The Ring

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.

MPA students recognized

Mon, 2011-09-26 14:37

MPA students (public administration) from the 2010 on-campus program undertook the British Columbia Public Service Challenge this summer as part of their ADMN 507 curriculum. Due to an aging demographic, increasingly tight budgets and demands for better service delivery models, the BC public service is looking for innovative ways to prepare skilled professionals for the future.

Award-winning professor discovered new heights

Wed, 2011-09-21 15:53

Roberta Taylor (social work) is the recipient of the 2011 Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award, named to recognize a Canadian woman’s contribution to the aviation or aerospace industry and to society as a whole.

in memoriam: Dr. Brian Wharf

Tue, 2011-08-30 08:50

Dr. Brian Wharf, an amazing UVic citizen and distinguished Social Work educator, died on August 11. 

Volunteers the building blocks of community at Family Centre

Tue, 2011-07-05 09:00

Garth Homer Centre volunteers
From left: Scott Young, Edmond Choy, Brenda Crawford Photo: Bryna Hallam

After years on the job, the UVic Family Centre’s volunteers are definitely part of the family. Once a week for eight years, a group with the Garth Homer Society Community Access Team (CAT), which sets up volunteer opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, comes to the centre to wash the toys.

United Way and UVic: Building a strong and caring community

Tue, 2011-07-05 08:32

The United Way of Greater Victoria (UWGV) has announced more than $95,000 in funding to support four initiatives undertaken at UVic.

“The work that we are doing with UVic is ground breaking, and other universities and United Way programs across Canada are looking at this partnership as a blueprint for establishing partnerships with universities” says UWGV Director of Community Investment and Collaboration Chris Poirier-Skelton.

Surgeon juggles tasks to complete master’s in health information science

Mon, 2011-06-13 10:38

Dr. James Stewart officially has all of his medical bases covered. 

Already a practicing general surgeon and a father of five, Stewart took on the extraordinary challenge of adding a UVic master’s degree in Health Information Science (HINF) by distance to his limited free time in January 2009, first studying from Vancouver before moving home to Edmonton six months in.