College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

From the Desk of the Dean

Spring 2023


Dr. Jane Alcorn, Professor and Dean

Once again it is time to provide a quick update to the happenings in the College. At the start of the New Year, the College welcomed a new Communications and Alumni Specialist, Jason Belhumeur. Check out our social media feeds and the College website and you will see some of the great work Jason is doing.

Our students hosted Professional Development Week. Congratulations to all our hardworking student leaders and volunteers for a highly successful event. Not surprisingly, students in the College continue to receive notice for their achievements – read more about our featured students below. And not to forget about our alumni – former Dean Dennis Gorecki was the recipient of the USP’s Beal Award for his unwavering service and dedication over the years to the U.S. Pharmacopeia.

We appreciate all that our alumni do for the College, whether that involves donations for student awards or scholarships or the many hours of dedicated service to student precepting. Thank you, alumni! Please enjoy the highlights below. 


New Scholarship

Mitakye Owasin Award in Pharmacy

The college is happy to announce the creation of its first scholarship for Indigenous students.

The Mitakye Owasin Award in Pharmacy is made possible by the generous donation of alumnus Jarron Yee (BSP '06). Beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year, the Mitakye Owasin Award in Pharmacy is an annual award of $1,500 open to Indigenous students in the college pursuing their PharmD degree.

Professional Development Week

Professional Development Week (PDW) was a great success. The conference and event was hosted, planned, and organized by the students of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition right here in Saskatoon.

January 4th-8th 2023. Congratulations to all the students for organizing and attending such a great event.



Breakout Sessions at PDW

TCU event center held student Breakout sessions hosted by the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Pharmacy & Nutrition @usaskpharmacynutrition students. The local planning committee was so happy to welcome PDW to Saskatoon, the national gathering place for pharmacy students this year.​
Attending PDW in Saskatoon was a unique opportunity for students to plant the “seeds of success” as a future Doctor of Pharmacy.

Elder Roland Duquette

Special Thanks to Elder Roland Duquette

We arranged to have Elder Duquette come and speak with us, in person, to share his experiences in the Residential School system. He spoke on Thursday, March 9th at 1B03 Health Sciences. We want to thank him for his moving and emotional words and sharing with us his stories. Look for more storytelling events in the future.

Featured Students

Sasha Merasty

Indigenous Student Achievement Awards:
Sasha Merasty was honoured for her resiliency during the Indigenous Student Achievement Awards on March 9th. 

Merasty, a University of Saskatchewan (USask) student enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, now aspires to one day open a pharmacy in an Indigenous community.

Kennedy Brown

Meet Kennedy Brown, a Pharmacy student, and Huskie Women's Hockey athlete.

Huskie Athletics, in partnership with the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS), sat down with Kennedy Brown to chat about why she chose to pursue a career in the health sciences.

Amou Madol

Black History Month: Amou Madol Shares Her Story.

Amou Madol is a second-year PharmD student that has joined the Huskies this season. When talking about the importance of Black History Month Madol believes it is a time to reflect but it should be something that shouldn't be minimized. 

Nutrition Month

March 18th 2023 is Dietitians Day

Once a year, a special day is dedicated to dietitians across Canada. It celebrates dietitians as regulated health care professionals, committed to using their specialized knowledge and skills to translate the science of nutrition into terms everyone can understand to unlock food’s potential and support healthy living for all Canadians. Keep an eye on our social media for related content. 

Pharmacy Appreciation Month


This March, during Pharmacy Appreciation Month, we are tagging our social media posts and sharing related content to celebrate #PAM2023 and say #ThankYouPharmacy, together.

Featured Faculty

Dennis Gorecki

Dennis Gorecki, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy and former Dean at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada), has been named the recipient of USP’s Beal Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service.

Anas El-Aneed

Congratulations to Anas El-Aneed and team members George Gachumi and Zafer D. Bashi on their Agriculture Development Fund grant to optimize the large-scale extraction of phytosterols from canola oil waste.

Published by:

Jason Belhumeur 
Communications and Alumni Relations Specialist 
Pharmacy and Nutrition 
University of Saskatchewan 

Phone: 306-966-2502