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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 first LIT was held on January 31, 1953. That year it was a one-day tournament involving sixteen teams from Southern Saskatchewan. All preliminary games were played cross court, two games at a time.
In the late 1920's, during an in-house baseball tournament, Rex Schneider entered a team called "Prof Schneider's Battling Lions." This is the first hint that someday Luther teams would be known as the Lions.
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.
Through the A Time To Build capital campaign, we have added 46,897 square feet of space to Luther College High School, including the Semple gymnasium - the largest high school gym in Regina.
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.
Luther students, even though from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of tightly woven community of students, parents, alumni, teachers and staff. Typically 12% of the school’s student body originates from outside of Canada.
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.
Board of Regents
The highest governance power at Luther College is invested in its Board of Regents. Regents are elected or ratified at the Luther College Corporation Meeting, which is held during the biennial national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The Luther College regents provide nominations to the delegates at the Corporation Meeting. Board members are elected for four-year terms.
The Luther College Board of Regents for 2015-2016 comprised of the following individuals, who generously dedicated their time and effort to guiding the mission and values of Luther College:
- Janet Bjorndahl (2015-2019) – IT Analyst
- Dr. Meredith Cherland (2011-2015; 2015-2019) – Retired professor
- Jeff Christiansen (2012-2016) – Vice-President Operations, Speers Funeral Chapel
- Michael Fritzler (2009-2013; 2013-2017) – Business owner
- Laurel Garven (2014-2018) – Director of Strategy and Stakeholder Relations, ISC
- Rev. Daranne Harris (2015-2019) – VP & Chief Mission Officer for the Bethany Care Society
- Rev. Lindsay Hognestad (2008-2012; 2012-2016) – Pastor, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
- Dr. Murray Knuttila (2014-2018) – Professor of Sociology and Special Advisor to the Provost of Brock University
- Dr. Antoinette le Roux (2013-2017) – Physician
- Bob Leurer (2011-2015; 2015-2019) – Lawyer, MacPherson Leslie Tyerman
- Bruce McDowell (2012-2016) – Viterra
- Daryl Nelson (2014-2018) – Farm Credit Canada
- Karen Pflanzner (2011-2015; 2015-2019) – Lawyer, Department of Justice
- David Solheim (2011-2015; 2015-2019) – Business owner
- Karl Tiefenbach (2015-2019) – Retired
The Luther Story
Two issues of Luther College’s alumni magazine The Luther Story were distributed by mail and email to an average of 6,974 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College. The Fall 2015/Winter 2016 issue featured alumni profiles, remembering the late Paul Antrobus, a feature on Dr. Don Lee, A Time to Build update, donor focus on Sharon Stuart, the High School’s Homecoming 2015, the University’s North American Interfaith Network (NAIN 2015) conference and Legacy Gift from the late Anna Kovacs, and on campus and class notes.
The Spring/Summer 2016 issues featured alumni profiles, a feature on Rev. Dr. Roland Miller, a historical article on Luther College, Founders’ Day Dinner 2015, A Time to Build update, donor focus on Soren Oberg (HS’88), the High School’s Black & Gold Gala, 64th LIT, and tribute to Mr. Bob Davis, the University’s Aboriginal Initiatives and Writing Across the Disciplines, and on campus and class notes.
In 2012, it was brought to the attention of administration that the current Alumni/Donor software, DonorPerfect (DP), was not meeting the needs of the Alumni Relations, Development & Communications (ARDC) department of both the High School and University campuses. Several options were considered with consultation and feedback provided by ARDC staff in early 2015, and Raiser’s Edge (RE) was selected in the summer of 2015 as the new alumni/donor software because of its enhanced reporting abilities, ease of use, and integration with Financial Edge, Luther College’s accounting system; RE was also a popular software with other private schools and other non-profit organizations in Canada. After an in-depth implementation, conversion from DP, and integration process, the new database was launched in December 2015.
The High School campus Fall 2015 Appeal letter focused on the music program and furnishings for the new band room, raising over $21,000. The focus of the Spring 2016 Appeal letter was the new sound system for the Merlis Belsher Heritage Centre which raised close to $45,000.
The University campus Fall 2015 Appeal letter focused on raising $10,000 for the Honours A. Psychology Scholarship in memory of Dr. Paul Antrobus, a Psychology professor at the University camps from 1973 to 2005. As a result of the donations received, the University campus was able to increase the annual award value for the Honours A. Psychology Scholarship from $800 to $1,000.
Founders’ Day Dinner
The Founders' Day Dinner is a time when Luther College pauses each year to honour the individuals whose contributions allow the College to pursue its mission and fulfill its vision. The evening is named in recognition of all those people, past and present, who have participated in the establishment and growth of the College.
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, over 130 friends, alumni, faculty and staff of the College gathered in the Merlis Belsher Heritage Centre (old gym) at Luther College High School (LCHS) to celebrate the College’s donors and supporters. The evening began with the new Chaplain at the University campus (LCUR), Pastor Sean Bell, welcoming everyone, followed by grace by Pastor David Peterson, LCHS Chaplain. After a delectable meal served by Mike Stobbs, Manager of Food Services at LCHS, and his staff, Dr. Bryan Hillis, President of Luther College, provided an update on the state of the College. Musical entertainment was provided by Jerry Wang, a Grade 12 student at LCHS, and Melissa Morgan, Pfeifer Memorial Chair of Music at LCHS, including an arrangement of Fly Me to the Moon by Bart Howard, which they dedicated to the late Richard Nostbakken.
The pinnacle of the evening was the recognition of the thirty-five donors entering a new cumulative lifetime giving level and the presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award posthumously to Richard Nostbakken. Dr. Mark Anderson, Principal of LCHS, shared his memories and anecdotes of Richard, and presented the award to Richard’s wife, Anne Nostbakken, sons Jonathon (HS’94) and Soren Nostbakken (HS’97), and daughter, Kristine Carleton (HS’91, U’00).
Every gift to Luther makes a difference, and every donor matters. The annual Founders’ Day Dinner is one way of showing our donors how deeply thankful Luther College is for their dedication and support.
An alumni survey was distributed in May 2016 to High School and University alumni for feedback on how both campuses at Luther College can better communicate, connect, and engage with our alumni. Three $500 travel vouchers from Marlin Travel - Regina were offered as an incentive for alumni to complete the on-line survey consisting of 40+ questions. 513 High School and thirty-seven University alumni responded to the survey, and winners of the travel vouchers were Richard Barnsley (HS’61), Gwen Evans (U’89), and Connor Wright (HS’04). Results help with the strategic direction of new/existing alumni relations activities.