- National Capital Commission Branch

Over the past few years, a number of U of S alumni in Ottawa and area have discussed formation of an alumni branch. A number of people have volunteered their time to form an executive and the founding meeting was held December 1, 1994.

The executive includes Mary Waschuk, Donna Owens, Nancy Cebryk, Mary McFadyen, Jody Kitts, Laurie Deneschuk, Sylvia Pultz, Cheryl Chynoweth and Judy Humenick.

To help determine the interest of alumni members in forming an active organization, a survey was developed which included a membership application. The results of the membership drive/survey were stunning. Over 200 alumni responded and responses are still coming in.

And ...because of the close nature of Saskatchewan folks, the alumni of the U of Regina and U of S in Ottawa area will be forming one organization, thus increasing the size and membership of the group.

In order to accommodate different interests and responses to the survey results which showed that most alumni were interested in attending two to three social activities per year, event chair Jody Kitts has proposed "

Packages" of events which would include the following activities: curling bonspiel, fundraiser dance, Winterlude party, lecture night, Lynx baseball game, family picnic, and Saskatchewan Roughrider Football game.

The events selected for the 1995-96 year are designed to be fun activities at which U of S Alumni members will be able to meet and network. Also, a mentorship/newcomers committee is in the works-so watch for more information.

This past year, the University of Saskatchewan hosted a reception on June 6 for the "First and Best National Campaign" at the National Arts Centre. Approximately 200 alumni and friends attended the event with representatives from the University.

It's been many years since the National Capital Area has seen a formalized alumni branch, but with the kind of support and enthusiasm that has surfaced, it looks like a good base been developed for more years to come.

- Yorkton Branch

The Yorkton branch of the Alumni Association was organized in 1944. It is the oldest continuous branch organization and one of the most active. Recently Wayne Salloum, president of the Alumni Association, attended a dinner meeting that attracted members from a host of communities in east-central Saskatchewan.

Our board of directors consists of four table officers and currently fifteen directors represent the various communities in our area.

The first goal of our branch has been to promote the University of Saskatchewan throughout our area. The second objective has been to provide a means for our membership to keep in contact with each other.

Promotion of the University has taken many forms from informational displays at public events such as the Yorkton Exhibition and Threshermen's Days to working with area Arts' Councils to have the Greystone Singers appear in various local communities. Articles have been submitted to local community newspapers and special events have been publicized on radio and television.

The major social event is our annual banquet. We have been honoured to have as our guest speaker President George Ivany and one of his predecessors L.F. Kristjanson as well as other distinguished guests.

The banquet also includes as guests two Grade Twelve students from each high school in the area. We usually try to co-ordinate our banquet with the "High School University Days" where various faculty members from the university speak to the high school students earlier in the day.