The Ring

Degrees Catering celebrates launch

Mon, 2012-11-26 14:26

The University of Victoria’s newly rebranded Degrees Catering celebrated its official launch on Nov. 20. Along with the new name, Degrees has new menus and a fresh, contemporary look and feel. A new logo, uniforms, website and a redesigned office space complete the package. Degrees will also be offering new features such as hot lunch and dinner service—in their place or yours.

University Club receives a facelift

Tue, 2012-10-30 14:39

A new cedar shake roof was recently installed on the University Club.
University Club and pond

The University Club’s picturesque pond is usually a tranquil oasis on the south side of campus. Over the past few months, the pond has provided a backdrop for a small army of contractors working on a complete makeover of the building exterior.

It’s never too late to support the United Way

Tue, 2012-10-30 10:50

This year’s UVic United Way campaign got off to a strong start in October, and there is still time to donate and show your support at upcoming campus fundraising events.

Major progress in labour negotiations as talks continue

Thu, 2012-10-04 08:57

As of Oct. 3, negotiating teams from the University of Victoria and CUPE campus locals 917 and 951 were still involved in bargaining. The parties had returned to the bargaining table during the week of Sept. 18 to address a variety of the non-monetary issues remaining from their last bargaining session in June.

UVic gets go ahead for new CARSA facility

Thu, 2012-10-04 08:53

On Sept. 17, Saanich Council gave the green light for UVic to move ahead with the new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities and related parkade. Councillors unanimously voted in favour of the necessary development variances while also commending the university for thorough public consultation.

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.