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UVic gets top marks for sustainability in Princeton Review's annual Guide to Green Colleges

Thu, 2015-05-28 15:40

The University of Victoria was given a perfect score in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges, an annual publication spotlighting campuses in the US and Canada with exceptional commitment to sustainability in their policies, initiatives and academic programs. 

2015/16 budget framework approved

Tue, 2015-04-07 11:47

The University of Victoria's Board of Governors has approved a $338-million balanced operating budget for 2015/16 that focuses on student support and areas of enrolment growth.

UVic a top diversity employer, 2015

Thu, 2015-04-02 15:18

The University of Victoria has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the fourth year in a row. The winners of the 2015 competition were announced Mar. 31, recognizing 65 organizations across the country for a range of exceptional initiatives to attract and retain employees from diverse communities.

President's Distinguished Service Awards

Thu, 2015-03-05 10:35

Arthur Makosinski in an engineering lab.
Makosinski. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Celebrating exceptional staff

The celebration of this year’s President’s Distinguished Service Award recipients, hosted by President Jamie Cassels, took place Feb. 25 at the University Club. Before the recipients were named, Valerie Kuehne, UVic’s acting vice-president academic and provost, recognized and congratulated all those who had been nominated.

UVic Law’s 40th anniversary: a legal education of quality and commitment

Thu, 2015-03-05 09:52

2015 is a banner year for UVic Law: its 40th anniversary. We often think of UVic Law as a young faculty, but it has now delivered four decades of first-class legal education.  

On March 6 and 7, the faculty will celebrate this milestone with a series of events for alumni, faculty, students and friends. It is a time to take stock. What kind of law school is UVic? What distinctive contributions has it made to Canadian legal education over the last 40 years? Or, to put the question with a little more edge: Would British Columbia, would Canada, be any different if UVic Law had not been founded?

Welcome to the Edge

Tue, 2015-03-03 10:43

VP External Relations Carmen Charette with UVic President Jamie Cassels posing.
Charette and Cassels sporting newly designed t-shirts and hoodies at the Feb. 24 launch event.

Don't look now, but you’re living on the Edge . . . and it's a great place to be!

On Feb. 24, in the University Centre, hundreds of students, staff and faculty were on hand to greet UVic’s vibrant new look: a positioning concept, university narrative, and visual identity that reflects our university’s distinct qualities and defines the characteristics that set us apart—the UVic Edge.

Residence renewal plan proposed

Fri, 2015-01-23 15:06

Residences Services is proposing a 10-year plan to address significant needed improvements to the university’s aging student residences and a shortage of campus housing.

Among the needed work are new roofs, mechanical systems, and the removal and replacement of water-damaged building exteriors. An increase in residence fees, which are currently up to 30 per cent less than comparable Canadian universities, is proposed to pay for the maintenance projects as well as construction of a new residence in the coming years.

Passing the torch

Wed, 2015-01-07 16:28

Farmer and Rogers standing side by side.
L-R: Farmer and Rogers. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

At the end of 2014, Murray Farmer concluded his term as UVic Chancellor, and was succeeded in the post by Shelagh Rogers. At the end of December, Farmer had served an amazing 150 months on the UVic Board of Governors, making him one of the longest-serving elected or appointed board members.

UVic wraps up successful United Way campaign

Thu, 2014-12-18 11:14

The thermometers are overflowing, and that can only mean one thing. UVic has completed another successful United Way campaign, exceeding our 2014 goal of $262,000. The final tally for money raised during the 2014 campaign, as of January 5, was $268,000. Thanks to more than 425 wonderful UVic United Way supporters, we were able to make a significant contribution to United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) again this year.

Chancellor Murray Farmer: a legacy of leadership

Fri, 2014-12-05 15:57

Chancellor Murray Farmer and his wife Lynda at an alumni event.
Chancellor Murray Farmer and his wife Lynda. Photo: Photo Services.

If UVic Chancellor Murray Farmer has a recurring dream, it must surely include the words “Admitto Te,” or “I admit you.” After all, he has spoken those words more than 17,000 times in the past six years, presiding over 79 convocation ceremonies. Each time, the words were accompanied by a warm smile and a gentle tap on the head of the student with his cap, as he congratulated them on his or her accomplishments.

Farmer’s term as Chancellor wraps up on Dec. 31, after six memorable years as the titular head of the university. His connection with UVic, however, goes back much further—back, in fact, to the earliest days of the university.