Daughter Jackie Pyke remarked, "putting this chair together has been a wonderful experience for our family and reflects dad's love for academics and science. It is recognition for what his life taught us to work hard at what you love to do, and always give back."
The chair is expected to have numerous positive impacts by recognizing and supporting an accomplished scholar with a preference for hard rock geology, as well as attracting new students and faculty in the field of Geological Sciences. Murray Pyke was passionate about Northern Canada and the Arctic, and it is hoped that the chairholder will undertake research that offers opportunities to engage Aboriginal partners and communities in these regions. It is anticipated that a search for a candidate will begin in autumn 2012.
President Busch-Vishniac noted the impact of the chair on the university's culture and across the prairies moving forward, "as our university embarks on our second century of discovery, we will continue to build a dynamic research culture that enriches the academic experience for our students, creates new knowledge across a broad array of disciplines, and helps improve the economic, social and cultural vitality of our region, Western Canada and beyond."
Close to 8,500 U of S graduates live in the Calgary area, making this the largest alumni population outside of Saskatoon and a special place to make this important announcement.
(l-r) U of S President Ilene Busch-Vishniac, Randall Pyke, David Pyke, Jackie Pyke, Norma Pyke, Peter Stoicheff (dean, College of Arts and Science), Peta Bonham-Smith (vice-dean, College of Arts and Science), Jim Merriam (department head, Geological Sciences)