The Ring

Idyllic lakefront facility available for study, workshops, retreats

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:43

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 08:40

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 08:35

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 14:24

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

Mon, 2012-08-20 11:03

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 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.