Over $5,000 raised in Giving Tuesday event

Over $5,000 raised in Giving Tuesday event

Giving Tuesday - over $5,000 raised. Thank You!

Crandall University project raises money to provide winter coats to incoming international students.

Winter Coats for International Students

Giving Tuesday is celebrated annually as a way to cap off one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, which begins the day after the American Thanksgiving holiday, and includes Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

For 2018, Crandall’s Giving Tuesday project sought to raise enough money to purchase 50 winter coats for incoming international students, and raised a total of $5,060 for that project.

“Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project – we are thrilled that so many chose to be a part of helping us welcome our international students,” said Chris Robb, Crandall’s Senior Director of Enrollment Management. “It’s a huge adjustment, moving to another country, and we hope these coats will play even a small part in helping our new students make that adjustment.”

Growing International Community

While Crandall has long welcomed a small number of international students, the numbers have increased this year – more than 20 countries are represented across all of Crandall’s programs – and are expected to grow even further in the future.


Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading liberal arts university rooted in the Christian faith. Located at 333 Gorge Road in Moncton, NB, Crandall offers undergraduate programs in Arts, Business Administration, Science, and Education, as well as graduate programs in Education and Organizational Management. For more information on Crandall University or its programs, visit crandallu.ca or call 1-888-968-6228

Education Students Host Human Library

In order to challenge people’s stereotypes, preconceptions, and prejudices, Crandall University students from Dr. Wendy Bokhorst-Heng’s ‘Diversity and Multiculturalism in Education’ course hosted a Human Library on October 25.

Community Awareness

A Human Library is a way for people to connect with individuals in their community that they might not normally engage with. The ‘books’ are individuals representing different social groups that are often confronted with stereotypes and prejudices in society. Students and members of the community volunteer to participate as books who “lend themselves out” to interested readers and engage in conversations with them. Through these conversations, Human Libraries encourage understanding of people who come from varied cultural or lifestyle backgrounds, and provide opportunities for stories to be told and heard. Human Library events have been held in 27 countries around the world since 2000.

This year’s event at Crandall had 33 books available for loan, each coming to campus ready to share in conversation with the students who would be signing them out. Some of the book titles included: a First Nations Canadian, a man with Down syndrome, a nun, a person with schizophrenia, a Muslim feminist, a female race car driver, a recovered drug addict, and many others.

The Human Library was held in the Commons on the first floor of Stultz Hall. Students from Dr. Bokhorst-Heng’s class acted as librarians, registering readers and helping them with their book selections. Readers could check out a living book for 15-20 minutes (and sometimes longer) and ask those questions they have always wondered about.

Engaging on Many Levels

In addition to the conversations at tables, the books had an opportunity to participate in a communal painting arranged by Futong, a B.Ed. student who is also an artist. Two students, Isaac and Maridelsy, played live music at the piano while our books and readers engaged in their conversations. Readers and books alike expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to have these conversations; even the books themselves had opportunity in those rare moments when they were not signed out to chat with each other.

As expressed by Dr. Bokhorst-Heng, these conversations are a small – but important – part of a longer journey of greater awareness and appreciation for diversity in our society, and a more inclusive approach to Christian hospitality. “Ultimately,” she says, “the goal is that our hearts and souls are expanded and enriched through this experience.”


Crandall University’s Education department offers undergraduate degrees in Education and Technical Education, as well as a Master of Education in Inclusionary Practices. For more information on these or other programs, call 1-888-968-6228 or visit crandallu.ca.

A student sharing conversation with a human book Discussing by the window Group discussing around a table Adding some colour to the 'human' painting The finished painting made by all of the books in the human library

Crandall Faculty Research Updates

Beyond the classroom lectures, grading of papers, and office hours, Crandall University faculty spend a great deal of time actively contributing towards the further development of their respective fields of expertise. From research papers and books, interviews and speaking engagements, our professors’ work extends beyond the classroom and out into the world at large.

This year, Crandall’s faculty have been busy as ever. Here’s just a small glimpse of what they have been up to this year.

Dr. Tracy Freeze Psychology

Dr. Freeze attended a Research Workshop on Religion, Spirituality and Health led by Dr. Harold Koenig from Duke University. This workshop was held at Coventry University in the UK.

She also presented  “Attachment to God and Health: The Moderating Role of Stress” at the 6th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health and 5th International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality held at Coventry University. This research was a collaboration with two colleagues at UNB Saint John and two former honours students, and examines how a person’s relationship with God relates to their mental and physical health.

Dr. Stephen Dempster Religious Studies

Dr. Dempster was a speaker at the Christianity and the Death of the Old Testament conference at the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. In one session on Old Testament theology, Dr. Dempster unpacked the importance of understanding the meaning of the Old Testament that so saturated Jesus’ mind and speech. The second session, “The Old Testament as Christian Scripture: An Ending in Search of a Story,” explored the importance of understanding and embracing the Old Testament as Christian Scripture.

He also presented a paper on Reading the Psalms for Spiritual Formation at the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, GA, and gave a series of Lectures on Biblical Theology and its Relation to Systematic Theology at Gateway Seminary in Los Angeles California.

Dr. Adam Stewart Sociology

Over the summer, Dr. Stewart presented papers on Pentecostalism at two conferences in Europe. The first was the Annual Meeting of the European Pentecostal Theological Association held in Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Stewart presented a paper titled “Reconciliation, Neoliberalism, and Nimi Wariboko’s Pentecostal Principle.” This paper, along with another presented earlier in the year at the 15th Annual NAIITS Symposium in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, argues that, despite the highly visible efforts at reconciliation made by the Government of Canada such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the work of reconciliation between Settler Canadians and Indian Residential Schools survivors, has not yet truly begun. Dr. Stewart made the case that Christians have a special moral responsibility to instigate reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians that exceeds whatever efforts are made by our governments.

At the Annual Meeting of the European Conference on Data Analysis held in Paderborn, Germany, Dr. Stewart presented a paper titled, “Sociohistorical Recommendations for the Dewey Decimal Editorial Policy Committee for the Reclassification of Pentecostalism.” In this paper, he developed a number of suggestions for revising the way that works about Pentecostalism are classified by librarians so that library collections would better reflect the research that exists regarding Pentecostalism from outside of Canada and the United States where the vast majority of Pentecostals are found.

Dr. John Stackhouse Religious Studies

While on his half-year research leave, Dr. John Stackhouse produced a review essay that examined 10 recent books on religion in Canada. This 8000-word study will appear in the leading North American journal in the field, Church History—the periodical of the American Society of Church History—in 2019. He also wrote a 13,000-word paper on “The Renaissance of Christian University Education in Canada” for the national conference on Canadian Christian Higher Education held in Toronto in October. He continues to work on the manuscript of his new book, “Can You Believe? An Invitation to the Hesitant,” under contract with the Oxford University Press.

In addition to Dr. Stackhouse’s plenary address, the CHEC Symposium saw other members of Crandall’s faculty leading breakout sessions, including Crandall President Dr. Bruce Fawcett, who presented “Knowing your audience: Tracking discipleship practices of Christian adolescents 2002-2017 and their implications for institutions of Christian higher education,” and Dr. Ted Newell, who shared “George Parkin Grant’s Advice to Twenty-first Century Canadian Christian Higher Education.”

Don Simmonds reappointed as Chancellor of Crandall University

Chancellor Don SimmondsAt a recent meeting of the Board of Governors, Mr. Donald E. Simmonds was unanimously reappointed to a second 4-year term as Chancellor. As the ceremonial head of the University, Simmonds serves as an ambassador and advisor and presides over the annual Convocation ceremonies.

Mr. Simmonds is known as a “serial entrepreneur”, having been involved in over 25 new ventures primarily in the technology sector. Don is the Chairman and CEO of Blyth Group, a family office which invests in Health Care, Technology and Real Estate and offers Strategic Advisory services. Their newest venture known as “CitiIQ” has created a system that measures the health and wellbeing of a city and is used to support the development of strong communities throughout the world. He serves on a number of profit and not for profit boards.

Commenting on the reappointment, President Bruce Fawcett noted the positive connection Simmonds has had with the University community through his visits to campus, and the tremendous source of wisdom and support he has been to him in his role as President. “Chancellor Simmonds is a highly respected leader and has held prominent leadership positions in the Business and Christian community in Canada including serving as Chairman and CEO of Crossroads Communications,” noted President Fawcett. “He has been a tremendous asset to us. We look forward to his continued service.”

Don and his wife Fay live in Uxbridge, Ontario and have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren. They have been deeply committed to the next generation, locally, regionally, and nationally with terms of leadership with Canadian Baptist youth, Youth Unlimited, and as the Canadian representative to the Baptist World Alliance Youth Department. Don has enjoyed coaching hockey for over 30 years and is head coach of the high school hockey team, the Uxbridge Tigers. As part of a community to community friendship, each year after Christmas Don takes a group of Tigers players and equipment to the remote indigenous community of North Caribou Lake where they conduct hockey clinics as a means of encouraging their children.

Crandall Signs MOU with HEMS

Crandall University is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with HEMS (Helping, Encouraging, Mentoring, Serving), a support group for homeschooling families in Nova Scotia. This MOU will provide entrance and scholarship opportunities for homeschool students associated with HEMS to continue their education at Crandall University.

Based out of the Halifax Regional Municipality, the goal of HEMS is to provide homeschooling families with resources, encouragement and edification to help make homeschooling a positive experience.

HEMS is currently organized by Jeff and Stephanie Jackson. “Their leadership in bringing our two organizations together has been instrumental in the signing of this agreement,” stated Chris Robb, Senior Director of Enrollment Management at Crandall University. “We are excited to work with HEMS in promoting the benefits of Christian higher education!”

Students associated with HEMS may contact Stephanie Jackson (contactus@hems-ns.ca) or the Admissions Department at Crandall University for more information regarding this agreement.

Crandall University is Eastern Canada’s leading liberal arts university devoted to the Christian faith. Crandall offers undergraduate degrees in Arts, Science, Business Administration, Education, and Technical Education as well as graduate degrees in Organizational Management and Education. Founded in 1949, Crandall University is provincially chartered to grant degrees and certificates, and is located on a beautiful 200-acre campus in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Stephanie Jackson and Dr. Bruce Fawcett

Stephanie Jackson, director of HEMS and Dr. Bruce Fawcett, President of Crandall University

Business Professor Named Associate Editor of International Journal

MONCTON, NB – The Crandall University Faculty of Business Administration is pleased to announce that Management Professor Robert A. MacDonald, holder of the Stephen S. Steeves Chair in Business Administration, has been named as Associate Editor of the Case Research Journal (CRJ), a publication of the North American Case Research Association (NACRA). The CRJ is recognized as the leading academic journal for case studies in business and related disciplines in North America, and publishes outstanding field-research-based, decision focused teaching cases drawn from organizational research. Professor MacDonald’s appointment came after distinguished service on the editorial board of the journal and a track record of award-winning academic reviewing.

Regarding his appointment, Dr. Gina Grandy, Editor of the CRJ, commented that Professor MacDonald’s “skills and experience will fit nicely in the human resources, organizational behaviour, management and corporate governance areas” explored by the journal’s publications.

“I’m very honoured by the appointment,” said Professor MacDonald, whose principal research area is business case study development. “Case research is something I’m passionate about, and serving in an editorial capacity with the CRJ gives me the opportunity to be involved with the development and publication of some of the finest case research in the world.  I’m also looking forward to how this will contribute to my own writing, and to what I can in turn bring to my own students in the classroom.”

The Crandall University Faculty of Business Administration offers concentrations in Accounting, Management, Marketing, Economics and Finance, and General Business Administration. The Faculty’s motto “Excellence. Integrated.” speaks to its goal of being a global leader in the provision of values-based business education.

Crandall University, located at 333 Gorge Road in Moncton, NB, is a Christian liberal arts and science university with a mission of “transforming lives through quality university education firmly rooted in the Christian faith.”  Undergraduate degrees are available in Arts, Science, Business Administration and Education. For more information visit our website at www.crandallu.ca or call 1-888-968-6228.

Robert MacDonald

Management Professor Robert A. MacDonald, Crandall University Faculty of Business Administration Stephen S. Steeves Chair in Business.

New Minors available in Chemistry and Environmental Studies

New for the 2018-2019 academic year, the Crandall Science department is launching two new minors. For students interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of scientific matters, students may now choose to minor in Environmental Studies or Chemistry.

Environmental Studies Minor

Bee gathering nectar from flower

The Environmental Studies Minor has been designed as a program for non-Science students to develop scientific literacy skills in order to engage critically with environmental issues, and to prepare them for careers at the intersection of science with education, business and the humanities. Culturally, the environment already impacts our social, political and ethical decisions. With a minor in Environmental Studies, these decisions can be informed by a deeper understanding of the complexity of our relationship with the environment.

A unique feature of the Crandall campus is that it is part of a 200-acre property that includes stream, bog and Acadian forest habitats. Students in the Environmental Studies minor will be part of the ongoing study of these natural environments in addition to off campus study of the diverse maritime ecosystems locally accessible to Crandall University. This firsthand access, alongside close interaction with a faculty of gifted scientists who model the integration of faith and science, will provide students with the tools to become critical-thinking stewards of creation.

Dr. Mel Schriver, coordinator of Crandall’s Science Department, stated his desire that science would have a higher place in students’ education, and he hopes that programs like the Environmental Studies Minor would make it possible for more of our students here at Crandall to include natural Science in their education and worldview.

“We want to increase the impact of Science on the larger Crandall Community,” says Dr. Mel. “Our Business, Education and Humanities programs are already producing broadly educated scholars and leaders, many with an interest and aptitude for studies in Science. The Environmental Studies minor is an opportunity for these students not only to follow their curiosity but to develop critical thinking skills in an area of science that touches their lives in their communities.”

Chemistry Minor

Chemistry Glassware

While the Environmental Studies program is aimed at students of all disciplines, the Chemistry minor is intended primarily for Science students (though it is also available to students of other faculties).

Crandall’s Bachelor of Science program currently graduates students with a major in Biology. Students who are also interested in the physical sciences take courses in Chemistry and Physics within the degree program, and the new minor recognizes those who wish to concentrate their studies in Chemistry. Many of these students have come to Crandall because they wish to study at a faith-based institution and would would benefit from additional options in their pursuit of the sciences.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of this program lies in its formative nature. For Science students also intending to pursue Bachelors of Education, the benefit to STEM-focused teachers is clear, but it also allows students the opportunity to follow their own curiosity, interests, and aptitudes into careers related to the chemical sciences.

What will set Crandall’s Chemistry program apart is the mindfully Christian worldview that is brought to bear in the study of chemistry. It will go beyond the lectures and labs so that it fosters a critically chemical sense of how God speaks through His creation – as students develop their understanding of the complex nature of the chemical world, they are given opportunities to allow that complexity to inform and grow their faith.

As with the Environmental Studies Minor (and other program offerings in the Science department), students benefit from close contact with their professors, allowing a great deal of freedom to ask questions and learn in a community atmosphere – to allow their curiosity to develop into a knowledge that seeks wisdom.

Room to Grow

As these two new Science Minors are introduced, it is anticipated that students will take advantage of the growing diversity in our Science program, which could pave the way for even more options in the future.

When asked about the future of the Science department, Dr. Mel was hopeful, but acknowledged that, for programs to grow, students are needed. He suggested that a second (or third) major for Crandall’s Science department wasn’t out of the question, and offering these minors would allow the faculty and administration to assess the viability of new programs going forward.

For more information on Crandall University or the Bachelor of Science program, please feel free to contact us online or by phone at 1.888.968.6228

Crandall Appoints Dean of Professional Programs

Roger Russell, Ph.DIn Crandall’s continuing effort to provide the highest quality programs to our students, it occasionally becomes necessary to update the way that those programs are administered. Thus we are excited to announce Dr. Roger Russell as Dean of Professional Programs at Crandall University. Dr. Russell has served CU for the past 12 years as Director of the Adult Professional Studies Division, while teaching in Organizational Management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In addition to Crandall University, Dr. Russell has taught at Dalhousie University, Mount Allison University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and Lansbridge University. As Director of the Adult Professional Studies Division at Crandall, he has shown passion for both people and program, and has worked diligently to serve both.

As Dean of Professional Programs, Dr. Russell will be leading and managing the delivery and development of the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, Bachelor of Education, Master of Organizational Management and Master of Education.

“The efficient execution of the list of responsibilities for the Academic Office at Crandall University is daunting due to the sheer magnitude of responsibilities,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jon Ohlhauser. “I welcome the opportunity to work with Dr. Russell as Dean of Professional Programs to see that we better serve our programs, faculty and students. I am confident of Roger’s ability to perform very well as our first Dean in this area.”

Dr. Bruce Fawcett, President and Vice Chancellor of the university, has described Crandall as having grown into “a university with three colleges” – one for students in our traditional undergraduate programs in Arts, Business, and Science; one for students in our professional programs in Organizational Management and Education; and, one for students enrolled in our new international programs. With Dr. Russell’s appointment, and with Dr. Dannie Brown as Dean of International Academic Programs, two of these three “colleges” now have deans at the helm, with the third envisioned for the future.

Congratulations, Dr. Russell!

Dr. Dannie Brown Returns to Crandall Faculty

Dr. Dannie BrownAs Crandall continues to seek out ways to better serve our students and to provide programs that meet the needs of our growing community, we are pleased to announce our new Associate Professor of Commerce and Dean of International Academic Programs: Dr. Dannie Brown.

Dr. Brown most recently served as an Associate Professor of Organizational Management at the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University where he was engaged with instructing in a business program that attracted sizeable numbers of international students.

Those familiar with Crandall’s history will also remember that Dr. Brown is no stranger; he has previously served as a member of the faculty for Atlantic Baptist College and Atlantic Baptist University. He also spearheaded the launch of our Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1996 and its successor, the Bachelor of Business Administration, in 2001; he created the first Co-op Option for the BBA program, and started the Student Business Society, becoming its first Faculty Advisor.

Since his departure in 2003, Dr. Brown has also served as a member of Crandall’s board of Governors and has remained connected to Crandall in the intervening years.

“We believe Dr. Brown’s academic competencies, his experience with international students plus his love for Christ and Crandall University make him a great fit for this position,” said Dr. Jon Ohlhauser, Crandall’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Brown will officially rejoin the Crandall faculty this summer in advance of the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.

Welcome back, Dr. Brown! We are thrilled to have you at Crandall once again!

Over $25,000 raised at Crandall University Golf Classic

The 14th annual Crandall University Golf Classic was held on Thursday, June 14th at Royal Oaks Golf Club. 89 golfers braved the wind and rain to come out in a show of support for Crandall’s Chargers Athletics scholarships, programs, and initiatives. Sadly, the game came to an early end due to weather, but the players remained in good spirits throughout the wind and rain!

At the banquet following the abbreviated tournament, the tournament prize winners were drawn rather than scored – most teams played fewer than nine holes, and many of the scorecards were soggy and illegible – the team from Office Xpress was declared to be the winner!

2018 Crandall Golf Classic Winners

The winning team of the Crandall University Golf Classic. From Office Xpress, Mark Blackier (left), Marc Melanson (middle), Doug Scott (right), and Alain Chicoine (not pictured)

All told, $25,445 was raised to support Chargers Athletics! These funds will go to the Alumni and Friends Athletics Scholarship Fund that helps provide scholarships for student athletes, and to enhance and grow Crandall’s athletic programs by enabling teams to travel, and to purchase needed sports equipment for Crandall’s facilities.

Golf Classic 2018 total money raised over $25,000

Crandall University President Dr. Bruce Fawcett (left) and Vice President for Advancement Dr. Robert Knowles (right) displaying the total money raised, $25,445

Thank you to all the golfers, financial supporters, hole sponsors, and prize sponsors who made this day possible!