Statue of Farley Mowat unveiled at the U of S

 

Students from a second grade class who were personally invited to the unvieling by Farley Mowat himself pose with is statue

Students from a second grade class who were personally invited to the unvieling by Farley Mowat himself pose with his statue

In celebration of Canadian author Farley Mowat’s literary legacy, the University of Saskatchewan, a Grade 2 class from École Lakeview School, his widow Claire Mowat and the statue’s creator George Boileau, unveiled a sculpture of the late writer and his dog Chester on campus today.

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Couple donates $300,000 to create equine orthopedics research fund at University of Saskatchewan

The Mark and Pat DuMont Equine Orthopedics Research Fund was created with the goal of helping the Western College of Veterinary Medicine conduct more research into equine orthopedics

The Mark and Pat DuMont Equine Orthopedics Research Fund was created with the goal of helping the Western College of Veterinary Medicine conduct more research into equine orthopedics in horses that compete and perform at equestrian events

A British Columbia couple is investing in the future of equine musculoskeletal research by donating $300,000 toward the establishment of the Mark and Pat DuMont Equine Orthopedics Research Fund at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

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Generous gift will support future engineering students

A generous gift from Al and Gisele Schreiner will support students pursuing studies in professional development and petroleum engineering options at the U of S College of Engineering.

Al Schreiner and his wife Gisele’s generosity will benefit engineering students in the years to come

A generous gift from Al and Gisele Schreiner will support students pursuing studies in professional development and petroleum engineering options at the U of S College of Engineering.

Al Schreiner (BE’63, pictured above) is a graduate of the college’s mechanical engineering program. He and his wife, Gisele, have provided a donation that will support scholarships of at least $2,500 to a student in the college’s professional development option and at least $2,500 to a student in the petroleum engineering option starting in 2014/15 and extending well into the future.

“It’s something I’ve believed in for many years,” Schreiner said in explaining the decision to make this gift. “For those of us lucky enough to have graduated from the U of S College of Engineering and go on to seek careers in the oil and gas industry—which has been very good to us—this is a way of giving back and helping students now going through their engineering education.”

Schreiner, now retired, has also been giving back for many years as a supporter of volunteerism. His career was spent primarily in Calgary, where he continues to live, working in the oilfield service, supply and manufacturing industry. At the same time he was actively involved on a volunteer basis with various committees, boards and organizations both civic and industry related in the community

“Volunteerism allowed me to broaden my scope of experience with people from different fields of work,” he explained. “It’s a great way to network and meet people.”

This included the Calgary U of S engineering alumni chapter and its associated committees. Over the years, he played a significant role in encouraging other alumni to get involved as volunteers. Today, as interim chair of the chapter, he continues to volunteer his time and encourage others to do the same.

2013 Report to Donors

University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac

University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac

Message From the President:

I always look forward to meeting our alumni, donors and partners because that is my opportunity to hear about your passions and your convictions and how those align with the university’s vision. It’s your continued belief in the benefits of education and research, and your generous support of students that strengthens not only the University of Saskatchewan, but also our province, country and world. Our university community truly values your support — thank you!

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University of Saskatchewan celebrates grand opening of new Health Sciences building

 

University of Saskatchewan President speaks at the opening ceremony of the new Health Sciences building

University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac speaks at the opening ceremony of the new Health Sciences building on May 8

University of Saskatchewan (U of S) President Ilene Busch-Vishniac and the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, spoke at a ceremony to officially open the new additions to the Health Sciences building, the largest capital building project in U of S history.

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Interdisciplinary health science research space officially launched

University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac (centre) and VicepPResident of Advancement and Community Engagement pose with members of the Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation in front of the new Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Interprofessional Learning Commons

Members of the Worobetz family in front of the new Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Interprofessional Learning Commons

A Saskatchewan family with deep roots in the health care profession was recently honoured as significant donors to the Health Sciences Project.

The Dr. Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation provided $250,000 to the Health Sciences project to create innovative new student space on the second floor of E-wing. The gift honours the memory of the couple, and acknowledges their professional contributions.

Members of the foundation’s board of directors, as well as several members of the Worobetz family, were on hand on April 30th to officially open the Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michelene Worobetz Interprofessional Learning Commons. President Ilene Busch-Vishniac and VP Advancement and Community Engagement Heather Magotiaux also attended and recognized the impact the gift has made for student learning opportunities at the University of Saskatchewan.

The commons rooms provides an interactive environment for health science students to collaborate more effectively and take a team-centered, multidisciplinary approach to health education and research.

The Worobetz family has deep roots in Saskatchewan, many of them attending the U of S and pursuing careers in medicine, nursing, surgery, pharmacy, kinesiology, physiotherapy and medical engineering.

McIntyre Family Foundation invests in new Prairie Healthcare Scholarship

As the most prominent of Saskatchewan's healthcare education institutions, the University of Saskatchewan hopes many students will take advantage of the new Prairie Healthcare Scholarship

As the most prominent of Saskatchewan’s healthcare education institutions, the University of Saskatchewan hopes many students will take advantage of the new Prairie Healthcare Scholarship

University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall were on hand Tuesday April 29th for announcement of the Prairie Healthcare Scholarship. Funded by the McIntyre Family Foundation, the scholarship is open to both graduate and undergraduate students in all three Prairie Provinces studying healthcare-related fields including, but not limited to, medicine, medical research, nursing, physiotherapy, social work, kinesiology and pharmacy. “Healthcare is very important to me, especially here on the prairies” says Eldon McIntyre, founder of the McIntyre Family Foundation. “Grades are important, but we are looking for applicants that have big dreams and the drive and determination to make a difference in the healthcare field.”

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The gift that keeps on giving

Gerda Bloemraad (LLB '93)

Gerda Bloemraad (LLB ’93)

Gerda Bloemraad (LLB’93) was born and grew up in the Netherlands. She received her LLM from the University of Leiden in 1968 and then worked for the Dutch Ministry of Justice for a short period of time. After her marriage to a geologist in 1969, she moved to Spain, Thailand, England and Greece, eventually settling in Canada in 1975.

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U of S graduate students visit Norway, gaining firsthand insights into northern issues

Students in the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development's Master of Northern Governance and Development program tour a local business in Kirkenes, Norway

Students in the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development’s Master of Northern Governance and Development program tour a local business in Kirkenes, Norway

Northern Saskatchewan students in the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development’s Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) program have just returned from a 10-day international field school in Kirkenes, Norway where they got to experience another northern culture. The trip is funded by Cameco Corporation, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Norway’s Barents Institute.

While in Norway, the students attended lectures and toured a variety of sites including local fish and cheese farms and businesses where they had a chance to learn how people in those communities deal with issues they face, such as protecting their culture and the environment. Many issues they encountered were not unlike those experienced at home.

“Some of the most impactful learning we did was outside the classroom,” said Helen Ben, who is a resident of Loon Lake and a member of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. Our group visited an agricultural and bioforest centre where we learned about the research they do to determine the effects of the nearby nickel mine, as well as to protect the local environment. We attended a presentation from the local mayor who explained the issues they deal with as a municipality.”

Brandon White, a Métis student from La Ronge said: “We learned about the market economy and the challenge of different cultures in the classroom, but it is only when we come out and see the consequences for people that theory becomes real. It’s not often you get such an opportunity.”

Most of the students on the trip are from communities across Northern Saskatchewan where they are taking the MNGD program through a combination of in-classroom and videoconferencing classes, research internships in the community, and the international field school.

“It’s important that the Master of Northern Governance and Development students experience another northern region of the world and its social and economic developments,” said ICNGD Graduate Chair, Dr. Bonita Beatty. “It’s important for northern students, particularly Aboriginal students, to take advantage of opportunities that enable them to see developments beyond their own communities; perhaps even being able to adapt innovative ideas to help build their own communities. The training and experiences that students will gain from the field school and the program will certainly broaden their perspective and change the way they look at their North as a significant region—not only in this country, but also in the world.”

“It was very interesting to see and learn how the Sami (Norway’s indigenous people) are struggling to retain their culture and language” said Frances Goulet, a resident of Creighton and a member of the Onion Lake First Nation.It reminded me of home, where language is such an important way for us to maintain our identity and way of life.”

The Master of Northern Governance and Development program is accepting applications for its fall 2014 class until May 1, 2014. More information is available at usask.ca/icngd.

You can view a short video about the 2014 field school by visiting www.youtube.com and entering ‘Northern Neighbours SIU’ into the search field.

St. Thomas More expansion readies for grand opening

The expansion features a 2,000 square foot atrium designed to give students, faculty and staff new space to gather

The expansion features a 2,000 square foot atrium designed to give students, faculty and staff new space to gather

On April 11, 2014 St. Thomas More College will host the grand opening of its new expansion. The project began in 2012 with the launch of the Creating More Campaign, which has raised $4 million of its $6 million goal. The campaign was created with two main purposes in mind. The first was to make the idea of the expansion a reality and the second was to create an endowed chair in Catholic Studies. These priorities were chosen to address the capacity challenges faced by the college so it can continue to provide students with a superior liberal arts education. STM President Terrence Downey notes, “This campaign will not only enable us to create the space needed to teach more STM classes within the walls of our building, but also deliver the learning environment and personal interaction our students and alumni expect from St. Thomas More College.”

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