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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335

April 25, 2003

St. Thomas University will grant honorary degrees to three distinguished Canadians, Natalie MacMaster, Linden MacIntyre and John J. Pungente at its 2003 Convocation ceremony on May 12, 2003.

Natalie MacMaster is a world renowned musician who has won eleven East Coast Music Awards, including 2002 Entertainer of the Year. She has been named Fiddle Player of the Year for the past five consecutive years by the Canadian Country Music Awards and has won two Juno Awards. She has shared the live performance stage with acts ranging from Alison Krauss to Luciano Pavarotti and dozens of world-class symphony orchestras. Two of her CD's have been on Billboard's Top 20 Selling World Music charts and four of her previous five CD releases have been certified "gold" (50 000 +) in Canada.

Linden MacIntyre, a native of Cape Breton, has been a journalist for 39 years. He has worked as a print and broadcast reporter, beginning at The Chronicle Herald (Ottawa and Cape Breton) and The Financial Times of Canada (Ottawa) and later with CBC-TV in Halifax. Between 1982 and 1990 he reported from various parts of the world for CBC television. He became a host of the CBC flagship public affairs show the fifth estate in 1990. He has won many awards for his journalism, including seven Geminis from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. In addition to his work for the CBC, he has written and presented documentaries for the American Public Broadcasting program Frontline. In October 1999 he published his first novel, The Long Stretch (Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd.). He is co-author of Who Killed Ty Conn (Viking, 2000).

John J. Pungente, SJ, has worked in media education for more than 35 years. He co-authored Media Literacy: A Resource Guide (1989), Meet the Media (1990), and More than Meets the Eye: Watching TV Watching Us (1999). He is the creator and host of the award-winning Bravo! television show Scanning the Movies, which premiered in 1997. He also produced the video A Heart to Understand, and the teaching kit, Scanning Television. Scanning Television 2 was released in February 2003. Pungente has given more than 300 presentations in Canada, Australia, Europe, the USA and Japan and is a consultant to CHUM Television and Warner Brothers and is president of the Canadian Association of Media Education Organizations (CAMEO). He received the Jessie McCanse award from the National Telemedia Council for excellence in media education and is currently the Director of the Jesuit Communication Project in Toronto.

The Convocation ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. on May 12, 2003 in the courtyard of St. Thomas University.


Media contact:

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522