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World Class Mooters: Emily Williams and Camille Xavier finish second at the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Geneva

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, July 20, 2018
Camille Xavier, Emily Williams, Chief Judge of South Africa Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, and Emma Walsh (photo courtesy of the Centre for Human Rights)
For the second consecutive year, students from St. Thomas University were among the best at the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Emily Williams, a fourth-year student from Halifax, NS, and Camille Xavier, a fourth-year student from Calgary, AB, finished second at the international competition, falling to Buenos Aires University in the final round.

“It feels great to finish second. I’m incredibly proud of the both of us,” Williams said. “We worked hard to prepare and we’re glad it paid off. It’s incredible that STU has been in the final for two years in a row.”

Last year, students Abbie LeBlanc and Navy Vezina were crowned champions at the event after defeating Buenos Aires University in the final round.

This year’s STU team, including coach and fellow student Emma Walsh, faced high-level competition on route to the final. In the pre-final round they took on universities from Kenya and Brazil, the University of Lucerne from Switzerland, and the University of New South Wales from Australia. After finishing as one of the top four teams, the STU duo edged India’s Army Institute of Law to earn their place in the final.

Both Williams and Xavier noted the most challenging aspect of the competition wasn’t their opponents or the quick turnaround between rounds, but managing their interaction with the judges.

“The most challenging aspect was anticipating what sorts of questions the judges would ask, and how best to answer them while still communicating the content of our arguments,” Xavier said.

In rising up to that challenge, it was skills learned at STU—in the classroom and in competing in the American Moot Court Association—that gave them an upper hand.

"The ability to think about issues in different ways and critical thinking were the most beneficial,” Williams said. “I found this skill helpful when engaging with judges questions, and I believe this helped set us apart from the other competitors.”

Williams, who is studying Criminology and Human Rights, was also named one of the top five oralists at the event.

“I had a personal goal to be in the top five speakers and I’m incredibly proud to have achieved my goal,” she said.

Experiencing Geneva, being at the United Nations human rights headquarters, and hearing from those working in the field of human rights was a bonus for the STU group, as was the affirmation of their desire to pursue law.
 
“This experience has reinforced my desire to be a lawyer and advocate. It was marvelous to meet students from around the world who are passionate about international law and human rights,” Xavier said.

“I was inspired by the conferences we had during the competition,” Williams added. “My biggest takeaway from the experience is that I truly want to be a lawyer after I graduate.”

The STU moot court experience has been made possible, in large part, thanks to a generous donation from Frank and Julie McKenna to create an endowment fund in the name of McKenna's longtime assistant Ruth McCrea.
 

STU Celebrates Summer Convocation: “STU Has Given You the Knowledge and Tools to Make Change”

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Elizabeth Weir, a respected parliamentarian and international development expert, received an honorary degree from St. Thomas University. She spoke to the 115 graduates in applied arts, arts, social work, and education.
Education makes change. Courage makes even more change.

This was Elizabeth Weir’s message for the graduating class of 2018 at STU’s Summer Convocation.

Weir, a respected parliamentarian and international development expert, received an honorary degree from St. Thomas University. She spoke to the 115 graduates in applied arts, arts, social work, and education.

She spoke about the courageous group of students from Parkland, Florida who, in response to a shooting in their school, are determined to change the laws that have made access to guns too easy.

“Still in their teens, these survivors of gun violence have launched one of the most impressive campaigns for change. They are courageous, creative and unyielding,” she said. 

Within days of the shooting that killed so many of their classmates, these students had organized national marches and protests. They debated against members of the National Rifle Association on network television.

“Their fight is focused and uncompromising. And they have already had successes with a number of states adopting restrictions on weapon sales,” she continued.

“I have to think that this success is in no small measure because in 2010, the State of Florida adopted a comprehensive public civics education program, including debates and mock trials. One civics teacher reported that when her school was closed because of a shooting threat some students insisted on staying to write letters to politicians asking for stricter gun control.”

Weir compared the importance of this public civics education program in Florida to STU’s new program in Law, Politics, and Society.

“STU’s new program gives students the skills to make change. The result will be a generation of engaged young citizens. And we need more of these students,” she said.

“This is what you as teachers and social workers can help to achieve in your careers. STU has given you the knowledge and tools to make change. And so, we will now look to you.”

“People Who are Going to Change this World”

Education graduate Shania Maguire, BA’17, BEd’18, from Saint John, NB, delivered the valedictory address. She reminisced on their time in the education program and expressed gratitude to the university.

“It has been a time where I have grown, as have all of you. I’ve watched you all grow into beautiful people who are going to change this world,” she said.

“It’s impossible to know what the future holds. Maybe you’ll become famous or maybe you’ll be a nationally recognized teacher, but either way, we did it. We are a grad class full of passion, charisma, and we will inspire future generations for years to come.”

University Medal Winner

The winner of the university medal was Education student Cassie MacPhail, BA’17, BEd’18, from Riverview, NB.

“I've always wanted to be a teacher because I had incredible teachers when I was in school that inspired me to follow my passion; given that my passions are literature and helping others, becoming a teacher felt very natural to me,” MacPhail said.

After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas, she said doing her education degree at STU felt like a natural fit.

“The community I found in the Education program was even better than I could have imagined; the professors and my fellow students were all so supportive, I really don't think I could have gotten this far without them,” she said.

“The classes were interesting and very useful, and the two practicums I did gave me so much insight and experience. I feel fully confident, prepared, and excited going into my teaching career, and I know that if I ever need help, or just a listening ear, I can rely on the friends and professors I met in this program.”

Recent Grad and Professor Published in Supreme Court Law Review: Matthew LeBlanc, BA ’18, and Dr. Tom Bateman publish article on medically-assisted dying

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, July 9, 2018
Matthew LeBlanc’s list of achievements is growing.

The recent graduate—a STU Francis M. McLaughlin Scholarship recipient, former Vice-President Administration for the Students’ Union, former member of Theatre St. Thomas, and award-winning Moot Court competitor—is now also a published scholar.

LeBlanc, along with Dr. Tom Bateman of the Department of Political Science, co-authored an article titled “Dialogue on Death: Parliament and Courts on Medically-Assisted Dying” which was published in the Supreme Court Law Review and Assisted Death: Legal, Social, and Ethical Issues after Carter.

“It’s very surreal to look at the cover and then flip through and see my name,” LeBlanc said. “To read the words on the page and hear my voice is very cool.”

The article uses the Carter decision—which gave Canadian adults who are mentally competent and suffering intolerably and enduringly the right to a doctor’s assistance in dying—to examine whether parliamentarians in the House of Commons and the Senate fully accepted the Supreme Court’s decision or if they demonstrated independence of thought in creating policies and legislation.

“The theory is called dialogue theory,” Dr. Bateman said. “It’s the idea that the Supreme Court is not the sole policy maker in Canada in the age of the Charter and that it contributes some information to good policy making but it doesn’t eclipse the legislatures.”

With large amounts of content to analyze, Dr. Bateman decided to enlist the help of a student on the project. He had taught LeBlanc, helped supervise his honours thesis in Political Science, and knew he was able to complete the work.

“Working with Dr. Bateman was a wonderful experience,” LeBlanc said. “It was neat to work alongside him, to see how his mind works, and then to fit my portions of the project into his vision. It was a great collaboration.”

It was also great experience for LeBlanc, who is spending the summer working at a local law firm before he begins his Law degree at McGill University in the fall.

“This project taught me how to conduct legal research, ways to think about legal issues, and to apply my critical thinking skills from STU into something specific,” he said. “It was great training wheels for my future law career.”

LeBlanc hopes to practice Constitutional Law and has an interest in the fields of labour and employment as well as corporate law. LeBlanc believes his time at St. Thomas provided him with a “leg up” heading into law school.
 
“People that go to law school come from all different backgrounds and some go in without the reading comprehension or critical thinking skills that a liberal arts education can teach them.”

“The constitutional law that I learned through this project, my education at STU, and Moot Court will be incorporated in whatever field I choose to practice in,” he said.

“You are the Teachers I Want to be” - Anthony Bryan, BA ’17, BEd ’18, reflects on his experience in the School of Education

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
This feature is based off a speech given by Anthony Bryan at the Bachelor of Education Graduate’s Dinner.

Anthony Bryan, BA ’17, BEd ’18, told himself he wouldn’t cry at the end of his first teaching placement.

Bryan, of Trinidad and Tobago, struggles with goodbyes and after reciting a heartfelt speech to his class on his last day at Bliss Carman Middle School, he thought he made it through.

But, around three o’clock a young student walked up to him and gave him a note. It read, "Dear Mr. Bryan, I’m so sad that you’re leaving today. I’ll miss having you teach my class because you make it fun. Whatever job you do you will do well because you’re super nice and have an amazing personality. You’re the best intern I’ve ever had and ever will have. Don’t forget our class because I won’t forget you."

“I was never the best part of somebody’s day before,” Bryan said. “This program allowed that to happen.”

Now, with the completion of his time in the School of Education, Bryan is faced with another goodbye—to his teachers, his peers, and St. Thomas University.
Although many lessons were learned—and taught—his biggest take away from the experience was the impact a teacher can have on their students.

“It’s kind of wild what people are capable of doing when they know you’re in their corner and that you’re rooting for them,” Bryan said.

“They just need somebody to be passionate with them and to tell them that it’s cool to be passionate about things. My students were important to me and it was my job to tell them that—it was my job to make them believe it without question.”

That feeling Bryan strove to instill in his students during his two placements is one he experienced first-hand from his professors and peers in the School of Education.

“Everyone is behind you every step of the way. I hope we don’t lose the feeling that at every moment and every angle each and every one of us wanted the best for each other,” he said.

“You are the teachers I would have wanted as a student and all of you are the teachers I want to be.”

Bryan will be staying in Fredericton to begin his teaching career and participate in the local theatre scene.

New Student Art Gallery Exhibit "Lost in the Flow" Showcases Watercolour Paintings

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, June 22, 2018
The St. Thomas University Student Art Gallery is showcasing a new watercolour exhibit entitled “Lost in the Flow.”

The exhibit, by the FNAR 2173 Intercession class, opened Thursday, June 21 and will be open for viewing until August 30.

The exhibit features a series of watercolour paintings exploring a broad range of personal and creative approaches developed by students during the term. The diversity of style in the students’ creative explorations is reflected in the exhibit.

The St. Thomas Student Art Gallery is located on the second floor of James Dunn Hall. It was first established in 2012 and has exhibited the works of over 400 students in solo and group exhibits.

St. Thomas University Celebrates Indigenous Graduates with Eagle Feather Ceremony

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Indigenous graduates at St. Thomas University were recognized for their resilience, discipline, and dedication in an Eagle Feather Ceremony prior to Spring Convocation.

The ceremony—the first of its kind at St. Thomas and one of few in the Atlantic provinces—gifted each Indigenous graduate with an eagle feather, which they carried with them as they received their degree at Spring Convocation. The Hon. Graydon Nicholas, Endowed Chair in Native Studies, Miigam’agan, Elder in Residence, and Trenton Augustine, Indigenous Student Services Coordinator, facilitated the presentation.

“For many Indigenous students, graduating from university is one of the greatest accomplishments of their life,” Augustine said.

“For us to be able to acknowledge and honour them by presenting them with an eagle feather is an incredible feeling for both us and them.”

The Story of the Eagle Feather

In Indigenous communities, there’s a sacred connection between the Eagle and the Creator, as the Eagle flies highest to the Creator and carries prayers from humans. In “The Story of the Eagle Feather,” the Eagle offered one of its feathers to a human family as a sign of continued love and healing, and a reminder of the importance of the “Sacred Teachings.”

“In our culture, receiving an eagle feather is a special and humbling experience,” Augustine said. “It’s not often you receive an eagle feather as it’s one of the most honourable gifts you can receive.”

The idea for the ceremony was put forth by Indigenous students on campus and supported by the Ad-Hoc Senate Committee on Indigenization. The Eagle Feather Ceremony will now be an annual part of Spring Convocation events at St. Thomas.

A special thanks to the family of the late Dr. Brian Carty for providing the eagle feathers for this ceremony.

New Major in Law, Politics, and Society

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, June 15, 2018
Students interested in the relationship between law, political life, and Canadian society will now have the opportunity to combine the fields of study in the form of a systematic but flexible interdisciplinary major at St. Thomas University.

Students who pursue a major or minor in Law, Politics, and Society will gain a conceptual, institutional, social, and historical foundation in the way law works in advanced democracies. 

Graduates from the program will be well-versed in the major types of law in Canada, the judicial system, the legal profession, and the interaction of law and social forces and structures, and the interaction of law and politics. They will be well-suited for work in law enforcement, the justice system, border services, social work, interest groups, government, and many other areas.

Coordinated by Dr. Tom Bateman, the program is designed to allow students to examine the nature of law and its influence on Canadian politics, as well as how laws are made and changed.

“When I was an undergraduate, the news was dominated by debates about re-patriating the Constitution and entrenching a Charter of Rights,” Bateman said.

“Since that time, law and judicial process have become central features of public life. Issues ranging from free speech and assisted suicide to Indigenous rights and provincial control over economic development all directly implicate the courts. This is a program whose time has come.”

The interdisciplinary major in Law, Politics, and Society draws on courses in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Human Rights, Political Science, Native Studies, and Sociology, as well as its own introductory courses.

Learn more about the interdisciplinary major in Law, Politics, and Society.
 

“A Fantastic Hands-on Learning Experience” -- Criminology students experience the Chinese approach to criminal justice and policing during a two-week travel-study

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The Chinese take a different approach to criminal justice and policing—something four Criminology students were able to experience first-hand.

Josée Thomas, Tamika Allison, Mike Duffy, and Shaune Rodney took part in a two-week travel-study that brought them to a Chinese police college, justice buildings, and police departments.

Thomas, of Fredericton, NB, said the time spent in China with her classmates offered an authentic learning experience.

“It was really awakening to see how many differences there are between the two countries. There are similarities too, but how China approaches a lot of things is vastly different.”

The study group, which was a result of the collaboration between the Endowed Chair in Criminology Dr. John Winterdyk, Mount Royal University, and STU, spent a portion of their time at the Zhejiang Police College. They stayed on campus there, took part in some classes, and gave a presentation about the Canadian criminal justice system.

“We got to meet a lot of police officers, and although there were language barriers at times, there were some that were quite fluent in English. It was neat to talk to them and ask them questions,” Thomas said.

The biggest difference Thomas noted between the Chinese and Canadian approaches to policing and criminal justice is the reliance on technology.

“They don’t patrol in China. They don’t need to because of their technology,” she said. “They rely highly on video. We went to one of the cities that had about 7 million people in it and they have 20,000 cameras throughout the city that are high definition.”

The group also visited three different police departments, one of the Chinese justice buildings, and sat in on a trial. They were able to stop at a number of notable landmarks as well, including the Terracotta Army.

For Thomas, the highlight of the trip was the opportunity to get a closer look at the cameras at a local police department.

“I feel like in movies you see how high-tech cameras can be, but then you see security footage in Canada and it’s blurry,” she said. “In China you can see all of the facial features and can zoom in manually.”

Although she missed Spring Convocation to take part in the travel-study, Thomas said the opportunity was “not something you can do on your own.”

“Getting to go there and experience it yourself makes it more genuine,” she said. “It was a fantastic hands-on learning experience.”

Yellow Box Gallery Presents Book-Borrowing Community Art Project “The Library”

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Borrow a book. Leave a book. Return the book. Borrow a book. Repeat.
The Yellow Box Gallery is hosting a freewill community art project entitled "The Library."

This is an honour system book-borrowing space open for the summer months. Community members are welcome to borrow a book, from the growing collection, as well as leave a book for check out. 

You are welcome to create your own library card for the book using the recycled library cards provided in the gallery.  You may borrow it for as long as you like.
Contact Kim Vose Jones via email at yellowbox@stu.ca for more information. 

The Yellow Box Gallery is located on the 3rd floor of McCain Hall, St. Thomas University, Fredericton. Please see our Facebook site for gallery hours.

Visit the Yellow Box Gallery Facebook Page to follow this and other exhibits. 

Coding, Learning, and Constructing Digital STEM Literacies: Dr. Shaunda Wood Receives Funding to Bring Coding to Elementary School-Aged Children and their Families

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, June 11, 2018
Dr. Shaunda Wood wants to bring coding to elementary school-aged children — especially students who do not often have this opportunity.

The School of Education professor was recently awarded a National Science and Research Council’s  [NSERC] PromoScience Grant, valued at $54,630 over three years for her coding program research,  “Wasisək kisihtohtit (Children Made It). Coding, learning, and constructing digital STEM literacies: Families and communities becoming creators." 

This is the first national grant of its kind at STU.

Additionally the coding program received a STU research grant as well as Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of NB funding, and a New Brunswick Innovation Foundation-Research Assistantships Initiative grant for the first two years during the pilot-testing phase.

“Over the last two years, our program arose in an organic fashion, meeting the needs of underrepresented elementary-aged students, as well as providing extracurricular professional development for new teachers,” Wood says. “Through consultation and community partnerships with First Nations communities, public and higher education, and the Fredericton Public library, a network of STEM literacy supporters have pooled their resources to provide an on-going extracurricular, multifaceted program, at no cost to the elementary-aged participants.”

Through engaging, hands-on activities and workshops that closely reflect provincial math outcomes and international standards, the project aims to provide opportunities to inspire children – to develop an interest in coding and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in their public schooling and beyond.

“An integral part of this program is the hiring of a part-time research assistant and intermediary who is a local community member, Wəlastəkwiyik/Maliseet/French language specialist, and adult immersion teacher—Joleen Paul,” Wood adds. “This role is essential to community support and involvement. Additionally, the program involves BEd students and STU BEd graduates who are highly qualified, multi-lingual workshop leaders.”

Although many start-ups and non-profit organizations are offering coding and STEM programs, no province has integrated coding into its elementary-level curricula, forcing students to find these skills elsewhere. Wood adds that many students lack effective access to these programs — especially many non-traditional populations and students living in rural areas.

Wood’s program teaches coding and STEM literacies to students from New Brunswick schools. These workshops are made available to students in grades 3-5 and their families who have limited access to early technology resources and support around technology.

“The program attempts to create an inclusive science approach, one that invites and values the cultural and educational experiences of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and families who choose to participate in the workshops. Designing and improving these workshops for students who do not have this opportunity is the main goal,” she says.

“A student who learns to code in elementary school will have a whole new language and design/ICT pathway opened to them,” she says. “Waiting until secondary school to teach computer coding is like teaching the alphabet and reading to a fourteen-year-old hoping for a novel but getting a sentence. Providing the language of coding early allows students to be creative and innovate during their secondary and post-secondary years.”

She adds that coding is one important aspect of 21st Century learning. As such, it should be complementary to, and integrated with, other important STEM learning outcomes to promote understanding and application. In this way, students will ultimately be fluent in the language of design allowing for new types of digital literacies to emerge.

 “The goal of developing a scientifically literate citizenry is increasingly important for successful participation in the technology-based global economy that is emerging,” Wood says.

“With the need to address such challenges as global water management, infectious disease control, agricultural engineering, and non-fossil fuel-based energy production, it will be critical that the next generation of workers in industry and the professions be prepared to tackle these problems with logical thinking and problem-solving skills in innovative and creative ways.”

Planning Welcome Week 2018: Welcome Week Chair Rebecca Kingston and Welcome Week Coordinator Chloé Saulnier are preparing for the incoming class of first-year students

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Rebecca Kingston and Chloé Saulnier are already looking forward to September.

Kingston, Welcome Week Chair, and Saulnier, Welcome Week Coordinator, are spending the summer preparing activities and programming that will serve as an introduction to the STU community and ease the transition of first-year students arriving on campus this fall.

“Welcome Week really sets the tone for the year,” Saulnier said. “It’s a great reflection of who we are as a school—there’s excitement, people are involved in activities, and it’s an introduction to student services and academics.”

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Saulnier, of Bathurst, NB, and Kingston, of Miramichi, NB, hold fond memories of their own Welcome Week: STUfari 2015. The highlight for both was the annual Cheer Off, an event that brings all first-year students—including students living off campus—together in the lower courtyard to compete for the title of loudest and proudest group on campus.

“I was a bit overwhelmed at first, but when we did the cheer off I realized this was something I’d never experienced before and that everyone was in the same boat,” Kingston said.

For Saulnier, the event offered an opportunity to make friends.

“Before the Cheer Off, I didn’t have many friends on campus. I didn’t know anyone when I came to STU except one person and they didn’t live in my residence, so to meet the people in my residence and then bring all those new friends to the cheer off made me realize I had a place at STU.”

This year’s Welcome Week will include the classic events, like Cheer Off, Casino Night, and Shine Day, but Kingston and Saulnier are also planning to include more campus-wide activities.

“We’re working to really integrate the off-campus students and include more Indigenous events so we can support all aspects of our community,” Kingston said.

Making the move from High School to University

While the week is a fun introduction to life on campus, the Welcome Week team is also aware the transition from high school to university comes with a lot of new territory. With this in mind, they’re incorporating activities that will help make students more comfortable.

“It’s a big transition and our goal is to make it as smooth as possible. We make a point to showcase all the services that STU has to offer. Whether you need mental health resources or academic resources, it’s important you know they are there,” Kingston said.

The Academic Transition Day and Scavenger Hunt around campus are two activities that put Saulnier and Kingston at ease during their first week at STU.

“The Scavenger Hunt is like a fun campus tour where you see the buildings, where your classes are, and where the different services are located,” Saulnier said. “It’s a short portion of the week, but it assured me I wouldn’t get lost and if I needed certain services I knew where to go and who to talk to.”

Kingston said Academic Transition Day, which takes place the day before classes begin, was the most useful event of her Welcome Week experience.

“The professors involved really broke things down—what class is like, how often you have class, what the expectations are—and I found that really helpful. It relieved my stress and I appreciated that.”

Campus life plays a large role in the university experience and Kingston and Saulnier want this year’s first-year class to get off on the right foot. Their advice: know what you need and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

“Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. The people who work at the university are here to help and want to help,” Kingston said.

“Get to know yourself and get to know what your priorities are,” Saulnier added. “Find what you like and find what you need—that will help you have a positive university experience.”

Award-winning Graduates: Hannah Zamora receives the Governor General’s Medal, Kayla Preston earns the University Medal for Arts

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, May 18, 2018
Hannah Zamora and Kayla Preston capped off their time at St. Thomas University with two of the most prominent awards offered to graduating students.

Zamora, of Niagara, ON, earned the Governor General’s Medal, while Preston, of New Maryland, NB, was the recipient of the University Medal for Arts.

“Family in the classroom and community around every corner”

The Governor General’s Medal is presented to the student with the highest academic standing in the graduating class and is the most prestigious award a student in Canada can receive.

Zamora said earning the award was an unexpected honour that she shares with her family, friends, and professors.

“Not only does it feel good to see my work pay off in this way, but it has made me reflect on the people—my steadfast family, brilliant professors, and wonderful friends—who have all played a part in getting me to where I am,” she said. “I’ve been so lucky to be surrounded with such kind, loving, supportive people and this award is as much theirs as it is mine.”

Zamora, who earned a double honours in English and Great Books, found a supportive and shared learning environment at St. Thomas—something that provided not only knowledge in the classroom, but personal growth.

“I’ve learned so much about the books I’ve read and written about here, but especially about myself and others,” she said. “It’s one thing to study fascinating subjects, but it’s another to do it alongside students, professors, and staff who have let me find family in the classroom and community around every corner.”

“Great closure to a wonderful four years”

The University Medal for Arts is the highest award offered by St. Thomas University.  Preston said earning recognition of this kind “means the world” to her.

“St. Thomas University has become a second home to me and to be given this award makes me feel even closer to STU,” she said. “Receiving this medal is great closure to a wonderful four years.”

Preston, who completed honours in Sociology, worked closely with her professors, especially Dr. Gul Çaliskan, throughout her Bachelor of Arts degree. The pair published a paper in the Postcolonial Studies Journal earlier this year and is currently working on second article.

The opportunity to get to know and work collaboratively with professors has been a highlight of Preston’s time at St. Thomas.

 “STU’s small class sizes allowed me to get to know my professors and have opportunities to further my education as a research assistant,” Preston said. “STU has opened my eyes to different ways of thinking which I was not exposed to before coming to university. It has made me a critical thinker and writer and has given me the confidence to pursue an academic career.”

Preston earned a large national scholarship and will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology at Dalhousie University this fall.  

Thinking of becoming a teacher? Applications are still being accepted for September 2018

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Although teaching can be a challenging profession, there are a number of potential reasons to consider a career in teaching. 

Teachers feel a calling to impact the lives of students and are drawn to teaching for the ability to make a difference in the education system. Studying education at St. Thomas University will provide you with the skills to become an effective teacher in today’s public school system.

If you ask most teacher candidates “why do you want to become a teacher,” they’ll mention the ability to make a real difference in students’ lives. Unlike other professions where you may work behind the scenes, as a teacher you will see the difference you can make every day. There’s nothing quite like seeing the spark of understanding on a child’s face as a lesson “clicks” for them.

Why teach? So you can impact students from all walks of life, imparting lessons that will help shape the next generation.

“As advertised in the media, there is a growing demand for teachers in New Brunswick’s Anglophone School Districts and across Canada. At the School of Education, we offer teacher candidates various opportunities to develop their teaching skills, while working collaboratively with other candidates and strong teacher mentors in the public school system,” said Léo-James Lévesque, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Field Placements.

“Our practice is to place teacher candidates in two different schools during the 15-week internship.This provides teacher candidates with a greater variety of public school experiences and also increases their employability.”

Students interested in the B.Ed. Program are welcome to visit the School of Education throughout any point in their degree to discuss components of the program and the application process.  They can also review the list of requirements to be accepted to the School of Education here.

The School of Education at St. Thomas University is still accepting applications for the Fall of 2018—apply today!