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Sister Lua Gavin

  • Person

Lua Gavin entered as a postulant to the Sisters of Charity at the age of 16. Sister Lua Gavin taught biology at Mount Saint Vincent College and University in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She was also involved with the Alumnae Association. She retired as chairman of the Biology Department in 1979, and in 1982 went to St. Brigid’s assisted living in Quebec City, Quebec as a coordinator. Sister Martina Marie was her sister, also in the Mount Saint Vincent community.

School of Nursing

  • Corporate body
  • 1932 - 1970

In 1932 Mount Saint Vincent College and the Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing established an affiliation program, whereby the College taught credit and non-credit courses to the nursing students at the Halifax Infirmary. In 1946 the program was discontinued as both parties were unhappy with the results. Although the first affiliation attempt between Mount Saint Vincent College and the Halifax Infirmary had not worked out, both parties were still interested in working together. Therefore when Mount Saint Vincent College established its own nursing program in 1949, it did so in affiliation with the Halifax Infirmary. The College was responsible for providing the academic component of the degree program, while the Halifax Infirmary provided the nursing and clinical training. The affiliation program was four years in length and led to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree awarded by Mount Saint Vincent College. In 1965, Mount Saint Vincent College decided to make some changes to its nursing program and introduced the first integrated nursing program in Nova Scotia. The new program required highly qualified faculty and mandated a lower faculty/student ratio than the old affiliation program, but it allowed the College to have complete control over the content of the program. The new changes ultimately resulted in higher costs to the College and it quickly became evident that something needed to be done to help bring down the cost of the nursing program. In 1969 the Mount Saint Vincent University School of Nursing and the Dalhousie University School of Nursing, which had also introduced an integrated nursing program, decided to carry out their programs in closer conjunction. By joining the two programs it was felt that the two schools would still be able to maintain a strong nursing program but they would be able to reduce the cost of the programs by eliminating unnecessary duplication. In the early 1970s an agreement was signed between the two schools creating the Dalhousie - Mount Saint Vincent Universities School of Nursing. As part of the agreement it was decided that all of the nursing courses would be taught at Dalhousie University, while the students from Mount Saint Vincent would complete all other academic courses at Mount Saint Vincent University. In the agreement it was also decided that although all of the nursing courses would be taught at Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University would still be responsible for providing a portion of the nursing faculty. The joint Dalhousie.

Ruth Noonan Wright

  • Person
  • February 1, 1932 - January 19, 2017

Ruth Noonan Wright was born in Halifax on February 1, 1932 as Ruth Noonan. Noonan Wright and her sisters attended Mount Saint Vincent Academy, a girls educational academy run by the Sisters of Charity, a Catholic denomination of nuns. The Academy was non-denominational, but while attending the school, Noonan Wright (born into a Protestant family), adopted the Catholic faith. After graduating from the Academy in 1953 she took steps toward becoming a religious sister but stopped short of taking vows; she remained involved in the Catholic Church until the end of her life.

Noonan Wright returned to Mount Saint Vincent University in 1972 to study Home Economics. She graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and went on to teach Home Economics in local schools, including Halifax West and Bloomfield. She was also an artist who sold her work at the Nova Scotia Art Gallery. Noonan Wright died on January 19, 2017.

Plant-Hansen, Cynthia H.

  • Person

Cynthia H. Plant-Hansen graduated from the Child Studies program at Mount Saint Vincent University in 1981 at the age of 27. She entered the program in the second year, as she had previous education and work related experience.

Patrick O'Neill

  • Person
  • 1940 -2006

Patrick O'Neill was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1940. He married Mora Dianne O'Neill in 1967 and had two sons, St. John and Brendan. O'Neill obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Jerome's College, University of Waterloo in 1967, a Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of South Dakota in 1969, and a Ph.D. in Theatre from Louisiana State University in 1973. O'Neill was a leading scholar in Canadian theatre history and published extensively. In 1995 he received the Richard Plant Essay Prize from the Association for Canadian Theatre Research. In 2002 he received an Award for Research Excellence from Mount Saint Vincent University. In 2004 he received a Fulbright Research Fellowship, awarded by The Department of State, Washington. O'Neill worked as an Assistant Professor (1972-1975) at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and as an Assistant Professor (1975-1980), Associate Professor (1980-1993), and Professor (1993-2006) at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also worked as a Visiting Fellow (1982-1983) at Royal Holloway College, at the University of London, and as an Associate Professor, Part-time (1987-1991) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During his time at Mount Saint Vincent University O'Neill served in numerous positions, including Director of Research and International Liaison Officer (2002-2004), Coordinator, Speech and Drama (1975-2002), and as a member of the University Senate (2002). O'Neill also served on numerous committees, including the University's Tribute Committee (1999-2006), University Review Committee (1998-1999), and the Exceptional Service Awards Committee (1998-2006). Patrick O'Neill was also involved with various drama presentations. In addition to his work at the University, O'Neill served as a member of the Nova Scotia Innovation Trust (2002-2004), as a member of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (2002-2004), as a Maritime Representative (1998-2000) and Treasurer (1982-1984) for the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, and as a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research Committee for Architecture, Fine Arts, Drama (1993-1995). O'Neill also served as a parliamentarian for the Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia (1984-1998) and the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (1996), as well as an External Reviewer for SSHRC applications (various years) and as an External Examiner for a University of Toronto Ph.D. thesis, a McGill University M.A. thesis, and a University of Saskatchewan M.A. thesis. O'Neill died in Ireland in 2006.

Murray, Christl

  • Person

Christl (Tiefenbacker) Murray attended Mount Saint Vincent Academy from 1948 to 1951. From November 1948 to June 1950, she was a boarder, and from September 1950 to June 1951 she was a day student.

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