U of S Alumni Association

Alumni Association President's Message

As a new academic year begins, I am both pleased and honoured to address you for the first time as President of your Alumni Association.

As we move forward in 2004-05, I would like to take a moment to highlight some of the priorities that will guide our planning in the months ahead.

One of our most valued resources is our students. We are striving to increase interaction between alumni and students, to create opportunities for them to engage with alumni through the Association and to benefit from the vast experience and wisdom of our membership.

We also want to continue to highlight the many successes of our alumni. Please help us share and recognize their success by nominating them for one of the six prestigious Alumni Association Awards or by attending the Alumni Successes event held in October each year.

We will, of course, continue to work with University Advancement to get a better sense of your interests; we will build and enhance programs and services that are responsive to your needs and consider new ways to improve your connection to your alma mater.

I'm very much looking forward to the year ahead, and I'd like to encourage you to get involved in your Alumni Association.

Rob Theoret, BComm'94

Rob Theoret

Melanie with her father, Lorrie

Melanie with her father, Lorrie

On Fire with the Calgary Flames!

Doc Seaman (BE'48, Hon. LLD'82), Murray Edwards (BComm'82), Byron Seaman (BE'45, Hon. DSC'92), and Saskatchewan-born Bud McCaig couldn't have been happier last spring after their NHL franchise eliminated three division winners-Vancouver, Detroit, and San Jose-to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.

In an effort to support the alumni-owned franchise, the Alumni Association reached out to thousands of grads across the country through the We're on Fire with the Calgary Flames contest, a promotion that offered two free tickets donated by the Flames' ownership to Game #4.

Although the Flames were unsuccessful in their bid for the Stanley Cup, losing to Tampa Bay in seven games, Melanie Popp (BE'00), who won the tickets after correctly answering the not-so-skill-testing question "Who's the current President of the U of S?", enjoyed the May 31 game at the Pengrowth Saddledome with her father, Lorrie.

On the Rhodes Again

While moving is enough to give most of us the headache-to-end-all-headaches, JanaLee Cherneski (BA'01) packed her belongings this summer with a smile. Exactly 100 years after the first Rhodes Scholarship was awarded to a Canadian, she is one of only three recipients of the prestigious award from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta, and will be attending Oxford University in the fall.

JanaLee Cherneski

The Huskies Challenge

Huskies Challenge

When U of S Huskies fans flocked to McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Friday, September 3 to attend a pre-game party, there was more to their motivations than simply having a good time before the game. You see, the U of S Alumni Association issued a challenge to the U of C a few weeks before to see who could get the most fans out to the game. And the stakes were high; the Executive Director of the Alumni Association with the least amount of fans in attendance would have to wear the other University's colours for a day.

Fortunately, the number of attendees was too close to call, and Melana Soroka (BA'84) was spared from having to wear the University of Calgary's colours. More than 100 U of S alumni and friends attended the pre-game party, where they enjoyed a light supper and a presentation from Huskies coach Brian Towriss (BComm'78), who gave a brief overview of the Huskies strategy for the game. The Huskies went on to win the game 29-0.

London Calling!

Well known for its Canadian food and inviting atmosphere, The Maple Leaf pub in the heart of London, England was the setting for a U of S alumni pub night on May 18th. As luck would have it, President Peter MacKinnon, who was in England attending a conference, was able to attend and share news from back home with the 25 alumni and friends in attendance. As far as plans go for future get-togethers at the renowned UK watering-hole, President MacKinnon said, "Meeting U of S alumni from around the world and hearing about their experiences after graduation is one of the best parts of my job. I'd happily meet with alumni again at The Maple Leaf."

Russ Kisby

ParticipACTION Comes To U of S

Dr. Donald Bailey (BA'55) and Russ Kisby (BAPE'63) were thrilled when they heard the news that the U of S would be the permanent home of the archives of one of the most successful and innovative physical activity campaigns in the world-ParticpACTION. Bailey, one of the longest serving members of ParticipACTION's national Board of Directors, and Kisby, long-time president of the organization, were tireless advocates of the program and instrumental in bringing the ParticipACTION archives to the U of S.

The archives will include thirty years of magazine and newspaper advertisements, television and radio spots, and hours of oral history interviews. The University and ParticipACTION are also producing an interactive website featuring a considerable amount of the archival information.

Donald Bailey

Reunion 2004 � Thinking Ahead and Coming Back

Thinking Ahead and Coming Back was the theme for the U of S Alumni Reunion held June 24-26, 2004. Honored class years of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, and 1964 gathered alumni from locations throughout Canada, the United States, and from as far away as Ireland for a weekend of fun, excitement, and reminiscing with old friends from the U of S.

Thank you to all alumni and guests who participated in reunion activities in 2004, and a special thank you to all alumni who volunteered as class contacts. We welcome and encourage all our graduates to participate and enjoy reunion activities each and every year. Here are some glimpses of Reunion 2004 highlights:

Dr. Orville Blake (MA'54)with wife, Leonetta, and President MacKinnon at the Chancellor's Banquet.

Dr. Orville Blake (MA'54)with wife, Leonetta, and President MacKinnon at the Chancellor's Banquet.

Student volunteers provide alumni with a tour of the Agriculture building, as well as the rest of campus.

Student volunteers provide alumni with a tour of the Agriculture building, as well as the rest of campus.

Chancellor Tom Malloy handing out prizes at the Check-in and Social,with Alumni Association President Rob Theoret (left) and Board member Kevyn Kristmanson (right).

Chancellor Tom Malloy handing out prizes at the Check-in and Social,with Alumni Association President Rob Theoret (left) and Board member Kevyn Kristmanson (right).

BSN'59 class pose for a class photo.

BSN'59 class pose for a class photo.

Reunion 2005 Class Contacts

1949 BE C E � Engineering
Maurice Pardoe � Saskatoon, SK � 306-374-6681

1955 BSA � Agriculture
Cliff Hayes � Saskatoon, SK � 306-374-9363

1955 BCOMM � Commerce
Dave Willis � Calgary, AB � 403-256-6791

1955 BE � Engineering
Lawrence J. Pituley � Calgary AB � 403-288-5126
Lloyd Nilsen � Vernon, BC � 250-545-0579
Ken Nelson � Calgary, AB � 403-242-7404
Ben Smith � Calgary, AB � 403-281-7036
Carl Grasdal � Calgary, AB � 403-249-0003

1955 LLB � Law
Don McKercher � Saskatoon, SK � 306-477-4959

1980 BE � Engineering
Robert Freimanis � Vancouver, BC � 604-685-0111 �

1990 BCOMM � Commerce
Jann Dombroski Habbick �

Saskatchewan Centennuil 2005

Saskatoon Alumni Branch Out on U of S Day

On Saturday, September 11, the Saskatoon Alumni Branch attracted more than 70 alumni and friends to its "Third Annual Alumni Brunch" held at Marquis Hall. For many, this was a first stop on their way to the annual Dog Day Afternoon � the Huskies' home opener, which they lost to the U of A Golden Bears 18-16.

This year, the alumni brunch was held the day after Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison and President Peter MacKinnon declared September 11 University of Saskatchewan Day, the purpose of which is to recognize and celebrate the importance of the University in the life of the city of Saskatoon.

If you're interested in volunteering with the Saskatoon Alumni Branch, please email

Mayor Don Atchison and President MacKinnon at the Saskatoon alumni brunch

Mayor Don Atchison and President MacKinnon at the Saskatoon alumni brunch

Alumni gather outside St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

Alumni gather outside St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

Journey of the Czars

What could be better than a 14-day tour through the waterways of Russia? As it turns out, nothing. Just ask the 18 U of S alumni and friends who embarked on one of the four alumni cruises last summer that began in Moscow and ended in historic St. Petersburg.

Part of University Advancement's Alumni Travel program, the cruise provided travelers with an opportunity to explore Russia's rich culture and history. Highlights included visits to Lenin's tomb, Red Square, and the Kremlin, as well as an exclusive ballet performance at Catherine the Great's (Hermitage) Theatre in St. Petersburg. And, of course, there was the beautiful scenery along the way.

Visit our website for more information on other exciting alumni travel destinations.

Entering the locks aboard the Novikov Priboy on the journey to St.Petersburg

Entering the locks aboard the Novikov Priboy on the journey to St.Petersburg

Lyle Sanderson

Sanderson Foundation Promotes Excellence in Track and Field

Huskie track and field became one of Canada's premier university athletics programs during the 37 years under Lyle Sanderson's leadership. A successful team reunion in August 2003 and Sanderson's retirement at the end of the banner 2004 season sparked creation of the Sanderson Foundation and the Sanderson Athletic Fund, established to promote program excellence under new leadership.

Generations of runners, jumpers, and throwers were fiercely loyal members of "Lyle's gang" and are determined to contribute to the program's continued success. Soon they will launch a website and communications network designed to maintain the traditions of Huskie success and to raise money to help it happen.

To get involved in and support the Sanderson Foundation, contact either Laurel Rossnagel, Advancement Officer in the College of Kinesiology (306) 966-1105 or Dale Yellowlees (

2004-2005 Events Calendar

Friday, October 29

All Canadian Universities Alumni Event, Chicago

Saturday, October 30

U of S Pre-Game Alumni Event, Fox and Fiddle Restaurant, Vancouver. Sask Riders vs. BC Lions Football Game to follow.

Monday, November 8

Board of Governors Community Dinner, Regina

Tuesday, November 9

Board of Governors Community Dinner, Moose Jaw

Wednesday, November 24

President's Provincial Tour, Estevan

Wednesday, January 26

President's Provincial Tour, Rosetown

Wednesday, March 23

President's Provincial Tour, North Battleford

Wednesday, April 6

President's Provincial Tour, La Ronge

Saturday, April 9

All Canadian Universities Alumni Event, Washington, DC

For more information on these and other events, contact University Advancement at 1-800-699-1907 or (306) 966-5186, or email

Congratulations to our 2004 Alumni Award Winners!

Dr. Ernest Gordon Walker

Alumni Award of Achievement � Dr. Ernest Gordon Walker (S.O.M., BEd'71, BA'72, MA'78, PhD'80) - Ernie Walker is a professor of archaeology and anthropology at the U of S, and was the driving force behind the establishment of Wanuskewin Heritage Park. He has received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and was recently named a member of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Kenneth Ready

Alumni Service Award � Mr. Kenneth Ready (BSP'53) - Kenneth Ready is a respected pharmacist and professor at the U of S. He was Past President with both the Saskatchewan and Canadian Pharmaceutical Associations and was involved with the launch of the provincial government's Prescription Drug Plan.

Mr. David Rodney

Alumni Humanitarian Award � Mr. David Rodney (BA'87, BEd'88) - David Rodney is best known for being an international keynote speaker after becoming the only person from Saskatchewan to climb the highest mountain in the world. He is also the only Canadian in history to successfully scale Mt. Everest twice.

Mr. John Leonard (Len) Gusthart

Alumni Honour Award � Mr. John Leonard (Len) Gusthart (BEd'69, BA'71, MEd'75) - John Gusthart is a professor of Kinesiology at the U of S. He is one of only three at the U of S to receive both the Master Teacher Award and the Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award. He recently received the 3M Teaching Fellowship, one of only 10 awarded nationally each year.

Mr. Jerold (Jerry) Peters

Alumni Mentorship Award � Mr. Jerold (Jerry) Peters (BA'87, BEd'88) - Jerold Peters has worked as an educator in Swift Current since 1988. In addition to his instructional duties, he is currently serving as a department head, and participates in the school system's teacher mentorship program at the Comprehensive High School. He is a coach and recently became involved with the Skills Canada Competitions in the hopes of expanding its influence within his school.

Mr. Daniel Paul Weber (BSc'96) and Ms. Garnette Joyce Weber (BSPT'96)

Outstanding Young Alumni Award � Mr. Daniel Paul Weber (BSc'96) and Ms. Garnette Joyce Weber (BSPT'96) - The Webers are the founders of a successful Saskatoon-based business called Itracks - a specialty online data collection firm. The Webers were named the 2001 Prairie Region Emerging Entrepreneurs for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. They were also awarded the Saskatchewan Young Entrepreneur's Award from the Business Development Bank of Canada in 1999.