The Ring

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?

The daily lives of 18 UVic students, one blog post at a time

Tue, 2015-01-27 10:55

A collage of photos featuring student bloggers.
My UVic Life features blog posts from 18 undergrad students.

Life for a university student isn’t just essays, exams and ramen noodles—although those are a big part of it. There are also yoga raves, nights of uninterrupted Netflix marathons, awkward icebreakers and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Whether you're a high school student wondering what's like to be an undergraduate student at UVic or a current student looking to share in your classmates’ experiences, you’ll find something new in a blogging project that spotlights student life at UVic.

UVic United Way campaign: Final push toward fundraising goal

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:35

Though the temperature may be dropping outside, the UVic United Way thermometers are only getting hotter, with the 2014 campaign 88 per cent of the way to the $250,000 goal. There is still time to make a gift to United Way Greater Victoria and support your community. Information about donating online is available at