FLASHBACK: December highlights in the history of the University of Regina

By Dale Johnson Posted: December 7, 2016 6:00 a.m.

The new buildings for Regina Campus opened in 1965 after a few years of debate for a location. Another site considered in December 1960 is where the Conexus Arts Centre now stands.
The new buildings for Regina Campus opened in 1965 after a few years of debate for a location. Another site considered in December 1960 is where the Conexus Arts Centre now stands. Photo: U of R Archives and Special Collections

Among the historical highlights at the University of Regina and its forerunners during the month of December:

1960:  The location for the new Regina Campus is still under discussion. Although the number one choice is the former Dominion Experimental Farm, between the new Hillsdale subdivision and the highway bypass, the Leader-Post reports: “A second possible university site has not yet been ruled out. This would be the property south of Wascana Lake, between Broad and Winnipeg Streets. Both sites are along the shore of Wascana Lake and would lend themselves to attractive campus landscaping.” That second possible location now is home to the Conexus Arts Centre.

1968:  In a year-up wrap up, it is announced that student enrollment jumps to 3,900 – well up from 2,700 a year earlier. Construction on the $7,500,000 Education building continues. The fourth and final year of the degree course in administration is introduced.

1970:  Regina Campus principal Dr. John Archer is the guest speaker at a luncheon of the Regina Central Lions Club. His topic is “The University and the Community” and he says Regina Campus is the ninth-largest employer in the city and a $18-million dollar business. He says the 4,000 full-time students spend an average of $1,480 per year in Regina. Archer says the university is not an economic handicap but “a positive gold mine to the host city.”

1971:  An ambitious construction program is underway, with the goal of doubling the size of the university. “Buildings now under construction include the $3.13-million Administration Humanities Building northeast of the library; the $6.1-million College West south of the Laboratory Building and a $700,000 maintenance building south of the heating plant. Construction on a $11-million Engineering-Physics Building will begin by later summer in 1972,” the Leader-Post reports.

1973:  College West, which opened earlier in the year, has empty rooms. Although university students are given preference, some rooms are being rented out to students at Wascana Institute of Arts and Science (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) and to working people. Rents range from $55 per month for a double room to $75 per month for a bed-sitting room.

1974:  The university senate gives approval for engineering degrees to be granted. The change means students will no longer have to transfer to another institution to earn an engineering degree, because only the first two years had been offered in Regina.

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