Campus valued community connections

Posted: June 2, 2014 3:50 p.m.

 Art exhibits, music, and drama were only a few of the things that drew the public onto campus in the 1970’s.
Art exhibits, music, and drama were only a few of the things that drew the public onto campus in the 1970’s. Photo: U of R Photography

Even before it became the University of Regina in 1974 connecting with the community was a priority.

In the early 1970s, for example, the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus – as it was then called– offered weekly public discussions in conjunction with the Regina Public Library. The University would arrange for speakers to discuss issues of the day and then take questions from people in the audience.

At one “Let’s Talk” session in February 1972 the topic was the Regina Campus itself – and specifically how it was connected with the community.

Regina Campus vice-principal Ray Harvey told the audience at the Central Branch of the Library that the Campus shared what it had with the community. He explained that the public used the campus for art exhibits, music and drama. He also mentioned that the previous winter, approximately 10,000 people visited the campus to see a display of rocks from the moon – a little over a year after Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot there. 

Ray Sherdahl of the extension division – which has evolved into the Centre for Continuing Education – said one of the main ways the university reached the community was through its extension division and there was “a responsibility in our programs to involve all levels of society.”

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