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MMFC Lunch & Learn: Preventing and Eliminating Cyber Violence Against Young Women and Girls

DATE:   20/2/17
TIME:   4:17 PM
LOCATION:   MMFC 678 Windsor Street

Julia Phillips, RSW, is the Project Coordinator of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers(NBASW). Phillips' work with the NBASW focuses on the topic of cyber violence, and the disproportionate impacts this form of violence has on young women and girls in New Brunswick.

Communication technologies have had a profound impact on the ways in which individuals and groups interact with one another. In Canada, high-profile cases of cyber violence are forcing communities to engage with issues of online violence and bullying, including the ways these forms of aggression are directed at young women.

Please join us at Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre, 678 Windsor Street. All are welcome.

The Atlantic Human Rights Centre to Host Documentary Screening of "13th" in honour of Black History Month

DATE:   20/2/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Room 101

The Atlantic Human Rights Centre will host a documentary screening of "13th" in honour of Black History Month. The screening will take place in BMH 101 on Monday, February 20th at 7:00 PM. All are welcome.

Summary

When the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition. That clause, which converts slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals, is the subject of the Netflix documentary “13th.”

The “13th” begins with an alarming statistic: One out of four African-American males will serve prison time at one point or another in their lives. After the Civil War, the economy of the former Confederate States of America was decimated. Their primary source of income, slaves, were no longer obligated to line Southerners’ pockets with their blood, sweat and tears. Unless, of course, they were criminals.

“Except as punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted” reads the loophole in the law. In the first iteration of a “Southern strategy,” hundreds of newly emancipated slaves were re-enlisted into free, legal servitude courtesy of minor or trumped-up charges.

Blood Donor Clinic at the J.B. O'Keefe Fitness Centre 2-4 pm and 5:30 to 7:30 pm

DATE:   21/2/17
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre

Canadian Blood Services will be holding a Blood Donor Clinic at the J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre on Tuesday, February 21 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Walk-ins and new donors are welcome.

Artist in Residence James Carl to Speak on His Work at 7 PM in McCain Hall, Room 101

DATE:   21/2/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   McCain Hall Recital Room, Room 101

Carl's 1,400 pound aluminum sculpture of a rubber band, titled Things End, has been permanently installed outside the Toronto International Film Festival Tower.
James Carl is an internationally recognized artist who questions the position of art in the chain of production and consumption.

As a St. Thomas University artist in residence, Carl will be giving a public talk on his work Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm in room 101, Margaret Norrie McCain Hall.

Meticulously pieced together from cardboard, his earlier constructions were full-scale reproductions of functional consumer objects such as refrigerators, stoves, radios, toasters, televisions, washers and dryers. The care and time taken to make these pieces from the discarded cardboard containers of the products they represent criticized the value placed on work in an age of mass production.

In a subsequent body of work, Carl carved replicas of disposable electronics out of marble – a traditional sculptor’s material with connotations of permanence. Carl also constructed large-scale sculptures by intricately weaving venetian blinds in a series titled jalousie.

Recent exhibitions include: jalousie at Galerie Heinz-Martin Weigand in Karlsruhe, Germany; negative spaces at Florence Loewy in Paris; plot at Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, and bottom feeder at Mercer Union in Toronto. Carl’s work is in public and private collections in North America and Europe, including The National Gallery of Canada.

James Carl's 1,400 pound aluminum sculpture of a rubber band, titled Things End, has been permanently installed outside the Toronto International Film Festival Tower.

Carl earned his MFA from Rutgers University and has additional degrees from McGill, the University of Victoria and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.  Currently, James Carl is a Professor of Studio Art at the University of Guelph.

How to Prepare for Multiple Choice and Essay Based Tests

DATE:   22/2/17
TIME:   1:30 PM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 207

Did you know that there are proven ways to study for and take multiple choice tests that will improve your scores? Did you know that there are strategies to help you feel totally prepared and confident headed into essay-based tests? Come and learn all the tricks, and conquer your tests and exams!

Intro to Palaeography at the HIL (Part 2/2)

DATE:   22/2/17
TIME:   4:00 PM
LOCATION:   HIL Milham Room

Do you need help reading handwritten documents?

If so, come to these two sessions to learn techniques and strategies that you can use to approach reading, transcribing, and analyzing manuscripts.

Part Two:

Wednesday, February 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, HIL Milham Room

Hands-on practice using sources from the 18th century and 19th century Atlantic word (including North America and Great Britain)

These free sessions are primarily intended for undergraduate and graduate students working with primary documents, but all interested researchers are welcome. No registration is required.

For more information, please contact Dr. Leah Grandy (lgrandy@unb.ca)

Cinema Politica - The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

DATE:   22/2/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 103

An artful study of place, people and the political imagination, this creative doc conveys the need for prison justice.
https://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/fredericton/prison-twelve-landscapes-0

Web: cinemapolitica.org/fredericton
Facebook: Cinema Politica Fredericton
Email: fredericton@cinemapolitica.org

Chicago The Musical Comes to The Black Box Theatre

DATE:   22/2/17
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall

St. Thomas University Presents Chicago The Musical February 22-26 at 7:30 PM and February 25 at 2 PM
 
WHEN:
February 22-26 at 7:30 PM, February 25 at 2PM
LOCATION: Black Box Theatre
THE SHOW: St. Thomas University presents the smash hit Broadway musical Chicago. The show runs February 22-26 at 7:30 and February 25 at 2 PM in the Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall. The production is directed by Leigh Rivenbark, musical directed by Anne Marie Murphy, and choreographed by Courtney Arsenault (with choreography consultation by Josie Marasco).

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults. Tickets available at the door. To reserve tickets, email musicaltickets@stu.ca or call (506) 452-0528.
 
WHERE IS THE BLACK BOX THEATRE?

The Black Box Theatre is located inside Sir James Dunn Hall. Find it on the map HERE or on our Virtual Campus Map HERE. Parking is easy to find next door behind the JB O'Keefe Centre.

Mitacs Information Session

DATE:   24/2/17
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall

A Mitacs Information Session will be offered at STU on Friday, February 24th at 2:30pm (room TBA). Mitacs helps researchers to fund their student research assistants to conduct research abroad or brings international students of all levels to Canada to conduct research here (internships).

Learn more at https://www.mitacs.ca/en

All are welcome to attend. Contact the STU ORS for more details on Mitacs funding opportunities: research@stu.ca

Strategic Summer Job Search Session

DATE:   24/2/17
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:   24/2/17
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.

STU Cares Day of Action Set for Saturday, February 25

DATE:   25/2/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   St. Thomas University

STU Cares - Day of Action is a one-day event on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 that connects STU students with the opportunity to volunteer with a community organization in Fredericton. By participating, students will connect this volunteer experience with what they are learning in class. 

Poverty to Possibility - Students will be transported to the Victoria Health Centre for agency tours to showcase community work and exciting new Poverty to Possibility initiatives. They will then travel to the Marysville Community Centre (The Ville) where they will volunteer and make a real difference in their community.  

At the end of the day, students will gather together for reflection activities to make connections between the service they’ve done, social issues in the community and what they are learning in class. STU Cares is a great way to meet new friends, make a difference and explore career opportunities.

Find the schedule below, and click here to REGISTER.

(please log in to Google with your STU email account)

Please register by Monday, February 20
.

For more information, please contact Kimberley Webb, Student Engagement and Retention Coordinator, 506-452-2119 or kwebb@stu.ca.


STU Cares Winter 2017 Schedule

Atlantic Aerial Art Championship

DATE:   25/2/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Ecole Sainte Anne

The Atlantic Aerial Art Championship being held on February 25, 2017 in Ecole Sainte Anne, Fredericton.

This event was created as an effort to give young athletes and cirque performers an opportunity to grow their skills in a competitive setting from Level 1 (6 months or less experience) and levels 4 (semi-pro).

The AAAC will host athletes aged 5-50. Several current and former St. Thomas University students will be competing. One current STUdent, Esther Helen, will be the deductions judge.

The founder and organizer of the AAAC and operator of Brass Monkey Aerial Training Centre is Ashley Wiggins. Wiggins is currently studying at St Thomas as wll.

Wiggins was inspired to create the event to give young athletes a place to showcase their skills and develop their talents. Ashley is currently training for an International Pole Sports and Arts Federation Qualifier and hopes to be attending a world championship next December.

The AAAC is set to host over 20 amateur athletes 15 additional performers and 4 guest professionals.

Tickets are available at the door for $25.00/adults, $20.00/students and seniors, or $5.00 for children under 10.

Online presale tickets  also available: $20.00/adults, $15.00/students and seniors, and $5.00 for children under 10.

Visit www.aaachampionship.com for more information.

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/aaachampionship

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

DATE:   27/2/17
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.

Registration Workshop for 1st Year STUdents

DATE:   27/2/17
TIME:   9:30 AM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

Attention 1st year students!  In March, you will be registering for your 2nd year courses, and now is the time to start thinking about which courses you should take.  The Academic Advisors are holding a Pre-registration Workshop for you on Monday, February 27th from 9:30 am – 10:20 am in the Kinsella Auditorium.
 
In this session, we will review degree requirements as well as how to choose a major/minor/honours ( and the differences between these).  You will also have a chance to answer any questions you have. This is a session you do not want to miss!
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Alison Belyea
Shauna Foote

History Information Session

DATE:   27/2/17
TIME:   9:30 AM
LOCATION:   Donald C. Duffie Hall, 1st Floor Boardroom

Come hear about History course offerings for next year and the benefits of pursuing a major or honours degree in History. We will give a preview of upcoming courses including next year's honours seminars. Free coffee and muffins will be provided!

Día hispánico/Hispanic Day/Journée hispanique

DATE:   27/2/17
TIME:   10:30 AM
LOCATION:   Ted Daigle Auditorium, Edmund Casey Hall

In the name of the students studying Spanish at St. Thomas University and myself, I would like to invite the STU community to our Hispanic Day fiesta, which will take place on Monday, February 27, 2017 form 10:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Ted Daigle Auditorium.

The main objective of the event is to experience culture and language by providing the students of Spanish the opportunity to showcase their talents, and their knowledge of the language. The Hispanic Day promotes and cultivates the culture, language and history of the Spanish speaking world, as well as multi-cultural awareness and world peace.

Students of all language levels participate with papers, plays, songs, poems, dances and other cultural activities. We hope to see you there,

Haydée E. Sainz, Organizer

Venue: Ted Daigle Auditorium

10:30 AM - Palabras de apertura/Opening Remarks
10:35 AM - SPAN 1006 C2 Prof. Haydée Sainz
10:50 AM - SPAN 2123 Prof. Mary Lou Babineau
11:10 AM - Surprise!
11:40 AM - SPAN 1006 A2 Prof. Haydée Sainz
12:00 PM - Songs by Anisha y François. Prof. Omar Basabe
12:30 PM - SPAN 100 6 B2 Prof. Mary Lou Babineau
1:00 PM - Palabras de clausura/Closing Remarks
1:15 PM - Almuerzo/Lunch- Venue: ECH 223

Public Reading: 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

DATE:   27/2/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

Please join us for this special event which will register and celebrate that St. Thomas University has heard the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. The program includes speakers, musical performances, videos, and student readings of the 94 Calls to Action.

   •  Hon. Graydon Nicholas, Endowed Chair in Native Studies 
   •  Miigam'agan, Elder-In-Residence
   •  Natalie Sappier, Angee Acquin, and Judie Acquin-Miksovsky
   •  Dawn Russell, President and Vice-Chancellor
   •  St. Thomas University Students
   •  Mawi'art: Wabanaki Artist Collective

A reception will follow the readings. An art showing will be presented by Mawi'art: Wabanaki Artist Collective.
 
To learn more, see the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at www.nctr.ca.

Tetpawtihkene  |  Ilsu’teka’tiqw
A New Path, A Shared Vision, A New Direction

 
Sponsored by Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Indigenization 

Criminology & Criminal Justice Information Session

DATE:   28/2/17
TIME:   12:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

Interested in a Minor or Major in Criminology & Criminal Justice?

The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice is pleased to host an information session for those students who are interested in a minor or major  in Criminology & Criminal Justice.  This will be a great opportunity to meet the Criminology faculty and have your questions about our program answered. The session will focus on the requirements for a minor and major, as well as give those in attendance an opportunity to meet the current students and learn about their experiences.

THERE WILL BE PIZZA!

Cinema Politica - Hands On – Women, Climate, Change

DATE:   1/3/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Room 103

A film featuring women tackling the issue of climate justice with a focus on the Canadian tar sands.
https://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/fredericton/hands-women-climate-change

Web: cinemapolitica.org/fredericton
Facebook: Cinema Politica Fredericton
Email: fredericton@cinemapolitica.org

Speed Networking and Mentorship

DATE:   1/3/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   McCain Hall, Room 106

Did you know that 70% of jobs are found through networking? This is a dynamic session where you will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with STU alumni in various careers. You will learn about how our alumni have successfully used their skills and networks developed from their time at STU!

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/CiyruVNIBqD7Ri042

Human Rights Program Information Session

DATE:   2/3/17
TIME:   12:00 PM
LOCATION:   McCain Hall Recital Room, Room 106

Are you interested in doing a major or an honours in human rights? There will be an information session Thursday, March 2nd at 12 pm for any interested students. Get clarification on course requirements, meet fellow human rights enthusiasts and eat lunch (pizza provided)!

For more information contact Dr. Amanda DiPaolo at dipaolo@stu.ca.

Student Loan Repayment Hacks Session

DATE:   2/3/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 304

Are you a graduating student?  Do you have student loans from your provincial and/or federal government or from a student line of credit? In this workshop, a certified credit counsellor will teach you about your obligations, rights and options when it comes to repaying your student loans.  A question and answer period on all things personal finance will follow.  Take control of your student debt!  Free pizza will be offered.

Register TODAY at: https://goo.gl/forms/FDLuj45Ff4fuA1Cm1

Strategic Summer Job Search Session

DATE:   3/3/17
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.

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

DATE:   13/3/17
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.

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

DATE:   14/3/17
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 Tuesday, March 14 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: Brian 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/.

Canadian Border Security Information Session

DATE:   15/3/17
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 15th
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.


CBSA Poster

Cinema Politica - 5 Broken Cameras

DATE:   15/3/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 103

An Academy Award-winning first-hand account of non-violent resistance in the West Bank village of Bil’in.

https://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/fredericton/5-broken-cameras-0

cinemapolitica.org/fredericton

Facebook: Cinema Politica Fredericton

Email: fredericton@cinemapolitica.org

Strategic Summer Job Search Session

DATE:   17/3/17
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:   17/3/17
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.

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

DATE:   20/3/17
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.

Cinema Politica - Silhouette City

DATE:   22/3/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Room 103

A stunning, harrowing, incredibly creepy examination of America’s Christian Right
https://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/fredericton/silhouette-city
 
Web: cinemapolitica.org/fredericton
Facebook: Cinema Politica Fredericton
Email: fredericton@cinemapolitica.org

STU Budget Development Town Hall at 4 pm

DATE:   23/3/17
TIME:   4:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

With the circulation of this Budget Development Report 2017-18 and the beginning of a consultation process, our community has the opportunity to learn more about our financial operations and provide feedback on the financial issues before us.  This process includes a Budget Town Hall to be held Thursday, March 23 at 4 pm in BMH 101.

The attached Budget Development Report presents our financial challenges, as well as information on our financial results for the fiscal year 2015-16, projections for 2016-17, and then for 2017-18.  As in previous years, our budget is developed by the President’s Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives, which provides advice on the operating, ancillary, capital, and endowment budgets.  This approach to developing our budget ensures that members of our community have the opportunity to provide feedback on our financial issues before the budget is forwarded to the Board of Governors for review and approval.

As detailed in the Budget Development Report, we ended the 2015-16 fiscal year with a deficit of $1.4 million in operations and a deficit of $214,000 in ancillary operations (residences and conference services).  For the current 2016-17 fiscal year, we are forecasting operations to have a deficit of $808,000 compared to a budgeted operating deficit of $978,800.  The ancillary budget is forecasting a deficit of $271,000 compared to a budgeted deficit of $451,200.  These projections suggest a slight improvement in our financial performance compared to 2015-16 and we have been able to make some progress in decreasing the size of our structural operating deficit.  For 2016-17, we will have a structural deficit for the third fiscal year that will be offset through the use of certain restricted funds.  However, since the availability of these funds is limited, their use to balance our books is not sustainable and only a short-term option.

We don’t develop our budget in isolation.  In its own budget tabled last week and in follow up correspondence, the Provincial Government announced its intention to reach agreements with publicly-funded universities to establish four-year schedules for tuition and operating grant funding.  (As a reminder, this coming year will be the final year of our distinct five-year domestic tuition fee schedule that sees our domestic tuition increase by 3% of the average provincial tuition + $170.)  The government has informed us that the annual increase to university operating grants will be 1%, 1%, 1% and 2% for the next four-year period.  An annual fund of $2.2 million over four years in support of pilot projects will be established and universities will have to apply for money from this fund.  The government will also retain an aggregate of $4 million added to the grants of universities several years ago which the universities regard as money already part of their base operating grant.  At some point the universities will be required to appear before a committee of the Legislative Assembly.

In our preliminary budget projections for 2017-18, we estimate the gap between revenues and expenditures will be in the range of $400,000 to $700,000. 

Addressing this structural operating deficit, for next year and beyond, requires a multi-faceted approach to increase revenues and limit expenditure growth.  This Budget Development Report addresses the key factors or levers that we control or may be able to influence which can help us make progress towards a balanced operating budget.  The primary revenue levers are student enrollment, the provincial operating grant, and tuition, while the primary expenditure levers are the number of full-time faculty and rationalization of non-academic expenditures.  Other factors that can affect our financial results include ancillary operations and fundraising.

While acknowledging the magnitude of this structural deficit, our goal to develop a balanced budget for 2017-18 will be exceptionally challenging.  Inflation and collective agreement obligations result in annual cost pressures of approximately 3.5%.  Revenues from the operating grant and tuition fees have not kept pace with these costs and this “inflation gap” has become more acute as a result of declining enrolment.  In the past few years, we made expenditure reductions in administrative areas, exercised restraint in faculty hirings, cancelled the Men’s Hockey Program, and transferred restricted funds to operations to offset the structural deficit.  Looking forward, key factors related to enrollment, tuition and fees, faculty composition and renewal, rationalization of non-academic expenditures, academic programming, ancillary operations and fundraising will be closely examined in the context of our deficit.  These issues are examined more closely in the Budget Development Report.

There will not be one large or grandiose solution to the task of eliminating our structural deficit. Rather, based on our progress thus far, it will be a combination of initiatives arrived at by working diligently and collectively to resolve this fiscal challenge.

I trust that you will find the information in the Budget Development Report helpful, both in terms of assisting your area in developing its budget requirements and in understanding our challenges.  I hope that you will take the time to consider the issues that we are facing and provide comments and suggestions on the following topics: 

  • The financial challenges presented in the Budget Development Report.
  • Our domestic tuition fee is now getting close to the provincial average, as was intended by implementation of the five-year domestic tuition fee schedule in 2013.  As we plan for the future, how should our international tuition fees compare to other universities in the Maritimes, in light of the competitive nature of the post-secondary education sector?
You may provide your confidential feedback to gallant@stu.ca by March 3, 2017.  The Committee will consider the suggestions, comments, and feedback received as confidential. 

In order to engage stakeholders and encourage feedback, the Budget Development Report will also be presented at Senate and the President’s Administrative Management Committee. 

We will also hold a Town Hall meeting on March 23, 2017 at 4 pm in BMH 101.

Thank you.

Dawn Russell
President and Vice Chancellor  

Budget Development Report 2017

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.

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.

Student Book Launch with Sarah Cooper

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

Sarah Cooper, Of Feathers and Fires: Fragments From a Fractured Mind. Everyone is welcome!

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.

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!

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

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: Poems 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: Poems by Kathy Mac." Friday, March 31st at 2:30 pm in the BMH Rotunda (Rm 318).

Refreshments will be served!

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.

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"

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, edited by Brian Schiff, Elizabeth McKim, and Sylvie Patron. Friday, April 7th at 2:30 pm in the BMH Rotunda (Rm 318).

Refreshments will be served!