The Ring

KwaGulth artist Tony Hunt restoring landmark UVic totem pole

Wed, 2011-07-13 10:16

Tony Hunt inspects the condition of the pole. Photo: Rob Barton.
Tony Hunt inspects the condition of the pole. Photo: Rob Barton.

Companion totem poles Eagle on Decayed Pole and Raven Soaring, located in the southwestern section of the university quad, stand sentinel over UVic’s central campus green space. In 2009, an unknown person scaled Eagle on Decayed Pole and removed two eagle sculptures from the pole’s zenith. This summer KwaGulth artist and Hereditary Chief Tony Hunt (above) will be working in situ at UVic to reinstate the birds to the pole’s roost.

Volunteers the building blocks of community at Family Centre

Tue, 2011-07-05 09:00

Garth Homer Centre volunteers
From left: Scott Young, Edmond Choy, Brenda Crawford Photo: Bryna Hallam

After years on the job, the UVic Family Centre’s volunteers are definitely part of the family. Once a week for eight years, a group with the Garth Homer Society Community Access Team (CAT), which sets up volunteer opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, comes to the centre to wash the toys.

A change is in the air: Changes to campus smoking policy

Tue, 2011-06-28 12:16

UVic is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors. Beginning September 1, 2011, smoking will only be 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.

Congratulations to recipients of 2011 Sustainability Awards

Thu, 2011-06-09 11:13

Sustainability Action Team members show off campus composting buckets

Heather Seymour, the manager of food production and purchasing for University Food Services, is the recipient of UVic's first Sustainability Champion Award. This peer-nominated award highlights staff initiatives in greening their workplace and contributing to the university's sustainability goals. Heather is a tireless advocate for sustainable food purchasing, including supporting local farmers, bakeries and other food suppliers. (see Dec. 2010 Ring article)

UVic turns off sprinklers and naturalizes campus

Mon, 2011-06-06 13:09

The University of Victoria is letting the grass grow and reducing irrigation in selected areas of campus to save resources and enhance sustainability.

Beginning this spring, UVic is reducing the number of grass cuts in a number of areas, including the Alumni Garry Oak meadow, areas near the Alumni Chip Trail and student residence buildings, and part of the Cedar Hill Corner property.

Changes under way for University Food Services

Wed, 2011-06-01 16:06

Making way for the new Welcome Centre, Sweet Greens restaurant will be moving to a totally revamped Mac’s Bistro in the MacLaurin Building for September. Mac’s will re-open in September with a new name and new menu items, including breakfast sandwiches and wraps.

University Food Services is also pleased to announce that a new food outlet will be opening in the Fine Arts Building this fall. Congratulations to Kevin McGinn for coming up with the winning name, Arts Place! The new name for Mac’s Bistro will be revealed later this summer.

Connect U: UVic staff conference

Tue, 2011-05-03 09:27

Connect U graphic
Connect U staff conference takes place June 1 and 2, 2011

Have you ever wondered how some of your coworkers’ career paths evolved? Want to take a behind-the-scenes look at food services on campus? Curious about what life is like for students or faculty members?

Find out on June 1 and 2 at Connect U, UVic's first all-staff conference. This new professional development opportunity provides a chance for staff to build professional skills, strengthen leadership abilities and learn more about UVic's structure, governance, research, projects and programs.

Get cycling: Bike to Work Week 2011

Wed, 2011-04-20 13:39

Dr. Richard Pickard (English) and daughter Georgia
Dr. Richard Pickard, senior instructor in the English department, and 8-year-old daughter Georgia

If your bike helmet has been a bit neglected over the winter, now is the perfect time to show it some love. The annual Bike to Work Week will take place this year from May 30 to June 5. Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to form or join a UVic team and get cycling.

Globe and Mail editor-in-chief visits student journalists

Thu, 2011-04-07 09:34

L-R: Stackhouse, Karstens-Smith, Karas.
L-R: Stackhouse, Karstens-Smith, Karas. Photo: UVic Photo Services

As young journalists we often hear that we’re stepping out into an industry that is rapidly changing, perhaps even dying. Sometimes, however, the outlook we receive is a little bit sunnier, as was the case when John Stackhouse, editor-in-chief for the Globe and Mail, visited The Martlet on March 31.

Into That Darkness—Could it happen here?

Wed, 2011-04-06 12:50

Timing is everything. Considering the recent devastating earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan, there is an eerie sense of reality with Steven Price’s new book, Into That Darkness. An 8.7 earthquake occurring in Victoria now seems much more believable. The horrific images of destruction in two well-prepared countries struggling with seismic disaster are becoming harder to ignore. Many people on campus are asking about how to be better prepared. For some, it’s improving their existing kits and plans, for others, it’s time to start.