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UVic grad leads RUCBC
Robin Ciceri has been appointed president of the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia. Ciceri has had a long and distinguished career in the BC government, where she held leadership positions in intergovernmental relations, labour relations and post-secondary education and served as deputy minister of the Ministry of Human Resources, the Ministry of Small Business and Revenue and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a professional certificate in secondary education and a master’s of public administration degree—all from UVic.

Nominate your favourite academic
The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC has announced the addition of a new category—the Early In Career Award—to their annual Distinguished Academics Awards. Nominations for the Early in Career Award, Academic of the Year Award, and the Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award are open from now until Feb. 5. Information and nomination forms:

Compost your paper cups
UVic’s campus composting system now accepts all paper-based cups, even if they don’t say “compostable” on them. Just remember to dump out any excess coffee or tea first. And the lids can go into any recycling bin that accepts bottles, cans and plastics. The results will be a lot of paper removed from our landfill stream. Centralized compost bins are located outside SUB, the fountain and the quad, and many offices are taking part in the Office Compost Program. Info:

Let UVic Libraries erase your library fines
Until Dec. 11, for each non-perishable food item donated, library users will have $2 waived in library fines, up to a maximum of $20. Food items will be distributed to the Mustard Seed and the UVSS Food Bank. Most-needed food items include: rice, pasta, baby food, juice boxes, dried peas and beans, and canned fish. Last year, over 400 library users paid in food totaling $4,053. The goal for 2009: $4,500. Donations can be made at: McPherson Library Loan Desk, Music & Media Loan Desk (McPherson/Mearns), Curriculum Library (MacLaurin)

Let Campus Security Services ease your parking blues
Campus Security Services (CSEC) is spreading some extra holiday cheer by hosting the other annual food-for-fines initiative at UVic. This month, CSEC will reduce your parking ticket fine by $5 for a donation of a non-perishable food item. Last year, more than six boxes of food were donated to the Mustard Seed and UVic Family Centre. Bring your parking tickets and food donations to the Campus Security Building near the bookstore, now through Dec. 24, Mon.–Thurs. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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