FLASHBACK: When the U of R led the way in employee recognition

By Dale Johnson Posted: January 20, 2018 8:00 a.m.

U of R employees in January 1977 found out about a new program recognizing long-serving employees.
U of R employees in January 1977 found out about a new program recognizing long-serving employees. U of R Archives and Special Collections

Among the historical highlights at the University of Regina (and its forerunners) during the month of January:

1963:  Plans are announced for a new $6,000,000 building complex at the new Regina Campus. The Leader-Post reports, “One unit will contain classrooms, faculty and student office, administrative facilities and a library. Another will contain laboratories, food services, a large lounge, facilities of buildings and grounds, some offices, a post office and a book store. The third will house one 300-seat and two 165-seat lecture theatres.”

1965:  Degrees and diplomas in Education will be offered at Regina Campus in the fall, the President of the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. J. W. T. Spinks announces. This means students already studying Education at Regina Campus will be able to complete their degrees in Regina, instead of having to transfer to Saskatoon. “This is yet another step on the way to improving the university facilities in this city,” a Leader-Post editorial says.

1967:  Registration at Regina Campus is 15 per cent greater than anticipated, providing an increase of 35.5 per cent over 1965-66. Principal Dr. W. A. Riddell states in his annual report, “This was accounted for in part by the introduction in 1965-66 of the final three years of the education degree program and the diploma in education programs.”

1975:  The Extension Department wants to attract more part-time learners. Among the new classes offered this semester: a workshop for counsellors in adolescent sexuality, management skills for the contemporary woman at home, and one designed with couples in mind called The Search for Intimacy in the Christian Perspective. Popular courses being offered again include photography, painting, creative retirement, folk guitar, and pottery.

1977:  The University of Regina announces a program to recognize long service by employees. It is the first of its kind in a Canadian university, in that it covers all employees. “I’m a  little surprised and delighted that this university, when compared with some that are 50 or 100 years old, should find itself once again in a position of leadership in expressing appreciation to all employees for their service to this university and to their community,” President Lloyd Barber tells the Leader-Post.