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Inequality in Society Class Pairs Sociology Students with Local Non-Profits

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, March 24, 2017
Sociology students at St. Thomas are working with local non-profit organizations to help address issues they learn about in class.
 
Sociology 2416: Inequality in Society informs students about existing patterns of social inequality and how different forms of inequality—such as social class, gender, sexuality, and race—intersect.

The service learning component of the course provides opportunities for students to participate in social action projects related to an inequality of interest to them.
 
Professor Nathan Thompson said students benefit from theoretical and practical aspects of the class. The research part of the project helps students understand the challenges their non-profit faces, and the action portion of the project allows them to come up with creative ways of helping the organization reach its goals.
 
“They spend the first semester learning as much as they can about their non-profit and the inequality it addresses,” Thompson said. “During the second semester, students take what they learned and use it in community-based volunteer initiatives and advocacy work.”

Sociology student Sara Nason’s group chose to work with Meals on Wheels Fredericton. They gained insight into how the non-profit works and the service it provides to many members of the community by meeting with the organization’s president.

The students organized a yard sale fundraiser and designed posters to recruit volunteer drivers to the organization.
 
Ashlyn Kennedy’s group worked with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre (FSAC).
 
“We chose FSAC because our group shares strong feelings related to sexual assault education, prevention, and awareness,” Kennedy said.
 
For their community action project, the group hosted a march against sexual assault and a panel, which featured student and faculty speakers.
 
Despite the diversity of paths and topics within the course, students share a common takeaway from the experience: learn more, so you can do more.
 
“This class is full of like-minded people who believe in equality and want to learn about how we can change as a society.”
 
Other student groups in the course partnered with organizations such as the Salvus Clinic in Moncton, NB, AIDS New Brunswick, and the Oromocto Food and Clothing Bank.

Criminology Students Asking for Clothing, Books, and Games for Incarcerated Women and Youth

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
STUnningly Successful: A Reintegration Initiative 

Criminology students at St. Thomas are collecting gently used clothing to assist women who are incarcerated in a provincial correctional centre.

STUnningly Successful: A Reintegration Initiative will provide incarcerated women with clothing as they move facilities, attend court procedures, and when they are reintegrating into the community at the end of their sentence in search of employment.

Students are asking the community for clothing donations of all sizes as well as shoes and purses. They will be travelling to the NB Women's Correctional Centre on Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3 to set up and deliver a "shopping" experience with the women at the institution.  

Book Drive and Board Game Collection for Youth

Criminology students are also collecting books for the youth incarcerated at the NB Youth Centre. (Books that might be more suitable for the women offenders may also be donated as the books will be sorted before they are presented.)

Board games are being collected and will be donated to the appropriate age group and/or to The Ville Community Centre, Marysville, to serve local youth in our community. 

How to donate

All items can be dropped off to Dr. Susan Reid in Brian Mulroney room 401 until Friday, March 31.

These initiatives are being led by students in CRIM 2223: Youth Justice and CRIM 2253: Children and Youth at Risk.
 

Life-Changing Experiences: Trinity Kirk on Exchange to Ireland and Celtic Studies Conference

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, March 20, 2017
Inspired by her travel-study experience to Ireland, third-year student Trinity Kirk represented St. Thomas University’s Irish Studies Program at the Fourth Annual Celtic Studies Conference in Toronto.

In pursuit of a minor in Irish Studies, Kirk travelled to Ireland with students from her Irish Language class. Through a partnership with the Irish Canada University Foundation (ICUF), St. Thomas offers the course, which includes an opportunity to apply for an exchange to Ireland.

While in Ireland, Kirk met students from all over the world who shared her interest in Celtic culture. The group kept in touch in a Facebook group, which is how she first heard about the Celtic Studies Conference.

“I decided it would be an excellent opportunity for me, and also for St. Thomas, since no one from the east coast had ever attended or presented at the conference,” Kirk said.

After months of preparation, with help from friends she met in Ireland and professors at St. Thomas, Kirk was off to Toronto to present her research on the Gaeltachts of Ireland and the expansion of the Irish language.

“I conducted first-hand research, surveyed individuals who had visited the Gaeltacht An Cheathrú Rua, and incorporated the 20-Year Strategy and 5-Year Progress report from the government of Ireland to show how they are working on growing resources in the language.”

Kirk said the support Professor Lorraine Nolan, and the current ICUF Scholar at St. Thomas, Ian Mac Gabhann, was invaluable.

“To say the least, I was nervous—nervous of getting on a plane, nervous of presenting, and nervous to be out of my element.”

Having people in her corner—before and during the conference—helped her see the conference as an incredible opportunity for learning and personal growth.

“The experience was amazing and life-changing,” she said.

Kirk plans to form an Irish Society at St. Thomas and hopes the university will someday host the Annual Celtic Studies Conference in Fredericton.

“I hope St. Thomas will continue to be represented at this conference by Irish Studies students. It’s an amazing and fulfilling experience.”

In addition to her minor in Irish Studies, Kirk is pursuing majors in Criminology and Psychology and a minor in Forensic Anthropology.

Acadian Artist Yvon Gallant Artist Residency March 20-25 with Public Lecture March 23

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, March 17, 2017
Yvon Gallant is a leading Acadian artist, rooted and thriving in his community. He was born in 1950 in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he continues to live and work. He is part of the first generation of artists who received their Fine Arts training at the Universite de Moncton.

His work is based on the reality of everyday life, and speaks of the people around him and those who he encounters on a regular basis. He received the Miller Brittain Award in 1992 and has had his work featured in over 80 exhibitions. 

Artist Residency
 
Yvon Gallant’s one-week residency will offer students an opportunity to learn from, work with, and experience the methods of a critically important Acadian artist at the apex of his career.

His residency will run March 20-25 and will include classroom lectures, painting demonstrations, an on-campus studio practice, as well as a display of works both in-progress and completed. 

Classroom Visits

Yvon Gallant will be doing classroom visits in Sir James Dunn Hall Room 212: 
  • Tuesday, March 21 at 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, March 22 at 9 am
  • Friday, March 24 at 9 am
Public Lecture

The artist will give a public lecture on Thursday, March 23 at 5 pm in McCain Hall Room 101. All are welcome.

“STU feels like home—like a family” – Waleed Khokhar Talks About Finding His Place

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Waleed Khokhar knew exactly what he wanted from a university experience, but it took patience, travel, and a chance meeting to finally find it at St. Thomas University.
 
Khokhar was born in Pakistan and moved to Dubai when he was young. He began his pursuit of higher education in London, England where he completed a foundation year in business. Though most of his friends would stay in London to continue university, Khokhar had his sights set on Canada.  
 
While he awaited approval to study in Canada, he returned to Pakistan for a short period before having to leave again for Dubai. He began his formal university studies at the Canadian University of Dubai as a step towards getting to Canada.
 
Approved to study in Canada, he made his way to Fredericton, a small city he imagined would provide a good academic environment with minimal distractions compared to a large, busy city.
 
He hadn’t even heard of St. Thomas when two international students from the university invited him the Multicultural Festival on campus.
 
Khokhar decided to attend the event. Soon after that, he enrolled at St. Thomas.
 
“I was moving a lot, and I was starting to feel completely lost. I had trouble finding the right university for me, and one that would accept my transfer credits from the Canadian University of Dubai,” Khokhar said.
 
After his introduction to St. Thomas, he knew he found the place for him.
 
“STU is different. It’s culturally diverse and everyone knows each other. STU feels like home—like a family.”
 
Everything started to come together for Khokhar. He has made many friends, connected with his professors, discovered courses he loved, and completed two internships. Though he will have only spent two years at St. Thomas, he said it was worth the wait.
 
“Everything is clear for me right now. I’m finally finishing my school—which is a big deal for me,” he said.
 
With his graduation coming up in May, Khokhar said it’s been the small size and community atmosphere that’s made all the difference.
 
“St. Thomas is the reason I’m finishing my education and getting to where I wanted to be. I can go talk to my professors about anything, and if I want people to study with, I can just go to James Dunn Hall. People are studying there all the time, and you can just join them. Everyone is so welcoming.” 
 
“I will miss not being a student here, but I think what matters now is that I share my experience with other people, so maybe they can have the same experience I did here,” Khohar said.
 
He said he even hopes his younger brother considers St. Thomas for his higher education.
 
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Student from Trinidad and Tobago Finds Friendship, Community, and Connection through Sport

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Anisha Romany, originally from Trinidad from Tobago, found a love for hockey at St. Thomas that has made her feel at home in Canada.

It began during her first week on campus, when Romany walked into the communal kitchen in Vanier Hall to find two housemates cooking up a dish that was as unfamiliar to her as her new surroundings.

“I walked up to them and asked what they were making,” Romany said. “They told me Kraft Dinner, but I had never seen Kraft Dinner before so I had no idea what it was. They were shocked.”

The two students cooking were Emily Oleksuk and Paige Jackson, now second-year members of the STU women’s hockey team. After meeting Romany—and introducing her to Kraft Dinner—they invited her to their next game.

“That game was the first time I’d ever seen hockey or been to a rink. My mind was blown,” Romany said. “We don’t see hockey back home, so the STU women’s team is the first hockey team I ever saw play. I formed that connection and fell in love with it.”

After that, Romany decided to keep cheering the Tommies on. Game after game she was at the rink, and one by one she met all the members of the team.

A year later, Romany is one of the Tommies’ most loyal fans. She attends every home game and watches the road games online. In recognition of her support for the team, the Tommies presented her with her own St. Thomas jersey.

She said attending games and developing a relationship with the team helps her feel connected to Canadian culture.

“It’s a very important part of the exposure I had to Canada. Something as great as hockey, which a lot of Canadians identify with, became important to me and I’m really appreciative of it.”

The Tommies hockey team has been one of the best in the Atlantic University Sport conference the last two seasons, and following their progress has been one of the highlights of Romany’s time at St. Thomas.

“Seeing the progress the team has made has been huge for me. They’ve been incredibly supportive of me as I am of them,” she said.

Getting Involved in the STU Community

Since arriving on campus, Romany has become engaged in the STU community. She’s been a part of the Student’s Union, Campus Ministry, Theatre St. Thomas, the STU Cares Day of Action, and her House Committee. She’s also been competing as a thrower for the Tommies track and field team.

After she completes her honours in Spanish and major in Fine Arts, Romany plans to pursue an Education degree. When she returns to Trinidad and Tobago she hopes to get a throwing group started and undoubtedly continue following her favourite hockey team—the STU Tommies.

St. Thomas International Relations Students at Harvard Model United Nations

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, March 3, 2017
Eight St. Thomas students travelled to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in the 2017 Harvard Model United Nations where they acted as delegates representing different countries alongside students from all over the world.
 
Student delegates represented an assigned country’s perspective in various committees over the course of the four-day event—an experience that exercises their skills in diplomacy while they work towards passing a resolution by the end of the last session.
 
Laud Hammond, Dominique Goguen, Leticia Leon de Gante, Erickson Miranda, Ali Ponte Ramirez, Adriana Rivas, Laura-Beth Bird, and Andrea Guvara attended on behalf of the St. Thomas Model United Nations class.
 
The course is part of the Political Science and International Relations programs. During first semester, students learn about the United Nations, international issues, and practice preparing working papers, motions, and strategies for effective conference participation. They put their knowledge into action during second semester.
 
Professor Stephanie McAnany is the faculty advisor for the course She said Model United Nations offers an exceptionally in-depth and hands-on experience.
 
“Attending Harvard's Model UN is intimidating, exhilarating, challenging, and a ton of fun,” McAnany said. “Students spend a great deal of time preparing, but they still learn almost everything experientially, in the moment, at the actual simulation.”
 
“Students hone their public speaking skills, put their knowledge of the UN and international relations to the test, and learn to better understand the tremendous challenges and opportunities within the UN system.”
 
New perspectives – Laud Hammond
 
This was third-year student Laud Hammond’s second time attending the Harvard-hosted event. Hammond represented South Sudan’s interest on an environmental committee last year and was part of the Historical General Assembly representing Liberia this year.
 
Hammond, from Accra, Ghana, said the opportunity to immerse himself in another country’s history and foreign policy required a shift in perspective.
 
“Participating in the HNMUN makes you realize how much the UN is committed their creating a first step to make the world a better place. By trying to do it yourself, you come to respect the efforts of world leaders and develop a whole new standpoint,” Hammond said.
 
“Last year, representing South Sudan gave me a chance to see some things from that country’s perspective, and this year being assigned Liberia gave me a new point of view to look at issues from.” 
 
To accurately represent Liberia in discussions, Hammond said he conducted a great deal of research on the country’s history.
 
“We had to make sure anything we said was in line with what was going on in the country at that time and what Liberia’s foreign policy looked like then.”
 
Hammond said the course teaches practical skills employers will be looking for such as critical thinking, people management, negotiations, and communications—skills he knows he will need in his own career.
 
Intense, exhausting, and super fun – Dominique Goguen
 
Third-year student Dominique Goguen from Fredericton plans to pursue international law when she graduates. She saw the class as an opportunity to learn more about international relations while developing skills in public speaking. 
 
“I’ve always wanted to participate in a Model UN, so when I learned there was a program here, I was super excited to apply. I saw it as a good step for me to get better at arguing in public, which would be good preparation for law school.”
 
Goguen represented Tajikistan on the Disarmament and International Security Committee along with fellow St. Thomas student Andrea Guevara.
 
She said student delegates worked from 9:00 am to 10 pm or later.
 
“People met after hours to work even more. You just kept working and working, but it was worth it,” she said. “The whole experience was amazing, intense, exhausting, and super fun.”
 
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Program Spotlight: Fine Arts

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Fine Arts program at St. Thomas offers a wide selection of courses in music, visual arts, and musical theatre.
Nurture and develop your creativity
 
Taught by artists and scholars, Fine Arts classes will give you the opportunity to earn your degree while pursuing your creativity.
 
You will be challenged by assignments that include creating, performing, critiquing, and more.
 
Whether your interest is in music, musical theatre, visual arts, or film—or all four—you will benefit from a strong, informative, engaging, and inspiring curriculum.
 



Music
 
You will study notation, intervals, scales, and chords in a practical way. You will practice musical performance and composition through piano, guitar, and/or voice, and learn about the historic and cultural aspects of music.
 
Visual Arts
 
You will explore concepts, materials, processes, and the vocabulary of art and design. Pursue drawing and sketching, watercolour painting, and sculpting, while developing your aesthetic literacy.
 
Musical Theatre
 
You will take practical classes in acting, singing, and dancing. Receive one-on-one coaching with industry professionals, and perform in venues like the Black Box Theatre. Recent class productions include Heathers and Chicago.
 
Creativity at Work
  • Compose original music
  • Explore techniques in breathing, phonation, resonance, and articulation for singing 
  • Perform film scenes from hit movies and TV shows
  • Build a portfolio of paintings
  • Learn to sketch using pencil, charcoal, and ink
  • Research, rehearse, and perform a musical
  • Perform songs from popular music styles such as musical theatre, rock, pop, and gospel
  • Explore techniques in breathing, phonation, resonance, and articulation for singing
  • Experiment with various concepts of cast sculpture
Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors 
 
You may complete an Interdisciplinary Major with a Concentration in Fine Arts, Music, or Visual Arts. You may also pursue an Interdisciplinary Minor with a Concentration in Fine Arts or Visual Arts.

Minor in Music 

You may earn a Minor in Music by completing 18 credit hours of Music courses, such as Music Theory and Performance, Tonal Music: Harmony and Counterpoint I, and Tonal Music: Harmony and Counterpoint II. 
 
Interdisciplinary Honours 
 
IF you are exceptionally dedicated to your art, you may apply to pursue an Interdisciplinary Honours in Fine Arts. 

Register Now: Summer Linguistic and Cultural Program for French Second Language Teachers

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, February 9, 2017
The School of Education at St. Thomas University in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will be offering a French linguistic and cultural training course from July 3 to July 14, 2017. This two-week program is coordinated by Léo-James Lévesque, assistant professor and French Second Language Methodology Specialist with the School of Education at St. Thomas.

The program is designed for French Second Language teachers who wish to take part in hands-on, interactive activities to improve and/or maintain their level of proficiency in French. Classes are held in the morning while afternoons 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 linguistic and cultural training session is designed 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 proficiency skills. Prior to starting the program, participants will be contacted and asked to take part in a linguistic needs assessment to determine their specific linguistic needs and identify types of activities that would be most effective at improving their proficiency level in French.

Date and Cost

This session will be offered from July 3 to July 14, 2017. Further details will be provided to participants at a later date. 
 
The cost per participant is $650 + taxes (CAN) and includes course and activities. However, participants are expected to make their own arrangements for their lodging and their meals. 

Registration
  • Registration - New Brunswick teachers - Please contact Sylvie Arseneau, at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: sylvie.arseneau2@gnb.ca
  • Registration - Other Canadian provinces and other countries please contact Léo-James Lévesque, School of Education: St. Thomas University lleves@stu.ca

Letter from a First-Year Student - Bibi Wasiimah JOOMUN

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, January 9, 2017
My name is Wasiimah, and I’m a first-year student at St. Thomas from Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean.

It’s with great pleasure I’m writing to you, because I know choosing the best university for you can be challenging. I hope by sharing my experiences with you, I help you figure out whether St. Thomas is the best place for you.

Making the decision to join the STU family

I was looking for a university that suited my personality and character, but also that fit my financial position. I was interested in studying Psychology and Criminology, and when I discovered the many scholarship and bursary opportunities at St. Thomas, I decided to apply.

One day, I received a phone call that changed my life. I was offered a renewable scholarship and bursary from St. Thomas. The university had my heart that very day.

The happiness and pride I could see in my parents’ eyes was all because of St. Thomas. This was the day I decided I would come to Canada and to St. Thomas. Being able to fulfill my mother’s dream of sending her children abroad for university studies is a feeling beyond words.

My first weeks

Amazing! Fantastic! Awesome!

My first impression of St. Thomas was the very warm welcome I received at the airport. Arriving to find someone from the university holding up a sign with my name on it with a big smile on their face at 11 pm was a great feeling after two days of travel.
 
When I arrived to my residence room, my roommate was there to welcome me. There were no awkward moments. My roommate and I ended up talking for hours.

The culture of acceptance here made my transition easy and wonderful, and living in residence is the best thing I can recommend. I cannot imagine my experience without the wonderful moments I share with students who live in my residence. Everyone is so ready to listen and help you with anything.

Most importantly, they accept you the way you are. Being with people from St. Thomas, I don’t think about that I am not from Canada or that I belong to a different cultural and religious background.

I remember being in your shoes, worrying about how the first weeks would go. Believe me, this is a normal feeling. However, at this university, if you are sitting alone at the dining hall, someone will join you. You make friends just by opening your door. A simple “hi” and a smile is usually the start of a new friendship at St. Thomas.

First week of class

One reason I chose St. Thomas was for the small classes—maximum 60 students, but more often less—which allows for interaction between professors and students. It makes me love going to class.

If you’re looking to have a lot of interaction and discussion with classmates and professors, St. Thomas is a fit for you. Professors remember your name and they’re willing to meet you outside of class.

What St. Thomas has done for me

Coming to St. Thomas has given me happiness, wonderful experiences, and amazing people in my life. Belonging to the St. Thomas family has been the best thing I could have imagined for myself.

This experience has not only given me these things, but it has also given my parents happiness and pride. St. Thomas has definitely changed my life.

I hope my personal experiences helps you decide whether St. Thomas is right for you.

Sincerely and best regards,

Bibi Wasiimah JOOMUN

Apply to St. Thomas University for September 2017 

Future STUdents: Tour campus and post a photo for a chance to win a t-toque

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Are you planning to tour St. Thomas University to be a TOMMIE FOR A DAY?

If so, read on to learn about your chance to get your very own t-toque. 
 
3 STEPS TO GETTING YOUR T-TOQUE
  1. Visit St. Thomas and take a campus tour.

  2. Take a photo of yourself somewhere on campus while you’re here. 

  3. Share that photo on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter using these two hashtags:
    #tommieforaday #StThomasU
That’s it! If you're a selected winner, we'll send you a t-toque in the mail so you can stay warm and show off your Tommie pride as a future STUdent. 

Questions? Ask your tour ambassador, an admissions counsellor, or email or call us any time at admissions@stu.ca or 1-877-788-4443

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