The Ring

UVic athletes heading to London Olympics

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:27

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


Google trike maps campus

Fri, 2012-06-01 00:00

Google trike at the fountain. Photo: Beth Doman
Google trike at the fountain. Photo: Beth Doman

In late May, mapping technicians from Google were at UVic to photograph 360-degree panoramic views of the campus, including pedestrian pathways, trails and parking lots. The mapping information will eventually be available on the internet via Google Street View to assist with wayfinding on the UVic campus and allow visitors, prospective students and employees and others to virtually experience our beautiful campus. The trike is equipped with multiple lenses that capture 360-degree photos and store them in an onboard computer system. Motion sensors track the trike’s position while lasers capture 3D data to determine distances within the Street View imagery.


Bike to Work Week rides to the rescue

Fri, 2012-05-04 17:31

Rachel Goldsworthy, Co-ordinator, Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation
Rachel Goldsworthy, Co-ordinator, Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Unlike brain power, muscle strength or dollars at the end of the fiscal year, calories don’t belong to the “use it or lose it” family. But don’t worry—Bike to Work Week rides to the rescue!


UVic hosts Saanich Cyclefest

Sun, 2012-04-22 00:00

Cyclists of all ages were treated to blue skies and warm weather as Saanich families came out in packs to the third annual Saanich Cycling Festival, held on campus April 22. The venue was fitting for the Earth Day-themed cycling celebration, as the festival transformed UVic’s parking lot 10 into a bicyclist’s paradise for kids and adults alike. Co-hosted by the University Sustainability Office, the event kicked off with two group rides for older and younger bikers, which converged on the University campus for an afternoon of music, entertainment, and education.


Talking books, or back to basics

Thu, 2012-04-12 09:29

Wilson as a 'human book'. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Wilson as a 'human book'. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

“A human library? What’s that?” Although “Human Libraries” or “Living Libraries” have become a worldwide phenomenon, there are still many people on and off campus not familiar with it. As the chair of the UVic Libraries Equity and Diversity Committee, I was asked if the committee could organize a Human Library for 2012, following on an event held in 2010. UVic’s successful Human Library was held March 21 and 22 in the Mearns Centre for Learning/McPherson Library.


UVic Plant Sale 2012 blossoms May 6

Mon, 2012-04-09 15:02

Volunteer Dean Goard at last year's plant sale.
Volunteer Dean Goard at last year's plant sale.

The UVic Plant Sale returns this year with an added emphasis on plants propagated from Finnerty Gardens in addition to the usual broad and varied selection for which the sale is famous. Fuchsias, flowering maples and lots of perennials—all from Finnerty and well potted in sizes up to one gallon—will be available at reasonable prices. The sale is on Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in McKinnon Gym. Dean Goard (shown above at last year’s sale) is one of the many volunteer members of the Finnerty Garden Friends who pitch in to put on the sale. Proceeds support the ongoing development of Finnerty Gardens.


IDEAFEST 2012: Climate change and food security for BC

Mon, 2012-04-09 13:06

When people analyse the issue of climate change, they often consider global temperature increases, rising sea levels and changes to ecosystems. The issue of food production and protection is another concern, though. On March 6, as part of UVic’s IdeaFest, Dr. Francis Zwiers, director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, and Dr. Aleck Ostry, a professor in UVic’s Department of Geography, held a public discussion about climate change in relation to food security in British Columbia—specifically in regard to water issues.


Bookstore unveils new textbook sales space

Sun, 2012-04-01 14:02

The new textbook sales area in the UVic Bookstore is now open for business
L-R Penny Draper, Jim Forbes, Solange de Almeida and Renée Rudman in the new textbook sales area

The new textbook sales area in the UVic Bookstore opened for business on March 2. The new space on the ground floor of the Campus Services Building has been redesigned to be more functional, with a flex area that can expand as needed at busy times of year. “We’ve renewed and retooled to make this the most modern bookstore in Canada, with a focus on the digital delivery of course materials,” says director of campus services Jim Forbes.


UVic names three new academic leaders and reappoints Blackstone

Thu, 2012-03-29 14:04

Three new academic leaders will take up their posts at UVic this summer, with the appointments of Dr. David Capson as dean of graduate studies, Dr. Saul Klein as dean of the Gustavson School of Business and Dr. Andrew Marton as new associate academic vice-president international.


IDEAFEST 2012: The Arab Spring: A season, or much more?

Thu, 2012-03-29 09:32

The uprisings that flared up throughout the Middle East a year ago—events known as The Arab Spring—have not only altered the political landscape of that region, they have had an impact on the entire world. This was the topic of discussion for an IDEAFEST panel of UVic scholars on March 8. The Arab Spring One Year Later: Revolution, Resolution and Resentment public forum was not just about examining transformations of the past year, however, it was also about considering possible scenarios for the future.