History of the University of Regina
The University of Regina in the city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada has had a long, rich history. With this history has come much change, growth, and expansion in both academics as well as the campus. It began in 1911 when The Methodist Church of Canada established Regina College as a direct response to the fact that the University of Saskatchewan was given to Saskatoon instead of Regina. The school’s starting roster had 27 students and the campus was adjacent to St Chad’s College and Qu’Appelle Diocesan School on College Avenue. The architect James Henry Puntin designed many of the first buildings on campus including Regina Methodist College, East and West Towers, the Gymnasium, the Music and Arts Building, and Darke Hall, which is considered one of the finest theatres.
In 1925, Regina College, still operating as a denominational college of what is now the United Church of Canada, had formed a formal association with the University of Saskatchewan operating as a junior college which offered accredited university courses. In 1934, Regina College became a part of the University of Saskatchewan. While the affiliation with the United Church ended in 1934, it is still commemorated in the convocation furniture and evident in the school motto. Later, in 1959, Regina received full degree-granting status and became a second campus of the University of Saskatchewan. By 1961, the university had officially become known as the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus and students who earned degrees there were therefore granted degrees of University of Saskatchewan.
During 1961 on through 1967, the Regina Campus went through several changes and additions. The university was being updated by the architect Minoru Yamasaki, who was quite famous for a large number of buildings, including the original World Trade Center in New York. The new campus was begun in 1966 and is on Wascana Lake. It’s located to the southeast of the original campus whose buildings are still in use, one of which serves as the Canada-Saskatchewan Soundstage. Minoru Yamasaki had envisioned great things for the Regina Campus and he is credited for the original design, including buildings such as the Wascana Centre and the Dr. John Archer Library.
It wasn’t until 1974 that the school became independent and changed its name to University of Regina. Since that time, the school has gone through many changes during growth and expansion. A number of new buildings have been added to the campus since the late 1990s, including the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport, North and South Residences, and the Dr. William A. Riddell Centre.
Regina, Capital of the province of Saskatchewan
When visiting or going to school in Regina, you can expect that there are plenty of sites to see and things to do. You can visit the Legislative Building and Government House, or perhaps the Royal Saskatchewan Museum to soak up local flavor and history. Wascana Centre Park and Kiwanis Waterfall Park are terrific places to check out for the nature lovers. There is also the Regina Floral Observatory.
If you are looking for fun and excitement, you might want to pay a visit to see the Casino Regina and try your luck. Others looking for fun and games can try out the Room Escape Games for a good time. As with many capital cities, there is so much to do and see in Regina, it’s difficult to list them all. There is virtually something for everyone, it all depends on where your interests lie. That is if you have enough time when you aren’t studying.
More Interesting Facts About the University of Regina
- In 2015 La Cité universitaire francophone, the first French University in Saskatchewan, was opened by the University of Regina.
- The University of Regina hosted the 2005 Canada Games. The university’s recently completed and state-of-the-art Centre for Kinesiology, Health, and Sport served as the location for many of the events held on campus.
- The Regina Research Park is conveniently located right next to the main campus and works with many different departments of the university.
Online courses The University of Regina offers a variety of online classes for students in a number of subjects. Students are able to check out the selection and availability of online courses on the University of Regina website. The online courses offered are designed to be safe, dynamic, and user-friendly so that students can get the most out of them.
Accreditation: In Canada, the accreditation system is unlike in the United States. However, there are specific organizations which can accredit specific programs, for more information, you can visit the U of R statement.
Core Values: Mutual Respect, Integrity, & Honesty; Inclusivity & Diversity; Pursuit of Knowledge; Community & Social Responsibility; Accountability & Well Being.
Motto: As one who serves (Luke 21:27)
Mission: “The University of Regina:
- Provides high quality and accessible education, influential research, creative endeavours, and meaningful scholarly experiences in pursuit of local and global contributions to knowledge;
- Serves and engages a diversity of students, life-long learners, and communities, with particular emphasis on Aboriginal learners and global citizens;
- Offers a welcoming and rewarding academic and work environment for students, faculty, and staff; and
- Fosters innovative learning, community engagement, and critical and independent thought.”
Mascot: Reggie the Cougar & Ram-page
School Colors: Green and Gold