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STU Alumni & Friends

Summer 2017

Kimberly Kool, BA’06

Art’s Healing Power

How Three Alumnae Connect with Others Through Art

2017 Sports Wall of Fame Inductees Announced Call for Nominations for Alumni Awards What’s New at STU

Alumni Weekend October 13-15, 2017

Performers wanted for the Wooden Music Coffee House! Email alumni@stu.ca for more info.


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A few events include: • Theatre St. Thomas Special Presentation • Wooden Music Coffee House • Sports Wall of Fame Luncheon • President’s Special Reunion Brunch • Gala Dinner

alumni weekend

View event details and register to join friends and former classmates back on campus by visiting www.stu.ca/alumniweekend or by calling 506-452-0521.


We welcome your comments Phone: 506.452.0521 Email: alumni@stu.ca Website: www.stu.ca Facebook: St. Thomas University Alumni Twitter: @StThomasAlumni

4 Alumni Association 7 Cover Story 10 Profiles 14 Sports Wall of Fame Inductions 16 Campus Watch 24 New & Noteworthy


The Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada E3B 5G3. It is distributed free-of-charge to more than 12,500 St. Thomas University alumni and friends worldwide.

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Publisher Office of Advancement and Alumni, St. Thomas University Editor Jacqueline Cormier, BA’08 Acknowledgements Kelty Apperson, BA’16 Wanda Bearresto, BA’87 Clayton Beaton, BA’06 María José Burgos, BA’17 Jeffrey Carleton Ashlen Henry, BA’09 Dionne Izzard Kathleen Johnson, BA’13 Jodi Misheal Julia Pazzano, BA’20 Photos Kyle Albright, BA’13 Jonathan Bielaski Keith Minchin Design, Layout, Printing Karen Smith Design KarenSmithDesign@eastlink.ca Taylor Printing Group Inc.

Alumni Association Board of Directors 2016-17 Frank McBrearty, BA’06 (Saint John, NB) Margaret (Margie) Tracy, BA’75 (Fredericton, NB) Vanessa Paesani, BEd’10 (Fredericton, NB) Jeanne Smith, BA’76 (Saint John, NB) Don Bossé, BA’82, BEd’83 (Fredericton, NB) Emily Cochrane, BA’11 (Fredericton, NB) Dennis Livingstone, BA’73 (Riverview, NB) Nicola MacLeod, BA’14 (Fredericton, NB) Nora Valentino, BA’87 (Fredericton, NB) Dolores Whalen, BT’70 (Fredericton, NB)


Welcome from St. Thomas University President, Dawn Russell


he day before Spring Convocation we hosted our first President’s Reception Honouring Student Academic Excellence. The ceremony celebrated our graduating students who had won academic prizes. A crowning touch to the event was that many of the students were joined by their families and even some of the prize sponsors. Our academic prizes signify something important to our university. Many are named for individuals who made a significant contribution to the development of STU. Others made outstanding contributions in their respective fields. Some prizes recognize high marks and academic performance, while others recognize writing or linguistic skills. Many of these prizes are endowed by supporters of STU — individuals or families who want to recognize and encourage young scholars. The common element of these prizes is excellence. These students are the academic leaders of our student body. Among them are students who have won national awards; students whose research is published or who have participated at international academic events; students who have been awarded national SSHRC Scholarships or other prestigious scholarships at graduate schools. To see celebrated author David Adams Richards, LLD’90, spend time with María José Burgos, BA’17, who won the “David Adams Richards Prize for NonFiction” is to see STU’s past and present; donors and students; alumni and new graduates. María José is also the author of several stories in this issue of Connections. It was a wonderful moment in a great Convocation week.


From Tongue

Twisters to

Book Shops

Sheree Fitch continues to spread her love for words.


A Distorted


Jason Murray

writes book about indie rock band Eric’s Trip.


Small Scale

Projects that are

High Impact

Ashley Rerrie is a Country Director with Casa - Pueblito.


Making a

Difference in the

Lives of Children

Wesley Furrow works for UNICEF.

On the Cover: Kimberly Kool, BA’06, uses art to help others. Cover photo by Jonathan Bielaski.

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Alumni Association

Halifax Alumni Reception A

lumni and friends living in the Halifax area gathered at a wine and cheese reception at the Law Offices of Cox & Palmer in February. A special thank you to Cox and Palmer for hosting such a great event! These receptions are always great to reminisce and catch up with fellow alumni. Keep an eye on stu.ca/alumni to see when we will be holding a reception in your area.

Frank McBrearty, Chair of the STU Alumni Association


s Chair of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, I want to thank the University, the Directors of the Alumni Association, as well as alumni for your support over the past year. With your support, we have been able to focus our outlook and work together to benefit the STU community as a whole. The upcoming AGM will be an important occasion for the Alumni Association, as our new By-Laws will be put forth for ratification. We are excited for the upcoming Alumni Weekend and to continue our partnership with the University to make campus a better place for students and alumni alike. If you want to learn more about the STU Alumni Association, please feel free to contact me, Wanda in the Alumni Office, or any of the other Directors.


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TU Alumni Reception

Left to Right: Kristen Petrikowski, BA’10; Melinda McClelland, BA’10; and Sheilah Davidson, BA’06

Left to Right: Patrick Milner, BA’02 and Kelly MacNeil, BA’02

Left to Right: President Dawn Russell, BA’77; Calen Outhouse, BA’09; and Brendon Campbell, BA’08

Left to Right: Steven Butler, BA’14; Victoria Blakely, BA’13; Marc A. Beaubien and Dionne Izzard, director of advancement at STU

in Halifax, February 2017

STU Alumni Association | Did You Know‌ We sell diploma frames, at Convocation and year-round, so alumni can hang their diplomas with pride in their homes or offices.

We purchased two T-Rings for students who were not able to purchase a ring. This year, graduating students Joseph Keefe and Nicolas Levesque were selected from among the applications we received.

We hosted Alumni Weekend in Fredericton, and alumni receptions in cities across the country to re-connect former classmates, with the University and with each other.

We presented graduates with STU luggage tags at Convocation to welcome them into the STU alumni family, and so that they might take a small reminder of us as they left St. Thomas.

We passed out ice cream cones and popsicles (and best wishes!) for students on their last day of class to wish them luck with their exams.

Did you know that your STU Alumni Association is busy all year round? Here is a glance at just some of the things we did this year.

We selected Adam Blanchard as the recipient of the Father Tom Daley Scholarship. Candidates were assessed on academic standing, extracurricular involvement at STU, and demonstrated leadership qualities.

We co-hosted student send-off events for incoming students in their hometowns so they could meet some proud STU alumni as they prepared to head off themselves for their own undergraduate careers at St. Thomas.

We sponsored and attended events like the Grad Dinner, Welcome Week, the T-Ceremony, and the Academic Awards Reception.

Get Involved! Want to get involved with your STU Alumni Association? Email alumni@stu.ca for more information. Summer 2017



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STU’s Alumni Recognition Program acknowledges and celebrates outstanding achievements and contributions of our alumni.

Call for Nominations Alumni Association Award for Service The St. Thomas University Alumni Association Award for Service recognizes the exemplary engagement of St. Thomas alumni in helping to advance the aims and objectives of the Alumni Association and the overall reputation of the University. This outstanding record of service has been both dynamic and instrumental in strengthening the Alumni Association and thereby contributing to the betterment of our alma mater.

The Carolyn LaydenStevenson Distinguished Alumni Award The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of living STU alumni who have earned prominence as a result of their outstanding professional achievements and/or service to society.

Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2017. Both awards will be bestowed at Alumni Weekend (October 13-15) Visit STU.ca/alumniawards for more information about the award guidelines and to download the nomination package.

Cover Story


Photo by: Jonathan Bielaski

imberly Kool didn’t think she had an artistic bone in her body. But a job working with women at the federal penitentiary in Kitchener, Ontario taught her otherwise — and changed her life. She was working for the STRIDE program at Community Justice Initiatives, offering arts and recreation programs to incarcerated women. The program engages community volunteers to develop strong relationships with federallysentenced women, with the ultimate aim of supporting successful reintegration for the women after their release. “I felt like I was studying again. I did a lot of research on different art techniques, as it was more about crafts than fine arts,” she said. The STRIDE program took place inside the federal penitentiary with up to 100 women participating, depending on the activity which was taking place. Kool found that art became a huge equalizer and a life-changing experience for these women who had often lived through significant trauma, abuse, and poverty. “Women who thought ‘I’m no good’ would sit down and create something beautiful. I just remember

seeing the look on their faces when they made something for the first time,” Kool said. The art activities Kool and the STRIDE team planned became so popular that the program expanded to include women who had already left prison. While looking for new art techniques to introduce at work, Kool was introduced

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to encaustics, an ancient Egyptian art practice done by heating beeswax. Yet this time, it was her life that changed. “The first time I tried encaustics I felt like a kid trying something for the very first time, where you just play and lose yourself completely.” Encaustics art involves heating beeswax, adding oil paint to it, embedding objects into the wax, and heating them together to create something new. For example, you can embed flowers, poems printed on pieces of paper, or other meaningful objects. “I bought everything I needed to do it at home, started playing around with the medium, and sort of built myself a studio in my house,” said Kool. She left the STRIDE program and developed

Art’s Healing Power How Three Alumnae Connect with Others Through Art

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Cover Story her own private practice called Edge of Grey Encaustics in Grey County, Ontario where she partners with community groups and agencies to offer encaustic workshops to individuals with mental health issues, addictions, developmental disabilities, and young moms, among others.

Her workshop participants all say encaustics helps them have fun and de-stress. “Art has this great way of building a community of people that stay connected with each other.” Kool is convinced art can make a difference in people’s lives. She has seen it happen, citing the example of a woman with a developmental disability who came to an encaustics workshop with her support worker. She was quiet and shy at first, but as the workshop progressed, she connected with the other participants and created a beautiful

Blending Psychology with Art Sherry Beaumont Discovers Art Therapy


ust as it was for many of Kool’s participants, art has been therapeutic for Sherry Beaumont. An artistic child, Beaumont drew and took photos from a young age but once she enrolled in STU’s Psychology program and later in the University of Waterloo’s PhD program, she found no time for art. However, that changed a few years later, while she was working as a psychology professor at the University of Northern British Columbia. At that time, doctors found Beaumont had a tumour in her uterus and needed a hysterectomy. “In the process of preparing myself and dealing with the emotional stress, I just spontaneously wanted to do art again.” The surgery meant Beaumont would not be able to bear children, which is also the reason why she wanted to create things through art. After the surgery, she was


completely immersed in mixed media art. “It was cathartic. It was a way of taking something that was happening internally out into the open and being able to see it.” Beaumont started searching for a link between art and psychology, and realized that the link was art therapy. “I didn’t even know art therapy was a thing. I didn’t even know it existed. As soon as I saw a little bit and read a little bit about what it was, I was down for it.” Beaumont is now a trained art

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piece of art. After the workshop, they all decided to go for lunch at a little café nearby. “I just remember thinking that it was because of the opportunity to come together and create art together that this woman was able to participate and actually be part of the community,” she said.

therapist, with an Advanced Diploma from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. She uses art as a tool to facilitate talk therapy with clients. She said many clients are intimidated by art therapy at first but after the first few sessions, they simply start creating. Beaumont chooses the art materials a client will use based on their personal experience and therapeutic progress. Softer materials like paint or clay pull for more emotion while drier materials such as oil pastels pull for less emotions. “Sometimes, I don’t want them to go too deep if it is a really raw thing they are experiencing. I might just pull out crayons and pastels because I know they are going to get too upset.” Beaumont said the result of therapeutic art is greater selfunderstanding and emotion regulation.

“I think art therapy is more effective than talk therapy because it requires the use of one’s body. As psychological beings, when we feel something, it is not just in our minds and hearts, it is in our whole bodies.” One of the artworks Beaumont remembers most was drawn by a client who was distressed about being burned out from too many work and family responsibilities. Beaumont asked her to make an image of what that felt like. The client drew herself as a dark, faceless figure hanging onto a flying bird while being held down by vines wrapped around her legs. “When she looked at her art she said that was exactly how she had been feeling, like she was being stretched too thin and would be pulled apart.” The client now had a vivid image of her life, something that could remind her of what it feels like to have too many responsibilities. “It changed her life. She began to feel compassion for herself, and to try to take better care of herself as well as others.”

can create art side by side and connect with each other. Finding a Community in Art The goal is to have Creative Connections Offers Safe Space to Create Art the community interact with people with disabilities in lisha Badeau understands how art can bring people together — and help a positive way and also to “educate the community that people with intellectual them heal, grow, and shine. disabilities have amazing talents and gifts to Growing up, she often turned to her brush offer the world,” said Badeau. and canvas to help her cope with a difficult Making art together allows everyone to home life that eventually led to her being learn from each other and to grow together. placed in foster care. “It’s giving them a place that is comfortable But it wasn’t until she became a leader with and safe to be themselves and to share their the New Brunswick Youth in Care Network gifts,” Badeau said. and began coordinating painting workshops The centre includes a gallery wall with and art groups with youth who either live in art that was created by people who have foster care or who have been adopted that intellectual disabilities. The gallery is open to she realized how powerful art could be — the public and is a great way to showcase the as a therapeutic outlet, but also as a way to talent and gifts of connect with each other. the artists. “There, I really discovered my love for art,” she said. After graduating from STU, Badeau received scholarships to take an online graduate diploma through the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Now, Badeau is using art to create connections with the community. She is working at L’Arche Saint John, where people with and without intellectual disabilities share a life in community. L’Arche Saint John includes the collaborative art space Creative Connections, a safe space where people with all levels of abilities


This past February, L’Arche Saint John and L’Arche Antigonish came together for a gallery show at the Saint John Art Centre. About 29 pieces of art were celebrated and within 90 minutes, $2,000 worth of art was sold. “To have that many pieces sold means people are understanding how amazing people with intellectual disabilities are,” said Badeau. The L’Arche Saint John community is getting ready to host more art shows, and they’ll also be selling art which will be displayed at a local restaurant, East Coast Bistro. “People with intellectual disabilities give something new to think about — a new way of seeing colour, a new way of seeing lines, a new way of seeing everyday life,” said Badeau. One of the artists who comes in every day to the Creative Connections program has sold over $800 worth of art since September. However, it’s not just about the money. “It’s about her incredible sense of pride that her work is being bought. She learns new skills and is building herself as an artist every day… and she has a huge smile on her face every day.”

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Sheree Fitch, BA’87, LLD’10

Sheree Fitch Continues to Spread her Love for Words


hen Sheree Fitch was seven years old, she wrote her first poem, a tongue twister. Her grade 2 teacher, Mrs. Goodwin, showcased it on the classroom’s blue bulletin board during a school festival. From a distance, Fitch watched people walk by, read the poem and smile. “It was like I discovered fire,” she said,


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recalling the moment she realized her writing could make people happy. That night, Fitch told Mrs. Goodwin she wanted to become a writer when she grew up. Even though there were almost no women writers at the time in Moncton, Mrs. Goodwin said, “I think you can become a writer.” But throughout high school in Fredericton, Fitch stopped writing. She didn’t come back to it until she was 18 and had her first child, Jordan. By 24, Fitch had her second child, Dustin, and a divorce. She lived from paycheque to paycheque but enrolled at STU as a part-time student and began writing her first book, a collection of nonsense poetry that would later become the famous

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Toes in my Nose. “Walking into that university and into my first English class, I felt like I was finally home. There, I claimed back my power, that I was a woman with a brain who had ambition and wanted to get educated.” After almost ten years of having her writing rejected, Toes in my Noes was published in 1987, the same year she graduated from STU. “The trick, of course, is to not give up,” said Fitch, who now has more than 30 books published and two new ones coming out this summer. This year she’s celebrating the 30th anniversary of her first book and will open the Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe & Dreamery on July 3rd in River John, a little village in rural Nova Scotia where she lives with her husband. The book shop will be open from Canada Day weekend until Labour Day weekend every year. Fitch and her husband created the book shop out of a “little funky farmhouse” that sits across the road from their house. There will also be a space in the pasture called “the dreamery” where people can sit to read, write, and dream. The shop will mainly feature Atlantic poetry and authors. “I want families to come but I also want book lovers to come. It’ll be a very eclectic mix, but carefully curated.” After 30 years, Fitch’s books continue to be read because she writes in a way that transcends time and space. “The kids who grew up with my books are having kids that are growing up with my books. Now that is an incredible feeling.”

by Jacqueline Cormier, BA’08

A Distorted Revolution J

ason Murray still remembers the first time he heard Eric’s Trip. He had no idea he was witnessing history, watching his childhood friends inspire a musical revolution in Moncton and shape a booming and edgy local music scene. “It didn’t really mean a whole lot to me in that exact moment, but soon enough the world would get to know Eric’s Trip,” Murray said. Murray’s book A Distorted Revolution: How Eric’s Trip Changed Music, Moncton, and Me tells the story of the indie-rock band from its beginnings, playing in basements in Moncton in the early 1990s to the seed it planted in the local music scene that can still be felt today, almost 30 years later. Murray, who studied journalism and education at STU, wrote the book as part of his Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of King’s College. A Distorted Revolution was published this spring by Nimbus Publishing.

The book is partly a memoir, since he writes about the band’s influence on him and a whole generation of what he calls “outsiders.” It’s also a piece of music journalism. He interviewed the members of the band, other Moncton musicians from the era, and musicians who had a big influence on Eric’s Trip, like Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo and Black Flag’s Keith Morris. Eric’s Trip – made up of Rick White, Chris Thompson, Julie Doiron, and Mark Gaudet (who replaced the band’s first drummer Ed Vaughan) – became one of the most influential bands to come out of Moncton, NB. It signed with Seattle’s Sub Pop records, the same

buying equipment at the pawn shops and starting their own punk rock and grunge bands. “People were just playing music for fun, and everything didn’t have to be perfect. These were the seeds planted in the early 90s by bands like Eric’s Trip. Today, bands are still going up – not completely over-rehearsed or over-produced – and they are still going up and playing for fun.” Murray credits his writing style to the mentorships he received in the journalism program from professors Philip Lee, Mark Tunney, Michael Camp, and award-winning author David Adams Richards, who was Artistin-Residence at the time.

Photo by: Christine Donovan

Jason Murray Writes Book About Indie Rock Band Eric’s Trip

record label who had signed Nirvana a few years earlier. “Eric’s Trip sort of knocked down this pedestal for rock and roll bands that you had to be absolutely super technical musicians with a huge record deal and a million dollars in production and equipment to go up and do a show. Eric’s Trip was going up on stage with pawn shop equipment: cheap old guitars, cheap old amps with duct tape all over them. They just played shows that didn’t sound perfect and they just showed this ‘do it yourself’ attitude that everyone could relate to.” Soon, more and more budding musicians in Moncton were

“It didn’t really mean a whole lot to me in that exact moment, but soon enough the world would get to know Eric’s Trip.” Summer 2017



by María José Burgos, BA’17

Small Scale Projects that are High Impact

Ashley Rerrie, BA’14

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Ashley Rerrie is a Country Director with Casa - Pueblito


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he community of Los Norteños in Nicaragua is made up of 11 families who live in tiny houses with no running water. The nearest water source, found a kilometre away from the community, is a river contaminated by chemicals used in nearby plantations. Every day for the past 27 years, women in the community walked to the river and brought water back for drinking, cooking and bathing. It prevented them from reaching their full potential. This summer, Ashley Rerrie, who graduated from STU in 2014, is working with the nongovernmental organization Casa - Pueblito to change these people’s — especially women’s — lives forever. “We’re building an artisanal well in the community and running pipe networks to bring water from the well into their houses. It’s an important project for us in terms of health and ensuring access to basic rights like water but also for gender equity,” said Rerrie.

Women in the community describe the project as a “gift” and a “blessing,” for which they have prayed for many years. Casa - Pueblito is a small grassroots NGO focused on community development and education in Latin America, mostly in Nicaragua. The international organization has offices in Toronto and Nicaragua. After graduating with a double major in Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies, Rerrie enrolled in York University’s Development Studies Masters and did three months of international field work with Casa - Pueblito. She was offered a full-time job as Casa - Pueblito’s Country Director and moved to Managua, Nicaragua in August of 2016. “We work on small scale projects that are high impact because they’re based on what communities feel they need for themselves,” she said. As Country Director, Rerrie runs the projects and coordinates the global education program with Canadian high school and university students. They go to Nicaragua on an international service experience for about ten days. Other significant projects of Casa - Pueblito include building a high school in Jiñocuao, another poor Nicaraguan community, promoting resistance to climate change for communities located in the drought corridor of Nicaragua, and building organic community gardens that help preserve water in soil. Rerrie’s goal is to find better ways to tell the stories of what Casa - Pueblito is doing in Nicaragua. “We need to let people know what Casa Pueblito does and get people invested in the communities, and interested in ways that they can support Nicaraguans.”

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by Kelty Apperson, BA’16

Making a Difference in the Lives of Children Wesley Furrow Works for UNICEF


or Wesley Furrow, St. Thomas University really was the “small university of big opportunities.” The STU alumnus and Canterbury, NB, native is now working for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a business process improvement specialist in New York City. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. According to the organization’s website, “UNICEF believes that all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.” Furrow’s work is focused on helping UNICEF achieve results in the field, meaning he assists the organization’s Country Offices

in identifying and implementing changes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of how the organization delivers results for children. “It’s nice to be working for an organization where the mandate is helping children,” Furrow said. Through his work, he has had the opportunity to travel to Hungary, Thailand, and Italy. He has missions planned for Ethiopia, India, Jamaica, and another handful of countries after that throughout the rest of 2017. “I have found that my knowledge of the world and of different cultures has increased significantly. I find it so rewarding to be able to work with individuals from all around the globe”.

He says STU provided him with the foundation he needed to begin his career. “STU helped me understand the expectations of people in ‘the real world.’ It is a place that helps you understand what it means to be an adult.” After graduating from STU in 2007 with a double major in

Criminology and Economics, Furrow earned a Master’s of Business Administration at Dalhousie University. He worked for the professional services firm Deloitte for seven years in Halifax and Ottawa before landing his job with UNICEF. Even though he now resides in the ‘Big Apple,’ his maritime hospitality hasn’t changed. With many friends and family members coming to visit him to get the big city experience, a piece of home will always find him there.

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1966-67 STU Men’s Hockey Team

St. Thomas Announces Sport of Fame Induction Class for Four Athletes and One Team Join Elite Group of Tommies


pair of hockey and football greats, a championship team, a record-setting runner, and a pioneer in the evolution of women’s varsity sport will join the St. Thomas University Sports Wall of Fame. Greg Morris, of Miramichi, NB, William McMullin, of Dartmouth, NS, the 1966-67 STU men’s hockey team, Nicole (Badry) Holubowich, of Lazo, BC, and Mary Lou (Wolstenholme) Foreman, of New Maryland, NB, make up the induction class of 2017. “These four individuals and the championship men’s hockey team are an


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important part of the rich athletic history at St. Thomas,” said University President and Vice-Chancellor Dawn Russell. “Their hard work and dedication to athletics helped pave the way for the 200 student athletes that represent St. Thomas today.” Morris was a member of the Tommies varsity hockey and football teams from 1961-1965. In 40 regular season games on the ice he accumulated 25 goals and 41 assists, and in his final season he averaged just over two points per game. On the field, Morris was the Tommies’ quarterback and led the team to a near-perfect regular season in 1962-63.

William McMullin A fellow hockey and football Tommie, McMullin arrived on campus in 1952. He was a member of the STU team that earned the New Brunswick Canadian Rugby Football Union title and was the lone scorer in the Maritime Championship game. On the ice, he was known as a strong skater, deft passer, playmaker, and pure scorer.

Luncheon Tickets $40

Sports Wall of Fame Induction

by Kathleen Johnson, BA’13

“These four individuals and the championship men’s hockey team are an important part of the rich athletic history at St. Thomas.”

rts Wall or 2017 Joining the list of female inductees in the Sports Wall of Fame are Holubowich and Foreman. Holubowich was the driving force of the Tommies cross country team from 2007-2009. During that time, she won back-toback Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association individual titles and was a two-time

conference all-star and MVP. At the national championships, Holubowich finished eighth out of 113 runners and set the current university record for a 5 km race. Foreman, who came to St. Thomas in 1962, was a significant part of the advancement of women’s varsity sports at the university. She was one of the first members of women’s volleyball and badminton teams, and played a large role in the growth of women’s basketball, which has reached championship level in recent years. In 1965, Foreman was the first female to be awarded the university’s silver medal in recognition of her participation in three sports. Rounding out the inductees is the 1966-67 men’s hockey team, which represented New Brunswick at the first-ever Canada Winter Games. Coached by Bob Mabie,


the Tommies earned the right to attend the Games by capturing the New Brunswick Hockey Championship and had four athletes named to the championship tournament all-star team—goaltender Bob Bowes, defender Guy White, forward Ernie Doucet, and forward Aurele Hachey.

About the Sports Wall of Fame The St. Thomas University Sports Wall of Fame was launched during the university’s centenary in 2010 to recognize individuals and teams who have made a significant contribution to the athletic programs at St. Thomas University, and who have enhanced the image and the reputation of the institution. There are 27 individuals and 10 teams in the university’s Wall of Fame to date.

The STU Sports Wall of Fame Luncheon will take place on Saturday, October 14 at the

St. Thomas University Conference Centre. Tickets to the event are $40 and can be purchased by contacting Mike Eagle meagles@stu.ca (506) 460-0378.

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Campus Watch

Class of 2017 Medal Winners

“St. Th o Univer mas s has ins ity t tremen illed a d in all o ous fire f us.”

Left to right: Kailey DeLucry, who graduated with an Honours in Psychology, received the Governor General’s Medal and Hannah Anstey, who graduated with an Honours in Pyschology, received the University Medal for Arts.

Faculty Merit Awards


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NB, spoke to the 350 graduates who received their Bachelors of Applied Arts, Arts, and Social Work. She told them their future was theirs to write, and she knew they would all accomplish great things. “No matter what your choice, I know you are all going to succeed, as St. Thomas has prepared you for anything that comes your way. St. Thomas University has instilled a tremendous fire in all of us. We have a new passion for life and a desire to make the world we live in a better place for everyone. You are some of the most amazing critical thinkers that this world will ever encounter, and tomorrow is the day that you are free to decide how your new chapter begins.” The university also bestowed honorary degrees to philanthropist and higher education champion Sandra Irving and Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada Alex Neve.

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aledictorian Shania Maguire still remembers her first day of class. “I had never felt so lost and overwhelmed before that moment,” she told her fellow graduates at spring convocation. “I am back in that moment again. We have no guidelines as to what we must do anymore. Right now, you might be feeling overwhelmed at what is to come, but try to take a step back and realize that the freedom to write your own chapters in your own book will be the best thing to happen to you.” Maguire, who hails from Saint John,

Left to right: English professor Dr. Matte Robinson (BA’98) received the University Scholarship Award, Sociology professor Dr. Erin Fredericks (BA’06) received the University Service Award, and Human Rights Professor Dr. Amanda DiPaolo (BA’01) received the John McKendy Memorial Teaching Award. All three faculty are STU alumni!

Professor Emeritus Dr. Deborah van den Hoonaard was named Professor Emerita, a rank awarded to retired professors who have served the university with great distinction.

van den Hoonaard began teaching in the department of Gerontology in 1991. She was then appointed a Canada Research Chair in Qualitative Research and Analysis in 2006 and her research has explored the life experiences of members of marginalized groups in Atlantic Canada, specifically older widows and widowers and immigrants of non-European descent.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Matthew Hayes Named Canada Research Chair In his new role as the Canada Research Chair in Global and International Studies, Dr. Matthew Hayes, a professor in the Department of Sociology, will be examining north-south transnational migration and global inequalities. He will focus on how northern migrants and local communities experience north-south migration.

Advocating for Balance Between Privacy and Security Human Rights professor Dr. Christina Szurlej recently spoke to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security regarding the Security of Canada Information Act, which was introduced as part of the Anti-terrorism Act. Szurlej told the Standing Committee that exchanging human rights and civil liberties for national security won’t necessarily provide protection for the country, but if the government decides to limit privacy as a method of defense they need to consider the distinction between targeted surveillance and mass surveillance, proportionality, costeffectiveness, and the overall value of these measures.

History Professor Dr. Carey Watt Retraces Strongman Eugen Sandow’s Asian Tour to Put a Lens on Colonialism History professor Dr. Carey Watt embarked on a research trip that took him across the globe to New Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, and Hong Kong to learn more about Anglo-German bodybuilder and fitness expert Eugen Sandow and his influence and legacy in Asia. Sandow had spent time in those cities during his world tour at the turn of the 20th century. While in Asia, Watt also delivered papers on Sandow at Jadavpur University in India and at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore. Watt’s research trip was funded by a Shastri IndoCanadian Institute (SICI) Shastri Research Grant and a General Research Grant from the STU Research Office.

Scholarly Work of Prof. Louise BondFraser Recognized by American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences English professor Louise Bond-Fraser received the McGraw-Hill Higher Education Distinguished Scholar Award for 2017. The award recognizes a person’s body of scholarly work as well as their contribution to and participation in the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences conference.

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Book Launches Faculty

Shakespeare Between Machiavelli and Hobbes: Dead Body Politics Dr. Andrew Moore (Great Books) This book explores Shakespeare’s political outlook by comparing some of the playwright’s bestknown works to the works of Italian political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli and English social contract theorist Thomas Hobbes. By situating Shakespeare ‘between’ these two thinkers, the distinctly modern trajectory of the playwright’s work becomes visible. Pathways to Stillness: Reflect, Release, Renew Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon (Gerontology) This book is about stillness: What it is. How you can find it. Where it hides itself. Why it is necessary to your life. This book is also about learning to appreciate wandering or meandering along life’s pathways. It does not contain “Six easy steps to wisdom and immortality.” Rather, it offers a way to approach your journey, which you then create and discover on your own, with help!


Mad Men: The Death and Redemption of American Democracy Edited by Dr. Sara MacDonald (Great Books) and Dr. Andrew Moore (Great Books) Mad Men captivated audiences with the story of Don Draper, an advertising executive whose personal and professional successes and failures took viewers on a roller coaster ride through America’s tumultuous 1960s. More than just a television show about one of advertising’s “bad boys,” the series investigates the principles of the American regime, exploring whether or not the American Dream is a sustainable vision of human flourishing and happiness. This collection of essays investigates the show’s engagement with the philosophic and political foundations of American democracy.

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Human Misunderstanding Dr. Kathy Mac (English) Human Misunderstanding is a collection of three long poems, each with insight into the human mind and perceptions of truth. The first, “Omar Khadr Is Not Harry Potter,” compares a fictional child soldier with a real child soldier showing how the former is a hero but the latter is a victim. The second poem, “Human Misunderstanding: Theory, Speculation, Practice,” juxtaposes eighteenth century philosophy with one person’s search for another in downtown Halifax. The third, “A Case, E Case,” interleaves translated verses of Marie de France’s werewolf lais “Bisclavret” between verses about two Canadian court cases involving an immigrant who, if found guilty of assault, will face deportation and torture.

Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience Edited by Dr. Elizabeth McKim (English) Dr. Brian Schiff, A., and Dr. Sylvie Patron Exploring such diverse and fascinating topics as ‘Narrative and the Law,’ ‘Narrative Fiction, the Short Story, and Life,’ ‘The Body as Biography,’ and ‘The Politics of Memory,’ Life and Narrative features important research and perspectives from both up-and-coming researchers and prominent scholars in the field — many of whom are widely acknowledged for moving the needle forward on the study of narrative in their respective disciplines and beyond.

Glooskap and Other Old Stories Told by Maliseet Elders Andrea Bear Nicholas (Native Studies) Written in Maliseet, this book features old stories of the St. John River region, told by Maliseet elders.

Nineteen Tommies among Conference Best in 2016-2017


Soccer Kyle Yearwood first team all-conference

CCAA’s Most Prestigious Student Athlete Honour

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Marc and Stephane Blinn, of the men’s volleyball team, and Carissa McTague, of the women’s basketball team, were honoured as Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Academic AllCanadians for 2016-17, which the CCAA dubs their “most prestigious student athlete honour.”

Zoe de Bellefeuille first team all-conference

Amy Sheppard

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STU Male Athlete of the Year Stephane Blinn, a fourth-year hitter with the men’s volleyball team, was named the STU Male Athlete of the Year for 2016-2017. This season, Blinn was named an Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association all-star and the men’s volleyball conference MVP. His four kills per set average and .257 kill percentage led the league, and he was fifth in the ACAA in digs, with 100. At the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national championships, Blinn was named an All-Canadian — putting him among the top 10 players in the country.

STU Female Athlete of the Year Kelty Apperson, a fifth-year

forward on the women’s hockey team, was named the STU Female Athlete of the Year for 2016-2017. This season she was named a second team all-star in the Atlantic University Sport conference and led the Tommies in scoring with 28 points. She was also one of two players from the AUS selected to play with Team Canada at the Winter Universiade in Kazakhstan. This is the second consecutive year that Apperson was named the university’s female Athlete of the Year.

Cathy Wadden Commitment Award Anisha Romany, a second-year thrower with the track and field team, was recognized for her dedication to athletics, academics, and community service as the 2017 winner of the Cathy Wadden

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

Rugby Olivia Ricketts ACAA Rookie of the Year

Kiaya Jorden first team all-conference

Bailey Andrews first team all-conference

John Frederick Walls Memorial Award

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Justin Robar, a fourth-year men’s rugby player, was acknowledged for his commitment to athletics, academics, and community service as the 2017 winner of the John Frederick Walls Memorial award. The award is given annually to a male student athlete of good character who has actively participated in university athletics, maintained good academic standing, and represented the athletic ideal.

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Volleyball Stephane Blinn

first team all-conference, ACAA Player of the Year

Marc Blinn first team all-conference

Deidra Jones

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Basketball Carissa McTague

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Hockey Eliza Snider first team all-conference

Jessie McCann

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Kelty Apperson second team all-conference

Alex Woods AUS all-rookie team

Lauren Legault AUS all-rookie team

Becky Conner AUS Most Sportsmanlike Player

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Campus Watch


Creative Writing Student Sarah Cooper Publishes Collection of Poetry Student Sarah Cooper published Of Feathers and Fire: Fragments from a Fractured Mind. The 72-page collection of poetry outlines fragmented pieces of the mind in which themes of mental illness, lost love, and hope are present. The poems display a collaboration of fragility and strength as they explore the journey of depression through a blaze of fire to emerge as new. “Even though it has a linear progression I didn’t necessarily write it that way,” said Cooper. “There were days where I would write some really dark pieces and other days where hope sneaked in.”

Experiential Learning Trip takes more than 30 Students to the Big Apple For five days in late fall, more than 30 students and three professors from St. Thomas made New York City their classroom. History professor Dr. Brad Cross has been taking students to the Big Apple for years. He said New York City provides so many rich experiential


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Students Make a Difference in the Community Through Fredericton Branch of Enactus Students with an interest in entrepreneurship and an active social conscience have come together to make a difference in the community. Olinda Diaz Del Valle, Alejandra Villanueva, Lourdes Pastrana, and Oriana Cordido, along with a group of students from the University of New Brunswick, make up the Fredericton branch of Enactus — a global non-profit organization focused on advancing Canada’s economic, social, and environmental health. The group, which was established in February of 2016, has undertaken three causes: AutismWorks, a project that allows them to offer business help to an entrepreneur on the autism spectrum, OneDeed, an initiative geared to combat homelessness, and CompostU, an action plan aimed at reducing waste in Fredericton. “We focus on creating social impact, while helping the community and promoting entrepreneurship,” Pastrana said. “We try to have different projects that target the community’s main problems.” Despite being only a year old, the Fredericton Enactus group has already found success, recently being named second runner-up in the Scotiabank Ecoliving Green Challenge for CompostU at the Enactus Regionals in Halifax, NS. learning opportunities because of its social and cultural diversity, which makes it an incredible place for students to visit during their degrees. “It is the cultural and economic capital of the United States, where we find a thriving arts scene, some of the great cultural and historical museums in the world, and many spontaneous

opportunities for research and intellectual work,” Cross said. Drama professor Dr. Robin Whittaker and Fine Arts Professor William Forrestall brought some of their students along on the trip as well. “The trip was incredibly successful as a learning experience. It offered students insight on a vibrant cultural life,” Forrestall said.

STU Cares – Day of Action In February, students participated in STU Cares – Day of Action, an event that connects STU students with the opportunity to volunteer with community organizations in Fredericton. Students did agency tours with

the Fredericton Homeless Shelter and Fredericton Community Kitchen to showcase community work and the United Way’s exciting Poverty to Possibility initiatives. They also went to the Marysville Community Centre (The Ville) where they had a presentation from Habitat for Humanity and volunteered to make a real difference in their community through painting, cleaning and participating in a focus group. At the end of the day, students gathered together for reflection activities to make connections between the service they had done, social issues in the community, and what they are learning in class.

Inequality in Society Class Pairs Sociology Students with Local Non-Profits Sociology students worked with local non-profit organizations to help address issues they learn about in class. Sociology 2416: Inequality in Society informs students about existing patterns of social inequality and the intersection of different forms of inequality — such as social class, gender, sexuality, and race. The service learning component of the course provides opportunities for students to participate in social action projects related to an inequality of interest to them. “Students spend the first semester learning as much as they can about their non-profit and the inequality it addresses,” Professor Nathan Thompson said. “During the second semester, students take what they learned and use it in community-based volunteer initiatives and advocacy work.”

St. Thomas International Relations Students at Harvard Model United Nations Eight St. Thomas students travelled to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in the 2017 Harvard Model United Nations where they acted as delegates representing different countries alongside students from all over the world.

Student delegates represented an assigned country’s perspective in various committees over the course of the four-day event — an experience that exercises their skills in diplomacy while they work towards passing a resolution by the end of the last session. “Students spend a great deal of time preparing, but they still learn almost everything experientially, in the moment, at the actual simulation,”

said Professor Stephanie McAnany, the faculty advisor for the course. “Students hone their public speaking skills, put their knowledge of the UN and international relations to the test, and learn to better understand the tremendous challenges and opportunities within the UN system.”

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Campus Watch Leadership, Character, and Personality – Breeanna Gallant Awarded the 2017 Tom McCann Memorial Trophy Breeanna Gallant, of Bloomfield, PEI, was recognized for her leadership in the classroom, on campus, and in the community at the St. Thomas University graduates’ dinner as the 2017 winner of the Tom McCann Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to a senior student who best portrays the spirit of St. Thomas through contributions to the university and student affairs, while also demonstrating outstanding leadership, character, and personality traits. In pursuit of her Bachelor of Arts, which includes an honours in Sociology, a major in Psychology, and a minor in Criminology, Gallant discovered an interest in children’s

mental health, cognitive-behaviour therapy, and intersectionality. This led to her thesis, titled “My Mental Health is a Part of Me, but It Does Not Define Me: A Discourse Analysis of the ‘#MyDefinition’ Anti-Stigma Campaign,” which earned first place at the Dalhousie University Interdisciplinary Health Conference. In May, she was one of five Canadian undergraduate students who presented at the Canadian Sociological Association at Ryerson University. Outside of her academic commitments, Gallant has volunteered on campus in the Peer Mentoring Program, as a Welcome Week leader, and as the Environment and Nutrition Rep for Chatham Hall. Off campus, she worked as a certified support group facilitator for the Capital Region Mental Health and Addictions Association, and was a Crisis Intervener with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre.

Mi’kmaq Maliseet BSW student Lisa Levi 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission STU held a special event which registered and celebrated that St. Thomas University has heard the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The program included speakers, musical performances, videos, student readings of the 94 Calls to Action, and an art exhibit by Mawi’art: Wabanaki Artist Collective.

14th annual Student Research and Ideas Fair Students representing nine different academic departments and programs at St. Thomas presented on diverse topics related to their fields of study at the 14th annual Student Research and Ideas Fair in March. Student presentations were divided into themed sessions and explored various issues within the social sciences and humanities, including Violence and Revolutions; the Treatment of the Marginalized; and Social Justice and Social Movements, among others.

Third year student Kayla Preston


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No White Picket Fence

at a Glance

Photos by: André Reinders

Theatre St. Thomas brought audiences across Spain to witness the action-packed exploits of the charismatic libertine Don Juan in Tirso de Molina’s poetic comedy, The Trickster of Seville and His Stone Guest.

Photo by: Danika Phinney

The Trickster of Seville and His Stone Guest

A Midsummer Night’s Dream The St. Thomas Early English Drama Society presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream like you’ve never seen it before! Mismatched lovers, a chorus of terrible performance artists, and a choral of disgruntled fairies — set to the backdrop of the swinging seventies!

Theatre St. Thomas presented Robin C. Whittaker and Sue McKenzie-Mohr’s No White Picket Fence, a remarkable “verbatim play” in which all of the dialogue originates, verbatim, from interviews with ten women who have experienced the foster care system and are now living well. Their stories are charged with turmoil and suffering in their original family homes and later during impermanent arrangements in foster care and group homes. Yet, they highlight the women’s persistence moving toward living well on their own terms. These are stories of resistance, resilience, and strength of the human spirit.

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Chicago STU’s Musical Theatre class presented Chicago, a musical that explores the dangers of celebrity culture. Set in prohibition era Chicago — a world in which murder is entertainment — it tells the story of Roxie Hart’s rise to fame after she murders her ex-boyfriend. Summer 2017


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John L. McLaughlin, BA’82, has published his sixth book: What Are They Saying About Ancient Israelite Religion? (New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016) plus two booklets: Getting to Know the Prophets and Getting to Know the Wisdom Books (Toronto: Novalis, 2016). Wayne Annis, BA’88, BEd’89, principal at Keswick Valley Memorial School, has been named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals by the Learning Partnership. The program recognizes the unique and vital contribution of principals in publicly funded schools. The


News from classmates and friends around the world

40 principals are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.


Fred Connors, BA’00, STU’s women’s basketball coach, was named head coach of the Basketball NB Central/West Regional U16 girls team. Mike Morrison, BA’04, BEd’05, was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine. Tim Schurman, BSW’07, and Ashley Beaton, BSW’08, met while studying social work at St. Thomas University. The two married on July 3, 2010 and — after a few moves and career changes — have settled in Summerside, PEI. They welcomed their first child, Ruby Alma Mae Schurman, on September 5, 2016 to make them a family of four with their fur child Peanut. They hope all of their past professors and classmates are doing well and wish all the best for 2017.

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Royal Canadian Legion Palm Leaf Former STU athletic director LeRoy Washburn was awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Palm Leaf for his outstanding service. Congrats, LeRoy!


Mark Henick, BA’10, is now the National Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Among other responsibilities, he will be leading the Association’s 100th anniversary celebrations across Canada in 2018. On September 24, 2016, Katelyn Hebert, BA’11, and Matthew MacLeod, BA’09, were married at Saint Luke’s Anglican Church in Quispamsis, NB. When they first met, their very first conversation was about St. Thomas. Matthew was a student there and Katelyn was about to start her studies and had some questions about university life.

They struck up a friendship that lasted through their time at STU and grew into a wonderful relationship and now marriage. “We’re proud STU alumni and we were lucky to have a shared mentor in Dr. Andrea Schutz from the English department,” Matthew wrote. “Dr. Schutz was key to encouraging me to pursue post-graduate work in Medieval Arthurian Literature at the University of Wales: Bangor with Dr. Raluca Radulescu and Professor PJC Field. I also had the opportunity to work with her as a teaching assistant and mentor STU students myself. Both Kate and I were thrilled when she agreed to join us for the wedding and we captured this great picture of the three of us together from the day.”

In Memoriam Jacob Tozer, BA’14, BEd’15, was named assistant coach of the Basketball NB U15 boys team. Congratulations, Jacob.

2016 Martha J Harvey Award of Distinction

Michael Forestell, BA’15, and Sarah Kam, BA’16, recently met up for a mini STU alumni reunion in London, England. Sarah is pursuing an LL.M in International Law at University College London. Michael is currently taking part in the Parliamentary Internship Programme (PIP) in Ottawa. He was in London for part of a study tour to Brussels and the UK.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Sheila Andrew received the 2016 Martha J Harvey Award of Distinction from the York Sunbury Historical Society. The annual award honours outstanding contribution to the field of history in New Brunswick and long service to the YSHS. Dr. Andrew was selected for her expertise as a leading Acadian historian. She has dedicated many years to the YSHS as the Acadian Curator and as a long-term member of the exhibit committee. The Society has benefited greatly from Dr. Andrew’s attention and diligence. The community has benefited from her numerous publications that have informed and encouraged people to become aware of the history of our province. Congratulations!

Kayla Blackmore, BA’12, BEd’13, was named the head coach of the female under 18 hockey team to represent NB at the 2019 Canada Games. Elizabeth Harrison, BA’13, BEd’14, and Nick Murray, BA’14, are keeping warm in the Canadian North in their STU Tommies gear! The pair are living in Iqaluit where Elizabeth is teaching English and social studies at Inuksuk High School and Nick is a journalist for CBC Nunavut.

Thomas Roy Duke, BA’77 March 28, 2017

Gloria Paul, LLD’08 March 18, 2017

in memoriam

Emily Lutz, BA’11 was chosen by her fellow councillors to serve as the first deputy mayor of Kings County, NS!

The St. Thomas University Alumni Relations office, STU Alumni Association, and the university community extend condolences to the family and friends of the following alumni who passed away recently:

Dianne Margaret Mary (Peters) Dowd, BA’70 March 12, 2017

Mary Catherine Teresa (FitzPatrick) Ryan, BEd’71 March 12, 2017

John Joseph Fitzpatrick Kennedy, BA’66 March 6, 2017

Nicole (Rushton) Mynard, BAAJ’06 February 24, 2017

David Rodney “Rod” Cochrane, BA’75 February 10, 2017

Diane Marilyn (Fisher) Godfrey, BA’87 February 2, 2017

Journalismat Awards a Glance Atlantic Journalism Awards Nominations

Two alumni were nominated for The Jim MacNeill New Journalist Award this year: Joseph Tunney, BA’16, who works for CBC NB, and Rebecca Howland, BA’14, who works for Brunswick News. Hadeel Ibrahim, BA’17, won a gold award in the “Best Feature: Print” category for her story “After the Trauma” that ran in The Daily Gleaner.

East Coast Music Awards Jean-Étienne Sheehy, BA’15, was nominated for the Media Person of the Year Award.

Dustin Richard McArthur, STU ’07-’09 February 2, 2017

Gerald Leo Glynn, BA’58, BEd’62 January 20, 2017

Gerald Stephen Arthur, BA’91

Canadian Association of Journalists Awards

December 21, 2016

Karissa Donkin, BA’12, CBC, was nominated for an investigative piece “Matthew Hines: Death in Custody.”

David Mitchell MacDonald, BEd’88

Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association Samantha Magee, BA’12, won first place in three categories for her work at the Fort Times Newspaper: Best People Photo, Best First Nations Coverage and Best Habitat Conservation Writing.

December 1, 2016

Hon. John R. “Jack” Kelly, BA’51, LLD’83 August 5, 2016

Mary Inez Elva (McCormack) Kelly, BSc’60 April 18, 2016 Summer 2017


“I had the opportunity to delve into Irish literature, mythology, and culture in a manner far deeper than simply reading about it. It is such a beautiful and distinct country that can only be truly understood by witnessing it firsthand. It was a moving and memorable experience.” – Annie Tremblay, BA’17, who participated in an Irish Studies Abroad Program which was supported by the STU Fund.


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“Seeing some of the artifacts — in real life — we study as pictures in our textbooks was an amazing experience. We were also able to see places we read about, which puts things into perspective.” – Sarah Fanjoy, BA’19, who attended an experiential learning trip to New York City which was supported by STU Fund.

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“Because of moot court, I know law is my calling. It has allowed me to develop a deep respect and passion for law, and to have made it to the national competition in my first year of competing shows me I have what it takes. It is entirely motivating to have a plan for my future because of this experience.” – Emma Walsh, BA’19, who competed with STU’s Moot Court team at the American Moot Court Association Nationals.

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t. Thomas lost one of its champions in the fall of 2016, with the passing of Dr. Dan O’Brien. A steady stream of donations in Dr. O’Brien’s memory have been received at the University in support of the Dan and Valerie O’Brien Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund is important to our students, and the University is grateful for the support of its alumni and friends in this way as we remember Dr. Dan O’Brien.


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upport STU’s Moot Court program, honour distinguished alumni, and enjoy an elegant evening of dining and entertainment. Please join us at the 2017 St. Thomas University Gala Dinner on Saturday, October 14. St. Thomas University alumni and friends will gather to recognize the recipient of the Carolyn Layden-Stevenson Distinguished Alumni Award. Funds raised at the Gala will support STU’s Moot Court program.

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