Alumni Events

Alumni Events

Events Update

To protect our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Mary's has temporarily shifted to virtual operations. With that, all Saint Mary's University events and travel are suspended until further notice. While we will miss the opportunity to connect with our alumni in person, we understand the importance of these health and safety measures. We are thinking of our alumni around the world as we face these challenges as a community.

For more information on virtual operations, visit www.bharathai.com/virtualuniversity

 

HOMECOMING 2020
September 30-October 4, 2020

Please note that this year’s Homecoming events will be taking place virtually. While we may not be able to gather as normal, we are still committed to making Homecoming a special time of year and will be bringing a number of exciting events to alumni and the Saint Mary's community as a whole virtually, including our popular Back to the Classroom professor lectures, SMU After Hours panel, and more! 

Important note: The Golden Grad Mass & Luncheon, One World Alumni Awards Reception, and all sporting events have been cancelled for this year.

If you are a member of the Class of 1970, please contact alumni@www.bharathai.com for more information on how we plan to celebrate your 50th anniversary this Fall.

Back to the Classroom: 25 years of the SMU Women and Gender Studies Program:  Who is the Women and Gender Studies Program for? 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
1PM-2PM (ADT)
This year, we kick off our virtual Homecoming week with a Back to the Classroom event featuring Dr. Michele Byers and Dr.Tatjana Tak?eva to celebrate important milestones in the Saint Mary's Women and Gender Studies Program. This talk will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the SMU Women and Gender Studies Program by providing a brief history and a timeline of the program at SMU. Through a number of examples from recent news, media and culture, the talk will engage provocatively the question “who is Women and Gender Studies for?” and highlight the ongoing and growing relevance of the program in the 21st century, both locally, and globally. The talk will also introduce the new minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada. 
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SMU After Hours: Accessibility
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
6PM-7PM (ADT)
2020 marks 35 years since the opening of the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities (originally named the Atlantic Centre). To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a webinar focusing on accessibility not only at Saint Mary's, but within the community at large. How has COVID-19 affected those who need accessibility accommodations and what does it mean for a space, event, or institution to truly be accessible? Joining us for this webinar will be Dr. Linda Campbell (Director, School of Environment, Professor & Senior Research Fellow, Department of Environmental Science), Dr. Sailaja Krishnamurti (Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and co-chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Accessibility in the Academic Environment), Jennifer Green (Manager of Student Accessibility at the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities), and Baden Mercer (SMU student). This event will be moderated by Dr. Lori Francis, Acting Dean of Science. 

Please note that closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be available during this webinar. If you need other accommodations, please let us know in the registration form. 
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Back to the Classroom: #BLM and Steps to Become Anti-Racist with Dr. Rachel Zellars
Thursday, October 1, 2020
1PM-2PM (ADT)
Go back to the virtual classroom with Dr. Rachel Zellars, Professor in the Department of Social Justice and Community Studies. In this edition for our Back to the Classroom series, Dr. Zellars will discuss the current moment of global #BLM uprisings and steps we can take to further anti-racist work. She will discuss the urgency of our current political moment and the work we should be doing if we stand, truly, in solidarity with Black lives.
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SMU After Hours: Black Lives Matter Nova Scotia
Thursday, October 1, 2020
6PM-7PM (ADT)
Join us Thursday, October 1st at 6PM (ADT) for a webinar where we will discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, with a special focus on community supports and activism taking place in Nova Scotia. The webinar will feature local activists and members of the SMU community, including Trayvone Clayton (SMU student & co-founder of Game Changers 902), Andre Anderson (SMU student and creator of the Building Black Opportunities and Leadership Development [BOLD] fundraiser), and Delvina Bernard BComm'82 (SMU PhD candidate, founding member of Four the Moment, Board Director, Oxfam Canada, and Co-Editor Africentric Learning Institute (ALI) Journal). The panel will be moderated by Dr. Rachel Zellars, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Justice & Community Studies, who helped launch the Black Lives Matter Solidarity Fund Nova Scotia earlier this year, and recently launched the African Nova Scotian Freedom School. 
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Homecoming Virtual Trivia
Thursday, October 1, 2020
8PM-10PM (ADT)
Get ready for a fun night of virtual trivia with host of the popular Trivia at the Local, Jeff Pineau! Take on 2 rounds of general knowledge questions (including some special SMU-specific topics!) for this year's Homecoming. Grab some pals virtually, create a group chat to discuss questions or, for the ultimate trivia brag, take on the challenge solo! Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 individuals/teams.
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Back to the Classroom: Putting the "Science" into "Forensic Science" with Dr. Timothy Frasier
Friday, October 2, 2020
1PM-2PM (ADT)
Join us Friday, October 2nd at 1PM (ADT) for a free webinar celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Forensic Sciences program at Saint Mary's. Go "Back to the Classroom" with Dr. Timothy Frasier as he explores new questions that have been raised about the "Science" in Forensic Science. 
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Sobey Scholars Network Virtual Welcome
Friday, October 2, 2020
11AM-12:30PM (ADT)
This special Homecoming virtual event invites past and present Sobey Scholarship recipients to connect online to welcome and congratulate new and returning Sobey Scholars, including the first cohort of Sobey National Innovators and Sobey MBA Scholars. Following remarks from the Sobey family, President Summerby-Murray and Sobey School of Business Dean, Dr. Harjeet Bhabra, guests will be invited to participate in a virtual breakout room session to continue the dialogue with fellow alumni and students.

Please note that this event is by invitation-only.

 

AfterWords Literary Festival: Poetically Speaking sponsored by SMU Alumni
Friday, October 2, 2020
6:45PM-8:15PM (ADT)
SMU Alumni is proud to support the AfterWords Literary Festival's Poetically Speaking event, featuring poets with ties to Saint Mary's. The panel of poets are experts at hearing the quiet breath of another possible world. They include Sue Goyette (Anthesis), El Jones (Canada is So Polite), and shalan joudry (Generations Re-merging). Hear these poets in conversation with Amanda Jernigan, and hear samples of their work. For more information, click here.
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All Canada University Association of Washington, DC ACU Holiday Brunch
Saturday, December 12, 2020
More details TBA

 

RECRUITMENT EVENTS

We encourage alumni who know prospective students interested in attending Saint Mary's to take part in upcoming recruitment events. These are the best way to find out if Saint Mary's is the right fit and for prospective students to get as much information about who we are. 

A full list of upcoming recruitment event details can be found here

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