Walking back to Saskatoon

Dave Nordin (BSc’84) is embarking on a unique journey from Calgary to Saskatoon, one step at a time.

Nordin is 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 will raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The walk is also raising funds for 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.

David Nordin arriving in Carbon, AB on May 23, 2016 during his 600 km walk to Saskatoon from Calgary (photo: Walking Back to Saskatoon Facebook page)

David Nordin arriving in Carbon, AB on May 23, 2016 during his 600 km walk to Saskatoon from Calgary (photo: Walking Back to Saskatoon Facebook page).

Nordin took his first steps towards Saskatoon on May 20, with a goal of completing 25km per day, and should arrive in approximately a month at the U of S campus.

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

Leave a Legacy Month 2016

Henry (BA’65, JD’68) and Cheryl Kloppenburg (BA’70, ARTS’71, JD’75, MA’75) will be guest speakers at the Leave a Legacy Luncheon on Thursday, May 19, 2016. This is part of Leave a Legacy month festivities. Leave a Legacy is a national public awareness program designed to encourage people to leave a gift through their will or any other planning instrument to a charity or non-profit organization of their choice. Henry and Cheryl will be sharing their experiences of giving and what they appreciate as donors. To get your tickets for the event, click here. Henry and Cheryl were also featured in the special Leave a Legacy Month 2016 section of the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Click here to access the feature on page F2.




Breakfast of Champions

For the past sixteen years, the spring football season has begun with a celebrated tradition—the Huskies Football Foundation Dogs’ Breakfast. This year’s event was another rousing success with approximately $65,000 raised to fund scholarships for Huskie football players.

1,600 attendees packed Prairieland Park to enjoyed breakfast and football talk while supporting Huskie Football at Dogs' Breakfast XVI on May 5, 2016.

1,600 attendees packed Prairieland Park to enjoyed breakfast and football talk while supporting Huskie Football at Dogs’ Breakfast XVI on May 5, 2016 (photo: Liam Richards).

The Dogs’ Breakfast event is the largest fundraiser for the Huskies Football Foundation.  Through the years, it has created over 400 scholarships for student-athletes. The foundation was established in 2001 with the imperative to aid Huskie football players with funding for scholarships. Since the foundation’s inception, it has raised over $1.4 million. This year’s event, Dogs’ Breakfast XVI, took place at Prairieland Park on May 5, 2016, attracting over 1,600 attendees.

Third-year quarterback Kyle Siemens expressed his gratitude to all supporters of Huskie football. “This event raises funds for scholarships for student-athletes, many of whom would not be able to participate in university football without the opportunity these scholarships provide,” he said. “This breakfast makes us realize that being a Huskie is an honour and a privilege.”

“The leadership of the team and Huskie Athletics enables, encourages and appreciates community engagement and pride,” said Todd Peterson, donor to Huskie football and Huskies Football Foundation Committee member. “In addition to an elite student-athlete experience, this delivers a very proud tradition, and excitement for our university, our city, and our province.”

Huskies Head Coach Brian Towriss (BComm’78) acknowledges that donations not only support students in their academic pursuits, but is also integral to attracting top high school talent to commit to the Huskies program. “The scholarship funds raised at the Dogs’ Breakfast are the lifeline of our football program,” he said. “Without the amazing support of the community, we would not be a competitive football team.”

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Saskatchewan Roughriders General Manager and Head Coach Chris Jones, along with host and Huskie Football donor, Glen Suitor talk football at Dogs’ Breakfast XVI (photo: Liam Richards).

Ron (BEd’62) and Jane Graham (BEd’62) received a special honour this year, receiving the Huskie Ambassador Award. Ron and Jane have a long tradition of improving the student-athlete experience, through scholarships, awards, and backing the construction, and the subsequent expansion, of the Graham Huskie Clubhouse. “The Graham’s contribution to the facilities at the stadium, both for the general public and our football team, are exceeding what we could expect from any two individuals,” said Towriss.

Ron and Jane Graham

Ron (BEd’62) and Jane Graham (BEd’62) presented the Huskies Ambassador Award for their continuous contributions to Huskie Football (Photo: Liam Richards).

Naturally, the morning would not be complete without some football talk. In past years, NFL and CFL greats have been guest speakers at the Dogs’ Breakfast. This year’s event boasted an impressive lineup of speakers, including Saskatchewan Roughriders General Manager and Head Coach Chris Jones; Roughriders great Kerry Joseph; and Rod Smith, Jock Climie, and Duane Forde of the CFL on TSN.  Dogs’ Breakfast XVI was hosted by CFL on TSN analyst Glen Suitor, who is also a Huskie Football donor.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders legend Kerry Joseph (Second from left) along with the CFL on TSN panel with (from left) Rod Smith, Duane Forde, and Jock Climie talk to Huskies Head Coach, Brian Towriss (BComm’78) at Dogs’ Breakfast XVI (photo: Liam Richards).

Suitor recently established the Suitor Team First Award in Huskie Football, which was awarded to fourth-year defensive back Lance Bashutsky this year. The award, which was handed out for the first time at Dogs’ Breakfast XVI, recognizes leadership with Huskie Football and a demonstrated commitment to putting teammates first, on and off the field.

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Dogs’ Breakfast host and CFL of TSN analyst Glen Suitor presents fourth-year defensive back Lance Bashutsky with the Suitor Team First Award in Huskie Football (photo: Liam Richards).

Suitor acknowledges that his view of the donor to student-athlete relationship has changed since he was a student-athlete, himself.  “As a player, I was a little naïve about how [events like Dogs’ Breakfast] come together. I didn’t recognize it enough until later in life. That’s why I don’t think it’s ever too late to get involved and support it. That’s why I’m doing that now.”

If you would like to make a donation to the Huskies Football Foundation or to set up a gift for Huskies Athletics, please contact:

Michael Jenkins

Director Development & Marketing, Huskie Athletics

University of Saskatchewan

(306) 966-1108


Fuller lives through chemistry

Cheyanne Lehnert never had the opportunity to meet Dr. Robert Fuller, but his life and the generosity of his family have inspired her immeasurably.

Lehnert, a chemistry major, was wrapping up her final weeks in the honours program, when she received a surprising, but welcome, message in her inbox.

“I got an e-mail informing me that I received the Robert A. Fuller Memorial Scholarship. I was super excited. I phoned my mom and said ‘guess what?’ It was a surprise! I wasn’t expecting it at all!” she said.

Cheyanne Lehnert receiving the Dr. Robert A. Fuller Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry from Chemistry Department Head Dr. David Palmer (photo: Rick Elvin)

Cheyanne Lehnert receiving the Dr. Robert A. Fuller Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry from Chemistry Department Head Dr. David Palmer (photo: Rick Elvin)

Robert Arthur Fuller was born in Moosomin, SK, and his interest in chemistry brought him to the U of S in 1944. After earning his BA in chemistry in 1949 and an MA in physical chemistry the next year from the U of S, he earned his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. It was also at the U of S where he met his wife Maureen Colbeck (BA’48).

Fuller further built his expertise after leaving academia serving as a research director for Johnson & Johnson Canada. From there, he continued with Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey, working as corporate vice-president of the Office of Science and Technology. In this role, he was responsible for all research and development, including joint and sponsored research at a number of universities from around the world.

No matter where his career or life took him, Fuller never forgot about what the U of S meant to his career and what it would mean to future chemistry students. He continuously contributed to the university, spanning decades, donating to a variety of initiatives through the years. In 1996, he established the Maureen Fuller Memorial Lecture in the College of Medicine in honour of his wife.

Fuller passed away in 2012, after a life of storied accomplishments and many years with his family. Fuller’s children, Tom, Barbara and Lynn wanted to ensure that their father’s legacy would endure and inspire U of S students. They decided to continue their father’s generosity and support his love of chemistry in his memory. With these principles in mind, his children established the Dr. Robert A. Fuller Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry in December 2014.

Dr. Robert A. Fuller was honoured in memoriam by his family with the establishment of the Dr. Robert A. Fuller Scholarship in Chemistry.

Dr. Robert A. Fuller was honoured in memoriam by his family with the establishment of the Dr. Robert A. Fuller Scholarship in Chemistry.

“We are delighted to provide this scholarship in honour of our father, whose very successful career began at the University of Saskatchewan,” said Tom, speaking on behalf of the Fuller family. “His career centered on research and development, and we know he would be very pleased that a scholarship aiding students in their study of chemistry has been established in his name at his alma mater.”

The scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement and provides financial assistance to a chemistry major. Cheyanne Lehnert is the inaugural recipient, receiving $6,000 this spring.

Without ever having the opportunity to cross paths, Fuller and Lehnert’s stories intersect at the passion for the scientific discipline that brought them to the U of S in the first place.

Having always excelled in the sciences throughout her academic career, studying chemistry at the U of S was the next frontier for Lehnert to explore. After completing a two-year diploma program at SIAST, she came to the U of S to expand her knowledge and develop a broad base of chemistry knowledge.

Despite unquestionable dedication and talent in her discipline, Lehnert still had to face the all-too-familiar financial obstacles, resulting in paying back debt incurred from student loans. She recognizes that the Fuller family, through this scholarship, are champions for U of S students. “It takes a weight off. I now have a jumpstart on paying back my student loans,” Lehnert said. “Receiving this scholarship was a huge affirmation of my hard work and dedication to this program. It reinforces that I want to continue not just striving for the best grades, but to make a difference in my field.”

A native of Biggar, SK, Lehnert now has her sights set on working in Saskatchewan’s inorganic chemistry sector, working in labs at uranium and potash mines, testing products to ensure they meet specifications requested by customers. She held a summer job working at the Saskatchewan Research Council Environmental Analytical Laboratories, where she performed water analysis to trace contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, and petroleum products.

The Dr. Robert A. Fuller Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry not only provided financial stimulus, but it also inspired Lehnert to uphold the standard of excellence, giving, and commitment to the U of S that Dr. Fuller established.

“It makes me want to get a job that means something and try to give back to chemistry, or eventually give back to the university when I am financially able,” Lehnert said. “For the Fullers to believe in this university, and believe in the chemistry program specifically, is special. It makes me want to do this for someone else because they did it for me.”

If you would like to establish an award in honour of a family member or loved one, please contact:

Advancement & Community Engagement

University of Saskatchewan

Phone: (306) 966-5186

Toll free: 1-800-699-1907

Email:  giving@usask.ca