The Ring

Solar energy mapping charts path to a greener City of Victoria

Thu, 2014-04-17 13:08

Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall.
Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall. Photo: Melinda Jolley, City of Victoria

Rooftops in the downtown core are prime sun spots—and knowing where to plan future installation of solar panels to capture the most energy is a step in the right direction, agree municipal officials and UVic researchers.


Inaugural Engaged Scholar Award recipients announced

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:20

Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr
Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr

Congratulations to Dr. Bernie Pauly of the School of Nursing and Dr. Val Napoleon of the Faculty of Law, who have been named the inaugural recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award.

The newly created awards program is intended to support and enhance UVic’s vision for the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life, community engagement. It recognizes tenured members of faculty who have achieved great distinction as community engaged scholars.


Tye Landels awarded one of 10 prestigious 3M student fellowships

Tue, 2014-04-08 13:02

3M National Student Fellow Tye Landels, 3rd-yr Honours Student, Dept. of English
Landels. Photo Credit: Suzanne Ahearne.

Tye Landels (English) is one of 10 undergraduate students across Canada receiving a 3M National Student Fellowship this year. On June 18, the third-year UVic honours student will journey to Kingston, ON to receive the prestigious award -- modelled after the long-standing 3M National Teaching Fellowships for university professors -- at an official ceremony at Queen's University as part of an annual national teaching-and-learning conference. 


Elders’ voices find home on Google Earth: the Stz’uminus Storied Places Digital Atlas

Wed, 2014-03-26 12:13

Becker's project on display the 2014 JCURA fair.
Becker's project on display the 2014 JCURA fair.

Long before settler culture attached the names of explorers, businessmen and political leaders to the mountains, rivers and landscape we now call Vancouver Island, the traditional names used by First Nations carried a wealth of information about those places—information that anthropology student Amy Becker has been working to preserve.

Becker, recipient of a 2013-14 Jamie Cassels Undergrad Research Award (JCURA), explains “Indigenous place names are embedded in the culture, landscape, language and identities of the people who use them.”


Africa Calling: cast-off phones collected to serve people and planet

Mon, 2014-03-24 16:14

Davis. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Davis. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A red “London style” phone box is now stationed in the UVic SUB—the first of hopefully many drop off locations for the Africa Calling project.

“I hope every building on campus will have a red drop box,” says project founder, Kevin Davis. “The more unwanted phones we collect the more communities we can help in Africa.”


Hélène Cazes, Donna Greschner: Local heroes lauded at 10th anniversary of VLAs

Thu, 2014-02-27 12:23

L to R: Cazes and Greschner. Photo: Melanie Seal-Jones, Orange Frog Studios.
L to R: Cazes and Greschner.

On Feb. 26 at the Crystal Garden, over 400 guests celebrated 21 extraordinary nominees in eight award categories at a special 10th anniversary gala of the Victoria Leadership Awards (VLAs).

UVic is a founding partner of the annual VLA program. This year, Dr. Hélène Cazes and Prof. Donna Greschner received the UVic award. A number of the community heroes celebrated last night are either from, or affiliated with, the university.


The blanket arrives, as invitation and metaphor

Thu, 2014-02-06 12:09

Raising the world's biggest button blanket. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Raising the world's biggest button blanket. Photo: UVic Photo Services

It’s said that many hands make for light work, but it was more a case of many hands making the art work when it came to the creation and raising of the world’s largest button blanket. Witnessed by a standing-room-only crowd at First Peoples House, the Big Button Blanket received its inaugural performance during the opening ceremonies of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum on January 29.


Bringing Indigenous knowledge to counselling

Thu, 2014-02-06 11:35

L to R: John and Delaronde. Photo: UVic Photo Services
L to R: John and Delaronde. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Lindsay Delaronde’s plans are as big as they come: she wants to take what she’s learning in Canada’s first Indigenous master’s degree program around the world.

The 29-year-old woman from the Mohawk Nation in Quebec is one of 14 students taking part in the University of Victoria program—the first in the country to offer a master’s degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling, leading to provincial and national certification.


UVic United Way campaign 2013

Wed, 2014-01-29 15:49

The colourful banners have been packed away, the last red balloon has been popped and the United Way thermometers have been taken down. The 2013 United Way campaign at UVic has wound up, having successfully raised a total of $255,297 for the community.


Critical conversations the norm at diversity conference

Tue, 2013-12-24 10:26

Provost's Diversity Research Forum logo
The 2014 Provost's Diversity Research Forum takes place Jan. 29-30.