The Ring

50th Anniversary Festival a feast of fun

Wed, 2012-10-03 09:11

Elder-in-residence Ron George (Cowichan) tends the pit cook fire. Photo: UVic Ph
Elder-in-residence Ron George (Cowichan) tends the pit cook fire. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Anniversary Festival on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28–29 was a scene of celebration in the quad. Performers including The Chantrelles, Carmanah, Hayley and Acres of Lions created a party atmosphere as over 100 showcases—tours, talks and open houses—took place all over campus and visitors sampled the offerings of more than 30 faculties and departments.


“What does space smell like?”

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:39

Payette floating in space aboard space shuttle Endeavour
Payette floating in space aboard space shuttle Endeavour

It’s a question that most of us are probably curious about but few (well, at least few born before the year 2000) will ever get to answer from first-hand experience. As it turns out, space smells a bit like a hospital—antiseptic, cold and immensely clean—according to Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, who took questions like this one from a huge crowd after her presentation at the University of Victoria on Aug. 27.


Online map tool targets renter scramble

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:14

Are you in a mad scramble to find rental accommodation in Victoria’s tight real estate market? Help is at hand. A new online map tool, created through UVic’s Computer Human Interaction Software Engineering Lab (CHISEL) group by computer science PhD students Jamie Starke and Lars Grammel, is aimed at helping people looking for rentals in Victoria find the right place to live.


Mapping the art of mentoring

Mon, 2012-09-10 07:46

Mentoring Program facilitator Jolie Wist (left) and Campus Art Tour Guide co-cre
Mentoring Program facilitator Jolie Wist (left) and Campus Art Tour Guide co-creator Sandra Curran Photo: John Threlfall

Given that I’ve worked on campus for less than two years, it was a surprise to be asked to participate in UVic’s Mentoring Program. But when 18-year campus veteran Sandra Curran applied to the program, I turned out to have all the skills she wanted in a mentor. "I was looking to spend time with someone working in a creative position on campus, and to find opportunities to add creativity to my job," says Curran, who has spent much of the past decade as the graduate secretary for the School of Child and Youth Care.


Idyllic lakefront facility available for study, workshops, retreats

Mon, 2012-09-10 07:43

View of the dock and Cowichan Lake from UVic’s Simpson property
View of the dock and Cowichan Lake from UVic’s Simpson property

Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean you have to shelve your dreams of rusticating at the cottage or lake for another year. Nestled along nearly a kilometre of wooded shoreline on scenic Cowichan Lake is UVic’s own version of an idyllic lakefront getaway—the Jeanne S. Simpson Field Studies Resource Centre. A perfect location for field study or an inspirational workshop, meeting or retreat, it’s available—at a modest charge—for all academic and administrative units and clubs in support of their programs and the strategic goals of the university.


UVic and Island Savings team up for families

Mon, 2012-09-10 07:40

See article for captioningIt really is a gift that will keep on giving. The Univ
See article for captioning

It really is a gift that will keep on giving. The University of Victoria and Island Savings have recently announced a partnership between the two institutions, as part of Island Savings’ Growing Island Families Together (GIFT) program.


School of Music to stream live concerts

Mon, 2012-09-10 07:35

Too busy to catch a School of Music concert? Starting Sept. 15, live audio of select performances will be streamed directly through the School of Music website—a move which will also benefit students from out of town, whose families can’t always attend important concerts.


Kielburger speech lights fire under new students

Thu, 2012-09-06 13:24

Kielburger. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kielburger. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Guest speaker, philanthropist and child-rights activist Craig Kielburger shared his favorite formula with a crowd of fresh-faced new students at UVic’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Sept. 4, and it resonated with more than just the math department. It’s a simple equation, but one that proves to be greater than the sum of its parts: “spark + gift = better world.”


Here's the new uvic.ca

Mon, 2012-08-20 10:03

UVic has a new online look just in time for the start of its 50th anniversary celebrations.


UVic athletes heading to London Olympics

Wed, 2012-07-11 07:27

Ten Vikes alumni have punched their tickets to the London Olympics, July 27 to Aug. 12.