Centennial Crest

The Pharmacy Program at the U of S has reached the century mark. Looking back, you have been part of this great history of our College. Now we would like you to mark your calendar and come help us celebrate this achievement. It will be an exciting time.

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition invites you to attend the College’s Centennial Year events and activities during 2013-2014.

Thank you to our sponsors! 

Dean's Sponsors

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Friend Sponsors

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Other Sponsors

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The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013/14. For a century, we have played an integral role at the University of Saskatchewan. Our over 4,500 graduates have helped shape healthcare in the province of Saskatchewan and the rest of Canada. As part of these exciting celebrations, the College will be hosting a number of events including a launch in September 2013, participating in the U of S President’s Tour 2013/14 and a reunion weekend with a gala evening on June 26-28, 2014. During the centennial year, the College will be relocating into the new state-of-the-art Health Sciences Building, which will also house the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and the Schools of Physical Therapy, and Public Health. This is a very exciting time for the College, the U of S, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends as we reflect on the past 100 years and look to our future.

The college held an all-years reunion weekend on June 26-28, 2014. Throughout the weekend, the college held a number of events including centennial speaker Hon. Darrell Pasloski, BSP 1982 and Premier of Yukon, the 29th annual Golden Suppository Golf Classic, Saskatchewan Night, Centennial Alumni of Influence Awards Ceremony, and Gala Evening. Below are links to the college's Facebook page, where the majority of the photos from the weekend are housed.

29th Annual Golden Suppository Golf Classic
Saskatchewan Night
Heritage Brunch
Centennial Alumni of Influence Awards Ceremony
Gala Evening

The college also had a special feature in the Star Phoenix newspaper on Friday, June 27. Links to the special feature are below:
Front Page
Inside Pages

Centennial Alumni of Influence Awards Program

Remember When

Pharmacy Show 1956

Remember When 

College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
Centennial 2013-2014


Pharmacy – An Art, A Science, A Profession

In 1913, the same year the College Building was formally opened, the University Council approved President Walter Murray’s proposal for a School of Pharmacy. Murray’s original intention was for pharmacy to be a school within the College of Medicine, however, since a College of Medicine did not yet exist, the School of Pharmacy was established as a school within the College of Arts and Science.

The school offered a one-year program leading to a Certificate in Pharmacy. Alexander Campbell, a distinguished Saskatoon pharmacist, was appointed acting lecturer in November 1913. Twenty-two students were enrolled when the first pharmacy classes began in January 1914, in shared lecture rooms and the chemistry laboratory in the College Building.

Since these humble beginnings, over 4400 pharmacists have graduated from the college.

Here are a few highlights from the past 100 years:  

  • An optional four-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) program was established in 1916.
  • On November 7, 1918, during the Spanish Flu quarantine of the university, tragedy struck when two pharmacy students threw a party with methyl alcohol for refreshments. One died later that night, and the other was permanently blinded.
  • The school became the College of Pharmacy in 1923 and Campbell became the first dean of pharmacy.
  • In 1924, the college moved to the new Chemistry Building in space specifically designed for the teaching of the pharmacy program. 
  • The Saskatchewan Pharmaceutical Association mandated the recently revised four-year BSP degree for pharmacist licensure in 1945.
  • Post-war enrollment “skyrockets” and pharmacy was given additional space in a relocated military “H” hut designated as the Chemistry Annex. This “temporary” space would serve pharmacy for the next 20 years.
  • Pharmacy moved into a new wing of the Thorvaldson Building in 1966.
  • During the 1970’s, the emphasis in pharmacy practice shifted from the drug product to the impact of the drug on the patient. This new direction was called clinical pharmacy, and major revisions were made in the educational program to prepare pharmacists for their new role.
  • In 1987, the College of Pharmacy became home for the Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly part of the College of Home Economics.
  • July 1, 1994, the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition was established and Dr. Jim Blackburn became the first dean of the new college.
  • The pharmacy program was granted full accreditation in 1995 by the recently established Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs.
  • Dean Dennis Gorecki, appointed in 1998, was instrumental in the establishment of The Council of Health Science Deans to coordinate planning for the proposed new Academic Health Sciences facility.

Dr. Bruce Schnell, BSP 1960, Dean Emeritus
March 2013

Centennial Launch

Official Launch

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition hosted its official Centennial Launch on September 20, 2013 at 3:00pm on the steps of Thorvaldson Building on the U of S Campus.

The launch included remarks from Garry King and Dennis Gorecki, centennial planning co-chairs, U of S Vice President Heather Magotiaux, Gordon Wyant, minister of justice, and the Saskatchewan Pharmacy and Nutrition Students’ Society Co-Presidents Laura Almas and Shelby Anderson, with Dr. Jason Perepelkin serving as emcee.

With students, faculty, staff and alumni in attendance, the College kicked-off the centennial year in style. A centennial banner that is hung on Thorvaldson Building was unveiled by students with a reception following the event.

Thanks to everyone who came out to mark this milestone with the College!

Tailgate Party and U of S Huskie Football Game

Huskie Football

The College hosted a tailgate party and attended the U of S Huskies vs. U of A Golden Bears Football game in honour of the Centennial Launch on September 20, 2013. The Tailgate Party was held in the second tent on the End Zone at Griffiths Stadium, U of S Campus with a burger BBQ, beverages and lots of fun! The BSP Class of 1973 were in attendance as part of their 40th reunion weekend.

With over 150 people attending the tailgate and an excellent view for the game, the U of S Huskies beat the U of A Golden Bears 39-17!


The College will have a selection of clothing for sale through the U of S Bookstore including:

  • Men's and Ladies jackets
  • Men's and Ladies zip-up bunny hugs
  • Men's and Ladies golf shirts
  • Men's and Ladies t-shirts
  • Unisex ball cap

All of the College Centennial clothing has arrived!! Please visit https://bookstore.usask.ca/clothing.php?search_subdept=9905&search_type=title to see the clothing.

The U of S Bookstore will be selling a selection of College Centennial clothing at upcoming events such as the U of S Huskie Men's Hockey team game at the national championship on March 22, 2014 and throughout the Centennial Reunion Weekend on June 26-28, 2014.


The College has teamed up with the U of S Annual Campaign for Students to fundraise for the College's Centennial Legacy Fund. Your gift to the College's Centennial Legacy Fund not only helps students in need of financial support, but also rewards exceptional accomplishments, promotes leadership abilities, and gives students peace of mind and confidence.

It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The college took its first step in September 1913 and is continuing the proud tradition of educating pharmacy and nutrition students to become the next leaders in health-care.

College of Pharmacy and Nutrition Centennial Annual Campaign for Students Brochure (PDF)

To give a gift online, please visit https://give.usask.ca/online/annualfund.php and select College of Pharmacy and Nutrition under the "My Gift is Designated to" category.

Thank you for considering a gift to the College's Centennial Legacy Fund - your gift is the extra support our students need on their incredible journey at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and beyond!