The Ring

2012 Victoria Leadership Award Recipients

Wed, 2012-02-22 09:50

UVic climate science expert and Canada Research Chair Dr. Andrew Weaver and Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis, dean of UVic's Faculty of Human and Social Development, are this year's recipients of the University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards. They were two of 29 nominees celebrated at an annual gala event for the Victoria Leadership Awards at the Fairmont Empress on Feb. 21, 2012.

Celebrating exceptional staff

Wed, 2012-02-08 10:59

Stone. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Stone. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Three individuals and one innovative team have received President’s Distinguished Service Awards for their outstanding contribution to the betterment of the university and its community. This year, the Team Award for Innovation was presented to the WITS Programs Team (psychology). The individual award winners are: Leah Stone (enrolment services), First Five Years: Outstanding Contribution; David Nelles (earth and ocean sciences), Award for Outstanding Service; and Diana Walton (nursing), Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Public Administration home to new UNESCO Chair

Wed, 2012-02-01 15:55

Hall and Ugandan PhD student Bananuka Twine. Photo: Christine McLaren
Hall and Ugandan PhD student Bananuka Twine. Photo: Christine McLaren

The past couple of months have been quite remarkable for Budd Hall, professor of community development in the School of Public Administration. In December, he received an honorary degree from St. Francis Xavier University for his outstanding academic service in the area of international development and adult education. Then Hall received notice of his appointmemnt as a UNESCO Chair. 

MacDonald elected president of the Public Health Association of BC

Thu, 2012-01-05 11:47

Marjorie MacDonald (nursing), Canadian Institutes of Health Research Applied Public Health Chair in Public Health Education and Population Health Intervention Research, begins a two-year term as president of the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC). The association is a voluntary non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the public’s health by working to strengthen disease and injury prevention, health promotion and healthy public policy. This mission is fulfilled through education, research, advocacy and networking. PHABC was founded in 1953 and is a provincial branch of the Canadian Public Health Association. MacDonald aims to focus on enhancing community and civic engagement, promoting involvement of students and developing relationships with the new First Nations Health Authority of BC. She is an advisory council member of UVic’s new School of Public Health and Social Policy.

UVic spreading great ideas via TEDX

Tue, 2011-12-06 15:12

Several University of Victoria faculty members and students were featured at two TED events last month: TEDxVictoria and TEDxYouthDay. The first event included presentations on biological hackerspaces, rogue wave theory, and the evolution of storytelling. The second event was part of an annual series happening all around the world on Universal Children’s Day.

Budd Hall receives honorary degree

Wed, 2011-11-30 11:15

Budd Hall (public administration) will receive an honorary doctorate from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS, on Dec. 10. This tribute honours Hall’s outstanding academic service in the area of international development, community engaged research and community-based adult education. Hall is a professor in the master’s program of community development and secretary for the Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research. He was the founding director of UVic’s Office of Community-based Research, a research and senior fellow in the Centre for Global Studies and recipient of the UVic community leadership award in 2009. He has served in leadership roles on the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, International Council for Adult Education, Canadian Network for Democratic Learning, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Coady International Institute Advisory Board. He is a member of the International Adult Education Hall of Fame and was selected for the 2005 Canadian Bureau of International Education Innovation in International Education Award.

Honouring this year’s top teachers

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:59


At Convocation, the University of Victoria celebrates the accomplishments of our students and the great promise that they bring as they enter on a new stage of their careers. It is also an occasion when we recognize the outstanding talent, dedication and creativity of the faculty members and other teaching staff who provide such a high quality of education to our students.

PhD Proud: School of Nursing’s first doctoral grads

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:55

 Schick Makaroff and Syme. Photo: Robbyn Lanning
Schick Makaroff and Syme. Photo: Robbyn Lanning

After travelling very different paths, Ann Syme and Kara Schick Makaroff convocate together this November with PhDs in nursing. While their journeys differ, Syme and Makaroff share feelings of pride mixed with relief as the first two students to graduate from the School of Nursing’s relatively new doctoral program, launched in 2006.

Opportunity keeps knocking for new grad

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:43

Dahle in the labour and delivery ward of Mengo Hospital in Kampala.
Dahle in the labour and delivery ward of Mengo Hospital in Kampala.

Even before Lara Dahle graduated, prospective employers approached her, asking to be notified upon her graduation. This might not be so surprising for this exceptional student, but it is the norm for many students in her program. She is graduating with a bachelor of science in health information science.

Lilia Zaharieva wins United Way of Greater Victoria Youth Now award

Mon, 2011-11-07 13:38

Lilia Zaharieva (child and youth care) has won the United Way of Greater Victoria Youth Now award for volunteer leadership due to her efforts to inspire youth and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. “It’s an honour to recognize what these extraordinary people and organizations do in their communities,” BC’s Representative for Children and Youth Mary-Ellen Turpel Lafond said in a statement announcing the awards in October.