U of S Alumni Receive Awards

Seven University of Saskatchewan alumni will be honoured with Alumni Achievement Awards at a reception October 28.
Award recipients for 2011 are:
B. E. (Bev) Allen (BSP’73) for his teaching, professional and volunteer service to the pharmacy profession.
Tony Dagnone (BComm’65) for his business contributions to Canadian health care and volunteer leadership.
L. David Dubé (BA’84) for his volunteer and philanthropic support of the U of S and Huskie Athletics.
Rui Feng (PhD’92) for entrepreneurial success in the mining and exploration industry.
Edward Hudek (BSA’40) for his contributions to the agriculture sector.
Ken Linnen (BE’72) for his leadership and mentorship in the Saskatchewan housing industry and his community.
Terrence Veeman (BSA’62) for his teaching and leadership in agriculture, forestry and food sustainability.
Jason Aebig (BA’99), president of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association says, “These alumni, and their significant accomplishments, have added important chapters to the story of our great university. In different spheres, and in different ways, each one of these recipients has demonstrated excellence, leadership and distinguished service. We are proud to honour and recognize these accomplished alumni and hope that their success inspires current students to pursue their own goals and dreams.”
The Alumni Achievement Awards recognize graduates of the University of Saskatchewan for excellence, leadership, and innovation in their achievements and contributions to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of society, which positively reflect on the University of Saskatchewan and the Alumni Association.
The format of the awards has changed this year, consolidating seven previous award categories into one Alumni Achievement Award that can be given to up to twelve nominated candidates. The new format will better recognize the diversity of alumni success and the variety of ways they better their communities.
A video of the awards presentation will be posted online soon after the event for those unable to attend. You can join conversation during the event through Twitter (#usaskalumni) or on the Alumni Association’s Facebook page.
Pictured above: Jason Aebig (left) and U of S President Peter MacKinnon (right) present a certificate to Rui Feng at a gift celebration Oct. 12. Photo by David Stobbe

Traditions at U of S explored

The University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association wants to record historical and current U of S traditions, and we need your input.
As can be expected, many traditions have emerged, changed and even disappeared throughout the history of the U of S. You may fondly remember things like Frosh Week, the Snake Dance, the Toga Run the Coronation Ball, Winter Carnival, Senior Stick and Senior Pin ceremonies and other college-based events and initiatives.
A project being undertaken by the U of S Alumni Association seeks to capture past and current traditions, and it will explore and encourage the continued growth of traditions.
Jason Aebig (BA’99), president of the Alumni Association, says, “The mission of the Alumni Association is to build upon a proud history and tradition at the U of S and to foster lifelong relationships between the university and its alumni. To fulfill this mission, we need to better understand our current and historical traditions and how those continue to affect the student experience and connections with the university after graduation.”
The project is also looking to the future. “Campus life has changed so much over the years. We need to balance tradition with a dynamic and changing learning environment,” says Aebig. “How can we connect the shared experiences we all have as members of the U of S community—past, present and future?”
Submit your university-, college- or club-based stories, photos and ideas by emailing uofs_traditions@usask.ca (please limit submissions to 500 words or less).
Contact us with your questions or for more information.

Three U of S alumni to receive Saskatchewan’s Highest Honour

Lieutenant Governor Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart (BA’67, PhD’98) announced the names of nine recipients to be invested into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and three of them are University of Saskatchewan alumni.
They are:
Dr. Edward Busse (Ted), BA’57
Busse, a native of Shaunavon, SK, earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. He went on to earn a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s of Science from McGill in the early 1960s before returning to Saskatchewan to practice medicine.
He has been called the pre-eminent cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in Saskatchewan with 40 years of scholarly publications to his credit. Busse, now retired and living in British Columbia, is a fellow of a number of professional bodies, including the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, he has enhanced cardiovascular and thoracic surgical techniques and he has improved cardiac pacing technology.
David Courtney Milne (Courtney), BA’64 (posthumous)
Milne, an award winning nature photographer from Grandora, SK, was named one of the College of Arts and Science 100 Alumni of Influence in 2009. He published 12 photography books, including his best-selling Sacred Earth that included a forward from the Dalai Lama. His photography took him all over the world, but Milne is best known for his prairie landscape images.
Shortly after Milne died of cancer in August 2010, his wife, Sherrill Miller, said “He felt his role as a photographer was to portray the mystery of our planet—to show the awe and wonder of nature, and the possibility of experiencing the world at much deeper levels than we ever thought possible.”
Professor Emeritus Karim Nasser (Kay), PhD’65
Originally from Lebanon, Nasser earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the American University of Beirut and master’s from the University of Kansas before immigrating to Canada and earning his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan.
An agreement to teach at the U of S for one year turned into a 33-year career at the U of S as a professor of civil engineering. Nasser became an inventor—his most notable invention is the K-Slump tester that rapidly indicates the water content, workability and standard slump of fresh concrete—and commercial developer, forming Victory Majors Investment Corporation.
In 2010, Nasser, his wife, Dora, and their five children gave the largest gift in U of S history—a $12 million donation focusing on student aid and improving the student experience at the U of S. At the gift announcement, Nasser said, “A good university education is the key for anything you want in life—it’s the master key. That’s where I want to help.”
The Saskatchewan Order of Merit is the province’s highest honour, recognizing individuals who have contributed significantly to the well-being of the province and its residents.
pictured above: Dora and Kay Nasser, photo by Liam Richards

Record win at Homecoming 2011

The 2011 Alumni and Friends Homecoming football game could not have been much better if we wrote the script ourselves.
A crowd of 6,461 Huskie fans witnessed Head Coach Brian Towriss (BComm’87) get his 170th career win—a Canadian Interuniversity Sports record—on a fantastic fall evening under the Friday night lights at Griffiths Stadium at PotashCorp Park.
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 36 – 33 in a come-from-behind victory. The win gives the Huskies a 3 and 2 season record and keeps them in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Jason Aebig (BA’99), president of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association, which sponsors the annual Homecoming game, said, “It’s truly amazing to be part of such a vibrant university and community. Nights like this are great reminders of the wonderful community of alumni and friends we have at the U of S.”
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