The Ring

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.


Making UVic a mentally healthy community

Tue, 2012-03-20 08:52

Cut-down stigmas and build-up campus community was the theme of a March 6 roundtable discussion on Creating a Mentally Healthy Campus Community: Teaching, Learning and Working at UVic. This third and final roundtable in the series “Let’s Talk About Mental Health” sponsored by the Mental Health Taskforce featured representatives from various initiatives on and off campus addressing the questions: “What is a mentally healthy community and what specific strategies are in place to support that community?”


Bob McDonald: The joy of (communicating) science

Mon, 2012-03-19 08:57

McDonald prepares for his lecture. Photo: Phil Saunders
McDonald prepares for his lecture. Photo: Phil Saunders

Bob McDonald, distinguished CBC science commentator and host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, entertained a nearly full house at the Farquhar Auditorium on March 14 as the Axys Group Distinguished Speaker Series’ inaugural lecturer. Reflecting on the topic “Science as I’ve Seen It,” he described the advantages of being a science journalist and the freedom this has offered him in making knowledge more engaging and accessible to the public.


IDEAFEST 2012: New media remediates old media

Mon, 2012-03-12 08:49

The Faculty of Humanities went parliamentary for IdeaFest with their humourous but insightful March 7 debate about whether or not the book is dead. Dean of Humanities Dr. John Archibald acted as “The Speaker of the House” in the packed lecture class turned House of Commons.