The root of culinary creation

Though Kathleen McGuire’s (BSHEC’69) wandering career path took her around the world the past 40 years, it recently led her back to the U of S campus where it all began.

A product developer for A&W Canada, McGuire returned to campus for the announcement of the company’s $5-million donation to the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence on Dec. 1. It was the first time in 40 years that McGuire had the opportunity to visit the U of S. She was not only returning to her alma mater where she plied her craft as a dietetics and nutrition consultant at Royal University Hospital, but she was also returning to the site of her nuptial.

McGuire prepares breakfast inside the A&W food truck on location at the U of S.

“I wanted to get married on campus,” McGuire said, adding that she and her husband were wed on campus in 1977 at the St. Thomas More College Chapel. “The chapel was just a lovely spot.”

Marriage brought McGuire back to campus as an alumna in ‘77, but it was her degree in home economics and her talent that took her across Canada and around the world.

Nurturing an interest in dietetics and nutrition which she developed at the U of S, McGuire took an internship at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. “My degree prepared me for the dietetics and nutrition side. I worked in hospitals, overseeing food and nutrition for patients. I think it was because I had a background in food, the admin side appealed so much to me. I understood volume production of food and it was because of what I learned at the U of S.”

McGuire prepares breakfast inside the A&W food truck on location at the U of S for a gift announcement from the company.

McGuire’s passion evolved into enthusiasm for creating in the kitchen. “When I finished my internship, I thought that I would really love to work in a test kitchen somewhere,” she said.

However, the demand for professional dieticians in Australia was so great at the time, she couldn’t resist the opportunity to work in New South Wales and take advantage of the free airfare offered in exchange for fulfilling a two-year contract. After three years, her travels took her to New Zealand where she met her future husband, also a Canadian ex-pat. Following a year-long stay in London, U.K. serving in another hospital, McGuire came back home to Canada to raise a family. But the passion to work in a test kitchen and develop delicacies could not be quelled.

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The agony of defeat: How Olympians can deal with failure

Leah Ferguson (BA’07, M.Sc’09, Ph.D’14) and Kent Kowalksi (BA’93, M.Sc’95, BFA’07) collaborate their opinions on how Olympians deal with leaving Pyeongchang without a medal.

Canada’s Andi Naude, who came into the Olympics ranked No. 2 in the world in women’s mogul skiing, reacts after failing to complete her final run at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games (photo by Jonathan Hayward, the Canadian Press).

There have been some amazing performances so far from the athletes who have won medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. But behind those who take gold, silver or bronze are stories of personal failures and setbacks for the athletes who never make it to the medal podium.

For many, coming up short at the Olympics will present some of the most difficult emotional experiences of their careers.

When athletes experience failures and setbacks, not only are they often harsh and self-critical, but there can be other consequences, such as loss of funding and support systems. Even the fear of experiencing failures and setbacks can prevent athletes from delivering their best performances when they are needed the most. Continue reading

Legendary track and field coach Sanderson remembered

Huskie Athletics and the University of Saskatchewan are saddened by the loss of track and field coach emeritus Lyle Sanderson (BAPE’63, M.Sc.’69).

Sanderson, originally from Piapot, Sask., passed away Thursday night in Mexico. He was 79.

“The Huskie family is deeply saddened by the passing of Lyle Sanderson,” said Chief Athletics Officer Shawn Burt. “Lyle was a pioneer in track and field and helped establish the foundation and tone for the sport within our city, province, the Canada West conference and U SPORTS. He is a wonderful example of the type of people that are members of our sporting family at the university – humble, respected, driven and dedicated to our program and athletes. Lyle’s memory will live on, not just with the track and field program, but with the entire Huskie Athletics and university community. Huskie Athletics is thinking of Lyle’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

The track and field coach, educator, motivator, mentor and innovator in the sports world began his journey at the University of Saskatchewan as a student in 1960, where he competed on both the cross country and the track and field teams. In 1965, he was appointed head coach of the track and field program and joined the College of Physical Education, a posting that lasted 39 years. His distinctions at the university include coach emeritus and a winner of the U of S Retirees Association Prime of Life Achievement Award.
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Former Huskies chase Olympic gold

Turn back time to 1983, when Willie Desjardins was captain of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies hockey team coached by living legend Dave King, a team that went on to win the national championship.

Fast-forward 35 years later and the two are together again, this time looking to lead Canada’s national men’s hockey team to Olympic gold at the 2018 Winter Games, Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

King (left) and Desjardins (right) overseeing the team.

“Being able to work with Willie, a couple of old Huskie hockey players coaching together, it’s really special,” said King, who previously coached Canada in three Olympics and now is serving as an assistant to Desjardins at the 2018 Winter Games. “We kind of chuckle sometimes when we are in meetings and he will start telling stories about when I coached him back at the University of Saskatchewan or I will tell a story about him, so it’s been a lot of fun. For Willie and I to be working together again, and to do so at the Olympics, is really terrific.”
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Behind the scenes; Devin Heroux goes for the gold behind the mic

Not all Olympic stories happen on the rink, track or hill.  For one U of S alumni, his journey to Pyeongchang, South Korea this month will include packing his notebook, microphone and a sharp journalistic passion to keep us up to date on Canadian athletes and their stories.

In what he calls a “dream come true”, Devin Heroux (BA’09) will cover the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics for CBC in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He says he can trace his reporting skills back to Saskatoon during his time as a U of S student.

Heroux (left) sits down with curling athletes Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris in January.

“Saskatoon and the U of S afforded me so many opportunities to learn, grow and perhaps most importantly take risks,” says Heroux. “In fact, it was during my time as Sports Editor of The Sheaf that I fell in love with storytelling. Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to travel Canada and beyond sharing stories of people and places.”

Heroux joins 200 journalist making up the CBC team heading to South Korea to cover the games and will look after reporting and digital/social media during his 19 total days of coverage.

“As cliché as it is, being able to cover the Olympics and Paralympics with CBC is a dream come true.”

You can follow Devin’s journey by following him on twitter: @Devin_Heroux .

Alumna to be Banff Centre curator-in-residence

Leah Taylor (BFA’04) is the recipient of a 2018 fellowship at the Banff International Curatorial Institute.

Currently the associate curator at the University of Saskatchewan’s Kenderdine Art Gallery and College Art Galleries, Taylor will be curator-in-residence at the Banff Centre from Feb. 1 to June 29.

Leah Taylor, associate curator at the U of S Kenderdine Art Gallery and College Art Galleries.

“I’m certainly looking forward to meeting and connecting with the national and international artists and curators that will be attending the centre’s many programs,” says Taylor. “Not to mention the incredible backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.”

Taylor will be undertaking an original exhibition research project about contemporary artists interacting with text-based practices. Taylor says her work “will critically examine text and how society is continually objectified in our post-truth era through news headlines, inaccurate historical texts, advertising [and] social media,” with the intention of “highlighting the gaps and absences where words can fall between the cracks.”

Taylor has curated numerous projects including an exhibition of the work of Amalie Atkins entitled Wundermarchen that later toured to Ottawa, New York and Vienna. Other recent exhibitions include Tammi Campbell: Mono / ChromaticLeah Rosenberg: Everyday, A Colouand (with Magdalyn Asimakis) Curtis Santiago’s solo exhibition Constructing Return.

Taylor is currently on the editorial committee and board for BlackFlash Magazine and on the Artist Advisory Board for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon.

Eden Friesen is a student intern in the College of Arts & Science communications and events office.

Alumnus Scott Moe to be 15th premier of Saskatchewan

Scott Moe (BSA’97) has been elected to replace Brad Wall as leader of the Saskatchewan Party.

Moe grew up on a farm near Shellbrook, and went on to study agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. Moe was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as the MLA for Rosthern–Shellbrook in 2011. He was re-elected in the 2016 general election. Moe won on the fifth and final ballot at the Saskatchewan Party leadership convention in Saskatoon on Saturday, January 27. He took 8,075 votes, or 53.87 per cent.

Read more about the election.

International honour for a Usask alumnus

Dr. George Fedak (BSA’63, MCS’65) research scientist at Agriculture Canada, has been awarded the Vernadskyi Gold Medal by Ukraine’s Academy of Sciences for his outstanding achievements in the field of natural, technical and socio-human sciences genetics and selection of agricultural plants.

Dr. George Fedak, recipient of the VI Vernadsky National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Fedak was born on December 28, 1940 in Canada in the city of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. In 1963, he received his first Bachelor’s Degree in Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan. Subsequent degrees – Ph.D. and Pdf – he received in the field of cytogenetics in 1969 and 1970, respectively, at the University of Manitoba Province and the Research Center in Ottawa.

The wide field of his scientific interests covers such fields as remote (inter-species and inter-species) hybridization of plants, search for and introduction into the selection of new genes from wild species, molecular genetics and molecular cytology, research of QTL loci in populations of dihaploids in tissue culture, development of physical maps of chromosomes using EST induced by fungal infection, pyramidation of disease resistance genes.

Fedak has earned a reputation as a world-famous scientist, making invaluable contributions to the world treasury of research in leading cereal crops of barley and wheat.

Alumnus, former chancellor named as lieutenant governor

Tom Molloy (BA’64, LLB’64, LLD’09)

Former U of S chancellor, Tom Molloy, has been appointed as lieutenant governor general of Saskatchewan.

Molloy is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. He led the team that negotiated the Nisga’a Final Agreement, the first modern-day treaty in British Columbia, and was the chief negotiator for the Government of Canada in negotiations with the Inuit of Nunavut in the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement, which led to the creation of the Territory of Nunavut in 1999.

Read more on Molloy’s new position.

Remembering Rutherford Rink

Although there was a team as early as 1910, University of Saskatchewan hockey was first played on campus on natural ice in the late 1929, within what was originally called the ice drome. The official opening, which included an appearance by Premier James T.M. Anderson and a “fancy skating exhibition” did not occur until January 23, 1930. With the death of the Dean of Agriculture William Rutherford that same year, the building was named Rutherford Rink in his honour. The initial cost was $47,000 for the brick-faced building, which held a small ice surface and was used not only for varsity hockey, but also for recreational skating, band nights, and winter carnival activities.

Many stories in my book Dogs on Ice: A History of Hockey at University of Saskatchewan document the use of the rink for hockey, recreational skating, and as a military drill facility. My personal experience with Rutherford in any meaningful way started when I came to teach English at the U of S in 1991.

For years I have sat in a lawn chair I bring to every game. To this day, a number of us old-timers view the games up against the glass in the northeast corner of Rutherford. I have gone years without missing a single men’s hockey home game.

Like most spectators in Rutherford Rink, I lament the shortcomings of the rink, which has a well-deserved negative reputation for its lack of spectator amenities. It is cold, the sightlines obstructed by steel posts (and thick black netting seemingly recycled from a Nova Scotia trawler!), the seats are backless boards bolted to concrete, the sound system is barely audible, the concession offerings are limited, and the two public washrooms are small and spartan.

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