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St. FX President Kent MacDonald says the University Still Has Room To Grow

The president of St.FX University is pleased after a busy 2017 saw multiple funding announcements and ground breaking for a new institute in government. Dr.

Artist rendering of Mulroney Hall, currently under construction

Kent MacDonald says that the new Mulroney Hall marks the start of a transformational project at St.FX that will change the future of the campus.

Overall, when looking back at 2017, MacDonald says upgrade announcements at the University were a highlight, but there were some low points in the year as well. MacDonald says the University still has room to grow:
When looking ahead to 2018, MacDonald says that student success is always the top priority, and the university is always looking at avenues to improve the student experience.
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St. FX President responds to questions about donors to Mulroney Hall Project

The president of StFX University says that any questions raised about who donates money to the school are misled. Kent MacDonald made these comments

Artist rendering of Mulroney Hall, currently under construction

Tuesday during a luncheon where he discussed the economic impact St.FX has on the Nova Scotia economy.

MacDonald was responding to recent reports saying that some donors involved in the building of Mulroney Hall  are involved in offshore tax havens. MacDonald assured that the university has a proper vetting procedure when accepting money from donors:
It was also reported that the university tends to hand out honorary degrees to those who make large donations to the school, which MacDonald says is “misleading”. MacDonald says that all universities rely heavily on private donors, and he stands behind the senate of the school.
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Sod Turning Ceremony for Mulroney Hall at St. FX University

It marks the official start of construction of Mulroney Hall on the St. FX campus.  Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney returned to his alma mater Wednesday

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

morning for a sod turning ceremony.  He was joined by university officials, MP Sean Fraser, MLA Randy Delorey,

Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis, and Mi’kmaq Elder Kerry Prosper.
St. FX President Kent MacDonald says it’s a $100 million project, including 50 million for Mulroney Hall.  MacDonald says there’s also plans for a Health Innovation Centre following the opening of Mulroney Hall.
MacDonald says the university will continue to fund-raise for the Health Innovation Centre.
Mulroney says the Institute is unique for Canadian universities.
Mulroney and his family are credited with raising most of the $100 million for the project.  The provincial government has committed five million and the federal government 30 million.
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Demolition of Nicholson Hall at St. FX University begins to make way for Mulroney Hall

With the demolition of an iconic St.FX building starting yesterday, eyes are already focused on the future of the University. Parts of Nicholson Hall were torn down yesterday, as the development of the new Mulroney Hall begins.
Former St.FX student, professor and now MLA, Randy Delorey has mixed emotions when reflecting on his time at St.FX. Overall, Delorey says he is excited to see what the future holds for the campus:
Mulroney Hall is slated to be completed in December, 2018 or early 2019. The hall will replace the dated Nicholson Hall with a modern learning space on the upper campus, a 300-person auditorium, an open atrium, a new centre for teaching and learning, labs and office spaces.
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EllisDon Construction and Building Services awarded new Mulroney Hall contract

Work is underway at St.FX for one of the largest structural overhauls at the University. On Thursday, EllisDon Construction and Building Services was awarded the job for the design and construction of the new Mulroney Hall. The University sifted through 7 potential contractors, and selected EllisDon with an estimated price tag of 41 million dollars.

VP of Finance Andrew Beckett says construction of the building and Xaverian Commons sparks excitement through the university and greater Antigonish area:

Beckett says a large portion of the campus will be under construction through the summer months, creating delays and taped off areas. The work on Mulroney Hall is expected to be completed by early 2019.

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St. FX making contingency plans for classrooms as Nicholson Hall makes way for Mulroney Hall

With Nicholson Hall due to be torn down this summer, St. FX University is working to make up for the lost classroom space.  Nicholson, which housed 21 classrooms,  will be dismantled to make way for construction of Mulroney Hall.  The University’s Vice President of Finance, Andrew Beckett says it has secured other locations on or near campus.
Beckett says other spaces to be used include the conference rooms at the Keating Centre.  He says it’s also exploring better utilization of classrooms at the Schwartz School of Business and the Coady Institute.  A formal plan will be announced soon.
Mulroney Hall is scheduled to completed in December, 2018; but Beckett says it could early in 2019 before it’s finished.