Donation from alumnus David Dubé and Heather Ryan puts more Huskie fans in the stands!

Longtime University of Saskatchewan Huskie football supporters David Dubé and Heather Ryan have once again generously given to the program with the design and construction of new seating for Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
The expansion will add 1,174 new seats for fans on game nights. The new seating includes 880 premium stadium seats to expand 10 rows onto the top of sections 10, 11 and 12. The premium seats will add extra room for fans at 22” and 23” wide, have cup holders, as well as back and arm rests. Coloured in green and grey, the seats will also spell out Huskies. The seats will become the first stadium seats in a football park in Saskatchewan.
In addition to the premium seats, 294 bleacher seats will be added as an extension on to section nine. Section nine has been designated as the student zone.
“Huskie Athletics and the football program can’t begin to thank David and Heather for their support, vision and dedication to us, our coaching staff and our athletes,” said athletic director Basil Hughton. “David and Heather have helped Huskie Athletics grow to the next level and we appreciate everything they have done for us. These new seats will be an added bonus to our fans on game day.”
Dube, Ryan and Concorde Group of Companies have been one of Huskie Athletics biggest supporters in recent years. Their generosity includes “Duke” the bronze dog statue on the stadium steps, enhancements to game day experience including fireworks and the Concorde Kids Zone, equipment for the Clubhouse expansion and a commitment to Huskie Athletics as the lead partner.
“Heather and I are committed to Huskie football and making it the greatest game day experience in Canada,” said Dube. “By adding to the seats originally provided by PotashCorp Park for the Vanier Cup and adding premium stadium seats it will allow even more fans in our great community to come out and support the team and join us in making the stadium a competitive advantage for Huskie home games.”
Construction on the new seating will begin shortly with completion expected for the Huskies Canada West season opener on September 2.

Volunteers Recognized at 95th AGM

The University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association elected its new Board of Directors for 2011-12 at its 95th Annual General Meeting on June 16.
In his welcoming remarks, U of S President Peter MacKinnon told attendees that as the “official story-teller” of the University of Saskatchewan, he has so many good stories to tell about our accomplished alumni.
Jason Aebig (BA’99), the new president of the U of S Alumni Association, concluded the business portion of the meeting by encouraging all U of S alumni “to build a stronger community of alumni by being involved in local branch activities and a variety of alumni events held throughout the year.”
University volunteers were recognized immediately following the business portion of the evening. Certificates of appreciation were given to alumni, retired faculty & staff and university volunteers who generously offered their time and expertise throughout the year. Jonathon Moore-Wright, a member of the association’s Volunteer Development Committee stated, “Whether you have volunteered at events, with your college, with an advisory group, on one of our various committees, with the Board of Directors, or in any other way, I give a heart-felt thank you on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association.”
Members of the University of Saskatchewan Wind Ensemble provided music during the reception after the meeting.
2011 AGM Reports and Minutes
2011-12 Board of Directors

Cameco CEO Announces Gift to U of S Business Students


Cameco Chief Executive Officer Gerald Grandey announced a $1 million gift to the Edwards School of Business at an event hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Wednesday evening. The gift – which is a combined donation from Jerry and Tina Grandey and a legacy gift from Cameco Corporation – is to be directed toward a variety of leadership initiatives.
“Leadership development has been one of my passions in my tenure as CEO of Cameco,” said Grandey, who is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Edwards School. “Developing strong business professionals depends on fostering leadership skills. My wife Tina and I are thrilled to help out in this way.”
The event, held at the university’s Faculty Club, provided an opportunity for U of S President Peter MacKinnon to thank Grandey, his wife and Cameco for their ongoing support of the university and the Saskatoon business community.
“We are delighted to receive such a generous gift,” said Daphne Taras, dean of the Edwards School. “And we are excited to match the interests of a supporter with a demonstrable need within our School.”
For more information, contact:
Jan Kalinowski, Development Officer
Edwards School of Business
University of Saskatchewan
(306) 966-5437