The Ring

Congratulations, Spring 2014 grads!

Wed, 2014-06-04 16:45

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Spring Convocation, from June 9–13, nine ceremonies will be held to confer degrees, diplomas or certificates upon 3,554 graduating students.

This spring marks the 50th anniversary of UVic’s first convocation ceremony. Members of the class of 1964 will attend the 10 a.m., June 13 ceremony to commemorate their part of university history.


In memoriam: Dr. Wesley Koczka

Wed, 2013-04-10 10:35

It’s with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Wesley J. Koczka on March 9. Wes worked at UVic from September 1988 to February 2007. He was hired initially as a program coordinator in Education Extension, then assumed the role of director of the English Language Centre, and was appointed dean of the Division of Continuing Studies in 1997. He served as dean until 2007. Later, he held senior leadership roles in the in the private university sector and then at Thompson Rivers University, where he took on the role of associate vice-president international and CEO of TRU World Global Operations.


Monica Chueke spreads UVic's fame

Thu, 2013-04-04 11:15

Monica Chueke (far right) during TV taping at the UVic English Language Centre d
Monica Chueke (far right) during TV taping at the UVic English Language Centre display at EduExpo Brazil

The English Language Centre’s Brazilian Liaison Officer, Monica Chueke, put UVic on the map during the recent “EduExpo Brazil” in Sao Paulo—a weekend event in which exhibitors from 25 countries promoted study abroad opportunities to over 30,000 visitors. Monica has been a tireless ambassador for UVic for many years, so when she noticed news crews from Rede Globo and TV Bandeirantes setting up their cameras, she made sure that studying in Canada—at UVic—was the focus of their story. The primetime news coverage featured interviews with Monica, UVic alumni and prospective students; according to local sources, a commercial spot of a similar length would have cost over $1 million USD. Monica returns to Victoria in July to assist with ELC Marketing projects.


New grads hold hope for language revitalization

Wed, 2012-07-11 10:05

L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR a
L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR academic advisor Dr. Leslie Saxon (linguistics)

Tłįchǫ is one of the Dene languages of the Northwest Territories, and dììle ts'įįwǫǫ is a phrase expressing “hope.” Nine students in a group of NWT learners graduating with UVic Certificates in Aboriginal Language Revitalization (CALR) can be hopeful about the future of their languages now, and in turn their communities can be optimistic about renewed vitality of the languages in homes and as spoken symbols.


Awards honour four UVic legacies

Fri, 2011-11-04 11:04

Finch
Finch

Chief Justice of BC Lance Finch will be among four members of the university community to be honoured this month at the annual UVic Legacy Awards. Finch will be recognized alongside Dr. Gary MacGillivray (mathematics and statistics), Vikes Soccer supporter George Smith, and Dr. Andreas Antoniou, professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. An estimated crowd of 500 university supporters will gather at the Victoria Conference Centre on the evening of Nov. 22 for the awards celebration.


UVic Homestay turns 25

Wed, 2011-06-08 11:40

2011 marks the 25th anniversary of UVic Homestay, part of the English Language Centre’s programs for international students. UVic Homestay was created in 1986 and has evolved to accommodate international students from all faculties on campus, and, most recently, French Canadian students in 2010. The program contributes both culturally and economically to both the university and the local Victoria community. It continues to be one of the largest homestay units in Canada with 1,200 plus students participating this year and 364 local host families. More info: www.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/homestay/


CAUCE program award

Wed, 2011-06-08 11:29

Another CAUCE award, this time in the program category, will go to the Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (PSC in TEFL), offered through the Division of Continuing Studies. The program, designed for teachers of English who are themselves non-native speakers of English, is delivered in a blended format of online instruction and three weeks of intensive work on campus at UVic. Teachers from around the world revitalize their professional practice and return home with tools and new ideas with which to support their passion and commitment to teaching. The program can also be delivered on site in other countries in cases where travel to Canada can be difficult. More info: www.uvcs.uvic.ca/education/programs/


CAUCE marketing award

Wed, 2011-06-08 11:28

The Division of Continuing Studies’ marketing unit will receive an award at the 2011 Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) conference in Toronto this month. The campaign promoting the 12th Annual Current Concepts in Dentistry conference in 2010 has been awarded the top prize in the E-Marketing category. The e-marketing campaign used email and online components to draw 592 dental practitioners to the four-day event on campus in November. Participants from across Canada and the US attended specialist seminars, networked, and brushed up on the latest professional/technological advances, earning up to 28 continuing dental education credits. More info: www.continuingstudies.uvic.ca/28DentalCECredits


Batur runs Boston Marathon

Wed, 2011-06-08 11:26

Continuing Studies Marketing Director Levent Batur was one of 2,227 Canadians who ran in the Boston Marathon in April. Batur, a dedicated distance runner, has run in three Victoria Marathons as well as the Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa races. “Boston is the only marathon for which you have to qualify,” he says. It has the added prestige of being the oldest continuously run marathon—115 years uninterrupted by national or world events. The rout included interesting terrain and the pleasure of a great historical setting, added Batur. “It’s nice to have that medal but pizza and beer after a marathon tastes pretty darn good, too.”


English Language Centre makes history

Mon, 2010-12-06 13:48

"Happy 40th Anniversary ELC!" photo content category winner PHOTO: Fung Hi Chau, Hong Kong

There is one phrase that the 2,500 students who attended programs at UVic's English Language Centre (ELC) in 2010 will never forget: "Happy Anniversary!"