Lorna Crozier wins at League of Canadian Poets Book Awards

Lorna Crozier [BA’69, BEd’70, DLet(Honorary)’07] was the recipient of two awards for her poetry collection, The Wrong Cat, at the League of Canadian Poets Book Awards this past weekend.

Crozier was bestowed with the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, which recognizes poetry collections by Canadian women. She also received the Raymond Souster Award, which is open to members of the League of Canadian Poets.

(photo: Gary McKinstry/lornacrozier.ca)

(photo: Gary McKinstry/lornacrozier.ca)

Crozier was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011 for her poetry and her mentorship of the next generation of Canadian poets. In 2009, she was recognized as a College of Arts and Science Alumna of Influence. Crozier has authored 15 books of poetry, including Small Mechanics, The Blue Hour of the Day: Selected Poems, Whetstone, and the 1992 Governor General’s Award-winning Inventing the Hawk

Read more here.

The Finish Line

For Dave Nordin (BSc’84), the journey of 600km has come to a successful conclusion.

Just after 11 a.m. on June 17, Nordin reached the entrance of the Geology building, which served as the finish line for his walk from Calgary to Saskatoon. Nordin’s walk, which began on May 20 from City Hall in Calgary, was a fundraiser for both the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the U of S’s Ore Gangue Bursary Fund. Nordin has been connected with the Ore Gangue Students’ Society for more than 35 years. The walk raised more than $17,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and more than $4,000 for the Ore Gangue Bursary Fund.

The finish line for the walk was especially symbolic for Nordin. “The Geology and Geophysics department is important to me. It was an obvious spot to end the walk,” he said. “I guess there could have been many other places in Saskatoon I could have chosen, but this spot on campus is the most meaningful for me.”

Nordin has fond memories of his involvement with the Ore Gangue Students’ Society and is passionate about giving back to its current students. ”I got into the Geology department and found a lot of like-minded people and the Ore Gangue became my community,” he said. “I became heavily involved in it. It was my social network. I served on the Board, and I was the President.”

Dave Nordin (BSc'84) welcomed back to U of S at the conclusion of his fundraising walk from his home in Calgary.

Dave Nordin (BSc’84) welcomed back to U of S at the conclusion of his fundraising walk from his home in Calgary.

Walking through the prairies at a pace of 30km gave Nordin lots of opportunity to engage in pursuits to pass the time. To break up the monotony of the trip, he memorized lines from popular Robert W. Service works such as The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Shooting of Dan McGrew.

While it was often a solitary quest, Nordin had company through portions of his adventure. Friends and family travelled from Calgary to meet him along the route for a round of golf on rest days. Additionally, his wife Tina joined him for the first couple weeks of the walk. While Dave walked, Tina would park 3km ahead of his starting point, pick up bottles and cans on the road for deposit, and donate the money from the refund to a local charity.

Aside from persistent blisters on his feet, Nordin’s physical condition held up well amidst the rigors of walking up to 30km a day through unpredictable weather conditions.

Nordin does not yet know where his next steps will take him, but is proud of his journey. “I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment,” he said. “It wasn’t climbing Everest. It wasn’t as physically demanding as that. But it feels good to set a goal like this and achieve it. I feel pretty blessed that people are paying attention.”

From the prairies to Paris

Encore, a play directed by and featuring alumni from the College of Arts & Science completed a performance on stage at the inaugural Fringe Festival of Paris in May.

The play features Carol Greyeyes (BFA’82, BEd’88, Alumni of Influence ’12), an assistant professor in the Department of Drama, who is an actor, writer and the coordinator of the U of S’s wîchêhtowin: Aboriginal Theatre Program. Actor Matt Keyes (BFA’09) also appears in the play.

Director Natalie Feheregyhazi (BA’07) was born and raised in Saskatoon and now splits her time between France and Canada. She works as a bilingual actress, director and producer. She founded Apuka Theatre in 2010.

Encore is the story of a couple reuniting every anniversary to re-enact, word for word, their very first meeting. Feheregyhazi has adapted Marc Prescott’s play to focus on issues of inclusion and understanding.

Carol Greyeyes and Natalie Fehergyhazi.

Carol Greyeyes (BFA’82, BEd’88, Alumni of Influence ’12) and Natalie Fehergyhazi (BA’07) just completed a performance of their play Encore at the Fringe Festival of Paris.

Elements of improvisation, realism and street theatre blend as a multi-cultural cast of actors fall in love with each other encore et encore. Set in numerous site-specific locations throughout Paris’s 9th arrondissement, Canadian and European actors with varying levels of English and French act out a first-encounter scene. Independently rehearsed, the actors met for the first time on the day of performance in a surprise setting.

Says Feheregyhazi, “For me this project is … an opportunity to share a bit of the culture and community of my childhood on the Canadian prairies. Simultaneously, this simple romantic encounter can serve to fight the cultural divides that seem to be mounting worldwide.”

Feheregyhazi has appeared on the stage and in films and television, including performances in several plays at Persephone Theatre. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Prix Formation du ministère de la culture de l’ontario (FATFC) as well as a selected participant in the 2015 Rencontres Internationales du Festival TransAmériques de Montréal (ATFC).

Read more about Encore in the festival’s official programme.

Excellent Edwards student

Krista Loewen (BComm’16) worked tirelessly for four years to graduate with great distinction this spring in the Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

So how did she celebrate? By heading straight back into the classroom to begin working on her master’s, of course!

The 22-year-old student from Vegreville, Alta., earned the prestigious Goodspeed Award as the top student in the BComm program in the Edwards School of Business this year, recording a 93.05 cumulative grade point average over her four years of study at the U of S.

“I worked hard to get those marks, but to me, I always just wanted to learn from being in university and it was never about being the top student,” said Loewen, who majors in accounting. “Obviously it was nice and I was really proud of the fact that I came out of university with the top marks. But most importantly I feel that I have really set myself up to succeed and that is way more important to me than graduating as the top student.”

Loewen’s admirable academic achievements included posting perfect marks of 100 per cent in five of her university courses: Math 121; Economics 114; Commerce 203; Psychology 121; and Psychology 253.

“When I left high school, people told me that I would never get 100 per cent again, so I went and proved them wrong,” said Loewen, with a smile. “I studied a lot, especially in the first and second year, I didn’t have hobbies. But in my third and fourth year I realized that you could have a social life, too. So I learned throughout university how to find a balance between studying hard and getting really good marks, but also hanging out with friends sometimes was OK, too.”


Krista Loewen (BComm’16) earned the Goodspeed Award as the top student in the BComm program in the Edwards School of Business.

On the Dean’s Honour Roll for three straight years and a multiple scholarship winner during her time on campus, Loewen has now started her Master of Professional Accounting Program (MPAcc), an intense summer session spent hitting the books instead of hitting the beach.

“We had 30 hours of class this week and then we have presentations and assignments due all the time, so it’s a lot of work, but it’s fun and you learn a lot,” said Loewen, who is planning to complete her master’s over the next two summers. “It goes fast. We do a whole semester of tax (courses) in one week, so it’s a lot, but it’s good.”

The master’s program at Edwards was one of the big reasons why Loewen chose the U of S over studying business in Edmonton at the University of Alberta (U of A), which was only an hour away from her home in Vegreville.

“I really wanted to do MPAcc, that was a huge factor in my decision because I didn’t want to move twice for my university, since I could do my master’s right here,” said Loewen. “And Edwards was a really big draw for me because I like that it is a direct-entry business program versus U of A, where you have to do a year of prerequisites first. The U of S was the best fit for me.”

Loewen’s passion for the profession comes naturally, following in her father’s footsteps into the field of accounting. But her path to math is about more than names and numbers.

“It’s hard to explain and honestly, I don’t feel that accounting is very much numbers-based,” she said. “It’s a lot of analysis and very little math … You answer a question and you say here are the pros and the cons and here’s the conclusion and these are the most important factors to consider.”

Not surprisingly, given her academic excellence, Loewen was recruited by multiple accounting firms, but quickly settled on staying in Saskatoon and working for Buckberger Baerg & Partners LLP, where she will begin working full-time in the fall.

“They were my top choice, so that was great,” she said. “They seemed to really want me as well, so it was just the perfect fit. I was a good candidate for them and they were the perfect firm that I wanted to work for, so I am really happy that it worked out … I can’t wait to start.”

Written by James Shewaga

Huskies have home-field advantage at Rider camp

The University of Saskatchewan has rolled out the welcome mat for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in training camp, but no one feels more at home than Levi Steinhauer (BScKin’15) and Tim Agbaje.

The two former members of the U of S Huskies football team are enjoying a little home-field advantage with Roughriders training camp based out of the Huskies’ facilities at Griffiths Stadium for the fourth straight year. In addition to the familiar surroundings, there are familiar faces at training camp, with U of S coaches lending a helping hand and former Huskie teammates supporting from the sidelines during practice.

“Definitely it’s a big comfort level,” said Agbaje, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle who signed a free-agent contract with the Roughriders last year after a superb 2014 season with the Huskies. “I know what kind of footwear to wear on the turf and I know the locker room and the stadium and I have some friends out here, guys on the Huskies cheering me on and former coaches here. So it is definitely comfortable for me here.”

Steinhauer is also enjoying being back on campus, where the Huskies organization played a pivotal role in preparing him for pro football.

“It’s great to come back to see some familiar faces, see some former coaches and some friends come out to practice and things like that, and obviously the facilities are first-class, so it is nice to be here again,” said Steinhauer, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound special teams standout who turned pro after being selected by the Roughriders in the fourth round (40th overall) of the 2013 Canadian Football League draft.

Former U of S Huskie Levi Stenhauer (BScKin'15) at Riders training camp (photo: James Shewaga).

Former U of S Huskie Levi Stenhauer (BScKin’15) at Roughriders training camp (photo: James Shewaga).

“The Huskies have some of the best coaches and they were phenomenal. So I came up to the CFL with a good tool box and a lot of the basics down. I had to refine stuff and I had to get a little bit bigger and there is a larger mental aspect to the game, but those guys really got us ready. They are phenomenal coaches.”

This year, there is a new crop of coaches to impress at Rider camp for Steinhauer and Agbaje. Head coach and general manager Chris Jones has brought his own staff with him as the Jones era begins in Riderville. For Agbaje and Steinhauer—who was limited to only three games in 2015 due to a season-ending knee injury—that means proving themselves all over again.

“This year with my health issues in the past few years and with the whole new regime, I am treating it like I am a rookie again,” said Steinhauer, a 25-year-old Moose Jaw native who has been a jack-of-all trades in training camp, working special teams on kickoff returns and as a long snapper, on the defensive line and now on offence at fullback/tight end for the first time in his career. “I have made my living so far on special teams in the first couple of years, so I am hoping to get back to that and help out any way that I can. And definitely I am here to play wherever they want me to play.”

For his part, Agbaje has worked out on the offensive line in camp as well as in his regular defensive line role.

“When Coach Jones said I was going to play some O-line, I was excited and I just wanted to show him that I could play offence and defence and show my versatility,” said Agbaje, a 26-year-old Edmonton native. “I will even run down on kickoffs if I have to. Defensive line, offensive line, fullback, tight end, whatever you can do to make the coaches happy. I have to prove something again to make this team … and it’s just a dream come true to be playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.”


Former Huskie Tim Agbaje (left) rushing the passer during a drill in Roughriders training camp (photo by James Shewaga).

Agbaje and Steinhauer could see their first action of the pre-season on Saturday night when the Roughriders play host to the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium.

Huskie Highlights

○  Former U of S men’s volleyball player Gavin Schmitt is going to the Olympics are helping Canada qualify for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. Schmitt, a 6-foot-10 middle blocker from Saskatoon, helped Canada qualify for the Olympics for the first time in 24 years. The 30-year-old Schmitt played for the Huskies in 2005-06 before beginning his pro volleyball career overseas …

○  Schmitt is the fourth former Huskie athlete going to the Olympics, along with wrestler Jillian Gallays (BScKin’12), shot putter Taryn Suttie and wheelchair basketball athlete Erica Gavel.

○  U of S women’s basketball coach Lisa Thomaidis will also be going to the Olympics as head coach of Canada’s women’s team, which currently has 24 players on the roster including CIS all-Canadian Laura Dally of the Huskies. Dally is battling for one of 12 roster spots on the Olympic team and is overseas this week suiting up for Canada in a five-game exhibition series in France and Spain. The 23-year-old Dally was named the Canada West conference’s most outstanding player and the U of S female athlete of the year after leading the Huskies to their first national championship title in March.

Written by James Shewaga

Dave Nordin’s steps to Saskatoon

Through blisters, fatigue, and inclement weather, Dave Nordin’s (BSc’84) excellent adventure from Calgary to Saskatoon continues.

Nordin has been walking from his home in Calgary all the way to Saskatoon, approximately a 600km trek, in an effort to raise funds for two important causes. Nordin lost both his parents to heart disease, so the walk is raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The walk is also supporting the University of Saskatchewan’s Ore Gangue Bursary Fund. Nordin has been connected with the Ore Gangue Students’ Society for more than 35 years and hopes to raise the profile of the bursary fund.

At a pace of completing 25-30km a day, with a day of rest scheduled periodically, Nordin has crossed the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, and is now in Kindersley, SK.

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Dave Nordin (BSc’84, second from left) along with his wife Tina, and friends Ron McKellar and Keith Wilkinson in Oyen, AB on June 3.

Racking up all of those footsteps in one day has been taxing for Nordin. He has been battling and treating severe blisters through the lengthy endeavour. However, wear and tear has not been Nordin’s only obstacle. He cites May 22 as the toughest day of the trek as he encountered rain, snow, and high wind while walking through Beiseker, AB, early in the trip. Nordin estimates that he will take over 900,000 steps on the walk from Calgary to Saskatoon.

Nordin has recovered many artifacts in his travels, including several bungee cords. In one video posted, he joked that he would be starting a Usable Bunjee Enhancement Recycling program, or “UBER”.

So far, Nordin has raised approximately $14,000 for the Heart and Stroke and over $4,000 for the Ore Gangue Bursary Fund. At current pace, he expects to be arriving in Saskatoon on June 17, completing his walk upon arrival at the U of S.

You can follow Nordin throughout his journey back to Saskatoon on his Facebook page and you can learn more about the walk here.


Alumni Highlights: Barb Cox-Lloyd

Barb Cox-Lloyd (BSHEC’78) is a Home Economics grad. She is now the CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Saskatoon. We caught up with her to ask her a couple questions in this month’s alumni highlight.


Tell us about the campus when you went to the U of S; how is it different today?

In 1974 when I stepped onto campus it seemed huge with lots of students and a lot of activity. As is true now, the Bowl was a centre of student activity, but it was less organized with touch football games and people enjoying the outside.  Now there are more students and a lot more buildings.

Home Economics was housed in the ‘new’ wing (at that time) of the Thorvaldson Building. Home Economics classes were held there, but as a Food Science major I had many of my classes with Agriculture students. That meant running to the John Mitchell Building from Thorvaldson on a regular schedule. This was fine when the weather was good, but in the 5 minutes between classes it could be a run when we had to bundle up on cold days.

There weren’t as many indoor walkways between buildings, so we spent far more time running outside between classes in the cold. A friend of my daughter told me that she never needed a coat because she could travel between classes inside all the time. That wasn’t true in the ‘70’s. The only indoor passage was a tunnel between the residences, Marquis Hall and the Arts Building that we only used if it was really cold!

What’s one of your favourite memories you had outside of the classroom?

I lived in Athabasca Hall for my first two years on campus. There was a group of us that regularly met in Marquis Hall to share meals and enjoy each other’s company. The terrific part of that time was that we were all from different colleges and brought a very different perspective to discussions.  As I recall we solved the world’s problems on a regular basis, but laughed a lot as well.

The four years of university for me were very social where I made lifetime friends. Most of us were away from home for the first time and formed bonds that lasted a lifetime.

Overall, how was your U of S experience?

I loved my four years at the U of S. In hindsight it provided me with the opportunity to grow in an environment that was all new and exciting. I grew in confidence and independence. It really was where I formed the values that defined my life.

How did going to the U of S shape your career as CEO if Habitat of Humanity Saskatoon?

My career has been varied and wide ranging since leaving the U of S. What I learned throughout my time there was to love learning and how to analyze a situation. This is what shaped my career along with the desire to build a strong community that benefits everyone.

What does it mean to you to be a U of S alumni?

I have always been proud to be an alumnus from the U of S. As I have said, my time there helped define the values I hold that have shaped my life.

Be sure to check our Centennial page as we feature a different alumnus each month.