The Ring

Symbols speak eloquently of living-with-dying

Wed, 2012-04-11 11:46

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.


Working towards global education equity

Wed, 2012-03-21 14:16

Jessica Ball (child and youth care) is one of 15 world experts asked to join the Brookings Institute research task force to create a research agenda in support of the Global Compact on Learning (GLC). The GLC is a multi-donor initiative focused on closing the gap in education equity for over 75 million children of primary school age who are not enrolled in school, including 88 per cent of children in Africa and Asia, and children whose learning is disrupted by political conflict or emergencies.


Day in the life: Nancy Pike

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:33

Pike showing an example of her gardening-related artwork. Photo: UVic Photo Serv
Pike showing an example of her gardening-related artwork. Photo: UVic Photo Services

When Nancy Pike is in her office in UVic’s School of Social Work, you will probably find her door open. Fitting, since her role at UVic working in collaboration with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) is all about opening doors for social work students looking for good practicum placements.


"I found my voice at the UN"

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:18

Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Slade. Photo: Robie Liscomb

In September 2011, I received an email detailing an opportunity to attend the pre-session for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The email, from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), was calling for youth ambassadors to speak about their life experiences being Aboriginal Canadians in todays’ society.


Free food—No Foolin’

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:00

Everyone is welcome to the UVic Family Centre’s ninth annual No Foolin’ event on Wednesday 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. The annual event highlights UVic’s vibrant family community and helps raise awareness about the challenges and barriers that some student families face. Parachute games, relay races, ethnic food, pizza and ice-cream are all part of the free program. More information: familyc@uvic.ca


Frisch receives nursing award

Wed, 2012-02-29 15:31

Noreen Frisch (nursing), has been recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) with the Award of Excellence in Nursing Administration, given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and demonstrating excellence in relation to the CRNBC professional standards for registered nurses. Since becoming the director of the school in 2007 Frisch has excelled in all areas of administration while also pursuing her own program of scholarship and research. Her leadership is valued within the school, on the campus and in her work with the provincial and national nursing associations. She will be receiving her award on April 19 at the 2012 CRNBC awards ceremony at the Vancouver Convention Centre.


Free Food...No Foolin'!

Tue, 2012-02-28 13:11

The UVic Family Centre is getting ready for its 9th annual No Foolin’ event on Wednesday April 4th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It will take place 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. The annual event highlights UVic’s vibrant family community and helps raise awareness about the challenges and barriers that some student families face. Parachute games, relay races, ethnic food, pizza and ice-cream are all part of the free program. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact familyc@uvic.ca
 


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.