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 Maroon & White | spring 2018

The annual Alumni Awards recognize students, alumni, and staff who are making meaningful contributions in the local and global community and emphasize leadership and social responsibility.

This year, there were awards in four categories, all given out at the One World Alumni Awards Gala presented by TD Insurance, on October 12 at the Loyola Conference Hall.

Young Alumnus of…

Generations Of Irish Pride Inspires A Lasting Legacy

By Allison Gerrard | spring 2018

A record-setting team of 28 Saint Mary’s University students representing a cross-section of learners within the Faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce, are back on campus after facilitating peace education workshops in the North of Ireland.

The student-led Conflict Resolution Program has been running at Saint Mary’s for more than thirteen years. Each February, members of the Saint…

Paying It Forward

By Allison Gerrard | spring 2018

Name: Jorge González
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Degree: Bachelor of Commerce
Graduation: May 2017

Studying at the Sobey School of Business wasn’t easy for Jorge González. While learning a new language, he completed the courses required for a double major in finance and accounting, maintained…

Making A World Of Difference

By Rachelle Boudreau | spring 2018

A desire to introduce students to “the wonderful world of geography” spurred the creation of a generous new award that helps undergrads gain valuable hands-on experience. The Colthart McCalla Field Studies Course Assistance Award—the first of its kind at Saint Mary’s University—will be given to one or two undergraduate students in geography or environmental studies who want to participate…

Saint Mary’s Hosts Prestigious International Event

By Maroon & White | spring 2018

Six student venture capital groups from across the country recently met at Saint Mary’s University for the inaugural Canadian Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC).

VCIC is a prestigious international event, with more than 75 universities from around the world competing annually; Saint Mary’s just became the permanent host for the Canadian competition.

“It’s very…

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…