May 19, 2000 Volume 7, Number 17


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Salvaging for humanity

May 8-11 volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity organization were allowed by the U of S to salvage cupboards, shelves, ceiling tiles, counters and other items not needed for restoration, from the unoccupied College Building. They filled up to five truckloads each day, and plan to sell the items at their Saskatoon outlet, and put the proceeds toward building homes for needy families.

Stuart Dawson, U of S Manager of Materials Management, Surplus Assets and Disposal, said the University had no budget for the costly job of clearing out the building. He said the University in the past has donated materials – such as computers to inner-city, northern, and First Nations schools, and materials like desks to Guatemala.

Above, volunteers Ron Balan and Jeff Zereveski carry shelves out of the front door of the College Building on May 9.

Below, Balan gets ready to put another shelf into a rapidly filling Habitat for Humanity truck, parked on Nobel Plaza.

Learning about democracy and business

Gordon Barnhart, Assistant Director of U of S International and Secretary-designate of the University, chats at a May 10 reception at the Faculty Club with Evgeniya Pogorelova, one of five Yeltsin Democracy Fellows visiting for six weeks from Russia. They’re among 35 Yeltsin Fellows currently in Canada, and about 120 each year, who spend time in organizations here similar to their own, to learn about business and management practices in Canada. Pogorelova, from Saratov, southeast of Moscow, is spending three weeks at Parkland Plastics in Saskatoon. In Russia she is Head of Marketing in the Information and Technologies Division of the company Volgoagrotechnika. She says she applied and studied for four months at university in order to become a Yeltsin Fellow. Barnhart says the program, which he directs as part of the U of S’s contract to manage it, attracts many intelligent young Russians from both the public and private sectors. The program aims to bolster democracy and commerce in Russia, as well as contacts and trade with Canada.

First & Best display recognizes aid

Construction of the First and Best display is finished, and it stands for all to see, and use, just south of the Bowl between Saskatchewan Hall and Qu’Appelle Hall. Its outer tyndal-stone pillars hold plaques honoring volunteers and donors to the recently completed First & Best campaign that raised more than $52 million for the U of S. Inside the wall are benches – as Gord Snell and Boris Holowaty, of the Residences Office, and Lynne Harris, of the Bookstore, discovered at noon-hour on May 9.

In celebration of service

From left, honorees Joseph Angel, Prof. of Biochemistry, George Khachatourians, Prof. of Applied Microbiology and Food Science, and Wayne Eyre, former Editor of On Campus News, enjoy the festivities at the May 5 banquet recognizing U of S employees with 25 years’ service, as Lorraine Khachatourians, Research Assistant in Community Health and Epidemiogoly, looks on. They were among 57 25-year employees honored with long-service awards this year.
Photo by Peter Beszterda, DAVS

Maintenance captures another hockey title

Repeating a feat it has done many times in past years, the Maintenance hockey squad recently beat out six other teams to win the U of S Recreational Hockey League for 1999-2000. In the 30-game season played in the Rutherford Rink on campus from October to March, Maintenance won 24 games. Second-place Veterinary Medicine won 23, and the third-place Administration "Rusticks" won 13 games. Other teams are: Hospitals (RUH), Engineering, Soil Sciences, and Kinesiology. League veteran Bryan Bilokreli (Facilities Manaqement - Maintenance) says the league has been going since at least the mid-1970s, and he’s been playing since 1978. It’s a no-contact recreational sport for 30-year-olds and over, on U of S faculty and staff, or related federal and provincial agencies. Above, from left to right, are the winning Maintenance players: (Standing): Robert Ligtermoet, Dwayne Brenna, Rob Hoffos, Dale Forest, Doug Degenstein, Randy Hricz, Paul Entwistle. (Kneeling): Keon Sproule, Pete Keating, Brian Bell, Bryan Bilokreli, George Reynolds, Ray Risling. (Missing): Steve Piche.

Photo courtesy Rob Hoffos, Maintenance Hockey Team

‘Lights, camera, action on campus!’

For three days this month, May 9-11, U of S campus was the scene of detectives and a psychic student tracking a vicious serial killer – all in front of cameras rolling for a joint production of Regina’s Minds Eye Pictures and Saskatoon’s Thomega Entertainment. Co-producer Tony Towstego says the movie, Murder Seen, is part of an initiative to boost local movie talent and crews. He says it’s set on a campus in Minneapolis, which required flying the American flag on the Thorvaldson Building flagpole one afternoon. Towstego says besides the U of S, local shooting is at Broadway Ave., Saskatchewan Cres., and the Avenue Building. Shooting ends May 28, and worldwide release is set for late 2000. It will also be shown on The Movie Network, Canada’s in-home pay-TV movie channel. Facilities Management worked for months with producers on campus shooting arrangements. The producers were responsible for any related expenses, provided their own insurance, and paid a nominal site fee. Drama Dept. students were also able to observe filming, which took place in Thorvaldson, the Bowl, the Mitchell Bldg., the Law Library, and Geology. The film stars Timothy Bottoms, Callum Keith Rennie, Nicole Eggert, and local actor Kent Allen. Above, from left, Bottoms (with tie), Rennie and director Rob King prepare to shoot a scene in the Drama theatre. Below, a film crew unpacks equipment at the west end of the Bowl, between Thorvaldson and the Library.

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