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Future Students: Apply for the Harrison McCain Scholarship/Bursary

PUBLISHED DATE: Friday, February 24, 2017
In addition to your Major Scholarship Application, we also invite you to apply for the Harrison McCain Scholarship/Bursary, a renewable award for Canadian high school graduates with a total value of $16,000 ($4,000 per year).
The selection criteria for this award include the following: 
  • an admission average of 80% or higher,
  • financial need,
  • leadership qualities,
  • a recognized initiative in funding your university education.
  • To qualify for annual renewal, you must maintain minimum annual grade point averages.

Apply for this award by submitting your application for admission to St. Thomas, the Harrison McCain Scholarship/Bursary form ( and all supporting documents to our Admissions Office by March 1, 2017.

A Letter to Future STUdents from First-Year Student Tom Delaney

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Hey, Future St. Thomas Students!
My name is Tom Delaney, and I’m a first-year student from Saint John, New Brunswick.
Applying to universities and trying to make a major decision can be daunting, but once you get here, you realize how awesome it is to be in university, especially here at St. Thomas as a Tommie!
St. Thomas is a university that very quickly became home for me. There are so many opportunities for me here, and so many doors have opened up.
This is my STU story.
Making the Decision
I was actually planning to go to a different university until my guidance counsellor suggested St. Thomas because of its small class sizes and tight-knit community. This is when my interest in the university began. Soon after that, I was hooked.
Arriving on Campus 

I was excited and nervous on the drive to St. Thomas on move-in day. Like most first-year students, I was worried about making friends and having the same types of friendships I had back home.
When I arrived on campus, the parking lot was full of energetic upper-year students who made me feel at home right away. I was put at ease when I saw the friendly faces of people I now call friends.
Welcome Week
During Welcome Week—your first week here—there are lots of activities going on. We all got to know each other and were introduced to the city of Fredericton. It was during this week I met many of the people who are now very important to me.
There’s so much going on that week and there are so many new faces that you forget you're even away from home or that a few days ago you were driving yourself crazy with nervousness.
First Week of Classes
The real university experience hits you as a first-year student when classes begin. The classes here at St. Thomas are nothing like I expected.
The classrooms are smaller, instead of big lecture theatres with 400 other students like I thought they would be. The professors are very welcoming and answer any questions we have. After just a few classes, each of my professors knew me by my first name, which has been really nice because it shows me I’m not just a number here.
The transition to university classes was so much easier than I expected it to be.
What St. Thomas Has Done for Me
I’ve become heavily involved in student life already. I’m the first-year representative for Harrington Hall, I sit on the Residence Life Council, and I’m a note-taker in two of my classes for Student Accessibility. 
On top of this, there’s always something going on around campus. St. Thomas has given me opportunities to extend my leadership abilities and be an active member in my community.
I’ve also learned how to live away from home (and how to use an actual alarm clock!). Through new experiences, I’ve learned a lot about time management, organization, and personal relationships. I’ve also realized how much I appreciate and miss everything my parents used to do for me—but, in realizing this, I’ve learned how to do things on my own, which is very important.
I hope to see you in the fall on campus.
Come to STU! You won’t be disappointed.
Thomas Delaney

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Student Pairs Academics with Campus Job to Prepare for Career of Helping People

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Christian Bezanson, of Pictou County, NS, enrolled at St. Thomas to study Criminology and Criminal Justice with a goal of pursuing a career in the RCMP. Through course work and campus involvement, he’s getting even more prepared than expected.
When some  people think of  police officers they think about  being in trouble, but Bezanson knows another side of the job—a side he’s become more familiar with through courses like Children and Youth at Risk and his job as a residence advisor.
Taking “Children and Youth at Risk” with Dr. Susan Reid
Bezanson said taking classes with Dr. Susan Reid, Criminology, was a natural fit, as her specialties include youth at risk and youth justice.
“She loves to help young people,” Bezanson said. “As part of our class, we worked with Bell Let’s Talk to get word out about mental health and spread awareness about how we should treat one another every day.”
The class invited police officers to campus to hand out kindness notes on campus. As first responders, Bezanson said officers are often around during traumatic events, so having them in uniform at Bell Let’s Talk Day was about showing they are there to help.
“You may not see these people unless there’s trouble. We wanted to remind young people police officers are resources. They show up when times are really tough, and they can make the difference in resolving a situation.”
Bezanson said classes have helped him understand ways young people start to give up when they are struggling.
“Many young people struggle with mental health. I wanted to learn how I can help them, and Dr. Reid is a fantastic person to learn that from.”
Becoming a Residence Advisor and a Resource for Fellow Students
In his first year, Bezanson lived in Chatham Hall, where he said he had great residence advisors who inspired him to give back in the same way.
“When I met my RAs, they made me nervous, but I quickly realized the role they play, and I could see myself doing it, too,” Bezanson said.
“I like to help people, and becoming an RA was a good way to do that.” 
Although enforcing rules and ensuring the security of students is part of the job, Bezanson said RAs are around for more than that—just like police officers.

New Works of Fiction, Poetry, and Essays Featured in Latest Issue of The Nashwaak Review

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, February 16, 2017
The latest issue of The Nashwaak Review is now available. Editor and St. Thomas University English Professor Dr. Stewart Donovan said the issue showcases excellent writing from across the country. He is especially proud to be dedicating this issue to the memory of former St. Thomas University President Dr. Daniel O’Brien.
“It is fair to say that without President O’Brien’s support early on, our magazine would not exist,” Donovan said. 

“Looking back, I see his attitude towards our magazine as part of his larger vision for education and for the arts in society in general. He founded STU’s Fine Arts program, he encouraged our Creative Writing program and he was instrumental in saving NASCAD in Nova Scotia when he became their president.” 

Other writers featured in the issue include a former student of David Adams Richards and STU student Josh Steeves who has written an excellent review of Mark Grief’s latest book. 

Donovan said it is also fitting that this issue be dedicated to President O’Brien because it commemorates the anniversary of Ireland’s struggle for independence. “I have written a full length essay on the Easter Rising, tracing its historical background and its legacy in modern Ireland.” The essay, Donovan adds, grew out of a talk he gave for the Irish Canadian Cultural Association in Moncton last spring.
Since 1994, The Nashwaak Review has published original poetry, short fiction, travel pieces, essays, articles, and reviews. It is a venue for new and established artists, reviewers and critics throughout Canada.

If you would like to order a copy of the issue (Volume 36/37) please send your cheque or money order made payable to St. Thomas University in the amount of $30.00 (includes shipping and handling) to Rebecca Phillips, The Nashwaak Review, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB Canada E3B 5G3.

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

A Letter to Future STUdents from First-Year Student Samantha Arthurs

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Hey Future St. Thomas Students!
My name is Sam, and I’m a first-year student at St. Thomas University. I’m from Saint John, which is only about an hour from campus. I’m writing because I know you’re considering coming to St. Thomas next year.
I want to share my experience as a first-year student with you, because I was in your shoes just a year ago. I hope this helps you decide whether St. Thomas is right for you.
Making the decision
When I first started applying to universities, there were a number I was considering attending. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to take—arts or science—until I walked onto the St. Thomas campus.
At that point, I had met a representative and she helped me immensely. (I actually still talk to her!) However, actually being on campus was my deciding moment. Have you ever walked into a place and just felt at home? That’s what it was like for me when I toured St. Thomas for the first time.
My first weeks
I arrived a day early to move into residence, but I was still met with enthusiasm and excitement. My residence quickly became my new home. The activities start right away to fill you with pride for the university and for your residence house. The first week is also helpful in getting you familiar with Fredericton.
I met one of my very best friends at a Welcome Week activity. During that first week, there are so many people and so much going on, but I kept telling myself everyone is in the same boat!
Welcome Week leaders and Residence Advisors were always smiling and ready to help!
What classes are like
I was nervous to start classes, but also very excited. The small classes are amazing. The most people you will have in a class is 60, but most of my classes have 40 or fewer. By the end of the second week, my professors knew my name which made the transition from high school to university a lot easier, and it made for a comfortable learning environment.
What St. Thomas has done for me
I was already heavily involved in just my first semester of first year. I’m a part of my house committee, residence council, and the pre-law society. I’m a note taker for student accessibility. The university also gave me the opportunity to attend the recent East Coast Student Leadership Conference.
Through my early involvement and the people I’ve met, St. Thomas has helped build me up as a student and as an individual in just a few months. St. Thomas is so much more than just a university.
Although classes and school work is the top priority, there are so many other opportunities that open doors and allow you to explore what’s around you. St. Thomas truly holds the keys to success in many ways.
This is why I love my university. I hope you fall in love with STU, too.
Good luck!
Samantha Arthurs

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Journal of New Brunswick Studies Releases Issue Examining New Brunswick’s Resource Economy

PUBLISHED DATE: Thursday, January 26, 2017
The new issue of the Journal of New Brunswick Studies examining the promises and risks of shale gas in New Brunswick has been released at
Journal editor Tony Tremblay, Canada Research Chair in New Brunswick Studies at St. Thomas University, is excited that the journal was able to get an exclusive interview with members of the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing.
“Commission members are frank and passionate in reflecting on the public consultation process that led to new ways of thinking about both resource extraction and citizen engagement in the province,” said Tremblay. “We would be well advised in New Brunswick to heed their advice.”
Tremblay said that three other articles in the issue—on shale gas royalties, the New Brunswick Energy Institute roundtable, and the new field of blue theology, a field that considers the spiritual dimensions of water connectivity in human and animal ecosystems—each makes a substantial contribution to ongoing discussions about shale gas and resource developments in the province.
In a revealing conversation with Jamie Gillies, assistant professor of communications and public policy at St. Thomas University, members of the Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing reflect on the challenges they faced engaging citizens.
Gillies believes that their work was refreshingly progressive and reflects the reality that citizens will no longer tolerate backroom deals and government officials working non-transparently with the corporate sector on issues of public importance.
“It is clear from the Commission’s report that government needs to acknowledge that public attitudes and trust in institutions have shifted. Publics no longer accept the idea of politicians acting for the greater good or in the provincial interest if these officials do not actively and transparently engage and consult with their publics. But they do not accept a delegate model of representation either. The public wants an element of direct engagement that will have a meaningful impact on public policy decisions. That is a different form of representation altogether,” said Gillies
Commission member John McLaughlin reflected on the development of public policy during the conversation. “There is an arrested development and immaturity in this province and it is not just in terms of fracking but other policy files as well and about the future of the province,” he said.

Interviews and Articles
  • Jamie Gillies, "The Future of Citizen Engagement: An Interview with the Members of the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing"
  • John Reid, "A Conversation with Ann Moyal: Lord Beaverbrook’s Researcher"
  • Roderick Hill, Maggie FitzGerald Murphy, and Andrew G. Secord, "Shale Gas Royalties in New Brunswick: An Evaluation"
  • Kelly Bronson, "(Re)Producing Power: Analyzing the New Brunswick Energy Institute Roundtables"
  • Derek Simon, “Vulnerable Waters, Anti-Fracking Solidarities, and Blue Theologies: Towards A New Brunswick Research Agenda between the Global and the Local”
The Journal of New Brunswick Studies/Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick is a multi-disciplinary journal that features original essays and research about the province in English and French. The only bilingual journal of ideas in New Brunswick, it publishes thoughtful writing about ongoing conversations and debates in the province -

Information for Nova Scotia students regarding NSTU work-to-rule

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
St. Thomas University is aware of the work-to-rule job action by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, and our Admissions Office assures applicants from Nova Scotia that they will not be disadvantaged by this situation.

The information below outlines how St. Thomas University will proceed with admission decisions and scholarship applications from Nova Scotia during this time.

Admission decisions: In the event that you are unable to submit your first semester grades, please notify our office. If necessary, we will base admission decisions on grade 11 marks. Please make sure that we also have a list of the grade 12 courses you’re taking this year. We will follow up by reviewing your first semester final marks as soon as they become available. More information on Nova Scotia entrance requirements is available here

Transcripts for scholarship applicants: St. Thomas University offers more than 40 different types of scholarships. More information on scholarship criteria is available here. If your first semester grade 12 marks will not be available by the scholarship deadline of March 1st, please let us know. If necessary, the Admissions Office will consider your previous academic performance and the strength of your grade 12 program for scholarship purposes.

Reference letters for scholarship applicants: If your teacher or guidance counsellor is unable to provide a reference letter by March 1st, you are encouraged to submit a letter from another referee who is not related to you.  For example, your referee could be a coach, mentor, employer, or member of your community who can outline why they believe you are a strong candidate for a major scholarship. The referee may wish to identify your skills, attitude, and growth, as well as your contributions to and performance within your school. If you are unable to provide a reference letter, you will still be considered for major scholarships as long as you inform us in writing that this is the case.

We look forward to working with you during your application process.  Representatives from St. Thomas University will be visiting Nova Scotia in February.  To find out when we will be in your area, please email  If you have any questions regarding applications, scholarships, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at or by phone at 1-877-788-4443. 

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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Major Scholarship Deadline - Wednesday, March 1

PUBLISHED DATE: Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Why apply for a major scholarship?
  • More than 40 different kinds of scholarships are available to incoming, first-year students.
  • $2 million in financial aid goes to our students every year.
  • 1 in 7 first-year students receives a major scholarship valued between $9,000 and $68,000.
  • 48 FULL TUITION scholarships are offered every year.

Are you hoping to earn a major scholarship to begin your Bachelor of Arts at St. Thomas University this fall? We’ve outlined some important information and helpful tips just for you.


Our major scholarship deadline is March 1, 2017! You must have all your applications and supporting documents in to the Admissions Office by then.

How to reach us

The Admissions Office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You are able to reach us a number of ways, listed below. The contact information below is also where we accept your application documents. Any questions, just ask!

Email: (international students:

Phone: 506-452-0532 (toll-free: 1-877-788-4443)

In person: 51 Dineen Drive, Donald C. Duffie Hall (with the clock on the front), St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

You can also connect with individual Admission Counsellors.


Note: You may send your documents in individually. They do not need to come all together at one time. However, it is mandatory that all documents are received by the Admissions Office by March 1, 2017.

1. Scholarship Application Form
The Major Scholarship Application Form is available on your account or on page 7 of the paper application package.

2. First Semester Transcript
Arrange to have a copy of your official first-semester final transcript sent to us by email ( or by fax: 506-452-0617

3. Scholarship Application Letter
A one to two page typed letter in which you explain what makes you a strong candidate for one of our awards.  

Your letter may include some of the following:
  • Your reasons for pursuing university studies and plans for the future
  • Your reasons for applying to St. Thomas
  • Activities that demonstrate your leadership qualities
  • Extracurricular, community, and volunteer activities
  • Hobbies and outside interests
4. Résumé
Your résumé should outline your activities since beginning high school, including any jobs you have held, honours or awards, etc.

5.  Reference Letter
A letter of reference from a teacher, guidance counsellor, or principal that outlines why they believe you are a strong candidate for a major scholarship from St. Thomas. The referee may wish to identify your skills, attitude, and growth, as well as your contributions to and performance within your school.

Reference letters may also be written by other community members such as coaches, mentors, or other people who have had an influence on your life.

Please note: Major scholarships are open to candidates for full-time admission to the first year of the Bachelor of Arts program who are applying on the basis of their high school records. Only applicants with an admission average of 80% or higher will be considered for a major scholarship.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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. 
  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 or 1-877-788-4443