COVID-19 Updates (May 22, 2020)

COVID-19 Updates (May 22, 2020)

Public statements and updates About COVID-19 Information for Students Admissions Changes Operational Plan

Latest Updates

May 22, 2020

Crandall University is pleased to announce that it has approved the following parameters for inclusion in its COVID-19 Operational Master Plan. These operational parameters – which come into effect immediately – comply with guidelines provided by the Province of New Brunswick and are intended to create as safe of a learning environment as possible for employees and students. We want our employees and students to know we are doing everything possible to ensure that the University is a strong team member in the provincial and national effort to combat the spread of this pandemic. While we are working to keep our community safe, we want to preserve the friendly, caring and supportive atmosphere that our University values and for which it is known.

The Provincial guidelines and the Crandall University COVID-19 Operational Master Plan comply with a “yellow” status as interpreted and outlined by the Province of New Brunswick. Crandall University reserves the right to modify these operational parameters, and any accompanying plans, should the situation change and/or the Provincial authorities issue new guidelines.

These operational parameters will inform the development of specific action plans for the following operations at the University:

  • Academics
  • Residence/Campus Life
  • Conference Services
  • Maintenance & Cleaning Services

The plans developed for these operations will comply with operational parameters and will become formal parts of the COVID-19 Operational Master Plan used by the University to manage operations through the COVID-19 pandemic and until they are no longer required as measures to provide for the health and welfare of the Crandall University community (employees, students and guests).

Master Plan Parameters


May 12, 2020

Premier Blaine Higgs announced on Friday, May 9th, the movement to phase two of New Brunswick’s recovery plan for COVID-19. The second phase of the plan includes documents for businesses and organizations to reference as they develop individual plans for increasing pubic access and engagement. The Crandall University COVID Advisory Group is meeting on May 14, 2020 to review these documents and develop a specific plan for the University. Following the work of the Advisory Group, more details about the Crandall University Plan will be released.

Until then . . .

The Crandall University physical campus will remain closed to the public and our students. Currently active courses will continue to be administered through online or alternative learning methods as planned. We look forward to opening our campus to the students and the public when we can assure a safe return for all.

For more information about Crandall University, applying for the Fall session, or registering for courses, please contact us at (506) 858-8970 or visit crandallu.ca.

 


April 9, 2020

In response to the Province of New Brunswick’s announcement to provide the Emergency Bridging Fund for Vulnerable Post-Secondary Students, Crandall University, in coordination with the Province of New Brunswick, is pleased to provide critical support to eligible Crandall University students during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Province defines eligible students as:

  • Full-time students of any nationality who were studying at Crandall University in the 2020 Winter semester as of March 12, 2020.
  • Students who are not eligible to receive funding from any of the following:
    • Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
    • Employment Insurance (EI)
    • Student Loans or Grants for the 2020 Winter Semester
    • The “$900 one-time New Brunswick provincial emergency fund payment”
    • Other financial aid provided by any level of government that may come into being prior to the awarding of funding through this program
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate lost income or insufficient savings.

If you believe you qualify as an eligible student, please complete this application form (.pdf) and return it to dawn.welner@crandallu.ca prior to June 30, 2020.


April 4, 2020

Three weeks ago, Crandall University has made an unprecedented and emergent leap to learning at a distance in response to the emergent issues surrounding COVID-19. We understand that this sudden change in delivery of classes has been challenging. As a result, the Academic Council recommended, and the Senate approved, a PASS/FAIL grading option for students. Learn more.


April 3, 2020

As the limitations on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now expected to continue later into the spring, the decision has been made to cancel this year’s Crandall University Golf Classic. As this is primarily a fundraising event for athletic scholarships and programming, you can still make a donation to benefit our student athletes and receive a full tax receipt. Visit crandallu.ca/donate for more information on ways that you can give.


March 25, 2020 – Covid-19 Advisory Update

Campus Closed

The Crandall University campus remains closed to students and the public. The majority of faculty and staff are currently working from home, with minimal support staff on campus, who are adhering to the social distancing guidelines. The campus will remain closed until further notice. However, students are encouraged to continue to email faculty members or staff if they have questions about their ongoing courses.

Online Courses

The Winter semester courses continue to be provided online, with little to no disruption of classes. Students having any technical difficulties are asked to contact our IT Services department at helpdesk@crandallu.ca.

Spring Courses

Registration for Spring courses is open! While the province remains in a state of emergency, Crandall University will continue to provide any courses offered in Spring 2020 in an online format. Students are encouraged to contact registrar@crandallu.ca to enroll in Spring courses. Those who may not be currently enrolled at Crandall University and would still like to take advantage of our Spring course offerings may contact admissions@crandallu.ca for more information.

Students Looking For EI Benefits

Students who have been working full-time or part-time this past year and have been recently laid-off due to the Coronavirus outbreak, may be eligible to receive benefits from the federal government. Please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html for more information.

Crandall University wants to continue to encourage everyone to be safe, be prepared, be informed, and be kind. We ask that you follow the guidelines set forth by our government, and if you are feeling any symptoms, please visit the GNB website or call “811.” Our faculty and staff continue to pray that this pandemic will be over soon, but we all must do our part. Stay safe.

The Covid 19 Advisory Committee
Crandall University


March 20, 2020

In light of the recent announcement from the Province of New Brunswick regarding our provincial state of emergency, the decision has been made to disallow student access to both Murray Hall and Stultz Hall. This decision will take effect at noon on Saturday, March 21, 2020 and will be in effect until further notification. A statement on employee access will be forthcoming tomorrow.


March 19, 2020

Today, Premier Blaine Higgs announced that the Province of New Brunswick is now in an official State of Emergency. As a result, it is the decision of President’s Council, in consultation with the Board Chair of Crandall University, to close our Colburne House residence to all students. Every student must vacate the residence by noon on Saturday, March 21st. The Campus Housing and Life department will work to the best of their ability to facilitate the move out procedure for each student.

Mitton Court remains available to those who are renting apartments, who are strongly encouraged to observe all hygiene and social distancing protocols required to promote safety. Student residents who choose to travel home for safety or peace of mind would be supported in the decision to do so.


March 18, 2020

Effective at 12:00pm on March 18, 2020, the Crandall University campus is closed to the public and will be accessible only to members of the Crandall community with activated access cards (e.g. students, staff, and faculty). Any member of the broader community who may need to access the campus during this time should call 506-858-8970 Ext. 222.


March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory Committee Update

Crandall Students, Faculty, & Staff,

The COVID-19 Advisory is committed to keeping our community informed with the ongoing developments of the coronavirus pandemic. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority. We hope to provide regular communication through our official Crandall University email system, through our website, and our social media platforms. Please ensure you have activated your Crandall email account and are checking it frequently for updates. This platform will become your hub for continuing your online education over the next few weeks.

Online Learning

Crandall’s faculty have worked with IT Services on adapting their curriculum to meet the desired course outcomes through online delivery. We understand this method may present some challenges for some users. However, we ask for your patience and understanding as we do our best to minimize technical difficulties. Students will be receiving communication (through their Crandall email accounts) and invitations to join their online learning Teams. Classes will begin on March 18, following your regular schedule.

Students needing troubleshooting for their online courses may contact Crandall’s IT Services department. (helpdesk@crandallu.ca)

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you may have many questions regarding Covid-19 and its impact at Crandall University. We have created a FAQ section on our website that we hope will answer most of your questions.

Open Campus

Crandall University facilities remain open at this time. All residences, food service, meeting rooms, library, and weight room continue to operate as usual. Crandall’s facility team continues to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff. Additional hand sanitizers have been placed throughout the campus, along with posters encouraging proper hygiene. We ask all those who choose to come to campus to be mindful and practice proper handwashing, coughing into your arm or tissue, and distancing yourself from people. These are small practices that can help prevent the spread of this virus.

Convocation

The decision has been made to postpone the 2020 Convocation Ceremonies planned for May 2, 2020.
While these ceremonies are being changed in light of the current global pandemic, we will be initiating
an “Administrative Conferral” of degrees for students who have completed programs. An administrative
conferral simply means that we will be sending diplomas to students who have completed programs at
Crandall University at the conclusion of the current 2019-20 Academic Year (in May 2020).

We are inviting all 2020 Graduates to attend an “upgraded” Fall Convocation that is scheduled for
November 7, 2020. Of course, as the details of this event are formalized, we will be sending everyone
more information.

Exams

Over the next few days you will be receiving more detailed information about specific courses and the
specific plans for the final examinations for those courses. No final exams will be administered on
campus in a physical classroom space. Courses that do require a final examination will be delivered in
an alternate format (online, take-home, or other). Please continue to check your emails regularly as
Crandall University will be updating students on format, time and date of final exams. Students needing
testing accommodations will continue to be considered in any final plans for examinations.

What’s next?

Much like the rest of the world, we continue to monitor and look for ways to reduce the risk of
spreading this virus. Currently, our province has two confirmed and five presumptive cases, all in the
central part of the province. We know our students, faculty, and staff will continue to do our part in
minimizing the impact that this coronavirus could have on our campus and region. We understand many
are concerned, and those concerns are valid. However, we also must continue to have hope for a better
day, to encourage each other, and to ensure the information we have is valid.

This committee will continue to send out communication over the next days and weeks to keep our
community informed. Those experiencing anxiety over our current situation should seek out someone to
speak with. Crandall’s keep.meSAFE (iOS | Android) program is designed to help in these types of circumstances.

All the best as you continue your studies! We will update you on changes as they come.

The COVID-19 Advisory
Crandall University


March 16, 2020

The decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Convocation Ceremonies planned for May 2, 2020. While these ceremonies are being cancelled in light of the current global pandemic, we will be initiating an “Administrative Conferral” of degrees for students who have completed programs. An administrative conferral simply means that we will be sending diplomas to students who have completed programs at Crandall University at the conclusion of the current 2019-20 Academic Year (in May 2020).

We are inviting all 2020 Graduates to attend an “upgraded” Fall Convocation that is scheduled for November 7, 2020. Of course, as the details of this event are formalized, we will be sending everyone more information.

See updated information for students


March 14, 2020 – a statement from Crandall University President, Dr. Bruce Fawcett:

Dear Crandall University Community,

As President of the University, I am writing to provide you with the following update regarding the University’s latest steps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The COVID-19 Advisory Committee, chaired by our Provost Dr. Jon Ohlhauser, the President’s Council, and the Chair of the Board of Governors have become convinced that, while unprecedented, the following actions are justified given the public health concerns in our province and our nation. We believe these steps are the best way to balance our academic mission with our concerns for the health and safety of our community. 

First, for students studying toward a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts and Science, Bachelor of Education, or Bachelor of Arts degree (with the exception of Organizational Management majors – see below):

The University has decided that we will complete the courses for this semester through an online delivery platform. We have set Wednesday, March 18, 2020 as the target date to switch all of our classroom-based courses to this delivery platform. Using this platform, we will complete this semester’s courses synchronously, meaning that while the courses will be delivered through an online platform, their delivery will occur during the time when they have been originally scheduled to meet. Students enrolled in classes will log into an online system and join the instructor and other students who are also enrolled in the course.

We will be cancelling classes on Monday and Tuesday (March 16 and 17) in order to allow our faculty and IT staff to prepare for the launch of this on-line delivery system on Wednesday. We are considering these two cancelled days to be “reading days” and hope that students will take advantage of the extra time to complete or get ahead on assignments. The campus buildings will remain open next week and the following weeks as per normal. Students will continue to have access to services including the Library, Registrar’s Office, Finance Office, Fitness Room, and cafeteria. Most classrooms will be inaccessible, but study rooms will remain open.

Students will be contacted through the official Crandall University email system with instructions and links to their specific courses and they will be expected to login to their courses at the regular time of meeting. Students should be checking their email messages throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday (March 16 and 17) to ensure that they receive proper login instructions.

The University has set Friday, March 20, 2020 as the date for finalizing information about final exams and the 2019-20 Academic Convocation (graduation).

For students who live in campus housing, a separate email with details about on-campus living and expectations will soon be sent from the Manager of Campus Housing and Life.

Second, for all graduate students and students studying toward a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management:

Your classes on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17 will also be cancelled. Beginning Wednesday, March 18 your classes will also move to a synchronous on-line delivery system for a period of two weeks.  As with the New Brunswick K-12 public school system, toward the end of the two-week period, the situation will be re-evaluated to determine if this model of delivery would need to be extended.

The experience our world is currently undergoing is truly unique. We hope that our actions will make a positive contribution to the battle against this pandemic, and that they will bring a measurable degree of peace to our community members as we seek to find a line between prudence and panic.

Thank you for your patience and support,

Bruce Fawcett, Ph.D.
President and Vice Chancellor


For more information or questions, please contact the Chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Group at: academic@crandallu.ca

March 13, 2020 Update (9:00pm)

In light of the ever-changing situation and announcements from the Province of New Brunswick, Crandall University is preparing an official response and details of an action plan that will be released Saturday Morning, March 14, 2020. Please watch for this update.

March 13, 2020

We have heard a lot of suggestions from our governmental health agencies about how to best prepare for the encroaching coronavirus. Two of the good, primary suggestions everyone has received are:

  1. Wash hands regularly
  2. Limit exposure to other people (ie., groups of no more than 150 people)

These are noble suggestions but what we would like to remind everyone . . . this is a time when you need to ensure that your immune system is at peak performance. There are many factors that contribute to a weakened immune system and some of the factors will be greater for some people and less important for others. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO MORE TO BE PREPARED THAN SIMPLY WASHING YOUR HANDS AND AVOIDING PEOPLE.

You can find good information through a google search but to assist you in this effort, here are two decent links. Please pay attention to the recommendations and if you feel that your immune system is being compromised on any of these factors, please take some time to think of ways to reduce the effect they may be having on your ability to fight off this virus.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/9-surprising-ways-youre-weakening-your-immune-system/

Personally – as chair of the Advisory Group – I would start by finding ways to be mindful of the amount of processed sugar and alcohol I may be consuming. I think these two things are perhaps the easiest factors to tackle first.

There are two other pieces of information to share in this note.

  1. Next week’s production of “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” will be proceeding as scheduled. HOWEVER, EACH PERFORMANCE NEXT WEEK WILL BE LIMITED TO 150 PARTICIPANTS AS PER THE GOVERNMENT’S SUGGESTION FOR THE MAXIMUM SIZE FOR A PUBLIC GATHERING. So if you want to go, get your tickets early. A decision on whether the second weekend of shows will proceed will be made next week.
  2. The Advisory Group is committed to providing regular updates to the Crandall University community. The nature of this virus is changing so rapidly that it is difficult to commit to a regular schedule of communiques. As such, we want to assure you that the Advisory Group will communicate with you as soon as any new information or institutional decisions are made. Please be sure to regularly check your Crandall University email for the latest information.

March 11, 2020

The Crandall University COVID-19 Advisory Group met this morning as part of its regular schedule of meeting. We discussed what is currently known about COVID-19 in the Canadian context, post-secondary context as well as the unique Crandall context. Here are a few observations from the group’s discussion.

  1. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!!  We have also taken note of the potential to increase the number of hand sanitation stations on campus but we are running into supply issues. With the pressure of this virus on all systems, it is difficult to secure new dispensers for product as well as sanitation product itself. But we are continuing to work on this. In the mean time, please take frequent advantage of the regular soap and wash basins located in all of our public washroom areas.
  2. Online delivery of courses . . . we are investigating our ability to strategically choose some courses that may be transposed to an online delivery format for the Spring/Summer semester. There is a lot of work to do to make this happen so at the moment we are assessing whether or not we are capable of accomplishing this.
  3. 8-1-1 – any member of the Crandall University community that suspects they may be displaying symptoms of the COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to call 8-1-1 and discuss their situation with a qualified healthcare worker.
  4. Monitoring – members of the Advisory Group have been assigned monitoring tasks and will report back to the Group at its weekly meeting on Monday mornings.
  5. NB Public Health – The chair of the Advisory Group has been identified and communicated as the point of contact for the Government if there are any directives specific to post-secondary institutions in the province of NB.

As the Advisory Group discovers important information about the COVID-19 virus as it intersects with the Crandall University experience, we will be sure to pass this information on to the entire CU community.


March 9, 2020

At Crandall University, we have a commitment to a priority for the safety and well-being of the students, employees and guests of our university. At this second half of March 2020, we have determined that it is advisable for us to form a COVID-19 Advisory Group. This advisory group includes the following individuals:

  • Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, member of the Crandall University Health and Safety Committee – Dr. Jon Ohlhauser (Chair)
  • Associate VP for Enrollment Management – Mr. Chris Robb
  • Manager of Campus Housing and Life – Mrs. Crystal Knowles
  • Director of Conference Services – Mrs. Amy Pattison

This COVID-19 Advisory Group at Crandall University would like to outline a few important pieces of information on how members of the Crandall University community can prevent and limit the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around our campus.

All participants in the Crandall University community can play a role in maintaining a safe and healthy environment by taking simple actions including frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and covering your cough and sneezes.

Directives received from federal, provincial and local health authorities will inform all action steps recommended by the COVID-19 Advisory Group at Crandall University. The first order of direction is that if any Crandall University community member has travelled to Hubei province, China, Iran or Italy, they must self-isolate, limit their contact with others for 14 days and call 8-1-1 within 24-hours of arriving in Canada.

Generally speaking, in respect to travel, the COVID-19 Advisory Group at Crandall University is asking ALL members of the Crandall University community who are returning to New Brunswick from travel outside Canada to monitor their health for 14 days. If anyone has travelled outside of the country, it is important to monitor personal health for symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If a person who has travelled outside the country experiences any symptoms, it is important to follow these steps:

  • isolate yourself as quickly as possible and limit your contact with others
  • immediately call 8-1-1 or your health-care provider
  • describe your symptoms and recent travel history
  • carefully follow instructions from healthcare professionals

The COVID-19 Advisory Group at Crandall University is working with various people on our Campus in preparation for a variety of scenarios. We will work closely with NB Public Health and their staff dedicated to identifying and responding to potential risks of COVID-19. NB Public Health actively monitors new developments to assess and improve the provincial comprehensive pandemic response system as the situation evolves.

Please obtain COVID-19 information from trusted sources and from the information provided here.

For more information or questions, please contact the Chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Group at: academic@crandallu.ca

Download a copy of Crandall University’s COVID-19 Public Statement (.pdf)


 


Additional updates will be posted here as they are released.

Crandall announces new Degree Completion pathway

Moncton – Crandall University is pleased to announce that the University Senate has approved a new degree completion program option for working professionals looking to complete an undergraduate degree: the Bachelor of Organizational Management (BOrgM).

This Degree Completion Program is created for mature students (21 and over), to be taken on a part time basis with the ability to maintain full time employment. Classes are held in the evenings one night per week, and the 90 credit-hour degree can be earned in as little as two years.

90 credit hours in two years?

The BOrgM is available primarily to those who have at least some post-secondary education already. This could be university courses that were taken but the student was unable to finish, or even a one-year certificate program that they completed at a community college; they can use that prior education (up to one year’s worth of credits) toward this program, meaning they take 60 credit hours worth of courses over the two-year period. Courses are taken one at a time over 5-7 weeks, and the program runs year round, which is what allows the students to take part in the program while still keeping their full time job.

Two options for Degree Completion

The Bachelor of Organizational Management serves as a second option at Crandall for completing undergraduate studies and is designed to be the most accessible way to earn a Bachelor’s degree.

Students also have the option to complete a full 120 credit-hour Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management (BA OrgM) if they already have two years worth of transferrable credits, or if they choose to take additional courses to augment their studies. This is particularly useful for those who wish to pursue post-graduate studies that require a 120 credit-hour degree for admission.

“Having both of these options available means that nearly anyone who wants to get their degree can have that option without having to quit their job,” said Dr. Roger Russell, Dean of Professional Programs. “We hope this new option for Degree Completion will empower more people to continue their educational journey.”

The Bachelor of Organizational Management program is set to launch in September 2020.


Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Science, Business Administration, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit crandallu.ca or call 1‑888-968-6228.

How to become a Crandall student in 2020

A University’s admissions process is composed with simplicity in mind. However, with the campus currently closed as the result of the Global Health Crisis, applying to University has changed slightly from previous years. In order to ensure that this transition is seamless and the new process as simple as possible for potential applicants, here’s what you need to know about Crandall’s adjusted admissions process.

Inquire

In the past, the relationship between you and an Admissions Counsellor would begin after an inquiry has been made. This inquiry could be formal, through an inquiry card commonly found at recruiting events, or informal through an email, phone call, or other form of communication.

Fun Fact: At Crandall, Recruiters double as Admissions Counsellors, meaning that if you meet a Recruiter at an event, there’s a good chance they’ll also be the one who will work with you in the later stages of the admissions process, rather than just meeting you for the first time.

This portion of the process remains quite similar. You can still inquire with our Admissions team about programs at the University by email, telephone, or online. The only difference is that, for now, inquiries cannot be made in person and no in-person recruitment is taking place.

Ask questions

Typically, once a connection has been formed, Admissions Counsellors like to talk with potential applicants to gather some information, such as the program that the individual is interested in, the details of their educational history, and more. Our admissions counsellors connect with students using a variety of methods – email, phone, video calls, in-person meetings, and letters just to name a few – they are happy to connect in the way that’s easiest and most comfortable for you.

Of course, maintaining physical distance means that in-person meetings with students aren’t available at the moment, but our admissions team is still busy meeting with students virtually from their home offices. If you’d like to connect with an admissions counsellor, you can send us an email or give us a call (leave a message if you get the voicemail box), and we’ll have you chatting with an admissions counsellor before you know it!

Apply

Once you’ve decided on which program(s) you’re most interested in, it’s time to apply for admission! If you’re a high school grad living in Canada, applying to many of our undergraduate programs is only a two step process: 1) submit our online application form, and 2) send us your transcripts.

We also try to keep the process as straight-forward as possible for anyone applying to our Professional Programs (Education & Organizational Management), as well as for international students, but if you do have any questions about any of our application procedures, definitely feel free to ask!

These processes are largely unchanged – other than not being able to hand-deliver a printed application form at this time, you can still apply to your program of choice from a safe distance. We do recommend checking with your school(s) to find out how they’re handling requests for transcripts, however, and let us know if you’re having any trouble obtaining them.

Accept your offer

Finally, once applications have been evaluated, successful applicants will receive a letter of offer in the mail. This offer can be accepted, as always, by paying an enrollment deposit to Crandall’s Finance Office. At this point, you are officially a Crandall student!

Resources for admitted students

Becoming a university student can seem like a daunting task, and as we’re all navigating life a little bit differently in light of COVID-19, it can sometimes feel like everything is a little bit more complicated. Because of that, we wanted to let you know about the slight changes to our admissions process, to try and keep things as straightforward and simple as possible, and to eliminate any unnecessary stress in this time of change and uncertainty. Here at Crandall, we have a very experienced and talented team who know the inner workings of the admissions process incredibly well. They are well equipped to serve you as you navigate the road from inquirer, to applicant, to eventually, student.


Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Science, Business Administration, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit crandallu.ca or call 1‑888-968-6228.

Dr. Sam Reimer speaks on tolerance in Canada at Public Lecture

On Tuesday March 10, members of the community gathered to attend the newest addition to the Crandall Public Lecture series. This lecture, titled “Are Christians REALLY Intolerant? Should they be?” was led by Crandall sociology professor Dr. Sam Reimer, who addressed the subject of tolerance and intolerance in Canada. More specifically, through this lecture, he shared new research that shed light on the commonly-held belief that conservative Christians are less tolerant, and explained why the research has often associated Christianity with intolerance over time.

To begin, Dr. Reimer defined tolerance as “putting up with something one finds objectionable.” He explained how researchers examine tolerance, including commonly used measure of tolerance created by Samuel A. Stouffer. Dr. Reimer argued that there are numerous flaws with this measurement, and proposed that a different method for predicting and measuring intolerance would produce more valid results, outlining his use of the “least-liked” method in his research. Through this method he established that conservative Christians are not, in fact, less tolerant than other groups, but posited that there are other, non-religious factors (some of which do indeed apply to some conservative Christians) that determine how tolerant a person will be. In essence, his conclusion was that it is not the belief itself that determines one’s level of tolerance, but rather the way one holds to those beliefs.

Following Dr. Reimer’s presentation, Dr. John Stackhouse shared a few words, commenting on the ever decreasing degree of tolerance in society as a whole. He stressed that, as Christians, we should strive to be both unusually tolerant, referencing Jesus’ practice of being inclusive to all, and also remarkably intolerant, referencing Jesus’ command to everyone to “be born again.” He concluded his remarks with the observation that every society, whether the Church or the Canadian nation, should be tolerant of anything that does not impede its purpose while being intolerant of anything that does.

Overall, the lecture was stimulating and engaging, drawing a large crowd of people, both from within the University and without. Thank you to Dr. Reimer and to Dr. Stackhouse for enlightening us, and to everyone who attended for supporting the academic pursuits of Crandall’s faculty.

If you were not able to attend this session, the lecture and response are available for watching below and on Crandall University’s YouTube channel.

Crandall’s Public Lecture series serves to offer the community at large an opportunity to hear from faculty members at first hand and learn of the work that they are doing to advance scholarship in their fields of expertise.



Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit crandallu.ca or call 1‑888-968-6228.

Honours Programs: The Value of a Thesis

student writing at a table

Here at Crandall University, we are proud of the high level of academic achievement that our students strive for each and every day. Throughout our history, Crandall has sought to provide programs that enable students to challenge themselves to reach their fullest academic potential. As such, undergraduate students in nearly every department have the option to go beyond their major and complete an Honours Degree.

Pursuing honours is certainly no mean feat – it requires an above average GPA to begin with, often requires more upper level courses, and that’s all without mentioning the Thesis. This project, the defining feature of the Honours program, is the most demanding research project that an undergraduate student can pursue at Crandall.

The Supervisor

Dr. Elissa Rodkey, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Crandall, serves as supervisor to students pursuing Honours in Psychology. When asked what she feels is the benefit of writing a thesis, Dr. Rodkey explained that “Students who write an Honours Thesis get the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a scholar in their chosen discipline…The goal is generally to find a gap in the research literature or an angle that hasn’t been looked at yet, and to contribute something new, so the student’s work has real stakes in a way that a regular assignments often don’t.”

She also stated that writing a thesis can really stretch a student’s academic skills, saying, “Doing a literature review, careful critical thinking, and writing in a formal style—all these are things that the students who qualify for an Honour’s Thesis already can do, but the thesis project really makes them realize just how modest previous assignments have been and how hard they have to work to attain something that is up to disciplinary  standards.”

The Student

Jessica McQuarrie, a fourth year Psychology student, is one of the students working on her thesis under Dr. Rodkey’s supervision. Jessica can speak to these higher academic standards directly as she is currently experiencing them while writing her own thesis. However, while she recognizes the challenges associated with completing an Honours during her undergraduate degree, Jessica feels that the benefits greatly outweigh the obstacles; the main benefit being differentiating herself in her Graduate school applications. An undergraduate thesis, while challenging, has the power to give Jessica the competitive edge that she needs and set her on the best path to achieving her goal of pursuing her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology.

According to Jessica, taking her Honours will not only provide her with an advantage in the future, but has also had immediate effects on her commitment and work ethic, allowing her to grow as an individual and as a student: “Writing a thesis has taught me the value of research and how instrumental it can be in the process of creating change. Both academic and personal development has taken place as I have learned to work independently, listen well, and evaluate different perspectives… not to mention writing the biggest paper of my ‘career’ to date. This has not only improved my research skills and deepened my confidence in my abilities, but refined my character as well.”

The Payoff

Jessica is not the only individual to benefit from crafting her thesis though; Dr. Rodkey also finds value in overseeing this process. When asked about her favourite part of supervising her Honours students, she explained, “I really love witnessing the student satisfaction at the end of the year, when they have the chance to defend their thesis and can see all their work paying off… It’s an accomplishment that’s worth celebrating and I always feel so proud of my students for persevering through all the hard work and finishing strong.”

All in all, Crandall’s Honours programs have served to provide valuable experience for a great many students in their academic pursuits. Nearly 150 Honours theses sit on the shelves of the George A. Rawlyk Library, with Jessica’s and others soon to be added. It is a process that brings together a student and faculty member in an academic relationship that is sure to be remembered by both for years to come.

Considering Honours?

Second year students should speak to their faculty advisor to see if an Honours degree is right for them and to learn the additional requirements associated with the program. Applications are due March 15 of the academic year prior to writing the thesis.


Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit crandallu.ca or call 1‑888-968-6228.

Crandall University launches new graduate program

Moncton – The Crandall University Senate has recently approved a new graduate program: a Master’s degree in Management.

Master of Management

The Master of Management (MM) is a two-year, 36-credit hour program designed to provide business training and experience to university graduates who have completed an undergraduate degree in nearly any discipline and who looking to enter the business world. It provides leadership and management training intended to equip students with a strong foundation for a career in business, and is particularly valuable to students with non-business undergraduate degrees, since they would then possess expertise and experience from two different areas of study.

The program’s cohort model allows for students and professors to build close relationships over the course of their studies, which has proven to be helpful to Crandall University students in other programs that employ a similar strategy for delivery.

Intended for the new grad

A Master of Management is a great option for a student who has recently graduated with their bachelor’s degree and has not yet gained a great deal of work experience. Unlike a Master of Business Administration program, or even Crandall’s own Master of Organizational Management program, MM applicants are not required to have years of work experience to be accepted into the program. By contrast, MM students may have the opportunity to gain work experience in the program through an internship placement.

This mix of theory, practice, and diversity of expertise amounts to a degree that can give graduates a head start on their career goals.

Popular with international students

This new program is already generating interest from international students looking to come to Canada and study at Crandall University. Dr. Dannie Brown, the Dean of International Academic Programs, recently returned from a trip overseas where he had the opportunity to meet a number of potential students.

“Along with the excellent suite of undergraduate programs we have to offer, our Masters’ programs are in high demand,” he reported, noting that “many students interested in studying abroad already have an undergraduate credential.”

Dr. Brown went on to say, “providing an international experience on our campus helps students learn to understand and work with many cultures in both the global economy and in the local community. We are so fortunate that we have the opportunity to welcome these international students to our corner of the world.” Currently students from 28 countries study at Crandall University.

Applications are currently being accepted for the first cohort of the Master of Management, scheduled to begin their studies in May 2020.


Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit crandallu.ca or call 1‑888-968-6228.

History Society Marks Black History Month with Public Lecture

Crandall’s student History Society hosted a public lecture on February 13, 2020 to mark Black History Month.

Dr. Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Brunswick, gave a talk on “Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean: The Middle Passage, the Market, and the Plantation,” based on her forthcoming book, Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean (University of Illinois Press, April 2020).

It was a poignant reflection on the many ways that slavery affected the bodies of bondspeople, and how enslaved people resisted this cruel system. Over seventy members of the Crandall community attended the lecture, engaging Dr. Hunt-Kennedy in a thoughtful period of questions and conversation afterwards.

The event was organized by the student History Society and the Crandall History Department, and additional financial support was provided by the Academic Office.

February is Black History Month in Canada, this year with the theme “Canadians of African Descent: Going Forward, Guided by the Past.”

Dr. Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy, Associate Professor of History, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy, Associate Professor of History, University of New Brunswick

First Year Student Perspectives

As all who have made the leap from high school to post-secondary education know, university is an exciting chapter in an individual’s educational career. The transition from high school to university brings with it many new and unexplored opportunities, such as moving away from home and developing relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

That being said, everyone’s university experience is different. In fact, each year at university tends to vary from the last as students make more friendships, take different courses, and become increasingly independent. For this reason, I decided to catch up with a few first year students to see how they fared during their first full semester of university.

three first-year students

Left to right: Sophia Rennick, Duncan Schotanus, and Katelyn Estey

Has university been what you expected?

Sophia Rennick, Bachelor of Arts: Honestly, university has been a bigger change than what I expected. I spent a lot of my first semester trying to meet new people and get a solid support system before working on my school responsibilities. Now that I know what my professors are looking for, I feel much more prepared this semester!

Duncan Schotanus, Bachelor of Science: I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect about Crandall and my classes, but I did expect people to be happy to be here and from what I have seen everyone is very thankful to be here.

Katelyn Estey, Christian Foundations Certificate: University has been a good experience so far. It has been better than what I have expected in a lot of ways!

Have you noticed any changes in yourself since starting university?

Sophia: I feel more independent because I hardly go home even though I only live about an hour away. I also just genuinely feel good about being here, having my own choices, and learning to develop self-discipline.

Duncan: I have become a lot more thoughtful and attentive, both inside and outside of class.

Katelyn: I’ve noticed a few changes.  I’ve had to become more self-reliant and learn to wake myself up, find my classes, and talk to people on my own. I’ve also seen changes in my learning style as I was homeschooled in high school and have had to learn how to adapt to the university style of learning.

What’s your favorite part about Crandall?

Sophia: The atmosphere of Crandall is so warm and inviting. Finding new friends and a strong support system was easy for me because of the people and the atmosphere.

Duncan: The people here. The staff and the students are what make Crandall truly unique. The atmosphere is also one of a kind. Crandall is very energetic and alive. You feel invited and welcome here.

Katelyn: My favorite part about Crandall is the people that I have met and friends that I have made here!

What’s the best advice you’ve received about adjusting to university?

Sophia: “Read the course syllabi and stick to those dates.” If it wasn’t for that advice, I’m not sure how I would have gotten through first semester.

Duncan: “Study ahead of time,” and “it’s okay if you mess up.” Use mistakes as a way to improve and better yourself.

Katelyn: The best advice that I have received about adjusting to university was from my older brother, Nathan, who came to Crandall a few years ago. He told me to participate in all of the fun events that Crandall provides so that I could get to know people and make friends.

The First Year Experience

Congratulations to all the first year students for making it this far into your respective programs. Finish the remainder of the semester strong! Remember that, while the transition to university can at times be challenging, it brings with it many avenues to growth. Lastly, keep in mind that everyone’s path in university is unique, and each new year brings with it a whole new experience with its own set of joys and challenges.


Check out these admissions events for winter 2020

Campus Visit Day – February 9-10, 2020

Crandall Preview Day – February 24, 2020


Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit crandallu.ca or call 1‑888-968-6228.

Crandall welcomes new faculty member for International Academic Programs

International Academic Programs at Crandall University are continuing to grow, and Crandall is pleased to announce Dr. Dieu Hack-Polay as the newest member of the faculty to teach in these programs.

Dr. Hack-Polay brings with him a wealth of education and experience, including Doctorates in Education (University of Lincoln, UK) and Sociology (University of Surrey, UK), as well as Master’s degrees in Human Resource Management (London Metropolitan University, UK) and Sociology (University of Greenwich, UK), and a Bachelor of Science with a focus on Psychology (Open University, UK).

He comes to Crandall most recently from the University of Lincoln in the UK, where he taught in social sciences and Organizational Studies. In addition to his vast experience across the pond and beyond, Dr. Hack-Polay has taught courses in Atlantic Canada at Acadia University, Université Sainte Anne, and Fredericton University.

“Dr. Hack-Polay’s expertise and experience with international students make him a valuable asset to our growing programs,” said Dr. Dannie Brown, Dean of International Academic Programs. “I’m excited to be working with a man of his passion, and I know he brings a lot to the table that will help us grow even further!”

Welcome to Crandall University, Dr. Hack-Polay!

Dr. Dannie Brown and Dr. Dieu Hack-Polay

Dr. Dannie Brown, Dean of International Academic Programs (left) and Dr. Dieu Hack-Polay, new Assistant Professor of Business in the International Academic Programs (right)


Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, with undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, and graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. To learn more, visit crandallu.ca or call 1‑888-968-6228.

Chargers Announce New Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Damian Dyke, Men's Soccer Head CoachCrandall University is pleased to announce Damian Dyke as the new Head Coach of the Chargers Men’s Soccer team. Damian graduated with a B.A. in International Business from Concordia University, where he was awarded a soccer scholarship and played for the Cavaliers.

Damian comes to Crandall with over 25 years of competitive coaching experience.  In that time he has coached 8 different teams to provincial championships and national tournaments, with teams from Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick. He has worked with soccer players preparing and training for the International Military Sports Council (CISM) Military World Games, the second largest sporting event in the world, second only to the Olympics.

Since moving to New Brunswick in 2017 he has coached for Codiac Soccer, coaching multiple teams to provincial championships, and worked as Technical Director for the club for 18 months. This past fall Damian coached the Mathieu Martin Varsity Soccer team. Damian is also the owner and operator of NXT Level Soccer Academy, a program that focuses on the development of athletes of all ages and skill level.

We are very excited to have Damian join our team. We also wish to thank Kevin Talbot for serving as head coach of both the men’s and women’s soccer teams for the past two seasons. Next fall he will return with a sole focus as head coach of the women’s team.

This post first appeared on crandallchargers.ca