Volume 13, Number 17 May 5, 2006

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Office collecting pots and pans

The International Student Office is again asking members of the University community to keep them in mind during spring cleaning season.

The office is once again collecting winter clothing and kitchen equipment, including pots, toasters and cutlery, for international students.  Manager Kurt Tischler said the greatest need is for good quality, gently used winter jackets and cooking pots.

Donations can be dropped off at the Global Commons, Room 60 Place Riel, or to arrange pick-up, call 966-4925.

Registered nurses graduate in P.A.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees were conferred on seven students in Prince Albert April 22, the first graduating class from the University’s Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan (NEPS) in that city.

One male and six female students completed their four years of study, the first two offered at the First Nations University of Canada campus and final years through NEPS.  Providing practical work experience in hospitals and health facilities around the city is part of the program’s effort to educate and retain health care professionals in Northern Saskatchewan.

Looking ahead at Sask. future

In a presentation to a Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy forum April 18, Economics Professor Eric Howe said aboriginal people will make up half the province’s population by the middle of the 21st century, and will have gained ground educationally and economically.

The current aboriginal population is disproportionately young with a high fertility rate, he said, while non-aboriginal people are older with a low fertility rate.  He predicts the aboriginal population will reach at least 50 per cent by 2050.  They also have a higher rate of financial return on education than the rest of the population and as a result, average educational attainment is improving rapidly, he said.

Howe also pointed out aboriginal entrepreneurship in this province exceeded non-aboriginal by 800 per cent between 1996-2001.

West Winds centre opens on west side

The West Winds Primary Health Centre, a project of the Saskatoon Health Region and the University’s Department of Academic Family Medicine, opened April 28 on Saskatoon’s west side, one of the least well served parts of the city. 

Set up to offer a broad range of services like individual health screening, intervention, treatment, and population health promotion, the centre will also be part of the College of Medicine’s training program for family medicine residents.

The centre is located in the former Union Centre on Fairlight Drive.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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