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Alumni and Community Engagement

Staying in touch with alumni - President Timmons visits with alumni in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Ottawa, and Regina.


President Timmons visited alumni in Edmonton, and spoke with Charlene (Banjac) Howard (BA ’98, MEd ’06), Past President of Alumni Association.

“Alumni are the lifeblood of our University and remain our strongest connection to community here in Regina, throughout Canada, and around the world,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor.

“There is no substitute for being able to visit with our amazing alumni to provide them with updates on key University initiatives, solicit their input and support, and celebrate recent achievements, including our record enrolment and hosting events such as the U Sports National Women’s Basketball Finals and international events such as the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences May 26-June 1,” she says.

Regina: Feb. 3

President Timmons and 70 Chinese graduates gathered in Regina in early February to get a head start on Chinese New Year celebrations and catch up on the latest U of R news.

“We have more than 2,000 international students at the U of R today – and about 800 are from China,” Timmons shared.

Since the mid-1980's, thousands of students from China have graduated from the University of Regina. In fact, the U of R was the first Canadian higher education institution to sign a formal twinning partnership with China in 1981 – and the U of R now had relationships with 30 Chinese institutions.

Edmonton: Feb.7

On February 7, President Timmons was in Edmonton and hosted the largest gathering to date of alumni living in “The Big E” and shared the great news that their alma mater had achieved #1 status in research revenue growth (up 12.6%) according to Research Infosource. She also gave them details on the recent $8.9 million announcement made by Minister Ralph Goodale (BA ’71) for PTSD research under the leadership of U of R alumnus Dr. Nick Carleton (BAdmin ’01, BA Hon ’02, MA ’05, PhD ’10).

Among those in attendance was Brad Rollins (BAdmin ’78), head of the alumni leadership group in Edmonton.

“It was great to hear about our University. Living in another province can make staying connected challenging, but President Timmons’ visit rekindled our sense of pride and connection,” says Rollins.

Upcoming Alumni Visits:

April 19, Saskatoon: President Timmons invites alumni in Saskatoon and area to come to the Remai Modern  art museum at River Landing for a reception and private tour.

May 8, Ottawa: Join President Timmons at the Rideau Club at 99 Bank St. for the fourth annual Saskatchewan evening for alumni and members of the federal government.

For information about these events please contact Brenda Oliver, Alumni Engagement Officer at or 306-585-4838.