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A giant holiday card will be set up in the back foyer of the Loyola building and we want you and your department to come sign it. External Affairs will record the festivities as groups and individuals come to sign the card and will edit this in to the annual holiday video sent to alumni and friends from across the globe.

Come by with your friends, your Santa cap, your antlers, and your holiday cheer to sign the card on November 28th. This is a one-day only event.

photo of art gallery staff creating a giant holiday card

Pam Corell of the Art Gallery works on the holiday card for the Saint Mary's community to sign and enjoy.


Saint Mary’s University President Dr. J. Colin Dodds is pleased to announce the appointment of John Fitzpatrick as the new Chair of the University’s Board of Governors, and Karen Oldfield as the new Vice-Chair. Fitzpatrick replaces Michele Wood-Tweel who served for ten years on the Board, four of them as Board Chair. John Fitzpatrick is a partner with BOYNECLARKE in Halifax and has served on the Board since 1995. Karen Oldfield is President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. She has been on the Board since 1997. The Board, along with faculty and staff, create a university experience focused on academic excellence, experiential learning and the development of the next generation of leaders.

photo of John Fitzpatrick, Colin Dodds, and Karen Oldfield

John Fitzpatrick, Colin Dodds, and Karen Oldfield.


Saint Mary’s Ethics professor Steve Foran, also known as the Gratitude Guy, shared his vision for a more peaceful future during a recent public talk held in the Atrium. Foran believes that a happiness rooted in peace and contentment can be found in giving of oneself. He told a crowd that it is possible to meet the needs of today without taking away from the resources of the future generation. He was the first speaker in the 2012-13 Sustainability speakers Series.

photo of Steve Foran with attendee of speaking event

Steve Foran explains how people can choose their own place to live within the quadrants of a Bliss-Misery grid.


This Friday, you are invited to attend the official 'unveiling' of the top winning photographs submitted to the Faculty of Science's 2012 Science Photo Contest. This annual contest celebrates the unique and amazing scientific adventures of Saint Mary's students, alumni, faculty, and staffboth on campus and around the globe.

As always, the 12 winning photographs—including the top three 'Judges' Picks'will grace the pages of the 2013 Science Calendar. Please join us to celebrate the winners. And don't forget to pick up your complimentary copy of the calendar while you are there!
It all happens Friday, November 23, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Atrium in the Global Learning Commons.

photo from 2011 winner Kirsten Bonson, M.Sc. Applied Science

2011 winning photo from Kirsten Bonson, M.Sc. Applied Science


The Department of Political Science recently organized a panel session on the significance of a liberal arts education, focusing specifically on the value of majoring in political science to studying law. Moderated by Dr. Edna Keeble, Chair of Political Science, there were three panel presenters: Dr. Alexandra Dobrowolsky, Professor of Political Science, and two graduates of the Political Science program: Ms. Lauren Baldwin, a second year law student and 2011 McBride Law Prize recipient, and Mr. John Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Board of Governors and a partner in BOYNECLARKE.

The panel brought out that the ability to think, read and write critically, and the ability to analyze, synthesize and problematize, are skills gained through an Arts education. These are skills that are critical to success, not only from an instrumental perspective (getting into law school or graduate school, or becoming a lawyer or professor) but in more substantive terms (developing a love of learning, having a sense of service and contributing to society).

photo of political science panel


The new Sobey Executive MBA Alumni Association recently held its first professional development session. During the event, alumni heard from EMBA professors on the global economy and shared in conversation and debate. Following an afternoon in the classroom, there was a dinner and networking evening with alumni from 20 years of graduating classes.

photo from EMBA event

Tony Verberk, Regina Abbott, Paul Evans, and Wendy Luther share EMBA stories during the recent EMBA Alumni Association professional development session.


Eleven Saint Mary’s students who have been furthering their education thousands of miles from campus shared their stories during the 2nd Annual Stories from Overseas event held at the Homburg Centre for Health and Wellness. The audience was treated to stories ranging from volcanic eruptions in Italy to scuba diving adventures in Taiwan. The students were unanimous in their belief that the exposure to other cultures had changed their perspective about education, society and life in general. The event was held as part of International Education Week.

photo of Ren Xu at podium with scuba image behind him

Ren Xu, A Commerce student at the Sobey School of Business spoke about a newfound passion for scuba diving that developed while he spent a semester abroad in Taiwan.


More than 60 students from outside of Halifax toured the campus recently with their parents during the second of three Open House events. Students were taken of tours of campus, quizzed about what a great education requires and had a chance to have their picture taken with the Husky mascot.

photo of students with the Husky mascot during an open house



Dr. Colin Dodds and Gabrielle Morrison are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Darrell Rooney to the position of Senior Director, Financial Services, effective December 6, 2012. Mr. Rooney is a Chartered Accountant with considerable experience in leadership of financial services and in reporting at the Board and Executive levels. He will lead, direct, and manage the day-to-day operations of the Financial Services functions. Please read the memo for more information about Mr. Rooney.


Saint Mary's staff are invited to a Town Hall session on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Burke Theatre A.

Refreshments will be available and prizes to be won. View the Poster. Please RSVP to Andrea Smith by Friday, November 30, 2012.


The 2012 Atlantic Canada Ping Pong Tournament will be held this Sunday, November 25 in the Homburg Centre. This is the fourth year of this tournament and it promises to be a very exciting time for fans and spectators. There are several door prizes ready to be won. View the poster for more details.


Join us for a special alumni reception area with refreshments, friends and fun on November 28 when the Saint Mary's Huskies play Dal. Women play at 6 p.m. with the Men's team to follow at 8 p.m. View the poster.



The Huskies are teaming up to support Parker Street Food Bank at their upcoming varsity home games. Bring a non-perishable food item to these Huskies home games or the lobby of the Homburg Centre and help us support the Parker Street Food Bank.

Men’s Hockey

  • Friday, November 23 vs. St FX, 7 p.m. at the Halifax Forum

Women’s Hockey

  • Sunday, November 25 vs. STU, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, November 30 vs. St FX, 7 p.m.


  • Wednesday, November 28 vs. DAL women 6 p.m. & men 8 p.m.


DR. ESTHR ENNS DISCUSSED THE VALUE of an arts degree in a special feature in the Metro newspaper, while Julie Grabb brought attention to Saint Mary's Masters Certificate in Project Management. Emma Poirier was also interviewed about her recent receipt of a $15,000 grant from Pengrowth Energy.

Please note: Many of the media links are now clickable so you can read the coverage or listen to the radio reports at your convenience. Some links expire over time, but most articles can still be found by searching electronic versions of the newspapers or magazines held in the collections of the Patrick Power Library.

We always want to celebrate staff and faculty success. If you know of an accomplishment or publication note that should be mentioned in Saint Mary’s This Week, please e-mail it to us.


November 13

News 95.7 Online

Universities focus on foreign students this week
Maureen Woodhouse, Acting Director of International Activities at Saint Mary’s is quoted in this article about the Universitys participation in International Student Week.

November 13

Nova Scotia Daily Business Buzz

Industry Spotlight: Project Management
Julie Grabb, who teaches in the Masters Certificate in Project Management offered at Saint Mary’s in partnership with Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University, authors this piece on project management.

November 15

Radio Canada

Emma Poirier, récipiendaire d'une bourse pour son innovation

An article and audio interview in French with Emma Poirier, master's student in Applied Science at Saint Mary's and recent recipient of a $15,000 Energy Innovation Grant from Pengrowth Energy Corp. English article from The Hawk.

November 15

Metro News

The Ideal Degree

Esther Enns, Saint Mary's Dean of Arts is quoted in this article about the value of a Bachelor of Arts degree in today's world.

November 16

The Chronicle Herald

High hopes for economy

History professor John Reid is quoted in this article about Nova Scotia's promised prosperity.

November 17

The Chronicle Herald

Burning our forests: large-scale vandalism

David Richardson, Dean Emeritus at Saint Mary’s authors this article on biomass and the impact on Nova Scotia's mixed hardwood forests.

November 19

The Chronicle Herald

Outdoor tool company strives to stay on cutting edge

The latest from the Thriving in Tough Times series developed by the Business Development Centre at Saint Mary’s.



November 23

International Development Studies presents a visiting speaker each Friday at noon in MM 227. The final event in the fall series is "Haiti And International Cooperation For Development: A
Critical Assessment"
, Justin Podur, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at York University and writer on political conflicts and social movements.

November 23

The 19th Annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony will take place in the McNally Theatre Auditorium on at 1:30 p.m. Please join us as we honour and thank our colleagues for their individual contributions to Saint Mary’s. All members of the University community are welcome to attend! Refreshments will follow the ceremony.  To view list of recipients, see ‘News & Events’.

November 28

Modern Languages & Classics professor, Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, invites the Saint Mary's community to hear her students in French 2200: Oral Traditions in the Francophone World share their original fables, legends and fairy tales, in English, as part of their final project. The Nuit du Conte / Evening of Storytelling will be held at the Art Gallery on from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Please come and join the celebration of oral tradition! View the poster.

December 6

Saint Mary’s University Presents: The National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Private Dining Room – Loyola Building. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

December 12

Saint Mary's staff are invited to a Town Hall session on Service Excellence: From Good to Great from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Burke Theatre A. Refreshments will be available and prizes to be won. View the Poster. Please RSVP to Andrea Smith by Friday, November 30, 2012.




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