Alumni Association President's Message

by Gary Mearns, BCOMM'74, MBA'95

Much has been said about the level of volunteerism exhibited by people from Saskatchewan. We are recognized throughout Canada and North America as people who really care about, and are willing to help, others less fortunate than ourselves.

On a per capita basis, we donate more of our time and money to charities and community activities than anyone else in Canada. Many of our alumni have taken leadership roles in such activities -- a continual reminder that graduates of the University of Saskatchewan have a broader perspective of the world than just that required to be successful in a chosen career or field of study.

It comes as no surprise to many of us that a few national firms have recently given our university priority status in their recruiting programs for new graduates. We have reason to be proud of having a reputation of being well-rounded, hard-working and down-to-earth people. These are qualities highly sought after in a world that is becoming less personal.

So what does all this have to do with alumni involvement? The fact is, we need all of our alumni to see the need to become involved in, and committed to, the U. of S. Many of our alumni are still very close to home (40,000 in Saskatchewan alone).

This provides all of us with an opportunity to volunteer time and energy for the betterment of our children's future. There are many ways that our alumni can help the university. They include talking to our elected governments about the need for more funding for higher education, offering to serve on committees, becoming involved as a mentor to a current university student or taking the time to support the university by attending next year's reunion.

Our graduates are known for their involvement -- they don't sit around and wait for someone else to do it. The university needs committed, involved alumni if the quality of education is to continue at the high level we have come to expect.

That involvement comes at a price -- your time! As we enter the new millennium, I hope all of you will reflect on your level of involvement in the university since you graduated. I think we all owe something to the institution that gave most of us a great start on our careers. As your new President, it is my sincere hope that many more of you will also consider getting actively involved in the Alumni Association.

We are trying to develop programs and activities that will be of benefit to all of you. However, we can't do it without your help. If you have any ideas or suggestions as to how we might better serve you, please take the time to contact us at the Alumni & Development Office. (1-800-699-1907 or 966-5186; E-mail address is Alumni.Office@usask.ca)

I hope to see many of you at an Alumni or University event this year!

Alumni Association's Board of Directors

Back row (left to right): M. Elaine Cadell, Executive Director; Maureen Powers, M.A.L.; Bruce Pon, M.A.L.; B.E. (Bev) Allen, M.A.L.; Diana Matsuda, M.A.L.; Laurel Rossnagel, Associate Director, Alumni Relations

Front row (left to right): Arlis McQuarrie, M.A.L.; Raymond Penner, Past-President; Gary Mearns, President; Brian Henderson, President-Elect.

Missing: Peter Braun, M.A.L.; Susan Milburn, M.A.L.; Leslee Olfert, Ex-Officio