$1 million gift strengthens StFX's Computing Science program

ANTIGONISH, NS --- St. Francis Xavier University's Computing Science program is being strengthened by a $1 million gift from Doreen Heaps and her late husband Dr. H. Stanley Heaps.

"Stan and I were always impressed by the quality education students receive at StFX," Mrs. Heaps said in making the announcement. "It is wonderful to be able to support the continuation of this level of excellence into the future."

The couple's generous donation is establishing StFX's first chair in Computing Science - the Dr. H. Stanley and Doreen Alley Heaps Chair in Computing Science. Interest earned on their endowment will provide support for faculty, as well as scholarships and internships for students in Computing Science.

"We are most grateful to Doreen and her late husband for favoring StFX with this legacy gift," says StFX President Dr. Sean Riley. "Doreen and Stan have been dear friends of StFX and their commitment to excellence in post-secondary education will continue on into the future because of their generosity."

Both Mr. and Mrs. Heaps, formerly of Boutiliers Point in Halifax County, had distinguished academic careers in Computing Science. Stan established the graduate program in Computing Science at the University of Alberta and the School of Computing Science at Concordia University. He also established the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. Doreen was a research professor of Information Science at Concordia University, taught English at Dalhousie University and has written more than 37 technical papers.

This tremendous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Heaps is also in support of StFX's Expanding Futures capital campaign -- a key part of the university's far-reaching $63 million campus renewal initiative which is currently underway. In addition to increasing student scholarships and unique learning opportunities, this revitalization project is improving technology on campus and building new academic and residential facilities.

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