The Ring

Convocation medals and awards, Spring 2013

Thu, 2013-06-06 09:40

Governor-General's Gold Medal (best Doctoral thesis)

Dr. Nathaniel West

PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology


Governor General's Silver Medal (top undergraduate student)

Nigel Burke

Newcomer to Victoria embraces Victorian literature

Wed, 2013-05-29 14:17

Taylor. Photo: Mitch Wright
Taylor. Photo: Mitch Wright

Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal (top master’s other than thesis, all faculties):
Adam Taylor, English

Adam Taylor, who is receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal in June 2013 as the top master's student for program achievement, is moving away from Victoria after convocation but is taking his passion for Victorian literature back home to Portland, Oregon.

SSHRC Storytellers: Videos by UVic students tell the story

Fri, 2013-05-17 14:26

SSHRC Video Challenge: The Storytellers

Four UVic teams are among 25 winners of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) video contest Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers involving universities across Canada. Here is their story.

In memoriam: Dr. Samuel Macey

Wed, 2013-04-10 10:45

Prof. Samuel L. Macey, a distinguished member of the Department of English for two decades, passed away on March 11, the eve of his 91st birthday.

UVic archive tells Holocaust survivor stories for future generations

Tue, 2013-04-09 13:57

UVic archive project: two of its co-founders, Helga Thorson and Jason Michaud
Thorson and Michaud in April 2013

April 15, 2013 is an anniversary date of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Before that milestone, a research team of scholars, students and community members was busy collecting stories and perspectives over the previous 15 months for a unique new archival project now serving as a collection point for local life narratives of individuals who experienced the Holocaust directly.

Discussing diversity: 50 years of activism

Mon, 2013-03-11 09:08

Four UVic professors and activists passionately spoke on the topic of 50 Years of Activism: Rethinking Realities on Jan. 30, and articulated the status of research in their prospective fields. They spoke in the SUB to a large audience as part of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum, Critical Conversations Rethinking Realities.

Coward, Stajduhar book prize

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:30

A book edited by a pair of University of Victoria professors has won the 2012 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the Hospice and Palliative Care category. Religious Understandings of a Good Death in Hospice Palliative Care (SUNY Press) was edited by Harold Coward, professor emeritus of history and founding director of UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, and Kelli Stajduhar, associate professor at the School of Nursing and the Centre on Aging. The two researchers also produced a 28-page compendium booklet for practitioners and distributed 1,200 to palliative care programs across Canada.

Higgins' translation lauded

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:27

Dr. Iain Macleod Higgins has received honorable mention in a major prize competition held under the auspices of the Modern Language Association (MLA)—the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work. The citation on his translation of The Book of John Mandeville (a medieval travel book) congratulates the UVic scholar for “impressive scholarship combine[d] with skillful translation of a medieval work with great modern relevance.” Higgins has taught at UVic since 2001 in both the English department and the medieval studies program. His teaching and research interests include later medieval English, Scottish, and French literature, travel writing and poetry—both medieval and modern. He is currently a member of the editorial board of The Malahat Review. Info on prize:

Sixth Annual Applied Linguistics Fair

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:22

Everyone is welcome at the Department of Linguistics’ free Applied Linguistics Fair, Feb. 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Michele Pujol Room of the Student Union Building. The fair celebrates language learning and teaching in Victoria and will include information and resource tables, student research posters, and great door prizes. Come and find out about exciting English, French, German, First Nations and Asian language programs in Victoria. More information:

In memoriam: Reginald Roy

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:18

Reginald Roy, one of the pioneering members of the Department of History, distinguished veteran and military historian, has died at the age of 90. In 1959, Reg became the first full-time historian hired by Victoria College and was among the faculty transferred to the new University of Victoria when it was founded in 1963. Reg taught at the university until his retirement in 1988.