Alumni enrich their Alma Mater

Long-time Friendship Funds Active Living Centre

As students in the Faculty of Commerce in the mid-70s, Bob Michaleski (BComm[Hons]/75) and Greg Sawatzky (BComm[Hons]/75) forged a friendship that has lasted through the decades. Starting as classmates and teammates on a recreational hockey team at the U of M, the two friends, now both residents of Calgary, have made generous gifts totalling $350,000 that will be directed towards the construction of the new Active Living Centre.

The 100,000-square-foot Active Living Centre Centre will transform our campus and position the University of Manitoba as a major player in the fight against sedentary lifestyles and preventable, chronic disease. Managed by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, the Centre will promote active living and sport through university and community programs for students and community members of all ages and abilities.

A Graduate Returns to Teach

Donation Establishes Guy Carpenter Professorship

This spring, Guy Carpenter & Company made a gift of $750,000 to establish the Guy Carpenter Professorship in Agriculture Risk Management and Insurance as part of the Asper School of Business.

Dr. Lysa Porth (PHD/11) has been selected to head this new professorship and will supervise graduate students in the Master of Science program in actuarial mathematics. The research she will lead could change the agriculture industry in Canada and globally by stimulating sound and innovative risk management policy as well as private sector risk management and insurance initiatives.

Throughout our university’s history, our talented alumni have created incredible education and research opportunities by giving back to their alma mater. Guy Carpenter & Company is continuing that tradition.

Supporting Slam Dunks

Generosity Allows SWISH Program to Continue

Every Saturday in July and August, approximately 130 students drop by our Bannatyne Campus to play supervised basketball. The Summer Weekend Inner-City Supervised Hoops program (SWISH) is an initiative for inner-city children looking for free sport opportunities during the summer. Despite its popularity over the past two years, insufficient funds put the SWISH program at risk for cancellation.

Thankfully, two Community Health Sciences professors at the U of M stepped in to keep the program running. Drs. Noralou and Leslie Roos contributed a combined $25,000 gift to allow SWISH to continue.

The Roos are passionate about children learning through sports and want to provide inner-city kids the chance to play. Their generosity supports the U of M’s vision to bring more active play to downtown Winnipeg.

Honouring a Bison

Athletic Scholarship Remembers a Former Coach

As both a former player and head coach, the late Wayne Fleming (BPE/73, CertEd/75) gave so much to the Bison men’s hockey team. His commitment to hockey was further exemplified by his work in the NHL and with the Canadian Olympic hockey team.

The Fleming family has given back to Bison hockey with a generous gift to establish the Wayne Fleming Legacy Athletic Scholarship – a tribute to Wayne’s commitment to the sport. This scholarship is awarded to a student on the Bison men’s hockey team who maintains a high academic standing and demonstrates exceptional athletic ability, team leadership, a strong work ethic and passion and dedication to the sport of hockey.

Along with contributions from friends and colleagues, over $33,000 has been raised to date for this award. The Wayne Fleming Legacy Athletic Scholarship is a fitting tribute that, like our university, will give our students the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed.

A Tribute to a Cherished Friend

New William Ratuski Bursary Supports Accounting Students

The William Ratuski Bursary in Accounting is a new resource for Asper School of Business students facing financial barriers. Every year, a full-time honours commerce student will be recognized with a $2,250 bursary.

The bursary was established by Karyn and Melvin Lazareck as a tribute to their friend William Ratuski (CA/62), who passed away in 2011. The Lazarecks’ $25,000 gift was matched by funds from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative.

Mr. and Mrs. Lazareck created the bursary as a tribute to the education Ratuski received at the University of Manitoba. His time here paved the way for the many successes he experienced throughout his career. This bursary exemplifies the philanthropy of Ratuski and countless other U of M alumni.

Faculties Share a Comfortable Gift

Creating the Dr. Jones Young Student Lounge

Students of the Faculty of Dentistry and the School of Dental Hygiene have a newly renovated space to study, relax and collaborate thanks to a $250,000 gift from Dr. Jones Young (DMD/87).

Dr. Jones attended his 25-year class reunion this year and learned about the needed renovations for the student lounge. He considered the remodel the perfect way to give back to the University of Manitoba, pay tribute to the faculty, and celebrate the many life-long friendships he made in that space.

The renovations amalgamated two smaller rooms that were previously separate spaces for Dentistry and Dental Hygiene. The U of M always opens the door to collaboration between faculties, and this lounge is a physical testament to that spirit.

Fundraising Summary

In 2012/2013 a total of $20,347,678.81 was raised from alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, staff and students and their parents.