Alumni in the Field

Dan Murphy
STU Degree: BA ’08
Major: History and Political Science
Job Title: Executive Director of the New Brunswick Liberal Association
Location: Fredericton, NB

What are the duties and responsibilities of your work?
As Executive Director, I’m responsible for the day-to-day operations of the New Brunswick Liberal Association. This includes organizing for both Provincial and Federal Elections, fundraising, liaising with our membership, and supervising the party’s staff. Our goal is to help promote Liberal values by electing Liberal MLA’s and MP’s.

How can students prepare themselves at STU to work in your field? (eg. volunteer work, internships, extra-curricular activities, specific courses)
Get involved. STU offers many opportunities both in and out of class to learn about politics. While at STU I was involved in the Student’s Union, Relay for Life, and many Senate committees. Through these opportunities I cultivated relationships with contacts who have since become colleagues and stakeholders that I work with regularly. For students interested in getting involved in politics, I would strongly encourage them to apply for the page program at the NB Legislature. This gives students a chance to meet MLAs, ambassadors, and other political players. If you are more partisan, I would encourage you to get involved with a campus club or with your preferred party. Sometimes what you learn outside of class can be just as important as what you learn in class. Also, go to class.

How has STU and your liberal arts education helped you in your career?
It helps me every day. In my line of work it often requires the ability to negotiate, think and respond quickly. The skills I learned during my time at STU make up the bedrock of my profession. I was lucky to take classes with great professors such as Dr. Malcolmson who challenged me to look at issues differently.

Eric Megarity
STU Degree: BA ’76
Major: Economics
Job Title: Deputy Mayor, City of Fredericton
Location: Fredericton

What are the duties and responsibilities of your work?
City Council is responsible for conducting the business of municipal government. This is done through a variety of meetings, including regular council meetings, council-in-committee meetings, standing committee meetings, and other committee and board meetings. As a councillor, I have to find a balance of the needs and interests of the ward residents I represent and the city as a whole.

How can students prepare themselves at STU to work in your field? (eg. volunteer work, internships, extra-curricular activities, specific courses)
As a councillor, you must be able to reflect and represent the ward you serve. A broad range of skills and life experiences will serve you well. Communication, problem solving, analytical thinking, team work, organizational skills and an ability to engage the public are great assets that will help you as a councillor and all can be acquired during your time at St. Thomas University. In preparing for municipal politics, join your student government, join clubs, attach yourself to a cause, volunteer, run for an executive board position on a non-profit organization. Make public speeches, write news or opinion columns in the campus newspaper, The Aquinian. Take a position as an intern in government. In your studies, take courses which will allow you to build on your skills.

How has STU and your liberal arts education helped you in your career?
My time at St. Thomas allowed me to gain good listening and interpersonal skills. A St. Thomas education gave me the ability to consider alternative points of view and to negotiate, mediate and resolve conflict. A St. Thomas education has given me the ability to identify the root cause of an issue and to think of different ways to resolve it.