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Welcome Week - Move-In Day! from 11 am to 4 pm

DATE:   30/8/18
TIME:   11:00 AM
LOCATION:   Upper Campus and Forest Hill

Thursday, August 30th, 11 AM–4 PM Upper Campus and Forest Hill

The beginning of a great adventure for STUdents - Move-In Day! 

Yes, it is that time already! Incoming students will have the opportunity to meet some Residence Advisors, Residence Coordinators, House Committee members and Welcome Week Leaders as they move into their new home for the year.

Lawn games will also be happening in the Lower Courtyard in front of George Martin Hall from 1 PM-4 PM so make sure to stop by!

Welcome Week - Cheer Off at 8 pm

DATE:   30/8/18
TIME:   8:00 PM
LOCATION:   Lower Courtyard

Thursday, August 30th, 8 PM–10 PM - Lower Courtyard 

A popular Welcome Week tradition, the Cheer-Off is an opportunity for first-year students to show their newly adopted pride for their residence and Off Campus communities.

STU’s newest students will gather together, sporting house/off-campus colours and screaming cheers, all in hopes of claiming the title of the loudest and proudest group on campus. 

Welcome Week - Shine Day from 10 am to 4:30 pm

DATE:   1/9/18
TIME:   10:00 AM
LOCATION:   Throughout the City of Fredericton

Saturday, September 1st - 10 AM - 4:30 PM - Gather in the Lower Courtyard 

Students will hit the streets of Fredericton to flip burgers, sing songs and wash cars – whatever they can do to attract attention and raise money for St. Thomas’ annual Shinerama campaign.

Students will be given the opportunity to raise money for a great cause, meet classmates, and become familiar with the Fredericton community!

Let’s get out and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada! 

Welcome Week - Paint Fight at 2 pm

DATE:   3/9/18
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   Forest Hill

Monday, September 3rd, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM – Forest Hill  

Come shake all of the nerves off with us at our annual paint fight! One of our most successful events every year, the paint fight brings out our students’ competitive edge in the spirit of plain good fun.

The battle doesn’t end until all of the paint is gone so come join us!

Welcome Week - Commencement Ceremony at 1 pm

DATE:   4/9/18
TIME:   1:00 PM
LOCATION:   Rigby Ball Rooms - Forest Hill

Tuesday, September 4th, 1 PM - 2:30 PM – Rigby Ballrooms

The Commencement Ceremony is STU’s official welcome to new students joining the university community. The ceremony marks the beginning of the students’ university years.

Each student will receive a T-Pin – the “T” is the symbol all St. Thomas students identify with while they are attending STU and long after they graduate

Public Conference and Workshop -- Respect at Work: Understanding and Acting on Rights and Responsibilities

DATE:   6/9/18
TIME:   8:30 AM
LOCATION:   The Delta

September 3 - 9, 2018 is Respectful Workplace Week. To highlight this important event, the Workplace Violence and Abuse Team of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research is hosting its 6th annual public presentation series on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Delta Fredericton. 
This one-day conference and workshop is offered as a no-charge public event and will focus on employer and employee rights and responsibilities and regulatory changes related to issues of abuse, domestic violence, and harassment at work. Presentations related to these topics will be facilitated by individuals from Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, WorkSafeNB, the NB Human Rights Commission and Lawson Creamer Lawyers. An afternoon workshop will focus on difficult conversations in the workplace. See details below.
Lunch and refreshments are included. Registration is limited to 60 people and individuals must register to attend the full 1-day conference and workshop before August 25. To register please call the Women’s Equality Branch, Executive Council Office at (506) 453-8126 or 1-877-253-0266.
Public Conference and Workshop Schedule:
8:30 - 8:45 am
Registration & Coffee/Tea
8:45 - 9:00 am
Welcome & Announcements
9:00 - 9:45 am
Presentation: Job Protection for New Brunswickers: Introducing a New Leave of Absence for Survivors of Domestic, Intimate Partner, ?and Sexual Violence
Paula Ultican, Director of Employment Standards
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
9:45 - 10:30 am
Presentation: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sarina McKinnon, Legal Counsel and Head of Mediation Unit
New Brunswick Human Rights Commission
10:30 - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break
11:00 - 11:45 am

Presentation: New Brunswick’s New Regulations on the Prevention of Workplace Violence and Harassment
Geneviève Pilon, Assistant Director, Northeast Region
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Presentation: How to Comply with the New Anti-Bullying Regulation in New Brunswick: Responsibilities of Employers and Employees
Kelly VanBuskirk, Q.C., Ph.D, C.Arb. (P.C.)
Partner, Lawson Creamer Lawyers
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:15 pm

Workshop: Difficult Conversations in the Workplace
Nicole Smith, Owner
Nicole Smith Conflict Management
3:15 – 3:30 pm
Closing and Wrap-up

Welcome Week - STU Cares - Day of Action

DATE:   8/9/18
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   Various Locations

STU Cares - Day of Action is an event held on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 that embodies STU’s spirit of service.

Volunteer teams of STU students go out into the community to learn about the work of a local community organization and do hands-on work to support it. Volunteers work on such issues as poverty, food security, environmental preservation, homelessness, domestic violence, youth, and community building (to name a few).

The day concludes with a chance to reflect on the service we’ve done, social issues in the community, and connections to what we are learning in class. Then we celebrate with a barbecue!

STU Cares is a great way to meet new friends, make a difference, see more of Fredericton, and explore career opportunities. 

STU Cares - Day of Action Schedule

Register for STU Cares Day of Action

The Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 5th, or when all spaces are filled.

For more information, please contact Vivien Zelazny, Campus Minister and Coordinator of STU Cares, 506-452-0636 or

"Two Cheers for Mere Civility" -- Lecture by Teresa Bejan

DATE:   10/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, Margaret McCain Hall

Teresa Bejan, associate professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, will deliver a lecture titled "Two Cheers for Mere Civility," September 10 at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium.

Politicians and intellectuals today warn that we face a crisis of civility, with partisan hatreds and wars of words polluting our public sphere. In liberal democracies committed to tolerating diversity as well as active, often heated disagreement, the loss of this conversational virtue appears critical.

Bejan's lecture will shed light on society's predicament by tracing the roots of the very modern crisis to the Reformation and the (often highly) uncivil debates about religious toleration it inspired. Many early modern thinkers appealed to civility as the solution to the evangelical sectarianism and 'persecution of the tongue' tearing Christendom apart. Still, to many dissenters, the prosecution of incivility looked a lot like persecution.

In this context, the unabashedly mere civility defended by Roger Williams, the particularly unruly puritan founder of Rhode Island, offered a promising path forward--one that fundamentally challenges our own assumptions about what a tolerant (and civil) society should look like today.

STUSU Clubs and Societies Fair – 10:30 am to 2:30 pm in Sir James Dunn Hall

DATE:   13/9/18
TIME:   10:30 AM
LOCATION:   Sir James Dunn Hall

The STUSU Clubs and Societies Fair will be held Thursday, September 13th from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm in Sir James Dunn Hall.

The fair will provide students with an array of opportunities to get involved at the University and in the Fredericton Community.

There will be several tables occupied by student clubs and societies alongside community and global organizations, where students can ask questions to determine what club would be most suitable for them. There will also be plenty of promotional items and treats provided by the Students' Union.

Thank you.

Husoni Raymond
Vice President Administration
St. Thomas University Students' Union
Room 32, Student Union Building (SUB)
21 Pacey Drive
Work: (506) 460-0308 
Cell: (514) 712-8541 

Masuma Khan: Building Solidarity and Resilience While Surrounded by Fragility

DATE:   19/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB

Masuma Khan will present the keynote address at the NB Media Co-op's ninth annual members meeting, Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm. Location TBD.

Khan will speak about her experiences with racism and censorship as a student leader at Dalhousie University when she spoke in solidarity with indigenous people in 2017.

Co-hosts: No One Is Illegal Fredericton, STU Women's Studies & Gender Studies, STU Sociology, UNB International Development Studies and UNB Law in Society. 

For more information, contact: 

Bob Rae to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

DATE:   26/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Politician, lawyer, mediator and writer Bob Rae will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm in the Kinsella Auditorium at St. Thomas University. 

In his lecture, “Human rights in the age of populism," Mr. Rae will speak about the spread of populism in different contexts both domestic and international, and the challenge it poses to the rule of law and human rights.

Bob Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013.  He was Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.

He is working now as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues.  He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy, and is a widely respected writer and commentator.

An author of five books and many studies and reports, Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.

About Dr. Bernie Vigod
Dr. Bernie Vigod was a lifelong advocate of human rights. An outstanding teacher and scholar, he was a professor of History at the University of New Brunswick as well as Associate Dean of University’s School of Graduate Studies at the time of his death in 1988. Dr. Vigod served the cause of human rights with distinction. He spoke and published extensively on human rights issues. Dr. Vigod also acted as an advisor to public officials on human rights issues and took a leading role in organizations dedicated to promoting human rights. This lecture series is dedicated to his memory and features distinguished speakers on a wide range of human rights issues.

Book Launch / Public Talk – “Pipe Dreams” by Journalist and Award-winning Author Jacques Poitras

DATE:   27/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   To be Determined

Please join us at St. Thomas University on Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm for the launch of Pipe Dreams by journalist and award-winning author Jacques Poitras. 

A timely chronicle of how Canada’s oil pipelines have become hotbeds for debate about our energy future, Indigenous rights, environmental activism, and east-west political tensions. 

Pipe Dreams is the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the Energy East pipeline and the broader battle over climate and energy in Canada. The project was to be a monumental undertaking, beginning near Edmonton, AB, and stretching over four thousand kilometres, through Montreal to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, NB. Conceived as a back-up plan for the stalled Keystone XL pipeline, it became the crucible for a national debate over the future of oil. 

In a cross-country journey, Poitras talked to industry executives, prairie ranchers, First Nations chiefs, mayors, premiers, cabinet ministers, and refinery workers. He also explored Canada’s perplexing oil relationship with the United States: our industry is literally tied to its American counterpart with sinews of steel. The Energy East pipeline represented a new direction, designed to get Alberta oil sands crude to lucrative world markets. Yet it was promoted in explicitly nationalist terms: the country was said to be reorienting itself along its east-west axis, tying itself together, again, with a great feat of engineering. 

By the time the journey ended, the story had become a kind of whodunit: Poitras witnessed the slow-motion killing of the fifteen billion dollar project. Unfolding in tandem with clashes over the Trans Mountain pipeline, Energy East’s demise heralded a potential turning point not just for a single proposal, but for Canada’s carbon economy.

Entertaining, informative, and insightful, Pipe Dreams offers a clear picture of the complicated political, environmental, and economic issues that Canadians face.

Jacques Poitras has been the provincial affairs reporter for CBC News in New Brunswick since 2000. He is the author of four previous books: The Right Fight: Bernard Lord and the Conservative DilemmaBeaverbrook: A Shattered Legacy, which was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction; Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border, which was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing; and Irving vs. Irving, which was shortlisted for the National Business Book Award and won the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award for 2015.

McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law

DATE:   2/10/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Michael Geist, Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, will deliver a public lecture Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium as part of the McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series.

A professor at the University of Ottawa, Geist was named one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for three straight years (2011-2013).  He holds degrees from Western University, York University, Cambridge University, and Columbia University. He’s been a member of the International Trade Committee on E-commerce, the Senate Open Caucus on NAFTA, the Access to Information, Privacy & Ethics Committee on Airport Privacy, and many others.

Geist is the author of three books, 14 book chapters, and 19 papers in refereed journals.

Graduate School and Scholarship Information Session

DATE:   5/10/18
TIME:   2:30 PM

Thinking about graduate school? Wondering what your options are? Keen to find out about funding and scholarships?

Join Dr. Michael Dawson, Associate Vice-President (Research), and Dr. Michelle Lafrance, Professor of Psychology, for a one-hour information session on Friday, October 5th at 2:30 pm in James Dunn Hall G6.

Application deadlines are approaching, so don’t miss out on this important opportunity!

Book Launch - Laurel Lewey

DATE:   26/10/18
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Rotunda, Brian Mulroney Hall 318

The Research Office and Department of Social Work invite you to a book launch with author Laurel Lewey, October 26 at 2:30 pm in the Rotunda.

Public Talk: “Demagogues, Populists, and Rebooting Journalism Ethics” By Dr. Stephen Ward, Sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs

DATE:   22/11/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium - McCain Hall

In this public talk, media ethicist Stephen Ward argues that extreme populism worldwide undermines democratic culture and requires a reboot of journalism values. In an age of intolerance and global disinformation, Ward recommends an engaged journalism for democracy which is neither neutral nor partisan. He proposes guidelines for covering extreme populists, as part of a “macro-resistance” by society to a toxic public sphere.

Stephen J. A. Ward, PhD, is author, keynote speaker, and media ethicist whose research is on the ethics of global, digital media. He is Distinguished Lecturer on Ethics for the University of British Columbia. A former war reporter, he is founding director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, co-founder of the UBC School of Journalism in Vancouver, and former director of the Turnbull Center at the University of Oregon. He is author of 10 books on media ethics, including the award-winning Radical Media Ethics and The Invention of Journalism Ethics.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs ( provides an arena for critical thinking, public discussion and research into current ethical challenges in our society. The Centre focuses an ethical lens on everyday issues through public programming, supporting research, and in the provision of tools to facilitate ethical decision making at work. Co-founded by the Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary’s University in 2002, the Centre exists to ignite the examination of the ethical dimensions of everyday life to help us live and work together more effectively.