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A credit course that boosts school spirit? Try Vikes Band!

Love sports? Play an instrument? With the brand-new Vikes Band course, you can now combine both—for credit!

A new initiative between the School of Music and Vikes Athletics, Vikes Band (MUS 189) is a new for-credit course that will rehearse and perform at Vikes Varsity events and special events on campus. If you played in your high school band or just play for fun, you can still put those skills to use to play game-day music—even if you aren’t a music major.

How do we strengthen on-campus communication?

Campus survey points the way

How well do you know the UVic campus? Not just its physical geography—from classrooms and restaurants to natural spaces—but the university’s structures, practices, vision and goals, and your and your unit’s role within them?

Information about new projects being launched, changes in policy, the big picture opportunities and challenges affecting UVic, progress on institutional goals, or even this week’s major campus events, orient us to campus life as much as any map does. Being aware of that kind of information—and knowing how to access it and when to share it—is a crucial, but often overlooked part of being a member of the UVic community, no matter what we do or where we work on campus.

In the spirit of collaboration

How do Greater Victoria’s post-secondary institutions work together with municipalities to benefit the region? First, you get everyone in the same room and start the conversation.

On June 2, the presidents of Royal Roads University and Camosun College joined UVic President Jamie Cassels in welcoming more than 80 elected municipal officials, city managers and academic leaders from the three post-secondary institutions to an inaugural Catalyst Conversations forum that challenged participants to imagine how they could work together to benefit our region.

Trudeau scholar examines youth and empathy in Canada

Is empathy changing in a world where social media and globalization are rapidly transforming how we interact with others? The University of Victoria’s Rebeccah Nelems is investigating empathy and youth as part of a prestigious three-year scholarship announced today from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is one of only 16 Canadian doctoral students receiving a $180,000 award.

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