Winter/Spring 2017

Did You Know?

  • The Luther Library has over 18,000 items in its collection, 3,000 books checked out per year, and 6,000 students who come through its door per month.

  • The Luther College Residence hosts multiple social events and programs throughout the year, such as Christmas Dinner, International Night, Mardi Gras, and Karaoke Night.

  • Small classes = big advantages. As a federated college, Luther College classes are typically smaller. This allows for students to connect with their profs and classmates.

  • The Luther College Residence offers an early payment discount. You can save up to $225 when you pay by August 15 (for Fall) and/or December 15 (for Winter)!

  • Luther College opened the first residence on campus in 1971, and is still a “home away from home” to students: meals, laundry, and lifelong friendship included.

  • Luther College offers year-round campus and residence tours as well as one-on-one enrollment counselling.

  • Luther students can register in Arts, Science, or Media, Art, and Performance degree programs. All degrees are awarded by the U of R.

  • Luther students enjoy personalized one-on-one academic advising: our academic advisors are here to help you from registration to graduation.

Winter/Spring 2017

Editorial

By Barbara M. Reul, Editor 

It’s time for another issue of Impetus! Luther College is a liberal arts college rooted in Christian spirituality and a partner in post-secondary education with the University of Regina (LCUR).  Five key principles inform our teaching and research in the arts, fine arts, and sciences at Luther College: commitment to global citizenship; engagement in social justice; pursuit of a sustainable environment; demonstration of high ethical standards; and continuous reflection on values.

I invite you to view Luther College’s key principles with me through the lens of the Reformation in this issue, as Lutherans unite with other Christians around the world to commemorate the 500th anniversary of events that took place on October 31, 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany. Thanks to LCUR’s namesake, Martin Luther (1483–1546), a courageous and outspoken Catholic monk and respected academic, and his Ninety-Five Theses, the confessional landscape of 16th-century Germany changed forever.

What happened in 1517 – and can Luther’s impact still be felt today (see Figure 1)? Figure 1: Globe on the Wittenberg Market Square, Germany (photo credit: Barbara M. Reul, 4/2017)

We hope you will enjoy the following five articles related to issues surrounding the Reformation. Three are based on Table Talk lectures presented by Dr. Yvonne Petry, Drs. Meredith and Carl Cherland, and Dr. F. Volker Greifenhagen on the occasion of our very successful Table Talks Speaker Series at LCUR in February and March 2017. (If you couldn’t attend, no worries: we made videos of each for you to enjoy in perpetuity!). In the fourth article, Dr. William Stahl, retired professor of sociology at LCUR, investigates the one thing that, in his opinion, the Reformation did not change. Finally, the article by Dr. Mary Vetter, former academic dean at LCUR and soon to be retired Professor of Biology, brings us back into the present. She reports on an interdisciplinary class that was team-taught at LCUR in the Winter 2017 semester.

And in case you are wondering: here is an overview of the “Reformation 500” activities at LCUR in 2017; please join us whenever and however you can!

This is my fourth and last issue as the editor of Impetus. Thank you to everyone who contributed this time around, especially the authors. I am also grateful to LCUR’s Michelle Clark (Manager of Alumni Relations, Development & Communications and Editor of the Luther Story) and, in particular, Amber Peters (Alumni Relations, Development & Communications Assistant): walking in the footsteps of 16th-century visual artist Lucas Cranach, the Elder, and the inventor of the printing press, Johannes Gutenberg, she makes us all look great online. Thank you, or as we say in German: “Vergelt’s Gott” (lit. “May God reward [you for] it”)!