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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

Apply Today for the Rev. Thomas J. Daley Memorial Scholarship

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, December 11, 2017
The Rev. Thomas J. Daley Memorial Scholarship is valued at $500 and awarded annually by the St. Thomas University Alumni Association in honour of the late Rev. Thomas J. Daley, BA ’59, and director of alumni from 1982 to 1987.

The award is reserved for a 3rd or 4th year St. Thomas University student who is actively involved in extra-curricular life at St. Thomas University and who demonstrates academic achievement with considerations for financial need.

Deadline: Submit the following by email alumni@stu.ca no later than Friday, January 5, 2018:

• Cover sheet including the following information:
- full name
- student ID #
- email address
- telephone #
- mailing address

• An academic transcript (may be printed from WebAdvisor; however, if you are chosen we will contact the Registrar’s Office to verify that you are a 3rd or 4th year student)

• A letter which demonstrates academic achievement and financial need.

The winner will be chosen by the St. Thomas University Alumni Association Awards Committee.

The Student Art Gallery Presents: “Stunning Diversity”

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, December 11, 2017
The Student Art Gallery of St. Thomas University is offering a new exhibition entitled “Stunning Diversity” featuring the artwork of students of the Fine Arts FNAR 1113 A class. The exhibition opened on December 6, and is on view until January 30, 2018. The exhibition features over 25 paintings exploring a broad range of personal and creative approaches developed by students during the class term.

FNAR 1113 A is a Fine Arts course dedicated to exploring and widening the visual arts experience of students. The diversity of approaches taken by students in their creative explorations is quite stunning, offering a range of individual approaches to the visual arts. All are invited to view the exhibition.

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

Register Now for The Village of Memramcook's 2018 Course Xtreme Race Memramcook

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
As part of their 2018 Winter Carnival, the municipality of Memramcook with the expertise of Bruno Richard will present an amateur ice cross downhill race; the only race of its kind in Atlantic Canada this winter.

Invented in 2001, Ice Cross Downhill is a fast, physical and tactical sport. The athletes must race down a 300 metres in length downhill ice track dotted with jumps, obstacles and rollers, but the rules are very simple: first skater to the bottom; wins.

The event will take place during two evenings behind the former Memramcook Institute. The individual qualifiers will be held on Friday, February 2, while the main event, featuring waves of four skaters, will be presented on Saturday, February 3.

A maximum of 80 athletes (64 Men and 16 Women, 16 years and older December 31, 2017), will be able to register.

Quick! Register today ---» http://bit.ly/2mZlodw

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information: Maryse LeBlanc, (506) 758-4078

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

Participate in Academic Research Project on Campus Security/Police Services in NB

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Researchers from St. Thomas University (STU) are interested in learning your opinions about our Campus Security and police services in New Brunswick. This research will collect perceptions about security and policing from students, staff and faculty members. The survey asks about your feelings toward Campus Security, their readiness to respond to crimes on campus, your interactions with Campus Security and other police officers, and your feelings about those interactions.
 
The principal researcher is Dr. John Winterdyk a visiting professor in the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies at STU. If you have any questions he can be reached at (506) 452-0499 or by email at: johnw@stu.ca.
 
This survey is part of a larger study of campus security and policing involving St. Thomas University, and six other Canadian and American universities. A list of the other researchers involved in this project is located at the end of this message. The data collected in this study will be shared with the other researchers.
 
Your perceptions about campus security and policing are important so that these organizations can use the findings and observations resulting from this project to inform their interactions with the public and help guide policy as it pertains to the prioritization of services. The university community stands to greatly benefit from this study to the extent that the Campus Security can make more informed decisions regarding areas of service and community-security relations. Additionally, your perceptions about municipal police services such as the Fredericton Police Force or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will benefit the entire community, and provide opportunities to enhance campus and community relationships.
 
We encourage your participation in completing an online survey that will take about 10 to 15 minutes for you to finish.  The link to the survey is available at:  https://uregina.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cTvDlyNMoN1Yy8d
 
As no identifying information will be collected, none of the researchers will know who participated and your identity will be totally anonymous. No individual responses will be recorded in any reports and all results will be reported in aggregate form. Any respondent can withdraw from the survey at any time without any consequence. As the responses are anonymous data cannot be withdrawn once the survey is submitted.
 
A short report that summarizes the initial results will be available after January 2018 directly from: Rick Ruddell (rick.ruddell@uregina.ca)
 
Participating Researchers:
 
Rick Ruddell - University of Regina - Regina, Saskatchewan
Stephen Sherman - University of Illinois - Champaign, Illinois
Laura Huey - University of Western Ontario - London, Ontario
Season Hoard - Washington State University - Pullman, Washington
Andrea Allen - Clayton State University - Morrow, Georgia
Matthew Thomas and Ryan Patten - California State University Chico - Chico, California
 
None of these researchers will receive access to any data collected by the research partners unless their study has been approved by their respective Research Ethics Boards.

Italy Travel Study: June 5 to June 26, 2018

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Study, explore and discover the artistic and cultural beauty of Italy as a country and as a major influence of western civilization and the humanities. This is a remarkable opportunity to see Venice, Verona, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Pompeii, and the Amalfi coast. Italy has a rich legacy with a timeline that spans all major periods: Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, Modern and Contemporary. 
 
UNESCO data indicates that Italy is home to 60% of the world’s cultural patrimony: churches, cathedrals, archeological areas, buildings, museums, houses and statues. Italy has 51 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the greatest number than any other country. The nation is filled with some of the most fascinating cities in the world, filled with treasures of art and architecture that have profoundly affected the course of history.  The entire cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome together with Vatican City, and Pompeii have earned the prestigious recognition as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in their own right.

Course
ITAL 2033 - Travel-Study: Introduction to Italian Civilization
This study tour of Italy offers a harmonious blend of language, culture and countryside. It presents an overview of Italian civilization from its origins to the present day. Topics to be examined include major Italian artistic and literary movements. Highlights encompass visiting various Italian cities and experiencing a unique immersion into Italian art, architecture, cuisine, history, religion, music, fashion, and current events. (The course is taught in English, 3credits, knowledge of the Italian language is not required. No prerequisite required) 

Itinerary
This year’s itinerary starts in Venice (4 nights) including the islands of Murano and Burano and a day trip to Verona; and proceeds to Florence (4 nights) including a day trip to Pisa, and a gastronomic tour of the Chianti region; and proceeds to Rome (12 nights) including Vatican City, participating in a Roman gladiator school, and a two-day visit to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast.
 
Participants
This course is open to everyone 18 years of age or older who would like to combine their love of travel with a cultural learning experience. All are welcome to participate for credit or non-credit: students, alumni, friends, relatives, educators, and professionals. Participants can attend this course without being a student at St Thomas University.

Travel Requirements
A valid passport. International students should confirm with their Diplomatic/Consular Representatives for specific information. Students will be required to sign a liability waiver and to demonstrate proof of travel health insurance.

Travel to Italy
Students are responsible for making their own air travel arrangements.  Please do not book air travel until you have confirmation that this program is definitely running.  If students are interested in travelling together in the same group, please let Dr. Temelini know and arrangements can be made to book the same flight.

Cost
CAD $2900.00
 
Cost Includes
  •  registration
  •  tuition for 3 credit hours of class instruction
  •  transfer fees airport-hotel
  •  20 nights of accommodation (double or triple occupancy)
  •  all breakfasts
  •  one “welcome to Italy” pizza supper
  •  one group banquet at a renowned gastronomic restaurant in Rome
  •  all admission fees to museums, sites, cultural events that are visited as part of the course
  •  program related ground transportation.
The cost is the same for participants who wish to audit the course and participate in all the daily activities.
 
Cost Does Not Include

  •  air transportation to and from Italy
  •  passport/travel visa
  •  international medical/travel insurance
  •  course materials
  •  daily lunches and suppers
  •  spending money, souvenirs, sundry expenses. 
 
How to Apply
To register, please contact Dr. Mark Temelini at temelini@stu.ca.
 
Cheques or Money Orders are written out to ‘St Thomas University’ and are submitted to Dr. Temelini.
 
Full Payment is due March 16th 2018.

Mental Health: A Load off the Mind - Yellow Box Art Gallery Call for Submissions

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, October 5, 2017
The Yellow Box Gallery is asking for submissions for an upcoming exhibition called "Mental Health: A Load off the Mind."

Student mental health is important. The Yellow Box will be hosting a student- focused exhibition in the spring of 2018. We are currently seeking expressions of art, including but not limited to: sculpture, painting, anime/animation, graphic novels, sound, drawing, printmaking and photography. These should illustrate how students experience, understand, and are affected by mental health issues in their own lives, in the lives of those around them, and in the community at large. Topics may include but are not limited to:
  • Your personal story 
  • Stigma 
  • Stereotypes about mental illness and mental healthiness 
  • Art and creative therapies 
  • Gender and sexuality 
  • Racialization 
  • Aboriginal identities/experiences 
  • Community 
  • Coping 
  • Ability 
  • Poverty and stress 
  • Process 
  • History 
  • Memory 
  • Achieving mental health 
  • Recovery 
  • Politics and society 
  • Reflections on mental health support
We welcome proposals that challenge mental health stigmas; that highlight ability-centered, gendered, sexual, racial, social, cultural, economic and other barriers to full community participation; that explore art as a means for social change; and that actively seek to engage the broader community in positive mental health activism.

We accept art submissions from all members of the undergraduate community. This includes performances and collaborations, which may include non-student participation.

Submission Materials

Please include: 
  • 5 images/documentation of work (JPEG format, file size 500-800 KB). Each image should be numbered, contain the artist’s last name and date [example: 01vosejones17]. 
  • a written proposal, describing a well thought-out theme or explanation of the work and any special exhibition requirements (250–500 words). 
  • an artist statement (optional). 
Submissions can be dropped off in the Fine Arts Office, McCain Hall or emailed to the gallery: yellowbox@stu.ca. Yellow Box aims to be a low-barrier space and accepts proposals in many formats – paper, CD, DVD, Flash Drives and email submissions will all be accepted. Please confirm by email that you have submitted your package. Each email will be confirmed.

Selection Process

The Yellow Box selection jury will consist of 3 members of the STU faculty whose interests and expertise involve intersections between art and mental health. 
Notification Submitting artists will be notified of the results of the selection process by early February 2018.

Important Dates

Submissions Deadline: January 5 2018
Exhibition: March- May 2018

The St. Thomas University Alumni Association Wants You to Win a T-Ring!

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, October 2, 2017
The St. Thomas University Alumni Association is offering T-rings up to a maximum of $400 each to two students who have not been able to purchase a ring. Recipients will be notified on Friday, January 12, 2018 by e-mail.

Requirements: You must be graduating in 2018, be in good academic standing, and submit complete information as outlined below.

Deadline: Submit the following by email to alumni@stu.ca no later than Friday, January, 5, 2018 at noon. The winners will be chosen by the St. Thomas University Alumni Association Awards Committee.

  • A cover sheet including the following information:
  • full name
  • student ID #
  • email address
  • telephone #
  • mailing address
  • an academic transcript (may be printed from WebCT; however, if you are chosen we will contact the Registrar’s Office to verify that you are graduating in 2018),
  • a letter explaining what it would mean to you to own a T-ring and a brief description of your contribution to student life and the University.

Register Now: May 2018 Criminology Study Tour to China

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Since 1998, Professor John Winterdyk, visiting Endowed Chair in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has been running a 3-credit upper level European Criminology/Criminal Justice Study Tour every second year. It is the longest running program of its type in Canada.

In May 2018 he will be leading the first every Criminology Study Tour to China. The tour will last just over two weeks and will include a range of site-seeing and culture visits primarily in Beijing and Hangzhou. In addition, the tour will include a range of criminal justice site visits. Among the venues to be visited: police stations, criminal court, several detention centres, and a public security university that specializes in training public security officers. Tentatively, there will a couple of presentations by Chinese scholars on their justice system.

 The tour will include a professional translator.

The cost from Calgary will be approx. $6000. It includes: course tuition fee, return airfare to Calgary, all accommodations, a number of site visits, land transportation when in China, and during the second week - free meals. Students will be required to get a travel visa to enter China but medical coverage will be provided by Mount Royal University. Students will also have the option to extend their stay after the tour.  Through the travel company, he can assist with travel arrangements from Fredericton.

The course will be transferable to STU and can therefore be used as credits towards your degree requirements.

If you are interested and/or would like to register for the course, please contact Prof. Winterdyk at johnw@stu.ca or you are welcome to drop by his office: BMH rm. 413. A tentative program and application forms are available for pick up. Space is limited.

Yellow Box Pop Up/Virtual Gallery: Call for Art Submissions

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Yellow Box Gallery is excited to launch a new exhibition space on campus, open to all St Thomas University Students. This innovative virtual gallery, located in the student lounge in James Dunn Hall, provides STU undergraduate artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work in a public space.

Deadlines: October 28th and January 28th
 
To be eligible an artist must:
  • be a St Thomas University part-time or full time student, or alumni.
  • have a particular body of work ready for exhibition (this is a virtual space so make sure your photos are of high quality).
Each submission package must:
  • indicate “Pop Up: your name” submission in subject heading.
  • clarify whether it relates to a solo or a collective exhibition.
  • contain the following components:
  • artist statement/letter of intent or thematic proposal (1 paragraph)
  • 3-5 digital image samples of work for solo, or 6-8 for collective exhibitions (JPEG format, file size 500-800 KB). Each image should be numbered, and contain the artist’s last name and date [example: 01vosejones17].
  • If you have a particular date you would like to display your work  please include this in your written proposal. There is no guarantee that we can accommodate the date.
The Yellow Box is dedicated to diversity in its programming, and is passionate about the work being produced by St Thomas University students. We encourage applications from all students, in all visual arts media, but we can only exhibit you if you apply.
 
Please submit all packages electronically to yellowbox@stu.ca.

Dr. Daniel O’Brien Study Hall Hours for Fall Semester 2017

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Open weekends as of September 16th, 2017
 
Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm daily

Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
 
Weekend Hours

Saturday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Volunteers Needed for Peer Support Centre

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, August 21, 2017
Mission Statement
The St. Thomas Peer Support centre is a confidential, non-judgmental, supportive and safe place to speak to our volunteers. All volunteers are trained in confidentiality, listening skills, supporting skills and providing resources. At the centre we provide one-on-one confidential sessions with a volunteer, referrals to resources both on and off campus and a comfortable space to relax if you need to destress. No concern is too big or too small. Our centre is here to provide kind, nonjudgmental support whenever needed.
 
What is Peer Support?
Peer support is a supportive relationship between two individuals who share a common experience. The peer support relationship should be comprised of trust, empathy, understanding and respect. Peer support is a valuable source of empowerment for students because the peer and volunteer may have many shared experiences that are common for university students such as; academic stress, relationship stress and mental health struggles.
 
Goals of the Peer Support Centre
The STU peer support centre is a space where volunteers can help their peers by listening, supporting, and providing referrals to the appropriate services. We at the centre strive to be;
  • Inclusive of all genders, sexes, sexualities, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, religions, races, ages and statuses.
  • Person-centered.
  • Empowering to all who enter the centre.
  • Open and available to students when they need it the most.
  • A supportive and nonjudgmental service to students at the St. Thomas campus.
  • Respectful towards the inherent dignity and worth of all persons.
  • Confidential for those who use the centre.
  • A centre for support not advice giving, counselling or guidance.
  • A centre in which students can receive appropriate and accurate referrals to services across campus and the Fredericton community.
  • A comfortable, warm setting for relaxation.
  • Advocates for mental wellness on campus.
  • Dedicated to our own self-care and advocates of self-care for all St. Thomas.
Volunteers
We are looking for Peer Support Volunteers for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. If you are passionate about supporting others and are interested in obtaining a great learning experience please fill out the online Peer Support Volunteer Form.  
 
If you are currently in crisis please call:
For emergency medical attention - 911
CHIMO Helpline - 450-4357
After Hours Mobile Crisis Unit - 453-2132

 

Peer Mentoring Program - First-Year Mentee Registration by Sept. 15

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Whether it’s juggling a busy class schedule, figuring out how to study effectively or balancing a social life, adapting to university will be an exciting challenge. That’s why we have a peer mentoring program. No one knows how to successfully navigate university life better than a student who has gone through it too.
 
We connect first-year students (mentees) with senior students (mentors) trained to help with the transition into university life. The mentor will be a support network, listen nonjudgmentally, assist with goal setting and connect first-year students with opportunities on campus. Mentors and mentees meet once a week to touch base, talk about any challenges and build connections.  

Rewards for Peer Mentees
  • Manage stress and maintain a sense of well-being
  • Feel a sense of belonging on campus
  • Receive academic support like study skills and time management
  • Develop meaningful connections with other students, staff and faculty members
  • Increase awareness and use of support services
For more information and to register as a Peer Mentee:

Peer Mentee Description
Peer Mentee Registration

Benefits of Being a Peer Mentor
  • Meaningful professional development experience
  • Training in active listening, effective communications, and referral skills
  • Resume writing workshop for mentors
  • Reference letter from Student Services

For more information and to register as a Peer Mentor:

Peer Mentor Description
Peer Mentor Registration


Contact Information
Kimberley Webb
Student Engagement and Retention Coordinator
George Martin Hall Room 302
(506) 452-2119
kwebb@stu.ca

What Has Choosing STU Meant to You?

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, June 2, 2017
Be part of our #IChoseSTU campaign and help tell the STU story!
 
Why you?
One of the best things about STU is our amazing student community. We know there’s no one better to tell the world what going to St. Thomas is really like. 
 
Why now?
Being part of this campaign gives you the chance to share a little bit of your story so that future STUdents can get a better appreciation for the authentic STU experience—the little and big things that have made STU the right choice for you, and maybe why it could be right for them, too!  Here’s how:
  • Submit a selfie taken at STU (can be from any season, event, or location on campus)
  • Tell us why you chose STU (e.g. I chose STU because … /I chose STU for …) 
  • Tell us how your choice has been reinforced by your experiences here (how you’ve grown, what you’ve discovered, who you’ve met, what opportunities you’ve had)
Submit your #IChoseSTU story and selfie to ichoseSTU@stu.ca.