College of Law establishes Estey Chair in Business Law


A $2 million donation to the University of Saskatchewan will establish the Estey Chair in Business Law in the College of Law. John and Bill Estey, sons of the late Willard “Bud” Estey, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, have given the largest-ever private donation to the college in their father’s honour to establish the chair.

Estey graduated from the College of Law in 1942 and went on to serve as a member of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Chief Justice of the High Court and as Chief Justice of Ontario. In 1977, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Estey Chair in Business Law is intended to attract outstanding scholars in the area of business law. Chairholders will be expected to teach business law courses within the college, conduct world-class research in their field, as well as share their expertise and engage in outreach activities with the wider legal community.

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Dedicating the Home of the Huskies


The Huskies football team honoured two special guests at their Friday night game this past week – Ron and Jane Graham. The Grahams were instrumental in establishing the new Graham Huskie Clubhouse in 2010 to ensure that the Huskies had every advantage, both on and off the field.

The Graham’s investment in the Huskies stems from their experiences as students at the University of Saskatchewan. Ron studied engineering and played quarterback for the Huskies football team, while Jane studied education, and was actively involved in swimming and fencing. Upon graduation in 1962, Ron began a general contracting business which he developed into the Graham Group of Companies.

The Graham family has given close to $6 million to the university, investing in Huskie Athletics, countless scholarships and facilities like the Ron and Jane Graham Centre for the Study of Communication in the College of Engineering. In 2006, Ron and Jane financed a new clubhouse for the Huskies football team at Griffiths Stadium featuring lockers, meeting and office rooms, laundry facilities and ticket windows. In 2010, they donated to expand on the clubhouse to help provide more meeting rooms and a workout facility for the football team. The centre is named the Graham Huskie Clubhouse to also acknowledge Ron’s father, Peter, who played Huskies basketball and football in the 1930s.

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Jim Cuddy visits U o f S for a rare lecture and acoustic performance


Jim Cuddy was a special guest of the University of Saskatchewan as part of the Gail Appel Lecture Series. Cuddy’s lecture, titled Canadian Music: The Dawning of Independence, took place in Convocation Hall on October 18, for an intimate crowd of 200. Cuddy peppered his unique lecture with acoustic performances of some of his band Blue Rodeo’s greatest hits.

The rare performance was made possible through the Gail Appel Lecture Series in Literature and Fine Arts thanks to a generous donation by Gail Appel (B.A.’66) and her husband, Mark. Established in 2002, the series highlights literature and the fine arts on campus and exposes U of S students, faculty and the broader community to some of the world’s most distinguished and influential artists, including Sir Ken Robinson, Buffy St. Marie and Alan Lightman. Through the series, Gail says she hopes to inspire current students. “I want to encourage students. If it’s your passion, just keep doing it,” she said.

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Donation of world-class Bechstein piano benefits U of S student music performance


Music students at the University of Saskatchewan now have the opportunity to play one of the world’s best pianos thanks to a generous donation from philanthropists Roger and Marie Jolly.

The C. Bechstein D280 concert grand piano was moved into Convocation Hall in the Peter MacKinnon Building and will serve as the primary performance piano in what Roger Jolly describes as “the best acoustic hall for piano and vocal performance in the province. I think our kids deserve to play one of the finest-built pianos in the world,” he said.

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Leslie and Irene Dubé donate $1-million to St. Thomas More College


St. Thomas More College (STM) at the University of Saskatchewan announced today a $1 million leadership gift to its $6 million capital campaign. Longtime STM supporters Leslie and Irene Dubé were at the College today to announce their donation in support of an endowed Chair for Catholic Studies. In recognition of this gift, and in honour of their sustained generous support of the College over the years, STM will dedicate the Chair in their name as the Leslie and Irene Dubé Chair for Catholic Studies at St. Thomas More College.

The Leslie and Irene Dubé Chair for Catholic Studies will support scholarship in the area of Catholic Studies, broadly defined to include early, classical and contemporary iterations of Catholic teaching and tradition. Through exemplary teaching and reputable research, the Chair will foster the advancement of Catholic knowledge and education, promote ecumenical dialogue and advance awareness of the great faith traditions.

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Calgary family honours father with largest donation in College of Arts and Science history


The University of Saskatchewan has announced the establishment of the Murray W. Pyke Chair in Geological Sciences as a result of a significant gift from the Pyke family of Calgary. The donation is both the largest ever received by the Department of Geological Sciences and by the College of Arts and Sciences.

The announcement was made at a private event Thursday evening. U of S President Ilene Busch-Vishniac was in attendance and addressed the crowd, “The chairholder will be a valuable addition to the College of Arts and Science and the university as a whole, helping to advance our ambitious research plans for the University of Saskatchewan.”
U of S alumnus Murray Pyke was a prominent figure in minerals and petroleum exploration in Canada, and was founder, executive and director of Comaplex Resources and Bonterra Energy. Pyke passed away on May 6, 2009 at the age of 75.

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