Annual Report

Did You Know?

  • Luther College High School is recognized as one of the four best university preparatory schools in western Canada with as many as 96% of Luther graduates pursuing post-secondary educations. 

  • Do you know someone in Kindergarten to Grade 8 that would like to be part of the Luther Family? Encourage them to join the Future Luther Student program!

  • When the College was first looking to relocate from Melville to Regina, it considered land at College & Winnipeg, College & Broad, and 23rd & Albert, finally settling on 18 acres of land on the west end of property owned by Government House, now called Royal Street.

  • Students admitted to Luther College are not required to be Lutheran or Christian. By welcoming students of all faiths and religious backgrounds, Luther College enjoys a richly diverse student body.

  • The Tuck Shop for snacks was at the bottom of the south stairs going to what is now the cafeteria. The legendary beans in a cone were considered a healthier & cheaper alternative to what students purchased across the street at the Aintree.

  • Did you know there is a 3rd floor to the boy's dorm? It was traditionally assigned to upper level students who were more mature & responsible. Students who lived up there in the 1940’s confessed, in hushed tones, to having a radio when those devices were against school policy.

  • The International Baccalaureate provides an enriched curriculum that both covers and extends beyond regular Saskatchewan curricula in its depth and detail. It emphasizes the development of the necessary critical skills that university-bound students need to master: reflecting, inquiring, thinking, analyzing and evaluating.

  • The choral tradition at Luther began in 1914. In addition to in-school performances, the choir has shared its ministry of music with many congregations across Canada and has performed regularly on local and national radio and television shows, at contests and festivals.

Message from the President

The year 2015-2016 was a year in which enrollments at both our campuses grew and new initiatives were undertaken by our staff, faculty and Board with a zeal that was amazing. Most of the major points have been covered by our most capable staff and faculty in the pages that follow.  I will only draw attention to some of the highlights that defined the year for me as president.

On the University campus (LCUR), our renovations for the residence began. It was clear from the beginning that when demolition of the current rooms began that we had a larger project and that both more time and money were going to be needed.  The timelines for completion of the project were adjusted to August of 2017 and the budget increased to ensure that we had a quality product in the end. The first half of the project was completed by the end of October, 2016 and deliberations began regarding the second half shortly thereafter. All those involved in the decision-making were convinced this project needed to go ahead but we were disappointed that it was that much larger a project than we had anticipated.

On a happier note, our Voluntary Sector Studies Network on the University campus received funding from the Community Initiatives Grant in the amount of $209,888.  This money will enable us to hire a staff person for a couple of years and carry on various initiatives around the Network. By June, 2016, we had approval for our Non-Profit Sector Leadership Certificate and first classes for this were established for the fall of 2016.

In the summer of 2015, the North American Interfaith Network held its annual conference at LCUR under the capable leadership of Dr. Brenda Anderson, professor of religious studies and gender and women’s studies. Over 150 people attended, close to a record for the conference and all expressed appreciation for the focus on aboriginal traditions and ideas at the conference. Our cafeteria and residence staff also rose to the occasion for this with many positive comments about the hospitality provided by LCUR people.

Both the University and High School campus (LCHS) benefited from a transition to a better database, Raiser’s Edge, for our alumni and donor records. Though the process was time-consuming and there were many patches to fix, both alumni offices of our campuses were, by June of 2016, very comfortable with the system and able to do far more with our alumni and donor records. I don’t think it is a coincidence that our fund-raising became more systematic and increased slightly as our staff learned this program.

At the LCHS campus, there was a great deal of work done on completing and summarizing the work of the previous strategic plan covering the years 2011-2016 and beginning the work on the new strategic plan covering the years 2016-2019.  Dr. Mark Anderson, principal of the LCHS campus, did most of the heavy lifting on this plan but he consulted and received help from all aspects of his senior leadership team and faculty and staff.  The plan was readily approved at the June, 2016 Board meeting with emphases on academic programming, technology upgrades, a wellness program for all students, and continued emphasis on community building.

A bright spot in our community building at the LCHS campus continued to be the work of the emerging parents’ association which began workshops for the parents, assembled a small executive, and continued to plan fund-raising events.  The administration of the LCHS campus also benefitted from the input and questions of the parents as they all expressed their desire to make the College as good as it could possibly be.

The emphasis of the LCHS campus on diversity continued as our dorms registered the highest number of international students in six years and our international enrollment grew with new Canadians in the Regina area. The Kramer Family scholarship for Metis and aboriginal students was established with a $1.5M endowment from alumni David (HS’01) and James Kramer (HS’05) under the watchful eye of Tim Kramer, who helped negotiate the finer points of the scholarship and who sent David and James to the campus as students in the early 2000’s. The College is extremely grateful for this endowment which will enable students who might not be able to attend LCHS otherwise to attend without concerns for financial support.

The Board of Regents were active in so many ways and in so many committees, giving selflessly of their time and efforts. Pastor Lindsay Hogenestad completed his limit of two terms as a Regent and Bob Leurer stepped down from the Board at the end of this fiscal year.  New Regents who came to the board during this year included Pastor Daranne Harris (HS’95) from Calgary, and Janet Bjorndahl (U’79) and Beth Drozda (HS’84, U’87), both from Regina.  In addition to regularizing its Enterprise Risk Management system, approved late in the prior year, the Regents also developed a Balance Scorecard. The Board also considered the implementation of a Consent Agenda for the fall of 2016 so as to become more strategic in its deliberations and decision-making.

In all things, Luther College, its staff and faculty continue to consider and work upon its service to students and the community, remembering it is only a steward of God in the work of ‘quality education in a Christian context.’

Blessings to all who read this,

President Bryan Hillis, Ph.D.
Luther College, Regina, Saskatchewan