The Ring

Sedgewick Building air quality tests to be conducted

Wed, 2012-05-09 09:33

The University of Victoria is conducting air quality tests in the Sedgewick Building following an April 16 WorkSafeBC report citing employee health concerns. The university has hired an environmental consultant recommended by WorkSafeBC to conduct the tests, which will occur within the next several weeks. The test results and any recommended actions will be shared with employees.

CARSA consultations result in parkade design choice

Tue, 2012-05-08 10:34

The revised parkade design for the proposed Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) is five levels, including one level underground, and includes additional parking for bicycles.

Surviving a major earthquake: Lessons from Christchurch

Mon, 2012-05-07 14:40

UVic delegation at Christchurch Cathedral.
UVic delegation at Christchurch Cathedral.

This March the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, welcomed a small delegation from UVic interested in seeing first-hand how the university and the city are recovering a year after the most devastating in a series of earthquakes, and discussing lessons learned and insights gained.

Sustainability Fund: The business case for plumbing

Fri, 2012-05-04 17:37

The Business and Economics (BEC) and David Strong buildings will get new low-flow toilets, urinals and faucets this summer, thanks to UVic’s Revolving Sustainability Fund (RSF). The proposal was put forward by Dr. Basma Majerbi, the operations chair at the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation and the lead of the greenBEC Sustainability Action Team.

Prof’s rare book collection celebrated

Mon, 2012-04-23 09:57

Karl Köster and Dr. Janelle Jenstad inspect a 1526 Latin Bible, part of UVic's P
Karl Köster and Dr. Janelle Jenstad inspect a 1526 Latin Bible, part of UVic's Pat Köster collection. Photo: Robie Liscomb

Local bibliophiles got a special opportunity to celebrate, inspect and actually handle a large variety of remarkable volumes at a special exhibition from the Dr. Pat Köster Book Collection in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room in the McPherson Library–Mearns Centre for Learning on April 19.

High-ranking Chinese delegation visits campus

Thu, 2012-04-12 09:58

Vice-President Academic and Provost Reeta Tremblay shows marble bust of Soong Ch
Vice-President Academic and Provost Reeta Tremblay shows marble bust of Soong Ching-Ling to Vice-Chairman Wang.

On March 15, Dr. Reeta Tremblay, vice-president academic and provost, welcomed Mr. Zhaoguo Wang, the Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress, to the UVic campus. Vice-Chairman Wang is one of the highest-ranking members of the Chinese government, and his visit recognized UVic’s strong and long-standing reputation in China.

UVic’s balanced budget framework addresses fiscal challenges

Thu, 2012-04-12 09:49

The University of Victoria’s Board of Governors approved a balanced budget framework for the 2012/13 fiscal year on March 27 that preserves funding in key areas such as student financial aid and library acquisitions while incorporating an across-the-board 1.5-per-cent reduction in other areas.

UVic appoints new vice-president external relations

Wed, 2012-04-11 09:57


The University of Victoria has appointed Carmen Charette to the position of vice-president external relations, effective August 1, 2012. The appointment follows a national search. Charette is currently executive vice-president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), where she provides strategic leadership, advises the president and council on matters related to governance and communications, and represents SSHRC with senior government, university officials and private-sector and community leaders.

$1-million gift funds co-operative outreach

Tue, 2012-04-10 14:55

Central 1 Credit Union is donating almost $1 million over the next five years to the University of Victoria’s Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy (CCCBE)—a gift that could increase if the province’s 1.7 million credit union membership expands as well. The financial contribution is based on a unique funding arrangement of nine cents per British Columbia credit union member. Subject to an annual review by Central 1’s board of directors, the centre could benefit by up to an additional 5 per cent per year

Public feedback informs CARSA redesign

Tue, 2012-04-10 09:44

Work on a revised design for a parkade related to the proposed Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) is under way following a series of open houses and public feedback on five options in March.