For many of us, the holiday season is a ‘finish line’ of sorts; a proper demarcation point between the end of the year and the promise and possibility of the year ahead.
This year, the U of S Alumni Association continued its celebration of 100 years and millions of memories. During our centennial, we brought the celebrations to our alumni throughout the country and across the border with several alumni guest speakers. The 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Alumni Association was the perfect opportunity to re-connect with our alumni who have made their mark in Saskatchewan and beyond.
As we recognized 100 years of the Alumni Association, it was also a year of firsts. We celebrated volunteerism–an essential component of Saskatchewan’s DNA–at the inaugural Volunteer Summit in March. Lending your time and talent is a great way to stay connected with your alma mater in 2018.
We also welcomed back hundreds of alumni to campus for our first-ever Alumni Weekend with an action-packed schedule of events and activities to cap off our centennial festivities. Stay tuned for details on our next Alumni Weekend in 2018.
Huskie pride was on full display at Homecoming 2017, as more than 8,000 fans packed Griffiths Stadium to cheer on the Huskies to victory over the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Homecoming was an amazing opportunity to connect with our alumni, and experience first-hand the excitement and enthusiasm of our alumni and future alumni.
In October, we honoured nine superlative alumni at the Alumni Achievement Awards. This year’s class of award recipients personify the great heights that can be achieved with a degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
As an alumna, I am inspired when I get the opportunity to share time with our alumni. Each alum has an interesting story about why they chose to pursue education at the U of S. They each have a unique career path and accomplishments; they are leaders and innovators; they are philanthropists and educators; researchers and athletes; activists and actors; and they embody how our university serves our communities and the world.
The holidays are also an important time to reconnect with your family and friends. As members of the 150,000-strong alumni community, we share a lifelong connection to this proud university we call our alma mater. In 2018, I encourage you to take advantage of this special bond. There are many opportunities and events and we welcome your involvement.
On behalf of the Alumni Association board of directors and staff, best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday season and health and happiness in 2018!
Kelly Strueby (BComm’84)
President, University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association