Luther Lecture 2018
On October 1, 2018, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Pastor, Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, and co-recipient of the 2015 Olof Palme Prize, delivered the 42nd Luther Lecture entitled “Faith in the Face of Empire: A Palestinian Christian Perspective” to a packed auditorium. Dr. Raheb spoke of how the Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, which he founded, and his innovative artistic education in film, art, and drama has made it possible for young people to investigate their Palestinian identity, to nurture beauty, and to invest in a culture of life as tools for a creative resistance against suffocating confinement and towards nation-building in a Palestine still striving for recognition as a legitimate state.
Honour Roll & Awards
Luther Award Recipients
116 students were the recipients of $110,000 worth of the Luther Awards in 2018.
Convocation Award Recipients:
Luther Medal of Distinction: Andie Chernoff
S.E. Steward Award in Art: Christine Bueno
University Prize in Science: Andie Chernoff
Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Gold Medal: Jamie Schmidt
W.A Riddell Award in Media, Art, and Performance: Jasmine Tsui
New Staff/Appointments and Retirements:
- Dr. Yvonne Petry became Academic Dean on July 1, 2018, taking over for Franz Volker Greifenhagen who completed his six-year term as Dean on June 30, 2018;
- Dr. Dorothy Lane became Assistant Dean on July 1, 2018;
- Dr. Nicole Hansmeier, a computational biology, was hired as a Professor of Biology in July 2018. Her research focuses on systems biology approaches to investigate human health and diseases;
- Colleen Strauch was hired as the Manager of Recruitment in July 2018;
- Daboo Alalibo was hired as Office Administrative Clerk in the Financial & Residence Services Office in August 2018;
- Amy Dakue (U’12) was hired as the Recruitment & Retention Specialist in August 2018;
- Dr. Mary Hampton retired after twenty-six years of service as Professor of Psychology in September 2018;
- Paul Simard-Smith was hired as interim Philosophy in September 2018 for eight months while Dr. Roger Petry, Professor of Biology, was on leave;
- Angela Thorson was hired as the Financial Analyst in October 2018;
- Scott J. Wilson was appointed a converted from a term instructor position to a tenure-track instructor position on January 1, 2019;
- Kathy Blais (U’99) was hired as the Academic Services Specialist (term) on June 24, 2019;
- Myra Cole retired from her position after twenty-three years of service as Manager of Financial Services in May 2019; Cindy Gurel was hired as her replacement in June 2019.
Luther College instructors taught 134 courses in 19 disciplines to 4,528 students. Credit hours taught in each term were:
Spring/Summer 2018 - 1,220 credit hours
Fall 2018 - 6,945 credit hours
Winter 2019 - 6,408 credit hours
Celebrating Faculty Successes
Awards & Recognition:
- Francesco Freddolini was awarded an $8,000 grant from the Centre of Continuing Education for the development of a Distance and Distributed Learning course in Art History.
- Francesco Freddolini received funding (with Luther student Savannah Kosteniuk) for an FGSR Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The Fellowship will enable the student to collaborate on my SSHRC research project “Regal Alterities: Imagining Exotic Rulers and Ambassadors in Early Modern Europe.”
- Scott J. Wilson's short story "You Belong in A Zoo" was a semifinalist in Carve Magazine's 2018 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest.
- Dorothy Lane successfully completed a 120-hour TEFL course offered through OISE/University of Toronto with specializations in Teaching Business English and Learner-Centred Classrooms.
- F. Volker Greifenhagen was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Religious Studies and Theology (September 2018).
- Noel Chevalier’s Harry Potter class was featured on the March 16, 219 episode of Global News Regina’s Focus Saskatchewan show.
- Noel Chevalier was interviewed for an episode on the History Channel TV series The Curse of Oak Island, a reality show about an ongoing treasure hunt on Nova Scotia’s Oak Island. “The Pirates of Oak Island,” The Curse of Oak Island, Drilling Down, narr. Matty Blake, History Channel, March 2019.
- Francesco Freddolini was awarded a visiting fellowship at the University of Pisa, Italy, May 20-July 31, 2019, for his research project "Regal Alterities: Imagining Exotic Rulers and Ambassadors in Early Modern Europe."
Articles, Essays and Book Chapters:
- Francesco Freddolini, “Storie di Marmi e di Famiglie: I Ritratti di Giulio e Francesco Maria Spinola,” [Stories of Marble and Families: The Portraits of Giulio and Francesco Maria Spinola], in I monumenti di Giulio e Francesco Maria Spinola, ed. Farida Simonetti and Gianluca Zanelli (Genoa: Sagep, 2018), 163-181.
- Yvonne Harrison, “Optimizing the Potential of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations,” Chapter 12 in Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada, ed. K. Seel, Fourth Edition, Toronto: LexisNexis, 2018. 469-526.
- Dorothy Lane, “Critical Introduction” in The Critical Exploration in Canadian Literature (2016).
- Roger Petry, “Shepherding Sustainable Development: Possible Lessons on Leadership from Judaism and the Early Christian Church,” in Sustainability and the Humanities: Linking Social Values, Theology, and Spirituality Towards Sustainability, eds. Walter Leal Filho and Adriana Consorte McCrea. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2018. 561-574. doi 10.1007/978-3-319-95336-6.
- Barbara Reul, "Fürstliche Trauermusiken am Anhalt-Zerbster Hof vor und während der Amtszeit von Johann Friedrich Fasch," in Fasch und die Konfessionen, eds. Barbara M. Reul and Konstanze Musketa on behalf of the City of Zerbst/Anhalt and the International Fasch Society, 317-350. Beeskow: Ortus, 2017.
- Roger Petry et al, “Community Knowledge Mobilization for Sustainable Development in Saskatchewan,” in Academia and Communities: Engaging for Change, eds. Zinaida Fadeeva, Laima Galkute, and Kiran B. Chhokar. Tokyo: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, 2018. 19-44.
- Mary Hampton et al, “A Web of Disheartenment with Hope on the Horizon: Intimate Partner Violence in Rural and Northern Communities,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence (July 2018), 1-26.
- Nicole Hansmeier, "A versatile remote control system for functional expression of bacterial virulence genes based on the tetA promoter" International Journal of Medical Microbiology, November 16, 2018.
- Nicole Hansmeier, "Impact of ROS-induced damage of TCA cycle enzymes on metabolism and virulence of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium,” Frontiers in Microbiology 10 (April 2019), Article 762.
- Dorothy Lane, “Espirit de Corps,” [a review of three novels], Canadian Literature 234 (Autumn 2017), 145-146.
- Dorothy Lane, [review of Know Thyself and Change the World’: The Western Pilgrimage Narrative in South Asia] in International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, Volume 7.2: 76-84.
- Barbara Reul, [review of Beyond Bach: Music and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century by Andrew Talle (Urbana, Chicago, Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2017)] in Bach Riemenschneider Journal 48/2, 49/1 (2018): 164-169.
- Dorothy Lane, “Little Water,” [review of three books] in Canadian Literature 236 (2018), 118-150.
- Barbara Reul, [review of Land ohne Herr – Fürst ohne Hof? Friedrich August von Anhalt-Zerbst und sein Fürstentum [Land without a Ruler - Prince without a Court? Friedrich August of Anhalt-Zerbst and his Principality], Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte Sachsen-Anhalts 15 (Halle/Saale: Mitteldeutscher Verlag, 2018), by Paul Beckus], Mitteilungen des Vereins für Anhaltische Landeskunde 27 (2018): 262-266.
- F. Volker Greifenhagen, [review of The Qur’an and the Bible: Text and Commentary by Gabriel Sayid Reynold (2018)] in Reading Religion, September 17, 2018. http://readingreligion.org/books/quran-bible
- F. Volker Greifenhagen, [review of Sandra Y. McGuire, with Stephanie McGuire, Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies you can use to ace any course at any level (2018)] in Reflective Teaching, October 1, 2018. https://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/book-reviews/
- F. Volker Greifenhagen, [review of Interreligious Pedagogy: Reflections and Applications in Honor of Judith A. Berling, eds. Jung Eun, Sophia Park, & Emily S, Wu (New York: Springer Verlag, 2018)] in Reflective Teaching, January 17, 2019, https://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/book-reviews/
Editorial Work and other Scholarly Activity:
- F. Volker Greifenhagen and Peter Vethanayagomony, eds., Global Lutheranism: Vitality and Challenges. Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2018.
- Barbara Reul and Konstanze Musketa, eds., Fasch und die Konfessionen. Vol. 14 of Fasch-Studien, Beeskow: Ortus, 2017, 432 pages.
- Barbara Reul ed. Faschiana 22 (October 2018): 1-12.
- Brenda Anderson provided a manuscript review and book cover promotional summary for A Women's History of the Christian Church: Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership by Elizabeth Muir. University of Toronto Press, 2019.
Conferences & Conference Presentations:
- Roger Petry co-presented on a four-person panel entitled "Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development: Partnership between campus and community" chaired by the United Nations University.
- Paul Simard-Smith participated in the American Philosophy Association Conference (Central Division) in Denver. He spoke at this conference as part of a symposium titled "How Many Logics Are There?" His talk was titled "Logic as Modeling Normative Domains."
- Yvonne Harrison, with V. Murray, "The Impact of Board Performance Assessment on Nonprofit Governance and Organization Effectiveness," at the Association for Research in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
- Yvonne Harrison, "The Factors Associated with Effective University-Community Engagement,” at the Association for Research in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
- Yvonne Harrison chaired a session entitled "Research to Practice: Leadership and Information Sources" at the Association for Research in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
- Barbara Reul, "Coping without Bach: Princely Funeral Music at the Courts of Anhalt-Zerbst and Anhalt-Koethen" in Cremona, Italy, as part of the 18th International Conference on Baroque Music, July 13, 2018.
- Brenda Anderson, "Hopeful Dissonance: Religious Activism by Indigenous and Muslim Women in Canada," the North American Interfaith Network annual conference, August 1, 2018, Edmonton.
- Roger Petry, "RCE Saskatchewan Empowering for Conservation: Water Drainage and Wetlands Protection on the Canadian Prairies", at the 7th RCE Meeting of the Americas, Hosted by RCE Cuenca del Plata, held in Posadas, Misiones, Argentina. October 25, 2018.
- Roger Petry participated in the joint planning sessions for the Regional Centres of Expertise of the Americas on behalf of RCE Saskatchewan on October 26, 2018.
- Yvonne Petry, “Can a Person Live without Food? Early Modern Physicians on Fasting and Miracles," in a session on Medicine, Miracles, and Demonic Agency: Boundaries of the Natural, Spiritual and Magical at the annual conference of the Sixteenth Century Studies Association on November 1, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM.
- Roger Petry attended the International Association of Universities (IAU) 2018 Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from November 13-15, 2018. He was invited as a Team Lead on Sustainable Development Goal 12 (on Responsible Consumption and Production) as part of the IAU's "Higher Education for Sustainable Development Cluster" in support of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030). This was the official launch of the cluster and provided an opportunity to meet with the other team leads.
- Roger Petry, "SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production," First International Workshop of the International Association of Universities (IAU) Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) Cluster. UNESCO, Paris, January 28, 2019.
- Francesco Freddolini co-organized (with Erin Benay, Case Western Reserve University): “Landscapes of Alterity”, Renaissance of America Conference, Toronto, ON, March 17-19, 2019.
- Francesco Freddolini, “Ecosystems of Alterity in Stradano’s Images of the New World,” Renaissance of America Conference, Toronto, ON, March 17-19, 2019.
- Yvonne Harrison, et al, “Improving Leadership and Governance in Nonprofit Organizations,” Poster Presentation, 2019 Coursera Partners Conference, University of London, UK, April 2-4 2019.
- Yvonne Harrison and V. Murray, “The Impact of Board Performance Assessment on the Governance of Nonprofit Organizations,” the 2019 Conference on Nonprofit Governance, April 11-12, 2019, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri, Kansas City.
- Barbara Reul presented the keynote address at the 15th International Fasch Festival in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany, on April 13, 2019. The title of her 45-minute paper was (translated into English): "Town, countryside, and court - New insights on musicians active in the principality of Anhalt-Zerbst during J. F. Fasch's tenure as Kapellmeister."
- Roger Petry, "An Overview of IAU Cluster Principles: A Whole Institution, Cultural Approach to Transforming Campuses through Responsible Consumption and Production" at the Advancing Responsible Consumption and Production in Higher Education: Inaugural Conference for the IAU Cluster on Sustainable Development Goal #12. Luther College, Regina, May 6-7, 2019.
- Roger Petry co-chaired the conference with Jocelyn Crivea and chaired the planning committee meetings leading up to the event. The conference included representatives from the University of Regina and federated colleges, the University of Saskatchewan, 5 other universities from different continents that are part of our SDG 12 team, the International Association of Universities, and community practitioners.
- Roger Petry attended the Action on Climate Change through Education EECOM 2019 Conference, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. May 10-12, 2019.
Service to the Community:
- Scott J. Wilson presented “Research Paper Writing: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Evidence” at the Luther College Chinese ESL Teacher Enrichment Program. Luther College at the University of Regina, Regina, SK on August 9, 2018.
- Scott J. Wilson presented “Darling Dexter’s Schemata: Machine-Like Bodily Compulsion in Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter” at Summer Orientation. University of Regina. Regina, SK on August 22 & 23, 2018.
- Scott J. Wilson was a guest on the September 20, 2018 episode of the Rebellion Brewing Podcast talking about why Fight Club resonates so many years after its release. https://anchor.fm/rebellionbrewing/episodes/Fight-Club-w-Scott-Wilson---E26-e278in.
- Francesco Freddolini presented a series of four lectures entitled "Imagining the Exotic in Europe, 1500-1750," at the Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Regina, September 17, October 4, October 11, and October 18, 2018.
- F. Volker Greifenhagen, presented “The Story of Lot and LGBTIQ Muslims,” to the Que(e)rying Faith discussion group, Luther College, October 16, 2018.
- F. Volker Greifenhagen presented “Encountering Islam and our Muslim Neigbours: Barriers or Bridges?” for Mission Fest at Bethany Lutheran Church, Inglis, Manitoba, October 21, 2018.
- Roger Petry was master of ceremonies for the RCE Saskatchewan 2019 Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event, hosted by Saskatchewan Polytechnic at its Hannin Creek Education Centre at Candle Lake. Roger Petry also chaired the planning committee for the event beginning in November 2018.
- Scott J. Wilson was a guest contributor at the U of R Certificate in Teaching and Learning Wrap Up, University of Regina, December 12, 2018.
- Paul Simard Smith was one of the organizers of the Indigenization Forum held at the U of R on January 11, 2019.
- Roger Petry presented "RCE Saskatchewan and the Global RCE Movement: Transforming the World for Sustainability and Abundance," for the Regina Gyro Club, Regina, April 25, 2019.
- Scott J. Wilson presented “’Easier to be around other human butt wipe’: Non-Violent Abject Communities in Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club.” UR Beginning 2019. University of Regina. Regina, SK. May 3, 2019.
LCUR Cafeteria Kitchen Renovation
The Luther College Residence and associated food services at the University Campus are key contributors to the development of community and the enhancement of student life at Luther. With our residence receiving a facelift in 2015–2017, it was now time to update the kitchen that prepares all of the scrumptious meals for students, faculty, staff, and guests.
Thanks to a $235,000 grant from Government of Saskatchewan’s Strategic Preventative Maintenance and Renewal Program, which covered 50% of the budgeted project cost, upgrades to the kitchen included a new exhaust system, non-slip flooring, LED lighting, plumbing, and electrical work. A wall was knocked down and another moved to open up the kitchen for better flow, new stainless steel work tables were purchased for preparation of food, and stainless steel walls were installed in the wash bay.
Leading in Environmental Sustainability
As the environmental movement continues to build around the globe, LCUR is heavily involved in this important initiative by increasingly considering and featuring environmental sustainability in the research, education, and recruitment functions at our campus.
Starting in Fall 2016, LCUR partnered with the University of Regina (UofR), the Faculty of Arts, and Campion College to offer the Certificate in Sustainability. Open to all students, it can be incorporated into most degree programs. In the program, students learn about human well-being and quality of life; how to make informed decisions about sustainability; and how to craft sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles in the context of the global community. Dr. Roger Petry, Luther professor of Philosophy, was instrumental in the development of the certificate program and teaches a number of the courses. In 2019, the International Association of Universities chose LCUR and UofR as the global co-lead on the United Nations (UN) sustainable development goal number 12 (SDG-12):“Responsible Production and Consumption”, defined as helping build foundations for a thriving, more peaceful, sustainable planet. Dr. Roger Petry is the lead for LCUR in this project as he was already the Co-Coordinator for the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development in Saskatchewan, one of only 165 centers established by the UN.
In a unique situation, SDG-12 is the only one of the UN’s seventeen goals that are “co-led and LCUR and UofR have already taken the first steps towards the SDG-12 goal by hosting a conference in May 2019 entitled “Advancing Responsible Consumption and Production in Higher Education.” This conference brought together leaders and institutions worldwide to share their insights and experiences regarding responsible production and consumption. The goal was for participants to take home what they had learned and work with colleagues to adapt the ideas for their own institutions.
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 in 2016-2017 have continued over the past two years as part of LCUR’s larger commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation process:
1) Project of Heart
Luther College at the University of Regina (LCUR) was proud to host the fourth iteration of Project of Heart (POH), a nine-week free program created by University of Regina graduate Sylvia Smith and open to all community members and ages. POH facilitates a safe space for reciprocal learning about the residential school system in Canada. The children and families who were and still are affected by this piece of our colonial history are commemorated using an artistic approach. This program aligns with the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
This year the program, which was facilitated by alumna Jenna Tickell (U’13) and attended by thirty-seven participants, featured publications from the Regina Indian Industrial School Commemoration Association, including Douglas Stewart's recent publication, The Regina Indian Industrial School (1891-1910): Historical Overview and Chronological Narrative, and a film by Janine Windolph and Trudy Stewart entitled RIIS from Amnesia.
2) Canadian Roots Exchange
This is the fourth year that LCUR has partnered with the national organization Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) to bring together a Regina CRE Youth Reconciliation team: together with the UofR Aboriginal Student Centre, Luther College works with trained youth, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who lead monthly events for university students and our community on reconciliation themes that address numerous actions from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action document. This year we were proud and excited to support and learn from team members Kaitlynn Bitternose and Summer Leigh Cardinal.
A highlight of the year for the CRE team was being invited to the Saskatchewan Legislature on March 6, 2019, and being officially recognized and welcomed as CRE guests to the legislature by both the Sask Party and the NDP.
Chaplaincy remains a ministry of presence to be ready to react to the daily needs of faculty and students. Every week brings unique challenges.
The Chapel space has had an increase in usage from student groups coming together but the invitation for people of all faith and no faith has resulted in an increase in students using the space for prayer and silent reflection. The Luther Chapel, located on the second floor 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.
Our Multi‐Faith Peer Chaplaincy team had representation from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions. The year started with the popular S’mores & More Campfire event with 130 students in attendance. The event is held on Willow Island in Regina’s Wascana Park only minutes away from the university and for many of the students, it is there first time eating S’mores. Everyone had a great time with food and campfire story telling. The team continued to be very active throughout the year by assisting with Luther orientation events and hosting the Thanksgiving lunch, Fair Trade Christmas sale, Fair Trade Valentines Sale, Queering Faith discussions, and more. There is always something going on.
Special highlights of the year included:
- Great performances by the Luther Bach Choir including their participating in Advent Service of Lessons & Carols in December.
- Forty people of Sikh, Muslim, and Christian backgrounds attending a “What kind of head covering do you have?” event where three young women spoke from their tradition about the head coverings they have.
- Pastor Sean attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Study Conference in Saskatoon in June and notably, was part of MC’ing the Alumni Banquet.
- Pastor Sean also travelled to Alberta in June to participate in the yearly Lutheran Chaplains gathering where seven Lutheran and Anglican chaplains shared ideas and support for a week.
Alumni Relations, Development, & Communications
The main role of the Alumni Relations, Development & Communications Office at the University is to cultivate both internal and external communications with potential and current students, faculty, staff, affiliates, alumni, donors, and friends of the College. It also works to establish opportunities to connect alumni to the school and to each other, with the goal of fostering lifelong, mutually-beneficial relationships that enhance pride, and preserve and promote Luther’s mission, traditions, and reputation as well as raise funds to support students, faculty/staff, academic programs, and facilities.
- Results of the 2015-2017 Recruitment Campaign Assessment was presented to the Academic & Administrative Committee by Insightrix, hired to conduct the assessment, and included recommendations for moving forward with the next recruitment campaign.
- The Luther College Residence one-way texting app was launched in the fall in an effort to increase communication with our residents through another medium.
- The 2019-2022 Luther Recruitment (Academic, Residence, Cafeteria) and Luther Conference Services & Catering Marketing Strategy including implementation plan, evaluation measures, and budget was developed by Above the Fold, a Regina-based marketing consultant agency, to provide the next steps in terms of recruitment and conference/catering services efforts. Based on the results of the 2015-2017 assessment, the strategy will be used during the summer of 2019 to develop the Campaign Creative (key messages, visual design) for the new 2019-2022 Luther Recruitment Campaign (Academic, Residence, Cafeteria), which will be launched in September 2019.
- The 2019-2021 LCUR Strategic Plan was developed as a compiled a short-term (two-year) interim plan during the time of transition for Luther College where current President Dr. Bryan Hillis’s tenure will come to an end on June 30, 2020, and a new President will assume the office on July 1, 2020. The plan allows for the continuation of initiatives developed in the 2014-2019 LCUR strategic Plan as well as the development of new initiatives upon which the new President could build. The initiatives are, for the most part, relatively small, manageable goals that can be completed within the two-year timeframe, although their adoption will set the stage for the long-term plan that will follow.
- Two issues of Luther College’s alumni magazine, The Luther Story, were distributed by mail and email to an average of 7,671 alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of the College. The Fall 2018 issue featured alumni profiles, LCHS Homecoming 2018, Thank You to Dr. Hampton and Dr. Greifenhagen, welcome to new faculty and staff, LCUR kitchen facelift, LCHS donor report, new LCHS & LCUR scholarships, Board of Regents thank you, and on campus and class notes. The Spring 2019 issue featured alumni profiles, 2018 Founders’ Day Dinner and Luther College Distinguished Service Award recipients – Dr. Don King and Dr. Art Krentz, LCUR faculty & staff serving the community, donor profile on Bob (HSU’56) & Violet (Krell) (HS’54, HSU’55) Jacob, and on campus and class notes.
- Two of our most popular alumni events were held this year in an effort to continue to further culivate life-long relationships with our alumni: Valentine’s Day Date Night (an event for alumni couples who met at Luther and/or in the residence) and the Alumni & Staff Family Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch.
- Fundraising totals for the year were $56,173.15 donated to LCUR with 57% for scholarships, 24% for appeals, and 19% for other initiatives and gifts in kind. The 2018 Fall Appeal focused on raising funds for a new service provided by the Luther College Library called “Textbooks for All.” This initiative provides students with access to textbooks for all Luther courses free of charge, thereby helping reduce the financial burden of university students. The cost to provide this service to students is approximately $3,000 per semester. The appeal raised $12,900 of the $14,000 goal which will enable the Library to provide every student taking a Luther College course with access to free textbooks for the next two academic years (2019-2020 and 2020- 2021).
- Two new scholarships were established: the Dr. Eugene W. Seitz Scholarship, awarded annually to a Luther student enrolled in the Faculty of Science at Luther College at the University of Regina, with 60 or more credit hours, who demonstrates academic achievement as well as financial need, and the Alice May & Violet Ann Weston Bursary, awarded annually to an entering or continuing female Luther registered student living in Luther’s residence with the intention of studying law, business, nursing, or a health-related program.
- The Dr. Rex Schneider Scholarship changed from an annual to an endowed scholarship to ensure the longevity of the award thanks to a generous donation made by the scholarship donor.