Report to the Community 2016


2016 was an exciting year at the University of Saskatchewan. From record-setting gifts from generous donors to significant national recognition of our research efforts, we have a lot to be proud of, and a lot to share with all of you.

The University of Saskatchewan and the communities it serves have always enjoyed a special relationship. From our students, faculty and staff to our donors, partners, alumni and neighbours, the passion for the university and the benefits it brings to the province and beyond is part of what I love about being the president of this great institution.

Please enjoy some of our stories of 2016. I hope you’ll stay connected with us to see the great things 2017 will bring.

Warm regards,

Peter Stoicheff

President, University of Saskatchewan




Alumna’s accomplishments in caring profession lead her to lend a hand to nursing students

Dr. Darlene Pollock has created an endowed scholarship to support nursing students, like Becky Riekman, at her alma mater.

Dr. Darlene Pollock has created an endowed scholarship to support nursing students like Becky Riekman at her alma mater.

Dr. Darlene (Darl) Pollock Forrest’s rich career in nursing began in 1954 when she entered the University of Saskatchewan’s Nursing Diploma program at the School of Nursing (now the College of Nursing).  One of eight children, Darl grew up in a close-knit family on a farm near the small town of Abbey, SK.   Her older twin sisters were both nurses and were her inspiration in her career choice.  Following graduation she started working at the University Hospital and then was lured to California where her sisters had settled.  There she enjoyed further professional development with exceptional mentors and a lifestyle that provided lasting friendships and strong family ties.

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Seeing the potential within: economics alumnus inspires students through Inuit art sculptures

Edwards School of Business students are already enjoying the addition of unique Inuit art in their living gallery.

Edwards School of Business students are now enjoying the addition of unique Inuit sculptures in their college’s atrium, thanks to a donation from alumnus Sam Schwartz.

You wouldn’t typically associate a business school with fine art, but alumnus Sam Schwartz saw a fitting connection.  He has donated the largest Inuit and First Nations sculpture collection in the university’s history, in memory of his wife and avid art collector, Margaret Lois Schwartz.  He hopes it will inspire students in the Edwards School of Business, the college that he graduated from in 1950.

The collection of nearly 100 pieces, which includes Inuit sculptures, Alaskan carvings and north-west coast figures made from argillite, a black slate stone indigenous to Haida Gwaii, BC, had been carefully acquired by the couple over a span of nearly 40 years, Sam explains.  Margaret was the driving force behind the collection. As a nurse and artist, with a great interest in human and animal anatomy, Sam says she was impressed with the beauty and realism of Inuit art, and how faithfully the artists would execute their carvings.

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Big dreams and scholarship support help nursing student succeed



College of Nursing student Christina Crone received a $1750 scholarship from the Canadian Federation of University Women this year

Do you recall your first career aspirations when you attended the University of Saskatchewan?

Christina Crone, a second-year U of S student, already has plenty of dreams to pursue. Recently accepted into the College of Nursing, Christina is investigating all types of nursing specialties for her future career: geriatrics, labour and delivery, forensics, mental health and abuse, as well as clinical care.

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Making an end-of-year gift?

U of S students getting into the holiday spirit

Happy holidays from our entire university community!

Making a donation before the end of the year?

To be eligible for a 2014 tax receipt, the University of Saskatchewan must receive your donation on or before December 31, 2014.

Though the university will be closed between the afternoon of December 24 and the morning of January 2, 2015, there are three ways you can make your donation this holiday season:

  1. Call us at (306) 966-5186 or 1-800-699-1907 (Toll Free) and leave a message. A member of our staff will call you back within 24 hours to confirm your donation details. Please call us if you wish to donate shares to the university before year-end.
  2. Give online with a credit card
  3. Print out our donation form and mail it to Advancement & Community Engagement. Please note that your envelope must be postmarked on or before December 31st to qualify for a tax-deductible receipt for 2014.

Thank you for your support. Happy holidays!

Donors’ generosity makes a world of difference

Travis Avery travelled to Iceland as part of his law studies thanks to donor support.

Travis Avery travelled to Iceland as part of his law studies thanks to donor support.

“[Studying law] is about making a valuable contribution to society… the pursuit of the law is both an honour and an obligation,” says Travis Avery, a recent graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law. “It’s about providing an expert opinion on a complex legal matter so someone can make an informed decision or standing up for someone who has been wronged.” Travis credits a scholarship with helping ease the financial burdens of post-secondary education, allowing him to make the most of his time in school. “The scholarship provided me with peace of mind and the ability to focus my entire effort on my studies.”

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New U of S feed research centre to increase Saskatchewan’s impact on global food security

feed research centre

The University of Saskatchewan and its partners officially opened the Canadian Feed Research Centre (CFRC) in North Battleford today, highlighting the many research and training opportunities this unique facility will provide for Canada’s crop and livestock sector.

The $13.9-million feed research centre is a major Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)-led project and a partnership with the Saskatchewan government, Cargill’s animal nutrition business, and Western Economic Diversification. The centre will research, develop and commercialize new and better high-value animal feeds derived from low-value crops and co-products of bioprocessing and biofuels industries.

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Award-winning PotashCorp Kamskénow program helps get kids excited about science

Students enrolled in the PotashCorp Kamskénow program learn science hands-on

Students enrolled in the PotashCorp Kamskénow program learn science hands-on

The PotashCorp Kamskénow program, run out of the College of Arts and Science, has been selected for two 2014 Global Best Awards from the International Business Education Partnership Network. The local science education program has been recognized internationally for its work in getting Aboriginal students in Saskatoon excited about math and science.

The Global Best Awards—affiliated with the Conference Board of Canada—celebrate partnerships between educational institutions, private businesses and other stakeholders. As an innovative collaboration between the U of S, Saskatoon school divisions and partners, the PotashCorp Kamskénow program was chosen this spring as joint winner of the 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Award for the North America region.

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Scholarships awarded to students in International Centre for Northern Governance and Development graduate program

Master of Northern Governance and Development 2013-14 students were awarded scholarships on behalf of Cameco. Standing, from left: Connie Cheecham (La Loche), Shavonne Custer (Pelican Narrows), Frances Goulet (Creighton), Jennifer Roberts (La Ronge), Mikhail Vinokurov (Russia), Alana Gardiner (Meadow Lake), Walter Smith (Pinehouse), Helen Ben (Loon Lake), Simon Bird (Southend), Blake Charles (La Ronge). Kneeling, from left: Brandon White (La Ronge), Tuiara Sivtceva (Russia), Clifford McKenzie (La Ronge), Donald Bear (Pelican Narrows).

Students in the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development’s Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) program were awarded $84,000 in graduate scholarships by Cameco Corporation this afternoon. The presentation took place at Cameco Headquarters and was attended by Northern Saskatchewan stakeholders.

Each of the 14 scholarships is worth $6,000, and the funds will be used by the students to cover tuition and other program costs. The announcement coincided with the launch of the MNGD internship program, By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern SaskatchewanContinue reading

Donors and government to provide up to $4 million in student scholarships through campaign

David Saunders, PhD candidate, and Dijana Sneath, first-year psychology student, spoke about their experiences receiving SIOS program scholarships at the launch of the fundraising campaign


Saskatoon – The University of Saskatchewan launched a campaign today designed to provide increased scholarship support to students to recognize innovation and excellence and to help ensure financial constraints do not present a barrier to post-secondary education.

The new Innovation and Opportunity Matching Campaign will take advantage of a provincial government program that matches scholarship money raised by the university to a maximum of $2 million per year in the areas of innovation and strategic priority to the institution. For Heather Magotiaux, vice-president of advancement and community engagement, bringing together donors and the Government of Saskatchewan in support of student success has enormous potential for the University of Saskatchewan.

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