What to expect at the U of S Alumni Weekend 2018

From Sept. 20-22, the University of Saskatchewan campus will be abuzz with alumni returning to their roots for Alumni Weekend 2018.

The weekend is a chance for everyone—not only alumni—to come back to campus and experience a packed weekend of activities planned to bring together U of S graduates from around the world.

The challenge will be taking in everything that Alumni Weekend has to offer. Overwhelmed with the abundance of opportunities that await? Not to worry. Here are the top five things you should check out:

Take in the tours:

Much has changed at the U of S since the establishment of the Alumni Association over 100 years ago. See what’s new and rediscover what remains the same on campus, with tours of the Canadian Light Source, Patterson Garden Arboretum, Merlis Belsher Place and other hidden gems on the most beautiful campus in Canada.

Acknowledge your dynasty:

A Golden Grad ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 22 will celebrate graduates from 1967 and earlier. Alumni celebrating 50 years (or more) since convocation will be presented an honorary certificate to commemorate the milestone.

Cheer on your Huskies:

What would a party in Saskatchewan be without a football game? Cheer on your favourite team Friday, Sept. 21, as they take on the University of Regina Rams and kick off the celebration with a pre-party in the Bowl. Festivities begin at 4 pm, with great food and drinks.

Celebrate your alumni family:

The 40th annual Alumni Achievement Awards on Thursday, Sept. 20 will recognize eight accomplished alumni who have graduated from the U of S and gone on to do amazing things. From legendary athletes to an international research expert, a philanthropic pair of doctors to a provincial court judge, this year’s diverse group of Alumni Achievement Award winners embody what it means to be dedicated and committed to one’s profession and community.

Learn a thing or two:

Be prepared to gain a wealth of knowledge from two of the leading researchers on campus. Dr. Ivar Mendez, a clinician/scientist in functional neurosurgery, brain repair, stem cells and remote presence robotic technology, will deliver his USask Talks presentation on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22. Jay Famiglietti, director of the U of S Global Institute for Water Security and Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing, will give his USask Talks lecture that afternoon.

That is just skimming the surface. There are many more things to check out, with the Edwards School of Business also celebrating 100 years with a full schedule, along with the Department of Computer Science hosting a number of events throughout the weekend to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

For the full schedule of events, visit alumni.usask.ca/alumniweekend.

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