotian employers in promoting and maintaining supportive and healthy workplaces. Held in August during the annual Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute hosted by Saint Mary’s CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Fifth Nova Scotia Psychologically…

Team SMU Science Steps Up

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

Team SMU Science battled rain—and nerves—to successfully rappel down Halifax’s 13-storey Westin Hotel on June 13 in support of Rope for Hope, an annual fundraiser for Make-a-Wish Atlantic Provinces. In stepping up to step over the edge of a roof, Science team members raised over $4,000 through a combination of pre-event fundraisers and generous donations from students, staff, and alumni. One…

A Stirring Finale for Time for Tea

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

On Sunday, June 21, Saint Mary’s light-filled Atrium made a pleasant venue for the University’s final Time for Tea, a sumptuous English tea party in support of bursaries for single parents who attend Saint Mary’s University. The Duchess of Bedford may have introduced afternoon tea in the 19th century, but Saint Mary’s has perfected it over the past 15 years. With Carol Dodds’ MA’95,…

Focus On Health Research to Benefit Saint Mary’s

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

Evidence-based, responsive, patient-centred, and timely: these are just a few of the words used to describe the Maritime Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research SUPPORT
Unit (MSSU), based at Saint Mary’s. It’s an initiative expected to improve patient care by making it easier for researchers across the country to work together and share data. “It’s a huge opportunity to have a unit…

Notes from the Underground

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

A five-day field school in Northern Ontario took 12 Saint Mary’s geology students almost three kilometres underground. After touring diamond drill core logging facilities with Vale Canada, students visited an ore smelter and a nickel refinery. They also took part in a surface excursion of the Sudbury Basin, the second-largest known impact crater on Earth. "Seeing mineral deposits and mining operations…

New Support for Aboriginal Students

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

Building on a long track record of engaging with the Aboriginal community throughout the Atlantic Region, Saint Mary’s University called for the creation of an Aboriginal Students Task Force and commissioned a report to advance support for Aboriginal students. Published in May 2015, this report provides a framework through which stakeholders from the Aboriginal community and the University can…

Major Funding for Sobey School Business Development Centre

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

The Sobey School Business Development Centre (SSBDC) received almost $900,000 in federal funding through the Youth Employment Strategy and ACOA’s Business Development Program. The lion’s share—more than $620,000—went to Work Smarts for paid internships designed to help recent post-secondary graduates throughout Atlantic Canada. An additional $275,000 will help the SSBDC provide business…

A Fine Balance

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

Lt. Sarah Gray works hard to balance her academic responsibilities as a criminology major with her training obligations as a reservist in the Canadian Forces, but the 4th year student is quick to admit that she couldn’t do it without the support she receives from Saint Mary’s. Thanks to a nomination from
Lt. Gray, the Faculty of Arts received a Canadian Forces Liaison Council Provincial…

Paying it Forward Pays Off

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

Well-known regionally for enabling social, environmental and economic progress through entrepreneurial action, the Saint Mary’s Enactus team emerged from the Enactus National Competition in Toronto in May 2015 ranked second in the entire country. Saint Mary’s also took the national title in the BDC Entrepreneurs First Project Partnership Best Project for The Startup 100, a community development…

From the President of the Alumni Association

By Maroon & White | spring 2015

Being President of the Saint Mary’s Alumni Association since October 2014 has given me many opportunities to interact with fellow alumni, faculty and especially with the students. It is a great pleasure to spend time with our future leaders. I attend as many events as I am able.

Last September I was assisting our Alumni Office with Welcome Week for new students and I saw a familiar face.…

Latest SMU Telescope Linked to Social Media

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

The Burke-Gaffney Observatory unveiled a very special telescope last fall. The Planewave 0.6-metre CDK24 telescope is the second-largest telescope on a Canadian university campus, and the first in the world to be synced via software to social media. This allows it to be monitored and controlled by Facebook and Twitter users worldwide. Named in honour of its major benefactors, Dr. Ralph M. Medjuck…

Top Marks in Canada

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

Saint Mary’s University has been ranked first in Canada for international research collaboration. This special recognition is a part of Research Infosource’s annual rankings on university research. “It is wonderful that the magnitude of international research collaborations at Saint Mary’s has been recognized by Research Infosource,” says Dr. Kevin Vessey, Saint Mary’s Associate Vice-President,…

President-Elect Announced

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

In February, after an international search, Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray was chosen as Saint Mary’s University President-Elect. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Summerby-Murray has been in Canada since the 1980s, when he received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Toronto. He has served in a number of senior academic roles, including as Dean of Social Sciences at Mount Allison University…

SMU Hosts Award-winning Author Emma Donoghue

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

On March 13, Canadian writer Emma Donoghue delivered this year’s Cyril Byrne Memorial Lecture. The annual lecture celebrates the life and spirit of Cyril Byrne, who during his 35-year career as an English professor at SMU, helped establish the school’s Atlantic Canada studies program and the D’Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies. Donoghue is an Irish-born writer whose work has been translated…

New Chancellor

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

Dr. Paul D. Sobey is following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. David F. Sobey, who served as Saint Mary’s Chancellor from 2008 until 2010. Born in Halifax, but raised in New Glasgow, Dr. Paul D. Sobey, FCA, B.Comm, D.Comm, worked through various positions in Empire and its subsidiaries, assuming the role of Vice-President and Secretary in 1985, and President and CEO of Sobey Leased Properties…

A Win-Win Situation

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

International students studying in Halifax now have expanded opportunities to enter the work force and stay in Nova Scotia. A new program, launched in February with help from the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association Atlantic Section, offers international students at the Sobey School of Business valuable work experience through a paid internship program with the Halifax Port Authority. This new…

The Buzz about BNUZ

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

Saint Mary’s has a long relationship with China’s Beijing Normal University – Zhuhai (BNUZ). Since 2002, hundreds of students from BNUZ have attended Saint Mary’s, with SMU students also able to access a study-abroad program at BNUZ. In February, a new partnership was announced with SMU’s Faculty of Arts. This latest development between the two universities is a credit-transfer agreement.…

On the Cutting Edge

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

The David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services was launched in style on March 10 at an invite-only event attended by over 150 Canadian business luminaries. David Sobey, for whom the new Centre is named, was recognized through remarks from master of ceremonies, Dean Patricia Bradshaw. “The launch of this Centre honours the region’s tradition of business excellence in the retail…

Fostering the Future

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

Combine 100 high school or post-secondary students with an interest in entrepreneurship, a handful of keen mentors, and 50 Nova Scotian communities. What have you got? Startup 100, a unique partnership between the Province of Nova Scotia, the Sobey School Business Development Centre, and Enactus Saint Mary’s. The program began February 20, and will continue for 100 days with a two-fold goal: foster…

Improved Supports for Students with Disabilities

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2015

For 30 years, Saint Mary’s has played a leadership role in ensuring that higher education is accessible to students with disabilities. Back in 1985, when the Atlantic Centre was first established, it began by helping 13 students. That number has grown to over 200 students today. A passionate supporter of services for students with disabilities, and a former member of the University’s Board of…

Establishing a Community of Responsibility

By Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2015

It isn’t easy to take a stand against sexualized violence—even for a self-described “big guy” like Amali Armony, President-Elect of Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA). Thanks to training received through an innovative program called Bringing in the Bystander, Armony and other members of the Saint Mary’s community are now poised to speak up and step in.

“This…

Licence to Innovate

By Chris Benjamin | spring 2015

Sobey School of Business students devised improved agricultural methods, a financial literacy program for inmates, public-use cell phone-charging stations, and a social media platform for Chinese ex-pats, and they took home four of six BOYNECLARKE Innovative Ideas Awards on February 23 at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax. They swept the social innovation category, winning all three awards in that…

Blazing Trails

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

Matching funding from the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT) added to financial support already received from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for almost half a million dollars for research being conducted by two Saint Mary’s professors, Dr. Aldona Wiacek and Dr. Jacob Hanley. For Environmental Science professor Wiacek, this makes it possible to purchase a ground-based,…

Top Picks for Future Leaders

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

Six of the high-performing, emerging leaders chosen by 21inc for the prestigious 21Leaders program have close connections to Saint Mary’s. Prevailing against 628 candidates in the Maritime provinces to take 6 of the 54 coveted spots in a 10-month mentorship program are:

Steven Binder: Sobey School of Business student, and Small Business Advisor, Scotiabank

Kareem O’Keiffe…

Growing a Global Mindset

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

Plans for a ground-breaking, dual degree program came to life on July 7 with the arrival of a visiting delegation from China’s Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai (BNUZ). A long-standing relationship between Saint Mary’s and BNUZ, and more than a decade of collaboration, have paved the way for the Sobey School of Business and BNUZ to jointly offer a Bachelor of Commerce degree program in Zhuhai.…

A New Way to Say Welcome

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

For new and returning students, the university’s redesigned Welcome Week offered a variety of fun-filled activities that reflect Saint Mary’s values and culture. Galvanized by the events of last fall, Saint Mary’s has made a commitment to prevent sexual violence and promote a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning and working environment. To this end, the university is developing on-line…

Protecting Our Coastal Communities

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

Saint Mary’s University researcher Dr. Tony Charles received $83,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for OceanCanada Partnership, a six-year research collaboration that includes 15 Canadian universities, non-governmental organizations, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The new funding will help Dr. Charles and his colleagues examine social, economic and environmental…

Letter from the Alumni President

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

I am honoured to be taking on the role of President of Saint Mary’s Alumni Association. It gives me great pleasure to represent roughly 42,000 alumni from more than 100 countries all over the world.

I have a long, proud history with Saint Mary’s that began in 1968—the year Saint Mary’s went co-ed. I also come from a Saint Mary’s family. My father worked at Saint Mary’s. He…

Immigration Starts Here

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

In an August press release, Premier Stephen McNeil announced that Saint Mary’s President Dr. J. Colin Dodds will be joint chair of the Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council. 

Dr. Dodds will serve as international chair, with Saint Mary’s honourary degree recipient Wadih Fares DComm’09 as national chair. “We need to be strategic in our attraction efforts because Nova Scotia…

What Dreams May Come

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2014

Bonnie Brooks believes in magic.

“If you can dream it, you can do it,” says the Vice-Chairman and self-described Chief Adventurer of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

During the spring of 2014, Brooks had two opportunities to offer that personal wisdom to the Saint Mary’s University community: during her induction into the University’s Turning Points Hall of Leadership, and…

Giving Back and Paying Forward

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

“The Thomas J. and Donald P. Keleher Memorial Scholarship helped me purchase books and pay for tuition. It also allowed me to devote more time to my studies and excel in my classes. My family and I are so thankful for this award and very grateful to the Keleher family for their generosity.” 

—Julia Purcell (2013-14 recipient)

An…

Making a difference

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

Donnie Keleher DipEng’69, BSc’70 loved Saint Mary’s, so when the university’s former Director of Development passed away in May 2014, his family asked Saint Mary’s to add his name to the endowed scholarship fund already established by Donnie’s late father, Thomas J. Keleher (1918 to 1992). 

 

“Donnie was instrumental in setting up Dad’s endowment fund and we…

Celebrating a life lived out loud

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

Dr. Kevin Bonnycastle was all about possibilities, so it seemed a fitting memorial when colleagues in Saint Mary’s Sociology and Criminology department decided to mark her untimely passing with a student award. For Saint Mary’s alumnus Lawrence Buhagiar, making annual gifts to support this award was a dual opportunity to honour a very good friend and at the same time make a lasting difference…

Kudos

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

The Saint Mary’s University community was pleased to see Carol Dodds MEd’90, MA’95 honoured as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year at the 2014 Maritime Philanthropy Awards Dinner in May. In addition to her many other volunteer and fundraising interests, Mrs. Dodds is the driving force behind Time for Tea, an annual English tea

party that began 14 years ago and has since…

Welcome Additions

By Maroon & White | fall 2014

Saint Mary’s alumnus Kevin Downie, a part-time faculty member at Sobey School of Business, and a lawyer with MacInnes Downie Wade, is the university’s interim Athletics and Recreation Director. As a student at Saint Mary’s, Downie was a letter athlete, an MVP in varsity soccer, and a keen competitor in hockey, lacrosse, football, track and field, and baseball. After completing an Honours BA…

Breaking Ground in Goose Bay

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Dr. Trudy Sable had just begun a six-day stay to work with the Innu community of Sheshatshiu when the call came to meet with Grand Chief Prote Poker for the official signing of a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding with Saint Mary’s University. A 40-minute drive on winding, icy roads took Dr. Sable to Goose Bay, Labrador and the fruition of 15 years’ work collaborating with the Innu…

Letter From the Alumni President

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Welcome to our newly designed issue of the Maroon & White. We hope you enjoy the fresh new look.

The spring issue is published when our graduating students are about to cross the stage to become our newest alumni. It seemed fitting to highlight a few of our outstanding students-it was a tough choice but we think you’ll…

Chemistry’s Positive Energy

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Kudos to two Saint Mary’s Chemistry professors, Christa Brosseau and Jason Clyburne.

Dr. Brosseau earned top honours at the Discovery Centre’s 11th Annual Discovery Awards for Science and Technology as the 2013 Emerging Professional. An honour reserved for outstanding individuals under the age of 35, this recognizes Dr. Brosseau’s research as part of a global effort to develop portable…

Putting Mercury on the Map

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Working as part of a university-government partnership, with funds from Environment Canada and the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Saint Mary’s Environmental Scientist Dr. Linda Campbell collaborated to produce the first map of mercury concentrations in fish across Canada. The value of a national map, according to Dr. Campbell, is that it demonstrates the variations…

Doing Good is Good Business

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Saint Mary’s University’s Enactus team shone at the Enactus Regional Competition in Halifax this spring, taking first place in both the Capital One Financial Education Challenge and the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Regionals were equally stellar for Sobey School of Business marketing student Victoria Blue, who won the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award for all of Atlantic Canada.

Market Smarts

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Bryan McLaughlin’s extracurricular activities include keeping a sharp watch on the market. “Not the stock market,” says the 23-year-old Sobey School of Business student, laughing, “the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market.”

As the Director of Organizational Development for Saint Mary’s ENACTUS team, McLaughlin helped a local, small business increase sales and move from a cramped…

From Track Suit to Tux

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Former Olympian Andrew Russell traded his track suit for a tuxedo to receive a prestigious Futures Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership during a gala held at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

“I am very thankful to have received this honour,” says Russell, a second-year Sobey School of Business MBA student who competed as a sprint canoeist in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.…

Saint Mary’s Gives Peace a Chance

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

January saw the 10th anniversary of the Saint Mary’s University and Peaceful Schools International peace education initiative in Belfast, an annual program led by Bridget Brownlow, Saint Mary’s conflict resolution adviser. Over the past decade, more than 100 Saint Mary’s students have travelled to Northern Ireland and taught conflict resolution strategies to thousands of school children. Drawing…

Words from a Pulitzer Prize Winner

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Tribute and tradition shared centre stage with author Richard Ford on the evening of Friday, February 28th when the Pulitzer Prize winner delivered this year’s Cyril Byrne Lecture at Saint Mary’s University. One of the major cultural events in Halifax, the annual Cyril Byrne Lecture celebrates the life of a teacher, researcher, actor, and raconteur who passed away in 2006. During his 35-year…

On the Top and On the Move

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Saint Mary’s was named a top five Canadian undergraduate university in Maclean’s 2014 University Rankings issue, moving up three spots from last year in our strongest finish to date. “Our placing is great recognition of the strength of our faculty in receiving national awards and research funding,” says University President, Dr. J. Colin Dodds. Maclean’s acknowledged Saint Mary’s as…

Net Assets

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Saint Mary’s basketball teams made headlines this season, with the Men’s Basketball Huskies emerging as the 2014 Subway AUS champions, and the Women’s Basketball Huskies ending a 31-game winning streak with a single season loss to take home a CIS silver. During that season finale, Justine Colley, twice the most valuable player in Canadian university sport women’s basketball, ended her incredible…

Get SMART: Get SMUapp

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

There’s something for everyone in SMUapp, a free mobile app available for iOS and Android devices at smuport.smu.ca/smuapp. In addition to providing a secure way to access everything from grades, schedules and account information to campus news and events, SMUapp also offers…

Where in the World is Saint Mary’s?

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

With more than 42,000 alumni in 140 countries, and a growing complement of international exchange programs, Saint Mary’s University has a rich tradition of cultivating connections around the globe. The exciting news is that we’re about to ramp it up a notch with a custom-built crowdsourcing initiative called #SMUselfie. Using the latest social…

Giving Back and Paying Forward

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Senator Wilfred P. Moore BComm’64, LLD’07 works on Parliament Hill, in an office once occupied by Sir John A. Macdonald, and Nova Scotia’s Joseph Howe and Sir Charles Tupper.

“When I look out my window, the first thing I see is a statue of William Lyon Mackenzie King,” says Senator Moore. “Then, looking behind him, I can see the larger-than-life…