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Another Reason to Choose STU - Major Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Our generous scholarship and bursary program is one of the reasons we have a community of exceptional students and inspiring leaders.

At St. Thomas, $1.8 million goes to student financial aid, and approximately one in six first-year students receive a major scholarship ranging in value from $9,000 and $65,000.

There are more than 40 different kinds of scholarships and bursaries available to our students. Our rewards recognize different kinds of achievement— academic, leadership, community service and volunteer work.  

There are also bursaries available to students in financial need.

Every year, St. Thomas offers 55 full-tuition scholarships

The scholarship deadline is quickly approaching. To be considered for a major scholarship or bursary, we must receive your applications and supporting documents by March 1, 2016! This is your opportunity to tell us why you deserve a scholarship or bursary, so don’t miss out.


• Apply for admission online at or by paper application
• Have your final first semester transcript send to the Admissions Office
• Complete the scholarship application on
• Submit your resume
• Submit a personal statement
• Have at least one letter of reference sent to the Admissions Office


If you have any questions, contact us at the Admissions Office at or by phone – 506-452-0532 (TF: 1-877-788-4443).

St. Thomas University
Admissions Building, Donald C. Duffie Hall 
51 Dineen Drive, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3

What does it mean when we turn our curlers into hockey players? - Kristi Allain, Department of Sociology

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Kristi Allain knows a lot about hockey and what it means to Canadians. Her scholarly work has examined both the CHL and NHL, and she has published studies of Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. She also has an ongoing scholarly interest in Don Cherry’s weekly pontifications on Coach’s Corner.
Her early research in this field focused primarily on studying the connection between idealized forms of masculinity and Canadian national identity. She examined media portrayals of professional hockey players in order to document the highly selective ways that Canadians have championed these athletes’ achievements in order to celebrate our “national character.”
More recently, through a Major Research Grant awarded to her by St. Thomas University’s Senate Research Committee, she has shifted her focus to explore the role of women in the CHL. 
The construction of idealized and quite restrictive forms of masculinity, she notes, is not something that men pursue on their own. Women play an important role in this endeavor as well—especially in terms of providing emotional support for young hockey players. In exploring women’s roles in professional hockey culture, Allain is keen to incorporate their experiences and views into our understanding of how organizations such as the CHL operate.
But Allain is not a one-sport academic. She has just secured a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to examine another Canadian obsession: curling. As with her previous research, Allain’s new project is very much focused on asking questions about the connection between gender ideals and national identity.
Titled “Men with Brooms: Masculinity and Aging Embodiment in Canadian Curling,” her study examines a recent and remarkable shift in the way we talk about curlers. 
Over the past decade, she notes that Canada’s male curlers have come to be celebrated for their “young, buff, and aggressive” approach to the sport. This has implications, Allain explains, not only for understanding how Canadians are attempting to represent idealized forms of Canadian masculinity to the world but also for how Canadians experience curling – especially in later life.
Because “we have so few places where we can celebrate different kinds of masculinity,” Allain argues, we need to be very careful about constructing an idealized form of curling masculinity that might discourage older, or less fit, men from participating in the sport and thus securing much needed health and social benefits.
“We can celebrate curling and we can celebrate hockey,” Allain notes. “But what does it mean when we turn our curlers into hockey players?”
Allain and her research team, which includes two STU students, are busily working at answering that very question and, in the process, helping us to reconceptualize the relationship between gender, sport, national identity and aging.

St. Thomas University and NB Power to Collaborate on Community Engagement and Student Experiential Learning Opportunities

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, January 29, 2016
St. Thomas University and NB Power will be collaborating on a series of experiential learning opportunities for students and community engagement events.
St. Thomas University President and Vice-Chancellor Dawn Russell and NB Power President and CEO Gaetan Thomas said the collaboration would be mutually beneficial.
“This will be a unique and beneficial relationship because we each bring something to the table from our areas of expertise,” said Russell. “Generating discussions in the public arena through a social, civic and public policy lens is a capability that we have, both through our programs and the McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy.”
“We look forward to engaging with students and faculty at St. Thomas University and providing graduates with practical workplace opportunities,” said Thomas. “This type of community-based partnership will help students, and help us better understand and meet the needs of our customers now and into the future.”
The collaboration agreement, valued at $375,000 over five years, will provide workplace opportunities for students and explore the connection between public policy and public engagement through joint events and workshops.
The first public event is scheduled for February 3 at St. Thomas University and will feature Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo. His expertise is on the financial and social challenges presented by climate change. His talk, “Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events in Canada: Not Adapting is NOT an Option” will take place on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.
The collaboration will also see a new internship program, scholarships for students, and assist St. Thomas in launching an Office of Experiential and Community Service Learning. This office will develop partnerships with other external organizations and place students in experiential learning settings that will enhance their education. 
“Providing meaningful and memorable experiential learning opportunities is key to a modern liberal arts education. This collaboration will provide our students more opportunities to learn about the public sector. More broadly, it will expose them to real-life industry and workplace problem solving and decision making,” added Russell.

“If you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t feel like work” - Scholarship Recipient Matthew Leblanc

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Scholarship recipient Matthew Leblanc acting in "Trudeau and the FLQ"
With more than 40 different kinds of awards available to first-year students, the scholarship program at St. Thomas helps maintain a community of exceptional students and inspiring leaders. Matthew Leblanc is one recipient who is certainly living up to his award.

Leblanc is the recipient of one of the university’s largest academic awards.

The Francis M. McLaughlin Scholarship is annually awarded to students of outstanding academic ability and achievement entering first year. It rewards academic excellence, covers full tuition, and includes a book allowance.

Leblanc said knowing the university believes in his ability to succeed and make meaningful contributions to the campus community has meant a lot to him. It also motivates him to live up to those expectations.

“I feel that much more inspired to contribute and give back,” he said.

Leblanc played Trudeau in Theatre St. Thomas’s recent production of Trudeau and the FLQ, he has part of STU Jazz, the Thomists, STU Choir, and is acting in the fourth-year drama production.
Despite his busy schedule, he has been able to keep his scholarship, which requires him to maintain at least a 3.7 grade point average.

“There’s never a dull moment, but I’m really happy with where I am,” LeBlanc said. “If you’re enjoying what you do, it doesn’t feel like work.”

Despite putting in 23 hours of rehearsal each weekend with Theatre St. Thomas, LeBlanc said it’s been the highlight of his student experience to date.

“The play got a lot of good reviews. Some of my professors liked it so much we discussed it in class. It was a good experience for me,” he said.

“The best part is being able to connect with your professors”

LeBlanc, who is studying Political Science and Great Books, said one of the biggest benefits of attending a smaller university is the availability and approachability of his professors.

“To be able to go up and just sit down and chat with your professor is a novelty. I have friends at go bigger schools, and they have to schedule office hours and are only allotted so many minutes before the next student is coming in,” he said.

“The best part is being able to connect with your professors—about class, or even about things not really related to class.”

His advice for anyone considering St. Thomas University is simple.

“Check out STU. Come see what it’s like, meet the professors, and see what kind of people are here. You can definitely tell in an instant how great this place is.”

A World of Experiences in Four Months: Sam Titus Reflects on Exchange to Turkey

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Sam Titus in Cappadocia, Turkey, during his international exchange
When Sam Titus decided to do an exchange to Turkey, he knew he’d need an open mind and to be ready for anything. Anything came in many forms—new places, people, experiences, and even a little hockey.

Exchanges provide opportunities to see the world, experience new cultures, and meet people from different countries—all while earning a degree. The benefits, however, are certainly not limited to in-class learning.

Students experience the culture with locals, visit neighbouring cities and countries during breaks, try new food, pick up pieces of a new language, and experience day-to-day life in another part of the world.

This was all true of Titus’s experience.

“My exchange provided some engaging academic experiences, some pretty cool personal moments, and some awesome travel opportunities,” said Titus about his exchange to Ankara, Turkey where he studied at the Middle East Technical University. “I would highly recommend an exchange.” 

At St. Thomas, Titus—originally from Fredericton—studies History, Political Science, and Philosophy. He chose Turkey as his exchange destination for it’s relevance to his academic focus. 

“I’ve always wanted to visit Turkey, because of its historical and cultural importance,” said Titus. “My studies focus on religious history, and Turkey has been the crossroad of east and west, making it a melting pot for religion and culture.”

“My friends there were all from different countries, so we had different opinions on things that were going on in the world. It’s made me more interested in the discussion of ideas with my peers.”  

Titus said much of what he experienced abroad was what he hoped for and expected. 

He met interesting people from all over the world—he made friends from Turkey, but also became close with fellow exchange students from Singapore, Germany, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, France, Finland, and Sweden. He took advantage of inexpensive travel opportunities and spent two weeks traveling through Greece and Italy. With the guidance and support of a Lonely Planet book, he made a solo trip to northern Turkey to explore the small town of Amasya.

One of his favourite travel experiences was a trip to Istanbul for a long weekend with friends. 

“We got up early every day and went until eleven at night, just seeing stuff. We were in Istanbul at a little café, next to the Blue Mosque, watching a whirling dervish, and the four of us—me, two from France, and one from Pakistan—were like, ‘This is Turkey, right here.’ It was a really amazing moment.”

However, some of his experiences were reasonably unexpected. Titus did not expect to travel from Canada to the Middle East to play hockey for the university’s team, but he did.

“There was a clubs and societies fair, and I saw a booth for an ice hockey team,” said Titus. “I went over and was like, ‘How good are you guys, because I’m not great.’ And, they were like, ‘We’re awful. Where are you from?’ I said Canada, and they were like, ‘Make him the captain right now.’”

Titus, the only Canadian at the university of 35,000 tried out in his Montreal Canadiens jersey. He was named starting goaltender for the Middle East Technical University men’s ice hockey team. He said playing on the team served as another way to make friends and to experience something he thought he was familiar with in a completely new light.

“I played hockey when I was a kid, because everyone does here, but I’m certainly not super good,” he said. “But, no one really plays hockey there, which made me a phenom!”

Despite impressing his new friends on the ice, Titus said he did disappoint them when he first arrived, unaware of the tradition to bring something to share from your home country.

“Apparently, I was supposed to bring maple syrup.”

Sean McCullum Wins Journalism Award for Work with Brunswickan

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2016
St. Thomas journalism student Sean McCullum took home the John H. MacDonald student journalism award for social media for his work with The Brunswickan
St. Thomas student Sean McCullum is now an award-winning journalist.

The Quispamsis, NB, native has been working as the multimedia and online editor of The Brunswickan, the University of New Brunswick’s campus newspaper, and recently took home the John H. MacDonald student journalism award for social media.

“Winning that award was a very ‘is-this-real-life’ moment,” he said. “After getting the award I started thinking, and this award essentially said that The Brunswickan has the best social strategy out of any university publication in Canada.”

On top of winning this award, McCullum and The Brunswickan were shortlisted for two other awards—Website Under 150k and Video. This is significant because the awards are often dominated by universities in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

“All three of the nominations meant so much to me because they were all projects that, with what I learned at STU, I brought to The Brunswickan,” McCullum said. “It’s not too often that Maritime papers get nominated for these awards, so to have an Atlantic paper nominated for every award in the multimedia section is huge.”

As multimedia and online editor, McCullum is responsible for social media management, creating videos, reader relations, analytic analysis, and updating the website. A large portion of his time was spent re-designing the paper’s website.

With much of The Brunswickan’s staff coming from the St. Thomas Journalism Program, McCullum hopes this success will send a message to university papers in the western part of the country.

“It shows that we have the talent and the drive to produce really solid content even though we operate with a fraction of their budget,” he said.

“These nominations and awards show that you don’t need to go to Toronto, Ottawa, or Vancouver to learn what you need to know to be a working journalist.”

New Skillsets and Hands On Experience

McCullum, who’s double-majoring in Journalism and Communications, is the second student from the STU program to win a John H. MacDonald award in the last three years. McCullum believes this success is a direct reflection of the program’s ability to prepare students for the work force.

“Clearly something is happening in New Brunswick that breeds good journalism, and I would argue that STU’s program is a big part of that,” he said.

“Getting involved with the program gave me a completely new set of skills I never thought I could have—I’ve learned everything from news writing, photography, video editing, and audio editing.”

After graduation in the spring, McCullum plans to take the skills he’s developed in class, in internships, and through working with The Brunswickan and continue his career as a journalist.

Call for Presentations - Student Research & Ideas Fair

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, January 21, 2016
St. Thomas University students are invited to participate in the 13th Annual Student Research & Ideas Fair by giving a 15-minute paper presentation, a poster, or presenting their work in another medium such as a radio or video broadcast. Any and all topics of student research are eligible for inclusion in the Fair.

This annual event provides an opportunity for students to learn what is involved in academic conference participation. This year, the fair will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 12:00 pm until 4:30 pm. Lunch will be provided. 

Students must have a faculty mentor to assist them. Faculty mentors will help students with the choice of research topic, the preparation of the abstract, and their presentation.

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, February 12, 2016. They must be in Word format and include the following information:

·  Student’s name, department, and year of study
·  Contact information, including email address and local telephone number
·  Faculty mentor’s name and department
·  Presentation format and audio-visual requirements
·  Title of presentation
·  Whether the research project is from an Honours Thesis, Independent Study, Class Project, or Other
·  A short abstract (maximum 200 words)

Please e-mail your Abstract to Susan Sears (

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Sears at or 460-0358.

Student Research Symposium, UST, Houston, Texas

Each year, St. Thomas University selects one or two students to attend the Student Research Symposium at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, where they present their research. This year, the Symposium in Houston will be held April 7th &  8th. Students who are selected would leave Fredericton on April 6th and return on April 10th. 

If you are available for travel on these dates, please let us know if you would like to be considered by the Selection Committee. You must have a valid passport at time of travel.

Challenging the Media Message – Lindsay Rafuse, BA’13, and Psychology’s Dr. Suzanne Prior Use Research to Expose Artificial Tanning Ads

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, January 11, 2016
After analyzing the media messages in an online tanning magazine, Rafuse and Prior found that most of the messages promoted artificial tanning as a way to become youthful and attractive.
Lindsay Rafuse, BA’13, is hoping to change the way women respond to media messages about tanning.
Her article “Oh yeah, they’re looking”: A thematic analysis of indoor UV tanning industry advertising and articles”, was completed with Psychology professor Dr. Suzanne Prior and has been published by The Journal of Public Health Policy. Rafuse is hoping readers will take away an important lesson.
“I hope that our female readers recognize through our research that their worth is not based on their appearance, and that there are major industries that benefit, and even profit, from women continuing to view their bodies as objects to be consumed by others,” she said.
After analyzing the media messages in an online tanning magazine, Rafuse and Prior found that most of the messages promoted artificial tanning as a way to become youthful and attractive. In effect, the artificial tanning industry framed their product as a smart choice for women who want to be desirable to men, which can lead women to see it as being beneficial despite its adverse side effects—namely skin cancer.
“We looked at the messages through the lens of objectification theory, which argues that our society sees women as objects of gaze that are valued only for their appearance,” Rafuse said.
“We found that women are more likely to put their health at risk when they are more outwardly focused on appearance, and this, coupled with the already existing false messages that tanning is healthy, leads women to use artificial tanning devices.”
With the thousands of media messages women receive every day, Rafuse hopes the research will have an impact on the way women interpret and digest these messages and, on a larger scale, advocate for strict regulations for artificial tanning devices.
“I hope that all consumers of artificial tanning, but especially women, will begin to become more aware and critical of the messages they receive regarding beauty ideals,” she said.
“We also hope that legislation will be changed to regulate advertising of artificial tanning devices, like regulation of tobacco advertising.”
Small School Advantage
Rafuse, who’s now working as a clinical social worker in counselling services at the University of Waterloo, said her liberal arts education played a major role in her research.
“I was continuously challenging and questioning many societal and cultural messages, which we as consumers are faced with every day. These are messages that a liberal arts education pushes you not to take at face value.”
Rafuse was also in a unique situation as an honours student at St. Thomas—she had the opportunity to conduct research alongside her professor.
Prior, who’s had many published articles with students as co-authors, said these opportunities give STU students a distinct advantage over their peers at larger universities.
“We have no graduate students and faculty rely more on honours students as research assistants,” Prior said.
“Because there are no graduate students, honours students receive professors’ full attention as they work on their honours thesis projects. All of this means that they receive thorough training in research to a level that typically exceeds honours students at larger universities.”