Around the ring
Soccer buddies needed
Do you like soccer and working with kids? Then consider volunteering
as a "soccer buddy" with the "Just for Kicks"
program. The program, started up three years ago by UVic biology
professor Nigel Livingston, provides an opportunity for special
needs children, aged 616, to play team soccer. Soccer buddies
provide one-on-one assistance to children during games, which are
held at 2 p.m. every Sunday afternoon at the McKinnon Gym and last
for one hour. If the weather is good, the play is taken outside.
If youre interested in volunteering, call Livingston at 721-7121
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Some soccer
experience would be an asset but isnt necessary.
Lighten up and be kind
Thats the message the Lightness and Kindness committee will
be promoting for their fourth campaign in support of International
Random Acts of Kindness Week, Nov. 1215. The week also includes
World Kindness Day on Nov. 13. Posters and a letter from UVic president
David Turpin in support of this initiative are being distributed
to every department. Everyone is encouraged to take part in a random
act of kindness and wear the light bulb buttons distributed
during past campaigns. Information: 721-5166.
UVic puts its stamp on Canada
UVic will be among six Canadian universities honoured by Canada
Post in 2003 with commemorative stamps. The new issue will celebrate
the 100th anniversary of UVics predecessor, Victoria College,
and the 40th anniversary of the university. The series is currently
being designed and UVics stamp is expected to be unveiled
in the early spring. Other universities marking anniversaries in
the 2003 domestic-rate stamp series are Bishops, Saint Francis
Xavier, Western Ontario, Montréal and the University of Guelphs
UVic develops standards for business
Securing funding for a new business can be tough, especially since
entrepreneurs dont have consistent criteria for writing business
plans, according to Dr. Brock Smith, a UVic business professor.
Small businesses need business plans to attract stakeholders
and resources to their organizations," he says. "But currently
different funding organizations rely on different standards, so
entrepreneurs dont know what criteria they have to meet.
Smith is working with fellow UVic researchers on a plan to develop
venture analysis standards, a set of criteria to be adopted by the
industry, on which business plans can be evaluated.