The Ring

Pursuing social justice in an institutional context

Wed, 2012-02-08 11:33

Drawing inspiration from graffiti to strategic plans, from unions to the occupy movement, panellists probed what it takes to pursue social justice in an institutional context Jan. 24 as part of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum, Critical Conversations: Living Social Justice.


Celebrating exceptional staff

Wed, 2012-02-08 10:59

Stone. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Stone. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Three individuals and one innovative team have received President’s Distinguished Service Awards for their outstanding contribution to the betterment of the university and its community. This year, the Team Award for Innovation was presented to the WITS Programs Team (psychology). The individual award winners are: Leah Stone (enrolment services), First Five Years: Outstanding Contribution; David Nelles (earth and ocean sciences), Award for Outstanding Service; and Diana Walton (nursing), Award for Outstanding Leadership.


Writing contest reflects diversity

Fri, 2012-01-27 15:33

Coming out, homelessness, mental wellness, child labour… entries in the 2011 Diversity Writing Contest left few stones unturned on the themes of diversity, equity and inclusion. Congratulations to the winning writers, who were recognized during the opening reception of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum on Jan. 23 in First Peoples House.


Rolling out the welcome mat

Thu, 2012-01-05 12:36

Welcome Centre Receptionist Cheryl Lawrence helps a visitor at the newly opened
Welcome Centre Receptionist Cheryl Lawrence helps a visitor. Photo: UVic Photo Services

“Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome” are not just words in the popular song “Cabaret,” but part of the everyday vocabulary and philosophy for staff at who have rolled out the welcome mat at UVic’s newly opened Welcome Centre.

Located on the first floor of the University Centre next to the cafeteria, the new centre promises to be a “one stop shop” of information for prospective and current students, staff, faculty and visitors to campus.


Vikes win fifth national title in men's soccer

Mon, 2011-11-14 13:25

Men's soccer team celebrate championship
Men's soccer team celebrate championship

The Vikes men’s soccer team won their fifth CIS national title in school history with a 3–1 win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies in front of 3,023 fans at Centennial Stadium Nov. 13.

UVic's men's soccer teams have now won five national titles including banners in 2004, 1996, 1987 and 1975.


Awards honour four UVic legacies

Fri, 2011-11-04 11:04

Finch
Finch

Chief Justice of BC Lance Finch will be among four members of the university community to be honoured this month at the annual UVic Legacy Awards. Finch will be recognized alongside Dr. Gary MacGillivray (mathematics and statistics), Vikes Soccer supporter George Smith, and Dr. Andreas Antoniou, professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. An estimated crowd of 500 university supporters will gather at the Victoria Conference Centre on the evening of Nov. 22 for the awards celebration.


Krokers address “Exits to the Posthuman Future”

Fri, 2011-11-04 10:48

“I am multiple and sometimes we are one.” This was the vision of the future that Dr. Arthur Kroker and his partner Marilouise Kroker described in their surreal presentation on Oct. 26 as part of the OFFLABEL festival. The lecture, entitled “Exits to the Posthuman Future,” was a cerebral prediction of what human nature will look like in the impending hi-tech age of digital ubiquity.


Share your UVic great moments

Thu, 2011-10-06 21:40

Commonwealth Games volunteers during closing ceremonies at Centennial Stadium
Commonwealth Games volunteers during closing ceremonies at Centennial Stadium

The organizers of UVic’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations are inviting you to take a stroll down memory lane and contribute to the anniversary website at the same time. The link to “Great Moments at UVic” on the web is now live and ready to accept your nominations.


Canada’s Governor General visits UVic

Thu, 2011-10-06 10:48

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 10:44

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.