2011 welcoming letter to students

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					                                      Fredericton, New Brunswick
                                           Canada E3B 5G3

Tel: 506-452-0531                                                                     Fax: 506-460-0330
                                 Office of the Vice-President (Academic)

Dear member of the St. Thomas University Class of 2015,

        I would like to congratulate you on your choice to attend St. Thomas University, an academic
community of outstanding scholars, dedicated staff and engaged students. Over the next four years
you will be challenged intellectually, develop countless friendships and grow as a person. We
believe that St. Thomas University is ideally constructed to offer a first-class undergraduate
education. Because of our focus on the liberal arts, we aim to educate you in a very deliberate way.
You will graduate prepared to enter the workplace or pursue further studies, and you will also be
equipped to live as citizens in a democratic society where we all have responsibilities for our own
lives and share a concern for the well-being of others. The mission of St. Thomas is not only to help
you achieve your intellectual potential, but also to assist you in developing a social conscience.

         Enclosed with this letter you will find a short two-page reading. I would ask that you read it
carefully, perhaps several times, between now and when you arrive on campus at the start of
September. I am interested in what you think about the reading and what you think it is getting at.
While it was written over two thousand years ago in ancient Greece, it has continued to be relevant to
many people in many different cultures through the ages. When you have read it and thought about it
a bit, I would invite you to write a short (one page perhaps) reflection on it. Don’t worry - this won’t
count for any grades! But, I would like you to mail your thoughts about this short piece back to us.
You can email it to or mail it c/o the Registrar’s Office to the address at the top of
the page. During welcome week, one aspect of the program is Academic Transition Day. On that day
you will attend brief classes led by professors and begin to get oriented to the academic life of St.
Thomas. The enclosed reading, along with your short responses, will, I believe, form the basis of a
conversation in those first classes. Again, I don’t want you to stress over this. Just read the story,
think about it and write down your reflections on it.

Once again, congratulations and welcome to STU. I look forward to seeing you in September.

Yours truly,

Dr. Barry Craig
Vice-President (Academic)
St. Thomas University


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