The Ring

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.

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.