Celebrating Dr. Gerry Turcotte
As St. Mary’s University prepares to bid farewell to President Dr. Gerry Turcotte, we celebrate the memorable moments and initiatives that have had a transformative impact on the University — and in which Dr. Turcotte figures prominently.
Over the past 10 years at the helm of St. Mary’s, the University has grown in profound ways, both in size and in reach, transitioning from a university college into a full-fledged university, all while maintaining the core principles of small class sizes, outstanding educational experiences in the liberal arts, a commitment to service and social justice, and the importance of developing the whole student: mind, body, and spirit.
The legacy Dr. Turcotte leaves at St. Mary’s will continue to have a real impact in communities near and far long after he departs.
There are many ways to contribute to St. Mary’s University in honour of Dr. Turcotte and support some of the initiatives he helped create that have a transformative impact on the lives of St. Mary’s students.
Humanities 101 is an award-winning, strength-based educational program designed to help low-income Calgarians address barriers getting in the way of exercising their capacities and skills. We learn about the stories that connect us to others and the world around us through studies in Literature, History, Music, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, and Art History.
Participants in Humanities 101’s challenging, but supported, university-level courses learn how to increase their capacity to engage in life and society, while deepening their skills of learning, communicating, and analysis. Teachers and volunteers are co-learners in the classroom and are passionate about learning and create a welcoming space where adults with a diverse range of life and educational experiences challenge themselves and find a passion and excitement for learning. The program includes: tuition, books, nutritious hot lunches before class, transit tickets, assistance with childcare costs as required, individual tutoring, and cultural experiences.
President’s Circle Scholarships
To foster academic excellence and encourage student success, these awards, based on scholastic achievement in high school, celebrate academic merit for entering students.
The scholarships are automatically awarded to new students entering from high school who achieve an average of 80 per cent or higher on averages calculated on the five best Grade 11 or Grade 12 admission subjects.
St. Mary’s University’s Highest Priority Needs
Unrestricted gifts allow St. Mary’s University to apply your funds wherever they will have the most impact, and give the university the flexibility to explore new opportunities, strengthen programs, and meet unexpected financial needs. Your donation may support: · Student scholarships and bursaries · Funding for programs and supports that are important to students · Research and course development · Projects that keep the university up-to-date and innovative