The Ring

New grads hold hope for language revitalization

Wed, 2012-07-11 10:05

L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR a
L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR academic advisor Dr. Leslie Saxon (linguistics)

Tłįchǫ is one of the Dene languages of the Northwest Territories, and dììle ts'įįwǫǫ is a phrase expressing “hope.” Nine students in a group of NWT learners graduating with UVic Certificates in Aboriginal Language Revitalization (CALR) can be hopeful about the future of their languages now, and in turn their communities can be optimistic about renewed vitality of the languages in homes and as spoken symbols.

Student I-witness--2012 Holocaust Field School

Fri, 2012-06-08 10:49

Participants in UVic's 2nd annual I-witness Holocaust Field School (Berlin, Warsaw, Cracow, Prague) returned from Central Europe in June 2012 with a collection of photographs hinting at the life-changing experience overseas.

Click here to view the photo essay.

Several participants also provided "notes from the field." The group of UVic students, led by program director and UVic professor Dr. Charlotte Schallié, arrived in Berlin on May 14. These three despatches were sent from Europe on May 27 exclusively for The Ring, in addition to the blog posts while the group was overseas. They returned home on June 3.

Top humanities student a dedicated ESL teacher

Fri, 2012-06-08 10:22

Leask. Photo: Patty Pitts
Leask. Photo: Patty Pitts

Some students take several years to determine what they want to do with their degree. Then there’s this year’s Humanities Jubilee Medal winner Theresa Leask. The applied linguistics graduate knew that she wanted to be an English as a second language teacher while she was still at Mt. Doug High School.

Weeds and verdure in literature and life

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:29

Douglas on her front porch reading Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses. Photo: Kita Dougla
Douglas on her front porch reading Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses. Photo: Kita Douglas

Kita Douglas, who received the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal as the top master's student for program achievement, has a pot of okra growing on her North Carolina porch. Her master’s thesis was about a different type of flora: the Jimson weed in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.

Award-winning Medieval Studies student is on her own elf quest

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:19

Burrell. Photo: John Threlfall
Burrell. Photo: John Threlfall

When it comes to planning her academic future, Courtney Burrell looks to the past—which, for a Medieval Studies grad, makes perfect sense. Just don’t chuckle when you find out her current passion is elves.

UVic grad cross-country star by day, musical powerhouse by night

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:14

Mitic in the lead.
Mitic in the lead.

University of Victoria graduate Laura Mitic leads a dual life. By day she is a varsity track and cross-country athlete and by night she is a musical powerhouse in the up-and-coming Victoria band known as Carmanah. Born in Nova Scotia and raised in Victoria, the Claremont High School grad graduates in June with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in environmental studies.

Grad supports access to education

Thu, 2012-06-07 13:20

Brydle. Photo: Marc Christensen
Brydle. Photo: Marc Christensen

John Steinbeck, one of Ann Brydle’s favourite authors, once said teaching “might even be the greatest of the arts, since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” Brydle, who graduates in June with a major in English and minor in professional writing, has witnessed firsthand the effects of inclusive learning.

Daily life in Fort Victoria ca. 1850

Thu, 2012-06-07 12:13

What was daily life like in Fort Victoria in the mid 1800s? Now you can read first-hand accounts online and find out for yourself. To mark both the 150th anniversary of the City of Victoria’s incorporation and the 50th anniversary of the University of Victoria, two exciting online additions to Victoria’s history have been launched: the Fort Victoria Journals and the Historic Cartographic Collections.

Linking Metaphors: Digital Pioneering and English Department Development at UVic

Tue, 2012-05-22 12:39

Best. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Best. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Dr. Michael Best enters the room in an energetic flurry, five minutes late, but eager to get started with the interview. He shakes off his jacket and sits down. Filling out the pre-interview papers, he mumbles to himself.

Teaming up to revitalize Salish languages

Wed, 2012-05-09 12:14

Czaykowska-Higgins. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Czaykowska-Higgins. Credit: UVic Photo Services

On Apr. 25, Dr. Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins (linguistics) accepted a 2012 BC Community Achievement Award at Government House in Victoria in recognition of her highly consultative approach on the Coast and Straits Salish language revitalization project. She was not thinking of herself that day.