The Ring

UVic #2 in 2015 Maclean's Rankings

Wed, 2014-10-29 16:20

Once again, the University of Victoria has been ranked among the top Canadian comprehensive universities by Maclean's magazine. This is the eighth consecutive year that UVic has been ranked either first or second in this category. In a strong showing across the board, UVic racked up top-three finishes in eight of the 12 key performance indicators used by Maclean's for its 2015 rankings.


UVic launches Student Mental Health Strategy

Wed, 2014-10-22 16:02

Rebekah Erickson’s life profoundly changed shortly after graduating from high school, when someone very close to her tragically passed away from suicide. In learning to cope with the grief, confusion and sadness, Erickson found her passion in life—helping others.

“I realized the importance of having a strong support network around you,” said Erickson, in her fourth year of psychology at the University of Victoria. “The loss I experienced really ignited my desire to help people who are dealing with mental illness and struggling to find that support.” A peer helper in the university’s counselling services, Erickson is pursuing a career in the mental health field.


Victoria’s Commonwealth Games remembered

Thu, 2014-08-28 11:40

Opening ceremonies, 1994 Commonwealth Games.
Opening ceremonies, 1994 Commonwealth Games.

Do you remember what you were doing 20 years ago? If you lived in Victoria, you were likely immersed in city-wide excitement for the XV Commonwealth Games.


Lazy days of summer? Don’t be so sure!

Wed, 2014-08-06 11:57

Petch Fountain in the summer.

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” That old song comes naturally to mind while strolling UVic’s walkways, enjoying the sunshine and slower pace of summer on campus. No visible throngs of students rushing to the next class, shorter lineups at the sandwich bar, no circling the parking lots hoping for a spot to open up. Just a relaxed, laid-back time to regroup, catch up and chill out.

Or not.


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.