An Experience in Excellence is actualized through recognizing those leadership qualities in an individual that better both the academic and non-academic environment for the undergraduate students of the University of Saskatchewan.

The purpose of the USSU Experience in Excellence Awards is to show  appreciation for those individuals who strive to enhance the student experience at the University of Saskatchewan. These individuals show us that one person can make a difference and bolster the image of our students, staff, and our University now and into the future.

The USSU is proud to announce a new Experience in Excellence Award beginning in 2011 and was created in partnership between the USSU and U of S Alumni Association.

Do you know someone that has graduated from the U of S in the last 5 years and is 35 years of age or younger? Are they actively engaged in their community and still connected to the U of S? Nominate them to win the Engaged Alumni Excellence Award.

Teaching Excellence Award

Selected by students, the Teaching Excellence Award recognizes those who have demonstrated enthusiasm, organization, and fairness in evaluation, providing exceptional commitment and support to their classrooms. The 2015-16 winners are:

  • Al Chicoine, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
  • Alynn Brischuk, College of Kinesiology
  • Shelley Peacock, College of Nursing
  • Debbie Pushor, Curriculum Studies
  • Neil Chilton, Biology
  • Harry Deneer, Microbiology & Immunology
  • Clayton Bangsund, College of Law
  • Chris Clark, Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Chelsea Willness, Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour
  • Shawna Berenbaum, College of Pharmacy & Nutrition

USSU Centre Awards

The USSU Centre Awards recognize those among the University of Saskatchewan faculty, staff, students and alumni who have demonstrated leadership and courage in advancing the quality of life in support of those experiencing outstanding struggles. The 2015-16 winners are:

  • Brooke Garner: Pride Centre Doug Wilson Award
  • Mackenzie Stewart: Help Centre Award
  • Meg Land: Women’s Centre Award
  • Lauren Kapphahn: Food Centre Award
  • Jose Carlos Verdiales: Safewalk Award

Doug Favell U of S Staff Spirit Award

This award recognizes non-academic staff members who are responsible for enhancing the student experience. The 2015-16 winner is:

  • Patricia McDougall: U of S Staff Member

Freda Salikin USSU Staff Spirit Award

This award recognizes USSU staff members who are responsible for enhancing the student experience. The 2015-16 winner is:

  • Nicolas Hernandez: USSU Staff Member

USSU Young Alumni Excellence Award

The USSU Young Alumni Excellence Award is given to an alumnus who is actively engaged in their community and has maintained a strong connection to the alumni of the university, who has graduated in the past five years, and is 35 years of age or younger. The 2015-16 winner is:

Vera Pezer Award for Student Enhancement

This award is presented to U of S student volunteers who have given their time and energy to ensure that non-academic facets of the student experience are enhanced. The 2015-16 winners are:

  • Tenielle Koob: Member of Student Council
  • Ailish Evans: USSU Centres
  • Connor Moen: Volunteerism
  • Ore Gangue: Campus Group of the Year

Academic Advising Award

This award honours outstanding delivery of Academic Advising at the University of Saskatchewan and serves to recognize the importance Academic Advising has on enhancing the student experience. The 2015-16 winner is:

  • Paige Links, WCVM

Walter Murray Leadership Award

This award is presented to a student who has provided leadership beyond the call of duty in enhancing the student experience at the University of Saskatchewan. The 2015-16 winner is:

  • Jessica Alegria

Instructional Support Award

This award honours outstanding delivery of instructional support at the University of Saskatchewan and serves to recognize the importance Academic Advising has on enhancing the student experience. The 2015-16 winner is:

  • Lauren Lattimer

Teaching Innovation Award

This award recognizes the work of an individual who as been especially inventive or creative in their classroom practice and who has thus enhanced the learning experience of students through methods and materials that challenge traditional approaches. The 2015-16 winner is:

  • Eric Micheels