University of Saskatchewan raises $57,696 on One Day for Students

Fun and philanthropy were highlights of One Day for Students, the university's day of giving campaign held March 20.

The 24-hour campaign included an all-day event in Place Riel, and wide-ranging conversation on social media (using the hash tag #onedayforstudents) all in aid of raising money to support extracurricular student experiences through the President's Student Experience Fund.

"Each project or initiative that this fund supports can have a huge impact in a student's career or life," said Interim President Gordon Barnhart at the keynote event in Place Riel. "I am sure each of you can remember a few moments in your university careers that set you in a new direction or helped get you to where you are today. With your donation to this fund, that's exactly the type of help you can give to our students."

A total of 108 donations were made in Place Riel, and another 194 donors made their contribution online or over the phone. Gifts were received from alumni, board members, faculty, staff and students themselves.

Professor Emeritus Kay Nasser, his wife Dora and their family had committed to match every dollar donated to the fund up to a maximum of $25,000, but were so inspired by the community response, they added another $5,000 to their donation.

"I feel all university students need to have a well-rounded education," said Nasser. "Part of that is participating in activities outside of academics - whether that's in sports, clubs or extracurricular activities. Very few students can afford to pay for these activities out of pocket. If I didn't get help at many stages when I was a student, I wouldn't have done as well as I have in my life."

The President's Student Experience Fund supports unique and innovative projects and activities that give students the opportunity to grow their knowledge, apply their learning, or pursue an once-in-a-lifetime experience outside of the classroom. The fund has a broad impact on the student experience, supporting projects such as a recent student leadership conference on campus, the U of S Cheer Team's trip to nationals, and a quarter-scale tractor design and construction by a student team in engineering. The fund is completely supported by donors to the university and students or student groups apply for funding through the President's Office.


For more information, contact:

Christy Miller

Director, Alumni and Development Communications

(306) 966-8917
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