St. Thomas University (Canada)
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|Latin: Universitatis S. Thomae|
|St. Thomas College (1910–1960)|
|Motto||Latin: Doce Bonitatem Scientiam et Disciplinam|
Motto in English
|Teach me Goodness and Knowledge and Discipline|
|Established||1910; 110 years ago|
|Chancellor||Most Rev. Christian Riesbeck, CC|
|President||Prof. Dawn Russell|
|Colours||Gold & Green|
|Athletics||CIS – AUS |
CCAA – ACAA
St. Thomas University (also St. Thomas or STU) is a Catholic liberal arts university located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. It is a primarily undergraduate university offering bachelor's degrees in the arts (humanities and social sciences), education, and social work to approximately 1,900 students. The average class size is 30 and no class is larger than 60.
The university offers a number of unique programs including recognized majors in Criminology, Journalism, Human Rights, and Communications and Public Policy. St. Thomas is the home of the Frank McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy. The university is unique in Canada for its sole focus on liberal arts and its commitment to social justice.
St. Thomas' notable alumni includes a Canadian prime minister, Brian Mulroney, a New Brunswick premier, Shawn Graham, federal and provincial cabinet ministers, clerics, university presidents as well as several Rhodes Scholars.
Relationship with the UNB
St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick's Fredericton campus are located in the College Hill neighbourhood in Fredericton. The two institutions share facilities for their student unions, libraries, athletics, and a common heating plant and building maintenance services. Students from STU are permitted to take a certain number of classes at UNB and vice versa. However, STU and UNBF itself are financially and academically separate. STU is able to offer many amenities other smaller schools cannot, in large part to its UNB partnership. The two universities enjoy a good-natured rivalry.
STU offers the following degrees to students: Anthropology, Catholic Studies, Communications and Public Policy, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, English Language and Literature (with the option to additionally concentrate in Creative Writing or Drama), Environment and Society, Fine Arts, French, Gerontology, Great Books, History, Human Rights, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Relations, Irish Studies, Journalism, Mathematics, Media Studies, Native Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Science and Technology Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies and Gender Studies.
Scholarships and bursaries
The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. St. Thomas University scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: ATV Media Scholarship.
At St. Thomas University, there are 6 focal areas of research: qualitative analysis, human rights and social justice, New Brunswick studies/Atlantic region, narrative studies, global and international studies, and on learning and teaching. The university holds Canada Research Chairs (with the associated research centres) in New Brunswick studies, social justice, qualitative analysis, and narrative. The university is home to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative.
There are six academic buildings on campus housing classrooms and faculty offices. They are: James Dunn Hall, Edmund Casey Hall, George Martin Hall, Brian Mulroney Hall, Holy Cross House, and Margaret Norrie McCain Hall.
STU's athletic facility is called the J.B. O'Keefe Centre.
There are four residence buildings at St. Thomas University. Three are located on campus (Harrington and Vanier Halls, and Holy Cross House), while one is located a short distance away (Rigby Hall).
The university maintains its own campus police force. Campus police members are students who are hired annually by the University to maintain security at campus events.
The student newspaper, The Aquinian, is available on campus and around the city during the regular academic year.
Presidents and Vice Chancellors
- Very Rev. Nicholas Roche, C.S.B., 1910–1911
- Very Rev. William J. Roach, C.S.B., 1911–1919
- Very Rev. Frederick Meader, C.S.B., 1920–1923
- Very Rev. Raymond Hawkes, 1923–1927
- Most. Rev. James M. Hill, D.D., 1928–1945
- Very Rev. Charles V. O'Hanley, 1945–1948
- Very Rev. A.L. McFadden, 1948–1961
- Rev. Msgr. Donald C. Duffie, 1961–1975
- Rev. Msgr. George W. Martin, 1975–1990
- Dr. Daniel W. O'Brien, 1990–2006
- Dr. Michael W. Higgins, 2006–2009
- Mr. Dennis Cochrane, C.M., 2010–2011
- Prof. Dawn Russell, LL.M., 2011–present
- Guy Arseneault – Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick and former member of parliament
- Lewis C. Ayles – former justice of the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- Daniel Joseph Bohan – 7th Catholic Archbishop of Regina
- Frank Branch – 56th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- Greg Byrne – former cabinet minister and Attorney General of New Brunswick
- Roger Clinch – former member of parliament
- Chris Collins – 67th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- Ivan Court – 65th Mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick
- Matt DeCourcey – member of parliament
- James Doyle – former Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- Sheree Fitch – author, poet
- Raymond Fraser – author
- Shawn Graham – 31st Premier of New Brunswick
- Stephen Horsman – former Deputy Premier of New Brunswick and cabinet minister
- Al Kavanaugh – former Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- J. Fraser Kerr – former Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- Carl Killen – former New Brunswick MLA
- Kelly Lamrock – former cabinet minister and Attorney General of New Brunswick
- Carolyn Layden-Stevenson – Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal (Canada)
- Claudius Léger – former judge and Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- Paul Lordon – former MLA
- Sandra Lovelace Nicholas – senator
- Rev. Msgr. George W. Martin – former President of St. Thomas University
- Joseph R. Martin – former MLA and Mayor of Chatham, New Brunswick
- Frederic McGrand – physician, senator, MLA and 42nd Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- J. Killeen McKee – former judge and Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- Michael McKee – former judge, provincial cabinet minister, and New Brunswick MLA
- Ralph McInerney – former New Brunswick MLA
- Brian Mulroney – 18th Prime Minister of Canada, (alumnus of St. Thomas College, Chatham)
- Joseph Leonard O'Brien – former Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, 38th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, member of parliament, and 21st Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
- Candy Palmater – lawyer, comedian, aboriginal and gay rights activist
- Al Pittman – poet, playwright
- David Adams Richards – senator, author, screenwriter
- Bernard Riordon – Director Emeritus of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and past director of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
- Carmel Robichaud – former provincial cabinet minister and New Brunswick MLA
- Anna Silk – actress
- Jake Stewart – Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
- Greg Thompson – New Brunswick MLA; former federal cabinet minister and member of parliament
- Lyman Ward – actor
- Doug Young – former federal and provincial cabinet minister, former Leader of the Liberal Party of New Brunswick
Notable faculty and staff
- T.J. Burke - first Indigenous person elected to a legislative assembly in Atlantic Canada and former Attorney General of New Brunswick
- Barry Craig – Principal of Huron University College
- Mike Eagles – former NHL hockey player
- Kelly Lamrock - former provincial cabinet minister and Attorney General of New Brunswick
- Graydon Nicholas – first Indigenous Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, former judge, and first Indigenous law graduate from Atlantic Canada
- David Adams Richards – former writer-in-residence
- Jan Wong – journalist and author
- Higher education in New Brunswick
- List of universities in New Brunswick
- Atlantic University Sport
- Canadian Interuniversity Sport
- The Thomists (21-piece big band based at the university)
- Psalm 119, Verse 66
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- "Full-time plus Part-time Enrollment" (PDF). Association of Atlantic Universities. 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
- "St Thomas University". Archived from the original on 2014-08-26.
- "Frank McKenna donates $1M to STU". CBC News New Brunswick.
- St. Thomas University Programmes Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
- St. Thomas University Overview of Scholarships Archived 2013-01-31 at the Wayback Machine
- "Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative". St. Thomas University. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- Employment on Campus
- "CBC Digital Archives: "Looking Back on the Mulroney Years."".
- Fraser, J. A. "By Force of Circumstance": A History of St. Thomas University. Fredericton: Miramichi Press, 1970.
- Spray, William and Anthony Rhinelander. Church, Politics, and STU: The Relocation of St. Thomas University from Chatham to Fredericton. Fredericton, NB: STU, 2014.
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