The Ring

Canada’s Governor General visits UVic

Thu, 2011-10-06 09:48

Canada’s Governor General David Johnston extends a hand to Indigenous student Je
Canada’s Governor General David Johnston extends a hand to Indigenous student Jessica Brown

Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and his wife Mrs. Sharon Johnston visited the UVic campus on Sept. 26 as part of their visit to Victoria. The vice-regal couple, along with the Honourable Steven Point, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and his wife Mrs. Gwendolyn Point, were among the guests at a discussion about UVic’s LE,NONET project in the ceremonial hall of First Peoples House.

Student Refugee Program changes lives at UVic

Thu, 2011-10-06 09:44

L-R: Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle and Hanna Godalle Photo: Sasha Gronsdahl
L-R: Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle and Hanna Godalle Photo: Sasha Gronsdahl

The arrivals area of the Victoria International Airport is generally a pretty quiet place. So this August, when it was filled with UVic students holding brightly coloured signs in Swahili, it was clear they were celebrating an important occasion. The welcoming committee was there to greet Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle, and Hanna Godalle to Canada. The three students were sponsored to come to Canada and study at UVic through the World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) Student Refugee Program.

"New" Cornett celebration

Thu, 2011-09-29 15:32

Coast Salish artist lessLIE with his artwork "Reflections" on the entrance door
Coast Salish artist lessLIE with his artwork "Reflections" on the entrance door of Cornett. Photo: UVic Photo Services

On Sept. 22, under grey skies, the Cornett Building courtyard was filled with green umbrellas and smiling faces. Elder Joyce Underwood drummed and said the opening prayer and welcome to the land. After three and half years or renovation activity, the “new” Cornett was complete and it was time to celebrate and thank the staff and faculty who worked in the building despite the endless jackhammering noises, floods and loss of heat.

United Way campaign: Change starts here

Tue, 2011-09-27 08:31

The UVic 2011 United Way campaign is officially away from the starting blocks, following the barbeque launch on Sept. 21. This year’s fundraising target of $290,000 is UVic’s most ambitious goal ever.

Welcome, students!

Tue, 2011-09-06 13:38

New students on a campus tour.
New students on a campus tour. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Meng Wang (far left), Desi Brisbin (centre), and Wanjohi Mugo and Crystal Petrie (right—all in blue t-shorts) are among more than 160 UVic students volunteering this fall as orientation leaders welcoming new students to campus. The annual Weeks of Welcome feature new student orientation activities including tours and the annual President’s BBQ. UVic expects to welcome over 20,000 students to campus this fall.

Open house on planned campus development

Tue, 2011-08-30 09:53

UVic plans to transform the northern part of the campus over the next few years and will offer members of the public an opportunity to learn more about this ambitious project at an open house meeting on Sept. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the McKinnon Building apparatus gym. Presentations about the project will be offered at 5 and 7 p.m.

50th anniversary readiness begins

Thu, 2011-08-25 15:38

UVic’s 50th anniversary celebrations may not begin until next year, but the planning for the milestone has already started. A 50th anniversary office is now open in UVic’s Ceremonies Office, and Anniversary Event Manager James Burrough is busy planning the Sept. 21 pre-launch event at UVic’s fountain to launch the 50th anniversary website.

2nd annual Latin American and Spanish film week coming to Cinecenta

Mon, 2011-08-22 14:32

2011 Latin American & Spanish Film Week

Beyond the usual headlines—poverty, drug-related violence and political turmoil—Latin America is a thriving region in terms of cultural production. The second annual Latin American and Spanish Film Week brings to Victoria a fresh look on a variety of subjects—soccer, social justice, historical memory and romantic longing—as seen by a recent crop of talented directors from Latin America and Spain.

A change is in the air: New designated smoking areas

Thu, 2011-07-21 15:02

Beginning September 1, 2011, smoking on the UVic campus is only permitted in designated areas outside Ring Road. Look for the marked benches and new cigarette receptacles in convenient and accessible locations within a three-minute walk of any campus building. This change follows the 2007 introduction of UVic’s Smoking Policy, which prohibited smoking within 10 metres of buildings and structures.

Board gives green light to CARSA facility

Wed, 2011-07-13 09:18

UVic’s Board of Governors has approved funding for the construction of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities and the renovation of the McKinnon Building. Among other features, the $59-million project will include a performance gymnasium, field house and a state-of-the-art fitness and weight-training space. It will greatly enhance UVic’s health-related research and educational programs by providing room for teaching and research for the Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.