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Psychology students present research at Toronto conference

Wed, 2018-10-17 13:32
L-r, Amira Hmidan, Odessa McKenna, Dr. Karen Blair, Breanna O’Handley, Emilia Lorenz, and Rhea Hoskin

StFX psychology professor Dr. Karen Blair and several students recently attended and gave presentations at the Canadian Sex Research Forum held in Toronto, ON—a terrific opportunity to broaden their academic learning.   

“This is the second year in a row that we have been able to take students to this conference and have them present their thesis research,” Dr. Blair says. 

“The students (Odessa McKenna, Amira Hmidan and Emilia Lorenz) were supported by funds from the Jules Leger Fund. We absolutely would not be able to take this many students to conferences without this source of funding. This level of support for undergraduate students to attend conferences where they get to present their research is simply unparalleled by other universities,” she says. 

Dr. Blair said the students had the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the leading researchers in the field from across Canada, including a number of Canada Research Chairs. She says she also received a number of positive comments about their presentations, and that they were some of the only undergraduate students giving oral presentations at the conference. 

The conference was a fantastic learning experience and very student-friendly, says StFX student Odessa McKenna. 

“It was enlightening, entertaining, informative and inspiring, exposing me to a variety of new and unique research relevant to the pertinent issues of sexual assault, public sexual health, sexual discrimination and much more,” she says. “It also gave me the opportunity to interact with and learn from a number of successful and experienced researchers and professionals. CSRF is a remarkable organization and I always felt extremely welcomed and appreciated.  I hope to have the chance to attend in the future.”  

The student presentations included:

Emilia Lorenz, who graduated from StFX in May 2018 with a degree in psychology, gave an oral presentation on her thesis research examining the psychophysiology of sexual prejudice. She is an international student from Germany and flew back to attend the conference and to visit StFX. Her presentation was titled, “Turning the Other Cheek: Evidence of Cognitive and Physiological Self-Regulation Among Heterosexual Men with a History of Anti-Gay Aggression.”

Amira Hmidan, who also graduated in May 2018 in psychology, gave a poster presentation on her research examining sex dreams, “Gender, Erotophilia and Sociosexuality as Predictors of Sexual Dream Content, Valence and Frequency.” 

Odessa McKenna, a current StFX human kinetics student, gave a poster presentation on her proposed thesis research exploring public vs. private affection in same-sex vs. mixed-sex relationships, titled “It’s a Comfort to Hold Hands,” Or Is It? A Survey and Experience Sampling Study of Private v. Public Affection Sharing Patterns in Same-Sex and Mixed-Sex Relationships.”

Bre O’Handley, a StFX psychology graduate who is currently working as StFX’s Gender and Sexual Diversity Student Advisor, gave an oral presentation on the research that she has continued to work on since graduation exploring LGBTQ individuals and their parents’ memories of coming out. Her presentation was titled, “Memories of Coming Out: Recall Concordance Between LGBTQ+ Adults and their Parents.”

Steve Wilton, a former StFX music student who is now studying psychology at Acadia University, gave a poster presentation on a StFX Funded Observation Study conducted over the summer with Ms. McKenna, Dr. Blair, Ms. O’Handley, and Rhea Hoskin where they observed public displays of affection in 10 different cities. 

Rhea Hoskin, a Student Success Centre instructor at StFX, also gave a poster presentation on research from her recently defended dissertation, titled, “Femininity? It’s the Aesthetic of Subordination”: Examining the Intersecting Role of Femmephobia in Experiences of Discrimination and Oppression Among Sexual and Gender Minorities.” 

Dr. Blair says the delegation also listened to a number of relevant and current presentations, such as a presentation on experiences of sexual violence on Canadian campuses showing that nearly half of all sexual assaults that take place on Canadian university campuses take place during a student’s first year on campus. Dr. Blair and Ms. O’Handley look forward to sharing the knowledge they learned on this topic with the StFX community as it moves forward in implementing evidence-based practices to reduce campus-based sexual violence. 

Philosophers from Canada and U.S. to meet at StFX

Tue, 2018-10-16 14:02
Dr. Eleonore Stump

StFX and the Antigonish community will have a rare opportunity, on October 19 and 20, to meet faculty, independent scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students, from central and eastern Canada and the northeast United States coming to participate in this year’s meeting of the Atlantic Region Philosophers Association. 

Established in 1970, the association’s aim is to foster research and scholarship within the philosophical community in Atlantic Canada. StFX has hosted the conference in 1998 and 2008, but this year’s conference has attracted more participants than ever before. Among the topics that will be discussed at this year’s meeting are respect for rights and the ethics of organ donation, indigenization and the curriculum, and questions in the history of philosophy and Canadian philosophy.

In addition to specialist lectures and presentations, there will be a public lecture at StFX on Friday, October 19, at 7.30 p.m., in 205 Schwartz. Dr. Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle, S.J., Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University will speak on “Guilt and Forgiveness,” addressing the question of whether there are some things for which a person can never, and should never, be forgiven. The lecture is open to all. 

Dr. Stump is the author or editor of some 20 books and over 100 articles. She is a former Gifford Lecturer at Glasgow, a former Wilde lecturer at Oxford, and a former president of both the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers. In addition to her teaching and research at Saint Louis, she is an Honorary Professor at Wuhan University (China), the Logos Institute (St. Andrews, Scotland), and the Australian Catholic University.

While Dr. Stump is in Antigonish, she will meet with StFX students from the Humanities Colloquium and senior students in the Faculty of Arts, as well as with interested members of the Antigonish community.

StFX will also be well represented at the conference. Among the presenters will be Jamie Samson, a fourth year philosophy student and a recipient of a StFX Irving Internship this past summer, and six StFX philosophy alumni: Mary-Jo Curry (BA 2008), Paul Curry (BA 2005), Dylan Mackenzie (BA 2008) from Saint Mary's, Robbie Moser (BA 2001) from Mount Alison, Edward Taylor (BA 2012) from Concordia and Peter Haskett (BA 2014) from Carleton University.

For more information on the conference and on Dr. Stump’s visit, contact StFX philosophy professor Dr. William Sweet. Information on the conference, along with details for registration, can be found at https://www2.mystfx.ca/philosophy/atlantic-region-philosophers-association

From class essay to academic conference – Schwartz School student Ali Barnes presents work at the 48th Atlantic Schools of Business Conference

Tue, 2018-10-16 09:41
Ali Barnes

What started as a class research paper for Schwartz School of Business marketing student Alexandra (Ali) Barnes has taken on a life of its own, evolving and growing so much that the 

fourth year student from Toronto, ON, had her paper accepted for presentation at an academic conference attended mainly by faculty and graduate students.  

Ms. Barnes presented her paper, “Restorying activism and precarious work through Denise Cole’s dedication to protecting Labrador lands and waters,” during the Atlantic Schools of Business annual academic conference held Sept. 28-30 in Moncton, NB—an achievement even more significant as it’s rare for undergraduate students to present at the conference. 

The paper is co-authored with Ms. Barnes’ Gender and Management class professor, Schwartz School faculty Shelley Price and their colleague Denise Cole. 

“In this paper, we restory “activism” and “precarious work” through Denise Cole’s dedication to protecting Labrador lands and waters at the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Development site,” the authors write in the paper’s abstract. “We were curious about activism as “community work” and how it challenges the boundary conditions of precarious work.” 

Ms. Barnes says the paper all started as an assignment in her Gender and Management class, in which she wanted to look at activism as a form of precarious work, particularly Indigenous women’s role in protection work

Since then, the paper has shifted and evolved, and changed to better understanding Indigenous storytelling methodology, which Ms. Barnes has learned is very central in many Indigenous cultures. 

After the completion of the course, the study expanded as a collaborative effort between the three authors. 

Ms. Barnes credits Prof. Price as an instrumental mentor. 

After reading the essay, she says Prof. Price approached her to let her know the work had much potential and provided a list of conferences to which she could apply to present the work if interested. She says she also supported her in the decision to take on the extra work of the paper, in which she worked hard to understand story as Indigenous methodology and Indigenous axiology in her decolonizing efforts.  

“It was a really cool experience,” Ms. Barnes says. “She really pushed me in ways to learn and grow and to explore new ways of writing and conducting collaborative research.”

Conducting research using a circular approach toward the co-creation of story is very different and challenging, she says, but a very good learning experience.

The work, Ms. Barnes says, continues to evolve even now. It’s going into a book chapter. The book is titled, Connecting Values to Action: Non-Corporeal Actants and Choice in Actor Network Theory (ANT), with editor, Dr, Chris Hartt. The title of the chapter is, A mighty river and its story-acts: An approach to capture a more holistic network of agencies, by authors, Shelley Price, Chris Hartt, Denise Cole and Alexandra Barnes. 

Ms. Barnes says her interest in Indigenous cultures and colonization—something she wasn’t exposed to her during her high school career—started at StFX when she took first year women’s and gender studies and sociology classes.

“I was floored by what I learned. I was shocked. And also fascinated,” she says. “Every opportunity I got to write papers or do projects, I took it as my responsibility to learn.”

Ms. Barnes says the opportunity to participate in the academic conference was a terrific learning experience. She particularly enjoyed meeting many like-minded people who are interested in research and learning about other research project ideas. 

Of the four months of extra research work she did on the paper after the course’s conclusion, she says: “I did it because I think it’s important for people to learn, and to be a part of the reconciliatory process.”

From class essay to academic conference – Schwartz School student Ali Barnes presents work at the 48th Atlantic Schools of Business Conference

Tue, 2018-10-16 09:41
Ali Barnes

What started as a class research paper for Schwartz School of Business marketing student Alexandra (Ali) Barnes has taken on a life of its own, evolving and growing so much that the 

fourth year student from Toronto, ON, had her paper accepted for presentation at an academic conference attended mainly by faculty and graduate students.  

Ms. Barnes presented her paper, “Restorying activism and precarious work through Denise Cole’s dedication to protecting Labrador lands and waters,” during the Atlantic Schools of Business annual academic conference held Sept. 28-30 in Moncton, NB—an achievement even more significant as it’s rare for undergraduate students to present at the conference. 

The paper is co-authored with Ms. Barnes’ Gender and Management class professor, Schwartz School faculty Shelley Price and their colleague Denise Cole. 

“In this paper, we restory “activism” and “precarious work” through Denise Cole’s dedication to protecting Labrador lands and waters at the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Development site,” the authors write in the paper’s abstract. “We were curious about activism as “community work” and how it challenges the boundary conditions of precarious work.” 

Ms. Barnes says the paper all started as an assignment in her Gender and Management class, in which she wanted to look at activism as a form of precarious work, particularly Indigenous women’s role in protection work

Since then, the paper has shifted and evolved, and changed to better understanding Indigenous storytelling methodology, which Ms. Barnes has learned is very central in many Indigenous cultures. 

After the completion of the course, the study expanded as a collaborative effort between the three authors. 

Ms. Barnes credits Prof. Price as an instrumental mentor. 

After reading the essay, she says Prof. Price approached her to let her know the work had much potential and provided a list of conferences to which she could apply to present the work if interested. She says she also supported her in the decision to take on the extra work of the paper, in which she worked hard to understand story as Indigenous methodology and Indigenous axiology in her decolonizing efforts.  

“It was a really cool experience,” Ms. Barnes says. “She really pushed me in ways to learn and grow and to explore new ways of writing and conducting collaborative research.”

Conducting research using a circular approach toward the co-creation of story is very different and challenging, she says, but a very good learning experience.

The work, Ms. Barnes says, continues to evolve even now. It’s going into a book chapter. The book is titled, Connecting Values to Action: Non-Corporeal Actants and Choice in Actor Network Theory (ANT), with editor, Dr, Chris Hartt. The title of the chapter is, A mighty river and its story-acts: An approach to capture a more holistic network of agencies, by authors, Shelley Price, Chris Hartt, Denise Cole and Alexandra Barnes. 

Ms. Barnes says her interest in Indigenous cultures and colonization—something she wasn’t exposed to her during her high school career—started at StFX when she took first year women’s and gender studies and sociology classes.

“I was floored by what I learned. I was shocked. And also fascinated,” she says. “Every opportunity I got to write papers or do projects, I took it as my responsibility to learn.”

Ms. Barnes says the opportunity to participate in the academic conference was a terrific learning experience. She particularly enjoyed meeting many like-minded people who are interested in research and learning about other research project ideas. 

Of the four months of extra research work she did on the paper after the course’s conclusion, she says: “I did it because I think it’s important for people to learn, and to be a part of the reconciliatory process.”

StFX welcomes nearly 1,500 to second annual Open House

Sat, 2018-10-13 13:05
StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald welcomes all to StFX's second annual Open House

StFX welcomed over 600 prospective new students and their families to campus, a total of nearly 1,500 people, on Saturday, Oct. 13 during its second annual Open House, a day designed to let high school students see firsthand what life is like as a StFX student and to discover all that the university offers.

For high school students, the full day of activities was a great chance to attend academic information sessions, to talk with faculty and staff, visit a student services showcase, tour campus, and enjoy a complimentary lunch.  

“I immediately fell in love with the place,” says high school student Olivia Brownell of Sackville, NB who wants to go into nursing and is interested in health studies. 

“I’m very excited. I’ve never been so excited to see a school before. I first heard about StFX and its nursing program in Grade 9,” says Ms. Brownell who has already been accepted into StFX’s Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health and has applied to StFX’s Rankin School of Nursing. 

Ms. Brownell says she got up at 6 a.m. to make the trip to Antigonish and is glad to have the opportunity to visit campus. 

“I like seeing things before I make a decision…I feel I have a connection,” she says.

“I love it here. It’s welcoming, kind of like a family,” echoed Jacob MacDonald of Sydney, NS, who also got up before 6 a.m. without complaint to travel to StFX, where he learned he was accepted in the business program. 

He was visiting with parents Melissa and Gerald, a StFX graduate of 1983.

Anna McCormick of Bedford, NS, and Maddy MacDonald of Hammonds Plains, NS, visiting with their mothers Sarah McCormick and Pam MacDonald, said the open house was a great opportunity to see what options exist and to learn more about the academic programs offered at StFX. 

It was a theme echoed by StFX Academic Vice-President & Provost Dr. Kevin Wamsley in opening remarks. 

“This is your day to explore StFX and see if StFX is right for you. This is your day to ask a lot of questions,” Dr. Wamsley said.  

StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald welcomed all to campus and spoke about what he thinks makes StFX special.

“The reason StFX is different is we are a national university looking to engage students in a small, residential setting,” Dr. MacDonald said.

He said StFX is looking for academically focused, socially engaged students. 

He encouraged prospective students when they come to university not to simply think of themselves as high school graduates, but as university students “where it is cool to be intellectually curious.”

Along with this academic focus, he says StFX wants students who are socially engaged, who have the ability to see beyond themselves and care about what’s going on in the world around them. 

“This is a university for 166 years has produced social activists.”

He invited everyone to explore the campus – visiting classrooms and labs, attending student sessions and learning more about StFX.  

The day started off with early-bird campus tours and included a Student Services Showcase so visiting students and their families could learn about the many services to support students in their personal and academic goals. 

After a BBQ lunch, the afternoon included a chance for attendees to meet with faculty and program chairs to ask questions and explore the academic programs offered at StFX. 

Student guides again helped visitors explore campus during the afternoon via guided tours including visits to the residences, academic spaces and student life buildings.    

Students who applied online before Oct. 5 also had the chance to receive a decision on their application at the open house. 

Anyone who missed the open house but would like to arrange a personalized campus tour are invited to do so any time by contacting the Visitor Centre by email at visit@stfx.ca or by phone 902-867-4964. 

 

StFX faculty awarded over $425,000 in NSERC Discovery Grant funding

Fri, 2018-10-12 16:22
L-r, Dr. Mike Melchin; Central Nova MP Sean Fraser; Dr. Karine LeBris, Dr. Gerry Marangoni, Dr. Jamie Braid, and StFX VP Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Richard Isnor at the announcement.

StFX celebrated an announcement of over $425,000 in new research funds from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants on Oct. 11 when Central Nova MP Sean Fraser visited campus to make the announcement and deliver remarks. 

StFX faculty receiving awards in the 2018 NSERC Discovery Grant competition include:

• Dr. Mike Melchin, Earth Sciences, who received $29,000/year for five years, totaling $145,000, plus an additional $45,000 Northern Research Supplement ($9,000/year for five years).

• Dr. Jamie Braid, Earth Sciences, received $21,000/year for five years, totaling $105,000.

• Dr. Gerry Marangoni, Chemistry, received $22,000/year for five years, totaling $110,000.

• Dr. Karine LeBris, Physics, received a Discovery Development Grant of $10,000/year for 2 years, totaling $20,000 that will be supplemented by $5,000/year from StFX.

StFX Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Richard Isnor, thanked Mr. Fraser and the Government of Canada for the investment in scholarship. 

“The NSERC Discovery Grants are critical for providing a diverse base of scientific research and training students of all types, in universities and communities across Canada,” he says.  

“These grant applications receive rigorous peer review and successful applicants truly represent research excellence in their respective fields. I would like to congratulate our 2018 Discovery Grant recipients and recognize the research efforts of all StFX NSERC Discovery Grant holders.”

NSERC announcement Sean Fraser and students.jpg L-r, StFX students and 2018 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award Holders, Mary Besaw (Earth Sciences), Grace Tompkins (Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science), Patrick O’Brien (Physics), Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, Liam Farrell (Physics), and Sachin Mohandas (Physics/ Mathematics) 

Musical notes: StFX, Holland College renew articulation agreements

Fri, 2018-10-12 14:07
L-r, Music Performance student Josée Champoux, St. Francis Xavier University music student Sebastian Deveau, Holland College vice president Michael O’Grady, Kevin Brunkhorst, Music Department Chair at StFX, and Elijah Rudick, a second year student in Holland College’s Music Performance program celebrated the renewal of two articulation agreements on the stage of the Florence Simmons Performance Hall during a recent Holland College and StFX workshop. StFX and Holland College renewed two articulation agreements for graduates of the Music Performance program, one of the offerings in the college’s School of Performing Arts. The agreements give Music Performance graduates two years of credit toward the Bachelor of Arts Honours Music degree or the Bachelor of Music degree at StFX.

St. Francis Xavier University and Holland College have renewed two articulation agreements this week that open up opportunity and collaboration for music students. 

The agreements provide the opportunity for graduates of Holland College’s Music Performance program, one of the offerings in the PEI college’s School of Performing Arts to enter into the third year of the StFX Bachelor of Music with Honours degree program in the Faculty of Arts or into the third year of the Bachelor of Music degree at StFX.

Admission to the StFX Bachelor of Music Honours degree is conditional on the successful completion of a performance audition. In addition, students are required to have achieved a minimum 75 per cent average and successfully completed all courses in the music performance diploma program with no music course mark below 70 per cent. 

StFX and HC.jpg

StFX Department of Music Chair, Kevin Brunkhorst, travelled to PEI with some StFX music students for the signing of the renewal agreements, as well as to do some shows.

 

An annoucement from StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald

Fri, 2018-10-12 12:13

 

From StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald related to an incident of sexual assault that occurred last year:

 

Dr. MacDonald message to community.pdf Dr. MacDonald message to community.pdf



To the Campus Community,

I wish to provide you with an update on the steps we are taking to address recent concerns related to an incident of sexual violence that occurred last year on our campus. Let me begin by affirming that the safety of every member of the StFX community is an expectation and a priority of mine.

I have spent considerable time having conversations with a variety of individuals and listening to concerns raised about this case. I have engaged with colleagues and members of the StFX community, both on the campus and off. I have heard many perspectives and what is clear to me is that there is a shared belief that we must provide a learning environment that is safe and free of sexual violence.

After much reflection and advice from my senior administration colleagues, I concluded that the student in question should withdraw from the university. I announce this morning that the student has withdrawn, effective immediately.

In addition to the decision that led to the student withdrawing from StFX, I have also asked that the existing wording within our disciplinary code as it relates to appeals be reviewed. Further, I have asked for an update regarding the connection between our relatively new Sexual Violence Policy and the university’s Code of Conduct. The purpose of this update is to ensure continuity between the good work produced by our Sexualized Violence Prevention Committee and the university’s judicial process.

I know many members of our community have worked very hard to ensure an open, fair and transparent process with respect to how we address the challenges associated with sexual violence. We remain committed to believing and supporting people who disclose that they have experienced sexual violence. We recognize and honour their courage and resilience, and respect their rights to make decisions that are in their own best interest. However, we must continue to develop and improve our policies and interventions, in order to truly succeed in achieving the goal of a victim/survivor-focused approach.

I acknowledge and accept the fact that we can do better. In this particular case, there were clear gaps in communication and apparent issues relating to our appeal processes that negatively affected our university community and, in some cases, retraumatized victim/survivors. For this, I am sorry.

I was inspired by several of the recent recommendations made by our student union leaders.

To that end, I can confirm that in the coming days and weeks we will engage with our broader community to provide opportunities to inform our review process. All comments and perspectives will be welcome as they help make our processes stronger and our university safer. Please note that more details related to this consultation work will be forthcoming.

We appreciate the continued support and engagement of our community as we navigate this very complex, and long-standing societal issue. I would like to recognize the commitment and efforts of those involved in developing and implementing the current policies that govern our campus life. This is important work, and we are committed to continuing to strengthen our policies and practices as we go forward.

In conclusion, we can, and will, do better to support victim/survivors of sexual violence.

 

Kent D. MacDonald

President and Vice Chancellor

St. Francis Xavier University

Natalie Cormier

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
Lab InstructorNatalie Cormierncormier@stfx.ca(902) 867-5254Physical Sciences Complex 3045

Aaron Childs

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
Aaron Childsachilds@stfx.ca

Barry Rowe

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
Barry Rowebrowe@stfx.ca

Linda Henke

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
Development OfficerLinda Henkelhenke@stfx.ca902-867-5017Xavier Hall 110

Wendy Maccaull

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
ChairWendy Maccaullwmaccaul@stfx.ca(902) 867-3989Immaculata Rm 418

Teri Emrich

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
Course DeveloperTeri Emrichtemrich@stfx.ca

Sharon Doyle

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
Distance Education ProfessorSharon Doylesdoyle@stfx.ca

Wendy Mackey

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
Wendy Mackeywmackey@stfx.ca

Elizabeth Farrell

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
_Elizabeth Farrelllfarrell@stfx.ca

Karen Maceachern

Wed, 2018-10-10 11:49
Text Book Dept.Karen Maceachernkmaceach@stfx.ca902-867-5087Bloomfield Centre 113

Ann Sullivan

Wed, 2018-10-10 10:17
Ann Sullivanasulliva@stfx.caImmaculata 423

James Cameron

Wed, 2018-10-10 10:17
Retired ProfessorJames Cameronjdcamero@stfx.ca

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