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David Turpin honoured with building renaming

2013-06-28 14:43

The shared achievements celebration. PHOTO: UVic Photo Services

The University of Victoria has renamed the Social Sciences and Mathematics Building to recognize UVic President David Turpin, who stepped down from his position on June 30 after 13 years.

The new name, the David Turpin Building, was revealed at the Shared Achievements event on June 27 when hundreds of faculty, staff and students gathered in the building’s lobby and courtyard to mark the end of the university’s 50th-anniversary year and to say farewell to Turpin.

Day in the life: Heather Richards

2013-06-10 12:04

The 50th Anniversary Organizational Team (L to R): Adam Taylor, Heather Richards

Heather Richards might not be a name you recognize, but if you’ve been to a 50th anniversary event at UVic, you’ve seen her handiwork. For the past two years, Heather has been a constant force behind the celebrations. “I’m really passionate about UVic,” says Heather. Considering what she’s accomplished in the past few years, it’s no wonder why.

Congress 2013 is a mammoth success

2013-06-06 20:47

A wooly mammoth's tusk draws admirers at Congress

From scholarly debate to daily entertainment, fabulous food and even a 40,000-year-old wooly-mammoth tusk—Congress 2013 of the Humanities and Social Sciences was a resounding success with something for everyone.

The months and months of preparation and smooth implementation of detailed plans, plus timely response to queries as they arose, resulted in a Congress that will not be soon forgotten by the approximately 7,800 delegates, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of community members who attended events from June 1 to 8.

Indigenous celebration leaves legacy for First Peoples House

2013-06-04 14:54

Elder Marie Cooper and Al Sam unveil a podium carved for First Peoples House

The sound of drums reverberated in the centre of the UVic campus as four groups of Indigenous drummers and dancers approached Celebration Square (the quad) from the four corners of the campus. Representing the three distinct nations on Vancouver Island—Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw—as well as visitors to the territory, the ceremonial entrance provided a powerful opening to the Indigenous Circle Celebration and dedication of a special podium for First Peoples House on June 3, as part of Congress 2013.

Exhibit: Polar explorer Amundsen’s northern exposure led to South Pole success

2013-06-03 10:52

Amundsen in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. Photo: Fram Museum, Oslo

For several weeks during the first of three years in the Canadian Arctic, famed Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and his crew built igloos every day, under the watchful eye of an Inuit teacher, until they had mastered the art.

Their instructor shook his head at the sheer abundance of igloos, certain the crew had lost their senses to build so many. But such learning experiences and close relationships developed with the Inuit while on a quest to navigate the Northwest Passage from 1903–1906 proved valuable in Amundsen’s later success in becoming the first person to reach the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911.

Community collaboration rediscovers a female rabbi

2013-05-07 16:01

Cast of Ray Frank: The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West
Site-specific play celebrates two anniversaries, brings historical research and momentous event to life

Congress 2013 brings 7,000+ delegates and community celebrations to campus

2013-05-06 09:31

The Congress 2013 team gets ready to roll out the red carpet.

The campus may feel a bit quiet without the hubbub of regular term activities, but that will soon change when the biggest conference in the university’s history–the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences–comes to campus from June 1 to 8.

Message from the President

2013-05-03 11:42

The University of Victoria is proud to be hosting the 82nd annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences during our 50th anniversary year. I know the entire UVic community welcomes our Congress visitors and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to hear the insights of renowned scholars and public intellectuals.

2013 Craigdarroch Research Awards

2013-05-03 11:07

Dr. Pauline van den Driessche

Passion, energy and a commitment to making the world a little bit better tomorrow for everyone—these are the qualities that are shared by each and every recipient of a Craigdarroch Research Award over the past decade, and this year’s slate of recipients is no exception. The 2013 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which honour achievements in research at UVic, were presented at a reception event on May 2.

UVic@100 contest winners

2013-04-29 10:07

What will UVic be like in 2063?

What will UVic be like on its 100th anniversary? Last month, The Ring asked all forward-looking members of the UVic community to unleash their imaginations and describe UVic in 2063. Our judges awarded first prize to Cheryl Hebb, director of campus-based fundraising in the Development Office. Runner-up prize went to fourth-year biology student Ryan Heron.

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50th Anniversary

From September 2012 to June 2013, the University of Victoria is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. This page compiles 50th Anniversary content published in The Ring.

For more information on UVic's anniversary celebrations, visit the Anniversary homepage.

Over this celebration period, The Ring will be  posting digitized and searchable copies of early volumes of The Ring on our website, courtesy of the UVic Libraries, on our Ring archives web page.


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