The Ring

Congress 2013 brings 7,000+ delegates and community celebrations to campus

Mon, 2013-05-06 09:31

The Congress 2013 team gets ready to roll out the red carpet.
The Congress 2013 team (L-R): Suzanne Dane, Ali MacDonald, Catherine Mateer, Jim Dunsdon and Christine Lewis

The campus may feel a bit quiet without the hubbub of regular term activities, but that will soon change when the biggest conference in the university’s history–the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences–comes to campus from June 1 to 8.


UVic@100 contest winners

Mon, 2013-04-29 10:07

What will UVic be like in 2063?
What will UVic be like in 2063?

What will UVic be like on its 100th anniversary? Last month, The Ring asked all forward-looking members of the UVic community to unleash their imaginations and describe UVic in 2063. Our judges awarded first prize to Cheryl Hebb, director of campus-based fundraising in the Development Office. Runner-up prize went to fourth-year biology student Ryan Heron.


President’s distinguished service awards 2012

Thu, 2013-03-07 07:43

Scientists and Innovators in the Schools Team (L-R): Fawkes, Berry, Browning.
Scientists and Innovators in the Schools Team (L-R): Fawkes, Berry, Browning.

The celebration of this year’s President’s Distinguished Service Awards, hosted by President David Turpin, took place on Feb. 21 at the Cadboro Commons Dining Room, as the closing event for the Connect U all-staff conference.


Student entrepreneurs give it their best shot

Mon, 2013-02-04 19:33

UVic's 2013 Pitch-it Winners
UVic's 2013 Pitch-it Winners

UVic undergraduate students are ripe with innovative ideas, as UVic’s fifth annual Pitch-it event proved on Jan. 24. This event welcomes students from all faculties to make a 90-second pitch for an existing or possible business venture.


RING RETRO: Howard Petch's 25th Anniversary Message

Fri, 2013-02-01 12:11

Half a UVic lifetime ago, then-President Howard Petch delivered his 25th anniversary message. Reading it today, much is familiar, though much has changed.


New International Commons provides a world of support

Mon, 2012-12-03 14:39

Applied linguistics master’s student Jill Fu reads at the metissage performance.
Applied linguistics master’s student Jill Fu reads at the metissage performance.

If you had wandered into the McPherson Library on the afternoon of Nov. 19, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into a United Nations reception. A large and diverse crowd was gathered in the Mearns Centre for Learning for the official opening and dedication of the Marnie Swanson International Commons.


International employees establish new support network

Wed, 2012-11-28 11:48

Umeki (with globe) and Lyuba Goundareva and Helena Miklea. Photo: UVic Photo Ser
Umeki (with globe) and Lyuba Goundareva and Helena Miklea. Photo: UVic Photo Services

A new support network for UVic employees whose first language is not English is quickly gaining momentum. Founded only last winter, the Immigrant Employee Support Network (IESN) has become a place for employees from international backgrounds to meet and support one another while gaining workplace skills.


Degrees Catering celebrates launch

Mon, 2012-11-26 15:26

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 15:39

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 11:50

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.