Peter Stroh

It is truly a privilege to serve you, our 140,000 alumni, as the Alumni Association’s president.

I hope you share my sense of privilege because of our shared experiences—we all had the advantage of attending a premier Canadian university.

I firmly believe the opportunity to attend university, particularly public universities that are financially supported by all citizens, comes with a certain social obligation.

It is true, we attend university and work hard to a better ourselves. Perhaps that means higher earning potential or better social standing. But as members of a community, we who are given much also need to act responsibly and work to improve the world around us.

Many of you already embody this philosophy through your professional and personal lives. As U of S alumni, we are all ambassadors for the university and post-secondary education in general. As ambassadors, it is both our honour, and dare I say duty, to support and advocate for our alma mater.

There is strength in numbers, so keep your friendships and relationships you developed during your university days. If it helps, use the Green & White’s class notes, our alumni Facebook page and LinkedIn group to maintain and grow your relationships.

Like any good community, we need to recognize achievements and celebrate together. Join me in celebrating this year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipients.

On behalf of all alumni, I congratulate Blaine Favel (BEd’87, LLD’12) as the new chancellor of the U of S, a role he officially started July 1.

I also encourage you to take advantage of the many benefits and services offered to you as alumni. From career services to group discounts on a variety of products to library access, there are many benefits available to you—no matter where life has taken you.


Peter Stroh, BA’70, BEd’75, MEd’85
U of S Alumni Association President

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U of S president Ilene Busch-Vishniac hosted receptions for alumni and friends in Calgary and Edmonton, where she spoke of the university’s bright future built around our signature areas of Aboriginal people, agriculture and food, mineral and energy resources, human and animal health, synchrotron science, and water security.


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Four individuals with long-standing connections to the University of Saskatchewan were granted honorary alumni status at the Alumni Association’s annual general meeting earlier this year. They will be recognized at the annual Honouring our Alumni reception on October 24.

Professor Emeritus David Kaplan

David Kaplan

Professor Emeritus David Kaplan taught in the U of S Department of Music for some 40 years—nearly 20 years as head of the department.

Kaplan is a conductor and a prolific composer, composing works for winds, voice, chorus, concert band, orchestra, klezmer band, instrumental ensembles and theatre.

Kaplan has amassed a collection of exotic and Indigenous instruments from around the world, a portion of which he recently donated to the University of Saskatchewan.

Over the years, Kaplan’s contributions have been recognized by being named a member of the Order of Canada and CTV Saskatoon’s Citizen of the Year. He has also received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Brian and Laurel Rossnagel

Brian and Laurel Rossnagel

Brian and Laurel Rossnagel have been dedicated and enthusiastic supporters of the University of Saskatchewan and Huskie Athletics for three decades.

Brian is a professor emeritus of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Department of Plant Sciences. He is an internationally recognized scientist who pioneered both oats and barley breeding programs at the U of S. Through the university’s Crop Development Centre, he has been involved in the development of over 90 improved oat and barley varieties.

He is a fellow of both the Canadian Society of Agronomy and the Agricultural Institute of Canada, received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and is a member of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame.

During her long career at the U of S, Laurel worked in several administrative capacities. Her professionalism and genuine commitment to the university, fellow staff members, U of S alumni and students always portrayed the best image of the university possible.

Together, the Rossnagels have been ardent supporters of various Huskie sports teams, particularly football and basketball. They volunteer their time and generously provide scholarships for student athletes. They are also members of the Greystone Circle, the university’s legacy society.

Professor Emerita Lucy Willis

Lucy Willis

Professor Emerita Lucy Willis became the first director of the Centralized Teaching Program at the University of Saskatchewan’s Regina Campus in 1953. A year later she became a U of S faculty member—a position she held for 30 years.

Willis became the first Saskatchewan nurse to achieve a PhD in nursing—one of only two nurses in Canada to earn such a degree at that time.

Willis became the School of Nursing’s third director in 1969, and she was a fervent advocate to have the school become the College of Nursing, which happened in 1973. During her tenure as director, the Program for Registered Nurses was developed. She also established Continuing Nursing Education with the support of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.

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2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Green & White as the University of Saskatchewan’s alumni magazine. Look for special anniversary coverage in 2014. More details to come.

Share your memories, stories or favourite Green & White articles with us:

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Board of Directors

l-r: Sean Junor (BA’00); Tracy Sletto (BA’94); Wayne Evanisky (BComm’77), vice-president; Kelly Strueby (BComm’84); Judy Buzowetsky (BEd’67, BSHEc’67); Jan Williams Russell (BSHEc’73); Peter Stroh (BSc’70, BEd’75, MEd’85), president; Melana Soroka (BA’84), executive director; Tanyann Belaney (LLB’05); Dr. Garth Bruce (BA’66, MD’70); Jim Blackburn (BSP’60); missing from photo: Peter Zakreski (BA’61).

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University of Saskatchewan Senate elections were held May 9 – June 28. Alumni elect the senate representatives for 14 electoral districts in Saskatchewan and 14 members-at-large.

Under The University of Saskatchewan Act, (1995), senate is responsible for recommendations regarding the establishment or disestablishment of any college, school, or department; appointing examiners for and making bylaws respecting the conduct of examinations for professional societies; the granting of honorary degrees and non-academic student discipline.

Election results are as follows:

District 2 Chaplin-Moose Jaw-Rockglen:

  • Tenielle McLeod, BA’01, MA’08

District 11 Prince Albert-Stony Rapids:

  • Jerri Hoback, BComm’93

District 12 Blaine Lake-Uranium City:

  • Richard Michalenko, BSP’77

District 14 Regina:

  • Jim Nicol, BA’85, BComm’88


  • Evan Cole, BSc’07, BEd’08
  • Sandra Finley, BComm’71
  • Mary Jean Hande, BA’09
  • Joseph Wickenhauser, BA’09

The following senators were acclaimed as they ran uncontested:

District 3 Leader-Climax-Swift Current:

  • Mark Stumborg, BE’80, MSc’86 (2nd term)

District 4 Kenaston-Indian Head-Moosomin:

  • Sarah Binnie, BA’12

District 7 Unity-Duck Lake-Watrous:

  • Ron Schriml, BA’67 (2nd term)

District 8 LaLoche-Green Lake-Battleford:

  • Robert Krismer, BEd’73, PGD’90,BA’95 (2nd term)

District 9 Nipawin-Melfort-Hudson Bay:

  • Corinna Stevenson, BComm’96
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If you have logged into PAWS lately, you may have noticed a change. Tabs containing boxed channels of content have been replaced with a few homepage featuring task-based channels. Less clutter on your screen will make it easier to navigate and find what you want—on your desktop or your mobile device.

Timely content will appear in a prominent centre column, making it easier to see announcements, bulletins and news feeds. One-time tasks like voting or Aboriginal self-declaration will show up at the top of that centre column and remain there until they are either completed or dismissed.

Initially, you will need to select alumni content in the settings areas (the gear icon in both the main area and calendar).

Personalized Access to Web Services (PAWS) is a customizable web environment at the U of S, offered to students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the university community. Information available in PAWS is personalized for you based on your role.

PAWS contains a variety of customizable web-based tools, including email, calendar and groups, and gives you role-based access to a wide range of information and services such as information on alumni benefits and services, transcripts, grades, course registration and home pages, and more.

For more information or help from U of S Information and Communications Technology, visit

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Pancake Breakfast

The U of S Alumni Association served approximately 2,500 students and staff at the annual welcome back pancake breakfast on September 5 during welcome week.

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