Golden Grads Memory Wall

Huskie football action on the gridiron in 1961

- Nick Fedorchuk (BE'63, MBA'80)

Cheerleaders get the crowd into the game in 1961

- Nick Fedorchuk (BE'63, MBA'80)

The crowd watches the action at the opening game of the 1961 season

- Nick Fedorchuk (BE'63, MBA'80)

"Early Gamma Camera"

"Here is a “photo taken in 1965 of the first large diameter scintillation camera in Canada. It was installed in University Hospital in 1965 as part of my PhD under the supervision of Sylvia Fedoruk - later Chancellor U of Sask and Lt Governor of Sask.”

- Trevor Cradduck (MSc'62, PhD'66)

The infamous snake dance held by USask students would often tie-up traffic and was not the most popular event for downtown merchants. The last snake dance was held in downtown Saskatoon in 1962.

- Nick Fedorchuk (BE'63, MBA'80)

The Engineering Class of 1970 created the Red Rocket, which was displayed at the top of the University Bridge. The 3D image was definitely an eye-catcher for traffic at five metres tall.

- Robert (Bob) Taylor (BE'70) 

It may have been cold during January 1963, but the ice sculptures brightened the days and caught the attention of passers-by.

- Nick Fedorchuk (BE'63, MBA'80)

It may have been cold during January 1963, but the ice sculptures brightened the days and caught the attention of passers-by.

- Nick Fedorchuk (BE'63, MBA'80)

Gordon Hunter used this mask while playing goal for the College of Commerce intramural team in 1967. He has since donated the unique mask to the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. 

- Gordon Hunter (BComm'70)

Allan Midgley met Sheryn Shepherd in the fall of 1963 while skating at Rutherford Rink. Since then, every Nov. 10, they fondly recall that fateful day that brought them together 57 years ago.

- Allen Midgley (AGRIC'65)

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix took this picture of Eugene Seitz, who was a fourth-year ag student in the fall of 1956, with this 30-pound and 500-pound wheels of cheddar cheese.

- Eugene W. Seitz (BSA'57)


"This picture brings back good memories of Vern Osbaldeston and the privilege it was to work along side him at an Ag. Engineering Fall Soils testing lab. He was one of those people who always made you feel good when you saw him coming your way. In later years when he was Principal of Fairview College, I looked him up while on a business trip to the Peace River and yes, on short notice, he would indeed visit at lunch where we remembered good times, and the feeling prevailed."

- Everett Paynter (BE'50)

“I was a participant at the Domremy ski event representing the school of agriculture class” 

- Paul Boutin (AGRIC'69)

"We are the ‘70 Degree 5 year BScN nursing class celebrating 50 years. The pandemic has delayed our planned reunion, therefore we put together a newsletter with classmate submissions to keep in touch."

- Doreen McKinnon (BSN'70) & Jill Shanks (BSN'70, MCTGED'82) 

Airplane room located in the Thorvaldson Building.

- Brent Richardson (BSP'70)

Airplane room located in the Thorvaldson Building.

- Brent Richardson (BSP'70)

Sheaf article submitted

- Tony Merchant (JD'67, BA'68, BUSADM'84)

  • 1968 – 1972 Editor of the NORTHIAN Magazine, a monthly periodical printed and published by the College of Education’s Indian and Northern Education Program for teachers in Indian and Northern Education
  • 1965-1972 – Administrator SINE (Saskatchewan Indian and Northern Education) Curriculum Resources Centre, College of Education

- Jerome Hammersmith (BED'68, MEDUC'71)

So many memories shared...

“Some of my best memories from my time at the U of S have to do with working at The Sheaf from 1967 – 1969. I made good friends, learned how to compose at a typewriter (yes we still used them!), attended various conferences to discuss issues in journalism such as objectivity and censorship, and was privileged to work on a variety of issues that kept me informed about local and world events."

- Regine Haensel (BA'69, EDUC'70)


"In early September of 1960, many of my friends mentioned that my photo was on display in the photography office. This was my graduation picture for the yearbook. The “Commerce” group had their pictures taken early. Mine was color-tinted and used for advertising.  A classmate and I went there, and I only had to pay $7.00 for the frame, but the tinted photo was free.  I gave it to my parents as a Christmas present."

- Vivienne Mickleborough (BComm'60)


"Douglas Cuddington graduated in 1949.  A classmate was Margaret Burdon.  They were married on July 23, 1949.  On July 23, 2020 they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary."

- Douglas Cuddington (BComm'49)


"I was one of three Co-Chairs of Engineering Show 1970.  It was a great chance to expose the wider community to what has happening both within the Engineering College and the latest in commercial technology.  Displays ranged from one of the Mercury space capsules (a real coup for our show) to the latest in fibre optics technology to samples of synthetic (vegetable based) "corned beef".   How far we've come in 50 years: the International Space Station; fibre optic internet to homes in all new neighbourhoods and veggie-burgers in every supermarket {BUT ---- I still prefer the burger from a cow that was a vegetarian.] 

We also had "Saskatoon's Finest" [a.k.a the city police] running a demo of their latest technology:  The Breathalyzer.  And, being engineering students, we had several volunteers demonstrate how much alcohol you had to consume to reach "point zero eight".  Turns you are pretty drunk at 0.08 and we made sure he had several friends make sure he got home (or perhaps to the next bar) safely."

- Robert (Bob) Taylor (BE'70) 


"After a summer back on the farm, and returning to Saskatoon in the fall of 1949, I had to decide in which branch of Engineering I would register. This was a decision that would truly determine the rest of my life. In some classes, certainly in the Physics theatre, we had to sit in alphabetically assigned numbered seats. Once during the lecture Sid Cox would enter and write down the visible numbers on the empty seats. After a certain number of classes had been missed, there would be a rebuke, or worse. Thus, I sat next to Alan Scharf, a Saskatoon boy, son of an eye, ear and throat specialist. We became friends, perhaps because we had a common love of music, and during the year he tried to convince me that we should take Engineering Physics for the intellectual value. From my upbringing I still wanted a practical degree, and by now was thinking of Electrical Engineering. So, in the fall of 1949 I was dealing with Alan’s promotion of Physics, and my own enjoyment of it. In this struggle I decided that I had to ask a physicist if one could really get jobs in Physics. I searched the building for Leon Katz and finally found him with two others in the basement, outside the betatron laboratory; these were Newman Haslam and Harold Johns – they were having an argument. Haslam was trying to escape for a golf game, and Johns was saying “You come back here, Haslam, we haven’t settled this yet”. Somehow, I placed my question, although I can’t remember how I framed it, and I can’t remember the answer either, which may have come from Johns, and been simply, “Of course”. In any case, I went over and registered in Engineering Physics, while Alan Scharf registered in Electrical Engineering."

– Gordon Shepherd (BE'52, MSc'53)


"The French Department at Regina Campus in the late 60s was a very dynamic group (notably Professor Jennifer Fudge) with several classes which attracted me during my studies. Although majoring in Economics at the time the Department  offered  me a wonderful opportunity to teach English at a prestigious private boys’ school just outside Paris during 1970-1971 following my graduation. This one year adventure in France evolved into a much larger four year project as I improved my French considerably, received a scholarship to do an MBA at a Grande école in Paris, acquired some business experience and married a lovely French woman. We then returned to Montréal to allow me to pursue my studies in law at McGill and my wife to pursue a career teaching at the Université de Montréal. Having become a dual French and Canadian citizen (along with the other members of our family) my work in M&A as a partner at a Montreal law firm has seen me over the years acting primarily on behalf of French companies, having a regular business presence in France (until COVID), interacting frequently with the Canadian and French embassies, acting as Chairman of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie française au Canada and also as Chairman the two Canadian private equity arms of one of France’s largest financial institutions. A very pleasant but highly improbable journey which would never have begun without the challenging opportunity offered by the French Department at Regina Campus."

- William Hart (BA'70)


“The following link is about me being admitted to the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame. The picture beside my mask is me playing goal for the College of Commerce Intramural team in 1967. My first year (1966) tuition and books were paid for because I was awarded a Molson Hockey Scholarship. Further, the Saskatchewan Sports hall of Fame have expressed interest in some of my other sport endeavors.”

- Gordon Hunter (BComm'70)


"This story begins on October 31, 1963 when I, the country kid from Marwayne, Alberta, enrolled at Kirk Hall for a Diploma in Agriculture. On the list of up-coming events for newcomers was a shindig about the middle of the month.

On Sunday, November 10, I started to panic over who to take to this dance. I went skating at Rutherford that afternoon and there I met a young thing with bells on her skates. She didn't seem to mind that I'd asked her to skate, so I asked her to the dance.

Well, the next week was a performance in proving to her parents that I was worthy company for their daughter. After a tantrum or two from the 'young thing with bells on her skates,' who turned out to be fifteen, it was agreed that I, the college student, needed to meet Mom and Dad.

As it happened, we had to dress for supper and picture taking at Kirk Hall on that Wednesday night of meeting Mom and Dad. So, I just happened to be wearing a black suit and white socks, which luckily for me impressed them both.

57 years later, Sheryn Shepherd (BED'71) and I are living on a few acres outside of Cache Creek, BC, and blessed with kids and grandkids and great grandchildren.

Each year, Sheryn and I celebrate our memorable November 10 meeting at Rutherford Rink, and I can still hear the sound of those tinkling bells."

- Allen Midgley (AGRIC'65)


"At the beginning of every school year at the University the students held a big noise rally. At the end of the rally they held a snake dance. Thousands of students would link arms and snake through the center of the city. They would stop traffic for hours and any door open in a building the snake would enter. Some merchants closed their doors to keep the snake out. Every year the Saskatoon Police would issue a warning that they would not tolerate the snake dance but every year the tradition continued. I recall a student speaker at the 1962 rally that launched the 1962 snake dance by proclaiming “We are not going to hold a snake dance this year, and we are not going to snake downtown to the city center!” This launched the last snake dance. John Spinks, the University President was getting concerned about the University image. He ordered the cancellation of the snake dance. The last snake dance was held in 1962. I did not see any rowdiness or vandalism but it was a big nuisance to the downtown merchants."

- Nick Fedorchuk (BE'63, MBA'80)


"The first year In attendance at U. of S. (1954) and the first week, there was a "snake dance" which I will never forget.' I was so amazed at the "snake" which consisted of students who were holding hands forming a "snake"which wound thru traffic on Second Ave and thru theaters etc.and held up traffic for a long time. No one seemed to get upset such as car drivers and theater patrons.It certainly was not a good thing to do and I was not surprised that it was banned in future years. Everyone who participated thought it was a "hoot" but I am sure that theater goers and car drivers were not impressed.
My memory from 1954."

- Chuck Hopkins (BE'58)

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