Luminous was started in January 2011 by a group of poineering students, who decided to take the challenge head-on and start a day house that would provide students with a place to belong - for years to come! They saw the need for a diverse, value-driven day house that would accommodate all races and age-groups on Tuks, and unite them to tackle everyday student problems, together.
Luminous received the "go-ahead" from Tuks one day prior to the start of Orientation Week of 2011! There was much to be done in one day - design a logo, draft a mission and vision, etc. The committee put in all effort to get everything ready in time for opening day.
We set up stall for the first day on 29 January 2011, and about 25 members signed up for membership during the first 24 hours of Luminous' existence! During the next two weeks, we grew to about 80 members, and at the time of writing, we have a membership count of just over 100!
The first official house committee
was chosen by an advisory board in February 2011, and they served the house until September 2011, when a new committee was chosen.
In March 2011, Luminous received provisional day house status from the University of Pretoria.
A lot has happened for Luminous in a very short period of time! Many meetings and decisions have passed as we try to establish ourselves in the Tuks community. We hope that Luminous will continue to change student lives for years to come, but this year of 2011 - our pioneering year - will always be treasured in our hearts!