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President's message, USask Alumni Weekend and 2018 USask Alumni Achievement Awards

President's message

A message from your Alumni Association president


Greetings USask alumni! Fall is such a wonderful time of year on our USask campus. The canopy of trees around the Bowl are slowly turning yellow and the air in the evening is getting brisk.

The back to school buzz was alive and well as students came back to campus this September, and our alumni were also involved in this exciting week to pass the torch to new students. Many of our alumni volunteered to lend a hand during residence move-in day and we were thrilled to have their involvement in the orientation celebration this year and welcome the future class of 2022 into our ever-growing alumni family.

This past September we celebrated eight outstanding alumni who made significant contributions to society. It was an honour to be a part of this celebration and to learn more about these inspiring individuals. Their careers and accomplishments are astounding and I am proud that USask was a prominent stepping-stone in their renowned lives. Many congratulations to this year’s recipients and welcome to the esteemed group of Alumni Achievement Award winners. You can read more about each of these individuals on page 41 and 42. I encourage all alumni to nominate a peer who is deserving of this prestigious recognition.

The awards gala was just the beginning of our 2018 Alumni Weekend celebrations and foreshadowed what would be a successful event. Filled with tours, lectures and celebrations, it was wonderful that so many of you came out to enjoy the festivities we had planned. Thank you to all the volunteers and committee members who made the weekend possible. Volunteers are an essential part of everything we do and we are so grateful of the time, talent and treasure that many of our alumni give back to the University of Saskatchewan.

Looking forward to 2019, I’m very excited for what is ahead. This is an exciting time for the Alumni Relations Office as we continue our work uniting alumni at home and around the world. We are committed to continue building upon our promise to be the association you need to keep you connected to your alma mater.

Even though you may no longer be on campus every single day, the bond between you and your alma mater can be as rewarding as you want to make it. Our alumni family is made stronger through your involvement!

Kelly Strueby (BComm’84)
President, USask Alumni Association

USask Alumni Weekend

Rain or shine (or snow!) Despite some unseasonable weather, the BBQ in the Bowl and Pregame party were still the place to celebrate with fellow alumni!

Hundreds of USask alumni attended this year's Alumni Weekend and checked out Alumni Central in Upper Place Riel.

Alumni got a sneak peek at the world-class Merlis Belsher Place as part of the Alumni Weekend tours.

Jay Famiglietti enlightened alumni with his lecture on 21st century fresh water security.

Dr. Ivar Mendez wowed the crowd Saturday morning with his lecture on the future of medicine.

On Sept. 20, eight outstanding alumni were honoured at the 40th annual Alumni Achievement Awards.

Everything that glitters is still gold! The golden grad ceremony gave alumni who have graduated 50 years or later a chance to walk the stage at Convocation Hall one more time.

Photography by Julie Schappert
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