The Ring

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.

Making historical sense of census data

Wed, 2012-05-09 10:49

Sager. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Sager. Photo: UVic Photo Services

What can data stored in a bunker under the Clearihue building in the early part of this century tell us about life 100 years ago? Dr. Eric Sager (history) has devoted his own life to exploring such questions and on Apr. 11, he received a career achievement award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations (CUFA) of BC in recognition of this work, marking a special personal milestone in his own history.

Craigdarroch Research Awards 2012

Wed, 2012-05-09 10:05

Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Passion, enthusiasm, a commitment to making a difference in our lives—these are the qualities that are shared by all winners of the Craigdarroch Research Awards, and this year’s “class” is no exception. The 2012 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which honour achievement in research at UVic, were presented at a celebration event on May 1.

Sager honoured for life’s work

Thu, 2012-04-12 10:29

Dr. Eric Sager (history), an expert in historical research on the Canadian census who has worked tirelessly to communicate the relevance of history to our daily lives, was awarded the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC’s Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award on Apr. 11. CUFA BC represents approximately 4,600 university professors, instructors, academic librarians and other academic staff at five BC universities.