The Ring

Passion for travel brings a humanities grad full circle

2015-11-04 16:12

Meredith, studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Rowan Meredith misses the rain. The Slavic studies major, who graduates from UVic in November with the highest GPA in her faculty, has trudged the empty rail beds of former concentration camps in Central Europe and visited Russia in the throes of Olympic mania—but now she is in Los Angeles for graduate studies and “misses the rain desperately. It never ever rains here. Having grown up on BC’s west coast, it seems bizarre to me. I’m not dealing well without rain.”


Thai exchange proves all the world's a stage

2015-11-04 16:09

Mathison

The best way to gauge the impact of your work is always to test it in the field. For Fine Arts undergrad Clare Mathison, that meant getting out of UVic’s Phoenix Theatre and onto the world stage—in Thailand. 


Propelled by a passion for public service

2015-11-04 16:04

Joash at The Hague

Summarizing and reviewing court transcripts for the defence. Analyzing evidence and disclosure from the prosecution to the defence. This might seem like a typical day of work for a law intern, but when you’re doing it at The Hague’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, it’s anything but normal. 


International co-ops chart a path to med school

2015-11-04 15:56

LeDoux in South Africa.

From touring animal shelters in South Africa to analyzing cells from human blood or harvested mouse spleens in Vancouver, Stacey LeDoux’s UVic experiences have been a little different than most.

LeDoux graduates this month from UVic, and as she waits to hear back about her med school applications, she’s reflecting on her time as an undergraduate. “UVic not only gave me the opportunity to travel, but to explore my interests, develop my skills, and apply my learning,” she says.


Gifts of learning

2015-11-04 15:53

Kruger. Photo: Darren Elk

“Without art, I would never have discovered I was a teacher.”


Mapping his own path forward

2015-11-04 15:49

Branion-Calles

A lifelong love of maps led Michael Branion-Calles to the master’s degree he receives this month in geography. But his path was not straightforward—it started in English.

“I began my undergrad degree at UVic in English,” says Branion-Calles, “but once I took an elective geography class I quickly changed my degree path.” He says his appreciation for maps goes back to his childhood and as a kid he always liked maps—an affection that eventually pointed him to the spatial pattern analysis and research (SPAR) lab in the geography department.


Core values fuel Saanich officer's lifelong learning

2015-11-04 15:46

Stuart

Distance education program serves the needs of busy professionals—even those who live close to campus 

Asking Andy Stuart about his aspirations as a child, he recalls spending many hours playing with a specific group of Lego blocks while growing up in Gordon Head. “The police station was my favorite.”


Aligning community, contribution and commerce

2015-11-04 15:43

Martens in the Ugandan community where she supports women's economic empowerment

Brina Martens is an aspiring entrepreneur, a trailblazer, a dedicated philanthropist, and a storyteller. She is also one of the Gustavson School’s latest commerce grads, and through the years she’s taken the business school’s pillars to heart: her latest project, ethreeone, is every bit of an international, integrative, innovative and socially responsible business. 


Fuel cell-powered studies

2015-11-04 15:32

Franca

Co-ops confirm international student’s career choice in engineering

When Anaïssia Franca transferred to UVic after the second year of her engineering science program in France, communicating was her biggest challenge. 

“I had a good understanding of English—but trying to contribute my ideas in group projects when you’re the only woman and there’s a language barrier? That was very hard,” she says. 


Congrats Fall 2015 grads!

2015-11-04 15:01

Engineering graduate Anaïssia Franca.

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Fall Convocation from Nov. 9-10, ceremonies will be held to confer degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1,330 graduating students.