News StFX News en StFX Campus Power Outage Update <p><span>To the campus community,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>We anticipate that power will be restored to the entire campus by 12:20PM.&nbsp; If there are further interruptions, we will send updates. We suspect that the outage was caused by a surge on the Nova Scotia grid.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>The current power outage is impacting most buildings except MSB, Lane Hall,&nbsp;</span><span>Coady International, Mockler Hall,&nbsp;</span><span>42 West Street</span><span>&nbsp;and West Street Apts.</span><span>&nbsp; Facilities Management is inspecting the affected buildings to determine if the cause is on campus.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>The affected&nbsp;</span><span>buildings are being powered by generators. Details on emergency backup can be found at</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span><a href=""><span></span></a></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>We regret any inconvenience this has caused.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>Leon MacLellan</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Director of Facilities Management</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">StFX University</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:13:42 YES StFX to host 5th annual East Coast Student Leadership Conference <p><span>StFX will welcome about 150 university student leaders from across the Atlantic provinces Nov. 4-6 when the university hosts the 5th annual East Coast Student Leadership Conference, an event designed to help students stretch and expand their leadership skills.</span></p> <div><span>This year&rsquo;s theme is Blueprint: (Re) Design the Status Quo.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s a fitting theme, say conference communications co-chairs and StFX students Brett Pinkham and Mikayla MacDonald, as the student-led conference will encourage participants to challenge the status quo and think outside the box to create their own blueprints for leadership.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;d like the atmosphere to be innovative,&rdquo; says Ms. MacDonald, a fourth year political science and history student from Kingston, ON, who says the conference will provide a great opportunity for participants to learn, network, expand horizons and enhance communication and leadership skills.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They say it&rsquo;s a great chance for like-minded students at universities across Atlantic Canada to gather and inspire each other.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The goal is to have all these student leaders learn from each other, to share ideas, and to take the ideas back to implement positive change,&rdquo; says Mr. Pinkham, a fourth year business student from Halifax, NS.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Conference highlights include two motivational keynote speakers, professional and student-led concurrent sessions, and networking and social opportunities including a coffee house and a banquet.&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" width="371" height="371" alt="" /></div> <div>Not only can participants expect to be inspired, they can also inspire. Interested students are <a href="">encouraged to apply</a> to lead a session on a leadership topic they&rsquo;re passionate about. Ms. MacDonald and Mr. Pinkham say this also gives students an opportunity to become comfortable in presenting sessions and leading dialogue.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>This year&rsquo;s keynote speakers are StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald and Kim Katrin Milan, an internationally known public speaker, award winning writer and artist based in Toronto and New York. She is co-founder and current director of The People Project 10 years of works in Queer and Trans communities, and is one of the owners of the oldest LGBT bookstore in the world.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>More information on the conference can be found at <a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:04:43 NO Schwartz School students honoured with 2016 Dr. Trudy Eagan Women in Business Awards <p><span>Fourth year Schwartz School of Business students Allison Randall of Halifax, NS and Lauren Vogel of Calgary, AB were named the 2016 Dr. Trudy Eagan Women in Business Awards recipients, receiving the honour during the annual Dr. Trudy Eagan Women in Business Speaker Series on Oct. 4.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>The annual awards are presented to two outstanding senior female students who have made a difference at StFX. The award recognizes strong academic performance, determination and perseverance, and a positive impact on classmates and the program.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The afternoon event was also highlighted by an address from keynote speaker Angela Mondou, president of Canada Company, a national non-partisan charitable organization founded to support the members of Canada&rsquo;s military and their families, who shared ways for students to achieve success in their careers and lives,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Mondou is a former air force captain and marketing executive whose unconventional career has taken her from worldwide military operations to top-ranked high-tech companies, including Research In Motion, the creators of BlackBerry&trade;. She started her career as an air force officer. After nine years in the Air Force and war-zone experience, she moved on to the high-tech industry and became a global marketing executive. She is founder of ICE Leadership, an award winning company that has specialized in helping companies build new business and expand in existing business. She was recently appointed Honorary Colonel for CFSATE, has been a director with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council for 10 years, and has fulfilled the role of EVP Leadership &amp; Mentorship for the International Women's Forum. She is also the bestselling author of Hit the Ground Leading!, a leadership book that provides military and business insight for team leadership and personal growth.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Business professor and ceremony emcee Dr. Mary Oxner thanked Dr. Eagan &ldquo;well known to our community as a business leader, a community advocate, a Xaverian, a mentor and a friend&rdquo; for her continued support.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Eagan, who was recently inducted into the StFX Hall of Honour and holds an honorary degree from StFX, was unable to be at the ceremony.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Trudy has expressed her strong connection to our Xaverian family in many ways. Today's speakers&rsquo; series and awards presentation is one example of her commitment and generosity to our university,&rdquo; Dr. Oxner said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Allison Randall will graduate in May 2017 with an advanced major in finance and a minor in political science. She is currently the president of the Schwartz Business Society, a role she embraced as a third year student and continued into her fourth year. She also balanced the role of vice president of the Model United Nations Society and membership in the Best Buddies chapter in her initial year as Business Society president.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lauren Vogel is completing her advanced major in management and leadership. She is currently the vice president of the Schwartz Women in Business Society, is the assistant to the Executive Director for the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, and is on the JDC Central Case Competition Business Strategy Team. She engaged in an international exchange to Tel Aviv, Israel in the last academic term and was the campaign coordinator for StFX Get out the Votes for the last federal election.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:22:30 NO StFX, Paq'tnkek First Nation celebrate community, Mi'kmaq History Month with flag raising ceremony <p><span>Hundreds of people gathered outside Morrison Hall on Friday, Sept. 30 to celebrate the relationship between StFX and Paq&rsquo;tnkek First Nation, and to witness the ceremonial unfurling of the Mi&rsquo;kmaq flag, marking the beginning of Mi&rsquo;kmaq History Month in October.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald, Chief Paul Prosper from Paq&rsquo;tnkek First Nation, acclaimed Mi&rsquo;kmaw artist, advocate and 2016 Coady Chair in Social Justice, Alan Syliboy, and fourth year StFX student Tamara Cremo officially raised the flag to much applause.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Today we raise the Mi&rsquo;kmaq flag. It is a time when all of us are encouraged to increase our awareness of Mi&rsquo;kmaq culture,&rdquo; said fourth year nursing student Emily Peter Paul who emceed the ceremony, which was highlighted by traditional Mi&rsquo;kmaq singing and drumming.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This university has taken some very active steps in recognizing Mi&rsquo;kmaq people,&rdquo; Chief Prosper said in his remarks as he welcomed everyone to the ceremony on behalf of Paq&rsquo;tnkek First Nation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Along with recognizing the efforts of the university, Chief Prosper also encouraged those gathered to keep in mind this is a day of remembrance, noting the number of people in the crowd wearing orange t-shirts, symbolizing and honouring residential school survivors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is a great, great way to start Homecoming weekend with this event,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There is something special about the numbers here today,&rdquo; he said as he noted the significance of the ceremony in symbolizing a start to the conversation and the further strengthening of the relationship between the two communities.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was also a very special day at the Board of Governors, he noted with the addition of Chief Prosper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald said it will be an exciting fall on campus. StFX will welcome to campus this term Senator Murray Sinclair, who chaired the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin, a strong advocate for First Nations and Indigenous issue. Mr. Syliboy will share his rich talents and extend the conversation as Coady Chair in Social Justice, and Dean of Arts Dr. Karen Brebner will lead a conversation on what does it mean to indigenize StFX</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mi&rsquo;kmaq History Month is a time when all residents are encouraged to increase their knowledge and awareness of Mi&rsquo;kmaw culture, history and heritage.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The flag serves as a reminder to all to participate in the month&rsquo;s activities and events, designed to help foster more respectful and fruitful relationships between communities.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:50:22 NO Speaker series on Oct. 5 to highlight feminist research at StFX <p><span>The Hive for Feminist Research, an interdisciplinary research group formed at StFX to showcase the depth and diversity of feminist research happening across campus, will present its second annual lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in Schwartz 205.</span></p> <div><span>The Hive for Feminist Research Annual Lecture Series is an initiative of the research group formed in 2013 to increase the visibility and understanding of feminist research at StFX in all its diversity. A reception will follow the lecture and all are welcome.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year&rsquo;s speaker is Shelley Price of the StFX Gerald Schwartz School of Business who will present her work on Indigenous North American stories of creation via the Sky Woman using an ecofeminist perspective. For this lecture, entitled &quot;Ecofeminism and Interconnectivity via the Skywoman and Sedna Creation Stories,&rdquo; the stories of Skywoman and Sedna will be shared and explored through the concepts of ecofeminism and interconnectivity.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To the ecofeminist, people, animals and the earth itself are regarded as equal partners in evolution and no living being is privileged over another (Spretnak, 1990; Bullis &amp; Glaser, 1992; Warren &amp; Erkal, 1997), thus creating space for peaceful cohabitation through the respect of all forms of life and constituent voices. Skywoman and Sedna also help explore the concept of interconnectivity and the cycle of life as bound to spirit rather than body and form. In many Indigenous stories, &lsquo;people, animals and the earth&rsquo; are not distinct and separate (different and categorized) bodies. People, animal and earth are of &lsquo;the land,&rsquo; from &lsquo;the land,&rsquo; and they are &lsquo;the land&rsquo; (Momaday, 1969; Silko, 1981; Deloria, 1992; Yunupingu, 1997; Archibald, 2008). &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX women&rsquo;s and gender studies professor Dr. Rachel Hurst, founder of the Hive for Feminist Research, constructed the Hive in the summer of 2013 to offer a space for StFX researchers to share and discuss work. The Hive defines feminist research broadly as a type of inquiry concerned with understanding relations of power, particularly those based on gender as it intersects with race, sexuality, class, and ability.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Hive for Feminist Research Annual Lecture Series serves as a connection between all four faculties, the Coady International Institute, and the Angus L. Macdonald Library. The lecture series runs on a three-year cycle, with a speaker from the Arts/Science/Library in year one, a speaker from Business/Education in year two, and from the Coady International Institute in year three.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Members of the Hive for Feminist Research Annual Lecture Series committee include Rita Campbell (Library), Clare Fawcett (Arts), Catherine Irving (Coady), Opal Leung (Business), Rebecca Mesay (Women&rsquo;s and Gender Studies Student Society), Jennifer Mitton-Kukner (Education), Melanie Warner (Women&rsquo;s and Gender Studies Student Society), and Charlene Weaving (Science).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:09:45 NO StFX gives international students a taste of home with new dining menus <p><span>StFX is whetting student appetites with the introduction of new international dining menus. Taking inspiration from culinary influences across the globe, the new menus aim to give international students an authentic taste of home while also introducing others to new cultural influences and flavours.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The new initiative was launched based on feedback from students about the desire for a variety of dining options.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Last year we received a lot of comments and suggestions from international students to say &lsquo;how about trying something from my country?&rsquo;&rdquo; said Bob Hale, Head of Student Services. &ldquo;We spoke with (food service provider) Sodexo over the summer and they came up with these great menu ideas that we&rsquo;re really excited about.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> September saw the presentation of the first international menu: a Japanese dinner featuring seven dishes like miso-glazed salmon, vegetable donburi, miso soup and a green tea custard for dessert. As many as eight different international menus will be offered periodically throughout the school year.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> StFX students have also previously enjoyed dishes prepared by visiting international chefs through Sodexo&rsquo;s Global Chef Program.&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important that we&rsquo;re able to introduce students to new flavours,&rdquo; said Mike Pollock, Executive Chef at StFX. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s also a chance to give international students a little taste of home.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The introduction of new, international dishes is part of StFX&rsquo;s commitment to be a welcoming community for all students, especially those who are new to Canada.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;As we work to internationalize the campus we want students to feel that StFX is their home away from home, which is especially important for international students who are coming from so far away,&rdquo; says Marla Gaudet, Director of Internationalization. &ldquo;We also want Canadian students to experience other cultures, and adding international dining options is one way to celebrate diversity on campus.&quot;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I think this shows that we&rsquo;re listening to students and that we want to make their experience the absolute best it can be,&rdquo; says Bob Hale. &ldquo;We know StFX is not just a place to come and study. It&rsquo;s a place to come and make your home.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:56:38 NO Historic Mount Saint Bernard Residence officially reopens at StFX <div>A new chapter in the storied history of Mount Saint Bernard Residence (MSB) opened on campus on Sept. 29, 2016 when a large crowd gathered in the MSB courtyard for the official reopening ceremony.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an absolute joy that these historic buildings have been brought back to life,&rdquo; StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald said during the well-attended ceremony.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Audience members included Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, members of the StFX Board of Governors, the StFX Alumni Advisory Board, MSB students as well as faculty and staff. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It really is an important day at StFX,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said as he noted how good it is to see the soul of the students back in the hallways and faculty teaching. &ldquo;It is a special place, a co-ed learning facility. This project allowed us to revitalize, to bring the spirit of StFX back on this side of campus.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mount Saint Bernard, which offers 224 residence beds and a newly renovated academically focused residence, is home to a distinct group of students, and also one of the finest nursing schools in the country, the Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing, he said.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a special day on campus as we reopen Mount Saint Bernard,&rdquo; agreed Bob Hale, Head of Student Services, who acted as afternoon emcee.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The residence closed in 2013, &ldquo;but the spirit of the Mount certainly didn&rsquo;t diminish,&rdquo; he noted. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been nearly two years since we started working on this project and today it&rsquo;s here. We have an amazing residence, and an amazing Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing. It brings back alive this part of campus, which is huge.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It allows us to continue this amazing sense of tradition, and to create new traditions,&rdquo; said Joelle French, StFX Students&rsquo; Union VP Residence Affairs on the residence which originally opened in 1883 as Mount Saint Bernard College to provide education for young women.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It gives StFX students an opportunity to live and learn in such an amazing environment and to keep the tradition of the MSB Bears,&rdquo; she said.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;These residences and living spaces honour the history of StFX,&quot; Dr. MacDonald said. </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mount Saint Bernard College was founded in 1883 to provide education for young women and was entrusted into the hands of the Congregation de Notre Dame. Dr. MacDonald paid tribute to the vision of &ldquo;these remarkable women leaders&rdquo; whose relationship with StFX continues to this day.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The former college became affiliated with StFX in 1894. In 1897, four young women received Bachelor of Arts degrees, making Mount Saint Bernard the first Catholic college in North America to initiate post-secondary degree programs for women.</div> <div><br /> Father Sid Mifflen, acting on behalf of Bishop Brian Dunn, provided a special blessing of the residence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The ceremony concluded with a tree planting and an official ribbon cutting. Tours followed the official program.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:20:55 NO StFX French professor receives prestigious contributing editor appointment to The Year's Work in Modern Languages Studies <p><span>Recognizing the critical work he&rsquo;s achieved in his discipline, StFX French professor Dr. Edward Langille has been appointed to a prestigious three-year position as contributing editor to <em>The Year&rsquo;s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS)</em>.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>Founded in 1930, <em>The Year&rsquo;s Work</em> is the most comprehensive critical bibliography on new scholarship in the fields of European languages, linguistics, literature and film, except for English Studies.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As contributing editor, Dr. Langille, a specialist of the work of Voltaire, who has published widely on 18th century French literature as well as on Acadian culture and literature, will review hundreds of books throughout the year, adjudicating which ones make the best contribution to the field, and writing about these in a 10,000 word essay he will contribute each year to the periodical.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Along with this appointment, Dr. Langille has also been named recently to a two-year term as the Jules L&eacute;ger Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences at StFX. The chair is awarded to a senior faculty member with a strong record of research. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Langille says when he was approached to take on the position with <em>The Year&rsquo;s Work</em>, he accepted for several reasons.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It coincides with my being Jules L&eacute;ger Research Chair, it puts the StFX name out there in a meaningful way, and doubtless it will be good for me, I&rsquo;ll have to learn a lot. It keeps you up to date in your area of study. It is refreshing getting to know the work of other scholars.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He says the appointment is professional recognition at a high level. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s premised on the whole notion you have a career behind you, you have a grasp of your area and you&rsquo;re able to comment succinctly on the work of fellow scholars.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It will be a busy year of scholarship ahead as Dr. Langille finishes his current research work on American artisan Lillian Burke and the Cheticamp hooked rug industry, and devotes time to Voltaire and <em>The Year&rsquo;s Work</em>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:21:24 NO Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing officially opens at StFX <p>Amid cheers and applause, the StFX community gathered on Monday, September 26 to officially cut the ribbon on the Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing and to recognize and celebrate the profound, lasting impact the Rankins&rsquo; generous gift will have on education at StFX. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> The Rankin School of Nursing was named in honour of Tom and Elizabeth&rsquo;s long legacy of giving back, and in particular their support of health care. Mr. Rankin, CEO of Rankin Construction Inc., a 1960 StFX engineering graduate and native of Judique, NS now living in St. Catharines, ON, donated $2 million to his alma mater to support both the School of Nursing and the Xaverian Fund for Scholarships and Bursaries. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Of the amount, $1.5 million supported renovations to Mount Saint Bernard, where the School of Nursing is housed, and specifically to create a state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Learning Centre, an impressive lab built to resemble a clinical practice that provides valuable experiential learning opportunities for nursing students. <br /> <br /> As well, $500,000 supports the Xaverian Fund, established by StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald with a goal of raising $50 million so that all academically focused and socially engaged students can attend StFX regardless of financial background. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;This is just an incredible gift back to your alma mater, Tom, and Beth, to a school you know well. I want to deeply thank you,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said as he recognized the Rankins, in attendance at the ceremony, and noted their gift not only changes the face of nursing at StFX, but provides a world class facility for faculty and nurse educators to teach and for students to learn. The School of Nursing has always produced excellent graduates, he said. Now they have a top-notch facility to further enhance the learning experience.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Dr. MacDonald also took time to thank the couple for their generous gift to the Xaverian Fund. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Rankin School holds your name,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Young people will come to this school that you may never meet, simply because of your generosity.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is a great honour for me and my wife,&rdquo; Mr. Rankin said as he thanked friends and family, including a group of his former StFX classmates, who travelled from Ontario, Halifax, Dartmouth and Judique to be in attendance at the ceremony. <br /> <br /> He told those gathered they should think of his wife Beth, and not him when they think of the school, as he recognized Beth, his wife of 52 years, and a nurse herself, as the cornerstone to his family and business success.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My wife has done an incredible job. It is so nice to have it named after her.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> He also praised the StFX nursing program. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;You have a great reputation,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We want to show we really appreciate what the nursing profession does in Nova Scotia.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> AMAZING DAY<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is just an amazing day,&rdquo; echoed School of Nursing Interim Director Dr. Joanne Whitty-Rogers. &ldquo;To you, Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin, this is a really special day. Your generosity will live on forever. It will always be remembered.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s unbelievable we have these facilities today,&rdquo; she said as she noted the greatly improved learning environment, from student engagement areas to meeting and research rooms to the state-of-the-art Simulation Learning Centre, where students can learn in simulated situations, using mid and high fidelity manikins in hospital simulated situations that range from delivering babies to responding to a patient having a heart attack. <br /> <br /> Dr. Whitty-Rogers says the renovations come at an opportune time as the school introduces a new nursing curriculum, and says the enhanced learning facilities will ensure the School of Nursing continues to meet accreditation standards. <br /> <br /> SO IMPORTANT<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The events here today are so important for the academic mission of the university,&rdquo; StFX Academic Vice-President &amp; Provost Dr, Kevin Wamsley said in remarks on behalf of himself and Dean of Science Dr. Petra Hauf. During the ceremony, Dr. Hauf also unveiled a plaque recognizing the Rankins.<br /> <br /> This generous gift provides nursing at StFX with an enhanced academic environment not just to meet standards, but to exceed them, Dr. Wamsley said. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is an investment in the future of StFX and nursing at StFX that will serve our students for generations,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We are proud to have the Rankin name embedded in our School of Nursing.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Nursing School has long produced great graduates. The facilities will help enhance that first class education even more, said the Hon. Randy Delorey MLA for Antigonish, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board and Minister of Gaelic Affairs, who gave a few words on behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;What a fantastic day to be here for the grand, official opening of the Rankin School,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> TRANSFORMATION OF LEARNING SPACE<br /> <br /> The transformation of the physical learning space for the Nursing Department into something so special will have a positive and lasting impact on both faculty and students, afternoon emcee, Dr. Charmaine McPherson, chair of the Department of Nursing, said. &ldquo;Tom and Beth, you are both champions of nursing and of StFX and we are honoured to bear your name on our Nursing School.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Father Sid Miflen, acting on behalf of Bishop Brian Dunn, provided a special blessing for the Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing.<br /> <br /> Special guests at the ceremony included classmates of Mr. Rankin from his days at StFX who still maintain their friendship over 50 years later; the Rankins' grandson, Thomas, a 2015 StFX engineering graduate; and Sister Veronica Matthews, a classmate who along with Mr. Rankin received an honorary degree from StFX in 2015.<br /> <br /> The ceremony concluded with the official ribbon cutting, and a tour of the school<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:34:06 NO Research fellowships, a new book, and journal articles mark busy sabbatical for women's and gender studies professor <p><span>Already, it&rsquo;s been a busy and successful sabbatical year for StFX women&rsquo;s and gender studies professor Dr. Rachel Hurst, who is at work on a new book, has had several articles published from her research, and has secured two visiting research fellowships.</span></p> <div>Dr. Hurst&rsquo;s main project this year is writing a new book manuscript, extending from her interests in embodiment and photography that she has explored in two previous books. Since 2010, she has been conducting research in Canadian and American archives for a book project tentatively titled <em>Settler Fantasies and Colonial &lsquo;Before and After&rsquo; Photography.</em>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Focusing on how colonial violence was legitimized as a part of nation-formation and the construction of citizenship in Canada from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, this research looks at parallel processes within visual culture that uphold the legality of settler violence in order to &lsquo;unsettle&rsquo; settler lawfulness, she says. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This research contributes to the much larger intellectual and political projects of understanding of post-colonialism and settler societies, particularly those that query the psychical dimensions of nationalism and colonialism, through an analysis of settler photography that documents Indigenous peoples through the lens of a fantasized &lsquo;before&rsquo; and &lsquo;after&rsquo; colonial contact,&rdquo; she says. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Hurst focuses on four sites where photography was used to document transformations of Indigenous bodies from 1850-1950: residential school photography (Shubenacadie Residential School); business photography (Hudson&rsquo;s Bay Company and The Beaver magazine); commercial photography (Hannah and Richard Maynard, Frederick Dally, and Benjamin Leeson); and scientific and geographic exploration photography (First International Polar Year in 1882-1883). &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> RESEARCH RECOGNIZED</div> <div><br /> The first article she published in this newer area of research, &ldquo;<a href=" ">Colonial Encounters at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: &lsquo;Unsettling&rsquo; the Personal Photograph Albums of Andrew Onderdonk and Benjamin Leeson&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;was recognized by Dr. Andrea Eidinger&rsquo;s <em><a href="">Unwritten Histories </a></em>blog as a one of the &ldquo;Best New Articles&rdquo; for May 2016.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> As part of this project, she submitted a paper about photographer Lorene Squire&rsquo;s photographs of Indigenous women in the Canadian North and her 1938 self-portraits when on commission for the Hudson Bay Company&rsquo;s magazine <em>The Beaver </em>and Canadian Airways, titled &ldquo;Lorene Squire&rsquo;s 1938 Psychical Landscapes of Colonial/Modern Gender in the Canadian North.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This paper is a significant contribution to Canadian photographic history and theory, because it offers biographical and historical information about Squire, a popular American wildlife photographer,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;It contributes to historical and theoretical scholarship on the meaning of photographs of Indigenous people in Canada for projects of nation-building and northern economic development, as well as how the North functions as a reference point for Canadian identity; and finally, it adds to scholarship on understanding gender as a colonial concept through the concrete example of Squire&rsquo;s photographs.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The first article of her sabbatical has already been accepted by the international journal <em>History of Photography</em>, and is scheduled to be published in November 2016.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>As well as these activities, Dr. Hurst travelled to New York City in August to work in the Barnard College Archives and Zine Library at Columbia University, thanks to a UCR grant, where she studied two sets of documents, one related to the formation of the Barnard Women&rsquo;s Center in 1971, which resulted in the founding of the Women&rsquo;s Studies Department in 1978, and the second, zines produced as assignments in women&rsquo;s studies classes, or in response to women&rsquo;s studies, in the late 1990s and beyond.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> This research is for an article in which she will write imagined dialogues between feminists who founded women&rsquo;s studies as an academic field and students of women&rsquo;s studies writing 20-30 years later. Dr. Hurst says her article foregrounds the contested nature of the field from its beginnings, and theorizes that the existence of these debates is a strength, emanating from the intellectual rigour and political commitments of the field. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> In addition to writing this article, the research will also inform the design of a new course about how feminists have created new cultures, and intervened in existing cultural production.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> While away from the classroom on sabbatical, she is still finishing up supervising a directed reading course &ldquo;WMGS 394: Leadership Through an Intersectional Framework,&rdquo; with student Rebecca Mesay. Ms. Mesay will present her research to the Hive for Feminist Research this year, the first time a student has presented to this group.</div> <div><br /> Currently, Dr. Hurst is the Muriel Gold Visiting Professor at McGill&rsquo;s Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, the top visiting professor award they give each year. This fall, she will participate in a symposium on decolonizing knowledge, and will present research related to her book manuscript during the Institute&rsquo;s annual <em>&ldquo;</em>Esquisses<em>&rdquo; </em>series, and at the National Women&rsquo;s Studies Association annual conference in Montr&eacute;al. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The fall will also be busy with archives trips, as the visiting professorship comes with a research budget. She will travel to both the Alaska &amp; Polar Regions Collections at the Rasmuson Library in Fairbanks, Alaska to consult materials related to the First International Polar Year; and will work in the Royal BC Archives in Victoria, researching British Columbia commercial photographers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>From February to May, Dr. Hurst will be in Canberra, Australia, as she was awarded a competitive research fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:28:31 NO StFX Wallace Entrepreneurship interns take road trip to learn about startup businesses <p><span>Interns at StFX who spent the summer getting their businesses ready to launch had a chance recently to visit Darmouth-based Eosense Inc., to see how the StFX-based spinoff company got started, and how they&rsquo;ve navigated the perilous early days on the road to business health.</span></p> <div>The visit helped expose Carson Murray and Raphaele Tetreault-Bergeron &ndash; two of the interns working this summer under the newly-created Wallace Family Entrepreneurship Fund &ndash; to an operational startup, several years ahead of their own situation. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The interns, generously supported through the Wallace Family Entrepreneurship Fund, the result of a $1 million gift to the Xaverian Fund by StFX Board of Governors Chair Mark Wallace, are based in the new StFX Innovation and Enterprise Centre, where they develop their business ideas and products over an intensive summer with campus advisors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Tetreault-Bergeron is a recent graduate of StFX&rsquo;s Human Nutrition Department, and is developing a pulse-based food business model. Mr. Murray is an engineering student and is developing a new system for recycling disposable coffee containers.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Along with the students, the StFX delegation to Dartmouth included faculty members Dr. Neil Maltby (business) and Dr. Marcia English (human nutrition), Sue McNeil of the Innovation and Enterprise Centre, and Andrew Kendall of the Industry Liaison and Knowledge Transfer Office.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The group enjoyed wide-ranging discussions over several hours including conversations about what it takes to prepares students for starting businesses.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eosense develops and sells scientific instruments for detecting greenhouse gas emissions from soils. The company sells globally to scientists and industry, and is run by StFX alumni Dr. Nick Nickerson, and Gordon McArthur, who developed the business idea while students, along with their supervisor, earth sciences professor Dr. Dave Risk. StFX graduate Chance Creelman has also been instrumental in getting the company off the ground.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:20:38 NO Mitacs grant enables research partnership on soil respiration <p><span>Thanks to a Mitacs Accelate grant, PhD student Carrie-Ellen Gabriel has been able to conduct research work that measures soil respiration to improve carbon balance while at the same time gaining valuable experience working with industry.</span></p> <div>Ms. Gabriel, a StFX master&rsquo;s graduate who is completing her PhD at Dalhousie University under the supervision of StFX earth sciences professor Dr. Lisa Kellman, and Dr. Susan Ziegler at Memorial University as part of the NSERC CREATE Program in Climate Sciences, received a $15,000 grant from the Accelerate Mitacs internship program.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Its aim is to fund a research project that links companies with talented graduate students in the final stages of their studies, giving students a competitive advantage.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Gabriel&rsquo;s research is in partnership with Eosense, a Dartmouth, NS, company founded by StFX graduates Dr. Nick Nickerson and Gordon McArthur and earth sciences professor Dr. Dave Risk that develops technology including sensors and chambers that measure greenhouse gases from soils and water bodies.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> In this research, they are looking to find reliable measurements of carbon cycling.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Measurement of carbon uptake and release is being carried out across the world at networks of sites,&rdquo; she explains. &ldquo;The North American contingent is called Fluxnet, where carbon flux above a forest is measured at eddy covariance towers, but these measurements are subject to errors and data gaps.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;However, the accuracy of these measurements is currently critical so we obtain reliable estimates of carbon cycling. The goal of this research is to determine how measurement of soil respiration in the &quot;footprint&quot; below an eddy covariance tower can assist the eddy covariance community in improving carbon balance estimates,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> INVALUABLE EXTENSION OF RESEARCH</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This experience has provided me with an invaluable extension of my research into soil carbon cycling, soil respiration, and a view of how my research can be integrated into a wider community of international research,&rdquo; Ms. Gabriel says. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Beyond this, my experience working with this company has provided insight into a new avenue, applied research.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Gabriel was already familiar with the work of Dr. Nickerson and Mr. McArthur, who she first met while completing her Master's in Earth Sciences at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;At the time we were all working on soil respiration. Several years have passed, and now as I am finishing my PhD in Earth Sciences at Dalhousie, I was seeking out ways to expand my set of research experiences. My first thought was to find an opportunity to work on an industry project with these talented researchers. It is a nice fit with my master's research into soil respiration, but is a chance to extend my knowledge beyond what I have considered before.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As part of this project, Ms. Gabriel installed a set of soil respiration chambers at the famous Howland Forest in central Maine, an old growth forest that has been the site of much research over the past 20 years, and is one of the original eddy covariance sites in Fluxnet.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are collaborating with researchers to determine how our measurements compare to theirs at the ground level and how this scales up to the forest level measured by eddy covariance towers,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Gabriel also traveled to Florida in August to present their preliminary research at the Ecological Society of America conference. She says there will be further opportunities to present this work and publish the findings.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:27:59 NO Mitacs grant helps StFX, IORE look at career perceptions of Nova Scotia middle school students <p><span>A new research study from the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) and the StFX Faculty of Education is looking to shed light on the career perceptions and intentions of Nova Scotia junior high school students, including perceptions on several emerging regional sectors.</span></p> <div>Dr. Sherry Scully, IORE&rsquo;s Director of Learning and Organizational Development, and StFX education professor Dr. Katarin MacLeod received a $15,000 Mitacs Accelerate grant to employ StFX education PhD student Laura Stiles-Clarke to analyze and recap results from a survey conducted with Grades 6-9 students across Nova Scotia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The grant comes under the Mitacs Accelerate Program, which connects graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with companies through short-term research projects. Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization that facilitates collaboration between academia and industry, government and other organizations. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a wonderful partnership, and in some ways a model, in that academia and industry can work together to accomplish something for the good of the entire province,&rdquo; Dr. MacLeod says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Having both academia and industry work together on the research lends an added layer to the results, adds Dr. Scully, who brought the idea of a partnership to StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Scully says the idea for the project was born out of earlier research she had completed, and a desire to look further into career literacy, to explore what young people are thinking about in terms of general career interests, and specifically about careers in the region and in the marine industry and skilled trades.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The researchers wanted to survey younger students still enrolled in general science courses to gain insight into when and how career perceptions are formed, she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Drs. Scully and MacLeod worked together to launch the pilot study, and working with the StFX Research Grants Office, put together the proposal for Mitacs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX has been endeavouring to expand its working relationship with Mitacs. This Accelerate Award is an excellent opportunity for one of our doctoral students in education to gain valuable applied experience in the industry and government sectors. We are also delighted to partner with the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise on this cutting-edge study of young science students&rsquo; perceptions of career opportunities in Nova Scotia,&rdquo; says John Blackwell, Director of StFX&rsquo;s Research Grants Office.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In January, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood, the researchers launched the Student Intentions and Perceptions survey in all English, French, and Mi&rsquo;kmaq school boards across the province. The survey received almost 14,500 responses, nearly a 40 per cent response rate.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Scully says results could provide insights into the perceptions of careers in trades and technology, engineering, ocean sciences and marine careers, and the factors that influence these perceptions as well as key times for career counselling and awareness and exposure programs.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Stiles-Clarke says it&rsquo;s been a wonderful opportunity for her to work on this research.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s brought a whole other dimension to my learning,&rdquo; she says, noting the networking and learning opportunities created.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been hugely valuable for me to develop my research skills. It also opened up new knowledge that wouldn&rsquo;t have happened without the grant,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The project has produced several reports, including an industry report that has been presented to the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Dr. MacLeod says they believe the project has the potential for multiple journal articles as well as conference presentations and a later follow-up study.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:22:49 NO StFX to lead Centre for Innovation <p>The Nova Scotia government is partnering with St. Francis Xavier University to create a new Centre for Employment Innovation.</p> <div><span>The centre is a key part of the province's redesigned employment services system, Nova Scotia Works, which was launched last week.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;The employment services transformation is about providing consistent, quality employment services across the province to all Nova Scotians,&quot; said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan, who was on the StFX campus Sept. 16 to make the announcemnet. &quot;This centre is the cornerstone of the redesign, and will help build on our existing knowledge and expertise.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>St. Francis Xavier University's Centre for Employment Innovation will act as the provincial hub for research and innovation in employment services delivery. Since the new system has more front-line workers to support Nova Scotia's workforce, it will be important that the centre work with them, as well as with communities, to develop and test new approaches for inclusive, best-in-class employment services to help people get jobs.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;StFX is pleased to house the new Centre for Employment Innovation,&quot; said StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald. &quot;Our campus is a great place to bring people and knowledge together to strengthen people's skill sets and enhance our region's workforce. StFX has a deep commitment to enhancing the economic prosperity of this region and we are pleased to have such a willing partner in the Nova Scotia government.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX Extension Department will be working with the new centre in enhancing opportunities for students and the surrounding community.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Centre for Employment Innovation will receive $2.1 million dollars over three years through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement. It is expected to open this fall.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;To grow the middle class and strengthen our economy, we need to help Canadians get the right skills to get good quality jobs,&quot; said MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. &quot;Through our partnership with Nova Scotia, the Centre for Employment Innovation will allow Nova Scotians to benefit from the best research and training to develop the skills that employers need.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Government began working with service providers in November to redesign the $23-million employment services system. The redesign includes hiring more front-line workers, adopting an inclusive and consistent suite of services for youth, businesses and workers, and promoting service excellence.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, and a list of Nova Scotia Works employment centres, visit&nbsp;<a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:54:59 NO NS government ministers on campus as impressive state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Learning Centre opens at StFX <p><span>Visitors had a chance to tour the impressive new state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Learning Centre in StFX&rsquo;s Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing as StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald joined with Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Kelly Regan and Antigonish MLA and Minister of Finance Randy Delorey to officially open the centre on Sept. 16.</span></p> <p>The Province of Nova Scotia provided funds in support of the learning centre.</p> <div>&ldquo;This is terrific,&rdquo; Minister Regan said on the new simulation learning centre, which provides experiential learning opportunity for StFX nursing students.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Through working with mid and high fidelity manikins, on standardized patients, nursing students will be able to proceed through patient scenarios in a safe controlled environment. A facilitated debriefing following the simulation provides guided reflection of the experience to enhance and deepen student learning.</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I often talk about the importance of hands-on learning. To me that is so key to getting our young people prepared. I&rsquo;m blown away that you have a manikin that can have a heart attack,&rdquo; Minister Regan said on the centre which simulates a hospital setting right down to the &lsquo;patients&rsquo; in hospital rooms.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great opportunity for our students to learn, and to make mistakes because we all make mistakes, in a safe environment.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Minister Delorey noted that service and education in StFX&rsquo;s School of Nursing is second to none, with top-notch students taught by top-notch faculty and nurse educators. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What I&rsquo;m so excited about is&hellip;they have a top-notch facility now to continue that learning experience under the guidance of faculty and nursing educators.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This is truly state-of-the-art. We&rsquo;re so pleased we&rsquo;re opening it here today,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said as he noted the greatest thing about this facility is that it is helping unleash highly-trained, talented, compassionate nursing health professionals out to serve our communities better. &ldquo;That makes us particularly proud.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> This high quality education doesn&rsquo;t happen just because of a great facility, he noted. It takes outstanding students and talented and dedicated faculty, nurse educators and staff, something StFX Nursing has long been recognized for, he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s wonderful now we can put in place the pedagogical practices that have to go along with that.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is just an amazing day for me,&rdquo; School of Nursing Director Dr. Joanne Whitty-Rogers said, as she thanked all those involved in bringing the centre to reality.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What does this mean to our nursing students? It does help to build confidence, and to better prepare them for clinical practice. It gives them a sense of what to expect.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> It also helps faculty better prepare students, and it helps the school continue to meet accreditation standards, she said.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This is really futuristic thinking. We can&rsquo;t wait to see what will happen in the future.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> StFX Academic Vice-President and Provost Dr. Kevin Wamsley emceed the event.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:37:22 NO