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“Professionally Inspired" -- Exchange to France encourages Nahomi Lopez to pursue new opportunities and new career goals

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, December 15, 2017
An international exchange to France has opened Nahomi Lopez up to new opportunities and new career goals.

Lopez, who is studying Communications and Public Policy and French, spent the first semester of her fourth year taking some master level courses in communications and honing her skills at L’Institut Mac Luhan in Angers, France.

“I’m learning very technical tools and I love it,” Lopez said. “I’ve always had high expectations of where I want to go but today they’re even higher. Meeting inspiring professionals made me realize it’s time to make all the effort, study hard, find internships, and volunteer, because it’s not only enriching, but it will also be very rewarding.”

The highlight of her academic experience in France came during her last week in the Seminaire de Media in Paris when her class visited the offices of Coca-Cola France, a local radio station, France Television, and other professional agencies.

The trip had a lasting effect on Lopez.

“I’ve never been so professionally inspired,” she said. “Having a field trip to Paris was cool, but having the opportunity to visit these businesses and meet the people who worked there really wowed me.”

As an international student from Quito, Ecuador, Lopez experiences studying abroad every day at St. Thomas, but when the opportunity to study in France as part of her STU degree presented itself, she couldn’t resist.

“I didn’t think twice. I wanted to explore new territories,” she said. “You have four years of university for unique opportunities and I always wanted to study abroad so I made sure I took all the courses necessary so I could go.”

Following the completion of her studies, Lopez hopes to work for an international business where she can put her diverse experiences and trilingualism to professional use.

“There are many opportunities out there—some might involve moving away and starting from zero—but the risks are worth it.”
 

Education that’s “Second to None” -- President’s Scholarship Recipient Derek Bailey Says End Result is Worth Hard Work

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Derek Bailey has found his niche at St. Thomas University.

The third-year Psychology student from Oromocto, NB, has discovered a welcoming and supportive community, has built a network of friends with similar interests, and has developed relationships with professors that allow him to engage with academic community.

Bailey calls his time at STU “an all-around rewarding experience,” and it’s one that’s been influenced strongly by his President’s Scholarship.

“It’s a load off my shoulders,” he said. “I knew if I was going to go to university I would have to take out student loans. When St. Thomas came to my school and gave me the scholarship it was a surreal moment.”

Bailey has made the most of his opportunities at St. Thomas. He’s been a member of the Tommies men’s rugby team for the last three years and is a peer tutor in Psychology.  Outside of the university, Bailey acts as a middle school rugby coach each spring.

He’s also lived up to the standards of his scholarship, earning Dean’s List honours in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

“It’s difficult at times,” Bailey said of balancing his course work with his involvement in the community, “but it’s rewarding knowing you put your focus on school and you see the results at the end of each semester.”

Bailey didn’t come to St. Thomas intending to study Psychology, but has discovered a deep interest in the field. With the variety of courses offered, coupled with the approachability of professors, he said the quality of the education he’s receiving is “second to none.”

“STU has a wide variety of faculty that covers a lot of different areas, which is nice. The range of the Psychology faculty and their expertise is amazing,” he said. “It’s awesome to have the opportunity to look into different fields of Psychology and be able to explore what you’re interested in.”

His long-term interests involve research into concussions and their effect on behaviour, but for now Bailey’s focusing on applying to the honours program in Psychology with the ultimate goal of earning a master’s, a PhD,  and teaching at a university.

Scholarships and Bursaries at St. Thomas

Last year, one in seven first-year students received a major, renewable scholarship. St. Thomas awards 40 different kinds of scholarships that recognize academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement. Financial need bursaries are also available.

For more information, click here.
 

5 Things Your Academic Advisors Want You to Know!

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The time between the end of first semester and beginning of the second marks a very important moment in your academic year. This “half-way” marker is a good time to check in with yourself—whether you’re in first or fourth year of your degree. 
 
Academic Advisors are here to support your academic success, and they have some advice for you to consider during this time of year.
 
1. Academic Calendar – Use it

There is an annual Academic Calendar that tells you all of the program/major requirements as well as all university regulations. Become familiar with this resource, and use it any time you aren’t sure about degree requirements or make a change in your plans (re: changing majors, deciding to complete an honours, etc.)

Find it HERE

IMPORTANT: For your degree and major requirements, you must follow the Academic Calendar of the year you began at STU.

2. Adding/dropping courses deadlines – Don’t miss them

There is a deadline to drop full-year courses, as well as one to make changes to your second semester schedule. This year’s drop date for full-year courses is January 12, 2018. This is also the last day to add classes to your second semester schedule.

Renewable Scholarship Holders: Please note that to renew your scholarship, you must complete 30 credit hours of coursework and maintain the correct grade point average to receive the renewal for the following year).
 
3. Considering an honours program? Meet with an honours advisor

If you are considering an Honours degree, you must meet with an honours advisor from that department sometime during the second semester of your second year. Your honours advisor will be the expert when it comes to planning your honours program and preparing for graduate school—and they are happy to meet with you.

To find an honours advisor, contact the chair of the department in which you’re hoping to complete an honours degree. This can be found on the departmental pages under the Academics section of STU.ca or by consulting the Academic Chairs list available at the bottom of this page.
 
4. Keep track of your progress – Get an official Degree Checklist

To keep track of your degree progress, please pick up a Degree Checklist from the Registrar’s Office on the first floor of George Martin Hall. This handy tool will help you keep track of your degree requirements as you move through your Bachelor of Arts.

You can also access the checklist at the bottom of this page.
 
5. Classes – Go!

Go to class! This is—without question—the main key to academic success. It’s easy to fall behind when you skip classes, so if you are finding that you are skipping, please make an appointment with us—Shauna or Alison—in Academic Advising so we can help you get back on track.
 
To make an appointment, please call 452-0530 or visit the Registrar’s Office on the first floor of George Martin Hall.

Degree Audit Checklist.pdf

New Issue of Journal of New Brunswick Studies Looks at Health Care in New Brunswick

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, December 11, 2017
Tony Tremblay is Professor of English at St. Thomas University and founding editor of the Journal of New Brunswick Studies/ Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick.  The current issues focuses on the health of New Brunswickers and may be found at http://w3.stu.ca/stu/sites/jnbs/en/current_issue.html
 
In Canada, health care is the shared responsibility of federal and provincial/territorial governments. Canadians pay taxes, the federal government collects and redistributes those to provinces and territories, who in turn deliver health and other social services. This points to a paradox in our health system that is both a strength and weakness: the banker and lawmaker has a very limited role in service delivery.
 
Health care in Canada is mostly “public” in that it is accessed on the basis of need rather than locale, status, or ability to pay. Citizenship is the requisite for service, from which came the idea of “universality”: from coast to coast to coast, uniformity would be the core value that governed wait times, human resource expertise, infrastructure, and other aspects. The quality of one’s health care should not be dependent on where you lived, nor on your income or status, but because you were Canadian. All else being equal, universality of care was the goal.
 
“All else being equal,” however, exists only in theory.
 
Not only are there regional differences that affect the delivery of services, but there are differences of demography, population density, income distribution, and literacy within each province. In other words, Canada’s uneven social, economic, political, and cultural landscapes are determining factors in the provision of health services.
 
Canadians understand those factors and live accordingly. They choose, if they can, to reside in areas of better care, better hospitals, and more physicians. They make employment, higher education, and career decisions on the basis of public health livability indices such as recreational infrastructure, childcare, safe neighbourhoods, fiscal stability, good schools, and progressive health policy.
 
Politicians know this, too, which is why our health system is under almost-constant negotiation between federal and provincial/territorial governments and between users and service providers.
 
The New Brunswick Context
 
New Brunswick’s status as a “have-not” province means that its ability to meet the goal of universality as outlined in the Canada Health Act is especially challenging. While wealth transfers exist to level the playing field, so exists the expectation of uniformity of service regardless of fiscal inequality.
 
The implications of this fact in New Brunswick for physician and medical staffing, infrastructure and equipment costs, health education and research, and other aspects of health, are staggering. Provinces with the fewest resources are expected to deliver services that are the equivalent of provinces with the most. That is the Canadian contract.
 
The rhetoric that comes from some quarters of “have” provinces makes the challenges that “have-not” provinces face even more difficult, for that rhetoric employs either-or absolutes that limit the choices poorer provinces can make.
 
What is to be done, then, when uniformity remains both law and assumption, but transfer payments from rich to poor provinces are contested or reduced? The current government in New Brunswick has responded in the following ways.
 
First, and most controversially, it began in August 2017 to disassemble its office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, claiming in language that we are now (unfortunately) accustomed to, that such a move would “enhance” public health in New Brunswick by transferring functions of the office to departments of cognate function. Roughly a hundred personnel responsible for public health inspections, agri-food, population health, and other health enforcement functions now reside in the departments of Justice and Public Safety, Social Development, and Environment and Local Government.
 
What is the consequence of dismantling a team of public health professionals? The expertise, though scattered, remains, but without the same capacity to anticipate, plan a response, and work as a unit to manage the kind of major health crises we’ve seen in other parts of Canada and the world. As the deputy minister of health himself admitted, Ontario and British Columbia residents have a health service that New Brunswickers can no longer afford but must struggle with reduced capacity to provide.
 
Similar streamlining affected other health services in New Brunswick. In September 2017, the provincial government announced that Medavie Health Services New Brunswick, a private not-for-profit corporation, would be awarded a ten-year (untendered) contract to manage a new health entity that combined Ambulance New Brunswick, the Extra-Mural [Nursing] Program, and Tele-Care 811. The change effectively privatizes the management of those services in the province while taking authority away from New Brunswick’s two “public” health networks, Horizon and Vitalité.
 
It is too early to know if such consolidation of public health services under the management of a private company will deliver the outcomes promised; however, concerns about staffing and transparency are already mounting. Stories of chronically low numbers of paramedics, slow deployment of ambulances, and family members taking sick relatives to hospitals in the back of trucks and SUVs have been circulating, as have worries about the fact that, as a private company, Medavie does not have to provide an accounting of its operational outcomes.
 
These are troubling signs for New Brunswickers.
 
In an age of increasing costs and the growing appeal of austerity—not to mention the continued (and reasonable) expectation of uniformity in the delivery of health care to Canadians—how does a small, structurally poor province like New Brunswick provide health services? Short of becoming an open site for nuclear waste disposal, thus bowing to the pull-up-your-socks crowd who accuse us of living off the hard work and environmental risks of others, the choices we have are limited.
 
Two of those choices—accepting second-class health care or moving to richer parts of the country to receive it—contravene the spirit of both Canada and the Canada Health Act.
 
Whatever the outcomes are, this is the context within which we will have to make them.

Journalism Professor Jan Wong's Book Longlisted for Prestigious Writing Prize

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Journalism professor Jan Wong’s book Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China has been longlisted for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize.
Journalism professor Jan Wong’s book Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China has been longlisted for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize.

“I’m thrilled to be nominated for this prestigious prize. I feel like my writing life has come full circle because Charles Taylor was one of my predecessors in the Globe and Mail’s Beijing bureau. I had the privilege of inviting him to my home in Toronto when I finished my posting in China,” Wong said.

“During my sabbatical I wanted to write a book about mothers and sons, the globalization of food cultures in France, Italy and China, and family relationships around the table.”

Jan Wong knows food is better when it’s shared, so when she set out to research home cooking in several countries known for their distinctive cuisine, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.

“Jan Wong proves in this book that the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ needs expanding,” the RBC Taylor Prize jury wrote. “We are what we eat, and who we make it with, and who we eat it with, and what ingredients we use, and what recipes we follow, and where in the world our table is located. In this book Jan Wong focuses her laser beam scrutiny on domestic life and comestibles in three different countries, and delivers shrewd home truths on how we sustain and nourish ourselves.”

Established in 1998, the RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The jurors read a record breaking 153 non-fiction books submitted by 110 Canadian and international publishers. Other longlisted titles include Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga and Life on the Ground Floor by James Maskalyk.

The RBC Taylor Prize shortlist will be announced in January and the winner revealed at a gala luncheon on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Jan Wong is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, which was named one of Time magazine’s top ten non-fiction books of 1996. She has won numerous journalism awards and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University.

Dr. Daniel O’Brien Study Hall Hours for December 2017

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, December 1, 2017
Hours Change as of December 8th, 2017

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm daily
Saturday December 9th & Sunday 10th: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday December 16th: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Closed on Sunday December 17th

Monday, December 18th – 22nd: Open 8:00 am until 5:00 pm

Closed from December 23rd, 2017 – January 3rd, 2018
 
The normal hours of operation for the Study Hall will resume on
Monday, January 8th, 2018

Presenting on a Global Scale: Political Science students Kathleen Rankin and Charlotte Schwarz present their research at an international seminar in Japan

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, December 1, 2017
You never know where your research will take you.

For Kathleen Rankin and Charlotte Schwarz it was Sapporo, Japan.
 
The pair recently made a trip to Hokkaido University to participate in a student-centered international seminar on the Arctic in Asia.
 
Rankin, of Kingston, ON, presented her paper “Resolutions through Research: Negotiating Canadian-Danish Sovereignty Claims to the North” which analyzed the dispute between the two countries’ over the ownership of Hans Island.
 
“Hans Island lies in both nation states’ territorial waters in the Arctic, prompting both states to attempt to claim sovereignty over it,” Rankin said.
 
“The appeal lies in the natural resources that are underneath and around it, and I’ve concluded neither state wants to lose grip on maritime territory that could be paramount to economic advancement.”
 
A STU graduate of 2017, Rankin returned to the university this year to complete an honours degree in International Relations. She said her time at the university allowed her to pursue subjects that matter to her and develop skills that will benefit her as she moves on to graduate school.
 
“Through my time at STU, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with my professors to pursue specialties that interest me,” she said. “The small class sizes helped me develop presentation skills and prepared me to present on a global scale.”
 
Schwarz, of Fredericton, NB, agreed.
 
“I’ve been given the opportunity to take courses I love and become engaged in topics that are of interest to me.  The variety of courses I have had the chance to take at STU has allowed me to learn about many different aspects of political science.  Then having the chance to take many small seminar classes in my upper years gave me an opportunity to get used to presenting material in front of a class.”
 
A double-honors student in Political Science and Great Books, Schwarz presented her paper “Canada’s Arctic policy and its relations with Russia: Must ideology be set aside for the sake of cooperation?” at the conference.
 
“As Arctic sea ice melts, new opportunities for oil extraction and shipping roots have arisen. This has led to an increased state interest in gaining legal sovereignty over water and ice in the Arctic,” she said.
 
“The Harper government allowed other political disputes with Russia, such as Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and its position on the war in Syria to leak into Arctic relations. My paper looks into future relations between Canada and Russia and whether or not the two countries can set their ideological concerns aside for the sake of cooperation.”
 
Following her studies at STU, Schwarz intends to complete a masters and a PhD in Political Science with the hope of helping others through research or teaching.
 
Rankin is planning to complete a masters in International Affairs and to work for a non-governmental organization focused on conflict resolution.

Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education

Support for the trip was provided by the Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education and was part of a research/educational project shared between The Barents Institute at the University of Tromsoe the Arctic University of Norway, St. Thomas University, Hokkaido University in Japan, and the University of the Philippines in the Philippines. The project is entitled "The Arctic in Asia, Asia in the Arctic".


“The world needs more people with a liberal arts education, and we needed them yesterday” – Alumna Emily Lutz on Choosing STU

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Emily Lutz graduated in 2011 with a double major in Political Science/Great Ideas and a double minor in Human Rights/Spanish. At STU, she also danced for UNB Dance, sat on the executive for the Political Science Society, travelled to Boston and Singapore for Model United Nations, and took courses in Avila, Spain.

Now the deputy mayor of Kings County, NS, she addressed first-year students during the 2017 Welcome Week Commencement Ceremony.
 
Here’s part of what she had to say about choosing STU!

University was an opportunity to get to know what I really wanted. I discovered that it wasn’t about becoming a different person, but strengthening and focusing on the parts of yourself that make you an individual. My time at STU helped me discover what I wanted to give the world, and gave me the confidence and knowledge to know how best to do it.
 
There is something special about earning a liberal arts degree. To see an education solely as the means to a job is the wrong way to look at an education. My degree gave me a tool box, one that empowers me to think differently about the world and my role in it.
 
My degree also taught me how to value the truth. Now, more than ever, we need to believe in the power of words and truth. You cannot have good decision making without critical thought, good research, knowledge of history, and diligent fact-checking.
 
Finally, my education empowered me to recognize the shortcomings in the governance of my community. I never dreamt I would enter politics but it was a series of timely decisions and a little luck that got my name on the ballot to help change my community.
 
I was able to succeed because my university experience helped me to become articulate, efficient, and even multi-task (while running a farm and raising a family).
 
Scientists, engineers, and business people make discoveries, create life-changing technology, and redefine the way we live our lives every day. But without historians, sociologists, and philosophers to guide us through fast-paced development, we will fail to navigate it for the benefit of all. Without policy analysts, criminologists, and psychologists, we cannot contextualize how innovation can and will impact us.
 
Without liberal arts, we will fail to challenge the structures of society that keep us from moving forward in an equal, just, and humane way. The world needs more people with a liberal arts education, and to be honest, we needed them yesterday.
 
I have three years left as a municipal politician, three years to make an impact. You have four years left here at St. Thomas. Each and every experience you have here is a tool for your tool kit, and I promise you’ll be using it for the rest of your life.


Art, Globalization, and Consumerism: Where Was It Made? art exhibit challenges students to consider the realities of how and where their clothes were manufactured

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
A recent exhibit in St. Thomas University’s Yellow Box Gallery had visitors—specifically students—questioning where and how their clothes were manufactured.

Fine Arts professor Kim Vose-Jones said the idea for the exhibit came from classroom discussions.
 
“In my Art Theory class we have been studying globalization and art projects that actively engage the community,” Vose-Jones said.
 
Visitors were invited to explore it as a meditation on globalized labour conditions, bridging the chain between consumerism and point of production.
 
“As a group, we went up to the Yellow Box to interact with the project and discuss how it changes and challenges traditional interaction with a gallery space. It turned into a very interesting geography lesson as well. It touched on many subjects we have been studying,” Vose-Jones added.
 
A large world map was installed in the gallery and visitors were invited to trim off tags from their own clothing and pin them on the map, marking geographical points of manufacture as listed on those tags.

Fourth-year student Rizanne Roach-Lucas found the project refreshing and enlightening.

“It showed people that their clothes do not come from the name brand companies in America or Europe, but rather from factories and sweatshops in Asia,” Roach-Lucas said. “Hardly any of the tags that we made came from Canada or the United States. It forces you to realize how much big companies exploit other countries where the labour and pay are cheaper.”
 
With two more exihibits scheduled for the academic year, Vose-Jones hopes to see more students visiting the Yellow Box Gallery.

“One of the goals of the exhibit is to cross -pollinate with what students are studying in other classes. The gallery is trying to actively engage the students as much as possible this year.”
 
The Yellow Box Gallery is located on the second floor of the Dr. Daniel O’Brien Study Hall in Margaret Norrie McCain Hall.

Preparation Pays Off for STU Moot Court: STU team earns four more bids to nationals and seven speaker awards at Fitchburg regional

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Months of preparation have paid off for the St. Thomas University Moot Court team.

The group recently returned from a regional competition in Fitchburg, MA, with four bids to the American Moot Court Association National Championships in Dallas, TX, and multiple speaker awards.

Jarrod Ryan and Dominique Goguen were the top finishers, placing third out of 50 teams, while Abbie LeBlanc and Navy Vezina finished fourth, Olivia Ricketts and Elizabeth Tuck placed seventh, and Laura Robinson and Kelly Brennan finished ninth.

This was the first competition for Ryan, a third-year Human Rights and Political Science student, and it couldn’t have gone much better.

“I wasn’t expecting to qualify, but it was definitely my goal,” he said. “I’m a really competitive person, so to accomplish it felt great for sure.”

Cases for the regional moot court competitions are released in May and students spend months preparing their arguments. It’s the way the STU team prepares that Ryan believes makes the biggest difference at competition time.

“We over-prepare in the best sense of the word because we try to prepare for everything, and Dr. DiPaolo is an amazing coach,” he said.

“We’ve built this reputation that St. Thomas is a school that can go and compete with American schools, so I think that’s something we all try to live up to.”

It was that strong reputation that brought Ryan—who has always wanted to pursue law—to St. Thomas three years ago.

“Moot Court was the main reason I chose St. Thomas University,” he said. “I worked at a law firm for my co-op in grade 12 and was working with a STU alum who had gone to law school, so it was just an obvious step for me to come to STU.”

Ryan’s highlight of the Fitchburg competition was watching his partner’s reaction when they qualified.

“We thought we had lost to the College of Holy Cross. The way they do it is they call the team that won first, so they called out team 30—which was us—and then called out the other team and Dominique stood up,” he said.

“I was like ‘no, no we won,’ and you could tell it started to click for her and the excitement on her face was definitely a highlight. English is her second language, so she worked super hard on her public speaking and she crushed it.”

Seven Speaker Awards

On top of earning bids to nationals, STU Moot Court earned seven of the top 20 Speaker Awards. LeBlanc (2nd), Vezina (3rd), Ryan (7th), Tuck (8th), Robinson (17th), Brennan (18th), and Ricketts (19th) were all among the top performers at the competition.

Robinson, a fourth-year Human Rights major, said receiving the speaker award meant a lot to her and was an indication of the hard work put in during her three years with Moot Court.

“Growing up, public speaking was very difficult for me, so to be able to get up and deliver a presentation confidently and win an award makes me really proud,” she said.

“It demonstrates how much I have improved over the years with hard work and the help of my team.”

Last year, Robinson and Brennan, her partner, missed out on a bid to nationals by just a few points, so they’re excited to see what they can do at this year’s national competition in Dallas.

“I’m excited to compete and excited to help each team make it that bit further themselves in the tournament,” she said.

“I’m excited for Kelly and I to finally meet our goal of making it to nationals and to push ourselves that bit further to see what more we can do.”

STU Moot Court also earned at least two bids to Dallas at a regional competition in Albany in November. Read more about that here.

Time Management, Balance, and Hard Work: St. Thomas Honours Dean’s List Students for 2016-2017

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
By: Sean Crocker, BA'18

For St. Thomas students Nicholas Jackson and Samantha Arthurs, time management, balance, and hard work have paid off.

Jackson, third-year Economics, and Arthurs, second-year Philosophy, were among the 303 students recognized as members of the university’s Dean’s List for 2016-2017.

Coming from Prince Edward Island, Jackson found a niche in the St. Thomas community and has learned valuable lessons along the way.

“It’s all about going to class,” Jackson said. “It is so much more important to go to class than in high school, and if you have time management and do that, you have everything.”

He believes time management is the key to his success, and while this is the case for many, it’s even more crucial for him as a member of the men’s volleyball team.

“We practice an hour and a half every day, plus games on the weekends. It makes the schedule busy, so that makes time management vital to get all of your work done.”

Although the in-class learning is important, Jackson said there are many skills he is getting at St. Thomas that go beyond the classroom.

“University gives you a chance to learn a lot about who you are as a person,” he said. “I learned a lot about myself moving away from home. It’s not just another grade level, it’s a brand new experience.”

Arthurs, who came to St. Thomas from Saint John, NB, agrees the key to success is balance.

 “It is definitely about the balance,” Arthurs said. “You can’t only do stuff in the classroom, and you can’t always do it outside. Make the time to go and talk to your professors and soak it all in.”

One of the advantages of a St. Thomas education is the opportunity to explore multiple interests—something Arthurs is taking full advantage of.

“I’m developing as a person because I’m focusing on stuff I’m interested in, so I make sure I put in the time and effort that is needed for those courses,” she said.

Her advice for future STUdents is simple—do the work.

 “Do the readings and do the homework,” she said. “I find that is what makes it so much easier to learn and take in all the knowledge.”

For a full list of the 2016-2017 Dean's List students, click here.

Behind the Scenes – Meet Wei Qing Tan, Stage Manager for Theatre St. Thomas

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, November 27, 2017
In the first week of her first year at STU, Wei Qing Tan, from Malaysia, decided to get involved with Theatre St. Thomas. Hesitant about putting herself out there so early, she did it anyway.
 
“I knew there would be no one in the room I knew, but I was taught to make the most of every opportunity,” Tan said.
 
Tan, who is pursuing majors in Sociology and Psychology and a minor in Gerontology, became the stage manager for Theatre St. Thomas (TST) after just one year at STU. During her first year, she assisted former TST stage manager and recent STU graduate Danielle Chaisson. Tan said she was amazed at Chaisson’s ability to know every cue throughout a show.
 
“She taught me a lot, especially watching her work with Trudeau and the FLQ because there were hundreds of sound and light cues,” Tan said.
 
As she began her second year at STU, Tan was contacted by Artistic Producer and Faculty Advisor for Theatre St. Thomas, Dr. Robin Whittaker. He asked Tan to take over as stage manager for the fall production.
 
“I said yes, but in the back of my mind, I was like, ‘Am I going to be able to do this? Do I know enough?’”
 
From her previous experience, Tan had a good understanding of the role’s demands and knew she’d have to pull a lot out of herself to succeed.
 
“I’m a little reserved and quiet in nature, and in this role you have to be able to talk to people and communicate your ideas very clearly to others,” she said.
 
Tan dove into rehearsals for TST’s 2016 production of Tirso de Molina’s The Trickster of Seville as the stage manager. She said the dedicated work of all those who step foot in STU’s Black Box Theatre motivated her.
 
“I’m in awe of how much time and commitment people put into this,” she said about the rest of the cast and crew.
 
On opening night of Trickster, Tan took her position in the technical booth.
 
“I was actually less nervous than I expected,” she said. “I knew I had to be ready to go into that booth on opening night, and because I was so nervous I wouldn’t be ready, I made sure I went in confidently. I knew what was supposed to happen at what point. I knew when to call the cues—the lights and the sounds at the right times.”
 
After burning off her first-night jitters, Tan eased into her role.
 
“After the first night, I got excited,” she said. “You’re constantly taking notes and checking in with the actors. Gradually, the amount of notes gets fewer and the whole team is functioning like a well-oiled machine. I’m so appreciative to the cast and crew for the relationship we share. They put a lot of trust in me. I’m grateful for that.”
 
Now in her third year, a more seasoned member of TST, Tan’s most recent role was stage manager for Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (November 22 to 25, 2017). She said though she’s more experienced and more confident, she doesn’t take for granted that others may still be starting out.
 
“TST has always been such a welcoming environment for me. I have received so much from the theatre community, and I want others to have the same opportunity—especially the first-years.”
 
Tan is proud of the work TST does. She said the long hours are worth the reward.
 
“I love the entire rehearsal process. It can be very long, but after every rehearsal, I always feel like we did so much good work,” Tan said.

Professional Development Meets Passion for Literature: Monica Furness Reflects on her Experience as a Research Assistant

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
At a larger university, the research assistant job I’ve had the past two years might have gone to a graduate student. But at St. Thomas, it went to me.
 
Because of this opportunity, I’ve been able to apply my English degree to practical projects, learn new skills, and discover a whole field of literature I hadn’t previously known existed.
 
During my time at St. Thomas, I’ve been lucky enough to work with a professor on two research projects: the New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia, an online resource of mostly student-written entries about the province’s authors, and the New Brunswick Literature Curriculum in English, a curriculum focused entirely on the province’s literature.
 
Engaging in Professional Research, Editing, and Writing
 
As a research assistant, I helped edit and publish new entries to the Encyclopedia. Most of the entries are written by students—I’ve actually written two myself: one about a UNB-affiliated writing group called the Ice House Gang, and one about country songwriter Stompin’ Tom Connors.
 
I, and many other students, have written these entries in lieu of essays for course credit. Instead of writing a paper that only the professor will read, we learn how to do archival research, work with an editor on several drafts, and create an article that others can use in their own research.
 
Helping New Brunswickers Discover their Literature
 
I later spent two summers working on the Curriculum. The Curriculum’s goal is to help New Brunswickers discover their literature, which is under-studied and under-appreciated. Instead of being a tool solely for educators, the whole curriculum has been placed on its own website and is available for free.
 
My job when I joined the project was to proofread, contribute a bit of writing as necessary, and populate the Curriculum to its website.
 
It was a lot of work—I thoroughly proofread the more-than-600 page document, and I made so many calls to IT services—but, I learned so much while working on these projects, like how the editing process works from the editor’s perspective and how to use web publishing software.
 
And, of course, I got to work on some projects I cared about. I’m not a New Brunswicker (I’m from Prince Edward Island), but many of the issues addressed in New Brunswick literature (e.g. economic hardship, social inequality, and outmigration) are similar to the problems we struggle with in my own province. It was kind of amazing to realize these novels and poems not only existed, but that they mattered.
 
Thanks to these experiences and skills, I’ve got a whole pile of great literature on my “must read” list (like Elizabeth Brewster, Antonine Maillet, and Herménégilde Chiasson), and I’m considering enrolling in a publishing program when I finish my Bachelor of Arts.

New York City as a Classroom: History, Fine Arts, and Theatre students spend four days in NYC using museums, architecture, and culture as course material

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
For four days Caeley Currie, along with a group of St. Thomas University students and professors, explored New York City and used its museums, architecture, and culture as course material.

The STU group packed an impressive amount of activities into the trip, including a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, a history lesson in Central Park, and a visit to Ellis Island Immigration Museum and multiple art galleries.

For Currie, a first-year student from Burtts Corner, NB, the trip brought in-class subjects to life.

“The full effects of urbanization really become understandable when you step outside of Fredericton and into one of the worlds capitals,” she said. “I also found countless essay topics from the museums and galleries we visited and had the chance to speak with and learn from some incredible people.”

As a student who’s intrigued by domestic history, the “period rooms” display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was a highlight for Currie.

“They recreated rooms complete with wallpaper, rugs, furniture, curtains, silverware, and every other object imaginable, all from real buildings that were once in New York,” she said. “Every room displayed a different time period, social class, or style. I could have spent an hour in each one of those rooms.”

Jessica Hughes, manager of the Office of Experiential and Community Based Learning, said this kind of learning experience broadens students’ perspectives and makes subject matter more relevant.

“Students from the History classes, as well as those from Fine Arts and Theatre classes, had the opportunity to get out of their comfort zones and apply their in class learning to a real world setting in New York City.”

Aside from being an enriching educational experience, Currie said spending time in New York with her peers has given her memories she will cherish beyond her time at St. Thomas.

“The silly story of that one time you nearly fell into a stranger on the train, or that rusty foreign coin you found in the middle of Time Square—those are the memories you’ll find yourself thinking about,” she said.

“Feeling your shoes scrape against the sidewalk—a sidewalk millions of people from every walk of life have walked before you—while enriching your education and seeing the world from a different perspective—if that’s not worthwhile, I don’t know what is.”

Bringing New Brunswick Authors to High School Classrooms: Tony Tremblay Develops New Brunswick Literature Curriculum in English

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, November 17, 2017
By Monica Furness, BA’18

Dr. Tony Tremblay hopes that his newest project, the New Brunswick Literature Curriculum in English, will promote greater awareness and appreciation of the province’s rich literary history.
 
The curriculum is a free web resource for teachers, students, and others interested in learning more about New Brunswick literature. Tremblay was inspired to create the resource while teaching courses about the subject.
 
“Every time I taught that course I would begin with a little survey. What I discovered was shocking – that the vast majority of students couldn’t name one New Brunswick writer,” he said.

“And the students were perturbed by that. They wanted more content. A majority of St. Thomas students come from New Brunswick, so they had been introduced to some of this content, but not in the depth that they wanted. They felt sort of short-changed as a result. That led me to the idea to put a resource together.”  
 
Tremblay, who recently completed his term as the Canada Research Chair in New Brunswick Studies, set about changing this by developing the curriculum.
 
Designed for use in New Brunswick high schools, the curriculum features 44 authors and poets who were from, lived in, or wrote about the province, such as modernist poet Elizabeth Brewster and Miramichi author Ray Fraser.
 
It includes selected readings, biographical information, and strategies for teachers who wish to use the material in their classrooms.
 
The resource has also been placed online for everyone – not just educators – to access in its entirety.
 
“My interpretation of my Canada Research Chair was to develop resources that people in the province could use,” he said.
 
Tremblay worked closely with several students to create the curriculum and ensure it met curriculum guidelines for use in the New Brunswick education system.
 
“All the projects that I’ve done have had a large student component,” he said.
 
He hopes that the curriculum, which he considers to be the capstone of his term as a Canada Research Chair, will be adopted by teachers, and that New Brunswickers will use the resource to learn more about their literature, their history, and themselves.
 
Visit the curriculum website here: http://w3.stu.ca/stu/nblce/

Enhancing the “Full Student Experience” -- Students in Harrington Hall reflect on the positive impact of the residence renewal

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, October 6, 2017
Students living in Harrington Hall have a bright, modern, and inclusive residence to call home.

After a year of renovations, Harrington opened its doors for the 2017-2018 school year and the upgrades were extensive.

Rebecca Kingston, a Harrington Hall Residence Advisor, said the renovations have made the building a true “home away from home.”

“The space feels brighter and more welcoming, thanks in part to the modern furniture and the bright colour palette,” she said.

“People who live here are always in the new lounges socializing or hanging out in their rooms with the doors open, while the people who don't live here are always asking to come see it.”

See photo gallery, here: http://smu.gs/2kDTEda

Harrington Hall is the largest capacity residence on campus and as a result was the most in need of upgrades. The general layout of the building is the same, but walls, floors, and heating systems have been updated.

The newly renovated Harrington also includes upgraded residence rooms, a kitchenette, modernized theme lounge and study areas, improved washroom layouts, as well as gender neutral washrooms.

“The designated study lounges make it easy for people to get work done and the kitchen makes it easy if you and your friends want to make dinner or if you need a midnight snack,” Kingston said.

Emily Blue, Harrington Hall’s Residence Coordinator, said the additions will have a positive influence on campus life and the residence experience for students.

“There are social lounges which have a variety of seating options and provide a space for residents to build friendships and to relax in. From all-gender bathrooms to extra-large bathrooms these renovations have taken into account the full student experience.”

Scott Duguay, St. Thomas University Associate Vice-President Enrollment Management, said the advisory committee for the renewal project wanted to ensure what students found most important would be included in the updates.

“The most important things to students were individually controlled bedroom heating, flexible furniture, improved sound proofing, bathrooms that offer more privacy, the addition of a full-feature kitchen, good wireless internet, and better lighting throughout,” he said.

“I’m happy to say all of these things came to life in the renovated Harrington, and we hope students will enjoy them for years to come.”