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Saint Mary's welcomes new University Librarian

  Suzanne van den Hoogen

Suzanne van den Hoogen

The Saint Mary’s University community has a new member. Suzanne van den Hoogen (BA’91), the recently appointed University Librarian, will be joining us on campus on Tuesday, August 7th.

"Being named the University Librarian at Saint Mary’s is an honour, and most definitely the highlight of my career," said van den Hoogen. "I am very excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to collaborating with the excellent library staff, engaging with students, and partnering with faculty to build upon the existing foundation of exemplary services and programs that the Patrick Power Library offers."

Suzanne brings more than twenty years of experience working in and managing academic libraries. She joins us from Saint Francis Xavier University, where she took on roles of increasing responsibility, including her current position as Public Services Librarian. Suzanne has also held leadership roles in key regional and national organizations, such as the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), the Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL), Novanet, and the Canadian Federation of Library Associations.

Suzanne is committed to the library as a strong and vibrant resource for learning and research on campus. With her passion for education and a strong background in developing and implementing new and innovative services, Suzanne will be a welcome addition to the library team and to Saint Mary’s.

Please join us in welcoming Suzanne to campus.

New arena with NHL-sized ice surface coming to Saint Mary’s

 Saint Mary’s Huskies Anthony Repaci (3rd year, Psychology), Siobhan Birch (2nd year, Commerce) and Athletics and Recreation Director Scott Gray, share the great news of the new arena coming to campus in 2019. 

Saint Mary’s Huskies Anthony Repaci (3rd year, Psychology), Siobhan Birch (2nd year, Commerce) and Athletics and Recreation Director Scott Gray, share the great news of the new arena coming to campus in 2019. 

Saint Mary’s University has approved construction of a new, state-of-the-art arena. The on-campus facility will feature an NHL-sized ice surface for the Huskies men’s and women’s hockey teams.

“This new arena will not only support our varsity athletes and coaches but will enrich athletics and recreation opportunities for all of our students,” said Saint Mary’s University President Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray. “This facility will benefit the Saint Mary’s community but also Halifax as a whole. As a university, we are community engaged and focused, and our new arena will be available to community sports teams and other groups looking for a place to learn and play.” 

The new arena will continue the tradition of hockey excellence on-campus and will be built on the same location as the arena it will replace. The new arena will have seating for 800 fans with standing room for 200 plus. The planning and design of the arena will incorporate flexibility for future growth should that be needed during the life of the building. Cost and funding details will be announced later in the spring.

The arena is scheduled to open in time for the 2019 hockey season.

Student athletes host Special Olympians for "Motionball" fundraising event

Over 120 student-athletes, 12 teams and 25 Special Olympians competed in the first indoor Motionball - Marathon of Sport hosted by Saint Mary's University.

The event raised over $12,500 for Special Olympics. Thank you to men's basketball coach, Jonah Taussig and his team of volunteers who helped make this event so successful.

Saint Mary's University student-athletes lead charge on campus mental health initiative

 Carlie Nugent, student-athlete and SAMHI member; Scott Gray, Director of Athletics & Recreation; and Brent Martindale, student-athlete and SAMHI member. 

Carlie Nugent, student-athlete and SAMHI member; Scott Gray, Director of Athletics & Recreation; and Brent Martindale, student-athlete and SAMHI member. 

Staying mentally healthy during the university years is important – not only when it comes to academic achievement, but also when it comes to athletic success and playing an active role in the community.

With one in five Canadians living with mental illness, the student-athletes at Saint Mary’s University are leading the charge on gaining the knowledge and understanding to best support themselves, their teammates and their university community.

“The mental health and wellbeing of our entire athletics community are incredibly important to us at Saint Mary’s,” said Scott Gray, Saint Mary’s University’s Director of Athletics & Recreation. “We know that student-athletes are incredibly busy and can be a vulnerable population for mental health concerns. That is why we offer many on-campus supports including some great student-lead initiatives.”

A great example of this leadership is demonstrated through the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI). SAMHI is a country-wide charitable organization dedicated to promoting wellness and mental health. The organization also supports student-athletes who may suffer from mental health concerns or illness.

At Saint Mary’s, student-athletes use the SAMHI model to help their community access resources, increase supportive conversations and get trained on evidence-based educational modules. Currently in its second year on campus, the group also leads fundraising efforts and hosts mental health-related events.

“Having an initiative like SAMHI on campus has allowed students to come together and create a community in which we can talk to each other about the problems we face,” said Carlie Nugent, a fifth-year student-athlete at Saint Mary’s. “We aren’t doctors or counsellors, but we have been trained on how to listen effectively and be better teammates on and off the court.”

Nugent says that by taking the little steps to support each other on campus, the university is making a real change.

“People need to know that they don’t have to suffer in silence,” continued Nugent. “There is always someone willing to listen.”