Alumni Profiles

Did You Know?

  • 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.

  • The first annual Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament was held in 1998 and is still going strong today!

  • Students admitted to Luther College are not required to be Lutheran or Christian. By welcoming students of all faiths and religious backgrounds, Luther College enjoys a richly diverse student body.

  • The International Baccalaureate provides an enriched curriculum that both covers and extends beyond regular Saskatchewan curricula in its depth and detail. It emphasizes the development of the necessary critical skills that university-bound students need to master: reflecting, inquiring, thinking, analyzing and evaluating.

  • Luther 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

Alumni Profiles

Derrick Emsley (HS'08) and Kalen Emsley (HS'07)

At only twenty-six and twenty-seven years of age, brothers Derrick Emsley (HS’08) and Kalen Emsley (HS’07) are CEO and CMO, respectively, of tentree, a successful clothing company founded in 2012 with friend and partner David Luba. The concept of tentree is simple: for every item of clothing or accessory sold, the company plants ten trees as a way of giving back to people and the environment. 

Kalen and Derrick’s shared passion for the environment can be traced back to their days at Luther College High School, where they heard many speakers talk about the serious issue of environmental sustainability. “We [were] only hearing about the problem,” Kalen says, “but no [one was offering up] solutions.”

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Erin Bayne (HS'88, U'93) - Bachelor of Science

Erin Bayne (HS ’88, U’93) is an alumnus who got his start studying biology at Luther College’s High School and University campuses before moving on to pursue a Masters and PhD in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. Today, he is a professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta and remains committed to doing his part to improve the future of our environment and study the important role humans can play in this improvement.

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Sarah Bergbusch (HS’13)

Sarah Bergbusch (HS'13) is one of many students who benefited from Luther's exceptional drama program. Throughout her years as a high school student she took drama classes, offered through Luther and other organizations, at every opportunity and was involved in the high school's drama productions and improv troupe. After graduating in 2013, Sarah became involved with Regina's Globe Theatre, in the roles of teacher, student, and actor, and broadened her improv experience by joining two Regina improv groups. Sarah is currently studying in Prague as a part of a one-year exchange program. She will return to the University of Regina in the fall of 2017 to complete her degree in Women's Studies.

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Chris Dixon (HS’86, U’91)

As Design Director of Vanity Fair, New York based Chris Dixon (HS’86, U’91) aptly describes his work as “the visual side of journalism. You get to tell important stories,” he says, “and work with contemporary and conceptual photography and design. The cycle of reading, interpreting, and designing is endlessly creative––every project is engaging.”

Dixon’s description of his work is saturated with the passion he has for balancing and blending journalism and artistry – a passion he says developed while he was completing his high school and postsecondary education. Chris first graduated from Luther College High School (LCHS) in 1986 and then obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Luther College at the University of Regina (LCUR) in 1991.

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Mike Fritzler (HS'88)

Drive, determination and passion are three qualities that have guided and directed Mike Fritzler (HS’88) professionally for over twenty-five years, enabling him to enjoy a rich and rewarding career as a local business owner and community leader. For the past twenty-six years, Mike has been President and CEO of Fact Computers in Regina, a computer sales and service company, catering to the small and medium-sized business market. After leaving university with a strong grounding in business and computer science, he worked in the security area for a few years at CIBC. But, with only lateral positions available, he took his moxie and knowledge and started Fact Computers. And he’s never looked back.

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Randy Haatvedt (HS’72)

Randy Haatvedt (HS’72) graduated from Luther College High School in 1972, but his deepest connection to Luther remains with the University campus where he lived in the Luther College Residence for two years. He is so resolute that living in the Residence expanded his world view and provided him the opportunity to grow, that he recommends students who don’t necessarily require on-campus accommodations choose Luther. But the story that makes Randy truly exceptional has little to do with his life-altering experiences at Luther. The story Randy has to tell left him less one kidney, and plus one life-long friendship. Donating a kidney to a “friendly acquaintance” in 2012 brought even more satisfaction than Randy thought possible.

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Austin Josephson (HS’10, U’15) - Bachelor of Arts

Austin Josephson (HS’10, U’15) graduated from Luther College High School in 2010 and stuck with the organization, for which he has high praise, for his post-secondary education. While a student at Luther’s University campus, Austin was an active member of the Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) and one of the members of the first Youth Reconciliation Initiative Team in Regina for the CRE. After convocating in 2015, Austin has remained a familiar face on campus, returning repeatedly to host Bromance & Masculinity: A Celebration – a workshop that he produced and hosts with his own bromance and best friend, fellow Luther College High School alum, Thomas Fahlman (HS’14).

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Helen Lawrence (née Leinweber) (HS’33)

Mere weeks prior to the printing of her profile in the Fall 2017 issue of the Luther Story, Helen (Leinweber) Lawrence (HS’33) passed away at the ripe age of 101 years young, rendering her article entitled, “Luther College’s Oldest Living Alum” as something of a tribute to this amazing woman who will always be remembered as a highly respected and widely loved teacher whose first priority was, if not her family, her students.

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Rob Middleton (HS’78)

Rob Middleton (HS’78), Creative Director, Head of Presentation and Promotions for Astro, a major Asian satellite-TV and video-on-demand company based in Malaysia, has proven his worth in the creative production facet of the entertainment industry. Since graduating from Luther College High School in 1978, his incredibly interesting and diverse work experiences range from acting in voice-overs, television commercials, and writing jingles, to working behind the scenes producing commercials, and working with big names in the music industry (think Beyoncé and Def Leppard) to put on the most entertaining of concerts all over the world.

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Rachel Mielke (HS’98)

Rachel Mielke (HS'98), CEO and Founder of jewelry line, Hillberg & Berk, is a name known to many in her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan. Her business, which was launched officially in 2005, has garnered a great deal of attention, both in Canada and abroad, as has Rachel, who has been the recipient of several awards. She began designing jewelry for herself and friends back in her days as a high school student at Luther College, and continued to do so as an undergraduate at the University of Regina, convocating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Administration, with a major in Marketing. Her creativity is apparent, but it was really her passion and talent for business that has made her the success that she is today.

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Nancy Park (HS’92, U’97) - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

After graduating from Luther College High School, Nancy Park (HS’92, U’97) attended the LCUR where she graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Her career took off shortly after, when she began working in Corporate Communications at Korean Air, where, after completing an MBA in Aviation Management at Concordia University in 2004, she was promoted to General Manager for Human Resources in 2012. Currently, however, she is on hiatus from her position at Koren Air -- hard at work as the Spokesperson and Director of International Media Relations for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic Games.

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Bill Silver (HS'49, HSU'50)

After practicing medicine for over fifty years, orthopaedic surgeon Bill Silver (HS’49, HSU’50) still proclaims with gusto that the best part of medicine is orthopaedics because “that’s the front line and that’s where the action is.” He explains that most people suffer injuries like broken bones and sprains over their lifetimes. This reality fuelled his desire and devotion to choose a specialty in orthopaedics as a relevant profession. “I knew I was going to school for a lot of years and so I wanted to do something that was significant and important to many people,” says Bill.

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Jayden Soroka (HS'02)

Jayden Soroka (HS’02) has worked for more than a decade as a producer, director/assistant director, editor, and animator/motion graphics artist in everything from Hollywood feature films and national television commercials, to all forms of digital content. As a seasoned filmmaker, with a passion for motion graphics and visual arts, and an insatiable appetite for storytelling, Jayden is living his dream.

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Phoebe Voigts (HS'76)

Phoebe Voigts (HS’76), Founding Artistic Director of the internationally known Saskatoon Children’s Choir (SCC), grew up singing. “Lutherans sing,” says Phoebe. “We sing Bach.” Phoebe’s first source of musical inspiration was her mother, the late Winnifred Voigts, who was an accomplished organist, choral conductor, and music educator. At Luther, Phoebe’s love and appreciation of music was further fostered by her experience in Carl Cherland’s choir, which had a “significant influence” on her decision to pursue music at University. “It was certainly something I wanted to be in my life.”

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Tynan Allan Wenarchuk (HS’10)

With his family roots firmly planted at LCHS, Tynan Wenarchuk (HS’10)’s attendance at Luther was virtually a no-brainer. After graduating, Tynan moved to Calgary, Alberta where he completed a Bachelor of Science, with an Honours Degree in Kinesiology, in 2014. After only one year of doing some consulting work with high-level corporate executives, he came to the realization that company culture played an integral part in job productivity and company success. Capitalizing on this knowledge, and recognizing an existing niche in the job market for this kind of service, he began his own company – Illuminate – in 2015 and now works tirelessly with companies to make tweaks to corporate culture that result in highly productive employees, work environments and, ultimately – as a result – highly successful companies.

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Landis Wyatt (HS'89)

With an insatiable love of the outdoors and a career in sales and marketing in that industry, never did this prairie girl think she would find herself living on the other side of the world, working in a field foreign from any of her long-held aspirations. And never did she expect the leap to be so rewarding, both personally and professionally. Yet after seven years, Landis Wyatt (HS’89) continues to call the West African nation of Liberia home.

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