Hughes’ gift enhances student training and animal care

Bev Hughes’ vision for a customized classroom for Western College of Veterinary (WCVM) students has become a reality.

Workers recently completed construction on the new BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning at the veterinary college. This customized classroom was made possible by a major donation from Bev Hughes, who saw a need for the facility when she toured the human medicine-focused Clinical Learning Resource Centre in the University of Saskatchewan’s Health Sciences building.

“It is advanced learning. I think any advanced learning is good. More importantly, it is 21st century learning and 21st century technology. I want our vet college in Saskatoon to be the most progressive in North America,” says Hughes, who along with the BJ Hughes Foundation, contributed $340,000 toward the centre that cost nearly $500,000 to build and equip.

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Bev Hughes announced a donation of $250,000, in addition to a $340,000 gift to help establish the BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning at the WCVM (submitted photo).

During the official opening of the centre on Sept. 22, Hughes announced an additional $250,000 donation, which will be used to ensure sustainability of the clinical learning centre.

Hughes, who has supported the college for more than 10 years through a scholarship, says her dedication stems from her passion for animals and her love for the WCVM and the work done at the college.

The new classroom will give students a chance to practise clinical techniques and hone their skills in a safe learning environment. The lab’s flexible learning space will offer the college’s faculty the opportunity to teach various levels of simulation – from running through client scenarios with actors to practising surgical techniques on computerized models.

While planning for the centre began more than five years ago, Hughes’ donation moved things forward in the past 18 months.

Read more on Bev Hughes’ special contribution to make the BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning possible.

Written by Jeanette Neufeld

Refurbished student lounge opens, thanks to donors

Students will now enjoy an updated and enhanced Arts & Science Student Union (ASSU) lounge, thanks to donors who gave during One Day for Students on March 10, 2016.

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In 24 hours on One Day for Students, donors gave over $2,500 to assist in refurbishing the lounge, a total which was matched by the college.

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The official launch party and ribbon-cutting for the new and improved lounge took place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. The lounge, located in Arts 220, now features new seating and counters to accommodate study space, newly painted walls, prints (including pieces created by students) and a pool table.

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“This is no longer an empty space,” said Arts and Science Students’ Union President Olya Stepanenko. “It is a safe and comforting environment welcome to all Arts & Science students.”

Photos by Chris Putnam

Campaign for Students: Dream Big!

The Campaign for Students is underway for the 2016-17 school year.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the U of S, last year’s campaign efforts raised over $848,000. All donations throughout the campaign supported a variety of student-centered initiatives, such as awards and bursaries. Funding from the campaign also provided funding for travel opportunities and extracurricular activities related to a student’s area of study.

The theme for the Campaign for Students is Dream Big! Students come to the U of S in pursuit of achieving their big dreams. Donors like you play an important role in allowing students to realize their aspirations and ease their financial burdens.

Your donation to the Campaign for Students helps students like Dakoda Herman, a fourth-year Biochemistry student, to work towards their dreams. Dakoda aspires to lead the World Health Organization.(Photo: David Stobbe /

Your donation to the Campaign for Students helps students like Dakoda Herman, a fourth-year Biochemistry student, alleviate financial pressures while working towards their dreams.  (Photo: David Stobbe /

Fourth-year Biochemistry student, Dakoda Herman is one of many students who have been a recipient of awards funded through the Campaign for Students. Dakoda dreams of one day leading the World Health Organization and combating infectious disease. “Expenses are always a challenge,” he said.  “I am so grateful for the support I have received through the Campaign for Students. Knowing that there are people who believe in me and what I’m working to accomplish makes me feel like I am on the right path.”

Your donation to the Campaign for Students ensures that students like Dakoda don’t have to sacrifice study time by addressing financial obstacles. There are several ways to contribute to the Campaign for Students, including donations to specific colleges, funds, University Library, Huskie athletics, and more.

Giving to the Campaign for Students is easy, convenient, and any amount, big or small, makes a lasting impact on U of S students.

The Campaign for Students runs until April 30, 2017. Interested donors are encouraged to vist: for more information on how to give.