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Interim President’s Friday Message

Updated on Mar 5
Tags: students, all updates

President’s Breakfast for Athletics – 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 23

Tickets are still available for the annual President’s Breakfast for Athletics, which takes place in a virtual format at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. Each year, the event raises funds for student-athlete scholarships and program enhancements in Athletics.

This year’s event features three high-profile speakers:

  • Mark McMorris, who hails from Regina and has become one of the world’s most decorated snowboarding athletes by winning 17 X-Games medals, 2 Olympic medals, and 4 US Open Championships;
  • Brian Burke, current Hockey Night in Canada analyst and former NHL executive with various teams, including the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks; and
  • Kevin Bieksa, also a current Hockey Night in Canada analyst, and an NHL defenceman from 2004-2018 with the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks.

Event access links are $75 each and available here until March 16. Should you require further information about the event, please contact Jill Fulton at or 306-585-4018.

Thank you for supporting our students.

Town hall to focus on strategic plan progress and budget development – 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 12

The next University town hall will take place a week from today at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12. In addition to featuring a progress update on some aspects of the 2020-2025 strategic plan, kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak, it will include a further update on development of the University’s 2021-2022 budget.

For those unable to attend, like past town halls it will be recorded and posted on UR Source.

Quick notes

  • ... during the pandemic, researchers and organizations have found creative ways to share their work with each other and the public. A great example is the annual Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation convention, whose virtual format on Youtube allowed biologist Dr Chris Somers and his students to report from Buffalo Pound Lake on their fish tagging program. Chris, you are a tremendous mentor to your students ...
  • ... earlier this week, the Government of Canada announced $518 million in research infrastructure funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This includes $2.8 million for two projects in the Faculty of Science at the University of Regina. Congratulations to Dr Mohan Babu of the department of chemistry and biochemistry and Dr Mauricio Barbi of the department of physics ...
  • ... since the inception of the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, we have graduated over 1500 nurses, many of whom are now providing health care in Saskatchewan hospitals ... a recent New York Times video report provides a nurse's-eye view of what it means to care for the very ill and the dying (please note: some of the footage is disturbing) ... the University is proud of the contributions its nursing alumni are making to the wellbeing of Saskatchewan residents, including those in intensive care units ...
  • ... and finally, two glimpses of beauty ... though she is now in her 80th year, pianist Martha Argerich continues to play with the keyboard technique of a 25-year-old, as this Bach demonstrates ... and please take a moment to enjoy our Chamber Singers' latest video release, Elaine Hagenberg's “The Music of Stillness,” a quiet setting of a text by the American poet Sara Teasdale.


Thomas Chase

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor