2012 report on your donations

Message from the President
Thank you for your support of the University of Saskatchewan. As a donor, you make a difference every day at the U of S, and because of you, 2012 was a remarkable year of diverse donations.

In this report, you will read about just a few of the ways in which donors like you have made an impact this past year. From the momentous, like the $35-million investment from PotashCorp that established the Global Institute for Food Security in December, to the combined impact of over 5,600 alumni supporting student scholarships, equipment and library resources through the Annual Campaign for Students, you have shown that you believe in the power of education and research, and your support is helping us accomplish great things.

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News for Members of the Greystone Circle

Good fit: emotional connection inspires lifetime of service

As a student advocate, Chancellor Vera Pezer helped build a richer and more supportive environment at the University of Saskatchewan. During her early days in Student Counselling, she identified many barriers to student success; so, as Associate Vice-President of Student Services, she went on to establish services and support programs to meet students’ diverse needs. This evolution has been vital for the university. “We serve the public,” she says. “The more diverse we are, the more we reflect the society that we serve.”

Dr. Pezer came to the U of S in the 1960s from a small community near Melfort. Being the only university student from a high school graduating class of four was daunting at first. “It was a huge jump for me to come here,” she says. “I think it explains my interest in student services.” Continue reading

Grad student wins creative, cross-cultural awards

Andréa Ledding, a student in the MFA in Writing Program through the Interdisciplinary Centre for Creativity and Culture (ICCC ), is the 2012 recipient of the Dick and Mary Edney Masters Scholarship for International Understanding through the Humanities & Fine Arts. The aim of this scholarship is to enrich the cultural life of Canada by promoting the study of other cultures.

Ledding received the award for her multilingual creative thesis focusing on first contact in Canada. Ledding says she was thrilled to be a part of the inaugural class of the new MFA in Writing program. “It is wonderful that there is a scholarship the focuses on the fine arts and humanities,” she says. “It is through creativity that understanding, growth and connectivity take place. I am very grateful to the Edney family for this gift of sustenance for creative work. As a writer and freelancer and single parent, this reliable monthly income allows me some security to focus on my studies.”

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Dedicated veterinarian supports students through his legacy

When Dr. James (Jim) Mailer of Stettler, Alta., passed away on July 20, 2011, he left a generous gift of $200,000 to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The legacy was his way of giving back to the institution that had laid the foundation for his successful and rewarding career as a veterinarian.

Jim’s generous gift supports research funding and scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students in WCVM. Additionally, the James Peter Mailer Student Bursary Fund was created to support veterinary students who wish to enter mixed animal or large animal practice.

“It was important for him to give back to the college for all that he was given as a result of his education,” explains his daughter Brenda Mailer. “And he wanted to contribute to those areas that will help to keep building the veterinary profession.”

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