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Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

  • AMCND1
  • Corporate body
  • 1920-Present

In 1920 the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis and the St. Augustine parish priest Father Benoit opened Notre Dame of the Prairies, an elementary residential Convent school for boys and girls, in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. In 1927, Father Athol Murray the newly appointed St. Augustine parish priest, began the high school program at the school. Sister Mary Edith McCullough also arrived at the school in 1927 and remained to teach for over 30 years. Father Murray became the college administrator and taught the school's Arts program, obtaining an official affiliation with the University of Ottawa in 1933. Mother Edith and the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis ran the elementary and other high school programs. Over the decades the school was renamed Notre Dame of Canada, Notre Dame of Saskatchewan, and was informally known as "Shack College." The school has remained a catholic co ed residential school but now offers only high school grades 9 to 12. Upon Father Murray's death in 1975 the college was officially renamed the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.

Alert School

  • CA SCNBMG/002
  • Corporate body

Cherwinski, Walter Joseph Carl

  • CA SCNUSA
  • Person
  • 1942 - .

Walter Joseph Carl Cherwinski was born on 26 April 1942 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He earned both his BA (1964) and MA (1966) from the University of Saskatchewan, and his PhD (1972) from the University of Alberta. He worked as research assistant to Eugene Forsey, and as a sessional lecturer at the University of Regina and the University of Alberta, prior to accepting a permanent position in the history department at Memorial University, Newfoundland.
His research related primarily to prairie agricultural labour. He is author of numerous articles relating to labour issues, migrant workers on the prairies, and prairie history.

Semenoff, Nik

  • CA SCNUSA MG 212
  • Person
  • 1928- .

Nik Semenoff was born in Arlee, Saskatchewan on December 14, 1928 and received the majority of his education in the province. He is known as a researcher, artist, teacher and inventor. Semenoff started working at the University of Saskatchewan with Extension as an artist and media specialist in 1967 and moved to the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History in 1987. He retired in 1992 and was named Artist-in-Residence. During his career he has made jewelry, designed graphics, developed audio visual equipment, drawn illustrations and constructed architectural models. Before joining the U of S, he worked at the Western Producer, CFQC and ran a business out of his home as a free lance artist, designer and photographer. He is probably best known for his cutting-edge, original research into safer printmaking processes which has placed the University of Saskatchewan in the forefront of non-toxic printmaking research and education. Semenoff invented a number of printmaking processes, in particular the "waterless lithographic process", high resolution screen printing and specialized inks, which have made major contributions to his discipline. Printmaking is both safer and less expensive using the techniques and materials developed by Professor Semenoff. Considered revolutionary, his work has generated considerable interest in the international printmaking community, and he has been regularly invited to present the results of his research at academic conferences and workshops. He has been invited to conduct workshops at universities, art centres, professional printmaking studios and academic conferences in Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States as well as in Canada. In 2004 he was invited for three weeks to give a series of talks and workshops throughout Japan from a special grant of the Japanese Government. Professor Semenoff has published his research findings in such refereed academic journals as Leonardo: Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology and the British journal Printmaking Today, and he maintains a popular web site where papers on his most recent discoveries and processes are posted. His papers have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Romanian. He has received numerous awards and honours including the Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and an honorary degree from the U of S in 2006. Dr. Semenoff is known and respected as a "local" artist and has long been active in and supportive of the provincial artistic community. He was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Society of Artists and served as its President in 1962. He was a founding member of Gallery 9 in Saskatoon and has been a Board Member of the Mendel Art Gallery. He served as Associate Director of the Fine Art Committee of the Saskatoon Industrial Exhibition for a number of years.

Phillips, Robert Howard Daniel

  • CA SCNUSA MG 223
  • Person
  • 1921-2006

Robert Howard Daniel (“Bob”) Phillips was born in Regina on December 3, 1921. He attended school there, including taking one year of classes at Regina College. In 1941, he joined the army and served during World War II, leaving in 1945 with the rank of Sergeant, RC Artillery. He completed his BA (Hons) degree, with a double major in Economics and Political Science, from the University of Saskatchewan. In 1948, he began a career as a journalist, working variously for the Canadian Press, the "Regina Leader Post", and the United Press; in Canada and Europe. In 1960, he joined the staff of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, becoming its first research analyst and subsequently, director of their Research Division. In 1973, he was named editor and publisher of the "Western Producer", as well as general manager of Western Producer Publications. He married Tanyss Bell in 1951; they had two sons. Phillips was active in the Presbyterian Church as well as with both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Regina (1988); was given the Citizen of the Century award from the City of Saskatoon (1989); named a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada; awarded the meritorious service award, Nutana branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (2000); was a Member of the Order of Canada; and named a life member of both the Canadian Agricultural Economics Association and of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. Following his retirement from the "Western Producer" in 1986, he was partner in Bell Phillips Communications Inc, a family-owned publishing company. He died in Saskatoon in 2006.

Cole, Robert

  • CA SCNUSA MG 368
  • Person

Robert Cole earned his BA and MA from St. Thomas More College and the University of Saskatchewan, and his PhD from the University of Alberta. He currently works as Peel Bibliographer and Digital Content Coordinator at the University of Alberta Library. Previously, he served as a researcher and copy-editor for Chinook Multimedia in Edmonton.

Green, Maria

  • CA SCNUSA MG 375
  • Person

Maria Green joined the University of Saskatchewan as an instructor in French in 1963. She became an Assistant Professor in 1963, Associate Professor in 1971, and Professor in 1979. When she retired in 1990 she was named Professor Emeritus. Her scholarly focus has been on Max Jacob, the French poet, painter and theorist. She has published three volumes of a Jacob bibliography and several volumes of his letters. As a result, she has compiled a comprehensive set of copies of documents relating to Max Jacob (previously dispersed through numerous collections), which has been made accessible to scholars around the world. In 2000, Prof. Green was decorated by the French government with the Palmes académique, an order that rewards service to the educational system in France and which is “only occasionally” awarded to non-French citizens.

Sweet, Richard Laurence

  • CA SCNUSA MG 401
  • Person
  • 1949-2009

Richard Lawrence Sweet was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on 24 December 1949 but at a young age moved with his family to Saskatchewan. He completed his high school in Prince Albert and convocated from the University of Saskatchewan. He worked for the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) for over thirty years, based first in Regina but since 1977, in Saskatoon. His work with SAMA gave him an opportunity to travel extensively throughout the province. He was involved with numerous organizations, including the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU); but his avocation was the history of brewing. He was a member of several brewerianist clubs, including the Big Chief Brewerianist Chapter, for which he served as treasurer and, most extensively, editor of the newsletter. His research lead to the publication of numerous articles on the history of beers and brewing, as well as extensive directories on Canadian breweries. He died from cancer on 2 September 2009.

McPhail, Hugh Duncan

  • CA SCNUSA MG 402
  • Person
  • 1915-2001

Hugh Duncan (“Howdy”) McPhail was born 14 March 1915 near Bankend, Saskatchewan. His early schooling was in Prince Albert, and in 1934 he won a hockey scholarship to Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan from 1938-1942, graduating with a BSc in agricultural economics. Just over a week after writing his final exams, Howdy enlisted in the air force, learning how to fly in a de Havilland Tiger Moth at the Prince Albert Elementary Flying Training School. He served throughout the war, surviving a bail-out over Sweden and flying 28 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for “his unselfishness, splendid record, and high degree of courage…”. Initially a Sask Wheat Pool field man, Howdy established McPhail Airways in North Battleford (later, McPhail Air Services Ltd.) in 1952. During the spring and summer he sprayed crops; offered flying lessons; and began taking aerial photographs of farms and towns throughout the West and extending into BC, Ontario, and the United States. Farm photographs were ordered by the farm owners, often as small prints and in some cases, hand-tinted (a young Allan Sapp was one of the people hired to do this). Products were later expanded to include greeting cards and for images of towns, postcards and calendars. By 1962 he effectively stopped his aerial photography. He continued to operate McPhail Air Services until 1981. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Aviation Hall of Fame in 1995; into the Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1999; and a park in North Battleford was named in his honour. Howdy died in March 2001. [Source: Bill Waiser, Portraits of an Era).

Herzberg, Gerhard

  • CA SCNUSA MG 440
  • Person
  • 1904-1999

Gerhard Herzberg was born on 25 December 1904 in Hamburg, Germany. He attended the Technical Institute in Darmstadt on scholarship, earning his Dipl. Ing. In 1927, and his Dr. Ing. In 1928. He continued with research at the University of Göttingen and the University of Bristol. While at Göttingen he met Luise Oettinger, whom he married on 30 December 1929. The couple returned to Darmstadt in 1930 where Gerhard had a position as an assistant. As the political situation in Germany deteriorated, the Herzberg’s personal situation became precarious: Luise was Jewish. The family was able to leave Germany for Canada in 1935, where Gerhard accepted a position with the University of Saskatchewan. They remained in Saskatoon for the next ten years; in 1945 Gerhard joined the University of Chicago (at the Yerkes Observatory, Wisconsin). In 1948 the family moved to Ottawa where Gerhard was named head of the Division of Physics at the National Research Council (NRC), a position he retained until he became a Distinguished Research Scientist at NRC in 1969, the first person so designated. Over the course of his career, Gerhard received numerous honours and awards, culminating with the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1971. He died in Ottawa on 3 March 1999.

AZO (Kodak)

  • CA SCNWHF/002
  • Corporate body
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