Keep Kenderdine is a grassroots campaign started by a group of altruistic Saskatchewan citizens committed to the continuance and stability of the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus.
Keep Kenderdine supports and endorses the spirit of the original vision of the University of Saskatchewan which is reinforced in the Third Integrated Plan (2012-2016), as stated below:
"In 1907, at the edge of a swift-flowing river and surrounded by a vast prairie landscape, our university’s founders envisioned a world-class university. They were dedicated visionaries with a powerful dream. Their first bold move was to create a university with an unprecedented combination of colleges: Arts and Science, and Agriculture. In so doing, they established a university with two purposes: to advance knowledge of the human condition through inquiry and imagination, and to serve the many-sided needs of the community by supporting Saskatchewan’s then foremost industry to thrive and grow. Their goal, eloquently articulated by our first president, Walter Murray, was for the University of Saskatchewan “to hold an honourable place among the best.”
Keep Kenderdine believes the Kenderdine Campus should be considered the crown jewel of the University of Saskatchewan. Through its unique and storied learning environment, it most certainly facilitates a way "to advance knowledge of the human condition through inquiry and imagination". Many Canadian universities would covet the opportunity to integrate a historical campus in their repertoire.The rustic and beautiful Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus along with its renowned history is one example of how the University of Saskatchewan may "hold an honourable place among the best".
Keep Kenderdine Founders:
Lyn Besse McGinnis
Lyn Besse McGinnis
On November 15, 2012 The University of Saskatchewan announced its decision to close the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus for three years during which time the future of this historic, seventy-seven year old site would be re-examined.
As an immediate reaction to the news, a petition was created at change.org and within two weeks almost two thousand signatures were gathered asking the University of Saskatchewan to reconsider their decision.
Keep Kenderdine was launched two months later by a group of altruistic Saskatchewan citizens dedicated to the continuance and stability of the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus. This website serves as a testament that this inspirational and historic site has not and will not be forgotten.
Keep Kenderdine is intent on ensuring and witnessing the reinstatement of the campus for the education, fulfillment and self-discovery of future students, visual artists, scientists, musicians, writers, biologists and alumni as well as the community at large.
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"Many of Saskatchewan's and other artists had a chance to grow and flourish during their time at Kenderdine. It is a valuable resource for the nourishment of the artistic soul and should be supported and kept up."