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Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Henry V: Hannah Zamora Presents Scholarly Work at International Student Conference in California

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, April 24, 2017
Hannah Zamora, of Niagara, ON, found common ground with students from across the globe at a conference in California.

The Association for Core Texts and Courses Student Conference, held at the Liberal Arts Institute at Concordia University, Irvine, brought together students from multiple disciplines and universities around the world.

“I was really happy to have this opportunity, and I was shocked I was selected for it,” Zamora said. “People from all over the world and from all different disciplines found this common ground with core texts. It was great.”

It was a whirlwind experience for Zamora. She arrived in California March 3 and she left two days later, but her time there was full and memorable.
 
“I’m kind of a shy, introverted person, but I ended up seeking out company because everyone was so welcoming and so excited to talk about what they were passionate about. I even ended up having a conversation about the thesis I’m going to be writing next year with one of the professors. It was really cool.”

The conference focused on liberal arts education, something Zamora is familiar with as a St. Thomas student. The paper she presented, titled “Knowing the Audience: Deception as Henry V’s Constant Political Tool” had undercurrents of critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving.

“The paper was about Shakespeare’s Henry the V, specifically Henry’s time with the thieves, and how that rag-tag band of people educated him for when he became king. The central part of that was the use of his own critical thinking, intelligence, and creativity to make the education work for him as he moved forward,” she said.

“It’s about how Henry lies or preforms to his audience, but he knows his audience so well that the lies really stick. The audience makes it real for him.”

Zamora, a third-year double honours student in Great Books and English, was chosen as the St. Thomas nominee for the conference after winning an internal competition held on campus among Great Books honours students. She was then chosen by the conference to be one of the attendees.

Zamora is one of five students from the university to attend the event, joining Robyn Seale (2009), Mikala Gallant (2011), Hilary Ball (2013), and Natalia Gutierrez (2015).

Discussing Diversity: Student-led Conference Will Teach High School Students About Diversity, Empathy and Inclusion

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Some Human Rights students at St. Thomas University want local high school students to learn more about diversity issues in New Brunswick. That’s why they organized the Diversity in New Brunswick Human Rights Conference, which will be held at STU on April 27.
 
“The conference’s objective is to inform high school students on current diversity issues in the province and how these reflect global issues too,” said fourth-year student Stefen Savoy, the event’s administrative lead.
 
Savoy wants students to learn about the obstacles many New Brunswickers face so they can be better equipped to practice empathy and inclusion in their communities.
 
The conference will cover topics such as race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; and ability and access.

Out of the nine presentations, six will be delivered by St. Thomas University professors and three by advocates from across the province.
 
Human Rights students Al Cusack and Elizabeth Tuck are promotion co-leads for the event. During the last few weeks, they’ve made discussion-based presentations at Fredericton High School to get students excited about the conference.
 
“We ask them a lot of questions, show them videos… It has gone really well. The students are really engaged,” Cusack said.
 
Students from other high schools such as Oromocto High and Leo Hayes will also attend the event. 
 
Tuck said the issues discussed at the conference are important for everyone but especially for high school students.

"It's important for all students who may not always be aware of this stuff to see how these topics impact the world and, specifically, New Brunswick," she said.

Cusack hopes the conference will shape students into socially conscious citizens beyond the walls of their high schools.
 
Cusack added that many of the students attending the conference come from marginalized groups, which makes it difficult for them to imagine going to university or having a career.
 
“What STU can do as an institution for these high schoolers at this conference is show them that yes, they have a future, that there is life beyond high school, and that it can be great and filled with people who are empathetic.”
 
Note: STU students Hayley McCarty and Danika Phinney are also part of the conference organization team but were unavailable for an interview at this time.

Beyond the Text: Students Use Objects to Study History in New Exhibit at Kings Landing

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Five students have gone beyond the texts to study history.

Jacob Agnew, Denis Boulet, Rebecca Boone, Katlin Copeland, and Zane Smith, who are all part of Dr. Brad Cross’s Material History Seminar, are using objects to gain a better understanding of the past.

Their findings have been put on display at Kings Landing Historical Settlement in an exhibit titled, “Learning from Things: Researching New Brunswick’s History Using Everyday Objects,” which will be up for the summer.

“There’s so much to be said about how we communicate history, not just orally or in written ways, but with objects,” said Boulet, a fourth-year student.

“These objects tell their own stories and it leads to a whole new approach to history, so that’s refreshing and exciting.”

Living in a material world makes it hard to capture history using only written documents.  Dr. Cross said objects, even those used on a daily basis, are an important tool for interpreting the past.

“Objects can be a powerful source for doing history,” he said. “My students have the chance to use the huge artifact collection at Kings Landing for their research. They also get to experience what it's like making exhibits for the visiting public.”

Students in the full-year seminar were able to choose objects that interested them, before researching and collecting the most important information for the exhibit.

Agnew, a third-year History and Political Science student, chose a handmade hunting knife.

“These objects became more than just the objects themselves,” he said of his exhibit. “Because they’re handmade and passed down through a family there’s a story attached to them. They became an emotional object that holds memories.”

The project took months to complete, but offered a unique opportunity to go beyond the classroom and put knowledge to work.

“It’s cool because we’re taking the material we’ve been studying in class and taking it outside. I really appreciate this experience,” Boulet said.

“How we communicate these object’s stories has to do with how we present them, and we’ve been exposed to different schools of thought on displaying history, so that was pretty interesting as well.”

Other objects on display in the student exhibit include mantel clocks, over-the-counter medicine, toys, as well as pastimes like woodworking.

St. Thomas University to Honour Alex Neve and Sandra Irving at Spring Convocation May 9

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, April 13, 2017
St. Thomas University will be bestowing honourary degrees on human rights advocate Alex Neve and philanthropist Sandra Irving at its Spring Convocation on May 9.
 
Neve is Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, a group independent of any political ideology, economic interest, or religion. An internationally respected human rights advocate, Neve has been a member of Amnesty International since his university days in 1985 and has gone on to lead numerous Amnesty International missions throughout Africa, Latin America, and Canada. He represents the organization regularly at international meetings and summits. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Canadian Centre for International Justice, the Centre for Law and Democracy, and Partnership Africa-Canada.
 
Neve earned a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Masters of International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. He has served on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, taught human rights and refugee law at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Ottawa, and has been affiliated with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. He has written numerous reports for Amnesty International and appears regularly before Canadian parliamentary committees, as well as United Nations and Inter-American human rights bodies. A sought-after commentator on human rights issues, he has spoken at Oxford and Harvard, and he delivered the Vigod Lecture in Human Rights at St. Thomas University. Neve is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
 
Irving is a champion of higher education, noting that what she and husband Arthur Irving like to do best is “help students.” She worked alongside her husband in the development of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, a gift to Acadia University from the Irving family. They support students at UNB, Acadia, Dartmouth College, St. Thomas University, St. Francis Xavier, St. Mary's, and the University of Toronto, and have supported the career aspirations of some of the province’s best student athletes. She also served as a Board Member of UNB, the Roosevelt International Park Commission, the Saint John Regional Hospital Health Authority, Theatre New Brunswick, Drug Awareness Resistance Education, Dialogue New Brunswick, and the Boys and Girls Club of Saint John.
 
Irving earned a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of New Brunswick in Saint John and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto. As Chair of the President's Advisory Council of the Royal Society of Canada, she encouraged greater recognition of Canada’s leading professors and researchers. She assisted the Royal Society in engaging youth and First Nations, extending its mandate to creative and performing arts, and mentoring young faculty. Sandra and Arthur also made a gift to establish RSC-Atlantic to foster connections between outstanding scholars and universities in our region. A cancer survivor, Irving is dedicated to supporting research to find a cure and is a strong supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society. In recognition of her public service, she was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Saint John, and was named to the Order of Canada.

Courts, Politics, and Government: Dr. Tom Bateman Makes Significant Contribution to Political Science with Second Release of Two Books

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Political Science professor Tom Bateman has made another significant contribution to the political science world.  

Emond Montgomery Publications of Toronto has just released second editions of two of his co-edited books, The Court and Constitution: Leading Cases and The Court and the Charter: Leading Cases.

The first edition of the two collections of decisions came out in 2008. Both books were successful and have been assigned in many universities across Canada, including in his own classes at STU. 

The most recent editions keep up with the jurisprudence and trace the effects of Supreme Court decisions on Canadian politics and government. 

These books abridge decisions made by the Supreme Court of Canada, highlighting the essential parts that are most relevant to students of political science. Bateman says that it is impossible to understand Canadian politics without taking account of the prominent role of courts in the age of Charter. In addition, he says, Aboriginal rights are to a great extent advanced through the courts, rather than other political channels. 

Bateman and three other senior political scientists across Canada edited and wrote prefaces to over 60 decisions. They then re-wrote the introduction to the two books and updated the bibliography. 

“It’s been a really great group of people to work with; these are my colleagues, friends and mentors. We represent three academic generations, including Peter H. Russell who is one of the deans of Canadian political science. They are all conscientious and though we disagreed about lots of things, we resolved differences quickly and amicably, and we were quite efficient in making all of our deadlines and giving feedback to each other,” Bateman added. 

For Bateman, the relief of finishing this project has set in, and his new focus is his upcoming sabbatical, where his year will be dedicated to designing two new courses, and writing on new assisted suicide legislation and constitutional theory. He will also embark on a book project with colleague Dr. Patrick Malcolmson.  

A Published Scholar: Third-year Student Al Cusack Has Paper Printed in International Journal

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Al Cusack, of New Minas, NS, is now a published scholar.

The third-year student recently found out their paper “Rights at Retail: The Impact of Corporations on Feminism, Queer Rights, and the Movement for Gender Equity” has been published in the International Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences.

“I was blown away,” Cusack said of being published. “I didn’t think I was capable of accomplishing something like this during my undergrad.”

The paper, which was submitted for Dr. Szurlej’s Human Rights seminar, explores the influence corporations have on human rights movements, especially gender equity which includes feminism and queer rights.

“What I found from the literature was that corporations are really starting to shape movements and set their priorities,” Cusack said. “Unfortunately, the priorities they’re setting aren’t necessarily addressing the needs of the most vulnerable people in the movements.”

Cusack, who is honouring in Sociology, majoring in Human Rights, and minoring in Communications and Public Policy, never would have thought of submitting the paper for publishing if it hadn’t been for Dr. Szurlej.

“She said, ‘I want you to publish this,’ but I didn’t really take her seriously until she sent me the call for submissions for the journal.”

Although Cusack hopes the paper will impact future human rights movements, they also hope it will inspire other students to take risks and to take advantage of the opportunities St. Thomas offers.

“Because this university is so focused, I think it means you get more opportunities,” they said. “I really hope students take advantage of the fact that their professors are 100 per cent on their side and invested in their success.”

After completing their Bachelor of Arts, Cusack plans to earn a PhD and dedicate their professional life to on-the-ground activism through a non-profit organization.

In terms of finding the right fit for a graduate program, Cusack said their time at STU will be hard to beat.

“I’m very happy with my decision to attend St. Thomas. I’m starting to look at grad schools now and I’ve decided I can’t compromise on a school that just has the academic program I’m looking for, it has to have a culture and a community like STU,” they said. “This place has definitely set the bar high.”

From Small Town to Big Opportunity: Mackenzie Taylor Accepted to The Ontario Legislature Internship Program

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
An act of maritime kindness landed Mackenzie Taylor the opportunity of a lifetime.

While visiting the Ontario Legislature in Toronto, Taylor began making small talk with the custodian.  He noticed her spirited personality and immense passion for politics and suggested she apply for the Ontario Legislature Internship Program.

The 10-month non-partisan program provides backbench members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario with qualified intern positions. Out of 1,000 applicants, only eight are selected. This year’s elite crop is composed of all Ontario students, except for Taylor.

“Four years ago, I would have never imagined a small-town girl from Woodstock, NB, could be living and working her dream job in Toronto,” Taylor said. “But my parents always said, ‘if you’re going to start something, do it well.’”

That’s exactly what she’s done over her four years at St. Thomas.

Not only did she push herself in the classroom, but her dedicated community involvement has helped her become well-rounded. She volunteered with the Chalmers Foundation and gained valuable experience during an internship at the Legal Council of Human Rights Commission.

In the midst of excitement, the humble and joyful fourth-year student isn’t short of praise for her alma mater and influencers who have inspired her along the way, particularly Political Science professors Dr. Thomas Bateman and Dr. Patrick Malcolmson.

“Dr. Bateman has been my mentor for everything. I look up to him an incredible amount and someday I hope someone else could look up to me in that capacity, as well,” Taylor said.

Bateman is pleased Taylor will have the opportunity to continue to pursue her interest in politics in such an immersive program.

“I was able to lead her a certain way, but the rest of it is all her,” he said.

The Ontario Legislature Internship Program gives interns the opportunity to write an academic paper on a topic of their choice, which is what Taylor is looking forward to the most. Refining her ability to write and form an effective argument will be important as she hopes to pursue further education—possibly law school—in the future.

Entrepreneurship and Social Conscience - Students Make a Difference in the Community Through Fredericton Branch of Enactus

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Students with an interest in entrepreneurship and an active social conscience have come together to make a difference in the community.

Olinda Diaz Del Valle, Alejandra Villanueva, Lourdes Pastrana, and Oriana Cordido, along with a group of students from the University of New Brunswick, make up the Fredericton branch of Enactus—a global non-profit organization focused on advancing Canada’s economic, social, and environmental health.

The group, which was established in February of 2016, has undertaken three causes: AutismWorks, a project that allows them to offer help to an entrepreneur on the autism spectrum with his business, OneDeed, an initiative geared to combat homelessness, and CompostU, an action plan aimed at reducing waste in Fredericton.

“We focus on creating social impact, while helping the community and promoting entrepreneurship,” Pastrana said. “We try to have different projects that target the community’s main problems.”

Despite being only a year old, the Fredericton Enactus group has already found success. They were recently awarded second runner-up in the Scotiabank Ecoliving Green Challenge for CompostU at the Enactus Regionals in Halifax, NS.

Cordido, the group’s president, said the regional competition was an important stepping stone for the Fredericton branch.

“Fourteen universities from Atlantic Canada participated, and it was an amazing experience for us because it was our first time going,” she said. “We never thought we would win a prize since we were competing with more experienced universities.”

Enactus has been a good fit for students at St. Thomas University, and Cordido said there are many parallels between what she learns in class and the hands-on work of the group.

“STU teaches you to be an active part of your community and to make a difference,” she said. “This helps put the skills from class into the projects we’re doing.”

As part of the award-winning CompostU initiative, the Fredericton Enactus group is hosting the Spring Up! event that aims to tidy the city’s river front, along with the main parts of downtown, to welcome the spring season in a clean way. The event will take place April 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and the teams that collect the most waste will receive prizes.

Get Involved. Join Enactus for 2017
For more information or to get involved in Enactus, e-mail enactus.fredericton@gmail.com or join the group on Facebook.

"Sport is a Vessel For Positive Change" - Justin Robar, 2017 John Frederick Walls Memeorial Award Winner

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Justin Robar, a fourth-year men's rugby player from Geary, NB, was acknowledged for his commitment to athletics, academics, and community service as the 2017 winner of the John Frederick Walls Memorial award.

The award is given annually to a male student athlete of good character who has actively participated in university athletics, maintained a good academic standing, and represented the athletic ideal.

"I've really developed at St. Thomas and it's helped me turn into the man I am today," Robar said after receiving the award. "It's nice to receive this honour and also to represent the men's rugby team and my teammates."

On top of his commitments as a student athlete, Robar has given back to his sport as a high school and mini rugby coach, and spent a summer traveling through Africa coaching as part of the Bhubesi Pride. He's also volunteered at the Ville Cooperative, participated in the student athlete mentor program, and given of his time at the Grace House shelter for women.

"I'm honoured just to be in the running for this award," he said. "I really think student athletes hold an important position and can do good in the community and all over the world."

Next fall, Robar will be pursuing a Master's in Sports Management at Brock University. He hopes to put his experience at St. Thomas to use through the creation of sport development policy.

"I want to promote best practices concerning sport for development," he said. "I really think sport is a vessel for positive change if used correctly."

Celebrating Athletic Achievement: Stephane Blinn and Kelty Apperson Named Athletes of the Year

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Stephane Blinn and Kelty Apperson were crowned as the top athletes at St. Thomas University for 2016-17.

The fourth-year hitter from the men’s volleyball team and the fifth-year captain from the women’s hockey team were also their squad’s most valuable players.

Blinn, of Nasonworth, NB, was named an Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association all-star and the men’s volleyball conference MVP. His four kills per set average and .257 kill percentage led the league, and he was fifth in the ACAA in digs with 100.

At the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national championships, Blinn was named an All-Canadian—putting him among the top 10 players in the country.

“I’ve been working hard all year for this, so it’s great to see my hard work recognized by STU,” Blinn said.

“This has been my season, but I couldn’t have done this by myself. I have to give a lot of props to my brother. He’s helped me build my game and I helped him build his.”

In his time as a Tommie, Blinn earned three consecutive ACAA men’s volleyball titles and was a two-time conference all-star.

Apperson, of New Hamburg, ON, is also finishing a storied career with the Green and Gold.

This season she was named a second team all-star in the Atlantic University Sport conference and led the Tommies in scoring with 28 points. She was also one of two players from the AUS selected to play with Team Canada at the Winter Universiade in Kazakhstan.

This is the second consecutive year that Apperson was named the university’s female Athlete of the Year.

“To win this award is awesome and very humbling,” Apperson said. “I think it’s a reflection of how the women’s hockey team is doing and where we’re going. For two years now we’ve been improving and setting records for the program, so I think this is just a reflection of how we’re doing as a team.”

This season may not be the end of Apperson’s competitive hockey career, as she is currently looking into playing professionally in Europe or in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

“I don’t think this is the end for me, so it’s still an exciting time in my life,” she said. “To reflect on my STU athletic career and the experience I’ve had, tonight’s a nice night to remember.”

Other major award winners were Anisha Romany, who received the Cathy Wadden Commitment Award, and Justin Robar, who was given the John Frederick Walls Memorial Award.

The Athletic Ideal -- Anisha Romany Receives 2017 Cathy Wadden Commitment Award

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Anisha Romany, a second-year thrower from Trinidad and Tobago, was recognized for her dedication to athletics, academics, and community service as the 2017 winner of the Cathy Wadden Commitment award.

The award is given annually to a female student athlete of good character that has actively participated in university athletics, maintained a good academic standing and represented the athletic ideal.

"It feels amazing," Romany said after receiving the award. "I'm really grateful to be honoured with this."

Romany has been a member of the women's track and field team for the last two years. Since arriving on campus, she's been actively engaged in the St. Thomas community and has participated in the Student's Union, Campus Ministry, Peer Mentoring program, Theatre St. Thomas, and the STU Cares Day of Action.

She's also a Dean's List student.

"Community is such an important part of my experience at St. Thomas and being involved in it has been incredible," Romany said. "STU is such a small, close-knit community so getting to know everyone has been such a great experience.

Romany, who plans to pursue an Education degree after completing her Bachelor of Arts, said her personality and the nature of the St. Thomas community are a perfect match.

"I really like getting involved, and STU has a wonderful environment for getting involved. The warmth of this community has been encouraging and it's part of the reason why I continue to do what I do now."

Leadership, Character, and Personality – Breeanna Gallant Awarded the 2017 Tom McCann Memorial Trophy

PUBLISHED DATE: Monday, April 3, 2017
Breeanna Gallant, of Bloomfield, PEI, was recognized for her leadership in the classroom, on campus, and in the community at the St. Thomas University graduates’ dinner as the 2017 winner of the Tom McCann Memorial Award.

The award is presented annually to a senior student who best portrays the spirit of St. Thomas through contributions to the university and student affairs, while also demonstrating outstanding leadership, character, and personality traits.

“I’m very grateful to have earned the Tom McCann Memorial Trophy,” Gallant said. “To receive an award that recognizes leadership, character and personality is an honour because it’s St. Thomas that has fostered these qualities within me. To have received the award surrounded by all of my peers was an amazing feeling.”

St. Thomas President and Vice-Chancellor Dawn Russell said the presentation of the trophy is one of the university’s most important events.

“The list of previous winners is an impressive roster of STU alumni—there are priests, lawyers, a cabinet minister, doctors, Rhodes Scholars, videographers, professors, and teachers,” she said. “I know many of them, and they all share a trait with Tom McCann, and that’s the belief that university it not only about the classroom, it’s also about enriching your life and the lives of those around you.”

Gallant, who is known by her peers as passionate, patient, personal, and positive, embodies this award.

In pursuit of her Bachelor of Arts, which includes an Honours in Sociology, a major in Psychology, and a minor in Criminology, Gallant discovered an interest in children’s mental health, cognitive-behaviour therapy, and intersectionality. This led to her thesis, titled “My Mental Health is a Part of Me, but It Does Not Define Me: A Discourse Analysis of the ‘#MyDefinition’ Anti-Stigma Campaign,” which earned first place at the Dalhousie University Interdisciplinary Health Conference.  In May, she will be one of five Canadian undergraduate students to present at the Canadian Sociological Association at Ryerson University.

Outside of her academic commitments, Gallant has volunteered on campus as a mentor in the Peer Mentoring program, as a Welcome Week leader, and as the Environment and Nutrition Rep for Chatham Hall. Off campus, she worked as a certified support group facilitator for the Capital Region Mental Health and Addictions Association, and was a Crisis Intervener with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre.

“The St. Thomas community is so supportive, and I've grown significantly during my years here,” Gallant said. “The past four years have been the best of my life and I will always be thankful to St. Thomas for an enriching undergraduate experience.”

Gallant has spent her four years at St. Thomas focusing her energy on helping others, and she hopes to dedicate her professional life to the same goal as a clinical social worker.
 

Nineteen Tommies Among Conference Best in 2016-2017

PUBLISHED DATE: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
SOCCER
 
Men
 
Kyle Yearwood >> first team all-conference
A rookie from Barbados, Yearwood played every minute of the regular season. He led the Tommies in goals and helped the young squad stay competitive in a rebuilding year.
 
Oliver Dussault >> second team all-conference
A fourth-year wing back, Dussault was a key part of the Tommies lineup. His work ethic, intensity, and leadership were unmatched this season.

Women

Zoe de Bellefeuille >> first team all-conference
A fourth-year centre back, Bellefeuille netted three goals for the Tommies this season and took the bulk of the team's free kicks, often creating scoring opportunities for her teammates.

Amy Sheppard >> second team all-conference
Sheppard played every minute of the regular season. The New Waterford, NS, native is an understated threat at wing back, but has proven to be one of the Tommies hardest working players.

RUGBY

Olivia Ricketts >> ACAA Rookie of the Year
Ricketts came to the Tommies as a utility forward and was quick to earn a spot in the starting lineup. She was among the team's top scorers in her ACAA debut, recording 30 points during the regular season.

Kiaya Jorden >> first team all-conference
Jorden led the team in scoring with 55 points, despite missing two games due to injury. Her ability to run the ball, coupled with her skill defensively, make her a constant presence on the field.

Bailey Andrews >> first team all-conference
Andrews moved to scrumhalf this season and settled quickly into her new role. She was second in team scoring with 51 points.

Shannon Morris >> first team all-conference
Morris used her strength to break through the opposition and distribute the ball. She’s an intelligent player that creates for her teammates.

Jenna Betts >> first team all-conference
Betts’s speed and agility, combined with her textbook body position into contact, were invaluable to the Tommies’ game play this season.

VOLLEYBALL

Men

Stephane Blinn >> first team all-conference, ACAA Player of the Year
Blinn led the conference in kills and kills per set with 207 and 4, respectively. He boasted a league-leading kill percentage of .256 and was also fifth in digs in the ACAA with 100.

Marc Blinn >> first team all-conference
Blinn was crucial to the Tommies’ offense and led the ACAA in assists per set with 7.75. He was third in the conference in service aces with 19 and also contributed eight kills, 87 digs, and 18 blocks on the season.

Women

Deidra Jones >> second team all-conference
Jones was named to the second all-conference team for her strong performance this season, which included 148 kills, 205 digs, and 24 blocks. Her 39 service aces were the fifth most in the league.

BASKETBALL

Women

Carissa McTague >> second team all-conference
McTague averaged 11 points, nine rebounds, and two assists per game. She finished second in team scoring and was the second best rebounder in the conference.

HOCKEY

Eliza Snider >> first team all-conference
Snider led all defenders in the AUS with 15 points. Her strength with the puck and her contribution to special teams were key for the Tommies this season.

Jessie McCann >> second team all-conference
McCann contributed nine points to the Tommies offense this season, while also putting in substantial minutes on the penalty kill and power play.

Kelty Apperson >> second team all-conference
Apperson led the team's offense this season and was sixth in the AUS scoring race with 28 points. The fifth-year New Hamburg, ON, native also has the fifth-best plus-minus rating in the conference with +25.

Alex Woods >> AUS all-rookie team
Woods finished in the top 10 in scoring among defenders in her debut season with four goals and six assists. The first-year player from Courtice, ON, also boasted a plus-minus of +20 on the season.

Lauren Leagult >> AUS all-rookie team
Legault had a solid season for the Tommies. She registered 16 points off six goals—two of which were game-winning—and 10 assists.

Becky Conner >> AUS Most Sportsmanlike Player
Conner is a wiry forward who is willing to battle in the tough spaces while maintaining respect for her opponents and the game. She had only two penalty minutes this season and was tied for thirteenth in league scoring.

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

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