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Mon, 2013-06-10 11:09

Convocation medals and awards, Spring 2013

Thu, 2013-06-06 08:40

Governor-General's Gold Medal (best Doctoral thesis)

Dr. Nathaniel West

PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology


Governor General's Silver Medal (top undergraduate student)

Nigel Burke

New institute to support community-university engagement

Wed, 2013-06-05 11:42

The University of Victoria continued on its path to high-level community engagement with the creation of the new Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement (ISICUE).

The research centre, which opened June 3 as part of Congress 2013, is a collaboration between the Faculty of Human and Social Development and the Faculty of Social Sciences. It will study and practice community-university engagement, with the aim of contributing to solutions about community issues.

A nursing education that spans the province

Tue, 2013-06-04 16:21


Life inside a hospital can be stressful, but nursing school graduate Kara Sundberg has found the perfect way to use the nurturing skills needed as a nurse outside the hospital to help her relax.

“I focus my free time on working with animals and I have been fostering dogs in my area for years,” says Sundberg. “This has turned out to be a wonderful stress reliever after a long, chaotic shift on a busy medical unit.”

In memoriam: Brenda Copeland

Fri, 2013-03-22 09:12

Brenda Copeland in 2001
Brenda Copeland in 2001

Brenda Copeland (child and youth care) passed away unexpectedly on March 19. Brenda’s passion for her family and for improved quality of life for marginalized children and youth shone through all of her endeavours.

Discussing diversity: 50 years of activism

Mon, 2013-03-11 08:08

Four UVic professors and activists passionately spoke on the topic of 50 Years of Activism: Rethinking Realities on Jan. 30, and articulated the status of research in their prospective fields. They spoke in the SUB to a large audience as part of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum, Critical Conversations Rethinking Realities.

Day in the life: Dora Leigh Bjornson

Fri, 2013-03-08 01:06

Bjornsen punches above her weight for the School of Social Work.
Bjornsen punches above her weight for the School of Social Work. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Dora Leigh Bjornson, program director of distance education for the School of Social Work, has spent the last 20 of her 34 years at UVic in the same building. Her office, located in the sunny, brick-and-mortar Human and Social Development Building, has a stunning view—and a resident hummingbird visits Bjornson’s window on the third floor to say hello, just quickly, before darting back down to one of the many flowered bushes below.

Free food…No Foolin’!

Thu, 2013-03-07 11:24

The UVic Family Centre is getting ready for its tenth annual No Foolin’ event April 4, from 4:30–6:30 p.m. outside the Family Centre in the student family housing complex on Lam Circle. No Foolin’ is an opportunity for UVic student families, community supporters and local businesses to come out and celebrate the energy and diversity that families and their children bring to campus life. Parachute games, relay races, ethnic food, pizza and ice-cream are all part of the free program. Everyone is welcome. More info:

Two awards for Lynne Young

Thu, 2013-03-07 11:01

Dr. Lynne Young (nursing) has been awarded the 2013 College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) Award for Excellence in Nursing Education, presented to registered nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing education in the nurse’s own work settings (e.g., colleges, institutes, universities or health care agencies). She has also been selected as recipient of the 2012 Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (Tenured), which acknowledges the contributions and accomplishments of individuals to the realization of CASN’s mission and to promote and disseminate good practices in nursing education.

Coward, Stajduhar book prize

Wed, 2013-02-06 09:30

A book edited by a pair of University of Victoria professors has won the 2012 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the Hospice and Palliative Care category. Religious Understandings of a Good Death in Hospice Palliative Care (SUNY Press) was edited by Harold Coward, professor emeritus of history and founding director of UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, and Kelli Stajduhar, associate professor at the School of Nursing and the Centre on Aging. The two researchers also produced a 28-page compendium booklet for practitioners and distributed 1,200 to palliative care programs across Canada.