Did You Know?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 first annual Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament was held in 1998 and is still going strong today!
Luther Lecture 2015
On Monday, September 28, 2015, Luther College welcomed Dr. Pamela Dickey Young, of Queen’s University, as the College’s 40th Luther Lecturer. She presented a talk entitled “Sex, Religion and Canadian Youth: Identities Under Construction.” A Professor of Religion and Culture at the School of Religion, and cross-appointed in the Department of Women’s Studies, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Dr. Dickey Young presented the results of her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded research project on Religion, Gender and Sexuality Among Youth in Canada which gathered data and analyzed how young adults (aged 18-25) living in Canada understand their religiosity, their gender, their sexuality, and the relationships among these three.
Forward Together Lecture 2016
Luther College at the University of Regina (LCUR) is one of three federated colleges at the U of R. Established in 2009, the Forward Together Lecture highlights the four institutions’ (U of R, Luther College, Campion College, and First Nations University of Canada) joint commitment to a common academic and social purpose that promotes inclusiveness, understanding, social justice and human rights. Co-sponsored by the four presidents of these institutions, the eighth annual Forward Together Lecture was held on Monday, September 12, 2016 entitled Forward Together – Building a New Foundation by National Chief Perry Bellegarde. The lecture, hosted by the First Nations University of Canada, was moved from March to September 2016 to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the First Nations University of Canada.
Spring/Summer 2015 151 students (11% increase from 2014-2015)
Fall 2015 433 students (10% increase from 2014-2015)
Winter 2016 395 students (18% increase from 2014-2015)
Spring/Summer 2015 28 students (fluctuated due to the start of renovations)
Fall 2015 110 students (out of 110 rooms due to renovations)
Winter 2016 110 students (out of 110 room due to renovations)
After forty years, the Luther College Residence received a facelift. The Luther Residence opened in 1971 and was the first residence on the University of Regina campus. Open to all post-secondary students, the Luther College Residence provides students with a private, fully-furnished room, full-service cafeteria, and a number of multi-cultural social activities and events.
Upgrades to the Luther College Residence included building (e.g. new windows, flooring, LED lighting, sprinkler system and fire horns, new paint, improved fresh air supply), resident room (e.g. new windows, thermostat to control heat and air-conditioning, sound dampening walls, LED lighting, new floors, paint, furniture, and smoke detectors) and shower enhancements (e.g. new private showers, accessible bathrooms, soaker bathtubs). The enhancements started in July 2015 and will take place over a two-year span. Rooms on the north side will be available for students in the Fall 2016 semester with the Residence being fully renovated by the Fall 2017 semester.
Scholarships & Awards
Honour Roll Students:
Fall 2015 42 students
Winter 2016 26 students
Luther Scholarship Recipients
91 students were the recipients of $72,650 worth of the Luther Scholarships in 2015.
Fall 2015 13 students
Spring 2016 49 students
Convocation Award Recipients:
Faculty of Science Dean’s Medal: Steven West
Faculty of Fine Arts Dean’s Medal and the University Prize in Fine Arts: Marika Yeo
Luther Medal of Distinction: Katherine (Katie) Ottley
New Staff/Appointments and Retirements:
- Tatum Cruise was hired in July 2015 as the new registrar, replacing Mary Jesse, who retired after thirty-three years of service to the College;
- Pastor Sean Bell was hired in August 2015 as Campus Pastor/Chaplain to replace Pastor Scott Adams, who resigned in June 2015;
- Dr. Paul Antrobus (Professor Emeritus, PSYC) passed away in August 2015;
- Karen Prior resigned as Interim Administrative Assistant to the Dean in August 2015;
- Alexandria Li was hired to work with Manager of Recruitment, Amy Hunter, in the new position of Recruitment & Retention Specialist in October 2015;
- Jessica Bastiannse was hired to as the new Academic Services Specialist in the Academic Office in October 2015;
- Amber Peters was hired as the Alumni Relations, Development & Communication Assistant in October 2015;
- Jennifer Billan was hired for an eighteen-month term as the Voluntary Sector Studies Network Coordinator in October 2015;
- Kevin Schwab was hired as the Interim Financial Analyst in November 2015;
- Dr. Regan Shercliffe (PSYC) resigned effective May 31, 2016; he was on a three year leave of absence working for the United Nations;
- Dr. Barbara Reul was promoted to Full Professor in July 2016; and
- Dr. Philip Sevigny was hired into a probationary tenure-track position in July 2016.
Luther College instructors taught 140 courses in 18 disciplines to 4,021 students. Credit hours taught in each term were:
Spring/Summer 2015 1,035 credit hours
Fall 2015 6,848 credit hours
Winter 2016 4,674 credit hours
Celebrating Faculty Success
Service to the Church:
• F. Greifenhagen was the guest speaker at the Emmaus Breakfast at Luther College on November 7, 2015. His topic was “Bumbling, Stumbling and Limping Along, Looking for Home.”
• Y. Petry was the guest lecturer at the Luther Bach's Choir concert, entitled "Renaissance and Reformation, Revolution and Restoration”on November 8, 2015.
• F. V. Greifenhagen, presented “Getting to Know Our Neighbours: Learning about Islam”, an educational event at Trinity Lutheran Church, Estevan, SK, January 16-17, 2016.
• B. Anderson was the keynote speaker with Zarqa Nawaz at the United Church of Canada's Annual Conference, June 4, 2016, Regina on "Loving your Neighbour as Yourself: Models of Multi-faith Dialogue."
Awards & Recognition:
• F. Freddolini has been invited by the European Research Council to be a reviewer for research projects submitted to the "Consolidator Grants" program (funding up to € 2 million).
• B. Reul was appointed to the Fasch-Kuratorium (Fasch Board of Trustees) on June 23, 2015 by the mayor of Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany.
• M. Hampton provided a book cover endorsement for H. Michell’s, Shattered Spirits in the Land of the Little Sticks, JCharlton Publishing, 2015.
• M. Anderson was named one of two 2015-2016 University of Regina Humanities Research Institute fellows for his project “Splitting Tongues: Imagining Natives in Reader's Digest and TIME.”
• M. Anderson was a visiting professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Jilin University in Changchun, China, October 16-30, 2015. The program is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and administered by UR International.
• Luther Sessional Lecturer, Cassidy McFadzean won two Saskatchewan Book Awards this past weekend: The O’Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award and the City of Regina Book Award, both for her book Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart, 2015).
• B. Reul has been invited to the join the Bach Network UK Council and the Understanding Bach editorial team as of 1 June 2016, for a three-year term. The latter is a peer-reviewed open access online journal ( http://www.bachnetwork.co.uk/understanding-bach/).
• P. Sevigny passed his final oral exam for the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists on April 29, 2016. He is now deemed competent to independently practice psychology.
• M. Vetter’s IDS 290AB Ecomuseums, taught in the Fall 2015, shared an RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development) award in May 2016 with the community with whom they worked (White Butte Ecomuseum) and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
• M. Anderson has been named to the editorial board of The Cultural and Literary Nationalism of Fourth World.
• L. Ambrose and I. Mladenovic authored a test bank for Cavallo-Medved et al., Life Matters: Connecting Biology to Your World 1st ed. 2016. Nelson Education, Toronto.
• The book Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550-1750 ed. by G. Feigenbaum and F. Freddolini (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2014) has been reviewed by Helen Langdon in The Burlington Magazine, 157, No. 1347 (June 2015): 419-420, by by Elisha Ann Dumser, Choice 52, no. 6 (February 2015), by Pier Baker-Bates in Italian Studies 70, No. 2 (2015): 283-284, by Frank Dabell in the Times Literary Supplement November 13, 2015: 24, and by Silvia Beltramo in the Renaissance Quarterly 68, no. 4 (2015)L 1361-1362 : 283-284. The same book is also currently being reprinted.
• V. Greifenhagen and P. Vethanayagamony co-edited, Lutheran Pedagogy for a Global Context, Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2015.
• B. Reul co-edited and contributed to the German edition of the annual newsletter of the International Fasch Society: Faschiana, vol. 19 (August 2015): 1-14, and translated it from German into English.
• B. Reul published "The Spectacle of a Young Man: Glenn Gould, Graham Steed, and an Unpublished Concert Review for the Windsor Star,"in Intersections 33/2 (2013, appeared in print in August 2015): 115-126.
• M. Hampton’s article entitled “Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence” was published in 2014 Compendium of Research in the NWT. September 2015.
• D. Lane’s review of the book The Persistence of Place and Personality by E. Kent and M.G. Vassanji was published in Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, Winter 2014.
• P. Sevigny, along with L. Loutzenhiser and P. McAuslan, published an article for Psychology of Men and Masculinity, titled “Development and Validation of the Fathering Self-Efficacy Scale.”Online publication, August 31, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039659.
• M. Anderson published “‘This Garbage’: Depictions of Idle No More in the Globe and Mail and National Post.” in a new book edited by Ute Lischke and David McNab: Tecumseh’s Vision, Indigenous Sovereignty and Borders Since the War of 1812 (Issues Press at the University of Manitoba).
• M. Anderson published a review of Gary Clayton Anderson’s new book, Ethnic Cleansing and the Indian: The Crime That Should Haunt America (University of Oklahoma Press) in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal 39: 2 (2015).
• V. Greifenhagen contributed “Muslim Perceptions of Identity, Community, Diversity and Authority in the Internet Age” to Religion and Internet (Annual Reviewe of the Sociology of Relgion, v. 6), edited by Daniel Enstedt, Göran Larsson and Enzo Pace, Leiden: Brill, 2015, pp. 199-213.
• B. Reul et al, Music at German Courts, 1715-1760: Changing Artistic Priorities (Boydell Press, 2011): the book has been issued in paperback.
• B. Reul. "Schule und Kirche - Zur Musikpflege an St. Bartholomäi in Zerbst während der Barockzeit" (School and Church - An Examination of Musical Life at St. Bartholomew Church in Zerbst during the Baroque Period) in: Festschrift 800 Jahre Hof- und Stiftskirche St. Bartholomäi - Erforschtes und Erlebtes aus 800 Jahren (Coswig: Lewerenz, 2015), pp. 108-111.
• B. Reul, ed. Impetus (Luther College's Webzine), Fall 2015 issue, see https://www.luthercollege.edu/university/academics/impetus: 1) Editorial; 2) Tribute to Dr. Paul Antrobus.
• D. Lane published “Diasporic Discontent.” Review of Fauji Banta Singh and Other Stories (Binning) and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (Viswanathan) in Canadian Literature 224 (2015): 111-112.
• B. Reul's revised and expanded article entry on Johann Friedrich Fasch (Gottfried Küntzel and Barbara M. Reul. "Fasch, Johann Friedrich.") was published in the Grove Music Online Dictionary on the Oxford Music Online platform, the world's leading online resource for music research in mid-December 2016, (http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/09346)
• S.J. Wilson was published in The Best Advice in Six Words: Writers Famous and Obscure on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More (published by St. Martin's Griffin).
• Laura Ambrose, with Malin Hansen, Natural Urban Landscapes: A Guide to Growing Native Plants, first published in 2008, reprinted in 2009 and again in 2015.
• F. Labropulu and D. Li, Unsteady Stagnation-point Flow of a Second-grade Fluid, Journal of Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 3, pp. 17-24, 2016.
• On March 30, 2016, the Winter 2016 issue of Impetus, Luther's webzine, edited by B. Reul, went live. She contributed the Editorial and one of the "Stories from the Podium". Other contributors include: Mary Vetter; Sean Bell; Brenda Anderson (2 articles); Laura Ambrose; Michelle Folk; Dorothy Lane; Roger Petry; and Yvonne Petry.
• G. DeSantis co-authored “Provincial Funding of Human Service Community-based Organizations in Saskatchewan” in Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada: Evolving Relationships in a Changing Environment (University of Toronto Press, 2016).
• B. Reul coedited Zerbst zur Zeit Faschs – ein anhaltinischer Musenhof [Zerbst during Fasch’s tenure – an Anhalt Court of the Muses], Fasch-Studien vol. 13, together with Bert Siegmund and Konstanze Musketa (Ortus, 2015) and translated the abstracts. She also contributed two articles to the volume: “Musik am Musenort Zerbst: Aufführungen von Schülern der Bartholomäischule und von preussischen Komödianten während der Amtszeit J. F. Fasch” [“Zerbst as a ‘Place of the Muses’: Musical performances of students at St Bartholomäi School and by Prussian comedians during Fasch’s tenure as Kapellmeister”], pp. 145-166. AND “Untersuchungen zu Johann Friedrich Faschs Biographien von 1732 und 1757” [“A critical examination of Johann Friedrich Faschs 1732 and 1757 biographies”], pp. 317-337.
• B. Anderson published "How the Lens of the Global Locates Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Pedagogical Methods, Lessons, and Hope from the Classroom." in Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, ed. D. Memee Lavell-Harvard and Jennifer Brant. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, 2016.
• M. Anderson published Holy War: Cowboys, Indians, and 9/11s, Regina: University of Regina Press, 2016.
• M. Hampton, along with M. Wuerch, K. Zorn, and D. Jushka published “Responding to Intimate Partner Violence: Challenges Faced Among Service Providers in Northern Communities” in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2016: http://jiv.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/0886260516645573v1.pdf?ijkey=iYxQvjaBOlg6xLX&keytype=finite.
• A. James is part of a team of researchers from U of R and U of S that was awarded a $172, 467 SSHRC grant over four years: “English Manuscript Sermons and Sermon Notes 1530-1715: Interpreting the Archive”.
• M. Hampton is the co-investigator for a 2.2 million dollar SSHRC grant on domestic homicide.
• On November 16, 2015, F. Freddolini was awarded (with co-investigators Leesa Streifler and Sean Whalley, Visual Arts Department), a 2015-2016 University of Regina President's Teaching and Learning Scholarship Grant for the project "Bringing Studio Art and Art History Together: Exploring New Pedagogical Perspectives."
Conferences & Conference Presentations:
• B. Anderson co-chaired, and was a major organizer of, the North American Interfaith Network Connect Conference, Luther College, University of Regina, July 19-22, 2015.
• N. Chevalier presented “Plutarch on the Spanish Main: Intertextual and Narrative Strategies in Johnson’s General History of Pyrates” at the 14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies, held in Rotterdam July 27-31, 2015.
• M. Folk served as the Conference Facilitator & Researcher for the North American Interfaith Network Connect Conference, Luther College, University of Regina, July 19-22, 2015.
• F. Freddolini gave a talk on July 7 entitled "Images, Display and Identity in Grand Ducal Florence," at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Italy.
• V. Greifenhagen presented “Listening in the Face of Religious Terror”, with David J. Goa at the North American Interfaith Network Connect Conference, Luther College, University of Regina, July 21, 2015.
• K. Ottley served as a student volunteer and conference aid for the North American Interfaith Network Connect Conference, Luther College, University of Regina, July 19-22, 2015. She also presented on the Young Adult Panel, discussing her work on multifaith projects. She was a leader in the Young Adults events that were held in addition to the regular conference events and the recipient of the NAIN Young Adult Scholars award.
• D. Lane was re-elected as President of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS) and chaired two sessions, two meetings and acted as Secretary and Treasurer at the CACLALS conference in Ottawa from May 30-June 15, 2015. D. Lane also designed the conference program.
• R. Petry presented “Mobilizing the Voluntary Sector to Advance ESD: A Partnership with Higher Education in Saskatchewan, Canada “ at the 4th annual RCE Conference of the Americas help in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 9-10. Part of his presentation spoke about Luther’s VSSN. He also co-chaired the first strategic session of the conference focused on "Joint Projects between RCEs in the Americas".
• B. Reul chaired a session entitled "Silence and Listening: A Musical Exploration" at the NAIN Conference at Luther College, 20 July 2015.
• P. Sevigny presented “FASD Assessment: Navigating Worldviews and Creating Space for Sacred Listening” at the NAIN Conference at Luther College, July 2015.
• M. Wagner presented “Listening to the Changing Discourse Surrounding the Memorialization of the Holocaust” at the NAIN Conference, Luther College, July 21, 2015.
• B. Anderson attended the RESOLVE annual conference held on October 22-23 in Regina. She introduced the keynote speaker, Judge Marylynne Beaton, Judge for the Domestic Violence Court in Regina. B. Anderson also chaired a presentation on "Influences of resettlement on incidences of intimate partner violence among Canadian South Asian immigrants."
• R. Petry attended the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (CSWIP) "Challenging Ontologies" conference hosted by Campion College on October 23-24 as well as chairing one of the two concurrent sessions (Session 6) held on October 24, 2015.
• R. Petry helped organize a presentation from Helen Angelakis from Western Sydney University: "Empowering and mobilising regional youth for sustainability,” held On October 30, 2015 in the Education building at the University of Regina.
• A UN University Publication from the 9th RCE Global Conference in Okayama was just released. R. Petry co-chaired the Americas RCE meeting which is profiled on pages 20-21.
• F. Freddolini presented a paper entitled “Negotiating Heritage and Patronage: The Medici Palace in Florence and Seventeenth-Century Debates on the Preservation of Monuments,” at the Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, November 5-7, 2015. Session: The Art of Saving Art, Organized by Alena Robin, University of Western Ontario.
• Juschka, D., Hampton, M. & Knutson, T. (2015). Supports and Responses to Violence in our Communities. Presented at the Community-Based Research Showcase, University of Regina, November, 2015.
• D. Lane presented "Sites of Encounter—Sites of Exchange: The Indian Pilgrimage in Contemporary Travel Narratives” at the South Asian Literature Association (SALA) Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, January 2016, and also chaired a session on "Literary Elites and Canon Formation.”
• M. Anderson delivered “Explaining 9/11: the Three Billion Dollar Question.” at the Macrotheme Business and Social Science Research Conference, Espace Vocation Paris Haussman, Paris, December 21, 2015.
• M. Anderson, named as one of the 2015-2016 Humanities Research Institute Fellows, spoke at the HRI Fellows Reception on February 10, 2016 on his fellowship project “Splitting Tongues: Imagining Natives in Reader’s Digest and TIME”.
• F. Freddolini gave a talk on January 21, 2016 entitled "Fashioning the Uomini Nuovi. Display and Courtly Identity in Florence, 1587-1621," at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon as part of the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Colloquium Series at the U of S.
• R. Petry attended the "Education as a Driver for Sustainable Development Goals" conference hosted by the Centre for Environment Education in Ahmedabad, India, and sponsored by UNESCO and UNEP (among others) from Jan 11 to 13. R. Petry gave a presentation entitled "Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Mobilizing Transformative Change for SCP". He also led a Sustainable Consumption and Production Learning Exercise, the material from which he helped incorporate into the "Outcome Document for Goal 12" which he helped edit (and which became part of the final outcome document of the conference).
• F. Freddolini co-organized (with Marco Musillo, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck-Institut) three sessions at the Renaissance Society of America conference in Boston, March 31-April 2, 2016. The sessions were: 1. The Medici and the Seas, I: Mediterranean Identities; 2. The Medici and the Seas, II: Maritime Trajectories; 3. The Medici and the Seas, III: Asian Exchanges. F. Freddolini chaired the second session, and presented a paper in the third session, entitled: "Francesco Paolsanti Indiano: Exchanging Things between Goa and the Medici Court, c. 1608-1640."
• Y. Petry presented a paper (co-authored with Gary Diver) at the annual meeting of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine, held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, from March 17-19, 2016: "William Pryor Letchworth and Nineteenth-Century Epileptic Care."
• B. Reul presented a paper on March 19, 2016, at the American Musicological Society, Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting at the University of Lethbridge: "Durchlauchtigste Herren - Entertaining Catherine the Great's German Relatives in the 1740s". She also chaired a conference session and presented a financial report as the chapter's secretary-treasurer.
• B. Reul Barbara presented "Unverwelklich grünende Palmen Unsterblicher Tugenden - Funeral Music at the Court of Anhalt-Zerbst in the 1740s" on April 9, 2016 at the 2016 American Bach Society conference held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
• B. Anderson and F. Greifenhagen presented “The Fantastical Muslim: Media Imaginings and Digital Practices of Prairie Muslims” at the Islam on the Prairies: Tolerance, Pluralism and Diversity conference, University of Saskatoon, May 14, and at the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Calgary, May 30, 2016.
• B. Anderson chaired a panel at CSSR at the University of Calgary on May 31 on "The Great Goddess, Sacred Kingship and the Offering of Self in Hindu Tradition."
• M. Folk, a Luther College sessional instructor, presented “In the Light of the Sun: The Puranic Worldview in Articulating Sovereignty in Medieval India" at a Canadian Society for the Study of Religion panel at the University of Calgary on May 31, 2016.
• F. Freddolini presented "Manipulating History and Re-branding Identities: Patronage and Display of former Medici Opponents in Late Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century Florence," at the Against the Medici. Art and Dissent in Early Modern Italy conference in Florence, Archivio di Stato, May 26-27, 2016.
• R. Petry chaired the organization committee for the 8th RCE Saskatchewan "Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event" held at the Treaty 4 Governance Centre at Fort Qu'Appelle on May 4. R. Petry MC'd the day long event, including the morning event when 25 of 27 projects were awarded certificates (Luther College received recognition for 2 projects: the White Butte Ecomuseum and the Canadian Roots Exchange projects) as well as chairing the afternoon RCE Gathering focused on the theme of "Story Telling for Sustainable Development".
• R. Petry organized a presentation on May 5by Dr. Charles Hopkins, holder of the UNESCO Chair on ESD at York University, held at Luther College and co-hosted by Luther College and RCE SK on the topic: “Post-Secondary Education & the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Global Opportunities and Challenges.”
Service to the Community:
• F. Freddolini gave a talk entitled "Inside and Outside the Frame: Understanding Paintings in the Historical Context," presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, on October 4, 2015, as part of the public programming initiatives connected to the exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museum. F. Freddolini was interviewed by the weekly magazine The Source, in relation to his talk, and the interview is featured in the article by Evelyne Young, "Inside and Outside the Glasgow Collection," The Source 16, issue 6 (September 22-October 6, 2015).
• F. Freddolini gave a series of four lectures devoted to "Art and Architecture in Seventeenth-Century Italy" at the Lifelong Learning Centre in October: The Counter-Reformation and the development of new ideas about reality: Annibale Carracci and Caravaggio on October 1, 2015; Ecclesia Triumphans: Bernini and the Triumph of the Church on October 8, 2015; The Protagonists of Baroque Painting on October 15, 2015; and The Cardinals and their Palaces: Display of Art in Baroque Rome on October 22, 2015.
• P. Sevigny was interviewed for a Global morning news "Baby Basics" segment (aired November 16, 2015). In the interview he discussed some ways to prepare older sibling(s) for the arrival of a new baby.
• B. Anderson, along with Dr. Shauneen Pete and Dr. Carrie Bourassa created a podcast for the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls Inquiry, discussing the pre-inquiry process, the work that's gone before, and the opportunities that are before them. The podcast is on the website for MMAWG.
• B. Anderson was the guest speaker for the Business Professional Women's dinner on February 22, 2016 on "Mobilizing Canada for Justice and Healing: What the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the MMIW Pre-Inquiry Process Tell Us." RCMP and Regina Police Service were among the invited guests.
• M. Anderson met with the Lifelong Learning Centre Book Club on December 14 to discuss his 2007 book Cowboy Imperialism and Hollywood Film.
• R. Petry presented a talk entitled “The Ethics of Bitcoin: Lessons for Developing Money as a Social Contract” at the second Philosophy Café discussion, hosted by the Philosophy and Classics Department on February 29, 2016.
• B. Anderson was on a panel of four scholars for the TV Ontario show, "The Agenda with Steve Paiken," their "flagship news show" on the topic of "Women and Religion." It was a treat to have an hour to talk intelligently (and be asked intelligent questions) by the media! http://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/women-and-religion.
• B. Ruel and M. Vetter participated in a panel organized by the Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of Regina on Open Education/Access Resources on March 11, 2016.
• F. Greifenhagen presented on the “Voice Against Violent Extremism” panel with Rabbi Jeremy Parnes & Imam Navid Aziz at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, Regina, May 4, 2016.
• R. Petry spoke on May 3, 2016 at Standing Buffalo School, Paskwa School and at a "Science Cafe" (sponsored by Ducks Unlimited in Fort Qu'Appelle) about RCE Saskatchewan and education for sustainable development.
Voluntary Sector Studies Network Grant from Community Initiatives Fund
Luther College’s Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) received a two-year Community Initiatives Fund grant worth $209,888 in June 2015 to implement a ground-breaking 2015-2017 VSSN Action Plan. VSSN integrates real world problems into the classroom by bringing students and faculty together with people working in the voluntary/nonprofit sector.
North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) Connect 2015
From July 19 – 22, 2015, Luther College at the University of Regina hosted the annual North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) Connect conference. The theme of the conference – “Restoring Spirit through Sacred Listening” – was designed to engage activists of all faiths or no faith in the difficult task of reconciliation through deep listening. Over 150 people from around North America, including delegates from Mexico, participated in the four-day event, which featured a variety of multicultural-themed workshops, tours and panel discussions that intentionally spoke to the issues of heart, mind and action in this sacred business of redressing social injustice.
Student diversity and services is one of five strategic initiatives outlined in the Luther College, University of Regina (LCUR) Strategic Plan 2014-2019. The following is a brief overview of two Aboriginal programming and reconciliation initiatives currently being
supported by LCUR as they fit within LCUR’s larger commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation process:
1) Project of Heart (POH) teaches about the history of the residential school system in Canada using an artistic approach to commemorate the people and families who were, and still are, affected by this system. POH was originally created by University of Regina (U of R) graduate student, Sylvia Smith, as part of her Master of Education program as a way to address the lack of teaching tools on Indigenous history in the school system. Over forty participants from the Regina and university community participated in a seven-week workshop led by Jenna Tickell, a graduate student in the
Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the U of R.
2) Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national organization that trains Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to form Reconciliation Teams with a purposes to teach about the effects of colonialism on Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada.
Two years ago, Luther formed a steering committee that included members from the Aboriginal Student Centre, faculty members from the University of Regina, Luther College at the U of R, and Luther College High School. Luther’s commitment has
been to provide financial and counselling support to the four students who have
formed the first CRE team on campus: Lindsay desRoschers, Austin Josephson
Chaplaincy and the work of a Chaplain is diverse and made even more challenging in today’s shifting religious landscape. Luther is a dynamic learning community full of many different people who get involved at the school for a variety of reasons. Creatively and effectively serving the students and the staff is a balancing act but one well worth doing as having someone who is befriending students as well as sitting at the Senior Leadership and Board of Regents table allows for increased integration and awareness of the structure as a whole. Offering guidance and structure for the year is balanced with being open to the emerging needs and desires of the community.
Pastoral Care: Pastor Sean Bell’s door is always open, and students and staff frequently come to him for a variety of reasons. Some needed to simply be listened too and while others needed help seeing all of the choices that were available to them. Student life can also be isolating and lonely, and having a place for student’s to bring their burdens is beneficial. For example, Pastor Sean helped to try and make the best experience possible for some international students who were dealing with home sickness, issues around accessing health care, and the need to rapidly integrate into the community.
Programming: Some of the annual events hosted through the Chaplain’s Office and Peer Chaplains in 2015-2016 included the Giving Thanks Lunch, Advent Service of Lessons & Carols, Interprovincial Campus Ministry Retreat to Sylvan Lake Alberta, and the end of semester study times. The Peer Chaplains also ran programs that helped students form community and connect to one another. Examples of this included “soul creations” crafts, tea parties, snacks after chapel and Sunday Service, and being exposed to prayers of different faiths through attendance at the Jumah Prayer services on campus and discussion on prayer at the Peer Chaplaincy "Ask a Rabbi" events.
A new memorable Peer Chaplain event was handing out complimentary “sheep” cupcakes in the Riddell Centre at the University of Regina to celebrate the Islamic festival “Eid,” which is held at the end of the Haj (the annual pilgrimage to Mecca). More than a learning opportunity, the chaplaincy was joining in the celebration, and experience and exposure to different traditions.
Outreach: Luther College Chaplaincy and Peer Chaplain events are open to all students, faculty, and staff, and everyone is made to feel welcome. When approached by a few Syrian students to hold an event to raise funds and awareness for the war in Syria, the Chaplaincy team did not hesitate, and helped to arrange a lunch event in the Campion Commons where the Syrian students spoke with those in attendance and expressed the reality of Syrian culture and the current situation.
Prophetic: One may think of ‘Prophets’ as people who are loudly saying what is going on and showing how it might be or should be different. The annual “Fair Trade Fair” is an example of how the campus ministry participates in an alternative economic model where the least powerful and easily exploited are valued and supported for their work. The campus ministry retreat in Sylvan Lake is also an example as the retreat centered on an artist from El Salvador who educated the team on the difficult realities of that country, and how they could be in solidarity with people in broken countries using the power of simply being Canadian.
The Chaplaincy team also hosted an event entitled “Je Suis Hijabi” where those in attendance heard stories from a number Muslim woman as to why they did or did not wear the Hijab, and learned about the historic and current rational for the garment. It’s a dialog and question for Canada and the world to learn about as society determines how to live in world community together.
Wider Church Involvement: Pastor Sean continued his work on the Saskatchewan Synod Council and hosting of annual events for clergy including the Ministerial meeting (all Lutheran Pastors) and the Clergy Luncheon, where all local area clergy were invited to a meal and presentation on the Multi-faith aspects of Chaplaincy. This year, Luther also supplied library cards for all clergy that came to the fall luncheon event so they could take advantage of the Luther and University of Regina libraries in order for them to continue their scholarly pursuits.
Pastor Sean looks forward to his second year as a Chaplain at the University campus. May we continue to find new ways to live into our motto: “Think Deeply, Act Passionately, Live Faithfully.”
Alumni Relations, Development, & Communications
ALUMNI RELATIONS & DEVELOPMENT
The goal for the University Alumni Relations Office in 2015-2016 was to begin the process of re-connecting with alumni (graduates and residence) through personal one-on-one visits as well as hosting an Alumni Networking Breakfast at Luther for alumni who worked on the University of Regina campus.
Ten alumni visits were conducted between February and March 2016 to gain feedback on University campus’s communications, events, and development. The Office continues to correspond with these alumni, asking for their feedback on new initiatives and their interest in being involved.
Nine alumni attended the Networking Breakfast held at Luther on June 7, 2016. The event included images from the archives, an update on LCUR activities/initiatives and why our alumni are important to us, and showing results from the LCUR alumni survey. Feedback indicated that a lunch event would be better for schedules.
Direct Mail Appeal
Please refer to the Annual Appeals section.
The University campus’s social media continued to grow with 814 fans (likes), a 45% increase from 2015-2016, on the LCUR Facebook page, 318, a 22% increase from 2015-2016, following LCUR on Twitter, and the creation of an Instagram account, with 53 followers as of June 30, 2016. The increase in social media activity is a direct result of the Alumni Relations, Development & Communications Assistant that was hired in October 2015.
Three-Year LCUR Recruitment Campaign (2015-2018)
Following the Branding and Marketing Strategy developed by ARCAS Advertising in 2014-2015, ARCAS was hired to assist in the development and implementation of a brand, creative platform, viewbook, and three-year recruitment campaign for the University campus. In 2015-2016 (Year 1), a four month (September – December 2015) recruitment campaign including outdoor, online, and SEARCH advertising was implemented in the areas of Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, and Estevan. A mini-Winter campaign for prospective students and residents for the Luther College Residence was also implemented from January – March 2016. Internal tracking and assessment will occur throughout the three-year campaign with Years 2 and 3 will be implemented in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, respectively; analysis to determine the success of the campaign will be conducted following the completion of Year 3.