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Many of us cringe at the thought of the same boring meals over and over. For Saint Mary’s graduate Simon Engler, however, the challenge of maintaining a diverse and healthy diet is all the more difficult – he will be part of a six-person team living in isolation on a barren lava field in Hawai‘i simulating a mission to Mars.

Engler, who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astrophysics and Mathematics, will be a crew member on a mission known as HI-SEAS (Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation).  It's a part of a study for NASA to determine the best way to keep astronauts well-nourished during multiple-year missions to Mars or the moon. Read more.

photo of Saint Mary's alumni Simon Engler at the test kitchen for a NASA mission

Saint Mary's grad Simon Engler (centre) in the test kitchen for a NASA study on nutrition during space missions.



You are invited to set sail with Saint Mary's University alumni, friends, and staff for a Tall Ships reception on the Tall Ship Roseway on Thursday, July 19 from 7-9:30 pm.

This 87-year-old boat has sailed the high seas and is ready to help you kick off the summer with an unforgettable evening under the stars. Refreshments, music, fireworks and cash bar will be on hand. All are welcome.

Cost is $10 cash payable at the dock on the Halifax Waterfront.

RSVP at: or 420-5240 by Monday July 16.
Capacity is limited; first come first serve. View the poster.

photo of the Tall Ship Roseway

The Tall Ship Roseway will set sail with alumni, friends and staff on Thursday, July 19.


Gordon Michael has been named the new Director of Continuing Education at Saint Mary’s University, having served as Acting Director since October 2011. Dr. David Gauthier, Vice President Academic and Research, made the appointment on July 1.

“Gordon has shown great leadership and innovation as Acting Director with our Continuing Education Department and this new role is a natural extension of his work to date,” said Dr. Gauthier. “His depth of experience has helped Saint Mary’s as we address the ever-changing and diverse challenges of continuing education.”

Read the release.

photo of Gordon Michael, Director of Continuing Education

Gordon Michael, Director of Continuing Education


A native Haligonian and Saint Mary’s grad (’96), Matt Robinson worked in Residence Life and Student Services for over a decade at both The University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and Dalhousie University, before taking on his current role of Director, Housing & Conference Services here at Saint Mary’s.

In addition to his work in student services, Robinson is a poet with a number of books to his credit. His most recent collection is Against the Hard Angle. Robinson holds a BA and a BSc from Saint Mary’s, a BEd from Mount Saint Vincent University, and an MA from The University of New Brunswick.

photo of Matt Robinson, the new Director, Housing & Conference Services

Matt Robinson , Director of Saint Mary's Housing & Conference Services.


Sarah Morris, Assistant Director, Student Services recently became the first Canadian to receive certification in Town & Gown Relations. Sarah completed a new online program through the International Town & Gown Association at Eastern Kentucky University that included coursework, assignments and a paper.

Town & Gown Relations is a growing program of study in the United States and Sarah is ahead of her Canadian peers as neighbourhood relations programs continue to grow and evolve.

photo of Sarah Morris, Assistant Director, Student Services

Sarah Morris, Assistant Director, Student Services


Saint Mary’s Astronomy & Physics professor Dr. Rituparna Kanungo recently presented at the 2012 Nobel Symposium152: Physics with Radioactive Beams held in Göteborg, Sweden. This prestigious, invitation-only event is part of the Nobel Foundation’s Symposium project, which initiates discussions dedicated to areas of science where breakthroughs are occurring or where the topic is of primary cultural or social significance. These contributions are eventually published in book or other print format.

Dr. Kanungo’s presentation, “A New Picture of Nuclear Shells,” explored the individual character of nuclear isotopes and the shifting understanding of nuclear shells. Read more about the symposium .

photo of subatomic physicist Dr. Rituparna Kanungo

Subatomic physicist Dr. Rituparna Kanungo at the Nobel Symposium in Göteborg, Sweden.


Staff and eligible dependents enrolled in the Extended Health and Dental Benefits from Medavie Blue Cross may now participate in an innovative Preferred Pharmacy Provider Program. Participation is voluntary and a card package will be sent to you in the mail in early July. The participating preferred pharmacy provider locations include Lawtons Drugs, Sobeys Pharmacy, and Sobeys Pharmacy by Mail.

Key benefits of this program are: receiving additional coverage up to $2.00 per prescription at preferred pharmacies; receiving a card which entitles you to a wide range of discounts on front store purchases at any Lawtons Drugs in Atlantic Canada; and earning AIR MILES® reward miles on prescriptions and other purchases. If you have questions, please contact Sheree Delaney at 420-5044.


The initial paving of the Arena parking lot has been completed, but there is still much work to be done. The official re-opening is slated for late August, however, there will be a one day exception. The lot, will be open this Friday July 20 to accommodate the Family and Student Orientation. Security will be in the parking lot to direct traffic, because there are no lines painted. The lot will close again Friday evening so work can continue.


The Confucius Centre at Saint Mary's has sponsored a run of the 15th annual Manulife Dragon Boat Festival scheduled for Saturday July 14 on Lake Banook in Dartmouth. Fifty teams will be competing between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and there will be cultural activities. Dragon boating is part of a larger Chinese cultural tradition that dates back 2,400 years. The boat races were held to avert misfortune and encourage the rains needed for prosperity, and their object of their worship was the dragon. Today, dragon boat festivals are held in Canada from coast to coast and promote cultural awareness, a healthy and active lifestyle and a fun way to bring the community together. The festival will take place on Prince Albert Road at the foot of Lake Banook. All funds raised by the festival benefit the Nova Scotia Amateur Sport Fund.



Saint Mary's is upgrading the software for the University website. As part of this process, all web editors (those who update a website) will require training on how to use Site Manager. If you have not yet registered for training, please do so immediately to ensure you receive training before the end of the group training period (mid-August).


The conversion process is moving slightly ahead of schedule. Although websites should be finished conversion by their scheduled end dates, there is sometimes an extra day or two required before the site actually goes "live" on Site Manager (and therefore an extra day or two before it appears in your Site Manager window).

Please contact Janet Stalker and Predrag Rajnis with any related questions or concerns.



THE COMMUNITY CONSERVATION RESEARCH NETWORK received coverage this week, as did the hockey conference happening this week.

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 email it to us.



July 5

CanadaBound Immigrant Magazine

Entrepreneurs straight out of school
Graduate turned entrepreneur Sidarth Tikoo discusses how his education at Saint Mary's gave him a platform to successfully launch in to the business world.


July 7

The Chronicle Herald

Academics also love to talk hockey
Chris Cochrane talks with Colin Howell about the Hockey Conference happening this week.

July 7


$4M Study of How Communities and Government Co-manage Natural Resources Starts Here
Dr. Tony Charles is quoted on the launch of the Community Conservation Research Network.

July 7

Boxscore World Sportswire

Canadian mission staffs announced for 2013 Summer and Winter Universiades
Saint Mary's therapist Kurt Stevenson will be part of the team representing Canada at the 2013 Summer and Winter Universiades.

July 9
The Chronicle Herald
Plenty on the menu for summertime dining in N.S.
The latest in the Thriving in Tough Times column developed by the Saint Mary’s Business Development Centre.


July 12-14

Hockey and the Family Symposium Homburg Centre for Health and Wellness and Loyola Conference Centre

The Saint Mary's Centre for the study of Sport and Health will host an international conference on hockey. Putting it on Ice III is free and open to the public and will focus on the hockey family and how it is reflected at home, in the community, and more broadly through the influence of bureaucracies, the media and the marketplace. Topics range from the portrayal of hockey in literature to studies looking at player salary vs. performance. Conference program.

July 20

New Student & Family Orientation introduces new students to our campus, university services, new people, and generally helps prepare them (and their parents) for their first year at Saint Mary's. Student Services looks forward to welcoming students beginning Fall 2012 and their families to campus this summer on Friday, July 20th. Schedule and more information.

August 23

The 36th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament will be held at Granite Springs Golf Club at 8 AM. For more information and to register view the alumni golf tournament page.

September 20

The Second Annual One World Alumni Dinner will be held at Homecoming on Thursday, September 20th. Be part of the alumni community as we come together in support of Catapult Leadership Society, a charity dedicated to giving Nova Scotia teenagers an opportunity to discover their potential and become future leaders. The One World Alumni Dinner is an opportunity for Saint Mary’s alumni to unite in support of a worthwhile charity. For more information on Catapult Leadership Society, visit

September 25

The Halifax Career Fair, established in 1997, is a collaborative effort of Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University and Mount Saint Vincent University. Fortune 500 Companies, government agencies and the nation’s fastest growing organizations consistently participate. Recruiters provide information about organizational culture, career opportunities, cooperative education and internship programs. Approximately 1200 students attend the event that features 140 business/not for profit and public sector employers.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Rd.

October 8 - 11

Imagine 2012 International Co-operative Summit. 
This year's conference will be held in Quebec City and is designed to bring together the leadership of major co-operatives and leading economic thinkers from around the globe. Imagine 2012 will provide a forum in which experts can share and explore new approaches to economic analysis and thought.




Steve Proctor

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