Board Bio Details
Did You Know?
The International Baccalaureate provides an enriched curriculum that both covers and extends beyond regular Saskatchewan curricula in its depth and detail. It emphasizes the development of the necessary critical skills that university-bound students need to master: reflecting, inquiring, thinking, analyzing and evaluating.
Students admitted to Luther College are not required to be Lutheran or Christian. By welcoming students of all faiths and religious backgrounds, Luther College enjoys a richly diverse student body.
The choral tradition at Luther began in 1914. In addition to in-school performances, the choir has shared its ministry of music with many congregations across Canada and has performed regularly on local and national radio and television shows, at contests and festivals.
The gym officially opened July 8, 1951. The Sunday afternoon celebration, attended by 1,500 people, featured speeches followed by an evening celebration with another 1,500 people in attendance to hear the Luther Choir and the RCMP Band.
The first annual Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament was held in 1998 and is still going strong today!
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.
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.
When the College was first looking to relocate from Melville to Regina, it considered land at College & Winnipeg, College & Broad, and 23rd & Albert, finally settling on 18 acres of land on the west end of property owned by Government House, now called Royal Street.
Janet Bjorndahl (U’79)
Janet Bjorndahl, in her first term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 2015. She is an IT Analyst specializing in database design, and a strong advocate for the protection of privacy of personal data.
Janet is an alumna of Luther College at the University of Regina (U’79) with a double major in Mathematics and Computational Science. Her daughter, Judith, is an alumna of Luther College High School (HS’13) and is currently attending Luther College’s University campus, majoring in Biology.
Janet believes that Luther College – both High School and University campuses – plays an important role in the lives of its students, and in the larger community. In her own personal experience, the faculty and chaplains at Luther encouraged her spiritual development and social justice awareness, and she is grateful that Luther College continues to do so for many others. Janet is passionate about giving back to Luther College as a Board member because, “Luther provides an encouraging and challenging environment in which students can pursue excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics. Excellence in teaching is paired with caring for the whole student – socially, spiritually and academically. Luther is a place where students bloom.”
In her spare time, Janet does some volunteer work at her church, Eastside United, and contributes to the genealogy wiki site WeRelate.