St. FX University conferred honourary degrees to a leader in adult education and a Montreal business leader and philanthropist.
(left to right) StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald, Dr. Teresa MacNeil, StFX Chancellor Dr. Susan Crocker
One of the honourary degree recipients is Dr. Teresa MacNeil who spent distinguished 37-year career at St. FX. MacNeil served as chair of the Department of Adult Education, Director of Extension, Director of Special Projects and Advancement Director during her time at the university.
MacNeil urged graduates to commit themselves to lifelong learning.
MacNeil also urged graduates to show courage and be daring in facing up to new challenges.
Also receiving an honourary degree is Montreal entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist Lino Saputo Jr.
He is chairman and CEO of Saputo Incorporated, one of the top 10 dairy processors in the world. Saputo and his wife Amelia have supported a number of causes. In April, they donated 10 million dollars to St. FX to revitalize the Oland Centre.
Saputo’s advice to graduates; find the right partner, and the right career. He says if you get those two critical decisions right, it will make it easier to fulfill the third key part of a truly balanced life, helping your community.
Saputo celebrated his honourary degree with his son Giordano, who graduated from St. FX yesterday with a business degree.
More than 900 students received degrees and diplomas at convocation. Three students received their PhD’s in Educational Studies, including Kendra Gottschall of Antigonish and William Walters of Guysborough
St. FX University honoured several members of faculty at Spring Convocation yesterday.
The university conferred the distinguished Professor Emeritus to retired History Professor Dr. Paul Phillips, who taught at St. FX for 38 years.
The Outstanding Staff Teaching Award winner is Patricia Budicky, a senior lab instructor in the Department of Chemistry. The University Research Award Winner is Dr. William Sweet of the Department of Philosophy, one of the world’s leading scholars of British idealism.
The outstanding faculty teaching award winners this year are Dr. Erin Austen of the Psychology Department and Dr. Jonathan Langdon in Development Studies.
Several local students picked up awards at St. FX Spring Convocation yesterday. The Governor General Medal for the highest overall average in a thesis-based graduate program was presented to Stephanie Elaine MacIntyre of Antigonish.
The University Gold Medal in the Bachelor of Music was awarded to Cassandra Lynn Mann of New Glasgow.
Alexander Innis MacDonald of Port Hawkesbury won the J. Wallace Farrell Memorial Award for Engineering, and the Engineers Nova Scotia Award. Meaghan Marie Landry of Louisdale won the Allard Tobin Travel Award while Natalie Jean MacQueen of Stellarton took the Ambassador of Switzerland Book Prize for French and Rebecca Jane Ross of Trenton captured the Father Malcolm MacDonnell Award in Celtic Studies. Connor James Burton of Cheticamp took two prizes, the Hogan-Phillips Prize in History and the Rev. A. A. Johnston History Award for Outstanding Thesis in Religious History. Evan Daniel Curley of New Glasgow won the Canadian Sociological Award.
Education graduate Catherina MacIntyre of Antigonish was named one of two winners of the Ottilia Chareka Memorial Bursary
More than 900 students will receive their degrees and diplomas and convocation today. There will be two graduation exercises; science and education this morning and Arts and Business this afternoon.
St. FX University will confer two honourary degrees today at convocation, one to former faculty member Dr. Teresa MacNeil and to Montreal Businessman and Philanthropist Lino Saputo Junior. Saputo and his wife Amelia recently donated $10 million towards upgrades at the university’s Oland Centre.
989XFM will have highlights of the morning convocation following the one o’clock news today. You can also catch a stream of the ceremonies on line at the St. FX University web site.
St. FX University will confer honourary degrees to a leader in community development and a leading Canadian businessman during its Spring Convocation this weekend.
One of the honourary degree recipients is well known to local circles, Dr. Teresa MacNeil, who spent a distinguished 37-year career at St. FX. MacNeil served
as chair of the Department of Adult Education, Director of Extension, Director of Special Projects and Advancement Director during her time at the university. She held a number of positions related to her work at St. FX, including Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a Board member of Enterprise Cape Breton and the Provincial Task Force on the Economy of Cape Breton.
Also receiving an honourary degree is Montreal entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist Lino Saputo Jr. He is chairman and CEO of
Lino Saputo Jr.
Saputo Incorporated, one of the top 10 dairy processors in the world. Saputo has supported a number of causes in his native Montreal including 10 million dollars to the Montreal Heart Institute. In April, Saputo and his wife Amelia donated 10 million dollars to St. FX to revitalize the Oland Centre which will become the Amelia and Lino Saputo Centre for Healthy Living.
More than 900 students will graduate from St. FX at Convocation Sunday. 989XFM will have highlights of the morning convocation following the one o’clock news on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.