Campus Notes

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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.


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…