Did You Know?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Luther Lecture 2016
On Monday, September 26, 2016, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine and widely published theologian, was scheduled to deliver the 41st Luther Lecture on Monday, September 26, 2016 on the topic “Faith in the Face of Empire: A Palestinian Christian Perspective.” Unfortunately, due to last-minute VISA issues, he was unable to attend. Arrangements are being made for Dr. Raheb to present his talk entitled Faith in the Face of the Empire: A Palestinian Christian Perspective at the 2018 Luther Lecture.
Forward Together Lecture 2017
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 ninth annual Forward Together Lecture was held on March 16, 2017 entitled Barking to the Choir: Now Entering the Kinship of God by Jesuit Father Gregory J. Boyle. Father Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California.
Spring/Summer 2016 170 students (13% increase from 2015-2016)
Fall 2016 568 students (19% increase from 2015-2016)
Winter 2017 537 students (17% increase from 2015-2016)
Spring/Summer 2016 22 students
Fall 2016 103 students (out of 107; 96% full)
Winter 2017 99 students (out of 109; 91% full)
Scholarships & Awards
Honour Roll Students:
Fall 2016 67 students
Winter 2017 47 students
Luther Scholarship Recipients
105 students were the recipients of $76,700 worth of the Luther Scholarships in 2016.
Fall 2016 10 students
Spring 2017 47 students
Convocation Award Recipients:
President’s Medal: Marcia Mitschke
Faculty of Science Dean’s Medal: Marcia Mitschke
Luther Medal of Distinction: Marcia Mitschke
Dr. Robert M. Agnew Memorial Award: Judith Bjorndahl
Barbara Glieberman Prize in Religious Studies: Megan Koot
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Gold Medal in Geography: Britney Laturnus
W. A. Riddell Award in Media, Art and Performance: Roberta Wallace
New Staff/Appointments and Retirements:
- Karen Nye retired from her position as assistant to the Registrar in August 2016;
- Karen Prior was hired as Academic Advisor in August 2016;
- Carla Flengeris, Library Coordinator, went on parental leave in August 2016; Michelle Wagner was hired as an interim replacement;
- Dr. Fotini Labropulu went on an extended medical leave September 2016;
- Jessica Bastiannse, Academic Services Specialist in the Academic Office, went on parental leave in October 2016; Justine Esplen was hired as an interim replacement;
- Dr. Philip Sevigny resigned in June 2017 to take up a position at the University of Alberta;
- Dr. Mary Vetter retired June 2017 after thirty-three years of service to the College;
- Dr. Yvonne Petry was selected as the new Dean but will not start until July 2018 in order to finish work on some research and publications;
Luther College instructors taught 154 courses in 18 disciplines to 4,820 students. Credit hours taught in each term were:
Spring/Summer 2016 921 credit hours
Fall 2016 7,026 credit hours
Winter 2017 5,676 credit hours
Celebrating Faculty Success
Awards & Recognition:
- R. Petry attended a Policy Forum hosted by the Sustainability and Education Policy Network and the Sustainability Education Research Institute of the University of Saskatchewan on June 10, 2016, at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Attendees to this invited event included "policy makers and practitioners working on sustainability in education from ministries/departments of education, school divisions, post-secondary education institutions, and non-profit sustainability education organizations from across Canada; as well as Canadian and international researchers.”
- M. Anderson’s new course, Zombies, A History was featured on the University of Regina home webpage, September 1, 2016 and in an interview in the Regina Leader Post, September 6, 2016.
- M. Hampton will be serving as external examiner in late September for a Ph.D., Minding the Iraqi refugee: Psychological challenges of Iraqi war refugees and the effectiveness of existing support service in Saskatoon.
- H. Bardutz successfully defended her PhD dissertation, “Examining the Experience and Impact of a Regular Exercise Program on a Group of Canadian Women” at the end of November, 2016.
- Laura Ambrose, Luther College Sessional Instructor, won a University of Regina Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning on April 10, 2017.
- F. Freddolini, "Materiali e prassi della scultura tra corrispondenza e linguaggio legale, c. 1650-1750," [Materials and practice of sculpture between correspondence and legal language], presented at Le parole del marmo: Lessico diacronico della scultura e saperi tecnici tra passato e presente, University of Pisa, June 10, 2016.
- M. Anderson’s new book Holy War: Cowboys, Indians, and 9/11s was reviewed in Publishers Weekly on July 4, 2016. http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-88977-414-8.
- B. Reul edited and translated the 2016 Faschiana [bilingual newsletter of the International Fasch Society] 16 (July 2016): 1-16.
- B. Reul published a review of Christian Ahrens, Die Weimarer Hofkapelle [The Weimar Court Kapelle] 1683-1851, in Early Music, August 2016.
- M. Anderson’s book was also reviewed by a blog/review site maintained by Australian scholar Brian Martin called Brian’s Comments on August 29, 2016: “Was 9/11 Really So Special?” http://comments.bmartin.cc/2016/08/29/was-911-really-so-special/
- An article entitled “U.S. Media Perpetuates Early Indian Wars Myth” on M. Anderson’s new book Holy War: Cowboys, Indians, and 9/11s was published in the Regina Leader-Post on October 26, 2016, following his Book Launch at Luther College on October 25, 2016.
- N. Chevalier contributed the encyclopedia entry, “The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World” written by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle” to Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created, general ed. Laura Miller. New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers (2016): 70-71.
- Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550-1750, ed. by Gail Feigenbaum with Francesco Freddolini (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2014) has been reviewed by: Elizabeth Deans, in West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 23, no. 1 (2016): 137-139.
- F. Freddolini, “A Rediscovered Work by Domenico Pieratti: The Bust of Louis Hesselin,” Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz 58, no. 3 (2016):
- F. Greifenhagen, review of Cynthia R. Chapman, The House of the Mother: The Social Roles of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry (2016) in Reading Religion, February 28, 2017. http://readingreligion.org/books/house-mother.
- M. Vetter, with G. Argus, V. Harms, and A. Leighton, Conifers and Catkin-Bearing Trees and Shrubs of Saskatchewan. Flora of Saskatchewan: Fascicle 5. 2016.
- B. Reul, "An organ Max Reger (1873-1916) himself would have enjoyed playing on - The Max-Reger-Memorial Organ in Weiden (Oberpfalz), Germany”, Organ Canada (Winter 2017): 9-11.
- B. Reul served as the assistant editor for the open access, peer-reviewed journal Understanding Bach, vol. 12 (Winter 2017): 1-132, http://www.bachnetwork.co.uk/understanding-bach/, and also translated a scholarly article from German into English for this issue: "‘Having to perform and direct the music in the Capellmeister’s stead for two whole years: Observations on How Bach Understood His Post during the 1740s’" by Michael Maul (originally published in the Bach-Jahrbuch 101 (2015): 75-97).
- F. Freddolini, review of Making and Moving Sculpture in Early Modern Italy, Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, ed., Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015, published in caa.reviews on April 14, 2017. http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/2920#.WQjlUdy1thE
- B. Reul published an article entitled "From Luther to Fasch - in four days flat" a review of the 14th International Fasch Festival in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany, 20-23 April 2017. Early Music Review (30 May 2017), http://earlymusicreview.com/from-luther-to-fasch-in-four-days-flat/.
- On May 30, 2017, the Winter/Spring Issue 2017 of Luther College's web magazine, Impetus, went live – B. Reul edited the volume and authored the Editorial and an Introduction to Table Talks Speakers series. This issue included five articles related to the Reformation, authored by Yvonne Petry, Meredith and Carl Cherland, Volker Greifenhagen, William Stahl, and Mary Vetter. Reul, Barbara M. , ed. "Editorial" and "Introduction to Table Talks Speaker Series at LCUR (February-March 2017)". Impetus (Winter/Spring 2017), https://www.luthercollege.edu/university/academics/impetus/winter-spring-2017
- M. Anderson, "'War Should Be Like a Fever', Or Why America Fights," in Making Sense of Popular Culture, eds., Maria del Mar Ramon-Torrijos and Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017: 19-30.
- F. Freddolini, “Denmark and the International Mobility of Sculpture, c. 1709-1723: Frederick IV and Giovanni Baratta,” in Sculpture and the Nordic Region, ed. Sara Ayres and Elettra Carbone (New York and London: Routledge, 2017), 55-70.
- M. Hampton, and Zorn, K. G., Wuerch, M. A., Faller, N. “Perspectives on regional differences and intimate partner violence in Canada: qualitative examination” accepted by Journal of Family Violence.
- D. Lane published "A Tangled Web”, a review of Yes, And Back Again by Sandy Marie Bonny, The Capacity for Infinite Happiness by Alexis von Konigslow, and A Hero by Charlotte R. Mendel, in Canadian Literature (Asian Canadian Critique Beyond the Nation. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 227 (Winter 2015): 155-57).
- P. Sevigny, along with others, published a paper entitled “Executive function, social emotional learning and social competence in school-aged boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder” in Canadian Journal of School Psychology, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0829573517707907, 2017.
- P. Sevigny, along with others, published a paper entitled “An international study of nurses’ ethical ideology and religiosity." Journal of Community and Public Health Nursing, Advance online publication. doi: 10.4172/2471-9846.1000165, 2017.
- F. Freddolini was awarded a 2017-2018 Humanities Research Institute Fellowship, with a project entitled "Imagining the Exotic Ruler in Early Modern Europe."
- P. Sevigny, principle investigator, and co-investigators/collaborators Drs. Lynn Loutzenhiser and Chris Oriet from the department of Psychology, and Morag Granger, Manager of Public Health Nursing, RQHR, were awarded a $24,000, six-month project development grant from the Movember Foundation for a project exploring how the mental health and social support needs of new and expectant fathers can better be met. Special thanks to F. Freddolini for assistance with the "video pitch" to the Movember Board of Directors.
- P. Sevigny, with co-principle investigator, Katherine Arbuthnott, received a Curiosity Research grant from the office of the Vice-President Research for their project titled, Nature Contact & Emotional Wellness: Dose-Response Factors.
Conferences & Conference Presentations:
- M. Anderson presented "Creationism and North America's Indian Wars: An Introduction," at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) "International Conference for Social Sciences and Humanities," at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Casa Convalescencia Campus, Barcelona, Spain, May 24, 2016.
- R. Petry, "Campus Sustainability Policies if Necessary (But Not Necessarily Campus Sustainability Policies)" presented at Connecting Education and Environment Conference, University of Saskatchewan, June 11, 2016.
- B. Reul, “From rags to riches – On J. F. Fasch’s Autobiography (1757)" [in German] presented at the International Fasch Society, Zerbst, Germany, June 12, 2016.
- B. Reul, “Not dry at all - On the “career“ of a Bach student in Zerbst, ca. 1758-1764" [in German] presented at the State Archive of Sachsen-Anhalt, Dessau, Germany, June 16, 2016.
- M. Vetter, with D. Sauchyn and D.J. Thompson, “The resilience of western rangeland: Exposure to 9,000 years of climate variability”, presented at Plenary Session 6, 10th International Rangeland Conference, Saskatoon, July 16-22, 2016. (The paper was reviewed and will be published in the Proceedings.)
- M. Vetter, with D. Sauchyn and D.J. Thompson, “The resilience of western rangeland: Exposure to 9,000 years of climate variability”, presented at Plenary Session 6, 10th International Rangeland Conference, Saskatoon, July 16-22, 2016. (The paper was reviewed and will be published in the Proceedings.)
- B. Anderson sat on a discussion panel on the MMIWG inquiry at the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle Corporation Symposium Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, Progress: Achievements and Challenges on August 25-26, 2016.
- B. Anderson, “Empowering Women: Weaving Stories, Inspiring Action: A Conversation About Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls”, 30th Annual Treaty No.4 Gathering hosted by the Faculty of Education, September 12, 2016, Treaty 4 Governance Centre in Fort Qu’Appelle, SK.
- F. Freddolini paper “Descriptions, Display, and Notions of Value: Pontormo's Halberdier in its Historical Context," was presented at the 34th World Congress of Art History, Beijing, China, September 15-22, 2016, on his behalf read by Gail Feigenbaum of The Getty Research Institute.
- R. Petry presented, "Strategic Interventions of an RCE in Environmental Assessment The Case of the Yancoal Potash Mine in Saskatchewan, Canada" at the 5th RCE Conference of the Americas in Curitiba, Brazil, Oct. 21, 2016. R. Petry also participated in joint planning between RCEs in the Americas for the upcoming year as well as visiting local sustainability initiatives (a small scale dairy cooperative, an agro-forestry experimental farm, and a sustainable tourism train from Curitiba through the Atlantic forest to the coast).
- M. Anderson, "Television Zombies and America's Frontier Myth: Teaching US How to Love Again," at the Multidisciplinary Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and Learning, Prague, Czech Republic, December 9, 2016.
- P. Sevigny offered the keynote address, “Beyond risk: Identifying and encouraging the use of character strengths to foster positive change” at the Dad Central Canada conference, Side by side: Strategies for working with vulnerable fathers, in Winnipeg on March 1-2, 2017. He also presented a poster entitled “A parenting self-efficacy scale for fathers of pre-schoolers” at the same conference.
- R. Petry attended, as an invited delegate, the "UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education", a global UN conference in Ottawa March 6-8, 2017 to work on the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) portion of the conference; he helped review the 2017 UNESCO draft "Mid-Term Report on the Implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)".
- F. Freddolini, along with Francesca Cappelletti of the University of Ferrara, Italy, co-organized three sessions at the 63rd annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March 30-April 1, 2017: Atlante's Palace. Culture, Enchantment, and Politics in European Palaces, 1600-1700, I: Images and Materials, II: Madrid, Lisbon, and III: Rome and London. F. Freddiolini chaired the third session and presented "Instantiating Splendor: Gold and the Palace in Early Modern Italy" in the first session.
- B. Reul presented a 60-minute research lecture, in German, at the Handel House in Halle, Germany, entitled "Informative, remarkable, unusual - On Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) and his autobiography from 1757" on April 19, 2017.
- B. Reul hosted/organized the international scholarly conference "J. F. Fasch and the confessional landscape of his day" on the occasion of the 14th International Fasch Festival in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany (20-23 April 2017). She chaired a session at this conference on April 21 as well as presented a paper at this conference in German, entitled "Princely Funeral music at the court of Anhalt-Zerbst, ca. 1709-1752" on April 22, 2017.
- Y. Petry served as a chair at the same conference, for a session entitled Print Culture in Medicine and Nursing on May 27, 2017.
- D. Lane chaired a session entitled “Stories of Travel/Travelling Stories” on May 28, 2017 at the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language (CACLALS) conference at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.
- Y. Petry presented a paper entitled "Practicing Medicine in the Context of the European Witch Hunts" at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine at Congress on May 28, 2017.
- F. Freddolini gave a paper entitled "Florence, Goa, and Back: Art, Diplomacy, and Mobility in the Early Seventeenth Century," Presented at: Intersections, International Conference, Kent State University, Florence Campus, Italy, May 31-June 1, 2017.
- P. Sevigny, “Development of a New Measure of Existential Courage” poster presented at the 3rd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology, June 15-17, 2017, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Service to the Community:
- M. Anderson was the language editor of the new book Society, Law, and Culture in the Middle East: “Modernities” in the Making, eds. Dror Ze'evi and Ehud R. Toledano. De Gruyter Open, 2015.
- R. Petry was interviewed for the Access Communications Show Curious Mind on "Climate Change and Recycling" (August 31, 2016) and “Money" (September 14, 2016).
- F. Freddolini presented "Art, Religion and Politics in Renaissance Florence," at the Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Regina on September 21, 2016.
- B. Anderson was a presenter on Muslim-Christian engagement for the Saskatoon Catholic Diocese Foundations’ five-part series. Her presentation on October 25, 2016 was titled “Precedence & Possibilities: A Brief History of Muslim-Christian Encounters.”
- R. Petry was a guest presenter on the Access Communications program "Curious Mind" on November 2, 2016 on the topic of a heaven or an afterlife from a variety of philosophical perspectives.
- Y. Petry provided a critique of Luther, a graphic novel by R. Melheim (Faith Inkubators, 2016); her critique led the author to revise the work.
- Y. Petry presented "Renaissance Magic and the Scientific Revolution" on November 18, 2016 to the HI-12 Club (a local service group) in Regina.
- R. Petry gave the reflection at Wesley United Church on November 20, 2016 on the topic of justice as it relates to our obligations to non-human species.
- R. Petry was part of a University of Regina panel on November 30, 2016 organized by Engineers Without Borders entitled “Foreign Aid: Helping or Hurting?”
- B. Reul edited the Fall 2016 issue of Impetus, focusing on teaching, which went live on December 8, 2016. The issue includes an editorial (B. Reul); a feature article on developing a Foundations Programme for Luther College (Steven Clow); a VSSN update, with emphasis on the new NSLI certificate (Jennifer Billan); an article on teaching circles at LCUR (B. Reul, with B. Hillis); and five "More Stories from the Podium" (F. Freddolini; B. Hillis; M. Jensen [LCUR 2015 Luther Medal of Distinction recipient]; J. LaCoste; S. Weir). https://www.luthercollege.edu/university/academics/impetus/fall-2016.
- M. Vetter published a paper entitled "If Martin Luther Were Alive Today…" in the Winter/Spring issue of Impetus.
- R. Petry gave a submission to the "Transform SK" hearings in Regina on December 15, 2016 hosted by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and several other industry groups.
- H. Bardutz, Research Associate at Luther College, was featured in Kerry Benjoe, “Learning how babies hear,”Regina Leader-Post, A3, February 8, 2017.
- Y. Petry, "Why 1517? The Ninety-five Theses in Context" presentation at the first of Luther College's Table Talk Series on February 7, 2017, The following week, February 14, she hosted and moderated a discussion of the film "Luther" as part of the same series.
- R. Petry, “Michael Dummett and the Tarot Card Deck: Philosophical and Political Dimensions of 15th Century Playing Cards” presentation at the Philosophy Café on February 16, 2017 at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.
- F. Greifenhagen, “The Benefits of Federated Colleges” on a panel “Friends or Competitors? Federated Colleges and Changing Times,”at the Western Deans’ Meeting, Victoria, February 24, 2017.
- Julia Krueger, Luther College Sessional Instructor, presented at the Art for Lunch series on March 10, 2017, held by the Department of Visual Arts on her current definition of ceramics and notions of the “present prairie” by the way of examining the work of three key Regina clay ceramists: Jack Sures, Lorraine Malach and Beth Hone.
- Y. Petry presented her Table Talk lecture on the history of the Lutheran Reformation to the adult study group at Christ Lutheran Church on March 12, 2017.
- B. Anderson presented at the “Who Do We Say That We Are? Enriching Christian Identity through Inter-religious Engagement”, Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Cathedral, Regina, March 18, 2017.
- F. Greifenhagen presented “Interreligious Reading of Scripture: Isaac Reads with Ishmael”, at the “Who Do We Say That We Are? Enriching Christian Identity through Inter-religious Engagement”, Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Cathedral, Regina, March 18, 2017.
- F. Greifenhagen presented “Truth in a Digital Age: Islamophobia and Shari’a”, as a community speaker at the Counter Terrorism Information Officer Workshop, RCMP Heritage Centre, March 23, 2017.
- F. Greifenhagen, among others, participated in a public reading of The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, at the University of Regina on March 27, 2017.
- M. Anderson, “The Western is Dead, Long Live the Undead!” at “Scholars Confront the Zombie Invasion: A public discussion” held by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Institute, March 31, 2017 at the University of Regina.
- F. Greifenhagen, “Why did Luther want the Qur’an to be published?” Reformation 500 Table Talk Speaker Series, Luther College, University of Regina, March 7, 2017, and again at Christ Lutheran Church, Regina, April 2, 2017.
- Y. Petry, "Remembering the Reformation," Capital Zone Lutheran Women's Missionary League Canada spring renewal conference in Cupar on April 29, 2017.
- F. Greifenhagen published a paper in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Impetus web magazine entitled “Why Did Luther Want the Qur’an to be Published? https://www.luthercollege.edu/university/academics/impetus/winterspring-2017/table-talks/why-did-luther-want-the-quran-to-be-published.
- Y. Petry published a paper entitled "Why 1517? The Ninety-Five Theses in Context" in the Winter/Spring issue of Impetus.
- R. Petry gave a presentation to the "High Twelve" Luncheon Group entitled "Understanding the Tarot Card Deck: Political Dimensions of 15th Century Playing Cards" on May 19, 2017.B. Anderson was the guest speaker for the Intercultural Dialogue Institute's Iftar Celebration on June 2, 2017 at Knox-Met United Church, presenting a talk on "Passing the Faith on to Future Generations."
Voluntary Sector Studies Network
In September 2016, VSSN, in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Centre for Continuing Education, launched a new Certificate in Nonprofit Sector Leadership & Innovation (NSLI). This Certificate resulted from extensive consultation with nonprofit and voluntary organizations throughout Saskatchewan, who identified the necessary skills and knowledge needed to enter directly into careers in these types of organizations. It is designed for anyone who wants to acquire the expertise to pursue paid employment or voluntary work in the nonprofit sector, and all courses are grounded in a community-engaged, experiential learning model. The first NSLI Certificate graduates will convocate in Fall 2017.
Dr. Mary Vetter graciously agreed to a second one-year appointment as interim Director of the VSSN in 2016-2017, in addition to her regular faculty teaching. In early 2017, Luther College conducted an international search for a full-time Director for VSSN and appointed Dr. Yvonne Harrison, most recently of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany to a three-year term beginning July 1, 2017. Dr. Harrison brings with her a very strong publishing and teaching record in the field of non-profit and volunteer organizations, and has implemented and run a Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC) on non-profit sector governance to over 15,000 participants in 188 countries.
A MOU between the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) was signed in December 2016 to define guidelines for
working together; in June 2017, they co-hosted their second annual conference at Luther. Also in June 2017, VSSN received renewed support from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) through a second two-year grant worth $222,200.
Certificate of Sustainability
The Certificate of Sustainability is a joint initiative between the University of Regina, Luther College, Campion College, and the First Nations University of Canada, and the purpose of the program is to provide students with a basic structure for decisions about sustainability and crafting sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles. Implemented in the Faculty of Arts, the Certificate is open to students enrolled in all faculties, including the professional faculties. Students need to choose one course from each of the following six course categories with no more than three courses being chosen from any given discipline (to ensure exposure to a range of disciplines and methods): The Sustainability Problem; Dimensions of Human Sustainability; Dimensions of Environmental Sustainability; Human Sustainability; Environmental Sustainability; and Sustainability in Practice.
Student diversity and services is one of five strategic initiatives outlined in the Luther College, University of Regina (LCUR) Strategic Plan 2014-2019. Two Indigenous programming and reconciliation initiatives begun last year were continued in 2016-17 as part of 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. POH held two workshops on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and residential schools with over sixty participants from the university and larger communities, and one workshop on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women which included art activism, raised money for incarcerated Indigenous women, and included twenty participants ranging in age from nine to seventy-five. University students were part of all of these workshops, and Jenna Tickell, the facilitator, is a WGST graduate student who has been mentored into this leadership role. POH participants were instrumental in encouraging and supporting the provincial government in naming the Regina Indian Industrial School a heritage site. An article in the Leader Post featured Jenna and the winter POH workshop. http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/project-of-heart-teaches-residential-school-history.
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. CRE had another successful team of three students in 2016-2017 which continued to focus on teaching about Canada's colonialism and its impact on all Treaty people. This took the form of several blanket exercises for the public as well as in university classrooms, holding well-attended events on Indigenous Storytelling Worldwide, holding movie nights with talking circles, and contributing to a National Story Blanket that will tour across Canada, with blanket panels visually describing the issues being worked on by youth across the nation. Our team chose the theme of water and women, tying in the connection between environmental devastation and violence against women in contrast to the traditional Cree understandings about the connection between women and water. Luther continues to work and learn alongside the Aboriginal Student Centre in supporting the students, and hopes to strengthen ties with FNUC through this project as well.
Aboriginal Artwork Reception
On Thursday, May 11, 2017, Luther College at the University of Regina officially welcomed the art exhibit “Steps Along the Red Road: Following Christ the Creator” by Aboriginal artist Ovide Bighetty (1969-2014) of the Pukatawagan First Nation with a Pipe Ceremony & Reception. This artwork, commissioned by the Indian Metis Christian Fellowship and on loan to Luther College, incorporates Aboriginal and Christian themes over twelve pieces. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has reminded us that reconciliation is for all of us as treaty peoples. Creating a welcoming atmosphere for each other is a key element in this reconciliation. This artwork will help provide a welcome environment in our College for Aboriginal and Metis students as well as others.
This last year chaplaincy began with an event called “Fake Fire, Real Worship” where we gathered in the Luther Student lounge around a fan that was blowing streamers up into the air. We ate fake (cold) s’mores and began the work of meeting new people, learning names, expressing hopes and dreams, and seeing what community might look like. We sang favorite campfire songs and Pastor Sean gave a short talk about God’s love and invitation to be in creative community.
Many events followed, from Fair Trade Sales, to bringing in Syrian Refugees to tell us their story (and meet our new neighbours), to eating a fantastic Thanksgiving Lunch, to Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, to a retreat at Sylvan Lake about finding your vocation and calling, to hosting discussions with local faith leaders (Buddhism, Judaism, First Nations, Islam, and Wicca), to Ash Wednesday and Easter special services. There is rarely a dull moment and between chaplaincy programming and the rest of the University there is no excuse to ever be disengaged (unless you are taking a needed time of rest to balance your life).
Counselling and Pastoral care fit into all the edges. Universities are full of students and staff of all ages. By its nature, a University is a place of transition as new knowledge and interactions create a place of challenge, success, and failure. The rest of life doesn’t stop while you take on this task and life can still serve up grief, anger, loss, fear, confusion, and shame. The Chaplain creates a much used and much needed space to bring these difficult feelings and challenges. The Chapel Space is made available for candle lighting and prayer, and the Chaplain is available to abide and listen deeply, reframe the story, and offer a word of grace and hope. Worship and prayer punctuate the week. Sunday night worship, Tuesday Timeout, special prayers for tragic world events, and ecumenical and interfaith learning and appreciation.
Four Peer Chaplains served the community this year. They are the eyes and ears of chaplaincy. Out in the community taking the pulse of events and bringing their passions for music, art, discussion and community building to life. As the Peer Chaplaincy continues to grow and embrace our multi-faith world, so too does the background of our chaplains. This year we had First Nations spirituality and Wicca represented in addition to Christianity. In the coming year with have Hindu, Islam, and Christianity represented.
Alumni Relations, Development, & Communications
ALUMNI RELATIONS & DEVELOPMENT
The goal for the University Alumni Relations Office in 2016-2017 was to continue to reconnect with alumni (graduates and residence) through the following events:
Residence Reunion – August 13, 2016: Eleven alumni from the early 90’s and their families attended a mini-residence reunion; included brunch in the Cafeteria, viewing pictures & yearbook from the archives, and tours of the Luther Residence (north and south) as well as the UofR campus.
Taste Test Luncheon – August 30, 2016: Nineteen alumni, who work on the University of Regina campus, attended a luncheon to sample items from Moe Mathieu’s, the new Manager of Dining Services, new menu for 2016-2017.
Networking Lunch – October 20, 2016: Thirteen alumni attended the lunch (three alumni were also staff members). It was great to see old friends reacquainted and new connections made as well as hear updates about everyone since convocation and their memories of Luther. There was definite interest in the development of a LCUR alumni mentorship program as well as a suggestion to start an LCUR alumni Facebook page to reconnect alumni and promote events.
Beer & Bratwurst (celebration of Martin Luther’s 533rd birthday) – November 9, 2016: Ten alumni with eleven guests (including retired faculty and staff) attended the event which included a meal of German cuisine, beer from Rebellion Brewing Co. (owned by LCHS alumni) and entertainment by the Regina German Club’s Das Volle Lederpaket Schuhplattler Verein dance troupe. The event was very well received.
Valentine’s Day Date Night – February 14, 2017: Eighteen alumni (nine couples) enjoyed a complimentary supper & entertainment. The couples were asked to share the story of how they met at Luther.
Paint Nite – March 18, 2017: Sixty-eight alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Luther in attendance. The event raised $1,020 and was divided equally between LCHS (classroom technology) and LCUR (scholarships). Instructors were alumni Mike McKenna (U'14) &
Haley Gartner (HS’10, U’14).
Family Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch – April 8, 2017: Sixteen adults (six alumni) and seventeen children joined us for a brunch in the LCUR Cafeteria, an Easter egg hunt around campus, and crafts.
Direct Mail Appeal
The 2016 Fall Appeal focused on raising funds for a special “Reformation 500”scholarship in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation to be awarded as a series of 1,000 scholarships to LCUR entering students between 2017 - 2019. The goal of $10,000 was reached and two, four & four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The value of LCUR Scholarships offered to students increased from $70,000 to over $100,000 in March 2017 when the online scholarship application opened. The goal was to award values to a minimum of $850 to cover the tuition for one class, and increase the amount of entrance scholarships (a Recruitment request). In addition to the Reformation 500 Scholarship, a new LUSA Student Leadership & Community Involvement Award valued
at $850 (cost of one class) sponsored by Luther University Student Association (LUSA).
Rick Hansen Foundation Barrier Buster Grant for Gender-Neutral Accessible Washroom
$25,556 in funding was secured through the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Access4All Program, a Canada 150 Signature Initiative aimed at breaking down barriers for people living with disabilities. With the participation of the Government of Canada, the Luther College Accessible Washroom “Barrier Buster” Project saw infrastructure improvements made to one of Luther’s semi-accessible washrooms across from the Luther Library into a fully-accessible gender-neutral washroom. As one of only two projects to receive funding in Saskatchewan from the overall fifty-five Canada-wide projects, the fully-accessible gender-neutral washroom will provide independence and dignity for all university students, faculty, staff, and campus guests.
The website continues to be a strong recruitment-focused tool. Social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide a snapshot into the daily life of and upcoming events at the University campus, and are updated daily.
Three-Year LCUR Recruitment Campaign (2015-2017)
Year 2 of the three-year campaign was executed including outdoor, online, and SEARCH advertising in the areas of Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, and Estevan. A Luther College Residence brochure and virtual reality tour of the newly-renovated Residence was developed for admission/recruitment events and/or on the Luther College website.