Sunday, October 21, 2012

A preview to the Alumni News

Hello fellow Xaverians!

The newest Alumni News is about to be issued but there's just so many great things to tell you about that we couldn't wait!

  1. StFX National Dinner arrives in Calgary.
  2. For the first time, the StFX National Dinner will be in Calgary. Join host Frank McKenna and emcee Amanda Lang at the TELUS Convention Centre on Tuesday, October 23. Our special keynote speaker is the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney. More than 500 senior government and business leaders are expected to join us. This is definitely an event you won't want to miss! Read more.
  3. Alumni Engagement Program begins.StFX students are calling all alumni to make sure that your contact information is current. If you get a call from a 902 area code, please pick up! So many people come in and out of the Calgary area and we want to make sure you can be contacted for events such as the StFX National Dinner or other big events. You can also take the opportunity to pledge financial support to StFX as part of the Annual Giving campaign. Monies can go to a direct fund or specific areas of the university: scholarships and bursaries such as the Dr. Ed O'Connor Scholarship or programs such as StFX Athletics or given academic programs.
  4. StFX launches comprehensive athletics leadership academy.It's a first in Canada, and its potential is significant. StFX is the first university in Canada to launch a comprehensive athletics leadership academy, partnering with worldwide leader in sports leadership development, the Janssen Sport Leadership Centre, to offer a formal leadership program on campus. The StFX Athletics Leadership Academy launched in October with 54 student-athlete participants, representing all varsity sports. It will run throughout the academic year. Read more.
  5. Calgary's Cole Grbavac the newest recipient of the Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship.
    The Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Canadian male and female varsity athletes who combine qualities of leadership with academic excellence. The award is currently valued up to $5000 per year and is renewable for up to four years as long as the recipient remains on the academic Dean's List. Hockey fans may recognize Cole as captain of the Medicine Hat Tigers last year. Congratulations Cole! Read more.
  6. Calgary chapter names Cate Civitarese the newest recipient of the Leone Campbell Memorial Bursary.Cate impressed the selection committee with her desire to pursue post-secondary education after taking a break after high school. In addition to her academic studies towards her undergraduate degree, Cate is also playing hockey for the X-Women. Congratulations Cate!


Aside from the StFX National Dinner on October 23, the next event on our chapter calendar is the Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier on Monday, December 3! It's a great opportunity to connect and reconnect with fellow alumni as we celebrate the day of our patron saint. And for the first time in a while, our celebration DOESN'T conflict with parent-teacher interviews!

Please note the change in venue. The Mass will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral beginning at 7 pm. The reception will be in the lower parish hall, just to the west of the sanctuary, beginning at 8 pm.

We need volunteers. We are looking for volunteers for the Mass: music ministry, readers and a communion minister. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the wine-and-cheese reception to follow. And of course, we're open to gatherings after the formal reception. Contact the chapter with any help you may provide. A formal e-vite will be sent in the next few weeks!

Hail and Health,

The Calgary chapter execs
Oliver, Jay, Phil, Claire, Erin, Sarah, Jeff and Mike