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Dr. Steven Bednarski Leads Interdisciplinary Approach to Research IN THIS ISSUE ALSO: Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Mary Kuntz, and Paul do Forno in the Spotlight Honorary Doctorate Degree for Sister Helen Prejean Shakespeare scholar comes home
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE At a recent visit to the LUMSA, Rome’s second oldest university, Pope Francis highlighted four purposes of Catholic higher education. First, he stated that there is a need for community. “The university community always works for the future,” the pope said, “but it does so with a strong awareness of its roots and a realistic perception of the present.” Second, he said the university has a dual responsibility to provide curricular knowledge and space for the integral formation of the person. Third, he said the university has a “social responsibility,” which includes working with and for the poor and marginalized. And fourth, Pope Francis said that Catholic universities must forge partnerships with both Catholic and non-Catholic universities to foster a fruitful climate of cooperation, exchange, and mutual help. I can proudly attest that St. Jerome’s University is a prime example of Pope Francis’s vision for a Catholic university. Let me cite a few examples. “Community” is how we define ourselves. At a recent town hall, we collectively grappled with Jean Vanier’s concept of healthy community, and we asked ourselves how we are doing living up to our community’s values. Our Student Affairs and Campus Ministry team complement our academic programming by providing leadership and personal development opportunities. Beyond Borders, SJU in Peru, and Beyond U are just some of the initiatives that support a “culture of encounter” with marginalized peoples. And our well-established relationship with the University of Waterloo means we are committed to complementing their work with our unique interdisciplinary programming, faculty research expertise, highly individualized academic support services, rich experiential learning opportunities, and commitment to promote a vibrant liberal arts tradition on the campus of Canada’s most innovative university. Our students remain at the heart of our mission. Grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, our job at St. Jerome’s is to steward transformation. During their time at St. Jerome’s, our students mature intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. They begin to develop a deeper sense of purpose, and leave with a fuller understanding of who they are and their place in the world. They have the ability to question injustice, greater confidence to speak truth to power, and the humility to serve the common good. We do everything we can to help our students become deep thinkers, collaborative problem-solvers, and responsible citizens who pursue a more just and peaceable world. Your support is vital. Without it, we would be severely challenged to carry out Pope Francis’s four purposes of Catholic higher education. I thank you for your continued generosity and commitment to St. Jerome’s and our students.
Scott Kline Interim President and Vice Chancellor
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$10-million Medievalist Bednarski pushes boundaries of interdisciplinary research
Steven Bednarski is a history professor who has earned the right to be called the $10-million medievalist. Through creative thinking and an interdisciplinary approach, Bednarksi has invited scholars from fields as diverse as earth sciences, archaeology, and fine arts to join in his latest project, “Environments of Change: Digitizing Nature, History, and Human Experience in Late Medieval Sussex”. The project has been awarded a $2.5 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), building on a 2014-2017 SSHRC grant. Additional cash and inkind resources provided by partnered agencies contribute to a total project start-up value of nearly $10 million. The impact on student learning is significant. 4 | ST. JEROME’S UNIVERSITY
Over seven years, the “Environments of Change” project will use emerging digital technologies to investigate the historical relationship between climate and culture in the late Middle Ages. St. Jerome’s created 3,600 square feet within its renovated library space for the Medieval Digital Research in Arts and Graphical Environmental Networks (DRAGEN) Laboratory. It will act as a learning hub providing unique and creative ways for school-aged through to post-secondary learners to discover the impact of historical climate. The DRAGEN Lab features 3D printers, scanners, video development space, and a digital mapping lab, all used as part of a different approach to teaching designed to increase access to medieval knowledge and its relevance.
Herstmonceux Castle Provides Inspiration In 2014, Bednarski drew inspiration from Herstmonceux Castle to develop an innovative study abroad experience that provided hands-on learning opportunities to his students. In partnership with Queen’s University and the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), he applied for and received a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant and used a portion of the funds to support an archaeology summer field school at the 15th-century castle. Over four years, St. Jerome’s students lived, studied, and worked at Herstmonceux. “Queen’s University and the BISC were wonderful partners from the start. They engaged and worked with us to develop a significant research project on their historically-listed 600-acre estate, bringing a type of new significance to an ancient site,” says Bednarski. Students studying at Herstmonceux looked for evidence of the impact of climate change on how people used the land 700 years ago. Many students also learned to read original medieval documents in the world-class East Sussex County archive, The Keep. Over four years the project provided almost 50 students with study abroad learning opportunities. “When they came back from England, they were really energized…transformed by the experience,” says Bednarski, adding that the students were especially excited about frontline research with medieval objects. Inspired, Bednarksi created a prototype lab space, which evolved into the DRAGEN Lab. Former students and now working members of the DRAGEN Lab join Bednarski, from left Zack MacDonald, Steven Bednarski, Caley McCarthy, and Andrew Moore.
Bednarski describes the lab as “this really neat place where all the different methodologies, teaching styles, and learning styles collide,” and where traditional classes will be taught with “a twist.” For example, a colleague who teaches paleography - the analysis of ancient handwriting - might use modern technologies like flat screen touch televisions to manipulate medieval documents. The extended use of technology as a teaching tool may be new, but inspired instruction has been part of the Lab’s foundation from the beginning.
Partnerships Expand Reach of Mandate In 2019, Bednarski expanded his collaborative partnership to develop “Environments of Change.” The project is still supported by St. Jerome’s University, the University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, and the BISC, and now includes: Harvard University Libraries, the University of Victoria, educational partners such as the Waterloo Region District School Board, the Kitchener-Waterloo Bilingual School, Battle Abbey School, and Nelson, Canada’s leading educational resource publisher; and technology firms such as the video game development studio, Ubisoft Canada. Bringing on partners like Ubisoft meant that the project could expand the reach of its mandate. For example, plans are in the works to design a pedagogical video game to teach schoolaged children about the impact of historical climate change. UPDATE MAGAZINE VOLUME 37 | 5
The Waterloo Region District School Board partnered to provide a testing ground for the educational games. Bednarski’s team also plans to develop a mobile tourism application that would superimpose a landscape from 700 years ago over current English monuments and sites. Another DRAGEN Lab project sees students developing digital maps and models to represent visually and digitally the impact of historical climate challenges like flooding and food distribution. These projects engage professional scholars while building practical skills in the lab, creating products and tools to teach environmental history to a new generation. Bednarski will also be collaborating with Andrew Moore, the DRAGEN Lab’s Research Facilitator, and other SJU and UW colleagues to develop an innovative new online team-taught course on medieval monsters.
“…the work we’re doing now would not have been possible if St. Jerome’s and Waterloo hadn’t thrown the weight of their support behind it.”
Former Students Supporting DRAGEN Success Bednarski has a positive track record of success providing enhanced student learning opportunities and building partnerships, but he says that he is most proud of the involvement of many of his former students in the Lab. Among those working with Bednarski are Project Manager, Caley McCarthy (MA ’11); Andrew Moore (MA ’13); and the team’s Digital Librarian, Zack MacDonald (MA ’13). “Having my former students on my team is incredibly rewarding because now I learn more from them than they learn from me,” Bednarski says. “The strength of this project is its collaborative core. None of this would ever have happened without the creative energies of our students, my leadership team of Caley, Andrew, and Zack, the generosity of Queen’s, and our other fantastic partners.” Bednarski acknowledges the challenges of interdisciplinarity. “This is pushing the interdisciplinarity envelope to the next 6 | ST. JEROME’S UNIVERSITY
level, where all of a sudden now historians are reading in biology journals and looking to co-publish with scientists. Likewise, scientists are reading in the social sciences and humanities,” says Bednarski. “So, it’s taking us all outside of our comfort levels, but really producing a type of scholarship that is much more inter-connected, in a lot of different ways, to various aspects of the world.” “In a way, this project is meant to provide a new approach and to deliver additional breadth to Medieval Studies, an already cross-disciplinary field that is constantly expanding to embrace new forms. This project offers accessibility to medieval knowledge, and, through that access, very immediate relevance. I think this is terribly important for the longevity of traditional humanities and social-science disciplines,” he says.
The Right Place, The Right Time Bednarski’s passion for research and teaching comes from a predictable source: being surrounded by great teachers at St. Jerome’s and elsewhere. There have been several teachers in his family (his parents and his wife, a kindergarten teacher, among them), and he had many “fantastic” early mentors, including the medievalist, professor Andrée Courtemanche, who hired him as a research assistant as an undergraduate at Glendon College, York University.
Waterloo hadn’t thrown the weight of their support behind it,” says Bednarski, adding he realizes how fortunate he is. “All of this really had to have happened at this place and at this time, with the institutions and administrators that I had, with the right blend of colleagues and talented students, and with a federal funding model that fosters innovation while honoring and cultivating the humanities and social sciences. That rare chemistry has made all the difference.”
After completing his Master’s degree at the Centre for Medieval Studies (University of Toronto) and a doctorate at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) with Michel Hébert and Professor Courtemanche, he followed with a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies. Bednarski taught high school at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto for a few years thereafter, where he credits his younger students with “teaching him how to teach.” One of his student’s parents sent him a job posting for a medieval historian position from her alma mater in Waterloo. When Bednarski arrived at St. Jerome’s in 2006, he knew immediately that it was the right fit. “It felt like home.” “From my undergraduate studies at York University’s Glendon College, I knew small campuses and I knew good student-teacher ratios. So as soon as I set foot at St Jerome’s, it felt familiar,” he says. The move also meant getting back to teaching in his discipline as a medieval historian, including courses on the Crusades, heresy and religious crises in the later Middle Ages, and medieval sexuality, gender, and power. Besides small class sizes, Bednarski says he also has enjoyed significant research support at St. Jerome’s. “From the start, there was a huge amount of intellectual freedom. When we began this large project, and when I said I wanted a lab, the university president said, ‘we’ve got some empty rooms and you can have them.’ St Jerome’s really believed and invested in me. At Waterloo, the Office of Research, the Vice-President Research, and the Provost similarly offered significant support and resources to safeguard and grow the project. So, the work we’re doing now would not have been possible if St. Jerome’s and
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IN THE IYINOLUWA ABOYEJI BA ‘12
2019 Sr. Leon White, SSND, Distinguished Graduate Award
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is making a difference. Since graduating from St. Jerome’s University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Legal Studies, and a minor in International Studies, he has used his entrepreneurial skills and passion, by collaborating with local talent and accessing needed capital, to build a strong future within Africa. In 2019 he added St. Jerome’s University’s Sr. Leon White, SSND, Distinguished Graduate Award to a success story that includes being recognized on the 2018 World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders and on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Enterprise Technology. Just two years after graduating, Aboyeji co-founded Andela, an African-based company that invests in and helps identify software developers in emerging markets. As Africa’s largest engineering organization, with over 1,000 software engineers, Andela received a reported $24-million investment from Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures. For Aboyeji it was just the beginning. Aboyeji co-founded and became CEO of Flutterwave, Inc. in 2016, a business that builds payments technology and infrastructure, connecting Africa to the global economy. As CEO, he led the company to become one of the all-time fastest growing payments technology businesses, processing over $2 billion with more than 50 million transactions, between 2016-2018. Flutterwave also attracted significant investment from experienced players in the global payments arena, including Mastercard. He stepped down as CEO in 2018, but his work continued as head of Street Capital. 8 | ST. JEROME’S UNIVERSITY
The focus of Aboyeji’s work is now on helping founders, philanthropists, and investors from around the world understand how to build fast-growing and impactful technology businesses in Africa. He is working to identify passionate and experienced entrepreneurs with the integrity and courage to foster business in Africa, while developing solutions to turn Africa’s largest challenges into credible business opportunities. Part of Aboyeji’s current work is developing a fund to support these entrepreneurs financially, and to provide them with a local and global network that gives them market access. The goal of both Street Capital and the fund will be to celebrate these entrepreneurs, while empowering them to serve the next generation of informed thought-leaders. As a leader, Aboyeji has been committed to unlocking human potential, always understanding that while talent exists everywhere, opportunity is not as accessible. In a 2018 TEDx talk, he discussed the relationship between privilege and success, calling on us to question our own prioritization of personal interests over those of the collective. As a leader in Nigeria’s technology and business sectors, his work in promoting opportunity among those without privilege or access reflects the importance of what it means “to build a future in the interests of the collective.” For his commitment to strengthening the common good, St. Jerome’s University proudly presented Iyinoluwa Aboyeji with the 2019 Sr. Leon White, SSND, Distinguished Graduate Award.
SPOTLIGHT MARY KUNTZ 2019 Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership
Mary Kuntz has a legacy of informed kindness and service to others that has left a lasting impact on her community and the people she has touched. Her selfless service to numerous organizations along with her humility, made Kuntz the ideal recipient of the University’s 2019 Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership. The award was presented at the annual Feast of St. Jerome event held in October 2019. Kuntz has been an active leader, philanthropist, and community supporter behind the scenes in Waterloo Region for decades. With her late husband Bobby Kuntz, Kuntz Electroplating Inc., and individually, she has been a strong advocate for volunteerism throughout the community, providing financial support to numerous organizations and community development initiatives. Over the years Kuntz has supported the St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospitals, United Way of Waterloo Region, YWCA-Mary’s Place, and Carizon Family and Community Services (formerly Catholic Family Counselling). She has also taken an active role in fundraising for the building of the Resurrection Manor, Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, Parkinson’s Society, the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, and her parish church, St. Francis. In addition, she has served on the boards of St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, and the Catholic Family Counselling Centre.
Together with other members of the Kuntz family she has advocated for new community initiatives and local businesses, and has been a lead supporter of the One Voice, One Vision Campaign for the hospitals. More recently, through her association with husband Merv Redman, Kuntz became a champion for Hospice of Waterloo Region’s capital campaign, supporting the construction of the building of the first palliative care centre in the City of Waterloo. Advocating for students, Catholic education, scholarships, and helping those less fortunate has been important to Kuntz. After the passing of her daughter, Suzanne Kuntz Forth, a high school science teacher, she set up a bursary in her name to commemorate her daughter’s rich life in education. Upon learning that she would be the 2019 Sweeney Award recipient, Kuntz was “humbled beyond belief,” stating that she is “very proud to be a part of the St. Jerome’s community.” Kuntz accepted the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership on behalf of all women of her generation, who demonstrated leadership in the Catholic community, acknowledging the importance of quiet leadership shown by many women from the home and to the classroom. UPDATE MAGAZINE VOLUME 37 | 9
PAUL DO FORNO BMATH ‘95
2019 Fr. Norm Choate, C.R., Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award One morning when he slept in do Forno sprang out of bed when he realized he was going to be late for a co-op interview. One of his friends was already one step ahead of him.
Paul do Forno (BMATH ‘95) is a Managing Director at Deloitte Digital serving as a leader in the company’s North American customer engagement and commerce practice. When asked to describe his distinguished career in two words he says “extraordinarily lucky.” If French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur’s famous “fortune favours the prepared mind” is accurate, do Forno – the 2019 Fr. Norm Choate, C.R., Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award winner – has spent his entire life crafting his own good fortune. The youngest of eight children born to Portuguese immigrants who arrived in Canada in 1967, do Forno took his older siblings’ advice and put his love for computers and math to work. He co-registered at St. Jerome’s University and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Mathematics Joint Honours Mathematics/Business Administration with Computer Science (Co-op) degree. “(My siblings) were my support system,” he says. “They always encouraged me. If somebody says, ‘You can do it,’ then that’s almost half the battle, right?” He also believes he was lucky to have a new support system once he got to St. Jerome’s University. Professors and classmates eventually became his emotional and social foundation. He recalls the economics professor who received a standing ovation after a lecture. Another professor managed to memorize all of his students’ names within the first few weeks. 10 | ST. JEROME’S UNIVERSITY
“She ironed my clothes!” do Forno remembers, adding that one act represents the extent to which the community felt like family. Do Forno’s decision to go into e-commerce when the industry was still in its infancy, was a lesson about being in the right place at the right time. He eventually went on to create a consulting career to help large companies such as BMW, Target, Hyatt, Foot Locker, and Siemens, pull together web design, technology, business, warehouses, and logistics, building on his education and co-op experience. “I would lead that whole project and bring it all to life so (that) when you hit that one button, a package magically (arrived) at your door,” he explains. Today you will find him hopping flights from his home city of Columbus, Ohio, a couple of times a week to meet with clients or give talks in Chicago, Nashville, or even Germany. The constant change and fast pace appeals to him. It is the speed he became accustomed to as a co-op student, he explains, with every four months leading him off to a new adventure. The journey continues for do Forno only this time closer to home. He recently joined the board of directors of Columbus Catholic Social Services, an agency that provides services to vulnerable seniors and families and lifts them out of poverty. “I’ve been so lucky,” he says reflecting on his own life with his wife, Heather. “I want to be able to find more ways to give back.”
Honorary Doctorate Degree
for Sister Helen Prejean
St. Jerome’s University conferred an honorary Doctorate of Theology degree upon Sister Helen Prejean at a ceremony on March 1, 2019, in recognition of her tireless work as an advocate for the dignity of those on death row and the abolishment of the death penalty. The degree, used to recognize individuals who have distinguished records of achievement in the academy, in society, or both, honoured Sister Prejean’s role as a driving force in transforming thinking and practices regarding capital punishment. Sister Helen’s story begins in 1982 when she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving those living in poverty, the under-educated, and individuals experiencing homelessness. She was asked to become a pen pal to Elmo Patrick Sonnier, a deathrow inmate at Angola Prison. She agreed and became his spiritual advisor, meaning that she accompanied him to his execution. Since then, she has accompanied five more men. Sister Helen also founded Survive, an advocacy group that provides counselling and support for grieving families.
At St. Jerome’s University, individuals receiving honorary degrees serve as examples to students and are reflective of the university’s “commitment to learning and academic excellence; the gospel values of love, truth, and justice; and the formation of leaders for the service of the community and the Church”. St. Jerome’s University acknowledged Sister Helen’s commitment to those principles by awarding her the University’s highest academic honour.
“...her courage to speak truth to power has meant she has had the opportunity to influence policy makers and popes…” - Dr. Scott Kline, Interim President and Vice Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University
Prejean’s book Dead Man Walking spent 31 weeks on The New York Times best seller list and was translated into ten languages. That book became the basis for a feature film starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen (a role for which Sarandon won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1995) and actor Sean Penn. The film ignited a national debate about capital punishment. Sister Helen followed with Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing (2011), The Death of Innocents (2016) and River of Fire (2019). She was in Waterloo to speak to a filled to capacity hall as part of St. Jerome’s University’s 2018-2019 Lectures in Catholic Experience series. “Sister Helen’s unique ability as a story teller has motivated large groups to mobilize for a culture of life, and her courage to speak truth to power has meant she has had the opportunity to influence policy makers and popes,” stated Dr. Scott Kline, Interim President and Vice Chancellor at St. Jerome’s University. Kline added, “In 1991, just before Dead Man Walking was published, 76% of Americans supported the death penalty. By 2017, support had decreased to 55%. And just this past summer, Pope Francis announced that the Catholic teaching on the death penalty had been revised: it is now considered ‘inadmissible’ and ‘an attack on the dignity of the human person.’ Without exaggeration, we can say that Sister Helen’s work played a significant role in these changes.” UPDATE MAGAZINE VOLUME 37 | 11
Alysia Kolentsis returns to St. Jerome’s with a passion for teaching the Bard For Alysia Kolentsis, working in the Department of English at St. Jerome’s University is the completion of a journey that started at the age of eight. Her family moved to Waterloo and lived in student housing while her mother finished her undergraduate studies as a mature student at Renison College. It was at her mother’s graduation that Kolentsis had her first introduction to the pomp of academia. “I remember looking around at convocation and being so enthralled by the people in the robes,” she recalls. “This was definitely something I wanted to do someday.”
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Kolentsis chose the University of Waterloo as the starting point for her own academic journey, attracted to the co-operative learning opportunities. She switched to St. Jerome’s University when she realized her favourite English courses were taught there. When she graduated she won both the St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo English awards for the highest graduating average. From there she did her Master’s degree at York and her PhD at the University of Toronto. It was while doing postdoctoral research at Stanford University that she heard that professor Ted McGee, one of her mentors at St. Jerome’s, was retiring.
“The academic job market was not very good, so it always felt like a long shot to end up anywhere, let alone back at home. The stars aligned. I thought I could make a really good case for why I fit, because I had had this long history. I just felt like I won the lottery when I got through all the interviews,” says Kolentsis, an associate professor at St. Jerome’s University.
Building Stratford Connections Waterloo could not have been a better place for Kolentsis to have an academic focus on Shakespeare, with the renowned Stratford Festival just down the highway. It is an advantage she has made the most of. Following McGee’s lead to run with the connections he had made at the festival, Kolentsis and her University of Waterloo counterpart, English professor Kenneth Graham, created The Shakespearean Theatre Conference in 2015. The Shakespearean Theatre Conference is held every two years in collaboration with the Stratford Festival. It is one of the few academic conferences to embrace both the theoretical and practical study of theatre. Kolentsis describes the merge as “rich and productive.” Speakers in the past have included high-profile academics, Stratford Festival Artistic Director Anthony Cimolino, panels, and workshops with actors. Past conferences have attracted, on average, 90 participants annually from all over Canada, the United States, Britain, and as far away as Japan. Last year featured over 70 speakers, with topics as diverse as Shakespeare festivals from the 18th-century to the present day, the relationship between Shakespeare and popular culture, and a festive dancing workshop. “In Waterloo, we’re in the lucky position of being in such close proximity to one of the premier places to see live Shakespeare in North America,” Kolentsis says, adding that she is looking forward to the 4th Shakespearean Theatre Conference, “Shakespeare in a Changing World,” taking place in June 2021.
In addition to the conference, Kolentsis has also been busy working on two books. The first, Shakespeare On Stage and Off, was published in the fall of 2019 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. The collection of essays, many that emerged from the 2017 conference, was coedited with Graham. It also includes contributors from both academia and the theatre world. The second book, titled Shakespeare’s Common Language, is set to be published in spring 2020, and focuses on Kolentsis’s area of research specialization. In it she looks at Shakespeare’s language innovation, an interest that she says emerged at the University of Waterloo because of the English department’s dual focus on rhetoric and literature. The content builds on her doctoral dissertation.
A Passion for Teaching the Bard “The English language was in a state of transformation during Shakespeare’s lifetime, importing a lot of new words - the grammar was changing,” notes Kolentsis. “Although Shakespeare was, of course, an incredibly creative and talented writer, he really had the advantage of a language that was primed to be even more expressive than it was in previous times. It was a perfect storm of the state of the language and his ability to play with it.”
“There is so much value in studying literature and Shakespeare… I always come back to the way he manages to capture relationships.” - Alysia Kolentsis, Associate Professor, Department of English
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Shakespeare is also the focus of much of her teaching of two third-year courses on the topic, and fourth-year and graduate-level specialized courses on Shakespeare’s language. Kolentsis says her overall love of Shakespeare is something she values passing along to her students, adding that she always tells her students: “In terms of developing empathy and a perspective beyond oneself, there is so much value in studying literature and Shakespeare.” “What I always come back to is the way he manages to capture relationships. I think he really has his finger on the pulse of what it means to be in a relationship because that’s what we see in the plays. So many different types of relationships, between parents and children, between lovers, between kings and subjects, and all of them come across to us as so real and so familiar despite the gulfs of time and language.” Most years Kolentsis tries to take her students to Stratford as well as involve them as volunteers in The Shakespearean Theatre Conference. She says they are “blown away” by the experience. “Most of them haven’t grown up in this area, have never been to a production and it’s just a completely different experience to see Shakespeare on stage.” Her post-show talks with actors, she adds, “gives them that really interactive learning opportunity; a way to bring some of what we do in the classroom to life in a different way.”
Breaking Traditional Boundaries Future plans for Kolentsis include rolling out the 2021 conference. She also hopes to do more work with the Stratford Festival archive, which she says is a largely untapped resource for scholarship. Kolentsis was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development grant that will fund a research trip to England for her in 2020. While there she plans to study the way that attitudes towards the English language were changing during
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Shakespeare’s lifetime, and how these changes affected writers like him as the language finally started to rise to more prestigious footing enjoyed by ancient languages such as Latin or Greek. Kolentsis also plans to continue her work closer to home. She is a co-organizer of the Bridges Lecture Series at St Jerome’s University, which brings together worldrenowned speakers from across the disciplines of arts, science, and mathematics to discuss shared topics of interest. Not unlike her work bringing together the actors and academics at the Shakespeare conference, Kolentsis sees the series as one that breaks traditional boundaries, which she confirms is “just fine with me.”
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SELECTED FACULTY PUBLICATIONS For a complete list of edited journals, articles, and book reviews, visit www.sju.ca.
Bruder, Helen and TRISTANNE CONNOLLY, Eds. Beastly Blake. Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature Series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Graham, Kenneth and ALYSIA KOLENTSIS, Eds. Shakespeare On Stage and Off. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019. KOLENTSIS, ALYSIA. Shakespeare’s Common Language. London: Bloomsbury (Arden Shakespeare), 2020. Cavell, Janice and RYAN TOUHEY, Eds. Reassessing the Rogue Tory: Canadian Foreign Relations in the Diefenbaker Era. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018. LEFEBVRE, BENJAMIN, Ed. A Name for Herself: Selected Writings 1891-1917. The L.M. Montgomery Library Series. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018. MULLOY, PAMELA. The Deserters. Montreal: Véhicule Press, 2018. STUMPF, ANDREW. Ancient Philosophy: A Companion to the Core Readings. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2018. WHITEHEAD, DENISE and Mark Hunter. Youth in Conflict with the Law, Fourth Edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2018
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Donation Extends Acce Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region,
The widely acclaimed A Year with the Saint John’s Bible program at the St. Jerome’s University came to an official close with the start of 2018, but like the enduring legacy of the Bible itself, its power to captivate is by no means over. After an international team of calligraphers and artists produced 299 Heritage editions (full-sized fine art reproductions the exact size of the original manuscript and signed by illuminator Donald Jackson), St. Jerome’s University publicly displayed 10 framed illuminations and two volumes — Pentateuch and Gospels and Acts —throughout 2017. The goal was to share the artistic and spiritual beauty of the Bible while also helping more people appreciate its relevance in the modern world. The volumes have remained on display in two locations on the university’s campus serving as a teaching tool well beyond their anticipated one year stay. The hand-written, hand-illuminated Saint John’s Bible, with a mission to ignite the spiritual imagination of people from all faiths and to illuminate the Word of God for a new millennium, is a bible for the 21st-century. Further to donations by the Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Jerome’s University is now able to extend its access to students and members of the community, well beyond this century.
Donation Makes Purchase Possible In an act of generosity that will make this major work of art much more accessible, the Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region and the School Sisters of Notre Dame have helped St. Jerome’s University buy a complete seven-volume Heritage Edition. Deb Zettel-Schmitt, the Foundation’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, says the decision to provide funding was an easy one to make for a community in which Catholic education is deeply rooted. “We need to be able to have kids be free to talk about God, to ask about God, to discuss and question, to be able to say whatever they want as they explore their faith,” says Zettel-Schmitt. “That’s a good thing.” “The Bible is rooted,” she says, “in the Catholic faith, but it is also pretty dry reading. The Saint John’s Bible program makes it more accessible, bringing it 16 | ST. JEROME’S UNIVERSITY
to life through illumination that’s so beautifully done and that brings the word of God to more people in a more meaningful, hands-on way.” Julie Hause, Executive Administrator of the Foundation, agrees. She acknowledges that helping fund such a large purchase — the Foundation contributed $50,000 of the total cost of $200,000 — was a difficult process, and an important commitment to make because the Bible will reach a much larger audience. “The Foundation is rooted in history and wants to maintain its Catholicity through its work and support in the Region,” Hause says. “How better to do this than to assist with this commissioned piece that is history in itself?” Hause recognized that in making this donation “all the images, the calligraphy, the work involved in creating these works of art incorporate both connections to the past and to the future.” She adds, “I found that it increased my own ability to appreciate the differences in faiths other than my own, my perceptions of history, my appreciation for diversity of race and humanity as a whole.”
“The Saint John’s Bible program makes it more accessible, bringing it to life through illumination that’s so beautifully done and that brings the word of God to more people in a more meaningful, hands-on way.” - Deb Zettel-Schmitt, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region A Long-term Relationship Established 40 years ago, the Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region sought to support the two Catholic secondary schools of that era: the all-girls’ St. Mary’s and the all-boys’ St. Jerome’s. At the time, the government did not provide full funding for Catholic schools, but both St. Mary’s and St. Jerome’s needed renovations. Parents of students at both downtown schools helped fundraise to support renovations and expansions, and they did so well that they were able to put a significant amount of money in the bank.
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School Sisters of Notre Dame donations extend the reach of a celebrated work of art
When in 1984 the Ontario government announced full funding for Catholic schools, that money was set aside and became the root of the Foundation, which nurtures Catholic identity by supporting church and community initiatives rooted in gospel values and Catholic social teaching. Today, the investment continues to grow, and the Foundation has since distributed more than $3 million to not-for-profits organizations, including those that support children, young people, and mental health. Like the Catholic Community Foundation, the School Sisters of Notre Dame also have a longstanding history with St. Jerome’s University. The relationship dates to 1963 with the opening of the Notre Dame women’s residence, which the School Sisters owned and administered until 1996 when it was sold to the University of St. Jerome’s College. Having provided significant educational opportunities for women, the School Sisters remain an integral part of this university. With a student bursary in their name and Notre Dame Chapel named after them, they have also given generously to fund the purchase of the Saint John’s Bible.
Impacting a New Generation Dr. Cristina Vanin, the university’s Interim Vice President Academic and Dean and an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, describes the Saint John’s Bible as an amazing work of art that has had a profound impact on students and the wider community, sparking the imagination of thousands of people, while bringing even more life to the St. Jerome’s campus.
“It was a constant stream of ‘Oh my gosh’ moments,” Dr. Vanin says. “People are overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project and how it speaks to who we are today. “Whether it’s elementary and high school students, people from diverse religious communities, calligraphers, painters, illuminators, or faculty from St. Jerome’s, Waterloo, or Laurier … everyone who encounters this Bible is struck by its beauty, the artistry and commitment that went into its making, its concern for indigenous communities, women, and the marginalized, and its integration of contemporary science.” With the purchase of seven volumes Dr. Vanin notes that the university is looking forward to opportunities to reach out to more departments on campus – classics, digital arts, fine arts, even contemporary science – and to the community, giving more people the opportunity to encounter this remarkable work of art.
...an amazing work of art that has had a profound impact on students and the wider community, sparking the imagination of thousands of people, while bringing even more life to the St. Jerome’s campus. - Cristina Vanin, SJU Interim Vice President Academic and Dean
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Mystical Imagination Takes Experiential Learning To Rome Drs. Norm Klassen (left) and Chad Wriglesworth (right)
Dr. Chad Wriglesworth, an associate professor in SJU’s Department of English, got up in front of one of his classes a few years ago and started to read from the book Orthodoxy. Penned by G. K. Chesterton, it tracks the author’s spiritual journey from agnosticism to Christianity with plenty of wit and intellectual depth. The book is considered a classic. That day, as 14 students listened quietly, the passage consisted of an analogy about daisies. While most of us think that all daisies are more or less the same, Chesterton questioned that deduction. “What if every daisy is also infinitely unknowable and totally unique – and that this is actually God’s creative act of never being bored? Perhaps every day is actually God saying, ‘Encore! Do it again!’” explains Wriglesworth now. “It’s very clever.”
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Student Maya Venters thought so too. “It would be an understatement to say that class changed the course of my life” she wrote in a testimonial later. “It was the first time in my university career that I felt valued, and that I was exploring something meaningful and worthwhile… I was reminded why I chose to be at a Catholic liberal arts school in the first place.” Then a second-year Political Science student, Venters admitted she was ready to drop out of school – until she stumbled across the special, one-off course, called “The Sacramental Imagination.” It was co-taught by Wriglesworth and SJU colleague Dr. Norm Klassen, an associate professor in the Department of English. The course was originally created to coincide with St. Jerome’s “A Year with The Saint John’s Bible,” which celebrated having two volumes of the Heritage Edition on campus.
Energized by what she learned from Wriglesworth and Klassen, Venters went on to study Medieval manuscripts at Trinity College in Dublin. She returned to complete her degree at St. Jerome’s University as an English Literature student.
Experiential Dimension Adds to Student Encounters Venters was not the only student to rave about the course. Others nominated the two professors for the University of Waterloo’s 2018 Feds (now named Waterloo Undergraduate Students Association - WUSA) Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the 2018 Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Excellence Award. Using descriptions like, “thoughtful, compassionate, and inspiring” and “the most mind-blowing and outstanding professor,” the nominations led to award-winning recognition for the pair. The special topics course was a hit. The St. Jerome’s Departments of English, Religious Studies, and Italian Studies, brought forward a proposal for a new third-year course in the Department of Religious Studies that would further the original objective of the course. Launched in May 2019 and cross-listed with Italian Studies, “The Mystical Imagination” was created, but now with a twist. Part of the course is to be taught in Rome, Italy.
“The Mystical Imagination is based on a view in which intimacy and relationality are actually part of the way the world works...” - Dr. Norm Klassen, Associate Professor
While the original course looked at literature and visual art while in the classroom, the new version will have students wandering through the Italian city with professors in the future. Being in this setting, Wriglesworth says, allows their teaching to be flexible but rigorous, reacting to the world around them. Within breathing distance of visual art masterpieces, sculptures, and cathedrals, the course is adding an experiential dimension to student encounters with the “mystical” world.
Co-creating the World “The Mystical Imagination” is based on a view in which intimacy and relationality are actually part of the way the world works,” explains Klassen. “While God is intimately involved with the world, artists and others from all walks of life also participate in its making. “We kind of co-create this world and there’s a tremendous sense of responsibility that goes along with that – and a great deal of freedom,” says Klassen, explaining that the imaginative and creative life go hand in hand with today’s scientific life. Of course, science is a gift, offering billions of people lifesaving medicine, but it also comes at a cost. We tend to think we’re separate from the world or try to manipulate it. “The mystical imagination recaptures the sense of unity, responsibility, creativity, and heals the historical trajectory, particularly in the West,” Klassen says. The topic is an obvious and perfect match for experiential learning. It also dovetails nicely with travel itself. Like mystical imagination, which is tied to the idea that the world is both knowable and unknowable, travelling to a new city or country naturally creates a similar sensation. Every ancient ruin, café, or cobblestone underfoot creates a sense of wonder. “In terms of teaching, I always like the tension of orienting students with having a healthy sense of disorientation at the same time,” says Wriglesworth. “I think it’s an important tension.” The professors look forward to co-teaching the course in Rome. They are convinced that working together has made it better – even though at first glance their pairing seems unconventional. Klassen is a medievalist and Wriglesworth typically works in 20th and 21st century American literature.
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ON CAMPUS Furry Friends Welcomed to Campus A different sort of guest has been seen on St. Jerome’s University’s campus, bringing smiles from almost everyone they come in contact with. St. John Ambulance therapy dogs have been welcomed, bringing the community the opportunity to spend an hour interacting with furry friends in a comfortable, familiar environment, all in the interest of wellness. Initiated originally by the University of Waterloo’s Mentor Assistance Through Education and Support (UW MATES) program, therapy dog events are part of a university-wide initiative to increase the focus on mental health and student wellness. In 2018, the University of Waterloo introduced “Thrive Week,” further to the success of “Mental Health Awareness Day.” In that same year, the Student Affairs team at St. Jerome’s University also welcomed registered social worker Lindsay Thompson, to the new position of Wellness Coordinator. In her role, Thompson facilitated the introduction of a number of new wellness activities, including therapy dog visits.
Owner Trace Calma gets her Great Pyrenees dog Sonny ready to meet students at a recent SJU therapy dog session.
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Animal Assisted Therapy is not a new phenomenon, with therapeutic outcomes being widely recognized amongst medical professionals and mental health experts. Research indicates that animal assisted therapy can help to alleviate stress and anxiety, as the presence of pets is proven to lower cortisol levels. Additionally, the simple act of petting dogs has also been proven to promote the release of oxytocin and serotonin, associated with elevating moods, and encouraging relaxation. Alternative therapies, such as art therapy, music therapy, or animal assisted therapy, can reach a wider audience than the typical clinical approach, states Thompson, adding that typical mental health interventions do not work for all students. She explains that animal assisted therapy can provide a great alternative for those seeking to improve their mental health. Therapy dogs “get people out of the pathologizing mindset,” because dogs offer comfort and companionship without judgement or obligation. Andy Gouldun, the Community Visits Coordinator for St. John Ambulance, notes that some of the most popular dogs among clients are those that have shorter hair around the face, commenting that people like to be able to see a dog’s eyes and make eye contact. The bond that people form with animals is unique, and provides immediate comfort, helping to lessen feelings of loneliness, and often providing a much needed escape from stressful situations. Beyond the immediate impact that therapy dogs provide, their visits have also been used to open doors for those looking to explore other mental health resources on campus. During the 2019 orientation week, the University of Waterloo ensured incoming students had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with those resources. Student leaders also typically coordinate activities to take place around critical high stress times for students, in particular exam weeks. In keeping with the appeal of animal therapy, it is not surprising that the University of Waterloo therapy dog sessions are often overcrowded, leaving some without the opportunity to pet the dogs. Thompson’s role in bringing the therapy program to St. Jerome’s University has made this part of the wellness program on campus more accessible. The therapy dog events at St. Jerome’s have proven to be the most well attended of their kind.
Hosting wellness events is often the first step in breaking down barriers that prevent students from getting the appropriate help. Reassuring students that it is okay to ask for help can be a more significant barrier to the success of the program’s goals. Asking for help, Thompson admits, is often the most challenging part of the process, particularly for those who have experienced stigma associated with mental health. St. Jerome’s University benefits from having a smaller campus that allows all of those who participate with the opportunity to engage with the therapy dogs in an inclusive community environment. The positive reception to their presence on campus has therefore been welcomed and integrated into wellness efforts. Thompson’s work will continue to support wellness on campus using creative ways to reach people. She notes that she would like to explore bringing the dogs to campus on a more frequent basis, adding it is “beautiful to see people interacting with dogs and with one another.”
“In a community that is as close-knit as SJU, the subject of mental health and wellness is something that has become entrenched in the everyday lives of students and staff… The brilliance behind SJU’s wellness strategy is that it is ever adapting and evolving to meet the needs of students; as our knowledge and interest about mental health expand, so too does the breadth of resources available on campus...SJU discusses, advocates, and practices wellness both on campus and with partners in the field.”
A Healthy State
Wellness at Centre of Student Care St. Jerome’s University is invested in the health of each of its students. With the increasing demand nationwide on university campuses to provide care for mental health issues in particular, we are committed to growing our programs. Our current dedicated resources support the mental and physical challenges associated with post-secondary education: *Access to a full-time Wellness Coordinator in Student Affairs *Campus Ministry Spiritual Guidance team *Therapy Dog Program *Special Event Mental Health Initiatives, including THRIVE Week, and Bell Let’s Talk *Trained residence staff *Student Success Coaching
- Gabrielle McInnis, SJU Student, 4th Year Double Major, Legal Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies
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Symmetry: Bach and Math March 13, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
SJ2/Academic Centre Room 1004/Vanstone Lecture Hall François Bergeron | Mathematics | Université du Québec à Montréal Jurgen Petrenko, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Discover how Bach uses mathematical symmetries in writing the scores for his music. To find out more about these free public lectures and to register visit www.sju.ca/bridges
Religion and Nationalism Refuse to Die: So Now What? April 17, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
SJ2/Academic Centre Room 1004/Vanstone Lecture Hall David Seljak, Professor of Religious Studies, St. Jerome’s University Despite predictions that globalization would consign both religion and nationalism to the dust heap of history, there has been a resurgence of religiously inspired nationalist movements worldwide. David Seljak will examine this phenomenon against the background of the ethics of nationalism defined by Canadian Roman Catholic theologian Gregory Baum. For more information, to register for this lecture, or to watch it live stream, please visit www.sju.ca/lce.
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The Reading Series Medieval Studies Lecture Series The Medieval Studies Lecture Series brings together medievalists from across North America to meet with SJU and University of Waterloo students and colleagues to examine a variety of interdisciplinary topics pertaining to the Middle Ages. Watch for our next lecture coming in the fall!
Study Abroad Archaeology at Herstmonceux Castle May 1-June 13, 2020 Immerse yourself in historical and archaeological discovery this summer at the Bader International Study Centre, East Sussex, UK. Participate in a live dig on a historical estate to earn 3 courses (1.5 transfer credits) on your University of Waterloo undergraduate transcript. Contact the DRAGEN Lab manager, Caley McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information.
March 4, 2020 | 3:30 p.m.
SJ2/Academic Centre Room 1004/Vanstone Lecture Hall Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for The Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many others. She’s had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. She was chosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, is a national bestseller. The Reading Series continues to bring cutting-edge Canadian writers to St. Jerome’s University. These readings are special opportunities to get inside the book—hear writers read their own words, and speak about their own writing. Every reading includes an open question and answer session.
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FINANCIAL REPORT Reporting on the Fiscal Year May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019 REVENUES $21,380,506
OTHER INCOME 4%
Scholarships & Bursaries
Source: 2018-2019 Audited Statement of Operations, available on the St. Jerome’s University website on the Financial Accountabilty page, at www.sju.ca.
INVESTMENT INCOME 4%
GOVERNMENT GRANTS 26%
STUDENT TUITION 40%
ANCILLARY OPERATIONS 26%
SCHOLARSHIPS & ADMINISTRATION BURSARIES 2% 2% INTEREST 6% ANCILLARY OPERATIONS 16%
UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS 26%
ORGANIZATIONS AND FOUNDATIONS 5% STAFF/FACULTY/ BOARD OF GOVERNORS 11% ALUMNI 18%
GIVING DESIGNATIONS CAMPUS MINISTRY 14%
CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT 43%
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ACADEMIC OPERATIONS 48%
St. Jerome’s University recognizes the generosity of the following individuals who contributed to our 2018-2019 fundraising efforts: ABA Architects Inc. Andrew S. Abrahamowicz (BA ‘02) Emanuel Aguiar Tiuley & Kumaraswamy Alguindigue Andre & Raymonde AndersonJean Andrey Murray Ariss (BA ‘71) Veronica Austen Cynthia Bacchus J.R. Baleshta Thomas & Roswita Ball Brian M. Barry Darren (MAES ‘01) & Danielle (BA ‘96) Becks Steven & Leslie Bednarski Robert Bedolfe Edward Beharry James & Sandra Beingessner Andre Belanger (BMATH ‘73) Dolores Bergin Katherine Bergman (BSC ‘81) & Douglas Farenick Amelia Biggs Ken Bisch Kenneth (BA ‘69) & Mary Bisch Steven Bittner (BMATH ‘92)M. Boehmer Franklin Boerboom (BMATH ‘85) Lorraine Bolton Kieran & Margaret Bonner Tom & Mary Borys William Brath (BMATH ‘76) Paul & Susan Breen Cathy & John Brothers Linda Brox (BA ‘71) Louise Brzustowski Karen Buhr (BA ‘95) Paul Bundgard Thomas Byrne (BA ‘79) Murch & Chloe Callender Sharon (BA ‘88) & John William Carey Giovanni Cascante & Tiziana Di Giorgio Mary Casey Theresa Casteels Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region Catholic Women’s League - Diocese of Hamilton Dave & Nancy Cattanach Brian M. 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A Message from Viola Poletes Montgomery, Director, Advancement In 2018-2019, we received over $600,000 in donations from 440 generous members of the SJU community, including alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. We are grateful to all of our donors who continue to support our students by funding scholarships, experiential programming, campus renewal, and research opportunities. In 2019, we successfully raised $50,000 for student scholarships at the annual Feast of St. Jerome, and initiated the construction phase of the Library Renewal Project, which opened in January 2020, while continuing to offer unique experiential learning opportunities, through our Beyond Borders and Beyond U programs. Students continue to remain at the heart of our mission as a Catholic liberal arts institution. Over the last year, significant changes have occurred in how students receive funding and this is making an impact. In late 2018, the Government of Ontario announced that it would be cutting funds to the Ontario Student Assistance Programs (OSAP) and freezing tuition fees. The impact of that decision was felt by students as they prepared to return to campus. As a result of the provincial government decision, fewer students qualify to receive financial assistance, and more significantly, budget cuts have resulted in fewer funds being available for student programming. Here is the reality: We need our alumni, friends, and supporters to step up, to continue providing much needed assistance to students for financial aid as well as programming initiatives that contribute to the overall university student life — student council and clubs — the role they play in forming lifelong friendships and helping students make that transformation from teen to young adult. All these pieces play a part in helping our students experience university life. One 4th year student frames it, “the part you play in helping students manage the financial burden of university cannot be overstated. Your financial contributions make it so some students have one less thing to worry about.” Consider this call to action: If you have never made a donation, or if it has been a while, I am asking you to support your future alumni colleagues today. Remember what it was like when you were a student at St Jerome’s? The friendships, the experiences, the professors, residence life— all of those memories. I’m asking you to help this current group of students, future alumni, to be able to have those same memories. With your help, we can continue our mission of educating the leaders of tomorrow in an environment that fosters community, inspires reflection, and promotes action in the pursuit of a more just and peaceable world. The donation amount is up to you. If you have never given, why not do it today? We look forward to what the next year brings, and hope you will consider supporting our students in fostering their own unique journey at St. Jerome’s University.
How will you be remembered? “We have been very, very blessed over the years. We feel we have to give back. You just can’t carry on and not. Our parents helped us through university and so we set up the fund, the MacDonald-Young Scholarship in 1986 to honour our parents and to help students. When you read some of these letters from the students who have received awards from the scholarship, it’s very satisfying to know we have helped them with their educational pursuits.” - Gail Young (nee MacDonald), BA ’66 - Bruce Young, Retired Ontario Superior Court Justice, QC, BA ’66 Gail and Bruce have left a bequest in their wills to St. Jerome’s University. To learn more about how you can make an impact through your estate planning, please contact: Viola Poletes Montgomery, Director, Advancement email@example.com | 519-884-8111 x28277 28 | ST. JEROME’S UNIVERSITY
OUR MISSION St. Jerome’s University is a public Roman Catholic university federated with the University of Waterloo and historically associated with the educational vision of the Congregation of the Resurrection. We are committed to learning and academic excellence; the gospel values of love, truth, and justice; and the formation of leaders for the service of the community and the Church. In all of our activities and practices, St. Jerome’s University functions within the context of the Roman Catholic tradition and the principles of academic freedom.
OUR VISION At St. Jerome’s University we steward each students’ unique talents, nurture their ability to think critically, and inspire them to become life-long learners who seek knowledge and truth, act with compassion, and advocate for human dignity for all. We educate our students to become informed, courageous citizens who have the humility to work together for the common good and the courage to lead by example to build a more just society.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS Steven Bednarski Frank Boerboom Cheri Chevalier Mary Ellen Cullen, Chair Ernest Doyle Anne Jamieson Scott Kline, Interim President and Vice Chancellor Ken Lavigne Tony MacKinnon Rev. Murray McDermott, C.R., Provincial Superior Ted McKechnie Michael Pautler Lauren Pazzano Bruce Rodrigues, Chancellor Christopher Roehrig Kathy Smidt Toni Serafini Joe Varamo Mark Wendland Laura Zilney
St. Jerome’s University has given me some of the best and most fun moments in my life. I’ve met people who I now cannot imagine my life without, and the SJU community has impacted me in ways that are difficult to put into words. I love everything about St. Jerome’s… but I love the people more than anything else...
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