Providing students with the resources, support and opportunities to succeed, you give thousands of students memories that will last a lifetime.
A musical gift for students
Convocation Hall is now home to a world-class concert piano, thanks to a gift from Roger and Marie Jolly. Roger Jolly, Saskatoon’s internationally- renowned piano technician, says, “I think our kids deserve to play one of the finest-built pianos in the world.” The C. Bechstein D280 concert grand piano is worth about $250,000 and its exceptional quality, combined with the hall’s beautiful acoustic setting, will make musical studies and performances at the university even more rewarding and memorable.Read More
Modernizing the dental teaching clinic
Dental students at the U of S now have some of the most advanced dental x-ray technology available at their fingertips. New oral health imaging equipment has been installed at the teaching clinic that replaces most traditional x-rays, enhancing diagnostic teaching and patient care. This equipment purchase has been made possible by a $250,000 gift from the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan and a partnership between the College of Dentistry and Carestream Dental Canada.Read More
Respected veterinarian gave back to WCVM
The late Dr. James Mailer loved being a veterinarian. Unfailingly devoted to his career and community, he is remembered for his kindness and generosity as much as for his professional accomplishments. His planned gift of $200,000 to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine carries on his lifelong commitment to students and the future of the veterinary profession—it is being used to fund research, equipment, and teaching at the college, as well as student scholarships and bursaries.Read More
Business students win with new sponsor
JDC West is western Canada’s largest business school competition, showcasing academic, debate, athletic, and social events. In 2012, BHP Billiton became the title sponsor of the Edwards School of Business team, pledging support worth up to $54,000 for the next three years. The Edwards team rose to the challenge at JDC 2013, placing in the top three in nearly half the categories, and taking home its first-ever “School of the Year” trophy for all-round performance.Read More
Finding solutions to pressing societal and scientific challenges, your support of innovative research helps us lead the way in Canada and beyond.
Engineering chairs spark teaching and research
The U of S is building on its dynamic culture of teaching and research with two new chairs in the College of Engineering. SaskPower is providing $3.5 million for a new faculty chair position that will focus on power systems engineering within the electrical engineering program. Cisco Canada has also contributed $2 million for a chair dedicated to mining research and innovative industry projects, which will help the vital Canadian and Saskatchewan mining sector improve regular operations.Read More
Geology chair honours mining expert
The Pyke family of Calgary has made the largest donation ever to both the Department of Geological Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. This major gift established the Murray W. Pyke Chair in Geological Sciences, dedicated to the respected U of S alumnus for his work in Canadian mineral and petroleum exploration. Jackie Pyke says the gift recognizes her father’s lifelong lessons: “work hard at what you love to do, and always give back.”Read More
Law chair named for Justice Estey
The late Supreme Court Justice Willard “Bud” Estey “was very proud of his Saskatchewan roots,” say his family. In his honour, they have made one of the largest donations in the history of the College of Law—$2 million—to create the Estey Chair in Business Law. The chair will attract outstanding scholars to share their expertise with students and faculty and will position the College as one of Canada’s leading business law institutions.Read More
Fund seeks animal research alternatives
A lifelong supporter of animal rights has donated $395,000 to the College of Medicine to explore and encourage alternatives to animal research. Born in Latvia, Hildegarde Lejins came to Canada with her family in 1960, settling near Prince Albert. The Zigurds and Hildegarde Lejins Fund has sprung forth from her passionate desire for the humane treatment of animals and her wish to make the use of animals in medical research a thing of the past.
You are supporting diversity and engagement, strengthening our bonds with Aboriginal communities, and helping us provide a welcoming place of learning for all.
Grad student wins creative, cross-cultural awards
A masters student working on a multilingual creative thesis about first contact in Canada has received an award aimed at enriching Canadian cultural life by promoting cross-cultural study. Andréa Ledding was awarded the Dick and Mary Edney Masters Scholarship for International Understanding through the Humanities & Fine Arts, a scholarship established by David Edney in honour of his parents. Ledding, a prize-winning published poet, is an inaugural member of Interdisciplinary Centre for Creativity and Culture’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program.Read More
Library honouring Aboriginal art and achievement
Murray Library patrons are enjoying new artwork that celebrates Aboriginal cultures and contributions and creates a more welcoming space. Installed thanks to donor support of the Library’s Annual Fund Campaign, these four pieces by David Garneau and Kevin Pee-Ace are a striking part of the library’s ongoing First Nations and Métis engagement initiatives, which in 2012 included a major exhibition called “Knowledge Keepers: Authorship, Artistry, Archives,” staff treaty education, further development of the Indigenous Studies Portal, and a new Aboriginal employment strategy.Read More
Helping education grad students succeed
More Aboriginal students are becoming leaders in their field, thanks to a prestigious graduate award. Established with a $175,000 gift, the TD Bank Financial Group Aboriginal Graduate Bursary has been awarded to 22 students in the College of Education since 2006, helping them to carry out valuable research, bring practical programming ideas back to their communities, and connect with counterparts around the world. 2012 winner Irene Oakes calls the award “a great opportunity” that has eased her full-time Doctor of Philosophy studies.
Tuition bursary paves medical student’s way
The William and Diana Kindrachuk Bursary in Medicine covers tuition for one Aboriginal medical student. “I wanted to share my good fortune,” says Dr. Kindrachuk, who created the renewable bursary in 2007 to provide students with greater educational opportunity. Current bursary winner Jon Starr was feeling the strain of paying for all of his medical schooling while supporting a young family. And now? “I can really study and get involved in mentoring other Aboriginal students in the College of Medicine.”Read More
Improving the economic, social and cultural vitality of our region and beyond, you inspire others with your generosity.
Facing tomorrow’s food challenges
How will we feed the world in the future? A new international food security institute at the U of S will lead the way through research and business collaboration. Established with a significant $35-million donation from the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and $15 million from the Government of Saskatchewan, the Global Institute for Food Security will use Saskatchewan’s unique resources, innovation and expertise to address key food supply issues such as soil quality, crop production and international trade.Read More
Scholarship honours environmental activism
Michelle’s Prize was established by the Canadian Environmental Law Association in honour of the late Michelle Swenarchuk, a passionate lawyer and U of S alumna who fought for sustainable development and environmental protection. She played a crucial role in the landmark 2002 Harvard Mouse case, ensuring that higher life forms could not be patented in Canada. Three annual awards will support students pursuing a degree in environmental studies, environmental law, or international trade and the environment.
Support rings loud for Huskies
The Huskies continue to raise cheers and support from their fans. In October, long-time patrons Ron and Jane Graham were honoured with the dedication of the Graham Huskie Clubhouse, built in 2006 and expanded in 2010 through their generous donations. The 2012 Huskies Dogs’ Breakfast also raised over $100,000 in May, for a total of $1 million to date. This popular fundraiser creates 40 football scholarships every year, attracting more top athletes to the U of S.Read More
Annual Campaign helps students go further
A gift to students makes a big difference—no matter its size. In 2012, over 5,600 donors contributed over $1.2 million through the Annual Campaign for Students to provide scholarships, equipment and library resources. One of the students who benefited was grad student David Flatla, who is creating special tools to help people with colour blindness. Thanks to this award, he has been able to extend his research and present his unique findings throughout North America.Read More