The Ring

Nursing students help with the RJH Patient Care Centre Tower move

Thu, 2011-04-07 09:23

Nursing student Jumana Tubeishat and instructor Carolyn Hammond.
Nursing student Jumana Tubeishat and instructor Carolyn Hammond. Photo: Robbyn Lanning

On Sunday, March 13, over 200 UVic Nursing “Students on the Move” helped transfer nearly 300 patients from the Royal Jubilee Hospital’s old inpatient units to its new Patient Care Centre (PCC) Tower in just under eight hours. Teams of nursing undergrads volunteered their time, working four- and six-hour shifts, to help Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) staff receive patients relocating from the old hospital.

Humanitarian award to Paralympian law student

Wed, 2011-04-06 13:07

Vliegenhart. Photo: UVic Photo Services

UVic Law student, wheelchair athlete and community volunteer Jessica Vliegenhart is this year’s recipient of the Ann Roberts Humanitarian Award. Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Law and the Victoria Bar Association, it acknowledges her outstanding and selfless contribution of time and effort to the well-being of the law school, individuals within the school, and people in the community at large.

UVic Japanese students organize and respond with support

Tue, 2011-04-05 13:20

Students (L-R): Nozomi Kido, Keiichi Otani and Hiroko Ota.
Child and Youth Care students (L-R): Nozomi Kido, Keiichi Otani and Hiroko Ota. Photo: Christine McLaren

The waters have receded and the tremors have diminished in Japan, but amidst unstable nuclear reactors and the rubble of a starkly redefined landscape, communities begin to face the challenge of rebuilding and coping with the loss. Here at UVic, separated by an ocean of uncertainty, we watch and wait, wondering how this disaster will affect us all. For two Japanese students in the School of Child and Youth Care, watching was not enough.

Stories of success: Aboriginal Economic Development Symposium 2011

Fri, 2011-04-01 13:56

James Hopkins welcomes guests
James Hopkins, National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair, welcomes guests to third annual symposium

Stories of success and inspiration created a meaningful backdrop for discussion that took place at the 2011 symposium hosted by Professor James Hopkins, the UVic National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair.

“The stories help us appreciate and understand the challenges faced by Aboriginal peoples across Canada when asserting their cultural identity in the pursuit of economic development,” said Hopkins.

Discovering sweet suite music

Wed, 2011-03-30 11:35

Music Discoveries 2011 - Final Performance
Music Discoveries 2011 - Final Performance. Photo: Astrid Sidaway-Wolf

What do you get when you combine a handful of enthusiastic UVic music education students, 65 talented middle-school students and a few dedicated professional musical clinicians and performers?  Sweet, “suite” music, of course.

Retirees spark discussion with Masterminds Lectures

Tue, 2011-03-29 12:37

Learn about ethics in health care, art in the High Arctic, and the secrets of the ocean floor as UVic’s 2011 Masterminds Lecture Series continues.

Annual awards program lauds local heroes

Wed, 2011-03-09 11:49

Photo of Prince and Pauly
L-R: Prince, Pauly. Photo:Marc Christensen.

On Feb. 16, nominees of the 2011 Victoria’s Leadership Awards (VLA) were celebrated as exceptional community champions, including this year’s recipients of the University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards—Bernie Pauly and Michael Prince.

Cable pioneer named 2011 distinguished entrepreneur

Wed, 2011-03-02 12:35

J.R. Shaw, Executive Chair, Shaw Communications Inc.
J.R. Shaw, Executive Chair, Shaw Communications Inc.

They say a successful entrepreneur is someone who can see just a bit further down the road than the rest of us. This statement rings true for the Gustavson School of Business and its Board of Advisers who are awarding JR Shaw, visionary and founder of Shaw Communications Inc., its 2011 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award (DEYA).

UVic 2010 United Way blasts past goals

Wed, 2011-01-26 16:14

UVic campus community members—staff, students, faculty and retirees—have more than 300,000 reasons to be very proud of the UVic 2010 United Way campaign.

The final tally for the annual campaign was declared on Jan. 25, 2011 and in total we raised $302,328 and welcomed 81 new donors! (The 2010 campaign goals were to raise $280,000 and increase donor participation by 62 new donors.)

New device allows everyone to rack 'em up

Mon, 2011-01-10 12:01

Photo of Spelt and Livingstone using device
L-R: Lane and CanAssist Director Livingstone

When the University of Victoria’s CanAssist team held its Christmas party in 2008, everyone had a great time shooting pool—everyone except Dan Spelt, a research assistant in CanAssist’s software lab who has cerebral palsy and is unable to hold a billiard cue. CanAssist develops and delivers innovative technologies and services to improve the quality of life for those with special needs. That night, Darcy Lane, CanAssist’s manager of hardware, said that someday the team would create a device that would enable Dan to play pool.