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New Brunswick Day - University Closed

DATE:   7/8/17
TIME:   8:30 AM

Full list of dates and deadlines available here.

Ease Your Mind - September 1 - Orientation for Students with Disabilities

DATE:   1/9/17
TIME:   9:00 AM

Are you anxious about coming to university?

Do you have a disability or mental health diagnosis, or suspect that you may have one?

You may be eligible to participate in Ease Your Mind, a one-day pre-Welcome Week orientation for students with disabilities who are new to STU.

During this full day event, you will:
  • Have a chance to be on campus before Welcome Week starts to minimize the anxiety of a new environment
  • Meet the Student Services team that will support you throughout the academic year
  • Learn about Student Accessibility Services and how they can support you with accommodations
  • Plan and organize your semester with our Learning Strategist
  • Learn about how to reduce and manage anxiety throughout the school year
  • Meet fellow students and start building friendships
  • Eat free food, win prizes and have a great day!
Some students may also be eligible for early residence move in.

If you have a disability or diagnosis, or suspect that you might have one, please apply below.

Once we have received your application we will follow up with you to confirm your participation or to refer you to other helpful services.
Apply Now!

Faculty Book Launch: Dr Fariba Solati

DATE:   22/9/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda - 3rd Floor

Details to follow.

Indigenization of the Academy – Sept. 27-29 with Keynote Address by Dr. Marie Battiste on Sept. 29

DATE:   27/9/17
TIME:   8:00 AM
LOCATION:   St. Thomas University

Dr. Battiste is a Mi'kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia and professor at the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nationally recognized expert on Aboriginal life-long learning, decolonizing and indigenizing the academy, and violence prevention and anti-bullying in schools.
As part of a three-day conference on Indigenization of the Academy at St. Thomas University taking place Sept. 27th -29th, Dr. Marie Battiste will be keynote speaker on Friday, Sept. 29th.

Further information on the agenda for the three-day conference will be forthcoming.

Dr. Marie Battiste

Dr. Battiste is a Mi'kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia and professor at the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nationally recognized expert on Aboriginal life-long learning, decolonizing and indigenizing the academy, and violence prevention and anti-bullying in schools.

She holds degrees from the University of Maine, Harvard, and Stanford, and she is recognized as a senior Indigenous scholar in Canada. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa, Thompson Rivers University, the University of Maine–Farmington, and St. Mary's University, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

She is the founding academic director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, a founding board member of the Canadian Council on Learning, and a former co-director of the Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre.

Dr. Battiste was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Education in 2008 for helping to spur institutional change in order to decolonize education, activate social justice, and promote postcolonial approaches to education.  

She has recently conducted workshops with faculty at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, and participated in a panel on The Future of the Liberal Arts: A Global Conversation Workshop.

Thank you.

Dr. Kim Fenwick
Vice President (Academic and Research)
Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Indigenization of the Academy

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

Faculty Book Launch – "Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China" by Professor Jan Wong

DATE:   28/9/17
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing first-hand how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the villagers teach them without fuss or fanfare how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they home-cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who comprise one of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting — and occasionally clashing — over their mutual love of cooking.

A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.

Jan Wong is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, named one of Time magazine's top ten non-fiction books of 1996. (Twenty years later, the book is still in print.) She has won numerous journalism awards and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. A third-generation Canadian, Jan is the eldest daughter of a prominent Montreal restaurateur.

STU Cares - Day of Action: September 30th, 2017

DATE:   30/9/17
TIME:   8:00 AM

STU Cares - Day of Action is a one-day event on Saturday, September 30th, 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. 

Growing Community - Students will learn about exciting community initiatives revolving around food security including an Everyone Eats presentation by the New Brunswick Food Action Security Network. They will then be transported to The Ville or Greener Village 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. 

For the schedule and to register for STU Cares, please visit:
STU Cares Day of Action Sept 2017 Description
STU Cares Day of Action Sept 2017 Registration

Please register by Monday September 25th, 2017.

Want to be a Team Leader? Please register by September 12th. More info:

STU Cares Sept 2017 Team Leader Description
STU Cares Sept 2017 Team Leader Registration

For more information, please contact Kimberley Webb, Student Engagement and Retention Coordinator, 506-452-2119 or

STU Gala Dinner

DATE:   14/10/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Fredericton Convention Centre, 670 Queen Street

Please join us at the 2017 STU Gala Dinner for an evening of dining, entertainment, and celebration in support of extraordinary students.

St. Thomas Moot Court students – including the team which recently took top honours with their first place at the Nelson Mandela International Human Rights Moot Court Competition – will be among those celebrated for their achievements at the Gala Dinner, which will also include the presentation of the Carolyn Layden-Stevenson Distinguished Alumni Award.

A charitable tax receipt will be available for a portion of the ticket price.

When: Saturday, October 14 at 6:00pm (Reception); 7:00pm (Dinner)
Cost: $150/person; $100/person for STU graduates within the last 10 years.

Interested in filling a table of 8 at a discounted price of $1,000 table? (Names of guests will be required at time of booking.)

Please call (506) 452-0645 for further information or to purchase tickets.

McKendy Lecture: Dr. Janet K. Ruffing on "Ancestry, Place(s), and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives"

DATE:   19/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

Dr. Janet K. Ruffing will talk about, "Ancestry, Place(s), and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives" during the John McKendy Memorial Lecture at St. Thomas University.
Dr. Janet K. Ruffing will talk about "Ancestry, Place(s), and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives" during the John McKendy Memorial Lecture on October 19 at 7PM in Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101.

“Spiritual direction is a narrative process, recognized or not, in which the person tells his or her sacred tale in interaction with a spiritual director who significantly affects the unfolding of this serial narrative of lived faith,” Dr. Ruffing said. 

“At a time, when people have unprecedented access to genealogical information and also live in or make retreats in a variety of places, how do these new experiences affect their identity spiritually and socially?  Do they become integrated into the on-going narrative of identity or not?”

Dr. Janet K. Ruffing, RSM has been Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT since 2010 and Professor Emerita of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at Fordham University since 2009.  She holds a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and advanced degrees from Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. 

She is a founding member of both Spiritual Directors International and of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. She has published five books and more than ninety journal essays and has lectured or led workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, India, Thailand, Korea, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, the UK, and the U.S. 

She is best known for her publications on spiritual direction, the French mystic Elisabeth Leseur, kataphatic mysticism, and female religious life. She a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas from California. Most relevant to this lecture is her book: To Tell the Sacred Tale: Spiritual Direction and Narrative, Paulist, 2010.

The McKendy Lecture is sponsored by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative and is named in honour of Dr. John McKendy, a much loved and respected member of the St. Thomas community.

Faculty Book Launch: Dr Jamie Gillies

DATE:   20/10/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda - 3rd Floor

Details to follow.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Training

DATE:   21/10/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

St. Thomas University & the University of New Brunswick present UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS YOUTH TRAINING
In celebration of Canada 150th, the SDGs Youth Training Canada will mobilize 10,000 Canadian youth to advocate and implement the SDGs through 100 local actions and 50 trainings in colleges and universities across Canada in 2017.
Interact with UN officials, policymakers, and civil society activists who identified, created, and are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals around the world.

You will receive a certificate for the training from FES and develop a deeper understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals. You will also gain access to local organizations through where you can utilize your training to collaborate and provide support.

NOTE: This training event is open to both high school and post-secondary students as well as the community at large. 
Why are we doing this?
Foundation for Environmental Stewardship is a Canadian registered charity and a UN accredited organization with a mission to empower youth for sustainable development. We are working with UN programs to deliver practical training for youth on advocacy and local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Organizing Partner 
St. Thomas University, University of New Brunswick & STU/UNB Student Unions

STU and UNB are thrilled to collaborate on such an exciting opportunity for community and its students. Together they have joined forces to host the#CANYouth4SDGs movement through direct engagement with UN staff here on the STU/UNB campus.

Opening Ceremony

Session 1: SDGs Advocacy and Local Implementation

Session 2: UN speaker

LUNCH: (NGO exhibition, networking)
Session 3: Skills Development
A. Awareness Campaign
· Media Training & Communications
· Project Management
· Campaign Strategies
· Building Public Support
· Decolonizing space
· Leveraging partnerships
B. Policy in Action
C. Policy Advocacy (UN+ Government)
Session 4: Solution Design Session

Session 5: The movers and the shakers: Real talk from local NGO’s and student involvement
***Use #CANYouth4SDGs to share your experience!

More breakout sessions and speakers will be confirmed and updated shortly.