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Celebrating the century: 100 years of preparing educators

Thu, 2015-10-08 11:09

Students in Provincial Normal School library, 1944.
Students in Provincial Normal School library, 1944. Photo: UVic Archives

The UVic Faculty of Education is celebrating 100 years of preparing educators in Victoria with a range of events that began with a forum and celebratory dinner on Oct. 3. 

There is an unbroken chain from the current Faculty of Education reaching back a century—and UVic is proud to have many alumni from its earliest years (and from Victoria College) still involved in our work. In every corner of BC and far beyond, our educators serve at many different levels of the school system, government and private enterprises, applying what they learned to make education better for others. Teacher training has grown from preparing teachers for the classroom to inspiring and educating a diverse range of students who study in fields such as exercise science, physical and health education, educational psychology, leadership and Indigenous education. 

United Way: The power of you

Tue, 2015-10-06 07:24

The 2015 UVic United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) annual campaign officially kicked off on Oct. 1 in the University Centre lobby, with inspiring words from Patricia Jelinski, CEO of United Way Greater Victoria, President Cassels and United Way partner Carmel Chamberlain.

This year, UWGV is focusing on the people who have the power to change lives with each contribution they make, with the goal of increasing the donor base by 2,000 individuals. In support of this target, UVic aims to increase the number of donors by 100 over the next two years.

UVSS asks: "who are you voting for in the federal election?"

Mon, 2015-09-21 17:33

UVic Votes website screenshot
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This election, what are you voting for?

The 2015 federal election is in full swing, and few can miss the blitz of campaign signs, ads, tweets, posts, debates and sound bites. On campuses across the country, however, an election presents some distinct challenges—and opportunities.

Sexualized Violence Awareness Week 2015

Tue, 2015-09-08 15:38

The Clothesline Project.
The Clothesline Project.

Consent and intervention: preventing sexual assaults on campus

Across the country and around the world, universities and colleges are increasingly focusing on the issue of sexualized violence on campuses. Here at UVic, this concern is being addressed head-on during the second annual Sexualized Violence Awareness Week (SVAW) taking place Sept. 14–18 on campus.

CARSA's grand opening

Thu, 2015-06-04 11:27

Three people and Thunder breaking the ribbon at the opening ceremony.
Breaking the ribbon at the opening ceremony. Photo: Armando Tura.

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.

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

Thu, 2015-05-28 16:40

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 10:57

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 16:56

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 13:05

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 16:18

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.