St. FX Spring Convocation

Posted at 8:49 am on May 8, 2017

Internationally renowned Mi’kmaq Artist Alan Syliboy has received another honour from St. FX University.  Syliboy was conferred an honourary degree by the post-

StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald congratulates Sydney Bullen from De Winton, Alberta as she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition. Students from across North America and around the world were part of the 2017 StFX Graduating Class. (St. FX Photo)

secondary institution at its Spring Convocation Ceremonies yesterday.

Last fall, Syliboy served as the Coady Chair in Social Justice.  During his time at the Coady, Syliboy spoke often on campus,  with interactive talks, painting and drum-making workshops.  He also contributed in high level discussions on reconcilation, leading a President’s colloquim on the issue.
Syliboy told graduates the time he spent as the Social Justice chair was one of the highlights of his career.
Syliboy says a goal in his life is to open doors.  Syliboy says he was the first indigenous person to serve on several boards.  His hope is that other indigenous people can pass through that same door.

Also receiving an honourary degree was acclaimed Canadian Diplomat Anne Leahy.  Close to one thousand students were awarded degrees and diplomas at convocation.One of her postings was in Rome as the Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See.

Her message to graduates; the earlier you realize what you accomplish with others is more valuable than your own personal achievements, the happier you will be.  Also reflect on how you define success.



Leahy also advised graduates to listen to their inner  voice, think critically, keep an open mind, and get involved in your community.

Degrees and diplomas were conferred to close to 1,000 St. FX graduates in Education, Adult Education, Science, Nursing, Human Kinetics, Human Nutrition, Engineering, Arts, Music, Music Jazz Studies, Business Administration and Information Systems.

Posted at 7:25 am on May 8, 2017

Two local students picked up major academic awards at St. FX Spring Convocation.  Laura Lee Burns of Antigonish was named co-winner of the University Gold Medal in Nursing for the highest average in the final three years of study.
Burns also won the Dr. Winston Jackson Honours Research Award.
The University Gold Medal in Human Nutrition was awarded to Jane Elizabeth Stephenson of Lyon’s Brook.  She also was named winner of the Sir James Dunn Foundation IDI Scholarship.
Other local prize winners included Nukhalu Callaghan-Patrachar for the Wallbank-Weingarhofer Prize for Experimental Physics, Caitlan MacLean of Mabou for the Academic Vice President and Provost Award for Student Nurse Leadership, and Pauline Liengme for the Dr. Annette Ahern Memorial Essay Prize in Religious Studies.  Brian James MacLeod of Baddeck received the Ambassador of Austria Book Prize for German and the Father Malcolm MacDonnell Award in Celtic Studies.

Posted at 7:24 am on May 8, 2017

St. FX University honoured  five  members of faculty at Spring Convocation.  Two received the prestigious title of Professor Emeritus for their long service to St. FX, Dr. Burton MacDonald in the Department of Religious Studies and Dr. Daniel MacInnes of the Department of Sociology.

The president’s research award goes to Dr. Lavinia Stan of the Department of Political Science, an internationally renowned expert in transitional justice, post-communism, democratic transitions and consolidation, religions and politics.

The University also presented two Outstanding Teaching Awards  One was presented Dr. Kailin Wright of the Department of English.  A specialist in Canadian Literature and Drama, Wright is an advocate for Canadian and Indigenous Literature on Campus.  She has also given students a chance to meet and chat with the writers they are studying.
The second Outstanding Teaching Award went to Dr. Truis Smith-Palmer of the Department of Chemistry.  Smith-Palmer is recognized for her engaging teaching style, demonstrating chemistry’s relevance in today’s world.

Posted at 1:59 pm on April 21, 2017

A well known Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq artist, Alan Syliboy and an accomplished Canadian Diplomat Anne Leahy will be honoured by St. FX University at it’s spring convocation next month.
Syliboy, who lives in the Millbrook First Nation has introduced Mi’kmaq culture through his art in a positive, meaningful way to a larger audience both nationally and internationally.  Last fall, Syliboy served as the Coady Chair in Social Justice at St. FX.
Leahy spent 40 years as a Canadian diplomat, culminating in Rome as Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See.  Retiring in 2013, Leahy is now an adjunct professor in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University.
Close to one thousand St. FX graduates will receive their degrees and diplomas at convocation.