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Jeremy Speller Uses Sport to Encourage Education in his First Nations Community

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Speller, a forward for the men's basketball team, has volunteered on many occasions to coach basketball in his First Nations community of Gesgapegiag.
Jeremy Speller, a third-year student and forward for the men’s basketball team, is using sports as a way to encourage youth in his First Nations community to go to school.

The Millennium Bursary recipient has been working at the youth centre in the Gesgapegiag community, located on the south shore of the Gaspésie in Quebec, for a number of years. He’s volunteered on many occasions to coach basketball, and will attend his third youth First Nations Educational Council tournament in June.

“We all know sports is correlated with education and success,” Speller said. “That’s exactly what we want to do—use sports as an instrument to encourage education.”

This summer, Speller will be working as a prevention and wellness assistant where he will be responsible for hosting sporting events and other community initiatives. Last year, the prevention and wellness leader, Andrew Martin, along with the community, fundraised to bring the First Nations youth to Fredericton to watch Speller play basketball for the Tommies. They plan to do the same this year, but in a larger capacity.

“George MacIntyre, Dan Robichaud, and my community in Gesgapegiag are teaming up to bring the youth here again, but this time we’re opening the invitation to other First Nation communities,” Speller said. “We want to give the kids an opportunity to see more than just basketball.”

Speller is also the head of a project in Gesgapegiag to raise money to send a team to the annual Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Summer Games. The goal is to raise funds so a bantam team, youth ages 12-15, can compete in the tournament in August. If they’re successful, it would be the first time Gesgapegiag participates in the Games.

Robichaud, STU’s Aboriginal Student Services Officer, said Speller’s commitment to youth is a gift to the community.

“Jeremy’s become a positive role model for youth. His high energy personality along with his commitment to high standards is earning him a reputation for excellence in sport and life.”

MacIntyre, Director of Advancement, only met Speller recently but was immediately impressed with his work ethic.

“Jeremy represents St. Thomas on the court with his hard work, tenacity and willingness to improve, but more importantly he represents us in the community,” he said. “His passion on the court is second only to his passion for making sure kids realize their potential and have the opportunity to realize their dreams.”

If you’d like to support Jeremy’s fundraising efforts, check out his Go Fund Me page:   

Yellow Box Gallery Presents: Barbara Astman - "Dancing with Ché: Enter Through the Library" April 28 to June 30

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Dancing with Ché: Enter Through the Library is an exhibition that features five recent works by Barbara Astman from the permanent collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Three of the works in this exhibition are from Barbara Astman’s Dancing with Ché series, one of her most popular recent artistic endeavors. She began this series in the early 2000s after returning from Cuba, where she was struck by the proliferation of imagery depicting the 20th century revolutionary Ché Guavara. In Cuba and abroad, the emblematic portrait of Ché Guavara has often been appropriated by various people and groups as a symbol of extreme political identification and rebellion. In Dancing with Ché, Astman explores the multifaceted issue of the appropriation and commodification of political imagery.
This exhibition also includes two important works from 2006’s The Newspaper Series. Like many of us, Barbara Astman’s morning routine involves sitting down and reading the newspaper, a custom that is easily taken for granted.  But, with so much information being controlled, what influence do mass media and communications have on our everyday life, and society more generally? From afar, Barbara Astman’s photographs of newspaper sequences appear random and oddly resemble strains of human DNA.  Upon closer examination, however, it becomes clear that Astman has purposefully arranged the newspapers to reveal headlines of elation, tragedy, scandal, political instability, and local frenzy.
Born in Rochester, New York in 1950, Astman studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology and later moved to Toronto to study at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she has taught since 1975. For more than 35 years Barbara Astman has been active as an artist in photo-based media, sculpture, and public art commissions and is considered to be one of the foremost leading artists in Canada. Astman’s work can be found in countless major public institutions worldwide including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Barbara Astman - Exhibition Description April 2016.pdf

Call for Participants in Research Study on Public Engagement

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Are you interested in participating in a study that might make a difference in your community? Are you passionate about social issues? Researchers from St. Thomas University and the University of Guelph are conducting a one-day public engagement research study on an issue that affects New Brunswickers.

Who Can Participate?
We are looking for adults aged 18 years and older living in New Brunswick who can read and speak in English. Other eligibility requirements apply, so we ask you to please contact us to find out if you are eligible.

What Will You Be Asked to Do?
• First, a researcher will telephone you and ask you a few questions to see if you are eligible to participate.
• If you are eligible, you will receive an information booklet in the mail. You will be asked to review this booklet at a time that is convenient for you.
• On Saturday, June 4, you will come to St Thomas University. You will learn more about the issue, and then you will discuss the issue in small groups with about 15 other New Brunswickers. The small group discussions will be audio-recorded.
How Long Will It Take?
• The phone call to see if you are eligible will take about 15 minutes.
• Reading the information booklet will take about one hour.
• The public engagement day will take 8 hours on Saturday, June 4.

Will I Be Paid?
Yes, you will receive $50 for participating in the public engagement research project. You will also receive lunch and refreshments on the day of the study.

How Can I Find Out More?
To find out more about the study and learn if you are eligible to participate, please contact: Megan Beaulieu at or Dr. Kelly Bronson at or 506-452-9599. 

Creative Writing Prize Winners Announced: Department of English Acknowledges Student-Writers

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Alexis Renée, one of three students recognized by the Department of English Language and Literature with a prize for creative writing
“Man Carrying Emu,” The Worst of Us, and “Win Some/Learn Some” claim this year’s top prizes in creative writing at St. Thomas University.  

“Man Carrying Emu,” by Hannah Zamora, earned the David Adams Richards Prize in Prose.

“The piece hooks you from the moment you read the title,” said Dr. Robin Whittaker, Chair of the Creative Writing Prize Jury. “It treats a universal experience—the death of a grandparent—in a unique way. Whittaker referenced Zamora’s ability to use heightened lines such as, “I didn’t always call her Nonna. Only sometimes and because it tasted sweet to know something.”

An excerpt from Ben Dowling’s screenplay The Worst of Us received the David Velensky Prize in Creative Writing. The jury agreed Dowling’s script represents “an ambitious project carried through one hundred percent.”

Whittaker said Dowling’s work coupled believable attention to setting and present action with such plausibly perverse characters, making committee members laugh while squirming uncomfortably.

"I am so very pleased to receive the David Velensky Prize in Creative Writing,” said Dowling. “I have had the most wonderful years at St. Thomas, and this is a great way to end my time here.”

Dowling said that although he arrived at St. Thomas with a first draft of his screenplay, it was the support of professors and classmates that helped elevate it to prize-winning.

“The writer's road is riddled with bumps and potholes,” added Dowling, “but having my screenplay recognized shall spur me on to push the project further."

The winner of the Robert Clayton Casto Prize in Poetry is Alexis Renée Ramnarace for “Win Some/Learn Some.” According to the jury, every line of Ramnarace’s prose poem offers “bang-on fresh imagery” throughout.

With lines like, “orange juice was squeezed dry from its box by a pale fist,” Ramnarace draws disparate ideas together in unique metaphors without being heavy-handed.

“Writers are often caught inside of their heads, and because of this, forming community with one another is so important,” said Ramnarace. “I owe this award to the writing community I have found here at STU.”

The jury received a number of strong entries, considering eighty-seven pieces across the three prizes. The winner of each prize receives $500. The winner of the Casto Prize also receives publication in STU’s Alumni magazine, Connections.

Creative Writing at St. Thomas University 

At St. Thomas, students are able to pursue a major in English Language and Literature with a Concentrating in Creative Writing. Students who are serious about creative writing also have the opportunity to pursue Honours in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing.

Studying creative writing at St. Thomas sharpens skills in style and strategy and offers several prizes and publication opportunities.

The Department of English publicizes the annual call for Creative Writing Prize submissions in the winter term. All current St. Thomas students are eligible to submit work, with a deadline normally in March.

Education Institute Summer 2016

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, April 22, 2016
The St. Thomas University Education Institute is pleased to announce that it will be providing four summer courses in Fredericton. Course descriptions, application information and forms for the institute, and details concerning admissions and accommodations will be available by mid-May on the university website For further course information, contact the Education Institute Coordinator
  • 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 one week of pre-class preparation 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 4th to Friday, July 8th, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Ray Williams []
This Education Institute 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 how mental models of assessment impact decisions that drive classroom and school operations. 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 & Middle Level Science
Dates: Monday, July 11th to Friday, July 15th, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Grant Williams []

This Education Institute 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. 
EDUC 6253* - Introduction to Gifted Education
Dates: Monday, July 11th to Friday, July 15th, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Shaunda Wood []
This Education Institute course offers practical methods and strategies for challenging the most able students in the inclusive setting and beyond. Research-based standards for teacher preparation in gifted education will provide a framework as set out by the American National Association for Gifted Children and the Council for Exceptional Children. Drawing from historic, as well as current theory and practice, the academic and affective approaches taught in this course and designed, analyzed, and evaluated in assignments will enable educators to meet the diverse needs of their gifted and talented students.
EDUC 6903* - Teaching Internationally: Perspectives and Practice
Dates: Monday, July 18th to Friday, July 22nd, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Marcea Ingersoll []
This Education Institute course is intended for anyone interested in international teaching. Historical and contemporary perspectives will contextualize student learning about the types of international education, the policies underpinning them, and the communities they serve. A range of issues will be covered, and provide individual inquiries into (a) opportunities for teaching internationally, (b) curriculum, pedagogy, and practice in the lives of international educators, and (c) theory and research relevant to the field of international education. 
Registration, Admissions & Accommodations
Tuition for each course is $618.00 and must be paid by the end of the day of the opening class. The admissions fee of $40.00 is waived for any student who has taken an Institute course in the past 5 years. If you have questions about applying, please contact the Admissions Office ( or (506) 452-0532 or 1-877-788-4443).  For payment for courses, please contact or (506) 452-0530.

2016 Education Institute Instructions.pdf
2016 Education Institute Supplementary Info Form.pdf

St. Thomas University to Honour John Bragg and Raymond Fraser at Spring Convocation on May 10

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, April 22, 2016
St. Thomas University will be bestowing honourary degrees on entrepreneur and philanthropist John Bragg and award-winning writer Raymond Fraser at its Spring Convocation on May 10.
A native of Collingwood, Nova Scotia, Bragg earned his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Education from Mount Allison University. In 1968, he founded Oxford Frozen Foods, which is now the world’s largest provider of wild blueberries with eight manufacturing facilities and farming operations in Atlantic Canada and the United States. He later established Bragg Communications, now called EastLink, and is the chief executive officer of the Bragg Group of Companies, one of the most successful family enterprises in Canada.
Bragg’s contributions to the Canadian business sector have earned him membership in the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, as well as a National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 1996, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and he has received numerous honourary degrees. Through the John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, John and his wife Judy have demonstrated a strong commitment to Maritime Canada and post-secondary education. They have supported community initiatives in education, health research, science, and nature conservation. Organizations that have benefited from their generosity include the Atlantic Veterinary College, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Nova Scotia Science Discovery Centre, as well as hospital foundations, universities in Maritime Canada, including Mount Allison University where he served as Chancellor, and many other community groups.
A native of Chatham, New Brunswick, Fraser graduated in 1964 from St. Thomas University, where he founded the university’s first literary magazine, The Tom-Tom, and played varsity football and hockey. Later, along with philosophy professor Dr. Leo Ferrari and writer Alden Nowlan, he helped create the provocative and entertaining Canadian Flat Earth Society. He is the author of twenty-two books, including twelve books of fiction, seven poetry collections, two biographies, and a collection of memoirs. His biography of New Brunswick boxer Yvon Durelle, The Fighting Fisherman, has been described as one of the best sports biographies ever written. Five of his books are listed in Atlantic Canada’s 100 Greatest Books.

In the mid-1960s, while in Montreal, he founded Intercourse: Contemporary Canadian Writing, a seminal literary magazine that published Leonard Cohen, Irving Layton and Al Purdy. In the early 1970s, along with several authors including Hugh Hood and Clark Blaise, Fraser founded the Montreal Story Teller Fiction Performance Group which performed readings in schools, bookshops and coffee shops across the country and contributed greatly to the advancement of short story fiction. He was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 1978 for his novel The Bannonbridge Musicians. In 2009, he received the inaugural Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in English Language Literary Arts, and in 2012 was named to the Order of New Brunswick.

Dr. Gul Çaliskan Receives McCain Course Release Award to Complete Manuscript on Diasporic Citizenship

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Dr. Gul Çaliskan is the 2016 recipient of the McCain Course Release award.
Dr. Gül Çaliskan, Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Wallace and Margaret McCain Course Release Award.  

The award will give Dr. Çaliskan a six credit-hour course release to focus on the completion of her book Forging Diasporic Citizenship: Berlin’s German-Born Turkish Ausländer, which is based on her PhD dissertation. The book explores what displacement means to Turkish Berliners in the context of their everyday encounters within German society.

“The book investigates the struggles of young people who were born in a country to which their parents or grandparents immigrated,” Çaliskan said. "In this case, these young people are German-born Turkish Berliner, who face a range of issues involving identity, recognition, accommodation, and citizenship.”

Çaliskan said the manuscript needs to be updated to include new reflections and a consideration of how diasporicity has shifted in the last decade.

“These updates are necessary, because the very notion and practice of diasporic citizenship is a constantly evolving, ever-creative enterprise,” she said. “The McCain Award will make the completion of the updated manuscript possible.”

Dr. Michael Dawson, St. Thomas’s Associate Vice-President (Research), said Çaliskan’s book represents timely and important research.

“Dr. Çaliskan’s research speaks not only to contemporary events in Europe but to developments around the world—including here in Canada,” he said. “It’s also reflective of our university’s growing research capacity in fields such as global studies and social justice.”

In the book, diasporic people—those who live outside their country of birth or ancestry—offer insight into how ethnic and social identities can be contested. Çaliskan uses German-born Turkish Berliners as a point of focus, as they work to contest social exclusion within a country with exceptionally strong traditions of ethnic and national identity.

Over the course of a year, Çaliskan conducted interviews with 100 Turkish Berliners, which serve as a basis for the narrative analysis in the book. What the analysis finds is the lives of Turkish Berliners’ are shaped by social relations far larger than their immediate encounters.

With social borderlands continuing to develop as contested spaces for the emerging diasporic citizenship, the research within the book becomes increasingly relevant.

“I aim to address people of many backgrounds who are concerned with the issues of multinational communities,” Çaliskan said. “I’m especially interested in enabling sharing among people who live outside their countries of birth or ancestry, who draw upon well-established ways of relating with others, and who seek to challenge, negotiate, disrupt, or redefine dominant assumptions, stereotypes, and social norms.”

Forging Diasporic Citizenship: Berlin’s German-Born Turkish Ausländer is suited for a number of audiences, including scholars, government agency staff, research centres, and NGO members who are concerned with citizenship, identity, and international migration. It will also be of interest to human rights groups, social workers, politicians, and activists.

Çaliskan teaches Sociology of Globalization, Globalization and Postcolonial Feminism, and a Sociology senior seminar on Orientalism and Resistance.

Social Work Professor Dr. Aamir Jamal Helps Vulnerable Children in Pakistan Access Education

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

School of Social Work Professor Dr. Aamir Jamal has always had a passion for girls’ access to education and now, thanks to a program he helped create, 34 children in Pakistan have the opportunity to go to school.

The Canadian Association for Children’s Education in Pakistan was created to support the schooling of vulnerable children, particularly orphans and girls.

Jamal, who acts as the organization’s managing director, assisted in the establishment of the organization and was one of the first to support the cause.

“Girls education is my passion and my aim of life, because I believe if a girl is educated a nation is educated,” he said. “There are many orphans in Pakistan due to war, conflicts, earthquakes and the like, so what we do is find a family from here to sponsor the education of an orphan or girl from there.”

The cost of sponsoring a child’s education in Pakistan is $350 per year, which covers their private school tuition, their clothing, their books, and their food. It’s a 10-year commitment for the sponsors, but Jamal said the impact of an education for these children is invaluable.

“It may seem like a small gesture, but for them it’s huge,” he said. “It’s like saving a precious life from the darkness of ignorance and bringing them to light.”

On his recent six-week trip to Pakistan, Jamal arranged gatherings for those involved in the program. He brought gifts along with him—school bags for the children and dresses for their mothers.

Meeting the children that are benefitting from the program was a meaningful and rewarding experience for Jamal.

“The children brought some handmade thank you cards and flowers. They shared their goals and ambitions with me. They are very deserving and they are enduring much hardship. It’s inspiring to see their confidence and dedication,” he said.

“One family, their home was destroyed by an earthquake so they came to the city. The father was working hard, but within a few days was hit by a car. Their son was at the gathering with his mother and they were both very emotional and very happy about the program.”

Although he’s seen as the face of the program, Jamal insists the real credit belongs to the volunteers in Pakistan and those who sponsor the children.

“I’m just the coordinator, it’s really the people who are sponsoring the children with their own money and the volunteers who are going into the homes that are making a difference,” he said.

Bringing Real-World SocialRealities to the Classroom

These kinds of experiences, coupled with research, play an important role in Jamal’s Social Policy in Global Context class.

“In my course feedback there’s a common comment from students, which is ‘we love your stories.’ So this is where the stories come from,” he said.

With the sensationalism of modern media, Jamal believes it’s important for social work students to gain understanding of complex issues and develop perspective.

“When I was in Pakistan, I witnessed amazing individuals who are working for their communities, for children, for women, for rights, for social justice, and for development,” he said. “If we don’t travel, interact, and talk with people we don’t get the true perspectives, so I bring to my classes the real-world social realities I experience.”

Two Law Degrees in Three Years: Rubaina Singh, BA’15, Accepted into Unique Canadian/American Dual Law Program

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, April 18, 2016

Rubaina Singh, BA’15, is one step closer to her goal of working with UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The Interdisciplinary Honours graduate has been accepted to the Canadian and American Dual Juris Doctor program at the University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy—the only comparative program where students earn both Canadian and American Law degrees in just three years.

“I’m looking forward to the kind of amazing things I’m going to learn that will make me capable of doing what I really want, which is working with UN Women,” Singh said. “That’s always been my goal.”

Singh, who hails from India, credits her acceptance into the program to the mentorship she received from Criminology and Criminal Justice professor Dr. Karla O’Regan.

“The kind of things I’ve learned, especially about the Canadian justice system, I don’t think I would have gotten without Dr. O’Regan,” she said. “The kind of training I received was what I needed, and I feel her reference played a huge role in my admission into the program.”

The opportunity to work one-on-one with professors is one of the reasons Singh chose St. Thomas. Having studied at other universities in the past, Singh said it was STU that gave her the well-rounded experience she was looking for.

“STU has given me the educational experience I’ve always yearned for. When I came here I got the kind of course variety I wanted,” she said. “More than that, I think it was the liberal arts experience that I needed.”

The University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy dual law program is rigorous, with students attending classes at both universities throughout the year. Because the program is comparative, it also means students will be studying both countries’ laws at the same time.

Singh isn’t concerned about the workload, though, she’s looking forward to it.

“I think internationally this will give me good exposure to multiple jurisdictions, plus, as far as learning experience is concerned, I think it’s going to be amazing,” she said.

“Windsor has a strong social justice program and they do a lot of community legal aid work, which I’m really interested in.”

No matter where her education takes her, Singh said she wants to remain connected to the Maritimes and St. Thomas University.

“I consider Fredericton my second home. I really want to remain connected to the Maritimes,” she said. “Whenever I become capable enough I’d like to give back as much as I can. I want to utilize whatever knowledge I gain for the good of society.”

Passion for Theatre and a Desire to Teach: Sharisse LeBrun, BA’16, Receives Scholarship for Prestigious Master’s Program

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sharisse LeBrun, BA’16, will be pursuing her passion for theatre and desire to teach after being accepted into a prestigious master’s program—a path she wouldn’t have considered without the help of her professors. 

According to her, if it hadn’t been for English Language and Literature Professor Dr. Robin Whittaker she never would have thought about studying theatre education at the post-graduate level.

“Until professor Whittaker suggested it, I’d never thought about the fact that I could go and really study theatre education and have input into that field,” she said. 

“He put me in contact with the people I needed to know, which is wonderful to be able to say at such a small university. I don’t think I would have ever seen a master’s as an option for myself if I hadn’t come to STU, so I’m pretty thankful for that.”

LeBrun was accepted into the Master’s in Performance and Theatre Studies at the University of Toronto, a highly competitive program that accepts between10 and 12 students each year. The program is a balance between practical and theoretical study, and will include performances as well as research. 

LeBrun—who honoured in English and majored in Great Books—was not only accepted into the prominent program, she also received a scholarship.

“I didn’t really expect to get into U of T because it’s very competitive, so I was surprised,” LeBrun said. “I cried a lot and then laughed a lot when I found out I got in. I feel pretty lucky.”

Looking back on her time at St. Thomas, LeBrun also feels prepared.

“I’ve been able to get a good balance of theoretical and practical at STU, through classes and Theatre St. Thomas,” she said. “And the honours program has given me amazing public speaking skills and confidence to say ‘I’ve got something to say and I know how to say it comfortably and articulately.’” 

The U of T program was of particular interest to LeBrun due to its partnership with the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education and its focus on theatre for young audiences.

An active member of Theatre New Brunswick and Theatre St. Thomas, LeBrun developed a love for teaching theatre through the TNB Theatre School Program.

“As much as I love performing, I really love teaching. A lot of theatre master’s programs give you the option to do theatre for young audience work, but they’re very passionate about it at U of T, so I know I’m going to get the most specific education for what I want to do,” she said. 

Through her studies, she hopes to contribute to the current effort to use theatre as a tool for teaching and change.

"They’re doing a lot of research right now using theatre as a tool in the classroom and doing a lot of after school work with inner-city kids using theatre for social change,” she said. “I’m hoping to do research in that field with the hopes of eventually continuing to teach theatre for young audiences.”

STU Education Students Use Theatre to Teach at School District’s STEAM Expo

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Bachelor of Education students wrote, directed, and performed a skit during the closing ceremonies of the STEAM Expo.
A group of St. Thomas University Bachelor of Education students recently combined their theatrical skills with their interest in technology at the Anglophone West School District STEAM Expo.

The students—Kaitlyn Parlee, Lauren McNeil, Dyana Rayner, Kayla Cobbett, Chantal Harris, John Hatfield, Jason Fitzpatrick, David Smith, and Nathan Peardon—wrote, directed, and performed a skit with the purpose of sending a clear message to students.

“We really wanted the students to know and understand that they may have an idea for an invention and the invention may be deemed inadequate or unsuccessful by others, but that doesn’t mean they should throw the idea away or give up,” Cobbett said.

“We wanted students to know the work and the journey of an invention is just as important as the finished project.”

The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Expo was designed to give students from kindergarten to grade 12 an opportunity to showcase their interests, skills, and abilities, and Education professor Dr. Grant Williams said this year it provided a stage for his students to do the same.

“This was a great opportunity for our Bachelor of Education students to show they are a dynamic, enthusiastic, and talented group of young educators who are ready to teach in many more ways than just the traditional classroom,” he said.

For Cobbett, who hails from Saint John, NB, the experience was “incredibly valuable.”

“It was great to hear the kids laugh and understand our message. I think it’s phenomenal that students are able to challenge the way science is thought about or taught,” she said.

“By having events like the STEAM Expo, students have the opportunity to challenge themselves, invent, get their hands dirty, and be inspired for future learning, and that’s our real goal.”

Summer Linguistic and Cultural Program for French Second Language Teachers

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
This French linguistic and cultural training course (July 3 to July 15, 2016 – 11 days) 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. 

It 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 beginner 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 course is offered during the first two weeks of July, from July 3 to July 15, 2016.  The cost per participant is $650 + 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. 
  • Registration - Other Canadian provinces and other countries please contact Léo-James Lévesque, School of Education, St. Thomas University,

FSL Teacher Bursary 2016 St Thomas Application.pdf

A Leader in the Classroom, On the Field, and in the Community — Meghan MacEachern Receives the 2016 Tom McCann Award

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, April 4, 2016
During this year’s Graduates Dinner, Meghan MacEachern joined an elite group of St. Thomas students as the 2016 recipient of the Tom McCann Award.

The award is presented yearly to a senior student who best portrays the spirit of St. Thomas University with his or her contributions to university and student affairs, and who demonstrates outstanding leadership, character and personality.

For MacEachern, an accomplished student athlete, receiving the award was a humbling experience.

“This award will serve as a constant reminder of the doors which were opened for me during my time at St. Thomas, of the memories I’ve made here, and of the beautiful community which I have grown to call my home away from home,” she said.

President Dawn Russell believes it is MacEachern’s dedication to helping others and improving her community that is most impressive.

MacEachern is the President of the St. Thomas University Student Athletic Committee, has worked on the New Grace House women’s shelter renovation project, acts as a student mentor at Park Street Elementary School, teaches fitness classes at the NOVA Institution for Women, and coaches several levels of youth rugby.

“As impressive as her academic and athletic achievements may be, the time Meghan dedicates to helping others and making her community a better place to live may be more inspiring,” Russell said.

“It’s evident that from her first day on campus, her first day on the rugby pitch, her first day in the classroom, Meghan has demonstrated personal commitment to hard work, excellence, and achievement and she hasn’t stopped for four years.”

As a student, MacEachern has been on the Dean’s List since her first year, maintaining higher than a 4.0 grade-point average. She will graduate with a double major in Criminology and Sociology in the spring, and has been accepted to the Master’s program in Criminology and Sociology at St. Mary’s University.

“I have taught undergraduates for the past thirty years and I can honestly say that Meghan is the best student I have ever worked with at this level,” said Criminology professor Dr. Susan Reid. 

“I have seen her take on leadership roles in helping other students understand key concepts and also engendering team spirit so that the group can work as a cohesive unit.”

MacEachern’s faculty, student and staff nominees all made it evident that her character fully embodies the qualities of the Tom McCann award through her dedication to her academic, athletic and community initiatives.

“Meghan not only portrays all the things described in the McCann award, she lives them,” said George MacIntyre, Director of Advancement and nominator.

“She’s a leader in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.”

During her time at St. Thomas, MacEachern has competed with the women’s rugby team for four years, captaining her last two seasons. She’s a former team MVP and Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association conference all-star, and was recently given the university’s Cathy Wadden Commitment Award.

Alumni and Professor Nominated for Atlantic Journalism Awards

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Five St. Thomas University alumni and a professor have been nominated for Atlantic Journalism Awards.

St. Thomas Alumni Nominees for Atlantic Journalism Awards
Karissa Donkin, BA ‘12 (co-nominated with Adam Huras) – Nominated for Enterprise Reporting: Print
Angela MacIvor, BA ‘06 – Nominated for Enterprise Reporting: Radio
Shane Rockland Fowler, BA ‘12 – Nominated for Enterprise Reporting: Television
Cara Smith, BA ‘13 – Nominated for Arts & Entertainment Reporting: Any Medium
Elizabeth Fraser, BA ‘12 – Nominated for the Jim MacNeill New Journalist Award

Journalism professor Philip Lee was nominated for Arts & Entertainment Reporting: Any Medium.

The Atlantic Journalism Awards, established in 1981, is a highly regarded annual program which recognizes journalistic excellence and achievement in print and electronic news media in Atlantic Canada.
In recent years close to 400 entries have been received from Atlantic Canadian journalists in the 23 print, radio, and television categories.

The winners will be selected and receive their awards at a gala in Halifax on May 7.
Since the inception of the AJAs, nearly 1,400 individual Atlantic Canadian journalists have been honoured for their journalistic excellence.

Click HERE see the full list of finalists or to view/read the entries.