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Alumni Namesake Mentors

Learning Communities are named after successful U of S alumni. Each Alumni Namesake Mentor (ANM) is a recent graduate from the U of S who works in a field associated with the theme of their Learning Community. In sharing their journey from their first year of university to their current (and often first) career, ANMs exemplify the non-linear nature of life's journey for first-year LC students and LC Peer Mentors.

 

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2013-2014 Alumni Namesake Mentors 

 


  • Lee AhenakewAhenakew ASAP (ASAP07)

    Lee is the Senior Advisor of Aboriginal Engagement,  BHP Billiton working with First Nations and Métis communities in Saskatchewan  to create an understanding of and engagement in BHP Billiton’s potash business.   Lee has worked in sales management, management consulting and marketing with a specialty in business development with First Nations.  A key focus of his work has been corporate social responsibility programs to improve relations with and for the benefit of the Aboriginal community.

    Lee is a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.  Lee graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce.  He is a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan. 

    Danielle Anderson

    Anderson LC (AR03)



    Danielle graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from the U of S in '08 and is currently working toward her Ph. D. through the Division of Medical Physics, Department of Oncology, at the University of Alberta.  Danielle's undergraduate degree led to many exciting employment and volunteer positions, such as working as a summer student at the Canadian Light Source, developing and carrying out science activities for elementary and middle school children in a small northern community as a Science Ambassador, and teaching in a village in Ghana, West Africa.  In her doctoral research, Danielle investigates an experimental form of radiation therapy using synchrotron x-rays.

    Julie Bakke

    Bakke LC (KI01)


    Julie is an Occupational Therapist contracting to IRC.  Julie’s experience includes working with individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries as well as post surgical care for individuals receiving total joint replacements. Julie has a special interest in Spinal Cord injuries, specifically the impact on individual’s function in the home.  Having had a number of family members who have been long time wheelchair users, it has given her the understanding of the impact this has on their lives in their homes, and on their families.  Julie’s experience with spinal cord injuries is a huge asset to needs in home and work modifications.

    Julie has over 7 years of experience working as an on field sports trainer and has been an ambassador for concussion education.  After suffering a severe concussion, Julie has spoken publicly about her experience while she was on the National Developmental Bobsled team, to both coaches and parents about the importance of head injuries.  She has been involved in a new pilot program with the Kinsmen Football league in monitoring helmet impact through technology with sensors in the helmets, and educated athletes, coaches and parents on field after a potential concussion. Julie spent 4 years as a student trainer with the University of Saskatchewan, and won the Student Trainer award.  She has volunteered in both community sport, Special Olympics and is one of only 2 people in Saskatchewan to be an International Classifier of sport for Wheelchair Rugby with the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association.  This gives her the opportunity to combine her knowledge and experience of sport with her experience as an Occupational Therapist. 

     Annie Battiste Battiste LC (AR07)

    Annie Battiste is a Mi’kmaw woman from Potlotek First Nation of Cape Breton ( Unama’ki) Nova Scotia. She graduated from the Indian Teacher Education Program in 2010. She has been working at the Aboriginal Students’ Centre as the Mentorship Coordinator since she graduated. Within the ASC, Annie works with students to develop leadership and mentorship capacities.  She is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the College of Education in the department of Educational Foundations and is excited to work with students wishing to teach in the future.

    Dena Burnett

    Burnett LC (EN05)


    Dena graduated with a B.S.A. (’04) and a B.Sc. in Engineering (’08) from the U of S. Upon graduating, she was employed with Case New Holland in Saskatoon for three years as a Product Evaluation and Design Engineer. Knowing she would eventually return to academia, Dena has since completed an M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering (’13) from the U of S and is currently working or her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (U of S). She enjoys the challenges associated with applying “simple” engineering principles to “not-so-simple” materials, such as bone and muscle. Dena finds it very interesting that her education has led her through many different experiences, to an interdisciplinary research area she is truly passionate about. 

    Tenille CampbellCampbell ASAP (ASAP04)

    Tenille Campbell is a Dene/Metis from English River First Nation who has dedicated the last decade since graduation to furthering her education, travelling and realizing impossible dreams. She is a believer is storytelling, sharing of stories, being honest with self and reading as much as you can. She has completed her BA Honours in English at the UofS in 2007, and travelled to UBC for her MFA in Creative Writing, finishing up in 2012. She is starting her PhD at the UofS come Fall, and is very excited about all the new books, the new conversations and the new friendships to come. 
    Jennifer CampeauCampeau ASAP (ASAP06)

    Jennifer Campeau was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 2011 provincial election.

    Prior to entering politics, Jennifer was an instructor at the University of Saskatchewan as well as a PhD student in the Department of Native Studies. Her research focused on entrepreneurship, economic development, nation building and governance.

    Jennifer holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan and a Business Management degree from the University of Lethbridge.

    Jennifer’s extensive experience working with government, the business sector and several First Nations groups gives her a broad perspective of challenges in Saskatoon Fairview and across the province.

    In February of 2013, Jennifer was appointed as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Education (Anti-Bullying Initiative) and asked by Premier Wall to Chair a new Premier’s Aboriginal Youth Task Force.

    Jennifer serves as a member of Priorities and Planning Committee, the Cabinet Committee on Children and Youth, the Economy Standing Committee, the Public Accounts Committee and is Vice-Chair of Economy CPC.

    Veronica Carr

    Carr LC (AR11)



    Veronica graduated with a B.A Honours in Philosophy with a Minor in WGST from the U of S in '12, and is currently working on her M.A in Philosophy of Education at OISE, University of Toronto. Veronica was an avid volunteer at the U of S and in Saskatoon Community, including working as a LC Peer Mentor for two years during her undergrad. She continues to work passionately for and with students as the Eternal Commissioner of the U of T Graduate Students' Union. 

    Kim Clarke

    Clark LC (AR10)



    Kim graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the U of S in ’06 and a LL.B. from the U of S in 2009. Kim articled in Saskatoon with a mid-sized law firm and was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2010. Kim’s legal practice is primarily in litigation and she has represented clients in all levels of Court in Saskatchewan. Kim also remains active in the community, volunteering with C.L.A.S.S.I.C.,  Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, the U of S College of Law and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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    Marla Davidson

    Davidson LC (AR05)

    Marla graduated from the U of S with a B.Sc. in Anatomy in 2001, a M.D. in 2004 and completed her psychiatry residency in 2010.  She completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Dalhousie University in 2011. Marla currently works as a geriatric psychiatrist in the Saskatoon Health Region.  She is an assistant professor, clinician educator, in the Department of Psychiatry at the U of S.  As a clinician educator she participates in research and scholarly activities in education that includes the development of new curriculum and innovative teaching techniques for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.  In her geriatric work, she sees elderly patients with a spectrum of illnesses ranging from depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders to delirium and dementia. 

    John Desjarlais

    Desjarlais LC (EN02)


    John completed training to become a Radiation and Environmental Monitoring Technician through SIAST in '01, then moved on to complete a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the U of S in '11. John currently works as a Maintenance Engineer at Cameco and is working towards a M.B.A. (Masters of Business Administration) with the Edward's School of Business at the U of S. John enjoys helping people and is passionate about motivating and inspiring primary and secondary students to pursue their goals in advanced education.

    Rachel Fiddler

    Rachel Fiddler (ASAP02)

    Rachel Fiddler holds a B.A. in Sociology where she studied the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program (ABJAC), convocating in 2008. She developed so many lasting friendships and was mentored by so many people at the time of her studies, which is something she hopes to be able to give back to current students. She believes that people can accomplish anything they put their minds to, given the right support and determination.

    Over the years she has worked in areas of community development and feels passionate about the strength and advancement of Aboriginal people. She continues to work at Oskayak High School in Saskatoon as a Community Liaison Coordinator. She is focussing on working and raising a family while her husband is pursuing an MBA at the U of S, and she will return to pursue further studies in the near future.

    Rachel has roots on the Cote First Nation where she was adopted from. She was raised in Saskatoon in a Cree/German home with parents who taught her the strong value of a university education. She is a band member of the Waterhen Lake First Nation which is home to her. Her and her husband Alex are raising 2 children who are currently age 6 and 7.

    Daniel Fuller

    Fuller LC (KI02)

    Daniel holds a PhD in public health from the University of Montreal with a specialization in health promotion. He is currently a Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation post-doctoral fellow working in partnership with Cory Neudorf in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan and Erin Strumpf in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University. Broadly, his research interests include population health, natural experiments, and physical activity. He is currently working on a number of grants including an international evaluation of the impact of public bicycle share programs on cycling and collisions in North America.

    Rachel Gough

    Gough LC (AR09)



    Rachel graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in '05 and an M.D. in '09 and has worked around the province as a locum Family Physician. She is passionate about sexual health and providing services in marginalized communities in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and abroad. She is currently a full time mom to her 3 month old son Loïc and is looking forward to being a part of a Learning Community again this year. 

    Amy Harrison

    Harrison LC (AR08)


    Amy graduated with a B.A. Honours in Psychology from the U of S in '06, a M.Sc. in Psychology from the Universite de Montreal in '08, and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at McMaster University. Amy's favourite aspect of her work as a Ph.D. student is constantly being challenged to learn something new - a new technology, methodology, analysis method - and to look at things from new angles, often outside her field of study.

    Natasha HaskeyHaskey LC (AR04)

    Natasha received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the U of S in ‘98 and completed a postgraduate dietetic internship in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region in ‘99. She later went on to earn a Masters of Science in Nutrition in ’07. Natasha currently works as a Registered Dietitian in the Saskatoon Health Region where she provides nutrition students with experiential learning opportunities. Natasha is passionate about food and the important role nutrition plays in both preventing and managing health and disease.

    Alika LaFontaine LaFontaine LC (AR01)

    Alika Lafontaine is a 31-year-old Aboriginal physician of mixed heritage, born and raised in Southern Saskatchewan/Treaty 4 territory. After Alika was labeled learning-disabled as a child, his parents made the decision to homeschool him and began the pattern of hard work and deliberate mentorship that defines him today.
     
    At age 16, Alika became one of the youngest Aboriginal recipients of a prestigious undergraduate NSERC research grant and remains the youngest recipient of the Indspire Award, the highest honour Canada's Indigenous Peoples give their own. After completing his Bachelors of Science in chemistry, he completed his MD at the University of Saskatchewan followed by a five-year fellowship in anesthesiology. In the midst of his fellowship Alika became CBC's "Canada's Next Great Prime Minister," winning the national competition with a platform focused on reconciling the Treaty relationship between Canada's Indigenous Peoples and Canadians.
     
    Alika currently practices as an anesthesiologist in Northern Alberta, serves as vice-president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and is an elected member of the representative forum of the Alberta Medical Association.  He is also a founding partner of Pure Enviro Management Canada, a national bioremediation company that decontaminates petroleum and chlorinated solvent waste.

    Ian Loughran

    Loughran LC (EN03)

    Ian graduated from the U of S with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics in 1995. He has worked in telecommunications, spent time as an entrepreneur in the smartphone software and motorcycle industries, and is currently involved in energy and environmental sustainability. Ian brings with him a broad background in business and engineering, developed from extensive international work experience within a large private corporation, two small business start-ups, three not-for-profits, a crown corporation, and currently within a municipal government.  He looks forward to sharing his work and life experiences and helping to assist students with their educational and career journeys.

    Candace Lowe

    Lowe LC (AB02)

    Candace Lowe graduated from the U of S Veterinary Medicine program in 2005. After working for three years as a clinical associate in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Small Animal Clinical Science department she pursued a Residency and Masters program. Following her three year residency in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery and Masters of Veterinary Science, Candace accepted a position at the WCVM as an assistant professor. Lowe enjoys the variety that is offered with a career with the U of S, including teaching, clinical practice and research. As a First Nations member from northern Manitoba she also takes any opportunity to educate and inspire First Nations youth to set and pursue their career goals. 

    Amelia Lowe-Muller

    Lowe-Muller LC (AR06)

    Amelia graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 2007 from the University of Saskatchewan. As a student, she worked as the Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Sheaf, performed in plays at Greystone theatre, volunteered with Disability Services for Students and worked as a ULife 101 coach. She went on to work at the University in various capacities; specifically, she created and assessed retention strategies and organized Orientation for new students. Along the way, she cultivated a deep passion for volunteering and community service, serving as both a University Senator and as an Executive member of the Varsity View Community Association. After five years of working in higher education, she was admitted to the College of Law at the U of S, and will graduate in 2015. 

    Malo LC (AB01)

    Malo LC (AB01)

    Lisa graduated with a B.S.A. in Agricultural Biology in 2011 and just finished her M.Sc. in Plant Sciences (2013), both at the University of Saskatchewan. Lisa is beginning her professional career as a Development and Licensing Representative for Bayer CropScience in their Crop Protection division in Olds/Brooks, AB. After only ever being a student, she is looking forward to stepping into this new role and conducting innovative research with a world renowned agricultural company. It will bring new challenges and exciting possibilities for the future. Her favourite parts of her job are being able to work outdoors all summer and being able to work within a great team environment.

    Jessica McLeod

    McLeod LC (AR02)

    Jessica is a two-time alumni of the U of S. She finished a 3-year B.A. in English in '11 and immediately entered the Post-Degree Nursing Program. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in '13 and was hired to work on the Maternal and Newborn Care unit at Royal University Hospital. Throughout her 5 years at the U of S, Jessica was closely involved in the work of the University Learning Centre. Her fist year saw her a member of a Learning Community, and the next 4 saw her involved in many roles as a PAL Peer Mentor, including leading 2 Learning Communities herself. Through this involvement, Jessica discovered that being at university was so much more than getting an education. It was meeting new friends, learning how to apply what she learned in classes to her real life passions, and helping others discover the same things. As she enters this new chapter in her career, she is excited to be offering her name to a Learning Community as an ANM. She hopes she can inspire some future nurses as they start their careers, and help them discover their passions.

    Brahm NeufeldNeufeld LC (EN01)

    Brahm completed his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering in 2010 with the Professional Communication Option offered by the Graham Centre for the Study of Communication. During university he worked at SCI-FI Science Camps at the College of Engineering, eventually becoming director and overseeing the camps, workshops and outreach programming that reaches thousands of Saskatchewan kids each summer. Brahm now works at Hatch as a Systems & Process Control Engineer-in-Training where he loves the challenges associated with on-site work. He spent 14 months commissioning and starting a major potash mine expansion where he was responsible for PLC (programmable logic controller) and DCS (distributed control system) programming: process automation, safety interlocks, enabling communication across industrial networks/protocols, developing operator graphics, and troubleshooting issues that arose during startup. 
    Omeasoo ButtOmeasoo ASAP (ASAP03) 

    Omeasoo graduated with a B.A. in History from the U of S in '05, an M.A. from the Univeristy of Ottawa in '08, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the U of S. Omeasoo loves working with students and the communities she does research with. To her, there is nothing more satisfying than having a good conversation where both people learn something novel and interesting.
     Mara SelandersSelanders LC (STM01)

    Mara graduated with a B.A. Honours in English and a minor in Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good from the U of S in ’13 and is beginning an M.A. in Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa in the fall. Mara was a committed member of both the University of Saskatchewan and St. Thomas More College communities and gravitated towards organizations involving initiatives that focus on eco- and social justice, including Development and Peace, the Health and Sustainability Living Learning Community, and the Service and Justice Project. She hopes to continue to inspire justice through her work as a journalist.

    Louise Shannon

    Shannon LC (EN04)


    Louise graduated at U of S with a B.Sc. Geology in ‘98 and a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering in '03 and currently works as a Geotechnical Engineer with Knight Piésold Ltd. in Vancouver. Louise's favourite aspect of her work is the opportunity to experience different cultures while working on various mining projects throughout the world.  Louise’s interests range from seismic hazard assessment, terrain hazard assessment, slope stability/rock mechanics, and site investigation. 

     

    Rebecca Steffenson

    Steffenson LC (EN06)

    Rebecca completed her B.Sc. in Electrical engineering in 2013 with the Professional Communication Option offered by the Graham Centre for the Study of Communication.  Throughout university Rebecca was involved with extracurricular groups whether it was captaining ultimate frisbee teams or being the class representative for the U of S student branch of the IEEE.  During her last year of university Rebecca was the president of the Saskatoon Engineering Students’ Society (SESS) where she helped implement a new structure for the society and introduced long term goals for the student group.  During her presidency she made many contacts with industry and started working at Hatch this summer. Rebecca is currently an Engineer In Training in Hatch’s System and Process Controls group.  Rebecca looks forward to sharing the skills she has learned at the start of her career as well as during her presidency. 

    Felix ThomasThomas ASAP (ASAP05)

    Felix Thomas is a member of the Kinistin First Nation. He earned a bachelor’s degree of Science in Phys. Ed and a bachelor’s degree in Arts with a major in Native Studies from the U of S. Felix has accumulated eighteen years political experience in First Nation governance serving as a band Councilor and Chief, and was elected Tribal Chief of the Saskatoon Tribal Council in 2008. His work has resulted in progressive partnerships with all levels of government, public service and private industry. He works to expand STC’s role as an active participant in the community and Saskatchewan economy and improve the quality of life for First Nations.

 


2012-2013 Alumni Namesake Mentors

  • Danielle Anderson

    NUCLEAR MEDICINE - Anderson LC (AR01)


    Danielle graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from the U of S in '08 and is currently working toward her Ph. D. through the Division of Medical Physics, Department of Oncology, at the University of Alberta. During her undergrad, Danielle worked as a summer student at the Canadian Light Source. The experience was rewarding and enriching, and she found it validating to know that the theoretical knowledge and problem solving skills gained in her university classes could be applied to real life, interesting situations. 

    Kjell Anderson

    HUMAN RIGHTS - Anderson LC (AR12)

    Kjell graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from the U of S in '00, then proceeded to obtain an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University in '04, a L.L.M. in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University in '05, and a Ph.D. in Human Rights from the National University of Ireland in '11. Kjell's favourite aspect of human rights work is having the ability to improve the lives of others in concrete ways. He has done human rights work and research in a wide variety of countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Bosnia, India, Bangladesh, and Cambodia, and currently works as a Program Manager with The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

     

    Julie Bakke

    BODY, MIND & MOTION - Bakke LC (KI01)


    Julie graduated with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology from the U of S in '09, then proceeded to obtain a M.Sc in Occupational Therapy from the Univeristy of Alberta in '11. Julie loves people and currently works as an Occupational Therapist with Kinetik Rehabilitation Services in Saskatoon. Through her work as an OT, Julie uses the knowledge obtained from her degrees to help people achieve goals that will allow them to live happier and more fulfilled lives.

    Brittany Brillon

    ENGINEERING - Brillon LC (EN01)


    Brittany graduated with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the U of S in '10 and currently works as a Structural Engineer with HATCH in Saskatoon. Brittany's favourite aspect of her work is the everyday design challenges with green and brown field projects, as well as the ability to experience site conditions. Working in an industrial environment, the majority of the challenges she faces are new; she rarely experiences the same problem twice, and she finds it rewarding to challenge and push herself to new limits. 

    Allison Cameron

    SENSE OF PLACE - Cameron LC (AR09)


    Allison graduated with a B.Ed. in Secondary Education from the U of S in '01, and has since obtained her Special Education Certificate ('02) and M.Ed in Curriculum Studies ('11) from the U of S. Allison currently works as a teacher in the Saskatoon Public School Dividion at City Park Collegiate and enjoys working with youth and being challenged in different ways every single day. Allison is passionate about healthy lifestyles and the repercussions of leading a life with physical activity and physical education, and incorporates this passion into her work with schools, organizations, and communtiies.

    Veronica Carr

    SOCIAL JUSTICE & THE COMMON GOOD - Carr LC (STM01)


    Veronica graduated with a B.A Honours in Philosophy with a Minor in WGST from the U of S in '12, and will be starting an M.A. at the University of Toronto this fall in the Philosophy stream of the new Humanities, Social Sciences & Social Justice Education program. Veronica is an avid volunteer and has been deeply involved in the Service and Justice Program at St. Thomas More College at the U of S, visiting Honduras in the summer of '11. 

    Richard Cossette

    FRENCH CANADA - Cossette LC (AR14)


    Richard graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from the U of S in '06 and a B.Ed. from the U of S in '08. Richard currently works as a high school teacher at Bedford Road Collegiate Institute in Saskatoon and enjoys building lasting and impacting relationships with local youth from the community. He also enjoys having the opportunity to be continually challenged by new ideas and working in an environment where ongoing learning and risk-taking are rewarded and celebrated.  

    Braden Davie

    FOOD SOVEREIGNTY - Davie LC (AR05)


    Braden graduated with a B.Sc. in Nursing from the U of S in '11 and currently works as an RN on 7.3 Neurossurgery with the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax, N.S.. Many of the patients Braden works with require in-depth assessments and complex nursing interventions; he enjoys all of the challenges associated with being a Registered Nurse.

    John Desjarlais

    ENGINEERING - Desjarlais LC (EN03)


    John completed training to become a Radiation and Environmental Monitoring Technician through SIAST in '01, then moved on to complete a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the U of S in '11. John currently works as a Maintenance Engineer at Cameco and is working towards a M.B.A. (Masters of Business Administration) with the Edward's School of Business at the U of S. John enjoys helping people and is passionate about motivating and inspiring primary and secondary students to pursue their goals in advanced education.

    John Dosman

    READING THE BRAIN - Dosman LC (AR02)


    John graduated with a B.Sc. in Environmental Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta in '03 and an M.D. at the U of S in '07. John currently works as a Family Physician at the Saskatoon Community Clinic and enjoys interacting with many different people every day. Through his work, he also has the opportunity to explore his interest in the connections between environment and human health.

    Dana Durell

    SUSTAINING HUMAN CULTURE - Durell LC (AR16)


    Dana graduated with a B.A. in Archaeology from the U of S in '08 and currently works as an Archaeologist with Western Heritage Services in Saskatoon. The most interesting part of archaeology work for Dana is field work, as he loves to work outside and be physically involved in the aspects of human culture he is studying. He also enjoys linking the past and present, especially in a country as culturally fragmented and broken as Canada.

    Ashley Forbes

    ENGINEERING - Forbes LC (EN02)


    Ashley graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the U of S in '06 and currently works as an Electrical Engineer with SNC-Lavalin in Saskatoon where she enjoys the diversified challenges and enviroments that come with working in consulting engineering. Ashley also serves as the vice chair of the Student Development Committee for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, and finds this role between the professional association and students quite rewarding.

    Daniel Fuller

    SPORTS LITERATURE & A CULTURE IN MOTION - Fuller LC (KI02)


    Dan graduated with a B.Sc in Kinesiology from the U of S in '05, a M.Sc in Kinesiology from the U of S in '07, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Montreal in '12. Dan's favorite part of his work is collaborating with researchers from different cities and countries, and thinking and talking about how to research and change population levels of physical activity and reduce social inequalities in health.

     

    Rachel Gough

    CRITICAL THINKING IN HEALTH CARE - Gough LC (AR04)


    Rachel graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the U of S in '05, an M.D from the U of S in '09, and currently workis as a Family Physician with Northern Medical Services in Saskatchenwan. In her work as a doctor, Rachel most enjoys the diversity and the people she has the opportunity to work with. 

    Charles Hamilton

    SOCIETY & IDENTITY - Hamilton LC (AR06)


    Charles graduated with a B.A. in English from the U of S in '09 and currently works as a Journalist with the Star Phoenix and Postmedia News where he enjoys writing and reporting on the things that matter to him and his community. In addition to his work as a journalist, Charles is also the Executive Director of "Tonight It's Poetry", Saskatoon's only weekly poetry series and poetry slam. 

    Amy Harrison

    THE HUMAN MIND - Harrison LC (AR08)


    Amy graduated with a B.A. Honours in Psychology from the U of S in '06, a M.Sc. in Psychology from the Universite de Montreal in '08, and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at McMaster University. Amy's favourite aspect of her work as a Ph.D. student is constantly being challenged to learn something new - a new technology, methodology, analysis method - and to look at things from new angles, often outside her field of study.

    Denise Huynh

    CULTURAL EVOLUTION & DIVERSITY - Huynh LC (AR13)


    Denise graduated with a B.A. in Archaeology with a Minor in Historical Studies from the University of Calgary in '02, and an M.A. in Archaeology from the U of S in '10. Denise currently works as an Archaeologist with Lifeways of Canada, and is also a sessional lecturer at the U of S. She appreciates how archaeology allows for a tangible link to the pasts, and enjoys experiencing and sharing this connection with others. Denise also really enjoys doing archaeological fieldwork. While it can be very physically demanding, she loves how it allows her to test and exceed her physical limits, visit new places, meet new people, and work with a team.

    Victor Kernaleguen

    HEALTH SCIENCES & ACRICULTURE AND BIORESOURCES - Kernaleguen LC (AB02)


    Victor graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the U of S in '08 and runs his own Veterinary business, Gateway Veterinary Medicine, in Melfort, Saskatchewan. Victor's favourite aspect of his work is the constant change of situation, and the challenge to adapt and deal with each situation individually. He also enjoys the challenge of being his own boss and owning his own business. 

    Lisa Malo

    SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES - Malo LC (AB01)


    Lisa graduated with a B.S.A. from the U of S in '11 and is currently an M.Sc. Candidate in the Department of Plant Sciences at the U of S. Lisa loves the flexibility of her work and the constant learning involved with doing new things and learning about her project. Along with her research, she also gets to go to conferences and workshops and gain experience and knowledge about other exciting things in the plant science community. On top of that, she enjoys the travel opportunities that often arise. 

    Kendal Netmaker

    ABORIGINAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM - Netmaker LC (ASAP02)


    Kendal graduated with a B.Ed. and B.A. in Native Studies from the U of S in '11 and is the owner of Neechie Gear, a purpose-driven clothing company (which has won a numbe of provinvial and national awards) that is outfitting young athletes across Canada and promoting the positive aspects of sports among youth. Kendal has enjoyed the journey of creating his own company and seeing it grow.

    Omeasoo Butt

    ABORIGINAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM - Omeasoo LC (ASAP03)


    Omeasoo graduated with a B.A in History from the U of S in '05, an M.A from the University of Ottawa in '08, and is currently a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of History at the U of S. Omeasoo loves working with students and the communities she does research with. To her, there is nothing more satisfying than having a good conversation where both people learn something novel and interesting.

    Dawn Pratt

    ABORIGINAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM - Pratt LC (ASAP01)


    Dawn graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Regina in '03, an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the U of S in '11, and currently works as a Senior Engagement Advisor, Aboriginal Relations, with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. Dawn's favorite aspect of her work is having the opportunity to inform and engage/dialogue with various types of people and communities about nuclear waste management. She also likes traveling to various places and learning  about the nuclear waste management challenges facing Canada and other countries around the world.

    Derek Rope

    STORYTELLING AS TEACHINGS - Rope LC (AR10)


    Derek graduated with a B.Ed. from the U of S in '11 and currently works as part of the Aboriginal Engagement team with BHP Billiton. 

    Anthony Santoro

    GENDER, CULTURE & DIVERSITY - Santoro LC (AR07)


    Anthony graduated with a B.Ed. from the U of S in '09 and is currently working toward an M.Ed. at the U of S. When working as a teacher, Anthony's favourite aspect of his work was the students he taught. He became a teacher because he love learning and sharing what he's learned. 

    Serife Tekin

    THE GOLOBAL ECONOMY - Tekin LC (AR15)


    Serife graduated with a B.Sc. in Economics with a Minor in Philosophy from the Middle East Technical University in '02, an M.A. in Philosophy from the U of S in '04, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from York University in '10, and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh.

    Lee Vermeulen

    MODELING THE WORLD - Vermeulen LC (AR03)


    Lee graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the U of S in '09 and currently works as a Programmer with Alientrap Games Inc. in Saskatoon. According to Lee,the most enjoyable part of developing smaller games is coming up with gameplay ideas and mechanics, and prototyping these and figuring out what works; trying to make something challenging, accessible to players, and cinematic and aestheticly interesting. The games Lee creates are currently all PC based, so he really enjoys having a final say over what the final product is and how it's released. 

    Merek Wigness

    GLOBALIZATION & BIOTECHNOLOGY - Wigness LC (AR17)


    Merek graduated with a B.Sc. Honours in Biochemistry from the U of S in '97 and currently works as a Senior Plant Molecular Biology Technician with Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. Merek enjoys the cutting-edge research involved with his job, which incorporates cool techniques such as confocal microscopy, qPCR, and protein engineering.


Responsibilities of an Alumni Namesake Mentor:

1. Connect with LC Peer Mentors before the first LC Hour: connect with them on the LC Wiki and arrange a time to go for coffee, chat via Skype, correspond via email, etc.
      • Each LC is led by two-three Peer Mentors: upper-year student volunteers interested in mentorship and life-long learning. ANMs are provided with access to the LC Wiki, which contains the names and contact information for their LC's Peer Mentors, in mid-late August.

2. Attend an LC Hour at some point throughout the term, either in-person, via Skype, etc.
      • Peer Mentor-led weekly LC Hours focus on:
        • community engagement
        • collaborative learning
        • program and career exploration*
        • academic enrichment
      • Consult the "LC Hours" section of the LC Wiki to see what's being planned for upcoming LC Hours, and offer feedback.
         
3. Collaborate with LC Peer Mentors to help facilitate a First Year to First Career LC Hour.
      • This LC Hour focuses on *program and career exploration by exposing new university students to a variety of career possibilities linked to the courses and/or theme of their LC. 
      • To prepare for the First Year to First Career LC Hour, ANMs and Peer Mentors share ideas and collaborate on an outline (the LC Wiki is a great place to do this planning). 
      • Ideally, the ANM participates in this LC Hour, either in person, via pre-recorded message or letter, Skype, etc. Through sharing their experiences, ANMs help students adjust the expectations they have of their own academic performance.


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Becoming an Alumni Namesake Mentor:

If you are a U of S alumni from the college of Arts & Science, Agriculture & Bioresources, Kinesiology or Engineering who is interested in getting involved with the Learning Communities program, please contact us at LC@usask.ca or 966-7771.