Students set foot on our campus in pursuit of an education, and the opportunity to make a difference in the world. The time they spend here puts them on the path to achieving great things. Consider the story of Sarah Oosman, a PhD student working on health issues in
Métis communities by merging the disciplines of kinesiology and community health and epidemiology.
Others come to the U of S in search of discovery.
Our researchers and faculty are supported by state-of-the-art facilities, opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and the commitment of an entire campus community and province. Indeed,
U of S research is changing the province, the country and the world. Consider the story we tell here of
Howard Wheater, a renowned expert in hydrology and water resource management who has chosen to make his new home in Saskatoon as a Canada Excellence
Research Chair in water security, one of the world’s most pressing issues.
Of course, our alumni visit campus too.
The connection we have with our 144,500 alumni is one of our proudest. Alumni are our strongest supporters and that support enables current students and researchers to work together to make a difference in the world. Karim
Nasser is one such alumnus. His generosity strengthens our university and will impact students for years to come.
Indeed, people come to our campus for many reasons but each has a different experience. Recent visitors have, I’m sure, noticed a skyline dotted with construction cranes, evidence that the U of S is going through a period of unprecedented growth.
These capital projects, when complete, will further support students and faculty as they work together in teaching and learning, research and discovery.
Because of the public’s investment in the U of S, our future is bright. We truly appreciate your support and the trust you put in us to manage this valuable Saskatchewan institution.
I am delighted to share with you some of our achievements, milestones and memories from the past year. But I am more excited about the current school year. With it comes progress, innovation and accomplishment, so step onto our campus and be a part of our story.
PE TER MACKINNON, PRESIDENT
Some of our students are setting foot on campus for the first time. Others are returning to familiar hallways and classrooms, edging one step closer to graduation. But all of our students have one thing in common: the support of the entire community.
Prospective students are taking note.
We are seeing more students than ever apply to study at the U of S and we are offering more students the opportunity to go to school here than last year.
and a top priority at the U of S. Through efficient administration and sound fiscal principles, we are able to offer tuition rates that compare favourably to other
Canadian institutions and in some cases, fall below the national average. Many of our students also receive financial support in the form of scholarships, awards and bursaries, making the pursuit of education more affordable and accessible. Not only is an education from the U of S highly valued, it is highly affordable.
This support results in student success.
The student experience encompasses all aspects of life in an academic community and we are committed to ensuring it is the best it can be. Inside the classroom, it’s all about learning, the most important job of a university. One example of how that experience is enriched at the U of S is our Learning Communities, groups of first-year students who share the transition and academic challenges of university life with like-minded individuals, mentors and teachers. What a great start to university life!
Outside the classroom, one of the most important aspects of the student experience for many is living on campus.
With that in mind, we are building new student residences on Cumberland
Avenue that will house 400 students by 2011 in modern facilities close to the main campus.
, a PhD student in interdisciplinary studies, is making a difference by merging the fields of kinesiology and community health and epidemiology to benefit Métis communities.
“My PhD work combines my clinical experience along with my physiology knowledge to promote health among
Métis people living in Saskatchewan, specifically related to addressing the health challenges of obesity and type 2 diabetes,” Sarah said. “More specifically,
I am working on collaborating with a northern Saskatchewan Métis community to integrate their knowledge and expertise in the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating with children living in that community.”
Access to affordable education is a key component of the student experience
Sarah is quick to give credit for her awardwinning research to her faculty supervisors in the areas of health promotion and
Aboriginal health. “I would not have had this opportunity to learn from these mentors if I had chosen to do my research at a different academic institution.”
This is just one story of student success.
In fact, many change the world because of the opportunities offered in all of our colleges, departments and programs.
One such program with a rich history of student success is the Indian Teacher
Education Program (ITEP). In 2012, phd student
ITEP will celebrate its 40th year of teacher training and each year the program has grown. ITEP has expanded its delivery of the four-year Bachelor of Education degree to four First Nations sites in
Saskatchewan and two sites in the Central and Western Arctic with two more sites scheduled to open in 2011. The program encourages its students to be role models so other First Nations students will realize their potential and recognize the contributions they can make to their communities and around the world.
The U of S is a world-class, researchintensive university. Our teachers are researchers, and our researchers are teachers. All bring their discoveries into the classroom or their students into their research projects. With the opportunity to work alongside some of the greatest minds in the world, our students are prepared to better understand and deal with the world in which we live. related issues, Howard says it is time to focus our people and resources in a new way.
Understanding the complex interactions among water, land use and climate change will be the mandate of the institute
Howard will establish, a research group that will bring together the fields of ecology, toxicology and hydrology into a new science.
is exactly this sort of great mind. One of the world’s leading experts in hydrology and water resource management, Howard is a perfect fit for our $30-million Canada Excellence
Research Chair (CERC) in water security. With more than 65 researchers on campus looking at water and water-
“This is a unique investment in water,” said
Howard. “The whole world is aware of the issues of water and water security, but very few are willing to invest on this type of scale… and this is a large scale.” At the
U of S, water is a research priority to which we are committed.
u of s cerc in water security
Our university is made up of thousands of people working towards a common goal: to change the world one mind at a time.
The accomplishments of our students and our researchers on campus will help get us there, but just as important is the success of our graduates. They are daily reminders of what can be accomplished with a degree from the U of S.
Karim (Kay) Nasser
is one such
U of S graduate. Kay taught in the College of Engineering for 33 years but has given to the U of S in many other ways.
Most recently, the Nasser family donated the largest gift in U of S history, a
$12-million donation in the form of properties in Saskatoon.
The Nassers have identified several priorities for their donations, but the bulk of the money will go to student scholarships and bursaries.
“My four daughters and one son are all
University of Saskatchewan graduates and have joined us in making all our donations,” said Kay. “The U of S allowed me to practice my profession, and I was treated kindly and fairly. What is our response? On behalf of Dora and our children, we love the university and our community so much we give and we give; we share all we can with the university and our community.”
The Nasser family is but one example of the difference alumni and community partners make at the U of S.
u of s Alumnus, former professor and generous donor
Karim (Kay) nasser
The stories of students, researchers and alumni success have a common thread: our campus and its infrastructure. With our signature Collegiate Gothic architecture, tree-lined paths and river view, the U of S is one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, but it is also home to an unmatched cluster of innovative facilities.
The Canadian Light Source synchrotron provides opportunities to explore matter at a molecular level.
America and a leader in the safe development of vaccine and immunity-enhancing technologies for humans and animals.
The U of S Toxicology Centre is the largest of its kind in Canada.
Innovation Place is among the most successful research parks in
The Vaccine and Infectious Disease
Organization and its International
Vaccine Centre, is one of the largest, most advanced vaccine research and development facilities in North
The U of S is in a period of unprecedented infrastructure growth vital to supporting our mandate of teaching, learning, research and discovery across disciplines.
The largest of these projects is Academic
Health Sciences, an investment in rendering of the new
Health Sciences E-Wing.
photo: Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture interdisciplary education and research that will change how health care is delivered in the future.
Also on the horizon is the completion of a
$28.5-million renovation and expansion of the Place Riel Student Centre and new student residences to support the university’s commitment to the student experience. There is also the College
Quarter, a long-term plan to develop a
145-acre neighbourhood integrated with the university to address student needs and community life. College Quarter will bring the campus to the community and community to our campus.
The story of our university is made up of thousands of individual chapters. These chapters are about students and faculty and how they work together, about labs and libraries, and about our alumni and their successes. We are proud of all of the stories that make up our history and look forward seeing many more written. Here are a few highlights from 2009:
An innovative group in the Department of Computer Science released the iUSASK application for the iPhone.
After almost 100 years of use and a complete renovation, the College Building received its official recognition as a national historic site.
The university moved across the river with the opening of the new
Edwards School of Business campus in downtown Saskatoon.
The Huskies football team adjusted its schedule to play every home game of the fall 2009/winter 2010 season in the evenings, under the lights of Griffiths Stadium.