FLASHBACK: The First World War caused financial concerns for Regina College

By Dale Johnson Posted: August 9, 2017 6:00 a.m.

As students, faculty and staff at Regina College prepared for fall classes in 1915, they faced uncertainty because of the First World War.
As students, faculty and staff at Regina College prepared for fall classes in 1915, they faced uncertainty because of the First World War. Photo: U of R Archives and Special Collections, accession # 80-2, photo # 52

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

1915:  “When the doors of Regina College are thrown open next month for the commencement of the fall term, the institute, which has made a name for itself among the halls of learning in Western Canada, will start out on one of the most promising years in its history,” the Leader newspaper reports. However, the Great War is causing economic problems and the newspaper also says: “The financial position of the College, in common, it is believed, with all other such institutions in Canada, is a matter of concern. During the past two years there have been heavy deficits on current expenses running into several thousand dollars each year. This state of affairs must not continue.”

1955:  The Regina Trades and Labour Council calls for a full arts course to be available at Regina College. The Council will include a resolution asking for the change at the upcoming Saskatchewan Federation of Labour convention.

1963:  Plans are announced for Premier Woodrow Lloyd to lay the cornerstone of the first building at the new Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan at a ceremony on September 26. Also taking part will be faculty, students, University Senate and Board of Governors members, and civic and provincial dignitaries.

1972:  Dr. John Archer, Principal of Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan, calls for a new, distinctive name to help the campus move towards greater autonomy. “What is wrong with the obvious – Regina University or even University of Regina?” the Leader-Post asks in an editorial. “Doubtless, there will be those who will go into orbit in suggesting names for Regina Campus. Wascana University comes to mind. Or even Pile O’ Bones U. Whatever name is finally selected, let it at least be simple.”

1981:  Lyn Goldman is appointed Public Relations Director at the University of Regina, succeeding Jim Osborne. Goldman, who earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Regina, previously worked as a TV writer and producer in Regina and Toronto. At Fall Convocation 2015 she receives an honorary degree for her lifelong involvement with local, provincial and national professional and cultural organizations. Goldman has received many other awards including the Golden Jubilee Award, YWCA Woman of the Year Award and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.


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