The Ring

Game on for Rally Song

2013-12-19 10:13

Vikes men's soccer "blue and gold" fans.

Thanks to 18 submissions from across campus—including entries by students, faculty and administration alike—the School of Music / Vikes Nation Rally Song contest has definitely been a hit. Entries ran the gamut from rap and rock to cheers and chants, and have been narrowed to a top-three list of finalists.

Athletic Teams and Olympic Dreams

2013-12-19 10:11

Heroes or chokers, rich or poor, pro or amateur, there’s nothing simple about how we see athletes. “We even demand all of them to be role models, as though athleticism is itself imbued with some noble purpose,” says noted sports writer and veteran journalist Tom Hawthorn.
Hawthorn is the 2014 Southam Lecturer for the Department of Writing and will discuss our love/hate relationship with athletes in a free public lecture at 7pm Wednesday, January 29, in UVic’s HSD A240.

Foundational Art

2013-11-01 10:46


Busy Visual Arts faculty member Sandra Meigs is not only participating in the current faculty exhibit Paradox at UVic's Legacy Art Galleries Downtown, she also has her own solo exhibition of new large-scale works, The Basement Panoramas, running at Open Space through to December 14.  

Celebrating Lorna Crozier's literary legacy

2013-11-01 10:26


Jackson 2Bears moves from alumni to Audain

2013-09-26 12:47


When it comes to the Department of Visual Arts, Jackson 2Bears is not the typical Audain Professor of Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest. Although he has yet to achieve the international reputation of previous Audain professors Rebecca Belmore, Michael Nicol Yahgulanaas and Nicholas Galanin, he is the first UVic alumnus to be appointed to the position.

A community celebration of the Bard

2013-09-12 13:36

All the world’s a stage—and for six weeks this fall, UVic will be a major player in a community celebration of the works of the Bard. The university is joining in the unique collaboration, Shakespeare Onstage-Offstage, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 25 with Pacific Opera Victoria, the Belfry Theatre, the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Royal BC Museum and other partners. One of the events is a public display of all four Shakespeare Folios in one place, for the first time ever in BC.

Music student wins national composition competition

2013-06-25 13:36

Recent UVic School of Music graduate Robert Hansler has been announced as the co-winner of the Canadian University Music Society’s annual Student Composer Competition for his piece “Broken Branch.”

Indigenous celebration leaves legacy for First Peoples House

2013-06-04 13:54

Elder Marie Cooper and Al Sam unveil a podium carved for First Peoples House

The sound of drums reverberated in the centre of the UVic campus as four groups of Indigenous drummers and dancers approached Celebration Square (the quad) from the four corners of the campus. Representing the three distinct nations on Vancouver Island—Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw—as well as visitors to the territory, the ceremonial entrance provided a powerful opening to the Indigenous Circle Celebration and dedication of a special podium for First Peoples House on June 3, as part of Congress 2013.

Flooding to Cannes

2013-06-04 12:35

Jeremy Lutter and Dan Hogg (right) behind the scenes on Floodplain

A short story turned short film turned out to be the shortest route to the Cannes International Film Festival for Fine Arts staff member Dan Hogg. A digital media technician who specializes in film production, Hogg—also a UVic alumnus—was invited to Cannes in May when his 10-minute film, Floodplain, was included in Telefilm Canada’s annual Not Short on Talent showcase.

Exhibit: Polar explorer Amundsen’s northern exposure led to South Pole success

2013-06-03 09:52

Amundsen in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. Photo: Fram Museum, Oslo

For several weeks during the first of three years in the Canadian Arctic, famed Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and his crew built igloos every day, under the watchful eye of an Inuit teacher, until they had mastered the art.

Their instructor shook his head at the sheer abundance of igloos, certain the crew had lost their senses to build so many. But such learning experiences and close relationships developed with the Inuit while on a quest to navigate the Northwest Passage from 1903–1906 proved valuable in Amundsen’s later success in becoming the first person to reach the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911.