PotashCorp donates $150K to Huskie Athletics for fourth year

Huskies’ players Ben Baker and Kiera Lyons, along with Basil Hughton, Athletic Director, received the gift from PotashCorp’s Rhonda Speiss at this weekend’s basketball game.

PotashCorp and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies are pleased to announce another gift of $150,000 from PotashCorp to Huskie Athletics.

The donation will be made official this weekend at Huskie Athletics events. This is the fourth straight year that PotashCorp has made a donation to Huskie Athletics for a combined total of $600,000.

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U of S, Saskatchewan Blue Cross and SaskSport announce childhood obesity prevention program in northern Saskatchewan

Saskatoon – The U of S announced today the expansion of a program that aims to fight the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan. The program is called MEND, which stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, and Do It.

MEND inspires children and families to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives by changing behaviours that cause obesity. The expansion was made possible through partnerships with Saskatchewan Blue Cross and SaskSport.

“We want to teach the youth in our province the necessary skills to make healthy choices while providing them with the knowledge they need to continue long after the program ends,” said Carol Rodgers, dean of the College of Kinesiology. “Because of MEND, families have been able to experience a significant lifestyle change and continue to be supported with any challenges they might run into.”

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Focus on our Future: an incredible response to support U of S students

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Thanks to our generous community, our first-ever day of giving — Focus on our Future — was a great success. We received 387 gifts in a 24-hour period, contributing more than $586,000 to support our students!

These gifts will help students make the most of their time at the University of Saskatchewan and will make a tangible difference in their lives.

If you would like to support students by making a gift to the Annual Campaign for Students, please visit give.usask.ca/students. It is a gift that has a lasting impact.

On behalf of our students, and the University of Saskatchewan, I would like to thank you for your overwhelming support and for helping us focus on our future.

All the best,

Max FineDay

President, University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union

24 hours to support our students

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Max FineDay is a third-year political studies student and president of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union

As the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) president, I’m here to speak for students. I want to make sure they’re getting the most out of their experience at the U of S. The best part of my job is talking with students—finding out their hopes and dreams, and their suggestions for the university.

Students are telling me that costs are a challenge. They’re having trouble paying their rent on time, affording transportation and healthy food, and buying textbooks. I’ve taken on a campaign to get cheaper textbooks for students so they don’t have to worry so much about that cost and can better focus on their studies. Every little bit helps.

They are also telling me about the great things they are doing in addition to their studies when they have the support they need. Students are volunteering at seniors’ homes, working on issues of social justice around the world, and focusing on Indigenous rights. I’m really proud to be president of the USSU because I get to see the great work students are doing every day at our university and in our community.

That’s why today, on Wednesday, December 18, the University of Saskatchewan’s first annual day of giving – Focus on our Future – is so important to me personally. Today our entire campus community, alumni and friends join together to support students — students I speak with, and advocate for, each and every day.  Today, we can help reward their academic achievements, provide them with financial support and peace of mind, and help them to continue to make a difference in our community.

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Coming Dec. 18! Support students as we focus on our future

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In my role as students’ union president, I have the fortune to work and speak with a lot of students at the University of Saskatchewan. I know better than anyone that our students embody traits we all value and respect: they are hardworking, they give back to their communities, and they are truly making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

But they can’t always do it alone. And that’s where you come in.

Watch your email on December 18 for your opportunity to support our students. It’s a special day, one that will give our entire U of S community a chance to pull together and focus on our future—the exceptional people that choose to study at our university.

Max FineDay

President, University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union

More info will be available on December 18 on our website, give.usask.ca

 

Making a donation before the end of the year?

Students Monique Bews, left, and Srini Samarawickrama

To be eligible for a 2013 tax receipt, the University of Saskatchewan must receive your donation on or before December 31, 2013.

Though the university will be closed between December 24 and the morning of January 2, 2014, there are three ways you can make your donation this holiday season:

1. Call us at (306) 966-5186 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 2013.

Thank you for your support. Happy Holidays!

U of S officially opens doors to Graduate House student residence

The Honorable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, takes part in a tour of the new space.

The Honorable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, takes part in a tour of the new space.

The University of Saskatchewan officially opened the third and final stage of its College Quarter residence development today. Designed and built specifically for graduate students, the new Graduate House residence has capacity for 262 students, increasing the total number of new beds on campus by more than 1,000 in the past three years.

“This is an important project for the university and, with the support of our partners and lead donors Russell and Katherine Morrison, we are pleased to see it officially open its doors,” said U of S President Ilene Busch-Vishniac. “This building provides a greater variety of available housing options on campus, something our students have long been asking for.”

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Viterra Partners with the Global Institute for Food Security

Ton Steve, General Manager, Wheat and Barley Commissions speaking with Gifs Deputy Director, Ernie Barber and President, Ilene Busch-Vishniac

Ton Steve, General Manager, Wheat and Barley Commissions speaking with Gifs Deputy Director, Ernie Barber and President, Ilene Busch-Vishniac

SASKATOON – The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) and Viterra Inc. announced today that Viterra is investing $2 million to support the Institute’s mission to address the increasing global demand for safe, reliable food.

The five-year funding agreement will make Viterra the lead grain industry partner joining founding partners PotashCorp, the Province of Saskatchewan, and the University of Saskatchewan.

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Bettering the world through life-saving research and life-changing generosity

Sylvia Fedoruk and Howler

Sylvia Fedoruk and Howler

On November 15th, National Philanthropy Day, the University of Saskatchewan honours one of our most committed supporters – the Honorable Sylvia Fedoruk (O.C., S.O.M).

Through a life of achievement in medical research, health sciences and public service, The Honourable Sylvia Fedoruk left a profound mark on the University of Saskatchewan and the world. Born in Canora in 1927, Sylvia’s illustrious academic career began in a one-room school taught by her father. She graduated from high school in Ontario, where her family had moved during WWII, but came home to the U of S in 1946 for her BA, with high honours in physics, and her master’s degree. An outstanding scholar and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Gold Medal, she began teaching medical physics after graduation and became the radiation physicist at the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic.

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Donation kick-starts conversation about mental health

Ralph and Gay Young on a recent visit to Student Health and Counselling Services

Ralph and Gay Young on a recent visit to Student Health and Counselling Services

Ralph Young is the Chancellor of the University of Alberta. But as a University of Saskatchewan alumnus, he isn’t shy about praising the U of S. “The U of S is Saskatchewan’s university,” says Young. “It has a great reputation among the provinces and it’s where so many of us got our start.” Throughout his 42-year career in the real estate development business in Edmonton, Young says he has come to recognize a “certain quality” in people from Saskatchewan. “There’s a work ethic, a down-to-earth style that is very gratifying to an employer,” he says. “It’s a great place to live and be from.”

Raised in Saskatoon, Young graduated from the U of S in 1967 with a civil engineering degree and spent several years in Manitoba working on bridge construction projects. He and his wife Gay then moved to Edmonton, where he earned his MBA from the U of A and she worked as an elementary school teacher. Joining the real estate development company Melcor in 1971, he served as CEO there from 2000 until his retirement this year, when he was named Chancellor of the U of A.

The Youngs have been significantly involved in many Alberta community organizations over the years, and have made several gifts to the U of A to assist western Canadian history projects—Young has a great personal interest in this area, and they were instrumental in helping bring back a valuable collection of diaries and artefacts belonging to famed RCMP officer Sam Steele from England to Canada. But Young says that they also wanted to do something for the U of S.

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