The Ring

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.


Partnership recognized for reductions in bullying

Mon, 2013-12-09 18:02

A WITS educational program at Westmont school. Photo: UVic Photo Services
A WITS educational program at Westmont school.

As co-creator of the anti-bullying program, WITS, (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help) Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater has worked tirelessly with community partners, police officers, school staff and administrators, and parents to protect children from peer violence and victimization. On December 2, 2013 Leadbeater was presented with the CIHR Partnership Award by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her leadership of the WITS programs.


The lasting value of "sense of place"

Tue, 2013-11-26 11:34

May Sam and Nick Stanger. Photo: Mitch Wright
May Sam and Nick Stanger.

People often have a place that holds special meaning for them. Whether it’s somewhere childhood memories were made or a serene spot that soothes their soul, place can have a profound impact on people’s lives.


WWI and Victoria: A city goes to war

Mon, 2013-11-04 11:35

The Empress Hotel opened its doors in 1908, less than 10 years before the start of World War One (1914-1918). Can you imagine the scenes over teacups in the recently built hotel when news of war broke out? Did the Inner Harbour look much different then, when Victoria residents strolling along the water first heard news their country was going to war?


Your art space, now Legacy Art Galleries

Mon, 2013-10-28 16:07

UVic's Legacy Art Galleries: Free to enjoy - Your art space
Free to enjoy: UVic's Legacy Art Galleries, downtown and on campus

The University of Victoria’s art collection inspires creativity, engages curiosity and fosters research and learning through art. Now its new name, Legacy Art Galleries, celebrates the legacy of the past and what is still to come.