University of Saskatchewan Honours Vera Pezer on National Philanthropy Day

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Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer is a recipient of the 2014 Honoured Supporter Award as part of National Philanthropy Day

November 14 is National Philanthropy Day in North America, a day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world. On this special day, the U of S is proud to honour Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer.

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University of Saskatchewan MEND childhood obesity prevention program expands to Moose Jaw

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The MEND program aims to help prevent childhood obesity  by providing  exercise and nutrition programs to  children at no cost

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) launched its Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It (MEND) program in Moose Jaw in October, providing a fun exercise and nutrition program to local children at no cost. The program is aimed at children who are above healthy weights, and inspires them to change the behaviours that can contribute to obesity.

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7th annual KinSpin raises funds and spirits

Hundreds of participants raised nearly $10,000 for the College of Kinesiology's Special Needs Trust Fund

Hundreds of participants raised nearly $10,000 for the College of Kinesiology’s Special Needs Trust Fund

The sun was shining and the Bowl was packed with over 350 students, faculty, staff, Special Olympians and 150 volunteers eager to take part in the seventh annual KinSpin Walk Run and Roll on Saturday, September 20. The event raised close to $10,000 for the College of Kinesiology’s Special Needs Trust, which provides funding for special needs programming within the college. “Last year we purchased four specialized wheelchairs at a total cost of $14, 000,” says Paul Rogal, one of the event’s coordinators, “three of these were purchased with funds from the Special Needs Trust.”

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College Welcomes New Huff Chair

Dr. Sean Maw, a new associate professor in the College of Engineering accepts a toolkit from Rebecca Huff, the daughter of the late Professor Jerry G. Huff, namesake of the Huff Chair in Innovative Teaching

Dr. Sean Maw, a new associate professor in the College of Engineering accepts a tool kit from Rebecca Huff, the daughter of the late Professor Jerry G. Huff, namesake of the Huff Chair in Innovative Teaching

On September 5, 2014, as new associate professor Sean Maw was welcomed into the role of Jerry G. Huff Chair in Innovative Teaching at the College of Engineering, the work and values of another teacher were remembered.

A consummate teacher, the late Jerry Huff cared about his students and devoted much of his time to supporting their success. That was the key that unlocked and opened the door in 1979 for a young student named Don Listwin who, in his fourth year of engineering at the college, was still searching for a clear direction.

Years later, older and extraordinarily successful as an electrical engineer and executive in California’s Silicon Valley, Listwin funded the chair named for his former professor. He joined Maw and Jerry Huff’s wife and daughter, Beverley and Rebecca Huff, as well as Dean of Engineering Georges Kipouros and many friends and colleagues, at the college on Friday to celebrate and mark the occasion.

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TD Bank of Canada donates $500,000 to University of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Land Management Institute

U of S Interim President Gordon Barnhart (left) and TD Bank CEO Bharat Masrani shake hands after TD Bank pleged $500,000 to support the Indigenous Land Management Institute (ILMI) at the University of Saskatchewan

U of S Interim President Gordon Barnhart (left) and TD Bank CEO Bharat Masrani shake hands after TD Bank pledged $500,000 to support the Indigenous Land Management Institute (ILMI) at the University of Saskatchewan

TD Bank of Canada is investing in the future of the Indigenous Land Management Institute (IMLI)with a $500,000 gift to University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in support of education, scholarships and research in the area of indigenous economic development.

This gift will support the work of the ILMI with half of the funding going directly toward internships that support student work and research in Saskatchewan.

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Annual appeal boosts support for students

Donations to the Annual Campaign for Students benefit students in a variety of disciplines across campus

Donations to the Annual Campaign for Students benefit students in a variety of disciplines across campus

September marks the beginning of another school year at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as the yearly start of the broadest alumni-focused fundraising appeal – the Annual Campaign for Students. Today, the 2014-15 campaign officially launches with the goal to raise over $1.2 million for students through scholarship and bursary support.

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New exhibit features the many aspects of Courtney Milne’s work

This image is one of over 500,000 gifted to the U of S in the Milne Archive donated by Milne's widow Sherrill Miller

This image is one of over 500,000 gifted to the U of S in the Milne Archive donated by Milne’s widow Sherrill Miller

In December of 2012 the University of Saskatchewan received a very generous gift from Sherrill Miller, the widow of renowned photographer and artist Courtney Milne. The Milne Archive consists of over 500,000 original images, 2.9 metres of textual records as well as audio, other visual media and Milne’s reference library. “It’s a very extensive and very comprehensive collection” says Chery Avery, an archivist with University Archives and Special Collections.

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Exhibit shows the private life of Gus Kenderdine

Gus Kenderdine's passport is one of the personal items currently on display in the Gus: the archive of Kenderdine

Gus Kenderdine’s passport is one of the personal items currently on display in the Gus: the archive of Kenderdine

The Kenderdine family has a long and appropriately colourful history at the University of Saskatchewan. It all began in 1927 when then University President Walter Murray appointed Augustus Kenderdine a lecturer in art after viewing some of his paintings. Continue reading

Greystone Circle holds annual event for members

Graduate student Andrea De Roo speaks to Greystone Circle members about how a scholarship created by a bequest gift helped her to realize her academic passion

Graduate student Andrea De Roo speaks to Greystone Circle members about how a scholarship created by a bequest gift helped her to realize her academic passion

The sun was shining over the Boffins Club patio on Tuesday June 24 for the annual gathering of the University of Saskatchewan’s Greystone Circle members. First introduced in the 1990s, the Greystone Circle is the University of Saskatchewan’s society to honour individuals for their current and future gifts to the U of S. This year’s event was hosted by the Greystone Circle’s patron member and U of S Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer. “Many of you are alumni and have made a commitment to help others follow in your footsteps because of what your university education has done for your own life,” said Pezer, “Whatever your reason, we all share a common commitment to supporting the excellence of our university.”

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