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UVic and Island Savings team up for families

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:40

See article for captioningIt really is a gift that will keep on giving. The Univ
See article for captioning

It really is a gift that will keep on giving. The University of Victoria and Island Savings have recently announced a partnership between the two institutions, as part of Island Savings’ Growing Island Families Together (GIFT) program.


School of Music to stream live concerts

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:35

Too busy to catch a School of Music concert? Starting Sept. 15, live audio of select performances will be streamed directly through the School of Music website—a move which will also benefit students from out of town, whose families can’t always attend important concerts.


Kielburger speech lights fire under new students

Thu, 2012-09-06 14:24

Kielburger. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kielburger. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Guest speaker, philanthropist and child-rights activist Craig Kielburger shared his favorite formula with a crowd of fresh-faced new students at UVic’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Sept. 4, and it resonated with more than just the math department. It’s a simple equation, but one that proves to be greater than the sum of its parts: “spark + gift = better world.”


New grads hold hope for language revitalization

Wed, 2012-07-11 10:05

L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR a
L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR academic advisor Dr. Leslie Saxon (linguistics)

Tłįchǫ is one of the Dene languages of the Northwest Territories, and dììle ts'įįwǫǫ is a phrase expressing “hope.” Nine students in a group of NWT learners graduating with UVic Certificates in Aboriginal Language Revitalization (CALR) can be hopeful about the future of their languages now, and in turn their communities can be optimistic about renewed vitality of the languages in homes and as spoken symbols.


Virtuous cycles—Pedalling for patrons

Wed, 2012-07-11 09:15

Kibby Evans, Treking for Transplants
Kibby Evans, Treking for Transplants

There is certainly no shortage of UVic students, staff and grads cycling far and wide this summer to raise funds and awareness in support of various charities and causes, from ALS to MS, from organ transplantation to Parkinson’s Disease and even for scholarships for community leaders in West Papua.


Apps help revitalize Aboriginal languages

Tue, 2012-07-10 10:12

Programmer Chris Coey's face is reflected on a screen of the Yati Dictionary app
Programmer Chris Coey's face is reflected on a screen showing the Yati Dictionary App

For millennia, Aboriginal words have been passed along orally from generation to generation. Now, on iPads and iPhones, speakers and learners of the Tłįchǫ language can hear and see over 1,300 words and phrases with sounds, pictures and the voices of elders.


Lemonade Tycoons

Sun, 2012-07-01 14:34

L-R: Jiaying Liu, Keenan Berg, Chris Harper, Peter Thomas, Ashleigh Fourie and A
L-R: Jiaying Liu, Keenan Berg, Chris Harper, Peter Thomas, Ashleigh Fourie and Alex Currie. Photo: Jennifer Oakes

During 10 intense, lemon-squeezing days in May, BCom students Jiaying Liu, Ashleigh Fourie, Chris Harper, Alex Currie and Keenan Berg produced and sold lemonade at UVic and community events. Their juicy project earned a profit of 65¢ per glass and with every serving they sold, they also solicited donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The students added up their profit plus donations for a total gift of almost $1,400.


Growing a clean-tech “ecosystem”

Tue, 2012-06-26 12:07

Zietsma
Zietsma

To create a viable and vibrant clean-tech sector in British Columbia, firms, public and non-profit sector organizations and interested individuals must work together to form an ecosystem of support for clean-tech policy and practice changes, says Dr. Charlene Zietsma of the Gustavson School of Business.


“Bob the barber” back in business, thanks to CanAssist

Fri, 2012-06-08 11:47

Bob in his new chair with longtime customer John Harrison. Photo: Brandon Fry
Bob in his new chair with longtime customer John Harrison. Photo: Brandon Fry

Update – November 2012


Student I-witness--2012 Holocaust Field School

Fri, 2012-06-08 10:49

Participants in UVic's 2nd annual I-witness Holocaust Field School (Berlin, Warsaw, Cracow, Prague) returned from Central Europe in June 2012 with a collection of photographs hinting at the life-changing experience overseas.

Click here to view the photo essay.

Several participants also provided "notes from the field." The group of UVic students, led by program director and UVic professor Dr. Charlotte Schallié, arrived in Berlin on May 14. These three despatches were sent from Europe on May 27 exclusively for The Ring, in addition to the blog posts while the group was overseas. They returned home on June 3.