The Ring

Life lessons in perseverance

2014-06-04 09:31


UVic law student Ben McConnell will be graduating with a JD (Juris Doctor) degree in June. And like many of his fellow classmates, McConnell worked hard to get to where he is today. The satisfaction of convocation day—the sense of achievement in the face of challenging coursework, long reading lists and intensive research that a law degree demands—is awesome for anyone. McConnell’s path, and his commitment to education, have been distinct and remarkable. In addition to having to contend with the everyday realities of being a law student, McConnell is totally blind—a result of early-onset glaucoma and another serious eye disease that afflicted him during childhood.

Shelagh Rogers named as UVic’s next Chancellor

2014-05-29 13:43

Rogers. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Shared values and aspirations bring celebrated broadcaster to UVic

Nationally recognized broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, OC, was announced today as the next Chancellor of the University of Victoria. The popular national radio host, witness and champion of reconciliation for Aboriginal people, long-time advocate for adult literacy and mental health awareness and an acknowledged “voice” of the country will become the university’s 11th Chancellor next year.

Planning on a smaller scale pays off big for grad

2014-05-28 15:14


Many people associate municipal planning with large urbanized communities. For geography and environmental studies grad Richard T. Buchan, however, some of Vancouver Island’s smaller communities offered much larger opportunities. Living, studying and completing co-op work terms in Port Hardy, Campbell River, and North Cowichan gave Buchan great opportunities for hands-on learning in community planning.

“I think every student should take the co-op option and apply for work in small towns,” says Buchan, “you gain work experience and often have more responsibilities in a smaller community.”

New Trudeau Scholar seeks change for Indigenous peoples

2014-05-28 11:32

Mills. Credit: UVic Photo Services

UVic Law student Aaron Mills’ doctoral work, which explores conflicting legal orders and the workings of contemporary colonialism, has earned him substantial praise and cemented his position as a leading scholar on Canadian constitutionalism and Indigenous law.

Mills is a Vanier scholar and a former Ivy League Fulbright scholar. This week, he was handed yet another honour when he was named a Trudeau scholar—one of only 14 given out this year.

From drawing board to proving ground: EcoCar 2 heads to final competition

2014-05-23 15:55

UVic’s EcoCAR 2 team of engineering students aren’t just getting hands-on experience while they study—they’re getting their hands dirty.

Since April 2011, close to 60 students in mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering, and business have been hard at work—using multi-million dollar dSPACE, Siemens and MathWorks modelling and testing tools, and a mechanic’s full suite of wrenches and ratchets—re-designing and retrofitting a GM-donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco into a next generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Witness Blanket and CUVic 2014 - Q&A with Leslie Brown

2014-05-14 09:53

During CUVic 2014 opening ceremonies on the evening of May 20 at UVic, the Witness Blanket—an art installation created by Kwagiulth artist and Master Carver Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme) and inspired by the traditional woven blanket as a symbol of protection and comfort—was presented for the first time.

UVic shines again in international science rankings

2014-05-05 14:45

The University of Victoria once again ranks in the top tier of universities in the world for scientific influence, according to the prestigious 2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking, released in late April.

In terms of scientific impact, UVic ranks fourth overall in Canada—behind Toronto, UBC and McGill—and is the top-ranked university in the country without a medical school.

Fire! Earthquake! Zombies! Are you ready for an emergency?

2014-05-02 14:24

Are you prepared?

May 4–10 is Emergency Preparedness Week, a great time to check your emergency kit and review what to do in the event of a crisis on campus, or at home.

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national event that takes place every year during the first full week of May. EP Week encourages Canadians to become better prepared for a range of emergencies, by taking three simple steps:

UVic is now home to new European Union Centre of Excellence

2014-04-30 13:59

The University of Victoria is one of Canada’s leaders in European studies and is now home to one of two new European Union Centres of Excellence (EUCE) announced January 2014 by the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.

UVic Bookstore raises funds for campus food bank

2014-04-28 11:38

Alannah James, JJ White and Nadia Hamdom (UVSS) with bookstore rep Sarah Rankin.

This April the UVic Bookstore donated $3,000 to the University of Victoria Student Society Food Bank, with funds generated by donated student textbooks. The bookstore’s year-round textbook donation program provides students an opportunity to give back to fellow classmates.

“We’ve accepted more than 1,700 used books this year,” says Katharine Wright, bookstore manager. “All the funds we receive from these books go directly to supporting on-campus student services.” All donated books are shipped to Better World Books, an organization that redistributes used textbooks for sale online, providing a percentage of the sales back to the Bookstore for student programs, such as the food bank.