Around the ring

When pastries attack...
A procession of musical monks, laden with the latest in medieval pieing technology, is coming towards you. The next thing you know you’re in the stocks being threatened with a cream pie. No, it’s not a bad dream but the UVic Engineering Students Society’s annual “Pie Your Friend for Charity” event. From March 10–14, a donation of at least $10 from an “accuser” will buy the services of the pie-bearing monks from the Order of Pi. Should the accused be found guilty of the charge he or she will receive a cream pie in the face. To be found innocent, the accused must donate $5 more than the previous donation and lay charges against someone they know to be deserving of the justice of Pi. All funds raised go to the Queen Alexandra Hospital for Children and the Mustard Seed Food Bank. For more information or to book a pieing visit or call 721-8822.

Running across Africa
UVic undergrads and childhood friends Erin van Wiltenburg (English, physical education) and Reuben Jentin (anthropology, history in art) are going to run across Africa beginning April 4 to raise money for educational programs in Namibia, Zambia, and Tanzania—the three countries they will traverse. The duo will head uphill from the coastline and won’t stop till they reach the Indian Ocean, running an average of one marathon each day during their four-month 4,200-km running odyssey. Their website includes information about sponsorship and how to donate as well as blog-style entries about progress to date.

And cycling across Canada
Starting March 31, third-year physical education student Tyler Duncan will begin pedalling across the country. From Victoria to St John’s, Duncan aims to talk to students, teachers, administrators and parents to help raise awareness about the need for quality daily physical education and daily physical activity in children’s lives. The Get Smart Get Active tour also aims to raise $100,000 for charities involved in the advocacy of physical activity and education. For more info, to get involved or provide support, visit

And walking (virtually) around Vancouver Island
Team up with your colleagues and walk (virtually) around Vancouver Island. The Active U program will encourage employees to wear pedometers and log their daily steps (and other activities such as cycling and gardening) on a website featuring a map of Vancouver Island. Employees can participate as individuals or in teams to win great prizes. Come to the lunch-time kick-off March 26 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at Centennial Stadium for fun, food, prizes and a ceremonial first walk. More information: 721-8450 or

Caregiving across cultures
The Centre on Aging is seeking participants for a cross-cultural study about how children support their aging parents. The study will examine attitudes toward responsibility for parents and caregiving behaviours among Caucasian Canadians, Canadian Chinese living in Vancouver, and Chinese living in Hong Kong. Participants are needed who live south of Nanaimo and have a parent over 60 who lives locally and for whom the son or daughter provides at least three hours a week of support or care. More information: 472-4169 or

Bright minds, bold ideas
If you’ve got a great idea, UVic’s tech transfer office wants to hear from you. The Innovation and Development Corporation (IDC) is launching a new entrepreneurial competition for student visionaries and researchers across Vancouver Island. The Ideas Competition challenges faculty, staff and students at UVic, Camosun College, North Island College, Malaspina University-College, Royal Roads University and the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health to formulate their ideas, engage with other entrepreneurs on Vancouver Island and compete for over $18,000 in cash prizes while having lots of fun. More information:

Help others experience UVic
Want to share your enthusiasm about the university with high school students interested in coming to UVic? Consider being an “Experience UVic 2008” volunteer. This year’s day-long introduction to campus is scheduled for May 24. Event organizers need volunteers to work at events within their various faculties or at the opening ceremony. Sought-after skills include accurate T-shirt tossing, the ability to lead a group of students and their parents to various faculty locations, giving tours and helping participants plan their day at a morning coffeehouse. One-hour training sessions will be offered during lunch hours or right after work in late March and early April. Watch next month’s Ring for more details or contact April McNeil at

Health science deans gather at UVic
On February 6–7, Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis, dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development, welcomed 25 deans from health and health sciences faculties across Canada, here for the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Health Science Deans. The theme was interprofessional education, which is seen as a key strategy for sustainability in the public health care delivery system in light of a looming human resource crisis in health care. Drawing on partnerships between the faculties of human and social development, humanities, education and social sciences, the Island Medical Program and the Vancouver Island Health Authority, UVic has demonstrated strong provincial leadership in interprofessional education with initiatives such as the development of the annual UVic Health Care Team Challenge.

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