The Ring

Within reach

Mon, 2015-12-07 16:00

The Victoria hand. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
The Victoria hand. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Compassion and technology combine to make better replacement limbs.

     From the autumn 2015 UVic Torch Alumni Magazine.
     Michelle Wright, BSc ’99

UVic alumna named interim leader of the official opposition

Fri, 2015-11-06 17:10

UVic in strong position to respond to TRC recommendations

Wed, 2015-11-04 17:29

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final 11-page set of recommendations, one of the commission’s overarching goals loomed so large, it seemed poised to walk right off the document.

“The idea is that all we have learned is not to become stored and dusty,” explains Commissioner Marie Wilson. “It is a call to action.”

Three UVic alumnae in new federal cabinet

Wed, 2015-11-04 12:36


The University of Victoria congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team of 30 new cabinet ministers—sworn in today at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa—which, notably for the campus community, includes three UVic alumnae.

Unique ethnohistory field school well into its second decade

Thu, 2015-10-29 16:22

Student Jesse Robertson and Matsqui elder Joan Silver (right). Photo: Tenille Campbell.

The only ethnohistory field school in Canada to offer a firsthand learning opportunity involving traditional knowledges of oral history and research of historical documents has been immersing graduate students every second spring since 1998 deep within the Stó:lō community in BC.

It's never too early to have "the talk"

Wed, 2015-10-14 16:15

Most children receive their first sexual information from a source other than their parents or teachers. The main source: the Internet. As children become tethered to electronic devices at a younger and younger age, parents need to have “the talk” earlier and earlier, says Jillian Roberts, child psychologist and associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Victoria.

Roberts wanted to write a book to help parents and educators begin conversations with young children in a way that is respectful and culturally sensitive, before they see too much online.

Katharine Maltwood’s legacy illuminated at Legacy Downtown

Thu, 2015-10-08 11:23

Nico Jungman, Portrait of Katharine Maltwood; watercolour on paper, 1905.
Nico Jungman, Portrait of Katharine Maltwood; watercolour on paper, 1905; Bequest of John and Katharine Maltwood.

Longtime residents of Victoria will remember the Maltwood Art Museum on the UVic campus, but may not know much about its namesake, English sculptor Katharine Maltwood and her husband John. In 1964 they left their Tudor-style home in Royal Oak (now the Fireside Grill restaurant) to the university—along with a collection of English furniture, Chinese paintings, Middle Eastern textiles and artifacts collected on their world travels, and an endowment. In the 1970s, the Maltwood museum was unique in North America in its initial Arts and Crafts collecting mandate, with nearly all of the 200 works acquired in the following decade contributing to this focus of the permanent collection.

United Way: The power of you

Tue, 2015-10-06 07:24

The 2015 UVic United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) annual campaign officially kicked off on Oct. 1 in the University Centre lobby, with inspiring words from Patricia Jelinski, CEO of United Way Greater Victoria, President Cassels and United Way partner Carmel Chamberlain.

This year, UWGV is focusing on the people who have the power to change lives with each contribution they make, with the goal of increasing the donor base by 2,000 individuals. In support of this target, UVic aims to increase the number of donors by 100 over the next two years.

UVic responds to international refugee crisis

Mon, 2015-10-05 17:34

History Refugee Committee to sponsor family from Syria    

On Sept. 15, the week after President Jamie Cassels wrote to the campus community about the need for a university response to the international refugee crisis, nine colleagues in UVic’s history department decided to proceed in sponsoring a family from Syria.

UVSS asks: "who are you voting for in the federal election?"

Mon, 2015-09-21 17:33

UVic Votes website screenshot
The UVic Votes website is available at

This election, what are you voting for?

The 2015 federal election is in full swing, and few can miss the blitz of campaign signs, ads, tweets, posts, debates and sound bites. On campuses across the country, however, an election presents some distinct challenges—and opportunities.