Weekend schedule

Return to your roots and rediscover our beautiful USask campus. From class reunions, to family-friendly events, to enlightening research—there is something for everyone.

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Celebrate
Learn

40th Annual Alumni Achievement Awards 
Delta Bessborough, Adam Ballroom
6 pm

The University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association is proud to honour our graduates who have excelled in their respective fields and enhanced their communities. The Alumni Achievement Awards pay tribute to esteemed individuals and their achievements at the annual Alumni Achievement Awards Gala; an evening to honour our alumni and recognize their determination and influence.

Registration at Alumni Central 
The Bowl
Opens at 9 am

Join us at Alumni Central all weekend long and check in to receive your weekend schedule.  


Writing history: The power of entrepreneurs with a purpose
Murad Al-Katib

The PAC
10 am

Presented in collaboration with the Edwards School of Business All Years Centennial.


Merlis Belsher Place tour
Merlis Belsher Place, 2010 College Drive
10 am 

Get a behind the scenes tour of Merlis Belsher Place before it officially opens to the public. The $42.9-million multi-sport complex will serve as the new home for Huskies hockey teams, as well as brand-new basketball practice facilities for the U of S teams. In addition, the new facility will welcome community groups, including offering a much-needed 1,500 hours of ice time annually for Saskatoon Minor Hockey teams.


Patterson Garden Tour     
Southeast corner, College Drive and Preston Avenue
10 am

Join Jackie Bantle, greenhouse and horticulture facility manager, and Alan Weninger, arborist at Patterson Garden, for a tour of the university’s arboretum. Established in 1966, Patterson Garden contains one of the most diverse collections of trees, shrubs and vines in the Prairie provinces. Many specimens from the 1960s are still thriving, fruiting, and flowering while they support lichens, birds and bees. New trees and shrubs are settling in to shady and sunny spots between the old canopy. Species from northern regions of the world as well as historic cultivars developed by pioneer plant breeders are on display. All specimens are labeled with common and scientific names. An invaluable reference for horticulture and botany, the picturesque site is also used for photography, field trips and strolls.

Light refreshments will be provided following the tour. Each participant will also take home a U of S-bred plant!


Duff Spafford Alumni Book Collection Launch     
Murray Library, first floor, Link space
10:30 am

The University Library invites you to a reception in honour of Professor Emeritus Duff Spafford, and his many contributions to the University of Saskatchewan, where the new, permanent home of the Alumni Book Collection will be unveiled. RSVP for this event.

The collection consists entirely of books written, edited or translated by alumni of the University of Saskatchewan. Are you an alumni author? Join us and bring a copy of your book to add to the Alumni Book Collection.

If you’re unable to attend the reception, you are welcome to mail your book to: The Duff Spafford Alumni Book Collection, 301 Murray Library, 3 Campus Drive, Saskatoon SK S7N 5A4


Gabrielle Scrimshaw 
The PAC
11 am

Presented in collaboration with the Edwards School of Business All Years Centennial.


Leading the Way 
Third floor Spinks Building
11 am

An interactive social gathering to learn about the impact that our Saskatchewan researchers are making on a global scale, from using big data to transforming plant breeding to improving the quality and sustainability of water.

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science 50th Anniversary.


Lunch and Learn: Reconciliation and the business world 
The PAC
11:30 am

Presented in collaboration with the Edwards School of Business All Years Centennial.


Business 2030: #SocialValue = #BizValue 
Wayne Dunn
The PAC
1:30 pm

Presented in collaboration with the Edwards School of Business All Years Centennial.


The World of Animation   
Neatby-Timlin Theatre (Arts 241)
1:30 pm

In this keynote presentation, catch a glimpse of the inner workings of Pixar Animation Studios and the animation industry through the careers of computer science graduates Darwyn Peachey and Byron Bashforth, and see what it takes to animate a Hollywood box office hit.

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science 50th Anniversary.


Synchrotron Experience  
Canadian Light Source, 44 Innovation Boulevard
2 pm

The Canadian Light Source is the only synchrotron in Canada and is advancing Canadian science while contributing to the quality of life of people around the world.


Ainsley Robertson 
The PAC
2:30 pm

Presented in collaboration with the Edwards School of Business All Years Centennial.


Michelle Romanow 
The PAC
3:30 pm

Presented in collaboration with the Edwards School of Business All Years Centennial.


Pre-game party and football game
The Bowl and Griffiths Stadium
4 pm

Tickets: $10 pre-registration l $15 at the door

Join us in the Bowl as we gear up for the provincial rivalry game between the U of S Huskies and the U of R Rams. 

Menu items include:

  • Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich with Gravelbourg Mustard
  • Andouille Sausage and Pulled Pork Po’Boy
  • Grilled Mexican Street Corn
  • Broccoli salad
  • Summer Chopped Salad with Avocado and Lemon Yogurt Dressing
  • 7 layer dip in a cup
  • Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
  • Vegetarian Chili with Corn chips and Avocado Crema

A cash bar will be available. 

The pre-game party will begin at 4 pm and will wrap up with a parade to the stadium just in time for kickoff!

Need a ticket to the football game? Purchase the package option on Eventbrite.


Ryan's Roundup   
Louis'
5 pm

Join William Joseph Communications CEO Ryan Townend (BComm'99) at Louis' on campus Friday night. Enjoy networking, appetizers, great music and your favorite drinks from your old stomping grounds. 

RSVP here to reserve your free entry.

Registration at Alumni Central 
The Bowl
9 am

Join us at Alumni Central all weekend long and check in to receive your weekend schedule.


USASK Talks 
Robotics, brain repair and artificial intelligence: Medicine of the future
Dr. Ivar Mendez
Arts 133
10 am

This lecture will focus on advances in robotic remote presence technology for the provision of primary and specialized health services. We will present our experience with this technology in Saskatchewan in both urban and remote rural settings.

Disruptive technologies such Artificial Intelligence (AI), brain repair with stem cells, 3D printing and the use of robotics for patient care will be explored. Particular emphasis will be given on the impact of these technologies on the future practice of medicine.

Due to confidential patient information, Dr. Mendez’s lecture will not be able to be recorded.


BBQ in the Bowl 
The Bowl
11:30 am 

$15 per person plus taxes and fees

Join your fellow Alumni Weekend attendees for a BBQ in the Bowl. A cash bar will be available. 


Huskie Women's Soccer 
Field 7, Nutrien Park
12 noon 

Get your tickets here.


USASK Talks 
21st Century Freshwater Security: Is It Achievable?

Jay Famiglietti
Arts 133 1 pm

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, professor and the director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. Come hear him discuss his research on severe changes in our freshwater over time and his own personal research that uses satellite data to track the changes of groundwater and precipitation over time.


Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre tour 
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre
1 pm

As an intercultural gathering place, the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre brings together the teachings, traditions and cultures of the peoples of Saskatchewan. Grounded in the teachings of collaboration, cooperation, humility, reciprocity and sharing, the centre aims to enhance First Nations, Métis and Inuit student success. 

The centre's purpose is to facilitate the coordination of effective student services for Métis, First Nations and Inuit students and build relationships within and outside the university with Indigenous peoples. The centre provides a home for Indigenous undergraduate and graduate student leadership and allows for mutual learning opportunities for students and faculty. The centre also functions as the university’s hub for on-campus Indigenous engagement and initiatives.


Golden Grads and High Tea
Convocation Hall

3 pm

Join us as we honour our Golden Grads, alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, and celebrate the history of the University of Saskatchewan. Each alumnus will have the opportunity to walk the stage one more time in historic Convocation Hall.