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Strategic Summer Job Search Session

DATE:   24/3/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 304

Employers expect students to have some career-related work experience on their resume by the time they graduate. A summer job that allows you to develop your skills is key to not only earning much-needed cash but also gaining the experience you need to get into grad school or enter the workforce. Learn about the valuable summer work programs available to you and how to apply for them.

What’s Next? Resources for Graduating Students

DATE:   24/3/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 301

Graduating in 2017? Attend this event to get a head start on managing your post-grad life. We’ll answer questions about repaying student loans, searching for jobs, and tapping into programs that can help you.

Creative Writing Student Sarah Cooper Launches First Novel Of Feathers and Fire: Fragments from a Fractured Mind

DATE:   24/3/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda - 3rd Floor

Sarah Cooper is set to launch her first novel, Of Feathers and Fire: Fragments from a Fractured Mind (Penumbra Press). The launch will take place on Friday, March 24 at 2:30 pm in the Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda.

The creative writing student from Saint John studied at the University of Prince Edward Island before recently transferring to STU.

“I came to STU in September and I’ve been really excited and impressed with how much they’ve thrown their support behind me. I really appreciate it” said Cooper.

Her uncertainty regarding being a transfer student was set aside after receiving support from faculty members. “Erin Fredericks has been incredibly supportive in various ways, including setting me up with Michael Dawson and Lauren Eagle who took on the book launch with touching amounts of enthusiasm. Kathy Mac has also been quite helpful, connecting me with poetry and writing opportunities here in Fredericton. I really appreciate all of their help”.

Cooper has had to overcome a lot of obstacles to become a published author. At the age of 16, she was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and began to have non-epileptic psychogenetic seizures. She began writing just two years ago after being inspired by a performance from her favourite musician.
 
“I wrote a journal entry and then a few days later I wrote a poem and it just kept coming until I had a full manuscript” said Cooper.

The title Of Feathers and Fire: Fragments from a Fractured Mind stemmed from the imagery of the phoenix that is present in many of the poems.

“I had this one experience where I was sitting in a bar having a drink with a friend and we were talking about the phoenix and she said, ‘That’s how I see you every time you get up after a seizure, it’s like the phoenix that rose from the ashes’.”

The 72-page collection of poetry outlines fragmented pieces of the mind in which themes of mental illness, lost love, and hope are present.

“Even though it has a linear progression I didn’t necessarily write it that way” said Cooper. “There were days where I would write some really dark pieces and other days where hope sneaked in.”

The poems display a collaboration of fragility and strength as they explore the journey of depression through a blaze of fire to emerge as new.
 
Cooper is still collecting ideas and experiences, and plans to continue using them to fuel her writing.

Auditions for 2017-2018 Musical Theatre Course

DATE:   26/3/17
TIME:   1:00 PM
LOCATION:   Margaret McCain Hall, Room 101

The Fine Arts Department is holding auditions for its Musical Theatre course 2017-2018.
 
What is the Musical Theatre course?
Musical Theatre is a course in which students rehearse and perform a musical for a public audience. The course (along with it’s co-requisite Acting, Singing, and Dancing) runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 AM-12:20 PM in Margaret McCain Hall, Room 101.
 
Can first-year students take Musical Theatre? 
Yes. First-year students are encouraged to audition. 

What musical are you doing next year?
We are considering a number of hit musicals including Rent, A Chorus Line, Into the Woods, If/Then, and The Rocky Horror Show. We will make a final decision after auditions.
 
What do I prepare for an audition? 
Students are asked to sing 16 bars of music in any style (i.e. musical theatre, pop, rock, etc.). Students may perform with piano accompaniment or a cappella (without music).
 
When and where are the auditions?
Auditions will be held Sunday, March 26 from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM in Margaret McCain Hall, Room 101. Click here for a campus map. Click here for a Google Map

How do I book an audition?
To book an audition, contact Leigh Rivenbark, Professor of Musical Theatre, at leighr@stu.ca. If you cannot attend auditions on this day, contact Professor Rivenbark to set up an alternate time.
 
I’m from out of town. How can I audition? 
Students from out of town may audition in two ways: 
1. Audition on Skype.
2. Submit a video audition by email.
 
How do I find out if I get into Musical Theatre? 
Students will be notified by email of results within two week of auditioning.
 
I have other questions. Who do I contact? 
If you have any further questions, please contact Leigh Rivenbark at leighr@stu.ca?

Resume and CV Writing for Summer Jobs, Graduate School or Post-Degree Programs

DATE:   27/3/17
TIME:   9:15 AM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 304

Do you know the difference between a CV and a resume? In this workshop, we'll review how to structure these documents and how to use them to communicate the skills you've gained inside and outside the classroom to prospective schools and summer employers.

Taize Tuesdays

DATE:   28/3/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   STU Chapel - Holy Cross House

You are cordially invited to join us at the STU chapel (Holy Cross House, main floor) every Tuesday evening at 7 pm during Lent.

We will be coming together in the Chapel to “Watch and Pray” (Mark 14:38). This time of music, prayer, silence, reflection and reading will end with you writing down a question, or a prayer request or a feeling or an emotion. The prayers, feelings and emotions will remain before the Altar each Tuesday night, but the questions will be read out, brought to the floor, the following Tuesday, for discussion (no names are required).

The idea is to live Lent more fully, to ask God for the ongoing gift of conversion and to learn more about our faith and or the Church. After all, as St. Anselm says, our “faith seeks understanding.” What better time to seek the Light than in these dark nights of winter. I hope you will be able to “watch and pray and seek” with us this Lent. These celebrations will last between one hour and one hour and a half. In a society that moves faster and faster, come, be still, watch and pray, write out you questions, desires, anxieties and be well.

Fr. Shawn Daley, SFM

Canadian Border Security Information Session

DATE:   29/3/17
TIME:   12:30 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Room 103

Interested in a career with Canada’s Border Services?
 
Come join us for a presentation with STU Alumnus and CBSA Officer, Matt DeMerchant to discuss what a career with Canada’s Border Services Agency is like!
 
Wednesday, March 29th
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
BMH 103
 
The presentation will include information about the day-to-day activities of the job, including applicable legislation that outlines the duties of Border Services agents. Examples and stories from the field will be shared to demonstrate how a career with CBSA can make a difference.  The presentation will also review the application process and what to expect at each stage of the process. 
 
Matt DeMerchant graduated from St. Thomas University in 2005 with a major in Criminology and a minor in Psychology.  He began his career with the Agency in 2002 as a summer student at the Woodstock Port of Entry and has since worked full-time in a number of other locations, including the Fredericton office and the Fredericton airport. He is currently stationed at the Centreville Port of Entry.

Managing Exam Anxiety

DATE:   29/3/17
TIME:   1:30 PM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 207

You experienced it last semester: the anxiety and stress of heading into exam period. This semester, learn how stay calm and cool by focusing not only on strategies to get you confidently to your exam, but also on what to do during your exam. Learn the absolute best ways to reduce anxiety and show what you know!

Public Lecture: "Another Kind of Closet" - Carceral Violence in Queer, Trans and 2-Spirit Lives

DATE:   29/3/17
TIME:   4:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda - 3rd Floor

What does queer resistance to the carceral state look like? 

Hosted by the Sociology Department, Ardath Whynacht's talk considers queer, trans and 2-Spirit experiences in the Canadian criminal justice system, with attention to the ways in which pervasive binaries (male/female // victim/offender // right /wrong) perpetuate gendered violence in a heteronormative, patriarchal society. Taking up a transformative justice approach, we will consider how a  a queer abolitionist approach to the carceral state could impact the ways in which violence is experienced by queer, trans and 2-Spirit people in their intimate lives as well as their public engagements.

This public lecture will take place Wednesday, March 29 at 4:00 pm in the Brian Mulroney Rotunda.

Professor Whynacht is an activist, artist and scholar. She teaches Sociology at Mount Allison University and runs a poetry and performance program at Dorchester Penitentiary. Her research is in the area of trauma, prisons and the mental health care system and she is a board member with the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project & a founding member of the Youth Against Stigma Project.  She is currently working on a book of essays about love and justice.

Cinema Politica - Lowdown Tracks

DATE:   29/3/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 103

Stories of those who live on the margins of society and bare their souls through their songs on the streets of Toronto.

https://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/fredericton/lowdown-tracks-0

Symphony New Brunswick in Concert

DATE:   30/3/17
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

At Home with Ventus Machina and Denis Richard and Ray Legere

International Transgender Day of Visibility – March 31

DATE:   31/3/17
TIME:   8:30 AM
LOCATION:   STU Campus

On International Transgender Day of Visibility we acknowledge the many accomplishments of trans and gender non-binary members of our community. In New Brunswick, this is a day to celebrate the activism successes this past year, including a commitment of provincial funding for gender affirming surgeries and the addition of gender identity to the Human Rights Act.
 
St. Thomas University is flying the trans flag to recognize March 31 as International Transgender Day of Visibility. On campus, we are happy to celebrate the achievements and contributions of trans and gender non-binary students, staff, and faculty. In the past year, STU has committed to increasing access to all-gender washrooms and continues to support LGBTQIA+ events on-campus. On International Transgender Day of Visibility, it is also important to recognize that, despite increased visibility, there is much work to be done on our campus and in New Brunswick to ensure the safety and success of trans and gender non-binary people.
 
For more information, please contact our LGBTQIA+ Resource Advisor, Erin Fredericks at fredericks@stu.ca.

Queer Research Day: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Research at UNB and STU

DATE:   31/3/17
TIME:   8:30 AM
LOCATION:   UNB, Tilley Hall, room 5

Queer Research Day: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Research at UNB and STU will take place Friday, March 31 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm at UNB’s Tilley Hall, room 5.
 
Queer Research Day is the first bi-campus initiative between the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University aimed at showcasing LGBTQ+ research by students and faculty.
 
Please join us for a full day of diverse presentations from the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, and Nursing.
 
Everyone is welcome.

Full schedule for the day below.
Queer Research Day Schedule

Strategic Summer Job Search Session

DATE:   31/3/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 304

Employers expect students to have some career-related work experience on their resume by the time they graduate. A summer job that allows you to develop your skills is key to not only earning much-needed cash but also gaining the experience you need to get into grad school or enter the workforce. Learn about the valuable summer work programs available to you and how to apply for them.

What’s Next? Resources for Graduating Students

DATE:   31/3/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 301

Graduating in 2017? Attend this event to get a head start on managing your post-grad life. We’ll answer questions about repaying student loans, searching for jobs, and tapping into programs that can help you.

Faculty Book Launch - "Human Misunderstanding" by Kathy Mac

DATE:   31/3/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda (3rd Floor)

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Office of Research Services are please to invite you to celebrate the launch of Human Misunderstanding by Kathy Mac ( Dr. Kathleen McConnell).

The launch will take place on Friday, March 31 at 2:30 pm in the Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda. 

Human Misunderstanding (Fernwood Publishing) is a collection of three long poems, each with insight into the human mind and perceptions of truth. The first, “Omar Khadr Is Not Harry Potter,” compares a fictional child soldier with a real child soldier showing how the former is a hero but the latter is a victim. The second poem, “Human Misunderstanding: Theory, Speculation, Practice,” juxtaposes eighteenth century philosophy with one person’s search for another in downtown Halifax. The third, “A Case, E Case,” interleaves translated verses of Marie de France’s werewolf lai “Bisclavret” between verses about two Canadian court cases involving an immigrant who, if found guilty of assault, will face deportation and torture.

Kathy Mac sees inside language-as-propaganda, identifying all the twists and turns that facts suffer as they become half-truths or false justifications for evils, She knows and shows that the rhetoric of the War on Terror enacts a War on Truth. Accept no substitutes for her truth-telling, which is liberating. — George Elliott Clarke, Parliamentary Poet Laureate

One of Kathy Mac’s previous books of poetry, Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth, won the General Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada in 2002 and was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry. The Hundefräulein Papers was published in 2009.

2017 T-Ceremony

DATE:   31/3/17
TIME:   4:00 PM
LOCATION:   Noel Kinsella Auditorium

Members of the STU community are cordially invited to attend the 2017 T-Ceremony which will be held Friday, March 31, at 4 PM in Noel Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.  The University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dawn Russell, will address the graduates.
 
During the ceremony, which is open to all members of the graduating class, the graduates will turn their T-Rings (or T-Pins) while reciting the T Pledge, symbolizing the transition from students to alumni.
 
If you have graduating students in your classes, we would appreciate your encouraging them to attend the ceremony.

Please note that only members of the graduating class will wear academic gowns.

Resume and CV Writing for Summer Jobs, Graduate School or Post-Degree Programs

DATE:   3/4/17
TIME:   9:15 AM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 304

Do you know the difference between a CV and a resume? In this workshop, we'll review how to structure these documents and how to use them to communicate the skills you've gained inside and outside the classroom to prospective schools and summer employers.

STU Singers Spring Concert

DATE:   3/4/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

During their second concert of the 2016-2017 season, the STU Singers will take part in Canada’s 150th Anniversary singing some of our most loved folk songs.  Many of the arrangers are Canadian, featuring a few favourites like Larry Nickel, Jeff Smallman, Donald Patriquin, STU’s own Doug Vipond and many others.  Guest folk singer and upcoming STU graduate, Blaire Webber will share her love of folk music, and the choir will offer a number of Canadian folk music arrangements as well.  Join us as we celebrate Canada 150!

Admission

General Admission: $10.00
Students: $5.00
Tickets available from STU Singers or at the door

Acting for Film and TV Screening

DATE:   5/4/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Ted Daigle Auditorium

The new Acting for Film and TV class will present their final scenes in a public screening on April 5, 2017 at 7 PM in the Ted Daigle Theatre. The screening will include scenes from hit films such as When Harry Met Sally, War of the Roses, Fight Club, No Country for Old Men, and more!

$5 donation at the door.

STU Jazz Spring Concert

DATE:   5/4/17
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall, St. Thomas University

The St. Thomas University Jazz Ensemble, STU Jazz, under the direction of Don Bosse, will be presenting their spring concert on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.

The concert will feature several new arrangements of swing, funk, Latin and New Orleans style jazz.

The concert will also feature performances by the Leo Hayes and Fredericton High School Jazz Bands under the direction of Jennifer Keating and Craig Woodcock.

This will be a high energy performance you will not want to miss. 

Admission is by donation.
 

Symphony New Brunswick in Concert

DATE:   6/4/17
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   McCain Hall Recital Room (room 101)

Hammers and Strings with SJSQ and guest Alexander Panniza, piano
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in g minor, Op 57
Arensky: Moderato (from String Quartet no. 2)
Schumann: Pianp Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 33


Faculty Book Launch: “Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience” co-edited by Professor Elizabeth McKim

DATE:   7/4/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda (3rd Floor)

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Office of Research Services invite you to celebrate the publication of Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience (Oxford University Press) edited by Brian Schiff, Elizabeth McKim and Sylvie Patron.
 
The launch will take place Friday, April 7 at 2:30 pm in the Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda.
 
McKim is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and a founding member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative. She is co-editor of the journal Narrative Works: Issues, Investigations, & Interventions, and co-author, with Gerontology professor Dr. William Randall, of Reading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing Old.
 
The collection of essays in the book, which resulted from the Narrative Matters conference in Paris in 2012, provides readers with practical applications of narrative perspectives to medicine, the law, and psychology. It explores interdisciplinarity and addresses what the social sciences and literary theory can teach each other. It also takes an innovative approach as it compares two texts that discuss the same historical event (9/11) in oral history and literature.  Life and Narrative also features one of the last scholarly contributions published by the eminent psychologist and educator Jerome Bruner.
 
The book is part of Oxford University Press’s Explorations in Narrative Psychology series. 
 
To learn more, please see
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/life-and-narrative-9780190256654?lang=en&cc=ca


St. Thomas University Graduation Events: May 8-9, 2017

DATE:   8/5/17
TIME:   11:00 AM
LOCATION:   STU Campus and Grant Harvey Centre

Monday May 8    

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
Distribution of gowns and hoods - Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall
 
4:00 PM 
Baccalaureate Mass – Great Hall (2nd Floor George Martin Hall)
(Dress: Academic gowns, no hoods) 

Graduates assemble in James Dunn Hall Cafeteria at 3:45 PM

Tuesday May 9

9:00 AM -12:30 PM 
Distribution of gowns and hoods - Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall
 
10:00 AM 
Practice for graduates - Grant Harvey Centre, 600 Knowledge Park Drive
 
Gown distribution continues on campus until 12:30 PM

1:00 PM   
Graduates assemble - corridor between front/back entrances, Grant Harvey Centre, 600 Knowledge Park Drive
   
2:00 PM
Convocation Ceremony - Grant Harvey Centre, 600 Knowledge Park Drive

4:30 PM   
Convocation Tea, Dining Room, George Martin Hall
 
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM 
Return gowns and hoods (note: doors do not open until 4:30 PM) - Black Box Theatre, James Dunn Hall

Diploma Framing Service - James Dunn Hall

  • A list of graduation candidates who have been approved by the Registrar’s Office will be posted on the STU website at http://www.stu.ca by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, May 3.  If your name is not posted, please contact Karen Preston, Registrar (preston@stu.ca).
  • Family and friends of graduating students are welcome to attend Convocation. Although we do not issue tickets, we do suggest that graduates keep their guests to no more than four.
  • Your gown and hood must be returned to the Black Box Theatre immediately following Convocation. Your diploma will be available (provided your account has been paid in full) in the Black Box Theatre after you have returned your gown and hood.
  • The STU Alumni Association will be offering a diploma framing service after Convocation in the JDH Cafeteria. If you wish to have your diploma framed at this time, we recommend ordering in advance. Featuring a Tommies-green mat designed exclusively for STU with the official crest of the University, these frames have been created to fit your diploma, certificate, or grad photo.  Frames come in a variety of sizes and finishes (wood and metal.)  If you would like to see the different styles of frames, or to purchase a frame in advance of Convocation, please go to the Alumni Affairs office (Room 413, MMH) during regular business hours. You can also view samples on-line, and access ordering information, at http://w3.stu.ca/stu/alumni/framing/ 
  • You are required to pay a graduation application fee of $50 whether or not you choose to attend Convocation.

McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series: Public Lecture – “Educating for Democracy” by Hon. Margaret McCain

DATE:   27/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

The Hon. Margaret McCain will speak on the vital role of education and public policy in supporting democratic institutions during periods of change and dislocation in a public lecture at St. Thomas University.

Her talk, “Educating for Democracy,” is part of the McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy Distinguished Speaker Series. It will be held on Wednesday, September 27 at 7 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium in McCain Hall.

“Societies require caring and responsible citizens genuinely concerned with and capable of contributing to democracy, peace and sustainability. Educating for these goals should begin very early in life because it is during this period that children develop their basic values, attitudes, skills, behaviours and habits,” said McCain. 

“We live in a period of rapid technological change resulting in economic dislocation which has consequences for how people view democracy and its institutions. Public policy must respond by cushioning the impact and supporting citizens to adjust. At the same time, it must prepare the next generation to lead and flourish in the new environment.”

Past speakers in the McKenna Centre Speaker Series have been: Blair Feltmate, ecologist and climate change adaption expert; Elizabeth May, leader of the federal Green Party; former senator Michael Kirby; and former Prime Minister Paul Martin.

McCain has long been a champion of Canada’s youngest citizens and active with public policy issues. Together with her husband, Wallace and her four children, she founded the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation to promote the best possible early childhood for all of Canada’s children. Her knowledge and understanding about the impact of early experiences on lifelong learning, behaviour and health are evident in the three Early Years Studies (1999, 2007 and 2011) which recommended early child development and parenting centres linked to the school system and sensitive to local communities.

McCain’s concern about family violence, long before it was recognized in mainstream thinking, was evident in her term as the 27th Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick from 1994 to 1997. She was a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation whose mission is to eliminate family violence through public education and research.

To learn more, visit the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation at http://mwmccain.ca/.