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University of Saskatchewan and Montreal Lake Cree Nation celebrate an important treaty document returning to Saskatchewan

October 22, 2014

At a ceremony today in Montreal Lake, representatives from the Montreal Lake Cree Nation and the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan celebrated an acquisition and a permanent loan agreement that brings an important treaty document home to Saskatchewan.

The Montreal Lake Cree Nation and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, once collectively known as the Green Lake Indians, signed an “adhesion” to Treaty 6 in 1889. This agreement with the Crown would ultimately result in the creation of the

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U of S Alumni Association honours award recipients

October 22, 2014

The University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association invites media to attend the Honouring Our Alumni Achievement Awards reception and presentations:

Thursday, October 23

Reception: 5:30 pm

Awards presentation: 6:30 pm

Louis’ Loft, Memorial Union Building, U of S campus

Saskatoon, SK

The 2014 recipients are:

Leanne Bellegarde (LLB’91) for her leadership in advancing Aboriginal partnerships.

Merlis Belsher (BComm’57, LLB’63) for his dedicated service and philanthropy to the University of Saskatchewan.

Shannon Dyck, young alumni recipient* (BA’09, MES’12) for her volunteerism

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More than 970 University of Saskatchewan students graduate this fall

October 22, 2014

The University of Saskatchewan invites media to fall convocation.

Oct. 25, 2014

TCU Place, 35 22nd Street East, Saskatoon

About 970 students are graduating this fall from the University of Saskatchewan. These graduates join a community of more than 144,000 graduates who, year after year, continue to build on the success of those before them. U of S alumni include a Canadian prime minister, a Nobel Prize winner, award-winning authors and artists, groundbreaking researchers, successful business executives and accomplished athletes.

All ceremonies will be

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University of Saskatchewan MEND childhood obesity prevention program expands to Moose Jaw

October 21, 2014

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) launched its Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It (MEND) program in Moose Jaw in October, providing a fun exercise and nutrition program to local children at no cost. The program is aimed at children who are above healthy weights, and inspires them to change the behaviours that can contribute to obesity.

MEND is an internationally recognized obesity-prevention program with participants in the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Australia, the United States and New Zealand. In 2012,

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University of Saskatchewan files appeal to seek clarity on governance

October 15, 2014

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is asking the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to reconsider a recent arbitration decision that seems to give the collective agreement with faculty more weight in university governance than does provincial legislation.

The arbitrator’s decision suggests the U of S Board of Governors gets its authority from the faculty collective agreement, rather than from the University of Saskatchewan Act (1995) created on behalf of the people of Saskatchewan to govern the university. The decision calls

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University of Saskatchewan to build a 90-spot child-care facility

October 14, 2014

The University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors approved a new child-care facility to be built in the university’s College Quarter.

The building will go out for tender next month and a construction start date will be negotiated shortly, explained Patti McDougall, vice-provost of teaching and learning at the University of Saskatchewan.

“The development of child-care spaces will benefit the student experience, especially for graduate and Aboriginal students,” said McDougall. “The need for child care certainly exceeds the 110 spaces we currently have.”


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Author Joseph Boyden to speak at U of S

October 14, 2014

Renowned Canadian author Joseph Boyden (Three Day Road, The Orenda) will speak at two public events hosted by the College of Arts and Science on Oct. 15.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

University of Saskatchewan Campus

1-2:30 pm

Book Club Discussion: Three Day Road

Quance Theatre (Education Building Room 1003)

28 Campus Drive


7:30 pm

“My Writing Life” Lecture, Reception & Book Signing

Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building

105 Administration Place


Media are invited to both events. Please note that the afternoon discussion has moved from its previously advertised location.

Born in Willowdale, ON,

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Greg Smith elected chair of the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors

October 9, 2014

Greg Smith, FCA, a commerce graduate of the U of S and partner in the Swift Current accounting firm Stark & Marsh LLP, will assume the role of chair of the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors in October.

The board approved a motion October 9 naming Smith to replace Susan Milburn as chair, and to elect Lee Ahenakew as vice-chair. Milburn, a member of the board since 2006, will conclude her term on October 18 when University Senate will elect

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University of Saskatchewan offers students, employees bus rides to campus

October 9, 2014

Beginning Friday, Oct. 10, buses leased by the University of Saskatchewan will be available at locations across the city to transport students, staff and faculty to campus.

Students and employees will be asked to show the bus driver their U of S ID card to use this free service.

“We respect the parties involved in the Saskatoon Transit lockout and know that they will exercise their rights under legislation and collective agreements,” said Jeff Dumba, associate vice-president of financial services at the

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U of S alumnus and tech helping in fight against Ebola

October 8, 2014

A suite of tools developed at the University of Saskatchewan is giving researchers new insights into how the Ebola virus, currently epidemic in some parts of Africa, wreaks havoc on its victims.

“It’s the first time these tools have been used on Ebola specifically,” said U of S alumnus and Saskatoon native Jason Kindrachuk, now with the National Institutes of Health Integrated Research Facility (IRF) at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Kindrachuk led the team that discovered how Ebola interferes with a key cell

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