I am honored to serve as your president for the 2010-11 year. I hope to build on the strong foundation laid by my predecessors as the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association strives to serve you, our members—now over 132,000 strong, spread around the world—and work closely with the university to help achieve its goals.
Our annual general meeting was held in June, where we recognized the contribution of several volunteers—a practice that was long overdue and one we plan on continuing.
The Alumni Association board will be conducting a governance review this year. The objective is to ensure a governance structure that effectively and efficiently serves you.
I am delighted to inform you that there will be an interactive Alumni Wall of Honour in the renovated Place Riel Student Centre. We hope to have an official opening in 2011. Watch for details of this exciting development.
Connecting with current students, our future alumni, is important. The association was proud to once again sponsor the Welcome Back Breakfast and be the game sponsors at this year’s Homecoming football game. Huskie athletes continue to be excellent ambassadors for the university and the association, and I encourage you to support our full-range of teams.
The Honouring our Alumni awards gala will be held Nov. 4 at the Sheraton Cavalier in Saskatoon. Thank you to all who submitted nominations. Join us to celebrate your fellow alumni. Sponsorship opportunities represent another way for you to show your support.
We like to hear from our members, so let us know what you and your classmates are up to and get involved—it is your Alumni Association. Contact the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-699-1907 for gala tickets, sponsorship, volunteer opportunities and more.
Bryan Harvey, BSA’60, MSA’61
Homecoming 2010 coin toss with U of S President Peter MacKinnon, U of S Alumni Association President Bryan Harvey and USSU President Chris Stoicheff (Photo by Liam Richards)
Two days of rain did not dampen the spirits of over 5,000 students, alumni and friends who attended the annual U of S Alumni and Friends Homecoming game in Saskatoon on September 10. The Huskies fell to the UBC Thunderbirds 31 – 12.
An entertaining half-time show began with the annual running of the togas—a Homecoming tradition— followed by the third annual College Challenge. The College of Engineering defeated last year’s champion and long-time rival, the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
2010 Honoured Years Reunion
Over 200 alumni and friends enjoyed the 2010 U of S Reunion.
The President’s Tour
On May 18, President Peter MacKinnon hosted a reception at the Westin Edmonton Hotel where he met with a group of 125 alumni and friends. He talked about the latest developments at the University of Saskatchewan and addressed questions from guests.
President MacKinnon began his annual President’s Provincial Tour on October 5 in North Battleford, where alumni and friends gathered at the Chapel Gallery for a reception.
Senate Election Results
Congratulations to the following alumni who have been elected to the U of s senate effective July 1:
District 2 (Chaplin/Moose Jaw/ Rockglen area) – Lee-Ann Ebel (BSHEc’73, BEd’77)
District 3 (Leader/Climax/Swift Current area) – Mark Stumborg (BE’80, MSc’86)
District 4 (Kenaston/Indian Head/ Moosomin area) – Jason Johnston (BSPE’98, BEd’05)
District 7 (Unity/Duck Lake/Watrous) – Ron Schriml (BA’67)
District 8 (La Loche/Green Lake/ Battlefords) – Robert Krismer (BEd’73, PGD’90, BA’95)
District 9 (Nipawin/Melfort/Hudson Bay) – Ed Bourassa (BA’72, BEd’80, MEd’06)
District 11 (Prince Albert/Stony Rapids) – Jack Jensen (BE’74)
Members at large: Sandra Finley (BComm’71) Tim Isnana (CIBA’98, BComm’00) Mary Jean Hande (BA’09) June Jacobs (BSHEc’74)
2010-11 University of saskatchewan Alumni Association Board of Directors
President Bryan L. Harvey (BSA’60, MSc’61)
Past President Marianne Schneider (BSN’94, MBA’96)
President-elect Jason A. Aebig (BA’99)
Vice-President Lenora Bells (BMusEd’77, MEd’06)
Members at Large Jonathan Troyer (BA’99, LLB’01) Delva Rebin (BA’58) Pauline Melis (BA’77, MA’82) Maria Lynn Freeland (LLB’86) Judy MacMillan (BSA’79)
Ex-officio and Executive Director Melana Soroka (BA’84)
Ex-officio President Peter MacKinnon (LLM’76)
Ex-officio Caroline Cottrell (BEd’73, BA’81, MA’89)
A Gathering of Friends
Alumni authors celebrate the U of S Bookstore’s grand re-opening in August. (l-r) College of Arts and Science Vice- Dean (Humanities and Fine Arts) David Parkinson, member of the U of S Board of Governors Grit McCreath (BEd’91), U of S Chancellor Vera Pezer (BA’62, MA’64, PhD’77), (front) Paralympic medalist Heather Kuttai (BA’94, MSc’09), His Honour the Honourable Dr. Gordon Barnhart (BA’67, PhD’98), U of S Chancellor Emeritus Thomas Molloy (BA’64, LLB’64, LLD’09)
At the Branches
A number of events have been held in the southern California branch the past year, including a dinner June 2 at The Athenaeum, a lovely private club located at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
l-r: Limei Zhang (PhD’09), Colin Borys (BE’93), Jessie Tait, (Dip/Nurs’63), Mark Matthews (BSc’99, BE’99), Elizabeth Burke (BA’70), Michael Maguire (BE’87, MSc’92), Melissa Just-Maguire, Marjorie Slywka, Brian Slywka (MD’66)
Canadian ex-patriots celebrated Canada’s birthday in a variety of ways, including family picnics, potluck meals and musical entertainment by Canadian bands. Celebrations were held in Sandy Springs, GA, Raleigh, NC, Redwood City, CA, and Woodway, WA, and other U.S. locations. Canadians living in the UK sang O’Canada, played hockey games and enjoyed concerts in Trafalgar Square—activities that were enjoyed by thousands of people.
On July 13, U of S alumni attended a gathering hosted by Maria Lynn Freeland (LLB’86), a member of the U of S Alumni Association Board of Directors, at the famous Duke of Duckworth Pub & Eatery in St. John’s, NL. Guests from as far away as Saskatchewan joined local alumni for the event.
The Regina branch of the U of S Alumni Association hosted a Huskie Club social at the Regina Inn Sept. 18 prior to the football game against the U of R Rams.
Fall activities included an alumni event in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Roughrider football game in Toronto on October 2.
Saskatoon huskie Club reCepTioN
Oct. 23, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
PAC, U of S Campus
Men’s and Women’s Hockey – U of S vs. U of M
Game Times: Women 2 p.m., Men 7 p.m.
All CaNadiaN alumNi
reCepTioN aNd diNNer
Oct. 23, 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
vs. BC lioNs alumNi eveNT
Pre-game lunch - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express
Football game - 2 p.m.
Empire Stadium, Vancouver, BC
hoNouriNg our alumNi awards gala
Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel, Saskatoon
presideNT’s Tour alumNi reCepTioNs
Dec. 7, 2010, Regina, SK
Feb. 14, 2011, Calgary, AB
March 10, 2011, Toronto, ON
March 16, 2011, Yorkton, SK
March 22, 2011, Vancouver, BC
May 11, 2011, Estevan, SK
Date TBC – London, UK
uNiversiTy of saskaTChewaN 2011
hoNoured years reuNioN
June 23-25, 2011
For information on these and other events, visit www.usask.ca/alumni