While cash has always been the most popular donation to the university followed by books, awards, works of art and land, the U of S has also been the recipient of a variety of the odd and unusual.
Sixty-seven University students and faculty lost their lives while on service during World War I. The impact of the war on the University was immense: 330 students and faculty served during the War, a number equivalent to nearly all of the students who had registered the year prior to the beginning of the conflict.
Regina lawyer and avid art collector Norman MacKenzie played an important role in the early development of the University of Saskatchewan’s art collection. He was passionate about Saskatchewan art and artists, the latter he felt were "the equal of any in Canada".
The MUB, as it became known, has the distinction of being the last building in the centre of campus designed in the Collegiate Gothic style and completely clad in greystone. It was designed to serve as a memorial to the students, faculty and staff of the University of Saskatchewan who perished overseas in the First and Second World Wars.
Louis R. Hantelman, originally from Iowa, moved to the Rouleau district in southern Saskatchewan to farm in 1905. Civically minded and with an interest in politics, he later served as a CCF MLA for 10 years, as board chair of the University Hospital, and as a member of the University's Board of Governors. In 1955, the U of S awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree.
When Place Riel opened in 1979, it was the fulfillment of a promise made over a decade earlier—a promise to build a student centre to meet the social, cultural and recreational needs of the rapidly expanding student body.