One of the first things I did when I became editor was descend into the basement of Kirk Hall to locate and read as many back issues of the Green & White as I possibly could. Among the many I was lucky enough to find was a well-worn copy of the first issue published by an enthusiastic Alumni Association in the spring of 1939.
Of particular interest to me were the introductory remarks made by the editor, Dr. J.F. Leddy (BA'30, MA'31, LLD'65), who expressed a deep passion and optimism for the future of the University's alumni publication. He wrote:
First issue - Spring 1939
"Your executive feels certain that The Green and White can play a leading role in welding together the Alumni into an organization that will, through close association with the Alma Mater, become increasingly important in the institution ï¿½We feel sure that future issues will show a great improvement over this little experiment."
Over the years, the Green & White has done much to confirm Dr. Leddy's early intuitions. I know this not only because of the deluge of phone calls, emails, and letters I receive from alumni and friends around the world (just look at our ever-increasing number of Class Notes), but because of the remarkable commitment made by the U of S and the Alumni Association to continue publishing the Green & White for more than 60 years.
I read, too, in Dr. Leddy's fine editorial a call to future publishers of the Green & White to continually evaluate and improve upon every issue. I'm happy to say that we've accepted this challenge in our fall edition. We've not only adopted a new look that we hope you'll embrace with as much enthusiasm as previous issues, but we are also taking a more inclusive editorial approach that we believe more comprehensively reflects the extraordinary accomplishments of the University and its Alumni Association.
We are, of course, continuing to tell the stories of our graduates. In this edition you'll meet, among others, Tania Miller, who is the youngest and only female conductor of a major Canadian orchestra. You'll also meet Lorne Babiuk, whose innovative work in the field of human health is reshaping our understanding and treatment of some of the world's most dangerous diseases. And then there's Sylvia Cholodnuik, whose inspiring story of outreach and community development in Africa gives new meaning to the word philanthropy.
As we publish each new issue of the Green & White, we will continue to rethink and improve the ways in which we bring the University of Saskatchewan to your doorstep ï¿½ all the while guided by Dr. Leddy's bold vision for our "little experiment." I invite you to participate in this evolution by sending us your comments and suggestions; after all, this is your alumni magazine.