Congratulations to the class of 2011—the 100th University of Saskatchewan graduating class—and welcome to the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association. You join a distinguished and accomplished group of individuals with a proud tradition of success.
The association’s board and committee members—all who generously volunteer their time—have been working on many ongoing projects and initiatives throughout the year. Our student relations committee is attempting to define and establish traditions and ceremonies that will represent meaningful and tangible ways we can engage and inform students, who will inevitably become U of S alumni. Our newly formed recent graduate advisory committee is provided excellent feedback on how we can maintain contact and offer meaningful programs, benefits and services to those who have recently joined our alumni family.
The committee responsible for our alumni awards has been evaluating the format of our awards. Recommendations have been approved by theassociation board, and our new Alumni Achievement Awards will better recognize the diversity of our alumni and the broad spectrum of their accomplishments and contributions to the community. See the facing page and the alumni website for more details.
At this year’s Annual General Meeting, to be held June 16, we will once again recognize the many volunteers that make the U of S Alumni Association a success. I hope to see you there to celebrate the contributions of your fellow alumni. We will also be voting on new board members, so consider letting your name stand for a position on the board, or volunteer for one of our committees.
It has been a pleasure serving you during my tenure as president of your Alumni Association.
All the best,
Bryan Harvey, BSA’60, MSA’61
Engaged Alumni Excellence Award
Brea with the Engaged Alumni Excellence Award at the Excellence Awards Ceremony on March 27
photo submitted by USSU
Brea Lowenberger (BA’09) is the first ever recipient of the Engaged Alumni Excellence Award. Created through a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association and the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) as part of the USSU Experience in Excellence Awards, the new award is given to a recent U of S graduate who is actively engaged in their community and has maintained a strong connection to the university.
Alumni who have graduated from the U of S in the past five years and are 35 years of age or younger are eligible to receive the award. Nominations for next year close February 15, 2012. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mind Your Ps and Qs
The U of S Alumni Relations Office hosted two etiquette evenings for current students in March. The sessions, designed to teach students basic social etiquette skills, were held at the Faculty Club, where attendees put their skills into practice. The session not only helped students, it provided an opportunity for students to learn about the Alumni Association and meet alumni who are working on second degrees.
The President’s Tour
The President’s Provincial Tour made its way through Yorkton on March 16. President MacKinnon was unable to attend for last-minute personal reasons, so Heather Magotiaux, vice-president of University Advancement, attended a full day of meetings and presentations on his behalf. The day ended with an alumni reception where Magotiaux spoke about the physical changes happening on campus and how they represent the dynamic future of the university.
The final stop of this year’s President’s Provincial Tour was Estevan on May 11. President MacKinnon was scheduled to meet with several members of the community including high school students, the local Chamber of Commerce, and a gathering of alumni and friends at the Estevan Art Gallery.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Congratulations to the 23 recipients of the 2010–11 U of S Alumni Association scholarships and bursaries. (l-r) Marianne Schneider (Alumni Association past president), James Sessford, Sarah Streisel, Chelsea Ekstrand, Jaycie Neil, Tahirih Robertson, Jing Meng, and Brea Lowenberger attended a recognition social March 12. For information or to apply visit www.usask.ca/alumni/alumni_association/scholarships.
Sask Mining Partnership
In the spring of 2010, the University of Saskatchewan entered into a partnership with Enterprise Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Mining Association, the University of Regina, SIAST and three mining companies to host a series of networking events in Western Canada and showcase the investment and employment opportunities in the province’s mining
industry. The first of three events was held in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on November 24, where over 30 alumni and friends gathered. On February 28, a group of alumni and friends assembled for a similar event in Edmonton, and on April 11, alumni and friends met at the Calgary Zoo.
Engineering Class of 1975 Reunion
The 1975 Civil Engineering graduating class celebrated their 35th anniversary reunion in August, 2010, in Banff, AB.
Front (l-r): Ted Cherewyk, Al Riddell, Ron Woodvine, Murray LeNabat, John Clark Middle: Rick Carnduff, Henk Bertsch, Dave Altwasser, Ken Trueman, George Shepherd Back: Ken Kress, Arnie Mckay, Bob Randall
Law Class of 1960 Reunion
Members of the College of Law class of 1960 recently celebrated their 50th reunion.
Front (l-r): John Beke, Fred Angene, Peter Sorokan, George Ansell, Barry Collins, Joseph Dierker Back: Irving Goldenberg, Hugh Gaudet, David Beaubier, Duane Koch, Kristian Eggum, Robert Emigh, Gerald Pittman, Allan Beke
At the Branches
- President MacKinnon was guest speaker at a number of alumni events this past winter and spring. On February 14, he was joined by 120 alumni and friends at a Valentine’s Day event in Calgary.
- On April 6, President MacKinnon joined a group of 45 alumni and guests for an alumni reception at the world famous Sotheby’s in the heart of the Mayfair district in London, UK. Guests heard about exciting developments at the U of S and visited with fellow alumni living in and around the London area. A special thank you to Calvin Redlick (BA’83) for hosting the event.
- On March 10, President MacKinnon hosted 70 alumni and friends at a
reception in downtown Toronto. Attendees were eager to ask questions
about the role of the university in areas such as distance education,
diversity and international student engagement.
back (l-r): Calvin Redlick, Peter MacKinnon, Stephanie Redlick, Matt Ryan; front: Emily Redlick
- Basil Hughton (BSPE’77, BEd’78, MEd’92), Huskies athletic director, hosted alumni, students and athletes’ families on March 12 to celebrate the Huskie men’s basketball
team’s trip to the CIS Championship in Halifax, NS. The defending national champion Huskies finished fourth.
- On March 19, President MacKinnon and Chancellor Vera Pezer (BA’62, MA’64, PhD’77) welcomed over 50 alumni and supporters in Windsor, ON, to celebrate the participation of the Huskie women’s basketball team in the CIS Championship. Also in attendance was U of S alumnus Alan Wildeman (BSc’75, MSc’77), president of the University of Windsor. The Huskies took home the silver medal.
- President MacKinnon was greeted by a group of 100 alumni and guests during a reception in downtown Vancouver on March 22. President MacKinnon told five short stories about the great history of the U of S and then welcomed questions. The following day, he travelled to Parksville, BC, for a central Vancouver Island branch luncheon at the Beach Club Resort. Peter van Dongen (BSA’00) and his committee organized this very successful event, which was attended by 76 people.
Get Involved. Volunteer!
Your knowledge and experience are valuable assets. Put them to work by volunteering for the University of Saskatchewan or the U of S Alumni Association. To express your interest in volunteering, please visit www.usask.ca/alumni/volunteer.
U of S Alumni Asociation
Annual General Meeting
and Volunteer Recognition
June 16, 6:30 p.m.
Convocation Hall, U of S Campus
University of Saskatchewan
2011 Honoured Years Reunion
and Band 50th Anniversary
vs. BC Lions
Alumni Reception followed
by football game
vs. Toronto Argonauts
Alumni Reception followed
by football game
Homecoming 2011 Football Game
U of S Huskies vs.
September 30, kick-off at 7:00 p.m.
Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon, SK
For information on these and other events, visit www.usask.ca/alumni