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St. Thomas University Tuition and Fees Set for 2018-19

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, May 25, 2018
The Board of Governors has approved the budget for 2018-19 which sets tuition and fees for the coming year. The budget was developed by an advisory committee with representation from faculty, staff, students, and administration, and a Budget Town Hall was held in March.
Tuition and Fees for 2018-19
After completing a five-year plan, our tuition is near the provincial average in New Brunswick. This year, tuition will increase by 2% for domestic students which is consistent with the increases at other provincial universities. Tuition for international students will increase by 5% which brings the tuition closer to the actual cost of providing education services.

All university student fees will remain the same.

Residence and Meal Plan Fees for 2018-19
The residence room fees will increase by 2% and the meal plan fees will increase by 3.2%.

For specific information on tuition and fees, please see

Thank you.

Lily Fraser
Vice President – Finance and Administration

Resilience and Determination in Pursuit of Education: Mandy Richard Reflects on Finding Support and Community at STU

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
For Mandy Richard, crossing the stage at Spring Convocation and receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree is the result of four years of resilience and determination.

Richard, originally from Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory in Ontario, said coming to STU changed her life. 

“Coming to St. Thomas was one of the best decisions I could have made,” Richard said. “The reason I say that is not just due to my educational experience, but also my lived experience—how much I dealt with and how much I’ve grown as a person here.”

At the beginning of her second year, Richard was facing personal challenges and realized she was struggling to concentrate on her studies—something she always enjoyed and took pride in—so she reached out for help. After meeting with a university counsellor, she decided to step away from her studies to take care of herself and focus on her sobriety.

 “The university was really supportive. They told me to take care of me and to come back when I was ready,” Richard said. “I came back the next September and I definitely needed that time off.”

Richard, who completed a double major in Communications and Public Policy and Political Science, found a support system in the Indigenous community at STU. Having a group of friends and cultural resources allowed her to reconnect with her roots.

“A big part of finding myself and a big part of my sobriety has been reconnecting with my culture. I got introduced to different elements of my culture like smudging and taking part in different ceremonies that may not be from my specific nation but are similar enough that I felt a sense of connectedness,” she said.

Once that connection was established, Richard became increasingly involved in the campus community. She was part of the university’s Ad Hoc Senate Committee on Indigenization and played an important role in the three-day Conference Toward Reconciliation, the elders gathering, and other cultural celebrations.

She helped bring the Red Dress Project—an aesthetic response to the more than 1,000 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada—to campus and was able to connect with Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, and social justice activist Pam Palmater, who delivered the annual Vigod Lecture in Human Rights.

“Having those components with my education has been important. Any of the events on campus I would encourage students here to attend. Those experiences are worth it,” Richard said.

Looking back on her time at STU—both the struggles and the accomplishments—Richard said the sense of community is what she will miss most about the university. 

“My time here has been incredible and I’m going to miss being here,” she said.
“Things I’m going to think back on will be conversations I’ve had with professors in their offices. It was a safe space for me where we could talk about things that were outside of a specific assignment. Those are memories, I’ll cherish.”

Richard hopes to pursue a degree in Indigenous Law in the future.

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

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

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

“Family in the classroom and community around every corner”

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

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

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

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

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

“Great closure to a wonderful four years”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“At St. Thomas University, you have had the best” - STU Celebrates Spring Convocation

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney, Canada's 18th Prime Minister, delivered the address at Spring Convocation.
It was during his time as a student at St. Thomas College that the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney learned about tenacity.

Mulroney, who was Canada’s 18th prime minister, told the class of 2018 that whenever he faced challenges and obstacles throughout his life, he would remember his time at St. Thomas.

“I learned at St. Thomas that failure was not an option,” he said. “Life is a mix of challenges from which no one emerges unscathed. Defeat is not something to fear, but surrender is something to reject. Never has it ever occurred to me to quit at any time in my life.”

Mulroney and his wife Mila Mulroney received honorary doctorates at Spring Convocation, where he spoke to the 300 graduates who received degrees in applied arts, arts and social work.

“When I left college, as you are about to do, to head to the big city to conquer the world, or so we hoped, I had no money, no connections and no influence. But I had two things: a college degree and the values that had been implanted into us by superb faculty and university leaders. And as I look at you today, I can tell that at St. Thomas University, you have had the best,” he said.

“As I look at this impressive graduating class, I see hope for the future in this explosive and dangerous world. I also see inspiration. The torch truly has been passed. You have been blessed with a degree from this great university and you are our new generation of leaders.”

Class valedictorian Andrea Lopez, who is from El Salvador, also had a message of hope for her classmates. She told her fellow graduates that STU prepared them well for their next challenges and that they were now ready to lead.

“STU has provided us with opportunities that we could never have imagined.  Opportunities that have opened new doors for our future,” Lopez said. “STU has taught us that in life you need to have courage to speak your mind and to ask questions. That by acquiring a liberal arts degree your possibilities can be endless. STU has given us the tools to build a better future for ourselves and the world, and now we must do the job!”

Recognizing Extraordinary Canadians

“Brian Mulroney has a noteworthy record of economic, environmental, and international accomplishments, while Mrs. Mulroney played an important role during her husband’s time in office and has been a prominent and effective leader of charitable causes for over three decades,” said Dawn Russell, St. Thomas University’s president and vice-chancellor. 
Brian Mulroney practiced law in Montreal and was president of the Iron Ore Company of Canada before becoming leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. In 1984, he led the Conservatives to the largest election victory in Canadian history and was re-elected with a majority government four years later becoming the first prime minister in 35 years to win successive majority governments. His government introduced the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Canada-U.S. Acid Rain Treaty.

Mila Mulroney attended to a full agenda of official functions in Canada and abroad during the years of her husband’s government. She also represented Canada at international forums and played a leadership role in many charitable and educational endeavours. She served as National Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada for almost a decade, raising millions of dollars for research into this genetic killer of children while spending countless hours visiting, encouraging, and consoling the victims and their parents. Mrs. Mulroney has also focused on literacy projects, particularly with Frontier College. She was co-chair of Table of Hope for fifteen years, a leading Montreal charity that provides meals to schools in less affluent neighbourhoods.

University Medals
  • Governor General’s Medal: Hannah Zamora, Fonthill, ON – Bachelor of Arts (Honours in English Language and Literature and Honours in Great Books)
  • University Medal for Arts: Kayla Preston, New Maryland, NB – Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Sociology)
  • University Medal for Social Work: Larissa Rose, Souris, PE – Bachelor of Social Work
Spring Convocation Photo Gallery
Spring Convocation Video

Applying Your Degree in the Community: Troy Glover Earns STU’s Certificate in Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, May 4, 2018
Troy Glover will graduate from St. Thomas University with tangible evidence of the hands-on learning and volunteer work he completed during his Bachelor of Arts degree.

Glover, of Burton, NB, will be the first recipient of the university’s Certificate in Experiential Learning and Community Engagement—a certificate earned concurrently with the Bachelor of Arts that requires course based or community service learning.

“I think it will be able to show anywhere that I’m applying to work that I’m able to balance a full-time school schedule with volunteering,” Glover said of the certificate. “It will also show that I’ve gone out and tried to apply aspects of my degree in the community.”

The fourth-year Journalism student completed the volunteer hours required for the certificate at Rogers Television in Fredericton. He hosted a number of shows for the Voice of the Province—a political talk show that covers issues within New Brunswick.

For Glover, the interviewing techniques learned in class were essential to his work. His favourite interviews to date have been with Kris Austin, leader of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick.

“I try to incorporate a lot of different interview styles when I’m working at Rogers because it’s a talk show, so it should feel more like a conversation,” he said. “Being able to interview effectively makes the guests on the show feel more comfortable.”

For more information about the Certificate in Experiential Learning and Community Engagement, click here.

“As long as I have a camera and I’m in front of an editing suite, I’m happy.”

Glover came to St. Thomas as a President’s Scholarship recipient and said his four years at the university have been “very positive.”

“It’s been really enjoyable,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot and I’ve met a lot of people I enjoy being around.”

Through his studies in Journalism, Glover became involved with the Aquinian, the student news publication, as the video editor. He hopes his future career will involve work with cameras and video.

“I like working with video,” he said. “As long as I have a camera and I’m in front of an editing suite, I’m happy.”

"Come See STU For Yourself" -- a letter to future STUdents from first-year student Ailish Mackenzie

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Hey Future STUdent!
I’m Ailish, from Halifax, NS, and I’m a first-year student at St. Thomas University (STU).

It wasn’t until I discovered there were universities like STU—that focus on liberal arts—that I began to take classes in high school that really interested me like sociology, law, and leadership. Discovering STU helped me realize there was and is a future for me in these fields.

The Open House

I was planning to go to a different university when Clara, an admissions counsellor, came to my school and convinced me to attend an upcoming Open House at STU. After looking into academic programs and talking to my teacher, who was a STU alum, I decided to make the trip to Fredericton.

It took 15 minutes on campus for me to fall in love with STU. I toured residences, saw my future study spaces, and had lunch in the dining hall. I met professors at the faculty fair and became overwhelmed with happiness because the liberal arts program fit me so well! Being able to come and see the beautiful campus was definitely a crucial part of my decision. If you can, come see STU for yourself.

My first weeks

Moving away from friends and family is hard, but on move-in day the Welcome Week crew made it SO much easier! Everyone was friendly and the student-leaders keep you so busy with fun activities it’s hard to miss home. I came to STU to not only receive an amazing education, but also to find a solid group of friends who share my interests. Within the first few days, that’s exactly what I found.

The first weeks of school were odd, but in the best way. At university, you have so much more control over the times/days of your classes, the subjects you study, and when you might want to take a nap. STU professors are personable, take time to learn your name, and help when you ask. Classes are capped at 60 students, but my classes have fewer students than that, which is nice. My friends at other schools have at least 200 people in their first-year classes.

The flexibility of first year is amazing. At STU, you get to branch out and take courses from different fields to discover which ones suit you best before you’re required to declare a major.

What STU has done for me

STU is truly the small university of big opportunities. With the number of clubs/societies, sports teams, and unique experiences offered here, there’s something for everyone!

I hope you’ll choose STU and love it as much as I do. See you in September!

Ailish Mackenzie


Forensic Anthropology Student Gets her Hands Dirty: Trinity Kirk Earns Professional Research Experience through JOBS Program

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, April 30, 2018

Examining bones and conducting research alongside her professor has given fourth-year student Trinity Kirk a feel for what it’s like to be a forensic anthropologist.

Kirk works as a research assistant for the Anthropology Department. Through the JOBS program at St. Thomas, she’s been able to work with forensic anthropologist and STU Anthropology professor Moira McLaughlin to apply what she’s learned in class to real-world scenarios.  

“I love working with Professor McLaughlin,”said Kirk. “The job itself is great, because my overall objective was to apply what I was learning in real life.”

Kirk, who is pursuing a double major in Criminologya nd Psychology with a double minor in Forensic Anthropology and Irish Studies, said the experience has exceeded her expectations.

She said she’s enhanced her research skills and learned to properly sort animal bones for the anthropology lab’s collection of reference materials.

Kirk aspires to work with the justice system and said working with McLaughlin—who’s become a mentor to her—on real cases has provided meaningful insight into what that might be like.

In addition to McLaughlin’s extensive knowledge of Forensic Anthropology, she has a great deal of experience using her expertise to help the RCMP work through cases. Kirk said this is something she can see herself doing someday.

“I definitely want to work within the police force or in prisons,” she said. “Either way, being able to do this kind of research is a key component of the kind of jobs I see myself pursuing.”

McLaughlin said the JOBS program greatly benefits students like Kirk when it comes to seeing how they can apply their degree after graduation.

“Trinity has been able to gain research experience—and life experience in terms of actually seeing the nitty gritty of life as a forensic anthropologist,” McLaughlin said. “This has allowed her to better see what is possible for her after graduation.”


First-Year Registration Open House

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Join us on campus Saturday, June 2 for our Registration Open House!
This event will allow you to further explore our 30 programs in the Faculty Fair, tour campus, and register for your first-year courses.
Student Services and the Residence Life Office invite you and your family to spend a night in our Harrington Hall residence on Friday, June 1 for FREE. 

As a future student, you’re invited to join our current students for the evening, beginning with a dinner, and continuing on with a movie and other activities to get you acquainted with residence life at STU.
To book your room CLICK HERE.

For further details email  
9:00 am – Sign in, Margaret Norrie McCain Hall ground floor
9:00-10:00 am – Faculty Fair in Dr. Daniel O’Brien Study Hall, Margaret McCain Hall
10:00-10:30 am – Welcome presentation in Kinsella Auditorium, Margaret McCain Hall
10:30-11:00 am – Academic Advising registration presentation in Kinsella Auditorium, Margaret McCain Hall
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Classroom Registration Workshops in assigned rooms, James Dunn Hall
11:30 am , 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm – Campus tours
There will be a presentation on the first-year experience and financial matters in the Ted Daigle Auditorium in Edmund Casey Hall from 10:40 am to 11:45 pm.

Register now!

First-Year Registration Open House.pdf

Giving a Voice to Important Issues: Alyssa Gould will spend the summer putting her skills to work at CBC’s Fredericton office

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, April 23, 2018
Alyssa Gould hopes to shed light on important issues—like homelessness and the challenges facing Indigenous peoples—during her summer internship at CBC’s Fredericton office.

Gould, of Moncton, NB, is in her fourth year of Journalism at St. Thomas and is looking to put the skills she’s earned in reporting, broadcasting, and radio to work.
“Working at the CBC is going to help me build confidence in the skills I’ve gained at STU,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with established journalists and being able to give a voice to people who might not have the courage to speak up.”

Gould begins work with the CBC in mid-May, and while she’s willing to produce content in all forms she’s hopeful she will get the opportunity to work in radio.

“I love working in radio. I’ve been told I have a ‘radio voice,’ but I also like the fact it’s all about what you’re putting on the air,” she said. “Anything to do with sound is up my alley. Radio is definitely my strong suit and I learned that at STU.”

On top of her technical skills, Gould believes her ability to approach issues with an open mind will benefit her as a journalist.

“The way of thinking I’ve developed here is what I’ll bring to the CBC. Looking into issues in different ways and from different perspectives is hard to do, but I feel like I’ve been taught how to do that,” she said.

“Professors make the program; we’re really lucky here”

Gould came to St. Thomas after completing a summer job with the City of Moncton where she worked closely with the Communications Department. After taking courses in Journalism and Communications, Gould said she found her niche.

The highlight of her time in the program was the senior seminar with Professor Philip Lee.

“We did a year-long project on Indigenous peoples, the Jemseg Crossing, and what’s going on with Sisson Mines, and I’ve learned so much from that,” she said. “There’s so much to be taught and there’s so much to be learned on these issues. It was a really awesome project.”

The opportunity to work closely with professors—many of whom are currently working in the field—had an impact on Gould’s experience.

“I’m very thankful for all my professors, but especially my Journalism profs,” she said. “The professors make the program; we’re really lucky here. They have awesome people teaching and that’s made a world of difference.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STU Students Nationally Recognized for Dedication to Shinerama Campaign for Cystic Fibrosis Research and Care

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Thanks in large part to the work of recent campaign leaders Emily DesRoches and Victoria Da Silva, St. Thomas has been recognized as one of Shinerama Canada’s most improved campaigns. 

A much anticipated Welcome Week event, Shine Day takes place days after first-year students arrive on campus for the first time. New and returning students hit the streets of Fredericton to flip burgers, sing, and wash cars in effort to raise awareness and money for Shinerama, Canada’s largest post-secondary fundraiser in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

DesRoches and Da Silva have devoted much of their four years at STU to the campaign.

DesRoches, originally from Hampton, NB, led STU’s campaign in 2016, before passing the baton to Da Silva, from Dartmouth, NS, in 2017. Both have been involved since their own Welcome Week.

Together, they attended the 2017 National Shinerama Conference, where they learned more about cystic fibrosis and were trained on running a successful campaign.

“We learned so much at the conference,” DesRoches said. “We wanted to do anything we could to help.”

This year, STU’s campaign raised more funds for the cause than ever before, surpassing the team’s goal of $8,000 to reach $9,514.58.

DesRoches and Da Silva have since both earned new titles with Shinerama Canada.

DesRoches, who recently completed her double major in English and Communications and Public Policy, was named one of two Atlantic regional directors for Shinerama.

She said hearing personal stories from individuals living with cystic fibrosis motivates her to keep working with the organization.

“My job is to support the campaign advisors in the region and maintain a close relationship with the Cystic Fibrosis Canada staff,” DesRoches said. “We all met in Toronto recently to talk about how we can grow the campaigns in our regions and support our campaign advisors to build successful campaigns in the coming year.”

Da Silva, who has finished her degree with a double major in Gerontology and Psychology, became one of five campaign advisors for the Atlantic provinces. She said education is key to a successful campaign.

“We spent a lot of time informing the students so they are knowledgeable when they’re asked about cystic fibrosis. We also talk to Welcome Week leaders about it, and share stories of the people we met at the national conference who live with cystic fibrosis. It makes it more personal. You could tell a lot of people were really touched and it helped their first-years understand the importance of the campaign.”

Learning more about the disease and talking with individuals who live with it has been life-changing for both DesRoches and Da Silva.

“We take breathing for granted,” Da Silva said. “I try to put myself in the shoes of someone living with this and try to imagine what life would be like. The amount of time they spend in physical therapy is equivalent to a part-time job. The fact that they can’t be in the same room as anyone who actually understands what it’s like to live with the same challenges is heartbreaking.”

Although both DesRoches and Da Silva graduate in May 2018, they know the STU campaign is in good shape to maintain momentum.

“We’re really excited to see where the campaign goes next,” DesRoches said.
About Shinerama Canada
Since 1964, Shinerama has raised approximately $27 million dollars for life-saving cystic fibrosis research and care. Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults, and there is no cure. It mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. The degree of cystic fibrosis involvement differs from person to person. However, the persistence and ongoing infection in the lungs, with destruction of lungs and loss of lung function, eventually causes death in the majority of people who have cystic fibrosis. 

It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has cystic fibrosis. Over 4,200 Canadian children, adolescents, and adults with cystic fibrosis attend specialized clinics. 

Outstanding Accounts/Final Grades

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Reminder to Students:

As the end of the academic year approaches and final grades are posted please remember that if you have any amount owing on your student account you will not be able to view your grades on WebAdvisor or have access to an unofficial/official transcript.

Please drop by the Finance Office in GMH 103 to make payments or discuss your outstanding account before you leave for the summer break.

Summer Linguistic and Cultural Program for French Second Language Teachers

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
This 10-day French linguistic and cultural training non-credit course (July 2 to July 13, 2018) is offered in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the School of Education at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
The program is coordinated by Léo-James Lévesque, French Second Language Methodology Instructor with the School of Education at St. Thomas University, and is designed for French Second Language teachers who wish to take part in hands-on, interactive French language training.
Classes are held in the morning while afternoons and evenings are reserved for cultural and leisure activities conducted in French. Participants will be required to take part in an educational project designed to improve their French oral and written proficiency, enhance their cultural awareness for professional needs, and refine their teaching practices. Participants will use the Language Portfolio to maintain records of initiatives in which they have taken part to improve their French Language Skills.
Target Audience and Eligibility
This training session is for French language teachers in the English school systems, whether they teach Intensive French, Core French or French immersion. Participants will be expected to have intermediate to advanced French skills. Prior to starting the program, participants will be required to take a linguistic needs assessment to determine their specific linguistic needs.

Date and Cost
This non-credit course is offered during the first two weeks of July, from July 2 to July 13, 2018.

The cost per participant is $725 + taxes (CAN) and includes course and activities. Participants are expected to make arrangements for their lodging and their meals. 

Registration - New-Brunswick
Please complete the form provided by Department of Education and Early Childhood Development which is available on New-Brunswick Education Portal or from the School District FSL Learning Specialists.

Registration - Other Canadian provinces and other countries please contact Léo-James Lévesque, School of Education, St. Thomas University,

"Housing First -- the rest will follow" -- International Experiential Learning Opportunity July 5-22

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, April 9, 2018
CISV Fredericton is looking for two participants to join 15 others from Brazil, Czech Republic, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey in an enriching experiential learning opportunity for those interested in homelessness and housing stability.

Participants will live together, learn from each other, build friendships, and volunteer on a home construction project with Habitat for Humanity. Participants will learn from those who have experienced homelessness, the service sector and its resources, as well as general housing issues.

For more information, please contact Judy Coates at or 454-5631. 

St. Thomas University Names André Loiselle Dean of Humanities

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, April 9, 2018
Dr. André Loiselle has been appointed Dean of Humanities for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2018.
An accomplished scholar and academic leader will be joining St. Thomas University’s leadership team as the university announced today that following a national search, André Loiselle has been appointed dean of humanities for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2018.

Loiselle is currently a professor in the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University where he has taught courses on horror cinema, film theory, and Canadian cinema. He has extensive administrative experience serving at Carleton University as Assistant Vice-Present (Academic), Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Director of the School of Canadian Studies, and Acting Director of the School for Studies in Art and Culture.

“Andre has a thorough understanding of the decanal role, including the importance of fostering a positive academic culture with an emphasis on professional relationships, communications, and innovation. His collegiality, judgment, and problem-solving skills were evident in his resume and our interview process,” said Dr. Kim Fenwick, Vice-President (Academic and Research). 

“We were very impressed with his combination of scholarship and leadership skills that emphasized collegiality, and our committee’s recommendation was unanimous.”

As the dean of humanities, Loiselle will be a member of the senior academic administration and responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership in collaboration with full and part-time faculty, students, and staff.  He will lead academic programming, curriculum development, and the recruitment, development, evaluation, and retention of chairs and faculty.

“I am delighted to be joining St. Thomas University. As a human-scale university, STU can truly put students at the centre of its teaching and research enterprise, and provide them with a meaningful and memorable learning experience. As a professor and an academic administrator, I deeply share this commitment to students,” said Loiselle.

Loiselle’s scholarly interests have been in Canadian and Québécois cinema, the horror film, and theatricality on screen, and he has written more than 50 articles, book chapters, and books. He has received awards of excellence recognizing his teaching, research, and service. He holds a BA in Arts Dramatiques from the Université du Québec à Montréal and an MA and PhD in Theatre and Film from the University of British Columbia.

 “As someone whose scholarly background is in theatre and film, I am intensely committed to the fundamental principles of the liberal arts. At a time when adaptive and generative creativity, ethical reasoning, and design thinking are increasingly in demand, it is essential to promote the importance of the humanities in providing students with these critical skills,” he said.

Dear Future STUdent: Jack Gaudet discusses choosing STU, his first weeks on campus, and the small class advantage

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, April 6, 2018
Hey Future STUdent!
I’m Jack, and I’m from Moncton, New Brunswick. I’m sharing my experience as a first-year student because I know how you’re feeling—reading this letter wondering if what I’m going to say will make you choose this fantastic university. I believe you should choose St. Thomas University (STU) because this university is a place where you’ll meet great people, learn about subjects that are important to you, and make incredible memories.

Making the decision
In high school, I applied for only one university: STU. The first time I walked on campus during Open House, I instantly fell in love—the atmosphere made me feel like I was at home and already a part of the STU family. Knowing Fredericton is a safe city, filled with lots of things to do, was also a key part of my decision.

My first weeks
Walking into Welcome Week, I was nervous. I didn’t know anyone in my residence and this was my first time moving away from home. Welcome Week quickly turned into the best week I’ve ever had; it was jam-packed with fun events, and I met my best friends on the third day I was here. The Residence Advisors and staff were very helpful, and always had a smile on their faces.

What classes are like
The maximum class size at STU is 60 students. Having these small classes is very helpful—all of my professors know my name. The learning environment is open and welcoming, and I’m not afraid to raise my hand and ask a question in the classroom. STU has given me the opportunity to try new things and take classes that interest me.

These are some of the reasons why STU is my new home, and I hope in the future it will be your new home, too!

Best of luck with your upcoming adventures!
Jack Gaudet


Education Institute Summer 2018 - Courses on Assessment as an Instructional Practice and Teaching Elementary and Middle Level Science

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, March 26, 2018

The St. Thomas University Education Institute is pleased to announce that it will be offering two summer courses in Fredericton.

For further information, contact the Education Institute Coordinator Dr. Grant Williams  at

Please note that courses are offered only if the minimum student enrolment is reached. 

Students wishing to use these courses for teacher certification or as part of a master’s degree program should contact the appropriate individuals to receive permission to do so.

* All 6000 Level Courses consist of pre-class preparation (course readings) followed by one week of classes. Also, additional time beyond the week of classes may be required in order to complete the final capstone assignment. For further information please contact the course instructors.

EDUC 6153* - Assessment as an Instructional Practice 
Dates: Monday, July 9th to Friday, July 13th, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Instructor: Dr. Grant Williams  -  
This course examines assessment in a broad context with a focus on the role that assessment plays in improving instructional strategies and student motivation. Students will review current research on assessment practices and examine the ways assessment impacts decisions that drive classroom and school operations. A primary focus of the course will be to explore the transition of assessment as a post-instructional system of sorting and ranking students to one that incorporates strategies before, during, and after instruction to maximize student learning.  The major assignment will focus on transforming the traditional assessment approach to a system that improves student achievement by addressing readiness, intervention and motivation for learning. This course qualifies as an Assessment & Evaluation credit for the NB Principal’s Certificate.
EDUC 6733* - Teaching Elementary and Middle Level Science 
Dates: Monday, July 16th to Friday, July 20th, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm 

Instructor: Dr. Grant Williams -

This course is intended for practicing elementary and middle school teachers and focuses on the science-related instructional units of the K-2 You and Your World Curriculum as well as the instructional units from the Atlantic Canada Science Curriculum for grades 3 to 8.  The intent of the course is for participants to develop the content mastery, and pedagogical skills necessary to foster engaging, inquiry-based science lessons for their students.  
Registration, Admissions & Accommodations
Tuition for each course is $669.00 and must be paid by the end of the day of the opening class. The application fee of $40.00 is waived for any student who has taken an Institute course in the past 5 years. New Brunswick teachers who have mentored a STU teacher candidate in their classrooms during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school years are eligible for a $300 tuition rebate. 

If you have questions about the Education Institute (course information, how to apply, registration, etc.) please contact the Dr. Grant Williams (506) 452-7701 or

2018 Education Institute Instructions.pdf
2018 Education Institute Supplementary Info Form.pdf

An “Eye-Opening” Experience: STU Cares Day of Action gives students an in-depth look at issues of homelessness and food security in Fredericton

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, March 19, 2018
Taking an in-depth look at homelessness and food security in Fredericton was an eye-opening experience for students at St. Thomas University.

Students recently got a glimpse of the realities of these issues during the STU Cares Day of Action—a one-day event that connected them with local organizations working on the front lines of homelessness in the city, including the Fredericton Community Action Group on Homelessness, the Community Kitchen, and Liberty Lane.

For Anna Sirois, a first-year student from Edgecomb, Maine, the event was more than a volunteer opportunity.

“Attending events like these doesn’t only provide volunteer experience, it educates you on the reality of a lot of issues we discuss in the classroom,” she said.

 “In my Sociology classes, we’ve learned a lot about inequality in society between gender, race, and class, and it was eye-opening to see the inequalities in a real life and in a local setting.”

Students spent time preparing and serving meals at the Community Kitchen, and learned what initiatives exist to help create permanent housing in the city.

Homelessness in Fredericton came to life for the STU Cares Day volunteers when a guest speaker told his story of living on the streets while suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Emilia Gutérrez, a first-year student from Quito, Ecuador, said this was the most impactful part of her STU Cares experience.

“It was an amazing experience to talk to him. It surprised me how someone who had such a rough life—not knowing where his next meal was going to come from or where he was going to spend the night—could remain so positive,” she said.
“It was an eye-opener to see how people struggle on the street, but also how many people are willing to help others.”

Gutérrez is studying Human Rights and this experience reaffirmed her passion for that field of study and provided a direct link to her course material.

“Activities like this remind me why I chose to study Human Rights. In this case, the right to health, food, and housing isn’t being fulfilled,” she said.

“This event really put into perspective what we’re learning in class and I’m excited for future STU Cares Days that will further enrich my university experience.”

Jennie Giles, a second-year student, originally from Ontario, said she thinks volunteering, helping others, and giving back to your community is essential to a liberal arts education.

“This was my first time being involved with STU Cares, and I absolutely loved it. It was inspiring and educational,” she said.
“It really helped put what we learn in class into practice.”

Apply to St. Thomas University for September 2018 now!

In Case You Missed It (Open House): Student-Professor Panel Q & A

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
We were pleased to host more students than ever at our Winter Open House. Just because you couldn’t make it doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on the important tips and information shared with future STUdents.

Below is a review of what was asked and answered at the Student-Professor Panel.

If you still have questions, reach out to our Admissions Team.

Q: What's available at St. Thomas for extra academic support to ensure I succeed in my first year?

St. Thomas Student Services Office offers fantastic resources including Peer Tutoring, The Writing Centre, the Learning Strategist, Academic Advising, the Student Accessibility Office, Student Counselling, and more. We encourage you to reach out and take advantage of these offices—they’re here for you!

We also can’t underscore enough how available and willing our professors are to meet with you to discuss class content, your upcoming paper, and more. Classes are capped at 60 students, and most classes at STU have much fewer, which means your professors will get to know you, your interests, and be invested in your success in their classes.

Q: Do you ever feel like the small, intimate environment at STU is too small?

Not at all. We talk a lot about the small, close-knit community at St. Thomas, but this is in comparison to most other universities, which tend to be much larger. Because St. Thomas is primarily undergraduate and liberal arts, we don’t have tens of thousands of students sectioned into different departments and buildings. Here, almost every building houses faculty offices, classrooms, study spaces, and other shared spaces that almost everyone on campus will co-use, creating a sense of community. Since all undergraduate students are part of the Bachelor of Arts program, you could easily have class with almost any student (or professor) on campus. This means you get to know more people, from within and outside your major(s), and have more of a sense that the entire campus is yours, not just one small part of it.

This also makes it easier to join multiple clubs, take courses from different departments, and connect with faculty, staff, and students you may not necessarily have a class with, but with whom you may have other interest in common.

We are “small” but we still have more than 1,800 students, more than 30 academic majors, and offer some of the most unique academic and experiential opportunities in the country. That we’re small means YOU will have more chances to learn about and engage in these opportunities.  That’s why we really are “the small university of big opportunities!”


Furthermore, Fredericton is a college town, home to a number of other institutions, many with whom St. Thomas shares facilities like the Harriet Irving Library and co-hosts events such as the Annual Ekpahak Student Orientation Powwow. This provides even more opportunities to connect with people.

Q: Do you ever have trouble getting into the courses you want to take?

No. Your Bachelor of Arts is designed to take four years, which means you have four years to take all the courses you want and need to. If a class is full in your second year, and you aren’t able to get in, you can try again in your third or fourth years. If the class is full, it means it popular and will continue to be offered. Although we talk about capped classes of 60 students, when we notice a particular course is full, we often add another section to accommodate students who couldn't get into the other section. When you make your way through your degree and near the end of your time here, you will notice that registration begins every year with the fourth-year students, then the third-year students, and so on. This is to allow students nearing the end of their degree the first chance at course selection.

Q: What's your advice for balancing school work and curricular activities (sports, clubs, etc.)?

Some students actually find it easier to balance their schedules and work when they are more involved on campus through Athletics, the Students' Union, part-time on-campus work, or one of the many clubs and societies. There is a sense of support among campus groups, where students can relate and help one another when it comes to managing class work and other activities. Having a friend proofread your paper, or spend some time on the bus to a game talking about an upcoming midterm can have positive effects on your in-class performance.

However, putting too much on your plate is something to avoid. Panelists recommended starting slow in your first year. Try to stay focused on the most important things (your school work!), and don’t be afraid to reach out for help at the first sign of struggle—whether you talk to your coach, a professor, the learning strategist on campus, a tutor, or even a classmate.

Q: What should I know about going to my very first class?

All you really need is a notebook and an open mind. Professors know you’re worried, and they’re going to start slow before picking up the pace. Don’t buy your textbooks before the first class; you may find after the first class that it’s not for you. Allow yourself to try it, and if it’s not a match, you can switch into something else early and easily.

Q: Do you recommend living in residence for your first year?

Absolutely! Residence is the easiest way to immediately feel like part of the STU community. Living with other first-year students is a great way to not feel alone in what will be all new experiences. Upper-year students living in residence are specifically there to help you adjust to your new surroundings. Residence Advisors and Residence Coordinators took their jobs because they want to make you feel at home. Study buddies down the hall, house dinners, and more will help you form a close group of what will be lifelong friends. 

If you’re from Fredericton and choose to live at home for first-year, there will still be many ways to get involved in Welcome Week and beyond. The “Off Campus” community is as important as our residence students, but if you can, we definitely recommend living in residence.

APPLY before March 1, 2018 to be considered for major scholarships and bursaries.