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UVic gets top marks for sustainability in Princeton Review's annual Guide to Green Colleges

Thu, 2015-05-28 15:40

The University of Victoria was given a perfect score in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges, an annual publication spotlighting campuses in the US and Canada with exceptional commitment to sustainability in their policies, initiatives and academic programs. 

Grand opening of UVic's Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities

Mon, 2015-05-04 09:57

Thunder, Alyshia Joinson, Aleah Ross and Reiner Theil race to the "finish" line. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Just hours into the community open house for UVic’s new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), every corner of the 190,000 square foot facility was filled with activity.

Family Centre marks 20 years

Wed, 2015-04-08 15:56

L-R: Child and Youth Care practicum student Angie Gray, Catherine Bodson-Verhaegen and Felix.

Occupying a modest, two-bedroom suite within the Family Housing complex on Lam Circle, the UVic Family Centre was intended as a family health unit. Twenty years later, it has evolved into something much more, says director Elizabeth Quong, “and that’s a good thing.”

Opening day excitement builds for CARSA

Tue, 2015-04-07 12:05

The exterior of CARSA, March 2015.

Seven years ago, the potential users of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) sat down with members of UVic’s Facilities Management to discuss what they imagined the new facility would look like and do. Now the 17,700-square-metre building is ready to open on May 1 and Vikes Recreation Health and Fitness Programmer Amy Allen can’t wait.

“I’m so done with imagining, let’s just get in there,” she says enthusiastically. “It’s breathtaking. It just has so much going for it.”

UVic a top diversity employer, 2015

Thu, 2015-04-02 15:18

The University of Victoria has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the fourth year in a row. The winners of the 2015 competition were announced Mar. 31, recognizing 65 organizations across the country for a range of exceptional initiatives to attract and retain employees from diverse communities.

Eclectic Masterminds lecture series returns with glaciers, zombies, music and linguistics

Thu, 2015-04-02 09:30

A "peak experience" for Sanseverino.
A "peak experience" for Sanseverino.

This year’s series of Masterminds free public lectures traverses an eclectic terrain of ideas. A singer, trombone player and a tuba player meet on stage to play music and tell stories about some of their life-changing musical experiences. A computer scientist compares historical and current photographs of mountain glaciers as part of an investigation into the effects of climate change in the West. A medical anthropologist combines research, storytelling and zombie metaphors as part of a cautionary tale of stress in our culture. And a linguist and app developer uses sound and video to demonstrate how we produce language.

Vibrant UVic artist honoured with Governor General’s Award

Mon, 2015-03-23 14:18

Meigs in her studio. Photo: Nik West
Meigs in her studio. Photo: Nik West

Department of Visual Arts professor and nationally renowned painter Sandra Meigs was named one of only eight winners in the annual Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts on March 24.

CARSA memberships on sale March 2

Fri, 2015-02-06 10:51

CARSA opens in May to replace UVic’s aging and heavily used recreational facilities, but students, faculty, staff and community members don’t have to wait until then to purchase memberships to access the centre’s state-of-the-art workout facilities and climbing wall.

What's next for McKinnon?

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:47

Klimstra and Hundza conducting an exercise experiment in a lab
Klimstra and Hundza in the present Motion and Mobility Lab. Photo: UVic Photo Services

In the next few months, the Vikes will slam-dunk for the last time in McKinnon gym, Thunder will wave a fuzzy goodbye to its once-sky-blue walls, gymnasts and martial artists will take in the last of the distinctive 1975 scent of the apparatus gym and most other athletics and recreation activities will relocate to their new digs in CARSA—the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities.

When they do, the 40-year-old McKinnon building will be getting a new lease on life.

Fourth annual IdeaFest a week of discovery and exchange

Wed, 2015-01-28 10:07

IdeaFest 2015
IdeaFest 2015

When does a disease turn into an epidemic? How do scientific and Indigenous knowledge intersect? What is your ideal electrical grid? (Hint: marbles can show you.) How can we live well and age well? And why the backlash against diversity in video games?