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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, please email with the subject line: Open House.
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.

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.”

St. Thomas University to award honorary degrees to the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney and Mila Mulroney at Spring Convocation on May 15

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, April 23, 2018
St. Thomas University will be recognizing former Canadian prime minister the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney and his wife Mila Mulroney with honorary degrees at its Spring Convocation on Tuesday, May 15 at 2 pm.
“Brian Mulroney, an alumnus of St. Thomas College in Chatham, was Canada’s eighteenth prime minister and 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.
Following his time at St. Thomas College, Mr. Mulroney graduated from St. Francis Xavier University and Université Laval. He practised 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. Mr. Mulroney also served as co-chair of the United Nations World Summit for Children and his government played a leading role in the campaign against apartheid in South Africa and the creation of Le Sommet de la Francophonie. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Grand Officer of the Ordre National du Québec, and for his leadership in matters affecting their nations, he has received the highest civilian recognition from Haiti, the Ukraine, Japan, South Africa, and France.
At an early age, Mila Mulroney emigrated with her family to Canada from Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia. She later studied engineering at Concordia. She 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. She has served as a Board Member of the Foundation of The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the McGill University School of Music. 
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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. 

Experiential Learning in Criminology Links Coursework to Lived Experiences -- Students Connect with Incarcerated Women, Professionals in the Criminal Justice System Through Project and Symposium

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Fourth-year student Emily Archibald presented her research on trauma-informed correctional care.
Students in the Criminology and Criminal Justice department have found links between their in-class learning and the lived experiences of those in the New Brunswick Women’s Correctional Centre (NBWCC).

The students, in partnership with the Centre for Research on Youth at Risk (CRYAR), prepared literature reviews and poster presentations to complement a research study conducted by Dr. Susan Reid, Dr. Dawne Clarke, Meghan MacEachern, and Autumn Locke. 

The research study included a survey with all incarcerated women at the NBWCC followed by a series of focus groups. The findings were then presented as part of a Symposium titled “Polyvictimization and Trauma: Hearing the Voices of Incarcerated Women,” which brought professionals from all areas of the criminal justice system to campus.

The symposium, which was funded by the RCMP’s Family Violence Initiative, featured student work as well as life story boards completed by incarcerated women. 

Emily Archibald, a fourth-year student from Fredericton, NB, said the symposium was able to tie the themes and topics from coursework together with professional experience.

“We spent many hours learning about the women at the NBWCC and how polyvictimization and trauma have affected them in all kinds of different ways,” she said. “Being a part of this symposium allowed us to hear from those who are active members within the corrections community and brought a sense of realness to everything we studied this semester.”

Archibald’s research explored trauma-informed correctional care—a new form of care tailored specifically to trauma survivors’ short and long term needs. Her presentation focused on creating awareness and arming those within correctional facilities with new programs that promote resilience, recovery, and wellness.

“My research promotes the idea that something as simple as the language and actions used can be triggering to those who have experienced lifetime polyvictimization,” she said. “I was inspired to focus my attention on this particular topic as I observed how deeply trauma impacts all these women’s’ lives in various ways.”

Dr. Susan Reid, Director of the CRYAR and the professor who taught this experiential learning course, said this project was an opportunity for students to help symposium participants understand the voices of the incarcerate women who had shared their stories as part of the study.

“A unique aspect of this part of the day was the students sharing their own literature searches while standing beside the women’s’ story boards that surrounded their own work,” Reid said.

The students had an opportunity to meet with the incarcerated women during the class initiative Stunningly Successful, which provided reintegration clothing for the women.  Comments from the women about the importance of this event also formed part of the symposium which might be best summed up by one woman’s comment “my heart was fuller than my shopping bag.”

For Archibald, the most valuable part of the experience was taking her knowledge into the community and putting her education to work.

“This class allowed us to get involved with our community by making connections and acquiring resources outside the classroom,” she said.

For Reid, the symposium provided the professional criminal justice community an opportunity to learn and hear firsthand about the trauma and victimization experienced by women offenders prior to their incarceration and shed a light on the need for more correctional programming with these women.
“I was extremely proud of the work the students have done all term and enjoyed the enthusiastic response they received from the community professionals who attended,” Reid said.

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.

Scholarships/Awards for Continuing Students

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Attention students returning for the 2018-2019 academic year!

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships/awards before you leave for the summer break. Scholarships and awards based on academic achievement from the 2017-2018 academic year will be selected in August 2018.

A complete list of scholarships and awards 

Application forms picked up at the Registrar’s Office (GMH 101) or here.

Deadline: May 1, 2018

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


"Spring Cleaning" for the Food Bank

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Are you getting ready to move out of your apartment? Are you looking to clear out the clutter?

Why not donate the contents of your cupboards to the STU Food Bank? The Food Bank is located at the back of George Martin Hall, and donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the donation box inside the Food Bank. Items in especially high demand are meat and tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, Kraft Dinner, “Sidekicks” and  snack foods.

All non-perishable food items are gratefully accepted. We also accept personal care products, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shaving cream, deodorant, etc.

Questions? Contact / 452-0636

Christie and Jones Named Top Athletes for 2017-2018, Cook and Burridge Lauded for Representing the Athletic Ideal

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Volleyball stars Christian Christie and Deidra Jones earned top honours at the St. Thomas University Athletics Banquet as the Tommies male and female Athlete of the Year.

Christie, a first-year outside hitter from Langley, BC, was named the men’s volleyball Rookie of the Year and team MVP, while Jones was dubbed the top player for women’s volleyball.

 Christie had a remarkable debut with the Green and Gold, earning the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association’s Rookie of the Year award as well as a selection to the all-conference team. He finished the regular season with 126 kills, 60 digs, 12 blocks, and six service aces.

His strong play was crucial in claiming the 2017-2018 ACAA title—he boasted 24 kills and 12 digs in the championship match against the Holland College Hurricanes.

Despite his individual success, Christie is most excited to see how the Tommies program will develop over the next few years.

“We have a great young core coming back next year,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll win a game at nationals and make it to the semifinal, get a medal, and continue growing every year.”

Jones, who is finishing out her career as a Tommie, earned an ACAA first team all-conference award and was second in the conference in service aces with 54, third in kills with 160, third in points with 224, and fourth in digs with 187.

Her leadership was key for the young Tommies team that claimed a silver medal after a strong playoff run on home court. Jones was a force throughout that weekend, amassing 36 kills and 35 digs in three games.

“It’s a lot about passion,” Jones said. “I show a lot of passion on the court and the girls feed off of it. It’s an easy thing to catch on to.”

The Coxheath, NS, native said Fredericton—and St. Thomas—have left a lasting impression.

“I’ve never seen a bigger support system from a school, for athletes and students in general. Fredericton stole my heart, so I’m going to stay around for a while.”

Taylor Cook and Jonah Burridge Honoured for Commitment to Tommies Athletics

Senior Tommies Taylor Cook, of women’s hockey, and Jonah Burridge, of men’s volleyball and golf, were recognized for their commitment to the Green and Gold and their representation of the athletic ideal.

Cook, a fourth-year netminder from Brantford, ON, was the recipient of the Cathy Wadden Commitment Award. The veteran Tommie made a considerable impact in the classroom and the community this year as a  USPORTS Academic All-Canadian and Vice-President of the STU Student Athlete Council (STUSAC). In her position with STUSAC, she organized multiple activities, including a food drive that collected 2,000 items for the STU Food Bank and the Fredericton Food Bank at Greener Village.

Cook was also involved in collecting hygiene products for incarcerated women and youth in the province, participated in the President’s Gala Auction, and worked with local athletes in high schools as well as the Brendon Oreto Hockey School.

“It’s very humbling,” Cook said after receiving the award. “It was a lot of hard work to put into the community and into the hockey team as well, but it was really rewarding—especially the food drive as it was a student-led initiative.”
Burridge, a fifth-year student athlete from Fort St. John, BC, was recognized with the John Frederick Walls Memorial Award. A member of the men's volleyball and golf teams, the double Tommie earned the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association's National Scholar award for 2016-2017 and is on pace to earn the distinction again this season while juggling the demands of the Education program.

His dedication to the Tommies was evident on the court this season—after spending four years as libero Burridge was moved to setter where he led a young STU volleyball squad to an ACAA title.

“I’m very appreciative of this award—it surprised me, but it’s awesome,” he said.
“It’s been an awesome five years. It’s going to be bittersweet moving on, but I’m looking forward to starting my teaching career. I recently signed a contract for a job next year back in British Columbia, so I’m looking forward to that.”

Women’s Soccer Earns LeRoy Washburn Community Service Award

The ACAA champion women’s soccer team was also rewarded for their work in the community as the 2018 recipients of the LeRoy Washburn Community Service award. The STU squad has given back to local youth teams, has volunteered in campus Think Pink and Bell Let’s Talk initiatives, as well as the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

JOBS Program Helps Elizabeth Dreise Add Professional Research Experience To Her Resume

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
STU student Elizabeth Dreise is adding professional research in Psychology to her resume during her third-year thanks to the university’s JOBS Program and professor Dr. Michelle Lafrance.
Lafrance’s research focuses on aging and place: informal caregivers of seniors living in New Brunswick communities, and she credits her Research Assistant, Elizabeth Dreise, with the timely progression of her work.
“I wouldn’t be able to be as far in my research, by any stretch of the imagination, if not for Beth,” Lafrance said. “She’s the scaffolding that holds me up so I can just run.”
Lafrance said the JOBS Program—in addition to providing students with meaningful oppportunities to contribute to professional research—can be immensely helpful to professors whose programs allow for it.
“If you have an active program of research that could benefit from assistance, and you find a strong, excellent student, it’s extraordinary,” Lafrance said. “It’s like having an external hard drive. She’s whirring around in the background and getting things done. Even if I’m focusing on teaching, I know my research is happening.”
Planning to honour in Psychology and minor in Criminology and Spanish, Dreise said the experience has helped her develop skills in time management, organization, communication, and accuracy in research. She recommends the JOBS Program to students looking for an added challenge during their undergraduate degree.
“Being able to work close with faculty gives a different experience than just going to class,” Dreise said. “It’s a really good opportunity to learn what research entails and see what it looks like; it’s helping me figure out what I like.”

St. Thomas University Graduation Events, May 14-15, 201

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Monday, May 14

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Distribution of gowns and hoods - Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall

4:00 pm
Baccalaureate Mass – Great Hall (2nd Floor, George Martin Hall)
(Dress: Academic gowns, no hoods) 
Graduates assemble in Sir James Dunn Hall Cafeteria at 3:45 pm

Tuesday, May 15 – Convocation Day
9:00 am - 12:30 pm 
Distribution of gowns and hoods in Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall
10:00 am
Practice for graduates
Grant Harvey Centre, 600 Knowledge Park Drive
Gown distribution continues on campus until 12:30 pm

1:00 pm
Graduates assemble: corridor between front/back entrances
Grant Harvey Centre, 600 Knowledge Park Drive

2:00 pm - Convocation Ceremony
Grant Harvey Centre, 600 Knowledge Park Drive

4:30 pm
Convocation Tea, Dining Room, George Martin Hall

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm 
Return gowns and hoods (doors do not open until 4:30 pm) in Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall
Diploma Framing Service, Sir James Dunn Hall

Note: gowns not returned by 6:30 pm may result in a late return charge.

Special Notes

1.  A list of graduation candidates who have been approved by the Registrar’s Office will be posted on the STU website at by 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 9th.  If your name is not posted, please contact Karen Preston, Registrar (

2.  Family and friends of graduating students are welcome to attend Convocation.  Although we do not issue tickets, we do suggest that graduates keep their guests to no more than four.

3.  Your gown and hood must be returned to the Black Box Theatre immediately following Convocation.  Your diploma will be available (provided your account has been paid in full) in the Black Box Theatre after you have returned your gown and hood.

4.  The STU Alumni Association will be offering a diploma framing service after Convocation in the JDH Cafeteria. If you wish to have your diploma framed at this time, we recommend ordering in advance.  We are going to try to cut down on the congestion in Sir James Dunn this year, and so, for the first time, those graduates who order their frames in advance will receive their framed diploma upon the return of their grad gown.  Frames will still be available for purchase on graduation day; however, there may be a wait time based on demand. 

Featuring a Tommies-green mat designed exclusively for STU with the official crest of the University, these frames have been created to fit your diploma, certificate, or grad photo.  Frames come in a variety of sizes and finishes (wood and metal.)  If you would like to see the different styles of frames, or to purchase a frame in advance of Convocation, please go to the Alumni Affairs office (Room 413, MMH) during regular business hours.  You can also view samples on-line, and access ordering information, at  

5.  You are required to pay a graduation application fee of $50 whether or not you choose to attend Convocation.

Thank you.

Karen Preston

A Scholar and Community Leader: Jimy Beltran awarded the Tom McCann Memorial Trophy

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, March 26, 2018
Jimy Beltran has joined a diverse and impressive roster of St. Thomas graduates as the 2018 recipient of the Tom McCann Memorial Trophy.

The trophy is presented annually at the Graduates’ Dinner and is awarded to a member of the graduating class who best portrays the spirit of St. Thomas through contributions to university and student affairs, and who possess strong leadership, character, and personality traits.

Beltran, who is completing an honours in History and Political Economy, a major in Catholic Studies, and a minor in Business, undoubtedly fits the bill.

“Jimy has distinguished himself as a scholar, and a campus and community leader,” President and Vice-Chancellor Dawn Russell said.

“His nominators describe him as a person who finds time to support his peers, both as a friend and a mentor, and one who makes time to help those in need, no matter how busy he may be.”

Beltran said receiving the Tom McCann award is the result of hard work, but also the support he received from the campus community.

“I’m truly honoured, but it’s not only the result of my efforts, but also of the support of friends and professors who have guided me every step of the way,” he said. “Without them and their encouragement, many of the projects I’ve worked on wouldn’t have been possible.”

An international student from Caracas, Venezuela, Beltran has been a member of the Dean’s List each year. He completed the Harvard Business School’s Core HBX Program, was one of only two STU students accepted into the Pond-Deshpande Ambassador Program, and was named a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Scholar in the two years he competed with the men’s volleyball team.

Outside of academics, Beltran served as the STU Students’ Union Vice-President—Student Life and has volunteered with Campus Ministry, STU Cares, Relay for Life, STU International Students’ Association, the STU Food Bank, and the John Peters Humphrey Model United Nations. He founded the STU Chapter of Global Brigades—he led 17 students on a service-learning trip to Panama last year—and Venezuela 180 which operates a website that amplifies the work of Venezuelan journalists who are trying to change the narrative in their country. The organization also provides food and medicine to local orphanages, hospitals, and senior homes.

“I think my desire to give back and help others is ultimately rooted in my Catholic faith,” Beltran said. “Helping others is an extension of my belief and therefore who I am. It’s a priority I carry with me every day.”

The soon to be alumnus was recently selected by the Venture for Canada Program for a two-year work term with a top entrepreneur. As his time at St. Thomas comes to a close, Beltran is hopeful the university community will continue to thrive in its focus on social justice and helping those in need.

“This institution, with its small community and liberal arts education, has given me the opportunity to forge friendships with professors, students, and staff that have helped me grow at a personal, professional, and spiritual level,” he said. “I hope the STU community will continue to stand in solidarity with people in need at local and international levels through real action.”

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!

Kiara Landry talks about her decision to join the STU community in a letter to a future STUdent

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Kiara and her parents at the 2016 Fall Open House
Hey Future STUdent!

I’m Kiara, a first-year student at St. Thomas University (STU) from Charlottetown, PE.

I know it can be stressful to choose a university. A year ago, I was in the same boat. I hope sharing my experience will help you decide if STU is the right place for you.

Making the decision to join the STU family

I wasn’t interested in moving away until I spoke to a STU admissions counsellor. I was intrigued by the small class sizes and psychology program at STU, which could help me in achieving my goal of becoming a psychiatrist.

If you haven’t yet decided what to major in, there’s no pressure at STU. You have first-year to take different classes and decide what you like.

As my time in high school came to an end, I had to make the big decision. I applied for scholarships and told myself if I received one from STU I knew it was meant to be. I was awarded a Harrison McCain Scholarship and everything fell into place. I was heading to New Brunswick in the fall!

My first weeks

If I had to describe my first weeks at STU using one word it would be “welcoming.” Arriving on move-in day was like a breath of fresh air. I was nervous because moving to a new place is scary, but Residence Advisors and Welcome Week Leaders were so full of spirit and joy that STU quickly began to feel like home.

I found it crazy how fast and easy it was to make friends. Welcome Week is packed full of fun activities to help you meet new people in your residence, in other residences, and to also become familiar with Fredericton.

What classes are like

Like any first-year student, I was nervous to start classes but eager to start learning. Each class has a maximum of 60 students, but most of mine have fewer which made the transition from high school easier. Professors do their best to remember everyone’s names, which helps make them approachable when you have a question.

What STU has done for me

Coming to STU has given me pride, confidence, and happiness—from just the first few months. The possibilities at STU are endless. You can meet your forever best friend, you can take advantage of amazing opportunities, and so much more! I couldn’t imagine my life without the STU community.

I hope my experiences will help you decide if STU is the right place for you.

Best wishes,
Kiara Landry


Mental Health: A Load Off the Mind—Yellow Box Gallery

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, March 12, 2018
The Yellow Box Gallery at St. Thomas University is proud to host its first juried exhibition of student work on the theme of student mental health.

A call for submissions went out in September 2017, inviting the student population to submit work that illustrates how students experience, understand, and are affected by mental health issues in their own lives, in the lives of those around them, and in the community at large.

The resulting exhibit features the work of six current students and alumni: Katelyn Brinkman (mixed media), Kailer Boyne (painting), Dana MacDonald (photography, drawing), Veronica Nugent (digital painting), Brianna Ormond (watercolour, drawing), and Natali Ortiz (video).

This exhibit seeks to challenge mental health stigma that students face, and other barriers to full community participation; to explore art as a means for social change; and to actively seek engagement with the broader community to encourage positive mental health activism.

The Yellow Box would like to thank fellow jury members Dr. Erin Fredericks (Sociology) and Dr. Marvin Claybourn (Psychology) for their enthusiastic support of the project, and thoughtful consideration of the submissions.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, March 21st, 12:30 pm at the Yellow Box Gallery (3rd floor McCain Hall, St. Thomas University), and runs until May 14th. All are welcome.

Contact Kim Vose Jones at for more information.

The YBG hours are:
Saturday: noon – 5:00pm
Sunday: noon – 11:00pm
Monday to Thursday: 8:00am – 11:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 9:00pm

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.

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