The Ring

Child and Youth Care grad helping 1,000s of HIV/AIDS-affected children

Fri, 2012-06-08 10:51

Nyeko with one of the thousands of children her organization helps.
Nyeko with one of the thousands of children her organization helps.

Jolly Nyeko loves children. For over three decades Nyeko—graduating from UVic with her PhD in child and youth care this month—has worked to provide programming for and inspiration to countless young people in her native Uganda. She gives regular talks to fellow mothers, leads fundraising efforts for primary education centres and, in 1995, founded Action for Children, a non-profit group that cares for more than 20,000 children and families vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and poverty across the country.

Dispute Resolution grad helping First Nations

Thu, 2012-06-07 11:55

Dickson. Photo: Rob Kruyt
Dickson. Photo: Rob Kruyt

When Calgary native Jessica Dickson was a political science undergraduate at the University of British Columbia after starting her BA in humanities at the University of Calgary, like a lot of poli-sci students, she thought the natural progression of her education pointed towards the bar. Consequently, upon receiving her BA, she took a job at a law firm.

Top honours for down-to-earth graduate

Thu, 2012-05-31 11:15

Payne with his wife and UVic graduate Danielle
Payne with his wife and UVic graduate Danielle at Muncho Lake in northern BC

Paul Payne is firmly planted in a profession that excites him thanks to an undergraduate program that he describes as a perfect fit. This multiple award-winning grad has chosen a career in health informatics where rapidly expanding opportunities abound in the field of health care and information systems. Payne is graduating with a combined major in computer science and health information science with a near perfect grade point average garnering him Outstanding Academic Distinction in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

Residential school resistance narratives: Video project

Fri, 2012-05-11 11:05

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) regional event in Victoria Apr. 13-14 included the premiere of seven videos produced by seven young Indigenous researchers for the UVic Centre for Youth and Society (CFYS)’s project, “Resistance Narratives: Strategies and Significance for Indigenous Youth.” Using digital storytelling, the youth identified and celebrated strategies of resistance that enabled family and community members to survive the Indian Residential Schools of Vancouver Island.

Craigdarroch Research Awards 2012

Wed, 2012-05-09 09:05

Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Passion, enthusiasm, a commitment to making a difference in our lives—these are the qualities that are shared by all winners of the Craigdarroch Research Awards, and this year’s “class” is no exception. The 2012 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which honour achievement in research at UVic, were presented at a celebration event on May 1.

The spirit of aloha: Indigenous Governance exchange

Wed, 2012-05-09 08:58

IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson i
IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson in front row at left)

Having never been to Hawai’i before, I had a typical vision of the tropical paradise: sandy beaches lined with palm trees, a coconut drink decorated with a miniature umbrella in hand, the occasional hula dancer in sight, and a plethora of tourists. This distant, magical place seemed breathtakingly beautiful, but it also seemed a little too conventional for my liking. But when the opportunity came for me to complete an elective course in Hawai’i, I jumped at the chance not knowing that a transformative, life-changing experience awaited me.

Course pairs up grad students and BC ministry and everyone benefits

Mon, 2012-05-07 12:44

Nine students brought their graduate program to life this past spring by adding a crash course in knowledge mobilization to their schedules. GS 505: Research and Evaluation in Children, Youth and Family Services Policies is a multi-disciplinary internship, spearheaded by UVic Knowledge Mobilization Services and instructed by Dr. Gord Miller, (child and youth care). The program paired graduate students with practitioners and policymakers in British Columbia’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to produce research that is immediately applicable to the world around them.

Grad student wins prestigious Canadian book award

Fri, 2012-05-04 09:10

Photo of Jarvis

On May 1, School of Public Administration doctoral candidate Mark Jarvis was awarded the prestigious Donner Prize for his co-authored book Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government. Administered by the Donner Foundation, the Donner Prize is an annual award for the best public policy book by a Canadian.

UVic profs tops in research productivity, impact

Thu, 2012-04-12 09:24

Drs. Colin Macleod (law, philosophy), James Tully (political science, law, Indigenous governance, philosophy) and Hari Srivastava (math and statistics, emeritus) were listed in the March 27 edition of The Globe and Mail in a list of Canada’s top researchers in terms of productivity and impact, based on the “h-index,” a measure of citations to their published works. Srivastava received second ranking in the area of mathematics and statistics and Macleod and Tully received third ranking in the areas of philosophy and law, respectively.

Symbols speak eloquently of living-with-dying

Wed, 2012-04-11 10:46

Image from the exhibition "Symbols of Living In-between." Poem is reproduced in
Image from the exhibition "Symbols of Living In-between." Poem is reproduced in article, below.

For many, living with a life-threatening illness is unimaginable. How does one garner the optimism and endurance needed to continue living while the end of life approaches? To help shed light on the experiences of people living with the uncertainties of serious illness, 32 people diagnosed with cancer, chronic kidney disease or HIV/AIDS joined forces with a group of nurse researchers to share stories and ideas about living with dying.