Ore Gangue launches alumni bursary fund


The Ore Gangue’s Alumni Bursary Fund is off to a healthy start with more than $80,000 raised toward an ambitious target of $500,000. The first two recipients, Zoe Brewster (’14) and Carson Brown (’14), will receive bursaries of $3,500.

The idea of the bursary fund developed at the annual golf tournament held by Calgary alumni each autumn. Spearheaded by Gordon Beach (BSc’74), the committee has attracted both younger as well as older, experienced alumni. The goal of the bursary is to provide financial support, reward academic performance and recognize the contributions of the society’s student members.

To support their initiatives, the group recently launched a website (oregangue.org) that includes a history of the Ore Gangue dating back to its earliest years. Beach calls the Calgary Ore Gangue a tight-knit organization with strong social and professional bonds. They first met as university students in Saskatoon, and as they migrated towards the centre of the oil and gas industry in Calgary the group continued to stick together.

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Donors Leslie and Irene Dubé receive top honour at international awards for philanthropy


Leslie and Irene Dubé, honoured alumni and donors to the University of Saskatchewan, received the 2013 Award for Outstanding Philanthropist – an international award that recognizes exceptional generosity and philanthropic leadership in their community.

The award was presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at the 50th International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego, CA on April 6, 2013.
The Dubés donation of $10 million to the U of S’s Health Sciences Project, and their continued leadership to promote interdisciplinary learning and research across all health sciences disciplines, were two of the significant contributions that were mentioned in the nomination submitted by the University of Saskatchewan.

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Inspiring students to follow their passions


This week students at the Saskatoon campus had a unique opportunity to learn from one of the city’s leading developers and philanthropists, Professor Emeritus Karim (Kay) Nasser. The event, which took place this past Wednesday in Place Riel, was the official launch for Dr. Nasser’s second book, How to Achieve Your Dreams.

By sharing on his own life experiences and the resulting path he took navigating his diverse career, Dr. Nasser hopes that this book will be a road map for success for students, inspiring them to achieve their personal and professional goals. He says, “It’s what I’ve learned in my life – my observations. I’m passing this on to students so they can hopefully learn from the experience of others.” Continue reading