Did You Know?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The gym officially opened July 8, 1951. The Sunday afternoon celebration, attended by 1,500 people, featured speeches followed by an evening celebration with another 1,500 people in attendance to hear the Luther Choir and the RCMP Band.
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 2016-2017 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
- Lyndon Carlson (2016-2020) - Retired
- Dr. Meredith Cherland (2011-2015; 2015-2019) – Retired professor
- Jeff Christiansen (2012-2016; 2016-2020) – Vice-President Operations, Speers Funeral Chapel
- Beth Drozda (2016-2020) - Senior Human Resources Consultant, Access Communications
- 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
- Dr. Murray Knuttila (2014-2018) – Professor of Sociology and Special Advisor to the Provost of Brock University
- Dr. Antoinette le Roux (2013-2017) – Physician
- Bruce McDowell (2012-2016; 2016-2020) – Viterra
- Daryl Nelson (2014-2018) – Farm Credit Canada
- Karen Pflanzner (2011-2015; 2015-2019) – Lawyer, Department of Justice
- Gregory Swanson (2016-2020) – Lawyer
- 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 7,055 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College. The Fall 2016/Winter 2017 issue featured alumni profiles, saying goodbye to retiring University staff, High School donation and scholarship announcements, donor focus on Karl & Kathy Tiefenbach, new University Manager of Dining Services, and on campus and class notes.
The Spring/Summer 2017 issues featured alumni profiles, saying goodbye to retiring faculty & staff, High School’s Prairie Chic Shindig fundraiser, Founders’ Day Dinner 2016, donor focus on Duane Schellenberg (HS’96), University’s new Registrar & Academic Advisor, Luther College Residence renovations, and on campus and class notes.
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 Wednesday, November 16, 2016, over 110 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. After a reception of food, fellowship, and entertainment provided by Joshua Hendricksen (HS’08), a fourth-year Fine Arts student at Luther’s University campus, Dr. Bryan Hillis, President of Luther College, provided an update on the state of the College. Highlights of the evening included the recognition of twenty-nine donors entering a new cumulative lifetime giving level, the 2016 Distinguished Service Award being presented to Dr. Don Lee, and the unveiling of the A Time to Build Donor Wall.
Every gift to Luther makes a difference, and every donor matters. The annual Founders’ Day Celebration is one way of showing our donors of how deeply thankful Luther College is for their dedication and support.
2017 marked the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, where Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church at Wittenberg, Germany. From January through June, Luther College hosted the following events in celebration: Table Talk Speaker Series, presentations and discussion related to the Protestant Reformation or Dr. Martin Luther, the Luther College Choir Tour, showcasing music to honour Martin Luther and commemorate the Protestant Reformation; the Luther Bach Choir Concert on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 with Reformation music by Bach, Brahms, and others; Luther College Home Concert on May 26, 2017 and a Hymn Festival on June 11, 2017.