The Ring

Student-athletes at XX Commonwealth Games in Scotland

Mon, 2014-07-28 15:01

14 current, former or soon-to-be UVic varsity athletes are competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The opportunity to be part of a larger national team at a multi-sport international games is not something that happens very often. A number of athletes with UVic connections including 14 current, former or soon-to-be Vikes varsity athletes are in Glasgow, Scotland competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games (held every four years).


Inside tour of CARSA

Mon, 2014-07-14 12:37

Zac Andrus and Shawna Dash with hard hats
UVic's Zac Andrus and Shawna Dash take a tour inside CARSA.

To simply say that UVic's new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities will be an improvement over existing facilities is a huge understatement. This fact is becoming more and more apparent as construction on CARSA enters the final months.


UVic Bookstore raises funds for campus food bank

Mon, 2014-04-28 12:38

Alannah James, JJ White and Nadia Hamdom (UVSS) with bookstore rep Sarah Rankin.
Alannah James, JJ White and Nadia Hamdom of the UVSS with Sarah Rankin, bookstore marketing coordinator. Photo: Graham McFarlane

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.


UVic retirees present Masterminds 2014

Wed, 2014-04-09 09:21

van den Driessche. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
van den Driessche. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Retirement has rarely stopped UVic professors from sharing their rich intellectual knowledge and experiences with communities on or off campus. This April, four UVic retirees will offer insight on topics ranging from Islam to the use of math to control infectious diseases as part of the annual Masterminds free public lecture series. Presented by the UVic Retirees Association and the Centre on Aging—with support from the university—the series takes place at 7 p.m. in UVic’s Harry Hickman Building, room 105.


Introducing the UVic ONECard

Tue, 2014-04-01 11:36

The new UVic ONECard
The new UVic ONECard

UVic is launching the ONECard, a new photo identification card for all members of the UVic community, on May 1, 2014.

Offering the services of multiple cards in one, the ONECard will be the official identification card for members of the campus community. ONECard will support the functionality of current ID and food services cards, including tap-and-go payment technology at all University Food Services locations.


Half a million women lean in for web event

Thu, 2014-03-06 15:49

Sybil Verch and Pat Elemans at the TTL launch. Photo: UVic photo services
Sybil Verch and Pat Elemans at the TTL launch.

Nearly 150 people (mostly women) gathered Feb. 19 at UVic to take part in a Take The Lead live-stream webcast, to address gender challenges to achieving success in the workplace. Take The Lead, a new US-based organization that works to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions, drew half a million web-linked participants to its launch event worldwide. The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and Sybil Verch of the Raymond James Group sponsored the local evening.


Celebration of exceptional staff

Wed, 2014-02-19 12:49

The LCIT team from EPHE received the Team Award for Innovation
Laboratory Coordination and Instructional Team, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

The celebration of this year's President’s Distinguished Service Award recipients, hosted by President Jamie Cassels, took place on Feb. 20 at the University Club. Reeta Tremblay, UVic’s vice-president academic and provost, and Kane Kilbey, associate vice-president human resources, made presentations before the announcement of this year’s recipients.


Student chemistry symposium builds skills, confidence and elemental connections

Thu, 2014-02-06 16:41

The exchange of ideas at major conferences is a chief driving force of scientific progress. Conferences and symposiums provide opportunities to share one’s work with the global scientific community, to learn about and be inspired by emerging research and, perhaps most importantly, to network with other scientists.

On Jan. 30, the UVic Department of Chemistry hosted the Chemical Institute of Canada’s 2014 Vancouver Island Section Student Symposium—a regional symposium offering a scaled-down conference experience to student researchers without the financial hurdles of registration fees and travel.


Literary festival takes root on campus

Thu, 2014-02-06 16:38

The campus will be teeming with lit lovers and writers alike from Feb. 20-22 as the Malahat Review hosts WordsThaw 2014, the second-annual spring symposium put on by UVic’s renowned literary quarterly. Participants will mingle, learn and delight alongside 38 featured poets, novelists, short-story writers and journalists from Victoria and beyond.


University Centre Caf gets a makeover

Fri, 2013-12-20 15:18

Mystic Market artist's rendering
The Mystic Market is scheduled to open in University Centre in fall 2014

The University Centre Cafeteria closed its doors on Dec. 13 to facilitate a major renovation and expansion. The eight-month project will see a shift from a cafeteria-style model to a market-style concept where food is freshly prepared before the customer. The new facility, to be named Mystic Market, will set a new standard in campus dining, creating a unique, West Coast dining experience for students, staff, faculty and visitors. The facility will introduce nine self-branded dining concepts to appeal to the diverse tastes of the campus community.