We are always pleased to hear about the diverse experiences and accomplishments of our alumni and to share these stories with you.

When Huskies Get the Blues

By Joanie Veitch | fall 2019

When the St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup last June, it was the culmination of a lifetime dream for Jeff McKercher, an Ontario-based scout for the Blues and former defenceman with the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

“I did everything I could to make the NHL as a player. I fell short of that but to get back into the league as a scout and to win the Stanley Cup,…

True Santamarian: Ron Gomes

By SMU Alumni | spring 2019

Last October, the Saint Mary’s community lost one of its biggest champions, Ron Gomes BComm’65, who passed away peacefully at the age of 76. 

His friend and fellow Huskies football teammate Bob Ruotolo says Ron was a true Santamarian in every sense of the word.  

“He just loved the school, loved the university, and he always kept in touch with people.” 


True Santamarian: Heather Harris

By SMU Alumni

The Saint Mary’s University community lost one of its most passionate advocates on February 25, 2019 with the death of Heather Harris BA ’70 MA ’72 at the age of 76. 

Born and raised in Halifax, Heather attended Saint Mary’s just after it became co-educational, then moved to British Columbia to pursue a career in teaching. She returned to her hometown around 1988, and later she…

A Builder, an Athlete, and a Team Headline the 2019 Saint Mary’s University Sport Hall of Fame Induction

By Cale Loney | spring 2019

Lisa Haley, former women’s hockey coach, will enter the SMU Sport Hall of Fame in the builder category. Haley arrived at Saint Mary’s in 1996 and in 1997–98 became the first coach of the women’s hockey varsity program. It was that season the conference held their first ever championship tournament hosted by UNB. Fittingly, the Huskies won that very first conference title in double overtime…

True Santamarian

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2018

She is Mary-Evelyn by birth, but simply “MEV” to the many who know and love her. This issue’s True Santamarian—Mary-Evelyn Ternan—has deep roots at Saint Mary’s. Her father, brother, sister, and a nephew are all SMU grads and Mary-Evelyn herself was one of the first 50 female students when Saint Mary’s went co-ed in the late 1960s (see article).


An Inspiring Stay in Rome

By Matthew Halliday | fall 2018

Dean of Arts Dr. Margaret MacDonald BA’83 has spent her professional life immersed in the scholarship of early Christianity and the world of ancient Rome. So it was quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in spring 2018, when she was offered a three-month position as the McCarthy Chair in Biblical Studies at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute (PBI), one of the world’s foremost centres…

New Arena for Saint Mary’s

By Allison Gerrard | fall 2018

In mid-June, more than 150 Saint Mary’s supporters crowded into the Homburg Centre for Health & Wellness to celebrate the unveiling of a new on-campus arena. Students, staff, faculty, coaches, alumni, politicians, and donors saw architectural renderings of the structure and heard, for the first time, what the arena will be called. The facility, which will house an NHL-sized ice surface, will be…

True Santamarians

By Maroon & White | spring 2018

The annual Alumni Awards recognize students, alumni, and staff who are making meaningful contributions in the local and global community and emphasize leadership and social responsibility.

This year, there were awards in four categories, all given out at the One World Alumni Awards Gala presented by TD Insurance, on October 12 at the Loyola Conference Hall.

Young Alumnus of…

Generations Of Irish Pride Inspires A Lasting Legacy

By Allison Gerrard | spring 2018

A record-setting team of 28 Saint Mary’s University students representing a cross-section of learners within the Faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce, are back on campus after facilitating peace education workshops in the North of Ireland.

The student-led Conflict Resolution Program has been running at Saint Mary’s for more than thirteen years. Each February, members of the Saint…

Paying It Forward

By Allison Gerrard | spring 2018

Name: Jorge González
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Degree: Bachelor of Commerce
Graduation: May 2017

Studying at the Sobey School of Business wasn’t easy for Jorge González. While learning a new language, he completed the courses required for a double major in finance and accounting, maintained…