Did You Know?
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 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.
Luther graduates have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Pennsylvania State, McGill, Queen’s and other renowned educational institutions throughout Canada, North America and the world.
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.
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.
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!
The first annual Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament was held in 1998 and is still going strong today!
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.
Building partnership on campus
Throughout the 2009-2010 fiscal year, Luther College’s senior leadership team worked together with senior administrators at Campion College and the University of Regina to conclude several agreements that mark the beginning of a significant new phase in collaborative relationships between Luther College and the University of Regina, one that is marked by respect, cooperation and optimism. The agreements cover the areas of fee sharing, academic working relationship, dispute resolution and infrastructure services.
In celebration of the ongoing relationship between Luther College, Campion College, First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina, the presidents of the four institutions once again co-sponsored the Forward Together Lecture. The event, held in March of 2010, featured renowned environmental journalist and University of Montana researcher Richard Manning. The lecture, entitled “In Wildness Is the Resurrection of Our World,” drew over 250 faculty, staff, students and members of the greater community and was concluded with a lively question-and-answer period and long lineups at the book-signing table. The lecture was broadcast on the Access7 community channel and can be viewed at the Luther College website.
Luther also renewed its relationship with the University of Regina recruiting unit, entering into a new collaborative recruiting strategy that saw the federated colleges and the U of R working together to share resources and travel across the province. This new arrangement is intended to foster increased cooperation and sharing of resources amongst the institutional recruitment units. The new approach will be evaluated in the coming years to determine its effect on Luther’s enrolment.
Celebrating the student journey
Luther once again hosted its annual Jumpstart fall orientation for new first-year students, and the day’s festivities were inspired by the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The aptly named “Go for the Gold” event attracted upwards of 80 students and 35 parents, an increase in numbers over past years. After a morning of information sessions, tours, and the traditional opening ceremonies, many students took part in the University of Regina’s afternoon orientation program.
Every year, Luther celebrates the graduation of its students at a formal celebration followed by an informal banquet. On 17 October, Luther held its Fall Convocation, celebrating the graduation of 16 students. Dr Catherine Tite gave the convocation address, speaking to the topic “looking ahead to new challenges.” Spring Convocation celebrated the graduation of 75 students on 10 June. Professor Brenda Anderson gave an address entitled “Thresholds, Toolkits and Chapters.” She spoke about the value of a liberal arts education in going forward to pursue new dreams, goals, and service. Convocation marks an important moment in the life of the Luther community as it signals the end of our students’ undergraduate journeys and the beginning of many new adventures.
Honouring student achievements
Luther students continued to excel in 2009-2010, capturing numerous academic awards.
- At the Fall 2009 Convocation, two Luther graduates were honoured with major convocation awards. Kristy Bergman, a major in human justice, was awarded the President’s Medal, which is awarded based on a graduate’s academic performance and levels of leadership in and commitment to extra-curricular activities. Bergman also captured the University Prize in Arts, awarded to that faculty’s most distinguished graduate. John Hampton, who received a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts (distinction), was chosen as the recipient of the University Prize in Fine Arts, awarded to Fine Arts’ most distinguished graduate.
- At the Spring 2010 Convocation, Jeanette Rhoda Peters won the Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal; this award, given annually to the most distinguished graduate receiving a first undergraduate degree, is based on academic standing. Jeanette graduated with a BA Honours in linguistics (high honours), with minors in French and anthropology and a Certificat en français langue seconde (distinction). Marc Andrew Beal, majoring in biochemistry (great distinction), won the University Prize in Science and the Faculty of Science Dean’s Medal; both of these awards are given to an outstanding graduate in Science.
- The Luther Medal of Distinction is awarded at Spring Convocation to a Luther student graduating (at the preceding Fall or the current Spring Convocation) with a superior academic record, with a minimum weighted percentage average of 82.5%, and who has demonstrated leadership and service in the community according to the goals of Luther College; the “community” is deemed to include the faith community, Luther College, the University of Regina, and society at large. In spring 2010,two Luther Medals of Distinction were awardedto Kristy Bergman and Whitney Taylor. Bergman graduated from Luther in the Fall 2009 semester with a BA Honours in international studies (high honours). In addition to her outstanding academic accomplishments, Bergman is deeply committed to global concerns. She demonstrated her commitment to student relationships through her work as a peer chaplain at Luther College, and on a refugee and immigrant settlement with the student chapter of World University Services of Canada. Taylor graduated in Spring 2010 with a BA Honours in Psychology (high honours). Her academic work has been augmented by her participation in research on womenʹs experiences of intimate partner violence with Luther psychology professor Dr Mary Hampton. Taylorʹs intellectual talents are complemented by a deep concern for others. She was active with Big Sisters of Regina, the Regina Therapeutic Riding Association, and the Luther University Students Association.
- The Luther Dean’s Honour Roll recognises those Luther students who have achieved a term average of 85% or higher in at least 12 credit hours (Arts and Fine Arts students) or a minimum of 15 credit hours (Science students), as well as those part-time students in Arts or Fine Arts who have achieved an 85% average in their most recent 12 credit hours. The Fall 2009 Deans Honour Roll celebration, recognising students from the Winter and Spring/Summer semesters, was held in conjunction with the student scholarships and awards ceremony. In total, 48 students were named to the Deans Honour Roll. In the Winter 2010 semester, 51 honour roll students from the Fall semester were recognised at a luncheon.
Critiquing, challenging and innovating: faculty successes
Service to the Church
- Brenda Anderson gave a reflection on “Spirit-Care in Justice Work” at Sunset United Church on 3 November.
- Brenda Anderson was a member of the Listening Group that published a report entitled “Christian Self-Understanding in Relation to Islam: A Summary Report of the International Intra-Christian Consultation” by the World Council of Churches in Currents, January 2010. Meetings took place in Geneva from 18-20 October 2008.
- Brenda Anderson gave a presentation at St Mark’s Lutheran Church entitled “Nourishing the Soul with Justice Work” on 21 February 2010.
- Volker Greifenhagen gave a presentation entitled “Church Meets Mosque on the Prairie: Jihad on Ice?” at the Friends of Luther Campus Ministry Annual Banquet on 20 March 2010 in Edmonton.
- Bryan Hillis gave a presentation entitled “Food Sovereignty in Mexico and US” for the adult education class at St Mark’s Lutheran Church on 28 March 2010.
- Bryan Hillis, along with Rev D Hendricksen, gave a series of six presentations in Christ Lutheran Church’s adult education time called EnLighten. The series was called “A Professor and a Pastor Ponder: Does it Matter?” and took place in April and May 2010.
- Richard Hordern continues to serve as the vice-pastor for Lutheran congregations in Earl Grey and Markinch.
- Roger Petry conducted the service and gave the sermon at the Lutheran church in Vibank on 24 January 2010.
- Barbara Reul continues to serve as an organist at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
- Mark Anderson received 4A status for his SSHRC application.
- Louis Awanyo received 4A status for his SSHRC application.
- Mary Hampton, along with others, received funding through the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (first 2 years) and CIHR (last 3 years) in the amount of $504 000 for the project entitled “Developing Aboriginal Youth Health Leadership Through Theatre.”
- Mary Hampton has received Prairieaction Foundation funding in the amount of $7 500 for the project entitled “The Healing Journey: A Longitudinal Study of Women Affected by Intimate Partner Violence” and in the amount of $3 110 for the project entitled “Identifying Best Policies and Practices to Safely House Abused and Homeless Women in Saskatchewan.”
- Mary Hampton, along with others, has received a $20 000 development grant from SSHRC for the project entitled “Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence.”
- Roger Petry and Volker Greifenhagen received 4A status for their SSHRC application.
Academic conference presentations
- Brenda Anderson presented a paper entitled “Hearing Begins with Healing: Turning Personal Stories into Political Action” at the RESOLVE Conference on 20 November 2009. This included a short film premiere by John Hampton on the Missing Women’s Conference.
- Brenda Anderson moderated a panel on “Representational Art and Justice Work” at the RESOLVE Conference on 20 November 2009.
- Mark Anderson gave a presentation entitled “Dark Mirror, or How Canada’s Press Hates Aboriginals” when he was invited as the plenary speaker at the “Understanding Fourthworld Literature” conference held at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntar, India on 7 September 2009.
- Mark Anderson presented a paper entitled “Louis Riel: Half Breed but All Criminal, How the Press Saw Him” at the “Brazil-Canada: Diversity and Collective Imaginary” (ABECAN) conference at the Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia–Goiás, Brazil, 17-20 November 2009.
- Mark Anderson presented a paper entitled “Colonial Fraternal Twins Separated at Birth: Pancho Villa and Louis Riel” at the Representation Now Conference held at St Louis University in Madrid, Spain, 16-18 April 2010.
- Mark Anderson presented a paper entitled “American Identity, the Frontier Myth, and September 11” at the 14th International Culture and Power Conference held at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Ciudad Real, Spain, 22-24 April 2010.
- Volker Greifenhagen gave a presentation entitled “Bargaining with Patriarchy in the Book of Ruth” at the Society for Biblical Literature Conference in November 2009.
- Volker Greifenhagen gave a presentation entitled “Scripture Wars: Contemporary Polemical Discourses of Bible Versus Qur‘an on the Internet” at the Society for Biblical Literature Conference in November 2009.
- Volker Greifenhagen was a participant in a session entitled “Roundtable on Teaching the Qur’an” at the Pacific Northwest Region Annual Meeting of the AAR/SBL and ASOR, 7-9 May 2010, at the University of Victoria.
- Mary Hampton, along with M Volpe, gave a presentation entitled “Healing Trauma: A Transpersonal Approach” at the 5th International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference on Spirituality and Health: Working Together for Optimal Health on 25 September 2009.
- Mary Hampton was the Chair of the RESOLVE Research Day 2009 on 20 November, giving welcoming remarks and co-presenting in four different sessions, including “The Healing Journey: Interviewing the Interviewers,” “Service Use Patterns in Canadian Rural, Urban and Northern Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence,” “Service Use Patterns in Canadian Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence,” and “RESOLVE to End Violence Against Women in Our Society.”
- Iqbal Husain gave a presentation entitled “Three Dimensional Transient Blood Flow Through a Stenosis: Transient Simulations” at the 3rd International Conference on Experiments/Process/System Modelling/Simulation/Optimization held in Athens, Greece on 8 July 2009.
- Iqbal Husain and Fotini Labropulu gave a presentation entitled “Non-Newtonian Oblique Stagnation-Point Flow Towards a Stretching Surface” at the 3rd International Conference on Experiments/Process/System Modelling/Simulation/Optimization held in Athens, Greece on 8 July 2009.
- Fotini Labropulu co-chaired the “Numerical and Experimental Fluid Mechanics” panel at the 3rd International Conference on Experiments/Process/System Modelling/Simulation/Optimization held in Athens, Greece on 8 July 2009.
- Roger Petry presented a paper entitled “It's All in the Cards: A Possible Role of Playing Cards in Enabling State Transformation” at the 46th Western Canadian Philosophical Association held at Luther College on 17 October 2009.
- Roger Petry co-authored a paper entitled “"Enabling Information Technology for the Emancipation of Physical and Natural Capital" that Dr Daryl Hepting presented at the International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems 2009 in Venice, Italy (6 to 9 October 2009). In addition, a second paper was presented at this conference entitled "Experiences in Designing an Online Community to Facilitate Education for Sustainable Development" that R Petry co-authored with Tim Maciag, Daryl Hepting, and Curt Schroeder.
- Roger Petry was part of the 5th International RCE Conference in Curitiba, Brazil, from 18-20 May 2010. He co-presented on Education for Sustainable Development activities in the Americas through RCEs at the "International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development" that ran concurrently with the RCE conference. In addition, he was on the organising committee of the 5th International RCE Conference, co-chaired and presented the results from the RCE Continental Meeting of the Americas (which included video-conferencing with three Canadian RCEs), facilitated a World Cafe session on "RCE Engagement with Policy" and presented the results from this session, and co-presented results from a theme discussion on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
- Yvonne Petry presented a paper entitled “Sorcery as Poison: Enchantments and the Evil Eye in Jacques Grévin's Deux livres des venins (1568)” at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America held in Venice, Italy, 6-8 April 2010.
- Barbara Reul presented a paper entitled "Seven Years of Musical War at the Court of Anhalt-Zerbst" at the Canadian Society of Eighteenth Century Studies Conference on 6 November 2009.
- Barbara Reul presented a paper entitled “Performing Under the Influence? Johann Heinrich Heil (1706-1764), Organist at St Bartholomew Church at Zerbst” at the 2010 Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society in Calgary, 27 to 29 March 2010. She also chaired a conference session entitled “Music in the Classical Style.”
- Barbara Reul presented a paper entitled "Old debts from Leipzig - New Insights on Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758), Kapellmeister at the Court of Anhalt-Zerbst" at the Biennial Meeting of the American Bach Society in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Regan Shercliffe gave a presentation entitled “The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Bariatric Surgery Program: Outcomes and Psychiatric Comorbidities” at the 34th annual Women’s and Children’s Health Conference held in Regina on 19 March 2010.
- Catherine Tite presented a paper entitled “That Horrid Electorate: Travel, Court Employment and the Social life of Artists in Hanover” at the University Art Association Conference on 21 October 2009.
- Regan Shercliffe gave a presentation entitled “Measuring Depression in a Karen Sample: The Development and Validation of the Karen Depression Scale” along with S Mustafaeva at the Prairie Metropolis Research Centre Research Symposium held in Regina.
- Catherine Tite chaired a session entitled “Bordering Cultures” at the International Association of Philosophy and Literature Conference on 26 May 2010.
Peer review articles and books
- Brenda Anderson wrote an article for the RESOLVE News, volume 11, number 4, December 2009, entitled “Saskatchewan Update: The Missing & The Murdered: Don’t Let Them Be Disposable.”
- Louis Awanyo published an article entitled “Exploring the Connections: Land Tenure, Social Identities, and Agrobiodiversity Practices in Ghana” in the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography, 2009.
- Louis Awanyo published an article entitled “Meeting Housing-Space Demand Through In Situ Housing Adjustments in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana” in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, vol. 27, pp 302-318, 2009.
- Louis Awanyo published an article entitled “Dealing with Weedy Problems in Agriculture: The Role of Three Agricultural Land Use Management Practices in the Forest-Savanna Ecological Zone of Ghana” in Area, vol. 40(4), pp 446-458, 2008.
- Volker Greifenhagen has published an article entitled “Clothes Encounters: Yusuf’s Shirt in Qur’an 12” in Studies in Religion, 39(1), 2010.
- Mary Hampton, along with others, has published an article entitled “Bridging the Conventional Western Health Care Practices with Traditional Aboriginal Approaches to End of Life Care: A Dialogue Between Aboriginal Families and Health Care Professionals” in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics (CJNI), vol 4(1), pp 22-66.
- Mary Hampton, along with others, has published a book chapter entitled “Racism, Sexism and Colonialism: The Impact on the Health of Aboriginal Women in Canada” in Canadian Women’s Studies.
- Mary Hampton published an article entitled “Racism, Sexism and Colonialism: The Impact on the Health of Aboriginal Women in Canada” in First Voices: An Aboriginal Women’s Reader.
- Mary Hampton, along with others, published an article entitled “The Road to Empowerment: An Evaluation of the Bridges of Hope Outreach Program at Transition House Regina” in the RESOLVE newsletter, volume 12 (1).
- Mary Hampton, along with others, has published a paper entitled “Completing the Circle: Elders Speak About End-of-Life Care with Aboriginal Families in Canada” in the Journal of Palliative Care, 26(1), pp 6-14, 2010.
- Mary Hampton has published a chapter in the book Mothering Canada: Interdisciplinary Voices, edited by S Geissler (also a sessional instructor at Luther), L Loutzenhiser, J Praud and L Streifler.
- Fotini Labropulu has published an article entitled “Oblique Stagnation-Point Flow of a Viscoelastic Fluid with Heat Transfer” in the International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 44 (2009), pp 1024-1030.
- Fotini Labropulu published a paper entitled “Non-Orthogonal Stagnation-Point Flow Towards A Stretching Surface in Non-Newtonian Fluid With Heat Transfer” in the International Journal of Thermal Sciences, February 2010.
- Dorothy Lane has published an article entitled “Dominion from Sea to Sea: Christianity, Imperialism and the Trope of Conversion” in A Sea for Encounters: Essays Towards a Postcolonial Commonwealth by S B Barthet, 2009.
- Barbara Reul published an article entitled “Graham Steed (1913-1999): The ‘Wandering Minstrel of the Organ’” in the book In Service High and Anthems Clear: 100 Years of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, 2009.
- Catherine Tite published a book entitled Portraiture, Dynasty and Power: Art Patronage in Hanoverian Britain 1714-1759, March 2010, Cambria Press.
Service to the community (includes non-refereed articles)
- Gerald Hill led a guided “Jane’s Walk: Talking Hillsdale” on 2 May 2010.
- Bryan Hillis gave two presentations entitled “Images of Jesus and Our Work as Educators” to TRACE, the Teachers of Religion and Christian Ethics (a program committee of the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation) on 23 April 2010.
- Volker Greifenhagen gave two presentations entitled “’Little Mosque on the Prairie’ and “Modern Convivencia” as part of the Augustana Distinguished Lectures series on 19 October and 21 October 2009.
- Volker Greifenhagen gave two presentations entitled “Isaac Reads (with) Ishmael: The Bible and the Qur’an” as part of the Augustana Distinguished Lectures series on 20 October 2009. These presentations were published by the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life as part of the Augustana Distinguished Lectures.
- Mary Hampton gave a presentation entitled “Aboriginal Health Issues” as part of the National Summer Institute for Statistical Analysis and GIS Analysis of Health Data on 24 June 2009.
- Mary Hampton continues to serve as the coordinator of RESOLVE Saskatchewan, which is part of the national Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse network.
- Mary Hampton was interviewed for an article entitled “Intimate Partner Violence Study Offers Hope” that was published in the U of R Report on 11 January 2010.
- Mary Hampton was one of the speakers for the Coffee House Controversies series in October 2009. Her talk was entitled “Does Culture Matter at the End of Life?”
- Fotini Labropulu has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Global Journal of Researches in Engineering (GJRE).
- Dorothy Lane reviewed Gillian Whitlock’s Soft Weapons: An Autobiography in Transit in Postcolonial Text, vol. 4(3), 2008.
- Dorothy Lane has published a book review of D Crane’s The Cult of Quick Repair, I Colford’s Evidence, and P Stewart’s Elysium in Canadian Literature 203 (Winter 2009).
- Roger Petry presented a commentary on a paper presented by Dr David Ohreen entitled “Corporate Philanthropy: A Kantian Approach” at the 46th Western Canadian Philosophical Association held at Luther College on 17 October 2009.
- Roger Petry was on the organising committee and served as the master of ceremonies for the “Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event” held in Humboldt on 3 December 2009.
- Roger Petry gave a presentation entitled “Mired in Ethical Relativism: Is There a Moral High Ground?” as part of the Philosophy Café series on 24 March 2010.
- Roger Petry gave the keynote address entitled “Thriving in a No-Growth Economy” at the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s Spring 2010 Waste Minimisation Forum entitled “Making a Molehill Out of a Mountain” on 25 March 2010.
- Roger Petry was involved in organising the Graduate Student Symposium in Philosophy that was held at Luther College on 27 March 2010.
- Roger Petry was part of a four-person panel hosted by the United Nations University at the UN's 18th Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD18) at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Learning Centre Event was entitled "Education and Learning for Sustainable Consumption and Productions (SCP): Supporting Business and Community Development" and was held on 10 May 2010.
- Roger Petry represented a higher education perspective as part of a four-person panel on "Best Practices, Challenges and Policy Recommendations on Education for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Consumption and Production" at a side event organised by the UN University in conjunction with UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF and UN HABITAT at the CSD18 (also at the UN Headquarters in New York). The event was held on 11 May 2010.
- Roger Petry authored a section entitled "RCE Development in North and Central America" as part of a mid-decade publication for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development entitled “Five Years of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD" (Yokohama: United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies, 2010), pp 46-51. Their Sharing Productive Capital Project (p 65) and RCE ESD Recognition Program (p 98) are also profiled in the work.
- Barbara Reul continues to serve as the President of the International Fasch Society in Zerbst, Germany. In that role, she chaired an executive board meeting of the Society on 8 October 2009 and presented at the Meeting of the Fasch Board of Trustees on 22 October 2009; she also chaired an executive board meeting of the Society on 11 March 2010, as well as their Annual General Meeting on 14 March 2010 (all in Zerbst). She edited, contributed to and translated into English the annual newsletter of the Society, Faschiana, vol 13, June 2009, which is available at www.fasch.net.
- Barbara Reul gave a presentation entitled "The Kapelle as a Political Status Symbol: Recruiting and Retaining Musicians at the Court of Anhalt-Zerbst" as part of the Visiting Faculty Lecture Series at the Department of Music, National University of Ireland, on 16 October 2009.
- Barbara Reul gave a presentation entitled "Do you understand Fasch?" (in German) at the 2009 "Fasch-Geselligkeit" lecture series in Zerbst, Germany on 20 October 2009.
- Barbara Reul gave a presentation entitled “What You Always Wanted to Know About Fasch” for the Community College of Anhalt-Zerbst in Zerbst, Germany on 22 March 2010.
- Regan Shercliffe was invited to sit on a panel discussing PTSD in the context of law enforcement for the Western Canadian Police Labour Conference held in Regina.
- Catherine Tite has been appointed as a board member to the University Art Association of Canada (UAAC).
- Catherine Tite published a book review of M Snodin and N Llewellyn’s Baroque: Style in the Age of Magnificence, 1620-1800 in RACAR (Canadian Art Review), November 2009, pp 78-79.
- Mary Vetter, along with D Sauchyn, published an article entitled “Crossing Land and Time: Natural History of the Dirt Hills” in Crossfiring / Mama Wetotan, SightingCitingSiting: Practicing Theory by R MacDonald and K Irwin.
- Mary Vetter was co-author of a final research project report entitled “Isi Wipan – Climate: Identifying the Impacts of Climate Change and Capacity for Adaptation in Two Saskatchewan First Nation Communities.”
- Mary Vetter continues to serve as the President of the Flora of Saskatchewan Association Inc, which is writing and publishing Saskatchewan’s first Flora. The first three sections will be published in 2011.
Planning for the future
The university campus entered the first year of its new three-year long-range plan. The plan was passed by the Board of Regents in June 2009 and came into effect immediately, with newly formed working groups undertaking planning objectives to support the following strategic goals:
- Revitalising College identity
Place students at the Centre of the College's life and purpose.
Solidify unique academic programming.
Accurately describe Luther College for internal and external audiences.
Develop the spiritual dimension of the College.
- Building & strengthening strategic relationships
Establish partnership-oriented policies and agreements with the Government of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Campion College and First Nations University of Regina.
Build dynamic and up-to-date communications vehicles to connect with key partners.
Strengthen existing outreach programs and create new ones that build College and community capacity.
Create and develop relationships with out-of-province academic institutions.
- Highlighting Luther's liberal arts advantage
Increase recruitment and retention of Luther students.
Explore strategies for faculty retention and development.
Establish Luther College as a centre of student success, especially for first-year and other transition student.
Establish Luther's academic program as a leader in innovative and attractive liberal arts programs.
- Building a supportive human initiative
Complete an assessment of human resource practices and address issues in Luther's working culture.
Conduct an ecological footprint study.
Hire a professional, permanent / part-time website communications administrator.
- Fortifying ancillary services
Increase unit operating margins.
Increase or maintain facilities use.
Diversify meal plan offerings.
Undertake major renovation of residence rooms and related facilities.
- Modernising infrastructure
Complete ongoing infrastructure projects.
Increase building accessibility.
Ensure that the College has sufficient office space, and that offices are free of crowding.
Ensure that the Luther Collehe building stands out as a distinct structure on campus with a welcoming environment.
Significant progress was made on all year-one initiatives, which was reported at an all-College progress report meeting held at the end of the 2010 academic year. Work will continue on implementation of the plan through 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
In addition to the strategic planning process, the campus continued work on a series of renovation projects that will secure its place as a top-notch facility at the University of Regina. Under the federal government’s Knowledge and Infrastructure Program, Luther was granted $555 000 in funding to match Luther-funded expenditures on numerous facility upgrades. Among the renovation projects undertaken in 2009-2010 were the installation of a fire sprinkler system, an upgraded fire alarm and security systems, foundation and grade improvements, improved wheelchair access, and significant Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems upgrades.