The Ring

Celebrating 10 years of making change

Tue, 2016-03-29 12:42

Updated: April 6, 2016

An introduction to poetry, eye witness memory, neuropolitics, the politics of the refugee crisis in a Canadian context, a short history of early Protestantism in England and functions of the human immune system. These are just some of the many topics covered in Uni 101, Uni 102 and Uni 201 — a program at UVic offering free, non-credit university courses to people who face significant barriers to post-secondary education.

On March 31, University 101 celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Day in the Life: Paula Ceroni

Wed, 2016-01-06 15:27


Paula Ceroni probably knows how to say “hello” and “welcome” in more languages than just about anyone else on campus. That’s one of the perks of her job in the English Language Centre, managing UVic’s homestay program. Each year the program places over 1,600 students from as many as 30 countries into 600 host families (and they are always looking for more hosts).

Canadian Museums Association award for Joy Davis

Thu, 2015-06-04 13:59

This April, Director of Community Relations Dr. Joy Davis received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award Canadian Museums Association for her extraordinary work directing UVic’s Cultural Resource Management program for more than 30 years. “Joy developed the world’s first academic distance education courses in museum studies, supporting professionals from as far afield as Rankin Inlet, Haida Gwaii, Kenya and the Falkland Islands,” noted Dr. Robert Janes, of the museums association. “While Joy has consistently created widely respected—and enthusiastically evaluated—learning opportunities, the real significance of her work lies in the difference these have made across the museum sector, long after coursework is complete.” 

New online inventory for Chinese Canadian artifacts in BC

Fri, 2015-05-15 14:13

Photo: Chinese miner and glass plate. Date: unknown. Courtesy of: Cumberland Museum and Archives.

Update (July 6, 2016): The UVic database of Chinese Canadian Artifacts officially launches July 7 at the evening reception of an annual international conference, ISSCO 2016 in Richmond, BC, bringing together 300 scholars and researchers of the Chinese diaspora.

Learning the language of assistance

Thu, 2015-04-02 17:09

Students at the bake sale.
Students at the bake sale.

Gerry Luton knows the value of hands-on learning—especially when absorbing something as difficult to grasp as a new language. For the past 27 years Luton has been teaching English to international students through UVic’s English Language Centre (ELC)—and his students find success extends far beyond cue cards, language tapes and textbooks.

Why the First World War still matters—100 years later

Mon, 2014-09-29 16:35

First World War Photo: From the Archie H. Wills fonds – AR394.

2014 Latin American and Spanish Film Week at Cinecenta

Thu, 2014-08-21 16:34

The Latin American and Spanish Film Week returns in mid September to Victoria for a fifth year.

The event will take place from Sept. 16–21 at the University of Victoria’s Cinecenta theatre.

Learning a language is about more than just words

Fri, 2014-08-08 11:45

A summer dance in front of Cadboro Commons. Photo: Suzanne Ahearne.

On a hot summer evening in front of Cadboro Commons, the smell of barbecued meat is still hanging in the air as Kumbia, a local salsa band, hits the first notes of a signature Santana tune, Oye Como Va. The audience is a group of close to 150 international students from more than a dozen countries who are attending UVic’s summer English Language and Culture program.

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.