We are always pleased to hear about the diverse experiences and accomplishments of our alumni and to share these stories with you.

True Santamarians

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2017

It was 1997 and a bitterly cold January night. Tara McKinney had just flown in from the Bahamas and was seeing Saint Mary’s—her home for the next four years—for the first time. She was in an idling cab where an insistent cab driver was pointing to the McNally Main building and saying that was Vanier Residence. “I knew he wasn’t right. I’d brought the campus map with me, I’d already…

Donny Jackson Lives On

By Maroon & White | fall 2017

The University community lost a true Santamarian this year with the passing of Donny Jackson BA’95. An alumnus, supporter, and staff person, Donny was a familiar sight, having worked on campus since 1988. Over these last three decades, he touched many lives, including those of fellow staff, students, and alumni.

However sad, many friends and colleagues decided to turn their grief into…

A Family Affair

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2017

Laurie and Kay Smith raised six children to value education and love Saint Mary’s.

“Midnight Mass, late night skating parties, and alumni events were part of our childhood,” says the Smith’s daughter Cathy Smith, a long time civil servant who is currently employed with Service Nova Scotia. “We all have degrees from Saint Mary’s. It wasn’t just the tuition discount,” Cathy…

One Year Later

By Renée Hartleib | spring 2017

Cayley Fox and Kala Rafuse knew each other since they were three years old. The same pre-school, the same elementary school, the same high school, and then the same university. While Cayley entered the Sciences at Saint Mary’s, Kala studied Criminology and Sociology, but the two remained close.

Kala described Cayley as confident, well-liked, hilarious, and someone who never failed to…

Remembering Paul Lynch

By Mary-Evelyn Ternan, Past President, Alumni Council BA’69, Bed’70, MEd’88 | spring 2017

Paul Lynch and I went to Primary together, at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, and then lost touch. Although I always followed news of Paul through Maroon & White, we didn’t really get reacquainted until I became SMU Alumni President in the fall of 2014. 

It was so wonderful to reconnect with him and discover all of the people we had in common and how much we both loved SMU. He was…

A Legacy of Discovery

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Harry Roberts wasn’t surprised at Yarmouth County’s designation as an internationally-recognized Starlight Reserve. As a young boy, Harry would climb to the top of a hill near his home in Argyle, Nova Scotia and scan the heavens with his homemade telescope. Thanks to a generous bequest in Harry’s will, a new scholarship at Saint Mary’s will inspire other naturalists of the night sky.


Paying Tribute

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Speaking at the funeral of his good friend wasn’t an easy task for Senator Wilfred Moore, but it presented an opportunity to gather support for a lasting legacy to Graham Leo Downey, Senior, Halifax’s first African Nova Scotian Councillor and Deputy Mayor.

“Service was at the heart of everything Graham did,” said Senator Moore. “From coaching bantam hockey and assembling a multi-racial…

A Shared Commitment to Student Support

By SMU Alumni | fall 2016

In a ceremony on May 11, 2016, Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray and two representatives of the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce in Nova Scotia—Norman Nahas and Joe Metlege—signed a scholarship agreement that formalizes an existing partnership between Saint Mary’s University and the Lebanese Chamber. 

Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, it increases support for the Lebanese Chamber Scholarship…

Sport Hall of Fame Inductees

By SMU Alumni | fall 2016

David Sykes BA’94, BComm’94, a starting quarterback in the early 90s, led the Huskies to 25 wins and only 6 losses, and helped Saint Mary’s compete in both the Atlantic Bowl and the Vanier Cup. Sykes received back-to-back Russ Jackson awards for “best exemplifying the attributes of academic achievement, football skill, and citizenship.” He was also the first SMU student and football player…

Group Travel to Costa Rica

By Lynn Redmond | fall 2016

Join a SMU Alumni group tour to tropical Costa Rica on April 1-9, 2017 with Collette Tours! Tour highlights include visits to San Jose, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano, the National Theatre, and more! The trip includes airfare, ground transportation, accommodation, and 13 meals. Double occupation $3,289. For more information contact Loly Crowley BA’74 at 902-443-7851 or