Luther Lecture 2017
On Monday, October 30, 2017, former Luther professor Dr. Nick Terpstra, now professor and head of the history department at the University of Toronto, delivered the 41st Luther Lecture to a packed auditorium. With 2017 marking the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Dr. Terpstra’s lecture entitled “Reframing the Reformation: Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World,” looked at how the Reformation 500 years ago was a time when the religious refugee became a mass phenomenon and what the Reformation might mean for us today, when the number of refugees is again growing rapidly, and what we can learn from the past.
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 tenth annual and final Forward Together Lecture was held on November 22, 2017 entitled (Ex)changing ideas for post‐secondary education: Will universities exist in 2067?, and featured the four presidents, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Dr. Bryan Hillis, Dr. John Meehan SJ, and Dr. Mark Dockstator, in a roundtable discussion about the future of post‐secondary education on the four campuses, within the community, and across Canada.
Spring/Summer 2017 204 students (20% increase from 2016-2017)
Fall 2017 668 students (18% increase from 2016-2017)
Winter 2018 613 students (14% increase from 2016-2017)
Spring/Summer 2017 23 students
Fall 2017 106 students
Winter 2018 99 students
Scholarships & Awards
Honour Roll Students:
Spring/Summer 2017 7 students
Fall 2016 68 students
Winter 2017 58 students
Luther Scholarship Recipients
127 students were the recipients of $106,000 worth of the Luther Scholarships in 2017.
Fall 2017 10 students
Spring 2018 45 students
Convocation Award Recipients:
Luther Medal of Distinction: Kelti Smith
Faculty of Arts Deanʹs Medal: Kiera Mitchell
Dean of Media, Art, and Performance Medal: Jamie Kraushaar
W.A Riddell Award in Media, Art, and Performance: Jamie Kraushaar
New Staff/Appointments and Retirements:
- Justine Esplen was hired as interim Assistant to the Dean in November 2017;
- Richard Hordern retired from his position as Professor in Religious Studies in December 2017;
- Colleen Strauch was hired as the interim Recruitment & Retention Specialist from January – June 2018;
- Amy Hunter was on leave from January ‐ June 2018; she resigned from her position as Manager of Recruitment in June 2018 for a position on the UofR campus;
- Alexandria Li was hired as interim Manager of Recruitment from January ‐ June 2018; she resigned from her position as Recruitment & Retention Specialist in June 2018 for a position on the UofR campus;
- Mark Anderson resigned from his position as Professor of History in April 2018 to take up a position at Carleton University;
- Michelle Wagner resigned from her position as Library Assistant in May 2018 for a position at Campion College.
Luther College instructors taught 146 courses in 16 disciplines to 4,478 students. Credit hours taught in each term were:
Spring/Summer 2017 1,069 credit hours
Fall 2017 6,840 credit hours
Winter 2018 5,525 credit hours
Celebrating Faculty Success
Awards & Recognition:
- B. Reul accepted an invitation to join the Bach Network Council (2‐year term) on July 23, 2017.
- R. Petry, and others, accepted a recognition award from RCE Saskatchewan on behalf of the Certificate in Sustainability program on August 8, 2017.
- Y. Petry helped to organize Regina’s first ever Jane Austen Festival, which ran from September 6‐23, 2017. Y. Petry was a special guest at the Top Shelf Book Club on Pride & Prejudice on September 19, 2017 at the George Bothwell Branch as part of the festival. The festival was featured in Regina Leader‐Post on September 5, 2017.
- F. Freddolini was invited to join the board of directors of the Humanities and Research Institute, University of Regina, for a two‐year term.
- L. Ambrose’s Award for Innovation in Teaching was highlighted in the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of the Luther Story.
- L. Awanyo’s Fall 2017 Address to the Graduands was highlighted in the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of the Luther Story.
- R. Petry received an “outstanding project” award on behalf of RCE Saskatchewan for the project ʺCommunity Collaboration for Potash Mine Engagementʺ at the First RCE Thematic Conference: Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Okayama, Japan. December 6, 2017.
- F.V. Greifenhagen was interviewed for, and quoted in, the following article: Micki Cowan, “No other option but to escape: Ahmadi Muslims, including survivor of mosque attack, find safety in Sask” CBC News February 7, 2018. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask asylum‐seekersreligious‐ persecution‐1.4519348
- B. Anderson was interviewed and filmed by Dr. Emily Grafton, Officer of Indigenization at The University of Regina, for an educational video on decolonization and reconciliation from a personal white settler perspective and from a faculty perspective from Luther College. This was a reflection on classroom experiences and implementation at the administrative, institutional level. March 9, 2018.
- Y. Harrison, VSSN, was honoured at the RCE Saskatchewan annual Sustainability Awards in Stockholm, SK on May 2, 2018.
- F. Freddolini’s research project, “Imagining the Exotic Ruler in Early Modern Europe,” has been included in the University of Regina Pilot Tri‐Agency Cohort Program.
- Y. Harrison has been accepted as a member of the Politics and International Studies Department, which will function as her home department.
- H. Bardutz was nominated for a Woman of Distinction award.
- Y. Petry has been accepted into the LECNA Fellows Program, a Lutheran leadership training program, and received a full tuition scholarship.
- M. Anderson, “Trump’s Appeal to Myth and the 2016 Presidential Election,” The Journal of Psychohistory (Summer 2017).
- L. Awanyo, et al, “Breaking the Silence: Housing and Psychosocial Health Inequalities in Three Urban Neighborhoods of Accra, Ghana. International Development Planning Review, 39 no.3 (2017): 275‐297.
- Attua, E.M., L. Awanyo, L. & E.K. Antwi, E.K. “Effects of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Tree Population Structure and Diversity of a Rain Forest Biosphere Reserve in Ghana, West Africa. African Journal of Ecology, (2017), doi: 10.1111/aje.12427.
- H. Bardutz, “Neurogenesis,” Refined Living, Vol 2, Issue 3.
- D. Lane, “Sites of Encounter—Sites of Exchange: The Indian Pilgrimage in Contemporary Travel Narratives,” Coldnoon: International Journal of Travel Writing & Travelling Cultures, September 2017. The print version is to be published November, 2017.
- Tutty, Leslie M., Radtke, H.L., Ateah, Christine A., Ursel, E. Jane, Thurston (Billie), Wilfreda E., Hampton, Mary, Nixon, Kendra: “The Complexities of Intimate Partner Violence: Mental Health, Disabilites, and Child Abuse History for White, Indigenous, and Other Visible Canadian Women” (in press) Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2017.
- N. Chevalier, ʺTreasures of the Imagination: Rethinking Pirate Booty in Pirate Narratives,ʺ Lumen 37 (2018), 17‐33.
- Y. Harrison, Optimizing the Potential of Information and Communications Technology in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Organizations,” Chapter 12 in Seel, K. Ed., Fourth Edition, The Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada. (Accepted for Publication)
- D. Lane, “Marking Time” (Review of A Year of Days, I Wasn’t Always Like This, & Wait Time). Canadian Literature 232 (2017): 138‐140.
- F.V. Greifenhagen “Review of Guy G. Stroumsa The Making of Abrahamic Religions in Late Antiquity (2017)” Reading Religion, Feb.12, 2018.
- F. V. Greifenhagen, “Review of Shadaab Rahemtulla, Qur’an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam” in Reading Religion, August 23, 2017.
- B. Anderson, “Review of Islamic Law and Muslim Same‐Sex Unions (2016).” Studies in Religion, Volume 47, April, 2018.
- Y. Petry published a short report about the Reformation 500 celebrations at Luther College in the Sixteenth Century Journal 48, no.4 (Winter 2017), pp. 1017‐18.
- F. Freddolini received a SSHRC Insight Grant of $78,805.00 for his research project entitled ʺRegal Alterities: Imagining Exotic Rulers and Ambassadors in Early Modern Europeʺ.
Conferences & Conference Presentations:
- N. Chevalier, “Can(n) on Fodder: Pirates, Pedagogy, and Literary History”, Fifteenth International Conference on New Direction in the Humanities, July 5‐7, 2017, Imperial College London, UK.
- R. Petry, ʺHuman Lethality, Extraterrestrials, and Divine Hiddenness.ʺ Western Canadian Philosophical Association, Regina, Saskatchewan. October 13, 2017.
- R. Petry, provided commentary on the paper entitled ʺWhat do the Holocaust, Global Warming and Filioque have in Common,ʺ October 13, and chair of two sessions on October 14 ‐ 15, Western Canadian Philosophical Association.
- N. Chevalier, ʺCreative Accounting: Alternative Facts in the History of the Pirate, John Gow.ʺ Canadian Society for Eighteenth‐Century Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, October 18‐22, 2017.
- F. Freddolini, ʺExploring Renaissance and Baroque Portraiture.ʺ Series of three lectures at the Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Regina, October 18, 25, and November 1, 2017.
- F. Freddolini, “The Kingʹs Exotic Body: Portraying Non‐European Rulers in Early Modern Europe,ʺ MAP Presentation Series, University of Regina, November 24, 2017.
- R. Petry gave a presentation on September 13, 2017 at the 2017 World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) in Vancouver entitled ʺIn Case of Emergency Break Glass: Age‐old Stories as Guideposts to a Sustainable Futureʺ.
- L. Ambrose gave a poster presentation on September 15, 2017 at the Annual Conference of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, hosted by The State University of New York at Buffalo. The poster presentation was called ʺFlip that case right into this labʺ and reported on using science case studies in labs that have been designed as flipped classrooms. The poster also highlighted that case study teaching is student‐focused.
- R. Petry, along with Dr. Adela Kincaid and Ms. Roxane Wagner, gave a presentation on September 15, 2017 to the 6th RCE Conference of the Americas, also in Vancouver, entitled ʺChanging Local and Institutional Cultures for Sustainable Development: Updates on the Yancoal Potash Mine and Ecomuseum Developments in Saskatchewan.ʺ
- H. Bardutz gave a presentation entitled “The Brain and Self‐Esteem” at a conference in Calgary, AB on September 22, 2017. The conference was about Self‐Esteem and Women.
- Y. Petry, ʺThe Peregrinations of Guillaume Postel: Journey, Religious Syncretism and Prophecyʺ at a conference hosted by the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, entitled Global Reformations: Transforming Early Modern Religions, Societies and Cultures. September 30, 2017.
- F. Freddolini, ʺGold and the Materiality of Splendor in the Early Modern Interior,” Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Banff, AB, October 12‐15, 2017.
- Y. Harrison, “Overcoming the Issues that Challenge the Effectiveness of Nonprofit Boards of Directors,” Workshop presented at the SK Association of Rehabilitation Centres Conference, Saskatoon, October 25, 2017.
- B. Anderson, co‐presenter, “Screening of ‘Two Worlds Collide’ with discussion on policing practices and racial profiling in Saskatchewan, Indigenous Research Days, University of Regina, October 26, 2017.
- Y. Harrison, ʺOvercoming the Greatest Challenges to Board Effectivenessʺ, Board Workshop, December 1, 2017, Luther College at the University of Regina.
- Y. Harrison, ʺNext Steps in Board Performance Assessment: Implementing Board Checkupʺ, Shindig Webinar, December 15, 2017.
- Y. Harrison and V. Murray, “Filling the Gap in Nonprofit Board Technical Capacity to Account for Board Performance.” Presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nov 16‐18, 2017.
- Y. Harrison et al, “The Efficacy of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Nonprofit Academic Performance,” The 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nov 16‐18, 2017.
- Y. Harrison et al, “Whom Do Nonprofits Collaborate within the Social Service Delivery Network?” The 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nov 16‐18, 2017.
- Y. Harrison, “In Memory of Dr. Debra Beck”. Colloquium Presenter and Chair, Panel on Institutional Logic: Perspective on Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 16‐18, 2017.
- R. Petry, ʺAs Above, So Below: The Creation of the Grand Lodge of England and its Lessons for Personal and Social Transformation.ʺ North West Mounted Police Masonic Lodge. Regina, SK. November 28, 2017.
- R. Petry, ʺToo Much and Too Little Water: Strategizing for New Farming Livelihoods and Improved Water Management on the Canadian Prairies.ʺ Sustainable Consumption and Production Parallel Session. First RCE Thematic Conference: Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Okayama, Japan. December 6, 2017.
- F. Freddolini co‐organized (with Carmen Robertson) and chaired a Conference Session at the College Art Association conference in Los Angeles, CA, February 21‐24, 2018, entitled ʺThe Tool: Cultural Expressions, Histories, Rhetoric, and Agency.ʺ
- R. Petry, ʺRCE Saskatchewan (Canada): The Value of an RCE to its Regionʺ. Video Conference Presentation to the United Nations Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Workshop, Environmental Center, University of Colorado Boulder, February 21, 2018.
- F. Freddolini, ʺMarble and Blood: Family Networks and Sculptorsʹ Careers in Seicento Italy,ʺ at the Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference, New Orleans, March 23, 2018.
- F. Freddolini co‐organized with Giorgio Tagliaferro (University of Warwick) two sessions at the 2018 Renaissance of America Conference: Bloodlines: Reframing Artistsʹ Families in the Early Modern Period, I & II.
- R. Petry attended the following conference in Montreal: Sustainability in Higher Education in Canada: 2018 Annual Conference, McGill University & Vanier College, May 23‐24, 2018.
- F. V. Greifenhagen, “Doing Research on [and Teaching about] Muslims in a Multicultural Islamophobic Age” at the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Regina, Saskatchewan, May 27, 2018.
- F. V. Greifenhagen “Roundtable: New Muslim Public Spheres in the Digital Age: Stages of Research, Methodology and Mentorship” (chair and respondent), Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Regina, Saskatchewan, May 28, 2018.
- Y. Petry served as the Local Arrangements Coordinator for the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, which met at Congress from May 26‐28, 2018.
- B. Anderson organized a roundtable at CSSR (Canadian Society for Studies in Religion) at Congress at the University of Regina on New Muslim Public Spheres in the Digital Age, which included six graduate research assistants under our teamʹs supervision. May 28, 2018.
Service to the Community:
- M. Hampton reviewed a promotion application at the University of Alberta, and an article submitted for publication in Violence and Victims.
- B. Reul participated in a round table entitled ʺThe Fleckeisen document and its implicationsʺ, July 13, 2017, Eighth Johann Sebastian Bach Dialogue Meeting, hosted by the Bach Network UK, in Madingley Hall, Cambridge, UK.
- B. Reul edited, contributed an article to, and translated vol. 21 of Faschiana, the annual bi‐lingual newsletter of the International Fasch Society in August, 2017.
- B. Reul,ʺYou have 8 seconds to impress me with your Scholarly CVʺ, October 13, 2017, workshop‐lecture, Music Student Association of the University of Regina.
- R. Petry ʺWhat is a Prairie University to Do?: Strategic Options for Advancing Sustainable Development on our Campus and in our Region,ʺ Presented at URSU Sustainability Week: Sustainability Seminar and Panel Discussion, November 8, 2017).
- H. Bardutz. “Brain Health and Fitness”, Al Ritchie Senior’s Lunch, November 14, 2017.
- Y. Petry, ʺMartin Luther and the Origins of the Reformationʺ Lecture, November 17, 2017, to the Hi‐12 Club, Regina.
- F.V. Greifenhagen was interviewed for, and quoted in, the following article: Micki Cowan, “No other option but to escape: Ahmadi Muslims, including survivor of mosque attack, find safety in Sask” CBC News February 7, 2018. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask asylum‐seekersreligious‐ persecution‐1.4519348
- S. J. Wilson. “Daring to Deduce Drastic, Disturbing Deviousness in Drawings and Drama: Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Violence, and Aesthetics.” Grade 11 University Preview. University of Regina. February 23, 2018.
- B. Anderson attended International Womenʹs Day, March 8, 2018, and gave the introduction for well‐known feminist activist and author, Angela Davies for campus talk at the University of Regina, hosted by University Womenʹs Action Group.
- F. Freddolini organized a public lecture and round table, as part of his Humanities Research Institute fellowship: Amy Buono (University of California, Santa Barbara), The Museum of Methodology and the Criminalization of Culture, Rio c. 1938. Round table participants: David Garneau, Yvonne, Petry, Tobias Sperlich, Luther College, March 12, 2018.
- Y. Petry was member of a panel discussion organized by Francesco Freddolini, held at Luther College on March 12, 2018 as a follow‐up to a lecture entitled ʺThe Museum of Methodology and the Criminalization of Culture.ʺ
- B. Anderson hosted a week of activities on campus and in the community with creator of Project of Heart, Sylvia Smith, including a university community‐engaged workshop on March 17, 2018 Going Beyond Words: Honouring Our Children & Youth held at Luther College at the UofR.
- H. Bardutz presented “Play! It is Good for Your Brain!” at the Regina Public Library “Unplug and Play” event, April 8, 2018.
- B. Anderson hosted a viewing of “Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex‐Trafficking” a film by Saddhayatan Tirth in her course on April 11, 2018.
- R. Petry, ʺSustainable Livingʺ, keynote speaker for the Earth‐Day Saskatchewan Youth Visual Art Project, MacKenzie Art Gallery, April 21, 2018.
- R. Petry facilitated a day‐long strategic planning session in Davidson, SK, for the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan, the provincial governing body of Freemasons in the province.
- R. Petry was MC for the 10th RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event held in Stockholm, Saskatchewan on May 2, 2018. Over twenty projects received recognition and Thomas Malloy, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan was in attendance. Roger also chaired the planning committee for the event starting last fall.
- F. V. Greifenhagen, “Our Muslim Neighbours: What about Jihad and Radicalization?” Christ Lutheran Church, Regina, May 6, 2018.
- F. V. Greifenhagen, “Jesus in Islam,” with Maysa Haque, Christ Lutheran Church, Regina, May 13, 2013.
- F. V. Greifenhagen, “The Art of Living Together: Building Relationships,” Iftar Dinner Address, Intercultural Dialogue Institute, Knox Metropolitan Church, Regina, May 22, 2018.
Two Fully‐Accessible, All‐Gender Washroom Projects
In May 2017, Luther College at the University of Regina received a $25,556 grant 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, this grant saw infrastructure improvements made to one of Luther’s semi‐accessible washrooms into a fully‐accessible, all‐gender washroom.
As one of only two projects to receive funding in Saskatchewan from the overall fiftyfive Canada‐wide projects, the fully‐accessible, all‐gender washroom provides independence and dignity for all university students, faculty, staff, and campus guests. “We want to help ensure that everyone at Luther has the opportunity to realize their full potential, and it begins with creating an inclusive and accessible environment for students and guests who study at and/or visit Luther College,” says Dr. Bryan Hillis, President of Luther College.
An Accessibility Awareness Fair was held at the end of November 2017 to celebrate the project’s completion and increase awareness of obstacles faced by, and programs available for, students with disabilities. The Fair included booths from the UofR Centre for Student Accessibility, UofR Student Success Centre, Neil Squire Society, and Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres as well as videos and accessibility checklist from the Rick Hansen Foundation.
In January 2018, LCUR received a $33,742 grant from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund to make infrastructure improvements to a second semiaccessible washroom. This project will be completed in time for the University of Regina and Federated Colleges to host Congress 2018 from May 26 – June 1, 2018, where up to 7,000 attendees are expected at Canada’s largest academic gathering.
To commemorate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Luther College at the University of Regina was honoured to host a Citizenship Ceremony on Monday, September 18, 2017 where forty candidates became Canadian citizens. Following the ceremony attended by Luther College’s President, Dr. Bryan Hillis, and Academic Dean, Dr. Franz Volker Greifenhagen, as well as MP for Regina‐Lewvan, Erin Weir, Deputy Mayor of Regina, Councillor Joel Murray, and MLA for Regina University, Tina Beaudry‐Mellor, the new citizens and their families were invited to a reception held by Luther to celebrate the beginning of this new chapter in their lives.
VSSN Forum 2018
On March 16, 2018, the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) at Luther College at University of Regina, hosted a public forum that explored an important topic and question — Realizing our potential: How can universities contribute to community success? The event, which was free and open to the public, was attended by over 130 participants, and featured local nonprofit and voluntary organizations looking to engage students, faculty, and staff in a wide range of community programs. The forum also featured a keynote speaker, Dr. David Renz, Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri‐Kansas City who shared community engagement experience and research, a local panel of community engaged program leaders, and round table discussions with the objective of sharing perspectives and learnings to build a community of practice around engaged learning, research, and service.
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 2017‐18 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 Indigenous history in the school curriculum. To celebrate the 2018 third iteration of POH workshop, Sylvia Smith was brought to Regina to present in class and on Campus. This program aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Over forty participants ranging in age from nine to sixty, from the university and larger communities, attended the eight week program that also featured a workshop on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, which utilized art activism, to raise money for the First Nations Carong Society. Luther College gifted Sylvia Smith with $2,000 for presenting and she generously put those funds towards the cause as well. Faculty members, students, and community members were part 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.
2) Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national organization that trains Indigenous and non‐Indigenous youth to form Reconciliation Teams that facilitate learning] opportunities about the effects of colonialism on Indigenous and non‐Indigenous communities in Canada. CRE had another successful team of three students and one youth who was not currently a student in 2017‐2018 which continued to focus on teaching about Canadaʹs colonialism and its impact on all Treaty people. The team was very active including working with the LCUR Chaplain on evening events such as Cards Against Colonialism, speaking to Regina Lutheran Chaplain groups, attending the national CRE conference in Sudbury, participating in panels during the Voluntary Sector Studies Network and providing key leadership in a two day Project of Heart workshop that included community members and university members alike. Luther continues to work and learn alongside the Aboriginal Student Centre in supporting the students, and hopes to strengthen ties with First Nations University of Canada through this project as well.
The 2017‐2018 chaplaincy school year began with an event called “The real Canadian Campfire: S’mores and More.” Held in conjunction with Campion College and the Uof R Residence Living Learning Communities, 140 tickets were sold for an evening on Willow Island where the goal was to eat hotdogs and s’mores, sing songs, and tell stories around the campfire. All of the details came together for a very successful event, even with quadruple the number of students expected to participate and the fire ban being announced just three hours before the event resulting in us cooking over a propane fire bowl.
The Luther Chapel, located on the second floor of the campus, is made available to anyone for candle lighting and prayer, and I make time to be available to abide and listen deeply, and offer a word of grace and hope. Worship and prayer punctuate the week with Sunday night worship, Tuesday Timeout, special prayers for tragic world events, and ecumenical and interfaith learning and appreciation. New to the chapel this year was the direct invitation to Muslim students through the UofR Muslim Students Association to use the chapel space for prayer during final exam times when space is very limited on the entire university campus. The offer was well received and very much appreciated by the students.
Our Mult‐Faith Peer Chaplaincy team had representation from the Christian and Muslim traditions, but we were also able to engage in the work of Indigenization through some interactive game nights. From all the orientation events, to the Thanksgiving lunch, Fair Trade Christmas sale, Fair Trade Valentines Sale, Advent worship, there is always something going on. Overall it seems that the topics of student anxiety and mental health are becoming more and more prevalent on campus and so we will look in the future for ways for the chaplaincy to address these needs.
Alumni Relations, Development, & Communications
ALUMNI RELATIONS & DEVELOPMENT
The goal for the University Alumni Relations Office in 2017‐2018 was to continue to reconnect with alumni (graduates and residence) through the following events:
LCUR Residence Reunion – August 26 & 27, 2017: Fifty‐eight alumni and their families (100 in total) attended the two‐day event which includes Saturday afternoon activities & tours, Saturday Supper & Social House, and Sunday Chapel Service & Brunch. Plans are in place to hold another reunion in August 2021 to celebrate LCUR’s 50th Anniversary.
Networking Lunch – October 12, 2017 (Luther) & October 19, 2017 (Crave): Seventeen alumni enjoyed a complimentary lunch, chance to network with fellow alumni, and learn about new LCUR initiatives. Alumnus Troy Metz (HS’88, U’93) gave a presentation on professional development at the lunch held at Crave.
Alumni & Staff Family Christmas Party – December 17, 2017: Twenty‐seven alumni, staff, and their families enjoyed an afternoon of decorating Christmas cookies, buttonmaking, colouring, and bead crafts.
Valentine’s Day Date Night – February 14, 2018: Eight couples, who met at Luther as a day student or living in the Luther College Residence, were treated to a three‐course meal with wine pairing suggestions by our own award, and musical entertainment, as well as photo collages and tours of the newly renovated Luther Residence.
Alumni & Staff Family Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch – March 24, 2018: Sixty‐one alumni, staff & family joined us for brunch in the Luther Cafeteria followed by activities and an Easter egg hunt.
Alumni Networking Lunches – April 12, 2018 (Luther) & April 19, 2018 (Tangerine): Eleven alumni enjoyed a complimentary lunch, chance to network with fellow alumni, and opportunity to provide feedback on a LCUR mentorship program.
Alumni & Family Tour of Mosaic Stadium – June 20, 2018: Fifty‐four LCUR alumni and family attended this joint event with LCHS alumni which included a tour of the new Mosaic Stadium.
Direct Mail Appeal
The 2017 Fall Appeal focused on raising funds to place three to four students at Luther College at the University of Regina who have completed the Nonprofit Leadership and Innovation (NSLI) certificate in paid internships at Regina and area non‐profit organizations during the summer of 2017 through Luther’s pilot NSLI student summer internship program. The goal of $10,000 was almost doubled raising $19,483.
The Alice May and Violet Ann Weston Bursary was established in May 2018 by by Rev. Dr. Walter Ellis in honour of his two aunts, Alice May, a secretary to Regina lawyer George Thorn, and Violet Ann Weston, a nurse. Both Alice and Violet were residents in the College dorms. Valued at $1,500, the bursary will first be awarded in 2019 to an entering or continuing female Luther registered student living in the Luther College at the University of Regina Residence with the intention of studying law, business, nursing, or a health‐related program.
Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund for Second Fully Accessible All Gender Washroom
$33,742 in funding was secured through the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund which supports the capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, and works to enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community and the economy. The grant saw infrastructure improvements made to the second of Luther’s semi‐accessible washrooms across from the Luther Library into a fullyaccessible all‐gender washroom, and reinforced Luther’s initiative to break down barriers and provide independence and dignity for all 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)
The final year of the three‐year campaign LCUR Recruitment Campaign was executed including outdoor, online, and SEARCH advertising in the areas of Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, and Estevan. A stronger emphasis to promote the Luther College Residence was made from January‐June 2018 with advertisements, billboard campaign, , a social media campaign including Taste & See Tours and resident testimonial videos, establishing contacts with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and UofS Nursing, correspondence with incoming and current Luther students, and hosting a Stay A‐Night event for incoming Luther students.
An assessment of the three‐year campaign was conducted from April to June 2018 by Insightrix (Saskatoon). The assessment included a document and resources review of over 100 documents/data/reports, three qualitative focus group sessions (i.e. Board of Regents & Senior Leadership Team, Faculty & Staff, and Incoming & Current Luther and non‐Luther students), and a quantitative online omnibus survey targeting parent and the general public in the Regina and southern Saskatchewan regions. The final report prepared by Insightrix will be presented to the Board of Regents at the October 2018 meeting, and will provide valuable insights during the development of the next academic and residence recruitment campaign planned for Fall 2019.
Academic & Residence One‐way Texting Application
In 2017‐2018, a one‐way texting application was developed and implemented for each the Academic and Residence Offices as a means to increase effective and efficient communications with students and residents, respectively. The Academic Office will distribute up to 20 text messages per academic year to students for academic related matters only (e.g. application deadline to apply, scholarship application open, etc.) whereas the Residence Office will distribute up to 20 text messages per semester during the academic year for residence related matters only (e.g. move‐out details, holiday meal hours, social events, etc.); additional texts may be distributed by the Residence Office for maintenance information and/or emergencies. The application is only available to Luther students and residents in the Luther College Residence. Students must opt‐in for the service and can opt‐out at any time.