A message from your Alumni Association president
It’s that time of year again when the days get longer, the sunlight gets stronger and the buds on trees begin to take shape. The always beautiful U of S campus looks even lovelier in the fresh green of springtime.
Looking back to our time on campus during this wonderful season, we can recall the buzz of finals and the anticipation of summer holidays. For so many alumni, our years at the U of S have shaped us and enabled contributions of all kinds to our world and community.
“Community” is the theme of this issue and I encourage you to renew and strengthen your connection to the U of S community. There are many ways to stay connected. Volunteer at a U of S event, make a gift, attend our events, sign up for your free alumni cards, send us your story— whatever way you can, we are here to keep you connected.
Many of you connected with us in 2017 during the Alumni Association centennial celebrations. I cannot reinforce enough how great it was to see so many alumni coming to events celebrating our 100 years—be it the Alumni Weekend, Huskie football games or at the events throughout the country.
Several events were held over the winter to help unite our alumni family. This year’s inaugural Alumni and Friends skate saw nearly 200 alumni and community members visit campus and enjoy a skate around the U of S bowl. The fourth-annual Bunny Brunch was a huge success, with many future alumni on campus finding eggs in the snow. And finally, our annual day of giving, One Day for Students, raised over $100,000 for students in need.
Hot on the heels of these events, we are planning another Alumni Weekend for the week of September 20, 2018. Mark this date on your calendar as we connect, learn and celebrate together.
As you flip through these pages of the Green & White and read about your fellow alumni, I hope you will feel connected to your alma mater and take pride in being part of this wonderful alumni community.
Remember, the U of S is always home.
Kelly Strueby (BComm’84)
President, Alumni Association
A way to remember
Alumni Patrick Hayes (BA’80, MA’90) and Bill Waiser (MA’76, PhD’83) explain how they plan to honour those who served during WWI.
G&W: What is the role and purpose of the university Great War Commemoration Committee?
BW: The committee was formed in the spring of 2014 to consider ways in which the Great War could be commemorated on campus. The membership includes student, staff, faculty, retiree, and general public representation. All members are alumni of the university.
Since August 2014, the committee has hosted a series of events and activities examining the impact of the war on the university and the wider Saskatchewan community and the contribution of the university and the province to the war effort.
These include the addition of missing names to Peter MacKinnon Building ribbon memorials and a talk by The Globe and Mail editorial cartoonist Brian Gable on Great War cartooning, among many other things.
PH: One of our ongoing projects has been a web page of archival documents—greatwar.usask.ca. The web page was conceived at the committee's first meeting. The site contains material scanned exclusively from the University Archives and Special Collections. The subjects covered are driven by the archival and printed sources in the collection. It is hoped that the presentation of one of a kind and rare material will aid in the research into and knowledge of the Great War. The site will continue to expand through the addition of scanned material, with a search feature currently in the works.
G&W: The newest project of the Great War Commemoration Committee is to build a commemoratory bench on campus. Can you explain this project?
BW: We wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War with a permanent monument—simple, graceful and respectful—dedicated to the men and women of the campus who served their country from 1914 to 1918.
PH: The bench was designed by local artisan Ryan Watson of Rocco Masons of Saskatoon.
G&W: Where will the bench be located?
PH: The bench location was an important consideration. We wanted it to be in the heart of the original campus—a place that would have been familiar to the volunteers of the time. It will sit at the south end of the plaza between the original campus residences.
G&W: How was the university affected by the Great War?
BW: The Great War exacted a heavy human toll on the University of Saskatchewan. Of the 345 students, faculty and staff who enlisted, 69 were killed, about 100 were wounded. 35 were awarded medals of valour. Compare the enlistment number of 345 with the total number of grads by the end of 1918 at just over 300.
G&W: How can the alumni help with project?
PH: The university Great War Commemoration Committee is soliciting donations for the creation and installation of the memorial bench. Our goal is $20,000 and donors will receive a charitable donation receipt.
The Alumni Relations office puts on many events throughout the year to reunite our alumni and remind you that U of S is always home.
In Saskatoon, you channelled your flannel in December, enjoyed the new rink in the Bowl in February, and hunted for eggs in March. We also travelled to our alumni abroad, visiting and reuniting with alumni in Winnipeg, Ottawa and California. You can view all the event photos on our Flickr page.
For more information on how you can get involved with our events visit the Alumni Relations website.