SELECT LIST OF PAST CURRICULAR PROJECTS
Encountering Sacred Space in New York City
Dr. Susan Andrews, Dr. Fiona Black, Dr. Michael Fox, Dr. Leslie Shumka
This project took the form of an interdisciplinary field trip to New York City for 20 students enrolled in different courses in the religious studies and geography and the environment departments. These courses provided an opportunity to deal, in various ways, with space and the significance that human societies place upon it. Through visits to museums and a significant number of sacred and non-sacred spaces, students were asked to consider how cultures identify sacred space, how they protect it, and how they value it. On their return to Sackville, students wrote reflections on these issues, and used their New York experience to consider how the local and university communities might think through matters such as ownership, belonging, preservation, and development. Students shared their reflections and photos from the trip during an open house at Cranewood on Main. (Corner of Wall Street with Trinity Church in the foreground. Photo credit: Sarah Coleman.)
Dr. Anne Koval
Curating Sackville was a project carried out by students in the advanced Fine Arts seminar 'Curating Art and Critical Writing'. The project saw students engaged in a group-led creative activity that involved curating art and archival material for exhibitions on campus and within the Sackville community. Students developed conceptual and practical knowledge on topics such as curating, galleries, and artist-run centres, through critical writing and reading assignments and visits by guest speakers. Student-led teams developed their curated exhibitions over the semester, and opened them in town and campus venues, including the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts. Overall, the project provided an exciting and creative opportunity for students to demonstrate their leadership skills both in class and in public, and to demonstrate their abilities in formulating and organizing an exhibition in a professional and applied manner.
Canadian Studies Praxis Group
Dr. Andrea Beverly
The CSPG comprised two student research interns and a post-doctoral fellow who worked on a ten-week pilot project. Following training from the Canadian Studies area librarian, the interns performed research tasks (bibliographies, timelines) related to an ongoing project on Canadian feminist literary collectives. They also worked in preparation for the Discourse and Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals conference (Mount Allison, October 2014). Students worked to produced outfacing written texts and improved their writing skills through feedback by the post-doctoral fellow, and peer-editing, and through the motivation that comes from writing for real audiences. Writing tasks included texts for the project blog, speaker profiles for the conference, and a final report for Canadian Studies on this pilot project.
The 'Sack Hatter's' Tea Party
Professor Cheryl Veinotte
Each year the SOCI 3751 class engages in a leadership event where students apply the leadership skills being taught to a real-world setting. This year the class partnered with the Tantramar Family Resource Centre, Daybreak (a peer support group for adults with mental health issues), and the United Way to host a literacy tea party in the park. The party comprised activities that focus on literacy. The students aimed to offer activities to both younger and older children, as well as members of Daybreak. As part of the activities, members of the class and participants also assembled mini story-sacks (containing a book, a prop to go with the book, a notebook, writing materials, and an insert to help with using the sack's contents) for distribution during the local Christmas Cheer program.
The Opera Workshop Tour
Dr. Helen Pridmore
Students from Mount Allison University's music department engaged in a tour of schools in the Maritime region continued to introduce, inform and entertain students in regional high schools through a presentation on opera.
The Opera Workshop Tour
Dr. Helen Pridmore
Students from Mount Allison University's music department engaged in a tour of schools in the Maritime region with an eye to educating and entertaining through an opera presentation. An art form rarely heard in this region, opera is sometimes considered to be only for the elite. Talented members of the tour had the goal of making opera accessible and enjoyable for all. The tour provided valuable leadership and performance experience for these music students, and also promoted the energetic and thriving music program.
Cultural Economy of Montreal
Dr. Tim Reiffenstein
This project enabled students enrolled in the Urban Issues Seminar (GENV 4821) to undertake a five day field trip to learn about the socio-spatial issues that shape Montreal's cultural economy. In Montreal the students conducted original projects that they designed in advance, and went on several excursions to meet with local cultural experts. They met their objectives for the trip in that they gained experiential learning through field visits to arts institutions (The National Theatre School, Cirque du Soleil's HQ), publicly planned heritage and cultural districts (Old Montreal, Quartier Spectacle) and arts neighbourhoods (Mile End). These excursions were enhanced by meetings with leaders and other experts on Montreal's cultural economy, including Simon Brault, OC, CEO of The National Theatre School, and author of No Culture, No Future, Dr. Norma Rantisi from Concordia University, a leading Canadian economic geographer who has written extensively on urban fashion and music scenes.
Super Kids Workshop
Dr. Erin Steuter
The Super Kids Workshop is a weekly after school program which responds to the needs of pre-teens through the implementation of educational and fun activities that are aimed at fostering a positive self-image, developing critical thinking skills, raising awareness of inequalities and prejudices, developing media literacy skills and becoming empowered while having a greater sense of agency in making choices. The project will be led by Mount Allison students for ten weeks at the Marshview Middle School.
Opera Performance Project
Dr. Helen Pridmore
Five students enrolled in Chamber Music 2613/3613 have been invited to perform at three colleges in the eastern USA in early April, 2010. SUNY-Oneonta and Hartwick College, both situated in Oneonta, NY, and Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT are hosting American composer Tom Johnson for an artist residency during March and April. The five Mount Allison students are preparing to perform Johnson's chamber work "The Four Note Opera" on campus at Mount Allison in March, and have been invited to travel to the USA to work with Tom Johnson there and to perform his opera at all three colleges.
Enpsychlopedia Volume II
Dr. Louise Wasylkiw
During the 2005/2006 academic year, Honour students in psychology produced a magazine entitled 'Enpsychlopedia' that made psychological theories and empirical findings accessible to the layperson. The purpose of the proposed project is to have current Honours students produce volume II of 'Enpsychlopedia'. Students will be responsible for researching, writing, editing, and formatting articles for inclusion of this volume to be distributed on the Annual Research day in psychology (April 10, 2010) to students, faculty, administration, family and friends.
Sackville Coalition for Social Justice Meetings
Nicholas Dube/Dr. Brad Walters
Sackville Coalition for Social Justice seeks to promote, support and coordinate social justice work on campus. One key way in which this will be achieved is by bringing representatives from various social justice groups together to discuss their projects and possibilities for collaboration.
Brass Quintet and Brass Choir Tour
Dr. Alan Klaus
The project will create and opportunity for the brass students to perform in various venues outside of Sackville. We will be providing instrumental clinics, along with concerts, to various middle and high schools in Atlantic Canada. We will produce a recording of concert highlights for student use (i.e. audition CDs and presents for family) as well as Mount Allison use (i.e. library, and sending copies to interested school teachers to help with recruitment). The project will challenge our students with the responsibility of planning (with faculty guidance) all details of the tour, from promotion and booking all the way through sound editing and CD production. This practical experience will provide a taste of the so-called 'real world' they will face after graduation.
Springhill Lamp Cabin Project
Dr. Rosemary Polegato
This is an extraordinary community-based project. A team of four students in Comm 4301 (Arts and Culture Management) will make recommendations for the interior design and building use of the (Miners') Lamp Cabin Building in Springhill, NS. This building has been in disuse since the Springhill Mine Disaster ("The Bump of 1958") occurred. Plans have already been drawn up to restore the exterior and structural integrity of the building. The expectations are that the team will provide fresh ideas and planning options to the "multi-constituent" committee in the Town of Springhill working on this project. A comprehensive written report and presentation will be given to the committee.
Celebrating Women's Studies Students - Past and Present - at Mount Allison University: An International Women's Day 2008 Panel & Women's Studies Website Development
Dr. Marie Hammond Callaghan
The focus of this project proposal is two-pronged. First, it will provide and important opportunity for Mount Allison students to hear the stories of their colleagues in Women's Studies (past & present) through a Speakers Panel on International Women's Day (8 March, 2008). The IWD panel will provide a venue to discuss how academic training in Women's Studies has shaped their lives and career paths. How, for example, has it helped to shape not only their career interests but also their directions in employment, volunteer work, social activism and/or further studies? The second component of this project is to develop student and alumni narratives as a new design component of the Women's Studies website – which can also be made accessible to External Relations and the Alumni Office for recruiting purposes.
Strategic Challenges Facing Not-for Profit Organizations: A Panel Discussion
Dr. Gina Grandy
The purpose of this project is for students to acquire knowledge about the strategic challenges facing the not for profit sector in New Brunswick. A panel of five not for profit organizational leaders will hold a discussion on February 12, 2008 for approximately sixty students. The primary classes involved include Commerce 4321 and Commerce 3341, however, other Commerce classes are likely to attend and the event will be promoted campus wide. Each guest from the not for profit sector will discuss the strategic challenges facing her organization and a general discussion will follow the presentations.
Maritime Inorganic Discussion Weekend
Dr. Steve Westcott
The MIDW is a widely attended inorganic chemistry conference that Mount Allison has hosted for three years. In hosting the conference the majority of inorganic chemistry students at Mount Allison have an opportunity to present their research to prominent invited lectures and attending professors. Having said this, the Mount Allison Chemistry Society would like to ensure that all interested inorganic students have an opportunity to attend and thus are applying for Leadership Mount Allison funds to cover registration fees.
Poster Presentations on Global Climate Change Issues
Dr. Mariana Trindade
Students in the Weather and Climate course will create and present original posters on various climate change issues. Students will be asked to: 1) choose a climate change topic that is of interest to them; 2) create an original poster describing this issue with reference to the Weather and Climate course material; and 3) present their poster in a high school setting. Each poster will be created by a group of 5 students, for a total of 10 posters.
Atlantic Undergraduate Biology Conference 4
Dr. Jennifer Baltzer
Four students completing an Honours in Biology will be attending the Atlantic Undergraduate Biology Conference in St. John's (Nfld). This conference will involve a series of oral and poster presentation by students from Atlantic Institutions. This opportunity will allow the attendees to gain valuable leadership experiences important in the pursuit of a career in biology research. These skills include organizational abilities, group cooperation, and heightened public speaking confidence. It will also provide exposure to current developments within the scientific discipline, highlighting the importance of an overall awareness of work being performed by peers.
Teaching Native Traditions
Dr. Kelly Harrison
Teaching Native Traditions (TNT) is a pilot project created to bring a positive social and academic space for the exploration of Native issues in the academy. In conjunction with the Centre for Canadian Studies, the students from Dr. Harrison's CANA 3111 and CANA 4251 will be engaged in this innovative and initiative driven project where the traditional teachings of the Medicine Wheel are central to the creation and sharing of knowledge. TNT project is comprised of a series of 4 inter-related workshops based in part on the 4 central aspects of the Medicine Wheel: the intellect, the emotional, the physical and the spiritual.